Fighting fear with kindness

So last month there were so many posts about being kind and looking out for one another. This month we have reports of people fighting over paracetamol and toilet paper as they seek to ‘hoard essentials’ in fear of the Coronavirus. Isn’t it heartbreaking? It’s so easy to be kind when life is good; turnsContinue reading “Fighting fear with kindness”

God loves you even if you’re living in the margins

Jesus invites us to follow him and to receive his love, but He will all challenge us to live as forgiven people. Looking at many churches today you might think salvation is for the talented, the hipster and the Uber-religious. It’s understandable to think so, but it’s still not true. For Jesus ALL ARE INVITEDContinue reading “God loves you even if you’re living in the margins”

your scars bring you closer to God

We all carry scars with us. But do we remember the pain, or have we received Gods great unconditional love. Whatever you’ve been through, God carries you. We need to see our scars through a new light. The invisible scars of our painful experiences don’t exclude us from receiving God’s love – his grace isContinue reading “your scars bring you closer to God”

Are you a doorkeeper or a God-seeker?

In psalm 84 David expresses his heart for the presence of God. He says: “Better a day in your courts than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than live in the tents of wicked people.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭84:10‬ Do we yearn for God like this?Continue reading “Are you a doorkeeper or a God-seeker?”

A voice in the darkness

Ever felt like you are stuck in a dark place? Then this post is written just for you…. Gods first words in the human story were words spoke in the darkness – words from the darkness. Spoken by God. Spoken to breathe life into the darkness. Out of the darkness these words were uttered: “Let…Continue reading “A voice in the darkness”

The Onslaught of Christmas Stress

So it’s Christmas (almost!). That time of year when parental stress peaks temporarily; family conflicts fly off the handle; the busyness of consumerism feels like it will drown us! We cannot deny that for most people the time of glad tidings and joy is more like a giant tidal wave of tasks!  This seems toContinue reading “The Onslaught of Christmas Stress”

Be an encourager

There’s a guy in the bible called BARNABAS – he had a great reputation. Why? Because he was a great encourager. To encourage someone us to give them strength and courage. It is to lift them up. How can we encourage those around us? Here’s three ideas: 1. Pray for them 2. Help them practicallyContinue reading “Be an encourager”

Ancient prayers and renewed thoughts

I came across this Franciscan Prayer on a memory stick when looking for some research notes – it struck me that sometimes ancient words have the power to create new thoughts within us. With all the pain in the world at the moment words of encouragement, hope and inspiration are medicine for our souls.  IContinue reading “Ancient prayers and renewed thoughts”

Things Jesus Modeled and Taught – Love

I had a chess set a long time ago, and I loved that little chess set. It was a rather funky, electronic board that meant I could play chess even when no one else in the family wanted to play – and that was always. So I played against the computer – an unseen opponentContinue reading “Things Jesus Modeled and Taught – Love”