All posts filed under: encouragement

A counter-standard: Love.

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I guess both the wonder and challenge wrapped up within Grace is that we have to accept it isn’t synonymous with our success or hinged upon a favour we only receive in return for doing something exceptionally, or beautifully. In a sense, Grace wills us to move and do and be – even when it knows we will fail. In love, it draws us face to face with the thing that scares us. Or the thing that […]

Lady Wisdom

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Maybe wisdom doesn’t always ask you to wait until you know. Maybe wisdom doesn’t ask you to know what is wise Before you know what is wise. Maybe sometimes,  she comes as you choose to move With eyes that are open And a heart that is soft. Maybe only there, does wisdom impress her knowledge onto our hearts. Why were you so afraid to move? // “Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set […]

A poem and a prayer for the night.

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Deep in the night Where light is most known in some place other than here At each gust of wind The wind chime moves And with each movement, she makes her simple sound Lets us know that she’s here That the wind tonight moves her Makes her feel Draws out melodies words Important to note though, As simple her melody It goes heart-deep It is not empty noisy words The wind simply blows And in […]

Flawed

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Could it be that when we commit to being authentic, we experience more tension than we would if we hadn’t made such a commitment? Rather than seeking to be the impressive idea of what we think others think we should be, we represent what we are, which is something that might often fall short of what we *should* be? It’s less neat. Less perfect. It makes mistakes. Says the wrong things. Wobbles lots. Is selfish […]

Part two: Behind the door.

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What makes you different? (Your faith? Your current sense of mental or physical health? Skin colour? Body Image? Insert your *thing* here) When you enter into a room full of people and become aware of your difference, before words, if any, have been exchanged, What do you feel about that difference? Why is that for some of us, our first inclination is to hide whatever of our own differences are most apparent for us? Why […]

Pace

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In a gym class you might have a number of people who are stronger than you;  they can push themselves harder and further.  It might offer some helpful motivation to grow, But if you use them as your gauge for where you should be here and now, you might be able maintain it for a few minutes.. But then you’ll likely find yourself dropping off. Tired to an extent that doesn’t match what’s healthy for […]

P.S It mightn’t always be about walking on water.

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A few years ago, I spoke to a wise person about fear, but shortly after explaining it, I rushed to say, as any good Christian would, that, like Peter, I was well aware that despite this fear, I had to get out of the boat, always. That’s how one walks on water, after all. For me, to stay in the boat, felt very, very wrong. Because, it meant that I wasn’t responding to Jesus’ call, […]

Waking up to something good.

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Sometimes we look to people around us to reflect back to us something of who we are.  We are relational creatures by nature. To do so, I don’t think, is wrong, but actually a God-ordained way of being.  I think the people around us, are the ones who hold some degree of power to reflect back some of the truth of who we are. But I think one of the effects of this is that […]

How do we respond?

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  The more I explore mental health in my counselling training, the more I see an issue not with the people who are struggling with stuff (which is most of us at some point) but rather, how the ones who these people are surrounded by (which I think also is most of us), respond to the ones who are struggling. What is the nature of the discussions being had of people struggling some way in […]