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!!!!

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Thankful

This week we’re thankful for our family who have loaned us various big ticket items.
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My Dad lent us his car to drive to Queensland after mine blew up on Christmas Eve Eve.

Thanks Dad! We love you!

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Thanks also to Barge & Aunty Nerilye for dropping their air-conditioned caravan up for us to sleep in at Congress.

40 degree nights doing youth ministry never felt so good!

Thank you! We love you!

Boxing Day Shenanigans

Today I was fortunate to be driven to the Boxing Day Sales at DFO a.k.a. a husbands worst nightmare.

Originally we were heading there to buy a pair of sunnies for me which really would have only taken 20mins but there were some winning sales… so our spree took a little longer. A couple of hours later we took our purchasers to the car and shot through. Our loot included 3 pairs of sunnies for under $100 for me, a pair of sunnies for Richie, 50% off Sheridan quilt cover and fitted sheets, Wittner ballet flats, a Berlei bra, Mimco beanie-hat thing for Chicago… and I think that’s the lot. We didn’t really get each other Chritmas presents so this was it without the trimungs and at 50% off!

Afterwards we decided to keep the ball rolling so we headed to Westfield Chermside, on the north side of Brisbane. After we parked the car, I made a bet with Richie that we would end up bumping into 5 people he knew. “Nah Bec, we’re not at Mt Gravatt.” We saw 2 people we knew.

Again the sales were awesome and I was able to pick up a few half-price running shirts and a 2XU running visor.

It was a winner of a day!

Richie snuck off to Timezone for a while to play pinball while I finished with the last few shops. It was great to beat him at Daytona USA when he thought he would totally smash me :)

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Once the shops started closing up we headed up to the camp ground where the World Changers Youth Congress is to be held. This will be our home for the next few weeks.

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So far there are about 80 staff there and come New Years Day, there will be about 1600 youth from around the South Pacific Division who will be staying onsite.

Can you pray for us as a staff that the set-up will go smoothly, and we will all stay safe. Also we ask that you pray for for the delegates who are coming, that the Holy Spirit begin to work on their hearts and minds, so that their relationship with Jesus will be deepened.

Merry Christmas

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Richie and I hope and trust your Christmas Day was filled with love, joy and a sense of peace. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the presents and the Christmas lunch or dinner, and forget why we celebrate this day. It’s the most profound gift ever given to humankind. The promise of salvation, forgiveness, freedom, grace and mercy. A new life and a new hope.

Jesus is the reason. Period.

How silently the wondrous gift is given. Let earth receive her King! New life, new hope, new joy He brings.

Radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace. His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Joyful, joyful! Come and worship, come and worship! All glory be to God on high and to the earth be peace.

Let all within us praise His holy name. Glory to the newborn King!

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Words all taken from Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, O little Town of Bethlehem, Joy to the World, Away in a Manager, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Angels from the Realms of Glory, While Shepherds watched, Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child.

Joy to the World graphic made in InstaQuote by me. Original Babuble picture taken somewhere from Pinterest :)

Happy Birthday Dad!

It’s not Dad’s birthday till Chritmas Eve, but tonight we got the Combo Deal and celebrated his 63rd, and the Pye’s Christmas.

We decided earlier in the week to hit up Yulli’s in Surry Hills for a vegan and vegetarian spread. Tonight was packed and we were lucky we booked.

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Afterwards we battled the club-like lines at Messina to get our desert. And, it was totally worth-it!

Happy Birthday Dad – we love you and thank God for you!

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.

Happy Weekend!

Can’t wait to hang out with our friends and family this weekend – starting from tonight :)

I am particularly excited to hang out with our Kville Church family at our church picnic at Fagan Park. It feels like months since we’ve been there.

Hope you have a Happy Sabbath peeps!

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P.S. These two cheeky Siberian Huskies belong to my In-laws. They are still very young and extremely naughty, but by the time I had left their farm last Friday, I had a soft spot for them.

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 – “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.

Oxfam Trailwalker Silliness – its happening again!

Yep. We’re doing it again.

Some people are calling us crazy and they’re probably right.

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It’s all systems go in the Reid household. My alarm is set for 4:30am with enough time to hit the snooze button a few times.

This year it’s not 100km in 48hrs, but 101.5km’s – and we are trying to smash 24-28hrs.

I reckon we’ll do it.

Follow us on Facebook by searching for “Dorcas & Lads Fan Club” or on the Oxfam Trailwalker website by searching for Team 122 or “Dorcas & Lads” for live updates.