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Advent 4 and Good Tidings for Christmas – December 2022

How are you all? Have you managed to steal some moments of peace over the past few weeks to be still, be re-filled and ponder on the wonder of Christmas? It’s a story we are so familiar with, it can be easy to brush over the absolute incredible nature of the incarnation; our Creator God,… Continue reading Advent 4 and Good Tidings for Christmas – December 2022

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Advent 3 – December 2022

During the third week of Advent we turn our hearts towards the joy and celebrations of Christmas. I love the Scripture verses which speak of joy and extol us to be joyful and thankful. They are in complete contrast to what we heard from just about any media outlet. A few years ago we listened… Continue reading Advent 3 – December 2022

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Advent 2 – December 2022

The second candle on our advent wreath represents peace. It can be so hard to have peace in our hearts when there is much turmoil all around. Yet again this week, I’ve been challenged to trust in God’s Word. His truth is the same yesterday, today and forever and my fluctuating emotions do not change… Continue reading Advent 2 – December 2022

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Advent 1 – November 2022

I love the season of Advent. I appreciate the space it gives me to reflect and prepare my heart, as well as our home, for Christmas. In the church calendar, Advent runs from the fourth Sunday before Christmas until Christmas Eve. Christmas is then celebrated for the twelve days up until Epiphany, and the special… Continue reading Advent 1 – November 2022

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Summer Sundae 4 – August 2022

I love the family picture above, drawn by Dancing Toes. The respective heights of the boys dates it; Rhythm Dude is our gentle giant and towers over us all, closely followed by Lanky Dude and both HWH and myself now look up to our boys. However, they are boys no longer. They are young men… Continue reading Summer Sundae 4 – August 2022

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Rekindling Joy in the midst of Messy Motherhood – April 2022

I love reading posts by prospective or new adoptive parents; the sense of excitement and almost reverence as they finally get to hold the child they’ve been dreaming of and striving so hard for. I remember it well. However, it’s so easy to lose that sense of wonder as the years pass and we get… Continue reading Rekindling Joy in the midst of Messy Motherhood – April 2022

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Lent – March 2022

The long, dark days of February are over, catkins swing merrily from the hazel trees, the horse chestnut sticky buds are almost ready to burst into fresh green leaves, and I can breathe in the anticipation of spring. As we’ve plodded on through these winter months, heads down, I’ve been taken by surprise that Lent… Continue reading Lent – March 2022

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He makes everything beautiful in His time – healing from trauma – February 2022

When I was a child I loved listening to a gentle melody on our cassette player, sung sweetly by a lilting child’s voice with the lyrics “In His time, In His time, He makes all things beautiful in His time”. The words come from the book of Ecclesiastes and have whispered reassurance into my heart… Continue reading He makes everything beautiful in His time – healing from trauma – February 2022

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Advent and Christmas – December 2021

Advent is nearly ended and the celebrations of Christmas are just around the corner. This month of December can be like a helter-skelter, landing us in a exhausted, yet hopefully happy heap on the eve of Christmas. Our ideal is that it’s filled with delicious smelling foods, much loved traditions, twinkly lights, and sparkly-eyed children.… Continue reading Advent and Christmas – December 2021

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Golden days and grey skies – November 2021

In this strange new way of living where uncertainty abounds, fear not love seems to be a motivating force, and language, ideologies and algorithms bring division, it can be hard, even for the sunniest and most optimistic of us to remain upbeat. Maybe this is appropriate. We are living, I believe, in dark times, and… Continue reading Golden days and grey skies – November 2021