Many people struggle with the discipline of reading the Bible every day, even through we know that God’s word is the key to spiritual growth. It can be really hard! Our lives are busy and full, and having the self-discipline to lock ourselves away for an hour of personal devotional time each day just isn’t realistic. Here are 16 ways you can fit more Bible into your day.Read More
The foundation of any and all spiritual disciplines is God’s Word. Every other spiritual practice comes from it. Everything we learn about prayer and fasting, giving, serving and worship, we learn from the Bible. Knowing what the Bible says is the single key to every other spiritual practice.
So often it’s easier to read all the books written about the Bible rather than reading the Bible itself. It’s so easy to get your hands on a devotional, or a study Bible that has explanatory notes, it can be tempting to just read what other people think about the text rather than reading the actual text yourself.
But today my mission is to encourage you to read the Bible for yourself! The WHOLE Bible. And here’s why…Read More
How to build a strong foundation
Let’s talk about spiritual discipline.
I know, it’s not my favourite topic either. In fact, I would never choose to talk about spiritual discipline. Why? Because discipline is hard, and I’ve had it up to here with hard.
Just the term, ‘spiritual discipline,’ makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel guilty because I don’t spend enough time reading the Bible and praying. I don’t fast as regularly as I should. I am busy, and I’m trying so hard to be a good Christian, and a good wife, and a good mother, and a good friend, and a good daughter, and the list goes on and on and on. I already feel like I’m not measuring up to the standard, whatever that standard actually is. I feel overwhelmed, inadequate, tired.Read More
I walked through a local department store today. I was surrounded by a group of sales women with perfectly painted faces, not a hair out of place and broad fake smiles, spraying perfume onto cards of blotting paper.
The air in the confined space was so saturated with scent I could barely breathe. Looking around at all of the Mother’s Day displays in this expensive store, there was nothing I could see that I hoped my family bought for me this year. The most meaningful gifts are often not the ones that are on the store shelves.Read More
10 QUESTIONS TO KEEP YOUR HEART IN CHECK
Self-care is a current trend that is popular in our culture at the moment. We use the term to justify taking a nap during the work day, cutting off friends who are being mean to us and going away for a spa weekend of massages and bubble baths. Is self-care godly or selfish? Where is the line?Read More
A few months ago, I was offered the opportunity to go from four days a week to fulltime. I was hesitant, I loved my extra day off in the middle of the week, but agreed that in this season of ministry it was a good thing to do. I’ll be the first to admit it’s been hard, but I am learning how to handle the extra responsibilities at work, and the more limited time at home.
The word abide has been resonating in my heart. I have seen it around in random places, coming up in my Instagram feed, books I am reading, my Bible reading plan. I’ve enjoyed sitting with this word and pondering the depths of its meaning.Read More
Just over two years ago my two eldest kids left home within months of each other. We went from a busy family of five to a quiet family of three virtually overnight. My girls were 21 and 22 at the time.
I have great children, great parents and parents-in-law. We all love each other dearly and we enjoy a wonderful relationship. I am asked fairly often by mothers of teenagers on the edge of adulthood how to navigate the season of letting go. Here is my very best encouragement and advice.Read More
How to have more to wear with fewer clothes
Staring at a closet loaded with clothes and nothing to wear? I’ve been there. I feel your pain!
More is better, right? The more you have, the more choices you have, the more options you have, the more fun it is to get dressed! Right? Well, maybe for some, but this definitely hasn’t been my experience.Read More
It’s early; way too early. I will for my brain to stop thinking so that I can drift off once again for a few precious moments, but that rarely happens. I’m awake.
And once I'm up I love this early hour. The city sounds are different. The river is still quiet; the ferries don't start their zigzag up and down the river until after 5:30 am, and I am awake far too early. It's beautiful. The early sunlight is clear and yellow. The traffic on the bridge nearby is usually drowned out by the construction of the slowing growing building nearby and the general city buzz, but every sound is more defined in the early morning.Read More
I have a reputation for being pretty organised. I’m not naturally an organised person; seriously, you should have seen my bedroom as a teenager! I have learned to be organised by being very intentional and finding tools and systems that work for me. Without them, I am a literal mess!Read More
I love a good reading list, and I put one together at the beginning of every year. I never stick to my plan! Friends recommend books, I go to conferences and hear interesting speakers and just have to buy the book, I read recommendations from Facebook groups and blogging colleagues.
This year I read a fairly eclectic mix of books on ministry, leadership, faith and family. Some written by well known authors who I know I love, some by authors who were unknown to me until now, and even a couple that were written by friends who I know. I hope you find something that interests you enough to add to your reading list this year.Read More
It's coming to the end of another amazing year. Once again, our family has gone through big changes, moving into our apartment in the city, but there has been a lot of little things along the way that has made this year great. There is always something new to discover! I’m not a huge risk taker, but I’m often willing to give new ideas a go. This year I have found a few products and ideas that have in some cases quite literally changed my life.Read More
Enjoy a simple Christmas without being a Scrooge
I know Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Extra commitments, tricky relationships and unrealistic expectations coupled with years of family traditions and memories can create a melting-pot of emotions and pressures. Add to that the additional financial pressure of purchasing gifts, expensive food and impressive decorations and the ‘wonderful’ can start to melt away.Read More
We love our friends. We love our family. The way they traditionally show that love at Christmas time is to buy presents. But for the minimalist, or even just a regular person with a house full of clutter they are trying to get under control, the idea of acquiring a whole lot more stuff doesn't feel like something to celebrate at all.Read More
Making the transition to apartment living
We did it! It’s two weeks since we moved from a large family home in the suburbs, to an inner-city apartment on the 25th floor with beautiful river views.Read More
I love a good hack. Simple tricks that turn on the ‘Aha’ bulb in my head and make things easier.
I had three kids in three years and five months, and the first five or so years were absolutely manic, in a good way. To make things extra challenging, messiness came easily to me. I was not a tidy or organized person.Read More
My holiday at the beach is over for another year. We had a wonderful time, slowing down. But, one of my absolute favourite things to do is walk on the sand.
The amazing thing about walking on the beach is that fact that you leave your mark clearly behind. You can’t walk without leaving footprints. I tried. No matter how gently or carefully I tread, there was evidence of my presence to anyone who walked behind.Read More
When God calls timeout
It’s so quiet. The ocean is flat and expansive and green. The sky is peaceful and grey. There are a smattering of hopeful surfers waiting beyond the break, but I think they are just enjoying the waiting; there are no waves to surf. It’s so quiet.Read More
Ever felt like you were running on empty? I know I sure have. I get to the point where it just feels like everyone wants something, and I have nothing left to give. The hardest part is that often the people I love the most, my family, get the left-over dregs of me after I have exhausted myself caring for others during the day.
I have learned I have a limited capacity in four key areas of my life. Some things drain energy out, other things pour energy in.Read More
I’m a first-class worrier! Ask me how I’m going, and I can prattle off a long list of problems I’m facing, the challenges I’m tackling, how busy I am, tired I am, overwhelmed I am… Poor me, poor me.
I was having one of my ‘I can’t cope with this; the world is falling apart; how will I survive' moments, when a very wise and loving friend offered to pray for me. At the end of the prayer, she said that God had given her a word for me…Read More