Be you 1707 2560 Hope City Church

Be you

I’m often told that I have a tendency to pray for people right there and then, whatever their problem or illness. To me it comes naturally and it’s only when people say things like….. ‘oh you always pray for people,Eunike’, that I realise that my behaviour may have been unusual and that perhaps it’s not…

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Embracing change 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Embracing change

Since moving to the North East in 2012, I have lived in five different homes, averaging a house move once every one and a half years… and in two weeks time, I will be moving again! Part of me loves it… they say a change is as good as a rest. However if I’m honest,…

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In the waiting 2560 1765 Hope City Church

In the waiting

One of the things I have missed the most during lockdown is being able to travel. I love trying the different food, enjoying the beautiful scenery, learning about new cultures and just being able to explore! However, the one thing I really am not keen on is the flight. Don’t get me wrong, I generally…

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Mind games 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Mind games

Last week, as I was walking on the beach, I decided to stop and grab a coffee at the cafe. As I was about to place my order, the lady smiled at me and asked, “Do you want your usual? You are the lady that surfs and orders a coffee in the mornings aren’t you?”…

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Return to sender 1704 2560 Hope City Church

Return to sender

Confession time: on several occasions in this lockdown season, I’ve found myself thinking it would be nice to “un-become” a parent. Spending 24/7 with a strong-willed, very loud, very determined, very everything three year old certainly has its moments and I’ve found myself wistfully dreaming of times when I could get up when I wanted…sit…

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It’s time to let it go 2560 2313 Hope City Church

It’s time to let it go

Recently I found myself tidying the dreaded accessories drawer. It took me an hour just to untangle one knot from a necklace that I hadn’t put away properly. Whilst I was doing this impatiently, my daughter said, “Don’t worry mum, let me help you!” As a parent of a toddler, you often find yourself watching…

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Dreaming again 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Dreaming again

Throughout lockdown I have been watching some great home design programmes and I found that it has often inspired me to think of new ideas. I love imagining, dreaming and planning about what I could do with my house and garden and how it could suit us better for our lifestyle. I often come up…

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Unwanted visitors 2560 1700 Hope City Church

Unwanted visitors

Recently the government has advised us not to have visitors to our homes during the coronavirus pandemic and I’m adhering to their guidelines as much as I’d love to see my family and friends. However I have had a couple of unwanted visitors! Two unwelcome ‘friends’ have crept back into my life. I certainly wasn’t expecting them…

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Every day is a gift 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Every day is a gift

It’s 10 weeks since lockdown began, I have 8 weeks of homeschooling under my belt and a new found level of respect for every teacher out there. 8:45 Family Devotional 9:00 PE 10:00 Maths/English 11:00 Creative Learning And on it goes…. This is my family’s new norm, our new daily routine give or take…I’m glad to say we have…

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Lockdown quirks 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Lockdown quirks

I think it’s fair to say this lockdown situation has the nation responding in varying ways to the worries of catching coronavirus. Now although we’re all different I’ve noticed some rather amusing behavioural trends arising; eg. people who walk on the other side of the road when they see you coming towards them, family groups…

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Soul food 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Soul food

It’s week 8 of lockdown in the UK! Who imagined that it would go on for so long? To begin with, I felt excited about the possibilities that lay within my ‘new normal’. I got busy making plans on how to use this time well. My housemates can attest to this – I made a…

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Finding beauty in the now 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Finding beauty in the now

My youngest child, Luka has recently turned 11 years old. He’s in his final year of primary school and we are still unsure whether he will actually finish the school year there. It could be that the next time he goes to school will actually be high school! Twelve years of taking the kids to…

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A perfect plan 2560 1707 Hope City Church

A perfect plan

Do you enjoy making plans? Making vision boards with all the pictures and bucket lists? Sometimes going overboard with the stationery? Sounds like you might be a ‘planner-holic’ like me! There’s just something about ticking off those things on my list that gives me a sense of accomplishment and being in control. Then life happens…

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Remember where we’re going 2560 1706 Hope City Church

Remember where we’re going

I remember four years ago the first time I took a plane to South Africa. The first leg of the journey was 4 hours from Manchester to Istanbul, followed by 8 hours from Istanbul to Durban. Halfway through that second flight, it was the middle of the night and yet I was unable to sleep…

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A focus that lifts us 1707 2560 Hope City Church

A focus that lifts us

Recently, to hear of one very tired and anxious nurse tell my friend that she is ‘not ok’, struck me as an echo from so many who are working on the frontline. We’ve heard this time and time again. It’s one thing to step up in a crisis that you weren’t prepared for and another…

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The battle and beauty of sleep 1707 2560 Hope City Church

The battle and beauty of sleep

Psalm 3:3-5⁠ But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.⁠ ⁠ I do love sleep! Probably too much. But…

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