Are You Praying for Revelation?

Have you ever prayed for God to tell you what on earth you should do? Prayed for Him to show you in a ridiculously obvious way that leaves no shadow of a doubt that He’s spoken? You know, write it in the sky, or in the froth of your cappuccino?

I have, so SO many times it makes me wonder whether God should just get a cell phone. Don’t you think it would make life easier for everyone?

When we were praying for a clear sign that we were to move to America, or not (I really didn’t care, I just wanted to KNOW), I was surprised by what God gave me.

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You can read what happened over on Katie M Reid’s website. Katie is a fellow author who describes herself as a Tightly Wound Woman of the recovering perfectionist variety.

 

 

I’d also recommend reading her story of how a closed door unlocked grace that she wrote for this website. It’s a wonderful reminder of the power of grace in the uncomfortable places we find ourselves.

 

A Closed Door Can Unlock Grace

This week on Their Story, Their God, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Katie M Reid. Katie’s honest confessions of being a tightly wound woman, and the struggles and eventual joy it brings, are salve to so many of us who battle the control freak giants lurking within us. Grab a cuppa and enjoy discovering the grace in a closed door.

A Closed Door Can Unlock Grace: By Katie M Reid

She found grace behind a closed door
I was five minutes late. The door was locked and on it was a sign, “Next session starts at 11:30.” I knocked, hoping they’d still let me join the 10:30 training session. A woman cracked open the door and reiterated what the sign said.

“But I have a nursing baby at home” I explained.

“I’m sorry, that’s the rule they set.”

And the door closed.

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Their Story, Their God – Whispers & Wisdom from Others

As I head “off grid” this month (Yes, we’re heading to a secluded mountain cabin with no wifi or cell phone service and 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store. I’m still not sure if it’s brilliant or bananas – I’ll let you know) I’m excited to invite two friends to share Their Story, Their God, with you.

This week Kellie Stuart shares the touching story behind her new book Like a River From It’s Course. Kelli is not only a successful author (you can read all her accolades in her website bio), but a wife, mum to four rambunctious kids and a selfless friend. In the short time we’ve known each other she has made me laugh, encouraged me to be a better person and writer, and inspired me to more of who God created me to be. I know her writing will do the same for you.

If you read one book this summer, it should be Kelli’s. It’s part of our history, it’s part of our humanity, and it’s a story of God meeting us in the midst of horrendous evil. Grab a cuppa tea and enjoy both Kelli’s story and her book.

My Story, My God, My Ukraine – By Kellie Stuart

My mom and I stepped out onto the sidewalk, and I took it all in. The city of Kiev stretched before me, and I blinked back tears. I was back in Ukraine for the first time in five years and the sights, sounds, and smells were like music to my ears.

I was home.

Not really home, of course, since I’m as American as apple pie. But Ukraine had rooted a place into my heart a decade before this particular trip, and it felt like I’d come back to a place that was always meant to be mine.

“I’m so happy right now,” I told my mom. We looked both ways, then hustled across the street toward the trolley stop. Just as I stepped up onto the sidewalk, my foot got caught on a wire that was lying randomly on the ground. And before I could say, “I love Ukraine,” I fell flat on my face.

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How to Break Spiritual Apathy and Recapture Your Get Up & Go

When I’m tired I can’t be bothered to be spiritual.

It’s easier for me to flop on the sofa in front of the TV than get on my knees in front of God. When I’m worn out I’d rather devour a box of Oreos than a book of the bible, or procrastinate rather than pray.

Do you find that being spiritual can sometimes feel too much like hard work?

Does tiredness turn you into a physical and spiritual sloth too?

When a good night’s sleep doesn’t fix the weariness, it’s so easy to slowly drift away from God isn’t it? I call it the Downward Spiral of Spiritual Apathy. It looks like this (I’ve drawn a very scientific chart).

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The Downward Spiral of Spiritual Apathy

If we want to feel alive physically, we need to come alive spiritually. Somehow we must break this downward cycle.

But how on earth do we break it and feed our hungry souls, when we can’t be bothered to get off our bums and open the fridge door, let alone feed on the bread of life?

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Recapturing Your Get Up & Go – Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of …

Feeling Weary? The Secret to Recapturing Your Get Up & Go.

Some days, and seasons of life, can zap our energy faster than a couple of rounds with Mohammed Ali, can’t they? If running late is your only workout,  yet you’re still zapped at the end of the day, you’re not alone. Over 75% of us feel tired many days of the week.

The good news is, there’s no need to carry on feeling worn out.  We can shed that sloth like feeling and recapture our get up and go when we Keep Moving Forward PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY & SPIRITUALLY.

