31 Aug. 2006

30 Aug. 2006

hmmm what I should study...

Your Learning Style: Unconventional and Insightful

You are very intuitive and ingenious. You're attracted to any field of study that lets you break the rules.
You Should Study:

Art

Art history

Architecture

Comparative religions

Eastern religion

Education

Music

Philosophy

What Should You Study?


Hmmm Interesting.... I dont agree with the eastern religion thing... comparative religions??? what the??? Just the religion that follows Jesus Christ of Nazareth thankyou!

The rest I can dig tho :)

28 Aug. 2006

Our legacy? ... a CWO quote

"I thought about the whole notion of "reproduction," and what it really means to replicate yourself. Is it merely about the passing on of eyes and chins and hair color? Or is it, rather, the replication of the heart? Do we leave a bigger mark by passing on our genes, or our thoughts?"
~ Shannon Woodward, author of
Inconceivable: Finding Peace
in the Midst of Infertility
~

How much discussion goes around the maternity ward of what bodily atribute of a newborn takes after what relative... It is quite comical really, yes even I have partaken in this comedic tradition of sorts. It is natural though for a parent to want a part of them to be seen in their child.... for their child to take after them. As a child myself, although I dont mind looking like either of my parents, there is definately a physical atribute of theirs I would have prefered not to have inherited... like the lack of hair; and I wouldnt have minded a couple of atributes that I missed out on... :) But seriously it doesnt really matter.

My physical inheritance hasnt shaped me near so much as the inheritance of their ideas/thoughts/veiws, etc. More often than not children aspire to be "just like" (or almost like :0) their parents. They want to inherit their parents character/personality, this especially in young children.

I remember a funny - of how I wanted to be just like Dad when I had to vote in my first election. I was sure that dad backed a particular politcal party, and made a point of voting the way I thought he would. Later that evening when the tallying was being broadcast dad made a certain very negative comment about the political party that I had voted for... realising that I had not voted at all "the right way" I felt quite "Oohh!" - disappointed about it. :0) silly, eh!

Opinions matter, our thoughts matter. We are all different in them, but no person is less of a person for having an opinion, no matter how they differ from our own.

One personal atribute that I want to be able to replicate in my kids, is a desire to see the best in everyone. To want to find at least one good thing about each person I meet. Another is to always to have a positive outlook on life, no matter how tough it gets.

But there are also plenty of personal aspects of mine that I would be soooo happy if they never inherited!

I think though the Biggest and Best legacy we can leave / pass-on to our children and the generations to follow, is our Faith in Jesus! My 2 Grandmothers have passed their faith on to my Mum and me... If there is only one thing that I pass on to my kids, then let it be my Faith.

Praise God for Grandmothers!

27 Aug. 2006

Gently Spoken

I heard a testimony tonight, A young Girl (or rather, young woman) - her life, her heart aches, her rejection by her peers, her acceptance of Christ in her life, and the impact of 1 Corinthians 13 upon her.

I am glad to have heard her speak... Not just to hear the Glory of God at work in her life, but also it made me reflect a little, as the hearing of testimonies can often cause you to do.
It highlighted to me how words spoken can severely impact your life, either negatively or positively. Unfortunately more often than not they have a negative impact.
How a single comment like - You're Fat, or Ugly, or Stupid, etc can severely damage your self esteem, self-image, especially when you are young. They are a lie that we can believe and thus completely affect how we live our life.
We forget I think what damage the tongue can do... especially to those we love.
As parents we really need to watch what words we speak into our children's lives.
I know how much a child can crave to be told by their parent - "I'm proud of you" or "I love you" or "Well done" or the like.
We need to watch what sort of criticism we give out to our kids.
That a) it is not a personal attack on their character or being, & b) it is backed up with a positive constructive comment...
(remembering also that our actions have to back up our words not contradict them)
And the positives have to keep on coming... we need speak life into our kids!
The Bible speaks so much truth about the power of the tongue....

Proverbs 15:4
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
James 3:6 James 3:5-10;
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
1 Peter 3:10
For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.


So let our speech be life giving and for building up not tearing down!
Let our tongues be like this:
Proverbs 31:26She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.Proverbs 31:25-27 (in Context) Proverbs 31 (Whole Chapter)


26 Aug. 2006

My Little Drummer Boy...

