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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

It’s HEALTHY recipe share time

Today it occurred to me that I really should be sharing my recipes as part of my fitness & healthy living journey.  I originally found it difficult to break away from my ‘tried & true recipes’ and change over to 99% healthy eating, but now that I’m in the swing of things, it seems totally natural to cook this way.  :0)  It can be super easy for you to switch over too.

My ‘tried & true recipes’ involved eating a pasta meal of some sort at least once a week, sometimes twice a week.  Lasagna, pasta bake, spag bol, Tuna bake etc etc.  There was also a couple of serves of white potato mash consumed each week.  My first step was to cut out the pasta and switch over to Sweet potato.  The pasta cut out was pretty easy as I just serve my own portion size up prior to adding noodles, pasta etc.  I also switched over to cooking with only extra virgin coconut oil… so yummy .. and so good for you. Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol in your body, but also help to convert the “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. By Increasing the saturated fats in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.  I’ve had to ‘trial run’ a few different organic brands as my children aren’t crazy for the actual coconut smell & flavour.  I personally love it, but have had to settle on the brand I now use in order to keep the peace at home.

As I’ve already said, for myself, I have swapped out white potato for sweet potato in EVERY situation where I once used white.. mashed potato, baked potato, potato chips, potato bake, use in casseroles etc.  My family still like the white potato a lot so in most situations (except the mashed variety), it’s easy to still give them the white and I just have the sweet.  I have found that the thermomix makes SUPER delicious sweet potato mash.  It’s even a hit with the fam-bam !!

Ok… so the first recipe I’m going to share with you all is my Cashew Satay Chicken & vegetable casserole.  I make this for my family once a fortnight or so, but have used it a couple of times as my ‘go to meal’ when I’m preparing a meal for a needy family etc.

satay chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 kg skinless chicken breast
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 or 6 garlic cloves
  • 120g fresh spinach
  • dessert spoon coconut oil
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • can of corn kernels
  • 2 x zuccinis
  • 175g mushrooms
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 175g broccoli
  • 175g Cauliflower
  • 2 x large dessert spoon of organic cashew butter
  • 2 x dessert spoon organic natural honey
  • 2 x dessert spoons cottage cheese.

Method

  1.  Dice up chicken & all vegetables into small pieces (onion & garlic very small… I use my tupperware happy chooper.)
  2. Heat coconut oil on medium to high heat in a large dutch oven sized saucepan
  3. Cook onion, garlic & mushrooms until softened and caramelised.
  4. Add all remaining diced vegetables, turn right down to low and cover.
  5. Stir every few minutes.
  6. When your broccoli has turned a lovely bright green, it’s time to add the chicken.
  7. Add your chicken to the pot, stir through and cover.
  8. Stir every few minutes until your chicken is cooked through.
  9. Add your Cashew butter, honey, corn kernels & cottage cheese and stir through.
  10. Add your choice of herbs & spices.  (I suggest Turmeric be one of them as it is loaded with health benefits.) Cover.
  11. This can now be left for 30mins or so to simmer… or up to 2hrs on a very low heat.(the longer it simmers for, the richer the flavours.)
  12. Serve up & ENJOY all that healthy goodness !!

Notes

  • Not only different stoves, but also different cookware can vary your cooking times & temperatures.  eg. I cook in a very large flavourstone pan which doesn’t need heat over medium to achieve what would need high heat in your run of the mill saucepan.  I also may use my Chef’s Toolbox pan, which is similar to the flavourstone  when it comes to heat range.
  • All of these vegetable quantities are pretty fluid.. put in as little or as much as you like.
  • This amounts makes 2 decent sized meals for a family of 5.
  • In the interest of complete honesty…. the picture I used is not mine… it’s just that this meal NEVER lasts long enough in my home for me to take a nice picture of it, so I had to improvise and use a google image.  :0)
  • You’ll notice I add my raw chicken to the vegetables without browning it first.  I used to do this in a seperate pan as they say it locks in the flavour.  Well, in a state of rush one evening a few months back, I skipped this step and simply added it to the pan.  There was no noticeable change whatsoever, so I have continued to do it this way.. and the child that is on dishes that night thoroughly thanks me for this.  :0)
  • If you go for the longer simmer time, you will find that your sweet potato has completely cooked down to mash and will have melded with your satay sauce. If you don’t like this … go for the shorter simmer time.
  • I have also added natural greek yoghurt when I’ve had some in the fridge and that was a delicious addition to the meal.
  • I’ve also made this satay with natural organic Almond butter.

You will LOVE this recipe.  It is so so easy to make, it gives you 2 meals, and loads you up with lots of vegetable goodness !!!  The added benefit is that you can either bless another family with the second meal, or pop it in the fridge securely covered to enjoy a ready made meal 2 nights later.  Hands up who loves a ready made meal evening !!!  ME !!

So, what are you waiting for…. get cooking peeps !!!!!  xox  :0)

 

 

 

Ekka adventures 2016

So, yes, more than a week later, I’ve found the time to write ‘the Ekka blog’.

Sunday 7th August began as it continued….  gorgeous !!!  Beautiful weather…. just right for jeans, but not ridiculously hot. I’ve definitely had those Ekka experiences where you have to dress for Summer through the day, but be prepared for the temps to drop 10 degrees when the sun goes down.  Last year I purchased ugg boots at the Ekka, so my little tootsies were toasty warm during the freezing hours sitting watching the Main Arena entertainment.  This year, however, I couldn’t very well purchase a second pair (the ones I bought still look brand new, with MUCH use in the year that’s passed), and I certainly wasn’t prepared to carry them in my bag all day, no matter how toasty warm my feet would have been in the evening.

So, I settled on my most favourite and trusty brown leather boots.  I’ve had them for, literally, years and years and years.  I replaced them last year, but still can’t seem to part with these ones.  Well, Ekka 2016 turned out to be their last hurrah.  :0(  They lasted the day and evening perfectly, but when I got them home and pulled them off, the sole kind of came off while the shoe stayed on my foot… whoopsie.  Oh well, at least they enjoyed they’re final use. I still can’t bear to throw them out, but I’m sure I’ll get there.

I headed into the Ekka with two of my gorgeous Lioness sisters.  If there’s anyone besides my DH & kids that I most love making memories with, it’s these girls !!  The first pic below is a little blurry (probably because I felt silly taking a selfie in a crowded train), but I simply had to have a photo of heading to the Ekka on a DIESEL TRAIN !!!  So cool !!  It reminded me of the early 90s when I used to work in the city and would quite often travel to & from work on a diesel train.  It’s all fun & interesting in the winter, but travel for long on one of those babies in the middle of summer… no AC, sticky vinyl seats….. it doesn’t seem so lovely & nostalgic then.  Ha Ha !!

