We live in a busy world where most even work 7 days per week. Because of the busy nature of our modern world, it is no wonder that every Fridays most of us rejoice as we look forward to the weekend. We have all become familiar with the term ‘TGIF’ which stands for, ‘thank God its Friday’.
Today i just want to take a moment to be thankful; for one of the best days that is good Friday. I have always been fascinated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and as a child i remember watching a very old Jesus movie. This movie was in French (i understood zero French of course)and it showed Jesus as he was accused and sent to the cross. Perhaps the actors and the the make-up were too believable, but i will never forget that i was touched by that movie. I may have been about 7 years old and i just sat there watching and sobbing quietly. I was touched by the crown made of thorns, the blood, the bruises and most of all His heart broken mother Mary as she cried at the foot of the cross. As much as this movie touched me of course i know that the reality was far worst. John chapter chapter 18 through to chapter 19 tells the reality of good Friday and beyond and as i read these scriptures now as a woman and a mother i can appreciate it even more.
I am so thankful for good Friday. I am thankful that God loved us so much that he sent His only begotten son to redeem us. I am so thankful that the story does not end at the cross or the tomb because after 3 days the stones roll away for Jesus is alive forever.
Many many moons ago when i was a student i had many opportunities to read about language and meanings and how language changes over time. There are many words that have become part of everyday language due to various factors and sometimes we all utter beautiful words with empty hearts.
When we celebrate birthdays it is customary in a many places worldwide to make a wish quietly before blowing candles. My little princess already knows how mummy feels about wishes and the nanny plums of this world so recently we agreed it would be better to say a birthday prayer instead of making a wish. That little talk has really helped her with her own relationship with God because she likes to pray about everything now (hoooray).
Recently i have been thinking about the word, ‘wish’. According to the Oxford dictionary a wish or to wish is to , ‘Feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that cannot or probably will not happen’. We only have to read fairy tales to see how wishes operates and it is fair to see say that wishes originate from dark places. I will not dwell on wishes today because even as i type this i am trying to get myself to focus on praying rather than wishing. I want to align my prayers with the word of the living God and build my faith.
The book of Hebrews chapter 11:1 tells us that, ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. This alone is so encouraging because i know that i can pray to my heavenly father and He will hear me but i cannot wish upon a star. If i know of somebody who is unwell or needs a miracle i will boldly pray in Jesus name. The Bible does tell us that life and death is at the power of the tongue so why waste my words and thoughts by wishing. Somehow wishing just doesn’t cut it…..just a thought 🙂
The above picture is from Grace’s prayer book which was given to her when she was just 1 at our church teddy bear picnic.
On the news this week the Duchess of Cambridge Katherine gave a talk to a group of school children at St.Matthew’s primary school in Westminster. According to Daily Mail, the Duchess attended with with princes William and Harry shortly after attending the commonwealth service.The Duchess told the children that prince George now has a scooter and he loves to speed and that she cannot keep up with him…But don’t worry about his royal boisterousness because the Duchess also said that baby sister princess Charlotte keeps him in check(typical baby sister behaviour eh).
The scooter is a lovely thing but my goodness when your child is using it you often find yourself panicking or running after them in panic. The whole experience can be stressful for parents too especially when you are doing the school run and perhaps have a buggy and another baby plus you are surrounded by traffic and roadwork .
Regardless of the panic, it is great to see prince George having a wale of a time on his scooter and long may the fun continue.
I am a firm believer in using whatever i have at home to make yummy dishes. Funny i say yummy because i often don’t enjoy it as much as my family and the reason being is that someone else’s cooking always tastes better to me..yep funny logic.
Anyway so i opted for spicy fish and chips with mama Grace twist. To make the fish I used the browning technique to seal in the flavour and then allowed it to cook in the oven. I made some delicious chips with the skin (i heard its healthier) and made my spicy red onion garnish to serve on top of the fish. I also steamed some delicious sweet corn served with a dollop of butter.
Result was happy faces at the dinner table and even little Shalom enjoyed it but i had to tell her its meat or chicken before she could it lol..yep little lies mums have to tell little fussy eaters.
