I write things that help me live a life of faith. If they help you too, let me know 🙂

When You Don’t Get What You Want

I wanted something.

I’m not going to tell you what it was, but I wanted it a lot. You know… deep down in my bones, really wanted it. What I wanted was a good thing. It would have been a huge blessing to me. It wasn’t frivolous or selfish, but it was big enough that I needed God to do it. I wanted it. So I started asking God for it.
With child-like faith, as a kid asks dad for something, I asked. I didn’t just give it to the Lord in prayer a couple of times. No. I prayed for this thing every day for four months. For 120 days I looked to my heavenly father and asked. At times I felt a huge amount of confidence that what I wanted would happen. God would come through. I was praying with faith. I was expecting an answer. I was thanking God in advance for what he would do. I was excited.

Then one morning during my prayer time, I felt God say “Give this desire to me.”

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Album Launch Highlights

I was thrilled to be joined by my dear friend, and co-producer, Dan Wheeler, to celebrate the launch of my new album recently. Here are a few highlights from the concert at my home church...  

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Live Today Well

When you think about life, you’ll be tempted to divide it into big important days, and small ordinary days. The big important days will appear few and far between, while the small ordinary days seem as common as muck.  The trouble with living this way is that you can...

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Fear Is A Thief

Always remember that fear is a thief. Fear wants to rob us of the abundant life that Jesus said he came to bring us (John 10:10).   How many great relationships, great adventures, great experiences, great connections and great ministries have failed to happen because...

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Creativity Is A Choice

So many people think that creativity is only for the inspired. If you're gifted enough, or lucky enough, you can write or paint or play. This is not true. Everybody is creative in some way - we are all being creative every day of our lives, because every day we are...

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Shadows have no power. They are simply an effect of light. Today parts of Europe were plunged into complete darkness because of the solar eclipse. Here in England we had about a 95% eclipse. The Moon came between the Earth and the Sun and created a huge shadow. The Sun seemed to disappear, but it hadn’t actually gone anywhere. It was just obscured for a while.

Sometimes something crosses the pathway of our lives that casts a huge shadow over us. A problem, a difficulty, a feeling, a need that seems so huge that it blocks out all the light. But the light (The Light) hasn’t gone anywhere.

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Creating Something From Nothing

Humans are born with a gift.

The ability to create.

Today there’s nothing more than some tubes of paint, a few brushes and a blank canvas. Tomorrow there’s a picture. Today there’s nothing coming from the piano. Tomorrow there’s a song. Today there’s nothing in the spare room. Tomorrow it’s a nursery.

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Stop Striving

It can be relentless, can’t it?

The daily grind, paying the bills, moving forward, keeping your ‘chin up’.

The joy and wonder of life can dissolve into a murky puddle of unending effort; the kind of effort that leaves you drained and running on empty. I’ve discovered in others and in myself a curious thing; the harder life becomes, the harder I strain to make it all work. In other words, I strive.

We strive when we fall for the idea that it is all up to us. If life is going to work, if my children are going to behave, if my finances are going to last long enough, if my ministry is going to be fruitful, then it’s up to me to make it so. The world (as I experience it) is depending on me to be super-human and to keep it spinning.

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5 Keys To A Stronger Prayer Life

Most of us find that praying can be difficult at times.

We know it’s important, but finding a way to make prayer a regular part of our lives can be challenging. Over the years I’ve tried all sorts of strategies to keep my prayer life on track, with varying levels of success. But no matter whether I’m in a season where prayer is easy, or a season where it’s difficult, I’ve found that these five keys help me to stay on track.

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Making Room For Jesus

Hi Friends,  I hope you are heading into the Christmas season with a deepening sense of joy and peace, and are managing to reject the stress and anxiety that this time of year can sometimes bring. The Christmas season should really be all about good news and good...

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