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 Power and Prayer

Power and Prayer

In early 2020, before the first lockdown, I was at a comedy club, with a couple of good friends. One of the comedians performing that night was from Malawi. He joked that he needed to go back home to see what a stable government looked like! The Malawian government is not known for its stability, …

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Bible study Hair Grows!

Hair Grows!

Have you ever had a really bad cut at the hairdressers? It’s happened to me a few times, where it’s been cut too short, a strange shape, or even wonky. Once, one side was about an inch longer than the other! If you’ve been there, you know the feeling: frustration, regret, disappointment. But then you …

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Bible study Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

Making the best use of our time, doesn’t mean, filling every moment we have, doing something. It means finding what is *best* in any given moment, and ruthlessly cutting out everything else. There are endless good things we can do with our time. The needs around us are almost infinite. Our family, our home, our …

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Bible study Waste Nothing

Waste Nothing

God can bring about good, from even the worst situations. In the last blog, I looked at Joseph. Joseph was forced into slavery, unjustly imprisoned, and still God used those 13, seemingly wasted years, to bring about good. Through them, Joseph learnt skills that helped him to lead Egypt through a national famine, saving thousands …

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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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Unit Study Diary The Humble Bumble

The Humble Bumble

Apparently, bumble-bees were once called humble-bees.  Darwin, and others, referred to them as humble-bees simply because, as they fly, they hum. ¹ Over time, the use of the prefix bumble became more popular, partly with the help of Babbity Bumble’s appearance in Beatrix Potter’s ‘Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse’. Was it the advent of Potter’s notorious …

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Unit Study Diary Rainforest Explorations

Rainforest Explorations

“Ask the green plants of the earth and they’ll teach you… Who among all of these doesn’t know that the LORD’s hand made them, and that the life of every living thing rests in his control.” Job 8-10 ISV    Did you know, the soil in the rainforest is not actually very fertile?  Because 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 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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