Many of us are dissatisfied and unfulfilled with our lives. We know we are not where we should be, that our potential – gifts and talents lie dormant. We are eager to start soaring but are unsure how to get started.
Our dreams are valid, they are an inherent part of who we are. They remind us that we are not just busybodies, but people sent here on a mission to do something significant and leave our mark on this earth. 1. Do our dreams matter? Most people live whether intellectually, morally or physically in a restricted circle of their […]
Buy Now How the book idea came about The Journey A few years ago, a near miss on the motorway while driving at 70 miles/hr, got me seriously thinking about my life. It was a lovely sunny afternoon when I got into the car to drive back to Manchester from Huddersfield. As I put the key in the ignition, I […]
Whatever your family looks like there is always going to be some hard work needed to keep the family wheel moving. Life happens, children grow up and we face different life challenges that test our family relationships. Like me, you may enjoy seeing other people’s family photos, and don’t they always seem perfect? But it’s helpful to remember that there […]
Do you find yourself shying away from sharing your faith? Imagine you had discovered an island full of treasure and you knew that your discovery would totally change your life. Would you keep it a secret or let your family and friends know about it? Our faith and hope in Jesus is the greatest treasure we could ever discover and […]
Today the 4th of August would have been our daughter Neema Hope’s 9th birthday. As a Mum who likes to bake for our kids’ birthdays, I can’t help but wonder whether she would have liked a chocolate or vanilla sponge cake, and what her favourite icing would have been. Such thoughts still bring tears to my eyes, but I always […]
Earlier in 2017 I wrote a blog titled Overcome your Dream stopping Giant. If you have experienced opposition while pursuing your dream or are about to venture out, then this blog is for you. My journey since starting this blog and writing my latest book – Kick start your purposeful Living has no doubt included a few discouraging moments. Opposition will […]
What’s your thing and why do you do it? Would you keep doing something if you knew there was nothing in it for you. Would you keep writing, playing music, making art or whatever else you may love doing? I’m challenged to rethink why I do what I do, especially writing. Making sense of it all I’m currently writing about […]
Excerpt from my book ‘Kick Start your Purposeful Living‘ She stumbles to a stop, her head is bowed and her face obscured by her long messy hair. Her once alluring gown is now torn and hangs loosely to reveal bruised shoulders. Her body is sore from being grabbed and pushed by the angry crowd. But right now it’s the least of her worries. […]
(Part 3 of Pursuit of His Presence) Tough or dark seasons can be defining moments that launch us to our destiny. They provide opportunity to dig deep and find our treasure. You may have been so hard pressed by life issues that you’re unable to take another step. In your desperate search for solace for your weary heart you come close […]
In God’s presence is where we will find our peace, joy, freedom, pleasure, strength and simply everything else we need in life. In this series we are exploring an exciting and life changing topic – Pursuit of God’s Presence and what that means for us. We started off by looking at the story of Jacob in Genesis 32 about how […]
Pursuit of His Presence: Series Part 1 There comes a time when you know something has to change in your life. You may have made a New Year resolution vowing to turn over a new leaf. Maybe 2018 is the year you plan to become a better husband/wife, break that bad cycle, cast off fear and inaction or simply take your […]
Do one thing every day that scares you – Eleanor Roosevelt. This Christmas I did something a little scary and I’m so glad I did. I knocked on the door of an older couple on our street to wish them a Merry Christmas and give a small gift. It was a little scary because although we have lived on the same […]
Sometimes life stresses don’t result from the difficulties we face but how we handle our expectations. We try to fit our lives into the ideal lifestyle presented to us and when things don’t match up we stress out. I haven’t spent Christmas with our extended family in years because most of them live over 4,000 miles away. For a while […]
“I’ve come to see that part of my calling here is simply to be a person of hope.” Our car bounced down a dirt road in a small Middle Eastern town, seven of us packed into a five-seat sedan. A dim moonlight lit the blues and oranges of ramshackle gates guarding small properties. The town… via Begin to Hope Again — […]
Brokenness is not beautiful, it’s a state that fills us with pain and shame. Yet we live in a world where being flawed or broken is far too common. Where the world repels and misuses our brokenness, God chooses to work with us. He sees it as an opportunity for new beginnings for remodeling and restoring us to our original state and purpose.
