Pass through and keep pursuing the one thing

Not every day or week or month or even year is a good one. Some days we feel like the little boat below - washed up; stuck in the mud; in need of some care. Storms pass and things get better - Someone reminded me of that this morning. Things do get better: Struggles become … Continue reading Pass through and keep pursuing the one thing

Play with a pack, run with a team

This morning I’m at a football tournament watching my daughter play. As they practiced shooting it struck me that all the teams practicing in that moment were only practicing scoring goals. No one was passing, tackling or communicating. Why? I suspect in every child’s mind there is the thought that they want to be the … Continue reading Play with a pack, run with a team

Confidence flows from character

I posted a few days ago about character being attributes that flow OUT of us in life’s circumstances. The quality of our character dictates the strength of our lives. And the strength of our lives is linked with the confidence we have on the inside flowing to the outside. For example, patience is stronger than … Continue reading Confidence flows from character

Blossoms bow

Blossoms bow in the evening sun Knowing not what to think Their petals enchanting everyone Glowing such beautiful pink Stray blossom Avenue, Harrogate I love when the blossoms come out - I suspect everybody does. They blossom annually and the bright colour illuminates people’s hearts and Instagram feeds for a few weeks. And then the … Continue reading Blossoms bow

Falling and rising in life

Everybody hurts. Everybody falls. But not everybody rises again. It’s so true that when we are down and out; when we fall on our knees; when we get knocked down ... it’s so true that what we do next is what really matters. As somebody who is being currently knocked down, I want to just … Continue reading Falling and rising in life

Circumstances can be chaotic, but you CAN be calm

I have been considering lately the idea of 'peace in a storm'. It's a well known thought that the 'eye of the storm' is the most peaceful part of a tornado. While the tornado rages it's centre is a place of calm. Chaos is external, while calm is internal. With a little self-awareness and the … Continue reading Circumstances can be chaotic, but you CAN be calm

Move in the direction of your dreams

It is easy to do the expected thing, the usual thing, the normal thing. We are often encouraged not to dream, not to dare, and not to move in the direction of our dreams. Dreamers are thought to be time wasters, lazy, or having their head in the clouds. This is as far from the … Continue reading Move in the direction of your dreams

Rest to refresh your soul

Those who know me know that faith plays a large part in the strength I’ve found in my life journey. Taking time out to reflect and think have been important disciplines. Isaiah 40:31 Putting faith aside, it is important to stop; to reflect; to rest and renew your strength. When we carry burdens our strength … Continue reading Rest to refresh your soul

Finding joy isn’t dependent upon your circumstances

There is a lie we believe about joy. We are told or taught, or somehow come to believe that joy is based solely on our circumstances. I don’t know where this notion comes from, but I know it’s not true in the experiences of many people. Watch any movie and you will notice moments of … Continue reading Finding joy isn’t dependent upon your circumstances

Enjoy the little things

One of the things I’ve been doing throughout lockdown is finding joy in the everyday things that are around us. It has been a wonderful practice to develop. Regularly Finding the joy in the little things helps us to develop a mindset of wonder at the beauty around us, as well as pulling our thought-world … Continue reading Enjoy the little things