Richie’s Story – “My Life, My Joy, My All”

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Richie shared his story at Church this past Sabbath and you can watch it online here:

http://new.livestream.com/FindJesus/events/2344484 – his sermon starts around 45-46mins.

This is in fact just a small fraction of the entire story, but it is a great insight into how God has destined him to lead, encourage, care and challenge others.

Last night I overheard him explain to a few ladies a bit more of the puzzle of how he ended up in the Reid’s home. One of his sisters watched the service online from the North Coast of NSW and rang him straight after. She added another layer of insight to his story.

She explained that their Mum and Dad had fostered other children before Richie and his little brother Rodney arrived. He actually always knew this, but what he didn’t know is that his parents had desperately tried through Queensland Family Services to have a pair of young brothers live with them on a permanent basis. They were devastated when told that the kids had to move on to another home.

How many times do we become upset, or even angry, about our circumstances?

God had the bigger picture. He always does. I am 100% confident that the Reid’s prayed and prayed, and agonised over this decision.  But God had a bigger and better plan.

He does every time.

Jeremiah 29:11

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 – 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 – 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 – John 3:16

My Wednesday Words are totally late (not if you live in the USA!!!), but I am still going to post this one today.

While waiting for a client this morning (at the sparrows crack! N.B. I’ve combined sparrow’s fart with crack of dawn – thanks Dad for pulling me up on it ;P) to sign some contracts, I was browsing Pinterest and found this:

*Found here on Pinterest – FYI – not a massive fan of the original blog site name and that’s kinda why I have referred you to Pinterest… you’ll work it out.

I love it this tat, but to be honest, I’m not the kinda gal to get one… but I think it is pretty amazing.

This is my favourite translation of the above verse:

John 3:16

The Message (MSG)

 16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

Wednesday Words to Live By – Isaiah 49:15-16

15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you!
16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.

Isaiah 49:15-16

New Living Translation (NLT)

My favourite bit of these couple of verses is “16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

After you have been asked if you know of something or some place, do you ever catch yourself saying “Yeah, yeah! I know it like the back of my hand!”

Well, that’s how God knows you.

Great thought, eh?

 

*Photo via here

The Great House of God – A home for your heart

I started reading “The Great House of God – A home for your heart” by Max Lucado on the plane home the other day. It’s a great read and it is challenging me to look differently at what God has and will have in store for me (FYI – it’s ditto for you too).

This morning I read Chapter 4, Pages 43-44:

“Our God who “stretches the northern sky out over the empty space and hangs he earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7) also created an invisible band of gravity to hold us secure.

…If he is able to place the stars in their sockets and suspend the sky like a curtain, do you think it remotely possible that God is able to guide your life?” 

(The Great House of God – A home for your heart, Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson Inc, 1997)

Happy Sabbath from Madeira

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Happy Sabbath from Madeira.

I haven’t blogged since last month – it’s been a bit of a hiatus and that is because there has been no time to blog during this crazy week. I really need to go back and fill in the blanks since Lourdes.

At lunch today Marcus asked me why I hadn’t blogged about Madeira.

I told him I didn’t like it.

I lied.

So here it is Marcus!!!

This place is incredible. The landscape is stunningly diverse. The mountains feel like the Himalayas (summits more like Aussie alpine), the small fishing village up the road looks like something from the Greek Isles and the weather feels kinda like Hawaii. There are no level roads in Funchal, except for the freeway to the airport. You either go up or down the side of the mountain and the roads are steep and narrow.

My photos are going to be a bit ordinary so you need to watch out for my blogging sister… hint hint Fan!

We’ve had a fun time in Madeira, (that’s a bit of an understatement really) and no doubt we’ll come back and do some more walking and exploring in a few years with Marcus and Vanessa.

20110806-025314.jpgThe view from Grandma’s driveway

20110806-025339.jpgFishing village at Camera de Lobos – close to where Winston Churchill lived

20110806-030545.jpg Summit of Pico do Arieiro – 3rd highest mountain on 1818 metres. This is where we opened Sabbath last night.

Happy Sabbath from Toulouse, France

Hi Team.

Happy Sabbath from Toulouse.

We went to church this morning and met some really nice people who spoke to us in English. This is a big deal for us, because we haven’t found a lot of people south of Carcassonne who do – our Frenglish is getting a massive work-out. The service was in French and I impressed Richie with how I sang along to all the french praise and worship songs. Just as we perfect our Frenglish, we’ll cross the boarder and start speaking Spanglish.

