Daily Verse – Three Things on Your To-Do List.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIVUK We are used to productivity gurus and time-management geniuses giving us the number one rule - have one main thing on your list, have five things, have as many as you can think of but only to the top two, etc. etc.… Continue reading Daily Verse – Three Things on Your To-Do List.

Discard What You Don’t Need.

This is an easy piece of advice to agree with. Until we open a drawer, or look in a cupboard, or try and find a file on our computers. There are lots of reasons and theories about how and why we accumulate so much stuff and our parents, spouses or partners, and professionals, telling us… Continue reading Discard What You Don’t Need.

The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

It is a common catchphrase - which came first, the chicken or the egg? - which appears to have a simple answer, either way, until you come to justify it. Apparently, it was Plutarch which first posed the question in the 1st Century AD, addressing the problems of origin and first cause. Aristotle, writing four… Continue reading The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

Daily Verse – Overcome.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 NIVUK Short. Simple. Overcome - niko - the only occurence of this word is here and it means to not be conquered or prevailed against. We are not to be conquered by kakos - anything bad or harmful. This could be an… Continue reading Daily Verse – Overcome.

Daily Verse – No Weapon.

no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 NIVUK This verse starts with danger and a promise - no weapon! The Hebrew word for… Continue reading Daily Verse – No Weapon.

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.

Words Fail Me.

I've been trying to write an update of where I currently am creatively for over a week. Literally, the words have failed me. I've struggled to even write a handful of words. I've reflected upon the reasons for my sudden wordly-mutism. The closest reason I can come to is that it is like having another… Continue reading Words Fail Me.

Creativity Update.

I have taken once again to writing my reflections upon a verse of the Bible each week day. As always I write what I most need to hear and do. I am conscious of more focus on individual words in this phase of writing than before. Then the whole verse was in consideration. Now it… Continue reading Creativity Update.

Daily Verse – 1 Corinthians 13:13

https://my.bible.com/en-GB/bible/97/1CO.13.MSG I have chosen the Message version today because I absolutely love Peterson's exhortation to 'Trust steadily in God'. The Greek Interlinear tells us that this first of three behaviours for us is 'faith'. The word is pistis, which is used 36 times in the N.T. and always of an active faith: e.g., your faith… Continue reading Daily Verse – 1 Corinthians 13:13