16 Feb. 2008

PLEASE Check this out!

There is this cool dude over here.....

http://blogofachristian.blogspot.com/

who has been inspired and creative enuff to do this....

http://aussiechristians.freeforums.org/index.php

I recon it is a great idea.... linking Gods Aussie Family accross the miles and miles of this great continent!
So dont be shy.... register.... and pass the word on!

15 Feb. 2008

Good morning

Well... I am about to do it..... Im about to do my "school work"

Its gone nine oclock this lovely sunny friday morning. I have just sat down at my desk (I spent sometime last night tidying it up LOL) to open up my first "module" book and read the list of my assessment tasks.... Thought I had better check my emails first, write a quick blurb here, and then get down to business!!!

All went well yesterday at tafe, my contact lecturer happens to be a lady I recognised from when I first moved to the Mount, way back in '91. She used to go to the Uniting Church where my aunt used to go. Mrs Bone (yep that's her name) now goes to East UC. So I have a christian lecturer. The other bonus was that I am the only new student studying from the Mount. the rest are up Adelaide way. So I actually had a one-on-one session yesterday!!! How much did God bless me! He knew how much I was nervous.... even though I was trying desperately to trust Him, so not only does He let me have a one-on-one for my first tafe thingy, but he also gave me a lovely christian lady as mentor! COOL, EHHH!!!!

Oh yeah another thing....

Mrs Bone said that there were 52 positions open this year, and over 360 applicants! Odds were High... But there is no odds to worry about with God. Even though I had put in my preferences for other courses for this year, I really knew that this was the one God wanted me to do. So when I was accepted, even though I was exstatic, I already knew deep down that it was going to happen anyway. God had put the seed in my heart to do this course way back in 2002, just when I had decided to return to Him!!! He closed the door back then.... but opened it wide this time :0)

And the other bonus is that the Government grant I received will cover all the cost of this course!!!!! So I dont need to worry at all about how I am going to pay for it!

God is really Good.... He is able to do far more than we can ever hope or imagine!!!!!

Anyway... I really need to stop this now and get to work!!!



Guten Tag!

13 Feb. 2008

TAFE is looming.....

2 morrow will end my 17 year studying drought!
2 morrow is the day I go to TAFE and find out exactly what is happening in the course I am doing. I have been twiddling my thumbs since the 18th of Jan when I found out I was accepted into the course! I have really not much of an idea of what is involved with the course, but I do know beyond any doubt that this is what God intends for me to do! Tis COOL!
So If i get a moment or two tomorrow evening, I will update you on my update! :oD
My friend Janine has been generous enough to look after Zac while I am at tafe.... for 3 hours.
The course is an external course, but there are lectures that they advise you attend.... Im kinda hoping that none of the lectures are tuesday morning, so they dont clash with the running of playgroup! But GOD will sort it!
Anyway, thats all from me 2nite.... Im in for an early night of catching zzzz's!

12 Feb. 2008

Unforgiveness breeds orphans

Unforgiveness runs riot through my family.

There are rifts everywhere.

But tonight my heart aches because someone in my family can not forgive his parents.
Tonight I was rang, and informed clearly that he no longer wants to have anything to do with his parents ever. This I know is not a passing faze.
He now considers himself an orphan. He has told me clearly that he doesnt want to know anything about them ever again, and has informed me that if they ask me how he is that I am to say "I don't know". That I am to lie for him. That I am to deny them anything of their son, even if they still love him.
Ok hurt things have been done both ways, but for it to come so this it is very sad.

I barely spoke during the conversation. I couldn't say anything.
Even when he informed me that he will still go their funeral, but only to make sure that they are dead!
I could say nothing.
I know that there is no point.
His stubborness and unforgiveness is impenetrable.
Only Jesus can break through it.

It breaks my heart to see the family disintegrating like this.
It is almost becoming unbearable at times to be around this person, because of their attitude at times, but I have no choice. To me he is family. And family is important.

More than ever I am confronted with the need to really love someone, despite what they do or say.

I dont want to become a person with an orphan attitude.

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is not jealous or envious
Love is never boastful or proud
Love is never haughty or selfish or rude
Love doesnt demand its own way.
It is not irritable or touchy
Love is not easily angered
Love does not hold grudges
Love is never glad about injustices or evil
but Love rejoices whenever truth wins out.
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails... it goes on forever!

