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April 17, 2019

“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you,
Then how can you contend with horses?
And if in the land of peace,
In which you trusted, they wearied you,
Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?

Jeremiah 12:5 (NKJV)

In Tasmania, over the summer season, we have had significant fires, threatening homes, lives, property and causing horrible devastation to industry an...

April 14, 2019

Today, in the protestant tradition, we celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the week leading up to the week Passover occurred somewhere approximately 33AD (forgive my approximating with the calendar, I wasn't actually there...) It was the week before the crucifixion of Jesus as remembered in the Christian calendar. It's called Easter, though where the name came from I'...

April 25, 2017

God is not known around here for doing things quickly. He said “soon” to me once… fifteen years ago!

He is known for doing things thoroughly. A job isn’t done until every little part is turned over and examined for faults, cracks, flaws and anything found which doesn’t let the Son shine through, is dealt with properly, until you can’t see the welds, the mends, the fixed up spots… It all loo...

April 18, 2017

Have you ever attempted to explain what you are doing to people and when it comes out of your mouth it sounds small? Less than small? When you list the things you are currently “doing”, what you say kinda trails off and you know it’s not the sum total of what’s really going on, but there’s no way to explain it…?

As humans we put such stock on what we do, what we achieve, accomplishments we...

April 11, 2017

How did I get to this place of Peace anyhow? It was both simple and required work at the same time. You remember the story about the rich young ruler in the NT who comes to Jesus, asks what he must do to be saved and Jesus replies ‘give up your wealth, your lifestyle, give all your money to the poor and follow me.’ (Matthew 19:16-30 Anita paraphrase) Yeah well.

I didn’t have any wealth...

March 21, 2017

There are two kinds of ‘taking yourself seriously’.  I got caught in the trap of the first kind for many years.

I am a little bit little.  At 5 foot 3 inches (on a good day) with dark curly hair and a complexion which is olive around the edges, I am the human equivalent of a Hobbit. I used to be a lot rounder than I am now too, which only added to the allusion…!

I also have a left-of-ce...

March 7, 2017

Have you ever spent a long time working in agreement with God for something which seems to always just be around the corner, or just over the edge, or so close you can smell it…but never quite happening?

I used the word “working” for a reason.

I’m talking about being actively involved in pursuing things with God. Doing our part in the things He is bringing about in our lives. Participating i...

February 28, 2017

Has anybody ever said something and you’ve gone “Oh yeah, nah-der!” because what they’ve said has turned a great big light bulb on in your head and suddenly explained everything you’ve been dealing with about an issue you didn’t realise you had?

Like the lotto people have shown up on your doorstep, with a marching band, a parade, baton twirlers and a cheque for a million dollars i...

November 8, 2016

Have you ever had to stare your dreams in the face? Have you ever had to make a decision that will change life the way it has always been, and even though you have been dreaming it, desiring it; telling God how much you want it and He’d better make it happen soon.

However, when it comes; suddenly you’re not so sure about it anymore?

When you get a chance to step into your future, isn’t...

November 2, 2016

All kinds of spring things are going on here in Australia at the moment. During daylight hours, it’s all about the ‘fight of the sparrows’; which sounds vaguely like a movement from a classical music piece, but is actually just a bunch of squeaking and squawking outside my windows and doors.

There is a young raven whose territorial check-points include a stopover in the yard behind mine, an...

October 26, 2016

I’m about to take you down the rabbit hole. Actually, into the post office, or some other shop that sells random things that you’d never find anywhere else. Seems that’s where my dreams are stored. Well, these ones anyway!

I have had some fun dreaming over the course of my life, daydream dreams! You know the kind… the ones you spend your adolescence crafting? Making into splendiferous castl...

September 21, 2016

I find that my life is full of folk tales. Not the kind with faeries in them- that would be kinda weird, even for me, and I’m weird enough as it is, thanks so much! The kind I’m talking about are the ones with morals built in, or lessons that I have to learn from looking at a particular situation in retrospect. That saying “hindsight has 20/20 vision” is very true, and it’s important to lo...

June 29, 2016

I’ve been working through something.

Do you ever have something that you want to do, and you think God is saying no, but you still want to do it? Crunch time is a long way off, so there’s a long wait to wrestle it out together before you have to make a decision. Somewhere along the way you either find out either that it isn't God saying no, or you end up doing what He wants, or you do...

November 11, 2015

Once Upon A Time, I used to work with a bunch of people, and one of the things that we would remind each other was something like this: ‘the interruptions while you’re trying to work are the real work you’re supposed to do’. As long as you’re not creating those interruptions yourself that is…!

It seems I have been interrupted this week. To learn another lesson, or re-learn it, or be reminde...

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