CHOOSING LOVE

Jan 17th, 2017 Bev's Blog 3 min read

I am honoured to be writing a post for Dorothy Greco this month as part of the celebration of her new book Making Marriage Beautiful. It can be beautiful but not overnight. It takes work and determination. I wrote this post a few years ago, but it still encapsulates everything I feel about the journey we embarked on all those years ago. Recently we celebrated a major…

THE GATE OF 2017

Jan 2nd, 2017 Bev's Blog 5 min read

I’ve seen many New Years now. Back in the day when I’d only seen a few decades, I had a vivid expectation that this time, this new year, everything would be different. All the hurts and disillusionments, mistakes and failures that had tangled me up and weighed me down from my life so far, could be suddenly, miraculously, magically be dealt with and THIS year,…

PEACE ON EARTH… REALLY?

Dec 24th, 2016 Bev's Blog 5 min read

I’ve heard the Christmas messages on TV and social media through recent days. They intimate that the message of peace lies in the Christmas story. I’ve heard it too from busy shoppers, bemoaning their lot as stressed and sweaty from their efforts, even in the middle of winter, they hurry to buy the advertised accessories to peace. We moan about commercialism, but it doesn’t stop…

LEADERS: ARCHITECTS OF CULTURE

Oct 31st, 2016 Bev's Blog 6 min read

You’d have to have been somewhere off grid and out of cell phone signal and Wi-Fi range for the last year not to have noticed that there’s an election about to take place in the good ole US of A. Observing the procedure from the comparative safety of my home in Australia, I’ve been absolutely stunned at times by who is voting for whom. It…

HAIR ON FIRE

Sep 4th, 2016 Bev's Blog 3 min read

My guest blogger is Michele Morin, a woman who seems to spend her spare time praying for total strangers, of whom I was one. I value this woman highly. She is a gift to me. “You don’t need to fast,” she said. “Your prayers are enough.” But I did need to fast, because her situation sounded really bleak, and God was talking to my heart…

FEAR DOESN’T FIGHT FAIR

Aug 2nd, 2016 Bev's Blog 8 min read

The world is at war… and the war is with fear. I don’t have to cite Isis, slave trafficking or governments in turmoil to illustrate that fact. We need look no further than the British, Australian, Ugandan and American elections of 2016 to see the effects of full-blown fear on diverse populations. Fear isn’t unusual. We are all familiar with the ice that chills our…

Leader: Take your people with you

Jul 19th, 2016 Bev's Blog 8 min read

What are your thoughts on the subject of leadership? Are leaders in charge? Are they the people who make the decisions and then tell everyone else what to do? Is a leader the person on the platform, in the big corner office, being chauffeured in the motorcade, giving the TV interviews, calling the shots? Maybe. There are aspects of leadership that have some of those…

IT’S FRIDAY, BUT SUNDAY’S A’COMIN’.

Mar 25th, 2016 Bev's Blog 1 min read

Many years ago I heard Tony Campolo share the audio of his own pastor, S.M. Lockridge’s message. You can find it here It is one of the most inspiring messages I have ever heard, and all the more so when life is hard and there doesn’t seem to be any breakthrough. When it feels as though evil is winning. The story of Jesus is our…

A PROBLEM FOR EVERY SOLUTION …

Jan 27th, 2016 Bev's Blog 5 min read

Just recently I have had some dealings with a lady who is struggling with a number of issues (and who of us isn’t?). We’ve talked a few times now and one thing that has consistently surfaced is that this person has a problem for every solution. Her issues are many and varied, and despite the fact that she does not suffer with depression, her demeanor…

The Life and Times of Patrice (and so many other women in the world)

Jan 20th, 2016 Bev's Blog 4 min read

Not nameless, but certainly faceless and unknown, Patrice was one of 11,000 Rwandan people on a certain day in 1994 who crammed themselves into a Roman Catholic church built to accommodate 300. They gathered for safety believing their neighbours would respect their sanctuary in this sacred place. They didn’t! Patrice’s skull now sits on a shelf in that same church alongside hundreds of others whose…