If you're wondering how you'll ever have time to read again since your child/ren came along, I'm totally with you. It took me several years after becoming a mum to get into a regular reading habit. And I LOVE reading. But life as a new mum was so full-on that there seemed very little time left … [Read more...] about FOREVER LOVED: EVE’S STORY – BOOK REVIEW
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.
After the long Autumn term - which feels like it'll never end - this term, by comparison, goes in a flash. Linger in January for a moment too long, and suddenly it's Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and BANG! We're into Lent. I love using the seasons and festivals to make some family traditions and … [Read more...] about 5 FABULOUS THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS LENT
It's a sad irony that the years when storyteller Amy Robinson and I lived in the same city never overlapped with the years of me being a parent, as I think our family would have loved her storytelling performances. The next best thing to being able to watch Amy, though, is surely to immerse … [Read more...] about FOLLOW ME! LENT DEVOTIONAL FOR FAMILIES
There's been a plethora of new babies born to my friends recently and it's making me reflect upon my own experience of becoming a mum - in particular, how my faith has grown. The last five years of my life have been the most exciting ones faith-wise, yet this isn't because I've been extra holy - in … [Read more...] about 5 UNCONVENTIONAL SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES OF A NEW PARENT
My wonderful cousin Naomi, general fountain of knowledge when it comes to books, especially Christian ones, recently sent me a copy of 'The Ministry of a Messy House' by Amanda Robbie, after reading my blog How does God bless others through our mess? Well, blow my socks off if it didn't just put … [Read more...] about THE MINISTRY OF A MESSY HOUSE – REVIEW
For the last year, I've had the joy of leading a toddler group at our church along with two friends. Knowing that others may be wondering how to run or set up a similar group, I offer these few thoughts from my own experience - not because we've got it right, but so that you might learn from what's … [Read more...] about LEADING A CHURCH TODDLER GROUP
Having written about the challenges of prayer, Bible reading, meeting together and hospitality as a parent, I'm now going to focus on share something a bit personal to me: how do we find opportunities to 'minister' as parents? The pear orchard A year ago, my friend was praying and had a very clear, … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND MINISTRY: SERVING WHEN YOU’RE EXHAUSTED
This is part of a mini-series on various aspects of discipleship as a parent. I've written about the challenges of prayer, Bible reading, meeting together and offering hospitality once parenthood descends - and today I'm writing about church. Where do I start on this one? Perhaps by acknowledging … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND CHURCH: IS IT WORTH IT WHEN IT’S SO HARD?
When I contemplate how different my discipleship looks now compared with before I had children, it's easy to feel a little frustrated that some areas are not as substantial as they were. My prayer life as a parent is hard work, and finding time to read the Bible with kids around is about as easy as … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND HOSPITALITY: HOW DOES GOD BLESS OTHERS THROUGH OUR MESS?