After arriving & collecting our map of the showgrounds (the grounds do keep changing as development continues to encroach on the outer edges.), our game-plan was to hit the showbag pavilion, get what we ‘needed’ (Ha Ha) and then stash said necessities in a locker.  With this ticked off our list, and being able to feel like loving and caring mothers for having purchased our children something, we took our first selfie in sideshow alley, if for no other reason than to mark the fact that we weren’t wasting any of our money there.  (sorry ride venders, but maybe if they didn’t cost $10 a pop, we may have thought about it.)

Our first stop was the fresh food pavilion (lunch was a priority :0)).  We found a lovely stall that sold fruit teas that came in mason jars that you could keep.  I thought the stall looked really pretty too.  I was very naughty and succumbed to my Dagwood Dog Craving.  While it was a nice one…not too much batter etc…  I did pay for it in the next couple for days.  I’ve said it before, but my body just seems to really like eating healthy.. and seeing it’s so used to it now, it really likes to tell me about it when I put cr@p in it.  So, lesson learnt (again).

We made some great friends while at the Ekka, including this Koala firefighter which we assumed was a guy, but on closer inspection of the shoes, proved to more likely be a girl koala bear.  Yes, these differentiations are important.  I was super excited to gain access into the cattle pavilion this Ekka visit, as the last two times I’ve been, they haven’t let the public in.  Probably some public health & safely rules or some rubbish.  But seriously, an Ekka visit is not complete without getting cow dung in your shoes.  Check out this cows double (triple, whatever) chins !!  I have always, and believe I will always have, a love of cows.  I have no idea why, but I just love them. There’s a dairy farm an hour or so from our home and I absolutely LOVE visiting.  Not just to stock up on the BEST milk on offer, but to see the cows, enjoy the surrouds etc etc.

We also loved seeing the different dog & cat breeds, as well as horses, cows, sheep etc etc.  Man, there are some WERID dog breeds out there (Poodles… seriously, what the.. to name just one.)  The competition winners in fresh produce and cake making etc is always fascinating and of course didn’t disappoint this year either.  The first place winner in the pumpkin growing competition had grown a pumpkin that was well over a meter in diameter.  Wowzers, that’s a LOT of pumpkin soup right there.  I always wonder whether such a big one still has the yummy flavour of a ‘run of the mill’ size.

Filling the time we had before heading to the Main Arena for the evening, we headed off into another area that had something similar to woodchop, but not quite.  I didn’t get any good pics, but he was basically moulding wood into different shapes etc, making tables, chairs and other different things.  It was actually the closest we got to seeing any woodchop as we didn’t end up seeing any in the main arena at all.  (insert sad face).  We did however, make another friend while in this area.  He wasn’t much into chatting, but he took a good picture.  :0)

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Having heard from my DH & kids (who came in a little later than us and spent their time wasting money at sideshow alley), that they had secured some good seats in the main arena, we went in search of them.  It was great to have my family join us as it was the best of both worlds for me…  A kid-free day at the Ekka with my Lioness sisters, but also having my DH & kids around me to enjoy (& see their enjoyment) at the main arena entertainment.  As always, it didn’t disappoint.  The different entertainers were great (well, expect for a very suspect Kylie Minogue tribute ‘singer’).  I just love how much they focus on the Queensland roots and country history.  Ekka is often labeled as ‘Where the country meets the city’ and that really does sum it up.  I think that’s why it’s so loved to… it’s almost like stepping into another world, and in some ways, another time.

We did look a little tired by this stage, but hey, we had walked a LOT that day.  We actually ended up walking quite a bit more just to get to where DH had parked.  (Closest secure parking to the Ekka… I don’t think so… well, maybe it was, but I don’t think they should use the word ‘close’ at all. )

As usual with blogging about a day like this, I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface with what we experienced that day, but I guess it gives you a little glimpse into the fun & enjoyment that is The Royal Queensland Show, aka Ekka, aka RNA (The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of QLD.)(No wonder they shorten it.).

Fun fact for you…  The Ekka has been running since 1886.  Pretty cool me thinks.

OK… Blessings Peeps  xox

 

Playing the head-game… & winning !!

So, it’s well & truly time for a fitness blog update !!

I am in week 6 of the 6wk Winter challenge with my lovely PT, Mel.  I am, overall, very happy with the challenge as I have noticed positive changes in my body shape and muscle mass, as well as great improvements in how clothes fit and feel.  I asked DH to assess the improvement in my thighs and he dared to use the term ‘Thunder thighs’.. Um, no honey…. just NO !!!  I know he did mean it in a very positive way, so it’s all good, but still….  careful with word choices peeps.  ha ha.

As the title suggests, the fitness and healthy living business is, and will continue to be, a head-game.  I got on the scales earlier this week and put myself in a frump for the rest of the morning as I wasn’t as happy with the result as I could have been.  I need to learn to STOP OBSESSING ABOUT THE NUMBER.  It really means nothing anyway, but it still continues to plague me, so onto the prayer list it goes for help in this area.

In order to achieve the results I’m after, we changed my PT sessions from one strength and one boxing sesh, to two strength training sessions per week.  I’ve really noticed the difference in toning, so this is a great thing.  I’ve also got a PT sesh in the bank from being unwell last week, so I’m really looking forward to having a 3PT session week next week.

One of the reasons my thighs are coming along well will be because I do do a fair amount of wall sits & squats.  & trust me, the enjoyment shown in this pic is a put on….. it’s so not fun.   I’m also starting to see real definition in my upper arms, which was one of my main goals from the get-go, so I’m pretty happy with that.  I must say, while I’ve improved in my ability to do push-ups (quantity wise), I can’t say I’m anywhere near perfecting technique.  This is a little disappointing, but hey, I’ve got heaps of time to work on them if I want to keep and improve on the toning I already have achieved.

