My Dad and Covid-19 – Back to say a quick word of thanks……

Growing up in England, manners are huge. We learn early in life to say “please” and “thank you”. We had to call older people uncle / aunty as a sign of respect. It isn’t until I was older that I realized I had actual aunts and uncles and others who were simply older people IContinue reading “My Dad and Covid-19 – Back to say a quick word of thanks……”

My Dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 3 – We need more than life can offer.

I grew up in a Christian family in Bristol, England. When I was little, going to church was as normal as going to school. My extended family all went to the same church.  I distinctly remember the point as a child coming to realize that everyone didn’t grow up like me. Many people didn’t attendContinue reading “My Dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 3 – We need more than life can offer.”

My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 2 – God is close –

My dad continues to be seriously ill but stable as he battles Covid: 19. My mum said this morning that they even had a little conversation which is huge progress!! The first thing that God has been showing me through this time is that I can trust Him even when I don’t understand him. TheContinue reading “My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 2 – God is close –”

Five thoughts about parenting teens: Thought # 1 – Respect

13 – 13 – 13  This past week our youngest child turned 13. That also means we have been parenting teens for 13 years! Sometimes we think we’ve got this parenting teen thing figured out, but many times we feel like we are still very much  learning.  I have also been a youth pastor forContinue reading “Five thoughts about parenting teens: Thought # 1 – Respect”

God is at work in the mess – Betty

In these days when many of us are not around a lot of people it’s easy to start perceiving that we are alone. A while ago I had an amazing encounter that I thought a lot about during the last few days. This experience reminded me that we are not alone. As we are raising supportContinue reading “God is at work in the mess – Betty”

Stories that impacted me: “Try not to worry but dad’s had a heart attack”

When someone says “don’t worry”…. What do you do?  I remember a few years ago I was sitting at my desk working and a close family member called me. I love this family member very much but their words stopped me in my steps that day: They said “Don’t worry, but dad’s in the hospital,Continue reading “Stories that impacted me: “Try not to worry but dad’s had a heart attack””

When depressed, please don’t do this

One last word in this series of depression. Please don’t withdraw or isolate yourself. Even though it will feel like the most natural thing to do.  Have you ever gone through a really hard time and felt like you are alone and no one really understands? In times of suffering and pain the sense ofContinue reading “When depressed, please don’t do this”