Patient Trust


“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability -
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
 will make of you tomorrow.

 

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you.
And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”
-Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
The Daily Office, by Peter Scazzero (Willow,2008:61)

Encouragement to me today….patient trust.

Love Martine

Dreams


When I was fourteen I lived in a small isolated town in far north Queensland called Cooktown. It was a tough place to be as a teenager. The highlight of my week was going to church….a really small church plant that met in a very tiny community building. There wasn’t a band…often we sang along to CDs…and every now and then a man would come along with his guitar and play very out of tune. I loved that group of people. I had only been a follower of Christ for about six months before moving to that town and in that small community of people from so many varied backgrounds I learnt about following Jesus.

One day after a service the same man who played very out of tune came up to me and said, “God gave me a dream about you…in it you were sitting on top of a hill surrounded by children…”

As a fourteen year old I was puzzled by what he said and I pondered it in my heart and the dream stayed there. At different times in my life I have been surrounded by children…as a classroom teacher I was surrounded by children but never on a hill:)…in Cambodia on a short term mission trip I was surrounded by children but never on a hill… every now and then I’d remember this man’s words and I’d think maybe one day I will teach children in Africa and then I’ll be surrounded….

Then quietly and beautifully God brought me three miracle boys….and twenty years later…here I am sitting on a hill surrounded by children…my children…but I’ve learnt they are really His.

That dream will come to pass…see Him do it.

Love Martine

Brave…


“Being brave isn’t the absence of feeling scared but doing it anyway…”

As I have watched Noah bravely do so many things while having such difficulty seeing I am reminded of his brave and courageous heart. That while he has been teased, constantly questioned about his eyes and asked if he is a pirate he continues to try new things.
 

These photos were taken at Noah’s first “Sports Day” with the Distance Education school we are a part of. At the end of the day we were getting in the car and Noah whispers to Dan, “Daddy maybe I could give Byron one of my ribbons because he didn’t get any…” Byron was very taken with his “Special Effort” ribbon Noah gave him as I was with Noah’s kindness.

Love Martine

A woodland party for our Jack…


Jack turned one last Saturday and we celebrated with a party in the local forest picnic area. I really wanted to CELEBRATE and bring our friends and family together in a beautiful bush setting for Jack’s party. The spot was next to a rocky creek bed and was perfect for the kids to explore and to enjoy God’s creation.
 

…setting up the party scene before the guests arrived…

…Byron sneaking a quick bite of a treat before any one else…
 
 
 
 

My Dad stoking the barbeque…

and some party props for woodland guests!

Jack’s party was a lovely time and a special memory for our family. A big thanks to my Mum (check out her blog at Inspiring Simplicity) who when I mentioned the words, “I would really love a woodland theme for Jack’s party…” put on her interior stylist’s hat and made such beautiful decorations for the party! Thanks Mum!

And a big happy birthday to Jack….our son born at 10:10 am reminding us of the verse John 10:10, the words of Jesus, “I have come to bring LIFE and life to the fullest…”

Love Martine

Loving


A really long post about things I’ve been LOVING of late…including the crazy cats in the photo above!

…boys playing…

…Jack smiling…

…the biggest care parcel we have ever received (Thank you so much Emma and Chris!!)…

…this stuff works miracles!…

…my brave boy who takes on everyday as an adventure while he sees the world in double…

…the knock..knock..knock at the door and seeing our local delivery man bringing a gift to us (Thanks so much Laura and Chris!)…

…baking a cake for a friend’s birthday…

…and enjoying the cake!!…

…I’m learning to expand my reading interests…

…Noah being student of the week at Martial Arts…

…the smell of Play Doh…

…baking for Jack’s birthday party…

…and some birthday cake fun for the youngest member of the family…

Love Martine

He hears…


A few months ago amongst alot of sickness and the boys are I were house bound, Byron woke up one morning and said, “Mum, I really want to feed the ducks….”
Feeding the ducks isn’t something that we do alot of and because of sickness we wouldn’t be leaving our yard that day I said to Byron,”Not today Byron…maybe another day.”

The day went on and by the afternoon we were out in the backyard and as the boys were playing around and we were all enjoying the sunshine…two brown wood ducks landed in our yard. Two very tame wood ducks…two ducks we had never seen before or since…

I felt that God had heard my sick two year old boys desire to feed the ducks :) and He sent two very willing participants.
The ducks loved being fed and the boys loved watching them and following them around.


I wanted to record our little duck experience so I don’t forget how God hears and He can send two ducks to cheer up His children!

Love Martine