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King of Kings

Brooke Ligertwood is one of my all time fave singer songwriters. I even saw her live in Belfast when I was pregnant with my eldest and she was touring solo as Brooke Fraser. She is truly blessed with an awesome talent from God – even in her more mainstream music he is still there for me.

So I just know this new track from Hillsong Worship written by Brooke, her husband Scott and Jason Ingram is going to be repeating constantly on my Spotify. The third verse is so powerful…

And the morning that You rose
All of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored
And the church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel
Shall not faint
By His blood and in His name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ

I had goosebumps listening to it for the first time. So if you haven’t already heard it… here’s a wee Friday treat for you. (P.S. Evie thought the intro sounded a bit like Frozen so she liked it 😂)

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Spinning Plates

I normally love September – the start of a new school year and a new season on the horizon. But if I’m honest, this year I struggled a little bit with the juggling act as my big baby bird matured and progressed into P3.

As I took her into her first day back at school I had a sudden realisation that I miss so much of her wee school life. I am so grateful to my parents for being our free of charge breakfast club, school drop off, pick up and homework club – we’d be lost without them! But as the stress of work built up and I was getting home later at nights I felt all the plates I was spinning were going to collapse around me and I was going to start failing in that very special role I’ve been blessed with – being mum to my beautiful girls.

So I took a step back, prayed and shared my concerns with family and friends. Hubby and I even managed a wee adult only escape to Lusty Beg that really helped us find our priorities again and get a break from the usual busyness of life. Talking about it helped and as I thought about better ways to manage the spinning plates I felt a real peace from the Lord and I had so many affirmations in the weeks that followed that I was doing the right thing!

I’ve adapted my working hours slightly to allow me to do the school run a couple of mornings a week and enjoy some precious time with the girls before I go into the office. Thursdays are all about Evie – our wee sneaky fun morning! If she gets dressed quickly enough, we drop wee AJ off to daycare and race to McDonalds for brekkie and some Angry Birds on the built in tablets! (Of course there’s the added bonus of no breakfast dishes!)

A wee kiss and hug at the school gate and I’m walking on air as I head back to the car – although I’m not used to the 9am traffic just yet! 😩

October is looking brighter and I’m now fired up to take on the world again with my constant friend’s guidance encouraging me and strengthening me every step of the way through his Word and the people he’s blessed me with on this journey.

#reflections #findingbalance #honestmummymoment

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The Serenity Prayer

Following on with our Mother’s Day series – a good chum of mine sent this lovely contribution ….

“Thinking of Mother’s Day – it’s about being thankful for all your mummy has taught you. A prayer that is particularly special in our family and something my granny used to say and now mummy reminds us quite regularly is the Serenity prayer – a summary of a lot of things my mum has taught me!”