Losing sight of what really matters...
The autumn half term break has arrived - and I'm so glad its here. Its been a busy first term back looking at secondary school placements for son 3, college for son 1, new home ed curriculum for son 2 and making sure son 4 doesn't feel left out! But in all this busyness of life I seemed to have lost my sparkle, the reason for why I was working so hard... Life has been busy with 2 birthdays in the immediate family and 3 in the extended, plus our wedding anniversary (with more
How we do morning family devotionals
So fitting in weekday family devotional time before we start the day can be tricky... When my children were younger and at the same primary school, I could organise the children's time more efficiently so when we sat down to breakfast, we could read and discuss a set text devotional, as we all left the house at the same time. We would follow different texts, age dependant and we could pray for each other in the car on the way to school, if things overran . Now they are olde
At the moment, it feels like financially everything is going wrong. It has just been one thing after another. Unexpected bills, trying to do the right thing only for it to fall back in our faces, trying to earn extra and it amounts to a lot of stress with little return. We have not been overspending but bills have come in higher or unexpected costs have appeared and then keep appearing. We are in the midst of this story and we don't yet know how it will end. It is temptin
Faith is not for the Fainthearted
If you have read my past posts, you will know that having my christian faith has not been easy. Believing in God has not made me exempt from trials or made for me an easy life here on Earth. I can remember praying that I would have great faith. I should have known from reading about Abraham (Genesis 22 - the father of faith) that this would not be an easy journey. I have prayed hard for things and it has not come to pass. I've had to trust God that what I asked for, was no
How God Provided us a Home
How we came to buy our home when we had nothing, How God planned the way and How God provided for us.. From our story here, we had to come off the property ladder to relocate. We had accepted this and hoped maybe things would change in the future but for now this was our only option. We did not make a huge amount on the sale and the money we did make then had to be re-invested into a new car - as our old one soon bit the dust when we arrived. Renting meant we could live in
Autism Diagnosis, Here Comes Round 2...
Perhaps you would think that after already having a son with Autism that diagnosis the second time round would be straight forward - or that surely after all we've been through it wouldn't happened again... Maybe after having experience of fighting for a specialist school place, that 2nd time round would be a doddle... It was not.. There had been a question mark over our second child - was he merely copying his autistic brothers behaviours? was this the affect of living with
One Door closes, another opens...
When I was young I always knew I wanted to get married (even though I didn't like boys until I was much older) and have children. I loved the idea of being at home, doing wifey, mummy, homely things with them. I knew I wanted a large family and a nice home. This was always in the background of my thoughts. I loved drawing too. Apart from a brief spell of wanting to be an astronaut (so if the world blew up, I could take my family to live on another planet) and work part tim
Small Group Blessings
I have written before about how the 2007 recession affected us, along with a substantial drop in income. I wrote about how God provided for us in that time and I thought I would share an example of how God blessed us with money. At the churches we attend, they have all offered small group studies. A small group is when a smaller group of people from church, meet together to study Gods word or explore the sermons at greater depth. It goes under many names - small group, hom
All or Nothing...
I used to feel if I didn't tell everyone everything I was being dishonest and untrue. The guilt would eat away at me and then I couldn't understand if others weren't completly honest with me, as being honest is an important christian value. However, some information is personal and not meant for someone who you've just met - it can be too overwelming. I didn't understand boundaries. Or, I would go the other way and completly hide the big things going on in my life, as I w
1 minute Testimony
Somestimes there is all the time in the world to tell your story; of how you became a Christian or why, and at others, there is only a precious minute. As a Christian, we should always be prepared to give an account of our hope in Jesus, our testimony. Rather than feel jumbled or put on the spot, prepare for that time - be ready, as you know never know when you may be called upon to give it. Even a minute - can be powerful, it can peek curiosity or sow seeds. God can use you