The Day I Met the Queen

The Day I Met the Queen

I’ve been to London to visit the Queen

Yes, it’s true. On our visit to London we were sitting on our hop-on-hop-off tourist bus, listening to the guide chat about the city sights, and he mentioned that the following day was the annual Trooping the Colour. We could line up with the crowds along The Mall and see the Queen for her official birthday celebration. 

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My Secret Double Life

My Secret Double Life

The Challenge of Authentic Private Faith

I went to a funeral a few weeks ago. I didn’t know the gentleman well, and it has been many years since I have seen him, but there was something in me that wanted to be at the service celebrating his life. I go to funerals regularly for work. I don’t like them, and it’s rare for me to choose to go out of my way to attend the funeral of someone I barely know, but this one felt different. 

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy Faithfulness

I was standing alone on a little stage, behind a lectern with a microphone in my face and a coffin by my side. A room full of tearful, strained faces looked up at me, completely lost and hopeless. The funeral director started the sound track of the hymn I had just announced, and the room filled with the sound of a large choir and full orchestra. The pitch of the soundtrack was too high and difficult to sing to, and it felt as if I was the only one in the room singing. I felt self-conscious and embarrassed as I tried to sing along with the beautiful choir, but I just wanted the grieving family to experience the truth in the words of courage and strength, so I sang as well as I could.

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My Perpetual Calendar Begins

My Perpetual Calendar Begins

Today feels like the first day of the rest of my life. I know, cliche and true of every day, but very real for me right now.

Our family has been through so many season changes this year. Moving house, graduations from university and high school, saying goodbye to the car we’ve owned for fifteen years, and our middle child moving out of home just four days before Christmas. This all happened in the last three months, after the first half of the year being framed around the possibility of us moving overseas. While all of these milestones have been happy occasions, celebrating the achievements of our growing family, this year has left me a bit rattled. A lot has changed, and it’s changed permanently. There is no going back...

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Grandma's Legacy

Grandma's Legacy

I am lying on my bed in my new house, looking out the windows at some really tall trees behind the houses across the street, and it got me thinking about Grandparent’s Day. Last Sunday we celebrated Grandparent's Day in church. We had a bit of inter-generational fun with a mock game show, honoured the Grandparents by praying for them, and enjoyed morning tea with fruit cake and Arnott's biscuits. My own kids and parents weren’t there, and I no longer have living grandparents, so I spent the day busy with my usual Sunday responsibilities. Now, looking at the really tall trees, I reflect on the legacy of my own Grandparents, and...

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A Birthday Reflection

A Birthday Reflection

This week I turned 47. I’m not upset about getting older because I have a great life, full of people who love me, people to love, a job that is challenging and purposeful. I live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world and I have opportunities to enjoy it. I spent my birthday sitting on the balcony of our 15th floor holiday apartment looking out over a picturesque beach, a sparkling blue ocean, whales swimming by. The white sand littered with colourful beach umbrellas, children playing, young adults kicking footballs and tossing frisbees. It was absolutely perfect.

Okay, 47. Too old to get away with immature stupidity, too young to...

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