Back to our hotel we went for a relaxing arvo and Richie played YouTube vids of his favourite hymns. Hilariously, he sung along to every one of them. He came across this one which I felt I needed to share. The honky-tonk piano rules and the kid is a classic.

Enjoy!

Wednesday Words to Live By – Shine your light

Courtesy of Paula Perez

GOD is the source of life and light and joy to the universe. Like rays of light from the sun, like the streams of water bursting from a living spring, blessings flow out from Him to all His creatures. And wherever the life of God is in the hearts of men, it will flow out to others in love and blessing.
SC.077.002 – Steps to Christ, EG White.

Happy Wednesday!!!

Lavish Unfailing Love – Happy Sabbath

Courtesy of From London with Love

 

Exodus 20:6 –

New Living Translation (NLT)

6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those[a] who love me and obey my commands.

Have you ever looked up the definition of lavish?

It has these words attached to its meaning:

Bestowed.

Giving in great amounts.

To give without limits.

Extravagant.

Open Handed.

Heap.

Pour.

Abundant.

Generous.

Think on that for a minute. God’s love for us is all of the above – and MORE.

Is this not beyond awesome?

Yep. Way beyond.

Happy Sabbath Peeps.

I heart Sabbath

This is the attitude in our house when Sabbath comes in…

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If it’s not done by sunset Friday, it can wait till after Sabbath on Saturday night.

It’s my guilt free day off and it’s God’s gift to me and I aint gonna waste it.

One of the many reasons I heart Sabbath.

On the running sheet for this weekend:

  • Dinner at the Parentals, minus John Pye – he’s somewhere in the Never Never of the Northern Territory bush walking with National Parks & Wildlife.
  • Maybe a little trail run or jalk (jog-slash-walk) down the Jungo before church with MP & VP
  • Church K-Ville style with Pot luck lunch – always a winner.
  • E-man’s (Emmett) 1st B’day Bonanza at W-Gah – this time last year we were on the road to Atlanta for the General Conference. The day this little nugget was born Clare woke us up with the news when we were staying here at the Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia.

Happy Sabbath people – Hope you have a great weekend.

Happy Sabbath & Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth

Yay for Sabbath and Yay for Long Weekends and Queen Elizabeth!!!

I found this awesome picture on pinterest.com which I thought was a cool to share.

Photo courtesy of stylemepretty.com – Go check out these photos and hunt down the little boy lying on the grass wearing oversized converse – super cute!

This week has been a great week and the highlights roll like this…

Cade Cherry was born.

Richie and I were asked to be Ushers at the wedding of some close friends.

We listed  some lovely new properties – on market in next week or so.

We sold some lovely properties – one was in a suburb where I’ve never sold before.

Enjoy your weekend and pray for Richie as he is on his way to Melbourne to preach at the Pathfinder Expedition. He is sleeping in the back of a car and we need to pray that it doesn’t snow.

Happy Sabbath!

Get your WOSE on!

As mentioned in my previous post, this week was full-on.

Richie hosted WOSE (Week of Spiritual Emphasis) at his school (Sydney Adventist College) this year alongside the Pastoral Team and Jodi Wright from NZ. Remember last year? You can read all about that here.

This year he seemed to pack more into the week including music and choir workshops for the kids with Endless Praise, “Pasta with the Pastor” and of course the favourite each year, “Pancakes with the Pastor”. Here is a little vid from one of the workshops…

This vid is from Friday morning’s Praise & Worship

Some of the below picts are a little out of focus, but I figured you wouldn’t care. They were taken on Friday night.

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Above is the lovely Linda who worked beside Richie as the program coordinator.

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Billy and Jono Otto came down to play on Friday night.

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Benton and Caitlin did a great job of the ice-breakers each day, and on Friday night they got Marcus up to do the Pedometer challenge against a few of the kids. It was hilarious!

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Monday Words to Live By – Malachi 3:3

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I know it’s not Wednesday but I thought I post this anyway.

One of my best friends, Miss Greta Clarke (Who is actually now Mrs Greta Cherry after getting hitched last year) sent this onto me today. Due just under 2 weeks, she is about to give birth and is beautiful as ever inside and out.

I wanted to share it:

 Malachi 3:3 says: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: ‘He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.’

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment.

Then she asked the silversmith, ‘How do you know when the silver is fully refined?’ He smiled at her and answered, ‘Oh, that’s easy –when I see my image in it.’

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.


Courtesy of How to Buy Silver Safely – http://www.how-to-buy-silver-safely.com/2009/06/refining-silver/