About me

I am a Hungarian-born theologian, minister and Bible teacher living in Northern Ireland. In this blog, I hope to inspire you to discover more about faith and life in Jesus Christ through creative writing and the transforming power of prayer journaling.

Moving countries twice and working in many different jobs have taught me that there is only one thing I can fully trust and rely on at all times and in all circumstances and that is God’s love for me. This one thing never changes. In Jesus Christ I am always beloved, adored, chosen and wanted.

A couple of years ago I set up a portrait photography business and I called it Belovèd Portraits, because I wanted all my clients to know, that they are beloved and beautiful regardless of their age, the color of their skin, or the size of their jeans. I’ve decided to call this blog ‘MORE than Beloved’, because I would like to take this truth one step further and I would like to build something on the solid and unchanging foundation of God’s faithful love.

Yes, we are beloved by grace and through faith. God’s love is freely given to us. But there is something we can do. We can up our game, take responsibility for our Christian discipleship and maturity, and step into this amazing partnership with God and do what we are created to do.

I don’t know if you have noticed but Jesus has this amazing way to wake up the potential in people that no one else would see, and call them and inspire them for more.

Think about Mary at the feet of Jesus, learning from him, hanging out in a space where there was no place for women in her culture. And Jesus embraced her, defended her, because he wanted Mary to know that she can be more than she could ever imagine.

Or the woman at the well, a  woman of questionable repute, hiding in the scorching heat from the attention of others. Jesus, a rabbi,  does not only talk to her which would have been outrageous and unimaginable at that time on its own, but he talks theology with her, a foreigner, a woman, a divorcee…And he calls this woman out of her hiding place and turns her into a preacher and an evangelist!

He calls and turns Mary into a disciple, he turned fishermen into ‘fishers of men’,  Sauls into Pauls ….He calls us too. He calls us Belovèd and then he calls us for more. He invites us into a lifelong apprenticeship, imitating our Master and being transformed into his image. He calls us into a partnership with God himself, standing firm in his unfailing love for us, joining His work and mission in this world.

We are called to step out of our comfort zone to study the Bible, nurture a deep and meaningful relationship with God through prayer and as his new creation, become everything he wants us to be. This is what my life and ministry is about and this is what ‘More than Beloved’ is all about.

Love, Mariann

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