Faith, Life

The Onslaught of Christmas Stress

So it's Christmas (almost!). That time of year when parental stress peaks temporarily; family conflicts fly off the handle; the busyness of consumerism feels like it will drown us! Crazy consumer Christmas! We cannot deny that for most people the time of glad tidings and joy is more like a giant tidal wave of tasks! … Continue reading The Onslaught of Christmas Stress

Life

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

Life

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