Category Archives: encouragement

‘The own goal won’t define her and I won’t allow it to’

England lost their semi final at the Women’ World Cup in heartbreaking circumstances. In the dying seconds of the game with the score 1 each, Laura Bassett deflected the ball into her own net. If you watched the game, you will … Continue reading

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The one about the Pig Popper

So, I bought a pig popper for £2.67 and I had fairly low expectations because of the price but it is actually a really great toy. I was expecting something quite small and flimsy, but as you can see from … Continue reading

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The one about the Head Teachers Award

So, I finished a school assembly and the staff were handing out stickers and certificates for achievements. I like seeing children praised, especially when it’s for things that were challenging or hard for them. As I was about to leave, … Continue reading

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It’s People Day! Who will you appreciate and say thank you to?

Yesterday was Mothers Day when many people told their mums how much they appreciate them. I’ve decided that today is People Day when I’m hoping that we will all tell other people how much we appreciate them. It feels to … Continue reading

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You need to realise how good you are

Today is a special day in our house. It is my youngest daughter’s birthday and she has asked for a geocaching themed birthday. Yesterday we went geocaching and we found 18 between us and today we are going to have … Continue reading

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There’s good news and there’s bad news

One of the things we do in the services at Orchard is to hear examples of how God is at work in our everyday lives. I run (actually I walk) around with a radio microphone so we can people can … Continue reading

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Thankfulness: Why an attitude of gratitude is so important.

My wife is unwell at the moment (I’m pretty sure that it’s not because she is allergic to me). We ideally needed to see a doctor fairly quickly and so we went to the surgery and waited. They have just … Continue reading

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A great excuse for not going to church

Jesus was in his home town and he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He read from the Bible and said a few words but things didn’t go well after this. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him … Continue reading

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Squeezing God into our schedule?

I received a really encouraging message yesterday, I just wanted to say that I’m really enjoying reading your blog/thought for the day on Facebook. It’s very thought provoking and often challenging. I read it whilst I’m having my breakfast. it … Continue reading

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It’s not all about me!

It’s Sunday and lots of people will be going to church. Have you ever left feeling disappointed because the service wasn’t just right for you? We all will feel this way sometimes and this is okay because church isn’t for just you. … Continue reading

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