Life Lessons [three]

So much to process from the past six months (I started working on this post during the middle of last month) so it’s past the six month mark now. Continuing to learn more about myself, how I react and deal with events. Things have been hard. But looking back also rewarding too.

That when you’re having times when you’re struggling it’s so okay to say you’re not okay. And to get support from those around you. It helped so much having people I could speak to, be there when I was crying. And afterwards feeling much better.

A few months back I posted this..

Still learning to find joy in trials. Trials are also times when I grow the most, am challenged in how I react, in how I treat others, in showing love to those around me. And reminded again that my God is bigger than any trials that come my way. That he so uses times like these for good! #ohhowheloves #mypappa #thankful #findingjoyintoughplaces #hessogotthis #james1

No matter what trials we face in life I’m learning to remind myself that these experiences are not wasted. I’ve grown more in my faith, standing on what His word says about me. In who’s I belong to and that am precious and valuable to Him.

That trials and challenges can also help other people along the journey in ways you never expected when you were in the middle. These realisations make my heart happy. 

There have been many times when I have struggled to speak well of people. Particularly when I have been hurt by them. Those I find hardest to love. But I’m realising more and more that those who have hurt me are hurting too. And when I forgive it is so freeing. Like a weight has been lifted and some chains broken.

Because unforgiven things otherwise can be dragged around causing pain. When I’m not forgiving people I am not choosing to love them well.

But when you’ve had a tough day Amber snuggles are the best! 😍 (picture taken back in December)

Also learning not to be so hard on myself and being content with where I am now. To enjoy these days. Seeing how far I’ve come but also realising that not knowing what’s next is okay too. To continue doing things that bring me joy. To keep going on adventures, collecting memories, taking pictures, being crafty, reading.. 
Appreciating nature, time with those I love, and to keep writing… 

Here’s to learning to be better at being loving to ourselves and those around us.


Scribblings on my way to work

Putting down some words in response to yesterday’s sickening attack on young people, their parents while they were at a music event in Manchester. Praying for all those affected. 


This summer…

This summer I’m taking part in something pretty exciting…
I’ll be participating in my first cycle sportive the Prudential RideLondon 46 on 30th July. This past weekend I did my first training ride in the Lake District with my Dad.

I’ll be riding for a charity called Bliss who help support premature babies and their families.

My just giving page can be found here.

Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Riding home in the rain

Rode home in the rain earlier this evening. It was very refreshing..

and was inspired to do some impromptu song/poetry along the way. 
He loves you just as you are

He loves you just as you are
You are valuable more than you know

You are valuable more than you know
He’ll never let you down 
When you feel so overwhelmed 

sad and alone

He is there 

By your side
He loves you just as you are

He loves you just as you are
When days are joyful and full of splendour 

He loves you just the same

He’s with you always


because spring is here

and I haven’t posted in so long..
Today looked like this..
Some snapshots of a wonderful day off spent with my sister, nephew, Dad, Gran and Auntie.

Road trips to the Lake District

One of my favourite views..

Family walks


Ewe and her baba.

For me days out like this are so refreshing. I loved capturing some little moments as spring begins.

I never tire of spending time here. 

Evening on the farm

Visited my friend Jack’s farm for Lambing Live yesterday evening. It was so much fun.

A flock of ewes.

Me holding a baby lamb. Photo taken by Amy Parker

Claire, Noah and Josh.

First scribbles of the year..

Haven’t written much on here lately. Here are some late evening scribbles.. It’s currently untitled..

Sometimes struggles shout louder than they shouldForgetting how far you’ve come

Times of feeling stuck.
But oh daughter of mine you’ve yet 

to see the places you’ll go.

For in the struggle you are stronger

than you realise
Don’t loose heart 

Remember whose you are!

Where you are now is not the end of the 

There are more pages to be woven

into this beautiful tapestry

His love for you runs deep.
Even if at times it feels distant

He’s got your back

Right alongside you.

Every tear that falls down your face

When you feel moments of despair

When things seem so uncertain 
Know that it’s who you are that

matters most

Keep that bright spark of encouragement

Don’t loose sight of that
Lift your head up and smile

For you are beloved of the King 

and He delights in you. 
Carole Farish 17/02/2017

Life Lessons (two)

Some days can be hard. When you’re not sure what to think and feeling anxious about things. With social media we can make our lives look like everything is okay even when it’s not. 
There are times when I need to be honest cause sometimes even then I am struggling. Times of feeling lost, unsure, scared, but hopeful all at once. That despite all that I know that He is on the throne, right beside me, cheering me on and knows the rest of the story. 
What may feel like one long slog to me is just a small bend in the road. Times of needing to get a different perspective on things. To lean in, be patent when sometimes all I want to do is escape from feeling scared. But actually it’s better to embrace it, to look fear in the face and say ‘I can do this’. To speak up for myself even if it means facing conflict. I usually just want to run and hide in those moments. But I am worth it! I am worth standing up for and my voice matters! 
And I’m excited for what is next in the story… Here’s to continuing the adventure that is life..