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July 2015

Pro-LIFE vs …. WHAT THE ? There is no ‘other’ option.

Morning Blog readers,

It’s a gorgeous winter morning here in Brisbane, Australia.  20 degrees at the moment and heading towards 24 degrees.  Not bad for a July day.  We’re sitting here in the sun-bathed school room and everything seems dandy.  That is until I decide to have a quick squiz at FB while the kids are heads down in Maths, and see the latest article relating to Planned Parenthood.

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Now, I realise that, along with me,  there are millions of people around the world who are disgusted by the recent videos and evidence that have become public in regards to the practises of Planned Parenthood.  The total disrespect and disregard for human life is beyond comprehension.

I have always been Pro-life and have never wavered on that stance, even to the point where I have issue with the practice of those who who use IVF and then simply ‘throw away’ or ‘defrost’ their babies.  The standpoint that they are not sustainable life until placed inside their mother is no argument at all as far as I’m concerned, as it’s like saying that a pre-term baby should be seen the same way.  They can’t survive outside of their mother without medical intervention either… does that make their lives of any less value?  Of course not.  To be clear, it’s the practice itself that I have issue with, not the people themselves as I can’t speak for them at all.

I will put a big fat ‘disclaimer’ on here and make it VERY clear that I conceived my 3 children naturally and never experienced any infertility issues in any way, shape or form, so I cannot ever say that I’ve stood in their shoes, but I think a view on life is a view on life, no matter the situation.   I know all sorts of logical argument can be used for these situations, but I think that if you put yourself in that baby’s booties, the answer is clear.. they were created, given life, so their life should continue.. to whatever length of time that GOD planned it to be…  and I really struggle to believe that God planned for all of these babies to not live beyond these small amounts of time.

But, getting back to Planned Parenthood, or any abortion facility for that matter.  It’s not so much that I wonder how these people working in these facilities can do these types of things on a daily bases.  Have a read of this open letter by Abby Johnson from ‘And then there was none’,  to Dr. Nucatola, one of the PP clinic employees. It really highlights what it’s like for these people in these positions…. and unlike the very unkind letters/blogs/posts that have been directed at the PP employees in past weeks, Abby’s letter was written with love and un outstretched hand toward this woman.

Dear Dr. Nucatola,

I watched the video put out with your face on it. I heard you talking about harvesting fetal body parts. I saw you sip your wine while talking about how to remove an intact fetus.

I want you to know that I’m not disgusted by you. I’m not disgusted, because I used to be just like you. You see, my former Planned Parenthood clinic used to harvest fetal body parts. I used to sift through their bodies and prepare them for transport to the research lab we were contracted with.

The other day, I learned a new thing that I hate because of my work at the clinic. Dry ice. We used to participate in studies where we would have to collect fetal body parts and ship them to research labs…all for stem cell research. We kept their little bodies cold and preserved by using dry ice. My daughter was really excited to put water on it so she could see the smoke. I stood there and couldn’t get the memories of those little bodies out of my mind. My kids were squealing with excitement and I felt like I couldn’t move. I had to make a decision in that moment. I could either let my past consume me, or I could repurpose that memory and use it for good. And that’s what I chose to do. I sat down next to the block of ice and watched my kids run around in the smoke.

But that dry ice did cause me to recall that particular part of my work. All of the blood, body parts and extra tissue would be collected into a glass jar. That glass jar would come to me in the POC (products of conception) lab through a “pass through specimen cabinet.” I would take the jar to our sink, dump everything into a huge strainer, rinse out the jar and then rinse the blood out of the strainer. After I had a clean body, I would dump it into the glass baking dish that was sitting on top of an x-ray light box. I would put a little bit of water in the glass dish so that the body parts would float…that made it easier for me to manipulate them.

During the season of tissue harvesting, an intact body was gold. An intact fetal body is considered perfection in the land of fetal tissue research. But dismembered body parts were okay, too…and that is usually what we gave them. I would check the patient’s chart to make sure that they had signed the consent for us to donate their baby’s remains. Almost every woman did, because we made it seem like that by donating, they were helping others…altruism during abortion. If she had consented, then I would gather the parts wanted (usually all of them) and place them in a particular container given to us by the research company. At the end of the day, I would pack all of the containers neatly in the box with dry ice and ship them off.

