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!”
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.
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?
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.
The other week I found this post on a blog I enjoy visiting from time to time – Phil Cooke’s “The Change Revolution”
There is some great substance here and I remember when I first read this post, the rescue became much more meaningful. It wasn’t just about 33 miners stuck below the earth waiting for someone to rescue them. It was a national and global effort to rescue 33 men from the depths of the earth and retain their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
What I Learned from the Chilean Miners – By Phil Cooke, October 17, 2010
1. Teamwork Matters: Once they realized their situation, the 33 miners cooperated and worked together as a team. They motivated and encouraged each other and as a result, they kept their spirits high.
2. Work Matters: One of the big reasons they made it was that they didn’t sit around moping and getting depressed. They started getting organized, doing tasks, clearing space, and creating jobs. Work keeps your mind active and creative, and pushes thoughts of failure aside.
3. Innovation matters: Three rescue holes were drilled, but who got there first? A scrappy little company from the United States who offered to try their new drill bit.
4. Sacrifice Matters: The biggest fight the miners had was to decide who went first. They actually fought to be the last person up the shaft. They fought to be last – what a concept.
5. Leadership Matters: Who has the title isn’t necessarily the person who steps up when it really matters. But in this case the foreman took a strong leadership role and didn’t shy away from making tough decisions.
6. Motivation Matters: The families showed up in force, and once the initial hole was drilled, they sent letters, videos, and personal items down to their loved ones. They knew that encouragement is critical in desperate situations.
7. Asking for Help Matters: When the BP oil spill happened, our leadership rejected help from countries that we later realized could have made a huge difference. On the other hand, Chile’s president wasn’t afraid to ask for help. America, Canada, and other countries responded quickly with the kind of expertise that resulted in great success.
8. Finally, our spirit matters: One of the first things they asked for was “The Jesus Film.” The movie on the life of Jesus Christ, translated into more than 1,000 languages was requested by the men. They realized that feeding their spirit was incredibly important, and may have been one of the decisive factors in the ultimate success of the rescue.