Merle's reflections are taken from observations on the circumstances and events of life. It is good to reflect - not so we get tangled in our introspection but in order to pause and see things more from God's perspective.
Please use the contact page to let us know if there is anything you find particularly helpful or wish to comment on.
Merle's Christmas reflections Merle has written a series of 4 reflections focusing upon different elements of the Christmas story. Click the picture to go to her reflections.
Is peace a reality or a fallacy? - written by Merle, December 2014 In her latest reflection Merle contrasts the transient peace that the world brings with the real and lasting peace of God, which can be found through Jesus. At Christmastime it is good to pause and reflect again on the reality of God's peace, which is rooted deep within and will see us through even the most difficult of circumstances.
When the world falls apart - written by Merle, November 2014 A small gardening accident caused Merle to reflect on circumstances that can cause our world to fall apart - either momentarily or longer term - and the devastating effects of war and conflict. How do we remember such devastation yet learn from it and move on? Click the picture to read her reflections as Remembrance Sunday approaches.
Handling spiralling thoughts - written by Merle, October 2014 ' We cannot change the course of our lives or bring about our cherished ambitions with frenzied thinking and activity but rather a confidence and quietness in our innermost being enables us to be and achieve what is best for ourselves and those whom we hold dear.' - Merle's concluding thoughts at the end of the summer. Click the picture to read how she arrived at that conclusion.
Lessons from Pilates - written by Julie, September 2014 Julie shares some observations of the parallels between learning Pilates and growing spiritually - that sometimes it hurts, that it's an ongoing process which requires commitment and perseverance and that we need to be realistic and kind to ourselves at times. Click the picture to read more ...
Harvest 2014 - written by Merle, August 2014 As she has watched news of recent disasters on the TV and seen the devastation of war and plane crashes and the effects on the harvest in these areas, Merle reflected on the importance of what we each sow in our own lives. The harvest is not our responsibility but the quality of the sowing is.
When life is cheap - written by Merle, July 2014 Merle pauses to reflect on the sorrows of the recent plane crashes and war-torn areas of the world before sharing lessons learnt about deviations and distractions on a recent long journey to a wedding.
When it all got too much - written by Merle, July 2014 Disappointment! How do you react when, despite all your good planning, things don't work out as you had hoped. Read how Merle reacted to disappointment when a wrong Travelodge booking felt like the last straw after a recent trip to Cornwall.
Investing for the future - written by Merle, May 2014 Merle reflected on the importance on investing in eternity on a recent visit to Westonbirt arboretum in Bristol. Have we been too busy trying to secure the best that this world offers that we have forgotten to secure the best that eternity offers? Did we become too busy and leave God out of the equation? While we have life we will always have the opportunity to put things right, if not entirely but at least in part. Read Merle's thoughts in her latest reflection.
The poem of life - written by Julie, May 2014 Read this reflection to discover Julie's thoughts on challenging circumstances in our lives as she sat in MacDonald's at Peterborough services!
Sometimes - written by Merle, April 2014 Sometimes I fast forward the news which brings the pain of the world into my sitting room. The harrowing pictures of human suffering caused by war, closed borders to refugees and those of children starving can be too painful to comprehend. Read more ...
Fear of failure - written by Jenny, January 2014 Well has anyone heard of Thomas Edison? How many light bulbs do you think he attempted to create before he had success? Over 10,000! It’s a fact that most successful people fail…often. Read Jenny's reflection to see what lessons we can learn from this ...