In Week 1, I talked about what it looks like to keep moving forward physically. If you missed it you can catch up here,  and if you’ve put some of the steps into practice do share in the comments below how it’s gone and how you’re feeling.

This week we’re going to Keep Moving Forward EMOTIONALLY

Let’s be honest. Unless we grew up in a vacuum, or on Little House on the Prairie, we all have emotional baggage. Yours might be cute, matching, carryon baggage or more like my cardboard box shrink-wrapped in airport security tape, but either way, we all lug around our emotional baggage.Continue Reading

Feeling Weary? The Secret to Recapturing Your Get Up & Go.

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Do you ever feel weary? Maybe even a bit apathetic towards life? Like your get up and go has got up and gone, without leaving a note to say “goodbye and thanks for all the chocolate”.

I do and I’m so frustrated. Despite a restful week at the beach, eating, sleeping, reading and learning boogie board (who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?), I’m in a weary funk and it’s driving me crazy. Nothing traumatic has happened, so I should be rested and revitalized; yet within a week of being home, I feel weary and woebegone.

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I Thought I Understood, but I Don’t.

I’ve been debating whether or not to share this post. It’s personal yes, but that’s not why I’ve hesitated. I’ve faltered because it reveals my heart for where I believe God is taking me with this blog/writing/speaking gig, or whatever it is, that He seems to have called me to. Sharing that is scary. No, not scary. Scary isn’t it – I’ve done scary things and this doesn’t fit into that box. Petrifying. THAT’S what it is.

What if I’m wrong? What if I can’t do it? What if you all think I’m bonkers (more than you normally do)?

But I’ve decided share it in spite of my fears, because that is what I would tell you to do if you came to me with this seed of a dream you felt God had called you to, and it meant putting your heart on the line. I’d tell you God is good and will be there no matter what, and I’d tell you to put your big girl knickers on, pull up your boot straps and believe Him. So, Bridget Jones eat your heart out – my big girl undies are bigger than yours,  so I’m about to hit the “publish” button.

 


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I have a confession and an apology to make, so I’ll get right to it and wont dilly dally or procrastinate – I’ll save that for tomorrow.

It seems that in my desire to reach out, walk along side you, and cheer you on as you navigate life’s often stormy waters, I’ve rather arrogantly assumed I have a unique understanding of whatever you’re dealing with right now. That just because I have had the bottom fall out of my world, and have felt loss and pain, that I can magically slip my rather large, calloused feet, into your shoes, and feel the hurts, struggles and pain that are unique to you. I’ve realized that I can’t and should never have assumed I could. I’m so sorry and terribly embarrassed for thinking so highly of myself.
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My Chat with Curious Faith Author Logan Wolfram

Last autumn I went to a conference for writers and bloggers (even small little aspiring ones like me), called Allume. I had a blast, meeting lots of fun women including Logan Wolfram, who not only hosts Allume, but speaks, blogs, raises two gorgeous boys, loves her husband Jeremy and her 175 pound dog Titan, and somehow manages to find the energy and grace to make everyone she meets feel like her BFF.

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When I heard she was publishing her book Curious Faith; Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility, I new I HAD to read it. Having devoured it with the ferociousness I normally reserve for English chocolate, I was curious to find out more about the woman who writes about God and life, with such infectious honesty, excitement and candid storytelling.

When Logan graciously agreed to answer a few questions for an interview I’m not sure she was expecting the Spanish Inquisitions (but no one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!), but being the good sport she is, she jumped in with both feet. I hope you enjoy finding out more about the woman who believes curiosity is a way of life, not just a noun to describe fatal feline conditions.

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Audacious by Beth Moore

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My first real taste of Beth Moore was when I did one of her video bible studies in a friend’s house last year. It was one of her older teachings from the 80’s, but despite her thick Texan accent, over teased blond hair, and Samson sized shoulder pads, nothing could over shadow her enthusiasm for bringing God’s word into the lives and hearts of normal, everyday women.

So when I read her book Audacious, the quick, energetic patter from the video, resounded off the page. With the same no holds barred mix of candid storytelling and bible teaching, we are invited into an audacious relationship and life with Jesus. Her desire for us to know Jesus with the same depth as she does, for us to travel the bumpy road of life with Him at our side, and for us to grab hold of what He has called us to do, is contagious.Continue Reading

I Fake Being a Good Christian (and you should too).

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I’m a massive Brene Brown fan. Like super huge fan. Ever since my sister sent me her book The Gifts of Imperfection (you’ve gotta love someone who sends you a book with that kind of title!) I’ve been a Brene groupie, and this is one of my favorite quotes of hers.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

So,I’m a huge fan of being real, authentic and vulnerable. However, I do have a teeny weenie penchant for faking it when I need to.

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