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 …

Praying for a Husband

Sometimes, when the thought crosses my mind, I will pray for my daughters’ future spouses. I want them to marry men who love God, who will seek His will, and who will cherish my girls as the precious gifts that they are. I pray for my daughters too, that they will guard their hearts, that …

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

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 one memory verse: “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” – 1 John 4:7 Monday: Discussion: Who loves you? How do you know they love you? Activity: Trace …

Shaping Hearts

My heart’s desire is for my daughters to know Jesus. Whatever else I do or don’t teach them, I want them to have Him. It’s not enough just to pray for their salvation and hope for the best; schools no longer have Bible Education as a subject and Sunday School once a week isn’t going …

Review: Pad Na Jou Hart

Pad Na Jou Hart bills itself as the first Afrikaans romantic adventure. Basson van Rensburg (Ivan Botha) has five days to make his way from Johannesburg to Cape Town for his father’s funeral, completing several tasks along the way. When he finds himself stranded without a car, he meets the free-spirited Amory (Donnalee Roberts) who …

Surrender

I am working through The One Year Worship the King Devotional1 for my quiet times this year. A recent reading challenged me on the subject of surrender. Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) There have been periods in …

Hope and a Future

I have never been good at New Year’s resolutions.  Most of the time, they are forgotten or broken before the middle of January.  (Particularly those relating to diets or exercise!)  I have come to realise that it’s better to set out goals for myself rather than resolutions.  Goals, at least, seem more flexible and more …