27.10.20

Parenting/Childcare Tips


Some Useful Links









Getting creative:

- 7/10/20 - 

Had our first trip away this year to Inverness. If you are ever that way there is a Gruffalo walk in Culloden woods, worth a look if you have wee ones or are a fan. 



- 21/10/20 - 
Today I have been cooking and Baking with Ezra while Mummy kept an eye on Lilliana stunt girl (climbing on furniture already!) Thanks to Edinburgh Discover and Edinburgh Community Food for some of the items needed and the recipes. 🍲😊

MAIN
Fish cakes made of mash potatoes, tuns and cornflakes. 

PUDDING
A bread and butter pudding. 

BREAKFAST PREP
Overnight oats 

21/10/20
Sensory Bottles 

Easy to make and fun to play with. 

25.10.20

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

 

The Happy Prince and Other TalesThe Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book to my little boy over a few nights. How much he grasped at 3 years old (almost 4) I'm not sure. Nonetheless it helped him sleep. I very much enjoyed reading more Oscar Wilde writings. I loved the beauty, imagery and poetry of these short stories.

View all my reviews



Peace in the Time of Quarantine

Welcome to my blog blast for peace.


- 2020 -

Please feel free to add to the comments tips on:
 How are you finding peace in the midst of this chaotic time?


How are you finding peace in the midst of this chaotic time?  

7 helpful tips. 

1. Hold onto scriptures that you find encouraging. For example I have a list of verses pinned up in our kitchen that a ministry sent out:


2. As mentioned in a previous post about infodemics it is worth limiting social media if it is gaining to much of a foot hold in your life. 

3. Having said that there are apps out there that help with feelings you may have in this pandemic and in life in general. I started one recently which I was reffered to for my social anxiety, so far fairly helpful. I have also used calming apps in the past, one was secular and one was specifically Christian in nature. 

4. In an age of bad news take time to look for and appreciate good news. For example, recently the Nuclear Ban Treaty has been ratified by 50 nation states making nuclear weapons illegal. Truly good news. 

5. Give thanks. For, example here is a prayer from the Fellowship of Reconciliation giving thanks in regards to the good news above:

6. If you are able why not enjoy an Autumn walk. This season is a wonderful time of colours and crisp air. As mentioned in a previous autumn post I love this time of year, the time when the winds blow. If you have kids why not make it an autumn treasure hunt (always keeping to restrictions in your region of course). 



7. Be gentle with your self and others. Allow yourself to grieve. 

These are just a few tips on finding a measure of peace in these uncertain times. How about you?
How are you finding peace in the midst of this chaotic time?
Feel free to comment at the bottom of the page. 

***

- 2019 - 


Over the years I have written little snippets and poems on the theme of peace. This year on Nov 4th I am joining other peace bloggers from across the world to share on the theme: Changing your climate. I'm going to collect together a number of pieces I have written to express a yearning for peace, a deep desire for a better world and perhaps a glimmer of hope that things can and will be better. As these have been written over the years some may appear darker than others. Some may even appear optimistic. These come in no particular order, but in the end all reflect a longing for a change in climate. The toxic nature of politics and media these days needs challenged. The climate of division and misery needs to end. Let us not forget the other extinction threat - nuclear weapons. It is time to blog for peace.


1. Letter to the 'Leaders' 

From whence cometh wars and rumours of war?
Lust for power as you sacrifice at the altar of your gods. 
Lust for wealth, the love of which is the root of all evil.
Lust that fills the streets with rivers of blood. 
Lust that burns children alive in the name of "a higher cause."
Lust in the name of dark liquid and swords. 
Lust in the name of your false god Ares. 
From whence cometh wars and rumours of war?
Your lusts! 

2. War 

Blood and guts
Widows crying 

Where is the glory? 

Blood and guts 
Children dying

Where is the glory?

Blood and guts
People dying 

Where is the glory? 

War! 
What is it good for? 


3. Not in thy name 

Cruelty and punishment.
They say in thy name.
Do they know what manner of spirit they are of?
Killing and wholesale slaughter.
They say in thy name.
Do they know what manner of spirit they are of?
Not in thy name.
Not in my name.
In theirs.
Not in thy name. 

4. War Child 

Another body on an empty street. 
No wave of flags for this child. 
No red, white and blue. 
No streets lined with mourners. 
No drum beat or trumpet call. 
No red flowers or wreaths. 
No moment silence or vigil mass. 
Worst of all: 
No faith, 
No hope, 
No love, 
None is given. 
This is the death of another nations child. 


5. Fields 

Beautiful sunshine. 
Fields of buttercups. 
Lambs playing in the spring. 
Dark clouds of poison smoke. 
Fields of bones and bodies. 
No one and no creature plays in 'no man's land'. 
Sunshine breaking through the clouds in a blue sky. 
Fields golden and ripe for harvest. 
Blackened sky. 
No light or life. 
No one to harvest, no harvest. 
All that is left is the aftermath of slaughter. 
God forgive our heartless species. 
God forgive us! 


6. Vigil for Peace 

Alone it floats on the water, lit by a child, a call for peace amidst the wars. 
Its a sign to beckon the weary to come. 
Slowly more candles are lit, 
More people come. 
They come, not to curse the darkness. 
They simply come to light a candle.
Soon the water reflects so much light. 
Broken and surrendered they come. 
Softly without words or song they minister. 
In prayer and stillness they gather. 
The ever-growing, universal vigil for peace has begun. 


