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Life is continuing….

Oh my goodness, if I’d left it another two days, it would have been an entire month between blogs…that’s downright SLACK !!!

So much has been going on.. which does help to explain my slackness in the blogging department.

The highlights are –

  • Baby Boy Lucas is now HOME and powering on like the little warrior he has proven himself to be.  He’s settling in at home, putting on weight, getting to know his big brother, and is having his first immunisations today.

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  • I scored myself a not very pleasant intercostal injury about a month ago and am actually still suffering from that.  However, it IS improving (PRAISE GOD !!) so things ARE on the up & up.  I think I did it because I did either too many sit ups, or did sit ups incorrectly.  I had both an ultrasound and an X-ray on my right side chest/ribs etc but it didn’t show anything.  As a result, I’ve had to change my exercise routine …  for the first two weeks, I couldn’t do ANYTHING.  I am pleased to say though that I must have been doing just enough to keep the weight loss train going as the number has continued to drop slowly each Tuesday morning for my weigh-in.
  • We are now down to only two weeks and two days until we sail far far away across the sea !!!  Our renewed passports finally arrived so this is a relief.  I cannot even tell you how excited & humbled I am to know that I get to enjoy two weeks ‘off the job’.  No cleaning, cooking, washing….  Thank you Jesus !!!
  • Sadly there is ups and downs (more downs)  in family over the last few weeks that look to be continuing for a while.  However, God is teaching me a lot throughout.  It’s so easy to see someone’s actions as selfishness on the surface, but when looking deeper, you can expose emotional issues that deserve additional care.  Also, sadly, it is human nature to ‘arc up’ when someone does something to upset you, when in fact, we’ve been commissioned to Love thy neighbour, repay bad with GOOD, do all we can to expand God’s Kingdom, and most importantly, be the LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS !!!
  • DH is really enjoying having his aeroplane and being able to go up to the airfield whenever he can and go for a fly IN HIS OWN PLANE.  He’s been waiting a very long time for this and is LOVING IT !!  He’s also made a nice group of friends up there, which is just as much a part of the whole ‘scene’ he’s been wanting to be apart of for so long. They sit around with their drinks and discuss all things ‘planes’.  I’m really really happy for him.  & as you can see, the kids are enjoying it too.

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  • The biggest homeschool excursion (78 people) I have ever organised went off without a hitch (or any drownings)… Woot Woot !!

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  • Miss 14’s dance comps all went very well.  Now to enjoy the break before it all starts again in Feb 2016.
  • The 2016 homeschool journey has been decided on which is also a weight off my shoulders.  The older two kiddos are currently working through diagnostic testing for next year and are doing very well with them.

So there you go, that basically brings you up to speed, to a degree, on our lives.

Even amongst the ups and downs of ‘life’ I love how God makes ‘lessons’ out of all situations, good & bad.  I’ve also been reading Jefferson Bethke’s Jesus>Religion which is really opening up my view on things.

Blessings xox

Why worry… God totally has this !!

Who woulda thought, but man oh man, it’s complicated making decisions in regards to your children’s schooling pathway.  As you al know, I homeschool my 3 treasures, but it’s more accurate to say that they do Distance Education.  We are ‘homeschooling’ this particular semester due to changes at the school we were enrolled with, but this was always going to be a temporary arrangement until I found the best DE fit for my children.  I thought I had found it when I was told of a new College opening only 2 suburbs away, but further investigation proved that maybe it wasn’t.  Nothing against their curriculum or activities on offer, (that, in fact, was awesome) but I’ve been finding that my children are getting rather bored with their ACE paces.  While they probably would have reasonably happily continued with their paces throughout their schooling, I don’t believe I’m being a responsible parent to just continue with something they’ll toretate, but should find something that they will actually LOVE. (well, ok, at least really like.)

DH has also shown some concern over this year and last with the kids not doing a huge amount of computer work, with their curriculum being almost 100% paperwork etc.  This is always been a little bit of a concern for us as it doesn’t entirely prepare them for university where they will predominantly work on computer, transferring files, uploading /downloading files, making spreadsheets, scanning in & emailing images, getting files from one digital device to another etc etc.  As well as future workplace proceedures possibly involving all of the above and maybe more.  The on-line DE will much more thoroughly prepare them for the future.

