Plentylife Blog

Plentylife Blog

Welcome to the Plentylife blog. Here you’ll find regular reflections from our Media and Communications Manager and Teaching Team member, Kirrily MacRaild, as well as special guest bloggers. This is a space to read, reflect and pray. So why not grab a cuppa and spend awhile, asking God to help you hear His voice as to what He might be saying to you today.

While our hearts are at home 24 July, 2020 : On Monday my daughter will turn sixteen—a milestone when, to use her words, she will become ‘old enough that I’m not just an annoying teenager anymore’. She had plans to spend time with friends, to sleepover at the Zoo and… Read More
Metamorphosis 10 July, 2020 : In 2011 the girls and I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Port Douglas. I know—a tough gig, right? One of the many highlights was visiting the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda. It was there we learned that… Read More
That we may have peace… 27 June, 2020 : It’s been a whole school term since I last sat here and put fingers to keys. And much has happened in our world during this time. We have seen the rise of the COVID-19 virus and the foregrounding of the… Read More
Easter Vigil: A Testimony 12 April, 2020 : This post is an abridged version of the testimony given by one of our Parish Council members, Lia Ray, during our Easter Sunday Worship Service on the 12th of April this year. My favourite Christian liturgy is the Easter vigil,… Read More
The Stones Will Cry Out: A Palm Sunday Reflection 5 April, 2020 :   On Palm Sunday (or Passion Sunday, as some know it) we consider Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem the week before he is crucified. Jesus’s disciples, like many of the pilgrims arriving into Jerusalem for the Passover Feast, are expecting… Read More
The Lord our God is with us 25 March, 2020 :   One of the most well-known characters of the Old Testament is Moses, and understandably so. His story tells of princesses and river rescues, burning bushes and holy ground, parting waters and stone tablets, and leading the Israelites from slavery… Read More
Our Calling: Luke 5 and 6 6 March, 2020 : Good morning, friends. As you head into the weekend you might like to take some time to ponder the prompts offered at the end of the message last Sunday. The prompts are below and, for those who missed it, a… Read More
Sabbath Reflection #8: Everyday Sabbath 29 January, 2020 : Across Plentylife’s Sabbath Month my one-year-old Labrador puppy and I have established a new routine: every morning at 6:30am we go for a walk. We walk for about forty-five minutes to an hour as the sun rises and the birds… Read More
Sabbath Reflection #7: Persistence 26 January, 2020 : Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 25:1-6 Take some time to read Jeremiah 25:1-6 (or even the whole chapter) and make a note of what stands out to you. What does the reading tell you about God the Father, Son and Spirit? What… Read More
Sabbath Reflection #6: Spiritual Disciplines 22 January, 2020 : In 1980 theologian Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline, a book that explores spiritual disciplines. Based on the notion that ‘deep calls to deep’ (Psalm 42:7), Foster’s text invites us to respond to the call for deeper, fuller living. He… Read More
Sabbath reflection #5: Living by the Spirit 19 January, 2020 : Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:13-26 Take some time to read Galatians 5:13-26 (or even the whole chapter) and make a note of what stands out to you. What does the reading tell you about God the Father, Son and Spirit? What… Read More
Sabbath Reflection #4: Rest vs Escapism 15 January, 2020 : What do we choose to do during our leisure time? Some of us will have some go-to relaxation activities, like sport or reading or a creative hobby of some kind. Others amongst us are so exhausted that our natural reaction… Read More
Sabbath Reflection #3: Reclaiming the Sabbath 12 January, 2020 : Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:1-12 Take some time to read Matthew 12:1-12 and make a note of what stands out to you. What does the reading tell you about God the Father, Son and Spirit? What does it tell you about… Read More
Sabbath Reflection #2: Resting in God 8 January, 2020 : Genesis chapter 2 verse 2 says: ‘By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.’ Note that it doesn’t say ‘God rested because he was… Read More
Sabbath Reflection #1: ‘I am God’ 5 January, 2020 : Scripture Reading: Isaiah 46 Take some time to read Isaiah 46 and make a note of what stands out to you. What does the reading tell you about God the Father, Son and Spirit? What does it tell you about… Read More