Where is my purpose found?

I was anxious at the beginning of lockdown for a number of reasons - I couldn’t go to work; I no longer had a routine; holidays and flights were cancelled; I couldn’t spend time with friends and loved ones. The things that seemed to bring purpose and meaning to my life were quickly removed. To…

Have You Lost Your Sense of Wonder?

My sense of wonder is just a little tired  ~Lost by Dermot Kennedy~ When I first listened to the song ‘Lost’ by Dermot Kennedy, this lyric resonated with me. I thought to myself, ‘I know that feeling’. It’s a hard feeling to describe, but I’ve felt it many times in my life. Dermot Kennedy put…

Teach Us, O Lord, To Number Our Days

Whether we like it or not, the Coronavirus has brought death to the forefront of our minds…   Whether we like it or not, we currently have an acute awareness of our own mortality and the mortality of our loved ones…   Before I became a Christian, the idea of death troubled me greatly. All…

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…

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…

God is my Rock

A few years ago I went through a hard season. I felt lost – over a number of months I came to the conclusion that the counselling career I was embarking on wasn’t for me, and I didn’t know what direction to take. I threw myself into church serving in a big way – creating…