Thursday, September 28, 2006

where are the hugs?

thursday - the new friday.......

....well at least this week it is. Today (Thursday) is just like Friday, I am taking the day off tomorrow as we are heading down to Melbourne, so my weekend starts early and it is a holiday on Monday. I am so excited - Woo Hoot!

SP got a call yesterday from his surgeon with some 'not so great' news - he has to be on crutches for another 2 weeks and can't drive for that time either He gets his cast of next Wednesday but needs to still be using crutches so he can gradually build up strength in his leg again. His leg has lost a lot of muscle tone because he hasn't walked on it for over 6 weeks, so it is going to take some time to build it up again. Oh well, it is what it is and nothing is going to change that so I am not letting it get to me, we are going to soldier on and just get through it...

Please pray for all the visa stuff I still have to do, nearly everything I have tried to get like the 'official' marriage certificate (the one you get and sign on the actually day is just for 'decorative' purposes - how silly), it came back incorrectly, then the new address for my driver's licence hasn't arrived, they have sent 2 and still nothing. Nothing seems to be going right, but I know we will have it all together for when we need it but it is so frustrating when you are trying to be organised and forces outside your control make it very trying and a lot harder than it needs to be. I also have a deadline which is a week Sunday, so I have to get to the immigration office next Tuesday - yikes!!

Tonight some friends are taking us out for dinner for SP's birthday - which is so so kind. Then off to Melbourne tomorrow morning until Sunday - the game is on Saturday lunchtime (I think). On Monday we are having a birthday lunch for SP's 30th, (his birthday is actually on Wednesday), so all in all it should be a great super fun weekend. I do hope you all have a great weekend. Happy Thursday to you all - remember it's the new Friday.

What are you up to this long weekend?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

God's Mac

Hey all, I just wanted to do a little promo for a friend of mine's husband Gabe Taviano who has just started doing a Podcast called God's Mac over in America, you can subscribe or listen here. They are on their fourth podcast and getting many listeners from all over the world, which is very exciting. The podcast theme is Technology Meets Eternity, Gabe has a background in web-design and working with technology. Each week he starts the podcast with a 'technology' segment, where you'll hear reviews of the latest products and services in the industry and learn how to make them work for you. You’ll then have the chance to 'meet' other individuals who are making an impact in today’s world. They wrap things up with the 'eternity' segment, where Gabe takes a close look at the bible.

"At God's Mac, we look at technology as a means to an end, not an end in itself. Our prayer is that we will utilize technology for a greater purpose--to bring people to Jesus Christ".

I know Gabe would love your feedback, things you like, areas of opportunity to improve. Please pop your comments below and I will pass them on to him.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

what's the point......

of mosquitos?

I was talking to SP the other day about mosquitos and wondering what purpose they have in this world. God created all things and I just wondered what he was thinking when he created mosquitos.. Do they have a purpose that I am just unaware of?

The things I know about mosquitos are:
  • They make this highly annoying buzzing sound late at night when the light is off, buzzing around and around my head - this drives me totally nuts.
  • In order to sleep well if there is a mosquito flying around my room at night, I have one objective before I can possibly go to sleep - KILL THE MOSQUITO!
  • I am paranoid about getting bitten by mosquito's. In the summer I put on enough rid to repel mosquito's for me and everybody in a one mile radius of me, BUT I still get bitten!
  • Mosquitos love me. They bite me a lot. Fe Fi Fi Fum I smell the blood of an English women.
  • Not only do mosquitos bite me but when they have drawn my blood I get the biggest red mark, not a normal small bite mark.
  • When mosquitos bite me it itches like mad.
  • In some countries you can get malaria and west nile disease from mosquitos.

In conclusion, I don't like mosquitos very much and I am wondering if anyone knows if they do anything other than annoy me and give me itches and big red marks? Do you know what the point of mosquitos are?

Friday, September 22, 2006

thank goodness the chickens didn't get out - again!

