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 A Sunrise to Remember

A Sunrise to Remember

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Here in Wales the sun won’t rise till past 8am and will be setting just after 4pm. One good thing about such a late sunrise is a lot more of us are awake to enjoy it than in the summer …

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Bible study Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” Shakespeare wrote these insightful words back in the early 1600’s – long before the influx of medical research on the topic of sleep. He was already profoundly aware of …

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Craft The Master of Preparation

The Master of Preparation

The build up to Christmas seems to be an endless list of things to prepare. Gifts, wrapping, cards, decorations, food, plans – there are so many things to get in order before Christmas day finally comes upon us. The shops are all too aware of this and they get their Christmas decorations up early to …

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Craft Gamification


Gamification is when you take something, that might otherwise feel like hard work or a chore, and make it seem like a game. You could introduce an element of competition or a score board. Maybe a reward for winning. Turning something into a game often has the effect of grabbing people’s interest and engaging them …

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Craft Why Homeschool?

Why Homeschool?

In my last blog I mentioned how I am encouraged by Mordecai’s resolve to stick with his decision. One area where this has encouraged me of late is in relation to homeschooling. For most of us, how we educate our children is not an easy or obvious choice. There are many factors to consider: location, …

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Craft Making Tough Decisions – And Sticking With Them!

Making Tough Decisions – And Sticking With Them!

A pivotal moment in Esther, where a challenging situation shifts to a life threatening one, is when Mordecai refuses to bow to Haman. The Bible doesn’t tell us how he arrived at this decision. However, Mordecai’s answer to the questioning palace officials was that he was a Jew. There is not much to suggest that …

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Craft Breaking Point

Breaking Point

In my last blog I used the phrase, “stretch ourselves out in love”. It is perhaps a strange thing to say – stretch yourself out in love. A little while back I heard a sermon on 1 Peter 4 in which the speaker exhorted us to do just that. The phrase stuck with me and has since …

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Craft The Power of Repetition

The Power of Repetition

Recently someone I know made a confession. It went something like this: “When I was a child I used to tell adults when my peers or siblings did something wrong. However, my Mum told me again and again not to ‘tell tales’.” Sound familiar? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to tell …

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Craft A Tenderhearted King

A Tenderhearted King

Do you think Prince Charles (the next in line to the British throne) will make a good king? Most of us probably don’t care that much – after all, aren’t there more important things to be worrying about? However, in history, there were times when having a good King could make or break a nation. …

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