There’s a guy in the bible called BARNABAS - he had a great reputation. Why? Because he was a great encourager. To encourage someone us to give them strength and courage. It is to lift them up. How can we encourage those around us? Here’s three ideas: 1. Pray for them 2. Help them practically … Continue reading Be an encourager
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. I … Continue reading Ancient prayers and renewed thoughts
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 opponent … Continue reading Things Jesus Modeled and Taught – Love
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.
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
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
My wife just had to get rid of her trainers. they had holey soles and were giving her wet feet. She wanted to show me the damage so she gave me her shoe to have a look. I turned the shoe over and found the word “Revolution” on the sole. I found this interesting as … Continue reading Revolution on your Soul?