Sunday, June 29, 2008
Scrapbooking Inspiration: Looking for some scrapbooking inspiration? Look no further Gallery Standouts regularly updates with some great pages.
Photography: Katy Scrapbook Lady has a great series of posts on photography. The best part is she has lots and lots of links. I haven't had time to get right into them yet. Worth checking out. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.
Faith: This is a great post on changing our perspective. Yes, it's not about me. Looking for the tow truck driver.
We have recently moved houses and we don't have any bookshelves so all my books are in boxes. I haven't pulled them all out yet to find my concordance so I've been using this one. Kind of handy.
Snow Reports: So we're hanging out for snow. If you're in Australia and a skier, check out this link for snow forecasts and models for your mountain.
Hope you all had a good weekend. Cheers.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Nuts4digi.com is having a chat this Friday night so if you're free drop in. It should be fun, we're a friendly lot (no really we are).
Join us for another fun chat on Friday June 27th in the Nuts4Digi Chat Room
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Theme: We will be discussing recolouring! Plus sharing tips and tricks for using your scrapping program!Be sure to bring along a tip or trick you use and you could win a prize! There will be goodies on offer for all participants too!
Speaking about blowing a gale and freezing we are going to Falls Creek next week to ski but there has been no snow. I've been checking the snow cams and just seeing grass. Today I checked and looks like they've had a dusting of snow and they are making it as well. There is some snow forecast for this week. Previous years we've been like the snow magnets, last year every time we went up there was blizzards, hopefully this year the snow will come through again. If it's going to be freezing here at least it could snow up there.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
E: Does Jesus live inside us?
Me: It's the Holy Spirit which is part of God too.
E: Ahh, the Holy Spirit. Why is the Holy Spirit inside us?
Me: It helps us do what God wants us to do ... and to become what God wants us to be?
E: Does God want us to be a person?
E: and he wants us to have a name?
E: My names Ethan. ... How do we learn to talk?
Me: We learn to talk from our mummy and daddy and the people around us.
E: oh ...
Monday, June 23, 2008
I've been going with the flow lately and been avoiding making too many goals (saves some angst) but I'm going to go out on a limb and say my goal for this year for scrapping is to get two shutterfly books done. One for the year 2007 and also one for our trip to Lord Howe Island and Sydney. Wish me luck.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
American Christian leader Mike Yaconelli, a generous and funny man who died a couple of years ago, was a champion of messy Christianity, which he described
as the refusal to pretend, to lie, or to allow others to believe we are something we are not. Happy to come clean about his failings, he proclaimed that it was OK to be imperfect. He even hung out with a group of Harley-riding, cigar smoking “uncouth” Christians who called themselves the Notorious Sinners.
Yaconelli said Christianity had a tradition of messy spirituality, with messy prophets, messy kings, messy disciples and messy apostles. “From God’s people getting in one mess after another in the Old Testament to most of the New Testament’s being written to straighten out messes in the church, the Bible presents a glorious story of a very messy faith,” he wrote.
“Spirituality is anything but a straight line; it is a mixed-up, topsy-turvy, helter-skelter godliness that turns our lives into an upside-down toboggan ride full of unexpected turns, surprise bumps and bone-shattering
“In other words, messy spirituality is the delirious consequence of a life ruined by a Jesus who will love us right into his arms.
“Jesus is not repelled by us, no matter how messy we are, regardless of how incomplete we are.
“When we recognise that Jesus is not discouraged by our humanity, is not turned off by our messiness and simply doggedly pursues us in the face of it all, what else can we do but give in to his outrageous, indiscriminate love?”
Jesus takes our mess and makes it clean.
Also worth reading I've Gotta Be Me
Friday, June 20, 2008
Come and listen, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
Each month at church the newsletter has a wrap around section called NewHope Stories. It contains stories from people at our church about how God is working in their lives. They are quite varied from missionaries stories, baptism testimonies and heaps of others. Also the church was challenged at the start of the year to write our stories of how we found Jesus (mine here)and some these have been included as well. I love reading these stories, I find it so encouraging but also am always amazed at the ways God works. Sharing our stories and listening to others stories is a great way to encourage and build each other up in our faith and gain a better understanding of God as well.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I absolutely love blue and red, they're my all time favourite colours and I was glad to snag this new kit by Nathalie. I love a kit that has a number of solid papers because they usually form the base for our layouts. This kit has 5 solid papers which gives you plenty of options. The patterned papers are a good mix of bold patterns and more subdued and all the papers are textured. There are lots of elements, of excellent quality. The stitched button holes are an original touch and come up a treat on layouts.
My first layout was for a sketch challenge at TDC.
and my second layout features a great quote that Mouse selected for the quote challenge at N4D this month. It's not too late to pop over and join in.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Read Galations 5-6 the other night. There's heaps to get stuck into there but a few things that stood out:
It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not
let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself,
without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own
So I was having a complain to hubby about people trying to push their version of time with God onto me (down to when we should be alone with God - What's that about?, sorry, but I'm horrible in the morning). He reckons I just don't want to be told what to do. So I had to have a think about whether he was right and I have to admit that I'm wary about letting people put their expectations on me after working hard to break free of all that. The thing is my walk with God feels deeper than before. I'm excited to open my bible see what God has to say. At the moment I'm using a plan to read through the bible in a year which means there's fair bit to read but I love that because I love to read and I also get to read some parts of the bible that don't get much air time. I have my pen and just right down whatever pops up. I find that this often results in an extended conversation with God but not always. Usually I'll mull over stuff I've learnt the next day. This suits me but I know it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. I also want to be open to trying other things as well, but I find it a turn off when people act like their way is the best and only way.
