Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. 24 But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream. (Amos 5:23-24 NKJV)
There are moments in time — I call them open soul moments — where something so significant happens; it feels as though heaven itself is peering into your soul, depositing something of eternity. Time stands still as you absorb the backdrop of details surrounding the moment. These details are etched into the fabric of lives often to be retrieved by a single thread of memory at a later time: the recollection of a feeling, sighting an item of clothing worn on that day, seeing the same landmark or the familiar scent in the air. Even the change in season can bring back a rush of memories that draws you back to a specific moment in time.
One of these open soul moments happened for me in January 2008. Newly married, my husband and I ventured off to South Ballina on the East Coast of Australia to camp with some friends. Continue reading →
I was fifteen when I first encountered the presence of God. I wasn’t searching for God and didn’t think about what might be on the other side of an invitation, I just had nothing better to do on a Sunday night so thought why not. And the guy I liked was going to be there so it was a given really. Continue reading →
There is something that seems so satisfying about getting even. When we are hurt our first response can be to seek revenge, to show the other person how wrong they were, or at least share how wronged you have been. How do you move beyond offence? Continue reading →
Significant moments in our lives have the ability to be etched into our souls forever. I call them open soul moments. Those times where something within you is changed so significantly, it’s almost as though time itself stands still. You remember where you were, what you saw, what you ate, the fragrance around you. These memories become triggers over time. A scent that takes you back in time to recall a significant moment where were changed at your core. Continue reading →
I think too much. I analyze, plan, consider, rehearse, summarize and make endless lists… Up until recently I thought this was just part of my personality. But last week for the first time, I considered that perhaps over thinking was just another coping mechanism and attempt to control my life. Continue reading →
I will always remember the time my now husband and I were driving home from what was a rather awkward date and even more awkward drive home. We had been on about three dates and I was already head over heels in love and from all reliable sources (church grapevine) the feeling was mutual. We had known each other for over ten years, served in youth and creative together and shared many of the same friends. It was fair to say we knew each other well but as far as conversation in this moment (and to be honest in all the other moments on our past three dates) we were at a loss.