• There’s Hope for the Brokenhearted

    “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”—Psalm 34:18 (ESV). For more than five months, one of our church members was ill. Despite the loss of two teenage grandsons, she was a spirit-filled joyful woman. She gladly volunteered at church and in our community, and those who knew Terri have […]

  • Developing Bold Hope During Trying Times

    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful”—Hebrews 10:23 (NIV). As the first candle of Advent was lit this past Sunday at our church, it set the tone for this season—a season of hope. For those unfamiliar with the Christian liturgical year, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday […]

  • How to manage Covid… 12 months on

    Well, here we are in Victoria, Australia, once again in quite a strict lockdown with initially a 5km travel limit (lifting to 10 in the second week) and only 5 reasons to leave home (purchasing food and necessities, exercise, essential work, care visits only and medical appointments including, most importantly COVID vaccinations). Once again the […]

  • We’re in different boats but the same storm

    We’re not all actually in the same boat – but we are in the same storm. For some, the last few months have been tumultuous and terrifying. They’ve lost loved ones (even multiple), faced financial hardship and experienced pain from every angle. Others have been fighting to save lives on the frontlines, led countries and […]

  • How you can be patient during the tribulation

    “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”—Romans 12:12 (ESV). Opening the blinds in my office this morning, I was stunned to see the empty jelly cups in my Oriole feeder. I’d just filled them late the day before. If I didn’t refill them soon, they’d be invading my hummingbird feeders. I’m […]

  • Will you wallow in self-pity, or move onwards and upwards?

    I don’t know your story and you don’t know mine, but chances are that if you’re reading this, you’ve had some pretty bad things happen in the past. It might be a broken marriage; it might be bankruptcy. You may have been abused, physically or emotionally; you may have been told you’re good for nothing […]

  • The desert is a door

    “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.” Hosea 2:14-15 NIV Who would have thought that the desert could be a door? Who would […]

  • Puppy Love: Boomer and the Prodigal Parents

    What happens when you weaken to the point of a beautiful cuddly little chocolate brown puppy entering your life after you have booked the overseas trip? Well, let me say that first up, you just concentrate so much on socializing and teaching the puppy all of those things you want him to learn in order […]

  • God Takes Care of Our Dreams

    I remember the night I failed my first college test. It was in a Microeconomics class. I was so discouraged because I was sure that I wanted to major in Business. It had been my dream to have a business someday, and I knew I had to be a Business major in order to help […]

  • The road of singleness

    Yes, it’s true I’m still young, just barely 21 to be exact. You may think I have no business writing on this subject. You may just be plain sick of the topic in general. Perhaps you feel like you’ve heard all there is to hear on singleness. I won’t even try to pretend I have […]