Posts Tagged ‘Testimony’

Scary – isn’t it?

A whole new horizon – and no markers in the sand to say ‘THIS WAY’

This is how I feel as I begin my journey beyond breast cancer.

And yet there is warmth in the sun and the breath of life, and boy does it feel good.

I am thankful to be alive.

6th October marks the anniversary of the day my life changed when I was told I had breast cancer. This is my week of transition when I step off the bridge.

Please come with me on this new journey.

I look back at the things we did before my year of breast cancer treatment. We had workshops on Spiritual Journalling, Touching the Edge of His Cloak, Listening to God’s Heartbeat. We joined the Benedictine Monks for retreats, and we spent a season Listening to God’s Heartbeat.

And now we can also look back on a long slow year exploring a journey with God – making breast cancer an opportunity to get to know God better.

I would like to keep learning and keep sharing – and to do this I value your help.

We have a Celebration on 16th October. BC and I are thrilled at your enthusiastic response. Please let us know if you have missed an invitation and would like to come.

And after the party, I want to build again on the foundations we laid. I value your feedback on two questions:

  • FIRST – I would like to run another WORKSHOP or RETREAT in the New Year? Are you interested to join me, and if so, what topic would you like?
  • SECOND – I would like to start another blog. This would be about what it means to have life to the full: taking John 10:10 and exploring what that means in our lives day by day.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full

Please let me know what you think. You can comment in the usual way by clicking on the comments tag at the end.  Or you can email me directly.  The next post tells you how to do that.

And about the new header to my blog. I took this photo after one of my early morning radiotherapy treatments. Sitting in the peace of a summer morning, I recognised how much the obstacle of treatment had become an opportunity to listen to God. What do you think – do you like it or did you prefer the orchids?


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. . . to unceasing prayer.

A friend sent me this quotation from Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) – I share it with you. It builds on what we can do with the chatter that goes on in our heads.

Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.

Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.

Nouwen was a priest, professor, pastor, writer and psychologist.

His main interest was pastoral ministry, and he knew that the comparatively new discipline of psychology was important, despite the fact that Church circles felt it undermined faith. He wanted to engage with people where they are and lead them to a closer relationship with God.

Let’s listen to the chatter in our heads.  And let’s consider what it means to have Someone who dwells in the centre of our being listening with love.

How might the chatter change . . ?

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Happy Easter!

It is not about chocolate and chickens – it is all about Jesus.

So who is this Jesus?

I am amazed at the way we acknowledge Easter as a nation, even to the extent of limiting trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and yet how few have any knowledge of Jesus.

The resurrection of Jesus is THE most significant event in history. And putting our trust in the risen Jesus is THE most significant event that can take place in our lives.

My father loved studying the bible. He would hold his well-thumbed, leather-bound bible in his hand, and speak through intense blue eyes about the flawed people in the bible, about prophecy and about God’s plan. These were the most exciting stories a young girl could hear.

I remember vividly one of those precious family moments when all 7 of us were bundled together watching television. I would be about 10 years old and by present standards the film would be tame science fiction. The key feature was an invisible force field around a building that protected it from attack. At the end of the film my father used the illustration to speak to us about the Holy Spirit – part of the Trinity that is invisible yet present with us all the time to protect and guide us.

And so I grew up with a constant awareness that God is present, powerful, loving and just; he has a plan for his creation, and he wants to get to know me.

By the age of 16 I realised I needed to put some substance on to this set of beliefs. I wanted to know all that my father knew, and so I bought myself a study bible, just like his, and a notebook.

My first study was angels – giving more structure to my awareness of the spiritual in everyday events. And then I moved on to God’s plan. This was the BIG one that took me into the realms of the big-picture thinking that so thrilled me in what my father told me. Starting in the Old Testament I looked at the covenants God made with mankind. These mark the development of God’s relationship with man as he reveals himself to us and we learn how to respond.

And this brings us back to Easter, the New Covenant that Jesus’ resurrection brought into place, and the story my father told me.

The day Jesus rose from the dead he appeared to his disciples and said

“This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

God’s great plan led to Jesus from the start.

And then comes the truly awesome bit

Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

The New Covenant is about being spirit-filled and enabled with the power and righteousness of God running through our veins. Mankind had never experienced this intimacy in relationship with God before.

Easter is about celebrating this amazing change in our relationship with God.

My father died when I was 19. I did not realise the time we had together would be so short – and I had so much more to learn from him.

And yet what he did give me was a relationship with our heavenly father that is intimate, loving and everlasting. For that I am truly thankful.

And, according to God’s plan, I look forward to meeting my father again.

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