A few years ago a near miss on the motorway while driving at 70 miles/hr got me to seriously consider my life. I was confronted by the reality of my mortality, a reality we often choose to ignore. I remember thinking about the things I had always wanted to do but hadn’t got round to doing. I thought about purpose; Had […]
Life is about discovery and without our curiosity and the courage to attempt things we will not discover our abilities or learn useful lessons. I remember when I was about 9 or 10 going fishing with my friend Anna. We were determined to show the boys that we too could be adventurous and that we could bring back worthwhile spoils. […]
Imagine your city is under siege, the enemy controls your lives – your finances, choices, career, dreams. You long for freedom but you are too afraid to revolt. The oppression goes on for so long that you lose your confidence in your ability and hope of ever being free. That scenario may sound far-fetched for those of us living in […]
What I have come to learn from my quest is that even the best writes and artist started by stepping out and practicing their art.
I am inspired to write this post during our family holiday although I’ve pondered over its contents for a while. As we spend time together relaxing, building memories and reconnecting I feel thankful and blessed to have family. I’m also reminded that family doesn’t just happen, building a thriving family involves a great labour of love and sacrifice. I write […]
Do you know how it feels to be shackled? Being unable to do something you really want to do all because you’re afraid? Afraid that you will be afraid? The last time I faced my fear of heights was when we attended a concert in Manchester we had been allocated top circle seats. As soon as I got up there […]
Lydia’s Song takes you on a journey to Cambodia where the people, culture and the life of adventure seeking expats capture your imagination. And just when you’re about to get comfortable with the slow pace of life and developing romance, evil strikes. Song a young girl is kidnapped and ends up as a victim of sex trafficking. When I (on behalf […]
Disappointment hits hard like an unexpected punch in the stomach leaving you breathless. After the initial shock the pain sets in and you vow to never let yourself be caught off guard again. And the only way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to throw in the towel. Right? I had spent several days writing a draft of the […]
Imagine you and your city are under siege, the enemy controls your life – your finances, choices, career, dreams. You long for freedom but you are too afraid to revolt. The oppression goes on for so long that you lose your confidence in your ability and hope of ever being free. That scenario may sound far-fetched for those of us […]
Last week I read about how a caller left the host and listeners of LCB radio in shock. She rang to say that she would move out if the Grenfell Tower residents were re – housed in her luxury apartment block. Where is our humanity? Now imagine….If Love came in a Bottle. What would it say… via Love In A […]
“There is nothing in this world that can trouble you more than your own thoughts.” — Unknown Author Source: mysimplereminders via There is nothing in this world that can trouble you more — Bright, shiny objects!
Last week I read about how a caller left the host and listeners of LCB radio in shock. She rang to say that she would move out if the Grenfell Tower residents were re – housed in her luxury apartment block. Where is our humanity? Now imagine….If Love came in a Bottle. What would it say on the label? How to […]
I am that woman, who finds herself obscured behind a veil of being a ‘woman’
The one who must not let her current reality stop her from reaching forward
The one who mustn’t reject her strengths but must embrace all that she is
Blogging is not just for the blog savvy, it’s for everyone, even you. Everyone should be able to express themselves and find self-satisfaction through blogging. Over the weekend I spent time with six of my friends who I have known for many years. They were keen to find out about my new ‘hobby’ (blogging) and as we talked it occurred […]
One of the ways I’m learning to overcome is to own my story and not become it’s victim. Whatever you’re dealing with begin to think how that can be turned around to become a strength.
Have you ever felt like you’re living your life on a racing track and you dare not stop because if you did things would fall apart.
My heart breaks for every one of the families affected. This poem is for them, for Manchester
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. […]
A few weeks ago I bumped into a friend I had not seen for a while. During our conversation, she told me something that got me thinking about how we interact with one another especially on social media. I often share on social media but rarely get to find out how my posts affect those who read or view them. The […]
I am that woman with delicate hands, hands that love to create, to hold, to nature
The one who finds pleasure in simple things, to cuddle, to bake, to smell flowers
One who has the courage to love with every ounce of her heart even when she knows it could be broken
The storm raged, Boom! Scary, Blinding, Tossing A cry… broken, silenced by the chaos Angry Splashing…Clapping, Piercing, Slapping! A ray of light pierces through the white spray… HOPE! ‘Look up! Reach out! Hold on!!’ Hope bellows above the chaos A bare whisper, a voice breaking from the choking, gulping My eyes blinded, my heart battered, my ears dull Light approaches… dazzling, […]
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