Monthly Archives: November 2009

I Get Down and He Picks Me Up!

The last week has been a bit rough, lots of trying situations and a few disappointments left me feeling a little flat. I find it remarkable that in the midst of hard times is when I most often hear God speak. I’m thankful that He cares enough to encourage me when I’m feeling flat and struggling through the days.

Through a combination of sources God has been encouraging me to reconnect with Him on a regular and deeper basis. I was reminded of Jesus’ example of taking time out to be alone with God and if Jesus needed to do it then how much more do I!

I was also reminded about what it really means to surrender to God. Credit goes to Ron Edmondson for his timely post today from which I’ve borrowed the following:

Surrender is less about a formula and more about knowing the person of Christ.

Surrender is less about an action plan and more about devoting one’s self to Jesus.

Surrender is less about finding answers and more about obedience to His plan as He reveals it.

Surrender is less about solving a specific problem and more about creating a lifestyle of following Christ.

So be encouraged, God does care and does love you more than you can ever imagine. Thanks God for reminding me today!

What has God reminded you of lately? Please encourage us and share it below!

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Introducing my brother, Dan!

My brother Dan never ceases to amaze me! He is the most gentle and kind-hearted man I know, a fantastic brother and he is an AMAZING artist!

Right now he is having his final assessment for his honours year at the School of Art at the Australian National University. He specialises in textiles and has produced some fantastic pieces of work, been featured twice in newspaper articles and has won an international award with the American Tapestry Alliance (not bad for an Australian ;-)).

I wont attempt to explain his artistic process because I just can’t do it justice, but I know that he can take materials like fabric, paper and wool and turn them into incredible pieces of art –  just check out the photos for yourself.

All his artwork is for sale, if you’re interested leave a comment and I’ll get back to you with prices and availability. Did I mention that my brother is AMAZING!! 🙂

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How Do You Make Tough Decisions?

questionI’d like your help and advice.

2010 is going to be a year of change for me and my family in many ways. Yes the past five years have been full of change but things are coming to a head and decisions need to be made for changes that need to take place come the new year.

How do you do it? How do you make life changing decisions that affect more people than just yourself? If it was just me, I could easily live with the results of my decisions, but when my decisions affect others, it makes it exponentially more difficult. I know that many people face this every day and so I’m asking for your advice.

I’d like to know, what’s your one piece of advice on making tough decisions while honouring God? How do you make the tough decisions and how do you deal with the fallout? Please lay it on me and help a me out

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God – The Master Economist

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“Nothing is wasted in the economy of God.”

I know this phrase, I’ve heard it said a ton of times and I understand what it means on an intellectual level, but lately God’s been showing me what it means in reality and it’s blowing my mind!

If you’ve been a regular reader and been following my story you’ll know that over the last five years or so God has been shaking up my world. I left a job I loved as a pastor and took a job working for the government because I needed to provide for my family. I know it’s not a long-term position but it gets hard some days to come to work when I know that I’m called to be somewhere else. But God has been opening my eyes to see Him at work in all these things and I want to share that with you as both an encouragement to you and as a testimony to God’s faithfulness and goodness!

Here’s what I found once I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took a few moments to look at what God was up to:

  • I was a youth pastor and God gave me a job working in the Office for Youth where I have the opportunity to influence how the government works with young Australians now and into the future, how awesome is that!
  • I miss being able to ‘pastor’ people but God is opening up opportunities for me to minister right where I am to people in need.
  • I’m learning how to connect with a huge range of people and realising just how insular I had become when only working for a church. This lesson I will take with me for the rest of my life!
  • I’ve learnt more about God’s will, goodness, mercy and grace in the last few years than I have in all the years before. I owe it all to being in a place of discomfort and feeling like I don’t fit.
  • God’s building into me right now the skills, traits and attitudes I’ll need to serve Him in the future!

Where I am now may be a stepping stone, but God is using all things to work for my good and I don’t want to miss it! So take heart, open your eyes and see what God is teaching you in the here and now, learn from it and use it to build your character so that you’ll be ready for whatever God has next for you.

Nothing is wasted in God’s economy!  What is God teaching you today?

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