I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Habits of Grace


After my posts and think­ing about dis­ci­pline last week, on Sun­day I decid­ed to order Habits of Grace by David Math­is. It arrived yes­ter­day and the study guide that goes with it is set to arrive either tomor­row or Friday.
It’s a book that’s been on my radar for a while both for it’s sub­ject mat­ter, and if I’m being hon­est, it’s design. I’ve resist­ed buy­ing it in the past because I’m aware I already have a large pile of books to I’ve yet to read, but hav­ing spent some time in prayer, read­ing, and think­ing around this sub­ject I decid­ed it was time to get my fin­ger out and order it.
I’m look­ing for­ward to div­ing in over the next month, all to often it’s easy to start grind­ing things like dis­ci­pline in terms of hob­bies and pas­sions. As a Chris­t­ian ground­ing the desire for dis­ci­pline and self con­trol in God and my faith is of far greater impor­tance. Doing that is far eas­i­er to say than it is to do, and so I’m hop­ing that this book, along with build­ing momen­tum by writ­ing here on my blog will help that mus­cle of dis­ci­pline grow into more areas of my life.

Deep Prayer > Deep Work ›

There’s been a lot of talk on the inter­net cir­cles I fol­low about focus and deep work. They’re thought pro­vok­ing and often res­onate with me, but there’s one thing I’ve been strug­gling to rec­on­cile in it all. The focus of all these dis­cus­sions is usu­al­ly aimed at putting your indi­vid­ual desires first, which does­n’t real­ly jive with my Chris­t­ian beliefs.
Chris Bowler, in his excel­lent­ly con­sid­ered arti­cle Deep Prayer > Deep Work, seems to demon­strate I’m not alone. In doing so he seems to cap­ture exact­ly how this kind of think­ing should be influ­enc­ing my approach to my faith.

But over and over, I come back to the fact that while Newport’s con­cept of increas­ing our abil­i­ty to focus is cru­cial to a suc­cess­ful career, it’s even more cru­cial to a suc­cess­ful Chris­t­ian life. One that is lived attuned to the Spir­it. One that is care­ful­ly watch­ing to see where God is work­ing, then ready and will­ing to join him in it. 

Jesus said to her, “I am the res­ur­rec­tion and the life. Who­ev­er believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and every­one who lives and believes in me shall nev­er die. Do you believe this?”
John‬ ‭11:25–26‬

Even if I turn out to be wrong, I shall bet my life on the assump­tion that this world is not idi­ot­ic, nei­ther run by an absen­tee land­lord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cos­mic can­vas that in due course I shall under­stand with joy as a stroke made by the archi­tect who calls him­self Alpha and Omega. 

10 Res­o­lu­tions for Men­tal Health by John Piper

The One Where I Announce I’m Now Self Employed

There are some posts you dream about writ­ing, posts you’d love to write but nev­er think you actu­al­ly will. This is one of those posts.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about change. Chang­ing the way I approached some­thing has lead to excit­ing guid­ance and a big change in my career.
It start­ed with a con­ver­sa­tion with two very good friends of mine. One asked how work was, then fol­lowed it up with a query about what I real­ly want­ed to do. The oth­er laughed, asked me a ques­tion, set me a chal­lenge and then held me to it. That ques­tion lead me to writ­ing the last post about a change of approach, a change which, thanks to Gods guid­ance is lead­ing to a leap of faith.
What’s the leap?
On Fri­day 3rd August I worked my last day in full time employ­ment and spent my last day liv­ing in sun­ny (!?) Slough. The fol­low­ing day I moved to Chel­tenham, again. A place I attend­ed uni­ver­si­ty and a place that I love being in.
With that move came a change of employ­ment. I am no longer a rat run­ning a race, but instead a man work­ing as a busi­ness own­er. I’ve final­ly tak­en the leap into self employ­ment. Rely­ing on the Lord to sup­ply me with enough work to put food in my stom­ach and to pay the bills.
For a long time it’s been my ambi­tion to work for myself, even while I was study­ing at Uni I knew ulti­mate­ly I want­ed to have my own design stu­dio. It near­ly hap­pened straight after Uni after a lit­tle encour­age­ment from my tutor, but I knew it was­n’t real­ly the right time. There was a lot I still had to learn, well let’s face it there still is. I’ve now been in full time employ­ment for 5 years. I’ve grown a lot, I’ve changed a lot and I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve expe­ri­enced work­ing for a small com­pa­ny and I’ve expe­ri­enced work­ing for a larg­er com­pa­ny. Both were good expe­ri­ences that taught me many dif­fer­ent things, but under­neath there was always this desire to have my own com­pa­ny bub­bling away.
I’m delight­ed to say that has now hap­pened. I’ve had a lit­tle hol­i­day, moved to a new (old) place and am at the end of my first week of self employ­ment. It’s excit­ing, a lit­tle daunt­ing but feels like the best deci­sion I’ve made. Except that I did­n’t make it, God showed me the door and I pushed it. Now I’ve got to con­tin­ue push­ing doors, keep faith­ful to Him, and work as hard as I can.
In the next cou­ple of weeks I’ll be able to intro­duce you to a new name and a new web­site. Of course this place will still exist and I hope to increase the lev­el of writ­ing, and hope­ful­ly build on some friend­ships that I’ve estab­lished through my blog over the years. It’s an excit­ing adven­ture, I hope you’ll join me on it!

