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The Book of John – Chapter 1

The Book of John – Chapter 1

Bible Study, Blog
Hey, I'm so glad you've found your way back.  In my previous post about where to start reading the Bible, I mentioned that the book of John was a really good starting point.  John tells the story of Jesus and allows us to really get to know His character and what He stood for. If you've never read the Bible before, this really is the best place to start.  Ultimately God sent Jesus into the world so that we could get to know Him.  So that we could know how much He loves us and we could be convinced to love Him. If you haven't read Where to start reading the Bible, I really recommend you head there first.  In that post we looked into the background of the book…
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7 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween!

7 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween!

Blog, Faith Journal
Have you ever asked yourself if you should be trick or treating with your kids? This post lists 7 reasons why Christians should not celebrate Halloween. Another Halloween has come and gone and it seems that every year the craze gets a little bit bigger.  What is it that draws people to the crazy that is Halloween? All year long parents teach their children to be kind and to have good manners, that murder and evil is wrong and that talking to or accepting gifts from strangers is dangerous.  Then, on one day a year, we throw all that out the window and encourage our children to be nasty and bloody and accept lollies from strangers! It's just bazaar! At our Church morning tea the other day I overheard some…
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School Resources.  What do you want?

School Resources. What do you want?

Blog, School Resources
I have taught many different year levels in different settings and one thing never changes... the hunt for amazing school resources. As a teacher I subscribed to Twinkl - a UK based online school resource site.  It is amazing and puts unit related Power Points, worksheets and printable activities instantly at your fingertips.  You'll need to pay an annual subscription to access the download links but if you're in a classroom this resource can be a life saver. I've also used Teachers pay Teachers for many of my school resources.  This is an online treasure trove of teacher created downloadable resources.  Although there are a few freebies on there, most of the good stuff you'll need to pay for. When I was homeschooling my girls I found it really time consuming…
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Branding! Does your audience recognise your brand?

Branding! Does your audience recognise your brand?

Blog, Blogging
You know how when you see the big, yellow M, or the red headed clown, you don't have to think about it, you just know it's Macdonalds? Or when you see Colonel Sanders with his red and white striped bucket you can almost smell the fried chicken?  That's branding!  It would be weird to suddenly see a big, green M.  You probably wouldn't even associate it with Macca's!  A few weeks ago my heart sank as I realised that the fonts and images I had chosen for my site were all random! I did not have any recognisable features on my little blog that made me memorable as At Home With Fay! Not a hint of my brand in sight!  I wanted to shed a little tear!  I had spent…
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At Loves Bidding – A Book Review

At Loves Bidding – A Book Review

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At Loves Bidding was one of those books that I picked up at a book sale.  I had never heard of the author but it looked kind of Danielle Steel -ish.  Perfect for a quick easy read over the school holidays. I stuck it on the shelf and promptly forgot about it, until last week.  School Holidays! Yay! Got to love being a school teacher! And I wasn't wrong.  This book was an easy read.   A perfect love story for anybody wanting a bit of light holiday reading. Miranda Wimplegate accompanies her ageing grandfather to the Missouri Ozarks to find a misplaced painting that is worth a small fortune.  They hop on a train expecting a quick recovery trip but instead she finds herself far removed from her life…
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“Mum, I don’t like being called religious!”

“Mum, I don’t like being called religious!”

Blog, Faith Journal
Today, over breakfast, my eldest said something really interesting. "Mum, I don't like being called religious!" At first I was like.. "wait... what??"  I mean, we are a Christian family.  We go to church, we pray, we believe in Jesus so what was she talking about?? She explained.  I listened.  We discussed.  And 40 minutes later I'm here blogging.  I've abandoned my scheduled writing for today to write down what we discussed and to share why I don't like being called religious now either. Reason #1 So my daughter's number 1 reason was this: Being called religious means I could be practising as a Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian or any one of the 4000 odd religions in the world today that believe in a god.  Any god. The word religious…
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Kisses from Katie – A Book Review

Kisses from Katie – A Book Review

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Oh my! This book!  I read Kisses from Katie for the first time about three years ago.  My husband came out to where I was reading on the veranda, looked at the book in  my hands and my tear stained cheeks and said 'Why are you reading something that makes you so sad?" I had only just started reading. I was barely through the first chapter but Kisses from Katie was working it's magic on my life.  This book had an incredible impact on me from the very first page and now,three years later, I still think about and talk about it often. I so want you to read this book.  And yes, it may make you cry, and it may make you sad, but to know that there are people…
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Is there a God? How do we answer this question?

Is there a God? How do we answer this question?

Blog, Faith Journal
Is there a God? Often, at night, when I tuck my kids into bed, we talk. And in the comfort of their beds and the dull glow of the night light they share events of the day. A few days ago as I kissed my 13 year old goodnight, she revealed a conversation that she had had with a classmate that day.  I’m not sure how the conversation started but my daughter had mentioned church and her classmate said “what’s the point of going to church if there is no God? Earlier in the morning this same girl had confided that her mum was terminally ill with cancer. Oh my! What do you say to a young teen who is about to lose her mum and doesn’t know the hope…
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5 Successful Bloggers You’ll Want to Learn From

5 Successful Bloggers You’ll Want to Learn From

Blog, Blogging
How do you stay motivated to keep blogging?  Or even if you're highly motivated, how do you find the time? I'm trying to juggle work and family and housekeeping and exercise and still find time to blog regularly and I'll be honest, it's a struggle! Keeping motivated, and motivated to make the time is essential and the one way that I have found is by following other bloggers! Seeing how they do things and analysing their emails and blog posts has been a great help and I thought I would share with you the 5 bloggers that I have been following to keep me motivated. These are 5 successful bloggers you'll want to learn from. I have put together this list of 5 successful bloggers that you will want to learn…
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The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard – Matthew 20

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard – Matthew 20

Bible Study, Blog
The parable of the workers in the vineyard Matthew 20 :1-16, is told by Jesus to the crowds who are gathering to hear Him speak.  As explained in a previous post about where Jesus was the week before Easter, Jesus used parables or stories to speak to His followers in ways they could easily understand. So Jesus tells this parable and He likens the kingdom of heaven, or God, to the wealthy landowner of the story.  To read this parable for yourself go here to Matthew 20:1-16. But let's break it down. The wealthy landowner hires some men to work in his fields.  The first group of men start early in the morning and he tells them he will pay them a denarius for the days work.  They are very happy.  This is a good…
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