Rb, SL and I were watching Balto movie in the lounge this arvo, ZW was playing quite happily in the playroom. Next minute we hear this big banging and yelling noise comming from where ZW was. RB and Sl complained that they couldnt hear the movie so I went to investigate...

What I found was ZW singing at the top of his lungs...

"Desus Lubs me dis I dough!" .... continually while banging out the tune on a plastic drum and a lap tray.

Was gorgeous!!

Here's the pics...










Im a survivor!!!!

Argh! what a week!!! 3 sick kids and a not so top me.... it kinda started last week, or was it the week before??? All I know is that ZW started it then SL, then RB...
Got call early last Sunday morning from BP (kids dad) saying can u pick up SL, "he's been crying for last half hour and wants to go home". Hmm I had to get up and share v.breifly @ church, so I gave BP instructions to give SL the medicine that he shouldve already had... and I'd pick him up shortly. All the boys had been@ their Dad's since Friday night ( a new arrangement) and I was bracing myself for a howling ZW when picked up SL and not him. I gritted my teeth and held back a tear, and SL and I went off to church. He perked up immediately - the best medicine sometimes is just - Mum! Was a lovely service, my House Church Leader preached, and it was inspirational. All based on the theme: "God's Word" and the scripture reading from 2Peter 1:12-21.
Anyway the rest of the day went well, SL seemed pretty good, so we had lunch @ the Valley Lakes (in one of the craters of our lovely volcano), mucked around with a few from church with a soccer ball and our half flat rugby ball. SL made some little friends, and b4 we knew it, it was time to head home and wait for the other 2 of my lads to get dropped off. They came home and all seemed ok, we had tea (I cant remember what) and then I noticed that RB didnt seem real flash, SL was starting to wind down his battery again and ZW looked wacked! Off to bed they went. Sun rose next day - yeah I know, it does that! and I decided to keep RB home from school, he had a rough cough, and icky nose just like (amazingly enough!) his younger brothers.... so began the week of mostly houseboundness and grumpy sooky lads and empty tissue-boxes. This has seemed to have hit RB bad, he's usually the one that gets the least sick of the 3. He stayed home mon tru to thurs and was plenty well enough to go back on Friday. SL perked up and did his two kindy days Wed and thurs. ZW seemed to just go with the flow - in a terrible-two's kinda way! Boy is he singleminded already!! His way is the only way! NOT!!! have I got news for him! :) Anyway Guess who didnt Get sleep last night??? RB and of course Me!! He's gone down hill again and howled half the night - very RB over-the-top-style! When he gets the woeful sads, he gets them REALLY good!!! NOT!!! To the point where I have to get cranky at him to snap him out of it! Sounds tough, but very necessary - trust me! I hope he grows out of it b4 hes older otherwise he's gonna be a champion woeful Man! - we know what grown men r like when they get crook - they're not crook - they're dying! LOL
Anyway i put them all into bed early 2nite, Im hoping all will be well 2morrow, as Im rostered on the Creche @ Church and cant stay home! Hmmm what to do... Sleep I hope to start with tonight! Hopefully the house will be soundly quiet tonight :)

25 Aug. 2006

Once a year Shopping???

http://www.christianitytoday.com/mp/2006/002/7.44.html

Click on the above link and check out how one couple have managed to only do grocery shopping once a year...
completely amazing!!! I suppose tho that many many moons ago that is was quite ordinary, but now as our society has become so commercial and we are almost completely un-self-reliant it is pretty well unheard of! Congratulations I say to this very industrious couple... Maybe we all could take a leaf out of their book and discover how well off & blessed we really are!

24 Aug. 2006

Thrifly Speaking

Tomorrow I have talk briefly at "Live Well" which is a new group aimed at helping people in the community "live well" using what resources, no matter how small, they have. Tomorrow is it's first ever meeting. A lady in our church community has had it on her heart to start something up for some time, and she has got it happening! Apparently there are a few other speakers, including a mystery "Fred the Gardener", it will be interesting to see who has had a name change for the event . Im going to talk breifly about budgeting and thought I'd share a little of my method with you guys as well...

