The last few funerals I’ve attended have been surprising learning experiences. Although the raw displays of grief and earthy graveside scenes are never easy, I’ve found myself coming away with unexpected treasures. All those shared memories and celebrated eulogies had inadvertently revealed truths about my loved ones that for whatever reason I’d never heard of before. There were stories from my Dad’s work colleagues, injustices in my Grandma’s homelife and tales from my Uncle’s childhood. Suddenly history made sense and I found myself wishing I had known them sooner.
Talk of funerals came up again while visiting my Mum last year. Over one of Mum’s legendary roast dinners, we discussed our preferred places of burial (somewhere local), the advantages of cremation (apparently it’s cheaper) and where we’d like our ashes scattered (under a rose bush). It was an animated conversation. After contemplating the inevitability of our deaths, Mum began to share about her childhood and I discovered the kinds of things that you normally only hear about at funerals. Having shared a recent ode to my Dad who passed away four years ago (read about it here) and in view of Mother’s Day this week, I thought I’d share a post to honour my Mum. The hope is that she can enjoy it while here on earth, rather than waiting for a time when she can’t!
This is the last in our Wising Up Series: some practical wisdom that will help you hear God’s voice and follow it this year. I don’t know about you, but the experience of God’s slowness may be the most difficult one in walking the God-life! Why does he take so long? Patience is great, but patience with understanding is even better. This 10 minute video will give you God’s explanation for when nothing seems to be happening. Learn how an ascent up the tallest mountain in the world is relevant to the walk of faith on the ground…
How have you dealt with the apparent slowness of God? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your thoughts about the teaching in this video below:
What do we do when we’re praying about something and God seems to be saying nothing in return? This is one of the areas people find most difficult to navigate in living the God-life. What I share in this video took a mere ten minutes to record, but twenty years to learn… I believe it is a life-changing principle we all need to hear and understand. Enjoy!
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Watch Part 1 of the Wising Up Series: Hearing God’s Voice for 2016
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Want to position yourself to hear God’s voice more clearly in 2016? Here at the blog we are kicking off the new year with some practical wisdom for hearing God’s voice. Today is the first in a three-part series called “Wising Up.” It answers the most commonly asked questions I receive as I talk to people in churches across the world. This one’s about hearing God’s voice in the big decisions you may face in your life this year; a job, a relationship, perhaps a financial or health issue. It will take you about 10 minutes to watch, so grab a tea or coffee, have a listen and let’s make it our aim to wise up in 2016!
(PS. Our apologies for the poor focus on the screen!)
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By now you’ve probably sung the words of that ancient Christmas carol “Silent Night” in church or at a Carols event under the stars. The story goes that a pastor was walking home on Christmas eve and felt inspired to write them as he walked through his village set with yellow lights and snow-lined rooftops. The words of “Silent Night” were sung in a little Austrian church the next day, then spread throughout the German speaking world in the early 1800s and came to the US fifty years later to become one of the great classics we sing every December.
Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright. It’s a beautiful line but it doesn’t fully capture the story. Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation gives us a slightly different version of the events. Unlike the scene depicted by the lilting carol, we see what was really going on in the spiritual realm. Instead of the peaceful glow surrounding the holy family pictured on our greeting cards, we see an enemy symbolised as a red seven-headed dragon. Instead of a baby sleeping peacefully in a manger, we see a vicious attack on a pregnant woman as she cries out in her pain. There’s a violent outbreak of war in the heavenlies and a cosmic uprising as the powers of evil seek to destroy God’s plan (Revelation 12:1-9).