And The Thunder Rolls


There's something about thunder that brings out some sort of primal fear in me. My rational brain knows what it is, and that it is not going to kill me or that the end of the world isn't happening and all of that, but there is something unknown about thunder that short-circuits all rationality and …

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Strength From God


I like this quote from the book of Proverbs bit it doesn't give the whole picture. Yes, there are days when our strength is small, when anxieties and fears overrule us. But we never have to face those days alone because we have God holding us and it is by HIS strength that we live. …

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The Apple of Your Eye


https://youtu.be/W6p-A4HglBw Psalm 17: 8 This picture is taken in our garden, and this is our little apple tree that we planted a couple of years ago. Each year we get a bumper crop of these apples and I was struck this evening how red they are looking already. As I was thinking about apples and …

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Giving Thanks


This post is the 200th consecutive piece I've published on the Mushy Cloud this year, and so I thought I would mark the occasion by listing 20 things I have been most grateful for this year. They are not in any particular order by the way, just like the Mushy Cloud, it is an eclectic …

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You know


I love this verse - it reminds us to be still, to pause, to listen and to know. God is with us, we are never abandoned. Grace and peace Pam

Psalm 139


In memory of J. These words from Psalm 139 continue the theme of God knowing all about us even when we feel we are lost. He knows our every move, our every thought, our every desire, our every hurt all before we are even born. These particular words remind us that no matter how low …

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Do not be afraid


This is one of my favourite verses from the Bible. It is a comfort to me to know that even if I feel overwhelmed by things that threaten me, or that the big wave is about to crash over my head, I am not alone. God holds me, just as he holds you. I hope …

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Ordination Day


Today was the day when I was Ordained deacon in the Church of England by the Bishop of Manchester in Manchester Cathedral. I am a little overwhelmed by everyone's love and support, and I can feel the cushion of everyone's prayers carrying me through my discernment and training process thus far. My family and friends …

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Retreat Day 1


I was so privileged and blessed to spend the first full day of my pre-ordination retreat in this beautiful place today. St Paul's Church, Blackley We had a couple of online sessions where we looked at different icons that have been written about Jesus' birth and death, and we have been encouraged to reflect deeply …

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Retreat Eve


Tomorrow is the first day of my pre-ordination retreat, and though I'm not actually going away on retreat, it is a time of reflection and prayer that will lead me in to the spiritual headspace needed for Sunday's ordination service. I am going to be a little quiet on here for a few days, but …

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