7. Collateral Damage 

You are someones baby, someones child; 
But they call you collateral damage. 
You are someones son, someones daughter; 
But they call you collateral damage. 
You are someones brother, someones sister; 
But they call you collateral damage. 
You are someones father, someones mother; 
But they call you collateral damage. 
They call you collateral damage.
For they know not what spirit they are of. 


8. To the ground 

He falls to the ground. 
Hands over his eyes, he weeps bitter tears of great pain. 
How had things come to this? 
Wiping the blood and tears from his face, he does something he hasn't done for a long time, he prays. 
With his rifle finally laid to rest, the young soldier looks to the heavens and then across a field of corpses. 
Among the dead he sees a child he killed in the heat of battle. 
The soldiers words echo in the valley of death, God forgive us. 
Forgive us all, sweet Jesus, forgive us. 
To the ground the soldier falls. 


9. They Lie

They send us off to die. 
Blood and tears we cry. 
In the heat of battle we live. 
Our sweat and life we give. 
Bang beats the drum. 
A war never won. 
Vanity and pride. 
The leaders hide. 
Why should this be? 
Indeed the name of the free? 
No, not in my name. 
This is not a game. 
They send us off to die, we shall not go!
For they lie! 


10. New World

I once had a dream of a new world.

I saw a city of crystals, pearls and gold, full of light, guarded by angels of old. 

There was no night
The city was bright. 

A river of pure love flowed through. 
There was no death for me and you. 

No dying, no crying, no sinning. 
A place of no pain or sorrow. 

It is the world of tomorrow. 


11. This is The End

Lay down together, friends.
Roar lion, roar!
Silent lamb to slaughter.
A child will lead them.
Lay down together, friends.
Speak and nations bow.
Swords to ploughs.
The harvest is plenty.
Lay down together, friends.
Prince of peace.
Hallelujah, angels sing.
Saints awake.
Lay down together, friends.
Lay down on holy ground.
Lay down your weapons.
Lay down your burdens.
Lay down together, friends.
This is the end.

***

CHANGE YOUR CLIMATE

DONA NOBIS PACEM
GRANT US PEACE

- DTH - 

21.10.20

Advice During An Infodemic

 



As some may know I have long had a love hate relationship with the internet, particularly social media for a very long time. FB fasts during lent just don't cut it anymore. Years ago I watched a documentary about how addictive social media is and that has proven true time and again. After watching a documentary recently by former social media staff about how we are the product my fears were confirmed. Something has to change. I have been working on a semi detox of late. I have reduced interactions (admittedly I go to the extreme opposite at times). I have reduced use of Insta, I no longer have it on my phone, and set it to private for friends and family only. With FB I have reduced my friend list to just family. Primarily I plan to make it functional only. A place to share family photos and occasional updates mainly. I no longer allow notifications on my device except works WhatsApp during work hours only and messenger/texts. I am trying hard to comment less on things that bug me and just overall stop helping the algorithm machines that control us all. How successful I will be in this semi detox only time will tell, but during this infodemic it seems necessary as much for mental health as anything else to take measures. My only advice without being preachy is take measures to protect yourself and others. They don't need to be the same as me. They can be not as extreme or more extreme as you please. Of course you may already be doing something to limit the tyranny of social media over our lives. I came across the video attached from the WHO that also has some advice during this time and here is another link of myth busters. Furthermore let us all pause before we share.





20.10.20

A Definition of Anabaptist



An Anabaptist is a type of Christian who normally traces the views they have to the "Radical Reformation" of the 16th century. The distinctives of such a movement are normally, but not solely, believers baptism, a nonviolent ethic, and separation of church and state. Being a Reformation group they also tend to believe in salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. They endeavour to follow Jesus with a biblically-based life. Like Evangelicals and Charismatics they exist in many different denominations and also have movements or denominations directly birthed from them. 

'What happened four hundred years ago? Well, whatever your views may be, you will have to admit that it was one of the most remarkable historical phenomena that has ever taken place. It is no exaggeration to say that the Protestant Reformation changed and turned the entire course of history, not only the history of the church but secular history too.' 

- D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

'[Christ] is everywhere, but he does not wish that you grope for him everywhere. Grope rather where the Word is, and there you will lay hold of him in the right way.'

- Martin Luther

October Service - My Christian Testimony

 

Or 

Podcast Theme Tune

 

Click here to listen. 

12.10.20

Books, books and more books!

Refresh the page to see a different qoute.

 


David's Family and Personal Reading

The Secret Garden
To Kill a Mockingbird
All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir
Hostage in Iraq
Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
The Shorter Catechism: with explanatory notes and review questions
The War Prayer
The Agency that Transformed a Nation
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Pursuit of God
The Marriage Book
The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Civil Disobedience
The Railway Children
You be the judge: is christianity true?
Song of the Dolphin Boy
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Beyond the Bounty
Street Cat Bob
How Much Land Does a Man Need?


David Holdsworth's favorite books »

David's currently-reading book montage

Mennonite Handbook
Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version
Soul Fuel: A Daily Devotional
Love the World
Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book: Ordinary Time
Take Our Moments and Our Days, Volume 2
Strength to Love
Yarns On Social Pioneers
John Sentamu's Agape Love Stories: 22 Stories of God’s Love Changing Lives Today
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Preacher's Sourcebook of Creative Sermon Illustrations
The Imitation of Christ
An Inquiry Into the Accordancy of War with the Principles of Christianity
Francis of Assisi in His Own Words: The Essential Writings
Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals
Nature
How I Found Livingstone in Central Africa
Silence in the Age of Noise
The Books of the Bible (NIV): New Testament: Community Bible Experience


David Holdsworth's favorite books »