My heart rate may never be the same again….

My daughter and I went for a lovely walk today – up to the local shops, then popped in to visit ‘’Nanna’’, then a slide and a swing on playground around the corner…then my ‘’Poppit” scooted ahead of me, as I strolled along behind watching her having a lovely time. I walked along dreamily and approaching the corner, thinking that she was hiding just out of sight, to trick me…I called…no answer…then again…and then, it hit me – panic, frantic thoughts.

Oh my God – where is she? Has someone taken her…I’m calling and then I’m out on the road for a better view, looking everywhere she could be…did she cross the road without me? Is she hiding in the bushes to trick me? My brain was in a frazzle…then a police car drove by – perhaps I should flag it down…God where is she? 

I looked again up the footpath…no sign of her…every thought of life without my darling girl was filled with utter misery…even worse, if someone had snatched her – what dreadful things – unthinkable… GOD where is she? 

Calling, calling…voice now desperate…then there she was…calmly, quietly scootering back to me…oblivious of my ‘’worst nightmare’’ state.

I went over and hugged her and cried…telling her how much I love her… we walked home.

My heart rate may never be the same again….

I am not an overly protective parent, although I sense, I’ve had an injection of vigilance! 

As if that wasn’t enough to learn from….I am challenged also, to apply this lesson to every area of my life.

 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Cor 16:13 

“..being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6

AT THE FOOTY…NO INHIBITIONS!

My very first experience of going to a live AFL football match was AMAZING…..as we ascended the stairs…stairs and more stairs…and came out onto the upper landing of the stadium – the thunder hit!  It hit me in the chest with such force I almost fell over…

 

I was transfixed to the one spot, as the crowd exploded in a thunderous voice and applause – it was like standing directly in front of  a bass speaker at extreme volume….the vibration reverberated through my body and took my breath away!

 I was completely flawed – I had never experienced anything near it…the cheering and shouting and depth of it all!

The attendance that day was around 70,000…and WOW! what an experience…I do not remember much else about the game or even who won…I comprehended extremely little about what was happening on the field.

However, I will never forget how the crowd’s vocal responses to each teams attempts to score and achieving that goal…brought about yet another thunderous roar. I loved it and was even addicted already!  

From that moment on I had an understanding that every single person engaged in supporting their team did not think anything at all, of anyone, jumping up and down, cheering and shouting at the top of their lungs – and how very acceptable that is – in fact, this was the uniting factor for all in attendance  – Excellent!

Do you think there is any other arena that would bring about

such unity of human spirit and expression?

I look for it…I pray for it…I partake…within the context of our local congregation…and even on occasions break out in loud acclamation and give a shout to our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is highly exalted…and think – later, where was the roar? Where was the mighty crowd exploding in adulation and mighty praise – magnifying Him who is Worthy of all we have within us…to come out! 

 (In comparison to the footy crowds – this other crowd squeaks out something of a constipated burp of something…barely recognisable…just in case, perhaps, the fellow next to them, is offended or the noise is not the level acceptable.)

 

I yell and shout in my car in joyous abandon to my King…

I dance and sing with freedom in my lounge room in worship to Him,

In public places though, when overtaken with His Presence…

I will let loose, and look like a goose…because I’m here for Him.

 

May our worship to God look more more….

like uninhibited adoration and surrender to our King

The Lord of Lords who alone is Worthy of everything within

And I to Him, abandoned…

Side by side, the great crowd rise up…voices rising in crescendo

The thunderous roar, the depth of bass

All praises come together enmass,

Never ceasing praise, Holy and Divine

This – our spiritual act of worship

The thunderous roar entwine

As we become one in Him..

I am yours and You are Mine!

 

YES…and more and more so, as the day approaches..more cheering and shouting…Praising our Heavenly Father, Jesus our King and Holy Spirits Awesome presence! They are certainly the Best to shout for! 

We’re on the winning team – give a great shout of acclamation to our King!

Women…Men…Leadership!

It’s an interesting thing…when a women shares a sermon about a man talking about women in ministry or leadership in the church… (http://www.ibethel.org/podcast/2012/07/31/the-invisible-ceiling )…..both women and men get weirded out about that…or pretend nothing was shared…or feel that there is self-promotion in that…just wanna say: I am so totally not interested in a leadership role in the church…ok…lets just hear what the Word says about any and every subject…without fear or judgement.  URLOVD!

