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October 18, 2019

Praise is like a hot air balloon. Thankfulness for all that we do have - and principally for Jesus Himself - raises us above our circumstances and gives us a clearer view.

Immediately we get context:

"Oh look there's a lovely village over there."

"Oh look it's not all boring motorway at all!"

"Wow, these trees are part of a huge wood!" 

"There i...

October 9, 2019

Right?  I think there are very few sitting up in an attic feverishly typing away trying desperately hard to pervert truth.  Heresy is much more subtle and unintentional than that. We are the frog sitting in the pot of cold water not noticing the heat increasing until we're boiled alive.

How can we stay aware of our vulnerability to it?  I th...

September 4, 2019

We are truly brilliant at focusing on things that aren't there:  

"My life is not this..."

"My partner is not that..."

"My children aren't..."

"My job isn't..."

"My parents never..."

"My figure is not..."

And we lament and wish and hope and dream...

Meantime, that old clock keeps on ticking. Can you hear it?

When I was in my twenties and exploring the co...

May 16, 2019

It's been a bit of a week: GCSEs have started in earnest for my daughter; my son's bullying continues apace at school (with seemingly little intervention from authority); and I have been battling with my wounded thumb.  

It is remarkable how much you need your dominant thumb.  Pulling cards out of your wallet, turning the door key, holding a pen, typing/te...

May 4, 2019

How easy it is for me to think that I’m “making it.”

And I don’t say this lightly. When I was married, we lived for five years under the daily threat of eviction.

Now I am divorced and transplanted across the globe, I give thanks daily for my accomplishments.  My children and I are housed, fed, schooled, and I am working and paying the bills to ensure...

April 5, 2019

When I worked as a hospital chaplain, on tough days a colleague and I would laugh in respite about the real meaning behind our words on entering a patient's room: "Hello, I'm the chaplain on your floor..."

Life can floor us, can't it?  By definition without warning, often without choice.  

There is choice however in how we view it....

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