We grieve, but not in the same way as those who have no hope

This is going to be a very personal post, full of reflections on the death just yesterday of my Father-in-Law. But before I get into that, being me, I have to begin with a very important point of Bible understanding.  For I know that many Christians feel secretly guilty for the fact they are grieving.  They ask themselves, "why am I crying when I know that my loved one has gone to a better place?"I hope to reassure all of my readers who are currently in mourning, and every single one of you w … [Read more...]

Bringing warmth to a fathers heart

One of my children came downstairs, after being in their room for ages yesterday, with the following list of verses. They had obviously spent a long time going thru a bible looking at highlighted verses and choosing, as they put it, their "favorite ones". I think its a pretty good list, actually, and I am grateful for the grace of God at work in this dear child of mine despite all their father's failings and imperfections. Nothing that I could hope to ever accomplish with the blog will be of … [Read more...]

10 Things I learnt on my summer "break"

Following just over a month of this self-imposed near-total break from my online life (obviously not including my paid work!) what have I discovered?Wordpress's auto-publish feature is bullet-proof and a real gift You hardly missed me as a result of 1. and my kind guest bloggers. Indeed, traffic remained pretty high considering it was August. Phil Moore is better than I am at explaining why digital fasts are so important. A week is definitely not long enough It took me much longer before I … [Read more...]

Is This Five-Word Prayer One of the Best We Could Ever Pray?

My son, Joel, often wants to pray “Thank you, God, for everything!” I never know whether to congratulate him or tell him to pray a so-called "proper" prayer. Truth is, it IS a proper prayer! … [Read more...]

Review of the Year – The Warnock Family

The past twelve months have been relatively stable for us as a family. It is the first year for awhile that none of us have started a new job, or a new school (although Joel did move up from the school's nursery class to reception). We have not moved, and we certainly haven't moved church. We intend for this stability to continue, God willing, for years to come. Certainly we hope that our children will see out their schooling from our current home somewhere in North London.Of course, the top … [Read more...]

Joel's Prayer

Hello, Tamasin here! I would just like to tell you a funny story about my youngest brother Joel. Once we all went to the prayer meeting together as a family and near the end there was a time where people were praying for one another. My mum was looking after Joel, and asked him to pray. So Joel said, assuming that this was the only prayer that existed, 'Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for this lovely food, Amen!' And I thought it was hilarious!! … [Read more...]

Mother Warnie

Thought it was about time you saw the more attractive half of my marriage! This is Mrs Warnie with Tamasin and Joel. It was taken last month at a pantomime!  … [Read more...]

Is Big Ben the "doctor who place" Joel?

My son Joel (age 2) is bright, but like all kids has a slightly different view of the world than we do.He just pottered up to my PC and saw the picture at the top of my blog. He said "Look, Daddy's at the Doctor Who place, he is!"Isnt it funny that though we live in London, he only knows of Big Ben because of the events of the New Doctor Who episode Aliens of LondonIt was one of the best episodes of the new series, in my view. As I have been writing this post, the speech by Joel about Doctor … [Read more...]

Childrens book review: most of all Jesus loves you

"Most of all Jesus loves you" by Noel Piper is simple and to an adults eye I initially thought it would not interest many of my kids. With four kids ranging from 4-8 we have a fairly good laboratory to test books out.When I first read this book to our two year old Joel and our four year old, Charis it was a real hit. Charis asked all kinds of questions about God, and we had one of the best chats yet. After having it read to him, our six year old Henry asked to take this book to bed with him. … [Read more...]

Counting blessings combats holiday blues, studies show

Being grateful is good for you. 'What are you greatful for?' asks mamamusingsWhere to start? Thank you God for my lovely wife Andrée Warnock (who was born Andrée Hamer) who puts up with far more than any woman should have to, and who is the best person I have met in the whole world. Also, for four wonderful kids who love me to death and make me so proud (Henry singing at the church party and Joel shuffling along the furniture both did me in!!For extended family, for friends- esp Ant who I … [Read more...]