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How to be a Titus 2 teacher

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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.Albert Einstein
Being a teacher is a huge responsibility. Not only do you have important things that you must teach your students, you also want them to develop a love of learning and be excited about learning. Most students develop that love of learning when they have a teacher who is enthusiastic, keen and interested in each person in the class as an individual. 
Teaching does not come naturally to all people. I have had some duds, teachers who taught with no passion and no real interest in me. I have had some mean teachers that were just nasty and I can not remember a thing they taught me, but I do remember their sour words and meanness. However, once in a while you come across a teacher that leaves an indeliblele mark on you and you remember them all your life. 
In Titus 2, older women are encouraged to be active in looking after the next generation of women teaching and modelling to them how to b…

Art Friday: Sweet birds

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Art Friday: Sweet birds
Did you know that birds are mentioned in 55 bible verses in the bible and not just mentioned, the different types are name as in Leviticus. Here are just a few:
And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, the kite, and the falcon after its kind; every raven after its kind, the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the sea gull, and the hawk after its kind; the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl; the white owl, the jackdaw, and the carrion vulture; the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe, and the bat. (Leviticus 11:13-17)
I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert. (Psalm 102:6)
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land(Song of Solomon 2:12)
He also sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had gone down from off the face of the earth. (Genesis…

Simplicity and balance: Lagom

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Lagom

Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̀ːɡɔm]) is a Swedish word meaning "just the right amount”, "enough, sufficient, adequate, just right". 

Lagom is also widely translated as "in moderation", "in balance", "perfect-simple", and "suitable" (in matter of amounts).

In 2016 we all embraced the Danish concept of Hyyge — the concept of cosy living with friends and family. This year it is all about Lagom — which is all about "not to little, not to much, just right".
Lagom is a uniquely Swedish term that doesn’t have an English equivalent. Not only does it not translate perfectly into English but its just a very Swedish idea, or feeling. A popular etymological translation is “around the team” meaning enough food or drink for everyone at the table, this translation is said to go back to Viking times. Lagom is “Just enough,” “Not too much or too little,” “Just right,” “Enough to go around,” “Fair share.” It indicates balance. Lagom doesn’t ha…

What is your weakness?

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Be honest, what is your weakness?
For some people it is chocolate, eating, shoes, computer gaming, reading romance novels?
Wasting time? Procrastination?
Social media? Television? Soap operas?
I knew a lady who would spend all day at the shopping centre wandering from shop to shop. I couldn't imagine anything worse and what a waste of time. However, with online shopping we can now virtually wander from shop to shop and spend hours and money buying things all from the comfort of our homes. Our weakness no longer requires a car trip or much effort.
Of course there are some very damaging and dangerous weaknesses that harm others — gambling, pornography, alcohol, drugs, affairs.  
Whilst my weaknesses are not in the same league as those dangerous ones listed above, any weakness can get out of control all too easily. Before you know it, you have run up huge debts and drowning in shoes or clothes or whatever the weakness is. 
Therefore it is important to acknowledge one's weakness and take…

Art Friday: Angela Clayton Costumery

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Artist: Angela Clayton
Seamstress
I wanted to share this very talented young lady with you. She is 19 years old and lives on Long Island in New York. According to her blog “I began sewing three years ago and instantly fell in love with the process. I'm almost entirely self taught and have learned through trial and error. I always do my best but things don't always turn out so well - that's probably partially due to the fact i'm ambitious when it comes to sewing, If I want to create something I'll do it regardless of how complicated it is.”
When you look at these few examples, I think you will agree that she has an incredible gift. 

Here is a link to her blog: https://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com
Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/angelacostumery/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/angelaclaytoncostumery









When kindness is unkind

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I know this is long, but its so worth reading. It was written in 1913 by J.R. Miller but as you read it, it is more than relevant to 2017.  We spend a great deal of time minimise our children's suffering, accidents or even fights with their siblings so our children are happy and have an easy life, however what we aren't teaching them is resiliences, problem solving skills and that they will face issues they must deal with and it will be painful. This needs to start early and for the first time we have a generation of children who have been wrapped in cotton wool and will find life much harder to cope with compared to previous generations.
We also have a generation of children that have wrapped their parents around their fingers and the child's happiness is paramount regardless of anything else. We no longer let children play games where there are winner and looses so they don't get upset. Even sports have been altered so they aren't too rough. They ask and they get …

Part 1: Christian working women—Welcome

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Part 1: Welcome😊
I have decided to write a series of blog posts this year aimed at Christian working women. To offer encouragement, support, tips and advice in how to manage one’s work outside of the home and still be a keeper of your home and a wife and mother. And we need all the encouragement we can get as its a tough world out there.

I do hope you enjoy this series and find the information beneficial. If you are a stay-at-home wife and mother, I hope this give you insight into your sisters in Christ and show support and encouragement not them. And many of things in this series are relevant to all women i.e. time management. 
To opening admit to being a working Christian woman on some blogs is bad news — your comments are simply not published, you are forced to justify why you work and made to feel inadequate, a poor wife and mother who is neglecting her family and feeding them junk, living in a hovel and quite clearly unable to manage on one income. I have been told that I am un-Chr…

Art Friday: Stephanie Lambourne

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Artist: Stephanie Lambourne
English
According to Stephanie: (LINK)
"My paintings are quirky, light-hearted and colourful, peopled by unreal characters in sometimes strange pursuits. I am inspired by the idea of adding figures to a landscape which then instantly starts to suggest a narrative, whether it's the story I intended or another the viewer decides, it makes no difference as long as it brings a smile."