God comes down

I’ve been reading through Revelation recently, and have at last reached the glorious words of the start of Revelation 21.  But to get to there you have to go through some tough and bizarre passages.  Revelation 12 tells of a dragon, Revelation 13 of two beasts.  Bowls of God’s wrath follow as judgement ravages the earth.  Finally comes a vision of a woman, a city, Babylon, who rides on the beast, drunk on the blood of the saints.  These lurid visions are followed by chapter 18 where there is a call to rejoice over the fall of Babylon.

It sounds harsh – rejoicing over the fall of human beings.  But Revelation 17-18 tell us of the seriousness of the sin of Babylon.  Of the wealth and riches built on human trafficking. Of the blood of the saints spilt in that city.  For John’s 1st century readers Babylon would surely be Rome.  For us it is any system of human government and economics conducted without reference to God. It is any system which bows to the beast of human power, or to the beast of false religion. It is any system which oppresses those made in the image of God.

These systems are literally beastly.  We don’t have to look far in our land to see the results of abandoning God.  To see the rise in cruelty, the desire for ever more enjoyment now.  We don’t have to look far to see this coupled with false religion which makes it all about our best lives now.  All of that is part of the beastly kingdoms.  The beast can look dangerous and frightening like a crazed dictator bent on wiping out the church.  The beast can look harmless and comfortable like our western wealth built on the oppression and poverty of others.

It is the fall of such beastly systems that we rejoice over.  The fall of all who oppose God and his plan of redemption, his plan of rescue, his plan of making the world right and new.  There is a judgement day coming John tells us through his Revelation, and at its bottom that is fundamentally good news.  It is hard for us to hear because humanity as a whole has chosen rebellion against God’s purposes, and needs to turn back to the living God.  But there is no other way for God to save his world and his people except through the judgement of those who oppose him.  What the beastly visions of Revelation do is give us the correct glasses, the correct lenses through which to see the world in focus and realise the horror of what opposition to God means.  It is literally de-humanising, of self and of others.

The fall of Babylon is followed in John’s vision by a vision of the last battle – John’s vision isn’t always consecutive – sometimes we see the same thing from several angles, or through several images (a good simple guide to this is Michael Wilcox’s The Message of Revelation in the Bible Speaks Today IVP series, or at greater length from a similar angle “Discipleship on the Edge”, a series of sermons by Darrel Johnson – Regent College Publishing). The last battle has all earth’s armies gathered to oppose the white rider (not Gandalf, obviously).  There is no lurid account of an actual battle being fought – the rider, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, wins the battle by the sharp two edged sword from his mouth.  Think Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Thessalonians 2:8 and it is obvious.

Jesus wins the battle simply by speaking.  As he calmed the storm from the boat, so one day he will speak and every storm will be stilled.  Every opponent crushed.  Every wrong righted.  John goes on to describe the day of judgement when the books are opened, and every deed is laid bare. All the dead raised to be judged.  The sea, death and Hades (equivalent to Sheol in the OT, the place where souls were believed to go after death) give up their dead, and all are judged. Then the sea, death and hades are all thrown into the lake of fire.  The sea here is not a nice place to go for a holiday.  It is a place of chaos and turmoil, a place of risk and a place of likely disaster.  A place of monsters.  A place that claims lives.  It needs to go for God’s new creation to come.

And we dare not miss that also destined for this lake of fire are those whose names are not in the Lamb’s book of life – those who are marked with the mark of the beast – those who have not bowed the knee to Jesus as Lord.  Willing submission is needed to Jesus.  CS Lewis put it something like this “There are only two groups of people: those who say to God ‘your will be done’, and those to whom God says ‘your will be done'”. Those who refuse to bow the knee to the King cannot be subjects in his kingdom, and are shut out for ever. (A good place to go to read more on thinking through the issues this raises is “The Great Divorce” by CS Lewis – I don’t think the book is intended to be read as Lewis’ final word on the subject, rather it is useful thought experiment to read with Bible in hand and brain engaged – rather in the way of approaching any  book – or blog post – really!)

Then at last we reach Revelation 21.  We see that there is a new heavens and a new earth.  The chaos has gone, and God’s new work begins.  That is why there has to be a judgement.  And then we see a good city, the right city, the true city.  A city bowed to God’s will.  A city with human input and glory involved (look at Rev. 21:26), but fundamentally a city that is God’s.  A city that is also a bride dressed for her husband.  And then in the midst of the picture John sees comes a voice declaring these words.

