All posts tagged: encouragement

God in Real-Time: Why we actually can take heart in a troubled world.

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christian / hope

“We habitually stand in ournow and look back by faith to see the past filled with God.We look forward and see Him inhabiting ourfuture;but ournow is uninhabitedexcept for ourselves.Thus we are guilty of a kind of temporary atheismwhich leaves us alone in the universe while,for the time,God is not.”– A.W Tozer Here I like how Tozer draws attention to how we might be affected by living in our present world (and all of the difficulty […]

Left with peace, not alone.

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Jesus to his disciples ahead of his crucifixion:  “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18 I’ve been thinking about Easter Sunday.  And how like, I want to make sure I don’t lose sight of the warmth of the Easter-Sunday, Jesus-qualified hope of not being left alone. I want to make sure that in the aftermath of the Good-Friday death of the King – the King I’ve come to […]

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 […]

Lessons: A brief season of writer’s block.

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mentalhealth / Uncategorized / wellbeing / wholeness

“I am willing to sound dumb. I am willing to be wrong. I am willing to be passionate about something that isn’t perceived as cool. I am willing to express a theory. I am willing to admit I’m afraid. I’m willing to contradict something I’ve said before. I’m willing to have a knee-jerk reaction, even a wrong one. I’m willing to apologize. I’m perfectly willing to be perfectly human.” – Donald Miller (Scary Close). As […]

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 […]

Nesting: Certainty or Faith

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“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence” Eph 3:12 NLT The message I find myself carrying through from last nights message, is one of being willing to act upon what are often challenging personal calls from God. Of actually responding to his calls;  about who I am, and who other people are. For me, maybe that’s to love. Period. Maybe that’s to be brave. […]

Here.

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Here. Where it’s all happening. Quietly. The people, The places. Sometimes the here isn’t as we had hoped. Sometimes it’s beyond what we had hoped. But. Here is all we’ve got. Life has a way … of only happening here, Anywhere else holds a little element of… illusion, At least partially. Not that we shouldn’t dream, We were made to dream, and imagine, For this is what creates Beauty and movement in all the here’s […]

The Track that So Faithfully Leads.

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How easy it is to momentarily lose our own selves – to feel lost to what we want, know or think. This slope is a slippery  one and far too difficult to climb back up the same way we slid down. Alternative routes have to be made, perhaps around the mountain step by step, trudging a track that circulates the mountain many times over before reaching the top, before reaching a higher height – but […]

Value

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encouragement / inspirational / life / Uncategorized

Why is it that we must value ourselves? Why do we need to  know and understand our value? One might assume that it doesn’t even matter, or perhaps consider it less humble to consider it important. But I think humbleness, might be quite contrary. What I am seeing on this matter of value, is that if we truly know and consider our value, maybe we will know what gives us substance, we will know what […]

Your Story.

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We each have a story. We each have a story that lead us to today. We have people and experiences and heartbreaks and joys and everything inbetween that lead us to this chapter. Today is just one page. And we can be certain there is more to come. But what makes us up – is our story, because of this our today is not going to be identical to any other – because our story […]