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#justpray

Many of you will have seen the news articles last week about the Lord’s prayer featuring in an advert, that was then deemed unsuitable for viewing in a cinema setting.

It got me to thinking – how extraordinary, that prayer is such a controversial subject. Surely it’s a subject of non-interest, to those who are…not interested? What was the first response to the tragedies that happened in Paris on Nov. 13th? #prayforparis. A twitter hashtag that was used extremely widely, even by those who would not consider themselves to be practising Christians. So what does this mean? Who is everyone praying to?

It seems that it is a facet of human nature, to call for help when in trouble. The natural response is to look around, as the meme says, ‘for a more adultier adult’ than yourself, to ask ‘what’s going on? help! I can’t do anything about this myself!’. How wonderful that we are built with this inside us, so that we use it whether we want to or not!

I’ve had a little idea bubbling in my head for a little while, about the links between meditation, and children’s behaviour. Some of you may have seen this news article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-21865083, and also this one…

It occurred to me, that seeing as prayer and meditation are very closely linked, it would be an excellent thing to do with our children. And by that I mean, teach our children to pray in a very direct way, such as these meditation classes do. Perhaps even as way to control or understand behaviour. Perhaps even talk them through it step by step…wait a minute…the Lord’s prayer….step by step….

Look out for my next post on this very subject!

Happy Saturday!

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Practical out-workings

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The word practical is so moreish, and real-lifey. It sounds really sensible and boring. I like practical people, and practical things. So whenever I come to think along philosophical lines with regards to being a Christian, I like the word to pop up at some point, just to see if the concept will hold true in the real world.

So, with that in mind, what have I been thinking about recently?

I heard a talk on Sunday about the physical evidence of our faith; if we were ‘accused’ of being Christians in court, would there be enough actual evidence to find us guilty? This evidence is sometimes called ‘good works’, which sounds a bit old-fashioned to me, so what does that really mean in real life?

How does that affect me, as a mum who’s trying to live as a Christian?

Well, I thought about it for a bit, and my favourite way of describing ‘good works’ is as visible-to-others responses to faith inside my head/heart. Which is much longer. ha.

Right so let’s make this quick because children all over the country are destroying things as we speak/read…

By definition, this stuff should come naturally to us, so I can’t give you a list for yourselves. And I am top of the list in terms of lazy so I also feel the full weight of guilt because my faith doesn’t show much. Here’s what I was thinking of trying this week…

  1. Reading my actual book-Bible in front of my kiddies, because I want to. My eldest is so used to seeing me on my phone that he wouldn’t ask what I was reading on there. Maybe during quiet time, maybe at the lunch table, not sure which is best yet.

Hm. One’s enough for now!

Do you have any tips? Share them with us, please!

Happy Monday everyone!

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