The goal of recovering from depression

August 17, 2011

It might be silly, but I needed a good reason to seek treatment for long term depression. A reason other than happiness. It took a while for me to be persuaded that this was something I should try to improve. I wondered if I just needed to live with it, being a Genesis 3 world and all. Until I couldn’t […]

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Salt and light: Different, good and useful

Salt and light: Different, good and useful

February 7, 2011

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do […]

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Preschool

Preschool

February 4, 2011

with her special book to remind her “that Jesus is the boss and he died to take sin away”.Our lovely girl is delighted to be starting preschool today, although a little indignant that she cannot go to kindergarten yet. She will have one day a week this year. I’m glad it is only a few […]

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Long days, short years, school begins

Long days, short years, school begins.

February 2, 2011

The days are long, but the years pass quickly. My first baby is going to school, not a baby anymore. Conquering his own territory, learning that Jesus is Lord everywhere, even when Mum and Dad are not with him. He walks into a place where we are not, but God always is. We rely on God’s […]

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A new year for the Calvin club

A new year for the Calvin club

January 30, 2011

When we began the Calvin club, my goal for the first year was to get to the end of Book One. I didn’t! There are a few chapters I really don’t want to speed through (XVI to XVIII). So here is my current plan: Read up to and including I.XV in February, without writing about what […]

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Not trusting the certainties of despair

January 28, 2011

A lovely friend reminded me of these wonderful words, “We fortify ourselves against the dark hours of depression by cultivating a deep distrust of the certainties of despair. Despair is relentless in the certainties of its pessimism”. From The Hidden Smile of God, by John Piper. This book is one of Piper’s books which compile three […]

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Redundant mums

January 26, 2011

Whether Christian or not, it seems typical that mothers need to justify their existence with what they are doing beyond motherhood. Paid work, study, formal ministry schedule. We have trouble imagining how we might be productive “at home”, especially when children grow out of their highly dependent early years. I really appreciate my dear friend, […]

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The painful good of saying sorry to kids

The painful good of saying sorry to kids

December 7, 2010

I am tired of saying sorry to my kids. Many times a day. Everyday lately. But there have been two interesting patterns develop (and it’s terrible that there has been enough experience for there to be a pattern). Face buried in a pillow, in tears, after an awful outburst, before I have said sorry, one child puts […]

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A life of real worship (the Calvin club)

A life of real worship (the Calvin club)

December 5, 2010

I am finally resuming my reading of Calvin’s Institutes. This isn’t a summary, but some thoughts provoked by what I read in chapter XII of Book 1. When we ascribe service and honour to anything or anyone other than God, we dishonour God (I. xii. 1). We are spreading his worship among lesser gods. Calvin […]

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The Australian poor

The Australian poor

December 3, 2010

Christmas is a time when concern for the poor seems to be sharpened a little. It’s easy to find ways to give to the vulnerable in other parts of the world. I have been concerned about the vulnerable in my local community. As I look around, I wonder who the poor are in my region. […]

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