Wednesday
Jan282015

Little Ones 2015

Little Ones Playgroup starts back on Wednesday 4 February at 10am. Can’t wait to see you there!

Wednesday
Nov052014

The Narrow Way

I often talk to my children about boundaries. I know they are only little but I think it can be a helpful picture for them. We give them choices every day and it is my hope that they will make the right ones. Boundaries and choices often bring up thoughts of limitations but I want my children to know the fullness of the opportunities that can be found within. At some point I made a choice to become a mum. At the time I’ll admit I had fanciful ideas of beautiful little babies, cuddles and fun. I knew that there would be nappies and sleepless nights but I think in reality I didn’t think much further than what it might be like to be a parent to a newborn. Fast forward a few years and I now have two little children and a toddler and life is busy. We still have nappies and sleepless nights, although now this is due to bad dreams and toilet stops rather than hunger. There are many cuddles and fun but there is a lot of hard work. Each day I need to make the choice to stand up as a mum for the sake of my children. It’s one thing for me to do the minimum, to see them clean, dressed and fed it is another to train them for the times that we live in. Teaching our children requires diligence and perseverance and I know that when I try to do this by myself I become exhausted. When I look to the Lord, I know that I will find help. The Lord helps me to see the fullness of the opportunity I have to shape these young lives. He helps me know the privilege it is to walk beside these little ones. He lifts my eyes from my own circumstances to see the wonderful life I have and in doing so He helps me to get the job done.

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Wednesday
Sep102014

Travail

In the past few weeks I have been considering what it is to travail to bring forth a child. The pain endured during the birthing process is challenging and every mother and father who has been through it knows the preciousness of holding their child after it. There is a celebration of new life for the whole family. As parents we then begin the long journey of caring for and training our children to see them become adults.
As Jona and I were talking about this he reflected that this travail of parents happens long before we even meet the child. From the moment of conception the new life begins to make their impact. As parents we begin from that point to care and nurture this tiny one with the hope of meeting them. This is the way that the Lord looks at us. He is longing to see many sons and daughters in His house but there is a need to travail to see new life come to birth. He wants us to join Him in this work and I know for me that this begins in prayer. The Lord has known each one of us from when we were in our mother’s wombs and before. Just as I have travailed physically and in prayer to bring forth a new child so too is the Lord calling me to travail in prayer to see new life established in His house.

Psalm 139:13-14 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

Wednesday
Aug272014

Humility

Last week we were visiting friends up north. As we have 3 young children it is a time when our family gets to be seen through the laughter and the tantrums. While we were there one of our children was displaying some particularly loud tantrums. As I was expressing the challenges I was finding in stopping the tantrums and establishing some boundaries our friend stopped me and reflected that I wasn’t really putting any boundaries in place. They reflected that it seemed to be about 8 times after the initial problem that I responded. Our friend was not being critical but instead with their wisdom and experience they were helping me to see what I had become desensitised too.

It’s all too easy in parenting to find the pathway of least resistance, unfortunately this can often come with long term consequences. Our kids have much to learn and it requires persistence and consistency from us. I am so thankful that The Lord has provided us with His guidance in the Bible and He has also given us faithful men and women who also know the Lord to help us. It is contrary to what we hear but God calls me and you to live in humility. As we humble ourselves and acknowledge that we don’t know the way, the Lord can then send help to guide us. We don’t have to be alone in our parenting and rely on our own wisdom because when we walk with God and His people we are surrounded by many who can help us and our children. We just need to humble ourselves to hear.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honour.

Wednesday
Aug132014

Little Foxes

Going through my day, as you’ve been reading, there are many repeating patterns. Over the past few days my husband has not been well and as such has been at home observing the goings on. What he seems to have noticed the most is that our little girl screams at me constantly. If you had’ve asked me I would’ve admitted that it happened but I didn’t think it was a big problem. I guess you could say I had become desensitised. As mums I think this can easily happen. Whining voices, nagging, complaining our kids all do these things because during their young years they still have much to learn. We start by setting boundaries, reminding our children how to speak and show respect. But when we have to do it constantly we can get word down and give a little ground or we become distracted, then the behaviour that we thought inappropriate becomes normal and we then no longer address it. The bible speaks of the ‘little foxes that spoil the vines’. I was considering a garden with chickens protected and surrounded by a fence but a small hole has appeared. It’s not a big deal, not much can get in, I’ve got other things to do, I’ll get to that later. The problem is though if we don’t address the problem, a little fox will sneak in and our chickens will be gone. It is because of this that we need to be diligent to address the little things and invite the input of our husbands and other who God has given to care for us to ensure we are seeing clearly and be encouraged to continue in our work as mums.

Song of Solomon 2:15 Catch the foxes for us,The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards,While our vineyards are in blossom