7 Ways to handle Grief at Christmas

Often the anticipation of Christmas, like other anniversaries, is more painful than the day itself when it finally arrives. For the first Christmas, don’t try to recreate the old rituals. Do something completely different. If possible, get away somewhere. Even if it’s a disaster, it will be a different sort of disaster!…

Single at Christmas

Personally, I have mixed feelings. I’m an only child, living alone. I have an excellent relationship with my parents and there’s an unwritten assumption that I’ll always go ‘home’ for Christmas. I’ve never actually suggested anything else, but I’m pretty sure my mum and dad would be hurt if I chose to spend…

Cutting the Cost of Christmas

Christmas is a magical time for families. But buying a tree, toys for the kids (and sometimes for big kids too!) and all the trimmings can leave us struggling in January when the credit card bills start landing on the doormat. A happy Christmas can quickly turn into a depressing…

Single Parents learning to trust again

It’s not easy, as a single parent, to learn to trust again. If you feel you have been rejected by your partner, you can feel pain almost beyond description. The pain of that broken relationship might leave you thinking, ‘never again.’ It simply hurts too much. It rocks your self-worth,…

Online Dating

Online dating is a big business these days. When Beth and Steve met online over 12 years ago it was a real taboo and something that a lot of their friends and family felt wasn’t a safe or wise thing to do. Now ‘more than 20 million people visit at…

Gods Big Idea about Finances

Contentment  is the word the Bible uses to describe what our aim in regard to money should be. Here are a few notable examples: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food…

What is meant by Contentment

There are many people who seemingly have little or no regard for material possessions. They accept poverty as a normal living condition, and their major concern is where they will sleep that night or eat that day. In contrast are the affluent, who have the best our society has to…

The Pain of Infertility

As we entered the one-room country church, my dad reached to steady my mum. The explosion of colour, the thick scent of lilies and the face of my grandfather in a bronze casket had knocked her off balance. At 9 years of age, I was too young to fully understand…

Money tips from God

If God gave out advice about money would you listen? God offers a plethora of financial advice. His lessons are tucked away within the pages of Scripture… Prepare for leaner times. The poster child for this one is Joseph. Through God’s revelations, he forecasted Egypt’s deadly famine—seven years before it happened.…