Category: Turmoil Series

Am I losing my faith? (PTSD)

Am I losing my faith? (PTSD)

In the last few posts we have been looking at an important question that comes up for many victims of abuse: “Am I losing my faith?” We’ve had a brief look at some of the impact of depression and anxiety. I want to reiterate that these conditions can express...

Am I losing my faith? (Anxiety)

Am I losing my faith? (Anxiety)

This series has been looking at the turmoil of abuse and leaving abuse. In that mess, it’s common for a Christian person to wonder, “Am I losing my faith?” Others might have the opposite experience. Yesterday we had a brief look at depression. By brief, I mean we...

Am I losing my faith? (Depression)

Am I losing my faith? (Depression)

At the start of this series on turmoil, we looked at some of the difficulties people might experience in relating to God when they are suffering from trauma. Is it ok to be angry with God? To question him, to disagree with him, to doubt him, or something else? The...

The degree of difficulty

The degree of difficulty

There is a difficult problem in that committed abusers will seek to load their victims up with impossible burdens and expectations. It’s a game. Then, even after leaving abuse, a victim may have a massive volume of external and internal balls to juggle. It may well be...

The value of true friends

The value of true friends

Dedicated abusers can be really good at turning up the heat. One part of the cycle of abuse, in fact, is to apply more and more pressure until their victim does something apparently worthy of complaint. For example, they might just “press your buttons”, again and...

He knows you, and delights in you

He knows you, and delights in you

Where is God in the turmoil of abuse, or other trauma? Over and over again, we see people in the Bible asking this question. If you’ve been following this series, we grappled with it in the story of Lazarus. But what about us, now? One of the last things Jesus did...

The Paraclete

The Paraclete

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from?” Two of the most powerful tools of abusers are to isolate, and to confuse. Or, really, to disrupt our capacity to hear from others, from our innermost self, and from God....

Is Jesus safe to allow in?

Is Jesus safe to allow in?

We have been looking at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus. To remind ourselves of Lazarus’s perspective: he believed Jesus could heal him. He counted Jesus as a friend. His family had asked Jesus to come and help. Yet Jesus did not arrive, and Lazarus died...

Why didn’t Jesus help Lazarus sooner?

Why didn’t Jesus help Lazarus sooner?

We have been looking over the last few days at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus. If you haven’t seen the previous two days, you might like to catch up. So far, the focus has largely been on what’s happening for Martha and Mary, and for Lazarus before he...

Jesus: Respecter of boundaries

Jesus: Respecter of boundaries

Yesterday we started looking at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus, and got as far as Lazarus’s death, and Jesus’ failure to arrive. You might like to read that one first, if you haven’t seen it already. Meanwhile – the story continues: Back in Bethany, by...

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