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So, as a result, everyone is very happy with the decision to go with on-line DE as of first semester 2016.  Well, Master 10 won’t be so happy, as he has a further year of paces before he can go onto on-line curriculum as a grade 7er in 2017.

It has certainly been an interesting journey if I look back on the kids starting school, until now.  It seemed like it was going to be such a seamless pathway.  In lots of ways it was while they were at ‘mainstream’ school, but I guess with Miss 14 getting into the high school subjects, it makes things a bit more challenging.  Decisions needs to be made etc so as to have the BEST pathway mapped out for her to reach her desired goal.  And with Master 13 only two years behind her in school, these decisions aren’t far away for him either.

While the ACE paces hold a lot of great content, and revise a lot of important topics often, they are proving to be a little boring for the kids at the end of this second year.  Now, having said that, I don’t want to knock ACE as a curriculum as I really do think it is a sound resource, but I think it just comes down to different kids suiting different styles of learning, etc.  It is a real blessing to have been able to have these 2yrs with all 3 kids at home on the ACE paces and I don’t regret this pathway.

God has truly been so faithful to us through this time. One of those ‘memories’ came up on FB last week. It was a memory of the school holidays ending 5 yrs ago and I was saying that I would miss the kids when they returned to school, and then jokingly said “Maybe I should homeschool them”…. followed by a comment that went something like this “Nah, I care too much for my sanity to do that. LOL”  Very funny to read back on when you see how the journey mapped out later.  Is my Sanity in place??  Probably not at times (LOL), but I know that I’ve followed God’s leading throughout.

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With all this in mind, it makes me pretty excited to see what God has in store for us in the future.  Even when something has seemed confusing or illogical, we’ve always been able to look back and see that it was the best path for us as a family…. proving that God’s totally got this !!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

I can’t blog about this without once again mentioning the great Godly friendships that I have in my life, both homeschooling Mums, mainstream school Mums, and also educators.  I know that God has placed these people in my life to confirm leading from Him.  (& when needed, correct me of misunderstood leading.).  It’s also beyond beneficial to have friends going through the same decisions and being able to discuss things with them, bouncing ideas off one another etc.  I am also so grateful for the help we’ve had from seasoned homeschool parents who’s children are through and now into university, or even completely through uni and now in the workforce.  It’s been of great encouragement to have these seasoned HS parents to speak to as it really highlights how much diversity can be in a child’s schooling pathway.  For example, I have some friends who have solely schooled with ACE from Prep to 12 and now their children are either in Uni or successful in the workforce, others did part HS (with ACE or other great curriculum) and part on-campus schooling.  (This seems to be more prevalent in the southern states… it doesn’t seem to happen so much up here… although that could be changing.)

Also, there are many situations where children are HS’d up to grade 10 and then they go to a good day school for senior. I just love the diversity and that we as parents can really take control of our children’s education and make sure they are learning in a way that is best for them as a whole person !!

There are certain elements of our homeschooling lives that I won’t change with the transfer over to this new DE plan.  The most obvious being normal household chores and responsibilities (Some might be saying “Well, why would you think of changing these anyway?” but I’m mentioning it because some of these are within the school day, so I’m just making the point that these will continue around the on-line schooling set-up.).  The 2nd being our Character training.  I’ll still have the kids work on a particular character trait and corresponding scripture verse for a period of time that I will determine as suitable.  Also, excursions separate to those of the school we’ll be enrolled with.  I will continue to attend other homeschool excursions, as well as organise excursions with other homeschoolers.

So now to dive into the on-line diagnostic testing !!  Woot Woot !!  Fun times ahead !

Blessings Peeps !!  xox

 

