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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

Dad’s surgery update !!

I’m late in writing this blog, but as they say.. better late than never !

The last 2wks have been CRAZY !!  Busy, stressful, exhausting, revealing, frustrating, hurtful, mind blowing, fun, sad, & lots more !!  Sounds like a whirlwind right ?  Well, it was !!

Firstly, let’s go on from my last entry which was the debacle that was Dad’s initial surgery date of Tuesday 25th March.  Let’s not re-hash as it makes me too sad/mad.  Unfortunately though, things didn’t improve.  Dad went back to transition care at Brighton in a deteriorated state… even the nurses commented on it.

We received the call that Dad’s rescheduled surgery was to be the following Thursday (3rd April).  Mum, Karen & I all planned to make lots of phone calls prior to this new surgery time as there was NO WAY we were sending Dad back to PA unless someone CONFIRMED that the batteries were on site.  We didn’t actually end up getting that confirmation, but the surgery did in fact go ahead.  Dad now does have new ‘breast implants’.  (LOL).  However, following the surgery, Mum & I headed home after making sure Dad was settled into the ward.  Maybe we should have stayed a little longer to counteract the now known habit of PA hospital stuffing up !  :0(  Dad received no dinner until he asked someone at 7.30 and they eventually rustled him up a sandwich.  If that wasn’t bad enough… the following morning I spoke to Dad at 8.30am and once again, he’d received no breakfast, or, & more importantly, NO MEDICATION !!  The poor bloke can’t catch a break !!  When I blew them a new earhole over the incident, they said they were using a new meals system and some people were being missed… well, that makes sense once (dinner), but when he’s been missed once.. you’d think they’d make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Mum & I were in there by 10.30am.  Thank you to my gorgeous niece Claudia who sat with my children for their final day of term one (more of that in a separate post).

Thanks The Lord, Dad was in quite good spirits, but did say he’d had a very bad night.  (There could be another blog there, but I’m not sure yet.. Ahh, the intrigue. LOL)  Mum & I were determined to stay with Dad until he was transported back to Transition Care, as we didn’t want him in that hospital a moment longer.  Funnily enough… when I was on hold with the PA when ringing Dad in the morning, the hold music/message told me that the PA hospital has recently received an award for outstanding patient care.. What the ???  I don’t think so.  However, this did lead me to think… wait a second.. what can we learn from this.  They would have only received the award if there was plenty of proof to warrant it, so maybe.. just maybe, The Lord had something in there to teach us…. if only to never go to PA again???  Bahahahaha.  Kidding.  Unfortunately we’re stuck with them as Dad has to continue seeing the neurologist there.

As it stands now.. Dad has an appointment on Tuesday @ 7.30am to switch the batteries ON !!!  Now, this could be a HUGE amazing exciting moment.. or it could be a huge anti-climax.. we simply won’t know until it happens.  I’m praying that Dad at the very least will receive some more mobility and decrease in discomfort once the batteries are switched on.

It’s beyond comforting to know that it is all in God’s hands.  When things seem to be going to garbage and back, it’s so important to know that all things are under His control.  Not always an easy thing to latch onto… especially in the thick of it…  but important none the less.

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.  Proberbs 3:5 & 6

This was SUCH a help….  mostly the part about ‘do not lean on your own understanding’….  the entire thing just seemed so unfair, so WRONG !!!!

It was hard to not focus on this one though at the time you are dealing with a crying broken Dad who just want to go Home ! 

“Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Psalm 110:1

There was definitely some warfare prayers going on during this time too !!  I spent the time of Dad’s surgery and time at the PA claiming protection over him.  Claiming and constantly thanking The Lord for the additional ministering and warrior angels around him at those times.  I wasn’t going to let the enemy get any footholds during Dad’s moments of vulnerability.

What IS comforting is that Dad is now back at Brighton happy as Larry and enjoying his Moreton bay view.

Blessings Peeps !!! xox

 

 

Some weekend homeschooling fun !!

Here I am on a Sunday night… soooo ready for bed…. but I just want to give a shout out to my 2 older children who happily… well, maybe not happily, but without complaint..  did some ‘catch up’ schoolwork on their weekend.  They are both slightly behind in Maths & English, so I suggested they do a few pages of these subjects on the weekends in order to get caught up quicker.

Apparently this is extremely common in children coming out of mainstream schooling into homeschooling to be behind in Maths & English, so I’m not at all concerned about it.

To reward this weekend schooling effort, and also to give my husband some time at home by himself, I took the kids to Splash water park yesterday.  Let’s just say they LOVED their time there.  I’ll most definitely be doing it again.

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I have also had a fantastic Sunday with great quality time with my children, a great time of fellowship with my church family this afternoon, and a pleasing purchase for next Sunday…  A live simulcast full day bible study with Priscilla Shirer.  I am so looking forward to it !!

The week ahead it FULL !!!  It’ll either be a week of fantastic blogs, or a week of zero blogs if I’m simply too tired to do any.  LOL.

Feeling blessed beyond measure tonight !!!

Ephesians 2:8 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Blessings Peeps !! xox

Lv Fi

HS Day 41 Part 2 – I don’t wanna write part 2 tho :0(

Hi all.  This is part 2 of what happened on Tuesday…  what was supposed to be Dad’s surgery day !!  His long awaited, much fought for surgery !

Anyway.. in the pics shown in part 1, we were under the impression that if Dad wasn’t already in surgery, he was very close to going in… turns out he wasn’t in at all.. he was upstairs in pre-op having a very bad panic attack!