If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost.
You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground defending him. 1 cor 13:7 LB

The above verse is a tough one, but as Jesus loves me unconditionally, let me love unconditionally.

Something else I found....

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked. "Who would like this $20 bill?"
Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."
He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.
"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?" He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?"
Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by ...WHO WE ARE.
You are special - don't ever forget it."

Author unknown

A poem I found to share....

I THOUGHT I KNEW

I did not know His Love before, the way I know it now.
I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow.
I had it all, without a care, the "Self-sufficient" lie.
My path was smooth, my sea was still, not a cloud was in my sky.

I thought I knew His Love for me, I thought I'd seen His Grace,
I thought I did not need to grow, I thought I'd found my place.
But then the way grew rough and dark, the storm clouds quickly rolled;
The waves began to rock my ship, my anchor would not hold.

The ship that I had built myself was made of foolish pride.
It fell apart and left me bare, with nowhere else to hide.
I had no strength or faith to face the trials that lay ahead,
And so I simply prayed to Him and bowed my weary head.

His Loving Arms enveloped me, and then He Helped me stand.
He Said, "You still must face this storm, but I Will Hold your hand."
So through the dark and lonely night He Guided me through pain.
I could not see the light of day or when the storm might wane.

Yet through the aches and endless tears, my faith began to grow.
I could not see it at the time, but my light began to glow.
I saw God's Love in brand new light, His Grace and Mercy, too.
For only when all self was gone could Jesus' Love Shine through.

It was not easy in the storm, I sometimes wondered, "Why?"
At times I thought, "I can't go on." I'd hurt, and doubt, and cry.
But Jesus Never left my side; He guided me each day.
Through pain and strife, through fire and flood, He helped me all the way.

And now I see as never before how great His Love can be.
How in my weakness He is Strong, how Jesus cares for me!
He worked it all out for my good, although the way was rough.
He only sent what I could bear, and then He cried, "Enough!"

He raised His hand and Said, "Be still!" He made the storm clouds cease.
He Opened up the gates of joy and flooded me with peace.
I saw His Face now clearer still, I felt His Presence strong,
I found anew His Faithfulness, He never did me wrong.

Now I know more storms will come, but only for my good,
For pain and tears have helped me grow as naught else ever could.
I still have so much more to learn as Jesus Works in me;
If in the storm I'll love Him more, that's where I want to be!


~Author Unknown~

10 Feb. 2008

I-I-I Just Gotta .... I just gotta tell you this one....

A real laugh out loud moment, but also a moment when laughing inside could be better employed.

Innocent exclaimation / comment from Rob....

Just put "Storm Boy" dvd on for the lads to watch... Rob has just read the book.

As I was walking out of the kitchen... I hear -

"Hey Mum! Storm Boy just found an Ipod!"

LOL


ROFL!!!!


um for those of you unimformed as to what exactly Storm Boy is ..... Here is a link to follow...

http://australianscreen.com.au/titles/storm-boy/

Anyway I had to "very briefly, while holding in a guffaw" explain to Rob that they didnt have Ipods back then. What Storm Boy had found was - an old instamatic camera LOL

hope you had a giggle too!!!

9 Feb. 2008

A wintry photo in summer....

No this photo wasnt taken in summer... it was taken last year near the end of winter....

I was asked if I had a wintry photo to share... For those in the northern hemisphere are a whole half a year BEHIND ;) us in seasons.

So here is a crispy wintry morning pic.


C S Lewis on Love

I read this today at Grace Alley
It made me go: "hmmmmm"

Quote:
"There is no safe investment.
To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless- it will change.
It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation.
The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell"
-C.S.Lewis

8 Feb. 2008

NATIONAL CUDDLE DAY!!!!!

Yep it is apparently National Cuddle Day today.

Probably just another piece of clever marketing.....
But I suppose any excuse to spread some Hugs, Love and Comfort around is OK

Here is the official link to the official site:
http://www.getextracuddly.com.au/content/cuddleday.aspx


And you can send a "virtual cuddle" via this link....

http://www.getextracuddly.com.au/tellafriend/default.aspx

But Otherwise, you can always Give someone a real HUG in person!!!!!

My Nanna always said to me .....

