“When we know the truth about God, it fills us with wonder. If we fail to understand his true character, we’ll never be amazed by Him. We’ll never feel small as we stare up at Him. We’ll never worship Him as we ought. We’ll never run to Him for refuge or realize the great love He’s shown in bridging the measureless distance to rescue us.” Dug Down Deep / Joshua Harris

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I’m going to give you 5 reasons why God blows my mind… and should or could blow yours

  1. God is so creative

It never ceases to surprise me how radical and creative God is.  And every day scientists are discovering new things, not only about the universe and stars, but about our own planet and even our own bodies.

In fact, scientists discovered 18000 new species last year!

Did you also know that if you stretched out your DNA code it would stretch all the way to the sun and back 4 times!  It would stretch out to the moon and back 1500 times!

The human genome, the genetic code in each human cell, contains 23 DNA molecules each containing from 500 thousand to 2.5 million nucleotide pairs. DNA molecules of this size are 1.7 to 8.5 cm long when uncoiled, or about 5 cm on average.

You have about 10 trillion cells in your body, so if you stretched the DNA in all the cells out, end to end, they’d stretch over 744 million miles. The sun is 93,000,000 miles away, so your DNA would reach there and back about 4 times!

And if you laid out all your veins from end to end you’d be dead.

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Some very good insights here!

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1. Depression is not a choice.

Depression is one of the most helpless and frustrating experiences a person can have. It’s sometimes feeling sad, sometimes feeling empty, and sometimes feeling absolutely nothing at all. There are times when depression can leave someone feeling paralyzed in their own mind and body, unable to do the things they used to love to do or the things they know they should be doing. Depression is not just a bad day or a bad mood and it’s not something someone can just “get over.” Remember no one chooses to be depressed.

2. Saying things like “it’ll get better,” “you just need to get out of the house,” or “you’ll be fine” is meaningless.

It’s easy to tell someone these things because you think you’re giving them a solution or a simple way to make them feel better and to ease their pain, but these…

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At the end of church, after a provoking message on worship, personal and public, Andy Campbell, our speaker, played this song and gave us that moment with God.

I encourage you to play it, to pause in your life and to stir up your thirst for God.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
 I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

I adore this post!  I just had to share it and file it as it may pop up as an example in a message somewhere someday….

How to Carve Out Your Life’s Passion – John Maxwell

Sculptor Ra Paulette has an unusual passion—he digs caves by hand and then turns his newly created spaces into works  of art. Using only a pickaxe, a scraper and a wheelbarrow, Paulette has been digging caves for nearly 30 years. His multiroom structures are remarkable; they are sculptures and art galleries in one. Filled with paintings, pools, skylights, furniture and waterfalls, Paulette’s caves are redefining the way art can be experienced.

For the Academy Award-nominated documentary Cavedigger, director Jeffrey Karoff follows Paulette as he carves into the earth, one shovelful at a time. In the film—which you can find at CavediggerDocumentary.com—Paulette explains, “When I’m working on a project, I’m totally obsessed. I’m thinking about it all day long. All night long, I’m dreaming… digging dreams. Most people who are engaged in physical labor aren’t having the fun that I’m having.”

I can’t say that I’d ever want to spend time digging in a cave, but I certainly admire Paulette. He has passion. He loves what he does, and he does it with exuberance.

When you think about or talk about your work , are you like Paulette? Does it consume you? Do you wake up excited about it? Do you go to sleep thinking about it? If not, your life may be missing an ingredient.

Paulette is 74 now and still digging caves. Recently I turned 68, and like Paulette, I am still on fire. While other people my age may be slowing down, I’m revving up. I wake up early, excited to meet the challenges of my day. I’m like a kid. Let me tell you something: You never have to drag a passionate person out of bed!

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today: is monday #weseetomorrowfirst and i confess, i do love mondays!  monday is my day off and i try to fill it with friends who do my heart well.  this week also my girl goes to school camp!  exciting stuff but oh my mummy heart is stretching!

want to be: close to God

blessings: opportunities

thinking: about the amazing privilege i have to walk through life with amazing people

planning: on having an awesome week

listening to: Ascend the Hill.  i found a cd of theirs in my car last week (after i thought i had lost it a year or so ago) and its like having a new cd.  they’re amazing if you havent heard them, check them out!  will wreck your heart!

watching: arrow

reading: hmmmm i confess that i’m not really reading much at the moment.  blame the overdue fines at the library.  i am reading MINGLING OF SOULS by MATT CHANDLER on my tablet.  is very good!

writing: a message for friday night at youth!

loving:  my family

grateful: for God’s grace and love

This year I’ve been incredibly blessed to be able to do an amazing Life Coaching Course (up to level 2).

Each week I drive over the Harbour Bridge into adventure.

I meet with an awesome bunch of people and our tutor and we learn the skills, and “practice” upon each other.   It’s insightful being both coach and client.  We walk in the shoes of what it feels like to peel back the layers to explore limitations and beliefs, values and purpose.  It takes courage to open yourself up to the questions of a Life Coach.  Sometimes its not easy to push past the surface into the real why of what is going on.  But I have learned that freedom is on the other side of that uncomfortableness.  Awareness releases new strength and strategies to overcome.  Sometimes we need to have that brave conversation (with ourselves, or a friend, or a coach) that will reveal the hidden chains that hold us back.

These chains can be the very thoughts we think about ourselves, or things that people have said about us.

As people we have to be prepared to peel back the layers of our hearts before God, to allow Him to transform us from the inside out.  We need to allow Him to write new truths upon our heart that empower us to live the life He is calling us into.  Yes, it can be uncomfortable.  But it is so worth it.

God wants to exchange our mourning for joy.  Beauty for ashes.  Strength for weakness.

What layer do you need to peel back today?

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Have you ever had one of Those Weeks?  Capitals intended.

Where everything is due all at once?  When there are extra meetings and task lists for Africa?

Or you feel like you’ve been running a marathon in jandals and cant take another step?

Or where there is no margin or space in the week and you zoom from thing to thing?

You just sit down, and the phone rings, or the kids request something else.  Or you’re out of the essential ingredient for dinner.

Last week felt like that for me.

Or rather perhaps the last few weeks, but it hit me last week.

My body said ENOUGH!  Stop!  Breathe!

I ended up at my lovely doctor and he did the whole “if you’re in an areoplane and an oxygen mask came down… put it on yourself blah blah blah” speech.  I nodded.  Self care.  Looking after me.  Yip.

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As children of God we are free.

Freer than we may ever know.

We are no longer slaves, slaves to our self, slaves to our shame, slaves to our past, slaves to our rejection, slaves to our sin and the sins of others… we are free.  Truly free.

His freedom is limitless.  It removes every chain, every burden.

His freedom is given by grace, walked in by grace, felt by grace.  Oh what grace it is that sets me free.

I am no longer a slave, no longer ashamed, no longer at arms length – but I am invited in, right in.  I am invited to come and be loved and to love.  I am seen as innocent and acceptable by the grace and works of Jesus.

My freedom was not freely purchased, but cost the life of my Saviour Jesus Christ.  It is His death that won my freedom.  He who was no slave but is the King of the universe became slave to death to defeat it.

My freedom cost Him His all.

I receive.  I receive.  I bow and receive.  I worship and receive.

All that was won for me I receive.

Thank you for your freedom Jesus.

“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”  Tim Keller

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