We Are Not Cordless Devices

My tomato plants are filling up with green tomatoes. Hooray! It's been fascinating to watch their day by day progress. Side shoots (I'm told they are called trusses) appear with lots of little yellow flowers on them, and these are where the tomatoes grow. The plant matures from the base, upwards and outwards. Lower down…

The Slippery Scale of Happiness

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."John 10:10 If you have ever wondered what Jesus' motives were, what the whole point of his coming was, he lays it all out in this verse. He comes to give us…

How Do We Know What’s True?

When I was 14, I went on holiday to Turkey with my friend Claire and her parents. During the day, we'd mostly swim and sunbathe. Lush. In the evenings, we'd stroll through the local market, then find somewhere nice to eat. As it turned out, this particular market was filled with designer clothes and accessories…

God is Good

Do you believe it? Jon and I got married when I was twenty, and he was twenty-two. At the time, life expectancy for people with Cystic Fibrosis was about thirty, and most men with CF would struggle to father biological children. As someone who likes planning way into the future, those stats made for a…

Slowing Down

I don't embrace 'slow' very easily. I like fast. I think it's because I'm task-focused; I see the world in terms of jobs to be completed. I also like efficiency, because the quicker I go, the more I can do. And the more I get done, the more satisfied I feel. I love those mornings…

Full & Free

Full & free are not the words I was expecting to be ringing in my heart after twelve weeks of Coronavirus lockdown shielding with my family. I doubt I'll ever forget that Monday evening on 16th March, when we gathered as a family around the Coronavirus daily briefing. We tuned in to hear the Prime…

The Weightlessness of Being Held

I was praying recently for a friend who was feeling heart-heavy in the midst of lockdown shielding. I found myself asking the Father that she would know the weightlessness of being held. I loved that phrase as soon as I heard it - it felt like a glint of gold in the sand, and I…

A Surprising Gift

A couple of Easter's ago, my Mum said she had ordered me a gift online. I knew it wouldn't be chocolate, but other than that, I had no idea what to expect. Well, it was cleaning products. I imagine you're thinking of plastic spray bottles with bright orange nozzles and gaudy wrapping. But, let me…