Bible study No Holding Back: Pt 1 The Background

No Holding Back: Pt 1 The Background

It’s been a while since I last blogged. In fact, it’s the longest break I’ve had since I started nearly 4 years ago. Why? Well, honestly, I’ve been toying with the idea of giving up.  Starting the blog was a challenge. Keeping it going has not been easy. I’ve made lots of mistakes. I wish …

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Bible study A Peculiar Love

A Peculiar Love

St Valentine is bizarrely relevant this year – he was martyred in 270 AD for performing illegal marriages. At that time, marriages were banned for what was, perhaps, a less compelling reason than a global pandemic. Emporer Claudius II had believed that marriages were responsible for less soldiers joining his military campaigns, so he tried …

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Bible study Keep Communicating

Keep Communicating

Being stuck in a perpetual groundhog day, makes conversation hard. I try to keep in touch. I know it is good for all our sanity. I know it will keep the relationships stronger for when we can finally meet up… but what do you talk about? ‘Have you been up to much?’ ‘I went for …

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Bible study Insecurities – Part 2

Insecurities – Part 2

In part one I mentioned how isolation has caused many insecurities to bubble up to the surface.   Insecurities stem, in part, from all the past mistakes I’ve made. However, the present, presents its own unique problems. I often fear I don’t have enough. Enough time, patience, attention, skill, gentleness, wisdom (fill in the blank) …

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Craft Insecurities – Part 1

Insecurities – Part 1

Not Waving but DrowningBy Stevie Smith “Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning:I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larkingAnd now he’s deadIt must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said. Oh, no no no, …

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Craft True Light

True Light

When I was a child, the lights on our Christmas tree stopped working. I found the one that was broken and discovered that the cause was a loose wire. I had enough intelligence to get that far. However, I then went and got myself a metal fork. Without switching off the lights at the socket, …

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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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