Where to from here? That’s what many of us might be thinking after our event last week on Common Prayer. So we at the Grace Collective thought it would be helpful to share some tools with you to begin with as you delve deeper into different ways of enriching your prayer life. It’s by no means comprehensive. In fact it’s rather a small list. But our prayer is that it would be the beginning of a journey for you into different ways of praying alone or together which will enliven and strengthen your relationship with God. We hope you find them helpful. Continue reading →
As we are well and truly in the throws of winter (cue ‘winter is coming’ references and memes all over your Facebook newsfeed), I have taken upon myself the difficult task of compiling the best Hot Chocolate recipes the internet has to offer for winter 2015. From salt to exotic spices, there’s something here for everyone:
One night I was heading to an ice rink with my youth group for a fun night of snowballs, skates and falling over. Half way to Paradice the young guys in the back said they hadn’t had dinner, so I smiled and told them cheekily I knew a place on the way where they could eat for free. I pointed it out to the youth leader who was driving, we pulled into a parking lot and I told them I’d be back for a couple of minutes. A couple of minutes past, and I came back with a black plastic bag full of donuts. “This isn’t super nutritious, but it will fill you up for sure,” I said.
At the moment I’m living at home, working full time and life is a breeze. My Mum tends to cook for the household so I get in on the feeds she puts on the table, I live right next to church because my Dad is the Vicar so on Sunday’s I can roll out of bed at 9:50 and still be early for the 10am service. And, get this; Dad sometimes even folds my washing! I unequivocally hate folding washing, so for me, this is a King’s life.
However, last year I was living in a pretty different situation. I was studying full time, flatting in Mt Eden, working part time flipping burgers late into the night to make ends meet, and living in a room converted from a porch that was the size of a double bed and had astro-turf for carpet. I had the full ‘student flatting experience.’ Continue reading →
The way I deal with things that make me cry is by baking. Its my own form of therapy.
So last week, I got home and I made Salted Caramel Slice. Another of my obsessions. It came out pretty ugly looking, but thats okay. I very much enjoyed eating it.
I urge you all to try this, as the stress continues to build. Making something both delicious and beautiful does wonders for the soul. Release that tension through gooey sugary and slightly salty goodness.