I am not a big fan of forwarded messages but once in a while i receive something which makes me go ”awwwww”. I got this nice message yesterday morning and i thought i would share so enjoy and be blessed Amen.
Mother, You’re a Blessing!
‘Her children … call her blessed; her husband … praises her.’
When it comes to motherhood, this sign on a church bulletin board says it all: If evolution is true, how come mothers still only have two hands? Seriously, Mum, today we stop to salute you and let you know how much we appreciate you. Some days you probably wonder if what you’re doing even matters. Your work is never done … you’re always exhausted … and there’s no big financial reward. We live in an age that seems to diminish service and exalt glitz…sometimes it’s hard to value your investment. But hear this: God says you’re highly esteemed by Him, and that children are some of His most precious gifts (see Psalm 127:3). Eugene Peterson paraphrases Solomon’s words in The Message by describing a mother as someone who ‘senses the worth of her work … [is] diligent in homemaking … faces tomorrow with a smile … has something worthwhile to say, and … always says it kindly … Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise’ (Proverbs 31:18-19 MSG). Then Peterson finishes the chapter with these words: ‘Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!’. So Mum, while your role isn’t defined by a pay cheque or a promotion, you’re vitally important to your family and your children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Nobody can take your place! Samuel was one of Israel’s greatest prophets, but who was the driving force in his life? His mother, Hannah! When Samuel was born she said, ‘I am giving him to the Lord for as long as he lives’ (1 Samuel 1:28 TLB). Mother, you matter more than you know. God is moulding tomorrow’s leaders in your hands.
Just a little note to say a very happy mother’s day to all the mother’s out there. As hectic as our daily schedules are and as tired as we get sometimes still we now deep within our hearts that being a mummy is one of the most rewarding roles ever. Sometimes it feels like you do not even have a moment to just relax and those weekend lay in are a distant memory yet we would not trade mummyhood for the world.
I had a lovely mother’s day and for me the highlight was receiving a card from Grace which she had made at school. She already told me on Friday she had a surprise for me in her book bag but i had to promise not to peep. The card was so beautiful and i could see all the effort she had made to make my day lovely. We went to church and we enjoyed a wonderful message titled love by Dr RT Kendall. We also took communion (as we do first Sunday of the month). The service was so beautiful and i felt so blessed.
After church i received another card from hubby and a big box of chocolates which we all demolished after lunch yummy yummy. As much as i am thankful for these things…i am also thankful; for life, health and family. I am also thankful for pure love which we have in Christ.
Being a mother is one of the most fulfilling and greatest job on earth. Being a mother you get to enjoy the beauty of life and seeing children blossom and grow into amazing people. I particularly enjoy reading with my children especially as i get to enjoy old childhood stories again.
Today is world book day and for the past few weeks we have been discussing books and characters. My little princess already decided she would like to go to school dressed as little red riding hood. Some schools set themes such as Dickens,Shakespeare or maybe fairy tales. We did not have a theme and were told to go to school dressed as a favourite character from a favourite book. This year after much thoughts she decided she wanted to go as goldilocks. I think the golden wig with the big ringlets were a winning factor and i must say she really really enjoyed herself.
We have been taking part for the past 3 years and for her very first world book day she dressed as ginger bread girl. .Last year she was Repunzel and i even had to add extension to her pony tail for an authentic look.
For this year, Grace chose Goldilocks and so we checked various stores for the correct costume. Some stores were selling sexy goldilocks outfits which i did not think would be suitable for my little princess. I searched and searched and found the perfect dress from Sainsburys. This dress was perfect and came with a bowl of porridge and a spoon plus a goldy blonde wig with plenty of ringlets. Grace enjoyed wearing this costume and received lots of compliments. As the weather was cold i layered the outfit with a nice warm polo tshirt and tights. She found the hoop on the dress slightly annoying because she was unable to sit properly in class without the dress going up….very panto! Still no complaints and for only £15 i would say it was a proper bargain. I had to buy a size 7 to 8 because the dress comes quite small and plus we want to get more uses out of it.
Truly it has been a wonderful day and it was nice to see storm trooper,many Elsas,piderman and many more. I think it is wonderful to see children interpret books in their own way and even better to see these amazing characters come to life.
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