- So it is Friday and I lurveeeeeeeeeeee Friday's, it is meant to be 30 degrees today which is odd for this time of year. Apparently it is going to be a hot and dry summer this year :(

- We had Adventure Club yesterday which was really fun, thank goodness the chickens didn't escape again. Last week during one of the talks, when the little ones were listening intently the three chickens all jumped out of the box. You might be wondering why on earth we have chickens at our Adventure Club!! This term we have had a 'Down on the Farm' theme and one of my co-leaders managed to get two little ducks and three little chicks. They have grown and grown over the last 10 weeks and managed to ESCAPE last week. All the kids were screaming so I was trying to calm them down while at the same time catch one of the three chickens - mannnnnnnnnnnn I don't like chickens and I certainly don't like picking them up but I had to suck it in and just do it. The leaders have name one of the ducks - manky duck, the poor little thing has deformed feet, and might not be with us much longer - he is going to Jane's Mums where he will probably get - you know whatted. Don't tell the little ones....

- Praise God as I really think the kids understood the lesson on the Holy Spirit, they listened and answered my questions and it was so amazing to hear them comprehend. We played a great game at the end, where they got into pairs and one got to wear a blind-fold and the other got to 'guide and help' his partner, showing that the holy spirit leads and guides us in our walk with God. They loved it.

- Three weeks tomorrow we move into our new place, we have had a long settlement period of 10 weeks and so it has seemed like it was just a dream until now. It is started to feel real and I am getting excited about having our 'own' place, even though the thought of packing an moving fills me with dread I know it will be worth it. Sooooooooo many people from church have said they would help which is just amazing...

- SP gets out of his cast and off his crutches in just under 2 weeks, we both can't wait. You do get used to it after a while but we are sure glad it isn't for too much longer, the good news is he will be out of the cast before we move BUT he will need to be careful so won't be able to be too involved with lifting and moving...

- My cheeky little chica sister got 'banned' from ballet the other day "until she is a little older", she doesn't listen to what the teacher tells her and just runs off dancing behind other people doing her own thing... She also got asked to not attend Tae Kwon Do with my other sister as she is a 'little' disruptive - hmmmmmm, it is a little bit of a worry but here's hoping she will grow out of it.

- Anyhoo, those are some little bits and bobs of life - hope you all have a super weekend. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

this could give you nightmares

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

talk like a pirate day

Ahoy!! and shiver me timbers, you will never guess what!

It's international 'Talk like a Pirate day?'. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Can you talk like a pirate?

Got Pirattitude?

I bet Rodeo does!!!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

on my soap box!

I have been thinking a lot about body image and identity lately, partly because of my previous personal struggles with it but also because of all the girlie magazines you see on shelves with anorexic looking celebrities and models on the front. You don't need to buy the magazine to see as it is plastered all over the covers and in full view for all to see. Also I am very much exhausted by all of the ‘What diet works for you?” shows on TV. Basically the worlds view on how we should look and where our priorities lie, it puts unbelievable pressure on women to look a particular way. This makes me upset and cross.

There are a number of reasons why this makes me upset: Firstly, I too felt under this same pressure to be skinny, I felt the pressure from the media and then the enormous pressure we can put on ourselves. Secondly, it can be really be damaging to young girls and women, many girls buy into this and want to look like their favourite celebrity which can result in there achieving this unhealthy state by unhealthy means, but thirdly and most importantly it is so opposed to the Christian world view of how we are valued and loved by God, what really matters to him and where our identity lies.

Firstly the bible says that we are created in the image of God;

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27

The way God has made us is exactly how he wanted us – NO MISTAKES. He created us in his image – I have been thinking about writing about this for a little while and it has caused me to think through what does it mean to be created in the image of God?? I know we are created with the ability to love, to be in relationship with one another and that it is in a likeness to God. What other thoughts do people have about this??

Also God planned and knew he was going to make us and he even knew this before we were even a twinkle in our parent’s eyes. God knew and was preparing us, and them to be brought into this world since before the beginning of time - Wowsers. Psalm 139 is such a beautiful psalm and really a wonderful picture of how involved God is in each of our individual creations. We have been knitted together in our mother’s womb – we matter to God.

We do have to remember that our bodies are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and so they are not our own, we need to care for them. I think there is wisdom in watching what we eat, having a healthy diet, exercising and looking after ourselves but we also need to be looking after where we are with God too.

I guess the bottom line of what I want to say is that our identity is not wrapped up in what we look like or in what the world says we should be like (appearance and otherwise), or what other people see and think but our identity is who we are in Christ. It can be a struggle when we care so much about what people think and how I think I look, but what does God see in me, in 1 Samuel is says God doesn’t look at the same things man looks at but he looks at the heart.

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

God cares about what is inside not what is outside and he tells us that there are certain things to put to death and certain things we are to cloth ourselves in:

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Colossians 3:5-11

God loves us so much not for what we look like but for who we are inside, he wants us to put on and be clothed in all these things:

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12-17

We are God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, how totally amazing is that?

