Monthly Archives: February 2010

Busted! – More life lessons from my daughter

Our 20 month old daughter Anabelle loves to run around the house making lots of noise, babbling away to herself and anyone else that will listen, so when all is quiet odds are she’s up to something 🙂

Yesterday I snuck down the hall to see why all was quiet. I wandered into our bedroom to see Anabelle playing with my CD/clock radio. She had the CD player open and was spinning the disc inside. I stood and watched her for a few seconds before I let out a deep daddy sounding “mmmmhmmmm”.

Anabelle’s reaction was priceless! As she heard my voice her whole body shook in surprise and she hurriedly closed the CD player and rushed to find something else to play with that she knew she was allowed to touch. Not finding anything (this was our room not hers) she spun round and gave me a cheeky little smile, which turned into a huge grin, and with the little “I’m so cute” tilt of the head, she said “hi daddy” and grinned even more.

That moment made my heart melt and I tried to hide the smile and laugh that had come over me from watching the proceedings, after all I had some discipline to do, a lesson to teach.

I picked Anabelle up  to my lap and asked if she was playing with something she knew she shouldn’t. She replied “yes daddy” and we spoke about how its wrong to touch things she knew she wasnt allowed to and how she needed to be a good girl and obey mummy and daddy. Anabelle replied with a cute little “ok daddy” we hugged and she went on her way.

It’s a beautiful story, I love my little girl and I also love the life lessons she teaches me.

It made me think about how often we as adults try to hide our indiscretions. We all do things we know we’re not supposed to, things we’re not proud of and often these things cause pain to ourselves and to others.

While Anabelle’s “indiscretion” wasnt that big a deal, it still broke the bonds of trust between us. Anabelle needed to realise what she had done was wrong and we needed to restore that bond of trust.

And it’s the same for us as adults, no one likes to be wronged, taken advantage of or be untrustworthy, we have an obligation to forgive and to seek forgiveness. 

Honesty is the key to restoration.

So next time we get caught out doing something we know we’re not supposed to, rather than hurriedly look around for something to cover our tracks lets fess up, ask for forgiveness and begin the process of restoration.

What lessons have you learnt from children?

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Tithe Journal #4

This post is part of the Tithe Experiment series

Giving (18/02/10)

$250 to tithe account

Needs

16/2/10 Learning the difference between need and necessity. Already know the difference between a want and a need but there is also a difference between a need and a necessity. There are a lot of things we need or need to do but we must focus on what is a necessity, do those things first and then reassess our situation. It’s hard not to do something you feel you need to do, makes decision-making all the more important.

22/2/10 Balancing the budget is becoming difficult. We have extra expenses and a minimal contingency fund to cover it. We need to work out how to spend less and make our money go further. Would really appreciate your prayers for provision.

I’ve decided to drop back to one subject this semester which is a good move. It simply means it’ll take me longer to finish and I need to be patient (so hard for me at the best of times ;-))

We have some specific prayer needs and would appreciate your prayers:

  • Wisdom to know how/when to take over the house mortgage
  • Where to attend Church, we need a regular church home
  • Study begins for me beginning of March – wisdom to balance everything

God’s Provision

19/2/10 Sam and I were able to go out tonight to a concert. My parents are amazing and have taken Anabelle for the night so we can have some couple time. It’s a provision for us that we have such Godly and generous parents who love to do this for us.

 20/2/10 Went shopping with Sam today because we needed some specific items. Not only did we find what we needed but we also bought some extras as well because everything we needed was on sale. And not just on sale but most things were 70%-90% off the normal price!! God really provided for us because these kinds of sales are rare where we live and its even rarer to actually find exactly what you need in these sales, amazing! We’re totally blown away by God’s provision!