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I have been doing a food diary during the 6wk challenge also and it’s proven very helpful this week as my PT was able to point out that I had a few too many treats last week.  You really don’t see them adding up over the week.. and I was simply filling it all out and then handing it to her…not actually looking back on it myself.  When I got the txt message that listed all the things I had in the week, it was like…  “OK then… that was way naughty.”.  I’ll defs be keeping up the food diary habit and looking over it as I go thru the week, so as to keep on top of what I have and haven’t had.  That way, I can make good decisions as to whether I can have that treat or not.  We did go to the EKKA on Sunday (blog post coming), which was part of my naughtiness when it comes to treats, but there were a bit too much treat eating in the week leading up to it too.  Lesson learnt !!!  :0)

I’ve been reading up a lot about Metabolism too in the last few days. It’s a fascinating subject to say the least.  Simply knowing that it’s not just about food and exercise, but also sleep, that plays into your successful and on-going fitness journey.  I keep getting pulled back to the benefits of green tea….. if only I didn’t hate drinking it quite so much.  I really need to shake up my breakfast more….. in two ways… The first is to have it earlier….. to kick start the day well.. and also to have more variation.  Well, actually it would be an improvement for me to have ANY variation. I just love me weetbix & yoghurt so much that I find it hard to change it up.  I defs thinks it’s a habit thing too (& some laziness at actually getting out a pan and cooking something. ha ha).  I really struggle with the idea of eating eggs in the morning.  However, avocado & feta smash on pumpkin seed bread… I could defs do that some mornings.  Now… to just do it !!

The head-game silliness can hit you at any time really, so the great breakfast choices are so important.  That way, when you get those negative thoughts, telling you that you’re not doing a good job, that you’re not getting results… can be kicked to the kerb easily.  I find that really works for me.  If I can look back on my day and see that my food intake, water consumption and exercise have been on pointe, then I can tell the enemy where to go with his insinuations.   (& have a little happy dance on his face when I tell him he’s UNDER MY FEET!!)

I also discovered Revelation Wellness with Alisa Keaton on both Facebook and iTunes this week.  What a fantastic resource.  I can’t wait to listen to more of their podcasts.  Having Jesus in the workout/fitness journey equation is something I’ve always done, so it’s great to find a trainer/group that fully embraces that concept.  I’ve had some particularly amazeballs times with The Lord during my workouts on my own this week.

OK…  Great to catch up.  Keep on eye out in your inbox for a blog notification about my day at the EKKA very soon.. but first…. it’s WORKOUT TIME !!!  WOOT WOOT !!!

Blessings  xox

 

 

Surveying the Old Testament

This afternoon, I finished my final lecture in the subject entitled Old Testament Survey.  It was a very long 29 lectures, with so so much information within the teaching, but I loved every minute of it.  Once again, I am riding that feeling that I haven’t taken everything in, but as I’ve said before, I have learnt that it sits in there and digs in deep (The roots of my tree planted by the water are going in deep), ready for me to draw on it in the future when I need it.  :0)

One fun part was memorising the minor prophets.  The point was made that we remember things best when we teach it to ourselves in the silliest fashion.  I don’t know how this is going to come across on paper, but here goes…

Imagine a hose (Hosea).. now imagine a jewel (sounds like JOEL) pushing it’s way through the hose.  It flies out the end towards a target, but misses it … a miss (Amos).  Now imagine a whale …  makes you think of… (Jonah).  The whale has an eye patch … Oh, bad eye (Obadiah).  The Whale now steps up to a microphone (Micah) and clears his throat (Nahum).  He’s nervous… he needs to have a cup-a-tea (Habakkuk).  Look into the cup of tea and you’ll see a car, a particular car… a Zeffa (Zephaniah).  Zoom in on the car and you’ll see a rather unattractive lady is driving ..  a bit of a hag to be honest (Haggai). She isn’t valued by others, she’s ‘not work a Zack’ (Zechariah).  This whole thing has been quite the malachi (Malachi).

I told you it was going to be silly…. but it actually works.. I doubt I’ll ever forget the canonical order of the minor prophets again.  ha ha !!

I also came to realise how much Veggie Tales taught me in the years that I inflicted my children with their DVDs.  A lot of Sunday school teaching can give quite a brushed over teaching of the well known bible stories.  eg.  Cute little Ark’s with giraffe heads sticking out the windows and monkeys hanging off the sides.  Within the teaching of the book of Jonah, many probably do read the story and believe that he didn’t want to obey God’s directive because he was scared of the Ninevan people… because they were wild, rough and troublesome, when in fact he himself did not have a clean heart towards them. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to go because he thought they wouldn’t listen to him… he didn’t want to go in case they DID listen to him.  Jonah KNEW that God was a good, gracious and merciful God and that he would forgive them of all wrong and bless them.  Jonah didn’t want them to be blessed, so he ran away…. literally in the opposite direction. And, well, you know the rest of the story.

Another fascinating thing that I gleaned from OT survey (particularly in the book of Judges, but also in most of the minor prophets) was the cycles that the people of that time went through.

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I think I’ve said it before, but I would strongly recommend bible college to ANYONE who is keen to grow in their walk with The Lord.  I had already developed a love for bible study over the last few years, but this is just like that.. on steroids… LOVE IT !!!!  I think the biggest take-home from the OT is God’s faithfulness.  It’s just awesome to sit back and soak in that knowledge…. KNOWING that He is so faithful, merciful, trustworthy,true.. and so much more.  It really does make you feel that you can handle anything that life throws at you when you have that knowledge on-board.

Historical content is something I love delving into.  There’s just so much to be gleaned from the OT, but when you marry the historical content up with the story, the depth of learning expands amazingly.

I know a lot of us have maps and charts in the back of our bibles, but memorising those maps and charts can hugely magnify your depth of learning.   Knowing how close, or far, people travelled can add an entirely different dimension to what you are reading.  We all know that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years when it was, in fact, an 11 day journey, but it really brings it home exactly how CLOSE they were to the promised land when you consult the map in conjunction with reading it.

I could really go on & on, but I’d really rather sign off here, hopefully having stirred up a little bit of additional interest in the Word, but particularly the OT..   Dive into it peeps, it’s beyond rich in it’s content.  If you aren’t able, time-wise or financially, to be able to commit to a year of bible college, there are great bible studies that can start you off.  Beth Moore does a fantastic study on Daniel, Esther, Deuteronomy … to name just a few.

Within my own church, you can attend Bible College one evening a week and complete two subjects over the course of a year, so see if there’s something in your area that offers something similar.  You’ll grow in so many ways… not just in your personal walk with The Lord, but in your marriage, friendships, work-life, family relationships etc etc.

Blessings.  xox

 

 

 

Like a tree planted by the water

Hi all…

God laid a blog post on my heart a few weeks back, but life’s been cray cray busy, emotionally draining and. well, just a tad poopy to be honest.  So, my blog post has been a bunch of notes and dot points on note paper by my Mac ever since then.  Now, tonight, I finally have the time, and emotional capacity, to get it ‘written down’.

Quite often, The Lord gives my blog post during praise & worship time.  This can be quite frustrating if he decides to give it to me during P & W at church….  I have to try and remember it all…  I really should start taking my journal to church with me for this very reason.

