Family Enrichment through the Generations

Family Enrichment through the Generations
God is not restricted by time, space, place or anything else. We are facing uncertain times at the moment. The pandemic has changed so much about the way we live. This uncertainty has a particular affect on our children, who will often hear adult conversations about shutdowns; job insecurity and the separation from the wider family. Their security is shaken by the changes that have taken place due to lockdowns, and those things that were so reliable

Family Enrichment Through the Generations

Family Enrichment Through the Generations
It is important to build truth and self-worth into our lives and the lives of our family 2 Timothy 1:7 says: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. This week, I am taking a closer look at a few Bible verses, which focus on confidence and self-esteem as reminders of our identity in Christ and the strength God gives us as a child of the King. As a Christian, I define self-esteem as having conf...

Family Enrichment through the Generations

Family Enrichment through the Generations
I am often surprised by the lessons I learn from children. Their honesty and simple questions cause me to stop and think about things, and learn new ways of understanding. You'll remember last week I stated: "We will never reach that point where we can say that we have learned enough. There is always something new to learn or a reminder that we are to continue to walk with God each day. It is important to strive toward the goal of oneness with God, an

Family Enrichment through the Generations

Family Enrichment through the Generations
Family Enrichment Through The Generations You may remember last week I stated: "You could say we didn’t do the best job of being consistent in having our family daily devotions, however God through it all was and is faithful." As I reflected further on this over the past week, I came to realise that whilst having a daily family devotional time is very important to us, it can't simply finish there. Our relationship with God and each other needs to go muc...

Family Enrichment through the Generations

Family Enrichment through the Generations
Weekly thoughts from Kevin Family Enrichment Through the Generations Be real Through the years as our children were growing, we would Start a Family Devotion Time and then it would stop. Our excuse is life got in the way! Then we would start over and then it would stop again (excuse - the time didn’t work anymore), then we would start again and again it would stop (excuse – sport, homework, dad / mum out doing pastoral care), then we would start again...

Come to the Table

Come to the Table
The one thing that we missed the most in 2020 was the opportunity to get together and celebrate special events in our family’s life and with friends. This was difficult for our family because there were milestone birthdays; a wedding; Easter and Christmas limited by restrictions. And on a regular basis, there were so many weeks where we couldn’t invite people into our homes, and share over a cuppa and a meal, which is something we love to do. Each of us...

Friends of Meet Around the Campfire

Friends of Meet Around the Campfire
We love wood fires. We have one in our home, and we also have a fire pit which is surrounded by logs for seating and wooden benches, where we can meet around the campfire to chat, eat yummy campfire food and just enjoy the setting. We may be sitting under a blue sky, with white clouds sliding across the sky, or we may be sitting under the canopy of stars against a black sky. Whatever the time of day it is, we can enjoy the warmth, fun and sense of toget...

Legacy

Legacy
One of our favourite memories as a family was an event that took place many years ago. Our children were still quite young, and we had been going through a difficult time emotionally and spiritually, and needed to take some time out as a family to invest in some self care as a family. We were fortunate to get accommodation in a beautiful setting overlooking Wilson's Promontory - in South Gippsland, Victoria. This was a time where we played as a family; ...

Lessons from the Lock Down

Lessons from the Lock Down
How are you going now that the lock down restrictions are easing? Kevin and I were able to enjoy our first meal out on Wednesday at one of our favourite cafe's. It was a little strange, with many of the tables missing, and having to sanitise our hands and give them our name and contact details before getting served was all a bit unusual. But the staff were upbeat, and we were delighted just to be able to get out. All this strangeness reflects the new no...

The New Normal

The New Normal
Easter is always a special time for us, our family and friends. We celebrate through special church services; we celebrate by preparing special meals; we celebrate through the giving and receiving of generally chocolate gifts. Easter is an important part of our lives, and we look forward to these celebrations. But in 2020, everything has changed, and Easter will not be "normal". For many of us, we will not be celebrating with our loved ones and special...