Hey Baby!

So last week we shared with the Facebook world that you will be coming into our world this September.

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It was an exciting week.

Your Dad sat at the dining room table and watched the announcement increase in Facebook likes and comments like a pinball machine. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ha! Your Mum didn’t have time to sit around all day and she had to go to work. The encouragement was overwhelming and there are plenty of people excited about your arrival… even though we have to wait another 6 months.

The exciting thing about last week is that, apparently, God opened your ears and you can now hear. I learnt this from my pregnancy iPhone app :)

I am particularly thankful that this happened when it did because I was at the Colour Conference when I turned 14 weeks pregnant.

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The first noises and murmurs you would have heard in utero was *insert southern accent here* people preachin Jesus. You would have heard Bobbie Houston, Beth Moore and Lisa Bevere preach their little backsides off about God in our past, present and future, faith for any season of life, forgiveness, deliverance and restoration in Jesus, God’s unique love for us to name just a few topics. AND you would have heard your Mum yell “Amen!” and “That’s right!” till she was blue in the face. There was also incredible music and singing, and beautiful songs containing incredible melodies and lyrics.

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This is Aunty Jess (15 weeks pregnant) Aunty Tara (38 or 39 weeks pregnant) and I (14 weeks pregnant) eating maccas to calm out pregnant bellies.

I’m so happy that this was the week you got to hear the outside world. I couldn’t think of a better first.

For this, your Mum is extremely thankful.

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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 – Heb 10:35-36

Hebrews 10:35-36 (New International Version, ©2011)

35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

“Dare to be a distant runner!” This is something Jeanne Mayo said in her first session at Colour 2011, last Friday morning. “Passion is energy to the soul. Hype is energy without sincerity.”

Can you relate?

Wednesday Words to Live By is inspired by She Smiles A The Future

Funny Richie-isms

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“Tell em I love Jason Bieber!”

– Yes you read right. JASON BIEBER! This was Richie’s response to the question “What music do you like to listen to?” He was being interviewed by a friend from Western Australia who has asked him to preach in the Junior Tent at Easter Camp.

“I’m a member of Blue Ilusion, do I get a discount?”

– This is what my Beloved said as I went to pay for an item I bought at Blue Illusion, the Australian women’s clothing and homewares company. Yes, my husband is a member. He said that he bought a clock once and they asked him if he wanted to become a member and he thought it would be a great idea.

Richie hacked my Facebook page over the weekend.

Maybe this was payback – Love ya Babe xo

I know it’s Monday, but, “This Saturday, I’m grateful for…”

I wrote this on Saturday morning and ran out the door without publishing it. So here is my “This Saturday, I’m grateful for…” post, even though it is Monday morning. Hope everyone enjoys their week. :)

1. Sabbath – I can’t help it. I might just start with this every time I do a post like this. I’ll be working 6 days this week – literally, so I am taking Sabbath with both hands and with an open heart graciously thanking God for a day I can have guilt-free time off from the world and focus on building my relationship with Him.

2. Brooke Fraser – this week Vanessa and I got our tickets to a little concert where the lovely Brooke Fraser will perform. When buying the tickets online, she was stressing a little regarding the seating arrangements and I encouraged her to relax that we could sit on the floor and still enjoy it. “I don’t care where we are, we just needed to be in that room!” I told her. This week I went to Sisterhood at Hillsong on Thursday morning and Bobbie gave us a little insight into the song Flags from Brooke’s album. She read from an email that Brooke had sent her that she had written the song in her apartment in L.A. this year after watching the Sisterhood Morning session on DVD from Colour – Conf 1. She had to stop watching because she was crying so much. One of the presenters was Chris Caine who was talking about the huge war on human trafficking and the massive fight that we should all be stepping up to participate in. I was there in that audience listening to it live and my girlfriends and I had massive tears streaming down our faces too. I’m thankful for the insight into this song. It means much more now than just beautiful lyrics with a nice tune. There’s guts, there’s skin and a there’s a heart-beat to that song.

3. Twitter – yes I’m grateful for twitter. Why, I hear you ask? Because I can choose the messages that enter my world and sphere of thinking. For instance, I follow people like Charles Spurgeon (No, he is not alive), CS Lewis (same), Ps Rick Warren, Queen Rania plus quite a few pastors and churchies  – not to mention heaps of friends and family. I love that I can get a snap-shot into their lives and that I receive a lot of small, positive messages.

So, what are you grateful for?

This post was inspired by my friend Kym from A day in the life of Us.