So many good things…

Reading several good books right now.

Cooking lots of food for friends.

Enjoying seeing some new products from Nancy Bird.

Having a great time with new social networking software – The City. Do you use it?

Thinking a lot about how to get 2 year olds to sleep – day and night.

This is the last week of term before all the little people are on holidays. And have you seen my to do list?
Shall keep you posted about that one!

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Jesus, Kids and a Glorious Inconvenience

We have been thinking a lot about our family life and kids and how we  minster to them, this year. We are well and truly over run with little (and not so little) people. So this has posed some logistical questions to family worship time, expectations and the experience of our time together.

image from churchleaders.com

But A and I have persevered with doing family worship after dinner, in a different room ( NB we all have to move which has proven to be a good tactic) with all the musical instruments and more. We have made music together and enjoyed reading the bible and praying.

I am always encouraged to find others who are also thinking about family worship and devotions.

Have I mentioned Seed Family Worship?An awesome new resource in our home – music, sheet music and memory verse printables. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

And our friends in the city who have planted a new church here and are thinking hard about community and family ministry, even while numbers are growing.

Of course my fix of Challies resources always leaves me with work to do, and this was evident in his approach to personal devotions for his kids. He prepares curriculum, weekly. Are you up for that challenge? Kindly he has a free PDF sample on his blog.

And finally, A and were challenged listening to a Mark Driscoll sermon from Luke 18: 15-17 – Children are a Glorious Inconvenience. How does Jesus respond to the children? What does he do and say? Does he grow impatient having to spend time with them? No. Apparently Jesus was fun. Omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. And Fun!!

And often we believe the lies of the world in how we approach parenting and loving our kids.

This is Driscoll.

One of the lies that has been promulgated is that you don’t need quantity time with your children, you need what? Quality time.
Here’s the truth: You don’t know when the quality time is going to come, when their heart’s going to open up, when a situation arises, when they need you. You just don’t know. So you can’t say, “Well, on Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m., we’re going to have deep, heartfelt conversation.” Alright, you don’t know, so you need to be there a lot, need to be available and attentive. And then when their little heart opens up, love and serve, encourage, instruct, correct, whatever is needed at the moment. …
Now, say, “Where do you get that?” Look at Jesus. This was not, “And now we’re going to do the children’s discipleship lesson.” Jesus is teaching. There’s a big crowd, there’s a lot going on. There’s nothing in the schedule for the kids. But the kids decide, “Let’s go see Jesus.” So Jesus is attentive, he’s present, and he makes them a priority. He disrupts his plans. He allows them to, in the providence of God, interrupt his day, and he makes them a priority.
There’s a great parenting lesson there. The children are a priority. They are a blessing. They are a gift. And that quality time comes sometimes when you don’t expect it. And this was one of those quality time moments between the Lord Jesus and children.



I have so much to learn from this. How about you?

The Thrifty Kitchen

I love cook books. I read them less than I once did. But I always love discovering something extra special and practical. This one has really inspired me. I initially flicked through the pages and went oh, yeah. Nice. But on a closer reading this book, The Thrifty Kitchen is complete with so many practical recipes and tips for using food well and wisely. How to shop, prepare, cook and not waste food. Any book that celebrates leftovers in our culture of waste is inspiring. And Kate Gibbs, granddaughter of Margaret Fulton has a lovely blog if you like following a few fun things.

Today I made these old fashioned Jam Finger Hole biscuits.

And I have taken a lot of ideas away for extra special lunchbox treats.
Where do you get your inspiration for food from?

Don’t Forget to……

Image from Gus and Lula.

In the busyness of life we often forget to do first things first, to sharpen the saw, to make good choices, to stop and smell the roses and to simply be present in the moment.

I have been thinking about what it means to be a servant of Christ Jesus. I need only do what He has for me to do this day and trust HIM with all that I am and all that I have for my future. It is great to be reminded to have a good day, an awesome day even. But to know Jesus and to know my hope is in Him is awesome.