Thursday, 6 December 2018

Christmas Presence

In the lead up to Christmas 2018 I felt the Lord was showing me another side to the festive season. Illness within my family and watching friends go through various different trials made me aware that sometimes this can be a very difficult time of year for people.

There’s so much pressure put on us through television and adverts to have our lives live up to the “Christmas Dream” and meet the ideal image of what Christmas time should be like. Images of carefree, happy families gathered around the table for a wonderful Christmas feast are projected from every screen and magazine it would seem. For so many reasons though this may not be the case for many people and this can lead to feelings of depression, stress, inadequacy and isolation.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

New Creation


I was at the gym one day when I got chatting to a lady next to me who told me her name was Mandy. She began to recommend a class that took place on a Sunday morning so I thanked her for her suggestion but said that I wouldn’t be able to make it as I go to Church on a Sunday. Mandy said straight away that she was searching for a deeper meaning to life and she felt that something was definitely “missing.” I replied, “At the risk of sounding crazy, you’re right, there is something missing from your life. His name is Jesus and He loves you.”

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Wolf In Sheep's Clothing


This poem was inspired by Matthew 7:15-16 which reads,

 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles?”

Sadly there are many false prophets and so-called “Pastors” out there who would rather fleece the flock of God than feed the flock of God. They are very dangerous and divisive people who the child of God really needs to be wary of.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Identity Crisis

During the Summer and Autumn of 2017 I found I suddenly had an influx of auditions coming in. I was learning so much material and adopting such a vast array of characters that I almost felt like I should be appearing on an episode of the program “Stars In Their Eyes!” The famous statement, “Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be…” wouldn’t have seemed out of place at this point! I had been remarking to my husband one day in the midst of it all that it would be good to write a poem about all the different characters I was auditioning for. The idea remained just a thought for several months however as I went off on tour with a show not long after this.

When the tour finished and I returned to London a friend recommended I join a group which is a community of Christians within the creative industry. It consists of all different kinds of creative types from performers like myself to musicians, writers, directors, stage technicians and the like. It’s a really great group of people who meet up every couple of weeks to chat over coffee, encourage one another and pray for each other’s needs. In a tough city like London and a brutal industry like Performing Arts I think a group such as this is a wonderful connection to have. Talking with like-minded people and sharing in each other’s successes and struggles can be so rewarding and refreshing.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Resurrection Day


During the approach to Easter 2018 I was thinking about how Easter Sunday is the most important day in the Christian calendar. The first Easter Sunday was the day when the future of mankind was completely transformed by Jesus Christ through His resurrection and His whole life had been leading up to this triumphant moment. I suddenly found myself thinking about how it would be lovely to have a poem that rejoices in what He achieved for us and soon felt inspired to write "Resurrection Day."

Saturday, 3 February 2018

What Did You Do?


Over the course of a few months I found myself working and travelling alongside some wonderful and talented people who happened to be non-believers. This meant I was given the opportunity on several occasions to share the Gospel with various different colleagues. After listening to life stories, differing issues and reasons why each individual didn't call themselves a Christian I found myself asking one particular question, "What are you going to do with Jesus?"

I went on to explain that we can have different viewpoints and opinions in life but the Person of Jesus Christ is a real, historical figure. It's a fact that this Man walked the face of the Earth over two thousand years ago, He claimed to be the Son of the living God and the only way to enter Heaven. My question to everyone was the same, “What are you going to do with this information?”