October 15th, 2013
Here’s a another story from my daughter - this time a true one. :) I love it because it reflects her desire to honour God.
I love cricket. Really. Like, I play it, I watch it, I follow it, I play it in the back paddock with my brother, I play in all girls’ teams - as well as in boys’ teams, I do cricket-skills-building exercises when I’m bored … I love cricket.
A couple of weeks back, I was suited up, ready to bat if my side called on me (It did. I scored an even 0.) when my teammate’s voice called from behind me.
“Okay, Sophia, you’ve got me,” she declared.
I turned for an explanation and saw my friend staring at the label on my bag.
“I get that this line is your name,” she nodded, “and the digits are your phone number. But what are these letters? ‘E-B-D T-T-G-O-G,’” she read. Read the rest of this entry »
August 18th, 2013
Our wedding anniversary is usually celebrated with a hot drink. My husband nearly always buys a coffee, and I always buy a hot, hot, hot chocolate.
Total cost? Less then $10.
A week ago, we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. It was a Sunday, so we decided to ’splash out’ and buy lunch to celebrate.
We went to a nearby hotel that has a pleasant restaurant and dining room, and found that the Special of Day suited us nicely - a buffet Roast Lamb and Pork with all the trimmings.
Separate to that, we each bought a small dessert and a drink.
Total Cost for our 40th wedding anniversary celebration?
I felt like God was smiling.
July 15th, 2013
I was reflecting on some of my own challenges recently, and my thoughts turned to verses from Galatians 4:19-22 that speak of Abraham’s response in the face of the impossible …
The facts were staring Abraham in the face. His own body was no longer able to produce offspring. Sarah’s womb was likewise, dead.
They were the ‘facts’, and any sensible person would have faced those facts and gotten on with whatever life they had left.
But Abraham had something else. Read the rest of this entry »
June 29th, 2013
It was lovely to see you, yesterday at Church today. Unfortunately, it was all a bit of a rush. It would have been nice to have had time to sit and chat for a while. However, I appreciated that you took the time to come and say hello.
I was saddened for both you and YY to learn that you are struggling at the moment. After I saw you, (my son) told me that you had finished a counseling session just before you came and spoke with me. I felt bad then, as I realised that your pain would have been heightened as a result of the counseling, and would therefore have been very near the surface as you spoke with me.
My heart goes out to you both. For that reason, I am writing to you both, so would you please show (your husband) this email also. Thanks.
The joining of two independent individuals in marriage doesn’t always come easy. However, do remember that once the the ‘rubber meets the road’, it’s not unusual for couples to have a bumpy ride for a while. Read the rest of this entry »
June 3rd, 2013
My daughter recently wrote a new twist on an Old and Precious Theme. I thought I’d share it with you.
The Story of ‘Very Good’ and the Lengths the Maker Went to to Save What He’d Made.
We’re gonna die, you and me. Y’know why?
A long time ago, the world wasn’t like it is now. Everything was perfect. The Maker finished making everything and he said, “Voila! It’s Very Good.”
The plants were Very Good, the animals were Very Good, and the people were Very Good. Because they were made Very Good, the people could even hang out with the Very Good Maker himself! Nothing died and nothing went wrong.
But the people had a choice. Read the rest of this entry »
May 14th, 2013
A Simple Quizz
In which town was Mary and Joseph when the Wise Men visited them?
Don’t read any further right now.
Determine your answer.
Now read on.
Tradition has it that the Wise Men visited Jesus at the stable in Bethlehem shortly after He was born.
But is ‘tradition’ right?
Let’s look at the facts.
We all know that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:1 and Luke 2:4-6)
We all know that the shepherds visited the family in Bethlehem. Luke 2:15,16 tells us the shepherds said, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing …’, and that they ‘came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.’
So Jesus was not only in Bethlehem, but still in the stable, when the shepherds visited.
We also know that Bethlehem wasn’t ‘home’ to Mary and Joseph. They had to travel to Bethlehem from another place in Israel because of the census requirements. When the angel came to Mary to tell her that she would be the mother of Jesus, she was living in Nazareth. (Luke 1:26). Read the rest of this entry »
April 24th, 2013
Most Bible commentaries state that the site of the Garden of Eden was in the Middle East, situated somewhere near where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are today. This is based on the description given in Genesis 2:8–14:
“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden. . . . Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon. . . . The name of the second river is Gihon. . . . The name of the third river is Hiddekel [Tigris]. . . . The fourth river is the Euphrates.”
Even the great theologian John Calvin struggled over the exact location of the Garden of Eden.
Go here to find out more. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab3/where-was-eden
March 28th, 2013
We have Gumby Gumby capsules in a small plastic container. The container sits in a box with other containers of supplements. My husband bought the Gumby Gumby capsules in small zip lock plastic bags from a man in Queensland. The container fits just one plastic bag full with very little room to spare. When the container is emptied, I fill it again with the entire contents of the next plastic bag. The last time I did this was 4 to 8 weeks ago - exactly how long ago doesn’t matter for the purposes of what happened.
