A note


I’ve been meaning to write that post… The one that’ll explain the reasons for my periodic absences from blogging, the one that poignantly describes my ongoing issues with depression without being depressing, the post that will (hopefully) encourage others struggling with the same thing.

But guess what?

It ain’t happening.

Some struggles aren’t blog-worthy. I think this is something we tend to forget in our Instagram-filtered lives, where even people having a tough go of it manage to smile and wave at the camera, perhaps with some witty/self-deprecating/snarky comment. I’m not there, though.

There are good days – treacherously good days. Days that remind you what it’s like to breathe, to exist, to take up space; days you forget to ponder your veins and the slow passage of time and the creep of life. But the bad days? The bad days swallow you whole, and sometimes there’s just no energy to ride it out, much less do something that requires spirit, effort, passion.

So when I’m here…hey, thanks for stopping by. When I’m not… It’s not laziness or apostasy or even busyness, it’s just a temporary inability to function as well as I want to. But like the good days, I’ll be back. It might just take a while.



Merry Christmas!



Checking in


Hello! I know, I disappeared for a while. Initially I only wanted to take a week off, but it has turned into two, and now three. I didn’t want to go another week without explanation, though. First off, I want to thank everyone who has been reading my devotionals. Writing on a regular basis has really helped heal some holes left by my previous church situation. I’ve just really enjoyed exploring God and his Word in this way, and that people on the Internet and WhatsApp have been following along is great. So, thank you! #CoffeeTimePrayer will be back, but not in its three-times-a-week format. If my devotionals were shorter I wouldn’t have made a change, but, err, sometimes they tend to get away from me! And from my own devotional reading experience I know there’s just not always time to read long devos, even though you might really want to. Look out for a new #CoffeeTimePrayer devo once a week, usually pretty early in. 

Secondly, I’m hoping less devos = more time for other blog writing! I’ve wanted to commit to weekly lectionary write-ups for a long time, but between the devos and everything else I’ve just not had the time, nor the inclination if we’re being honest! But since I’m not preaching with any kind of regularity at the moment (I preached twice in June and just once in July – yesterday, in fact), I wanted to find a way to stay “on top” of the lectionary. So I’m really looking forward to blogging along with the lectionary. I’m also quite excited about blogging about things like books, writing, movies and podcast, so look out for that.

Thirdly, I’m hoping this new “blog schedule” will give me the time and space to tackle some meatier writing, including a Bible study of some kind. I’ll post more about this later (and will definitely need input and advice from you guys), but for the present moment just know that something is in the works.

And finally, this blog’s “branding” might change. The web address will remain the same, though, so don’t worry (but if you are, be sure to sign up for email updates – that way you won’t miss a post).

Thanks for sticking it out with me!

Lee x

On graduation

Friends, I’m very happy to share that I officially graduated from the University of South Africa last Wednesday, with a Bachelor of Theology.

IMG_20160504_163142 IMG_20160504_212146I’ve been studying since I left school, falling around between two other degrees before starting on theology – so I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet that I’m done! A few nights ago I found myself worrying about a subject I hadn’t done well in, only to remember that it no longer mattered >.<

I wouldn’t have been able to get this degree without the support of my family and friends, and (very, excessively) generous amounts of grace from God.

This is also my belated apology for missing last Friday’s #CoffeeTimePrayer. I spent most of the week in Pretoria (where the graduation ceremony was held), and by the time I got back home I was exhausted. But the devotionals should be back on schedule this week.

On that note, I hope to also share my devotionals via WhatsApp from now on. It’s a more convenient way to read and share them for some. If you’d be interested in receiving #CoffeeTimePrayer devos via WhatsApp, send me your phone number (with international dialling code) to lianabotha at outlook dot com. I won’t share your number, spam you, or phone you in the middle of the night, in case you were worried! You’ll also have to save my number so that my broadcasts arrive at your end.

Have a lovely Sunday,

Lee x

[Site announcement – We’re back]

It was touch and go for a while there, but I’ve decided to give blogging another shot (I can’t decide if the gun metaphor is maybe a little too appropriate). Look out (watch out?) for new posts in the coming weeks.

Bonne nuit,

Lee x