That was my life, and I did it for eight years. The images of tiny bodies will always be burned in my memory. And in a strange way, I am thankful for that memory as it reminds me what I’m fighting for.

As I watched you on the video, I could almost see myself. After a grueling abortion day, we would all go out for margaritas and Mexican food. We would talk about the day and specific abortion cases. It wasn’t gross to us. We honestly didn’t think anything about it. We would plainly talk about harvesting fetal parts as if we were talking about harvesting a field of corn. That was our normal…and we were proud to live in it. I get the humor. I get how something grotesque to others can seem ordinary.

I understand the world you live in. I understand the blindness. I don’t think you are an evil person. I wasn’t an evil person. But just like I was, you are gravely misguided. I want you to know that I care about you. I have seen the things being said about you. I have seen the hate and vile comments about you. Seeing those things being said about you is honestly heartbreaking for me. I can’t imagine what you are feeling right now. I understand how hurtful people can be. I still receive comments like that sometimes.

But I am not one of those people. And no one involved in our organization, And Then There Were None, sees you as an evil person. We care about you. We want you to find peace. We want you to find true happiness. We know that won’t happen as long as you are involved in Planned Parenthood. We believe that your life matters. We believe that your life holds infinite value and worth. You matter to us. As hard as I fight to save unborn babies, I fight just as hard to save people like you from the grips of the abortion industry.

You can leave. We can help you. We are a safe place for you to turn. Call me today at 888-570-5501 or email me directly at abby@attwn.org.

You can change your life.

How amazing is it that there are people like Abby out there to fight for the unborn, but also to fight for those misguided people working within these clinics.  For those of you who don’t know about Abby, she left the abortion industry after randomly being asked to assist with an ultrasound guided abortion at the PP clinic that she had Directed for 8yrs.   Here is a small excerpt from the first chapter of her book Unplanned, published in 2011.

Looking back now on that late September day of 2009,  (when that abortion occurred.)  I realize how wise God is for not revealing our future to us. Had I known then the firestorm I was about to endure, I might not have had the courage to move forward. As it was, since I didn’t know, I wasn’t yet looking for courage. I was, however, looking to understand how I found myself in this place — living a lie, spreading a lie, and hurting the very women I so wanted to help.

And I desperately needed to know what to do next.

Abby doesn’t just work for the unborn but, probably even more so, for the abortion workers… those just like she was..  misguided.  Pro-lifers have been fighting for the lives of the unborn for many years, but who has been fighting for the souls of those working in these clinics?  What this woman is enduring in order to fight for these souls is extremely commendable.  She receives extremely nasty emails & letters on a daily basis, so the fact that she continues on this path is a testament to how committed she is to the path God has set before her.  If only more had such determination and follow the path He has set before us.

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Getting back to the PP issue under the spotlight at present though.  After reading Abby’s except, I can see where those PP workers may be coming from, but I really don’t get the people in power who are the ones deciding to fund these clinics, who are making the decisions that ultimately end lives.  How are they sitting there thinking it’s ok ?  How do they justify it?  How do they not see it as what it is… Murder ?  I would say it comes down this…

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Cor 4:4.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I totally get that the abortion issue itself comes out of pure selfishness.  This issue hasn’t come about on it’s own.. it stems from the breakdown of the family, the disrespect of others, societies teachings that we deserve all, no matter who we hurt to achieve it… etc etc etc.

Once again, I know that it’s simply some of the things that need to occur in order for all that is in His word to come about, and that every day brings us one day closer to the return of our Saviour, but this knowledge doesn’t take away the frustration and torment in having to witness these things, to live amongst it etc.  We still need to stand strong on HIS teachings, even when it goes against what nearly everyone else is doing.  Just because the world appears to have ‘gone to hell in a handbasket’ doesn’t mean we just throw out hands up in the air and live with it.  We still need to be constantly seeking The Lord for what OUR mission is in this lifetime.  Abby has found hers (for this season at least) and we need to be confident that we are constantly in tune and in step with our Heavenly Father so we can be confident that we’re doing all we need to be doing in HIS Kingdom.

