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Partnership & perseverance move mountains (or fridges!)

The fridge stood in the middle of the room where the delivery guy had left it. It was huge! I unfortunately am not huge. How on earth would I move this fridge? We’ve all had days like this: days when there’s something in our lives that appear to be immovable. It might be a big… Continue reading Partnership & perseverance move mountains (or fridges!)

101Joys, Faith, Life

018 Why the character of your heart really matters

I have been thinking much recently about what is important regarding how we conduct ourselves when life goes pear-shaped and messed up. The bible has much to say about the importance of looking after your heart (not-least because it is the wellspring of life!). In the bible there's this story about a prophet called Samuel.… Continue reading 018 Why the character of your heart really matters

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I’m A Christian But I Don’t Do Hugs

Loved this blog about hugs and the Church. What are your thoughts: to hug or not to hug? That is the question. My cheeky little thoughts are in the comments

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Every night before the girls go to bed we perform the same routine where they kiss us and tell Fionnuala and myself ‘Night Night. Love you. See you in the morning’. We hug them and repeat the same words back to them. It’s a nightly tradition that I hope never ends. We are lucky if we get a grunt out of Adam but he’s a fifteen year old boy who doesn’t ‘do’ emotion. Unless it involves a rugby ball.

Fionnuala and I are not a touchy feely couple. You know the cringeworthy types who invoke eye rolling and ‘get a room’ asides from us as they stick their tongues down each other’s throats at the first available opportunity in public displays of their undying love for one another. Until they split up three months later in the messiest manner possible on Facebook allowing the rest of us to feel very…

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I have a dream you can’t let go of

I woke up this morning with Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in my head. What would’ve happened if Dr King had not pursued the dream? What would’ve happened if he listened to those around him who said ‘its too big a dream to achieve’? What would’ve happened if He just stayed silent?… Continue reading I have a dream you can’t let go of

101Joys, Faith, Life

017 Optimism and the Death of a good man

Did you know that today is Good Friday? Arguably the most important day in the Christian calendar! Strange then that I have found myself thinking about optimism when my faith path leads me to the crucifixion today. Perhaps this is not as strange as you might think. Optimists get a hard time these days: we… Continue reading 017 Optimism and the Death of a good man

101Joys, Life

016 Litter Trays, Sand therapy & the value you give to yourself

I have had a number of conversations recently about the value of 'things'; the value we add to those around us; and the value of learning. I love the idea of Adding Value - I first came across it in a little book by John Maxwell called 360 Leader. This book impacted me with it's core… Continue reading 016 Litter Trays, Sand therapy & the value you give to yourself

101Joys, Creative Writing, Life

015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)

I recently wrote about how knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy. But what if we don't know our purpose? What if we've never been able to work it out? - Then this post will really, practically help you... Maksud continued to wander the wilderness, the cold east wind blowing her hair… Continue reading 015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)