Chosen not punished

Chosen, Not Punished

We can very easily equate blessings with a sign of God’s favour and difficulties as a sign of his displeasure. When I was praying about this last weekend a friend said, “Helen, you’re chosen, not punished.” Whatever my purpose is God has chosen me and he is with me every step of the way, and I am grateful for that.

Never Give Up Hope

When We’ve Given Up Hope

I had all but given up hope for my squash seedlings, so imagine my surprise when they kept sprouting everywhere! I was left with more than my garden could contain. What a reminder to me, that God can take our dried up, dead and discarded dreams, and breathe life into them.

Surrender control

Surrender Control

Being In Control I like being in control! I feel in control of most areas of my life, but there are some things we have zero control over: the weather, what other people think of us, and has been increasingly evident, whether I get pregnant or not! We also can’t Read more…

Hope Deferred

Hope Deferred

Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. So should we stop hoping? How should we react when our hopes are deferred, or when we face disappointment time and time again? Here are my reflections.

Birthday Milestones

Turning 40 I have not been looking forward to my birthday this year. If I’m honest it’s been a shadow hanging over me for the past few years as I’ve got ever closer to the big 4-0. It doesn’t matter how many times I have told myself, or others have Read more…

Crushed Hope

Something deep within me believed that this would be the month. I can’t explain why, but it just felt like that. Then, when I was driving, I saw the most beautiful complete rainbow over the valley. It felt like God was confirming my feeling, reminding me of the promise of Read more…


Being Seen by God – Sara Hagerty This interview with Sara is encouraging and practical for those of us who have ever questioned where our identity is, or been tempted to try and obtain God’s favour through our achievements. Sara has faced the heartbreak of losing her father, struggled with Read more…