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40 Acts – Day 21 – Say Thank You

Think about those people who’ve helped you or had a positive influence on your life. Phone, write a letter or even visit them to say ‘thank you’. Remember the small things too – the everyday things which deserve a ‘thank you’. I sent an email to my OH this morning thanking him for literally everything. I didn’t just say “thank …

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40 Acts – Day 20 – Smile

As you go about your day, consider what you might have to smile about and make a conscious effort to share your smile with those around you. Think about how you behave around people you don’t know so well – those in the supermarket, at work or on your daily commute – can you encourage them with a smile today? …

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40 Acts – Day 19 – Hug

Offer a hug to someone today who may need one, a family member or someone you ‘randomly’ meet today. (Make sure they would like one before you give them a bear hug!) Or, be proactive and make a ‘free hug’ sign and head for your local town or city for 20 minutes and wait and see what happens. If you …

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40 Acts – Day 17 – Surprise Someone

Think of somebody close to you that you would like to surprise. Timing is everything so think about when the surprise would be most appreciated. You don’t have to wait until a special occasion, such as, a birthday, or an anniversary. A surprise is mostly welcomed if it is done genuinely from the heart and well considered. What does that …

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40 Acts – Day 15 & 16

I haven’t been able to do yesterday’s or today’s challenges. But for anyone who may be following the challenges through my blog here they are: DAY 15: CELEBRATE CULTURAL DIVERSITY Organise a ‘celebrating cultural diversity’ day – in your work, school or church. It can be as simple or extravagant as you like! Invite people to bring different world foods …

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40 Acts – Day 14 – Check The Label

Take a look at the labels on your clothes. Think a little about how your clothes were made; the countries they came from and the people who made them. Take a look at www.ethicalconsumer.org and do a little research about the organisations who make your clothes. To what extent do they ensure good working conditions for their garment workers? Next …

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40 Acts – Day 11 – Buy Fairtrade

Today will mark the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight where organisations and charities aim to raise the profile of Fairtrade. Why not ensure that you buy one more Fairtrade item in your next shopping basket? Or perhaps you could hold a Fairtrade Big Brew (including coffee of course!) to promote Fairtrade Companies I’m not the one that does our shopping. If …

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Welcoming Warmth

I managed it into church today. On arrival; we (P2 and I) were greeted with so many friendly familiar faces. The church itself hasn’t changed but there was so many new people – although new people that seemed to know my parents. P2 was bombarded with pokes and prods from all different ages. She ended up getting quite frustrated I …

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40 Acts – Day 10 – Grab A Cuppa

Who could you ‘grab a cuppa’ with today? Seize the moment this weekend and invite someone new for a coffee or to your house for tea and cake. Get to know your neighbours and ‘grab a cuppa!’ 40 Acts was certainly not designed for me! I hate tea and coffee. Although I can do today’s task on the day for …

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40 Acts – Day 9 – Get Together

It’s simple. Invite your friends over, order a curry and spend an evening catching up. I like this one. This one I can do. Yesterday I planned to go and visit my friend. I’m not a social butterfly at the best of times. And prefer my little collection of online friends via Facebook. Lets face it… It costs less. I …

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40 Acts – Day 8 – Cross A Generation

Think about someone from a different generation – at your work, church or community group – who you can get to know more. Start initiating conversation; ask them what they are up to, and what their current projects or ambitions are. Find out if you could help them in some way, whether financially, through giving your time, or simply by …

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The MADS Blog Awards 2013

Thank you to everyone who nominated my blog for an award. It’s quite exciting really. But there’s quite a few nominated for the category “Best New Blog” which is the one I really wanted to win. Not for the prize – but for the appreciation of my blog. From what I understand the judges have to cut the list down …

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40 Acts – Day 7 – Visit Your Local

Look for ways to support the local community beyond your church walls. Take time to visit your local pub with family or a group from your church. Who is there? What does it tell you about your community? Is this a threshold you should be crossing over more often? For more ideas, visit the pubchurch website and read about the …

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40 Acts – Day 6 – Be A Mentor

Consider becoming a mentor to a younger person. Perhaps someone at your church, at your work or a family member or a friend. It could catch on and span generations. The word mentor means an advisor. Or to advise or train. This is going to be a tricky one because I’m constantly at home. My mum told me to teach …

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40 Acts – Day 5 – Read The Local News

It’s simple. Pick up the newspaper from the doormat. Make yourself a mug of tea. Slowly read the paper. Each time it mentions a person or a street, lift them up before God and ask for his blessing. Don’t miss out on the adverts, especially if they are about local businesses. Then look for the names of the editor and …

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