If there’s one thing I’ve learned, about this time of year, it’s to expect the unexpected.

One thing you can predict, is that things will be unpredictable.

Firstly, because… #people.

And, at this time of year?… #peopleunderpressure.

And, I don't know if it's just me - or does it feel like a LOT of things are shifting right now?

Over the last few months, we've been thinking about some of the things that can help us live well - and serve others better.

There's lots we can do, to think about what we need to think about, dream big, get more clarity, develop vision, gather people and resources, set goals, create plans, organise our time, have #moregoodweeks, put accountability in place - and regularly review our progress.

These are (at least, potentially!) all good things.


Despite our best efforts and best laid plans... things don't always turn out the way we'd dreamed, planned, hoped - or prayed for.

Whether it takes the form of a wonderful surprise, or a sudden crisis...

The Unexpected can take our breath away.

Sometimes, we need to remember to Just. Breathe.

The good news, is that there's always uncommon grace to be found, in the midst of the unexpected.

Even when the thing that’s coming, is the one thing you didn’t see coming.

Amazing Grace

With grace to embrace the unexpected, we're able to lay hold of the resources of heaven and earth, to respond - and rise.

If there's one thing I've been learning more about this year, it's that good things are sometimes formed - and forged - in the most unexpected of ways.

If you find yourself face-to-face with the unforeseen this Christmas, take a deep breath, lift your eyes to heaven, grab yourself a coffee and ask:

So… What does all THIS make possible?

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As the next two Tuesdays fall on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, we're going to take a break from the blog for a couple of weeks, over the holidays. Our next blog post, will be published on Tuesday 8 January 2019.