• God of Justice (We Must Go) – Music Musings

    Students from a nearby Bible College had an outreach weekend in our town, using our Church as a base. As their host, the Church hour involved too but as usual, I had a pretty good excuse for not getting involved (newborn + toddler under 2 = overwhelming tiredness). On the last day, they shared their mission experiences after a worship session. We sang about Jesus our Saviour, God the giver of life and all the earth singing his praise. Here are some of the songs that were on the playlist: God the Uncreated One This I Believe This is Amazing Grace Great Are You Lord Although  God of Justice was…

  • Painted stones of the cross and the empty tomb for Easter 2018

    The Easter Song in My Head – This I Believe (The Creed)

    The first Easter songs that pop into my head tend to begin with the cross or the blood – essentially the death of Jesus. Of course there is a lot more to Jesus’ death than the crucifixion but for non-believers looking in, a dead Saviour is not really extraordinary news. But the resurrection changes all that. It is the heart of Christianity. It gives hope for the future as we have a Messiah who not only died, but rose again and is alive! So yes, the resurrection is quite a big deal for the message of Easter and the Christian faith. This is where the song, This I Believe, comes…

  • Music Monday Musings - The Growing Mum

    Our God – Music Musings – #1

    Monday is up there on my least of favourites days of the week. Regardless of how organised I am on Sunday evening, everything is a struggle the next morning, from getting out bed to enduring the day at work. My journey home begins with a 30-minute walk (short break at nursery to pick up the little one) where I usually sing to myself – I check for other pedestrians first of course! I am not that crazy! And so Music Monday came into existence. A chance to reflect on what a particular song means to me and maybe introduce others to different sounds along the way. Our God – Chris…

  • Hopes, goals and plans for 2018 The Growing Mum

    Hopes, Goals and Plans for 2018 

    There’s something about the limbo period between Christmas and New Year that gets people in the reflective mood. What have you done with your life? You can’t even recall what day of the week it is let alone what you did in January! So we start thinking about the upcoming year and changes we’d like to make. I’m no different! However, as the word ‘resolution’ is becoming synonymous with ‘unrealistic after January’, I’ve gone for Hopes, Goals and Plans for 2018. Catchy! Goals I have written down quite a few of these. Don’t worry I won’t list them all. They are mostly along the lines getting more organised like better…

  • Struggling with Christmas Presents This Year

    I used to be that person who kept an eye out for the perfect Christmas presents throughout the year. I’d make a formal list for everyone around  early November and there’ll be genuine excitement as each item was ticked off. Shopping for others was a joy regardless of whether I’d get anything back. This year I’m really struggling with Christmas presents and the culture around it. My NCT group decided to only do secret santa for the babies which was a great relief as last year it was pressies for the mums and that was hard. I suggested family secret santa and that was initially well-received. Then as a few…

  • Alternative Halloween Activities

    Last week as I picked up the little one from Nursery, I spotted the notice on the board requesting that kids should come dressed up as a Halloween character on the 31st of October. My heart sank for a couple of reasons: Lack of desire or time to go costume shopping for a 1 year old Halloween is not a period I celebrate or observe in any way That said, I don’t want him feeling like he’s missing out as he gets older. This got me thinking about traditions we could start that wasn’t Halloween-centred and would hopefully make lasting memories. After a brief brainstorming session and some Googling, I…

  • Baby E Yoga Pose

    How do I find time for my spiritual wellbeing? 

    It’s time to put my hand up and confess: I struggle miserably to look after my spiritual soul. Most days, God-thoughts fleet across my mind, but are filed under the “I’ll focus on you later” section. Before you know it, I’ve slumped into bed, spent too long on social media and I’m struggling to keep my eyes open let alone engage in a fulfilling time of devotion.  I’m either too busy to take time out or, if I’m having a breather, I’m too tired to switch off, clear my mind and focus on something so precious. These are just some of my excuses. I long for change but I’ve been…