DIAMONDS ARE MADE IN THE ROUGH Don't ever give up. Whoever you are, whatever you're going through, don't give up. You matter. You are made of the dust of the stars. You are a unique and precious child of God. You belong in this beautiful universe, Your steps are valued on this precious earth. … Continue reading Diamonds Are Made In The Rough ~ A Poem
Forgive To Be Free When I was a teenager, after my first stepfather died, tragically, I remember discovering deep inside me a thought that the deeper the pain, the more the capacity for love / happiness / joy ... as if the pain was like a drill, making space to fill the void … Continue reading Forgive To Be Free
Some months ago, WordPress notified me that a new facility had been created, which would enable the owners of blogs like my own (Premium and Business themes) to add a payment button to our websites. At first I decided to 'file' that information, feeling that my technological muscles had been sufficiently challenged and that I … Continue reading Introducing a Voluntary Financial Donation Facility to The Holly Tree Tales And Why
It is the end of the second week in January. I look outside and see a thick blanket of mist covering the countryside, visibility only possible within the boundaries of our property. It might clear to be a beautiful sunny Winter's day later, but the weather forecast sounds gloomy. It is hard to be upbeat … Continue reading The Fruit Of Our Lives ~ A Testimony
Do you know what #holiness is? Sometimes in life we wonder why we feel drawn away from the crowd, why things that others are doing does not feel right to us and holds little appeal. Sometimes we find ourselves alone in situations where it would be easier to go with the flow of the many, but … Continue reading On Holiness
Footprints [author unknown; see footnote] One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord, Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord. After the last … Continue reading Footprints Poem
Today my attention wandered to the WordPress Reader, a screen where one can see a list of latest posts published by WordPress bloggers, feeling a little lost in the process of swapping computer screens, my day having passed fairly unproductively thus far. Perhaps I was instinctively looking for a little plank to stand on in … Continue reading What Is Brave?
In January 2015 I began the technological challenge of building a blog. For a few years before that, friends and family had suggested that I take my communication to a wider audience. Over many years, indeed since my teen years, people have suggested that I write my story and create stories out of my experiences … Continue reading Why Do I Have A Blog?
With a certain amount of excitement on his part, and some natural trepidation shared, I delivered my son to university at the weekend - packed, prepped and ready to start his journey within the new academic arena of his choice. We arrived ... only to discover that my son's allocated hall of residence had just … Continue reading Plants For Air Quality
I recently received a message from someone I have never met, whom I learnt has had a very challenging life and has a very sad childhood story. The message was so heartfelt and so grateful ... it moved me beyond tears ... this post is a result of receiving that message. Apparently my 'being real' … Continue reading Courage To Be Real