For richer for poorer

I wonder whether you find it easiest to maintain a conversation with God when you are in need or plenty? I suspect that most of us are in fairly frequent communication with our heavenly father when we need something or are in a tough situation but are somewhat quiet the rest of the time.

That is all

I am sitting trying to think of something suitably inspiring to write… and I can’t! It kind of says it all, doesn’t it? The more I think about creation, the more it turns my brain inside out. My 11 year old son loves to talk about the possibilities of the multiverse (or meta-universe) but I can’t even get my head around one – let alone infinite possibilities!

Just do it

I ventured on an SU camp for the first time along with my three children. None of us had been to an SU camp before but we had heard rave reviews and we were all keen to go see what it was like. We had a whale of a time!

Justice

Often we’re a bit uncomfortable with a picture of an angry and vengeful God. We skip past the pages of the Old Testament where great violence seems to be meted out in God’s name. But the reality is that God is a God of justice as well as mercy. It’s intrinsic in his character.

An amazing experience

This July I spent just over two weeks in Ukraine with the most lovely people from Ukraine, Armenia, Tajikistan, Russia, England and Scotland! We were split into small international teams and went out into towns across Kiev and ran a children’s holiday club.

Grief beyond bearing

I am thankful that in my adult life, I have not had too many episodes where I could really identify with the essence of this Psalm. I can remember my teenage years matching up much more readily, however! In my work with teenagers and young adults, I am often floored by the level of pain and grief that they bear.

Everything is awesome(!)

Some of you may be enjoying the September bank holiday today... Hopefully it is a time of rest and not mad catching up on things that should have been done before! I am struck by verse 7 in this Psalm: because of God’s love, we can enter his house and worship with deepest awe.

Glory

I’ve been thinking a bit about ‘glory’ recently. What does the word conjure up for you, I wonder? We had a look together at John 17 at New Staff Retreat and you can’t read that chapter without encountering the idea of ‘glory’. Jesus prays that he will be glorified, just as he has brought glory to his father on earth.

To sleep in peace

Last week we thought a little about those who misrepresent us and about how we find our true identity in God’s truth rather than the world’s words. But what do we do with our attitude towards those who would rejoice in our destruction. This Psalm seems to point us in the way of some answers.

Hold to the promise

As the school term begins, and thoughts turn to restarting SU Groups and other work in schools, I thought I'd share a story from an SU Group leader in my area. She had been encouraged to hear that a girl who had been part of an SU Group she led around fifteen years ago had recently become a Christian!

Who are you

When was the last time you were misrepresented? When someone shared with the world a picture of you that wasn’t accurate? How often do you feel the scorn of others – convinced that you can never succeed? The world just loves to tell us who we are and what we can and can’t achieve.

Has it really been a year

As one gap year ends and another begins I have been looking back and reviewing the last year. I remember sitting down at training this time last year with Calum, Kirsty G, Kirsty M and Mark and telling them that their gap year would fly by; I was met with 4 disbelieving faces.