My Birth Story: Slow Progress

I wrote most of this for my child, because when you are desperate for your child to turn up you start to talk to them about them maybe moving sometime soon. I hope you find it interesting, amusing, or whatever you need it to be. For me it is a record of a sort and…

The Body Is In Flux

“What I love most about rivers is: You can’t step in the same river twice The water’s always changing, always flowing But people, I guess, can’t live like that We all must pay a price To be safe, we lose our chance of ever knowing What’s around the river bend Waiting just around the river…

Prayer: safety, humility and honesty

Prayer is a huge topic and not one I plan on covering in full now; there are also a large number of books, speakers, preachers, and structures that suggest that they know the best/easiest/most effective way to pray. Some of them have some good ideas but very rarely do they grasp the whole beautiful picture,…

Worth (Part II): You Are Chosen & Anointed

Sometimes we can put far too much emphasis on others to give us worth; this can mean that if we are not given the job we wanted, or feelings are not reciprocated by a special someone, or you just don’t feel noticed for your skills, it can lead to feelings of worthlessness. We can start…

Short-term Pain, Long-term Reward!

The next month is full of hard work. Whether it’s working to earn a few extra pennies, or job searches despite the current economic state, or packing up our life together so far and moving everything down to Birmingham. It’s all just a lot of work. And it’s daunting me. We kept every cardboard box…

Book Club: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

I first came across The Tenant of Wildfell Hall when I was in sixth form, age 17, when I had joined a book club alongside some of my friends and a few teachers. It was well liked by my fellows but I hadn’t got to it yet and was in general rather busy. It looked…

Heritage and History

Recently I’ve been looking to the past. Not in a way that drags me down in regrets, but in a way that helps me find out where I’m from, where my family descended from, what they were doing, where they went and what they did. I wanted to be able to know for sure who…

Does Post-Modern Church Architecture Miss The Point?

One of the ideas I’ve been thinking about has been Church architecture and stewardship. I adore design and seeing how buildings can make people feel certain ways: a Gothic light-filled cathedral can remind them of the heavens; a simple tent can remind them of the Early Church; an Eastern mosaic-filled curved globe can remind people…

A Post on Adoption

Adoption has been on my heart for a number of years, and when a wonderful friend posted this on her blog I couldn’t help but want to pass it onto you. She is wise and caring and lovely, and I hope you are as inspired as I was reading it. To Care for Orphans and…

Stop It With The B****y Acronyms!

I need to explain something: why I HATE acronyms, why I desperately don’t like using them, and why the only exceptions are product names like DVD, VCR or TV. I honestly do not see the point, the second you save from saying the actual word doesn’t gain you anything. I can hardly imagine a teenager…