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The Art of Fatherhood

A thousand words are said to be sparked by a single image. While smartphones, Insta-perfect apps, and polished pics have superseded canvas, brush strokes, oil, and acrylic, there’s still a lot of love for the latter. Millions are paid out every year just for a chance to own a framed part of history. It doesn’t take a smug, over-educated curator “specialising in the sublime” to point out the value this window ...

By |2023-02-14T20:55:45+10:00February 16th, 2023|NEW DADS, Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES|0 Comments
  • Why Do Things Hurt?

Why Do Things Hurt?

A new children's book examines the mystery of suffering and pain. Exquisitely illustrated, it is an excellent tool for parents to discuss this big question with their children, mentally preparing them for the travails of life. “Life is hard, but we make it harder,” said Ryan Holiday. True words. If we refuse to accept that truth, we make it harder for ourselves and our children. Especially if we don’t tell them ...

By |2023-01-13T05:53:55+10:00January 13th, 2023|Dads, Children, FAITH, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS|0 Comments
  • hope

Defiant Hope

Advent is a season of anticipation. The birth of any child, not least the Messiah, gives us cause for hope. Earlier this week, we heard the testimony of Chris and Natalie Stefanick, a couple who had journeyed through dark seasons in their marriage. Having survived sexual abuse as a child, Natalie found she needed many years of therapy and healing. She recounted one of her darkest times, when she doubted that ...

By |2022-12-15T18:54:49+10:00December 14th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH|0 Comments
  • dreams

What Pixar Taught Me About Dreams

We all have dreams: to start a business… volunteer in a third-world country… write a book… Dreams are important. And then God answered: Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. – Habakkuk 2:2 (The Message) I’ve recently learnt a valuable lesson -- to not get too attached to my dreams. Let me tell you my story… ...

By |2022-11-08T18:45:06+10:00November 8th, 2022|MOTHERS, FAITH, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS|0 Comments
  • generous giving

How to Raise Generous Kids

If I wasn’t there when she said it, I wouldn’t have believed it. When my boss asked his 7-year-old daughter what she’d like for her birthday, she said she didn’t want any gifts. Could everyone make a donation to the Leukaemia Foundation instead? Excuse me? After a lengthy conversation, she convinced her parents to have a ‘gift-free’ birthday party and instead, set up an online donation form with the Leukaemia Foundation. ...

By |2022-10-31T10:51:36+10:00October 31st, 2022|MOTHERS, Children, FAITH, NEWS, RESEARCH & SCIENCE|0 Comments
  • change - loving marriage

Making a Change for the Better

Change is difficult. It can also be complicated. Despite our best intentions, sustained change often eludes us. We’ve had many spouses tell us that their husband or wife promised to change, and things were good for a while, but then there was a relapse. Their good intentions were not enough to sustain their energy for change. So what can we do when we really need a change to stick? What needs ...

By |2022-08-20T16:41:02+10:00August 20th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH|0 Comments
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One of Those Days

It started with an alarm I forgot to set the night before. That meant I was awoken unceremoniously by my little boy precisely half an hour late. Of course, this was the day I had a 9 am deadline and an 8.45 am start at playgroup (where I help set up). Flinging clothes in the general direction of two wriggling bodies, I managed to get the boys dressed between ‘computer stops,’ ...

By |2022-06-20T10:51:14+10:00June 21st, 2022|MOTHERS, Children, FAITH|0 Comments
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