Working out the budget:
Bills Budget:
Gather all your bills & recepts over the last 12 months (or as many as you can if you haven’t kept records that far back) Put them in order and sort them into a pile for company/service providers/liability. Tally each individual group of bills up –
Your list may include any number of these:
Mobile Phone, Home Phone, Internet, Electricity, Gas utility, Water rates, Council Rates, Rent, Car insurance, Home / contents insurance, Car loan, House Loan/mortgage, Personal loan, Credit card, Store Accounts, Hire-purchase, Rentals/leases, Car/vehicle registration, Mortgage insurance, Drivers licence, Health Insurance, Emergency services levy, Ambulance Cover, Car/auto club membership (RAA, etc), Club Memberships, Childcare,
Child sponsorship, Donations, Tithing, Car Maintenance, Home Maintenance.

I’ve made a pretty big list, but it is easy to forget something important.
The next thing is to put aside any of your bills that are not reoccurring, that were only a “one-off”. You can file these away for future reference if you want.
The bills, etc which are ongoing you need to tally up in their individual groups.
Each bill usually covers a timeframe – weekly, fortnightly, 4 weekly, calendar monthly, quarterly, biannually or annually.
The next depends on how often/regular you receive your income.
If you are a weekly earner then you need to find out the weekly amount of which you need to budget for each bill. Fortnightly earners need a fortnightly budget amount, Salary earners need to find out a calendar-monthly budget amount.

I will give an example:
Jill’s has a fortnightly income. She has limited liablilities:
“A” She pays her Car registration and licence annually
“Q” Electricity and gas bills are quarterly
“C” Telstra (telephone), Internet, Home contents insurance, motor insurance bills are calendar-monthly
“M” She pays rent 4-weekly
“F” A personal loan has fortnightly repayments
“X” extras She has car maintenance costs that are irregular, but she needs to budget for.
As she is a fortnightly income earner she needs to work out a fortnightly budget. She has kept a record of all her bills for a year.
There are in a year: 52 weeks, 26 fortnights, 4 quarters, 12 calendar-months
“A” bills are tallied up for the year, and divided by 26 (fortnights)
to get the budgeted amount required.
“Q” bills are added up for the year’s total and divided by 26 to get the budgeted amount.
“C” bills are added up for the year and divided by 26 as well.
“M” bills need to be tallied and divided by 13 to get the fortnightly budget amount.
“F” bills remain the same. (if a F bill is of a varying amount you tally them up and divide by 26 to get average to budget for)
“X” bills need to be budgeted for by tallying up and estimating a realistic budget to cover them in the future – generally by dividing the total by 26 to get the budgeting amount
She then needs to add up the amounts of A, Q, C, M, F and X and put aside that amount from her pay, to cover their payments in the future. This is her Bills Budget (BB)
INCOME – BB = ?
Then she has to Work out how much she has left for Groceries, petrol, clothing/extras, entertainment/eating-out, savings, pettycash.
The exact amounts for above vary for each individual, but there are some recommendations…

Groceries: Always make a list! Always follow list when shopping. Take a calculator with you and add up the items as u put them in the trolley. Don’t Impulse Buy!! Only take budgeted Grocery allowance with you to the supermarket. You Don’t always have to buy big brand names – Sugar is sugar and weatbix is weatbix! Quite often the cheaper branded or “no-name” items is just as good – experiment with the cheaper brands, you’ll be surprised…
Petrol: Keep those shopper dockets and use them! Work out your average usage and budget for it… If you want to save on petrol – Walk or bus it or ride a bike or scooter!
Entertainment: Don’t forget this one – you need a treat sometimes, even if it is “lets get takeaway for tea on payday” If you don’t budget for this, then you’ll end up “pinching it” from another budgeted area…
Clothing, etc allowance: This one is hard to budget for, but if you do put a little aside for this in an envelope or separate account then you will have some for when the sales are on… If you can - Never Pay Full Price for Clothes or shoes!
Savings: This is necessary! Even if it is only 5 or 10 dollars a week – it feels good to be able to watch it grow! Discipline & self control are required to not dip into this every-time you put in! Stick to your guns tho!
Petty cash: is what’s left over… you don’t have to spend it all if you don’t want to… you could always put it away for something special.
Income – Bills Budget – Groceries – Petrol – Entertainment – Clothing allowance – Savings = Petty cash