“Behold, the dwelling place* of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,* and God himself will be with them as their God.* 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

The word that caught my attention as I read was “with”.  God’s dwelling place is with people.  He dwells (“tabernacles” – like in John 1:14 where the word became flesh and dwelt among his people) with them.  He himself will be with them.  He is with us now by his Spirit, but then he will be with us in person and we will see him – Revelation 22:4 – We will see his face.

Stop and think about that for one minute. The face of the creator. The face of the Law giver.  The face of the one who, when he came down on Sinai, Israel could not approach, and whose presence was veiled in thick darkness and unapproachable light.  Moses was only allowed a glimpse of the back of God’s glory because “no one can see my face and live”. And yet we will see his face and live forever.

This God of all glory and splendour and majesty will wipe away every tear from every eye.  I set up the church for two funerals this week.  The second was for an elderly great grandmother who died secure in Jesus’ love and knowing where she was heading.   I was almost undone during the tributes read from her grandchildren.  I had noticed her year of birth, and realised that, had she not died of cancer my own grandmother would have been the same age.  At the age of 17 I thought she was old when she died.  At the age of 39 I realise how long she could have lived.  She could have seen our children, could have been at family gatherings with great grandchildren gathered round.  Death once more seemed so unfair.  And yet reading Revelation 21 I remembered my reaction when I realised she was going to die.  I remember reading these final chapters of Revelation with my sister.  I remember highlighting chunks of these chapters and knowing that she would be with Jesus.   That is the peace.  That is the assurance that these verses give. Death is not the end.

One day all of us who have trusted in Jesus will stand before his throne and see his face.  And he will wipe away every tear.  Death itself will be no more.  No more crying or mourning or pain.  The first things have passed away.  God makes it all new.  The day that all creation longs for with eager expectation.  It caught me afresh this morning.  This is reality.  We live in a world saturated with self and saturated with instant pleasures.  A world that promises much, but delivers little.  Reality is set out in the images and pictures of Revelation, and in the words of the one who is seated on the throne.  We need to listen.  And we need, and I need, to re-orientate our lives around the reality that Jesus is coming back.  Around the reality that “we will see his face, and never never sin, and from the rivers of his grace drink endless pleasures in” (Isaac Watts).

The first hymn at the funeral on Thursday was a wonderful reminder of how the one who stilled the storm with a word will one still every storm:

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

(Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel)

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Meals for April

Having just created another month’s menu and trying to be creative with new meals Mark has requested an opportunity for some favourite meals to feature again so maybe I might do a month of favourite meals at some point, but for now it’s another month of new meals to try. I am learning though that it means that there can be more misses than success as far as the younger members of the family are concerned as new ingredients or combinations are placed before them but over all they are doing well trying new meals and I am enjoying the pleasure of discovering new combinations and dishes. DSCN1333

April 2014

Meals for March

March2013 birthday cakeCannot get my head around the fact that March is almost here. It’s birthday month for us with Mark and eldest sharing celebrations on the 11th and with family on the 22nd. Maybe one month I will change up snacks and lunch but right now in this season of life routine and familiar goes a long way, but I hope you enjoy the new main meals for the month.

There is also Shrove Tuesday and Lenten traditions that I have not taken account of.

March 2014

 

 

 

 

Books I

Books I

As anyone who knows me will know I love books, I love reading, and I love the mental conversation with authors that reading brings. This will hopefully develop into a short series of different book recommendations.  The first set is books that influenced me profoundly between the ages of 17-26ish and that helped form some of my deepest convictions, and certainly set the direction of my growth. All of these listed here I would recommend heartily to others to read – I have re-read all of them, and though with some of them I might differ at certain details more than I might have previously, I think that all of them remain classics with the potential to benefit any who read them.

