29 April 2013
As I pondered this year’s wonderful MOPS theme, the thought arose in my heart: What prevents us from naturally living out strong, deep relationships? One reason, I believe, is that to successfully PLUNGE deeper into relationships, we first need to PLUNGE deeper into ourselves.
01 April 2013
We were staying at my parent’s house last weekend when a funny thing happened. Dad gave our youngest child a present… an unused specimen jar (no less). A short while later I witnessed a conversation between my eldest child and my dad. “Grandpa, because you gave one of those things to Sammy can you please give me something else? It doesn’t have to be the same… please?”
25 March 2013
A number of years ago we offered a bed to an American who was backpacking around Australia. Over dinner we shared stories of our lives and she talked about her family and life in America. Out came the few photos that she carried with her of loved ones so many miles away, and she reminisced of good and bad times.
11 March 2013
Someone once said, “You can complain that rosebushes have thorns or be thankful that thornbushes have roses.” In the same way it is easy to be over focused on the thorny challenges of parenting and forget the joy that children bring to your life and the great potential that lies inside each of them.
11 February 2013
Over summer I went to be beach with my teenagers, and ventured into the water. As a child, I used to race in and be one of the first to jump under. Now, well… let’s say I take it a bit slower. A LOT slower. First I test the waters by going up to my ankles. Brrr – it’s freezing (it is Tasmania). I take another step and wait a few moments. Once the water reaches my tummy each step is also accompanied by squeals. By this stage my daughter is under, and encouraging me to take the plunge and just dive in.