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.
Today is a first for me. I am linking up with Emily P Freeman in her 'What I learned This Spring' blog posts. I love Emily's thoughtful posts and encouragement to 'make space for our souls to breathe'. Here are a few things I've learned this Spring. 1. Not to plant perennials too close together … Continue reading What I’ve Learned This Spring
I'm a born critic. Part nature, part nurture. Sceptical of most things that can't be logically explained. I value authenticity, honesty, principled ideals in others. I find it hard to sit through so called 'pentecostal' or 'charismatic' church gatherings where enthusiasm is generated by words, repetition of words, arm waving and multiple calls for healing … Continue reading Glory be to God for dappled shade…..
When Elijah disappears mysteriously from planet Earth, Elisha, his appointed successor, feels thrust into his new role prematurely. During his mentoring period with Elijah, nothing could have prepared him for this moment. After all, this had been less about learning a trade or an art and more about being with a man, a prophet, at … Continue reading This Earthen Vessel
The book of I Kings in the Bible ends with the death of King Ahab. His is a tragic life with a pitiful ending. If only he knew that centuries later, readers would wonder at the extent of this man's need to 'play games' with God. Ahab's tactics are bold, defiant, narcissistic. He imagines a … Continue reading Playing Games With God.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. The words of Jesus. Matthew 5 43-45. I was the girl in the school playground who was a little … Continue reading Loving Our Enemies.
The legacy of Elijah the prophet is a great example of how frail humanity and the power of God reside in one individual. Often in our Sunday morning church service we sing Chris Tomlin's song "Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord". The lyrics of this song are beautiful and scripture infused. The … Continue reading The Ordinary And The Extra-Ordinary of God’s Strength.