My HAVEN…

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story…” Psalm 107:2

Well…it was a few weeks ago now and Dan and I went for a walk near the river and past some houses I had never seen before. In amongst some mini mansions was a beautiful run down house with huge trees in the garden, a broken down fence, peeling paint – a house that could tell a story of people, children, babies…lives lived within its four walls. On the fence of the house was an old sign the simply said, “HAVEN”. 

It reminded me of how amongst all that happens in life…the storms, the sunlight, the parties, the funerals…I have a HAVEN. This HAVEN isn’t found in a house (although your house can be a haven of rest and joy)… this HAVEN isn’t found in an idyllic beach somewhere… but this HAVEN is found alone in resting in God. His infinite, boundless love…His joy…in Him alone.

I’m thankful for His peace amongst the storms of life.
I’m thankful that my life is in His loving care.
I’m thankful that He is my loving God who takes my little ones into His care.

“They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired HAVEN.”
Psalm 107:28-30

My HAVEN is in Him.

Love Martine

God…the party planner?

 
“What if, in truth, our God is the party planner? (Didn’t he say he was preparing a wedding feast for us and building mansions in heaven?)

What if the same God who created a breathtaking garden, planned purpose and the love of family and friendship and the fulfillment of productive work, who delighted in children….

…who touched the sick and rejected, and who gave grace to the prostitutes and tax collectors is the God whose companionship we can enjoy each day?”
Sally Clarkson
(Dancing With My Father, Waterbrook Press, 2010:34)

Some thoughts from a fantastic book I have been loving, Dancing With My Father. God delights in us and even loves planning parties more than me! I’m looking forward to the great Feast with my King one day!

Love Martine

Value

 
 

I love that God places value upon us…He sees as important, precious, His children….valuable enough to die for.

Global culture often doesn’t value that which God does… an unborn child, women, men, children, the elderly, the sick, purity, joy, peace, unity, beauty, wisdom, honor…

In whatever you are doing God sees you…He places value upon you, He has a good plan for your life…which includes a bright future with Him…
You are of great value to Him.

Love Martine

Life take 2


More life and more memories made like seeing my boys run up the hill to the beach…

Moments in time…cuddling my two year old curly haired boy…

First time flying a kite…
 
 
 
 
 

One cool little guy…

Strawberry Shortbread with gourmet ice-cream…
Thank you Dan for indulging my love of a sweetie treat :)

Love Martine

Life…


“You only have one big and beautiful life….how are you going to spend it?” In amongst all the goings on in my life…there has been so many things happening and I wanted to share some of them in this space so I don’t forget! The photo above is my belated birthday cake that Dan and the boys baked!

New Farm Park dates with the family and Jocelyn Provisions bakery treats!

Wiggles concerts – where dreams come true.
 
 

Beach picnics on holiday…
 
 

Ninja fights amongst the drift wood…

A sand eating baby…

My all time favourite holiday cafe…Beechwood Cafe…

…with my all time favourite date…
 
 
 

…same cafe – different date (you can’t get too much of a good thing!)…
 
Love Martine

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