Everyone needs at least four Hugs a day!

and she would often ask.... have you had your hugs today???

Go find a Hug, and give it away!

Im FREEEZZING!!!!

Yeah and it is supposed to be summer!!!!

psst! little secret revealed .... I actually wore a beanie on me head yesterday coz I was chillin tooo much.

I have to take Zac to eye specialist AGAIN! today. Has been a while since I took him there... coz I got sick of the doc doing nothing! and it wasnt doing Zac any good and it was wearing a hole in my patience and my purse.... But I bit the bullet, and made an appointment again.... way back in october!!! and this was the soonest I could get in. btw... for those who dont know. Zac has what they call a squint... But actually he has two lazy eyes... he pics and chooses which eye his is going to look at u with! LOL
Cute really
Im hoping the doc with start "patch therapy" LOL but it may look a bit wierd with the tooth missing as well.. Speaking of teeth... He hit his mouth again last night and came running with his hand over his teeth.... and SIGH OF RELIEF there was no blood. I could tell tho something was a little wrong.... his other tooth.... is loose again... had too many knocks!

So now I am contemplating sending him to the dentist whenI take Rob on the 18th for his YUCK first Filling!!! ARGGHHHH!!!!!

This mother hood stuff is Hard on the Heart and nerves!!!

heres hoping and praying I have the strength and endurance for it all and dont sook at inappropriate moments during all these childhood proceedures and cause children to holla! :D

btw Sean , my number 2 just came in and said "MUM MUM I have Two loose tooths!"
I tried to sound excited but I dont think it worked!

7 Feb. 2008

Some quotes to ponder... remember... or forget :)

I am reading one of the half a tonne of books I own....
Just because I can read.... LOL
And I am reading
spits and spurts of bits n pieces of rubbish and rubies....
here is a few:

A cynic is someone who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. H. L. Mencken

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves. George Elliot

I take the view, and always have done, that if you cannot say what you have to say in twenty minutes, you should go away and write a book about it. Lord Brabazon of Tara

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself. Gerald Brenan

An athiest is a man who has no invisible means of support. John Buchan

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life. Cher

When it comes, will it come without warning
Just as I am picking my nose?
Will it knock on my door in the morning,
or tread in the bus on my toes?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
Will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love. W. H. Auden

There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you. Peter De Vries

The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television. Anon.

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton

Quotation is a servicable substitute for wit. Oscar Wilde


I will not bore you anymore.

The Word For the Day.... God's Word Reiterated!

From the WFT:
http://www.thewordfortoday.com.au/

Overcome your past
"Forgetting those things which are behind."
Philippians 3:13
It is impossible to succeed in life without overcoming your past. When the great Ignacy Jan Paderewski first started to study piano, his teacher told him that his hands were too small to master the keyboard. Yet the fire in his soul drove him to become a world-renowned pianist. When Enrico Caruso first started to study singing, his teacher said that he sounded like the wind whistling through the window. Today, Caruso is remembered as one of the world's greatest tenors. If you need inspiration to overcome your life's obstacles, look no further than Christ. Society called His birth illegitimate. He was born into a hated minority who experienced brutal oppression every day. The religious leaders branded Him a heretic. The state called Him an insurrectionist too dangerous to live. One of His closest friends betrayed Him to enrich himself. He was sentenced without a fair trial and died like a common criminal. And what was His response to His suffering, and ours? 'Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world' (Jn 16:33). We spend far too much time crying over spilt milk. Rather than giving attention to the most important assignment we have every morning - to submit to the Lordship of Christ and follow His example - we waste our time and energy on things that cannot be changed. You cannot change the death of a loved one. You cannot change the fact that one day your spouse cheated on you. The past is over. Look forward. Press on! God says, 'The plans I have for you ... are ... good' (Jer 29:11 NLT). That means the best is yet to be!
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Sometimes God says tries to get your attention with His Word, and sometimes, we read what he is saying, but dont let it sink in and forget it shortly after. Then He says it again! I think He is Definately trying to get my attention!

