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The Hardest Post

It's a Sunday afternoon with the clearest of blue skies, a breeze that rustles through the trees and the sense that this summer will be better than the last. Lockdowns became a catalyst for breakdowns of relationships, the mind, the body and much more. There was so much loss felt in 2020 by so many.… Continue reading The Hardest Post

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When envy tries to wear you down

Her name is Envy. You might know her. She whispers in your ear that who you are and what you have is not enough. You need to be like someone else or go for what that other person has because it's what you really want. She seems to crop up online - or that has… Continue reading When envy tries to wear you down

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New life from death

The flowerpots from last year that once housed beautiful blooms have now grown weeds. As I was sat one afternoon journalling in the sunshine, I glanced at those dead plants. I remembered earlier that week looking out of the window at the sparrows that would fly down to the pots. They would grab the dead… Continue reading New life from death

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I want that.

When have we 'made it'? With career, or kids, or purchase of house? With a one-way ticket around the world? A spouse? With promotion? With awards? With a 'new look'? With friendships? Cars? A published book? As we earn more money and gain status? When the numbers on our social media increase? Then will we… Continue reading I want that.

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Christmas Light

Looking out our kitchen window at night, I look at the house in the next street. They have a small Christmas tree perched on their upstairs windowsill. When it is dark, the lights on that tree shine so beautifully bright against a black backdrop. Seeing this light gives me joy and comfort - it is… Continue reading Christmas Light

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Unshakeable hope in turbulent times

It's been a quiet few weeks which has been welcome. I've rearranged the living room furniture, read a few more books and have been spending time thinking of ideas and direction for my writing. One of the books that I have been working through is '21 Servants of Sovereign Joy' by John Piper. It's a… Continue reading Unshakeable hope in turbulent times

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Stepping out of a portaloo

It was a blessing to attend the Global Leadership Summit in Bristol, a video-cast of speakers sharing their experience on different aspects of leadership. It was a day out for me away from my son for a whole day for the first time too which was bittersweet! I wrote down notes and was blessed by… Continue reading Stepping out of a portaloo

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Superhero or Saviour?

Yesterday, I accidentally coordinated my son's clothes into the colours of Superman. Red trousers and a blue top with the Superman 'S' on the front. All he was missing was the cape. It was pretty amusing that he was dressed up like this on the way to see the nurse. He had a minor allergic… Continue reading Superhero or Saviour?

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Ropes, rocks and resurrection

Have you ever participated in a tug of war? I think the closest I have come to a tug of war is pulling a Christmas cracker in the hope that I will get the joke, the gift inside and the bigger bit of cracker. A full on tug of war is a 'sport that directly… Continue reading Ropes, rocks and resurrection

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The banner on the bus says…

This blog post has been on my mind for the last few days. I have been contemplating how to convey my thoughts without being controversial. I guess that's the nature of 'religion' in the 21st century Western society that I find myself in. Whether it's the Archbishops causing controversy over a letter sent to clergy… Continue reading The banner on the bus says…