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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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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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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