Something new, something old and preferably nothing blue.

So apparently the meaning of my life starts today, as I turn 42 😊

And I am planning to take hold of this coming year with both hands.

I saw a @tearfundlife  article recently on how our lives can be a place:

where the outsider is brought close, the excluded are ushered in and the down-trodden are given refuge.

This matters a great deal to me and I want my life to be:

  a roaring fireplace of safety and warmth, rather than a mat that tells you to wipe the dirt from your feet before entering.

So figuring out what that looks like this year is my top priority.

I have other priorities, never stop learning, keep on being creative, find wonder wherever I can and stay well.

So my something new is going to be joining a flower arranging club in January.

My something old will be continuing the diploma I have been doing… well forever really. And the future learn courses I have on the go, and maybe one or two more.
Finally I intend to keep in top of my health, so no blue for me hopefully,  just the gym, proper sleep, lots of prayer and healthy food.

I wonder, what would your old, new and not blue things be?

#nanowrimo here we go again

Even though I have no time, even though I’m not at all prepared:


Even though life is pressing, or perhaps because it is, I am attempting nanowrimo again this year.
It means I probably won’t write much here until it’s all over, but creating is very important to me.
I think there is nothing like making room for imagination, it builds a deeper stronger person and balances out the rest of life.

Book review: A little book of craftivism by Sarah Corbett

I bought this book on Amazon the other day having seen some chatter about it online:


It turns out to be the best six quid I have spent in a very long time.
Corbett has found the elusive line between humility and passion as she describes a way of activism which I think can produce real change in both the activist and those who are on the receiving end.

So much of social media, reporting and campaigning seems to have been taken over by the haters and the trolls. Here in 60 pages is a beautiful antidote.

Jesus would call Sarah Corbett blessed:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

I would encourage anyone who enjoys being creative and who is interested in social or environmental justice to take hold of this book with enthusiasm.

Finding riches as we go

They say there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but we all know it isn’t true.

You find it on the way.  This is true for our dreams, our relationships and our worship.

Think of all the people you love and who love you in return – isn’t it being with them that brings out the worth? And isn’t a commercial lie that the “perfect” relationship is attainable? Isn’t that just a cause for misery? It makes you discontent with all you have and bring on a longing for the moon when you know you will jolly well never have it.

moon gazer

I would love to be a published author, but if that is all I longed for, rather than savouring the journey of writing for pleasure, it is very likely I will end up empty handed and bitter.

And if I am a Christian just so I can get to heaven when I die… haven’t I missed the point entirely?  Jesus has given us the moon and more and it is found in an ever deepening relationship with him right now.

Like all relationships, it doesn’t come pre-packaged and perfect, because lets face it, even though Jesus is, we are not. So we find the treasure of heaven  within our every day lives and whether or not we approach them with Jesus… or without him.

Because the kingdom of heaven is here right now, not just pie in the sky when you die.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

Matthew 6:21