Autumn is a time of small pleasures: glowing sunsets; landscapes painted in colour; hot drinks with friends; crisp, cool, misty mornings. “Our lives are stories built of small moments. Ordinary experiences. It is too easy to forget that our days are adding up to something astonishing. We do not often stop to notice the signs … Continue reading A Day of Small Things.
It seems like, as Jesus said, in this world, we will always have trouble. Our lives will be punctuated with sorrow and discouragement, pain and fear. And for some, life offers fewer intervals between each onslaught. Chronicity is a word linked to so many medical disorders: anxiety, arthritis, diabetes, depression. No-one wants to hear it, … Continue reading When Discouraged.
We often played on the ‘street’ as children. There were not too many cars traversing the roads between rows of houses during my 1970’s childhood, and those that did were happy to wait patiently while we scattered from our games on the tarmac to the safety of the pavement. Our house was an ‘end of … Continue reading Sitting On The Wall.
"What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart." Ecclesiastes 3, 9-11. John Mason leans an arm on a concrete barn wall to … Continue reading Simplicity is a Beautiful and Precious Gift.
It's 5 am and I'm fully awake. Sun is streaming through the slatted beams of an ancient veranda, and the hum of life outside has already reached steady state. It's 1989 and I'm a third-year medical student from Glasgow on elective placement in a rural 'Mission Hospital', nestled deep amongst lush coconut plantations in the South … Continue reading Simplicity begins with a sunrise and ends with a sunset.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt. 6,33. (ESV) I am a woman who thrives on an orderly life. I enjoy a challenge to create order from chaos. I love to work with colour, texture, fabrics and flowers to create homely … Continue reading Simplicity Is A Lot About Trust
He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Phil. 1,6. (ESV) I'd like God to help me simplify my life. I pray too that this will be an easy and pain -free process. I wish to be consulted on any 'big decisions' required and cajoled … Continue reading Simplicity is Cross Shaped.
Life in my grandparents generation seemed simpler, slower, gentler. Holidays were spent at the seaside, the nearest one to their home. Food shops and clothing stores offered limited options. People travelled less and families stayed close by. They had the same doctor, the same electrician, the same plumber, the same joiner, for life. Today we … Continue reading Simplicity.
These fragile blooms. So beautiful. So delicate. So transient. They catch the filtered evening sun on the forest floor. I kneel down to take a photo. Already the little petals are beginning to wilt from days of heat, but here in the limelight, there is a moment of glory, intoxicating nectar, seasonal timing, and my, what … Continue reading The Limelight.
“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and … Continue reading Life In A Bubble.