Daily Verse – Gather Together.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’ Matthew 18:20 NIVUK Gather - sunagó - to convene, to come together in a hospital way. With them - in the midst (alt.trans) - mesos - middle, amongst, between. In this verse Jesus is giving us an assurance that no matter… Continue reading Daily Verse – Gather Together.

From the Desk Remix! – Bach and Creativity.

Earlier this evening I was watching an online concert (if the link becomes available I will post it!) focusing on J.S. Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach has been one of my musical/creative heroes ever since I bought a cassette tape (you may have to search-engine that, depending on your age!) of his Concertos for Two Harpsichords.… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Bach and Creativity.

What’s New in September?

A new month. The summer is over. Autumn may be beginning but this month is also a time for beginnings. In the UK, September is the start of the new academic year. New uniforms, new teachers, moving up age grades. New knowledge and skills being learnt. I decided to start a few new things out… Continue reading What’s New in September?

Daily Verse – Struggle.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIVUK In this verse the Apostle Paul is teaching, and reminding, believers that our world and lives are more… Continue reading Daily Verse – Struggle.

Daily Verse – Fear and Confidence.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalms 56:3 NIVUK When I am afraid. The writer of this Psalm isn't overconfident and says 'if' I am afraid. He acknowledges that we often feel afraid. Remember this was David who slew the giant Goliath, when he was little more than a teenager. The… Continue reading Daily Verse – Fear and Confidence.

Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalms 100:2 NIVUK The Hebrew word translated here as ‘worship’ - ‘iḇ·ḏū - is more correctly ‘to serve’ - to be linked together in a close bond. We are to be bonded to serve God with gladness - bə·śim·ḥāh - with pleasure, rejoicing, joyfulness. King… Continue reading Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Discard.

Having expectations and an overall aim are widely believed to be useful for success. Some suggest that to be truly successful you have to break everything down into stages and specific blocks of thought and action. Many people do achieve what they set out to using this style of methodology. Sometimes, however, we are not… Continue reading Discard.

Line Up Your Shoes.

It is traditional when entering a Japanese home to take off your shoes and place them together, neatly, inside the hallway. These shoes should also be pointing out of the building, prepared and ready for your outward journey. Creative types come in all shapes and sizes - like people really, There is a romantic notion… Continue reading Line Up Your Shoes.

Busy = Lose + Heart.

In Japanese writing the character for 'busy' includes the characters for 'lose' and 'heart'. To be busy is literally to lose heart. In western society busy has come to mean working hard, becoming successful, going places. Busy also means stressed, rushed, no time to think. For creative people 'busy' can still mean working in our… Continue reading Busy = Lose + Heart.

Creative Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the new mantra covering a lot of areas from simple meditation to a mental health checklist. Some meditation and mindfulness techniques exhort you to think of 'nothing'. Hit the eco-setting, dim the screen, go to a blank screen rather than screensaver. If you are a creative then this is probably impossible. If you… Continue reading Creative Mindfulness.