Archive for October, 2016

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Accept your imperfections

I personally am guilty of expecting perfect from myself, but over the years I’m come to accept at least some of my imperfections. In doing so I’ve found it does reduce the stress and leaves more room for acceptance.

So when your life feels like a sinking boat and everything is going wrong for you, it’s not the time time to insist or expect perfection from yourself. Yes, there will still be some things which need to perfect, but others won’t. e.g. A slightly overcooking dinner – You’ll not poison anyone so it doesn’t need to be perfect; Your hair isn’t styled the way you want – Unless you’re a model and going to be on the cover of a fashion magazine, I’m sure it doesn’t matter what your hair looks like…


There are only 24 hours in a day, so whatever your stresses are should quite rightly take your focus, so it’s definitely time to lower your high personal expectations and standards…at least for the time being.



Sometimes days can be tough, and you can feel like no one cares, and your life is worthless. It’s days like this that we need to be reminded of a few facts


You are you, you are unique, and most importantly, you are loved by God!

I don’ know about you, but in the last few weeks, the working weeks seems to be going by slower and slower, so that every week feels extra long. That’s why when it gets to finishing time on a Friday it’s a great feeling to know…


Sadly weekends seem to go by far to quickly, unlike the week, so make sure you enjoy every minute of your weekend…and find some time to simply relax.

Just for you

Posted: October 28, 2016 in depression, friendship, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, stress
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It’s nice when you get a gift or present from someone isn’t it?

It’s even better when you know the person giving you the gift has chosen it especially for you, and that’s exactly what God does for you every day…



I think we’re all guilty of thinking we don’t need God sometimes, as we can cope on our own.

Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

God remains by our side and always there for us, so whether things are going well or we’re struggling, put your trust in Him, because He will get you through, and help you do His work.


Maybe we all need to stop for a minute and look at those around us properly…are they struggling…do they look like they need a hug…do they need someone to talk to?

Often people will not ask for help when they really need it, so it’s up to the rest of us to look out for them and look after them.

They say it only takes us a few seconds when first meet someone, to form an opinion on them.

This got me thinking about how when we see people on the TV or in photos, even although we can only see a small part or percentage off that person, we jump straight in there and make some very big assumptions about both their physical and their emotional wellbeing.


In turn this reminds me that even although we can be standing right beside someone, able to see them physically, we cannot see the whole of them, so we really have no idea how they are really feeling either physically or emotionally as many of us “put on a public face” so that those around us never really “see” how we are actually feeling.

So don’t go jumping in there making assumptions about those around you, based on what you see/hear, as we never really know what they are feeling do we?

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Wake up twenty minutes earlier


It may seem counter intuitive as if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to sleep for as long as possible. So please just trust me on this one…

The first hour of your day sets the mood for your whole day. So if you start your day rushing to wherever you’re going, I’m sure that your day will carry on going downhill from there on.

Instead start your day off slowly by getting up 20 minutes earlier so you can  get yourself dressed and eat your breakfast without having to rush around or gulp down your food.

If you have a peaceful start to your day, it will go a long way to helping the rest your day to continue peacefully.

Young woman lying in bed in the morning. She is waking up with alarm clock.


Grief comes in one size, Extra Large.

If we tuck it away in the bottom drawer

where it never sees the light of day,

it remains exactly the same.

On the other hand, 

if we wear it, feel it, talk about it,

and share it with others,

it is likely that it will become faded, shrunk and worn,

or will simply no longer fit.

When grief has served its purpose,

we are able to recognize the many gifts we have gained.

Grief is something which we all cope with differently

Yes, everyone copes with grief differently – some fall apart struggling to find the energy to get out of bed, while others seem to have unending strength being able to carry on with life as if nothing as happened.

So just while someone may not show their grief for a loved one in a way you’d expect, do not think they are not grieving, as we all cope differently, and surely whatever helps us to cope in these circumstances must be good!


Why is it when you’re tired or fed up and can’t wait for a particular time to come so you can you home and chill, it feels like time has stopped?


Every clock and watch you look at seems to taunt you by moving extra slowly.

Even although time feels to be going by much slower than normal, you still manage to get less done than normal.

Your brain is not co-operating as no matter how much you try to concentrate on a task to keep you occupied and make time pass quicker, it simply does not happen.

So you finally get a chance to chill and relax, so does time suddenly go back to normal and go by at normal speed again? No! It suddenly decides to play catch-up with the time that passed so slowly! How is that even possible?

We probably just need to make the most of our time, however slowly, or quickly, it decides to pass, as otherwise we’ll stop one day and realise that our life has passed us by and we’ve achieved nothing.