Our weekend in pictures

This past weekend was jam-packed full of festivities. Despite todays Mondayitis, it was all worth it.

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Friday night dinner at Ferndale with the Parentals.

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Church on Saturday at the Greater Sydney Adventist Youth Rally.

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Sabbath BBQ Lunch at Oakleigh.

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Dinner with friends at Ferndale on Saturday night.

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Sunday morning selling – once the deal proceeds it will be another outstanding result. I’m ecstatic for the owners.

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Hello Tennesse!

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Sunday Hair by Sam – one of my favourite people. Been friends since I was 3 and she was 5 in Playgroup!

Glee’s Wedding at Wahroonga Adventist Church.  Galina + Lee = Glee

Isn’t she lovely.

Post-Ceremony/Pre-Reception snack time at Paddington.

Posing in the hood in  Centennial Park, Sydney.

4 x Happy Wives in the Photo-booth at Glee’s wedding.

Colour Conference 2012

This year I was able to attend Colour with my Mum and one of my besties.

Like always we had an amazing time.

I don’t want to spoil it for the girls who are attending Conference 2, but below are some instagrams from our time at the conference.

Hello Brooke – she is so gifted.

There were women everywhere! Heaps of pregnant women too!

This is Karyn enlightening Mum on some random topic – there were tears of laughter!

I loved this part of the program where they gave a bike. We were in tears.

I’m sorry, but I love this woman. Bobbie is hilarious! Plus she is full of wisdom and encouragement.

Some of the gems, or pearls of wisdom, I picked up from the conference include:

“Let’s be an oasis of peace in a world gone crazy.” Bobbie Houston

“Every seed of destiny needs to be sown in good soil.” Bobbie Houston referring to Psalms 92:12-15

“It’s very fashionable to save the world – let us not ever let the main focus be lost. We must point people home to the Father. People need clear signposts home. Home to God, home to Heaven.” Bobbie Houston

“How different our lives would be if we addressed ourselves and all around us were refered to ‘Most Loved Disciple’.” Beth Moore

“You are the SHE in the WE.” Beth Moore referring to John 20:2

“When Jesus was around, Mary Magdalene was identified not by her past, but now identified what she was delivered to.” Beth Moore

“You can’t afford to live in the ‘One day when…’ fantasy land.” Donna Crouch

“No matter how old we are, we are called to serve the Lord. We can’t lay down, we have to rise up and continue.” Betty Johnson, Pastoral Carer who lost her husband in the last 6 months.

“When we talk, nothing happens. When He talks, worlds come into existence.” Priscilla Shirer

“Don’t get caught up in your temporary circumstances that you don’t realise that eternal plans are being served.” Priscilla Shirer

“Don’t doubt Him, just come to Him. Don’t invest so much energy in debating and doubting, use this energy to seek Him.” Priscilla Shirer

“For the applause of Heaven, not of people.” Priscilla Shirer

“God: Stop gambling with my Grace.” Priscilla Shirer

“The Bible is a rescue plan for lost people.” Priscilla Shirer

“When you are marked by God, you don’t need to be marketed by man.” Christine Caine

 

If you are keen to read what my take-aways were from last year, you can read about it here

Wednesday Words to Live By – “Stir in me…”

Tomorrow is the start of another Colour Conference and I am very very excited.

I shot off early to the airport this afternoon, to pick-up Karyn who is coming with us to Colour for the first time. After a quick feast of Thai and a Dominos pizza pick-up we tore out to our church at Kellyville to feed the 15 or so kids who were practicing for the Combined SDA Schools Day of Worship with Richie. You want to know what Pastor’s wives get up to in the evening? “Oh Babe, do you reckon you can pick up 12 pizza’s for the kids?” “Yeah, righto.”

Searching around the internet this morning looking for inspiration for Wednesday Words, I found a set of beautiful photos of pen draawings on Flickr within ‘s photostream.

These are awesome! My favourites are July 31 and July 29 – please go and check out her stuff. I love her work and you can see it all here.

As mentioned, I love July 31 and July 29. But July 29 does stand out big time for me. I did a little research on where the inspiration for this card comes from. It turns out it comes from the song “Stir in Me” by Todd Proctor.  The chorus is truly on my heart and is my prayer going into Colour.

Chorus:

Hold me, break me
Mold me and make me more and more like You
I’ve come to worship You
Love You, fear You
Draw ever near You as I worship You
I’ve come to worship You

Wednesday Words to Live By – Isaiah 35:10

Today Richie and I are off to a memorial service of a man who changed the world he lived in. This man was not just the father of a mate of mine, but an authority on Vitamin C deficiency, an Honorary Medical Advisor for Aboriginal Health in Australia and a world authority on Opals just to name a few achievements.

He wrote this book which we found in my mother-in-law’s library one day.

I’ll never forget the day when Archie met Richie at my mate’s wedding. Noticing his Aboriginality, Archie made a bee-line for Richie and almost didn’t leave his side for most of the day sharing stories about his time in Coober Pedy opal mining and stories of treating indigenous people in his travels.

So today’s Words are taken from Isaiah:

Isaiah 35:10 (NIV)

 10 and those the LORD has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
   everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
   and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
 
Rest in Peace Archie until everlasting joy will crown your head and when you’ll enter Zion with singing.
 
For further insight into his the impact Archie made in our world, go to the Sydney Morning Hearld Legacy Guest Book to see more tributes made by the public. 
 

Wednesday Words to Live By – Ephesians 2:10

You know what? It is still about 9pm in Los Angeles which means it’s still Wednesday somewhere in the world, and I’m not late with my Wednesday Words!

Ephesians 2:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

It’s been a big week.

Sorry, that’s an understatement. The level of passion and excitment I have felt has more been in line with the height of excitment I felt leading up our wedding.

Believe it.

Our fresh new-look Women’s Ministries at Kellyville Adventist Church was launched on Facebook and Twitter on Oscars Night (at least I’ll be able to remember the date!). Let’s be honest, until things are on up Facebook, they don’t really exist – at least that’s the way the world kinda thinks. The next morning I tweeted the above Bible text and then commented:

“Love that God, in advance, has prepared good works for us to do.”

It was a teaser for Wednesday Words; I just had no idea at the time that this is how I feel about Soul Sisters.

God has big plans for us, we just need to make ourselves available and allow him to use us.

It’s all His own handiwork – love, love love this!

P.S. If you are on Facebook and you aren’t connected yet to Soul Sisters, click on this link and go and “like” the page. If you are not on Facebook, and I realise some people aren’t, just bookmark the website in your browser so you can come back and check it when you want to.