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?
Parenting is such a challenging role! And there are so many people telling us how we should do it.
I am not one of those people. But I hope that by sharing my own - often highly flawed - experiences, I can offer reassurance and empathy to others going through similar challenges.
If you have a tiny child in your life and you're looking for a way to sing them the Easter story, and don't mind high levels of cheese, then you're in the right place. I think there's a lack of really simple Easter songs for preschoolers and, while I know a few general worship songs which are simple … [Read more...] about EASTER BELLS – AN EASTER SONG FOR PRESCHOOLERS
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?
You know the phrase "If something's worth doing, it's worth doing well"? I have a new version, designed for parents: "If something's worth doing, it's worth doing at the first opportunity you get...you sure as hell won't get another chance". Example: my kid goes down for a nap. "Great," I think. … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND BIBLE READING: WHERE CAN I FIND THE TIME?
"And 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—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25 What does 'meeting together' actually mean? Why is it so … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND MEETING TOGETHER: THE IMPORTANCE OF A ‘TRIBE’
When my phone alerts me to a new text message I instinctively reach for it, unlock it and read the message. It's now such an intuitive reaction that I do it whilst doing something else - with the consequence that I'm only half engaging with the content of the message. Most of the time, this doesn't … [Read more...] about SEE YOU SOON: A MOTHER’S STORY OF LOSING A SON TO ADDICTION
Halloween is a couple of days away, and I'm trying to reconcile several different things in my head. As a Christian, I'm not comfortable with celebrating things that represent evil. I'm not massively keen on being disturbed at home by strangers asking for sweets. I'd rather not try and pretend I'm … [Read more...] about WHY CAN’T WE DO HALLOWEEN LIKE OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS?
Not the most glamorous topic, I know, but it's something I've been chatting to friends about recently, and it seems we all struggle. One friend reckons toy storage should be taught in antenatal classes, it's so tricky. I have to agree. How to store toys in a practical, space-saving and easily … [Read more...] about HOW DO I STAY ON TOP OF MY KIDS’ TOYS?
Yesterday I had one of those Days. You know the ones. There were no tantrums, no trips to A&E, no breakages of major appliances. It was just one of those Days. I felt severely lacking in creative ideas. Mister (3) spent the morning at pre-school, while Missy (1) napped, so I had both kids … [Read more...] about DAYS LIKE THESE