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It’s been a bit rough of late :-(

Hi there peeps !!!
Im realising how slack I’ve been on the blogging front on the last couple of weeks. Sorry about that. I’ve been a bit low to be honest, and I don’t particularly like up blog then feeling like this.
I’m working and growing through some struggles …. dealing with impatience on my part … To do with my DH !!
I so want him to be walking with The Lord, but at present he isn’t … And at times the sadness I feel over this is just overwhelming.
I know what it is I need to be doing… I know I need to be praying prophetically over him, and always seeking to see Terry as his Heavenly Father sees him, not as he is seen humanly, but man it’s hard at times.
It’s a hard one to deal with when the person you most want to speak to about a particular issue is so not on the sane page as you.
I have, however, had a dear friendship restored in this past few weeks, as well as put the wheels in motion to seek out a strong, Godly Mentor for myself.
I am so grateful for the wonderful friendships I do have. I certainly know that I am blessed beyond measure by the women who are my circle . I can send up a flare-prayer when needed, and I know there are several beautiful friends praying alongside me at those times.
I also had a home visit with our unit coordinator today… our first one in fact. To receive the words of affirmation that I am doing a good job homeschooling my children is a blessings I really needed today . I am struggling with a very bad sinus infection at present, so Fi is a little sad on the physical front also.
See… This is why I don’t really like blogging when a little down…. So darn depressing.. Sorry peeps.
I am so comforted by several scripture verses, as well as other quotes & material etc, that help me often… Especially in those times when Terry is under attack…

“Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied: I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise, Lay your foundations with sapphires, construct your towers with rubies, Your gates with jewels, and all your walls with precious stones. All your children will have God for their teacher— what a mentor for your children! You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble—nothing to fear! far from terror—it won’t even come close! If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, And if any should attack, nothing will come of it. I create the blacksmith who fires up his forge and makes a weapon designed to kill. I also create the destroyer— but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” God’s Decree. (Isaiah 54:11-17 MSG)

It’s when I read passages like this that I am reminded that God totally has it covered !!! Even when the reality is so hard to live with… Gods plan is still in place… He is still ever present… He is still right there beside us.

Grace is favour. Grace is power.
Grace is previous ! (Planned)
Walk in the sufficiency of God’s grace !!
His power is perfected in our weakness. (Can’t remember where I ever found this quite… Possibly Beth Moore or Lisa Bevere?)

And this one…

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:57, 58 NKJV)

So much goodness in The Word !!! It is constantly made obvious to me that I have not even scratched the service of this goodness !!!! So much more to soak in as yet !!! Can’t wait !!
Oh, and ps.. Exciting news.. I bought a giant print bible this week !! I’ve so been wanting to. As much as I love having the You version bible app on my phone.. Being able to jump from one translation to another is fantastic… But I’ve really missed having the tangible bible in my hands… Flipping through the pages… Seeing my highlighted verses etc etc.

Ok peeps… I feel I’ve brightened up a bit just sharing with you guys, so thanks for that.
Love you all.
Blessing peeps !!!

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 !!

34943scr_c3cf434a64f63f9A little pressie on the seat every session !!

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

Homeschooling Day 29 – Part B.. I hope my kids will forgive me one day.

Soooooo….  the second half of the day was, shall we say… suckful.  I’m finding that testing time can be like that.  Not just stress related for the kids, but it’s simply very BUSY !  Lots of paperwork, filing and sorting involved.

Maybe that’s why I turned into a voice raised banchee with my dear 11yr old son today…..  however let’s not ignore that fact that he went ahead with a test that he very clearly was not ready for.. and then refused to take responsibility for rushing into something he KNEW he wasn’t prepared for.  Mamma Bear…. who as you already know, has a very sore head as it is…  kinda lost the plot a tad.  whoops !!

I’m sure they will settled into it eventually, but at the moment, it’s still a bit of a competition with the kids back in ‘mainstream’ school.  “I’ll finish before them.”,  “I’ll be further ahead in work for the year than them.”  Yes, that’s all well and good as long as you are actually taking the concepts in and LEARNING all that needs to be learnt.  I’m hoping they’ll thank me years from now when they look back and see that I only had their best interests in mind when I ‘made’ them go over and over those time tables.. and do ALL those annoying practise sums & problem solving equations.  Hopefully they’ll forgive me for my grumpy times.  :0)

So, now after a trip to the shops, a tiny lie down and a lovely phone call with a much loved cousin… I have returned to my normal sweet (LOL) self.  You may now feel free to turn up on my doorstep and you won’t have your head bitten off.  :0)

Blessings Peeps !!

xox

 

Homeschooling Day 29 – Mamma Bear is sick :0(

Ok, so I’m discovering in this second part of Week 5 that it is tough being a homeschool Mum when you’re sick as a dog.  :0(

However, God always looks after me.  Amongst the yucky symptoms, I am also reading a fantastic book by C. Peter Wagner entitled Praying with Power.  It has been such a great read so far and I wonder why I’ve taken so long to read it (I got it about 9 months ago), but I am reminded that God’s timing is perfect, so this is why I’m reading it at this particular time.

I had revealed to me two major, and I mean major things about my dear Husband while reading Chapter 2 – Two way prayer – Hearing God.  I now have very specific things to pray about in this regard.  Very interesting, as one of the biggest take-aways of this book is how more powerful our prayers can be when they are as specific as possible.  It is speaking more to warfare prayers, but I believe it definitely has the same ‘power’ in personal prayers for loved ones also.

Another very fascinating topic which I’ve wanted to delve into further, but never have… is spiritual mapping.  I’ve always wondered what that was, how do you use it and how is it helpful?  Chapter 4 – Targeted prayer – Spiritual mapping, has explained it very well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to intensify their prayer life.

OK.. so back to schooling… the children are working extremely well for their poor sick mother who yesturday didn’t make it off the couch for very long… and today, is at her desk for over two hours now..  so there is marked improvement.  Here’s to finishing up soon and hitting the couch again.  LOL.  I think a good action movie might be on the cards…  I”m thinking Thor, The Dark World.  Yes, I did watch it last night, but you can never watch enough Avengers.  LOL.

Blessings Peeps !!!

xox

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