I first heard Jamie Grace on a family vacation in Florida when local Christian radio station Z88.3 played one of her songs. For anyone who doesn’t know, Jamie Grace is a Christian singer, songwriter and musician (and pastor’s kid!) and, in my opinion, she is one of the most positive influences out there. If you are a parent, a guardian, a grandparent, an Aunt, an Uncle, a sibling, a cousin, or just a friend or trusted adult in a child or young person’s life, I could not encourage you strongly enough to make sure and introduce the children and young people in your life to Jamie Grace. [Click title to read more]
For They Shall Be Comforted
Grief is a funny thing. It completely flips everything on it's head. I’m lucky to have had to experience it only a small number of times. These last four weeks, I have experienced the most intense grief I’ve ever felt. There are things I have learned and truths I have been reminded of that I want to put on record. Things that I want to share with you for your own experience, but also as a reminder and comfort for my future self should the time come when I’m revisited by grief. [Click title to read more]
When Tomorrow Doesn’t Come
Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about friendship. I talked about Aaron and Hur in Exodus, holding up the hands of Moses when he grew tired, calling for the Aarons and Hurs of the world to step forward and be counted. In the days that followed, whether my friends knew it or not, whether they had read my blog post or not, I experienced deeper than I ever have before what it means to have an Aaron or Hur holding you up. When I hit the publish button on Friday 25th May, little did I know what the next 24 hours, and the subsequent days and weeks, would hold. [Click title to read more]
Dear Younger Me…We Are 24!
Today it is 1st June 2018. Today we turn 24! (How crazy is that?!) I hardly feel like we’re adulty enough to be able to be classed as an adult. It wasn’t an easy road to get here, not by any means, but we’ve made it, and we have learned a lot. Obviously, we still have an awful lot to learn. But here are some pieces of advice that I’d like to share with you. [Click title to read more]
Hold You Up
They say that friendship is about quality, not quantity. I say, true that. However, Christian friendship is so hard to find. I can testify to that. [Click title to read more]
How To Take A Stand
In last week’s blog, we looked at what it means to stand for something – to believe in something so much that you’re willing to fall, even die, for it. This week, I’d like to follow that up by exploring how to take a stand. As we mentioned previously, taking a stand doesn’t necessarily mean shouting the other person down, or having a big fight. Not at all. You don’t have to be loud and aggressive to make a point. You can take a stand just as you are. Even the meek can take a stand that is powerfully gentle and sensitive, and yet have it make a difference. [Click title to read more]
Be A Welcomer
It was a Sunday morning. We drove to the church that we had been to countless times before. We were greeted on the door by two lovely women with warm handshakes and genuine smiles as they welcomed us. The service started. We sang. We worshipped. We prayed. And then it was over, and the part of church I dread most began. [Click title to read more]
Is There Anybody Out There?
Is there anybody else out there like me? Sometimes, it feels like there isn’t, and I wonder if I really am the only one. I know there must be others like me out there, there has to be, but I’m just struggling to find them. Maybe you feel like that too. [Click title to read more]