Being in good company

I’m gonna be honest. .  I’m struggling tonight. 
I want to be walking the right path.. I NEED to be walking the right path as I have little eyes watching me and little ears listening to me.  (and some big eyes & ears too)
However these very encouraging facts don’t make the path any easier.  The bumps are still there,  the ‘stones’ are still thrown, the misconceptions of me by others are still there. 
I solidly believe that I not only witness to my children through things that I say,  but possibly even more so by things that I DON’T.  When I’m abused by a family member and I don’t respond in like tone or with harsh words.  When I’m treated like a ‘goodie-two-shoes’ but choose to stay silent and not ‘defend myself’.
When I’m outright verbally attacked,  but refuse to take the bait and retaliate. .. they see that.   & you know what else they see… the frustration on the person’s face when I won’t lower myself to their level. 
Isn’t it interesting (& frustrating) that we can KNOW that God’s opinion is the only one that matters and yet the darts fired by others still hurt.  I often wish that I was impervious to these comments etc but I also know that I am taught a lesson through everything single dig at me,  every single comment made. .. and every single not-so-subtle insult on Facebook. 
I actually started this blog last night but the fact that I stopped part way through turned out to be a blessing in itself as I actually needed to be reminded of my own words when dealing with someone today.  
Praise The Lord it was actually a really great day today spent at the beach with Miss 14 & niece 17 (well great day except for the sunburnt back of the legs. .. what on earth).  Lots of time to think and talk to Jesus while the girls were out paddle boarding.  Something about being at the beach (I think it’s actually in any natural setting) that gets me closer to God.

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I am constantly blown away of late with the relevance of each mornings devotion and how it has been speaking directly into current situations & struggles. If you don’t do a morning devotion,  I’d really encourage you to as it is just the BEST way to start the day. 
So, getting back to my title. .. with all that I’ve been dealing with in days of late… I am comforted knowing that Jesus was hated,  he was ridiculed,  he was treated as a fool… so when I feel treated like this. . I know I’m in good company. 
Blessings peeps xox

HS Day 87 – Teeth, braces & impression moulds !!

Soooooo…  yesturday was a super fun day spent taking James for a dental X-ray and then appointment at the Orthodontist.  He has a weirdly placed front teeth, so after a dental visit a few weeks back, we were referred to an orthodontist.

As Jaz is already well in the throes of braces prep with a lovely Orthodontist locally, we went to him with James also.  I was surprised to learn in the appointment that what James needs is 4 braces on his front teeth.  Apparently the weirdly placed tooth is not actually a concern as he has plenty of baby tooth to still come out, which will create the room needed for this tooth to correct it’s position.  However, he has a slight gap between his two front teeth, as well as his bottom teeth being slightly off centre (Jaz has same issue), so they are putting the braces on to hopefully correct this.  He also has a incorrect jaw positioning which will require surgery if it doesn’t correct itself as his face continues to grow.  These braces will be on for a short period (8-9 months) and then he’ll be left to grow as he grows… and then when he’s 16-17, they’ll re-assess.

Jaz’s next appointment wasn’t until June 25, but seeing as we were there and he had the time, he very kindly slotted her in and got her braces ball rolling. She had pictures taken (as did James), and a mould impression done.

The grand price total is a little daunting, but hey, what can ya do!

I’m so happy with the service they provide at this Orthodontist.  Very helpful and accomodating to my millions of questions etc.   Plus they even waived James’ consultation fee yesturday as they already have a sibling as a client.  Then, on top of that, they said we are welcome to bring Jordan in for a free consultation also.

It’s fair to note though that they charged me $60 to take 8 pictures… Seriously, that’s a bit over the top.  LOL.  I literally watched him take them, plug his camera into his laptop.. and BAM, there they were….  $60 worth of work??  I think not.   Same thing though.. what can ya do.

Unfortunately for Jaz though, she needs 4 teeth pulled prior to the braces going on in 3wks.  So, she has 2 appointments (they do a side per visit, so she can still chew on the opposite side during healing). She’s not keen on the tooth extraction exercise though… but who can blame her.  I detest going to the dentist.  Thankfully, I have good teeth though.

As, with all this excitement, our school day was rather unsettled…  we are thoroughly enjoying our relatively uninterrupted school day today !!

We are trying to get into a ‘Pace per fortnight’ program, so this week and next is a little different, but thankfully by the end of next week, we’ll have corrected all to run smoothly from that following week onwards.

Blessings peeps.

Lv Fi xox

When Thursday night turns nasty

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Poor Miss 13 has broken her left foot tonight after landing on it funny.
She is one very disappointed girl after realizing the 6wks in plaster could take her out of Physie for the year. 😦
Our loving God looks after is in ALL situations though, so we need to find out what He’s teaching us through this latest one.
To use a great line from the movie Facing the Giants…
“In the good times, we’ll praise Him… And in the bad times, we’ll praise Him too.”
Blessings peeps !!