The title of tonight’s blog may have given it away, but it was Psalm 1 that was given to me that particular evening.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lordand on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers.  The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;  for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

I always find it interesting that the Lord gives me different things for my blogs… sometimes pictures, sometimes songs, sometimes a direct message.  I was given this Psalm, and then I ‘happened’ to search up a ‘Chat with Priscilla Shirer’ to watch one evening in the week following having been given the Psalm, and low and behold, her guests were Mark & Melanie Hall.  Mark Hall is the lead singer of Casting Crowns.  I have a few of theirs albums, but must say I didn’t know much about them.  Their story is amazing.  The band is completely made up of Pastors.  I’d strongly encourage you to google them and read their testimony.  Powerful stuff !

Anyway, I had strangely (nothing like this is ‘strange’, it’s just God ‘doing his thing’ when we don’t realise He’s doing it) purchased the ‘Thrive’ album the previous week and had listened to it enough times to be quite interested in what Mark had to say about it.  Surprise, surprise… it’s based on Psalm 1.  I guess if I’d put some deep thought into it, I would have realised that after listening to the ‘Thrive’ track, but I mostly listen to it while working out, so I’m not always putting 100% attention into lyric meaning.  You know, not dropping the weight bar on my face is more significant.  LOL.

The lyrics of ‘Thrive’ go like this :

Here in this worn and weary land Where many a dream has died
Like a tree planted by the water We never will run dry
So living water flowing through, God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls With one desire
Just to know You and to make You known ,We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive… We were made to thrive
Into Your word we’re digging deep To know our Father’s heart
Into the world we’re reaching out To show them who You are
So living water flowing through God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls With one desire.

The Believers Bible Commentary tells us this about Psalm 1:3-5 – The man who is separated from sin and separated to the scriptures has all the qualities of a strongly, healthy, fruitful tree.    Planted by the rivers of water – he has a never-failing supply of nourishment and refreshment.  It brings forth it’s fruit in it’s season  – he displays the graces of The Spirit, and his words and actions are always timely and appropriate.   It’s leaf also shall not wither – his spiritual life is not subject to cyclical changes but it characterised by continuous inner renewal.  As D L Moody puts it, :”All The Lord’s trees are evergreen.”  ( I LOVE that, don’t you.)

This kind of man shall prosper in everything he undertakes.  The reason, of course, is that he is living in fellowship with The Lord, and all his service is therefore guided by the Holy Spirit.  The only way to be efficient and successful in the Christian life is to be led by the Spirit of God.  Self-directed activity is an enormous waste of time, money and effort.

The ungodly are not so, that is, they are neither well planted, fruitful, enduring, nor prosperous.  Like chaff, they lack body or substance.  When the storms of life blow, they prove unstable.  a strong wind drives them away.  The ungodly shall not stand in the judgement. They will, of course, appear before God at the judgement of the Great White Throne (Rev 20:11). But the meaning here is that they will have no adequate defence.  In idiomatic language, they won’t have a leg to stand on.  Furthermore, they will never stand in the congregation of the righteous;  they will be forever excluded from company of those who are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

(If I haven’t told you before… I LOVE my ‘Believers Bible Commentary’.  I bought it about 4yrs ago now and find it an extremely handy resource.  It is written by William MacDonald and is based on the New King James version. ©1995, 1992, 1990, 1989)  And as a bonus for me, it’s LARGE PRINT…. which also makes it a good addition to my weights workout.. LOL.

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The cover of the ‘Thrive’ album is so great and tells such a great message, as well as visually depicting Psalm 1.  Digging our roots DEEP in the scriptures, while still reaching OUT into the world.  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you all that having deep roots in the Scriptures make marriage, work, church, friendships…well, basically anything, work BETTER !!!

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Getting back to what the commentary says of Psalm 1… I love knowing that I have a NEVER FAILING supply of nourishment and refreshment.  Man, I’ve needed that this year with the ups and downs of the last few months.  Even this past week, Master 11 had major eye surgery.  I actually didn’t even realise quite how major it was until he’d been in theatre 3hrs with no sign of getting that magical phone call saying ‘Your child is in recovery.. you can come in and see him now.”  Thank The Lord, that phone call ended up being the surgeon coming to us after 3hr 10mins in theatre, saying that it had all gone beautifully and our son would soon be in recovery.  It would be another nail biting half an hour before I got the call saying I could come in to recovery to see him.  Apparently he’d been under quite a deep anesthetic due to the length of the surgery and was taking a bit to come out of it.  He gave us some entertaining moments over the next few hours until he was fully awake and with it.  The knowledge that our loving heavenly Father was in that operating room, guiding the hands of the surgeons, greatly comforted me in those stressful last 2hrs in theatre.

I also want to be characterised as having continuous inner renewal.  I certainly know that I thrive for this, by both digging into the Word, and reaching out to others with the gifts and talents the Lord has blessed me with.

Speaking of reaching out to others, I have to take this opportunity to share with you the most beautiful thing that happened in hospital this week, the morning following the surgery.  I stayed in overnight with Master 11 of course, and when we were sitting having breakfast (well, he was having breakfast, I was stealing off his plate.), he nonchalantly says to me “I’m thinking after breakfast, I’m going to go and pray with each child.”  Seriously, my heart nearly burst.  Due to nurses coming, going through discharge proceedures etc, he only got to pray with one little girl, but oh well, that’s one girl who’s life he touched that morning.   My son is an EVERGREEN…..  love it !!!!

I also love what Psalm 1 says about ‘when the storms of life blow’..  and that this played out in our life this week.  The storm was hectic… there were other things going in our lives too this week…..  not so great things.. that are way too complicated to go into (future blog post), but while I was tossed around a bit, emotionally, physically….  because my roots are planted DEEP in the word, and planted by the rivers of water, I was able to power on through it, knowing who I am, and whos I am !!!

I also love these particular lyrics in ‘Thrive’ We know we were made for so much more Than ordinary lives.. It’s time for us to more than just survive… We were made to thrive.

I know that I don’t want to settle for an ordinary life… I don’t want to ‘just survive’ …I want, and plan to THRIVE !!!

Blessings Peeps  xox

Getting my mo-jo back !!

Hiya blog readers….  It’s been a little while I know, but after my exciting trip to Adelaide with my sis, my lovely DH shared the flu with me…. and yes, it was actually the flu..not just a bad cold.  It’s a pet peeve of mine when people have a slight runny nose and tell everyone they have the flu…. um, no you don’t, suck it up cupcake and put some vicks on it.  :0)  When you’ve had the full blown flu, you know about it.  :0(

Anyway, so I’m nearly 100% better… maybe I’m at 98%, still a lingering cough happening, but I’ve been able to knock out 3 half decent PT sessions, so I feel ok about it.

