Being on the Outside

It is hard to know what to write on a blog post. So many new thoughts and new experiences since my last post. I have shared in such joy and elation, and I have also shared in much pain and heartache.   Getting up in front of everyone and saying au revoir to the Urban []
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Despair and Psalm 77

“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.  When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.” (Psalm 77: 1-2)   I think I like the Psalms so much because they’re very surface-level human. The writer will gush []
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Jesus Wept

There’s a heaviness hanging in the chest that the mind doesn’t understand “You have an eternal, unbreakable hope,” mind declares, “why the tears that yearn to leak out?” “Do you not believe what the Lord has said?” “Do you not believe that He is only good?” That voice upstairs answers itself, “Yes, amen!” while down []
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Love is…

                (Love is Comic Strip originals, Kim Casali)   Love is whispering sweet nothings? Love is caressing, touching, feeling? Love is pleasurable? Love is excitement… the thrill? Love is private, secretive?   Love is doing what is right? Love is to be guarded, protected, reserved? Love is without []
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A Lyric Stream-of-Consciousness Piece dealing with (in)Sanity

There’s so much to do! Panic. More panic There’s a thing I’ve forgotten and a list left from yesterday that didn’t get done Today’s list is longer – and that blog to write What? Spiritual content today? That has to wait There’s an Important Email to reply to It’s already overdue [stop that noise!] Things []
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Women at Risk

If you were hoping for a cheery blog to welcome in the new term, close this page now! This is a horrible subject but one that I’ve learnt a little about over the past few years, enough to know that I know almost nothing. And yet the little I have picked up was from excellent []
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On Oxymorons.

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear side by side.  Some well-known examples are   Military intelligence Alone together Seriously funny Crash landing Only choice   Then there’s my personal favourite (sincere apologies to any hard-working An Post employees): Postal service.   People often cite apparent biblical contradictions as []
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‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full’

This is a difficult blog to write due to word-count limitation! It is a blog book-ended with coming to terms with compulsory redundancy and the passing of Liam while my family and I celebrated the great joy of new beginnings starting with a wedding, an engagement and then the arrival of Sorcha Keegan, five-week premature. []
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Griefshare

Grief is a funny thing. Rarely ha-ha funny but sometimes so ridiculous that you just have to laugh/cry. It’s often strange as you behave in ways you wouldn’t normally, struggle with things that have never given you trouble before, feel down at times and much of the time feel slightly out of step with the []
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Cultivate Thankfulness, the 365 way

A little over a year ago, our bible study group finally completed a series about Thankfulness.  I say “finally” because, as a Women’s Bible Study, where the emphasis is not always on any one of those title subjects, it can take us a while longer than recommended to reach the end of our discussions.  On []
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