Anyway this is just food for thought and something that I have been thinking about over the last few weeks, there is so much more to say but I think I will leave it at that for now. I shall get off my soapbox now :)

Let me know your thoughts...

Friday, September 15, 2006

i love fridays

I love Friday's because it is the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend. I am particularly loving this Friday because the sun is shining, I went for a beautiful jog at the beach this morning, I found out I have a ticket to go to watch 'Idol' live on Sunday - WOO HOOT! and I am amazed this morning at how much God loves us, that he has chosen to give us life on earth and that we are able to enjoy his wonderful creation. I feel very much excited and alive today..

and in other news.......

We had Adventure Club yesterday which was so much fun. We were learning about Jesus being the servant king, this involved yours truly getting her feet washed by some little kids. I was amazed how when asked who wanted to clean my feet that all the kids put up their hands - weird!!! I had two little kids cleaning one foot (it tickled sooooooo much) and then two other kids cleaning my other foot. There was a lot of giggling, not just by me but by the little ones too. Some of them even started giving me a massage on my neck - now that's what I call serving :) It was amazing teaching them the story of Jesus cleaning his disciples feet and hearing them understand what serving means and what it might look like at Adventure Club. That it is not about self it is about putting others first. Anyhoo, we had lots of fun and we are still getting new people coming to check us out, even as we are drawing close to the end of term. Please pray as one of our leaders Kerryn has found out she has glandular fever = not good, I pray she gets better very soon.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

king cat charlie


Let me introduce you to 'King Cat' Charlie - he is my cat or should I say he is now my Mum's cat, we got him when he was a kitten when I was about 18. My Mum didn't really want a cat but let me get one anyway and has grown to love him :) When I moved out I couldn't take Charlie with me so he stayed with my Mum, he must be nearly 11 now and is still going strong.

The reason he is King Cat is because I used to lift him up in the air and call him that name. He thinks he is the King cat in my Mum's neighbourhood! He is a funny thing, he isn't very friendly but when you get his food ready he bites your toes and dribbles on them too - I think that is him showing affection! One year in the back garden we found a zillion frogs he had killed - the little serial killer.

This photo is one I took when I was home last year, he was climbing on the roof of the houses where my Mum lives and I went to take a picture, he looked directly at me as I took the picture and look what happened to his eyes - it's a freaky pic but very cool. If you click on the pic you can see it much better!

teacher's beware

BEWARE TEACHERS: This little cheeky chica has started school. My little little sis started school last week and I am sure is causing a bit of trouble with her cute but mischievous ways. She has her little school uniform to wear and I am sure she looks adorable (will post pictures when I have some). My dad told me she loves it, so far though she hasn't learnt that when school finishes you have to stand in line and then when the teacher says you can go - you can go to your Mum or Dad. Cheeky prefers to NOT stand in the line and just head on over to Dad, I mean who is the teacher to tell her what to do ;) She 'secretly' told her Mum that she had taken her little McDonald's juke box (she got in a Happy Meal and it plays a song) to school and every now and again she would put her hand in her pocket and play the music for a little bit and then turn it off. Sneaky little thing, I am sure she will get busted for that :)

Anyway, I spoke to my Dad yesterday and apparently when kids start school now the teacher does a 'home' visit and last night was the night the teacher was going to my Dad's house.. Hmmmm I will be interested to hear what she has to say. Will keep you posted.....

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

it's not God's fault

Check out my friends blog on Sept 11th, it's not God's fault

Let me know what you think :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

the blows of his fist

"Some have only learned to trust the smile of His face, but they must also learn to trust the blows of His fist"

Charles Spurgeon

bits 'n' bobs

We spent this weekend in Canberra with Scott's parents, we ate lots and watched lots of Aussie Rules Football, looks like the team we go for - the Sydney Swans might get into the final in Melbourne. If so looks like we will be taking a road trip to watch it.

Where on earth has the Spring gone that I was talking about this time last week, since Friday it has been raining constantly and super super windy. Please come back Spring.

I have a dental appointment today - nothing painful but I still don't like going, it is soooooooo expensive.

SP turns 30 next month and I need to organise his get together, it is nothing major but I still need to get my rear into gear.

