Hidden in plain sight

I want to share with you a story about a woman I met over 10 years ago while working as a home care helper.

While in Sydney finishing my degree I was looking for a job to support me a little; I saw an ad for home care workers; the hours were very flexible and I really enjoy meeting new people. It seemed like a good deal as I pretty much thought I was signing up to provide basic cleaning or go on quick trips to the shops for dear old folk who needed a hand. In reality, while some of my jobs kind of fit that bill, most were not like that at all. In fact, many clients were receiving the home help as part of their disability or broader health care services.

What happened was eye opening to say the least. This type of work slowly revealed, person by person, suburb by suburb, worlds previously hidden from me. Worlds hidden in plain sight. Continue reading “Hidden in plain sight”


  The LORD is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?….

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27 of David.

A few months back we had the opportunity sit and watch the moon rise over the sea. It was stunning. Although our hosts chatted rather incessantly in the background, I was utterly mesmerised by the gorgeous golden globe – steady and silent as it faithfully marked its course.

The peaceful stillness of the early evening broken only by the gentle waves shushing on the shore (and the aforementioned friendly chatter of our generous hosts!)

Gifts of nature such as these, astound me sometimes. Continue reading “Confidence”

A fog

He stands at the right hand of the needy… Psalm 109:31

This is a little hard for me to share with you all but I thought I’d give it a shot because perhaps you can relate; life invariably holds rough patches for us all.

Indeed, I had a rough time during the winter months of last year. Things got foggy in my head. Really quite foggy.

One thing after another pulled the rug from under my feet – and life suddenly became more than a little overwhelming. Continue reading “A fog”

In this world you will have trouble

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world”. John 16:33

If you are returning here after followed my old blog – welcome back! It’s lovely to have you here. If you are new to this space, welcome. For those who have read here before, it really has been quite a while, indeed well over a year, since I’ve put pencil to paper here.

In fact, I’ve been pondering for months (yes it takes me a while to think things though) how to begin this new chapter. The best way, I have decided, is to try to tell the story of the past 18 months or so. To turn back the clock to my return to the workforce and all that ensued. Continue reading “In this world you will have trouble”