Raise a shield! Or ‘get fighting’

The psalmist writes,‘My shield is with God,who saves the upright in heart.’ (Ps.7:10) Have you ever been caught in a storm so bad that it wrecks your umbrella, turns it inside out, rips it from your rain-drenched hands? You are cold, soaked and shivering. Your brolly is great in a light rain, but when the … Continue reading Raise a shield! Or ‘get fighting’

You are Stronger

I don’t know about you, but I need to remind myself of this often these days. You are not defined by your past, your errors, or your perception of yourself, or by how other people see you. Let yourself be defined by Gods view of you: you are loved unconditionally and are created to be … Continue reading You are Stronger

What An Old Bloke Taught Me About Prayer

E M Bounds I was twenty years old when I first met Edward McKendree Bounds. It had been a quiet summer in Lerwick, and I often found myself with time to sit by the sea watching the waves crash on the rocks only a few meters from where I sat. I would sit for ages … Continue reading What An Old Bloke Taught Me About Prayer

Keep hope alive

Purple irises I’ve come to love Irises - the purple iris is meant to symbolise hope. I keep reminding myself to hold on to hope - it’s important to have hope. There is nothing as sad as a hope-less person. We need hope to survive and thrive. In his wonderful book, “Man’s Search For Meaning”, … Continue reading Keep hope alive

Small things / Choices

Jean Nidetch This is of my favourite quotes: I believe this to be a universal truth. We may not always choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose how we respond. Our responses to life events help create better outcomes when we respond appropriately well. As Paul McGee, in one of his … Continue reading Small things / Choices

Do what makes you happier

Do what makes you happy What makes you happy? Do more of that. You spend enough time doing what makes you unhappy or discontent: do what helps you thrive! If you love painting, make time for that.If you love walking, make time for it.Feed your own soul with the seeds of happiness x

Small Things / Coffee

Fresh Coffee ritual Sometimes it isn’t the big things like intense interventions, or medication, that make the difference in our lives (although these are often important key aspects to improving mental health). Sometimes it’s the smaller, subtler things that make the difference and ‘nudge’ our health positively. For me, the small of fresh coffee is … Continue reading Small Things / Coffee