However, last week, when I was trying to get back into my fitness routine, it was a hard slog…..  low on energy etc. It was a complete head game I’m telling you…. I seriously had to fight the feelings of having completely fallen off the healthy lifestyle wagon, having to resort to midday naps, and the occasional naughty comfort food.  (darn those fundraising Freddo frogs for Miss 15’s dance comps).  While I knew I’d only missed 3 PT sessions all up and a few nightly walks, I honestly felt like I had stepped back 6mths when it came to my fitness level.

I had to constantly remind myself that it was just a blip in the timeline and I was well on the way to being 100% back on track.  As I improved physically, I was able to better grab hold of those negative thoughts and toss them to the kerb.

Perhaps it’s perfect timing that my lovely PT is beginning a 6wk challenge t’row.  Other clients of hers are going to ban together to achieve great things in the next 6wks.  To say “I can’t wait!” is an understatement.  To add to my forward momentum, I’ve also committed to running/walking/cycling/elliptical’ing 5kms per day for the entire month of July.  It’s a cause in aid of a Local Pastor’s wife who is battling brain cancer at present.  I’ve done the 5kms locally yesterday and today, but I’m sure I’ll have to resort to trustie Ellie the Elliptical on days when I just don’t have the 40mins to get out and walk it.  Here is the gorgeous view from yesterday and today on my walk.

I must say, when I was out on my walk today, joined by Master 11, I was in awe of the beauty in my local suburb.  It was mid afternoon, maybe 22degrees, a thousand and one Lorikeets in the many trees… and I couldn’t help but thank God for this wonderful blessing, to be able to not only have this beauty to walk amongst, but to actually live in this area. 

It brought to mind some of the lyrics from Hillsongs ‘Transfiguration’….

Holy is the Lord revealed before my eyes

And my burning heart can scarcely take it in
As I behold your beauty with unworthy eyes
The only song my soul can find to sing
Is Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah my KingWhile marvelling at my surrounds, God reminded me that I’M beautiful too.  Genesis 1:27 says So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.   Ephesian 2:10 tells us that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  When thinking on this, it really did remind me that even when things seem very difficult (it’s election day today here in Australia), God has it all in hand.  When we know He can create gorgeous sunsets and settings like those two I took on my walks, it’s really not much to trust that He has a little thing like the political situation in hand.     :0)
Back to fitness (aka Respecting the temple), I also made a purchase on Thursday of two new fitness friends (actually they’re identical twins)….   2 x 4kg kettle bells.  I’ve got a 6kg slam ball, a 6kg kettle bell and loads of dumb-bells, but I didn’t have two weight of equal weight to squat with etc, so I was excited to get these two new workout buddies.  They don’t talk much, but hey… you gotta take what you can get, right.  LOL.

Ok peeps….  it’s off to bed for me…. well, after I check out the latest poling numbers for today’s federal election.  It’s really similar to when a disaster happens around the world…..  the twin towers, the lindt cafe etc …. you want to turn it off and go do something constructive with your time (like sleeping), but you just can’t turn away.

Blessings Peeps !!!!

xox

 

Lane sisters take Adelaide

Time for another travel blog peeps !! This time (actually again), it’s Adelaide. This time it’s with my absolute fav sister !!!  Yes, she’s my only sister but that’s not the point, she’s still my fav.

I should take this opportunity to apologise and give an out to those who read my ‘McLeod’s Daughters Travel Blog’ last March.  Yes, there will be some similarities, but hey, it’s all interesting if you’re a die-hard MD fan like me.

Last Wed morning saw us waking to the ghastly alarm sound at 3.50am…. yes, I said AM… why must they make all those cheap flights so early?  Anyway, at the airport by 5am we were.. and onto our 6.10am flight with no hassles.  First and only disappointment of the trip…  I stopped at a coffee shop on the way out to the gate for my much craved Caramel Chai latte on Soy milk… only to get out to the gate, take my first sip.. and realise that I probably should have checked that the chick on the til who looked about 12 actually KNEW WHAT A CHAI LATTE WAS !!  I do not like coffee… and that’s what this was .. a DIRTY CHAI….  Seriously…  I know it seems like an insignificant thing, but It’s not… it’s just not.  (Well, actually it is.. but you know… there’s always room for some dramatic text within a blog.. lol)

After arriving in freezing Adelaide and collecting our zippy hire car without incident, we headed off to our first destination, Influences Leadership College.  Well, technically, it was our second stop after we went thru a Maccas drive-thru for some brekky.  I was super excited to get my photo taken AT the bible college that I study through…. of course whilst wearing my ILC hoodie !!!

After having a squizzy around the college, which is really just the gigantic church that is Influences (previously Paradise), we headed off to Hahndorf, in the Adelaide Hills.  A good friend of mine, as well the Pastors of our church, who are both from Adelaide, had said we HAD to go to Hahndorf.  We didn’t get there when we were there last March, so I was pretty determined to get there this trip.  The weather was pretty darn dismal, but it was still beautiful and rustic.  Hahndorf is the oldest German settlement in Australia.

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It really reminded me of Montville, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands.  Lots of cute boutiques, cafes and interesting shops. One of them being a distinctive German shop that sold a LOT, and I mean a WHOLE LOT of cuckoo clocks.  There was a small museum in the town centre too that had loads of interesting info on the town over the years, listing many of the Lutheran families who established the area.  While it was drizzling the whole time, it was still lovely to walk the streets and enjoy the warmth when going into each shop.

After having some super delicious lunch at a German cafe, we headed on to the Barrosa Valley where we were to spend our next two nights.  We did come across a lovely Lavender farm along the way that was interesting to look at.  After settling in at Lyndoch Hill, we headed out to do a bit of exploring.  Lyndoch Hill is a simple Motel type accomodation, but is very popular for weddings and other events due to it’s stunning surrounds.  They have more than 50 varieties of Roses, but we weren’t there at the best time of year to showcase them… there were only a few in bloom.

As we’d both had pressure from friends back home to wine test, even though neither of us actually drink, we thought we should probably at least taste some wine while in the Barrosa.  So, we each had all of a half sip of a white Moscato and a Red Chiraz.  No offence to the wine industry, but I’m afraid the taste test did nothing to lure us into a wine drinking habbit.  :0)  Another interesting point about Lyndoch Hill is that my sister and I were the youngest guests by about 30yrs.  It seems there’s a big market with retirees wanting to go on wine tours.  Another confirmation of this is that when we went over to the dining room for our included breaky, the cereal selections were ‘for the older generation’ (LOL), not a cocoa pop in sight, but plenty of porridge and muesli.  Now, it just so happens that I eat muesli for breakfast these days (the healthy eating doesn’t stop on holidays peeps… just a few ‘treats’)  My sister and I joked that at least we’ll be regular while traveling.  ha ha.

