May 11, 2019

We all know those times when someone says something nicely to hide a harsher meaning, like when someone says, “That’s a very brave proposal,” by which they mean, “That’s insane, it’s never going to work.” Or when someone says, “God will never give you more than you can...

March 13, 2019

I remember the first time I saw Disney’s The Little Mermaid, at age 7 on VHS at home with my sisters. I cried at the end. Ariel had to leave her sisters and her father and that broke my heart. I knew she got to be with Prince Eric and that’s what the whole movie had be...

February 21, 2019

Perseverance is something of a theme for us at Fixing Her Eyes this year. 2 Timothy 2 presents us with three images of perseverance as we fix our eyes on Jesus. There is the suffering soldier who pleases only his commanding officer (v.3-4), the athlete who becomes vict...

September 15, 2018

The rape of Tamar by her half-brother Amnon in 2 Samuel 13 is horrific, and it is made even more so by the multiple points in the story where the disaster could have been averted. Far from being one act by one guy, the story is filled with other characters, all of whom...

September 15, 2018

A friend of mine said to me the other day that she feels sad for Bathsheba, that her name is forever associated with adultery, while that’s not the first association that people make with David. He is king, hero and poet. It just didn’t seem fair to her.

Of course the d...

August 30, 2018

"Sorry God, it’s been a while.”

This is how I feel like most of my prayers should start.

I have structured my life to include prayer - grace at meals, for example, and each evening our family does Teaspoon (TSP) prayers where each person has a go at a 3 sentence prayer,...

July 29, 2018


Jonah doesn’t come across that well in the Bible. He is the prophet who is disobedient, running in the opposite direction when God calls him. He doesn’t want people to hear the warning and he sulks when they repent. God asks him, “And should I not have concern for the...

March 27, 2018

“But do you really think the miracles in the Bible happened?”

This question was posed to me by my friend Edith. She is courageous, generous, kind and open. She’s also an atheist. She’s fine with me having a faith, but in her experience, Christians are not well-considere...

March 9, 2018

Here in Tanzania, when you become a Christian, you give up drinking alcohol. There’s little cultural distinction between drunkenness and social drinking or drinking in moderation, so becoming a Christian requires a wholesale rejection of alcohol. Meanwhile, many Austra...

November 8, 2017

The Proverbs 31 woman hovers in the back of my head as I get up each morning, because it’s normally before daylight (v.15). That’s at least one characteristic of the woman of valour ticked off! Just as well, because my capability with sewing and textiles is next to not...

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