To make it even easier:
Set up a bank account for each budget category, and organise for your pay to be distributed accordingly into each. It also helps to set up a Christmas account.
Get a grip on account keeping fees – shop around for your financial institution, use your accounts economically – be aware of how many free transactions, etc. Over the counter transactions cost a mint! Use eftpos, your banks ATM, get a visa-debit (not credit) card, use internet banking.
Utility / Service providers that offer Bpay let you prepay money off your upcoming accounts/bills as often as you want. You can set it up via your netbanking or ask your bank teller to help you set it up.
Other TIPs:
CUT UP THE CREDIT CARDS! Pay the Credit account off as soon as you can – don’t just pay the minimum or just the interest… your throwing money down the drain.
If you haven’t the money for it and you didn’t budget for it DON’T BUY IT! Avoid hire-purchases at all costs! Interest free deals – make sure you read the fine print or don’t sign it!
If you really don’t need it don’t buy it!

Happy Budgeting

If you have a really good budget method that works for you, why dont you share it... blog it... post it... pass on the blessings

22 Aug. 2006

Let my life be a daily conversation with God!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be joyful always;
pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Been thinking about this a lot lately.

Prayer and reading God's Word, the Bible and fellowship - three very necessary elements of our daily walk, life with Jesus.

Without these elements the seed of our faith begins to die, or our faith is led awry... Our Faith, our walk needs the guidance and support of these things. Then we would be like the seeds that fell amoung the rocks and thistles and be blown about by the wind or eaten!

Most of all we need conversation with God.
We need to always be mindful of Him who made us and loves us and saves us. His desire is that we meet with Him in every moment. He is everywhere, he is in us - who have opened our hearts to him.

To not talk to Him daily would be comparable to us having a work colleague who we work side by side with everyday, who we see all day everyday, but we completely ignore them, refuse to talk to them, even when we know that comunication with that colleague is vital our job function!

What a Blessing tho! - to be able to pray continuously! to be able to be in constant conversation with God! To be able to meet with him anywhere and at anytime!


Where can I go to get away from God? That I could not cry out to Him? That He would not hear my voice?

Psalms 139:7-12 GNB
(7) Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I get away from your presence?
(8) If I went up to heaven, you would be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.
(9) If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west,
(10) you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me.
(11) I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to turn into night,
(12) but even darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you.


God is everywhere, and He is in me. He has planted Holy Spirit in me, His Son walks before me, beside me, and carries me... how can I not talk to HIM?

For His presence is so very near to me... how rude it would be not to speak to him, how rude for me not to listen... how rude and how foolish!

Oh How WONDERFUL IS OUR GOD!

My prayer is that none of us will forget that we need only have to speak silently in our heart and He will hear us! Praise Him! And let us also remember to wait in the quiet for His still quiet voice, instead of running ahead in the noise of this life and forgetting to listen...
Pro 20:12 The LORD has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with.

Mat 13:16 "As for you, how fortunate you are! Your eyes see and your ears hear.

Yes Lord, Let our daily lives be filled with conversations with You!
Amen


http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=23&chapter=139&version=31

Here I go again....





stripey pink
sock mark II




















Look At my Toe :)
I wonder how far I can knit before this one gets frogged ...????

OOOOOOHHHHHHHH NNNNOOOOOOO!!!

MY JAYWALKER SOCK HAS DIED........
Disaster happened last night when.... I frogged my sock!
It all started when... I thought I'd try my almost (only the toe to go) finished jaywalker on...
and...
I had to strain to get it on!!!
ARGH!
From toe to heel was fine... was Great!
.... but! from where the ribbed cuffe ended and the zigzags began until it got to the heel....
TOOO TIGHT!!!!
All that work and NO BANANAS!!!!!!!
And well it was way to hard, maybe even impossible to unpick from the start to where it was Ok, so there was only one thing to do.....
Rip-it! Rip-it! Rip-it!!!
It nearly broke my heart! How many times had I had to frog on just one sock!
Well that was that! NEVER AGAIN!!! Jaywalker can go jaywalk somewhere else!
I am defeated! It got me! It won!!!!!
There must be something terrible wrong with me! I've seen all those beautiful finished Jay's flashing themselves in blogs all over the wwworld!!! WOe Drat and Darn-it!
Well my sock has gone back to where it came from.... hidden back in the beautiful and taunting ball of opal... I can almost hear it going nah nah nah nah at me...
That was last night... I rewound the ball and went to bed to contemplate .... sock patterns!
This morning between sick kids and a sinus headache I contemplated more....
That when I decided that there was only one thing to do....
Learn how to knit a toe-up sock....
so back on the net I went searching and found a good tutorial at
http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter02/FEATtiptoptoes.html
and I have started... :)
I did the figure-8 loop method... it was tough but I have succeeded... now to work out how I’m going to do the rest of the sock.....
I contemplated doing the "Toe-up Jaywalker pattern" http://azazello.org/nataliaknits/?p=36
But my Head YELLED at me NNNOOOOOOO!!!!!
I need a break from the complicated and go back to the K.I.S.S method!
Anyone got a fail proof pattern for a no frills toe up sock pattern.... so that when I do eventually finish a pair of socks I am not completely BALD! ;D