This is one of those times:

Just a week ago , Jan 30th, God showed me the following passages:
Luke 12:22-34
Phillipians 3:13
and also reminded me what it says in Jerimiah 29:11-13

This is what I wrote in my Journal:

Do not worry.
Take no confidence in the flesh.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.
Take none of my past and put it in my future.
It is from now that matters.
Focus on Jesus.
"I walk by faith, each step I take, to live by faith, I put my trust in you.
... and if my God is for me then who can be against me."
God has my best interest at His Heart.
Plans for Good and not Harm.
Faith, Trust, Confidence in God
In all things Look to God.
His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
I have to trust Him.
Look to Him at all times.
Keep my mind on Him.
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I had asked God for wisdom concerning something that had happened earlier that evening, and asked Him to show me in His Word.... and the Above is What He Showed Me!

Indeed He answered me, and this morning He has reminded me of it, perfectly! with the Word for The Day.

Never mind what has happened in the past, it is over!!! Look Ahead! Do Not Worry about your future... For God Has Plans for Your Future, and they ARE GOOD!

Thankyou God!

6 Feb. 2008

posted with tears... link to a good read...

http://lacedwithgrace.com/?p=717

Just think...

Everyone speaks the language of tears....
Tears - a universal language.

5 Feb. 2008

Januarys ramblings in February Part 3

Permission granted.... A couple of pics of A Happy Couple and their Cute Kids


I had the wonderful privilege to attend a wedding on the 12 of January...

It was a lovely arvo at the local Aberfoyle Garden. Though I nearly didnt make it in time.... So grateful that the Bride and Groom were running late!

Actually I got a bit lost on the way there.... even though there was a map on the back of the invite! Ummm yeah well the garden was a square on the map, and had no line connecting it to a road :D Im sorry but I needed a line! I couldnt work out what road I was supposed to be on so I could find the driveway to the place... and maybe I knew I was cutting it fine time-wise and was a little frazzled! LOL Well I beleive that all maps are open to the interpretation of the reader and when drawing maps there must be allowances made for gooses like me who Like every thing LOGICAL ..... absolutely no harm intended to the the Bride and Groom.... More a totally take the mickey out of myself for my BLONDE moment.
But when I finally did work out where I was supposed to be. I was thoroughly surprised and relieved that I had gotten there before the soon to be happily married couple!
I chatted to the Pastor for a minute or two, then went a found my friends Heather and Don....

we waited.... then the cars rolled in.... and pulled up out of sight a bit.... and we waited..... we stood watching....

and then the long walk down the grassy aisle began...

First came the Groom' 3 lasses with the Bride's 2 lads.

I must say that they looked a treat and they mustve practiced heaps because they did it with out laughing, crying, running away or leaping for joy ;)

Top Job Kids!


Next came the Bride and Groom... breaking with aussie tradition, they went with a swedish tradition (the groom being originally from sweden). The Bride - Linda, and the Groom - Kent, walked together down the aisle to become married.


Then after very little pomp, but with much love, gentle emotion and softly spoken vows, they were wed. And there was not just the joining of two lives, but of seven. A Special Family was formed from two "broken" families. Joy came through :) LOVE came through and GOD was indeed there with them all, as He is now.


And well... here is the happy Mr and Mrs, striking a pose just for my little camera... dont ya just luv em!!!

Now the official honeymoon is over, the family has settled in together in a new home to fit them all, and Life begins anew for all of them.... now comes the "happily ever after" bit.

CONGRATULATIONS KENT AND LINDA!!!!

MAY GOD BE WITH YOU BOTH ALWAYS!!!


This photo is a bit of a ring in... ;) Mr Don doing the Abbey Road pose, after the ceremony... had to post it ... coz it is just him in a T, a character :D

Comfort Zone

Sometimes God calls us out of our comfort zone.

Define: comfort zone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_zone

What is our comfort zone?

What is my comfort zone?

My comfort zone is my home – my castle, my cave where I can hide away from the world!
I am also in my comfort zone when I am with my Christian “church” family, even knowing that my children go to a “good Christian” school is also quite comforting....
My comfort zone is where all is familiar, non conflicting, non challenging, where I don’t feel anxious or “uncomfortable”
My Comfort zone is where my faith isn’t challenged...
So when God calls you out of your comfort zone, you know it won’t be all beer and skittles. You know that you have to stand up and be counted for God.... not cower away or pretend not to hear His commands to you.
I think God is preparing my heart at the moment.... to leave my comfort zone.... I don’t know what He is calling me to do, but I know I need to be ready.

