Love, Peace and Christ dominating this week

Coming out of Covid restrictions and lockdowns, has your enthusiasm for celebration or joining with family and friends been dampened? Are you filled with peace at the thought of Christmas and carrying the Prince of Peace with you? Perhaps celebrating Christmas well is creating a family culture that courageously celebrates and trusts God amid unmet expectations, despair, and disappointments. Imagine, for a moment, the feelings of Mary and Joseph. The most unusual pregnancy, the rumours and ridicule, feelings of being outcast, the ‘uncomfortable’ travelling while in the end stage of pregnancy, fleeing from a mass murderer and becoming a refugee in a foreign country. Who did Mary and Joseph turn to when life threw them a curveball? What do Mary and Joseph demonstrate to us about trusting God when His ways differ from ours? What do we learn about them, God, and ourselves in our current situation? Continue Reading →

Advent Prayer Calendar 2021

As we are in the lead up to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour, I have updated the Advent Prayer Calendar. I find it a fantastic resource to daily declare these prayers over my family. As they are crafted from Luke 1-2, they are also a great reminder of the Christmas story. Continue Reading →

Enjoying the Teenage Years Tip 2

Our children are fabulous incubators. They watch and listen and then often surprise us with an awkward moment, repeating our words and behaviour. This can work both ways. If we sow great thoughts, powerful speech, and loving behaviour, we can see amazing results in our children. Continue Reading →

Enjoying the Teenage Years Tip 1

For both the parent and child, the teenage years can be likened to a roller-coaster ride, World War 3, or an exciting adventure through the Amazon. We can be proactive and implement some strategies to assist during this time. Continue Reading →

Monthly Prayer for our Children from Proverbs

My daughter turned 18 on Friday. I remember nursing her as a baby, believing I had all the time in the world with her. Now at 18, I realise how fast time has gone. I realise my influence is now primarily through prayer. The power of prayer has been reinforced within me over this last week as I have reflected on parenting her. Please, never underestimate the power of prayer! This month the prayer guide for our children is taken from the Book of Proverbs. Continue Reading →

Enjoy the Teenage Years part 2

Late at night, snuggled up warm in bed, desiring to sleep, and our teenagers arrive home bursting to share with me their evening. I have a choice. Listen or tell them to wait until the morning. In reality, there isn’t a choice as I realize that in the morning, our kids will not share to the same level. If I sacrifice my desire at that moment, they will share all the stuff that has happened and allow me a further glimpse into their life. I hear their genuine feelings. Continue Reading →

Prayers for our Children for April 2021

Prayer changes lives. Prayer can greatly influence and change our children’s lives. I love praying for my children and their future. I have created a prayer guide for April as we pray for our children, incorporating principles from the Easter story as well as praying for their spiritual development. Continue Reading →