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Lady on the Bus

By: Yvette CherryOne glorious December day Sienna and I decided to take the bus to the city to ride the carousel by the river. The peaceful stay-at-home Mum + Nenna days were coming to an end. She would be off to full-time school the next year and we were trying to make the most of the time we had...

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Changing My Mind about Women in Church Leadership

By: Yvette CherryAs a devout 12-year-old Christian, I remember thinking the Vicar of Dibley was a woman in sin. How could a woman be clergy? I used to change the channel as soon as the show came on, rolling my eyes at the sacrilege being acted out.I have no idea how I developed such a strong...

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Queen Bee Leadership

By: Yvette CherryIn the busy life of the bee world, the Queen Bee reigns supreme. Nurtured in her role as the provider of life, she is the only queen in a colony of honey bees that may number 60,000 or more. The Queen Bee is the largest bee in the colony and the only one capable of stinging...

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39 Great Novels

By: Yvette CherryHere’s a list of novels I’ve enjoyed over the years. Not all of them are new, but they’re all compelling reads. This list is in random order. The titles in bold are the ones I love the most.The ones with an asterisk (*) are not particularly relaxing.The ones that...

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Sunsets and Anger

By: Yvette CherryTherefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:25- 27A while...

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Dear World / The Hunting

By: Yvette CherryDear World,I’ve been watching a lot of television lately. Tired, I guess.I’m very good at doing nothing. It’s one of my many talents. I’m not sure how the kids get fed and clothed and the house remains (relatively) tidy.No, that’s not true. It’s...

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Asking for God’s Help – Don’t Let the Frogs Pile Up

By: Yvette CherryWhen I was ten years old my family took off travelling around Australia, towing a big old caravan. We often stayed roadside and that was my favourite, but we also stayed in so many caravan parks that I considered myself an expert in the field of Tourist Villages and a town planner...

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Dunlop Volleys and Hairy Legs

By: Yvette CherryI met Jesus once. Well actually, just his shoes and his legs up to about the knee. But it was Him. He didn’t need me to see the whole of him for me to know.It was 1992 and I was 11 but I remember the day as though it was yesterday.I was sitting on the toilet when he...

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Dolly’s Dream

By: Yvette CherryThe parents of Dolly Everett, a 14 year old girl who took her own life after being relentlessly bullied, have created a very powerful and evocative advertisement to address the issue of cyber bullying. The advertisement, directed by 15 year old Charlotte McLaverty, depicts a...

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The Unhurried Ox

By: Yvette Cherry“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay...

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I Joined the Gym

By: Yvette CherryHere’s a scary thing that I’ve done lately: I joined the gym. Me to the guy at the gym (I ramble when I’m nervous): “Hi, it’s my first time here. I haven’t done any exercise in a long time. The other day my ten-year-old was complaining about...

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