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Raising the new; from the inside out.

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“They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new.” Isaiah 61:1-7 (MSG) The verses leading up to this talk about how exactly those who mourn in Zion are able to ‘rebuild new cities.’ About what conditions are needed to move from mourning, to rebuilding. What is within their power to rebuild will be dependent upon […]

Facing the worst; relationships as havens

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“By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” Ecclesisates 4:12 (MSG) When you’re facing the worst, to whom do you turn? One of the beautiful things I have discovered about both studying and having my own counselling is that it offers a turning place. It offers respite. A warm and cosy stop off. A haven space to turn towards, […]

Being here: Bravery and Faith.

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“and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” Hebrews 13:5-6 AMPC There’s this thing about the present; it forces you […]

For when we get it wrong: Wonder-tunes + grace-melodies:

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“If you want to be made holy by fulfilling the obligations of the law, you have cut off more than your flesh—you have cut yourselves off from the Anointed One and have fallen away from the revelation of grace!” Gal 5:4 (TPT)……“….You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?” Gal 5:7 (NLT) I used to really not like being wrong. But instead of fighting forwards a ‘right’ […]

Coming back to your now-place.

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“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matt 6:33-34 (TPT) Sometimes I get so fixed upon and blinded by the shiny beautiful or the big and scary thing up ahead. […]

People who influence one another: Individualism and Shame.

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Sometimes I read quotes about being empowered as an individual to be confident, to, you know, ‘not need anyone else because I’m gonna be whole on my own damn self’ type thing; who needs anyone else, when I have myself – type of attitude. You know the one? In one part I feel a little inspired by it, but admittedly on the other (larger) part I feel a sting. I think it’s because often I […]

True Colours: Brokenness

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“You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-3 (MSG) When I read this verse, I see a picture of something being cracked open and broken – exposing all the colours and life once hidden beneath its shell – revealing […]

Dear Jealousy: Gentle reminders from Grace.

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“ But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.”” 2 Cor 12:9 TPT Why is it hard at times, to celebrate the ones rising higher than us? Perhaps it is easy to love and feel compassion for those going through apparently harder times than we – but what of feeling just as warmly towards the ones who are rising, who are in […]

Settling the dust.

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“Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.” Psalm 37:7 MSG So often when I stand before God, or the mystery of what I don’t yet know, piled up with my fears frustrations and life-stuff, I am searching in an almost crazed sort of desperation; for immediate clear answers, verses, a sudden divine arrival of ‘help from above.’ Although this […]

Through the eyes of the stranger.

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There’s something pretty lovely about unexpectedly being welcomed into a home you are unfamiliar with. It draws into the light, the simple wonder of people, and in particular, wonders that might otherwise go unnoticed; a woman with a natural inclination towards being hospitable, while yours is towards being self sufficient. The man who tells a number of stories that bring a certain warmth and encouragement to your soul. The teenager who made dessert for five, and […]