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Panic or peace

Panic, worry, regret. I felt overwhelmed. I’d just heard that a two-year consultancy I had committed myself to had been suspended with immediate effect due to financial mismanagement by the local partner. What was I to do? I’d turned down so many assignments to concentrate on this one. What would the family live on?

But in the days ahead, as I found myself with considerable free time, I discovered that I started to enjoy experiences that had almost disappeared from my life. I suddenly…


Added by Doreen Kwarimpa-Atim on December 10, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Dear ...?

Jephthah’s daughter@judges11-12.bible.now

Dear ...?

Already here I am reminded that I do not know your name. It happens often, not just in the Bible, but through history. Names are forgotten, left out. More…


Added by Sven-Erik Fjellström on December 3, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

My role in changing other people

How could she do this to me? Couldn’t she see how much she’d hurt me? My closest friend had let me down a third time in a row. For her sake she needed to apologise.

I felt I needed to make her feel guilty – so that she would change. So I made my responses to her short and curt so that she would get the message. I felt completely justified, but began to see that my limited communication was driving the wedge further between us. Yet still she did not even seem to realise that she had…


Added by Doreen Kwarimpa-Atim on November 26, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Dear Jotham


Dear Jotham,

Until recently you have been a rather unknown name to me, and from the horrible account in Judges 9 I understand that we could have lost…


Added by Sven-Erik Fjellström on November 19, 2017 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

The source of our resources

By Beena George

After so many years I was passing along that highway again - a road I used to travel so often during my college days. I used to wait for a spectacular sight: parallel to the road, there was a huge river that flowed gently and majestically. On the other side there was a canal, carrying water to the distant rural land. Unlike other canals, this one was almost always flowing. I felt so happy for  the canal. It was the sole instrument of making an otherwise drought-prone…


Added by Space for Grace on November 12, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Dear Gideon


Dear Gideon,

Finally, after reading about you so many times I get this opportunity to send you some lines.

I first met you when I was…


Added by Sven-Erik Fjellström on November 5, 2017 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Jericho Roads

“Don’t be so crazy…” advised my friends when I told them I was leaving my full-time job to seek what the Lord wanted me to do. They were understandably worried. The possibility of getting another job that suited my profile was very bleak where we live. How could I leave a well-paid job of 15 years with such a reputable organisation? I had nothing else to go to. My friends thought me irresponsible, especially given my family commitments. I too sometimes doubted my sanity. But as…


Added by Beena George on October 29, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Dear Deborah


CC: womeninthebookofJudges@bible.now

Dear Deborah,

I hope this email over time and space doesn’t find you too busy. I am actually impressed by the description that you as a leader used to sit under the palm tree. Most leaders in my context today seem to be always on the move,…


Added by Sven-Erik Fjellström on October 22, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Squeezed Poor?

I have been powerfully impressed just recently withe the extent to which those that are called to take the Good News to the poor are often required to fight for resources and airtime in their churches.

In some situations the ability and the willingness to attract the resources needed for this work, from within the church, can be a significant part of the deacon’s role. What experiences have others had from working in this area? What has worked in terms of equipping individuals and… Continue

Added by John Evans on October 16, 2017 at 6:57 — No Comments

A polished arrow

What is your purpose at work? What has God called you specifically to do? What is your unique contribution?

Isaiah made clear that God had personally commissioned him for his OD assignment with the Hebrews in exile in Babylon, with these words:


The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.

He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid…


Added by Richard Davis on October 15, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Peace within and around you

By Priya Ashvita Raj Kumar

Jerk ... jerk.. bump... bump. It was stiflingly hot. We were covered in dust and perspiration. My husband, two year old daughter and I were jostling around in a car, on our way to a remote village in Assam, India. We were going to evaluate a project focussing on peace and development among the tribals who had previously suffered ethnic violence. After hours of exhausting travel, we eventually reached the village. The car stopped and we surrounded by…


Added by Space for Grace on October 8, 2017 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Keeping Focus

By Nigel Ring

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

That’s such a challenging statement by Jesus. It’s so easy to lose focus on what’s most important, even vital. If you are like me, you can be quickly distracted from your main task. We are surrounded by distractions. These seem to grow daily as we are accosted by information technology and the demands of the world.

Personally I find the greatest…


Added by Space for Grace on October 1, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Working from a place of rest

Jesus is not only promising rest as in Matthew 11: 28 - 29 that says, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ Jesus told the apostles to get some rest.

Mark 6:30-32 says,’The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a…


Added by Elaine Vitikainen on September 24, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Leading from a place of rest

Most of us will say, our leadership position is a call from God. We are called to this role. We have to do the best we can to respond to it. We are busy because we are responding to the call. But could it be that God is calling you away?

John 4: 4-6 says,‘Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It…


Added by Elaine Vitikainen on September 17, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Morning routine

I have huge respect for my colleague Nigel. He is one of the leading thinkers and writers in Monitoring and Evaluation. I really like his pragmatism, helping NGOs come to workable, realistic solutions. I think part of his creativity comes from his morning routine. He tells me that “I really only work in the mornings. That is my most creative time. I don’t really ‘work’ in the afternoons. I use that time for doing emails or meetings”.


His approach mirrors many…


Added by Rick James on September 10, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

God, the giver of strength

In the last Weekly Thought, Find rest in God, we were encouraged during the time of break to allow ourselves to take quality time to find rest in God, to restore our soul and to find ways to bring God back in the centre of our lives. This is usually possible during a long break from work or during a lovely, relaxing holiday. But what about the time when we have to face work responsibilities again? How…


Added by Elaine Vitikainen on September 3, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Find rest in God

Most of us are familiar with the verse in Psalm 62:5 which says,‘Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.’ Maybe quite strangely, this verse reminds me that God should be in the centre of my life. God is the giver. God gives comfort and strength. God allows me to take time off, to recover, to have a breathing space. I can rest my soul in God.

Yet most of the time, we allow ourselves to be caught up in restlessness and busyness. How often do we take heed of Psalm 62:5?…


Added by Elaine Vitikainen on June 11, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Active recovery

We want to bring the best of ourselves to work. We want to help those we work with perform to their full potential. We know in our hearts that it is not simply about putting in more and more effort. Apparently those who work more than 60 hour weeks are the least productive of all. There is a science to how we rest and restore our energies and creativity.


Four major factors contribute to recovery according to Alex Pang in his excellent book…


Added by Rick James on June 4, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Deliberate rest

I’ve really enjoyed reading this fascinating new book called Rest, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. I was intrigued to learn ‘why you get more done when you work less’. He points out that rest is not the opposite or a competitor to work, but are equal partners. Deliberate rest…


Added by Rick James on May 28, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Valuing Others

A few months ago, I conducted a capacity development training with a local organisation. During that time, the director of this organisation wanted to let go of one of the staff. The director told me that this staff was lazy and was not finding ways to improve the way he works.

But after the training something happened. The director let me know that the same staff had become a different person. The communication line has opened between them. They can now talk freely. The staff is now…


Added by Elaine Vitikainen on May 21, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments



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