The Original and The Best

By June 15, 2014 Blog

Whatever your experience with your earthly father, as a Christian,  this is your heavenly Father: He loves us: I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them. Hosea 11:4 He knew us even in our mother’s womb: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully …Read More

What God is Not

By March 10, 2014 Blog

God is not: holy Berocca: extra-special energy for extreme situations, or a pick-me-up for bad days your homeboy a lunch date for Sundays a policeman waiting to pounce a prankster: tying your laces and giggling when you trip a portable teddy bear:  wheel him out for cuddles when you’re feeling sad. a provider of parking spaces lonely and in need of mates a hole that fits between your pancreas and kidneys Gandalf divine disinfectant: to be sprayed into tricky corners …Read More

Ungrateful Owners

By July 29, 2013 Blog

Paws and I have been debating.  She says I think too much: but I can’t help it. I’m smart: always have been.  But this time the Hairless One’s gone too far. Poking his nose in my business. Changing things when they’re just how I like. 8am He feeds us. Then again at 6. Thick and meaty – with a nice jelly jus. We used to have great times knocking the bowl over, but He changed it and now we can’t. …Read More

Pregnancy and Prayer

By July 15, 2013 Blog

It occurs to me that prayer feels a bit like trying to get pregnant. Bear with me here. I don’t mean real prayer, to the God of the Bible.  I mean my muddled view of it.  In the quest for a baby, I have a number of strategies.  Excluding the obvious, these include: 1. Reading lots of ‘how-to’ books Not all ‘how-to’ books are crazy.  But it’s amazing what you’ll I’ll listen to when desperate. Things you wouldn’t even consider were …Read More

Even When It’s Bad, It’s Good

By July 8, 2013 Blog

I don’t know what your Monday looks like.  I don’t know how your week is shaped; or what you feel about the month ahead. Using my mystical powers, I predict there will be challenges.  Personal, professional, relational, financial. Some will be manageable.  Others seem insurmountable. Some will sneak up from behind; and some have been scheduled in advance. But whatever is coming: sickness, sadness, addiction, loss – here’s what we can count on. ‘I am the Lord your God.  I …Read More

Dear Christian

By June 4, 2013 Blog

There’s something you should know. I will always be here. I am utterly, irreversibly committed to you. I know you. I know you. And I delight in you. You are not a burden, or a time-waster or a drain or a disappointment or an inconvenience. I am not annoyed with you. I don’t want you to be someone else. When I look at you, I am delighted with what I have made. When will you see yourself as I do? …Read More

But Why? Guest Post

By June 3, 2013 Blog

Guest Post from Glen on the story of Job: So here’s the story: Job loses his wealth, his health and his family in a series of extraordinary calamities. The reader is aware – though Job is not – that the whole thing began in heaven with a kind of wager between the LORD and Satan. The LORD is proud of His servant Job and so permits truly diabolical attacks which He knows Job will endure. But the suffering is intense. …Read More

The Weight of Waiting

By February 17, 2013 Blog

I hate waiting.  Waiting for buses.  Waiting for appointments.  Waiting for news.  Nothing good happens in waiting rooms -they’re grey and airless,  the carpet smells of wee and there’s a draft  from the life that’s charging past the door and leaving me for dust. Sometimes, a little wait is bearable.  Cinema queues for example.  I’m slightly late but with any luck I’ll miss the mobile phone ads (and be sat behind someone with a tiny, tiny head). Count to ten …Read More

“This is what I do for you”

By January 9, 2013 Blog

Here’s a lovely guest post from Caroline… Every once in a while our whole family has to be somewhere early in the morning, all together. On these occasions, I find it is easier to dress the little ones in clean clothes BEFORE they go to sleep, leaving their shoes and socks beside their beds. In the wee hours I go in, uncover them, put on their socks and shoes, walk them to the toilet, load them in the car, and …Read More

Are You There God, It’s Me, Emma

By December 16, 2012 Blog

When it comes to spiritual attack, there are a number of defensive positions that spring immediately to mind: The Ostrich – (nosuchthingasthedevil, there’s only what we can see) The Rhino – (I’ll fight on my own: stand back Holy Spirit, with my lightning prayer moves I got it covered) The Hamster- (stay on the wheel buddy, keep busy and it’ll all be fine) or – my personal default: The Porcupine. Here’s the drill: A few weeks with my prickles out, pretending everything is …Read More