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.

grace love fellowship

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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!!!!

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 – “I’m thankful for…”

So last weekend, we completed the gruelling 101.5km Oxfam Trailwalker from Brooklyn to George’s Heights in Sydney.

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We did reach our goal of finishing somewhere between 24-28hrs - it was 27hrs 09mins to be precise. Below is one of my favourite hills on the trail -  it’s the first one at Brooklyn and it gets you in the right head space for the rest of the track.

“Put your head down and just march till you get to the end.”

Side note: see the bunch of girls in team 074 in front of me? Yeah we beat them to the finish and I beat them up the top of the hill.

Small wins people, small wins.

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When the sun started to set on Friday, we had just left Checkpoint 3 at Bobbin Head and were headed to  St Ives Showground. I wished the boys a “Happy Sabbath” and started to think about all the things I was thankful to God for.

There was a list. My husband featured heavily at the top, and my legs. Serious. I was grateful to God that I wasn’t in a wheel-chair that I could exercise, and play sport, and do this thing called Oxfam Trailwalker… for the second time.

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And I didn’t have cancer.

I’m grateful that I didn’t have to negotiate with my Oncologist to allow me to enter this race or battle with training and the ups and downs of chemo or radiotherapy. Yep, you read right. Cancer. I was thankful to God that I was 100% healthy and able to do this race.

Back in May it could have been a completely different story. After returning from StormCo, I found a lump on my breast and a lump on my neck. I sat across the table from my Oncologist and told him that I really needed to be well by August 24 to enter this race… and I really couldn’t have much time off training… so if we were going to operate, we needed to get onto it so I could heal and get back into the bush. It was suspected Lymphoma, even though he really didn’t want to admit it to me. My Oncologist, an Associate Professor in his field, said if he was a betting man, he would have put money on it. He was 90% convinced I had some type of Lymphoma prior to my operation in the first week of May. Not that he told me this before the operation!!!

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, IT WASN’T – PRAISE GOD!

When we were much closer to St Ives Showie, I piked up and asked the Lads:

“Oi, what are you thankful to God for?”

Dale was first and bless him, he took about 10 minutes to rattle off all the things he was thankful for. It was a long list of family, health reasons and blessings. Then Mark rains on his parade and says “What Dale said.”

Then I just came straight out with it: “I don’t have cancer.”

Mick yelled out behind me “Amen!”

I think Mark piped up “Hallelujah.”

And Dale chimed in with an “Oh yeah.”

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So to my boys from “Dorcas & Lads”, it’s been a pleasure.

We raised a truck load of money for Oxfam. We are grateful to those who supported us behind the scenes at the checkpoints and cheered us on - my husband and parents were outstanding. Hearing “Babe, you’re smashing it. You look really strong” makes you just go and go and go.

I’m also very grateful for the friends who met us at the finish line at 10:09am on Sabbath morning. We were planning on going to church… but the lack of sleep got the better of us. AND a massive thanks goes to my sister VP and my brother-in-law Marcus who were at the finish line waiting for us too. What legends!

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Look at that lazy eye, I look like I’ve been punched in the face. Don’t worry peeps, it’s just a Oxfam Trailwalker hang-over.

What are you thankful to God for?

P.S. I’m also thankful for this little guy: August Emil Salke. What a cutie. His Aunty Bec loves him very much.

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.

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.

Wednesday Words to Live By – Come to Me, Bethel Music

Last week I stumbled across this beautiful album called The Loft Sessions by Bethel Church. If you can, get your hands on it. The music is stunning.

Listening to some of the different songs on YouTube, I particularly felt this song speak to me. I was a bit stressed by the pressures of the world (yep, pretty specific I know) and this song touched me. Every time I listen to it, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and I get a shiver up my spine. It’s reaaaaaaally good, it is like listening to a love song sung to you by your Father in Heaven.

These are my favourite lyrics:

Come to Me, I’m all you need.
Come to Me, I’m your everything.
Come to Me, I’m all you need.
Come to Me, I’m your everything
 
Don’t look to the right or to the left but keep your eyes on Me
You will not be shaken, you will not be moved ooh
I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way
Just come to Me, come to Me, cause I’m all that you need

Wednesday Words to Live By – Tim Tebow

Since we are leading up to Superbowl Sunday (it will be our Monday), I’m dedicating this Wednesday Words to my favourite NFL player, Tim Tebow.

This guy is a legend. He has an incredible testimony and I want to encourage everyone to pray for him to continue to be a great example instead of waiting in anticipation for him to “stuff up”. He see’s himself as a missionary to the football-crazed world and I absolutely love that.

So let me ask you… What world are you a missionary in?

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P.S. Do you think this quote might remind you of this?

Wednesday Words to Live By – Ephesians 3:20

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Here is my take on Ephesians 3:20.

On the stick person (me!) is a BIG heart – it represents a heart full of the Holy Spirit i.e. “the power” that the verse refers to.

I love the concept of a neverending amount of love, favour and grace which God has for us. It completely surpasses all understanding.

Have a read of this scripture - it’s one of my favourites. If you don’t have a Bible, you can look it up online here.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Wednesday Words to Live By – Matthew 2:10-11

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Have you ever read the below verses in different versions???I love the highlighted common theme in each of them:

Matthew 2:10-11 – King James Version (KJV)

  10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:10-11 – New International Version (NIV)

10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Matthew 2:10-11 – Amplified Bible (AMP)

10When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy. 11And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts–gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:10-11 – The Message (MSG)

9-10Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! 11They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped Him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

Matthew 2:10-11 – New Living Translation (NLT)

10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

I can’t wait for the day when Jesus returns. I believe we are going to have the same joy-filled reaction the Three Wise Men had – we won’t be able to contain our joy and our desire to worship Him.
This Christmas, Richie and my prayer for you is to experience “exceedingly great joy” through the gift of Jesus.
Happy Wednesday :)

Wednesday Words to Live By – L.U.C.K.

For ages, I’ve been sitting here looking for Wednesday Word’s inspiration.

I got nothing after at least an hour… and eating my lunch… and returning emails… and printing stuff… and calling people… BIG FAT NOTHING.

Then I looked up on my wall and saw this:

I read it on Twitter a number of weeks ago and decided it was good enough to go up on my wall.

I’m praying that you too can live your life under Christ’s kindness.

Enjoy your Wednesday :)