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Sneaky Photos by Lorah-Kelly

I have been accompanying my lovely daughter, Lorah-Kelly , on various photo shoots lately which has been loads of fun.  Each time she ended up sneaking in a few photos of me so I thought I would share them with you just for fun.  The first shoot we did was for the cover of my new book, Esther or Delilah? .  I sat on the sidelines directing the shoot and caring for one of the model's baby as she braved the cold.  You can see the full photo shoot here and below is the sneaky one Lorah took of me! The following day we did a family shoot in the park.  Myself and a friend were on the sidelines playing around with some umbrellas. Lorah decided to photograph this too!  See more of the umbrella photos here . I highly recommend getting Lorah to take some photographs for you, at the moment she is running a special where you only pay for the photos you want and not the shoot. Email Lorah at for more info.

Being a Wife - Who Enjoys Sex

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and always be enraptured with her love.       This beautiful selection of words is from the Bible in Proverbs 5:18-19 which speaks of how a man should delight in his wife sexually. Sex was made for our pleasure. We are to delight in each other and to experience great pleasure. If your sex life is not achieving this then you need to take action. Don’t settle for less. Don’t believe that sex is simply one of your matrimonial duties, your wifely chores. God designed sex so that we can enjoy each other intimately. Sex is marriage. In my opinion your marriage certificate doesn’t make you married but the first time you have sex you become married. There is nothing else that makes a man and a woman married. Sex is the most important part of a marriage.  Have you ever heard of a couple getting divorced but saying that the sex was great

Being a Wife - Who Chooses Submission

I find the ' women being submissive to men ' thing very odd.  It seems a very human thing to try to put limits on what God can do and who He can do things through. Are we really saying that the presence of ovaries means that God won't use a particular person to do his bidding? God doesn't limit us, it seems wrong that we should seek to do it to one another. Am I wrong?” This was the opening statement in a conversation I had with a woman who was expressing her opinions about submission.  She had read my previous blog post about this subject and was troubled by it.  Our conversation progressed into what I perceive to be a conversation that most women would have these days.  “This is a common question and a concept that is often abused by men who don't understand it!” I said. She replied with valid points, “It's an interesting one, I agree. I was worried after writing that I'd appeared rude - I hope not! Anyway, I've discussed this at length with my

TOCP - The Least and the Small

Lorah-Kelly brought a word to our pastors meeting one morning, a simple word but one that would change our perspective as a church. She started by reading a verse from the book of Isaiah. “...the least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord, in its time I will do this swiftly.” - Isaiah 60:22 The Least of You This could be talking about a small amount of people and could also mean the least of you as in Matthew 25:40 ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ At the time we were least in every possible way. Our attendance numbers were very low and at the same time we were reaching out intensively to homeless people and welcoming them into our church. The Smallest This could be talking about a small amount of people or literally the smallest or youngest children. Again, we were smallest in both senses of the word as we were small in numbers and the kids team were doing an excel

The Accidental Bride

I was given this book by Thomas Nelson to review and sadly wasn't very impressed.  The story is about a cowgirl whose wedding reenactment turns real and finds out that she’s an accidental bride. The book was a quick read and I although the ending was predictable I did read it until the end to see what actually happened.  At times the story was enoyable and sweet which kept you reading and hoping that things would work out.    On the whole the plot was predictable and the main characters seemed a bit plain.  It was as if time passed by but they didn't grow or change at all. I remained annoyed with the leading lady and you were not offered an opportunity to like her.  The leading man however was very likeable but also annoying because I expected him to rise up and fight for her, not wimp out all the time.  Even right up to the final chapter their relationship seemed weak - not something that could inspire me.     I felt uncomfortable with the romantic scenes as they seemed a bit

Esther or Delilah?

An honest look at how women use their beauty to seduce men! Whether you like it or not you are using your beauty for something, but are you using it to empower a man or are you using it in a way that leaves him powerless? Both Esther and Delilah were beautiful women in the Bible. Both women seduced the man in their life. One woman used her beauty to save her people; the other woman used her beauty to destroy her people. Today’s women are no different from Esther and Delilah. Which woman are you? See fantastic photographs throughout the book and the cover by Lorah-Kelly Available on: | | Kindle Contents: Esther’s Story Delilah’s Story Esther or Delilah? Influence Respect Submission Favour Timing If I Perish, I Perish Ruth’s Story Jezebel’s Story Ruth or Jezebel? Patience Gentleness Abigail’s Story Courage Faithfulness

Being a Wife - Who Expresses Her Feelings

After last week’s session we realised how important it is to express our feelings to our husbands rather than blow up at him when we feel hurt. One of the essential keys to avoiding unnecessary arguments is clear communication and more importantly the communication of our feelings.  You see, sometimes what we feel is not actually proportionate to what our husband has communicated. Or equally, our husbands misunderstand how we feel. If he knew how we felt, he might respond differently. Feelings come from our heart and often men speak from their head. We need to become wives who know how to connect what’s in our heart with what is in his head. The ability to do this will prove to be a valuable skill to build a more peaceful marriage.  More often than not it is true to say that our husbands don’t hate us, in actual fact they want to please us. Many times they feel suffocated because they perceive what we say to them as controlling. Men hate the feeling of being controlled! If w

Nature's Way - Mouthwash

Mouthwash companies are quick to tell you that their product kills germs, prevents plaque and bad breath. What they don’t tell you is that more than 20% of their product is alcohol and long-term use of their mouthwash increases the risk of mouth and throat cancers.  Melbourne University conducted a study of more than 3,200 people, which found a nine-fold increase in risk of cancer among smokers and a five-fold rise among drinkers. The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to help cancer-causing substances – such as nicotine – permeate the mouth lining. The following table shows the health concerns based on commonly used mouthwash. Nature’s Way Alternatives Mouthwash is simply for flushing your mouth to remove waste that is trapped. If you teeth and tongue are brushed correctly you don’t need anything as harsh as alcohol to rinse your mouth. Something as simple as warm salt water will do the job just fine and from there the body’s normal reparative process will take over. Our bodies

TOCP - A Wolf and Abandonment

It was 2am and we were still sitting in our living chatting with the two young men that might well have been our future sons-in-law. Perhaps that was looking too far ahead, but as a mother, I was always on the lookout for potential husbands for my girls. Very ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I know, but unless you are a mother with young ladies at home, you will never understand the insane drive within a mother to find a suitable match for her girls.  Lorah-Kelly, Jordan, Eric and I sat with the boys and were glad that we had finally met some Christians that seemed to be mature in their faith. Up until this point, we had struggled along with raising the lost and the baby Christians that were born in our church. Determined not to build a church on transfer growth, we pushed forward with what and whom we had.  It was a relief though, to think that perhaps God was sending some labourers to us, to help us with our work.  We began spending more and more time with these two young boys and were q

Being a Wife - Who Does Not Retaliate

He was nailed to a rough, wooden cross. A punishment only fit for the vilest of criminal, he hung there innocently. Blood dripping from his brow. Excruciating pain shooting through every part of His body. Amidst all the physical pain, He endured a much worse pain, the pain of words. His eyes looked at them with the deepest compassion as they mocked Him and flung insults at Him. Shouting out things such as, “ He saved others, but he can’t save himself! ” and “ Come down from the cross and save yourself ”. They spat at Him and mocked Him as He hung innocently on the cross, dying. What was Jesus response to all this? “ When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. ” Jesus had every reason to retaliate but He didn’t. He had every right to justify Himself but He didn’t. In fact He had quite the opposite response. He said, “ Father, forgive them, for they do not know what