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Author: Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith

Meeting Jesus Changes You

Meeting Jesus Changes You

Do you remember the story of Jesus and the woman of Samaria at the well? It is quite the story, isn’t it? Every time I read it I gain a new understanding. I won’t go into every detail here, instead, I just want to share what spoke to me loudest this time around. Meeting Jesus changes you, my friend. When we encounter Jesus, our fears disappear. The fact the Samaritan woman was at the well in the middle of the…

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Life on-demand

Life on-demand

Modern people would like to think there’s no sacrifice or compromise needed in anything. We would all like to be able to choose what we like and be perpetually happy. No sadness or sacrifices, instead, we want a happy ending in everything. But that’s not how life works. We can’t oust sadness no matter how much we’d like that. There is no such a thing as life on-demand. We all know everyone’s life is touched by sadness. It might be…

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When Doubting God’s Love

When Doubting God’s Love

Today I’m writing to you who’s been struggling so long that you’ve started to doubt God’s love. I know life can be really tough. And when it keeps being that way for years, we’re tempted to start questioning even the great foundations of our lives. When you’re doubting God’s love, know his relentless love is holding you up even then. So do not fear, for I am with you;    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you;    I…

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How to Find Direction

How to Find Direction

At the beginning of a new year, we’re all looking for direction. What should I do with my life? What paths should I take this year? Finding the right direction is especially hard if we feel we are living in a perpetual fog. What to do then? How to find direction when you’re lost? Let’s find out. As Christians, we know who is our guide: Jesus. Hence we need to turn to him for guidance. Believingly. We need to believe…

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How to Persevere

How to Persevere

This post is for you who have already cried out to God for years for help but the obstacles won’t budge, difficulties keep piling up, you’re feeling worse and thinking you just can’t cope anymore. How to persevere when you’re at the end of your rope, you ask. Let’s try to find some morsels of hope for you to keep on keeping on. First of all, you need to know you’re not alone, God has not abandoned you, he is…

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Live in Jesus

Live in Jesus

Hurry is the enemy of spiritual well-being, don’t you think? Hurriedness blurs our vision and steals our joy. Soon we feel strangers in our own lives. That’s not what we want, right? It’s the opposite of happiness. Yet we end up there when we hurry through our lives and do not live in Jesus. Christmas time was supposed to be relaxing and joyful. Yet most of us hurried through the festivities are were left drained instead. Why do we do…

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Let’s Anchor Ourselves in God and Let Him Guide us into the Future

Let’s Anchor Ourselves in God and Let Him Guide us into the Future

How are you feeling about the ending of one year and the beginning of the new one? Sometimes we are a bit resentful. Other times we can’t quite get rid of the old one soon enough. No matter how you possibly feel now, know that you’re safe in God’s arms. All the promises of God are valid any year, so you’re good, all the time because God is good, all the time. So let’s anchor ourselves in God and let…

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Takeaway Value of Christmas

Takeaway Value of Christmas

What’s your takeaway value of Christmas? I hope it’s not just some unwrapped presents and fun memories. There’s nothing wrong with those, of course. But the meaning of Christmas is so much more than fun times with family, delicious food or beautiful decorations. The message of Christmas is this: God loves you dearly and he even sent his only son to save you and bring you back to him. And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and…

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Peace of God

Peace of God

What do you wish for Christmas? The most amazing gift is peace of God. It’s something the world can’t give you. Peace the world gives is something you get when you are able to retreat from your troubles. God’s peace is so strong you can feel a deep peace even in the midst of chaos. How can we attain it? By receiving it in Jesus. For a child has been born for us,    a son given to us;authority rests upon his…

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Connecting the Dots Between You and Bethlehem

Connecting the Dots Between You and Bethlehem

If you’re feeling a big scrooge-y about Christmas, I have a fresh way for you to look at the Christmas celebrations. I understand you might feel delighted and thankful for Jesus but you’re not really connecting the dots between you and Bethlehem. So I am here to help you to make Christmas a wonderful celebration once again. I had been thinking of this already for a few weeks when I stumbled upon this quote from Corky Calhoun which sums up…

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