You Can Do It?

By October 5, 2015 Blog

You can be anything you want to be. Nonsense.   Maybe you want to be a pilot – but your eyesight is too weak. Maybe you want to be married – but you’re still single. Maybe you want to go to uni – but you can’t afford it. Maybe you want to be a six foot blonde with a golden tan.  But you’re an short brunette and you burn in the sun.   Maybe you want to be a gnu with green eyebrows. …Read More

Losing the Key

By September 25, 2015 Blog

Last night I was giving my testimony. It was a 6 hour journey to our venue and the baby was screaming. Glen and I argued in the car. I hadn’t looked at my notes, we were running late and when we arrived, the hotel couldn’t find our booking. I felt tired and flat and grumpy and useless. It seemed impossible that God could use me in any way. I hadn’t had the right build-up. My preparations had been thrown out, …Read More

10 Marriage Myths

By September 21, 2015 Blog
difficult but worth it

1. “I don’t think I love them any more.” *Mock gasp* Oh no! You know what this means, don’t you? …It means you should start loving them again. Because the Bible says so. I know it might feel impossible, but God’s speciality is resurrection. Even if it’s from dry bones. Falling out of love is part of marriage. In fact it’s where loving often starts.   2. “Yes but I’ve lost that loving feeling.” You too? Well, now’s a good time to find that love is …Read More

First Things First

By September 16, 2015 Blog

This morning was our women’s bible study group. I woke up with a stinking headache and a fractious baby. It was pouring with rain, Ruby was screaming, the house was a tip and my phone was flashing reminders for a deadline I’m struggling to meet. I felt like climbing back into bed and pulling the curtains.  I felt like I should chip the spilt Weetabix off the floor and get the house into order.  I felt like I needed to work whilst Ruby slept. …Read More

How to Keep Going

By September 7, 2015 Blog
keep on

1. It’s not about having faith in yourself or a general sense that things will work out ok. It’s about a concrete faith in the living Lord Jesus and the rock-solid promise that He will finish what He has started. 2. Having this faith does not mean you always feel it. You can love and trust the Lord but still be mired in deep depression. You can cling to His promises and still have doubts. What you feel is NOT …Read More

A Greater Safety

By August 31, 2015 Blog
reach out

How would you describe yourself? Not the outside appearance: the inside.  YOU. What parts do you love? And what bits do you hate? Chances are, the bits you like least are the very parts that God can use most. The soft heart that’s easily crushed. The fears that turn you to prayer. The grief that helps you comfort. The weakness that looks to His strength.   Sparrow hearts, fluttering in our palms. The unlikely The lesser The least presentable. These things we …Read More

The Heart of Change

By August 24, 2015 Blog

Sometimes I speak to folks in recovery from different issues.    They’ve made incredible progress – but there’s one question they often ask: “I’ve gotten over X” they say, “but now I have Y! Something else has taken its place! What’s wrong with me?  Will this ever end?” Swapping one harmful behaviour for another.  The anorexia who becomes bulimic. The bulimic who starts to self-harm. The self-harmer who turns to alcohol.  The alcoholic who starts abusing painkillers. Here’s how one blog reader puts it: …Read More

Guest Post: Can Despair Be Worship?

By August 19, 2015 Blog

Glen here. On Sunday I preached the darkest Psalm in the Bible: Psalm 88. It’s 18 verses of unrelenting anguish and confusion and yet… the Holy Spirit authored it, Jesus prayed it and the Father hears it. In fact he has continued to hear it prayed by millions around the world for the best part of three millennia. It belongs to a whole category of Psalms – laments – which are the most common forms of prayer in the Psalter. Almost …Read More

Start Again

By August 13, 2015 Blog

On bad days, my version of Christian discipleship is not the official one. It’s a ledger with four columns. The first one says, ‘how am I feeling?’ (scored from 1 (atrocious/shouldn’t have been born) to 10 (So good it HURTS) The second one asks, ‘what am I worth?’ (based on answer to no 1) The third one says ‘what did I do to deserve this score?’ And the fourth one says, ‘how can I make it better?’ It might sound complicated, but it’s comes very naturally.  Let …Read More

It’s Not Supposed To Feel Like This

By August 4, 2015 Blog
not supposed

When I became a Christian, I expected untrammelled blessings and a overwhelming sense of joy. This was not my experience. Meeting Jesus was like inviting in a JCB truck, not a friendly maiden aunt. He saved my life, but He turned it upside-down too. Instead of being easier and simpler, life became harder and more complicated. I knew God as my Father and I joined the church - but for the first time I was different to my family. I started reading the Bible - but it wasn’t like …Read More