Back to blogging and the new member of Team Turnbull

Its been a while since i blogged properly… I have been busy growing and delivering our first child.

Small T is our miracle boy and today he is six weeks old. I cant even begin to tell you how grateful to God i am for his arrival.

So as you can imagine its all change in our lives, and yet we are still who we always were.. Just minus lots of sleep.

In it all i had a 30 hour labour and an emergency cesarean, while R had spinal surgery on a back injury which had left him in excruciating pain.

You would think we were disheartened and down, but the joy of small keeps our perspective and we both enjoy the good things of now and have hope for the future.

Now we have a son to share what matters to us with. Our faith, our care for God’s world expressed through being vegan and living as lightly as we can in relation to the planet.

And fun stuff… We will forever be a geek household.

So expect future posts on all such things and our adventures as parents:

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Book Review: Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller, published by @HodderFaith 

This book is full of surprises. I found Hidden Christmas both interesting, difficult, insightful and challenging.

It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but then that’s probabaly because there is a part of me thinking about nativity scenes and tinsel. Both of which are great by the way, but this book goes straight into the deep truths of what Christianity is about.

It especially reminds us of the lengths God has gone to in order to reclaim us, to bring us home into the place of his love.

To begin with I was uncertain who the book was aimed at, Christians or people wanting to consider Christianity and I am still not sure. However I don’t think I would give it to my non Christian friends.

I personally found Keller’s speaking  style abrupt and at times aggressive in tone. I struggled with it and I know it would put my non Christian friends off.  Also he uses language which while completely accessible to a church goer, would confuse many who have no experience of it.

 There were times where he assumes who you the reader are and what motivates you, which I found annoying. But then he said this:

I have often heard people say that they had gone to such and such church and the preacher had droned on to long and was boring. I often counter, “Okay, but was the sermon wrong? Even though it was boringly communicated, was God’s truth being set before you?” We must be aware of our prejudices.

And he is right. Keller is in no way boring in this book but I did find myself prejudice against it because of his tone.

However, as I looked past that I found Hidden Christmas full of some very beautiful truths and profound insights.

There is much to be gained from reading this book as a Christian, both as an encouragement and as a challege to a deeper life with God. 

So take a look for yourselves – I would love to hear your opinions on it.

Codependency : That “Treading On Eggshells” Feeling

An interesting article on how codependancy works in relationships:

Free From Codependency With Dr. Nicholas Jenner

Walking-on-egg-shellsAs I have mentioned here a few times before, I suffered badly with codependent issues. Even though I have largely overcome these, there are still some clear traces that I constantly work on (or have to work on).  One of these and one that I see often with clients is hyper-vigilance, not in the sense of physical threat but mostly to do with observing a partner’s behavior for signs of change. For codependents who constantly live with insecurity, these signs could mean a lot.

Many clients who have noticed this element in themselves take any perceived change as a possible signal that they are about to be abandoned. In reality, there is usually nothing to be worried about or there is an issue that is not much to do with the relationship. What it does to a codependent is foster an attitude of “treading on eggshells”.  They feel that the…

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