People do like to find a lot of grey in these issues, when I’m fairly confident that there is none.  I certainly don’t believe that when God asks us about a particular task he had planned for us to carry out.. a task that we DIDN’T do…  and when we give our ‘reasonings’ or ‘excuses’ for why we didn’t do, He thinks about it and then says “OK, that makes sense.. you’re all good on that one.”  Um… I don’t think so.

The most obvious one for me personally is my kids…  If they don’t turn out well, it’s on ME…..  no-one else.  I can’t blame the influences in their lives, their friends, their youth pastor, their decisions… or anything else.  They were entrusted to me in order that I would do the BEST job in raising them.  Raising a future wife and 2 future Husbands, as well as all the other roles they will undertake in their lifetime.  Like I’ve said before… pressure much !!!!!

Ok Peeps.. much to ponder.

Lots of Love & Blessings. xox

References – http://www.abbyjohnson.org

Cameras, Croup & Linen

So peeps….  this was basically my day today… and not particularly in that order.  If you want to hear it in order… it went like this.  5.45am…  Hearing Master 10 barking like a seal with that oh so lovely seal-like cough that just screams CROUP !!

Oh how I hate the sound of that cough.  It does, however, appear that we will escape a hospital visit this winter as the previous night I was woken to his coughing at 2.45am and the previous night to that, around midnight… so he certainly seems to be making it further though the night.  The poor kid was tuckered out so much today that he was asleep at 3.30pm and slept for 2hrs…  that has not happened for a VERY long time.

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I’m praying for even greater improvement through tonight and that he’ll be well on the way to full recovery t’row.

So….  next would be ‘Camera’ as I continue my in depth research into what camera I should upgrade to when I get my insurance claim back from the break-in.  I’m pretty much decided on the Canon 7D with a twin lens kit including an 18-55 and a 75-300 lens, but it’s still such a big decision.  I really LOVE LOVE LOVED my DSLR Pentax Camera prior to our burgle-buddy taking it….  I seriously got the BEST pictures with it and I’m missing it terribly.  Yes, I know, it’s a camera, get over it…  I’m trying !!!

So then comes LINEN !!!  The kids & I, along with my Mum, went to a dear friends house this morning for a Lorraine Lea Linen party.  I cannot remember the last time I went to a linen party, so I was pretty excited about it.  I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with the prices, but maybe that’s because last time I actually went to a linen party, I was probably still povvo-poor-person and the prices seemed as scary as my mortgage.

We have had the same donna cover on our King bed since we built this house 4yrs ago, so I have to say I carry no guilt at buying a new one today.  PLUS it was 40% off, so hey.. WIN-WIN !!!  Seriously though….  what is with the prices of doona covers ???  They’re just two flat sheets sewn together right??  LOL

I also booked to have my own party in a few weeks as my wish-list was simply too long for my bank balance to handle in one go.  Darn that House Rules TV show for stirring up the desire to ‘zshuzsh’ up my house.  Yes, I know that isn’t a word, hence why I can’t spell it, but technically, if it’s not a word, I can’t misspell it anyway…  BAM !!

It sounds so weird to even say, but I have so grabbed onto what the designers would always go on about on the show… mixing up patterns, colours and textures.  I’m suddenly into the idea of a gorgeous throw rug on my lounge…. that of course no-one will be able to use in case they mess it up.

Plus I have my guest bathroom downstairs that basically hasn’t been touched since we built the house.  I hung a fancy mirror in there that I bought years back, but it seriously doesn’t go well in there at all, so I really need to ‘do’ that bathroom.  Ka-ching is all my husband hears …. ha ha.  Actually, he is surprisingly into the idea of ‘zshuzshing’ up the house too.

I’ll try and keep you updated with pics.  In the meantime…  Nighty night peeps !! Here’s praying for a great nights sleep for Master 10, and the rest of the house.

Blessings xox

The ‘fun’ subject of Judgement… YAY. . let’s discuss !!

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I am so grateful to say & know that I have grown immensely in my walk with The Lord in the last few years.  On the whole, this is AWESOME and helps me in so many ways that I’m always left wondering how on earth I handled situations prior to the closeness I now enjoy with my Heavenly Father, as well as intimacy with the Holy Spirit.

