It's a cliche I know, but be careful what you pray for. The other day I made a little time for some prayer and found myself praying really fervently for the strength to love people that it's really hard to love. You know the sort of prayer - the ones where you ask to be … Continue reading Be careful what you pray for
A while ago I wrote a post about "go to" verses of scripture. The words that you turn to in a pinch or by which you live the current stage of your life. In the same vein, do you also have a go to prayer? Sometimes when we need to pray, in fact often in … Continue reading “Go to” prayer?
I remember a while back my Mum telling me a story about a shepherd. Someone had commented to him that sheep were basically a bit thick. Having seen a little of the way sheep function, they could be forgiven this view. But his reply was outstanding: "Sheep know exactly what they need to know to … Continue reading Are you a good sheep?
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but, in my day job, I work as a Project Manager in a large engineering company. I think like a lot of Christians, especially early on in my relationship with our Father, I thought that some people had proper Christian jobs, and some people like me didn't. … Continue reading Where is your frontline
A few months ago, a friend of mine lent me this book. It all about a small part of the Bible and a character that you could easily just whizz past, sitting as it does in a long list of other names. But among all of those names, Jabez gets a special mention: “There was … Continue reading Praying with Jabez
Before going to New Wine last week, I had begun to question the point of writing this blog. Sure, it serves a purpose in helping me to process what goes on between me and God, but so does my journal. And the journal has the advantage of being private! I'd basically lost touch with the … Continue reading What’s the point?
So many times this week, the message given and the call for prayer has been something I've needed to hear and respond to. I woke up at 5am today and, not being able to get back to sleep straight away, started to pray and process the experience of this week at New Wine. My thoughts … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
Yesterday morning, there weren't any kids' groups at New Wine. So trying to be the good Dad I asked Bea, my youngest, if she fancied coming with me to Impact. Kind of a "bring your daughter to work day" but on holiday! Being a bit of a Daddy's girl, she jumped at the chance. It … Continue reading The Father’s love for us
At the New Wine conference in Harrogate last year, Mark Batterson said something that has stuck with me since. Well, many things actually, but one particular thing that is relevant to this post. I digress.. He said when there is a call to go forward for worship or ministry, to go for it and (in … Continue reading Is your gift waiting on the altar?
This was a hard post to write. A while ago, I asked a question: "Do you know him? Do you know God?" It's easy to do the instinctive "Good Christian" thing and answer yes. But are you sure? Do you know him, or do you just know about him? And therein lies a great difference. … Continue reading From head to heart