‘So many answers’

Incredibly pleased to be launching ‘So many answers’ over the next couple of months.

I have enjoyed writing and illustrating this one so much – and I know you’ll enjoy reading it with your little ones.

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Zazzle

Well, this was an unexpected result of blank pages and new ideas and opportunities… I have been busy this week setting up a shop with Zazzle where I am hoping I can make some of my designs and illustrations available on a range of products.

If you like what you see, do go and have a look… I will be adding others.

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It’s a new year! Inevitably I’m looking back over 2017 and looking forward to the writing adventures to be found in 2018.

In 2017 I got stuck into writing monthly devotions for a Christian SEND family network over in the States, and it seems that 2018 will introduce me to a bigger team, and bigger audience, over there as  ‘Snappin Ministries’ joins with ‘Key Ministry’ and I continue to contribute as a writer with them. I’m not sure yet what that will look like but am excited to be part of something as it grows and expands it’s support of families like mine and the churches that they seek to be part of.

In the spring of 2017 I piloted a school experience day based on ‘My Easter Egg Hunt’. We had a lot of fun delivering it, and had some wonderfully positive feedback from children and from teachers. The story opened up the meaning of Easter very naturally. This material will be made available in the coming weeks – I’ll keep you posted!

I celebrated ‘My Jesus Family’ at Pentecost…

Of course another highlight was also launching ‘Angels Singing’, and being encouraged by stories of people of all ages finding it to be a book that created space for them to reflect and be still with God. We also explored the possibilities of communal contemplative colouring, and loved the way it included so many, often those on the edges.

So what will 2018 bring?

I am waiting to hear back from a publishing company about a submission – a book I am very excited about which explores what the Bible says about God answering prayer. So again I will let you know when I hear what’s next for that one!

I am working on collecting together more contemplative colouring, and imagining the possibilities of producing materials for children’s scrap-booking with God.

As I’ve said I will be writing regularly with ‘Key Ministry’, but am also talking with a UK based network to see how I might contribute too.

And then of course there’s the back burner project that I’m hoping to revisit this year – the book that began this whole writing adventure for me. It’s about time you met ‘My Curly Granddad’.

Plus all the little sparks and ideas that happen whenever I see a fresh blank page. I am officially loving this adventure – who knew there was a writer in me waiting to get a word in edge ways!

 

Gift idea

Looking for those last few gifts? A contemplative colouring book will give someone the gift of space and time to reflect, think and find some ‘me time’ with God.

There is still time to order and receive ‘Angels Singing’ before Christmas.

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Each beautiful illustration is presented alongside Bible verses

full of the love and hope of Christmas.

A gift for all ages.

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Angels singing!

I’m very pleased to be able to let you know that my latest book – and my first contemplative colouring book – is now available!  

Colouring scripture creates safe space to rest in God’s presence.

Add to the drawings and express your thoughts and feelings, let it become a prayer.

Be reminded of the wonder and joy of Christmas; Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us.

An invitation to celebrate, contemplate and colour! 

Doodling

IMG_20170821_230737_047 I have been so enjoying doing some designs for Christmas ‘contemplative colouring’ – don’t know if that’s a phrase in use already, if not I think it should be!

I find the process of doodling with a passage of scripture or a thought, or phrase from a prayer or worship song creates a space within me – and in my day – to contemplate things with God. New thoughts and insights occur to me, and I find my emotional responses to the words can be expressed in new ways.

Am so looking forward to finishing the last few that I have been putting together, and then I will be making them available through amazon, and perhaps other places too – will keep you posted!

Celebrating!

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Pentecost!! The birthday of the church…

Time to celebrate My Jesus Family!

Resources:

  • A group of family and friends; young and old, and in-between!
  • paper people cut outs
  • glue
  • scissors
  • coloured pens
  • scraps of patterned paper & fabric
  • imagination!

The challenge: to dress the paper people and talk about many of the wonderful friends we each have in our Jesus Family where we live.

The result:

  • fun
  • together time
  • celebration of people in our churches and what they mean to us
  • discovering new things about each others’ gifts
  • moments of thankfulness for being part of Jesus’ Family

Afterwards we settled down to read ‘My Jesus Family’ together. With characters we could relate to, with all their feelings and strengths we found we were chatting together about what we love (and what we may find difficult) about being part of this amazing family.

Why not celebrate Pentecost this week!