As we had quite a bit of the afternoon available, we decided to take the 20min drive to Freeling, which is the town that was called ‘Gungellan’ on the show.

Of course, I’d seen these spots when here last March, but it was exciting for my sister to see the familiar sights from the show.  The Gungellan Hotel, the truckstop.  We also saw the town hall, the police station, post office and alleyways that were all used regularly throughout the 8 and a half years that the show ran.  We decided it would be fun to have dinner at the Gungellan pub and interestingly, we spoke to a local while there and he told us how annoying it was to be a local during filming times as he’d come to the pub for a coldie after work on a Friday and not be able to buy one if filming was going on.  He was pretty good about it though, quite friendly and willing to chat about it.

The bathtub and windmill from the show are on display in the park in the middle of town, but I have to say, it was darn cold to sit in the cast iron tub in the late afternoon when the temps were at about 9 degrees.  As a result, some warming up at the fire inside the pub was in order.  The meal we had was quite delicious, generously sized, and normal good pub meal price and hospitality.

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We had a toasty nights sleep in our Motel room before waking up super excited to head to ‘Drovers Run’ for our lunch and Meet & Greet with two of the stars from the show, Simone Jade McKinnon who played Stevie, and Aaron Jeffrey who played Alex.  It’s funny how they make out in the show that Drovers Run is hours and hours from Adelaide, when actually it’s only just over one hour away.  Also, in the show, they kinda depict it as being quite out of the way, far from a main highway.  If you’re a die hard fan like me, you’ll know that in the final two episodes of MD, they couldn’t get Road trains to take their cattle to the sale yards, so had to drove them to the main highway where a trucking company was able to meet them and take the cattle from there.  This drove took them 2 days, but it’s pretty funny that the main highway is actually about 500m from the gates of ‘Drovers Run’.  :0)

After Channel 9 finished up MD, they sold the property to a gentleman who did it up and turned it into an exclusive B & B called Kingsford Homestead.  While very little of the exterior and surrounding buildings have changed, the interior of the house (according to google images) is quite different.  Very swanky and modernised of course… to be able to charge the exorbitant prices that they now charge.  If anyone is feeling ridiculously rich, you can have the entire house to yourself for the tidy sum of $6,000 per night.  Tempting, but I think we’ll just stick with our $148 per night room at Lyndoch Hill.

So, back to our exciting visit…  we turned off the highway, headed the 500m in, but only got about 350m in and had to come to a stop at the end of a line of cars waiting to go into the same event we were.  I very, very naively guesstimated that there’d maybe be 40-50 people having been sold tickets to this lunch, as it was advertised an an ‘Intimate lunch with the stars’.  We were quite surprised to find out that there were going to be 130 people attending.  So, while we were not disappointed with our visit and certainly don’t regret doing it, we did spend 2 of our 4hrs there lining up to have a picture taken with Simone & Aaron for all of 20secs.  It was still lovely being there though.  It’s such a lovely setting !!  Hearing stories direct from Aaron & Simone in person was really interesting.

It was pretty darn cold that day in SA, but we braved the freezing windy conditions and headed off on a tour around the house after lunch and our pictures etc.  The only building from the show that is no longer there is the shearers quarters, so it really does look pretty much the same, but tidied up a little.  The tennis court has also been removed and a pool put in it’s place, but that is in an area close to the house that we couldn’t access anyway, so it doesn’t really make too much difference.

That bottom right image is the ‘carport’ that went up to ‘the yards’ in the show, however, during the show, there was a timber ramp that lead up to it.  I don’t really know why the new owner took it away.  Also, it had started raining, which is what you can see in that pic.. pesky raindrops on my camera lens… whoopsie.  3pm came around way too quickly and it was time to say goodbye to Drovers Run and head on back to Lyndoch Hill.

We had decided to have dinner in the Lyndoch township.  We went into the ‘quickie mart’ (my sister called it that which I thought was hillarious) to buy some yummy travel supplies and asked the attendant there about a good place to eat dinner.  He told us anywhere in town was really good and that we should expect to pay maybe $130-$150 for the two of us.  We were like “WHAT THE FROGLEGS”.  After paying for a $20 pub meal the night before at Gungellan, we were pretty much looking to spend the same.  He told us the Lyndoch pub was also in this high price range he’d spoken of.  Well, we chose to not believe him, and take our luck at the pub.  It was a good choice as our meals were, you guessed it, $20… and they were huge !!

After another comfy nights sleep at Lyndoch Hill, we woke up to another dreary, cold South Australian day.  Everything was still beautiful though, so we didn’t mind too much.  We took a few pics around the Lyndoch Hill property before leaving and making our way back to Adelaide.  The steps that my sister is standing at the top of is where the brides arrive I’d say, and then the venue is that building I’m standing in front of… the one that looks like something out of Sweet Home Alabama.  Very Plantation like. :0)

We headed to Adelaide via Mt Lofty which had a great view of Adelaide City when we were there last March, but this time, it was nothing but fog.  Disappointing, but oh well, what can ya do.

Our ultimate destination for the day before our 7.45pm flight was the city centre, but after making our way to Glenelg Beach and having a good walk around there for a few hours, we decided that the city wouldn’t offer much more, so we bypassed it and went straight to the airport.  We did have a lovely lunch though right by the Glenelg Marina and then a yummy afternoon tea at Gloria Jeans (Yes, experiencing the real Adelaide culture there).  We had been told that the Glenelg beach was stunning, but I don’t know if it was the dreary weather, but it certainly wasn’t stunning.  The absolutely bitingly freezing cold blustery conditions may have ruined it for us too.  It was still a fantastic day though, with some great shopping purchases made.

We returned our trusty hire car, a tad dirty, but heck, what can they expect with the combo of many dirt roads and wet weather.  We ended up being at the airport 3 and half hours before our flight, but it really wasn’t that bad.  We had books, music and a few shops to look at, so we were all set.  A rather uneventful flight took us home to Brisbane where we were picked up by my niece & her boyfriend.  I think my head managed to hit the pillow by midnight on Friday night.

All in all…..  a super awesome 3 days away with my Sis !!!!!  There were lots & lots of laughs had and lots of great memories made over the 3 days, which won’t be quickly forgotten.

