Tree of Healing Ministries
The people hiking through the MacRitchie trails for recreation often bring their problems with them. What an irony. Chatting loudly as they walk past, one can’t help but overhear their worries about their job, their colleague, their boss, etc. One man used his mobile to talk business in Mandarin to his colleague in China! Others … Continue reading “The Forest Speaks, Is Anyone Listening?”
So one of my readers asked, “What is the draw of the silence? The silent gaze of the One who loves you conveys tenderness, understanding, compassion and so much more. It’s pretty tangible, just as if He is standing or sitting beside you, enjoying your company, even as you enjoy His. This cannot be imagined. … Continue reading “The Draw of Silence”
The deeper one dives in the spirit, the quieter the inner waters become; I am alone, and yet not alone for His presence is always with me. The deeper we dive, the more silent it becomes — the more silent we become. The world and its demands fade away as I sink immeasurably down into … Continue reading “Deep diving with Jesus”
CREATION FRIDAY The Prunus Trail is a shady boardwalk along MacRitchie Reservoir. The majority start the one-hour trek here, walking clockwise to the Petai Trail, then turning right, down a hardened clay and stone path through the cool forest into dazzling sunshine. One day, I decided to walk anti-clockwise, climbing up the well-trodden clay path … Continue reading “The Path Less Travelled”
WEDNESDAY’S WORD “Perception is everything,” a former boss used to say frequently and quite fervently. I knew something was on his mind, but I didn’t ask. Then I noticed it playing out in my life. The meaning of this quote, for those of you who are a little behind here, is that what people perceive … Continue reading “When Perception isn’t Reality”
There are good friends, and there are God-friends. We hang out with good friends as there are mutual interests, mutual support, we have fun and we look forward to meeting again. And, there are God-friends. They are there for a season, perhaps for life, but a few things make them stand out. They “get” you. … Continue reading “When God Sends His Friends”
I have been cutting down from social media activities since the beginning of this month, and it has led to an increasingly greater quietness within. I don’t know how long this season will last — the last time God led me into this, it was for 10 years — but I’m enjoying it. I wonder … Continue reading “A Season of Quiet”
WEDNESDAY’S WORD 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. (1 Sam 30: 6) One of the hazards of being a leader is that you run the risk of being stoned by your own followers … Continue reading “God’s Giant Washing Machine”
CREATION FRIDAY A few days ago, I met a new friend who’d agreed to hike around the MacRitchie Reservoir with me. Our mutual friend couldn’t make it, so I met J by myself. As we got to know each other, it was interesting how she directed the conversation. First, she wanted to know how long … Continue reading “An Encounter with Beauty”
Today, I will share the story of Joseph, who was pledged to be married to Mary. From the Gospel of Matthew, we know him to be a righteous man, one who followed the law. When he found out she was pregnant, I guess he didn’t accept her explanation that it was all part of God’s plan. … Continue reading “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”
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