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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Bible study We Need A Miracle

We Need A Miracle

A few days ago I was listening to the UCB 2 radio station. The song ‘Miracle’ by Mosaic MSC came on. The chorus goes: “I see a miracle, in an empty graveThe one we thought was deadHas come to life again” It suddenly hit me how miraculous it was that Jesus came to life again …

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Bible study When Promises are Broken

When Promises are Broken

During this time of social distancing and self-isolation, I have had to break a number of commitments made to others. Visits I’ve been looking forward to have been postponed indefinitely. Everyone understands why though. Relationships remain intact – from a distance. Have you ever broken a commitment to someone? Was it easy to explain? Or …

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Bible study When Doubts Overwhelm

When Doubts Overwhelm

The other night I woke up suddenly at midnight with this thought running through my head; “Am I permanently damaging my children by not giving them pocket money?” Suddenly I was full of doubts about my parenting. Am I too controlling? Am I too stingy? I couldn’t get back to sleep. Eventually I decided to …

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Craft When Struggles Increase

When Struggles Increase

Some mornings doing family worship with the children can be such hard work. Simply gathering the energy to even get started can feel like an internal battle. There are times I’ll sit in the lounge and have to call for the children to come more than once. When I finally start reading our Bible story, …

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Bible study Strength in Weakness

Strength in Weakness

Ehud is described in most Bible translations as simply being left handed (Judges 3:15). However, scholars suggest that the original Hebrew phrase used literally means “shut up in his right hand“. Evidently his right hand was damaged in some way that made him unable to use it properly. Unfortunately it is likely that, in his …

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