Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

  Fruit of the Spirit – Week Six: Goodness   Main memory verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22 Week six memory verse: “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God.” – 3 John 1:11 …

Being Good Is Not Enough

I really need to stop telling my children they are good girls. Not because they are not good, but because goodness is not a characteristic of behaviour. They are not good when they are obedient, when they are playing nicely together, when they eat their supper without complaining. Neither are they naughty when they disobey …

Four Ways To A Less Chaotic Morning

I don’t know about you, but there are some mornings when I wish I could click “refresh” and start the day over. Whether it’s convincing my daughters to sit on their bums while finishing breakfast, or making my eldest understand that frost on the grass means closed shoes instead of sandals, or watching them move …

Precious Moments

Just this morning, while Emmy used me as a jungle gym, I was thinking about how the girls are small for a short season, and there will come a day when they won’t want to climb on me, or sit on my lap, or snuggle before bed. So instead of telling her to stop, I …

Thank God for Grace

A commenter on a friend’s recent Facebook status said, “I don’t believe that children are sinners.” I didn’t comment because I didn’t want to cause any conflict on my friend’s newsfeed, but I have to disagree.  My daily experience of two small children reinforces my belief that children are sinners.  The Bible also makes it …

A Moment in the Kitchen

  I haven’t done a sit-down devotion with my girls in a couple of weeks and I’ve been feeling guilty about it. But the other night, while I was in the middle of preparing supper, God reminded me that teachable moments aren’t always in the form of a planned lesson.   “Mommy, I was in …

All I Can Do Is Pray (my response to #YesAllWomen)

The #YesAllWomen stream has exploded on Twitter over the last few days. It began as a reaction to the Isla Vista murders and was intended to be a place for women to speak out about the harassment and abuse that we have been shamed into keeping secret or conditioned into accepting as a normal part …

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Fruit of the Spirit: Week Five – Kindness Main memory verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22 Week five memory verse: “A kind word is like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” – Proverbs 16:24 Monday: …

Coated With Honey

  I love honey. I spread it on peanut-buttered toast. I stir it into my tea. I mix it with hot water and lemon when I have sore throat. I drizzle it over my oats. It’s delicious and soothing and good for me.   “Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and …

Choose This Day

My eldest daughter likes to know in advance what the day’s activities will be. I think it makes her feel more secure if she knows what to expect. Every night at bedtime, she asks me, “What are we doing tomorrow, Mommy?” Most days are the same: school, home, a craft in the afternoon. Even if …