When you decide to blend

My husband Tony and I have been blending our step family since December 2006 and are both joyful and thankful to be celebrating 15 years of marriage by God’s grace this year. For those who don’t know our story, we were both single parents when we met. We are both strong Christians. We received sound […]

While you are waiting

In my time ministering to Christians who were ‘single again’, there was always a need to sensitively address the ways in which such individuals were to conduct themselves and the posture their attitude and mind must adopt as Christians who were waiting for a new spouse for re- marriage. While this desire can be very […]

When your plans change

No one sets out in life to become a single parent if their desire was to marry, have children and grow a healthy and happy family. When a Christian finds themselves a single parent after a marriage breakdown, navigating your new ‘normal’ takes a lot of adjustment. True Christians who become single parents desire to […]

Moving forward.

I am often asked about the advice I offer to those Christians who find themselves in the grievous situation of a marriage breakdown and subsequent divorce. Below are two videos that were created at the beginning of Blended not Shaken Ministries, that offer counsel and support to such people in our Christian communities. In the […]

Sing A Song Devotional Series 9 & 10

We are coming to the end of our 5 month series of devotionals surrounding the scriptures from ‘Sing a Song to Single Mums’. This month, my focus is on God’s Plans for our lives and this will be divided into two parts. Firstly, from Jeremiah 29, we will look at His plans for our good […]

‘Sing a Song’ Devotional Series 7 & 8

Hello, I trust that this blog finds you and your families well. If you have been following along lately, I have created a series of short devotional Bible studies surrounding the scriptures in my latest book “Sing a Song to Single Mums” and this month I’m drawing our attention to God’s Provision and God’s Justice. […]

‘Sing a Song’ Devotional Series 5 & 6

Hello. I trust that at the reading of this blog, you are well. Hopefully you haver been following my blog over the past few months as I have been doing a simple devotional series surrounding the many scriptures used in my latest book- ‘Sing a Song to Single Mums’. I am discovering that it is […]

‘Sing a Song’ Devotional Series 3 & 4

Hello and welcome to my blog. Let’s continue with the devotional series based around my latest book, “Sing a Sing to Single Mums.” 3. Your never-distant companion. Key verses: Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8 This chapter shows the exchange between Moses and the Lord’s message to the people of Israel on the eve of their entering […]

‘Sing a Song’ Devotional Series 1 & 2

Hello to all! I trust that my December blog finds you well and that you were able to celebrate Christmas with your loved ones. As I promised to a few single mum friends, I have created a number of short devotionals using the Bible verses used in my latest book “Sing a Song to Single […]

November News

Sing A Song To Single Mums

November has been a busy month in the life of Blended Not Shaken Ministries. On Sunday 1st November, the Blended Women ministry team hosted a High Tea at Yatahlia Manor. The afternoon consisted of delicious food, lots of tea and ample fellowship in a gorgeous setting. The ladies, all of which are single parents were […]

Living Successfully

This month’s blog follows the theme of “Living” God’s way as outlined in His Word; last month I looked at “Living Free” and the blog post before that was “Living Surrendered”. Today, my focus will be on success and what it means to live successfully- God’s way. I’d like to begin by highlighting how the […]

Living Free

My last blog was titled Living Surrendered and I highlighted that we need to emulate Jesus, the servant King, who died to His own rights and surrendered His will to the will of His Father. No easy feat that’s for sure! But the more we surrender to God, the more we will notice a sense […]

Living Surrendered

Living a life of surrender isn’t easy or popular. In fact, it flies in the face of today’s culture that encourages and promotes selfishness. But a true Christian is called to live a surrendered life- to God. This doesn’t mean giving up all responsibilities, to throw one’s hands in the air with a spirit of […]

The Importance of Origins

A few weeks ago, I was invited to write a tribute piece for a special person who had recently passed away who had played a pivotal role in the establishment of a Christian school I have been a part of, worked in and served for many years. It was an honour to do so. But […]

Our God

Psalm 18 was written by David, who spoke this song of thanksgiving on the day that the Lord delivered him from Saul and his enemies, contains a very clear message. The message is particularly important to remember during the Corona Virus crisis and I believe the crux of the message is found in verse 31.. […]

Why Fear?

