Bible study Not Now!

Not Now!

How many interruptions do you have in a day? If you are a mother, the number is probably quite high. However, we all face interruptions to our work and leisure, whether or not we have children. A question that has been on my mind a lot is: ‘how should I respond?’ An interruption, by its …

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Bible study Duty and Love

Duty and Love

The Bible teaches that, one day, everything we have done will be laid bare.  All of our achievements, motivations and mistakes.  Our work will be tested to see if any of it is of lasting worth.  (Hebrews 4:13, 1 Corinthians 3:13).   Growing up, I always wanted to do something big and important with my …

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Bible study Wean-ed or Wean-ing?

Wean-ed or Wean-ing?

Is your soul like a ‘weaned’ child or a ‘weaning’ child? My Grandmother sometimes tells me the story of when she looked after my sisters and me while my Mum was away. My youngest sister wasn’t quite weaned yet. At night, she screamed and screamed and couldn’t be comforted. The source of her comfort was …

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Craft Do we all end up like our parents?

Do we all end up like our parents?

As I get older I’m starting to realise how much I am like my Mum and Dad.  It is not a bad thing.  My parents have a lot of good qualities that I am grateful they passed on. But occasionally I might come out with a strange phrase like:  “Don’t panic Mr Mannering,” and think:  …

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Craft Murmuring Mothers

Murmuring Mothers

Raising children is mentally exhausting. The noise and questions are constant! Conversations are generally interrupted and so are thoughts. Being stuck in the house during lockdown has made the noise even louder. It is hard to think clearly about anything – whether replying to messages, making plans or writing blogs. It affects my prayer life …

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Craft Ageing Gracefully

Ageing Gracefully

In the 34th chapter of John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrims Progress’, Christian and Hopeful, two of the main characters, encounter the river of death. Crossing the river is their last big challenge before entering the pearly gates of God’s city. They step in the water. Hopeful finds his feet on solid ground but Christian isn’t so lucky. …

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Craft Smiles and Complaints

Smiles and Complaints

A few days ago we were going out for a walk. I called our baby girl to the front door. She was on the other end of a messy lounge. Smiling, she bottom-shuffled through all the obstacles: duplo, books, cushions. She was headed for her goal and wouldn’t be stopped! The next morning I sat …

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Craft Beauty From Mud

Beauty From Mud

This morning I came home from the allotment covered in mud. It was on my face and in my hair too. Not a pretty sight. Sticky, dirty, brown mud is something most sane people avoid. But growing among all that mud were these tasty strawberries. So many that today we’ve made jam, compote and jelly …

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Recipe Getting a Balanced Diet

Getting a Balanced Diet

Have you struggled with comfort eating during lockdown? I know from personal experience that although it can make me feel better in the moment, later it generally leaves me feeling worse. It causes discomfort and bloating in the short term, as well as guilt and regret! And if we persist, the pounds will start piling …

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Poetry God – A Masterful Poet

God – A Masterful Poet

It was 10 years ago this month that I first made the commitment to follow Jesus and became a Christian. Shortly after, I wrote a poem that I remembered recently and managed to dig up from an old iPod touch (remember them?) Over the last year I’ve been attempting to write some more poetry and, …

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