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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Recipe Am I Useful To God?

Am I Useful To God?

Most women are aware that having children will place certain limitations on them – at least for a period. Some of them are obvious: sleep, going out, career progression. Others can take us by surprise. One such limitation I had not anticipated was the impact on church life. Simply sitting through the entirety of a …

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Recipe Why Esther?

Why Esther?

With kings, queens, revenge plots, ironic twists, and elements of comedy, Esther reads more like a Shakespearean play than a book of the Bible. However, as gripping as the story is, initially I found it difficult to relate to. What spiritual significance could it have to me? After all, God’s name is not mentioned once in the …

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Recipe Purim – A Jewish Celebration

Purim – A Jewish Celebration

Yesterday, many Jewish people around the world gathered in synagogues to hear the entire book of Esther being read. Today, they have been celebrating with feasting, drinking and exchanging gifts of food, as they remember how they were delivered from complete destruction. The book of Esther is one of just two books in the Bible …

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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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Recipe Battle of the pies

Battle of the pies

We’ve heard it said many a time that the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things.  On a rational analysis I’d have to agree. However, motherhood doesn’t always bring out my most rational side! I wish my toddler liked the same t-shirts as me. In fact, I’d settle for …

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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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Recipe January Blues(tone)

January Blues(tone)

How are you combating the January blues? We’ve got a holiday coming up in Bluestone, the Welsh equivalent of Centre Parks. One of the great things about homeschooling is out of season holiday prices! We booked the holiday a while back knowing that having something fun to look forward to would help us through the …

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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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Recipe Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

The average man will outperform the average women in most sports. However, there is at least one sport where women may have the biological advantage. Ultra Marathons. An ultra marathon is a race that is longer than the standard marathon.  Some are hundreds of miles long. In ultra marathons participants can run for days – …

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