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About williamrporter

William is married with two children. He helps lead a house of prayer in the Midlands of the UK. William loves God and counts photography, music and walking as hobbies. Living life to the full amongst good friends and family are some of the precious gifts of his life.

Resources for desert prayer

Since I started to follow the Holy Spirit’s prompts to think about desert spirituality, I have been looking around for what others have written. It is an interesting search, in that spirituality from the desert is both an ancient stream … Continue reading

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Adjusting to a desert journey

I was wondering to myself, as I trimmed my beard earlier in the week, just how long a desert prayer journey might take. For those who read any recent blogs of mine, I have been following a spiritual nudge from … Continue reading

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Turning 50 and thankful!

On the cusp of my 50th birthday, feeling quite content and expectant… I think over my different decades and see times of growth and change, spiritual milestones, failures or obstacles I overcame, stages of family life, the clear hand of … Continue reading

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Learning from the Desert Fathers

I was in prayer at the Beacon, at the start of the busy after Easter season of activity. I was preoccupied and trying to quiet my heart to listen to God. Suddenly in my mind’s eye I could see myself … Continue reading

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The desert place (desert musings 2)

I confess that I have never been to a real desert. I have an idea of what they are like, from biblical stories and from natural history documentaries on TV. However I suspect I greatly underestimate the rawness of such … Continue reading

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Musings about the desert

Six months ago I started on a prayer journey, one that is leading me into the desert, one that is helping me to encounter God in fresh ways. It was unfinished business that led me to this. I went through … Continue reading

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Brief pilgrimage to Iona

It’s been two years since I finished a sabbatical. And two years later I now find myself visiting Iona on pilgrimage, an idea which was seeded in me those months ago. With our children on Christian camp and my wife … Continue reading

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Reflecting on summer sabbatical time

Most of us measure time in segments – seasons, years, holidays, birthdays. Often individual months can drift by without sensing their importance for us or being aware of how we have used the time. The summer of 2014 will be … Continue reading

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Fascinating Revelation!

Second week into my sabbatical and I am still dipping in and out of Beacon things that I need to around for and people I want to be with. Still I am carving out a couple of days for study … Continue reading

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A change of pace

A change of pace for me for the next few months! After 16 years as a Methodist minister I am just now taking a three month sabbatical. The time never seemed right before but, after various prompts, it feels a … Continue reading

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