I just want to be liked…

Ok so we’ve all been there.  We’ve written something insightful and witty on social media, carefully framed and edited a photo, poured our hearts into a blog, hit the button and then waited…

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Waited for the signs of social acceptance.  Waited for our phones to come alive with bleeps and buzzes as our notifications tell us that our post, and in turn ourselves, are liked.

We know it doesn’t really measure our worth, and yet we hit the refresh button as surely someone must have seen, commented, approved and liked us our post. We really know it’s not that important but if we had a few more followers…

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of chasing society’s approval and acceptance and forget that we are already loved and accepted without us doing a thing!

I’m grateful for every like and comment I receive as it’s feedback on how well I’m telling my story.  However my prayer is that I never lose focus on the One who’s comment on my life matters the most.

If You Don’t Ask You Don’t Get Part 2

In my last post I wrote about how I’d been given something as a result of my persistent asking!  I’d drawn a parallel between my experience and a story Jesus told about a persistent widow and answered prayer.  As I pressed the “Publish” button I felt quite pleased with  what I had written, but it didn’t take me long to realised there was so much more to that story.Continue reading “If You Don’t Ask You Don’t Get Part 2”

If You Don’t Ask You Don’t Get

It’s become a bit of long standing joke in our office; if ever anyone needs a new phone or computer I suggest they buy Apple. Yes, I know they are more expensive than many of their competitors, and yes, I know it does the same job as any other brand.  However, I enjoy being gullible enough to believe that life will be simpler, work more productive and I will be more creative just because it’s done on a beautifully designed product.

So when it was time for my work laptop to be replaced I proposed 2 options to my boss.  A great deal on a pc laptop with £150 off the recommended retail price, or a slightly more than twice the price MacBook Air!  I have to confess I never for a moment thought my boss would go for the MacBook so was totally speechless when the email came back to say it had been ordered for me!

At that moment I felt a little like the persistent widow mentioned in the Bible. In Luke 18 we can read a story that Jesus told about a persistant widow who got justice from the judge just by the mere fact that she kept asking.  Jesus goes on to say, if a judge responds to persistence in that way, how much more will God, our heavenly Father, respond when we persistantly ask for something?

Persistent prayer doesn’t wear God down in the way that nagging does.  In fact it pleases God when we continually go to Him for answers to the issues we face.

I don’t pretend to know much about prayer, in fact it still confuses me that some prayers happen quicker than others, and some never seem to get answered at all.  However,  Faith has taught me to keep believing what God has said over and above what I can see.  Hope has taught me that there are better days ahead.  Love has taught me that He has my best interests at heart no matter what.

If you’ve got answered prayers and situations that you seem to be stuck in, why not pray?  You never know what may happen!

 

What I Learnt Reviewing 2015

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I love New Years. I love the feeling of a blank canvas, a year unspoilt, full of possibility and adventure.  I often take the opportunity of a New Year to set goals, plan events and look forward, but rarely take the time to look back and learn.

This year I was challenged to do just that, and the results have helped me shape the goals and plans for the year ahead. Continue reading “What I Learnt Reviewing 2015”

I thought I was their best friend…?

Last night, I watched a program on TV that filmed a group of 6 year olds in a school setting.  At 6 years of age friendships can be very fluid but are still incredibly important. At one point we saw a boy watch his friend sharing a  prize with another child.  His eyes welled up with tears and as he watched this new friendship develop, and all he could ask was “I thought I was their best friend…?”Continue reading “I thought I was their best friend…?”

A priceless gift

A few weeks ago it was Mother’s Day in England which means I was woken up early, and very enthusiastically, by my 3 children.  Each child bundled onto my bed, armed with a card, a huge smile and a truck load of energy which I wished I could match.  Thankfully my husband also came bearing gifts in the form of breakfast in bed and much needed mug of tea!

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Amongst all the excitement and chatter I noticed my daughter clutching something behind her back which she was waiting to give to me. Continue reading “A priceless gift”

How can I help?

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Last weekend we went out for dinner with friends.

Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive.  He anticipated what we would need before we asked, and when our food arrived, he knew which dish was for which person.  His great customer service left a lasting impression on all of us.Continue reading “How can I help?”