20 Aug. 2006

An Email I received from ...

http://www.purposedrivenlife.com/

From August 11, 2006

WORSHIP IS...
by John Fischer

Worship is a state of mind.
What do you think of when you think of worship? Stained glass? Choir robes? Praise choruses? Worship band? Hands lifted or knees bent? If you’re anything like me, it’s bound to have something to do with church or doing something religious.
Jesus once said that those who worship God must worship in Spirit and in truth. Now that doesn’t say anything about church or religious activity; in fact when Jesus said this, he was answering a question about the proper place to worship. There was a difference of opinion at the time about which mountain to worship God on. One group said on this mountain and another said on that. That’s when Jesus responded that the Father was looking for true worshipers who worship him in Spirit and truth and that neither mountain meant anything compared to this. In other words, it doesn’t matter where you worship, it matters how you worship.
I think sometimes we approach worship as if we have to have all the right elements working in proper order for something to capture our emotions and truly qualify as a worship experience. We need to hear the right songs, performed in a certain way by the right musical group, enhanced by great visual graphics, and presided over by a trusted worship leader. We go to a certain church because “we like the worship there.” All of this makes worship dependent on certain elements all adding up to create a familiar experience we can identify as worship.
But is worship something that happens to me or something that I make happen? Is worship a mood or a mindset? If, as Jesus said, worship is something that we do in Spirit and truth then it would seem to be something we can do any time, any where. This is, in fact, what true worship is.
I have worshiped at ball games and movies, schools and sock hops, workout gyms and restaurants, on the golf course and at the beach, in the car and in the air, while reading a novel and reading the newspaper, at work and at play.
You are worshiping right now as you read this. The fact that you signed up for these devotionals says that it’s important to you to take a few minutes to focus on God while you go over your e-mails today. But you don’t have to stop worshiping God when you click this window closed. You can just keep on going; no one’s stopping you.
You don’t need anything but your heart and soul to truly worship God. Worship is not something you go somewhere to do, it’s what you pay attention to as you do everything else.

Click HERE for a free subscription to The Purpose Driven Life Daily Devotional, your daily inspiration via email.

I just thought that this one was worth sharing :)
WE Can Worship anywhere! Anytime! in so many ways!
Praise God that, more often than not, he meets us where we are at :)

My lads.... Red nose day!


... and grotty faces day ;)

Lol Are they Cute!

I know red nose day was a while back, and daffodil day is next friday, but I think a Daffodil might make them sneeze if I stuck it on their noses ....

Im off to catch some zzzzz's
nighty night

UU
\_/

19 Aug. 2006

The Bible - The Holy Living Word Of GOD

All my Christian life I have struggled to make this a daily part of my life.
The desire to read it has always been there, along with much good intentions.
Its not that I haven’t read the bible at all, its more that it has been a haphazard, irregular thing. In spits and spurts.
I’ve tried heaps to do it the right way, wake up really early, before the kids, and read it chapter by chapter or book by book… but if you ask my kids, they’ll tell you that I am definitely not a morning person.
I’ve tried to do it during the day… but little distractions are running around everywhere… ;)
I’ve tried to do it at night, but my snoring usually drowns out any attempt quite swiftly.
I even bought myself a one year bible with a daily reading plan.
I’ve had it for a year now, but still no bananas!
For ages I have been condemning myself for not being the good Christian and making God’s word a part of my everyday.
Recently tho I realised that I wasn’t getting anywhere trying to do it under my own steam. It was like I was trying to pull my self along on a lead, while at the same time struggling against it & digging in my heels …. Ridiculous!

