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A Depressed Christian’s Guide to Joy

This is part #6 of the Fruitful series, and our Fruit of the Spirit focus is joy. Fruitful #1, Fruitful #2, Fruitful #3, Fruitful #4 and Fruitful #5 are here, in case you missed them. I’ve been putting off writing this post for almost a year. Doubts have niggled at my mind: How can a person …

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Job’s Groaning (Job 3:24-25)

I studied the book of Job last year with some people from church. Wow. What stunned me more than Job’s great suffering (which I already knew about) and his insensitive friends (I knew about them too) was his sheer nerve at speaking honestly about his pain. Job says, “I cannot eat for sighing; my groans …

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Yielding to God (Mark 14:36)

When my kids were babies, they loved wrapping their tiny lips around all sorts of objects at ground level. The indoor menu featured shoes, TV remotes, and toys (usually in that order of preference). On the menu outdoors were dried-up dead leaves; carelessly discarded brown apple cores; dirt; gum nuts; and stones. In this photo, …

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But God Intended it for Good – Joseph’s Story (Gen 50:19)

My 7-year-old asked me the other day, “If God controls everything, does that mean he controls us too?” I gave him a high five for asking such a perceptive question — go, little philosopher! The intersection of God’s sovereignty and people’s free will is a mystery. From my reading, it seems that both are equally …

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Be Happy With Those Who are Happy (Rom 12:15)

It’s a family tradition to attend the annual Lego exhibition — well, my husband and kids go; I usually stay home because a trip to the city puts enormous pressure on my immune system. On the day of the 2015 Lego show I was in the throes of post-diagnosis depression. I found it soul-destroying to …

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The Years Go Fast but the Days Go Slow {poem}

My 5-year-old started school this week. It’s a bittersweet day for parents! The toddler pictured here is my firstborn, who’s now 7 years old. Below is a poem I wrote on his first day of school (as I bawled my eyes out) two years ago. * dummy = pacifier, nappy = diaper, cot = crib …

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Weep With Those Who Weep (Rom 12:15)

A while back, I learnt all about grief. I understood that grief is an ongoing cycle rather than a straight line with a neatly tied up end point. Armed with that knowledge, I felt empowered. It lessened the guilt and confusion I’d been experiencing about not “getting over it” as soon as I’d expected. But …

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Finding Common Ground for God’s Glory (1 Cor 9:22)

I found this moth sitting on our door last week. At first I thought it was a leaf. On closer inspection I noticed the “leaf” had legs. What great camouflage! From a hungry bird’s perspective: almost impossible to distinguish between this insect and the gum leaves in surrounding trees and garden beds. This got me …

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God’s Wonderful Wisdom and Works (Psalm 104:24)

I saw this print displayed on the wall at Questacon, a science museum in Canberra, last week. Isn’t this Tokay gecko’s eye just spectacular? I find it fascinating that a small creature’s eye can remind me of scenes I’ve observed through airplane windows. An interesting thing to google is NASA’s satellite photo of Siberia’s Lena …

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Self-control (Prov 25:28)

I took this photo in Germany, 2000, at Heidelberg Castle. We don’t have castles in Australia, so I was like a kid at Christmas whenever I saw one during my travels! Many European cities still boast enormous stone ramparts — remnants of centuries past, when city walls were used as a defense against invading armies. …

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