Loved, read, treasured and looking ahead in June….I have loved the peace and quiet on the beaches here, although it is bitter sweet because of the reason behind the lack of visitors. We are hoping for…..
I’ve noticed recently on social media and in conversation, that ‘stay safe’ seems to have become a new catchphrase – as if it is in our power to keep ourselves safe from harm. But can I really, by some act of will choose to stay safe – has this phrase become popular as some sort of reassurance that we are in control of what is happening?
To compromise is to give concession in an argument or disagreement with the aim of being able to reach an agreement. When my husband and I were dating we had our first argument over whether you should be willing to agree to differ – we didn’t agree!
That’s a nice horse – what is she worth? Whether I think the question is rude or inappropriate the answer is always the same – nothing and everything! Worth is dependent on what you base your valuation on…..
The week started with a grey, cold, damp mist rolling in off the sea, not the usual spring sunshine that we had been getting used to…
When you hear the news of events that are occurring in your country, does it ever make you cry with sadness, anger, or frustration? Does it make you feel powerless, that there is nothing you can do….
How did you do that? This is the sort of question, that dependent on the emphasis, can mean many different things. It can be an expression of surprise or disappointment depending on our expectations…
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can…..
“He has shown you, O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 There was once a man who had a heart for justice…. We know very little about him, but what we do knowContinue reading “Speak for Justice”
When I first posted this photo of my two Jack Russell Terriers on Facebook, those who know them best, straight away asked “How did you get them to stay?” Their personality is irrepressible! They are full of energy and enthusiasm for life – I’m sure ‘stay’ doesn’t come into their vocabulary. They are eleven yearsContinue reading “Stay”
Do you want to know a secret? Do you want to discover how to trade your irritability for peace, your anxiety for trust, your frustration at being constrained to release and freedom? I should imagine that most people would cautiously and maybe somewhat sceptically say, yes to those questions. Do you want to find aContinue reading “The Secret”
It is very true that we are all born with an innate freedom in our spirit, unconstrained, unrestricted, able to express ourselves freely! I remember my eldest son’s third birthday, he had a Batman dressing-up suit and a Batman figure among his presents, of course straight away he had to put the suit on toContinue reading “Born Free!”
Aksah, to me, is an inspirational woman who had the vision, and motivation, to fulfill her potential. Who, you might say? She appears in only a couple of verses of scripture¹, but her voice is still there, speaking out to us today. She was a child of the wilderness, born during Israel’s exodus from Egypt.Continue reading “See Possibilities”
As I was out walking today, I was reflecting on the painted footprints on the pavement (or sidewalk!). In our town last year three of the small primary schools (for children age 4-11) closed and they opened one big new purpose-built school, to bring all those pupils and resources together in the one building. SoContinue reading “Following the Footsteps”
Everyone wants a forward going horse! One that will move forward, under saddle, with a natural energy and enthusiasm to go places. Nobody wants a backward horse, that doesn’t want to work, that doesn’t want to do anything other than eat or stand and stare at the world going by. I have a forward goingContinue reading “Forward!”
There is so much bird song at the moment – I wake early every morning and listen to a unique choir, singing a new endless arrangement. They do not think about it, they are not inhibited, they do not hold back worrying about what other birds might think – it is the season for singingContinue reading “Bird song and other Inspiration”
I don’t know about you, but for me it is a constant conflict of how to be strong and yet not become tough. Strength is that deep unshakeable confidence in who you are and your ability to endure – to be consistent and true to yourself – through hardships and difficulties. I am not talkingContinue reading “Strong, not Tough”
I have just been out to the fields this morning to check the horses and all was peaceful. They remain unperturbed by national or global events, the cycle of the seasons remains unchanged, and the flow and pattern of life continues as normal. But for people, for mankind, this season has been far from normal.Continue reading “Normal”
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54:2 There are possibilities for growth for each one of us, where we are now within our own domain. Sometimes God asks us to stretch ourselves, to see that he has more availableContinue reading “Enlarge!”