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Where is the Light? Guest Post

By November 12, 2019 Blog

I’m thrilled to have a guest post this week from Lucy Rycroft, who’s just written a wonderful series of Advent reflections called “Redeeming Advent”  Thanks Lucy!   Where is the Light of the World? December is not far off, and already I’m feeling anxious. There’s so much to do, so many presents to buy, so many conversations to have, so many relationships to navigate. I can’t keep up with my current to-do list, let alone the fifty-thousand additional jobs I …Read More

‘What did you do today?’

By November 5, 2019 Blog

Glen comes home to find me, face-down on the sofa. The house looks like we’ve been burgled. The kids are hollering and trying to find a comfortable sitting position on my spine. ‘How was your day?‘ I mumble into a cushion. ‘Yeah, fine.  Couple of meetings.  Finishing scripts for new Christmas videos.  Skyped someone in the States.  Wrote my talks for the conference and sent off a manuscript. Sent off the funding applications and did a session on Trinity with the …Read More

Straws and safety-nets

By October 10, 2019 Blog

There are times in our lives when everything seems wrong.  A workplace that demands everything; but gives nothing back.  A relationship on the rocks; or no relationship at all. A baby who refuses to sleep; a scowling teen who won’t meet your gaze. Maybe it’s something you can’t talk about – or something you can’t see. Bruises; inside or out. Loneliness; depression; pain or grief.  Sadness that smothers; thick crests of anger that die, quick as they surge. Hold on, friends …Read More

Running On Empty – and Spirit-Filled

By September 19, 2019 Blog

How do you know when the Holy Spirit is working in your life? you have incredible dreams and visions you’ve given up on all your old sins and are temptation-free.  Things you’ve wrestled with in the past are completely resolved you know you’re exactly where God wants you to be and doing precisely what he wants you to do you’ve never felt closer to God others look to you as an example of faith and strength. you go to a …Read More

You Already Have A Prayer Life

By September 9, 2019 Blog

Guest post by Glen “I can’t pray. Where would I begin?” I understand this sentiment very well. I have thought it and felt it often. But it’s not right. The truth is I can pray, I do pray, I am praying all the time. I don’t need to start praying. In reality I can’t stop. What do I mean? Well consider these famous verses from Paul: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with …Read More

10 Myths of Perfectionism

By August 15, 2019 Blog

This is one from the archives.  But it seems appropriate as September looms and I start obsessing about new pencil cases and Getting Everything Right. Perfectionism porkies: 1. It makes me into a better person. Actually, no. It makes me a real pain to be around. Grumpier. More critical.  More self-focused. And lonely (because ‘friends’ are actually competition). 2. It helps me perform. The reality – it stops me even trying. 3. I feel better knowing that I’ve done my …Read More

That’s not my God…

By July 29, 2019 Blog

I’m reading a great devotional for busy mums.  It talks about the importance of coming before God in silence and stillness. Yes, I think.  Yes. But how? Noise is the tapestry of my days.  Toys that sing when you step on them. The hum of the washing machine; car horns honking; the chatter and clatter of dishes and children. No breaks and no off switch. No time for anything else. That’s not quite true. It is possible to carve out …Read More

The Good Life

By July 18, 2019 Blog

A good prayer is not ‘Dear God, thank you that I’m so good and everything is perfect’, (including my grammar).  A good prayer can be inarticulate and halting; a torrent of tears and grief and anger; a slow grasping towards the light, from a very dark place. Good faith is not always about having a sense of God’s presence; or peace in the face of challenges and fears. Good faith is talking through your doubts with close Christian friends, speaking …Read More

Chasing my shadow

By July 4, 2019 Blog

It’s the big question of this (and maybe every) age. Who am I, really?  Is there a core essence, a slice of me-ness that marks me out from everyone else? If so, am I born with it; or is it something I have to seek out and discover? What I if don’t like what’s there? Can I learn to be something different? One question leads to another and another after that. When will it happen, this self-discovery? When I meet …Read More

Treasures of darkness

By June 13, 2019 Blog

Everything I’m reading at the moment seems to point to the necessity of Christian suffering.  It’s not a message I’ve been seeking. In fact, I keep trying to post it back. I turn the pages of the bible.  I put on a different song.  I pray, ‘Ok God – but not for me. Not now and frankly, not ever.’ This week I even picked out a book entitled ‘Joy’ as an antidote. (It turned out to be about the joy that comes …Read More