The Corona Virus, COVID-19 pandemic has forced the globe to its knees. It has showcased the very best as well as the very worst in people. It has highlighted how quickly human beings succumb to fear and panic. It has also shown the adversion towards authority that many people have and the extend to which […]

The Root of All Evil

The latest act of evil that has rocked the world surrounding the horrific and violent deaths of three young children and their mother at the hands of their father and estranged husband in Queensland, Australia has prompted me to write this month’s blog on the subject. And no- the subject is not Domestic Violence, mental […]

After God’s own Heart – Lessons from David, Part 1

Hello! Welcome to my first blog for 2020. I trust that you are ready for all this new year holds. I’d like to share with my readers some of what I’ve learned or been reminded of through recently studying David. He was an extraordinary man with a distinct call and anointing over his life. His […]

A walk down memory lane

Across the world, we recently celebrated the signing of the Armistice on 11/11 at the 11th hour, to mark the momentous day World War 1 ended. And November 2019 seems to be the month for remembrance for me in other ways. This year marks 30 years since graduating year 12. (It was called Matriculation then.) […]

His Jewels

” I shall make them My jewels.” Malachi 3:17 Last week I read this gem of a verse during one of my devotional times and immediately I knew my next blog entry would be on this topic. The word ‘jewel’ in this passage translates to ‘special treasure’. What a beautiful picture of how the Lord […]

Tell Your Story

September came and went in such a whirlwind that I didn’t have the time nor the inclination to write my blog. So I’m attempting to make amends by writing on the first day of the new month- October and who knows? I may write two entries instead of one! Last Sunday,I had the opportunity to […]

The blog I don’t feel like writing

I have no idea how many read my monthly blogs. And because very few respond to them, I really have no clue if my writing is having any worthwhile effect. I find myself wondering whether I am wasting my time and instead should be using the hours to do something else, preferably for me! You […]

Standing on God’s Promises – Part 3

Over the past two months, I’ve written on the confidence we can possess in standing on the thousands of promises from God as outlined in His Word. Today, I’d like to continue this theme and look specifically at the assurance that can be ours when our desire is to follow the Lord’s will for our […]

Standing on God’s Promises – Part 2

Last month, I began a series on the promises of God, the thousands of which are found in the Scriptures and encouraged my readers to stand steadfastly on such promises as our sure foundation and hope. I also shared some of my favourite promises and a short back story on each. I was extremely heartened […]

Standing on God’s Promises – Part 1

For the true Christian, the Bible is a great and precious source of hope. By faith, a Christian believes that the scriptures are God’s own words to us and are imperative to our walk on this earth before our Lord returns or takes us home. I have been committing scripture to memory since coming to […]

Beauty Within

Last Saturday, the ministry hosted a half day seminar for single and step mums. The event was designed to fit the theme of ‘Beauty Within’ with the key scripture taken from 1 Peter 3:3-4. Written in 60 A.D yet, like all scripture, it is as relevant today as when Peter penned the words. The world […]

God pleaser vs man pleaser

Lessons from Daniel – Part 3 By reading this scripture at face value, the message is pretty clear; without FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE God! There’s an old, well loved song of mine called “God Pleaser” and was written and performed by my favourite Christian band- Petra. Although my kids struggle to enjoy the […]

Transformer or Conformer

Lessons from Daniel – Part 2 For the past couple of months, I have been studying the book of Daniel. In last month’s blog, ‘Lessons from Daniel Part 1’ the focus was on the power of prayer and how Daniel, the man and prophet was a great example of a powerful and effective pray-er. I […]

Lessons from Daniel – Part 1

The December/January school holidays each year sees me read a number of books. I love reading all the time, but I can pour myself into a number of books for often hours at a time when not pressed by schedules, routines and commitments. There was one book I read that has impacted me enough to […]

Resolutions

It’s 31st December. The last day of our calendar year. The last day of 2018. The last day of writing ’18 in cards and on documents where my signature is needed and seeing the number 2018 on every electronic device I own. On this last day of each year I (like many would I imagine) […]

Traditions

Family traditions. We all have them. If asked, we could recall them quite readily; both those from our childhood as well as adults with our own families. Some of our childhood traditions have invoked such positive emotions in us, we have adopted them to continue with our children. As it’s less than a month before […]

God’s delightful comforts

Recently, it’s been tough. Life, that is. There has been a myriad of issues and difficulties confronting our family over the past few months, the results of which has been anxiety and stress. I can certainly relate to the psalmist’s words shown in this image… “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts […]

The Value of Good Friendship

We all would have personal stories to tell of our experiences with friendship. We could also all attest to times when our friends have failed us and we have failed them. The reality is that no one is perfect and that people are guaranteed to let us down. Each of us will most certainly disappoint […]

