Araina Kazia Pereira from Wellington, New Zealand is a published writer having written for various outlets and most recently joining as a Press Service International young writer. She enjoys asking the big questions and writing about the challenging questions that she has wrestled with in her own journey, as well as her learnings along the way. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you ever look at some toys and wonder how on earth it doesn't terrify a child? For me every time I have come across a jack-in-the-box, I wonder that exact question. If you haven't seen one, let me describe it to you, it's a box that you wind and then all of a sudden a clown pops out of it.
The saboteur of blessing is not always clothed in black with horns coming out his head, nor is it the person who got in the way of your promotion, nor is it the person that you last argued with. Often we have in our own ways disguised the true saboteur of blessing.
As a kid, the classic novel “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, was one of my favourites. It follows the story of a selfish wealthy girl who becomes orphaned and is sent to live with her uncle. When she gets to her uncle’s home, her life begins to look very different to what it used to.
Over the years, the church has transformed in many ways, when we think back to the early church, we don’t necessarily see what we know of as church today. The thing about incremental change is that it allows people to adjust. Often the changes have been so subtle that one can barely notice.
The popular New Year catch phrase that we hear when people are coming into the New Year. Coming to Christmas and New Year, we find ourselves reflecting on the year that has been and looking towards the year that is to come.