Monday, February 25, 2013

Amazing Grace

Such beautiful words to remember...

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

By John Newton (1779)

Photograph by Karl Ljinders

Friday, February 22, 2013

What kind of people...

What kind of people do you have surrounding you?

As a new mummy you are surrounded with babies, other mums, your local doctor and your maternal health nurse. Our world really revolves around the new baby.

Sometimes we lose relationships, former work colleagues and friends without kids. Sometimes even the friendships we really want to keep and try hard with all the best intentions get a little lapse too.

As your baby grows up you meet new people. Mothers group, playgroup, swimming and soccer lessons, then comes pre-school and Kindergarten. With these you get more time for yourself (just a little). But you also make new friendships and relationships.

So what kind of people will you surround yourself with? Remember these people will be at the same occasions as you as your children grow up together. You will be doing life together.

Choose wisely. I'm looking for honest, integral, loyal, generous, big thinking, Kingdom minded friends. I think I've found some. Pray about it. Ask God to surround you with good people. Xx

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Making Decisions

When making decisions sometimes it can be a detailed process. You may need to talk to your other half (like my dear hubby), research information, list pros and cons, ask advice or seek professional opinion. Of course we don't need to do this for things like should I have a cup of tea? or when should I go to bed?

It's important decisions that require more of our thought and attention. Although it is important, could that thought and attention be better spent on something else. I think most of the time, yes.

Imagine if we could just ask someone all knowing, all powerful, loving and who will look after our best interests... Wait a minute that's GOD!

God is omniscient, omnipotent, loves us unconditionally (so much that He let His Son die on our behalf), and He has planned a future of good things for us. And of course He created us from the very beginning and knew us in our mothers womb.

I think it would almost be stupid not to ask God what to do. Wouldn't you say?

We still need to do our bit. He won't do everything for us, and He did create us with intelligence, fearfully and wonderfully! So don't waste your time worrying about what the right thing to do is. Ask for help in your decision making.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

His presence is like nothing else!

During the day do you... talk to, sing about, listen to, praise and give your heart to him?

God loves us and loves having relationship with us! So...

Today we are playing, eating, cleaning, washing and cooking. A few normal daily tasks for any mummy. But today we are doing it all with worship music on. It is playing it in the background. But sometimes we stop and belt out a song, offer up a prayer, or dance freely to the music (girly giggling included).

Music can help us to be reminded of God and encourages us to be kingdom minded. It is like a platform that takes us to another level.

It's not rocket science but it is mind blowing to create an atmosphere that allows Gods presence to be, and be felt and experienced. I love dwelling in Him and His anointing. He is amazing and His presence is like nothing else! Let your children know and be familiar with this now. Why wait? It is only to their benefit. Xx

P.S. Over exhaustion due to two teething toddlers made me forget to post this online earlier :/

P.P.S This is my baby worshipping at church with her daddy =)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Elmo Party!

Our Elmo 2nd birthday party went well!

I had so much fun planning and decorating. The cooking was good too but quite time consuming with little ones. Good but tiring work. I don't mind though, it was for a very special, cute, little princess.

I think it was a success because... All the kids played, caught bubbles, squealed with delight, helped to open presents and ate party food. Then went home tired with a cute party bag.

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate! X

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Toilet training!

We have started toilet training at our house and we have one very excited and eager little girl.

To help mummy with this new adventure she did some research. Once upon a time one would have asked their relatives, in the olden days you would have read a book, but this modern mummy has googled it.

But before I show you what I found... See what I know works best in our house.

1. Pray about it. Pray for Gods guidance. I know it may sound silly. But God cares about every aspect of our lives. Even toilet training our little ones. You could even pray about it with your sweetheart and thank God together after a triumph.

2. Don't be upset if she's not ready, this is our 2nd or 3rd attempt. The first tries didn't work out for either mummy or bubby. That's ok.

3. Be patient. It can be frustrating rushing to the toilet at the last minute, standing around (while we may want to do something else) and wiping up accidents. But she will be more comfortable and relaxed if we are understanding and patient. We all learn in our own time.

4. Praise her. We all love being acknowledged especially when we are happy of ourselves. It's a pleasant confirmation. So be happy with her and make sure she knows it!

These are some of the tips I found for potty training a girl...

1. Let her watch and learn
2. Buy the right equipment
3. Help your child get comfortable with the potty
4. Motivate with cool underwear
5. Set up a training schedule
6. Teach her to sit and wipe
7. Set aside some naked time...

To read further visit: http://www.babycenter.com/0_successful-potty-training-for-girls_11653.bc

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Kids Church

Today my little girl, now that's she is two, starts at kids church. I'm very excited for her!

I remember going to Sunday School and Junior Soldiers (at the Salvation Army) when I was little. It was such a good foundation and source of knowledge for me. I loved my Bible and still do because of the Sundays I spent at church with my friends.

If you haven't got a kids church program for your kids I encourage you to find one or even better start one. Children are the future and we need to give them a good, solid start with the Word of God.

Proverbs 22:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Amen!