The ‘downside’, if you can call it that… (and seriously… Is there a downside?  Probably not seeing as God’s Will for us is always the best way.)… would be that it can become apparent to you that friendships/acquaintances that used to ‘work’ when you had a similar moral compass, or even just generally similar thoughts on things, now no longer ‘work’ even remotely close to how they did before.

When you begin to deal with this kind of thing, the subject of judgement always comes into it.. I mean, seriously, you can’t sit there ‘comparing’ (even subconsciously) your choices with another, without it coming across that you are saying that another’s choices aren’t as good as yours?  Complicated much ???  We are however, called to judge other’s decisions and choices.  We NEED to do this so as to ascertain whether it’s an issue we should take on as truth, or otherwise.

Jesus knew humans would struggle with judging and He contained a stern warning in His Word: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:1-5).

In this blog, I’m going to focus on the section “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

This is my take on this.. and feel free to call me on it if you think it necessary.  I will continue to judge others behaviour, in order for me to make a good decision as to whether those actions should be something that I take on, or leave.  However, I KNOW that I am to be a model of Christ to others, I KNOW that I am responsible for how people see me, my decisions/actions etc etc, so If I am to be a good example to others, I need to know that I am being judged by others TO THIS SAME DEGREE.  I know that I stuff up sometimes and don’t make the best decisions.  It is at THOSE times that I most want people judging my behaviour… for two reasons.  The first being that they would see that my behaviour/decision is wrong and not something they would want to copy, and Two… for those closest to me that I am accountable to… they can call me on said behaviour/decision and I can TURN FROM IT & LEARN FROM IT!

I do solidly believe that so much of this ‘you can’t judge others’ mentality is in part to blame for where we are today.  We won’t call others on their behaviour… but the thing is that it’s US that needs to be open to be judged.  That in itself goes against what society tell us though… apparently it’s all about us.. we deserve the BEST of everything, we can do whatever we want, and people’s opinion on it doesn’t matter.  In fact, society tells us to resent people trying to guide us onto a better path.

The biggest issue I’ve come across is that people think to Judge is a one way street.. when in fact it isn’t.  For example, if I’ve called someone on a bad decision it’s more than likely because I’ve already made it/suffered from it/learnt from it… and I’d like to spare them that process.  (However, I do realise that sometimes we just need to ride through a situation IN ORDER to learn from it.)(Also, we need to discern when it’s our place to call someone on something, and when it isn’t. )

I know that I can take being called on for a bad decision because I RESPECT the person calling me on it.  That word respect is one sadly missing in society these days.  The tough times are when you feel judged by a person that possibly has not earnt your respect.  It’s then that you need to take that judgement to God and get HIS thoughts on it.   Seek HIS will on the issue and if HE sees you to be in error and if you should be making changes.  The ONLY way we can make these sound decisions though is to be in constant communication with The Lord so as to KNOW His ways.  aka.. Being IN THE WORD !!

So, in conclusion, I don’t read that verse as so many others do…. as it saying DO NOT JUDGE with a FULL STOP after it. I read it as it actually is…  DO NOT JUDGE, OR…. etc etc etc.  I for one am resigned to the fact that I WILL, and in fact I ASK certain people to judge my actions, in the hope that I will continue to become more and more like Christ in everything I say and do.

Such a light & fluffy blog entry today don’t you think?  LOL.

Blessings Peeps xox

HS Day 326 – Newest Character Traits training.

Orderliness vs Disorganisation

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Preparing myself and my surroundings so that I will achieve the greatest efficiency.  

I Cor 14:40 – Let all things be done decently and in order. 

Sadly, this one was able to be displayed by comparing my desk and James’ this morning… and no, mine wasn’t the organised one.  LOL.  Whoopsie…  Talk about not setting the example.  It is, however, fair to say my desk normally IS very organised, but you only need a few unmarked tests on there, a few paces, a bill or two.. and BAM…  Hello messy, unorganised desk.

