Ancient prayers and renewed thoughts

I came across this Franciscan Prayer on a memory stick when looking for some research notes – it struck me that sometimes ancient words have the power to create new thoughts within us. With all the pain in the world at the moment words of encouragement, hope and inspiration are medicine for our souls.  IContinue reading “Ancient prayers and renewed thoughts”

Things Jesus Modeled and Taught – Love

I had a chess set a long time ago, and I loved that little chess set. It was a rather funky, electronic board that meant I could play chess even when no one else in the family wanted to play – and that was always. So I played against the computer – an unseen opponentContinue reading “Things Jesus Modeled and Taught – Love”

Faith moves mountains 🏔

Have faith in God. Have faith in yourself. God has faith in you. Ever thought that? Never thought that? Thought worth thinking, that. Believe for the best. Believe you can do it. You’ll get through it. Trust in yourself. Trust God’s help. He’ll see you through.

On the journey there are valleys to pass through

Every adventure commences with great excitement and expectation. The heroes band together, united in their quest, hungry for success to greet and embrace them with the warmth of an old friend. In life there are wide pastures where we can relax; enjoy the people we love; stop for refreshment; etc. In the pastures we areContinue reading “On the journey there are valleys to pass through”

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 bigContinue reading “Partnership & perseverance move mountains (or fridges!)”

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”

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”

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: weContinue reading “017 Optimism and the Death of a good man”

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 coreContinue reading “016 Litter Trays, Sand therapy & the value you give to yourself”