As soon as we found this out, we rushed back up.. Mum, the 3 kids and I.  While I set the kids up with iPads in the waiting room, which Thank The Lord was right outside where Dad was…  Mum went in to find Dad extremely upset.. in tears.. miserable.  This was at about 3pm ish.  His surgery was supposed to be at 1pm.. he’d been fasted since midnight, which really means dinner the night before.  Poor fella was starving !!

Finally at 4.30, we were told that not only was the surgery cancelled, but the battery replacements that were to be fitted were still in SYDNEY !!  Let’s just say, we were a bit P-I-S-E-D  (joke from Rome & Michelle’s high school reunion movie).  I mean seriously, if the batteries were still in Sydney, they would have known that before he’d even been transported by taxi from transition care that morning.  Putting aside how damaging emotionally this ordeal was for Dad… what about the huge waste of tax payer money etc etc.

Then, can you believe it, it actually got worse when they had no bed for Dad anywhere.  We were so mad with PA hospital by the point, but I do have to say that the nursing staff and community health nurse were more than helpful…  they were also very angry about Dad’s treatment and really bent over backwards to fix this as best they could.

I had to leave at 6ish to get my kids home…  walking to the train station before it was dark.  At this point, we had literally no idea when a bed would be found and Mum could go home, so I thought I needed to get the kids home, who by that point had been there for 8.5hrs.  We got home at about a quarter past 7 and by that time, a bed had been miraculously found for Dad at the PA.

He has now this morning returned to transition care until his re-booked surgery next Thursday.  We’ll definitely be putting some phone calls in that morning though before transporting him over again.. making sure the batteries are actually in the state.

We have since found out that Dad’s neurosurgeon, Dr Sarah Olsen, has resigned a few weeks back because of patients being treated exactly as Dad was on Tuesday…like an unimportant number.. not a person.

OK.. rant over.. now to be positive and put my focus back on GOD’S plans for Dad.. which let’s face it, is what I should have done all along.

I’m going to share my download from Tuesday nights journaling. My question to God … Why did this happen today ?? First response… I’m not allowed to ask ‘why?’. Lol. He always pulls me up on that one.
Anyway moving on… Here’s what I got..

“I am carrying Ken ! I surround him. He is protected, he is loved. He is my son. I love him & he loves Me. I am his resting place, his fortress, his ever present strength in times of trouble. Have faith in ME, not in man, and the works of man. My love is constant, unrelenting, loud & heavy.

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Not hard to see how I felt so much better after this journalling, plus the praise & worship time I had on Tuesday night.

God is GOOD !!!

 

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.

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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

HS Day 37 !! Apparently I was nasty this morning. (but I totally wasn’t)

Don’t you love tired cranky children who think you’re the worst parent in the whole entire world simply because you wouldn’t let them get away with bad behaviour?

So…  that was the start of my day… oh well, we’ll pray for a better start t’row.  All apologies have been given now though, so we can move on into the day on a more positive note.

I am struggling to get into a good sleep routine as a Homeschooling Mum… which is code for .. I’m going to bed too late EVERY night..  Argghh !!!  The frustrating thing is that most of the time, I could completely skip whatever it is that keeps me up… the tv show or movie.

OR… and I do do this at least 2-3 nights per week…. I could head up to bed and have some time in The Word / having some praise & worship time.  I always love it so much the nights I do it… it always makes me wonder why I don’t do it EVERY night.  I’m sure God wonders the same thing.  LOL.  It must be frustrating for Him to watch me sitting in front of some silly movie when I could be spending time with Him… and I know that is so what He wants of me….  to spend time with Him.

& I so need to be in The Word this week after having been at Colour !!  I’m so charged up and on-fire… However, I’m also dealing with frustration…  I want so many others to be experiencing what I’m experiencing and I have to develop patience to wait for, and understanding that it is The Holy Spirit alone who can do the work in them, not me.

Another thing I’m conscious of.. and was prior to going to Colour also, is that I need to make sure I’m ALWAYS focusing on my walk, not on others.  I can fall into the habit of caring more about what a loved one is getting out of something, than what I’m receiving.  Not in a judging kinda way, but in a ‘I really really really want this person to be getting this, taking it in’  I want the seed to find good fertile soil !!!  One of the biggest things I received from The Lord regarding the most important person in my life was that it’s not my WORDS that will make the impact, it’s my ACTIONS… How I live my life, how I make my decisions, how I react to things.  & not surprisingly, this is proved to be true !! PRAISE GOD !!

Loving this scripture in 2 Tim 6:12-16

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Back to the schoolroom….  There has been some testing going on today…  It is James’ 9th b’day on Friday, so, in following strict (LOL) homeschooling rules, there will be no schooling on his birthday.  Instead we’ll be heading to his favourite playcenter and having a fun morning with friends.  Thank The Lord, Terry is off on Friday, so he’ll be able to be with us.  But… to counteract that loss of school time, we are doing extra work today & t’row.  I’m loving that I can watch out for silly errors that don’t need to be occurring.  It makes a huge difference to what they are learning when I can go over a simple concept not understood originally.  If not caught (which is what was happening at school due to time constraints), it can lead to an entire block of misunderstanding in a particular subject.

I’m beginning to see improved attitude with learning, as in less competitiveness with each other, and their friends back at school.  To a huge degree, the children are knuckling down to the work required of them for that day.  However, they still like it when they’ve finished their schoolwork by lunchtime and they’re in the pool while everyone is still at school .  LOL.

OK….  signing off for now Peeps.

Blessings !!! xox

 

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