….. yes!




Just a little post writing background music going on. Well this is Christmas, and what have you done (yep…. mixing songs)

But it’s a good question. What has 2018 been for you.

For me I stopped blogging weekly, so that I could concentrate that time on another project I’ve wanted to achieve. But instead I lost the momentum and discipline I had and didn’t achieve that goal. So from a writing point of view this year has been, ummm now do I say it – SLACK!!

But on some other fronts I achieved more that I thought. 2018, like every year before it has been filled with ups, downs, lefts and right. I’ve visited new counties, had fun times and a even a dose of sad. I’ve had the adventure of change and the sadness of change. It’s been a funny old year, but I’m definitely stronger, happier and more content coming out of it then when it began.

And I put that down to something very simple. Saying “yes”.

Yes, to trusting God

Yes, to following His lead

Yes, to stepping into the unknown

Yes, to pursuing new things

Yes, to learning new things

Yes, to facing old things and deciding to no longer just put up with them

A lot of the “yes” came with a big tinge of really – this? A lot of it seemed left field, and opposed to my normal decision making paradigm. But, even when my head was going “ok…. I’m confused” my heart was saying “do it, go for it, you’ve got this” and that really is why the year has been such a year of change, opportunity and adventure.

And when it all boils down, God is wanting us to say yes. I recently saw a photo of someone I know with a sign saying “she said yes to the dress”.

I imagine that God would love to see us with a similar sign daily; ‘they said yes’. Just last week after a rough couple of days, I was promptly put back in place (and strength, for that matter), when my mentor said “even if the worst things your imagining about the situation comes true- God has never let you down. He hasn’t brought you here to leave you”.

Arhhhh, that’s so good. He actually has showed Himself faithful and good time and time again in the situations that arise in life, work, ministry, family, health, finances and relationships. And as I was promptly reminded “ER, He has NEVER let you down.

Know what?

I don’t believe it’s even in His nature to let me down. Circumstances may scream something contrary but He is faithful, true and loyal. What we see in the Bible about how He loves, is now He still loves us today.

So, as we wind up the year and settle into the few days of festivities which are coming. I pray that you to will say Yes.

Yes to all He has for you. Yes to the adventures of 2019 and beyond. Yes to new days, with old thinking left at the doorway of this year. To be forgotten, as you live in all that He has for you now.

While the adventure may not always seem clear sailing, lean into the one who never will leave or forsake you. He has you, He always did and always will. You just need to say – Yes and invite Him in

Until next time, happy pondering xx


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..

Merry Christmas! I hope whatever you are doing over the next few days brings great joy to your hearts.

It’s seems to be the time of the year when people either love Christmas or hate it. And a lot of that, I guess, has to do with what their previous experiences have been and how this year has unfolded.

Which leads me to this quote I love from Ann Voskamp ‘I want a Christmas that whispers Jesus’.

I’d tweak it to say “shouts” but that’s maybe because the world is SO noisy it’s hard to hear anything of value sometimes.

It’s so easy at this time of the year to be caught up in buying the perfect gift, cooking perfect meals and wanting perfect weather but while these things aren’t wrong in themselves; they are of lesser importance and dare I say no or little lasting value in the vastness of your decades of living.

So this year, as Christmas rolls into full swing remember that it’s a time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The start of His journey on earth that would eventually lead to His death and resurrection. And the restoration which is available to all of us if we choose to enter into relationship with God.

So, look up from the myriad of tasks, wants and desires and instead love on someone who is doing it tough. Show interest is someone who may be difficult to connect with in a real conversation. Remember, that Christmas is better when it’s shared, and more fun when it includes others beyond our immediate network.

My favorite memories growing up included having others join us for Christmas, friends not traveling to family or tourists picking fruit as they traveled around Australia which we’d met at church. Sharing a meal and buying them pressies was fun. But laughing together, telling stories and enjoying getting to know each-other is the lasting memory.

Whatever Christmas brings you, I pray it is fun, joyful; and full of love and celebration for the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Until January sometime ……Happy Pondering

Love ya XX

the greatest love…..


A few years ago my pa passed away at this time of the year. As we prepared for the funeral around Christmas celebrations I remember this strange juxtaposition of sorrow, joy, happy memories, laughs, tales from the years past, mixed with thankfulness for the goodness of God and a tinge of nervousness. 

I’d been asked to say a few words at the funeral, I remember thinking, ‘what do I say that will honour my pa and be what he’d want said’.  I’d heard from my cousins that my pa had told them to ‘choose your love and love your choice‘, while I’d never been fortunate enough to hear this advice from my pa directly (that’s what happens when you don’t take a love home to meet the man) its rings true, even to this day.

He’d have wanted his family and friends to know that Jesus was his first and greatest love. Sounds strange and even a little offensive to those who have different belief systems, but because of this love for Jesus, he was able to love my nana, his tribe of 7, their spouses and tribes and their tribes with a great love. It wasn’t sourced in his own strength, but it overflowed from love Himself – GOD. My pa would sit and listen and then into the conversation drop wisdom; calmly, consistently and lovinglywhat a sweet memory.


As we approach another Christmas, it is with fond memories that I dedicate this post to my pa – a man who taught me a lot about great character and doing life well and to hunger after the things of God.  And like him I say ‘Choose your love‘, let it be Jesus.  As we celebrate Christmas it’s easy to be swallowed up by busy schedules, finding perfect gifts, function galore and food (we also swallow a lot of food at Christmas 🙂 ). But remember that this is a time to celebrate the greatest love story ever told, and one that is still unfolding to this day. It’s a time to remember that Jesus was born, to live and die as the ultimate loving gift to all humanity, throughout all time.  It’s put so well here. 

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again” John 3:16 The Message 

If you have chosen to love Jesus (fabulous, that delights my heart!); love your choice this Christmas.  Love Him, thanks Him, praise Him and make Him the number 1 priority in all that will happen around your Christmas. And from that place shower love on all you encounter.  

I wish you all a very joyful and loving Christmas, filled to overflowing with the goodness of God. 

Merry Christmas xx