Tween drama queen to Homeschooled young lady – the journey continues.

Now, before I begin, to clarify, I am by no means saying that Homeschooling is the only way to end up with a balanced, mature young lady.  I could sit here and rattle off a HUGE list of women I know who came out of school in EXACTLY the position I would like to see Jaz finish her schooling in.  Both from state schools and from Christian schools…..  actually when I think of it… probably more were from state schools.  :0)

So….  my blog entry scheduled for today is to share with you all the journey I am on alongside my 13yr old daughter.  Yes, she was certainly heading towards being a full-blown tween drama queen when she was still at school last year & the year prior.  Going back to year 6 though, my daughter was actually living a bit of a double life.  At school, she was a somewhat nasty, foul mouthed little so & so. (much to my great sadness finding out later.). At home, she was predominantly a sweet, lovely natured girl.  When she hit the end of yr 6 with few friends due to her school behaviour, she finally broke down to me one day and confessed her sin issues.  I had certainly been in contact communication with Miss 13 through these times… with nightly devotions, family prayer time etc etc.  Issues were discussed.. our heart condition towards others etc etc.  She KNEW she was doing the wrong thing, but focussed too much on what others thought of her, instead of knowing who she was IN CHRIST !!

After the ‘opening up’ discussion in the end of grade 6, I spent a lot of time through those school holidays between year 6 & 7 speaking into her life in regards to where her identity lies.  She had a good grasp on this (for a 12yr old) by the time January school start time rolled around.  We had come up with several plans to put in place going into year 7 in order to rectify the situation she had created for herself the previous year.  I seriously could not have been prouder of her for going ahead and taking my advice when heading into Year 7.  She went off to the first day of grade 7 with a blank slate… no friendship expectations, no plans to return to ‘old groups’ etc.  My main suggestions to her were – 1. Don’t seek out just ONE best friend…  seek out a group of girlfriends.  2. Treat these girls as you would like them to treat you. & 3.  Repair damage from the previous year… even if it took the entire year.

Within a few weeks of year 7, she had found herself in a rather large group of girls ( 8-10 girls).  This was exactly what I wanted for her… no big pressures to be close BEST friends with anyone in particular.  She also had some repairing to do with those she had hurt the previous year.  The entire year 7 school year consisted of Jaz seeking opportunities to individually apologise to those who needed apologising to.  I am so pleased to say she didn’t have a single negative response.  Don’t get me wrong, not everyone decided to remain close friends with her, but that’s ok.  Lots of the girls had grown in different areas anyway and therefore sought different personalities in friendships etc.

Even though Jaz managed to apologise to all throughout year 7, she still struggled to get past the issue of caring too much what people thought of her.  If I had a dollar for the amount of times she said to me “Mum, you don’t understand, things are different at school to when you were there.”  Sorry chicken, but no…. it’s still the same… even out of school.  I was actually going through some friendship issues myself in this year, so I could identify with Jaz in several areas.  It’s HARD when friends grow apart, in ways you never thought would happen.  It’s even harder when you decide to follow God’s will when it is so opposite to what you would really prefer to do.  Friendships are like any relationship.. they require work, and Godly direction, at all times.

Another thing that greatly helped Jaz last year was a very small youth group/Bible study that she attended every 2nd Friday night.  She was able to open up in these settings and discuss things we were delving into in our devotions etc.  We’d been covering things like modesty in her clothing choices (coz you know, the height of fashion for a grade 7er was denim undies.. cringe.), boyfriend/girlfriend relationships cropping up at school, conversation topics, entertainment choices (movies & songs etc.) & lots more.   Jaz was making some great choices, but found it hard coming up against her group of friends at school who didn’t agree.

So, coming to the end of Year 7 at the end of last year, Jaz had a few good friends, but none who were walking the same path as her.  None put The Lord in their decision making process, and Jaz was trying so hard to do that.

When, in September, we seriously began considering Homeschooling our children for the following year, we began to spend more time with a family we’ve known for years.  We actually met them at school before they decided to begin their homeschooling journey.  Jaz & their daughter had been friends and continued (sometimes sporadically) to keep in contact even after they left the school.  So, not surprisingly, they were our first port of call when heading into our decision making.

