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Is faith all about the black and white?

“I have thanked God for my situation, I have raged at Him, I have pleaded with Him, I have refused to speak to Him.   There are times where I feel contentment, and other times where I feel an unbearable sadness. There are times where I know the closeness of His spirit, and other times […]

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Sneaky snake

Joining with Amber on Mondays for concretewords, where we practice writing by communicating the abstract through concrete things – a Horse, a book, stairs – and today The Scales. These concrete words posts have led me on a journey through childhood and nostalgia and spiritual maturity – I write and that’s what comes out at […]

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The Horse

  I’m joining with Amber’s Concrete Words series, where she writes about writing and uses concrete words to show the abstract. She is such an excellent writer, this is a masterclass. Writers, do join with us!     In the middle of the doctors’ waiting room, amongst the tired magazines and pale patients was an […]

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Progress on the journey

When was the last time you entered a different country?   There are two ways of entering a country.   The first way is the clear entry. I have been to America once, and the entry was a noisy airport, announcements, surprisingly personal questions from unsmiling uniformed figures, fingerprinting, forms, heavy luggage. I had arrived. […]

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Tuesdays are for honesty

  Drumroll please…   Next Tuesday, 18 September, I will begin a new guest-post series on my blog, God and Suffering: Our Story.   I am so excited!   I have asked some friends to be courageous in sharing their own stories of suffering, weakness, struggle. They will be telling the truth of what it […]

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Get angry at God: Job did

A Biblical basis for expressing anger at God   Last week I posed this question, ‘If anger is the correct emotional response to injustice, surely being angry at God is calling God unjust. Therefore, is it a sin to be angry with God?‘   I was really grateful for your answers, which were all thoughtful […]

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Living in the in-between

One morning, a few weeks ago, I started writing a blog post.  I wrote it using my iPad, but decided to draft it in an email so it would be easier to edit.  I spent an hour lovingly tapping out a thousand words. I edited, tweaked, smiled.   I could feel my brain slowing down […]

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Flowers and Tears and Mothers’ Day

It was Saturday, the evening before Mothering Sunday and I was chatting to my husband as we ate dinner. We were discussing the Mothers’ Day tradition of handing out posies of flowers to all women at church.   “I really don’t think it’s a good idea,” I explained. “I worry that the positives about giving […]

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