It seems only yesterday that we had the Cat in the Hat, Red Riding Hood and Elizabeth Bennett at our house. Book Week is here again and today a modern day Goldilocks and Hermione Granger left for school. Of course it was not before everyone had played around with photo booth. Brilliant fun!
How do you respond to hard times? Suffering? I have several friends hurting right now. This interview with Matt and Lauren Chandler is authentic and real for me.
So my boy has decided to do World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine. This is the boy who wants to eat everything in sight from the moment he gets back from school. I think it will be hard. There will be highs and lows.
But it will teach him patience, perseverance and reliance on God.
We talk about food a lot in our home. We all cook and enjoy feeding each other.
As I write there is soup on the stove, ingredients on the bench waiting for dinner prep and one of the girls is making fairy cakes…..for all the fairies in our house!
So this weekend we will be sharing the idea of famine with the kids. My four year old reminded me today of being sad when seeing images of poverty in Africa at a Levi Mc Grath concert. They are never too young to learn about the world. And how Jesus Saves!
I have a special birthday coming up soon and as I consider how to celebrate I have thought a lot about friendship. What makes a good, lasting friend? Who are my friends? Dare I suggest that I have several really good friends?
So when I stumbled- literally – across this list of key characteristics of a really good friend I knew I had to share it.
For what it’s worth, I have a few thoughts on ingredients which are helpful in cultivating this kind of relationship:
- A listening ear
- An open heart
- Sensitivity to the Spirit
- A sense of humor (especially a willingness to laugh at yourself)
- Grace for “life interruptions”
- A heart that forgives quickly and frequently
- Letting go of things that don’t really matter while holding on to things that do
- Forgetting the worst and remembering the best
- Humbly confronting when necessary
- Speaking truth in love–always
- Serving as a faithful encourager
- Taking time to cultivate a long history together
- Commitment to prayerful intercession
If you are longing for this kind of friendship, don’t wait for someone to befriend you; take the first step by asking God to lead you to someone who needs a friend. Be this kind of friend (John 15:13; 1 John 3:16-18).
Thanks for these words from Kimberly Wagner from the True Woman website.
We have all hit the road today….4 hours to town. We managed it with only one toilet and coffee break.
Things I know about family travel:
- No sweet drinks in the car – water bottles all round
- Milk arrowroots for the little ones
- Fruit and nut bars for a quick pick me up
- Peppermints to off set travel sickness (this didn’t quite work today – number three was sick!)
- Good combination of DVDs, CDs and Podcasts for the entertainment
- And homemade chicken, mayonaise and lettuce sandwiches for a quick luncheon on the move
Usually I would use leftover roasted chicken in a sandwich but today I poached some chicken thigh fillets and these were succulent in a simple sanga. I am sure the white bread made it more fun for us all – a bit of a treat….no seed or chunky bits!