Bible study Christmas Quarrels

Christmas Quarrels

It seems as if not a day goes by that my children don’t fight or shout at each other, usually for very minor reasons. I’ve tried so many things. We’ve gone through bible studies on kindness. We’ve had sticker charts, where they get stars for speaking kindly and encouragingly to one another. We’ve tried punishments …

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Bible study The Pursuit of Perfection

The Pursuit of Perfection

With Christmas fast approaching, we’re being bombarded with all sorts of messages, encouraging us to seek perfection. “Shop here and find the perfect present.” “Order your food from here for the perfect Christmas meal.” “Discover decorations that will make your home perfect for the festive season.” For most people, there is a lot of pressure …

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Bible study Alienation

Alienation

My husband and I have an unusually large number of children (5 in a country where the average is about 1.9[i]). This is highlighted by the reaction people have when we meet them in the street. Rarely can I go out without at least somebody stopping to ask me: ”Are they all yours?” We have …

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Bible study Nothing Wasted

Nothing Wasted

This academic year, we are starting a new curriculum called ‘Layers of Learning.’   I have tried a few different home-schooling strategies, but so far, none have been quite the right fit:  at least, not in the long term.   The most challenging thing, at the moment, is trying to meet the differing needs of …

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Craft Jubilee Celebrations!

Jubilee Celebrations!

We’ve had a Jubilee-themed week, which started on Monday morning with this lovely book.  It covers some of the important moments in the Queen’s life, and how, through it all, her faith in Jesus, has been her anchor.   In the evenings, I shared the story of Queen Esther, from the Bible, with my two …

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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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Craft No Holding Back: Pt 3 Keep Shining

No Holding Back: Pt 3 Keep Shining

Upon the recommendation of a trusted friend, this year, we are doing a ‘names of Jesus’ advent calendar. It has not disappointed.   On day 5, we read: he is the ‘light of the world’.   Both the Old (Isaiah 9:2) and the New (John 1:4-5) Testament describe Jesus as light shining in the darkness.  …

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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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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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