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The whims of the water.

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“There are moments when nothing in the world seems more difficult, and yet you can’t imagine doing anything else.” – Rob Bell (How to be here) I’d be kidding you if I said 2017 was one of my easiest, joy-filled years. But, so would I be if I said it was not my richest most ‘on track’ sort of a feeling year yet. It’s an interesting paradox, to have struggled so, yet to also feel […]

dare to answer the call.

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“You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well-constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught…..start living it!” Colossians 2:6-7 MSG There come times where we are revealed or drawn to a certain relevant Jesus promise perhaps about who we are, or who we are not; about how to treat other people; about our being saved through grace; about our […]

Moving toward Peace.

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“The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up. Can Misrule have anything in common with you? Can Troublemaker pretend to be on your side?” Psalm 94:18-20 MSG It may be easy to look at this verse and to feel hard done by, to think that because things are falling or have […]

Wonders to be worked.

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“…There is an illusion that we can have sometimes that we are ‘passionate for God,’ but the reality is we’re maybe a little more confident in our ‘passionate personality,’ and we’re clinging to an illusion. Instead of actually getting to the point (of often brokenness) where we know that we know that we know… that it’s only by grace.. that we can even lift our voice” – Brian Johnson (From his talk ‘Overcoming Anxiety’ on […]

Making space for joy.

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“…None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives.” Col 3:15-17MSG. This morning, giving thankfulness a little space meant pausing for long enough to take note of the colours standing before me on what felt to be a very ordinary, and somewhat weary Tuesday. Taking notice of what simple things you appreciate […]

Fight + Surrender

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“Worship is the arena in which God recalibrates our hearts, reforms our desires, and rehabituates our loves. Worship isn’t just something we do; it is where God does something to us. Worship is the heart of discipleship because it is the gymnasium in which God retrains our hearts.” – James K Smith The beauty of approaching Jesus is that we need not have it all together. In fact that very belief leaves us separated from […]

Hope is on her way.

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Painted a bit of a heart-warming mess of tones and textures this afternoon. For me, these tones reflect the sweet moment of finally sensing the warmth of hope in the midst of seasons that have, at times, been somewhat grey and gloomy. Hope always arrives; if she hasn’t yet, do not fear, for she is most certainly on her way. The thing about the nature of hope is that she does not, and will not […]

broken + human

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“Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?” Gal 3: 5-6 MSG. // Freedom is found in letting go of how right or wrong we think we are, and by setting our sights in […]

Here + Now

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“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. ” 1 Peter 1:2-4 MSG // Could this be about control? Control aims to keep it all turning out as we imagined and hoped; stress and trouble free. But the trouble with holding on tight to this, is that when […]

Seen + Loved.

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“Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go to the underground, you’re there!” Psalm 139:7-8 MSG // Earlier in this Psalm it talks about being an open book to God; that in the stories of our lives – he has left no page unturned. He sees the good I know about me, but he sees what […]