Advice for HARD TIMES – Find the…

I thought I would share my recent thoughts around the #coronavirus as people think about self isolating and the world locks down. There’s a lot of worry and anxiety, stress and confusion. The future feels daunting and uncertain. Here’s my advice in a nutshell – along with some of my recent life messages: FIND THEContinue reading “Advice for HARD TIMES – Find the…”

Kindness is giving your strength away

kindness can be seen by some as a weakness in character because it makes you vulnerable and open to people treating you like a mug. This is one way of looking at kindness (bear with me) – but kindness is NOT weakness – it is the humble use of your strength. Kindness uses its strengthContinue reading “Kindness is giving your strength away”

A voice in the darkness

Ever felt like you are stuck in a dark place? Then this post is written just for you…. Gods first words in the human story were words spoke in the darkness – words from the darkness. Spoken by God. Spoken to breathe life into the darkness. Out of the darkness these words were uttered: “Let…Continue reading “A voice in the darkness”

Be an encourager

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 practicallyContinue reading “Be an encourager”

Choose to Live life

So often we rush through life not paying attention to how we live it. We rush from one situation straight into the next circumstance. Why not take a moment today just to stop and choose how you will live today? We might not be able to choose our mood, but we can choose our attitude.Continue reading “Choose to Live life”

020 Try being helpful

We live in a rather selfish world! Please don’t stop reading, I’m not having a go at anyone – I see so many people taking selfies; trying self-help programmes; promoting their own agendas at the expense of other people. Just look around at Facebook, Instagram or twitter and you’ll see what I mean. Life canContinue reading “020 Try being helpful”

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 thingsContinue reading “013 Joy can be found intentionally”

012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista

The sun is shining on Harrogate today and I can hear the morning coffee call. Responding to the call I step into my local independent coffee shop. I’m greeted by the owner and the barista, both of whom are bright and cheery. The welcome is warm and authentic. This place is a little treasure troveContinue reading “012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista”

011 Shine: Handling your Critics

No person in American history was so respected and yet so hated as Abraham Lincoln. Thousands opposed him in his views on war and slavery, as well as his attempts to keep America united. One day a friend pulled Lincoln aside and told him that his critics were speaking so negatively about him. Lincoln responded,Continue reading “011 Shine: Handling your Critics”