What to do when you’re feeling blue. 

I had a ‘blue day’ recently.   It was a combination of being over tired, thinking that a couple of glasses of red wine would help me sleep, non-healthy eating, complicated by getting bad news from a friend, which all conspired to chuck me into the doldrums.   I woke up one morning uncharacteristically low,…

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I’m not an evangelist.

I never thought of myself as an evangelist.   Growing up, my experience of ‘evangelists’ was limited to those  crusade-holding, slightly mysterious John the Baptist types.   We’d host special meetings, we’d invite the lost, silently willing them forward as the altar call was announced.   The evangelist would lead those at the front in…

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How to get wisdom in a hopeless situation. 

Solomon was the youngest member of the family and even though his family was incredibly wealthy and he had everything he wanted, there was a dark shadow over his life.   He was the child of what began as an adulterous relationship and there would always be a few who would remember the scandal; the…

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How to vote…

I’m not an American (thought I’d best mention that upfront), but because I’ve lived in the US and have American friends, I am really interested in the US election. It’s an undeniably unique event in so many different ways. A business man with (reportedly) limited hands-on political experience goes head to head with the wife…

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Are you a ‘Spiritual’ Christian? 

Growing up in the Pentecostal church, there were mostly two kinds of people; those who were ‘spiritual’ and those who were not.  In that context, being ‘spiritual’ meant to chase after whatever God was saying, to be fascinated by the unseen world, to understand (and use) spiritual gifts.   In short, you’d know a ‘spiritual’…

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You’re never too old to start again…

I’ve been thinking this week about Ruth…the one in the Bible.I read the story again recently and I was gripped. Ruth was a survivor. She’d left her home to move in with her husband and his family. But one-by-one, her husband had died, as had his dad and his brother, so now she was living…

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The lies we believe…

Obsessive Comparison Disorder is officially a thing. Apparently, it’s what happens when you spend too much time on social media and develop an anxiety that your life isn’t quite as good as everyone else’s. I read about it recently, googled and discovered there’s even support groups and online networks for sufferers. The symptoms include obsessive…

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When everyone lets you down.

The man was at the wrong end of a long, dark tunnel.  His vision was swimmy, there was a dull, deep throbbing pain at the back of his head and his thoughts were water clogged and pain-filled.  As he emerged along the black tunnel, into consciousness, he could hear voices.  People seemed to be talking…

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An ugly confrontation

Confrontation is not my favourite thing. Given the choice, I’d always choose to play nicely with the other kids in the playground, blissfully pretending everything was hunky dory.  But life’s not like that and sometimes we just have to deal with stuff.  So, imagine my horror recently when it became clear that I really could not ignore…

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Are you looking in the wrong place? 

It was a warm, balmy night and sweat trickled down their temples as they waited quietly in the inky darkness.  The nets were slung low over the side of the fishing boat and to pass the time, the disciples whispered to each other, hardly daring to move in case they disturbed the fish. They were worn…

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