It is a testament though to how you do indeed work inefficiently, or maybe just not as efficiently as you could, when things are ‘out of order’ or disorganised.  I know for a fact, that if I get one test appear on my nice organised clean desk, I’m far more likely to get that test market straight away and filed efficiently, but if there are already a few things on my desk, it is sadly very easy to think, I’ll just make a pile of them and do them later.  Sounds like an ok plan, right?  Well, actually NO because you can run into problems when a day or two has passed since a child sat a test if you find that they struggled in a particular area.  These struggles should be addressed the DAY of the test.. not later than that.

It really is great when the (& it nearly always can be) Character Trait we’re studying can be observed in both the kids, and DH & I as parents/Adults.  Not only does it involve everyone in the process, making for more discussion possibilities etc, but also it’s able to be seen played out in all sorts of situations.  Kid-version situations which are relevant to them now, but also adult-version situations which they will face later.

You could say our modelling of it as parents is almost far more important, as they look to us for guidance.  Looking at yourself with a humble heart, deciding if you do organise your life to a degree where things happen in order, or to an efficient level… which in turn, brings about the best results.

DH is able to model this particular on out in his shed where he is currently building an ultralight aeroplane.  Of late, he’s been doing a lot of the fibreglassing elements of the process.  This certainly needs to be done in an organised way or, quite frankly, it would be an absolute mess.  The pieces of fibreglass need to be laid out in piles, with the threads running this way for this pile, and the opposite way for another pile.  Alternating the use of the different piles makes for a strong finished result.  If there was no care taken with making those piles, making sure the threads go different ways etc,  it could result in a very dramatic consequence. (that I certainly don’t want displayed.)

With the kids all being part of a Soccer team this year is also a great arena where this character trait is displayed (either well, or not so well).  Each of the kids know that they have to have their soccer gear/uniform etc laid out on Friday night so that when they get up Sat morn, there’s no rushing around the house… having different children calling out “Where are my boots?   Where’s my Jersey?  I can’t find my socks” .  I realise that school kids have this responsibility too, with uniforms etc etc, but I think a sport team like this is an even better portrayal of it as you’re not just letting yourself down if you’re disorganised, but your entire team.  The consequences of you not being able to find your jersey can mean your team being a man-down on the field.

So, we’ll continue with our discussions and observations on this particular character trait this week and see where it takes us.

Blessings Peeps  xox

I’m Pro-Courtship… coz I’m Pro-Godly Marriage !!!!

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Hi all…. Just wanted to share this link with you as it is the story of Michaela Bates from ‘Bringing up Bates’ and her soon-to-be DH, Brandon.  This basically has nothing to do with her being part of that family or on that particular show, but I wanted to highlight their story as it was such an encouragement to me.  

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My Miss 14 feels pretty strongly on this issue of taking this course when God’s timing comes about, but she of course has several friends who are taking a different course.  Even at this age, they’re having boyfriends, doing things that God planned to only be enjoyed by a Husband and a Wife.

While Miss 14 is staying resolute on this issue at present, who knows what emotions will come up in future that may put her off course, so I find it really encouraging that she can read about and sometimes view on the show (when we get it in Australia, which isn’t often) these conviction not only being lived out but getting to see it come into fruition…  courtships, engagements, weddings, children …. and ALL based on God’s leading…  decisions made with a humble heart, not a self-centred attitude which is what society tells us we’re ‘allowed’ or ‘entitled’ to have these days.

Don’t get me wrong.. I’m not saying that this stuff is easy… and I’m certainly not saying that I made the best decisions as a young person, but all I can do it pray my children will develop such a relationship with The Lord that it comes naturally to WANT to seek HIS will on all things.

I’m going to continue to STAND on the promises of God !!

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

Proverbs 23:24 – The Father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.  

Scripture tells us that children develop in 4 areas.  Luke 2:52 tells us that Jesus grew in wisdom (mentally), stature (physically), favour with God (spiritually) and favour with mankind (socially).

I can only follow His guidelines, continue to seek His will and ask that He re-parent me on a DAILY basis. (on tough days…. on a hourly basis.. LOL)

Blessings Peeps  xox

An intruder moved in……but I’m kicking him to the kerb !!

The sun is shining.. the tank is clean…  BUT, all is not well.

