All posts tagged: thoughts

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 […]

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’ […]

Who do you say that I am?

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“[Jesus] asked his disciples this question: “What are the people saying about me, the Son of Man? Who do they believe I am?” They answered, “Some are convinced you are John the Baptizer, others say you are Elijah reincarnated, or Jeremiah or one of the prophets” “But you – who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked.” Matt 16:13-15 TPT I find it interesting that Jesus seemed to be wanting to make clear to […]

Christmas and New Year: Finding the embrace of love.

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“God embraced our frame When He graced the world He made All hail the divine in a manger Love embraced our fate When the playwright took the stage All hail the arrival of our maker All hail the arrival of our Saviour All hail the arrival of our maker” Arrival – Hillsong. (From the album ‘The Peace Project’). (Artist – Jesse Treece) I find these lyrics encouraging in amongst my own ‘shoulds.’ I guess in […]

When Brave gets lost.

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    “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” John 14:27 TPT There come times fear is sticky – hard to shake off, and Brave might seem to have gotten well-lost. If we stop and we look from where a voice comes, Is it friendly or foe-like? […]

Being Human: Failing to be God.

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“If one’s religion is to mean anything, if it is to last, it has to stand outside of time and place. Its truths have to be transcendent…. To be blunt, a god that is no bigger than our own desires is not God at all, but a divinized rationalization for self-worship” – Rob Dreher I find a weird sort of peace in reading this quote – weird because in the past it would have held […]

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 […]

Limited + Human

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“The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.” – Soren Kierkegaard. // What would happen if today we relaxed, in the middle of our mess, and let God do his job? This, I’m coming to see, is no easy feat. I often sit with anxiety, because I want so much […]

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 […]