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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 […]

Human

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I think it was their ability to create new life again after they lost some pieces of it. There were tragic stories of loss in just about every story; family members, friends, money, health, dignity, voice, language, heritage. And yet, In the face of each, perhaps even more deeply embedded, was a stubborn heartbeat that, without even trying drove these people towards creating new life. It’s not that the messages endorsed denying the pain of […]

Direction.

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Standing in the middle Where east meets west, And north meets south The sun shines down warm in this spot And the breeze is quiet and cool, Patiently waiting, circling the soul that has, for whatever reason, Found itself paused in the middle. Whether for weariness or fear Or for grief or disappointment, Or some other such thing. The calm of the middle will always be here, encircling, warming, holding, until the breath has found […]

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 […]

Are you finished?

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Don’t stop speaking. Unless you are finished. If your speech falters and fumbles and there then comes this fear-shadow that insists you should now be quiet, What of the words, of the wisdom, of the light – Still left hidden behind this only-momentary falter? If you know that you know you had more to say, that there’s more to be heard here, pause. You’re human. Take a breath, Try again, please don’t stop. You aren’t […]

Love like that.

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“Watch what God does, and then you do it…. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that..” Eph 5:1-2 (MSG) ‘Love like that.’ I think sometimes it’s easy to read God’s words as […]

Un-growing

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“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C. S. Lewis I think there’s this quest as we grow, to also un-grow. Life’s disappointments and discouragements, if we are not careful, shape and colour what we are able to see now. As we grow, the discouragement list grows to a silly amount and I think for some of us (🙋🏼‍♀️) it can become easy to lose sight of the wonder […]

Tired.

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  I don’t know about you, but I’ve often felt pressure to step out of what is comfortable, ‘to do the right thing – even when it’s hard.’ Keep pushing through comfort To achieve the dream, to get the reward, and all of that. I still think those ideas are neat. I still hold them as values. Because, It’s ideas like these that give us ambition, drive, progress. But. I’ve also got a hang up […]

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, […]