Advice for HARD TIMES – Find the…

I thought I would share my recent thoughts around the #coronavirus as people think about self isolating and the world locks down. There’s a lot of worry and anxiety, stress and confusion. The future feels daunting and uncertain. Here’s my advice in a nutshell – along with some of my recent life messages: FIND THEContinue reading “Advice for HARD TIMES – Find the…”

Kindness is giving your strength away

kindness can be seen by some as a weakness in character because it makes you vulnerable and open to people treating you like a mug. This is one way of looking at kindness (bear with me) – but kindness is NOT weakness – it is the humble use of your strength. Kindness uses its strengthContinue reading “Kindness is giving your strength away”

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”

Have faith in yourself and others

Fear cripples our ability to move forward. It amplifies thoughts of doubt and worry, which in turn increases the stress we feel. To remedy fear there is the medicine of faith: Have faith in yourself: you are more capable thank you have ever imagined. Believe that you can work hard, endure, keep on keeping on,Continue reading “Have faith in yourself and others”

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”