3 more weeks until SP gets his cast off and doesn't have to use crutches - I can't wait. I am glad that God has taught us heaps through this experience, even though it has been really hard at times. Surely marriage will be a whole lot easier afterwards?

4 weeks on Saturday we move into our new place - WOO HOOT! I am very excited and it is finally starting to feel more real now. Thankfully SP will be out of his cast but he will have to be really careful so not sure in what ways he can help with the move. Please pray that he won't injure his achilles again after he gets out of the cast, we have heard some horror stories of people re-rupturing their achilles and having to have surgery and be in a cast AGAIN. This = not good, esp as we fly to England in December. We might have to wrap it in bubble wrap, do you think that will help?

My cheeky little sister started school last week, she is the cheekiest of all cheekies that I know, I pray school will help calm her down a little. Along with her cheekiness is a real sense of humour for such a little girl, she can be very funny. I pray for both my little sisters that they might come and grow to know the Lord Jesus.

Really missing home at the moment (England home), I am so looking forward to going back at Christmas to see friends and family. At least I only have 94 days until we go home. Can't wait to see my friends and family and to experience that 'familiar' feeling I have when I am there. It's going to be great ....

Friday, September 08, 2006

don't forget to pray

Thursday, September 07, 2006

squeezing in my God time

As I was walking/jogging down at the beach on Monday morning I stopped to pray (very rushed - 'I don't really have time for this' prayers) I was struck by how my life is so busy, how finding balance is so hard. How I want to do all these great things but don't have the time or I am too tired..

WELL NO MORE!!! I have prayed...

I have been totally convicted this week to spend more quality time with God, giving him the first fruits of my day not the tired rotten fruit on the floor, just because I think I 'should'. Now it is not because if I don't I think I will go straight to hell, without passing Go and without collecting $200, BECAUSE God has already DONE what is necessary for me to be saved and know him, he sent his son Jesus to die in my place AND I have assurance in knowing he has chosen me before the beginning of time to be his child.

We are however called to 'pray without ceasing' and I know that reading the bible means I get to know more about this great God of ours and it also gives me great ways in which I can live my life for him. The more I read the more God speaks to me and the more I know of his character and love. How amazing a God we have.

I want God to be first in my life and I want to spend more time with him, not because I have to or 'should' but because I want to. Life can get so busy and hectic that I can find it difficult to ‘squeeze’ God time in, even when I manage to ‘squeeze’ God time in, this is also rushed.. Please pray that daily I might not just squeeze God time in but that it would be a pure joy and a priority for me to come before him, talking to him and learning more about who he is by reading his word.

How great it is to have a relational God who loves us so much, who came to earth for us, who died in our place and who will one day return to take home those who put their trust in him so we can spend eternity in heaven. Let's rejoice in this knowledge and truth.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

12 steps to forgetting mr darcy

Han and I were talking about relationships yesterday and about how we have both at some point wanted the “Hollywood” relationship, where it all seems so easy, where there never seems to be any problems, it really is just perfect :) Now while we both know this is not a reality, let’s face it, it can be what a lot of girls desire. In real life it is hard, there are problems, BUT there are also great, amazing and wonderful things to experience in marriage. Anyhoo, Han told me I could write a book (I could never write a book, it is not my gift, it’s Marla’s) BUT we came up with a few titles for possible 'real life' books. There are a few inspired by Jane Austen :)

The Not So Perfect Couple
How to look for love in the non-fiction world
How you know your imperfections together
How to remove your planks and look at God instead
How to meet Mr. imperfect
You're man ain't perfect but neither are you
How to meet Mr not so right
What not to want
Mr and Mrs we have issues
12 steps to forgetting Mr Darcy
Rough Rocks becoming Smooth Stones
Meeting your Mr Collins....and learning to love him
How to know when to let the Wickham's of the world pass you by
The 12 guys in Austen
Real Life vs Austen
Elizabeth wasn't so perfect either
Darcy should have married his cousin
The modern day Darcy wouldn't be perfect
Settling for Bingley is ok
Mr Darcy was a snob, but at least Mr Collins asked
The Darcy's didn't have a perfect life
Lizzie learnt to can you
Loving past your prejudices
Taking away your pride

Can you think of any?

Monday, September 04, 2006

you shall go to the ball

This is a pic of SP and I at his work ball we attended on Friday night :) There was no dancing as you will understand but we had a fun night...

shorts, skirts, sunscreen, sunnies and flip-flops

Oh my what a wonderful sunny weekend we had. I woke up on Saturday morning and the sun was shining, it is quite amazing what a difference having the sun out makes to how you feel.

