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A Desert Transformed: Interview and Giveaway!

A Desert Transformed: Interview and Giveaway!

I had endured years of abuse in my childhood and teen years and that, coupled with life struggles caused by my deafness, made me lose all hope. Incredibly, God sought me out… Tracy Williamson I first got to know the lovely Tracy Williamson a year or so ago when I was on the launch team for her amazing book ‘The Father’s Kiss’ (which I thoroughly recommend!) She’s just had a new devotional published, ‘A Desert Transformed’, which I was delighted…

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This Stuff Works.

This Stuff Works.

The idea of religious belief can seem a strange old thing, can’t it. We live in a time when we are equipped with so much knowledge about the way the world works and how we’ve evolved to get where we are. Some would say that there’s no room for the God stuff anymore, that it’s been pushed out by science and reason, that anyone who holds on to that kind of thing is doing it out of tradition, or the…

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Why Christmas IS for you

Why Christmas IS for you

There is a big deception around Christmas. Everywhere you go, it bombards you. Christmas is for celebration. More precisely, Christmas is for celebration of perfection and a feast of consumerism. Those clever adverts say one thing and mean another; they make out that they’re all about family and peace on earth, when they’re more about brand awareness and subtly selling the message that if you buy this thing from their company you will be more complete. Your Christmas will be…

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A Poem from Depths

A Poem from Depths

Crashing into me crushing the bones of me fire snakes through my body unrelenting and unyielding.   Where are you, Lord? Have you deserted me for ever?   Why so downcast, O my soul?   I have nothing left.   Into the depths of deep, the cavernous abyss of incessant and inexorable disease   Where are you, my Lord? Have you deserted me forever?   Yet in the deepest depths is the deepest depth the mystery of who you are…

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Worship – just why?

Worship – just why?

Worship. What’s that all about, then? I wonder if some of you look at some of my writing, tweets and so on and wonder why I’d want to worship God – especially when I am so often in pain. What is it about worship which catches hold of me so? Isn’t a God who requires worship somewhat arrogant, egocentric even? Why would I want to worship a God who loves to be adored? These are questions I’ve been asked and…

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Breathe.

Breathe.

  When I went to New Wine this last week, I wasn’t breathing too well. Breathing is kind of taken for granted, really. You breathe in. You breathe out. You don’t think too much about it. It just happens. Except when every time you breathe sharp pain snakes down your right hand side. There’s nothing like a touch of pleurisy to make you hyper-aware of the effect of breathing. You try to breathe less; to breathe lighter. To take less…

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