Do not strive without a hearts desire…Doesn’t work!

I had been trying to be like “everyone else” when I am not everyone else, I am me.
One night, I’m not really sure how it happened but it was definitely God’s doing not mine, it was like a switch was flicked on…. I went to bed earlier than the norm (shock! Normal is somewhere around 11:30pm – midnight) and picked up my One year bible flicked to the days date, skipped the old testament and began to read Romans, then a psalm and a couple of proverbs, I ignored the desire to read onto the next days reading and then thanked God for His word.
The Next night it happened again, and I was amazed by some of the stuff I was learning about God and his design in us. This has continued nightly and I feel like a peace is in me now that I am not struggling with Gods word, but rather just going with the flow, and I know that every word of Gods that I read is feeding my spirit, and giving me inspiration for the next day. I am beginning to understand that the Word is indeed the Bread of Life… like petrol to my spiritual engine! I praise God that He has shown me that I can’t do anything at all without His help, I can’t even read His Word without His help!
For me, my time with God’s Word is In the words of psalm 119 verse 148 - My eyes are wide-open throughout the nighttime hours to reflect on your word.

Psalm 119 is a celebration of God’s Word. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119;&version=31;
It speaks of seeking God through his word, delighting in his word, finding strength in his word, hiding his word in our hearts that we may not sin, meditating on His Word, and so much more…
Here are some of the passages of psalm 119 that highlight the wonder and life giving attributes of Gods Word, and show the heart of those who seek God through it.

2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.
81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.
89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
125 I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
159 See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your love.
160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
175 Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.


Reading It!
Picking up and reading the Bible is like a magical mystery tour with God as your Tour Guide, or in the words of Forrest Gump, like a box of chocolates, because you’ll never know what you’ll find out about God and Life, the universe and Everything!

For me though to read the bible is a voyage of discovery, a continual journey of learning about God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and their desires for God’s people and for me. The Word, The bible is where I find encouragement in knowing that despite all my shortcomings I am loved and important to God, and SO MUCH MORE!

It doesn’t matter when or where I choose seek God in His Word
What matters is where my heart is when I Seek Him!

119:32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

James 4:8 Come near to God, and he will come near to you.

Col 3:16 Let Christ's word with all its wisdom and richness live in you. Use psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to teach and instruct yourselves about God's kindness. Sing to God in your hearts.

Heb 4:12 The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.

Rom 10:8 What it says is this: "God's message is near you, on your lips and in your heart"---that is, the message of faith that we preach.

10 Aug. 2006

more pics

three wheeling...


Pics

Odessy's.....











Odessies with Dad in my VK











Z having a drink while spectating with his "crash helmet" on















Dad and JE...
BEFORE











AFTER










click on pics to see them bigger

Crusty circlework and bonfire blast :)

well its been nearly a week since we headed off to Pop's for a weekend of fun... so heres the blog I promised :)

The kids and I drove up to Pop's after tea and arrived past their bedtime... but there was kid fun to be had and beds to be made (or sleeping bags to be laid out). Pop dug out his binoculars and showed the kids how to check out the moon with them. The toys got dragged out and their delay tactics (bed avoidance) were in high gear! Eventually they got sent to bed after MUCH protest from ZW! And eventually went to sleep, I stayed up to watch "Veronica Mars" and went to bed too.
The next morning Pop went off to work, and it was Mon and her friend M and us to fill in the morning until the 4wd club and others began to arrive at 1. ZW was cranky as! due to his lack of sleep the night before (which by the way caused me not to have much either!), so I stuck him back in bed, which caused much more protests, but eventually paid off after about an hour... or so it seemed. He slept for about 2 1/2 hrs so he definately needed it!
The kids had their pushbikes there so proceeded to get them muddy! and had lots of fun in the process. Mon did some setting up over the bonfire site while I stayed close to the house and pottered around while ZW slept. M spent all morning in the bathroom beautifying herself! I have never met anyone like it!!!! I could think of heaps more interesting things to do! :) hence the lack of makeup and fancy hairdos! - actually the lack of hair kills all chance of fancy hairdoos ;)