Preparing, isn’t that like putting on the Armour of God???

Like Putting on the Helmet of our Salvation, the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shield of Faith, the Sword of the Spirit – which is the Word of God, and lastly having your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace, while always praying in the spirit!

The Message Bible puts it like this:
Ephesians 6:10-18 MSG And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. (11) So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. (12) This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (13) Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. (14) Truth, righteousness, (15) peace, (16) faith, (17) and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. (18) In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

4 Feb. 2008

New and Old wine, Jesus and the Wonder of His Grace!

Sundays sermon:
Luke 5:27-39

Thought provoking, challenging and interesting.

Levi (Mattew) the Tax collector is called by Jesus to follow...

Levi, throws a party and feasts with fellow tax collectors, sinners and Jesus, to celebrate his joy.

Jesus challenged as to why they are feasting instead of fasting like John's desciples.

Jesus speaks of new wine and old wine skins and vice versa.

My mind and spirit has been chewing on it all, like an old cow :)

I found these Henry Study Notes on the passages above, and wanted to share them with you.

Happy reading :)

Luk 5:27-39 -
All this, except the last verse, we had before in Matthew and Mark; it is not the story of any miracle in nature wrought by our Lord Jesus, but it is an account of some of the wonders of his grace, which, to those who understand things aright, are no less cogent proofs of Christ's being sent of God than the other.

I. It was a wonder of his grace that he would call a publican, from the receipt of custom, to be his disciple and follower, Luk_5:27. It was wonderful condescension that he should admit poor fishermen to that honour, men of the lowest rank; but much more wonderful that he should admit publicans, men of the worst reputation, men of ill fame. In this Christ humbled himself, and appeared in the likeness of sinful flesh. By this he exposed himself, and got the invidious character of a friend of publicans and sinners.

II. It was a wonder of his grace that the call was made effectual, became immediately so, Luk_5:28. This publican, though those of that employment commonly had little inclination to religion, for his religion's sake left a good place in the custom-house (which, probably, was his livelihood, and where he stood fair for better preferment), and rose up, and followed Christ. There is no heart too hard for the Spirit and grace of Christ to work upon, nor any difficulties in the way of a sinner's conversion insuperable to his power.

III. It was a wonder of his grace that he would not only admit a converted publican into his family, but would keep company with unconverted publicans, that he might have an opportunity of doing their souls good; he justified himself in it, as agreeing with the great design of his coming into the world. Here is a wonder of grace indeed, that Christ undertakes to be the Physician of souls distempered by sin, and ready to die of the distemper (he is a Healer by office, Luk_5:31) - that he has a particular regard to the sick, to sinners as his patients, convinced awakened sinners, that see their need of the Physician - that he came to call sinners, the worst of sinners, to repentance, and to assure them of pardon, upon repentance, Luk_5:32. These are glad tidings of great joy indeed.

IV. It was a wonder of his grace that he did so patiently bear the contradiction of sinners against himself and his disciples, Luk_5:30. He did not express his resentment of the cavils of the scribes and Pharisees, as he justly might have done, but answered them with reason and meekness; and, instead of taking that occasion to show his displeasure against the Pharisees, as afterwards he did, or of recriminating upon them, he took that occasion to show his compassion to poor publicans, another sort of sinners, and to encourage them.

V. It was a wonder of his grace that, in the discipline under which he trained up his disciples, he considered their frame, and proportioned their services to their strength and standing, and to the circumstances they were in. It was objected, as a blemish upon his conduct, that he did not make his disciples to fast so often as those of the Pharisees and John Baptist did, Luk_5:33. He insisted most upon that which is the soul of fasting, the mortification of sin, the crucifying of the flesh, and the living of a life of self-denial, which is as much better than fasting and corporal penances as mercy is better than sacrifice.
VI. It was a wonder of his grace that Christ reserved the trials of his disciples for their latter times, when by his grace they were in some good measure better prepared and fitted for them than they were at first. Now they were as the children of the bride-chamber, when the bridegroom is with them, when they have plenty and joy, and every day is a festival. Christ was welcomed wherever he came, and they for his sake, and as yet they met with little or no opposition; but this will not last always. The days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, Luk_5:35. When Christ shall leave them with their hearts full of sorrow, their hands full of work, and the world full of enmity and rage against them, then shall they fast, shall not be so well fed as they are now. We both hunger and thirst and are naked, 1Co_4:11. Then they shall keep many more religious fasts than they do now, for Providence will call them to it; they will then serve the Lord with fastings, Act_13:2.

