Bible study No Holding Back: Pt 5 By Your Fruit

No Holding Back: Pt 5 By Your Fruit

At the start of this series, I began with an imperative – do not waste the gifts and talents God has given you.    In this blog I feel led to clarify that imperative – accumulating ‘achievements’ is not the same as using your gifts.    Last week, in our church bible study, we looked …

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Bible study No holding back: Pt 4 How will you respond?

No holding back: Pt 4 How will you respond?

Noah’s Ark is one of the most famous Bible stories there is.  So much so, it has inspired innumerable baby toys, accessories, and children’s clothing.   The idea of a floating zoo is novel and child friendly.  But the whole story is actually quite a sobering tale of wickedness, hard work, and salvation.   God …

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Bible study No Holding Back: Pt 2 Shame

No Holding Back: Pt 2 Shame

“She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate… and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God” Genesis 3:6, 8 Shame has a way of making us want to hide away. We don’t want our …

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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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