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?”
(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!
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…
You are of great value to Him.
“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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…”
A really long post about things I’ve been LOVING of late…including the crazy cats in the photo above!
…the knock..knock..knock at the door and seeing our local delivery man bringing a gift to us (Thanks so much Laura and Chris!)…