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I’m seriously praying this passes soon (& it WILL), but I am fairly unsettled after the break-in yesturday.  Getting to sleep last night was a challenge…  It didn’t help that it was a crazy windy night, so there were all sorts of unusual noises going on.  I think the worst of it is that he was in every area of our home, but what is most bothersome to me is the time he obviously spent in my walk-in, going through my jewellery box, and drawers.  It’s un-nerving being in there, knowing he was in there.

I feel silly even saying this stuff to be honest, but it is what it is.  I also struggle with these feelings as they are feeling of fear, which is the opposite of faith.   Whenever I struggle with a faith topic like this, I head into the Word as well as looking further etc.

I came across this when investigating the topic…  it is an excerpt from “Tame Your Fears: And Transform Them Into Faith, Confidence, and Action by Carol Kent and Logos Bible Software.

Faith and fear cannot exist together. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is an absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact. On the other hand, fear, simply stated, is unbelief or weak belief. As unbelief gains the upper hand in our thoughts, fear takes hold of our emotions. Our deliverance from fear and worry is based on faith, which is the very opposite of unbelief. We need to understand that faith is not something that we can produce in ourselves. Faith is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9) and is described as a fruit (or characteristic) which is produced in our lives by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The Christian’s faith is a confident assurance in a God who loves us, who knows our thoughts and cares about our deepest needs. That faith continues to grow as we study the Bible and learn the attributes of His amazing character. The more we learn about God, the more we can see Him working in our lives and the stronger our faith grows.

A growing faith is what we desire to have and what God desires to produce in us. But how, in day-to-day life, can we develop a faith that conquers our fears? The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The careful study of God’s Word is of primary importance in developing a strong faith. God wants us to know Him and completely rely on His direction in our lives. It’s through the hearing, reading and meditation in the Scriptures that we begin to experience a strong, confident faith that excludes worry and fear. Spending time in prayer and quiet worship develops a relationship with our heavenly Father that sees us through even the darkest of nights. In the Psalms we see a picture of David, who, like us, experienced times of fear. Psalm 56:3 reveals his faith with these words: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 119 is filled with verses expressing the way in which David treasured God’s Word: “I seek you with all my heart” (v. 10); “I meditate on your precepts” (v. 15); “I have hidden your word in my heart” (v. 11). These are revealing words which speak wisdom to us today.

God is kind and understanding toward our weaknesses, but He requires us to go forward in faith, and the Bible is clear that faith does not mature and strengthen without trials. Adversity is God’s most effective tool to develop a strong faith. That pattern is evident in Scripture. God takes each one of us through fearful situations, and as we learn to obey God’s Word and allow it to saturate our thoughts, we find each trial becomes a stepping stone to a stronger and deeper faith. It gives us that ability to say, “He sustained me in the past, He’ll carry me through today and He’ll uphold me in the future!” God worked this way in David’s life. When David volunteered to fight against Goliath, he said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). David knew the God who had sustained him through dangerous situations in the past. He had seen and experienced God’s power and protection in his life, and this developed within him a fearless faith.

The Word of God is rich with promises for us to take hold of and claim for ourselves. When we face financial trouble, Philippians 4:19 tells us, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” If we are anxious about a future decision, Psalm 32:8 reminds us that God will “instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” In sickness we can remember that Romans 5:3 says, “Tribulation works patience.” If someone turns against us, we can be comforted by the words in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us who can be against us!” Throughout life we will continue to face various trials that would cause us fear, but God assures us that we can know a calm peace through every situation, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” which He has promised will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

I just love it when I find good juicy info on a topic that I’m working through.  Sadly, there is sometimes tentacles off this issue, which in this case is a tad bit of guilt (condemnation) when I do feel fearful.  When I KNOW that fearfulness speaks to a character trait in regards to my Faith, I can dip into heaping condemnation on myself that I am ‘failing’ in my walk with The Lord at that particular time.  Don’t worry…. I know to STAND ON THE WORD and pull myself out of those times !!

