Advice to my younger self

By May 15, 2018 Blog

Dear 13 year-old me. First, the good news. There is an adult you and she’s doing ok. You will survive your exams. You live in a world without social media. In a few years, you won’t care so much about what everyone else thinks about you – but there’s some work for God to do first. You have a daughter AND a lovely husband. (NB: when the ‘love of your life’ dumps you, don’t panic. He’s not the One). You …Read More

Grace sufficient

By May 7, 2018 Blog

“I hate myself.” “I have no hope.  I have no future.” “I’m so ashamed.” “I don’t belong in church.” “Why did He make me like this?”   “I have/have had problems with my mental health.” “I feel my weakness.” “I don’t quite fit.” “I believe the gospel but I don’t feel it.” “I’m afraid.” If you feel these things, then know that Jesus is for you.  You are not beyond the pale, or outside of the camp.  In your weakness …Read More

Because Jesus has Risen…

By March 31, 2018 Blog

1. He’s the God He always said He was. 2. He’s the Saviour we always hoped He’d be. 3. He’s the Lord that the enemy always feared would triumph. 4. Death is dead. More than dead – it is defeated, humiliated, laid bare. 5. Jesus took our sins to the grave and left them there. 6. Jesus stepped out of the tomb into new life, and that new life is ours. 7. Our old lives are like the grave clothes left …Read More

40 reasons

By March 21, 2018 Blog

My birthday’s coming up and my daughter keeps asking, ‘how old are you?’ So I’ve taught her to say ‘one, two, three, four -ty.’ Life’s too short to do the whole count. Left to myself, I’d wail, ‘The best is over!’ But I have far too much to be thankful for.  Forty years in which I’ve known the Lord’s goodness. Forty years of being carried.  Forty years of manna and forty years of grace.  480 months, 2080 weeks, 14600 days, …Read More

Listening over lists

By March 13, 2018 Blog

The Bible’s open and my brain is shouting ‘do something else.’ It started as a whisper, but the longer I resist, the more urgent it becomes. ‘Emma’, it says. ‘Finish the washing-up.  Answer email. Take those bags to the charity shop. Fill out the forms.’ I ignore it, and it starts to huff. ‘Take a break’ it whines. ‘It’s been a busy week and you’ve got time to yourself!  Go shopping. Surf the net. Relax. Read a book, (but not …Read More

Persist

By March 5, 2018 Blog

Jesus said it would be hard and that we have an enemy who wants to make us give up. So if you’re feeling discouraged, don’t be surprised. When the serpent tells you ‘it’s pointless’, fight back.  God knew that the dog would throw up and a friend would disappoint you. Lean on Him and He will give you what you need for right now. The world is broken.  Our bodies; our brains; our relationships; our bathrooms!  But the broken fridge …Read More

Fresh eyes

By February 8, 2018 Blog

Feel like everything’s going wrong? Don’t panic… God works through what is unseen.  This means we CAN’T SEE IT. So, when you’re praying for rescue and He hasn’t beamed you up, stay calm.  You’re in safe hands.  Like being on the set of a soap opera.  All around you folks are hurling crockery and howling; but it’s just a story. The real action is behind the camera and every word is scripted. Remember His faithfulness in the past.  The time …Read More

Getting Free

By January 23, 2018 Blog

Imagine a whole nation in slavery. What a terrible situation! Now…imagine that they need to be persuaded to escape. Their rescue is guaranteed by a God who won’t let them down. But still, they waver. There’s a big part of them that doesn’t want freedom. They know their place in Egypt, and there’s comfort in their chains. God says, “Come with me! I’ll set you free!” But they shrink back. Too dangerous.  Too risky. So how does the Lord persuade them …Read More

Lessons from the hard times

By October 3, 2017 Blog

I can’t change or control the world around me.  But through Christ, I have a choice about how I respond when things are hard. I can choose to remind myself who I am in Him; or I can choose to try to manage life myself. I live in a broken world and I am broken.  Doing the ‘right thing’ doesn’t make the bad things stop. Ordering things on the outside – my body, my house, my diary, my finances – …Read More

Surviving Uni – Mental Health Kit

By September 25, 2017 Blog

Heading off to uni or 6th form college and have struggles with mental health?  Here are some things to consider: 1.     Do it because you want to.  You don’t have to go at all and if you don’t fancy it,  there are hundreds of other options. 2.     Go at your own pace. This may mean that you take a few years out beforehand to deal with medical or personal issues.  Think about how close you want to be to home. …Read More