Unexpected Easter Blessings…

I stand beside the river in the blazing cold morning sunshine, with a dead phone in my hand and an unasked for deep rich silence encircling me….  inviting me….  drawing me deeper.      

“Come Away with Me ….” 

Only 30 seconds earlier I had been on a walk AND on a group zoom call (via headphones and my phone).  The zoom call consisted of a group of peers I love and esteem, and I was fully committed to our meeting as we continued to learn and pray together… 

…. until my phone battery went dead.  Suddenly.  Without notice or warning.  The abrupt zoom-exit leaving me feeling bereft and a little guilty.             

“Come Away with Me ….” 

And … breathe.  What to do?

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Step 4 (of 5) of navigating bumpy times…. making space for God’s goodness..

I had a favourite prayer, a long time ago, which included the line:  

“Let me not run from the love you are offering me”.  

Because, you see, I want God’s blessings, I want to experience God’s goodness.  I do, truly, desire intimacy with our amazing God.  And yet I can find myself running from Him, running from the very activities and conversations and places that will lead to the encounter I desire.  Sometimes I do not allow myself to receive the blessings that God is lavishing upon me.  It is almost like I have a closed fist that is incapable of accepting a gift.  

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We get to choose the stories and thoughts we feed on….

I’m packing my swimming bag and preparing for my last swimming-pool visit for at least 6 weeks.  (From midnight this evening, Ireland’s covid restrictions are getting even stricter).

As swimming is my exercise of choice and unfailingly gives me deep joy and bodily relaxation, I have my fair share of emotions swirling around this fact.

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The ways God delivers help and sustenance and inspiration…

Help, Sustenance and Inspiration(

Has God ever delivered help or affirmation to you?

I’ve been contemplating on the ways God delivers help and sustenance and inspiration.  Over the years I have collected some great experiences of people-met, gifts-received, books-recommended and conversations-enjoyed.  

Some of these experiences have fulfilled-a-need, others have changed-my-thinking and all have increased my strength and faith.    

And recently, some great seven-year olds helped me explore: 

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