Jaz found that here was the like-minded God focused friend she had been so desperately looking for.  Someone who’s parents shared the same parenting style and intentions, someone she could discuss her relationship with God with…. but someone who was FUN and great to be around as well !!!

Jaz has gone onto to make 4 other fantastic friends this year, who I believe she will have as friends for a very long time to come.  Gone are the days of having to explain why she won’t wear that, or watch that movie, or why she doesn’t know the lyrics to that particular song.

An interesting and encouraging note is that two friends she has had since birth basically are still here, and while they still are in that environment back at school, they enjoy spending time with Jaz & her new friends.  Others may not choose to make the same choices as Jaz is trying to, but they are witnessing these girls choice, which can only be fantastic.   It’s also a bit of a bonus that they are finding out that, hey… not all homeschool kids are freaks.  Bahahahahaha.

All of this comes back and ties in with how Jaz goes in her schoolwork also.  While she was at school, she was often effected emotionally by things that went on in friendship groups… differences in options etc.  This effected her schoolwork. :0( Of course, as a normal 12-13 yr old, she had struggles with wanting to be like everyone else.. wear what they wore, watch what they watch, know the lyrics to those songs that everyone was singing.  While knowing they were inappropriate choices, she also wanted to ‘blend in’ and be apart of the group.  Her wonderful attempts at making good Godly decisions and her emotions as a tween were butting heads.  For this reason, taking Jaz out of that environment has resulted in amazing spiritual growth & maturity.

Jaz also has benefited beyond measure from working independently.  I really believe it is her niche !!  She now thrives in ALL subject, as do all of my children.  They still have a little catching up to do in a couple of subjects, but across the board, they are doing fantastically.  I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…  Deciding to Homeschool our children this year has been the best decision we ever made.  I specify ‘this year’ because I have found that when people have asked me how things are going with HS, I’m always tempted to say “I wish I’d done it years ago.”, but in all honestly, God had not equipped me prior to late last year.  It just reinforces that God’s timing is SPOT ON… EVERY time !!

Some people would say that I am hiding my children away from the ‘real’ world, but I’m sorry. (actually I’m not.. LOL)  We, as a family, are choosing to live to a higher standard.  We are refusing to buy into this “It’s just the way it is these days.”

One of the issues I’m most pleased that Jaz has also found her ‘niche’ is relationships with boys.  From very early on, I encouraged Jaz to guard her heart and think very carefully in relation to boys.  In the school environment, there was so much pairing up.. and Jaz really struggled with it.  We have always encouraged our kids to befriend both girls & boys.  God already has our mate chosen, so really, why stress about it.  Enjoy the friendship of those around us and God will lead us to the one who He has chosen for us.  That was hard at school, as seeking a friendship with a boy automatically meant you had a ‘crush’ on him.. and wanted to be his girlfriend.  This is an area Jaz is really enjoying being in the HS community.  So many of the parent have these same beliefs so they all get on so well, with none of these pressures.  It’s really great to see.  Don’t get me wrong… I don’t think it automatically means we’ll have no issues in this area in the future… but I’m certainly hoping it’s minimised.

We are called to be bright shining lights in this increasingly dark world, and that is what I’m trying to instil in my children.  Yes, I’m up against a lot … but all I can do is press into The Lord in every part of life.. and make HOLY SPIRIT lead decisions.  Believe me, I KNOW I’ve chosen a tough road at times, but the destination is worth every stressful moment, every tear, every struggle, every setback.

For every stressful time, there is joy beyond measure.

For every tear there is buckets of laugher (coz man, God sure has a sense of humour at times.)

Every struggle is made bearable with numerous WINS

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Every setback comes cushioned on either side with GROWTH !!!!!!  Praise GOD for that !!

Here’s to the years ahead…  walking through this amazing journey with my beautiful daughter who loves The Lord, and while not always pulling it off, attempts to make great decisions !! (Let’s face it, do any of us ever pull it off without incident?  I know I don’t.)

I am so proud of her !!!

Now, to continue to tackle these boys…  LOL.  LORD, give me strength.  Lucky for me.. HE DOES !!!

Psalm 127:3-5 (ESV)
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 144:12 (ESV)
May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;

Blessings peeps !!!  

xox

 

 

Lego… & lavishing love on my favorite daughter !!