Our faith is not a paint-by-numbers exercise but a relationship with Jesus. Relationships take time and there is no shortcut to intimacy. We are all unique and we will all have a unique relationship with God. Let's share our experiences of God but lets not force others to follow us, we are making disciples of Jesus not mini-me's. Let's encourage each other to nurture a deep, growing and unique relationship with Jesus. Let's resist legalism and embrace our freedom in Christ.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Everyone is unique and because of this everyone has a unique relationship with God. As we study the bible together and share what we’ve learnt and also share our own stories and experience of God we gain a better understanding of who God really is. We can see a bigger picture of God and how he relates to his people. Meeting in a smaller group of believers gives us a chance to share these things more easily.
Small groups also give us a chance to practice love. I’ve found small group to be a place that we can get real with each other, share our challenges, hurts and triumphs. It also gives me the chance to learn to really listen, to value the person who’s not like me and to bear with each other when things aren’t perfect.
To my small group, thank-you for constantly challenging me and inspiring me, love you guys.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify
It got me thinking how we can try to fit God into our ideals and how we can limit Him to something that is comfortable, that fits what we want to do or be. When we do this it is idolatry because we are worshipping a god of our own creation. God broke open the box I’d put Him in. God is so much more than we can comprehend and he works in our lives that we wouldn't expect. I knew these things in my head but they hadn't ben ingrained into my heart and soul. It was painful to really see myself and to begin to question many things that I took for granted. Sometimes we need our hearts broken. When God puts it back together we are a little more like Jesus. I’m excited about how He is revealing himself and how to follow Jesus. My God is an awesome God.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom
and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgements,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
or who has been his counselor?"
"Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?"
For from him and through him and to him
are all things.
to him be the glory forever! Amen
Thursday, June 12, 2008
...and some layouts. We recently got a tree chopped down in our front yard and I was wondering where E had disappeared to. When I went outside I saw him pressed up against the fence looking through the gaps in the pailings. He is obsessed with machinery and tools so I'm sure he would have loved to get his hands on the chainsaw.
We moved house in April but had to wait to for settlement on our old house. On my final walk through of the house I took some photos - it looks a bit sad with nothing in it.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I'm a work in progress but getting rid of all that junk and guilt has meant that I've made room for a whole lot of other good stuff, especially a deeper understanding of who God is in my life. Hubby came home one day a couple of months back and he said "You seem happy" and I realised I was - I've found my joy again.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This really is a no-brainer but of course being human I have to give it a go. So being a mum I try to control my kids - a major exercise in futility ... their environment - and again not possible ... a clean house? - I have 3 kids who are not under my control ... hubby - not likely. I think the desire to control things and especially people ultimately leads to abuse and you can see that in most spheres of life (unfortunately including the church).
This year I've taken hold of God's promises, that he is in control and he wants good for me, and for the ones I love because He loves them too. I've known this in my head for ages but I see that I haven't lived it. I don't have to strive so hard, and worry, and plan because it isn't up to me. I'm not saying that in an I don't care, whatever happens, happens way, but more that I need to do just what God places in front of me in each day and let Him take care of the rest. I still dream and plan but I'm ready for the sudden right turn that puts me on a different track. I know it's part of being human to want to do it my way but when I put things in God's hands I'm free from fear and pressure to achieve and it's a win for everyone. Instead of striving for control I'm free to love the people around me and just enjoy them.
Then Jesus said to his disciples:"therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
When I look back a bit I see how has moved things to give me the space to think about Him, to know him again. It's not just more time because we've just moved house which was quite busy, although the kids are at school or kinder so I have a bit more breathing room. I think though the space was mainly created in my head. God has been readjusting my thinking it two areas in particular which I'll flesh out in another post. By making room in my head he's been able to get my attention and keep it.
So now that there was some room, the challenge came. At church earlier this year we studied Walk Across the Room and one thing stuck in my mind - that Jesus is the greatest gift. I felt God saying to me "Do you really agree with this, because it doesn't look that way from here." After a bit of wrestling I decided that yes I really did believe Jesus was the greatest gift but I also realised how far I was away from living that truth. God's really taking this time to teach me more about Him and also about myself. Hope you don't mind if I blog to work through the things I'm learning. Getting the thoughts down will hopefully cement what is in my mind, flesh out the detail and stop the swirling thoughts going round and round.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
For me life was all about family, friends, study and having a good time. While at uni I met my future husband who admitted one day that church was important to him. I decided to check it out. I was expecting lots of boring people following a lot of rules, but visiting church and small group really turned my preconceived ideas upside down. These were people not unlike me. They were enjoying themselves, they weren’t following a bunch of rules, they talked about being loved by God and in turn loving God and about Jesus who made it possible. I decided to follow Jesus myself. Now I feel secure because I know God holds my life in His hands and He is faithful.
Questions, comments? - Feel free.