I was reading through some old journal entries the other day. I'm not a particularly prolific journaller so this particular journal goes all the way back to 2011!! In it I came across this verse in my usual scrawled writing. Psalm 71:14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more … Continue reading Dealing Out Hope
In an earlier post at the start of the year I wrote that this year I would go after feedback. I want to grow through giving and receiving feedback. Well we are now over 8 months into the year and I have mostly stuck to my plan! I have been learning as I go, through … Continue reading Giving Feedback
Building a school of ministry over the last four years has been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Way back at the beginning as we sat down to plan the practicalities and design the school we first began with this question: What do we want the culture of our school to … Continue reading A Culture of Honour?
Today I thought I would take a break from my usual musings to share about the most mundane of everyday things, email. Love it or hate it our lives are now full of it. It has replaced so many other forms of communication. Many prefer it to calling now. The demand for response times seems … Continue reading Inbox Zero
Life is full. About 9 months or so ago I realised that "busy" was fast becoming my stock answer to "how are you doing?". I don't know if others noticed but I was definitely getting bored of this reply! So I decided to stop. Life is always busy, the real question is with what. I have started preferring the word "full"! It may just be code for busy but at least it feels like a more interesting answer! In my "full" life, managing work life, home life, raising two little girls under the age of 3 and running a school of ministry on the side I have been on an intentional pursuit to understand rest...
Once again we find ourselves in a season of reduced sleep, being sicked upon, late night cuddles, endless nappies and much talk of bowel movements. The amazing thing is we wouldn't change it for a moment. We welcomed the beautiful Abi into the world just over a month ago and she is amazing!
I love when things are done well. Yet this desire I find within me for things to be done well must be kept in balance. I believe at its heart it is God-given. Like many God-given desires it must find its healthy expression. Unchecked, this desire can reveal an internal pressure to perform to gain … Continue reading In Pursuit of Excellence
I have been reflecting recently on how we have to be so careful in Christian leadership about the view of God we present to others. If we are not careful we can unwittingly creating the impression of a distant or somehow mystical and ethereal God.
The words appraisal, review or feedback are enough to send many running for the hills! Most people do not have a great experience of structured feedback. Most jobs, including my own, include a degree of feedback as part of performance goals and personal development. I am on a journey this year to embrace feedback. As … Continue reading Facing Into Feedback
The older I get the more I have realised that there is not much "pure" in life that we come across. There are mixed motives, hidden intentions, mixed messages and half truths at every turn. I used to take the approach of throwing out information that I was suspicious of very quickly. I used to … Continue reading Eat the meat, spit out the bones