The novelty of our experiment is starting to wear off as the realities of every day life take over. Its hard to keep trusting that God will provide – we know He will – It’s in these times that we need to submit ourselves to Him even more

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6 The Bible

We really appreciate all the encouragement, feedback and prayers, so thank you all! As always we’d love to hear from you so please feel free to say hi 🙂

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The Soft, Gentle Voice of God

I was feeling really flat this morning, quite emotional and insecure. Some days life just gets to you, you know? I’m doing my best to follow God, seek Him and His plan for my life but sometimes its just tough going. I begin to doubt my calling, doubt that God knows what He’s doing. So many questions “when will I see the next step? When will God provide for us? Why am I stuck in this job when I want to be doing so much more?”

I needed to hear from God today  so I went to Examen.Me and it randomly chose an Old Testament passage for me.

The passage was Genesis 25:19-34 and this is what God spoke into my heart as I read and reflected on it:

Do not despise what I have placed in your heart, what I have given to you. It is right to want to be more than you are but you must first be who I am calling you to be… connect with me, trust in me and follow me. Don’t look too far ahead, do not try to predict what I will do, just trust that I will lead you, guide you and provide for you.

Don’t sell your birth right as Esau did, do not settle for the “food” of this world for it will not satisfy, but wait for Me, trust in Me, pray to Me and learn from Me, I will sustain you, I will raise you up and I will fulfil My promise to you…

I love how amazing God is, forever faithful to His promises and loves to speak into our lives.

Thank you God for speaking to me this morning, for responding to me as I cried out to You. May this blessing you have given me also bless others.

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Tithe Journal #3

This post is part of the Tithe Experiment series

Giving (04/02/10)

$250 to tithe account

Needs

24/01/10 Been chatting with my folks about the need for us to take over the mortgage on our house. We currently rent it from them but with dad retired they need us to buy the house is coming. Have no idea how we’d qualify for a loan on only my income and if interest rates go up that will make it even harder – really need God to step in here and lead us, trusting that God will provide for us

04/02/10  Am looking for an affordable laptop to use for study this year but so far haven’t been able to find one in our price range. Any one know a good place to get one at a good price in Australia? 

05/02/10 Feeling the need (prompting) to get involved somewhere I can serve God and others. Have no idea where that might be, I have a few ideas but nothing I’m ready to share just yet. Sam and I still need to figure out what we’re doing about church attendance (stay where we are or find somewhere new) would really appreciate your prayers

God’s Provision

24/01/10 Was able to save $140 by buying my theology textbooks on eBay, who knew eBay would have theology books! Awesome God!

 26/01/10 Australia Day!! A great day to celebrate our nation and all our achievements, so what better way then to sponsor Sam’s sister Kimberley in her run for Special Olympics Queensland. Kim has Downs Syndrome and competes for her state in ten pin bowling and swimming. 

 03/02/10 Was able to give to a friend in need in the US who we know through blogging, love the global connect the internet gives to us all!

As always we’d love to hear from you so please feel free to say hi 🙂

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A Time to Learn

So yesterday my last lot of textbooks arrived and it hit me that, yes I’m about to dive back into the world of education once again.

I’ve decided that it’s time to finish my Theology studies in order to better prepare myself for what God has for me in the future. If you know my story, you’ll know that I was a youth pastor for ten years and worship director for three before leaving those positions because I needed fulltime work to provide for my growing family.

I know deep inside that ministry is my calling, it’s what makes me want to get up in the mornings. I don’t know where or in what capacity it will be, but I know that its wise for me to prepare now for what it to come.

I’ll be studying part-time by distance education while continuing to work fulltime, at least for now. I’m exploring if we can afford for me to go part-time at work but for now it’ll be five days of work and then my study.

Sounds a little crazy and if you’ve been following our Tithe Experiment you’ll know that we’re taking a huge step in faith this year with our finances and that our second child is due in August, so to be honest I’m not sure how I’ll cope, but I know that I have to trust that God will lead us through.

I’m after some advice, have you had any experience working and studying at the same time? Do you have any tips/time savers/advice etc that you can send my way? I’d appreciate all the help I can get!

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