Friday, 31 October 2014
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
When did I start thinking that I need a position to make a difference in this world? I shared at the start of this series that I had been feeling trapped. There are all of these issues in the world that call at my heart. But what can I do while being a mother, a wife, a teacher, a housekeeper and all the roles I play in life? This is what I have been wrestling with.
I have always known in my head that we can help no matter where we are. It takes a little longer to sink into my heart. I think that part of the issue is that I want to get my hands dirty, so to speak. I want to be there in person. This is not a reality for me in this current season. This is what I have concluded for my season in life:
- Raising my daughter is one of the most important parts I have to play in changing the world. The time and energy I put into her will help her to blossom into a world changer too. It also shapes my character in a way that nothing else does.
- While I don't have much extra cash flow around, I am blessed that I am able to give small amounts here and there. The $10 or $20 that I am able to give may not be much on its own but will combine with other donations to make a real difference. If we all would give just a small amount, the impact would be huge.
- I have had the pleasure of sponsoring a Compassion child for almost 11 years now. It may not be much to me to have that amount leave my account each week or write a letter and pray but to her, it is everything. She wants to be a teacher. What an awesome privilege to enable someone else to achieve their dreams. Who knows what ripples that will create through her home country of India?
- I can pray. If you don't believe in God or the power of prayer, this may seem like a cop out. To me, this is a vital part of my role in God's kingdom. I believe in the difference that prayer can make. I have had special friends encourage me in this area whenever I feel that I am not living up to my dreams of helping.
- I can raise awareness of issues close to my heart. One organisation that has captured my attention is the A21 Campaign, which seeks to end human trafficking. The simple act of wearing one of their bracelets can open conversations about this issue that so many are ignorant of. I can share Facebook statuses. I may even be brave enough to rally some people to help me to organise a Walk for Freedom to raise awareness and funds here in Perth, Australia next year.
- I work in a unique area of teaching where I have access to very broken students coming from traumatic backgrounds, dealing with mental health issues or having been bullied. I have the opportunity to speak into their lives and help them to change their future. This can feel like a huge responsibility but I know that God has placed me in this position for a reason and will continue to equip me for this work. I am with Alta-1 College until He moves me on.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
- Elevators are magic boxes that transport you to a new place and deserve a high level of excitement every time.
- No matter the weather or how rushed we are, the day can be greeted with "Wow, what a bootiful day!" when we step outside.
- Going shopping in a trolley is a real treat!
- If Mummy (or somebody else) is upset, then she will be too- what a heart of compassion and empathy!
- Cuddles will solve most problems.
- You need to know what every little noise is and be able to figure out what sound she is tuned in to when asked "What is that sound noise?" I don't know is not an acceptable answer.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
When did I get so indifferent to the miracles recorded in Your Word? When did this familiarity with the stories cull the faith they should inspire? Ignite that fire within me again. Open my heart and mind to what You are teaching me in this season. Sickness and tiredness have robbed me too often by numbing me to everything going on around, including Your voice. I refuse to sink into that same pit again. I deeply desire a more intimate relationship with You. I feel a holy discontent with where I am at in my faith walk. I thank You for the progress I have made though. Imperfect progress. I sense a shifting deep within, where the current wrestles with You over issues seem to be coming to an end. I don't have the words or cognitive awareness of exactly what those wrestles have been about but You know. You are in control. I trust that You are good and are faithful to complete the good work that You have begun in me. You may not be "safe" in the way my flesh would want but I trust You. Your ways are higher than my ways. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts.
You are bringing me to a place where uncertainty is more ok with me. I am slowly letting go of my need to control, millimetre by millimetre. I don't know what You are planning for me but trust that You will guide me each step of the way. I realise now that it is not about the what or where but about my heart and my connection with you. Am I where I need to be? Is there an opportunity I'm missing? Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.
Jesus, flood every aspect of my life. If there are rocks blocking deeper growth of my faith, even good things, show me. My mind is screaming at me with wanting to hang on to it all but I want You to be truly number one in my life. Whatever You want for me to let go, reveal that to me. Strengthen me to obey. It is only by Your Spirit that I can be transformed. My efforts are futile without You.
Be in my parenting, my marriage, my work, my rest this week.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Today was the first in a four week series at my church called 'Preparing the soil'. It was awesome! It is based on the concept that our hearts are the soil for the seed of God's Word and we need to do our part in getting ready to receive it. There is such an excitement and anticipation building in my spirit for this next season in my church family. God is preparing us for something new.
- Staying soft can come from saying "Yes Lord" to something we never imagined. (May not be what we think we are suited to or make much sense)
- Softness- willingness to move from good things to new things. (Can be hard to make way for new things when it means giving up the good things we have been doing)
- Softness- leaving certainty for a 'need to know' basis (which is how God generally communicates)
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
I have been successful at beginning to add in short workouts to some of my mornings, thanks to the Hello Mornings challenges. I have my own little encourager in my daughter. She often asks me if I'm going to exercise. Her favourite of my workouts is a short Pilates workout set to the Frozen song "Let It Go."
