The other day I started thinking about some friends who “left the building”. The ones who were nowhere to be seen during a life crisis I had some 20 years ago. At the time, I didn’t have the capacity to mind as the "situation" had my full attention. But on a recent Sunday afternoon, I … Continue reading Unspokenness
Last weekend I went to a women’s event. During the afternoon I managed to introduce myself to several different women who were standing on their own. I could see they had come by themselves, and I wanted to make sure they felt included. I am confident when it comes to speaking to ‘standing-by-themselves’ people but … Continue reading Wallflower
I'm always on the lookout for a good romantic comedy/drama and this week I found a TV programme that seemed to fit the bill. But like many things I stumble upon in my quest to find something “light”, it took things to the edge with some of its content and language. I found myself feeling … Continue reading Discerning
“In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But … Continue reading Differences
The experience matters
I’ve had a fear of heights for as long as I can remember. When I was 4, my dad took me fishing. The jetty was too high, and we had to come home… My fear of heights caused 10-year-old me to “chicken out” on a school trip as we walked Mt Tarawera. I remember my … Continue reading The experience matters
On the weekend I was using my slow cooker to cook some beef. At the 8-hour mark, I lifted the lid expecting to put my fork into fall-apart deliciousness but in its place was a piece of tough inedible meat. I’ve had this experience with my slow cooker too many times. And this was the … Continue reading Slow cooking
Acts 21, tells the story of how when Paul returned to Jerusalem some of the Jewish people grabbed him and started yelling “Friends, help us! This man goes around everywhere, saying bad things about our nation and about the Law of Moses and about this temple” (Acts 21:28). When the rioting crowd was brought to … Continue reading Mindedness
The time is now…
Renovating an old house often uncovers items in need of repair or replacement. Interesting how many of those things get attributed to “some idiot” who “didn’t do it right the first time…” We’ll find ourselves discussing at length what “they” should have done. We might even try to make sense of their “why?” But there’s … Continue reading The time is now…
What’s my purpose?
What if instead of searching for purpose and meaning in our lives, we made the decision to turn up to what we already get to do WITH purpose? Might we find that “purpose and meaning” have been with us the whole time? Not something far off, yet to be discovered. Instead, just waiting to be … Continue reading What’s my purpose?
A conversation with God
It is easy to think worrying will change our circumstances. After all, it takes up enough energy to feel like we’re engaged in “action”. That our “attention” is making a difference. But here’s what I know, prayers are the best words to let pour out of my mouth. When I cover worries or any aspect … Continue reading A conversation with God