Thriving not Surviving

Thriving not Surviving

A year ago my father died.  This last year has been a hard one and I have been on a journey of stopping, grieving, pausing, hurting, pondering, healing and recalibrating.  In the midst of this last year I have really known that there is beauty everywhere, if we choose to see it. When change comes into our lives we need to take time to reassess, to connect with how we feel, with where we are.  I have done a lot of that this last year.  I have...

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Adventures in parenting

Adventures in parenting

My baby girl left home for 5 months yesterday. Now in reality she’s not a baby but a beautiful young woman. It’s a strange new part of our parenting journey that we are entering into. When she was born, as I looked into her beautiful eyes, my heart’s desire was that she’d grow to know how much the Father loved her, and how much we loved her. My longing was that her identity would be based not on the transient but on who...

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Down but not out!

My little  boy fell this week hurting himself in the process; kids do.  He regularly has grazed knees and bruised legs.  At some stage during our growth into adulthood we seem to lose the grazed knees; imperceptibly as we grow we seem to run and tumble less.  A friend recently fell and grazed her knee and realised how unusual this now was, we began to wonder at what age did we stop grazing our knees? In reality as adults we do still fall, but...

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Hopefilled Waiting

My 7-year-old sons concept of time is still developing.  He thinks that a two-minute wait is an enormous amount of time; to a 7 year it probably feels like it is!  Waiting can feel like a challenge at whatever age we are. I have many promises that God has made me that I am still waiting for him to fulfil. When God asks us to wait on a promise it can feel like a challenge; the important thing is that how we wait matters.  We can either wait...

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Living Empty, Living Full

There are times in our life where we  feel full and able to move mountains and times where we feel empty and all we can see is limits.  On full days we are readily able to be thankful and celebrate but on empty that can feel difficult. “12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in...

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