I’ve been given a second chance….


My future hangs on this
You make preciousness from dust
Please don’t stop creating me

Your blood offers the chance
To rewind to innocence
Reborn, perfect as a child

Oh Your cross, it changes everything
There my world begins again with You
Oh Your cross, it’s where my hope restarts
A second chance is Heaven’s heart

When sin and ugliness
Collide with redemption’s kiss
Beauty awakens by romance

Always inside this mess
I have found forgiveness
Mercy as infinite as You

Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross
Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross

Fragments of brokenness
Salvaged by the art of grace
You craft life from our mistakes

Black skies of my regrets
Outshone by this kindness
New life dawns over my soul
*This beautiful song and clip is by an Irish band I love – Rend Collective*
Love Martine

10 000 Reasons…

A new song that I can’t stop singing :)
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

-by Matt Redman (2011)-
Love Martine

Even If – a modern day psalm…


Even if your dummy is a little too large…
or  if  you have been up with your refluxey baby from 12am…

Even if you are wallowing in the mud, your brother crash tackles you and hits you over the head…

Even if  you feel a little overwhelmed by the chaos and the new season…

There is joy.
There is peace.
God’s love will hold you tight and you know…

Calm and rest is found in Him.

Love Martine
(Encouragement for me and all those who have pulled an all nighter lately!)

The tale of two cakes…


My sister Nat just celebrated a milestone age!

Two family celebrations and two cakes!

The beautiful berry layer cake decorated by my mum…
 
 

for Nat…

We enjoyed celebrating at Swamp Dog Fish and Chips :)

and with a poodle cake (decorated by Lu and Kim)!

Happiest of birthdays Nat!
Love Martine

Quite a month!

Its almost a month since Jack joined our family on the outside :) and its been quite a month!
Chocolate treats have been getting us through (as well as the love and support of family and friends) and so are all the “first moments” together with Jack…
The first bath…
Not the first time, holding Byron back from lovingly poking and squeezing Jack a little too hard…
Lots of cuddles…
The first nine days after getting home from hospital Jack and I were quarantined from Byron who got a very nasty case of hand, foot and mouth disease :(
We were all very relieved when he got better!
Little Jack – your a little joy and I can’t wait to see you smile :))
Love Martine