VII. It was a wonder of his grace that he proportioned their exercises to their strength. He would not put new cloth upon an old garment (Luk_5:36), nor new wine into old bottles (Luk_5:37, Luk_5:38); he would not, as soon as ever he had called them out of the world, put them upon the strictnesses and austerities of discipleship, lest they should be tempted to fly off. When God brought Israel out of Egypt, he would not bring them by the way of the Philistines, lest they should repent, when they saw war, and return to Egypt, Exo_13:17. So Christ would train up his followers gradually to the discipline of his family; for no man, having drank old wine, will of a sudden, straightway, desire new, or relish it, but will say, The old is better, because he has been used to it, Luk_5:39. The disciples will be tempted to think their old way of living better, till they are by degrees trained up to this way whereunto they are called. Or, turn it the other way: "Let them be accustomed awhile to religious exercises, and then they will abound in them as much as you do: but we must not be too hasty with them." Calvin takes it as an admonition to the Pharisees not to boast of their fasting, and the noise and show they made with it, nor to despise his disciples because they did not in like manner signalize themselves; for the profession the Pharisees made was indeed pompous and gay, like new wine that is brisk and sparkling, whereas all wise men say, The old is better; for, though it does not give its colour so well in the cup, yet it is more warming in the stomach and more wholesome. Christ's disciples, though they had not so much of the form of godliness, had more of the power of it.

Hmmmm ....interesting :)

What of the rift widening between us pious christians and the sinful world???

At what point do you expect the unsaved to walk into our churchs and go YAY this is a Hip place, and recon they will feel exceedingly comfy with our pomp, tradition and old ways???

We can no longer expect them to come to us...
We are the ones that need to meet with them where they are... Just like Jesus did.

Think about it... Did Jesus call his disciples from the synagogues?
No, He called them from the world. It is the sick who need the doctor not the well.

Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm

Im going to mull it over a bit more :)

Cu

Januarys ramblings in February Part 2

Friday 11th Jan....
Mad dash from Beachport after morning's swimming lesson. God home, chucked dirty clothes in machine. Proceeded to clean my car!!!!! SHOCK HORROR!!!!!
Yes the car got cleaned... I enslisted Rob as my T.A and got him to work with the Vacuum cleanner, while I sorted out the accumulated piles of unnecessaries.... My mum was coming and I had decided to forget the house, and clean the car.... I think my priorities must have been a bit skewed, but then again, the car was half full of sand from the beach.
Boys went to their dad's for tea, I dropped them off at 4.
I proceeded to twiddle my thumbs in semi-nervousness, awaiting 6 o'clock.... when I needed to proceed to the local piddley airport and await my Mum.
Mum was at that particular time between homes, having just completely packed up camp in Darwin, and flown down this way on a slight detour on her way to Robo, NSW - to be with her Beau.
I got to the airport and waited, like you do, and eventually the plane arrived.
Out stepped mum, and I was soon able to give her a hug. I hadnt seen her for nearly a year.
We got her stuff and headed back into town to get some tea.
Mum wanted some Thai cooking, so we headed for the local thai restaurant.
We ordered some "spicy" food, and headed home.
We then discovered that the chilli dipping sauce that came with a dish was indeed SPICY!
That was then end of the meal for mum, she had been suffering from sinus trouble, but the chilli cured her for quite a while :)
Lovely meal anyway, Great Laksa!
Anyway, the Kids returned, and proceeded to entertain Mum (Nan Wen) for a while.
Lads in bed, mum and I weren't far behind. Mum had the nice spare bed in Rob's room. Rob was stoked!
The next morning Mum had decided to go shopping for the lad's belated chrissy prezzies.
I tagged along. It is a long drawn out affair when it comes to getting boys to choose one toy from a huge selection.... not the way I shop! Too FRUSTRATING!!!
Anyway, I was heading to a wedding that arvo, and mum decided that she wanted to get me a dress for it, instead of me wearing what I had. It was to be my christmas and b'day prezzie. It was nice :)
We eventually dragged the kids out of the shop, and we got mum to pick a charm out for her "pandora" charm bracelet. It was her birthday the following week, and I never knew what to get her!
Anyways, we were about to head home, and my dad rang me on my mobile, wondering where we were. I said we were heading for Hungry Jacks for lunch. He said he'd meet us there.
Now here is a little aside....
My parents have been separated, since I was 4, and divorced not long after that. But amazingly they get on not to bad these days! Cool
They have both repartnered a few times. Dad has new girlfriend, and Mum has just moved interstate to be with her Boyfriend.... Sounds funny when you talk about your parents' boyfriends and girlfriends!
Anyway, I digress...
We had lunch at Jacks, then Dad headed off to do jobs, while we went home.
Then I had to get ready to go to the wedding.
Dad rocked up just as I was about to head.
Dad and Mum were both babysitting my children at the same time, all together!
LOL
It was cool and funny as well.