Tonight, my 13yr old daughter & I went to see The Lego Movie together while the boys were at Cadets.
We’ve started a tradition of having girls night on Cadet nights, seeing as Terry & both boys are out of the house for a good 3hrs every second Thursday night.
While the movie was very entertaining, the real joy of the night was spending it with Jaz. I’m reminded a lot of late how she is growing up, maturing and becoming such a lovely young lady.
I am really proud of the relationship we have, and will fight tooth & nail to keep it in the healthy state it’s in.
I am so convinced the homeschooling path was so right for Jaz, as she has done nothing but bloom in this new environment, group of friends, and overall lifestyle change.
I am constantly blown away by the conversations we have. She is so hungry for God to show up bigtime in her life. She wants to hear Him, and sense Him tangibly, in all areas of her life, and is probably a little inpatient for these things to come about.
Hunger is good though.. It will keep her searching !
Meanwhile, I will continue to encourage her on her path with The Lord, answering her questions, suggesting good reading material etc.
She is still so expectant for Colour 2015 !! I really hope that excitement & expectancy continues to grow through the next 10+months. 🙂

Blessings peeps !!

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HS Day 40 – Filing, filing & more filing !!

WOW !! The amount of paperwork involved in Homeschooling is amazing !!  The file system I started with is going to have to be revised.  Also, the children often need their completed books if they’ve had concept descriptions or diagrams in them etc.  So, I’ll need to find a file drawer/system for them to have on their desk.  Seems easy right? Not so much. All desk file systems have 5 slots.. and I need 6… for 6 subjects.  So frustrating.. and yes, such a first world problem I know. LOL.  

What a busy full-on weekend we had !!  With the boys at Cadet Camp, Jaz & I were able to go to the shops and have a nice girly time with some retail therapy followed by milkshakes and cake at Coffee Club.  Yesturday morning we went to the movies and saw ‘Mr Peabody & Sherman’.  Great movie !!!  After rushing back home for our lunch visitors, we then had to hang out for Terry to get home from camp, as I’m too chicken to use the BBQ myself after the last ‘incident’.  whoops.  

Our lunch visitors were two or my most favourite families !!!  It was such a HUGE blessing to me to have these two women come into my life years ago.  They are like minded Godly women that speak into my life often.  They help me along my walk with The Lord when I have blisters and can hardly walk….  they encourage me when I’m unsure of something… and basically, I just know they’re always THERE !! Blessed much peeps !!  Love you two Alison & Janelle !! 

My full weekend was topped off with a GC board meeting with 5 of my fav people.  No matter how tired you are… it’s fun being with these great people.  It’s always a huge blessing to be surrounded by like minded people who have a heart for being bright lights in the darkness for our GEMS & Cadets.  We have our national leaders conference coming up in only 11wks, so that is exciting !!  It’s in Hobart, Tasmania too, so that makes it even more exciting.  I LOVE Tassie !!!  

My Dad is having his very much long awaited surgery t’row !!  It’s battery replacement for his brain stimulators.  So, the kids & I will gather all of our books up and head to hospital with Mum in the morning to most likely spend the morning, if not the day, there…..  to be there when he goes in, and also when he wakes up.  There would be nothing worse than heading in for an operation, or coming out of one, without a familiar face there.  

Visiting Poppy today was fun for the kids, as they got to go to the beachfront and have a swim.  Not so appealing to many.. but they thought it was fab.  Dad really has been blessed to be in such a beautiful place for his transition care.  Ocean (technically Bay) views out his HUGE windows, great size room, great atmosphere… plus my sister works there, so he had great visits with her on all work days.  

We have now found out he is first up on the afternoon surgery list, so we’ll head there late morning to see him before he goes in.  Hoping to get all schoolwork done before leaving, but if not…  Hospital schooling it’ll be for t’row.  :0)  Heading to bed now after yet another full on day..  Just got back from coffee with the girls after being at Physie with Jaz.  Gotta love Mondays !!  LOL  

Blessings Peeps !  xox

 

The Colour Journey !!

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Our Colour Journey began a few months ago when a saw a FB post.. someone selling 2 Colour tickets !!!  I automatically thought of gong with my sister.. and bought the tickets without even asking her…  LOL.  whoops !!  It was evident that God wanted us there as he opened all sorts of doors that day to allow us to go… cheap flights, accommodation options and care for my kids while I was gone, all sorted.

Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, only a couple of weeks prior to colour, I saw yet another ticket, just a single this time, available for sale on FB.  I automatically thought of my friend Jude, who I had talked with after Colour last year about going this year.  Financially, had this ticket come up even a week earlier, Jude wouldn’t have been in a position to purchase it, as well as flights & accom etc etc.  However, God is GOOD and had sorted out a financial situation in their lives just in time for Jude to be able to attend !! Just another Colour miracle !!

So, after great anticipation, we headed to the airport last Thursday for our lunchtime flight.  Stomach turning turbulence was not fun… probs the worst I’ve ever experienced…  but we arrived safely and met up with Jude before heading to our fantastically glamorous (LOL) lodgings.

Colour1_fri_am-27-2How Can we expect anything but GOD to show up with the rather large team gathering for prayer prior to the Thursday night start. :0)

Taking the 5min walk from our digs to the Sydney Entertainment Center.. cough cough…  The Qantas Credit Union Arena.. LOL. was full of excitement.  As I’d never been before, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.. but let’s just say… It didn’t disappoint !!!

The opener was like being at the best concert you have EVER been to.  Seriously, you know how you go to big name acts at huge concerts and they often sound really different from their recordings?  Well, the Hillsong vocalists sound EXACTLY as they do on their recordings…  Amazing sound !!

So, now.. onto the teaching….  the MEAT !!

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Session 2, Day 2 (I must have been too excited to take notes for session 1 which was Bobbie Houston… sorry Bobbie…. I do remember it was a great night of teaching though.)

Beth Moore… Let’s just say – My most favourite Bible teacher.  A love of Bible Study was really awakened for me in 2011/2012 through first doing Beth’s ‘Esther’ Study, and then onto Daniel, Jesus the One and Only… and a whole lot more.  I’m now doing ‘Stepping up – A study through the Psalms of Ascent.’

1. Every believer is enormously gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit .  Verses throughout the book of Jude.  (A short but fascinating read.)

2. An unguarded anointing is an accident waiting to happen.  (The story of Samson) Judges 14:5-6… but really the whole book is a great read.

Caution – An addiction to the rush instead of a desire for God. Not something I have experienced to a huge degree, but it’s quite easy to see how it would happen. For example…  It was a huge ‘high’ to be at Colour.. the entire time was a buzz..  I can see how it would be easy to go for the ‘show’ while not leaning in and receiving.

Judges 16:4, 7-14 – onwards. Delilah  – the enemy with his flirt on.  Loved that terminology..  so true..  It is easy to think that the enemies schemes are always of a nasty nature (well, they are all deep down), but he quite often use quite appealing methods to entice us, distract us etc.

3. We are not just vessels of the anointing… We are stewards.  What will we DO with what we have been given?

Our best friend needs to be humility.  We can miss our calling by our stupidity…. So true !!!

Conceit can supply a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. 1tim 3:6 & 6:4.  Judges 16:15 -19. 2 Tim 2:22 – 26.  GET BACK UP !!!

Session 3 – Brian Houston

Heart of a giraffe. 11.5kgs. God wants to expand & stretch our hearts.  I didn’t write much down from this session, but this giraffe heart thing fascinated me !!

Session 4 –  Sisterhood session !! This had the AMAZING ‘Happy’ opener !!!  Soooo good !!

Following this, there was a ‘lounge room’ set up on the stage for a discussion time with Bobbie, Lisa Bevere, Julia A’bell, Robert & Amanda Feguson, & another chick which I’m sorry to say I can’t remember…  I’m thinking she was from Cape Town though ??

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The 4 ‘c’s of bible reading – Consistent, complete, careful, Christ centered.

SOAP – S – Scripture  O – Observation   A – Application   P – Prayer

Read The Word out-aloud . Developing a love for God’s word !  KNOW the word of God.. Be in the word of God .. Pick up on His inflections etc. (Loved this as I have begun to experience & recognise this over the last few months.)

Set, possibly name, your devotion time/place. Make it a choice !! Choose to pray

Choose to be in The Word. (You version – have it audibly speaking to us.)

Choose to be encouraging/happy/uplifting .

Get The Word in so we can send The Word out when needed… To others, into the atmosphere.. Against the enemy.

