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The power of connectedness

October 7th, 2016|Categories: Friendship, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , |

We need to connect with God and also with others. If we are women who are serious about 'Deepening our relationships', we need to connect with God and also with others. God uses people to shape people. And the Holy Spirit longs to be powerfully at work in every encounter we have as human beings [...]

Don’t give people permission to hurt you

June 20th, 2016|Categories: God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Ministry, Overcoming Anger, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , |

I was standing at my kitchen sink washing dishes My mood was dark as I pondered a couple of mean spirited people in our church. "How could they be so critical?" I said to myself. We were pastoring a large church in Australia, working hard, doing our best, and all this couple could do was [...]

How is it possible to overcome depression?

January 18th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Overcoming, Relationships, Trials|Tags: , , , , |

Depression falls into one of two categories: you either struggle with depression or you live with someone who is depressed and struggles with depression We have that in our household. According to the World Health Organisation, 350 million people, of all ages, suffer from depression. One in five women are diagnosed with depression and are [...]

Life Is Short—Have An Affair

November 13th, 2015|Categories: Marriage, Relationships, The Sinful Nature|Tags: , , |

My 47-year-old cousin was brutally murdered some months ago. He was having a barbecue with his family when some armed men barged into his home and murdered him.  So I am aware of the brevity of life. The Ashley Madison website* acknowledges that life goes by all too quickly, but they fail to inform their [...]

We Did It God’s Way—Married 39 Years and Loving It!

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Marriage, Relationships, Seasons of Life, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

What a ride! This year marks 39 years of marriage to my husband. I know we live in a day and age where many relationships seem to be faltering, however, I do think it is important to herald our milestones and celebrate them. Love at first sight! Paul and I met each other when we [...]

Why do Christians bully and attack each other?

April 24th, 2015|Categories: God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

I was reading the blog of a popular, highly recommended author. I was stunned by her scathing attack on a Christian leader significantly older and more experienced than she was! Her blog was well written, but was used to criticize this renowned leader and expose his faults. When it comes to this particular leader, I [...]

Forgiveness is for giving

April 17th, 2015|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Forgiveness, Hearing God, Obedience, Relationships, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

“Are you going to Beauty for Ashes this year?” my friend, Ruth, asked. As did Ann, another friend, author and avid conference attendee. Aldyth, the organizer of this annual women’s conference for the past nineteen years, also presented this same question. They all wanted me there, and of course, I wanted to go. It would [...]

Moving beyond woundedness

March 27th, 2015|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, Identity in Christ, Overcoming, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Three weeks in and out of bed with different viruses has given me an appreciation for my general, overall, good health.  I don't like being bed bound, but sometimes your body wants nothing more than to rest and recover from the virulent virus that has attacked it.  So it is great to be up and [...]

Risking your heart!

February 1st, 2015|Categories: Christian Service, Faith, Heart Issues, Overcoming Fear, Relationships, Serving, Sharing Your Faith, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , , |

If we open our hearts to anyone, we risk being hurt.  When you open your heart you become vulnerable because you are exposing a part of your inner self.  The truth is, there is nothing more wonderful in the entire world than opening up your heart to others.  But, let me be honest and say, [...]

Greatest accomplishment?

January 30th, 2015|Categories: Parenting, Relationships, Seasons of Life|Tags: , , , , , |

On 12th December 2014, we left South Africa for a month’s holiday overseas. In the weeks preceding our departure I was packing, making lists, cleaning, making lists, washing, and making lists . . . I wanted to, no, needed to be prepared. Life’s busy, so I had to give myself sufficient time to ensure nothing [...]

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