4. Finding Your Calling

God Has a Dream for the World. And There’s a Place for You in it

Girl daydreaming by Ratiu Bia, Unsplash

God has a dream for the world. We don’t know exactly what this dream will look like, but we’ve been given a glimpse: a world of healed wounds, of radiant beauty, of restored harmony, of peace, environmental restoration. And it’s a dream that can inspire our dreams too… More…

My 7 Best Posts on Discovering Your Dreams, Calling & Purpose

Woman's hand holding a compass - pic by Heidi Sandstrom

Are you at a crossroads? At the end of one chapter and wondering about the next? As you look to the year ahead, why not grab a journal and a pen, and revisit some of these posts from the last few years of my blog. They are designed to help you find meaning, fresh dreams, purpose, and direction. More…

The One Question the Dalai Lama Couldn’t Answer. Can You?

The Dalai Lama giving a talk, pic by Bruce Bortin

I once went to hear the Dalai Lama give a public talk. He spoke on the importance of compassion, then took questions from the audience. The last question came from the MC: “Your holiness—what is the meaning of life?” The audience leaned in as he stared at the ground, quietly thinking about his answer… More…

Need Some Direction? Well Don’t Just Pray. Move.

Man sitting above the clouds looking across valley at sunrise

As a young, new Christian, I was struggling to find my path in life. For two years I’d prayed about how I should serve God, yet I still had no clear direction for my life. Until one day, I learnt what Jesus said about making good choices… and my whole approach changed. More…

Need a New Dream? Here’s 12 Questions to Help You Find One

Photo by Brooke Cagle - Unsplash

Ever since I wrote a book about starting again after a broken dream, I’ve found myself answering lots of questions about them. ‘How can you turn a broken dream into a new beginning?’ ‘When should you let a dream die?’ And this one especially: ‘What if you don’t have any dreams for your life? How can you find one?’ Here’s an exercise to help answer that question… More…

In Praise of Serendipity, God’s Sneaky Surprises

You know those happy coincidences or unexpected discoveries that take us by surprise? We call it serendipity. Not all serendipity is chance, accident or coincidence. A good deal of it is in fact divine. Like my miraculous little encounter as I stood, with aching legs and blistered feet, among the back pillars of Durham Cathedral… More…

060 Reading the Bible with Your Heart and Mind

woman with bible

It’s one thing to read the Bible with our eyes and our mind—and another thing to truly engage our heart. But if the Bible is God’s primary way of communicating with us, it makes sense to learn to read it deeply. Here are some keys to reading God’s word from Celebration of Discipline author Richard Foster, with a few tips of my own. He talks about the importance of reading with both the mind AND the heart. More…

059 Seven Ways God Might Be Speaking To You

In Scripture we find God speaking through peals of thunder, pillars of cloud, flaming bushes, even donkeys. He used prophets, angels, the beauty of creation, the coming of Jesus. God is surely a communicating God.

But in the 21st century, how might we expect him to speak to us personally about our everyday, modern, Western lives?

Here are seven ways… More…

058 How to Hear God’s Voice – Three Keys

Listening To The Light by Derek Swanson

Life’s full of big questions. Should I marry? If so, who? Take that job? Buy that house? Is this the career for me? Which church is the right one? And which city should I settle in? If we believe there’s a God who cares and wants to guide our big decisions, we need to know how to hear his voice. Here’s some keys to get started. More…

We are More Than Our Greatest Success or Worst Failure

Portrait of a man by Simon Wijers

Frank Sinatra will forever be remembered for the song My Way, even though he hated it. The same thing happens to celebrities and politicians all the time as one song, controversy or policy failure becomes lodged in public memory. But there is more to them than that. And there is more to you than others see. In fact, there’s more to you than you can imagine. More…