Time for time


Make a wish ...

Make a wish …

Recently, Stephen and I crossed the seventy five miles that separate us from the time and place we first met. Our daughter travelled with us and listened to stories from memory lane that still hold her parents spellbound more than they will ever bind her; tales of this-is-where-I-first-realised-I-loved-your-dad, that’s-the-house-I-almost-bought, that’s-where … used-to-be. And, as we slipped back in time, I realised that my daughter is exactly the same age now as I was when I left that faraway land of life-with-more-living-ahead-than-already-lived.

Why is it that rememberings of hours-already-passed stir our souls with more power than any of the minutes our futures may hold? Perhaps because memories hold the plotlines of the lives we have lived. And there is not a storyteller alive who can predict how the tales of our present will unfold. Not one of us knows whether the last time we shared a glass of wine with a friend, the last time we rode a carousel, was actually the very last time. I heard a song on the radio the other day which reminded me of one such last time, a sultry August Saturday at Knebworth where Stephen and I spent our first anniversary weekend as spectators at the last ever performance of Queen with Freddie Mercury fronting the band. I had never experienced anything like it before, nor since, and just the timbre of Freddie Mercury’s voice is enough to sweep away all the moments that have ticked and tocked my youth into the past, the moments that have brought me from a wrinkle-free present into the future that turns out was always the present.

We might wish for a magic door that takes us back to where we have already been, we may long for an enchanted window whose view overlooks the landscape of a future not yet spoiled by the mistakes we haven’t yet made. We may even dream of a button that suspends the present so that we can savour the moment just a little longer. But time is a gift we breathe moment by moment, it is a gift that cannot be exchanged or returned. We cannot hold time, or save it up for later or bank it somewhere that has a great interest rate. It is a gift that I become more grateful for every single day.

Over the next few weeks, the present will slip into the realm of memories as I take a holiday for a few weeks and begin in earnest the novel I have been researching and plotting these past months. My blogging voice will grow quiet for a time, but for anyone who is interested in occasional updates on my progress, you will be able to stay in touch via Facebook or Twitter.


The Greatest Story Ever Told


Last week, Carlisle Library chose to feature my ‘Desert Island Book Choice’ on their Facebook page. I have copied the text below, but you can see it on their page by following this link. https://www.facebook.com/carlislelibrary

Desert Island Choice

Desert Island Choice

“The Bible. Everything is there; love, loss, intrigue, betrayal. War and peace. Poetry and song. Prose and prophecy. Hope and despair. Revenge and forgiveness. It’s a book full of books that speak about and to the human condition and that deal with the human heart, both physical and spiritual. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a person with faith, or without, no one could read this book and come away with an ambivalent response. I return to this book time and time again and each time it’s as though I were reading it for the first time.”

This morning, I was greatly encouraged by the words a very dear friend of mine posted on her Facebook timeline; I have already shared it with friends I know will find the timing of these amazing words more than apt. And I thought, why not share it further? So, here it is, wonderful promises and encouragement from my favourite book, the one I cannot put down, from a translation that is completely new to me:

Good night Kiss from Heaven:

I hear His whisper…

“The word I speak to you today is ENDURANCE. I call you to be faithful unto the end, even as I loved My disciples unto the end. The burden you carry must always be brought to the cross and left forever at My feet. Others will not understand the load you carry and the secret woundings of your soul, but I understand.

“You must never compare yourself to another, but bring your cares to the One who cares. You will never be asked to carry more than you can endure, but it will be more than you think. I call you to stretch your faith until it is greater than your burden.

“I have called you to be a faithful warrior of My love. The woundings of your soul bring you into deeper love. You see the momentary pain, but I see the blossoms of love beginning to open within you, yielding a sweeter fragrance. Even when you feel disappointed My love never fails.

“When you are wounded by love, My mercy still stands higher than the heavens. I call you to hold every experience of your life as sacred, and then you will discover My goodness and My power to work everything together for good as you love Me.

“Speak over your life this day these words, ‘I will endure all things for love.’

“As you remain faithful to Me, love grows within you. My love and My peace will be the twin fruits from the Tree of Life to sustain you and sweeten your joy. Let nothing deter you from your pursuit of My face. Those who love Me most I will transform the most. Let every opportunity that comes to you this day be the open doorway into My presence.

“I speak over you, My faithful one, endure all things for love as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, and always set His faithfulness before your eyes as your supreme example. And then you will not fail, and you will not stumble. For I will hold you in My love even as I held Him in My love throughout His ordeals. I am with you and will exchange your weakness for My strength as you wait upon Me.”

2 Timothy 2:3-5 The Passion Translation

Strong as Death


My novel, ‘Strong as Death’, is available over the next few days on a Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com (Amazon Countdown Deals aren’t available in other territories, though you can still download the book worldwide). If you’d like to find out more, follow one of the links below, and if you do decide to download and read, I hope you enjoy reading my book as much as I loved writing it.