Parenting

Family Reflections

2014 has been a blessed year for us…

I overflow with gratitude for all of God’s goodness on our family this quiet, yet colourful and very significant year.

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A year where thousands of small decisions have been made…decisions lined towards the one big right direction…

A year where a myriad of hats had been worn… hearts continually made right and readjusted…thoughts again corrected and reconnected…attitudes once more elevated and repositioned…

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This for us has been a year of courage…a quiet courage for standing up when the world seems to be caving in… cos the Word is still strong and resounding…a silent courage for the time fear punctures hope and it is faith alone that made us soar…a determined courage to keep professing the hope we confess because He alone who promised is faithful…He alone is good.

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We took the kids on a reflection trip before the closing of the year knowing that only upon understanding our life backward could we gain the courage to live life forward….(quote by Søren Kierkegaard)

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Delving into building a life of reflection, we savour this important discipline and made it a priority…

Deuteronomy 4:9 spells it-

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren…”

A life of reflection that stops us in our tracks and commands us to R.E.M.E.M.B.E.R

A capturing of those fleeting moments that strengthened and built us up from the inside…keeping us accountable to commemorating hope…

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Hope… in the thousands of ways God has been faithful to us…to the streams upon streams of encouragement He pours in when the heart is despairing and the hands are too full…hope when the rivers of life flow in despite hearts that are too prone to wander…

Reflecting upon HIM makes His presence tangible…

Thinking of the year past teaches gratitude for His goodness…

Thanking God for the present causes His JOY to leap alive…

God too can set His presence aflame in a family that is too often too busy, too distracted over the trivial…

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Remembering God’s goodness and faithfulness is paramount if we were to keep walking in faith…to build a life with a history…in God…

Take a moment and delight yourself in these –

“…teach them diligently to your children…talk of them when you sit in your house (or stand making meals), when you walk by the way (or walk at the park) (or ride with your bike), when you lie down (or are being trampled upon), and when you rise up (or are forced to rise by the noisy pitter patter).” – Deuteronomy 6:7 (paraphrased by me).

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In 2 Peter 3:1, Paul wrote to stimulate his readers to wholesome thinking by way of remembrance. He wanted the believers to gain a rightful perspective of living in the last days so that they can “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (v18).

Godly remembrance propels our growth in grace towards Him…

It builds us for tomorrow….structures and remakes our inner man to truly know Him…who holds our life and the next…

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As we recounted all the significant events that took place in a year just gone, we create a memoir…a bank of hope…a heart brimming with remembrance of how God has been involved, in the big and the small…

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2014…a year of thousands of small decisions…a year of learning to make daily disciplines better…a year of seeing those disciplines rolling into delight, and those delights turning into gratefulness, and gratefulness anchored in the fact that He provides hope and a future, no matter what, and because of that, we too can have H.O.P.E for 2015

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“A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.”
― C.S. LewisThe Great Divorce

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