Ten Days of Easter: Day Three

  “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.’” – Luke 19:46 I began with the story of Jesus clearing the temple, again from The Children’s Bible Storybook. Before we started the activity, I asked my eldest daughter why we go to …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Two

  It is Palm Sunday today: the beginning of Holy Week. This morning, I read my daughters the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-40). I used the story from The Children’s Bible Storybook. We needed a quickie craft which we would be able to do before we had to leave for church. …

Ten Days of Easter: Day One

Over the next ten days I will be posting the Easter activities that I am doing with my daughters this year. Chocolate eggs and chicks and bunnies have been on shop shelves and in television adverts for weeks already, but I want my daughters to understand even now (at 18 months and three years old) …

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

  Fruit of the Spirit – Week Four: Patience 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 four memory verse: “God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful.” – Romans 15:5 Monday: Discussion: What is patience? Can …

Practicing Patience

I used to think of myself as a patient person. Not much got me ruffled. I could sum myself up in the three C’s: cool, calm, collected. Then I had children, and I discovered that parental patience is something a lot harder to achieve. To be honest, I was dreading getting to the patience part …

Review: Four Corners

  Thirteen-year-old Ricardo Galam (Jezzriel Skei) is a fatherless chess prodigy who lives with his grandmother in the Cape Flats. Torn between his love for chess and his interest in the 26 gang, cultivated by gang leader Gasant (Irshaad Ally), Ricardo finds himself caught up in circumstances beyond control when his father, Farakhan (Brendan Daniels), …

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

Fruit of the Spirit – Week Three: Peace Main memory verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22 Week three memory verse: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” – Matthew 5:9 Monday: Discussion: Do you …

Peace in the Chaos

I am an introvert in a family of extroverts. My daughters are two little chatterboxes who start talking the minute they wake up and don’t stop until they fall asleep. Occasionally, they also talk in their sleep. As I write this, the sound of The Little Mermaid fills the house and the cat is meowing …

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

Fruit of the Spirit – Week Two: Joy Main memory verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22 Week two memory verse: “I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.” – Habakkuk 3:18 Monday: Discussion: What …

The Joy-Bringers

There is a lot of laughter in our house. High-pitched little girl giggles; squeals of delight; deep belly laughter; uncontrollable tears-in-your-eyes laughter. Oh, there are tears and tantrums too (not just from the toddler and threenager, unfortunately) but mostly, there is joy. We sing a lot, sometimes real songs, sometimes making up the words as …