Feeling Peppy and encouraged

Spring is coming and I am just loving the weather at the moment. (Look out window at the rain) Well today doesn’t count. But we have had glorious weather here in Sydney for the past week.

Last week got to hang out with some lovely ladies and learn some flower arranging.

The great weather has  inspired to do some crafts  and get into my craft room as well and start sorting through the piles and boxes of craft supplies I have hoarded over the last 6 months.

I finished the poncho I had started for my niece.

 I made another one for Lily and then I even got some hairclips made.

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Would love to know what you think.

A Week of Learning

It’s been such a wonderful week of learning new things and growing beyong my comfort zone. I have so many things going through my mind right now.

Last Monday and Tuesday I was priviledged enough to attend the Sydney Acts 29 Bootcamp. The information I got was mind blowing to say  the least. It was one of those times when you know soomething but you don’t really KNOW it.

The speakers just laid all the information out in such a simple but insightful way. They talked about Christians being Missional minded and Community focused.  I know your saying ” Yeah so what’s the revelation?”

But think about it. How often are we Missional Minded and Community focused? I think we get off track alot of times on what the Gospel real is.

Reaching people with the Gospel of Christ is not all about handing out tracks and sticking our foot in someones doorway and telling them to pray the prayer of  repentance becauuse their hell bound.

The gospel is about getting out there and meeting people in our community and finding out what their needs are and showing them that Christ can meet their every need.

My head is just a buzz with ideas on how to share the gospel. Christ’s love is what gets me through everyday and I want to share that with people.

Then on Sunday our Pastor talked more about the  gosepl and how in Christ there is freedom to serve Him. That there is NO condemnation in Christ. I’ve read this a hundred times but I really didn’t get it till this Sunday. It was such a revelation to me. Being a christian is not about abiding to the man made rules that a lot of churches set out or make you feel guilty when you don’t live like them. Christs death on the cross took away ALL my guilt and shame. Romans 8 says

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

I can let go of all my baggage that I carry with me constantly. It’s a wonderful feeling to leave it all behind.

Then I get this great link  from my sister and it just ties in with the rest of the week. Its been wonderful.

it’s been far to long my friend…..

Dear Blog

Please forgive me for my absence it has been far to long since we last conversed.

 Seriously though I can not believe it has been a year since I last blogged. So much happening in my universe.

And I love it! 

A year ago I did not think I would be  where I am today. In that one year I have met people, been places and ate things that I just never expected.

Which takes me back to the point I have blogged on before.

CHANGE IS GOOD.

Change gets us to step outside ur comfort barrier. Although sometimes it feels like Change has shoved us out with a firm hand in the middle of our back!

This time last year I was about to attend my first Equip Wives seminar at St Andrews Cathedral Sydney. I was terrified. Albert had booked and paid for me to go and he had told me… “Go, make some new friends”

We had recently moved to the other side of the city  where we really did not know anyone apart from the people at the new church we were attending.  I had already begun to make friends there but the Seminar was Wives of those  in ministry so when it came to attending the seminar, being the wife of the Pastor meant I was going to the seminar alone.

I arrived at the seminar alone feeling very awkward and uncomfortable. There was a couple hundred women there and they all seemed to know each other.

The first hour or so of the seminar I sat alone hoping that people would talk to me but on the other hand hoping they wouldn’t. Isn’t that silly?

But then a lovely lady came up out of the crowd and intorduced herself and chatted for awhile. She was so nice. She introduced to some more  ladies and I had a wonderful day.

So the day started off seemingly doomed to failure but in the end was lovely. I met people  who are now friends and I am looking forward to attending again this year.

I was forced to put myself out there. Forced to  put my emotions out for people to see. And don’t we all hate that? Because on some level we all hate knock backs. I sometimes feel like I am back in the school yard standing there waiting to be picked for the sports team, having those two team leaders eye me up and down and assess me to see if I am worthy to play for them.

Do they still do that school ? I hope teachers have done away this system of choosing teams. It’s quite cruel.

Anyway as you have probably already gathered this blog entry is a bit of a meander. I have been thinking about  the past year alot  and am just trying to blog out some of my thoughts.

  • Change is good
  • Blessings come when you are brave enough to put yourself out for examination (not always but alot of the time)
  • And teachers should abandon the ‘Team Leaders Choose Sports Team’ method.