My children have autism – Her Story

Among the emails and messages you guys have been sending in was one from a precious mother of four, all with special needs. This mother wasn’t despairing for her children to become ‘normal’ but instead was desperate for others to accept each other and our ‘quirks’ – rather than strive for same-same. Whether a diagnoses…

Beauty for ashes

When my kids were little and I was struggling with Postnatal Depression, sometimes it felt like every day was just another day to get through. My automatic response was to just suck it up and do whatever I had to do, to get through the day. Usually, that meant not feeling, just breathing. Not thinking, just…

A beautiful facade

When did we start ‘selling’ Christianity as the solution to all of life’s problems? When did evangelism become about showing others how great our lives were – in the hope they’d buy the facade and give God the credit?

Finding Courage for Next Time

“There is always a glimmer in those who have been through the dark.” – Atticus Some people say it’s better the devil you know. But sometimes familiar pain can be so much worse than the surprising kind. That feeling of – not again, I know this feeling and I didn’t want to be here again….

Reality Bites

When I was a kid I thought I knew exactly how my life would pan out. I’d have a happy marriage, beautiful kids, a nice house and I’d be permanently skinny and tanned. Just like the TV ad families. When I got married just after I turned 18, I was sure that I was on-track…

She is Strong in the Struggle

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. – Melinda Gates I’ve struggled to find my voice. I struggled because I didn’t think it was worth hearing – but I knew that that couldn’t be right, so I struggled, struggled until…

Embracing Flaws

“You are enough. A thousand times enough.” – Atticus If I was to write a list of my flaws, it would look something like this: Too shy Too task focused Too needy Not fit enough Too serious Not intellectual enough Too analytical Terrible at telling jokes (awkward silence) When did I ever get the idea…

Learning to hear from God

Having a conversation with God involves more than just talking. It involves listening and the ability to understand His voice, just like we would if we were talking to another person. It’s an informal interchange of thoughts and information. Interesting, that we’d be able to do this – casually interchange thoughts and information – with…

Our Story?

Let’s talk about this. Is it ok to just share the highlights? Or can we ditch the highlights reel for real? What’s the balance and how do you share the story of us?

Stories: thoughts on sharing & listening

“It takes courage to share your story,” Linda says. “It’s something that should be handled with wisdom and sensitivity. In my observation, our stories are best shared progressively. Unless there has been a lot of counselling/therapy type work beforehand, most people are processing their story as they share it.

Vulnerability = generosity

“The flourishing of the vulnerable depends on the vulnerability of the flourishing.”

— Andy Crouch