It is the cutest thing watching my three year old trying to copy me while doing this.
For now, I will celebrate my imperfect progress with slowly improving my physical fitness.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
I was honoured to speak at my local MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) about my love of messy play and what God has taught me through learning about the benefits of it. I think that I will do a separate series on this when the 31 Days challenge is over.
I have aimed to create memories and relationship with my daughter over less important tasks. The housework can wait but she will only be little for such a short time. I certainly don't do a big play or messy play everyday but aim to join in with her play each day. We can all start with something even if play doesn't come naturally to you.
Stay tuned for a more detailed look at play starting in November. If you are interested in more play themed posts, click on the 31 Days button in the sidebar and explore the Family Life category. There are some great bloggers writing about play for this challenge.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Monday, 13 October 2014
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Sunday, 12 October 2014
You may have seen my post on my battle with getting my phone use into balance again (Read it here.) This week I found this video on one of my favourite You Tube channels. It gives another take on it that I had not thought of before.
Join me tomorrow when I can finally launch into unpacking my focus areas for this year.
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Whenever I have holidays with plans to complete projects around the house and get ahead of my to do list, sickness seems to find me. This one has been intense and wiped out my whole week. I was unable to look at any screens until yesterday, so no posts were written. I still have to keep to short bursts only.
I have had my moments of frustrated tears but have had to make a choice to let go of everything I had wanted for this week. My recovery is way too slow for my liking but I choose to rest. I choose to recognise that I will be able to get the house clean again when my strength returns. I choose to be grateful for the family and friends who have stepped up to help this week, especially my fantastic husband. I am also truly grateful that in a few weeks this will be a blip in my life, not my everyday existence. There are many who live with much worse daily.
I would like to say that my faith has been glowing in this time but my whiny complaining side came out. My conversations with God were sporadic and self seeking. Thank God for grace! I am reminded anew of how far from His standard I am in my own strength. I continue to look to Him for my transformation.
Monday, 6 October 2014
I was all set to start my reflections on my goals today, however today is day 4 of a migraine. It is at times like this that I am in awe of those who live with chronic pain. I have friends who do and I forget sometimes.
For now, I am taking time to rest and pray for a reprieve.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
- More time alone with God
- Memorise Scriptures
- Connect with friends
- Play more
- Sit less
- Clean, organised house
- Rewarding rest
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Friday, 3 October 2014
- I choose to leave my phone on a table instead of in my pocket. If not in easy reach, I am less likely to fill those moments.
- I have switched off all notifications for social media and email. I find it difficult to ignore them so ignorance is the better option.
- I have installed an App Usage Monitor. There is something confronting about seeing exactly how long I have spent on them each day. As of today, I have also committed to sharing these numbers with a friend each week (gulp!!).
- I have deleted all the games off of the phone.
- I have set up accountability with a friend (it worked for my daily God time, as I discussed yesterday, so should help, right?)
Thursday, 2 October 2014
I assume that it goes without saying- for my faith to be embedded in my everyday life, I have to be spending time with God everyday. I have had flashes of consistency with this in my life, but it has always been a struggle. There have been many devotionals purchased and started, many reading plans attempted. All with varying levels of impact and completion. This year I finally realised what had been missing- accountability.
It started out with semi-regular catch ups with a friend to check in with how we were going with our daily God time. This was a start but not consistent enough to produce the change I was desiring. The catalyst came in the form of a Facebook post, one of many in my newsfeed that day. A friend posted about the Hello Mornings Challenge that was about to start. She was an Accountability Captain for one of the groups. I had not heard of these challenges before and was intrigued. I joined up, not fully realising what it was all about. Suddenly I was part of an online community of women, studying the same passages, discussing how the Scriptures applied to our lives, praying for each other and being held accountable (but done with love and grace).
That first six week session was the start of a deeper change. God truly rewarded the times I prioritised my time with Him. (The lessons I have learned have been the inspiration for this series.) I have continued to participate in each session this year and now have a deep desire to get into the Bible each day and serve as a co-Accountability Captain with the same friend who had posted on Facebook. The Hello Mornings Challenges also include exercise and planning components. These are still a work in progress for me, but strides forward have been made.
A huge shout out is needed for my amazing husband. He has given me the time I needed to invest in my God time each morning by entertaining our gorgeous girl (not an easy tasks some days!) There are still many times that I have had to get creative in spending time with God while with my daughter. I love that this is a foundation I am building into her life as well.
The next session of Hello Mornings is about to start on the 6th October. Do you need more accountability? Maybe this post is your catalyst. Click below to find out more.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
31 Days 2014- a post a day for October
Do you write blog posts in your mind? I do. Often. I have never gotten around to making it real. Today, that changes.