PBTG = Praise Be To God!

Don’t just talk about it – do it!

Are you an action-man or a cartoon figure?

The one is a hero to many…

The other, a laughing stock!

One has Supernatural powers

The other – no power at all!

 

Be a person of your word.

Knowing what to do and doing it – that’s all there is to it.

 

No need to procrastinate, no need to work everything out….just make a start…

You have come this far…the One who brought you this far, will lead you on.

 

A faith step is much more valuable than being exact about everything,

The further along the faith road, the more confidence increases

In the One that is leading…

 

The beginning of the journey is exciting and thrilling, because of the anticipation of the destination…losing enthusiasm along the way, means the goal is not in mind.  

 

Your destiny is well worth the journey…develop perseverance and endurance and collect many other goods things along the way…and before you even realise it, you have reached and even exceeded it!

 

Search for wisdom like looking for lost car keys…when you find them, you are so happy – because now you can continue your journey!  If you do not find them, you are stuck in that one place.

URLOVD! – Praise Be To God!

 

Is my faith enough?

Lately I listened to a friend share her desperation about her step-child.  Her deep concern about his life and choices.  Her belief that his father could have more impact on his life than she does or could.

I shared with her that I didn’t believe that was true…because…

 

I have been a single Mum for the past 18 months, while my husband has been in a teen challenge program…and honestly, we are in better shape now – than we have ever been. Let me explain…at one stage during this separation period, I really did despair that our children were missing out on having their father at home and his influence…and God spoke to that. 

 

I am your all in all and their’s also….this is an opportunity to live that into their lives. 

 

It is painful to have one parent missing or absent, it is hard, it is disappointing and frustrating and tiring at times. 

The thing is…that God is our all in all. He is the father to the fatherless…the hope to the hopeless…

 

In my discussion I encouraged my friend, that even when a father is present (although absent in others ways) that God is still present – in her ability to invest and input into the boys life…encouraging and teaching him to make God his all in all.  It is not, that the example as a mother is any less or more, than the example of a father…but that God Himself is represented and He is more than enough.  If being a Mum (or Dad) was not enough to represent God to others, we would have no hope at all… the thing is – we cannot be both – but God is all in all and more than enough.

 

The pointing to Him by our actions, words and His word is enough to lead anyone to Him, especially those within our immediate circle of influence.

 

Jesus is the focus – not being a mother, father, brother, sister, male, female.

 

Do not lose hope..your testimony of Jesus is enough to bring about His greatness into another’s life!

Is your love captivating?

It is so much fun to greet a friend and to be greeted, with great joy!

That first step, needs to be a really good beginning…and I have come to realise also, the goodbye…

I know it’s not just about how we greet each other…it’s certainly much more than that…the thing is, greeting each other, is the start of the next step…

In fact, the hello, the hanging together and the goodbye and see you later..are all so much part of living, that we could actually miss the importance…of really “being” together.

There is nothing ordinary about sharing joy and love with those we know and this can be a beautiful sign to those watching, that we are truly of God.  Since this is how the world will know that we are His disciples, by the way we love one another… John 13:35

Do you give others your undivided attention – your focus; eye contact, hand-shake or hug – that they truly mean something to you?  Do you captivate them with the Love you yourself have received?

I think in our culture, we tend to be quite blaze’ about our greeting and being with one another…

It’s a great thing – a privilege even –  to hang out and do life together!

May we encounter greater JOY in this, so that, the world will know that we are His disciples…

John 13:35 (MSG)

34-35“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

I love you and URLOVD so much Greater!

Are you ready to ask for help?

I was waiting today…and person A came in to do something.

The person in charge asked:

“Do you know how to operate the photocopier..?” 

Person A said…”oh yeh..it’s simple enough..I’ll give it a whirl.”

Person in charge:

“It’s a bit complicated…I need to put in the password and show you how to operate it…”

And so he did.

It reminded me right then…we act as if we know what we are doing…most of the time…however, are we willing and ready to ask for help…even before we do anything? 

God wants us to ask even before we do anything…because He wants to help…even if we think we know what we are doing!  I am pausing and thinking on that one…Selah!

Proverbs 15:22, 16:1,3,9…and so many other places too…

URLOVD consistently!