Tim is UK-based writer of all things family, faith and adventure.
Finding courage & clarity through messes you can’t control
Taking control is the shortest path to a feeling of contentment and peace... until another human shows up. This other human has their own will (shock, horror) that is different to yours (hooray), and they want to try it out in the garden of your life!
How a rap artist who died of Covid impacted my life.
After googling a particular track by rap artist 'Ty', I was shocked to discover he died of Covid last year, aged 47. I've never followed him that closely and the last time I listened to him was 18 months ago. But yesterday, I found myself wanting to submerge into the steady thumps and flicks of a track I couldn't even remember the name of. I found it - Let's Start - and with it the sad news.
Wait On You | Maverick City
I’ve been trying to work out why the first six or seven times I watched this video it reduced me to a blubbering mess. Each time I felt it penetrating into something largely untapped but desperate, in my soul, and I think it is this: To see my own generation defying how we are commonly identified (as narcissists), and leading *each other* in an act of abandon to Yahweh.
The propeller wash is knocking back my braids as I step onto the baking tarmac runway. Mum, Dad and Missy are behind me, but they are silent.
On being a father of eight
I’m thirty-four and I have eight children aged between one and fourteen. Most of my learning as a parent has been unexpected, and I’ve often felt like someone winning the lottery or performing CPR for the first time; in the twinkling of an eye I’ve faced brand new privileges that require responsibility that far outweighs my experience. Through all this I have discovered a hidden elixir perfect for surviving family life, especially crises, which I'll explain in a moment.
The Race to Write
My pen presses hard onto the paper and I write: "Once upon a time there was a little black book." I stop and grimace remembering what Parker had taught us only last semester. “Never start with ‘in the beginning!” he’d declared, scratching out a list of Better Beginnings on the blackboard.