Christmas promises

Date: 18th December 2018

“… Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” Luke 1:45   “[my word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11   As 2018 draws to a close, I’m sure MORE »

Shifting focus – Anxiety to Peace

Date: 23rd November 2018

This is what the Holy One says, “Return to Me and rest, this is your safe place; be calm and confident in Me; that will be your strength. But alas you refused! Isaiah 30:15 (author’s own) I vividly remember praying one particular time; talking and talking, getting more and more upset as I drowned in MORE »

I’ve been thinking about guilt

Date: 12th November 2018

I’ve been thinking about guilt … and how it can destroy our soul. Guilt, when misplaced, can be an unbearable emotion, and is closely related to shame. Although appropriate guilt can be an impetus to help us make amends for wrongs we have done, or caused, there is a darker side to guilt. It is MORE »

A New Song in My Heart

Date: 3rd September 2018

Ever felt the bitter taste of regret? The What-ifs? If onlys? I want to share a little of my story … below is a chapter from my book I am Deborah.  In the midst of facing my regrets and if onlys I discovered God’s healing power, and it restored my soul and brought joy into my life.  May you MORE »

A Journey of Discovery

Date: 16th August 2018

I’m so excited to be offering this five week course in conjunction with Wakatipu Community Presbyterian Church. It’s an opportunity to discover the themes, and allusions, in the Hebrew Scriptures that make our faith come alive. Discover the story of Israel’s quest to know their God, and the Messiah Jesus. We delve into the cultural, MORE »

To ‘see’ our own reflection clearly … we must learn to trust God’s mercy

Date: 8th August 2018

“God is merciful, showing us our true hideousness only in proportion to the courage he gives us to bear the sight.” Wow when I read that my heart stopped, well almost!  I was struck again about the capacity to deceive myself. The ugliness that lies within the depths of my soul is beyond my imagination. MORE »

LIFE … Taking up our Cross

Date: 29th May 2018

Whoever wants  to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  Mark 8.34 Every time I get up to speak to a group, no matter the size I feel inadequate and nervous. It’s not about making a twit of myself or doing something wrong. It’s about knowing how flawed MORE »

Grief … a journey of loss

Date: 3rd May 2018

Why are we not taught about grief at school?  Most of us learn about grief as we experience it, and it can be a pretty rough way to learn. There is so much to learn about grieving, especially as we all grieve in different ways and in different time frames. There is no ‘normal’ way MORE »

Now my eyes have seen you …

Date: 5th March 2018

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.  Job 42:5 (NIV) Is it possible to believe or think that we know God, yet fail to recognise our own spiritual poverty? We may read the scriptures, pray and do the ‘right’ thing, but do we really ‘know’ this God we proclaim? MORE »

I remember …

Date: 22nd February 2018

Over the last week our family shifted our mum into a retirement village. Then we set about preparing the family home to go on the market. When we were finished I spent some time wandering around the empty shell that had been our home for almost 30 years. There were so many memories; good, bad, MORE »