The container itself is clear, so one can easily see its contents without opening the lid. Over the last 2 weeks, I became aware that the container of capsules was still chock-a-block full. In fact, the container was so full that the contents didn’t even rattle when I shook the container. I hadn’t been taking the capsules at all, so I concluded that my husband had stopped using them at the time I last filled the container. Read the rest of this entry »
February 28th, 2013
Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.”
The ‘God’ that is referred to isn’t just any old god. It is Almighty God, the God of the Bible.
As Christians, we tend to relegate that verse to the unsaved. We conclude that God is saying that someone who doesn’t believe God exists is a fool.
But I think there’s more to it than that.
Notice that the verse doesn’t say the fool says ‘with his mouth‘, but that the fool says in his ‘heart‘.
‘Heart’, not ‘Mouth’.
That gave me another perspective on the verse - which brought warning to my own heart.
Could I, as a Christian, be guilty of saying, in my heart, ‘there is no God’? Certainly, I would never say it with my mouth.
But does my heart betray me?
Does your heart betray you? Read the rest of this entry »
February 14th, 2013
What weighs 225 kilograms (500 pounds), needs a specialised biological system to stop the delicate blood vessels of its eyes and brains being blown out, and would regularly faint if it wasn’t for certain design features?
It is yet another creature with a finely balanced collection of interconnected, and often interdependent, systems which completely mitigate against any possibility of random mutation by mutation changes to become what it is today.
The only One Who can achieve such a delicate balancing act is the creative Genius who designed it in the first place.
Curious? Find out more here.
January 30th, 2013
Sometimes I think it would be really nice if God would blow a whistle, or do something really obvious when He is speaking to me. That way I could be absolutely sure that it really was God and not my own thoughts. Usually though, His will is revealed - without the bells and whistles - in those little thoughts, or promptings that are whispered to us by the Spirit of God, and also by the circumstances through which God leads us to achieve that will.
Let me share with you why my daughter is now attending Bible College full time. Read the rest of this entry »
January 17th, 2013
My husband has recently taken an interest in the night sky. Discovering Constellations and observing the movement of the stars from season to season gives him great satisfaction.
Last night we had a lovely evening out with friends. When we arrived home the sky was clear and quite brilliant.
“Come over here”, my husband invited, as he walked to where some nearby lights were hidden from our view.
As I drew near he pointed to the southern skies and said, “Look. See the Southern Cross?”.
I ‘”mmm’d” a response. The Southern Cross was one of just three Constellations that I COULD name and I COULD find. Everything else was just ’stars’ to me.
“Look above the Cross. See that pattern of stars that looks like the Southern Cross but is a bit skewed?” he asked. Without waiting for an answer he said, “That’s known as Read the rest of this entry »
January 1st, 2013
At a recent prayer meeting I attended, we waited on the Lord for some time just to meditate on Him and his Word and to enjoy His presence.
When we finished, one lady shared that she had a lovely sense that God was dancing with her.
Now I realise that may seem a strange thing. Firstly, I know that some people believe that dancing is a sin. I don’t take that view. Though I certainly recognise that a lot of dancing is provocative, lewd, sensual - indeed, designed to appeal to our lusts - there are also many ways to dance Read the rest of this entry »
December 15th, 2012
I received a letter of appeal the other day. It was from an organisation that promotes the ethical treatment of animals and spoke of the dreadful cruelty cats and dogs commonly suffer as they are tortured and killed for their fur in China each year.
The letter was well written and made its point well. It was designed to pull at our heartstrings - and it does that very successfully.
However, the rescue of animals from such cruelty wasn’t the only agenda behind this letter. If it was, I would be fully behind it. There was a second agenda, and it’s that agenda that I want to discuss here.
As the letter unfolded, there were three actions that they asked the reader to take.
Read the rest of this entry »
December 2nd, 2012
So far in this series on ‘Building up My Faith’, we have looked at the need to Call on God First, to Remember, to Choose to Believe and to Be Real.
This time I want to discuss something surprising about fear and unbelief and how that understanding this can reduce our stress.
There are times when God allows us to be challenged and stretched in our faith. It is especially then that we can find our faith isn’t quite what we thought it was so it’s good to remind ourselves that our faith doesn’t have to be perfect to get an answer.
We can put ourselves under a lot of stress to ‘perform’ when it comes to believing God. I heard one person say, ‘If you can’t make it, then fake it.’ They believed that if they had any doubts or fears then it negated every bit of faith they had. They also believed that if they said all the ‘right’ things that it would somehow demonstrate they had faith.
The problem was Read the rest of this entry »
November 17th, 2012
Hey! I was taught that fossils were remains of dead creatures. How can a fossil be ‘living’? Well, when a creature or a plant that lives today is identical to fossils that are believed to be ‘millions of years old’ it creates a problem for evolutionists.
To skirt around the problem, they came up with the phrase ‘living fossils’. That basically means that evolutionists can’t explain why these creatures and plants have shown no change for the supposed ‘millions of years’ they have been on earth.
However, if you look at it from a creationist point of view it poses no problem at all.
Find out why.