This week, I’m grateful for my mate Warren

Last week we said “seeya later” to a soldier.

Our mate Warren was a man who fought long and hard. In fact, much longer than anyone ever predicted, with dignity and honour, without a moan or complaint. He was a soldier in the war of cancer. There was no song or dance about it, he just got on with it quietly and did the best he could. He loved his wife and loved his kids. He loved his family, he loved his mates and he loved his South Sydney Rabbitohs. Most of all, he loved his Saviour, Jesus.

This past week, my absolute favourite part at the funeral was when his three mates paid tribute to Warren. It was such a powerful testimony. They stood up the front of our church of 300 plus people and declared how amazing Warren’s transformation was when he let God into his life. It was a life transformed, and the impact on his mates was phenomenal. God used Warren in ways he would never have known.

What a legacy, what a gift.

His was a life well lived.

The lyrics of Hillsong United’s Scandal of Grace played over and over in my mind that day. “Death where is your sting? Your power is as dead as my sin.”

It was a great farewell.

Last Thursday, the Bunnies played the Roosters in the Season opener at ANZ Stadium. We were blessed to have some tickets given to us and we took Tennesse and Sam with us.

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When Souths ever scored, Warren used to get up on his seat and scream at them twirling his scarf or jersey around his head like a helicopter. Quite often on the Sunday night news you would catch Warren’s helicopter in the crowd.

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We couldn’t stop laughing!

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What a win and what a great start to the season!

Glory Glory to South Sydney. Warren would have been very proud and very happy.

Walk. Believe. Become.

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been stuck around John 12 in my morning devotions. In fact I think it has become my all time favourite chapter in the New Testament.

Have you ever read to a part in a book, whether it be the Bible or not, where you just have to stop, let the depth of the words you’ve just read soak in and attempt, albeit multiple times, to keep on reading?

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This was me with John 12 in The Message. I literally couldn’t turn the page. I read, reread, and read again sentences with such punch, particularly John 12, verses 20 through to 26.

Now it is Christmas, I’ve put John away and hit up Luke. I’ll come back to him though and discover more amazing insights into who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

“How marvellous, how boundless
Is Your love, is Your love
How wonderful, sacrificial
Is Your love for me”

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Wednesday Words to Live By – 2 Corinthians 13:14

2 Corinthians 13:14

New International Version (NIV)

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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I saw this on Instagram this morning and gave my self a face palm. This would have been a perfect “goodbye” for the last Soul Sisters Night last year. Why, why, why (?!?) didn’t I choose my words better.

How lovely is it to know you can have grace, love and fellowship from Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit?

…. and YAY for a new blog theme!!!!

Goodbye Sydney Adventist College

After 75 years of Adventist education, today is the last day of school at Sydney Adventist College forever. We had a massive weekend celebrating at school last weekend with The Final Roll Call, but Richie came home this week with a few cards I wanted to share.

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Hey Richie Reid, you are A for Awesome and I love you and am proud of what you have done for the kids, teachers and alumni of Sydney Adventist College.

We’re on the move

Two Sabbath’s ago, Richie was officially introduced as the new Teen & Youth Pastor at Wahroonga Seventh-day Adventist Church for 2013.

We were there to support our friends Sam and Warren as the church body held a special prayer in the main service. Since both Richie and I were there, Wahroonga’s Senior Pastor took the opportunity to get us up the front to introduce us. Richie was then asked to lead the congregation in the season of prayer for Warren and two other church members also battling cancer.

This means we will be leaving Kellyville Church at the end of this year and moving to Wahroonga. It will be filled with new opportunities and new challenges working with a new crew. I’m particularly looking forward to walking through the bush to church each Sabbath! Richie will be much closer to home and when the little “Creamies” come along, it will be awesome. :)

I feel God has really been preparing my heart for this move since the middle of the year – even though it has really only been in the works for the last few months. When people heard that the school was closing down, the first thing they would ask is what Richie going to do for work next year. It is probably quite selfish and narrow-minded of me to question whether God has moved Richie and I to Wahroonga to be closer to Sam and Warren in this very difficult season of their life. Of course this is probably just a tiny piece of God’s overall plan for us. Nonetheless, whatever the call and purpose, we ask you to keep us in your prayers.

Below are some photos of Wahroonga church from our wedding a few years back.

Here’s to 2013!

All photos courtesy of Gemma Clarke Photography

Wednesday Words to Live By – Psalm 55:22

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This past week, one of our close friends was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. This has been very hard news to receive.

Our mate, who is just 36 years old, has a 5 month old daughter, a 2.5 year old son and a stunning wife of just 4 years.

Tonight I am grateful that we can cast all our cares upon Him and know that He will sustain us. We’ve been reading Psalms over the past week and tonight Richie sat with our mate flipping through scripture.

I’ve got to ask you pray for my friend and his family.

In Jesus’ name, I ask you to pray that God’s will shall unfold. That God will sustain our mate, plus his family and all who support and that if it is His will, that his health will fully be restored.

xo

Wednesday Words To Live By – Joshua 1:9

5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:5-9 – NIV

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Wednesday Words to Live By – Luke 9:23

Luke 9:23 – New International Version (NIV)

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Found here - “Tome a sua cruz” translated from portuguese to english is:

“take your cross”

Wednesday Words to Live By – Psalm 61:2

I’ve been MIA from this blog over the last few weeks… Ok it’s really been the last month. When I started this blog, I decided not to be a prisoner to it – and that’s why I haven’t felt guilty.

God has been good to us and has answered a lot of prayers over the last month. May Madness came and went, and now we are smack bang in the middle of June. I wish there was a J word that could describe June. Best I can come up with is Insane June. There has been Live @the Chapel’s, Soul Sister Night of Worship, Sydney Adventist College Week of Spiritual Emphasis, doctors appointments galore, a quick trip to Brisbane for Richie, guests staying, babies being born… not ours, but nevertheless, JUST as anticipated! Hi Marley D, your Aunty Bec loves ya!

Today as I was having a quick brain-break (yes there is such a thing, look it up) I found myself on Pinterest having a click around. I found this graphic from Bethany Keisler’s Photography blog called The Blue Peony, which inspired me to post today.

Her work is mainly exhibited here. However, it wasn’t just her work that I found inspiring but 1. She has a Wordless Wednesday – like! and 2. She has a Scripture Memory Monday – double like! Plus she has an awesome attitude to her little design pieces “I think having a pretty design to look at makes memorization more enjoyable. So feel free to save, copy, print or pin this if you would like! Have a great week!”

Awesome!

So how do you navigate through times like we endured in May Madness and Insane June? Allow yourself to be led to the Rock as it says in Psalms 61:2.

I can speak from recent experience… It’s the only way.

Wednesday Words to Live By – Hebrews 6:19

Hebrews 6:19

New Living Translation (NLT)

19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

I saw this product in a magazine last night and immediately it caught my eye.

The “Philosophy” statement didn’t sit right with me so I instagramed it and wrote “This should read, where there is faith there is hope.”

Do you agree with that?

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Anyway, I was reading Hebrews 6 this morning and I really love the picture of our hope being a trustworthy anchor that the verse gives. According to  Wiki “an anchor is a device, normally made of metal, that is used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the vessel from drifting due to wind or current.”

No matter the storm, the anchor is designed to hold the dinghy/boat/ship in the position where it’s Captain had strategically sailed it to. Just because the anchor is there, it doesn’t mean the vessel will not have movement; it will rise with the tide and most likely it will get washed around by the waves. But you can bank on the anchor; your ship will not go anywhere.

That, my friends, is hope.