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Check out my post today over at New Zealand Christian Mum
In the asking, seeking and knocking we can be assured and confident that God holds our life in His loving hands, that He has a plan and a purpose for our lives and that He is GOOD. He knows the times and seasons. The circumstances and reasons. Keep asking, seeking and knocking and in all keep trusting.
In the past month I have been reminded that parenting can be a war sometimes. Hopefully that doesn’t come across as disrespectful to those who live in actual real war zones with bombs, horror and death. I hope you hear the intention behind my words, my heart. There are seasons where it seems that our kids have been possessed by zombies or hormones or both.
Relax, this is normal. Seriously.
Our kids will push the boundaries. They will stretch out to find out who they are and discover their own independence. Unfortunately our toddlers and teens usually don’t have tact or grace in their methodology. It’s all on. Loud and inelegant. Awkward and brash. It can be hurtful and feel intensely personal. It can feel like the world around you is disintegrating into a mess of broken hearts and slamming doors.
Just as in a legitimate war zone it’s important as a parent to have a plan and tactical responses to skirmishes and trouble so that you are prepared and equipped. We want to do more than survive. The goal is to thrive. Even under pressure.
Come read the rest over at NEW ZEALAND CHRISTIAN MUM – where i was a contributing writer earlier this week
Ads on television make motherhood look so easy. The babies in them are so sweet, so soft, so snugly, so sleepy and the mothers… well, they look so beautiful, peaceful and together.
Reality however can paint such a different picture.
My life is not a commercial. Unless its one of those ones for washing powder and mud.
(yes thats my son, now 12, in the photo!)
Come and find me today at New Zealand Christian Mums – NOW BE HER
we had our church conf in the weekend – and there are few words to describe how amazing it was and the significant change in peoples lives and in our church. so impressed with how we all come together and serve and put on such an amazing event. so love our church! loved the worship times and messages and ministry times. loved the extras like the coffee and lunch! will be posting more notes throughout the week.
and we had a big reveal at conference – our new (and first!) church van and rebranded river kids and HKC youth logos! they drove it into church! will be super useful for picking kids and youth up for events and also serves as a travelling billboard!
my son has been super passionate about the Americas Cup. super super passionate. as we speak i’m washing red socks ready for the race tomorrow. he has started his career in yacht building creating 3 yachts to team colours out of lego. oh and the fireworks – to CELEBRATE that he got chosen by ballot for the intermediate school we wanted – we were meant to get letters last week (like everyone else in auckland did!) but none came so today i rung and totally burst into tears when the lady told me it was good news (i am such a geek) funny thing was we weren’t going to apply because we had heard it was impossible on the ballot system to get in – and then only in august did we decide to apply! when we were at the farm cove intermediate open day someone said we should because even though its impossible it does happen! and it did! so stoked!
a couple of weeks ago i was blessed to get a box of vanish napisan samples to use and share with my friends – and links to their fb page with handy hints and hot tips – seriously it arrived at just the right time – the end of winter aka dirty rugby clothes and muddy knees and graying ex-white socks. it was fantastic to hand out the sample packs to our mums group – where we get excited about stain busting (seriously!) thanks heaps vanish for the samples and the clean socks!
and as always. i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.
so what are you totally loving this week?
… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG