Abba and Babba

By February 9, 2016 Blog
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I’m afraid my daughter takes after me. Tell her she can’t have something and straight away, she wants it. The jagged rock. The rusty tin-opener.  The kitchen cleaner. Today we’ve lurched from one potential disaster to another.   DON’T PUT YOUR FINGERS IN THE PLUG NO, THAT’S THE CAT’S ANGRY FACE GIVE THE KNIFE TO MUMMY WHAT’S THAT IN YOUR MOUTH?  SPIT IT OUT RUBY, SPIT IT OUT   Surrounded by stacking rings, spoons, story books, shape sorters, bubbles, blocks and balls, she wants …Read More

Rules of Parenting

By February 1, 2016 Blog
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My parents are baby-sitting my daughter tomorrow. So I’ve left them instructions.   Rules of Parenting: 1. Don’t make her wear a hat or coat - especially if it’s cold outside.  She might catch a cold, but suffering is good and will develop her character. 2.  If she gets sick, don’t give her medicine.  She can get better if she believes she can. 3. Always give her exactly what she wants.  For example, if she wants to play near the fire, let …Read More

God in the Laundry

By January 28, 2016 Blog
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God uses us where we are. I believe this for others.  The ways they look after their partners and their families.  The impact they make in their work and community. Gosh, I think, God is really using you. Then I look at myself.  And I’m not so sure. Today, I did not start my own business. I didn’t redecorate the front room.  I didn’t save a life or give blood.  I didn’t close a deal. I didn’t bring aid to refugees. …Read More

Wrongful Conviction

By January 25, 2016 Blog
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The accuser versus the Comforter;   One condemns, the other convicts. One paralyses, the other empowers. One leads to self-hatred, the other to Jesus. One is soft and cruel, the other is gentle but firm. One says look to yourself, the other says look to Him. One says “you can’t make it better – so give up and despair.” The other says “you can’t make it better – and this is your hope.” One says “everything is bad and you cannot escape.” The other …Read More

Yes He Can

By January 22, 2016 Blog
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I can’t do it. That thing. The habit I need to break. The phone call I keep putting off. The book I want to write. The truth I need to face. I can’t clean the oven. I can’t give up the smokes. I can’t take charge of my finances. I can’t care for my elderly parents. I can’t love my difficult child.  I can’t get out of bed. I can’t say it’s over.  I can’t give it another chance.   I can’t do it …Read More

Shame on You

By January 18, 2016 Blog
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January is built upon shame. The drinks you shouldn’t have had. The gym you should have joined. The presents you shouldn’t have bought and the debts you need to pay. The relationships you need to rebuild, the boss you just can’t please, the kids you’re poisoning with fish fingers, the resolutions you’ve already broken, the recycling you should have taken out. Some of it matters and some of it doesn’t, but it’s hard to tell the difference.  I’m ashamed of my sin and …Read More

Bad things are not good.

By January 12, 2016 Blog
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When bad things happen to you or the people you love, how do you try to comfort them? “It’s not so bad?” “It’ll all work out for the best?” “Things could be worse.  I heard of one guy who…” “Don’t waste time worrying about it.”   If you’re a Christian, maybe you say this: “God’s in charge so He must have caused/wanted this.” “God has made it happen for a reason, even if we can’t see it.” “God doesn’t want …Read More

Anti-resolutions

By January 4, 2016 Blog
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This year, by God’s grace: 1. I will not try to get my body into better shape. I’ll learn to love the one I’ve got. 2. I will not work harder.  I’ll accept free and liberating grace. 3. I will not do more.  I’ll glory in Jesus and soak up His rest. 4. I will not make more time for me.  I’ll ask God to help me lift my eyes to the world I forget. 5. I will not feel guilty.  I’ll go …Read More

A New Year. And That’s Good

By December 30, 2015 Blog
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Hope. Whatever you’re facing; (and even if you’re refusing to face it). Not a wishy-washy sense that everything will be okay. Not a feeling or a temperament. Not a stake in something that can be torn away. Hope. Not something you work up by yourself. Not dependent on those around you. Not about your house or your health or your happiness. Hope. Not for other people. Not for when you’ve earned it and ticked off your list. Not for when the holiday …Read More

Christmas Tactics

By December 18, 2015 Blog
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But if it’s not – 1. Get some quality time in with the Lord. I say this, because it’s an area where I struggle. And it’s His birthday. 2. Have an escape plan. If there’s an event coming and you really can’t face it, work out an excuse for leaving early and your route home. 3. Delegate. Sometimes people like to feel involved. (Sometimes they don’t, but that’s just too bad). 4. Ban …Read More