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totally love my princess – shes a real girly girl but also loves to have light saber fights with her brother and rough it out with the boys. she makes my heart smile
we took this when all the cuzzys were over for hols – they’re great mates and fun friends. love that my caleb is up the tree. such a boy
loving facebook timeline, for the simple fact that i love images and visual stuff. this song has been my heart for the past month.
nothing like a good game of settlers between friends! brings out the competitive streak!
last night the kids went for a sleepover at grannys and so antonio and i went out to the movies. yes MI4. LOVED IT! BRILLIANT. STRESSFUL. FUNNY! best movie in a while. and so good to be out. last year was full on with things so we didnt have much of a social night – we did indates (dates at home) so was awesome to be out at the movie theatre, the plush seats, the waffle cone icecream, the LOUDNESS!
Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ Genesis 32:7,9
sometimes i think some of our prayers are reminders to OURSELVES of who God is and His faithfulness and His promises. We are speaking to our soul and stirring our faith afresh to stretch out and trust in God.
Jacob was terrified, he was greatly afraid.
and so he prayed.
and he remembered the promise of God.
Jacob is about to go into new territory – reconciliation with his brother, the brother he cheated and deceived, the brother whom he feared. He knew the promises of God and what God had told him, but there were obstacles and circumstances that shouted failure and destruction. It would take a miracle in Esau’s heart for there to be change. Just as a miracle had occurred in Jacob’s heart… Jacob didn’t know how Esau would respond. He didn’t have the opportunity to facebook stalk him to see what his reaction to the news of his returning was… He couldn’t text his mates back home or anything like that. Returning home at the command of the Lord was a step of faith and trust.
Jacob prays honestly and humbly before God.
But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. (Genesis 33:4)
God answers Jacob’s prayer for help beyond what Jacob could have been imagining. Jacob planned to soften Esau’s desire for revenge by having him meet his family and receive gifts from him before they met face to face. Jacob hoped this would make Esau think twice before he killed his twin brother.
It had been 20 years since Jacob had cheated Esau out of their father’s blessing and God had changed both men and soften their hearts over those years. Jacob had expected anger and revenge but received forgiveness.