Teaching Our Kids to Give Thanks in Everything

Dear Friends, One of our partners who manages our Facebook page sent me a great article that she had written.  Annette is a working mum with 2 boys in Primary School.  What she has written is very relevant and I would like to share it with you as an encouragement and strength as we all negotiate these difficult times.  Thanks Annette. These s...
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Being Thankful in All Circumstances

Dear Friends, When we released the Focus for 2020, we had just come through the horrific wildfires of December and early January which was preceded by the ongoing serious drought in our country regions.  Now just two months later, we find ourselves in the midst of another very serious crisis, COVID-19, which requires us to seriously consider eve...
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Teach Children the Way They Should Go

Dear Friends, In Prov 22:6 the Bible tells us to teach our children the way they should go and when they are old, they will not turn from that way. How do we teach our children The Way they should go? We so often see that telling kids and others to “do this or do that” or “don’t do this and don’t do that” does not work. Well, there is a reason w...
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Guess What?

Dear Friends, In a previous email I spoke about our School Gratitude Program, and one of the responses we received was an email from Noel who lives in Innisfail far North Queensland.  This is a story which demonstrates that what we say and how we treat other people can change their lives, and we may never know how many people we have helped. Noe...
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Finding Thankfulness Amidst the Wildfires – Bonny’s Story

Dear Friends, With the arrival of much needed rain and recovery efforts getting under way, stories are surfacing about people who survived the devastation of the Christmas/New Year fires.  In times like these you would think it difficult to find things to be thankful for, and yet some wonderful stories are emerging. Stories that give us encourag...
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Starting the New School Year

As we start a new School year let me share a story with you. James was an anomaly at school. He lived in a shelter with his mother, where nutritious meals and restful sleep were scarce. Every morning late model cars and SUVs arrived at the school as parents dropped off their children, while James commuted by bus. Winter approached, yet James sti...
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National Day of Thanks Focus for 2020

Dear Friends, Considering the disastrous fires that have engulfed our country we feel it important to change our proposed National Day of Thanks Community Focus for 2020 to concentrate our appreciation on our brave and tireless emergency services personnel both paid and volunteer. We see them as regular fire fighters, volunteer fire fighters, S...
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Welcome to the New Decade

At the start of last year, I asked our readers “What is changing in your life this year?” Change is one of those constant factors we can always be sure of. As the decade changes and 2020 rolls out, we move into a new era that will require us to grow in thankfulness and gratitude if we are to survive and flourish. We see the disasters of fire and...
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