  1. http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fight-Practical-Handbook-Christian/dp/0851103944/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391205490&sr=8-2&keywords=John+White+The+Fight
    I got this as an award for regular attendance at Guildford Crusaders when I was 16, and I loved it.  The target audience is students who have recently become Christians, but it is broad enough to be helpful to anyone.  Each chapter covers a different aspect of the Christian life (prayer, bible study, telling others, work, guidance, holiness, etc.) There are study questions at the end of each chapter based on a relevant bible passage  and I actually used them!  This really helped me work out the practical implications of my faith.
  2. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faithfulness-Holiness-Witness-J-C-Ryle/dp/1581343582/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391205705&sr=8-1&keywords=holiness+jc+ryle+JI+Packer
    I linked to this edition because of the biography included by JI Packer – I couldn’t see the edition of Holiness that I have that has a forward by JI Packer, but that forward resonated with me, and prepared me  for a fantastic book.  I read this at the first ever Word Alive when I was 17.  Mum and Dad had bought it, and I devoured it.  Ryle wrote as he preached, in direct, blunt style.  This book is the spiritual equivalent of a cold shower, and is a great wake up call to slumbering Christians.  I was blown away by Ryle’s chapter on Lot – not merely by the content, but by the amount he found to write on a rather minor bible character.  Having just read the account of Lot in Genesis I think Ryle’s emphasis on taking Lot as a warning against lingering  around sin  seems spot on.  At times Ryle writes against particular movements of his day that misinterpreted aspects of the Bible’s teaching on holiness – but those movements and attitudes have their direct equivalents today – and the warnings are just as needed now.
  3. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-God-Larry-Crabb/dp/0310594308/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391205813&sr=8-1&keywords=finding+god+larry+crabb
    This was another book around the house when I was 17. I read it then, and have returned to it periodically ever since – it often has fresh challenges, and is a wonderful call back to Christ in the midst of the complexities of life, and also to honestly  face those things in our life that hold us back from reality with Christ and others.  Inside Out by Crabb is also well worth reading.
  4. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Knowing-God-J-I-Packer/dp/0340863544/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391205865&sr=8-1&keywords=Knowing+God+JI+Packer
    I read this on the train on the way up to an open day at Durham.  If you only read one Christian book ever (other than the bible) this is the one. Packer is the sanest, wisest, godliest writer I have read.  He has definite strong views, yet writes with respect and gentleness about others, and is willing to learn from all sorts of different people.  Other good Packer books include Keeping in Step with the Spirit and Passion for Holiness (well worth it for the stick men diagrams!)
  5. http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Cross-Christ-Anniversary-Edition/dp/1844741559/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391205908&sr=8-1&keywords=the+cross+of+christ+john+stott
    If you just read one book on the cross then this is it. A wonderful exposition of the cross – which combines a defence of “the self-substitution of God in Christ” as a penal sacrifice for our sins with fantastic chapters on the implications of the cross for church life and our witness and action in the world.  All of Stott’s Bible Speaks Today commentaries are well worth having, and are mostly the best of that series.
  6. http://www.amazon.co.uk/According-Plan-unfolding-revelation-Bible/dp/1844740129/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391208453&sr=8-1&keywords=according+to+plan+graeme+goldsworthy
    I read this aged 18, at about the time of my A levels. Like the Fight this is a book that I did the study questions for. I loved it, and it really helped me see the Bible as one big story.  This is a very useful overview of the Bible, well worth reading and pondering this or its smaller cousin “Gospel and kingdom”.
  7. http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Call-Spiritual-Reformation-Carson/dp/184474552X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391206321&sr=8-1&keywords=Call+to+Spiritual+Reformation
    One of the best books on prayer I’ve read – based around Paul’s prayers, a great guide to fuel our prayers.  Don’t let the title put you off.  Most things Carson writes are well worth reading, and hearing him speak and preach is wonderful too. I love the way that his heart and devotion come through in what he writes and says.
  8. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Listening-Times-Choice-Gordon-Smith/dp/0830813675/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391207056&sr=1-1&keywords=Listening+to+God+in+times+of+choice
    I’ve read lots of books on guidance, and this ranks as the best.  Full of wisdom from scripture and the past – I found this a real breath of fresh air – one of the pleasant surprises of applying to Regent was realising he was one of the professors there – and one regret of my time there was that I couldn’t fit a course from him in to my schedule – Roz did manage to audit several though.
  9.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Pleasures-God-John-Piper/dp/1857927001/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391206211&sr=8-1&keywords=the+pleasures+of+god+john+piper
    I read Desiring God back in 1995 when I was at Durham, when no-one (other than the UCCF Staff worker who was selling the  books) I knew had ever heard of John Piper, and devoured most things I could find by Piper from then on.  At a time when especially in the Christian Union I was part of there was a huge division between those who emphasised the Word in a very cerebral way, and those who emphasised the Spirit in a very subjective way it was wonderful to read Piper bringing head and heart together, and showing that being a Christian is about more than just getting a set of beliefs together.  I never really got on with his “strange” terminology (“Christian hedonism”, and dislike of “gratitude” in Future Grace) but I loved that when he put things in new ways it made me think.  I really liked that I got to read his dissertation on Romans 9 for a paper at Regent – writing that paper helped me work out where I disagreed with Piper, and also where I fundamentally agree.  I think I still agree on far more than I disagree, and I’m utterly convinced that we need to know that God is the centre of reality, and that we need to situate our lives around that reality. Christianity is not about “your best life now”, it’s about a life spent in worship of the Triune God – and in that worship and service is our truest joy and deepest satisfaction.
  10. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transforming-Grace-Living-Confidently-Unfailing/dp/1600063039/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391205959&sr=8-1&keywords=transforming+grace+jerry+bridges
    Jerry Bridges was my discovery immediately post Durham, on the Oxford International Outreach browsing the bookstore attached to St Ebbes. I came across this book just after someone had been raving about Jerry Bridges. I bought it, and was moved to tears the next morning reading of God’s amazing  grace – I loved the reminder that God would bless us according to his goodness, not what we deserve.  His Pursuit of Holiness is also fantastic – a kind of JC Ryle for the 20th century, and Practice of Godliness is also excellent.
  11. http://www.amazon.co.uk/George-Whitefield-Evangelist-Eighteenth-Century/dp/0851510264/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391207147&sr=1-1&keywords=Arnold+Dallimore+George+Whitefield
    This is a book that is representative of a whole genre – this time books about (or by) people from throughout Christian history.  Going well with this would be JC Ryle’s Christian leaders of the 18th century, and Packer’s “Among God’s Giants” about the Puritans. I think the leaders of the 18th century revival (Wesley and Whitefield, and Edwards in the US) repay our study, as do those who worked with them and followed after them also.  What God did through them in the UK was astonishing and nothing short of transformative in the nation.  Not only did thousands have individual lives turned upside down, but those individual lives went on to transform society too: just think Wilberforce and the Slave Trade for just one example of this.  These people were utterly rooted in the transforming grace of God, and even when they disagreed still managed (sometimes through a number of difficulties) to keep an essential unity.
  12. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Unpredictable-Plant-Exploration-Vocational/dp/0802808484/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391206765&sr=1-1&keywords=Peterson+eugene+Under+the+unpredictable+plant 

