Meaningless Motivations

By December 1, 2014 Blog

There have got to be better ways of motivating yourself than wall hangings and Disney quotes. Most of ’em make me want to trample on fairy wings. Plus, they don’t make sense. I give you; Be Bold.  Be Brave.  Be You. I can do the third one. But I don’t see how it’s linked to the first two. You’re the One who Can Fill The World with Sunshine. On a typical morning, I struggle to fill my coffee cup. Choose A Life Less Ordinary.  1.I like …Read More

Armchair Critics

By November 14, 2014 Blog

If you don’t like carols, are you even a Christian? I ask because I’m sitting in Starbucks, where they’ve been pumping out festive tunes since October. And quite frankly,  I’m ready for the hills. This means that the news of Band Aid 30 re-releasing ‘Do they Know It’s Christmas?’ doesn’t fill me with great joy. They’re doing it to raise funds for Ebola victims and that’s important. But seriously…Messianic pop-stars crooning about the West rescuing Africa- is that the best we can do? I’m ready to rant.  But thinking it …Read More

To End All Wars

By November 5, 2014 Blog

Here’s Glen’s new spoken word video. Share it around!   Share…

Thank You.

By November 2, 2014 Blog

Yesterday I had the privilege of winning ‘Blogger of the year’ at the Christian New Media Awards. It’s a shocker and a real honour and I’m dealing with it in my usual gracious manner, (so far a messy combination of denial, painting the cupboards green at 4,30 am this morning and then having a little weep in Sainsburys). Awards are funny things (see this post) and I know, as you do, that there are hundreds of blogs out there that could and should get the same …Read More

If I could turn back time

By October 1, 2014 Blog

Most of us have things in our past we wish had never happened. Places we’d like to return to; clocks we’d like to rewind. If you could go back… and if you could tell yourself one thing – what would you say? Work harder? Play more? Give her another chance.  Don’t accept that lift. Keep your mouth shut.  Tell him you love him. …. I asked some friends. And here’s what they said:   “I would go back to age 10 and tell …Read More

Dad Wisdom

By September 11, 2014 Blog

After yesterday’s post, (things I’d like my child to know), I asked Glen what he would add.  Here’s his list;   You’re loved before you do anything – that’s why we baptised you when all you could do was lie there and receive it. You belong to Jesus before you belong to us – that’s why we baptised you, putting God’s name on you above every other name. You belong to church before you belong to any other earthly body – …Read More

Your Appreciation Is Not Appreciated

By September 1, 2014 Blog

A few years ago, I was given a book, ‘How to Give and Receive Encouragement’, (Yes, I needed it).  To begin with, it seemed like a foreign language. After all, I grew up thinking that “getting a big head” was pretty much the worst that could happen. Therefore the aim of social interaction was to keep both myself and others squashed – humble.  This applied especially to the people I loved most. After all, if being proud is the greatest sin, then the greatest kindness is to take ’em …Read More

Sex. Life.

By August 18, 2014 Blog

A single friend, who’s attracted to girls, came to me recently. She’s a Christian and believes that Christ loves and accepts her as she is. She also believes that the Bible prohibits a sexual relationship with someone of the same gender. I prayed with her and we talked together about what the Bible says and about the struggles she is facing. Another single friend, who’s attracted to boys, also asked my advice. She’s a Christian and believes that Christ loves and …Read More

More than words

By July 29, 2014 Blog

Yesterday I was procrastinating cleaning out some old cupboards and came across part of a diary I’d written when I was 15. I had to steel myself before reading: sadly the youthful version of me is just as awkward as the adult. Plus,  this was a tricky time in my life.  I was coming out of anorexia and struggling with depression/OCD, as well as the usual stuff of a teen negotiating her body, relationships, independence and life. Some of the things …Read More

When the Black Dog’s Howling

By July 27, 2014 Blog

It’s hard to explain depression when you haven’t had it.  I was chatting to a guy about this a few days ago. ‘Yes’ he said. ‘My wife’s found things difficult in the past but I never really got it.  I tried to be sympathetic, but I couldn’t help thinking, ‘ we’ve got things good. Why can’t you just be more positive?’ He paused.  ‘Then I was made redundant at work.  One day I just couldn’t get up.  It wasn’t just …Read More