OK, hear me out on this one. I'm not planning a career change into sex therapy, I promise you. And I'm not about to divulge awkward personal details which would make you run a thousand miles from this blog and never return. BUT. I am, for want of a better title, a 'Christian parenting … [Read more...] about WHY AND HOW SHOULD EXHAUSTED PARENTS MAKE TIME FOR SEX?
Discipleship for parents
As parents, we can end up investing so much time in our children that we neglect our own spiritual journey. Here are some great resources and ideas to support mums and dads as we seek to draw closer to Jesus together.
I'm writing this in 2020. Although lockdown has just ended where we are, there are still huge restrictions on what we're able to do during Advent, and I know people are concerned they won't be able to take part in their usual Advent traditions this year. Live church services, Christingles, … [Read more...] about HOW TO CELEBRATE ADVENT AT HOME
As I write this blog, the tone I adopt is largely of the assumption that FAMILY LIFE IS CRAZY. Busy, loud, messy, dishevelled, chaotic - you choose the word. If this doesn't resonate with you, then can I politely suggest you're on the wrong website? Perhaps try Pinterest for some ideas of … [Read more...] about HOW CHRISTIAN FICTION ENCOURAGES BUSY PARENTS IN THEIR FAITH (+ REVIEW OF ‘THE MARRIAGE OF INNIS WILKINSON’)
I'm absolutely over the moon today to be welcoming one of my long-time heroes here on the blog! Victoria Beech (aka Mrs Godventure) is a mum, and highly experienced children's worker, writer and speaker. She runs the Godventure website and writes the awesome Godventure resources, which I've … [Read more...] about HOW TO HAVE A FAMILY PASSOVER MEAL
I don't know if you've ever tried sitting down with your family for a planned time of Bible reading, prayer, worship or all three. If you haven't, imagine unicycling into a lion's cage, balancing a ball on your head, and holding raw steaks out in front of you whilst listening to some vintage … [Read more...] about FAMILY DEVOTION IDEAS (WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE RUNNING RIOT)
A common question amongst time-poor Christian parents who want to nurture their children's faith is: What are the best family devotions? What are the best ways to come together as a family around God's word? What will really ignite our faith as individuals and as a family? And will we make it out … [Read more...] about 10 BEST FAMILY DEVOTIONS (TO BRING KIDS AND GROWN-UPS TOGETHER)
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another", says the writer of Hebrews (10:24-25). Had this crisis hit us 20 years ago - nay, even 10 years ago - we might … [Read more...] about HOW TO LEAD A DISCIPLESHIP GROUP (WHEN YOU CAN’T MEET IN PERSON)
We're big fans of music in our family, not least because I'm a Music graduate and my husband has always been an avid music-listener - both live and recorded. In fact, I often moan at him because he has to have music on in the background All.The.Time. The other night when we were trying to learn … [Read more...] about THE BEST FAMILY WORSHIP SONGS (WHICH WON’T MAKE YOU CRINGE!)
As a vicar's wife, I'm all too aware of the demands that full-time ministry can put on a marriage. I'm saddened, but not surprised, when I read about pastors' marriage problems - the challenges of maintaining a healthy family life when you're also pastorally involved in lots of other people's lives … [Read more...] about MINISTRY-PROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE: PREVENTING PASTORS’ MARRIAGE PROBLEMS