Kia Ora Koutou.
I’m Anne-Marie, and I am in my final year of study – finishing a Bachelors’ Degree in Counselling (hearing first-hand what human struggle sounds like), while also completing a Grad Diploma in Theology (learning more about who God is in the face of all that).
This blog is kind of about creatively pondering those two things together. I am keen to see people flourish, and I think that in the face of the chaotic realities of life, it is when people encounter, and moreover, act upon what is true in any given situation, they are accepting what was a pre-existing invitation into the great mystery of the good kind of life God has for them.
The good kind of life.
I think it is in those gritty truth places one finds themselves able to reclaim the ‘mana,’ (Maori word meaning the supernatural force within a person – that which gives one their status and power) that life may have robbed of them.
I don’t really know how else to describe what I have going on here other than that it seems to be a creative conglomerate of poetry, writing, learnings and wonderings that are speaking through the lens of one who is definitely not immune to the hardness of life (most of my writing emerges from my own experience in those places), but is on a mission in the midst (rather than the absence) of that, to know and speak more of the reality of who God really is.
Nga Mihi Nui.