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!
Today is a bit blowy to say the least. 73mph winds, wheelie bins rolling down the street and wind powered pushchairs. It is a day for waiting indoors, keeping warm, and camping out in the lounge while the last few leaves fly away till Spring. Continue reading
The last 8 years have seen…
…2 beautiful girls join our little family. Fun loving and bright eyed they have shown us the best bits of life.
…2 average houses become our first 2 beautiful homes.
…me through my twenties from 21 to 30 (well in 2 weeks time!)
…the birth of 10 nephews and nieces.
You can now purchase your very own thankful tree kit on my Etsy shop. For only £9.99+shipping you can make your own beautiful family centrepiece. Perfect as a gift for a wedding, Christmas, christening or birthday. Continue reading
Advent calendars don’t just have to be about chocolate and sweets. My girls and I have had great fun with this simple idea the last few years and I hope you find it useful too! Continue reading
Why does the Giraffe have long legs?….
On the way home from school on Friday I got accused of ‘forgetting’. My sharp little nearly-5-year-old remembers everything and notices when I don’t! My crime had been to not put a special note in her lunch box that day, and my heart sank when she told me I had ‘forgotted’ her special message. Continue reading
I love this image…’Weaving’ is an active verb. It conjures up the image of a person hard at work, crafting away. Taking strands and threading them in and out, the warp and the weft holding it all together, the shuttle coming down to secure and tighten the fabric. The fingers nimbly feeling their way around the newly created mesh, evening out the bumps and loops and pulling the threads taut. Continue reading
Pinterest… I have many boards stacked full of inspiration and ideas. I even have two accounts one personal and one for Flotsam and Jetsam. It is too easy to spend an hour flicking through pretty and intriguing images adding them to my collections. I finally got around to doing one of my ‘Little Ones’ activities this week after pinning it over 2 years ago! A chance to do some quality painting time with a prophetic edge with my beautiful big girl. It was a joint effort but she took the lead and it is now hanging proudly on our wall. Continue reading