Under the sandstorm

To me, sometimes. To you, right now or then.I wish I could wrap you tight in a circle of safety. I wish I could give you my certainty, that everything will be all right even when everything is too hard.

Would that steal your own soul adventures?

I wish I could show you the hope that burns bright, even when you can’t feel it. It’s always there, like the sun, but it might not be visible in your today. It might be just around the bend, waiting for morning.

I wish I could make you understand that you don’t need to feel it.

That you don’t need to feel okay.

That someday, this darkness will recede and you will step out hesitantly, finding out you are so very victorious. Then you will smile and square your shoulders and take the next step confidently.

I wish I could show you the height and depth and width of His love for you… I wish I could always have the right attitude and speak the right words so that you’d be convinced.

I wish I could fast forward. I might be tempted to do it, but would it rush you through something […]

Book Review – Always Plenty

Starting the night early with a cup of tea and a book is always a good idea. Especially when you are sick. Yesterday I did just that, with the cutest book! It was short enough to read in 45 minutes so that I could still go to sleep early enough, which is a smart thing when you are sick.

I do love finishing the book before I go to sleep. It makes it so much easier to go to sleep 😉

I loved the style of this book. It was reminiscent of some of my favorite childrens classics, such as ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and ‘Grandma’s Attic Series‘. It has a vintage, classic feel, without being too old-fashioned, or out-dated.

The drawings are cute, I especially love the black and white ones inside: simple but oh-so-sweet. They leave room for imagination, which is ideal, I think. It gives you something to start with, for example a whimsically drawn pickle jar, and your imagination finishes furnishing the rest of the room. At least mine does.

The story is true, and that, I always love. It’s not a magnificent from rags to riches ?(which is good in it’s own time). […]

Treasures from my teenage years

When I was about 14, a friend sent me this poem. I loved it then, and I was and am a big Amy Carmichael ‘fan’, but with all the moving it got lost.

So I was super happy when I found it again in a book, after all those years 🙂

Since finding it I have read it often. I can’t really add anything of value, so I’m going to shut up 😉

This post is part of a series:

What faith is for me

I have seen some documentaries and read articles that try to explain God and the Bible scientifically. Prove God is real. I think they are all very interesting and love learning new things, facts and discoveries. But in the end it still comes down to faith. I’m not saying they are doing a bad job. They’re doing great. But in the end, we as humans can’t prove much about this Great, Majestic, Awesome God that we can call ours!

I can’t physically show Him to you. Pull Him out of the closet where I keep Him in a box. I can’t show you the ark of Noah and prove it’s that, and be a 100% sure. I can’t show you a sneak peak of heaven and watch God creating a human being in the Garden of Eden, out of dirt. I can’t go and do that with you.

And in a way, I think that’s quite logical. Why should I, a tiny little human being, like a half drop in the ocean, be able to explain God to you? If He’s really the all knowing, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, Awesome God I […]

The impossibility of not believing

I grew up in a Christian family. I’m grateful for this, because I heard the gospel from a very young age. However, you could say that the downside of this is that it becomes something you think is normal, and you don’t really let it change your life. To me, Christianity was more about religion (following the bible rulebook), than having a relationship with God.

Then, as I started growing older, I started to make friends outside of Sunday?school. And they all seemed to think God was lame!! Here is the thing about my story? I never doubted God. I knew?He was there. I knew this in my mind but also in my heart, soul and emotions. I just doubted whether I wanted to follow Him because it was not a cool thing to do.

So for a couple years I lived the double life. Being the good Christian at home, while at school I would just avoid talking about anything that had to do with God. I didn’t act like I had any morals, either. I still believed God was real, and felt guilty about this, but in the end I never did anything about it.

Around […]

The story of how I met Jesus

Today’s guest post is by Herlinde de Vriese. Herlinde and her husband work with the?Center for Pastoral Counseling. Besides the work she does as a social worker she teaches in several pastoral topics. Jef and Herlinde have two grown daughters and live in Heverlee, Belgium.

I grew up in a large family. I am the fourth in a family of 6 children. Traditions gave a fixed spot to everything, and my life was very normal.

When I was a teenager I started, as if often the case, to ask questions about the reason of everything. Raised in a catholic home, religion was mixed with every aspect of life. I searched in the bible, read the gospel of John and was fascinated with the story of Jesus. During a study in Leuven, somebody explained the Gospel in a way I had never heard before. Because Jesus died for me, personally, I stood before a choice: do I believe that Jesus died for me to make me free of sin?

I had to think about that. What did that mean for me? Was I truly guilty? It didn’t feel guilty… I knew in my head that Jesus takes away all […]

Pain Redeemed – Review and Giveaway

Pain Redeemed by Natasha MetzlerIt seemed ironic to be reading a book about infertility while sitting beside my crying baby. I was tired, hot, my hair needed to be washed and I was frustrated with Gabri?l for whining instead of just falling asleep like a sensible baby.

Reading Pain Redeemed is taking a journey with Natasha.How God heals her from being broken, depressed, hopeless and alone to being new, whole and fully alive in Him. This isn’t some victorious account of someone who went through it, crossed the finish line of the struggle, and now tells about it. (although those kind of stories can also be a big encouragement to read!)

?”…I know that place.I’ve lived there. I came out of there. And I still slide back there far too often.”

– Natasha Metzler in Pain Redeemed –

You can overcome a struggle while still struggling. You have to come back again and again to His feet. Surrender. Let Him use you for His glory. Because it is all about Him and not about us.

Although Natasha’s story is one of infertility, this book is incredibly touching for anyone dealing with pain in their journey.

Because its about the heart […]