ONCE UPON A TIME ...a five year old girl sat on a windswept pebbly beach searching for emeralds and rubies. Rooting around in the damp,sandy stones for hidden treasure to add to her collection.
Dotted around our home are collections of objects chanced upon when scouring the beach on holidays. An odd selection of jars filled with flotsam and jetsam of all kinds; shells, pebbles and fragments of rounded glass – the emeralds and rubies of a 5 years old’s imagination. Found amongst bottle tops and buttons, old netting and tin cans are treasures that rekindle memories and provide creative inspiration. Eager eyes spy out the smooth and the glistening, keen hands bury through the seaweed brushing off sand and salt impatient to add it to the growing collection.
The flotsam and jetsam have their own tale; lost at sea, cast overboard they are honed by the waves and offered up by the gracious tide to find a home in our story. The sea has the authority to toss up what it will and leave us to question and discover new purpose and meaning in and through whatever we find.
This concept has formed a way of life for my family and we have found ourselves washed up on the shore. In need of grace and seeking out the glints of truth and joy. We find ourselves daily on the tideline of family life, our workplaces and friendships, with the awareness that hidden God encounters are just a breath away. Moments of worship, epiphany,honesty and laughter can be found in the smallest of places so we try to go about our day seeking out these treasures in the melay of family life.
Our desire is to create a home that encourages discovery, reveals truth and directs hearts towards Jesus. And beyond that to seek out space and time so that others too may have unexpected encounters with the One who is scanning the shoreline, ready to transform their tide tossed hearts.
So here I hope to start to document this journey, sharing our experiences to encourage and inspire you. Join me as we create a home that inspires a thankful heart, introduce family rituals that bring us together, find ways to worship at work, on the school run, outdoors and after a long day. My hope is to show you some of the ways in which we get creative when leading worship at our church and in our small group as well as in the big wide world.
Worship goes beyond singing at church.Worship is a lifestyle that gives God permission to permeate every part of our lives. I hope you will join me in some projects that try to find alternative, creative ways to bring Jesus into the centre of everyday. Ultimately I want to find lost spaces, lost time and lost things and give them a new lease of life, value and purpose.
TIME TO SHOW AND TELL...here I would like to share some practical things I have done or worship inspiration I have found. Making and creating home made worship is at the heart of Flotsam & Jetsam. This is my portfolio of projects; The lost and found things to inspire.
A guy we met 5 years ago in California who has come a long way since. His amazing new album is soaking my lounge tonight in The truth.
A beautiful cover of this amazing song…
ALL THINGS NEW
SHE READS TRUTH
A beautiful very lovingly written daily bible reading blog. A wealth of plans and ideas all helping to apply the Word to our everyday lives. I love the spirit and style these girls offer. You can sign up for daily devotionals and connect with other readers using instagram and twitter. It’s simply a community that hopes to encourage and inspire each other on their journeys with Jesus. Love it x
seeds family worship
Seeds Family Worship is a group that put bible verses to music in a really catchy way. My girls love listening to them and for once, they are ‘kids songs’ that as an adult I also can connect with and listen to without going crazy!!
MY JOURNAL ...here you have an insight into the practical, day to day outworking of our dream; the ups and downs, the good the bad. I will share ideas and thoughts which will hopefully encourage and inspire you to adopt a creative outlook on life!
Three days of lone parenting, outnumbered parent – child ratio school runs, toddler tantrums, taxi runs to countless clubs. These kids have a better social life than me!
I’ve done baking, painting, drawing, consoling, story reading, train track playing, tractor spotting and homework helping. Is it only Wednesday, surely it’s the weekend by now! Continue reading
I have read the Chronicles of Narnia too many times to count. Memories of autumnal afternoons with my father under the confier trees ploughing through pages of pure magic. However only when reading the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to my own daughters in recent weeks have I ever read the dedication at the very start, and this is probably where my writing begins again too. Continue reading
My favourite moment of today was hiding in the cupboard under the stairs with my 3 year old, a pile of stinky trainers, coats and some Angelina Ballerina Dolls. Continue reading
Today my husband has given me a ‘day off’. Well a day without some of my normal chores anyway and very nice it is too! Instead of the school run this morning I got to get dressed and have breakfast. Instead of the Monday supermarket sweep I got to tile the new shower! Continue reading
…. I can confirm that night one in the new house definitely feels like Home!
Great is Thy faithfulness
Tonight feels strange. We are on the brink of a new adventure. Continue reading
Bubbles bursting like popping candy around my ears. A comforting snore from my eldest munchkin tucked up in bed far away in her land of dreams. Summer night playtime echoing down the street, laughter and chatter, the hum of the motorway.