The craziness of God’s plan…

Tonight, nestled in the postbox was a red, white and blue airmail envelope. I knew instantly who it was from – my long, lost pal Sonya, who lives and works on the Thai/Burma border. I met Sonya about 8 years ago. As things do, we just clicked and over time, we had lots of great …

There’s no point in going to Church….

…is there? Last year, I decided I really needed to put down some roots and get myself a church home. Seems like fairly basic stuff, I know, but life circumstances, lots of travelling etc, had left me hanging as a bit of a spiritual wanderer. I always went, just not consistently, to the same place, …

To an un-named friend….

Been thinking this week about friendship and how grateful I am for the friendships where I can be totally honest, real and (if the mood should strike), completely and utterly ridiculous too. And that, pretty much sums up my 27-year-long friendship with Un-named Friend, who’s been there through all the highs, lows and the many …

The Bible and horoscopes…

Recently, I was skipping through religious TV channels and paused to take a sip of tea, just as a man-with-too-big-hair pointed his bejewelled finger at the camera and said; ‘God’s told me that if you, yes YOU, give to us, then within days…. and I mean, DAYS (repeated for extra spiritual emphasis)…He will heal you, …

My dad is ace…

So, tonight, I’ve been thinking about my dad and how amazing he is. As a child, he grew up mostly without love or a family or any sense of security, so he knows all about struggle.    In adult years, his security has always been in God – and that has seen  him through some hair-raising, mind-bending life adventures. Dad, …

Snow , sleet, ice and plenty of murderous thoughts.

I quite like the snow; the perfect blankety whiteness first thing in the morning,  kids being pushed/pulled in sleds and the sheepish smiles and the feeling of, ‘we’re in this together’ between neighbours, as we tramp through the snow drifts. This morning, I stepped out into aforementioned ‘perfect blankety whiteness’ and stopped to take a …

There is Hope…

2012 was a BIG year for me and for some of my friends. Some babies arrived, an old friend passed away, another friend was diagnosed with a serious illness and a couple of marriages fought for survival (and lost). In many ways, 2012 could have been a year of terrible disappointment; things that many of …