- Saturday morning I wasn't looking forward to all the things I had ahead of me, cleaning, shopping, tidying up - but then a unplanned phone call from good friends interrupted my 'cleaning of the house'. A couple from church asked if we wanted to go and have lunch at the beach. Hmmmm so I was in a dilemma 'clean the house OR go for lunch at the beach' I mean what to do what to do....... SP and I mulled over the options, debated to and fro about this decision that needed to be made.

Not really!!!! As you can imagine we said "YES PLEASE" straight away, I finished off most of the house work, got showered and ready to go and before you know it we were driving the 5 minute drive along the beach to have lunch with great friends. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh - I felt the serenity.

- Saturday night was takeout and movie night, we just chilled out, got a couple of movies and enjoyed a night at home - what a great thing to do on a Saturday night - did anyone else do that?? :)

- Sunday morning we had to go pick up a Father's Day present for SP's Dad (nothing like last minute) and then headed off to meet SP's parents to go to the Swans game and to make the "exchange".... Nothing dodgy guys just swapped cars with them - we are now the proud drivers of a Subaru Outback - how Aussie :) This just gives us a bit more freedom with getting around as this car is a automatic which means SP can drive.. We went to watch the last Swannies game and watched them win win win win win... Then it was off to church...

- This morning I got up at 6am to go for a 'walk slash jog' down to the beach, obviously SP didn't join me for this, but it was so amazing to see the sun rise from behind the ocean and to see it beam down on the water and beach. How blessed we are to live in such a beautiful country. In between by 'walk slash jog' I sat down and prayed to God, it is amazing how we can sometimes just give him the drags of the day, a little time when we can fit him in when he should be our priority, I was really convicted by the fact that I very often only offer prayers to him and time to him when I can slot him into my day. We should be giving him the firstfruits, the prime time, the beginning, the midday, the end of our day. I pray that this might change as I reflect about this and realise that God has done so much for me through his sons death that he deserves nothing less than being the priority in my life.

- Praise God for SP's appointment at the doctors this morning, he went to see the surgeon and found out he is only in the cast for another 4 weeks - this is the best possible scenario given the injury. He will get out of the cast on his birthday and he will have physio until mid December - exactly when we fly out to England. This also means that he will be out of his cast by the time we move, he will still be restricted and have to be careful but at least he won't have to get around on those crutches anymore. You might think we have a God who is sovereign and who listens to our prayers :) Thanks for all your prayers, I hope you had a great weekend too...

- I forgot to mention any of the words in the title of the blog - BUT I got to wear - shorts, sunscreen and flip-flops, a sure sign Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner...

Friday, September 01, 2006

this 'n' that

Today is the first glorious day of Spring, I love Spring, no too hot,not too cold. It really brought a smile and inner joy to my heart today to have the sun shining and to know Spring is finally here.

SP and I are off to his works bi-annual ball tonight - this means dressing up, which can be fun but I prefer my jeans. Should be a great night though - very fancy apparently - no dancing with my hubby unless we do the crutch-step or maybe the boot crutching boogie???

It is Father's Day here this Sunday but not in England, I keep getting it all wrong now as I don't get to see the prompting TV advertising to remind me it is Father's Day in England so this means nixie = bad daughter... In fact I just checked and I missed it... Oopsey

3 and 1/2 months until we go to England (not that I am counting :). We just found out that not all of Korean Airlines have planes with their own TVs. Man if we had of known that we would have flown with someone else - I realise this is not the end of the world but it is an awfully long way.

SP and I have been married nearly 5 months

SP goes to the surgeon on Monday to find out about his leg, please pray it might be good news and the recover and time spent in the cast won't be too long.

In one weeks time SP and I and a lovely couple we know are going to spend the weekend at SP's parents - can't wait, we planned it a long time ago and it is almost here.

I am so excited that beach time is here, woo hoot.

I am loving Australian Idol at the moment - it had been on EVERY night this week. I think I might have OD'd

I love that feeling of knowing that our God is in control and knowing that he loves up - that deep down inside understanding - I have it today and it is sooooo good.

Pray you all have a great weekend and that you might ALL be filled with the knowledge that God totally loves you and wants the best for you - what good news to have because of what Jesus has done for us - rejoice in this knowledge this weekend.

What are you looking forward to this weekend?