& No, I cannot finish off a blog without a bible verse (or 13), but I think this one is really suitable for our trip.  This verse, found in 1 Corinthians 13, is very often used at weddings, but in correct biblical reference, it actually is referring to brotherly love… or in this case, I’m applying it to sisterly love.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Blessings Peeps xox

Recognising the blessings

Seriously, why does it require me getting quite unwell in order for me to fully appreciate the blessings of good health?  My last few days have been, let’s just say, rather unpleasant.  I think if I was a man, I’d be calling it man-flu (ha ha).  Sore throat, aches & pains, lethargic, no workouts done (yes, this is seriously part of the sick dilemma as I do get a tad antsy when I can’t workout)  (OK.. maybe a tad crazy)

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I’m extremely thankful that this lovely state of health held off until after my trip to Adelaide with my Sis (blog to come), as it really was such a great time.  Very COLD though, extremely cold, so maybe that’s what started it.  BUT, guess what peeps, as in everything that decides to come my way, I’m choosing to LEARN something from and through it.

First thing, as already stated, being reminded to fully appreciate good health.  I was sitting thinking back to last week, feeling 100% healthy and full of energy.  It really brought it home to me that I don’t fully appreciate it when I do feel 100%.  (Man, I’m looking forward to appreciating it when it returns in a few days.)

Psalm 139:13-16 tell us… For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

‘the days that were formed for me’…  that means that this spot of un-well-ness hasn’t caught The Lord by surprise.  And seeing Romans 8:28 tells us And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  …  I know that God is working things together for my good. 

You know what’s a super awesome thing to do when you’re feeling a tad average and have little to no physical energy to spare……

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I’ve had some fantastic chats with The Lord in the last day or so.  I’ve felt him leading me in new directions of late and am after some clarification etc, so it’s been great to have these extra ‘full-on’ prayer times.  You know how you can chat on & off with The Lord all day long, but sometimes ‘life’ only allows you the time you diligently put aside for Him.  That right there shows you how important it is to set aside that quiet time with Him each day, coz if you don’t…. life just gobbles all the time up and you find you’re not giving your relationship with The Lord the time in needs.

I’m re-reading ‘The Resolution for Women’ at present and it has some super fantastic verses in it that are great to have up around the house, on the fridge, or in your war-room.  I’m choosing to concentrate on one per day, and TRYING to remember to post it to FB also.  Yesturday’s verse was Mark 12:30 I shall love the Lord my God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength.  

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Another thing I’m learning is that I do a lot more physical work around the house than I realised…. How am I learning this?? coz i’m trying to still do it and just about passing out with exhaustion… what the… I mean it’s just a load of washing.  Surely it’s not usually that heavy?  :0).  Like I said, can’t wait to get back to 100%.

OK loves… not too much depth in this blog, but hey….  it’s exhausting me just sitting here at my Mac, so hey, take what you can get, right.

Blessings to you all… and HEALTH AND WHOLENESS  coming my way very soon !!!  I’m declaring it in the name of Jesus !!!

xox

Awaken, sleeping Lionesses

“If ever there comes a time when the women of the world can come together, purely and simply for the benefit of mankind.. it will be a force such as the world has never known.”  Matthew Arnold,  British Poet & Philosopher.

(Matthew Arnold (24 December 1822 – 15 April 1888) was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.)

I included that little bit of basic info on Matthew Arnold to make the point that I think he was in a very good position to have made the above statement.  And it quite frankly blows me away to think that he made that comment well over 150yrs ago.  I must say that I do tend to think that we’re predominantly in the mess we’re in since the 1960 or 70’s, as I use the rationale that when my parents grew up, there was far more respect shown to adults/elders/those in authority than there is now.  There was more modest dress, stronger family bonds & commitments, and just more consideration shown for others across the board.  So, with this in mind, it’s interesting to read his statement and note how long ago he would have made it.  Clearly, a very intuitive man.  G. W. E. Russell wrote of Arnold, “He is a man of the world entirely free from worldliness.”

This statement by Matthew Arnold has been quoted by Lisa Bevere at the beginning of her messages since beginning her ‘Lioness Arising’ teachings in 2009.

I went through the Lioness Arising teaching series in January 2012 with the lovely ladies from LifeHouse church.  I found it to be such an informative and enlightening teaching, but it’s very interesting to reflect on how I’ve continued to learn from it in these 4yrs between, and I imagine I will continue to learn from it going forward also.

The cover of the book says ‘Lioness Arising… Wake up and change your world”.  Well, wake up I certainly did that year and I’ve never looked back.

Chapter one of the Safari guide (the workbook that goes alongside the book & message series) begins with these words, “Welcome to the pride, my lovely Lioness sister.”  Now, this right here was an eye-opener for me in that lounge room that night in Jan 2012, surrounded by 12-14 relatively new friends as I’d only joined the church the previous October.  Those beautiful women became my pride for the next 3yrs and I learnt so much with and from them.  God had further plans for our family, leading us away from LIfeHouse and to the church family we now call HOME!  As a result, I have a different ‘pride’ now.  The eye-opening point though had little to do with the small group that is your pride, but realising that we, as women of God, are all in the one pride.   We support each other in our day to day within our smaller ‘prides’, but as a whole, we support the entire pride in prayer also.

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My pride today is stunning… stunning and dangerously wide awake !!  To say I love them and are grateful to do life with them is a huge understatement.   What’s fascinating about our pride is that all five of us have known each other for years…  approx 13yrs is the longest I’ve known one of my Lioness sisters, but some are a little longer, and some a little shorter.  We haven’t always been this pride…. it’s actually come together in solidarity just this year.  In these many years leading up, there’s been weddings (actually, just one, mine.  LOL), pregnancies, miscarriages, births, dedications, relationship tensions, job changes, many a school activity or awards night, family tragedy, mind-blowing blessings, and so so much more.  It continues to amaze me that God’s timing is ALWAYS spot on !  We’ve all known each other for a good amount of years, and have always gotten along, but God has seen fit to bring us together as a pride for THIS time in our lives.  All of us are riding through something at present, whether it be health, relationship, parenting, or something else.. and we’re all there for each other and in most cases can well relate to our Lioness sister’s struggles.

Another thing the 5 of us have in common… we all have a Lioness cub that has been entrusted to our care.

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return, and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.  Luke 12:48 NLt

Our ‘cubs’ range from 10yrs up to nearly 16 (so yes, we need prayer right now peeps.. ha ha).  There is so so much to be aware of when parenting a daughter and I know it’s been said time and time again, but seriously, the biggest keys are being in a Godly marriage (don’t worry if you’re a single Mum, or your husband isn’t walking with The Lord as in those situations, The Lord is the other parent when needed) The Word of God, and having open communication with your daughter.  The next biggest asset after those is being in a Pride of fellow Lionesses also mothering a cub.

