2. Growing Through Adversity

A Prayer for Disappointed Olympians (and the Rest of Us)

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Like me and probably like you, my friend Clare Chate watched a lot of the Rio Olympics. Moved by the public failures some of these athletes endured, she wrote this post and prayer—which I’m sure will prove helpful for all us non-athletes too…in fact, anyone who’s had a disappointment or a broken dream. More…

Hate Will Not Have the Final Say. A Note of Hope in a Tragic Week

British MP Jo Cox’s murder yesterday sent the nation into shock, halted the EU referendum campaign, and sparked spontaneous vigils last night. It came just days after another history-making tragedy, the Orlando shooting. The loss of a young wife, mother, politician and humanitarian, applauded by all as a woman of astounding compassion, and those lost or injured in Orlando, can leave us questioning the existence of a good and loving God. Here is the message I shared on BBC Radio 2 this morning. In the end, hate will not have the final say. More…

To Help a Friend with Depression, Here’s the Best Thing You Can Do

When I was asked to speak on mental health for BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought segment, I consulted my brilliant Facebook community. They shared deeply and with insight on just how we can be more accepting of those who suffer this way. The starting point? See people as bigger than their illness… More…

How to Help a Friend Experiencing Infertility

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Since going public with our own story of childlessness Merryn and I are often asked how to support a family member or friend going through infertility. So, to mark National Infertility Awareness Week (USA) here’s a video addressing some of those questions. Originally filmed as a live webinar for church leaders, these insights will help anyone who’s walking alongside a couple in the infertility journey…. More…

055 What ‘Turn the Other Cheek’ Means (and Doesn’t) in an Age of Terrorism

The stories come almost every day: terror groups like ISIS destroying lives and using every form of intimidation to get implement their radical vision for the world. How should we respond? I believe Jesus has something powerful to say to the problem, but his words need to be carefully understood before being applied. More…

053 If You Were to Write Your Life into a Short Story, What Would it Say? Here’s Mine

When you’re an author doing media for your a book, it’s an honour to have a journalist ask you questions that reach beyond the press release. That’s what Amy Boucher-Pye did for me recently in preparation for a magazine article. ‘If you were to write your life into a short story, what would it say?’ she asked. Here’s what I came up with and why I believe it’s a valuable exercise for you to try too. More…

Introducing My New Book Project: Resilient!

I’m excited! Very excited in fact. Today dear friends I announce to you my next book project called ‘Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life’. It’s all about developing inner strength to weather life’s storms and flourish. The book releases worldwide on Wednesday October 21. There’ll be a short film series too, plus some free goodies for you. And it all came about from an experiment… More…

045 How Author Beth Moran Broke Her Life of Silence

Imagine dropping grades in exams because your pen ran out of ink and you couldn’t ask for a replacement. Imagine hiding from friends you saw in the street because you were too afraid to say hello. That was author Beth Moran’s life. In this interview you’ll hear how she can now sit on a conference stage with me and speak. Inspirational. More…

When God Says No. A FREE Booklet for You

The wilderness of broken dreams can be a harsh place to dwell. Thank God there’s more to it than disappointment. In this FREE ebook and companion guide I explore what God does through such wilderness moments. Whether it’s infertility, singleness, divorce, a lost career, or some other heartbreak, God uses these times to reveal our hearts, help us discover who we really are, and transition us to a new life mission. More…

043 How God Redeems Broken Dreams

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Dreams. We all have them. As a teenager they keep us awake with excitement. As a 20-something they start shaping our decisions. By our 40s we may have seen them spring to life, or perhaps watched some die. The dreams of two families died in Sydney this week. Thankfully, God can recycle such tragedies into unexpected things. More…