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When God paints outside the lines

I am a self-confessed planner; I like to know what is going to happen in the future. I can go with the flow, but I feel much better if I have a long-term plan. This can make being a parent of young adults difficult, at times. I certainly love this stage of parenting, but I don’t love all the unanswered questions: What will they study? Where will they work? Where will they live? And the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong, I am not afraid of these things happening, I just don’t like the feeling of uncertainty that comes along with it. Why am I sharing this with you? Well, I want to share some truths with you that God has reminded me of lately and that have provided me with comfort in the uncertainty of life. Firstly, no matter how much I want to think differently, I...
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How to pray with others

I’ve done it many times. More times than I’d care to remember if I’m being honest. Picture the scene: I’m talking with someone and in the course of our conversation they share with me a burden, a need, or a grievance they have. And before I’m fully aware of what I’m saying I hear the words, “I’ll pray for you”, escape from my lips. Now of course I mean what I say; I do intend to pray for that person. It’s just that sometimes my intentions have failed to match my actions. Maybe you can relate?   My failure in such instances has convinced me of the need to not just offer to pray for someone (as great as that is), but to pray with them. Right there and then. The process isn’t that much more complicated or difficult. It just means when I feel God leading me to pray for...
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Ups and Downs

Life has its ‘ups’ & ‘downs’! We all know that because we all experience them. Many of you know I’ve just gone through a personal time of physical and health challenges that involved numerous medical appointments and procedures. Thankfully I’m now back at work and coping better. This period has reminded me of our complete dependence on God’s grace. This period also reminded me of knowing what to do with our grievances and challenges when we go through ‘down’ times? Answer: … pour out your hearts to God. (Ps.62:4). I love the honesty of this answer that we read in Scripture! God invites us to pour out our hearts to him when we experience difficult times.       5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;          my hope comes from him.       6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;          he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.       7 My...
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How should a Christian use social media?

Somewhere in the last couple of decades this thing we call ‘social media’ crept into our homes, onto our screens, and took its place in our calendars, our conversations, and our consciences. Indeed, for most of us, social media is a regular part of our day-to-day lives. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Nor is it automatically a good thing. But because social media has taken such a dominant position in our lives and in our world, we would do well to think intentionally about how we should engage with it. There are obvious benefits—connection and creativity, information and inspiration—but there are also many potential pitfalls. In the article, A Social Media Heart Check, Kim Cash Tate proposes 4 questions that should guide the way we engage with social media. Let me offer them to you.   Am I Walking by the Spirit? In Galatians 5:22–23 we’re told the fruit of...
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Grace

Grace is freely given to us because of what Jesus has done for us. We do not need to earn it. There is no checklist we are required to meet. We receive it as a gift. It can be easy at times to forget about grace.  Perhaps it is because grace isn’t something that is tangible. You can’t hold it in your hands. It is like the wind you can’t see, but instead feel. The gift of grace is something so valuable we should want to tell others, and grow in our relationship with God. After all, in Acts 20:24 the Apostle Paul says “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” One way we can be prepared to testify of...
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