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 theContinue reading “Circumstances can be chaotic, but you CAN be calm”

Your value is in who you are

I recently went to Holy Island off the coast of Northumberland. As I walked with my family we arrived at a beautiful pebble beach. All along the beach there were beautiful pebble towers I instantly began looking for the tallest tower. And then began to build my tallest tower. Why do we feel the needContinue reading “Your value is in who you are”

Struggling to cope? Get support

I recently shared a post from The Samaritans on Facebook. It talked about the rise in suicides during the time of COVID-19 and I was really struck by the rise in suicides. My heart aches with sadness as I consider how difficult life can be for many of us. I’ve never considered suicide, but IContinue reading “Struggling to cope? Get support”

There’s beauty in the breakdown

Brokenness is part of humanity. Wherever you are in the world today you will see brokenness: poverty, displaced peoples, violence, mental illness, relational – the ‘broke’ list is endless! But all around us there is something else – there is deep and profound beauty that can rekindle joy even for a moment in the darkestContinue reading “There’s beauty in the breakdown”

One step gets you closer to your goals

Not every aspect of life is happy or easy. What should we do when the journey is tough? We Keep on stepping forward one step at a time Giving up and giving in is easy: it’s the path of least resistance, but it does not build resilience. It’s one way to end the struggle, butContinue reading “One step gets you closer to your goals”

Life isn’t the Insta-life you’re looking for

Life is made of ups and downs. We walk through each of them with our head held high to the best of our ability. Do not fear hard days or get caught up in the ‘this always (and only) happens to me’ – everyone faces hard times. That’s hard to believe when scrolling through socialContinue reading “Life isn’t the Insta-life you’re looking for”

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”

Have faith in yourself and others

Fear cripples our ability to move forward. It amplifies thoughts of doubt and worry, which in turn increases the stress we feel. To remedy fear there is the medicine of faith: Have faith in yourself: you are more capable thank you have ever imagined. Believe that you can work hard, endure, keep on keeping on,Continue reading “Have faith in yourself and others”

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”