Pop got back from work and a few from the 4wd club arrived. A couple of oddesy's arrived on the back of a truck and were offloaded. Big witches hats (roadwork cones) were set out and the oddesies were soon zipping around, as well as a few 4wds. The mud began to fly!
My brother JE from melbourne rocked up in his Zuke as did friends from here in their Zuke.
Soon there were 2 Zukes, 2 oddesies and a couple of nissans cruising around the paddock and throwing around copious amounts of Mud!
Then I got all inspired and climbed aboard my VK and proceeded to do some mud flinging myself... and sliding and circlework and slalam and well lots of fun... all this done in mind that I still needed to drive it home again the next day ;) Pop climbed in and had a go, then Mon had a go too, tho she did it much more tamely. Then my Vk was quietly parked and left to be showered by mud from a departing vehicle later that night!
JE and Pop decided to fling mud simultaneously very close to each other, causing all a mild heartattack, due to the actually extreme closeness that they achieved!
JE had another go on the odyssy to be quite suprised to see one of his wheels pass him on a turn at great speed, and then find himself stopped suddenly!
The studs on the rear left wheel broke clean off and that was the end of that for the day. Pop managed to drive it on three wheels back to the truck. The owner of the odyssy was extremely good hearted about it all.
The afternoon wore on to dusk and the Big bonfire which had been building for quite some time was finally lit... giving us light into the night.
A camp oven full of spuds was put onto the "cooking" fire and the BBQ was lit a little while later. THe Boys were having a Great time with their torches and glow sticks.
The chatter was constant as a thick fog rolled in, giving the setting an eerie appearance. JK and JE decided to do circlework in the dark, which I found quite nerve rackking to watch everytime the sets of healights got too close to each other... Then my arm was twisted to climb into the passenger seat of Pop's ute while he did the night driving.... Im sure it wouldve been much more fun if I was in control of the vehicle, but I was not sitting too comfortable :D and was grateful when Pop stopped and I got my feet on solid ground! It was a "scarey" fun.
All survived the experience and not a dent was to be seen.
The night wore on longer still and I convinced the boys one by one to climb into their sleeping bags in the back of Mon's car and attempt to go to sleep. Eventually they did... ZW was first in and last to sleep! of course!
JG left in his big hot 4wd and sprayed all cars with about a tonne of mud (on purpose of course!) while doing donuts very close to all the vehicles b4 heading to his home. Mon's car was no longer a "new" clean! A couple of others left soon after.
The rest of us drove all our cars back to the house and found our beds, carrying the kids in to sleep as well in the warmth.
The next morning was spent cleaning up. Another sausage sizzle for lunch and time to head home... very wearily!
And That was Our eventful and fun weekend - in condensed form :)

Im having trouble posting pics tonight, so will post them over the next couple of days...

8 Aug. 2006

no more blues but I need to snooze!

woo hoo current temp is above 13 degrees!!
hormones are hybernating until next time ;0)
Thankyou for your suggestions of how to fend off the winter blues!
My lovely neighbour GW knitted me a lovely pink pair of bed socks, perfect for the wintery occasions. She loves to knit booties and bed socks, she'd made a pair for ZW and for SL earlier in the season. She also showed me a full box of beautifully presented booties, with dainty embroidered flowers on them for her grandaughters baby, who is now 3mths old. There would've been about 20 different pairs in the box! Top notch effort :)

I had a great weekend at Pop's with the kids, we had a day of circlework in the paddock and a night of a big bonfire.... I will post more on that when I have gained a bit more shut-eye... I am still suffering from the lack of sleep over the w/end - due mainly to the lack of sleep that certain children had - due mainly to the fact that they refused to sleep at any specified times! Anyway I'm off to catch more zzzz's until we meet again on the bloggarooo

Here's a pic for those in suspence! LOL

1 Aug. 2006

Chillin...

F f f ffff FREEZING
My toes might need amputating by morning!
Frostbite may be immanent!


Current temperature is 7.6 degrees celsius, with a "feels like" rating of 5.9 degrees C.
Personally I think if they measured the temperature at my toes it would easily crack the big minus zero!

Someone spoke briefly about the winter blues on Sunday, and Im kinda wondering whether I have a quadruple dose of them! I feel like I'm a great big bag of bad attitudes and crankiness atm! Is it the winterness, my hormones or my spasticated thyroid that is causing my revoltingness??? Anyone got a suggestion for a cure???? Does anyone want to "dare" a suggestion ;) Lol... tomorrow is another day!