Change

For the last few years I’ve been pray­ing about some­thing. I’m sure many of you have as well, but this par­tic­u­lar thing has occu­pied my prayers for sev­er­al years. I’ve been pray­ing about it in the same way for pret­ty much the entire time, ask­ing for guid­ance and direc­tion in rela­tion to the thing. Dur­ing that time the urge to do that thing has grown. One could say its devel­oped into some­thing close to a per­ma­nent long­ing, some­thing that left me unset­tled because I’m not doing it and I’ve nev­er real­ly known why.
A recent con­ver­sa­tion with a very good friend left me feel­ing chal­lenged. He asked me a ques­tion and laughed at my response because it’s been the same response I’ve giv­en him for the last few years.
My response of course was to ques­tion why he was laugh­ing at me, I guess feel­ing like he was­n’t tak­ing me seri­ous. His response was one which caught me off guard. Instead of answer­ing why he was laugh­ing, he sim­ply asked me how I had been pray­ing about this thing. I told him and after a moments pause he respond­ed with a chal­lenge. Why don’t you pray about it in a dif­fer­ent way?
He com­ment­ed how that as I have been pray­ing for guid­ance this thing had grown in to a pas­sion and long­ing, that is to say some­thing more than momen­tary desire, then maybe I’d had that guid­ance and it was time to chal­lenge it.
So for the last month I’ve been pray­ing more earnest­ly and in a dif­fer­ent man­ner. Instead of request­ing guid­ance about the thing, I’ve been pray­ing: Lord, I think you want me to do this, please show me if I’m wrong.
The results have been breath tak­ing, sur­pris­ing and excit­ing all at once. A change of events has begun that, I believe, God is using to lead me into doing this thing I’ve been pray­ing about for the last few years. I’m a lit­tle appre­hen­sive, but the over rid­ing feel­ing is one of excite­ment. This post is not an announce­ment, yet, but maybe more of a watch this space…

That—in spite of every­thing, no mat­ter what, what­ev­er it cost him—God won’t ever stop lov­ing his chil­dren … with a won­der­ful, Nev­er Stop­ping, Nev­er Giv­ing Up, Unbreak­ing, Always and For­ev­er Love.

Sal­ly Lloyd-Jones on The Gospel Coalition.

Gods Love

And keep in mind that hav­ing a dai­ly “qui­et time” or “devo­tions,” with­out com­muning with Jesus, won’t keep your soul alive. Mere read­ing and study­ing won’t do it. By itself, new infor­ma­tion about God—glorious as it is—won’t keep our hearts soft and our souls breath­ing. We need the per­son of Jesus him­self whom we find in and through the Scrip­tures. Our souls long for a liv­ing con­nec­tion with the liv­ing God-man. We were made for this.

David Math­is in Study the Word for More Than Words.

Study the Word for More Than Words