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“You’ve got a friend in me” so the lyrics go from a song used in Toy Story. Wonder if you’re singing the rest of that song right now, or humming it and annoying your colleagues? We are made to be with other people. God designed us to function in community – not isolation or solitude. He made us so we work best when we depend upon other people. That corporate effort is what can make the world sing, or scream. That depends on the other people…or does it? I’ll let you ponder that one on your own!

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 30.09.2022 Reminder - God's in control. He has been all day long!

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Feelings can’t be relied upon. They lie to us, they overwhelm us and they can deceive us. What we feel, no matter how strong it may be, can change at the drop of a hat - or in the blink of an eye. You get the idea! Over the last weekend, as a family, we accomplished an awful lot. Including our usual set of videos to film for the BerryBunch, our regular show for Konnect Radio, chopping the best part of a month’s worth of firewood ready for the winter. All in all, with exercise, cooking, sleeping and resting, it was a very full, and satisfyingly busy, weekend.

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 29.10.2022 Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Philippians 4 v 8

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Following on from my last Andy B 2 Minute Video – Weather Forecasts and Wet Faces Part 1 – I’m thinking more about how we come across to other people. People might read a biography about you, then meet you and discover you are simply not who you say you are. And that is never a good thing!

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 28.09.2022 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4 v 6

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We rely on forecasts for so many things. From weather forecasts for planting crops to financial forecasting to know where our finances will be. Forecasting can cost ridiculous amounts of money for the most accurate types.

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 27.09.2022 I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. Psalm 3 verse 5

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While repairing the seat hinge on one of our toilets a couple of things occurred to me. Well, to be honest 3 things occurred to me. Firstly, that I needed to clean the toilet soon! Secondly, that it’s worth remembering the next time I use a toilet in someone else’s home to check if they have a slow close toilet seat like we do - to avoid any embarrassing toilet loud crashes and potential breakages!

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Andy B's next book is coming soon!

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 26.09.2022 Saying no to something means we can say yes to something else. It also means somebody else gets a chance to say yes, too!

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Peter & JoJo continue to encourage us to pray as a family by reading aloud from the Psalms. This time, Peter and Jo read a select number of verses from Psalm 9 as a Prayer, reminding us of the validity and value of the words for today.

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In 1996 my girlfriend, and I, were walking through the central heart of Manchester City Centre. We had noticed a very heavy police presence, and police helicopters flying overhead but we had no clue what was shortly coming!

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There’s nothing wrong with being busy! But, when you’re experiencing a period of time with a little more to do than normal, don’t forget to take 5 and, in my case, make yourself a mug of tea and enjoy what you’ve already managed to get done!

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 22.09.2022 Always make sure that faith is an active part of your financial planning. It isn’t a nice luxury, that can be helpful sometimes. Faith is as valuable as the air we breathe.