When the prison door opens…

Have you ever had a defining moment, where everything in your relationship with God changed? Shifted in some almost-intangible way? It might have been the moment when things finally ‘clicked’ for you, the point someone prayed for you? Or it might have been a dream, a vision, or particular church service or experience. But somehow…

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A warning from God

A few weeks ago, I moved house (I might have mentioned this!). In the run up, there was all sorts of throwing-out-of-things and also buying-of things. I also decided I needed a new comfy, sink-yourself-into-it armchair. And so, the search began. I knew exactly what I wanted (think: light grey, huge, super comfy wingback) and…

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Nothing can separate me from his love

When my dad was 42 years old, he had a heart attack. After some recovery time, he was soon on the mend, but a few years later, he began experiencing chest pain again. He was referred to a specialist and after tests, was told his arteries had become so blocked, he was to avoid any…

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It’s time to wake up…

About a month ago now, I had a really amazing and lovely encounter with God. If I’m honest, I wasn’t expecting it to change my life quite so dramatically, but it has. The only thing I can say, is that my eyes have been opened to this whole new world, a whole new spiritual reality.…

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I got trolled…

I got trolled! My last blog post on the subject of Joel Osteen generated some pretty negative online responses from strangers.  Within an hour of posting, I’d sent several rather nasty comments straight to the Spam folder, which among other things, accused me of making up the story and oh, my particular favourite, the suggestion that…

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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 someone betrays you…

I remember the first time I was betrayed.  I was 11 years old and sat on the school bus when a boy in front, handed me a grubby, much-folded note scrawled in pencil.  Will you be my girlfriend?  (it said) (And underneath, some multiple choice answers) Yes.  No.  Maybe. I uhmed and ahhed for a…

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God never leaves us (even though sometimes, we think He does).

Years ago, I had a strange and unusual experience with God; an experience that changed everything. At the time I was an annoying, anger-filled teenager.  I’d grown up in church, and believed deep down that everything I’d been taught was true, but I was still filled with irritation at the petty, pointless politics and all…

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Are you destroying yourself?

This week, I’ve been gripped by another Netflix special; Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Jessica is a tortured, messed-up, alcoholic private investigator who has a secret – she’s also a superhero. She developed the gift of super strength after surviving a car accident which killed her whole family. She’s now mostly alone in the world, trying to…

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A dirty old cross

It was a lovely, sunny Sunday afternoon and my dad and I were taking an elderly neighbour’s dog for a walk.   We were wandering along one of our favourite haunts – Pickerings Pasture – a long path, bordered on one side by the Mersey river, when we decided to walk down to the edge…

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