All posts tagged: trust in God

I Never Thought I was a Cynic… Until I Read This Book.

A Praying Life (Connecting with God in a distracting world) by Paul E. Miller NavPress, 2009 Every so often you read a book that completely reboots the way you think. A Praying Life has been that kind of book for me. Don’t be turned off by the title – or the cover for that matter. This is a book with the potential to change your perspective on every level, not just the few minutes you grab with God each day, running through a list of pleases and thank yous in your head. Paul begins by defining prayer as “interconnected with all of life”. Such an important distinction right there. He continues, “Because prayer is all about relationship, we can’t work on prayer as an isolated part of life. That would be like going to the gym and working out just on your left arm.” With an easy turn of phrase, Paul grounds his teaching with stories, many from his own family including the trials and triumphs of his daughter Kim who has autism and developmental delay. Paul and …

Hello 2014. You and I are Gonna Get Along Just Fine.

Hello 2014.  Pleased to make your acquaintance, although, in truth, I’ve yet to determine whether to call you friend or foe.  You are 365 days of unknowns.  You are 52 weeks of lurching between happiness and discontent.  You are 12 months of ageing. Anticipation of a new year brings parties of the most flamboyant variety.  We drink to new opportunities as fireworks flare, or perhaps we drink to drown out the neon question mark hanging over the year ahead. Will we have more devastating natural disasters?  Will there be relationship breakdowns?  Will we struggle with intensely difficult personal circumstances?  Will support be there when we need it?  Or will it all be rosy? We have no control over the landscape of 2014, but we can take command of our attitude and outlook.  Easy in theory; less so in practice.  Which is why there is much to be said for chewing over the promises God offers us in His word. “I will go before you,” He says, over and over again. “I will go before you …