• Some encouragement from Joshua

    At the end of one week and the start of the next, what words do you need to hear? This week, my post prompted by the word “brave” struck a chord with some people and is the one that has stuck in my mind the most too. “Fear not” and its variants appear in the Bible 365 times. That makes me take notice. This is often the “do not be afraid” verse that comes to my mind first. I love the Amplified version here that adds in “intimidated” as further clarification. Fear often looks like being intimidated in my life. Maybe it does in yours too. Intimidated by what we…

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  • You: the greatest gift you can give

    Do you ever get frustrated by a limited bank account that stops you giving to all the things that stir your heart? I have felt that time and again. I felt that again listening to some inspiring stories this week at the Global Leadership Summit and having my heart moved by the organisations presented. Then a truth struck me from all of the stories. Each of the people didn’t give money, or certainly not just out of their own bank accounts. They gave of themselves. It was who they were as a person and the connection with other people that brought about the changes and inspiration.  Do you realise that…

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  • Who is responsible for burn out?

    The concept of burn out is something that I have been pondering for the past couple of years. I saw a culture of burn out in an organisation I was part of and wanted to know how to change that. When multiple leaders are burning out in one organisation, who is responsible for that? Is it the fault of the organisation or the people themselves? Who needs to work at resolving it? Maybe you have found yourself at that point where you have hit a wall and cannot keep pushing any longer. Maybe you have seen people around you reach that point. The conclusion that I have come to is…

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  • Is fear your decision maker?

    Do you have this idea of being brave as being the same as not being afraid? I realise that I sometimes still have that belief deep inside. Bravery is something we talk a lot about in my house. Fear and anxiety are daily companions for my daughter and I know their companionship well myself. I know that being brave is not about how I am feeling most of the time. It is about not letting fear be the decision maker. There may be many valid reasons for a decision not to do something. I don’t ever want fear to be the deciding factor for me or my girl. I give…

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  • Wellness Wednesday: Get creative

    What does getting creative look like in your life? When was the last time you did anything creative? I know from personal experience that it can be the first thing tossed aside when life gets busy. For much of this year, I have thought to myself and even said to others that I don’t have time to write. Here I am publishing every day in October. I made the time. And what I have cut out to allow time for writing was not even important or life-giving to me! I spend less time on social media or in front of Netflix for the most part. I use those little in…

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  • Seasons of growth and seasons of being dormant

    Have you ever thought about how in order for a plant to grow, it needs seasons of being dormant, especially at the seed stage? So often I think of growth as this continuous push forward and yet that is not the picture we find in nature in many ways. I have experienced this in my life too. There have been seasons where it has felt desolate and like there will never be growth again. And yet here I am today. Do I allow myself the time to be still and recharge to let the growing time happen? We talk about children having growth spurts. We know that they grow fairly…

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  • How can I lead myself?

    In the series I wrote last year, I talked about this concept of leading ourselves that I had been coming across in my reading and exploring of leadership skills. It is an idea that has continued to stick with me that is both challenging and encouraging. In leadership, we seek effective influence over those under our leadership. (Whether you hold a titled position, a voluntary position, are a parent or simply have people in your life who look up to you-you are a leader.) What becomes increasingly evident is that the person I most need to influence and the only one that I truly have control over is me! It…

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  • Some encouragement from Psalm 73

    I know that you know what it is like to have your flesh and heart fail. I do. I have felt that this week even. Frustration over the pain and limitations of an injury, tiredness from interrupted sleep, overwhelm at all that I need to get done, the heartbreak of walking through anxiety with my daughter all added up this week. I hit a low point and wanted to curl up and ignore life for a while.  And then this verse came up. The whole chapter has some gems but this spoke right to where I am at. I am human. I will have times when I am brought low.…

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  • Am I trying to do too much or is this a necessary stretching season?

    Am I trying to do too much or is this a necessary stretching season? I have questioned myself this week in the midst of feeling exhausted and discouraged. I am big on sticking to my best yes and making sure that I have margin in my life. I feel like I have failed in that goal this month though. Have I tried to do too much? On an exhausted morning, I came to the conclusion that I had. I was ready to give up writing for this series and maybe pull out of some other commitments too. I tried to get motivated. I tried to reason with myself. I tried…

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  • What to do when your spiritual walks don’t match up

    Relationships, whether romantic, family or friendships, take so much work to keep healthy. There are so many sources of potential conflict and disconnect whenever you put two human beings together. This can be a big one and one that may not be spoken about too much. The mismatch can be most obvious when it is a person who does not share your spiritual beliefs. Personally, I find these mismatches easier to navigate. The ones I really struggle with are when the other person does share your beliefs and yet you still seem to be on different wavelengths. Having pondered this through my own experiences, I see that often it comes…

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