"Haal-e shoma chetoreh?" In Persian one asks another "Haal-e shoma chetoreh?" It's like our version of "how are you doing?" In fact it's better than that. Translated, it is actually asking about the transient state of one's heart. In other words "how is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?" How is your… Continue reading How is your heart?
Bold Faith, Quiet Trust
"Bold faith stands on the shoulders of quiet trust." (Bill Johnson) Faith is not knowing what the future holds, what the outcome will be, but knowing and trusting in our God. We can be bold in our faith when we trust in God. When we trust in His character, His goodness and His love for us.… Continue reading Bold Faith, Quiet Trust
Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love. (Psalm 23:6 Passion Translation)
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Saviour Trust without borders. Dare we? Dare we remove the limits to our faith?… Continue reading Without Borders
Trust - Firm belief in the reliability, truth of someone or something. Everyday we trust - we trust that our cars will get us to our destination, that the alarm will go off in the morning. We trust in people that we live and work with. We trust the banks that hold our money. We trust. But… Continue reading Trust.
"The fears are paper tigers" (Amelia Earhart) Fear in the right situations is good and provides us with a healthy caution. But more often it just produces undue stress and anxiety. It will often start as a mere thought that then creates emotions that then impact our decisions and actions. Fear is a weapon of the enemy.… Continue reading Paper Tigers
"Our hearts will take us where our heads can't fit." (Bill Johnson) My nine year old is studying space at school. He has us outside most nights pointing to the various constellations and planets that he can now recognise. With it has come a plethora of questions. Questions of Galaxies and Universes. Imaginations of what… Continue reading Unfathomable
And all shall be well…
"And all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." (St Julian of Norwich ca. 1342 - 1416)
I'm not particularly gifted in hospitality. Actually the word "particularly" is probably superfluous to that statement! I once famously kept a friend of my flatmate's on our doorstep for over an hour before it dawned on my that maybe I should invite the poor guy in. And maybe when I did I should have offered him… Continue reading Stepping Out
Behind the Stone Wall
The roads were busy. Road works seemingly everywhere. Everything just felt busy. People driving to work, to appointments, to coffee, to wherever. My to do list felt as long as the traffic queued in front of me. The city was alive, on the go, and yes busy. Yet in a central suburb is an oasis,… Continue reading Behind the Stone Wall