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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Well, almost. One more hour.
Please explain to me once more why it is getting constantly warmer, school is getting out, and NO ONE IS CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!
Maybe I'll sleep on it.
Charity | 11:03 pmComments-[ comments.]
Monday, October 22, 2007
"My heart doth overflow."
I am so thankful that God has been so visibly at work in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia over the past couple of weeks. I cannot express the joy I have as I see Him fulfilling His promise to build His glorious church. Of course, I must continue to be joyful through all the circumstances in which He places me in the ministry here. I must praise Him even through the difficult, discouraging, and disappointing times.
I am so thankful for the people who the Lord has placed in my life here. I have so many wise and godly people who I can not only look up to but with whom I can also share a close friendship. It took me a while to think of them as "mentors", but now I do so with such a sense of the blessing they place in my life. God is so good to let His people be encouraged through one another.
I am so thankful that God has revealed Himself through His Word. At times, it seems so very unclear where God is leading me at this point in my life. He has really been showing me things lately that help me to trust that He will show me clearly where He is directing my paths.
"I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
Thanks, Jono, for finding the reference for me!
"Do not worry about your life...but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
--Matthew 6:24, 33
Charity | 9:11 pmComments-[ comments.]
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
-->Sons of Korah
M, T, and I were able to attend a Sons of Korah concert in Melbourne on Saturday night! For those of you who haven't heard of them, Sons of Korah is a band of Australian Christians who sing Psalms set to acoustical music. The band name is from the Biblical Sons of Korah who wrote some of the Psalms. We'd heard some of their CDs, but had never seen them in person, so this was a pretty exciting opportunity. When the concert was over, we girls hopped right up on stage and started talking to them. They were all really friendly, and we found out that they had recently been to Indiana! Also, we found out that we have a lot of mutual friends from the Geelong RP church. Here's what they sound like...
It has been so wonderful having Pastor Smith around. He preached excellent sermons on Sunday: "The Relevance of Prayer" and "Christ's Glorious Church". He is encouraging and uplifting to be around, and he tells the greatest stories about experiences in his life and the lives of those with whom he's come into contact. He doesn't mind just sitting around and talking with us kids (when he's not on the go), and he warms us girls' hearts, calling us "my dear". Saturday is the Presbytery Day Conference at which he will be speaking, and I am really looking forward to his talks on discipleship.
A few months ago, Dad received an email from a family in Scotland. They had found our church's website, and, as they were planning to move to the Melbourne area, they were interested in meeting Dad. A couple weeks after his reply that we would love to meet them, they wrote saying they felt that God was calling them to move to Frankston and be part of our church ministry here! What an encouragement and answer to prayer! We've been excitedly keeping in touch ever since, and just this week Dad received another email saying that they--the Pattersons--would be arriving this Friday! We are positively over-joyed! After passing the news around to the church members, several people offered not only to go see them at the airport when they arrive but also to provide them with a car and a place to stay (while they house-hunt). Mr. Patterson emailed back after Dad told him this and said he was speechless--overwhelmed with the congregation's kindness and generosity. I know first-hand how wonderfully overwhemling the tangible love shown by the saints here can be, and I hope that we can help make the Pattersons arrival just as warm, welcoming, and wonderful.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above..."
Charity | 5:08 pmComments-[ comments.]
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Spring. Lovely Spring.
I'd been meaning to take a bunch of photos of the beautiful new life surrounding our house, but I kept forgetting. I told Maria of my intentions a couple days ago, and she went and did the job for me. So, thanks to Maria, here are some rather gorgeous photos of some of our little beauties outside.
[Special note to Grandma Cole: Mom wanted to make sure you saw these!]
What a wonderful Creator we have!
Charity | 9:41 pmComments-[ comments.]
Friday, October 05, 2007
Sometimes, I just want to live at Dixon's Creek. Coming back from my first Big Person experience there, I am wishing that real life was as easy as Junior Camp. Playing everlasting cricket and "tiggy" games, taking bush walks, eating constantly, reading stories, and focusing on God. What could be better?
Tomorrow morning I must rise bright and early in order to undergo torturous SAT-ing. And Monday starts the final school term. The joys of learning seem to lessen as the year comes to an end, but I intend to stick it out. I know having two summers in one year is kind of cheating, but I think unique situations call for unique allowances.
I look out at the intervals of sunshine and rain, and I remember that God is good in all things.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding."
[Junior Camp 2007]
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