This is a poem I wrote to share with my youth group at a church weekend away. It's technically a spoken word piece so it may not completely translate in written form but I hope you enjoy it anyway. Maybe try reading out loud to yourself with dramatic pauses. When I say passion, tell me, what... Continue Reading →
Some very personal and helpful thoughts on Pain and Forgiveness from reallyrealblogger. Have a read.
‘I don’t think I can forgive anymore’ I sobbed as my friend ‘gently insisted’ I go home from work. I had crumpled at my desk overwhelmed with pain and distress. It was about 8 weeks since my friends suicide and and I had just discovered another huge disappointment in my life. Try as I might I could not ‘pull myself together’ to function. My coping facade had truly slipped.
I went to see the doctor. She said I was depressed and offered me anti-depressants. I refused, I was not able to accept her diagnosis ‘I’m just sad because of bad things in my life’. ‘ I will feel better if I can sleep and get rid of this constant headache’. I accepted some non-addictive sleeping meds and pain killers. I got home and sat looking at the meds wondering if they were enough to stop it all. This thought stirred…
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Here's Part 3 if you missed it! God has been teaching me about the principle of an un-offended heart. This is a heart that regardless of past disappointments and hurts still remains open and bursting with love. The owner of an un-offended heart is not a weak-willed, attention-starved desperate individual but rather a person who is stronger... Continue Reading →
Here's Part 2 if you missed it! Unforgiveness is seen as completely justifiable in today's society. We can all probably identify something that is fine not to forgive someone for or at least to delay forgiveness for. Think of a big furry dog covered in mud (weird I know) walking around inside a nice, clean,... Continue Reading →
Here's Part 1 if you missed it! I reckon one of the reasons we don't see forgiveness that way is because we miss one of the main components of forGIVEness. It involves giving! Most of our attitudes towards forgiveness are passive and so we wait to receive an apology so that we can take the... Continue Reading →
One of the biggest lessons God taught me in my 9 months of Bible College (which isn't a subject in school) is about forgiveness particularly as it applies to Christians but also more widely. I think one of the first things He opened my eyes to is the fact any Christian who withholds forgiveness doesn't... Continue Reading →
If you're not much into reading but prefer to listen/watch, here's a 38min message on a similar topic from Brian Johnson. https://youtu.be/FEYhdFKopb0 Here's Part 1 if you missed it Numbing and Avoiding Pain Numbing pain seems like a rational, logical thing to do, I mean most of us don't like physical pain. Most. We dodge... Continue Reading →
If you're not much into reading but prefer to listen/watch, here's a 38min message on a similar topic from Brian Johnson. https://youtu.be/FEYhdFKopb0 Here's Part 1 and Part 2 The Good News!! I have some great news for you. You were not created to live in perpetual pain! The issue is a lot of us identify so... Continue Reading →
Hi guys, if you followed me from the old one, welcome to the new blog! I hope you like it. This is the beginning of a short series on dealing with pain. This topic is pretty important to me and I think that whoever we are we need to be intentional about this. I'm no... Continue Reading →