If I had to summarize 2018, it'll be those two words… 'MESSED WITH'. I feel like I've been messed with by the Trinity and I've messed with what the Trinity has entrusted me.
Sometimes life gets too much, especially during the holidays. You seem surrounded by people, yet terribly alone. The silent cry for help seems to have gone unnoticed, sometimes there's nothing left to do but go crazy - invisible friends are not always imaginary.
I stormed into my office with hot tears burning in my throat. I felt annoyed, angry and hard done by. My ego was smarting from the sting of the emails that had slapped me awake this morning. "How dare she?", I thought. A project I'd been working on had been hijacked, and a colleague of... Continue Reading →
In this third instalment of the series of posts on being Silenced by Shame, we explore the power of testimonies, the importance of having a narrative of our story and the difficulties of sharing it. Several years ago, I was convinced by the power of testimonies. Darkest secret… We’ve all got skeletons in our closet.... Continue Reading →
In this second post of a series of posts on being Silenced by Shame, is a parable of two sisters. From their lives we learn how christians can be trapped in a cycle of guilt and shame, about the courage needed to veer off the road to condemnation and the reward of accepting love and... Continue Reading →
Shame is an ugly place of disgrace and dishonour causing us to live without the knowledge of our value and worth. It comes in various forms. The shame that lingers from your past is like the decaying remnants of death and is accompanied by a stench of fear. it reminds you of who you used to be... Continue Reading →
I've been thinking about these three 'P's in relationships; Passion, Protectiveness and Possessiveness. Like most things in relationships, these have been distorted to incite negative emotions, but reading Mark 13 opened my eyes to these three things from a Kingdom perspective giving me such hope, filling me with an awareness of truth and challenging me... Continue Reading →
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, Psalm 19:7
#BookReview - I've read almost every book written by @FrankViola. I strongly recommend From Eternity to Here. It's about #Love but not as you know it.
Have you ever been in love?
Have you ever experienced a love that is not diminished by your conduct, rather is fierce and unrelenting, regardless of what you do or say or think? Have you ever experienced a love so premeditated and intentional that it pre-empts your response, good or bad yet remains determined to love you?
There's a huge chance you won't know this is actually addressed to you...You may think it's for someone else. That's ok... keep reading.
Words are powerful and can achieve great things - good and bad. It's important to use words wisely. Here's the thing, the pressure is off when we just stop... and #listen #BeInTheMoment #Pray
It’s tempting to be fearful of the modern day dangers school children face, initiation in #gangs, #stabbings, #schoolshootings, and the old-school problems of #bullying and #peerpressure. While there many practical things we can do to support our children through their school year, we must also invest some time #praying for them.
#MyPrayer the song by @CalledOutMusic reminds me of the psalmist David. #LoveAround #Sin #Grace
'Do not be evil' a strong principle held by #Google in its code of conduct. Those four words set limitations on its ambitions. But what happens when they can do business and do it well, but may be complicit in 'evil'?
You have searched me,Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you... Continue Reading →
Jesus called out the Pharisees who had dropped down the slippery slope of placing man-made rules and regulations above the heart of God in the commands He gave... No doubt that would have been me.
Sometimes what is see isn't the real thing? Could it be that our vision is blurred by our environment, who we are and what we know?
Imagine being caught in an unguarded moment and your thoughts were exposed to a room full of people... Without prejudice or condemnation, if you were asked, 'why are you thinking these things?' how would you respond? We spend more time listening to ourselves that we do speaking. I've come to learn that while it's good... Continue Reading →
Thankfully, the story did not end at the cross. I've come realize that there is no 'best part' of the story - His life, His death and His resurrection must be considered not in part, but in whole.
The Eddie Murphy / Dan Akyroyd movie Trading Places, reminds me of Mike Twain’s classic historical fiction of the Prince and the Pauper. The prince (Prince Edward) trades places with an inner city boy living in poverty and sees the stark differences between rich and poor and his eyes are opened to the harsh realities... Continue Reading →
The Blood of Jesus is an impenetrable force field that shields us from everything that gets in the way of fulfilling divine purpose. It's for everyday, not just #Easter. #Resurrection season, get covered, so everything thrown at you won't stick. #WaterOffaDucksBack
For what seemed like an hour, this man proceeded to tell me I’m lost and deceived and ignorant. He told me 'my people' are ashamed of me because I have abandoned them and that everything that has led me up to this point in my life was wasted because I’d lost perspective - I was not African enough.
Sometimes I struggle with the faith equation fact - fiction = nonsense ? Luke 24: 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Consider for a moment some of the things children are led to believe; A large man with an extended midriff will shimmy down a... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/qnN9Zz6BBzs Gnats and frogs may not be hopping around in our homes, but sometimes it seems like we are plagued by unseen forces and powers hell-bent on keeping us away from God. When things seems right, there’s this impending sense of doom that there’s something around the corner. And when things aren’t right, our... Continue Reading →
A sick and dying daughter could close your heart to your neighbours' sickness or worries and anxieties for a drug-addict son who has graduated from petty theft to armed robbery and is known to the police as a suspect in an attempted robbery of a shopkeeper. Lives lived side by side, but no engagement, no interaction... suffering in silence, in isolation. Both anxious for solutions...
There's something terrifying about sharing an #epicfail - not an embarrassing moment, like when I wet myself at the school assembly when I was 6 years old, I mean deeply personal things - mistake, an error of judgement, a temptation, a disappointment, or failing, a shortcoming.
The early church was formed with blood, sweat and tears. As I read through the New Testament, I can't help making a comparison with the Body of Christ today. A handful of people are making huge sacrifices to share the amazing news that God's Kingdom is here. But most of us are in the Kingdom... Continue Reading →