    I read lots of Eugene Peterson when I was in London doing a course learning all about preaching and teaching the Bible.  I loved the refreshing way Peterson put things, the way he used language and the focus he had as a church leader on preaching, pastoring and praying – or, probably better, each of those things intertwined with the others.  I’d recommend Peterson to anyone involved in Christian leadership as an antidote to the pragmatic business type models of growing churches that seem to be around so much these days.  We need to be rooted in Scripture, we need to be saturated in prayer, we need our leaders to be people of the Book and people of prayer, and Peterson calls us back to that brilliantly.

  13. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Divine-Conspiracy-Rediscovering-Hidden-Life/dp/0006281141/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391206845&sr=1-1&keywords=Willard+Dallas+The+divine+conspiracy
    I found Willard’s books tucked away in an obscure second hand bookshop in south east central London – just a couple of tube stops down from Borough  High Street where the course I was doing was based.  In the shop were three books by Dallas Willard: Hearing God, Spirit of the Disciplines and Divine Conspiracy.  I bought and read them all, and they are all wonderful books – well worth reading – although definitely a stretching read.  Willard is a writer who found fresh ways to write about old perspectives, and calls us all not to settle for anything less than whole life commitment to practicing the teachings of Jesus.
  14. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Finding-Fulfilling-Central-Purpose/dp/0849944376/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391206900&sr=1-1&keywords=the+call+os+guinness
    I’ve only actually read two Os Guinness books that I can recall, “The Call”, and “God in the Dark” (relating to doubt) but both of them have been very helpful, and they would be my final book recommendations for this part 1.  In actual fact “The Call” might belong better to part 2, because my vivid memory of reading it is of siting in the park during my lunch hour when working in Dorking around the time I was just getting to know Roz.  It was a particularly good read for that time period as I struggled with the drudgery of my work.

That concludes the first part of this series on books.   Part 2 will feature some of the books that have helped me because they sharpened my thinking – often because I disagreed with them to a greater or less degree.  Part 3 will be more recent really good books I’ve enjoyed and benefited from, and hopefully I’ll manage to get as far as part 4 which will be about books I’ve read as part of my studies that could be useful to those outside the academic world.

How about you – what books have you found helping you?  What books were formative on your early years as a Christian, and would you still recommend them today?

Final comment: I’ve linked these all to Amazon because that was easy. If you have a real life flesh and blood bookstore near you that stocks such books please consider using them instead!

Meals for February

And as another month draws to a close here is next month’s menu plan ready for any advanced shoppers out there. We like to get a big monthly Imagestore cupboard shop done at the end of the month ready for the start of the next month hence the need for a monthly menu at this point. While we do pick up fresh fruit and vegetables weekly it is wonderful to have the delivery van roll up on the last Thursday of the month and bring everything else to our door.