So I went off to the wedding... post a pickie later (if i have permission)

When I returned home, Dad was still there, and all of them were still alive (no-one had throttled anyone!)
Dad and Mum were out the back pergola drinking red wine... so I joined them.
The evening turned into one of great fun for the kids (coz they got to stay up till 10:30) and a time of reminiscing for Mum and Dad.
For me it was something really extra special.
Getting to have the time when i am grown to spend with both my parents at the same time, un-interrupted, with none of their "partners" around, was REALLY SPECIAL . Im choking back tears even now as I remember.
And the other special part of it was that they got to do the Granparents thing with my kids, together.
I know that the afternoon and evening will never be repeated again. So it is a treasure that I will keep in my heart.
Here are a few pics of that time...


Mum went back to Adelaide, and on to Robo.

Dad returned to Beachport, and we followed not long after to do more swimming lessons.

Weekend was over, but the memories remain.

3 Feb. 2008

School is SERIOUS!!!

LOL

Give a kid a camera for a couple of minutes on the way to school and all fun breaks out.

Friday 1st - photo diary of drive to school...

kindy boy... going "Yeah I get all the toys to myself!" ;)
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School boy number 2... Ahhahhh "Mum free time!"
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Back seaters - Im glad theyre too young to drive!!!
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The arms of a responsible driver...
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The face of responsible driver who dares to take eyes off road...
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School boy number 1..... The photographer caught on camera!!!
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2 Feb. 2008

Januarys ramblings in February Part 1

Yeah I know I promised I would post some more about the holidays, and well the holidays are over, so if I dont follow up now then I will just plain forget and it wont happen.

So, let me think, what shall I start with???

Well you know we did the swim thing, and we saw lots of dead things at the beach, but I didnt tell you about the "hen's afternoon tea", the visit from my mum, the wedding, and both my parents in the same house looking after my kids at the same time!!!

The 6th of Jan was a spicy hot day in lil ole Mt G, and the afternoon was full of sweat, sweets, lemon iced water, and the odd cup of mahalia coffee amoungst the noisome banter of women celebrating a cool Chickie's pending marriage the following weekend.

The cool Chickie in question was given an audience of lovely ladies from all ages and wisdoms. Giggles and cackles were aplenty. The three sentences kept amazingly brief by all who told them. The three sentences were for each lady to descibe themselves, without divulging their marriage status nor their paid employment. Was interesting and enlightening for all :D

Then wisdom was shared about marriage and families, by a few. Some words were more witty than wise. Lots of smiles and guffaws were had.

Then came out a special box laden with gifts fit for a bride to be....

Of course the box contained -

something old
something new
something borrowed
something blue

and hence she was dressed....
twas a lovely afternoon had by all.

A word of thanks to the sponsors... :)

The owner of the venue who kindly donated the use of his commercial kitchen fascilities to the brood of hens for the arvo. In lieu of payment the proprietor was treated to, as I understand, a roast dinner painstakingly cooked by a certain Mr L with the subtle supervision of Mrs L.

To the young lass who graciously gave up her "practice" birthday cake to the bride to be, as a "slip sliding" gourmet delight creamed cake addition to the afternoons fare.

To the Wonderful Hostess who donated the "something borrowed" for the occassion.

and of cours a big round of appause for the Lovely Bride-to-be for rising to the occassion and humouring us by actually wearing most of the contents of the box for nearly all the afternoon!!

The holiday tale is to be continued.....