So, in conclusion, at the times where I feel ‘off’ at the thought of the intruder in my home, I tell the enemy to take a hike and get out of my house because when it comes down to it, the person that broke into my house is almost irrelevant..  It is the enemy who broke in and has attempted to leave elements of himself in my home, which result in my feeling fearful at times.   I regularly claim protection over my home and family, claiming the protection God offers us, as well as claiming the blood of the lamb over us all.  This statement in itself sends the enemy packing, but I vocalise it as well… just to make sure he definitely gets the point.  :0)  I’m simply choosing today to claim that protection a little more often than I normally would.

I’m also heaping blessings on the actual intruder, as he can’t be in a great place himself to feel the need to do something like this in someone’s home, to comfortably walk around someone’s home, touching and taking their things.  There is a moral issue here as well as a self esteem issue.  He cannot possibly respect himself if he can do these things.  So, as a result, I’ll pray for him.

Blessings Peeps  xox

Godly friends help me to be my Husbands greatest supporter !!

Seriously, the school holidays just draaaaaaag on so much.  I’m sure if I could drive, we’d be here there and everywhere during every school hols, but being stuck at home just makes you feel like you may as well be doing schoolwork.  surprise surprise, the kiddos don’t feel the same way.

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We’ve certainly been enjoying the catchups with friends though.  We spent the day with some lovely friends yesterday who have recently moved house, so it was lots of fun to explore their new property etc.  We came home with a few spoils from their garden…  some cuttings and fruit etc.

We have similar age kiddos, with an extra youngster thrown in in their family, so everybody loves being together.. and has a buddy to pair off with.

And then today we’ve had another great family come to visit with us at our place.  Similar situation where there’s lots of kids to buddy up with… the kids just love it… and the Mums do too.

These great times with great friends really brings it home to me that I am hugely blessed in the sisters in Christ department.  It really blows me away when you look back over the years and see how God brings people into your lives at particular times and those friends help you in ways that you just wouldn’t have ever expected or anticipated.  Actually both of these friends I have seen today and yesturday have actually been my friends for probably 10yrs-ish but we’ve really only become very close in the last two years or so.  It’s amazing how God works things in your life in the exact way that you need it.

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With so much negativity around us these days, it’s beyond a blessing to have such Godly women surrounding me.  I know I probably say these types of things all the time in my blog entries, but it really is a HUGE thing in my life.  To be able to navigate the world as it is today, make Godly decisions, be accountable and stay humble… these types of friends are IMPERATIVE as far as I’m concerned.

It think it requires a maturity too that I didn’t have years ago, in order to make yourself accountable to these good friends.  Just KNOWING that you ARE answerable to others, that you’ve ASKED others to pull you up if needed.  It does take a strong friendship to have someone tell you you’re heading down a bad path.. and take on that advice and heed it.

I big one for me that I know I’ve mentioned before is how much I dislike wives dissing their husband amongst other girlfriends.  Even when I lacked the spiritual maturity I’m still working to improve today, it never sat well with me when women would do this.  Way back then, I didn’t even have a grasp of the spiritual implications & responsibilities of our role as a wife (pretty embarrassing to admit it, but I know I need to focus on the positive that at least I have that understanding now and can move forward in that understanding).

I definitely benefit from like minded female friends (wives) around me, and by the same token, struggle a little when around women that do put their husbands down.  It’s not just the obvious of ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” but the realisation (& then constant reminder) that we are to be our Husband’s greatest supporter.  (even when they’re being a total Jackass.)  I think what maybe others don’t understand about it is that they assume that we just ‘condone’ rubbish behaviour from our husbands when we refuse to bad-mouth them, but our responsibility goes so much deeper than they imagine.  We need to be the one our husband will go to if he is struggling with an issue (possibly that issues is being a Jackass.. LOL)… and he’s not going to do that unless we have a great relationship in the first place.

From what I’ve seen over the years of broken relationships… so much infidelity comes about because someone took something they were struggling with to someone of the opposite sex, OTHER than their spouse.  Seeing this over the years has certainly brought it home to DH & I that we need to be able to go to each other when needed, coz if we don’t keep up that open comfortable rapport between each other, we may be tempted to take it to others … and that’s just a disaster waiting to happen.

So … to sum up… I am extremely grateful for the women that God has put in my life, because they are instrumental in helping me to be a Godly wife, Mother & Friend.

Blessings peeps !!!  xox

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