The Strength of Weakness

Lately I’ve had trouble sleeping….   Lack of sleep is such a reminder of how weak and fragile my body is, and how weak and fragile I am – I run out of energy more easily; my mind is slower; my patience runs out more easily; I’m more emotional; and to be honest, I’m a…

Step Into A New Day

This New Year has felt particularly significant for me. It’s simply one day turning into the next, from yesterday to today, yet it feels so weighty – like there’s a great significance. The new year brings an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s been and choose what to carry into the new year. I…

Dealing with Disappointment

When I finished my undergraduate degree in 2013, I signed up for a training and discipleship programme called Relay with Christian Unions Ireland (CUI). As a relatively new Christian, I was excited for the opportunity to study the Bible more deeply and get to grips with the Christian faith. It was a great year of…

Called to Sing

Have you ever wondered why singing is such a big part of church and the Christian life? The reason is simple: In God’s Word, the Bible, we are called to sing. We are called by God’s Word to sing praises to Him; to sing songs which acknowledge who He is; to sing songs about what…

Harvest Time

Growing up in Templebreedy Church of Ireland, we followed a liturgical calendar. The Harvest Thanksgiving celebration was always my favourite part of that calendar, and Autumn my favourite time of year… I think that my love of harvest time and autumn was inspired by the beauty of growing on a farm. I witnessed my Dad…

Why so insecure?

I’ve always been a quieter person. As a child I was shy, and unsure of myself. If asked a question, my most frequent response was ‘I’m not sure’ or ‘I don’t know’. I was self-conscious and found it hard to express myself. Even my granddad expressed concern to my mum at one point! As a…