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It’s so important to instil into our girls that while they have no choice but to be IN the world, they most certainly don’t need to be OF the world.  This can be crazy hard with the influence of tv, movies, magazines, books, music lyrics & videos etc etc.  To give an example, my daughter is 15, is homeschooled, goes to dance once a week, attends a life-group with girls her age at our church, and attends youth group and church on the weekends.  She also works part-time at a coffee shop twice a week.  Now, while she is free from a huge amount of negative influences that she used to be greatly effected by when she was in mainstream school, she still comes in contact with those of different beliefs, moral standards etc etc and needs to know how to respond in those situations.  Recently there was a situation at her workplace where someone was upset and resigned.  What followed was very adult conversation topics, bad language and a lack of consideration shown by some in the situation.  I need to know that I am doing the absolute best job to equip Miss 15 to best handle herself in these situations.  I’m pleased to say that she did very well, recognising where it would have been easy to slip into the gossiping with others, but refrained from it.  #proudmummamoment .  We can tend to think that if we just have our girls in youth group/life group at our church, all will be fine, or at least better than ‘out there in the world’.  This quite often isn’t the place.  Probably better, yes, but not smooth sailing by any stretch of the imagination.  Youth group and life group usually involves community kids, so therefore worldly issues, swearing, lower moral standards etc etc.  While we would love to just keep our daughters from these, they need to experience them in these years in order to learn and effectively navigate the big world when they in fact delve into it themselves, whether that be via University, the workplace, or social settings.  Not to mention… how are we to save the lost if we don’t interact with those not walking with The Lord.

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You know another important thing to do with your Lioness sisters….. LAUGH…. Laugh until your stomach and sides ache !!  I’m pleased to say that we satisfy this unwritten pride prerequisite quite well….  especially with this one here….  Oh my goodness we laugh a LOT !!  If I’m a little down, my DH will say to me.. “You need a get together with your bestie… go belly laugh together like you always do.” :0)

Through not only the benefit of laughter, but also friendship and prayer support, we are able to journey together in our walk with The Lord, becoming best equipped to help others.  As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17

In her book ‘Lioness Arising’, Lisa Bevere writes..  We live in a world filled with ever-increasing opportunities.  We are not limited like our sisters in the 1800s.  We have the ability to stretch forth and reach out to others to do this well.  We must look back and ahead.

 

In Luke 4:18-19 we read God’s Spirit is on me, he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”   In my humble opinion, to most effectively do this, we women NEED to be in a fully awakened and dangerous pride.

To be able to confidently know not only that I would state the following, but my fellow Lionesses would too…  So now I will attack you like a lion, like a leopard that lurks along the road.  Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away.  I will tear out your heart.  I will devour you like a hungry lioness and mangle you like a wild animal.  Hosea 13:7-8 NLT.  So, who didn’t know that stuff like that was in the bible??  ha ha !!

There is so much we need to shield and protect our daughters from in this current day, but at the same time, prepare them for when they go out into the world and encounter those same things.  Matthew 10:16 says Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you.  You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves.  Be as cunning as a snake, un-offensive as a dove.  

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Take this beauty on the right here….  Doesn’t she look all gorgeous, sweet and lovely??  well, she totally is :0)… but she’s also one of the fiercest prayer warriors I know, and she can be counted on to go to war for one of her Lioness Sisters at a moments notice if needed.

There is so so much more I could include in this blog, but the best I can do is suggest that if you haven’t read Lioness arising, or done the study within a group, GET ONTO IT GIRLFRIEND !!!  There’s simply too much at stake in our world right now, far too many sleeping Lionesses who need to be awakened.  We need to be Proverbs 31:10-31 women, standing by our men, honouring them so they in turn can be equiped to do their part in The Kingdom.  But as we all know, marriage is tough…  so we need our Pride in order to stay strong, weather storms, and not buy into the ways of the world.   I can personally testify to the fact that if you are surrounded by like minded, Godly women as your close friends and support system, your marriage is 1000% better.

I’ll finish with a list of Prayers Roars from the Lioness Arising Safari Guide.  Why not make it a new nightly routine to declare one of these.  I’ll include 7 so that you have one for each day of the week.  These really will set you on a fantastic path to discovering what you actually have in your hand, and how effective you can be in & for the Kingdom.

  1.  I realise I have the potential to be a living, breathing solution to human problems.  Lord, lead me as I embark on this journey !!
  2. I am ready to give expression to lovely, virtuous, capable, inoffensive, cunning, harmless, shrewd, trustworthy, faithful lioness daughters who enrich the lives of those around me and gather to strategise how to ‘do good’.  I am willing to take on this challenge !!
  3. This day, regardless of how I look or feel, I choose to echo the declaration “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”God’s work in me is marvellous.  I am stunning; but more than just looking good, I choose to develop the strength to do good, I am ready to bear some weight and carry my load, because rather than being busy, I will build, I will shift my focus to gain strength and allow hardship to re-make me invincible in Him.  I embrace my strength and choose to run to win, train hard, give it my all, stay alert and not get sloppy with the Word of God, or the seasons of my life.
  4. I present my strength for you service.  God, I refuse to allow anyone to put me in a position of status.  I choose to serve and lift others by asking “How can I help?”.  I will change the way I look at my life of worship.  It is a banquet of refreshing and strength, not a draining burden.  Show me how to be a lioness among Lions and in the process, raise up others in their strength and encourage them to dream again.  I know acts of honour are never lost in translation, so I look to my future with hope because talking less now doesn’t mean having less in my future.  I am a guide, not a guard.  I live to bring people in, not to keep them out, and enlarge my life.
  5. I pray my release means release for others.  Male and female, help me to always remember that marriage is a union, not a battle.  Let me recognise the gender difference as the affirmation of our need for each other.  I need the men in my world to be all that you created them to be.  God bless the dwellings of unity in my life.  We all need redemption and you alone are worthy of my worship. I will stop being contentious and reading too much into gender differences, because you have ultimate preeminence, may you have your say in my life.
  6. Jesus, we are ready to do something impressive and significant. For your body, show me who I am so I know how to both greet and groom my sisters and brothers.  I want to refresh and restore others.
  7. I am ready to be excellently formed and marvellously functioning.  Teach me to hunt, I am ready to grow up, give me the energy and insight of heaven.  Restore all of my healthy maternal affection that fear has twisted.  I am ready to hunt with my sisters.

Many blessings my Lioness Sisters (& any dedicated blog loving Lions still reading)

Let’s stand together and be POWERFUL !!   (Note I haven’t said anything today about who we’re standing against …. coz I refuse to give him more credit than is due.  It’s like a mozzie to a T-Rex….  We are fully armed peeps with the Word of God.)

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xox

 

 

 

 

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