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)

101Joys, Life

014 Knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy

Maksud wanders as if blown by the wind, from one experience to the next. Her mind always drawn by the desires of childhood hidden deep within her soul. She pushes them down and carries on. Recalling them cuts her heart and causes regret to spill like blood around her mind. But those dreams and those desires… Continue reading 014 Knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy

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013 Joy can be found intentionally

As I walked my girls to school this morning I posed the question to my oldest (whose smile was upside down): "What is the one thing you can do today that will make you feel joy?" She pondered the thought and smiled as she said slowly "I don't know". I could see a few things… Continue reading 013 Joy can be found intentionally

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When life gets tough always remember…

What will you do when life feels impossible?

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I was talking with my son yesterday and he was feeling disappointed about a 100m race he participated in. He’s been running for a while now and was doing really well, but last month he changed age bracket, from under-12s to under-15s. He’s now racing against The Flash, Usain Bolt and a teenage gorilla wearing Nikes! At least that’s how he feels. He’s aware that he’s younger, smaller, slower and has hit a turning point in his ‘running career’. It’s the point where he needs to choose either P or Q:

Option Q = QuitImage result for gorilla wearing nikes

Option P = Persevere

He’s talking about quitting. We talked about it and he really does think he will not be as good as they are – he was 2 seconds behind the winner – that’s a lot for a 12 year old when you’re only moving 100 metres! For him it is make or…

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Faith, Life

You are blessed with the favour and love of God

Today's' post is a very short encouragement regarding God's view of you. We often view God as distant and unconcerned with our lives - but this is so far from the truth. There's a song in the bible that says the following: “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful… Continue reading You are blessed with the favour and love of God

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Can we have Certain faith in an uncertain world?

How can we ever know that the Gospel of Jesus and the words of the bible are really true? I mean, they were written thousands of years ago in a culture that is so different from ours – no phones, no bank accounts, no McDonalds! It was orally passed down before it was written down!… Continue reading Can we have Certain faith in an uncertain world?

Creative Writing, Life

‘The Stenchmire’ – about facing your fears

It shuffled silently through the undergrowth, the stench of its breath illuminated like mist under a cold full moon. I could almost feel the darkness within it as I hid, trembling in the tree trunk, heart bursting in the fear of being found. It wandered past slowly and I exhaled my relief. That was when… Continue reading ‘The Stenchmire’ – about facing your fears