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LISTENING TO: been really enjoying Israel Houghton’s song JESUS AT THE CENTRE – such a powerful heart cry for Jesus to be Lord in my life, a powerful reminder for my heart!
READING: loving Joanna Weavers book – HAVING A MARY HEART and HAVING A MARY SPIRIT – so rich in inspiration and also practical application. Also reading Andy Stanley’s COMMUNICATION FOR A CHANGE which is an excellent book on preaching – whole half of the book is an illustration or analogy aka a story about a preacher who wants to improve and how he meets a man that can help him in unexpected ways
BAKING: okay so the other day i tried to make caramel slice and it failed SO BAD. today i am making peppermint slice, a new recipe from one of our housegroup guys and it is AMAZING! i think my husband falls more in love with me each time i make it.
IN THE WORD: i’m in jeremiah and mark at the moment, reading 3-4 chapts of each a night as regularly as possible. jeremiah is such a interesting prophet but i am amazed at his dedication to the Lord in such extenuating circumstances – he preached for 23 years with little or no positive result, but he continued to preach the words God gave him.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: the botany community day tomorrow – its at our local mall and our church, The River Christian Church, has a mini tent thing there and we’ll be giving out WATER FROM THE RIVER and balloons for the kids and doing nail art and fun cartoon tats, also for the kids. we’ve had tshirts printed for the teams there and its a great way to promote our church and let the community know who we are. really praying for open doors and open hearts and opportunity to talk to people!
COMING UP: next sunday our children’s church are having an outreach. i’m priv’d to be the guest speaker, on the topic of creation. both my kids are hoping to invite friends which is really special. i love watching them so naturally invite friends to somewhere they love, and praying that then paves the way for an encounter with God and revelation of His love
JUST: freaked out cos a HUGE bug just flew in the door! yikes!
MAKING TIME TO: listen to and relisten to the JUSTONE women’s online conference – some amazing speakers and awesome challenge and inspiration!
ON THE BOX: my husband and i have been watching Fringe S3 on dvd a couple of nights a week… there doesn’t seem to be much on real tv so this has been awesome. good bonding connection time for us both. now just have to wait for S4 to come out on dvd!!!! in saying there isnt much on real tv i’ve been enjoying PERSON OF INTEREST – because it has Ben from LOST as the main actor (Michael Emmerson) and i am still a LOST freak, and also ONCE UPON A TIME because i, since i was a little girl, have been fascinated with fairy tales.
PROUD MOTHER MOMENT: yesterday evangeline had a mini ballet exam. her ballet teacher got each of them in pairs to go over all the positions and some other ballet moves. she gave each of the girls a small trophy afterwards. it was such a proud mother moment and evangeline did very well. and the light shinning in her eyes says it all!
FEELING: excited about opportunities arising and by what God is doing in our housegroup. love seeing lives changed and people living their lives for Jesus, with Jesus.
my daughter did the sweetest thing the other day… me and caleb had been playing scrabble the night before and not cleaned up our game… so the next morning before getting the short ones up i wrote I LOVE YOU in tiles on the board and just waited for my son to discover it (he’s words of affirmation just like me) – and then i walked past it an hour later and was delighted to see I LOVE YOU MUM on the board… someone had added MUM! i went and hugged my son and said thank you and he looked at me blankly. for the MUM? adding the MUM bit to the I LOVE YOU…? still blank… “that was me” piped up a small voice… it was my evangeline! she had added the MUM!!! how cute is that!
one of our guys in our housegroup is an amazing baker. a week or so ago he brought along a dairy free peppermint slice – so my husband got him to email the recipe… and yes i caught the hint… so today i made it… and YUM YUM YUM! i wish the caramel slice did as well… oh well, we move on. in fact we have a few amazing bakers so are having a baking contest this week at housegroup!
i was talking a friend about cool things on youtube the other day and remembered these guys and particularly this clip. they’re so clever and humorous and then wham, you’re tearing up and moved to the heart… such a gift… watch it… byo tissues…
love this sign. such a good family contract kind of motto kinda thing. we do love. we do grace. we do real.
i’d like to say this is a five star book for, packed with practical wisdom and inspiration, i want to buy this book. i WILL buy this book. totally recommend!
Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You!”
You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk.
At our very core, every one of us is a “twisted sister” within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our “good girl” desire to put Jesus first and our “bad girl” realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way.
In this life-changing book, Joanna Weaver, author of the perennial bestseller, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, directs your gaze past your own shortcomings to the God who stands ready, willing, and able to make a new woman out of you. She equips you with biblical insights and practical tools to partner with Christ, inviting him into the hidden places of your soul and giving him full permission to redeem and renovate.
Drawing on the stories of biblical Marys and others whose experience with God transformed their lives, Joanna shows how you can find the hope, healing, wholeness, and joy your heart longs for. Having a Mary Spirit will launch you toward lasting personal transformation–soul-deep change that results in a complete makeover, from the inside out. Amazon
and as always. i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.
so what are you totally loving this week?
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“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“Don’t stick your head into the lion’s mouth before praying, ‘Lord, save me from the lions!’” A much better strategy is to not go into the lion’s den at all. Then you don’t have to worry about getting devoured.
~ Joanna Weaver