Feeling Helpless? Hope in God

What would it be like to live without hope? To live in a state of helplessness, despairing that your circumstances may never improve, that the only light you see in your tunnel of darkness is a train coming towards you crushing your spirit? Unfortunately, this is the state of being for non Christians but it […]

Making a living vs Making a life

Too much emphasis in our world is placed upon the acquisition of knowledge, personal IQ, higher education and financial success but too few people are eager to pursue wise living or wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge. Wise people know what to do in each situation, when to do it and why. I […]

Becoming a Woman of Excellence – Part 3

Over the past two months, I have been blogging about the Bible character of Ruth and how her life was shown to be a one of excellence and that one of the goals of our lives as women of God should be to pursue excellence. I have outlined that the costs associated with this pursuit […]

Becoming a Woman of Excellence – Part 2

Lessons from Ruth Last month, I looked at the character of Ruth and attempted to ask the question- How can I become a woman of excellence? highlighting the diligence, hopefulness and integrity of Ruth from the scriptures and offered readers passages from the Bible that showed that pursuing excellence in all we do requires righteous […]

Becoming a Woman of Excellence – Part 1

“All my people in the city know you are a woman of excellence.” Ruth 3:11 The above verse was spoken by Boaz, the man who became Ruth’s kinsman redeemer and husband (more about that later) and was a high compliment indeed. It was certainly an interesting compliment too, given that Ruth at the time was […]

Lessons learned from the prophet Jeremiah

Last month, I outlined 3 lessons I had seen from the study of the prophet Jeremiah. 1. Godly service isn’t easy. 2. Godly service actually get harder not easier. 3. Despite points 1. and 2. we are able to mature in godliness as our life of godly service grows. I have thoroughly enjoyed and been […]

What Godly service REALLY looks like

The life of a true follower of Christ can be defined by a number of attributes and we can test this by what the scriptures say. *A true Christian is not popular with the world. John 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (says Jesus) * A true […]

Our Treasure – the Scriptures

On my 12th birthday, I received from my parents my first Bible. It was brown, hard covered and the New King James version. Inside, Mum had written in calligraphy the year I was born again (1980), baptised in the Holy Spirit (1983) and baptised in water (1986). I remember cherishing that gift and reading it […]

G.R.A.C.E.

Over the past month, I seem to have been inundated with the theme of GRACE throughout some of my devotional readings, songs heard, and books read. I thought that I would share a few of the treasures gained this month with my readers. The most accurate description of grace I know best is that it […]

The Power of Prayer

The power associated with prayer must not be underestimated by a true Christian. Although the simplest definition of prayer is ‘talking to God’ and is of itself powerfully precious, prayer is also an effective weapon in fighting against Satan and his schemes. The Bible states that “the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.” […]

HE knows better than I

Who loves the story of Joseph? I certainly do. From knowing of the love his parents had for him, his big blended family and his bigger dreams, I can relate in some ways to Joseph’s story. Although I grew up in a loving, nuclear home, I felt left out and unappreciated by most of my […]

Living the will of God

Christians often ask themselves the question-What is the will of God for my life? Although every person has been created for a specific calling in line with their giftings, skill set, personality type, life experiences and their time in history, this month’s blog looks at the general calling for each follower of Christ as outlined […]

My journey of faith.. from now

A few days ago, my husband and I made the decision that, once and for all, I would no longer accept any relief teaching work but would follow what the Lord directed me to do nearly 4 years ago- not to use relief teaching as a form of income but to rely on God and […]

Just a stone

Dealing with your Goliaths. How often have you needed to get God’s perspective back into focus whenever you have come across setbacks in your life? Have there been times when you felt that you’ve experienced more road blocks than you believed is possible for one person to deal with? When you wonder if you are […]

Hope for the Hurting

The longer I’m on this earth, the more convinced I am that there are too many people who are hurting in one or many ways and for a myriad of reasons. Because Blended Not Shaken Ministries exists to specifically help those children and their parents who are hurting due to a failed marriage and are […]

“God will perfect that which concerns me”. Psalm 138

The title of this blog reflects such a confidence in the psalmist and although only 7 words long, this favourite verse of mine is packed with meaning and assurance. Firstly, it is GOD alone that will perfect that which concerns me. Not my faith or lack thereof; not my performance nor my inner reserves of […]

What are you wearing?

I had a dream a while ago where I saw three different Christian people each wearing a different piece of clothing and representing 3 groups of thought.The first person was in a straight jacket, the second was dressed in a sparkly sequinned blazer and the third was wearing a simple white robe. I could immediately […]