A possible prayer to pray when opening The Word.. “Lord, open my eyes to your truths. ”

Fire overcomes fear !!

A relationship with Jesus will help you to know your Father’s will.  Know people !  Know yourself !  (Reminded me of the quote from Sun Tzu that David Thomas modified..“If you know God, the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”)

Preaching !! John 4 : 29  … I LOVED this take on it !!! The story of the Woman at the well !!

1. Involve the word ‘come’ invitational response !!

2. “Come see a man..”  Focus on Jesus !!

3. “Who told me..” ..  John 10:10

4. Tell your story ! “He told me everything I ever did.”

5. “Could this be the Christ?”  She posed the question. John 4.

Session 5 -Lisa Bevere !

God loves us uniquely .. Definition of unique … Without rival !!

Look INTO the word, not just at it !!

Session 6 –  Lisa Bevere

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Embracing all that God/the cross has done for me is the best thing I can do for God.

We are anointed with the Holy Spirit with Power !

I am a weapon in my Fathers hand. .. Light in the darkness.

God speaks TO us so He can speak THROUGH us !

33859scr_2ae02f26aabf59bLunch Break on Saturday !!

Panel discussion @ Sisterhood session on Saturday…  I had to leave halfway during this session to seek medication and a sleep to get through the dreaded monthly issues.  :0(  This is what I took down before leaving.

We are all leaders .. We can’t help but communicate what we see & hear.

FB, Instagram, my blog etc.

Loving all !! No matter the circumstances , all are leaders .

The Mary & Elizabeth relationship.. We are all an Elizabeth to someone .. And a Mary to someone.   This was impactful to me… realising that not only do I need Mentors for my own walk, but I need to be a mentor to others coming along behind me.

Build a relationship.. A personal relationship.. More than email & txt.

Session 7 – Beth Moore – last session .   I in no way will be able to articulate how mind blowing this session was… but just know.. IT WAS AWESOME !!  She has a way to open up a scripture like no-one else can.  Passages that you’ve read a million times and think you are familiar with are opened to show yet another tangent or message not previously seen.  

Exodus 15 – In stanza form .. Why ? First time ‘song’ is mentioned in scripture.

Exodus 14:10 .. A ‘what have you done to me?’ moment .

* Nobody appreciates deliverance like those who have nearly been destroyed.

“Who is like you God !!!”

Enemy said “I will defeat, I will fight, I will … , I will…, etc etc”

Exodus 6:6. I AM The Lord !! God’s far more powerful … I will, I will, I will etc etc”.

The enemy was trying to counterfeit these statements with his own “I wills “.  Good luck with that buddy ! God said “I THINK YOU WILL NOT !!” Get your angry on !!! Tell the enemy “You will NOT!!”. Predict the enemy .. Expect his ways.

Miriam the prophetess… She danced, she sang !! (Vs 21).

‘Miriam’ meanings – Bitter, Gods gift, defiant, beloved ! Which of these meanings do we want to be?

All that Miriam had been through & seen prior to her singing by the Red Sea.  She was approx 94 at this time. Amongst these terrible times .. Miriam & all the other women had their tambourines with them. (Go figure . LOL)

* Faith takes her tambourine !! (Awesome possible wall decal for my house right there.)

IMG_5008Shake that Tambourine baby !!!!

See disaster, or a struggle ahead ? Get out your tambourine… For celebration at the victory !! Complete faith in God to bring you through anything !!

Be ready with your tambourine to celebrate even when it looks impossible !!!! LOVE IT !!

I had purchased a tambourine on ebay before this particular night was done.  :0)

I also purchased Colour tickets for 2015, for both myself & my gorgeous daughter, as I’d been thinking right through the conference how much she would LOVE, and benefit from it !!

OK..  that was a lot…. possibly not always making a lot of sense to others.. but it was my notes, and it makes sense to me  LOL.

Highlights of the trip – other than the impartation !!

* The atmosphere – How they achieve such a loving, intimate, individual feeling in the room of 17000 women.  Spirit Filled no doubt !!

* Hearing said 17000 women sing ‘How Great Thou Art’.  OMGoodness !!  Soooo good !!

* Sharing the time with my sisters, both my related one.. and my LH sisters in Christ !!

& Yes, after traveling home first thing Sunday morning, this is how I spent my day….

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Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

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