'We look for visions of heaven and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us'
~ Oswald Chambers
Yesterday, Becca and I packed 26 big food bags for church and working alongside my girl is always beautiful. Moments like that, or when the whole family is in the kitchen chatting and preparing supper, fill my heart. All those everyday minutes are a holy experience.
I think as we approach Easter, its the perfect time to explain to our children, the great love and commitment of Jesus to us and to think of activities that tie in with easter in order to explain this beautiful biblical event.
This is so effortless because you can mix it all and shape the meatballs in the morning. In the evening, toss the meatballs in the oven, boil your spaghetti, grate a little extra cheese and supper is served!
"We want our children to place their hope in the only true God. We have a far greater chance of seeing that happen if two things occur.
First, they need to watch parents who place their full confidence in God. When we say that we're deriving our hope from Christ, but they see a lack of joy, a lot of fear, and a lack of patience and kindness towards those who don't know Christ, we send out a mixed message
Second, our children need to be raised by parents who treat them the way Christ treats us as parents... the primary way Christ deals with us is through His infinite grace.
It teaches children that there are some things in their lives they can trust and depend on.
God comes alongside us when we need it, not just when it fits best into His schedule."
~ Dr T Kimmel from 'Grace based parenting'
This book has had me examining the motives of why I do what I do in parenting. Parenting isn't just about rule-keeping but the profound privilege of building love, hope, strength and purpose into our children. It's motivating and hope-filled!
Never a bad thing, right?
Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day and tomorrow begins the Lenten season.
In England they have pancake races which we may attempt later today...
My pancake batter - mixed up this morning and we will cook it this afternoon!
It takes 1 minute to throw together:
about 250g flour (I eye-ball it)
pinch salt and teaspoon sugar
about 600 ml milk
Whisk all together and if its too thick add a little more milk (or if too runny add a little flour) - should look like pouring cream consistency. Let the mixture rest 20-30 minutes. Make your pancakes in a hottish pan (med-hot) which has been lightly oiled or sprayed.
Serve with castor sugar, cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon!
She has been without a bicycle for a few months but now she has a new one... so father and daughter are over every hill and dale on weekends! And I get to lie and read or do my nails or some other indulgent thing for an hour or two every weekend. Everybody wins!