 

Feb 2014

Cracks in everything

Today was one of those interesting days – it will be best to draw a veil over the scene in our living room around 9am, but suffice it to say that it required packing two small boys into the back of our car, so that they could get some downtime/sleep in order to restore calm.

While this did mean sacrificing some work time in order to go for a drive, I didn’t mind too much.  I needed downtime and head space too.  So I politely declined the offer of listening to Zog, or some other exciting tale and left the CD my lovely sister Kath produced for us this Christmas playing in the car.  I drove up Cleeve Hill, to the  highest spot in the  Cotswolds, up into the rain and cloud, but was greeted by sunshine as I went down the hill towards Winchcombe.

The rest of the drive was lovely, sometimes wet,  always surrounded by clouds hugging hill tops, and frequently greeted by sunshine through the rain.  Youngest boy fell asleep and oldest almost did.  One song on the CD has caught my attention in recent days as I’ve listened to the CD.  I can’t recall who it is by, and it’s really just the refrain that has grabbed me.  The line is this:

“Forget your perfect offering
There are cracks in everything
It’s how the light gets in.”

I may not have quoted it exactly.  I may well be wrenching it out of context – but these words are the ones sinking in to me deeply.

Forget your perfect offering.  It gets me because I want to be right. I want to get it right, to do it right, to be a father who does it right. A husband who does it right. A student who gets it right.

But I don’t.  I get it wrong. I answer impatiently.  I put things in the wrong order. I miss the obvious cues.  I forget something.  But I want to be right. I want to get it.  I want to be right when it comes to God. I want to be 100% devoted. I want to have avoided sin.

But I don’t.  And I can’t. And it wears me out.  I’ve been watching West Wing while rocking baby to sleep these last few weeks.  LAst night was the episode where Santos, the presidential candidate addresses a packed church after the shooting of a young coloured man.  His refrain “we’re tired” as he highlights the brokeness.  From another of his speeches comes the line “we are all broken people”.  We are. I am.

And so “Forget your perfect offering” is getting into me.  Forget your perfect offering.  Forget it. My life is not, and will not be a perfect offering. It is full of cracks. Perfection is never acheived this side of eternity. On this earth we always fall short.

There is only one perfect offering.  Only one who actually lived out how he should.  His perfect offering covers me.  God does not require perfection.  I’m reading Genesis at the moment, and I’m in the middle of Abraham’s life.  Abraham yo yo’s between promise and failure from chapter to chapter: God’s promise, Abraham lies about Sarah as his sister, Abraham does well with Lot, God’s promise, Abraham sleeps with slave girl and allows wife to cast her out, God’s promise, Abraham interceeds with God, Abraham lies about Sarah as his sister…  Abraham gets it  wrong.  He doubts God.  And yet he also trusts.  Not perfectly.  But he does.

There are cracks in everything – that’s how the light gets in.  I know in family life that  some of the best moments are when we put things right when stuff has gone wrong.  In that vulnerability comes new trust, new communication, new awareness.  The same is true with God as we bring our brokeness and failure and sin to him.  He can make all things new.

He doesn’t want our perfect offerings. He doesn’t want our clinging to being right. He wants us. As we are. The chorus has it right: “Jesus take me as I am, I can come no other way”.  And he does take us, he does change us. He does make us more like Jesus. But it doesn’t happen by us trying to get it right. It happens by us knowing our failure. Desiring to be made whole, but knowing how far we fall short.  But coming.  We just need to come.

Here is Charlotte Elliott’s great hymn “Just as I am” which seems like a good place to finish. This post is not perfect. But I’ll stop now.   West Wing episode is about to finish, and hopefully baby will transfer to cot – and hopefully boys will sleep.

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Meals for January

DSCN0523Monthly menu plans are a great way to eat well and shop within a budget. Inspiration always helps and I have often benefitted from other folks’ monthly menu plans. I have not set every meal out in detail as I like some flexibility to be able to be inspired in the moment, but with 3 little ones some extra organisation is going to be needed to ensure we all eat well this year. I have also added in some links to specific recipes. If you want to use this plan it can act as a spring board as you will have your own favourites to include and depending on where you are in the world your own seasonal fruit and vegetables. If you do find this plan a useful spring board please do leave comments including favourite recipes of your own as I am always looking to try new ones. There will also no doubt be plenty of baking going on at the weekends too.

Jan 2014