Emphasising what’s important to our children

At a recent get-together for young mums, I was asked to share some of the ways I try and point our children (currently 4 years, 2 years and 4 months) towards the gospel – the good news about Jesus Christ. That my personality is disorganised, anxious and perfectionistic works against me. Yet Christ makes all things new! What a wonderful […]

Confessions – Cheryl

23 July v10 I have always been selfish, proud and self-reliant. Even worse, my heart is deceitful, constantly trying to disguise my sin, or deflect the blame. I usually succeed in deceiving others, and always myself. Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” I worked hard […]

Caterpillars

Beneath a grey, complaining sun, we wandered, I and you, disconsolate and dubious, to where the milkweed grew. But there were monarch caterpillars nestled in the ‘weed, and puffy green ballooning fruit that scatters swan plant seed. We glimpsed a tiny second-instar feasting on a leaf; The big ones wore their velvet stripes in black and gold […]

Grapefruit cookies

Many months ago, the first shape for which E learnt the word was ‘circle’.  At breakfast one morning, she stared out of the window, pointed, and said ‘circle’.  And indeed there were: little spheres sprouting on the tree in our next-door neighbour’s garden. As the circles grew, so did E’s vocabulary.  Other words were added: tree, oranges, and eventually, as citrus spheres ripened […]

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