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Choosing suffering {guest post}

  Alice Buckley is the kind of person who makes my heart smile every time I see something she writes, whether on Twitter or on her blog. She writes imaginatively about how to teach the Bible to young children, and I love learning from her. Over to Alice:   Two kinds of suffering   When […]

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A Father’s love {guest post}

I have had the pleasure of knowing Nick Parish since university days. His writing at that time was limited to the CU newsletters (which were surprisingly entertaining, as I recall). He is someone who always makes me see God afresh, genuinely cares for others and writes with a whimsical self-deprecating sense of humour. This combination […]

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Grasp

I remember his tiny fingers, all tightly curled around my one; the instinct of infancy, the comfort reflex.   He held on because he didn’t know how not to hold on.   ******   A year and a few months on, he toddles towards the door excitedly, then daunted by the new faces he retreats […]

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Here she is. Send her.

I was in a church service, worshipping God. The preacher stopped, and said, ‘there are some here whom God is calling to mission. If you think that’s you, then come to the front.’   My spirit leapt within me as soon as I heard those words, my heart bursting with love for God and a […]

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Running away from God

I am sitting outside in the garden, watching my boy. Being outside is always a mixed blessing. I LOVE getting outside the house and having some sunshine, but it is always more physically demanding, and I have to be very careful not to overdo it.   Basically, I go outside, and then pray that my […]

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Gift

This is my ‘Five minute Friday’, inspired by Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama.  The idea is that you write for five minutes flat on a topic, without worrying about whether it’s right or not.  Check out others’ interesting 5-minute posts on the topic here. This is my best five minutes on: Gift GO I am […]

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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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