The start of a new year often brings us a fresh injection of hope. Even though our lives usually look very much the same on January 1 as they do on December 31, there’s a kind of ‘crossing over’ that occurs. We are symbolically farewelling one year, with all its trials and triumphs, and welcoming… Continue reading Crossing over with hope
Ask me what my ‘life verse’ is, and I’ll point you to this one. It was one of the first verses I committed to memory as a child, because it gave me an instant dose of strength and courage when I felt afraid. And I’ve always been an anxious person. When the ‘mountains’ of school… Continue reading A life verse for scaredy-cats like me…
Where does your strength lie, and what happens when that strength fails you? Personally, I’m terrible at being sick. I hate the way it throws out my carefully constructed routine. I also can’t stand how it seems to expose all my physical and emotional weaknesses. For someone who likes to be in control, being unwell… Continue reading Where does your strength come from?
What’s the source of your power and strength? What gets you through the day? Whether you’re facing minor frustrations or massive problems, know that you can trust God to help you. We can choose to be confident in him, because he won’t let us down. God is right beside us always, giving us power and… Continue reading Where does your strength come from?
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,… Continue reading Wings like eagles
We enter the world expecting others to be there for us. We take it for granted that someone will feed us, hold us, clean us. I remember how vulnerable I felt after the birth of my first son. I suffered from a drawn-out, traumatic labour which lasted through the night and well into the next… Continue reading Be brave, dear one
Valentine’s Day produces a range of reactions. Just like other widely celebrated occasions, it can bring joy, heartache or indifference, depending on a person’s current ‘status’ or life situation. Rather than letting our emotions dictate our lives, let’s remember to keep on loving others actively and purposely. Christ gives us the strength to love, and… Continue reading Love on purpose