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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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It’s ok to be ok 2008 2026 Hope City Church

It’s ok to be ok

You don’t have to be lit all the time! It’s OK to be OK. It’s OK to feel just OK. ⁣ ⁣ An OK car is a car that will get you there. An OK marriage is a marriage that will get you there. And an OK body is a body that will get you there.…

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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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Standing on God’s word 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Standing on God’s word

“I’m so sorry, but there’s no sign of a pregnancy.” I can still feel the wave of shock and loss when I heard those words one Thursday afternoon in a hospital room after an emergency ultrasound. I was about to begin my ninth week of pregnancy for a baby my husband Ian and I had…

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Give her something to eat 1910 2560 Hope City Church

Give her something to eat

So I’ve been reading in Mark 5 about Jairus and his daughter. His daughter dies, Jesus raises her from the dead – no biggy. But then just after in verse 43 it says that Jesus told them to give her something to eat. There’s just something so powerful and beautiful about the way that Jesus wants…

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Planted with purpose 1707 2560 Hope City Church

Planted with purpose

During the last couple of weeks, I have fulfilled a dream of mine – I planted my very first sunflowers. It’s something that I have wanted to do for years and I was so excited to share the whole process with you but it turns out they take a lot longer than two weeks and…

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Protected time 2560 1922 Hope City Church

Protected time

In this day and age we’ve become so much busier in life. In our work and studies we have deadlines, with family and friends we have duty calls, then on top of this we have the dreaded laundry and emptying that dishwasher that we’ve left for days. When it comes to ourselves we have ‘ME’…

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Time on your hands 2560 1707 Hope City Church

Time on your hands

As weird as this season is, I’m really enjoying staying at home and being able to do things that I don’t usually have time for. Now I know that’s probably not everyone’s thinking, but I have heard a lot of people talking about how they’re finally getting around to things that have been on their…

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And I’m feeling good 2560 1707 Hope City Church

And I’m feeling good

I listen to the song ‘ Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone most mornings, usually as I’m getting ready. And as I sing along (very badly I must admit) the lyrics; ‘It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good’, encourage, inspire and motivate me for the day ahead.…

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What if? 2560 1806 Hope City Church

What if?

When I was pregnant with our middle child, towards the end of my pregnancy I entered the phase that is known as ‘nesting’…and if I’m completely honest after months of morning sickness, it was a stage I could finally get on board with. A clean house, organised cupboards and drawers, errrmm yes please! Now, I’m…

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I’m not a normal mum 1982 1474 Hope City Church

I’m not a normal mum

So, I’m not a normal mum but I have a tendency to believe that despite that I’m a pretty awesome one! …And I think that my kids think that too! Well at least some of the time! To have a mum who loves children’s ministry, dancing (everywhere), has taught breakdancing and street dance and is…

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Too much choice 2560 1702 Hope City Church

Too much choice

Variety is the spice of life! In 2020, our world seems to be one of unlimited choice; the possibilities almost endless. A few minutes walk from my house there’s an amazing Korean street food restaurant, Mexican food, a vegan pub, a French patisserie, stone baked pizza, the list goes on! I’m definitely not complaining! I…

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