Thursday, January 23, 2014

Watermelon Juice

Need a good recipe for a summery drink? Maybe for a party, family gathering or Australia Day... Try this yummy, refreshing watermelon juice. 

Ingredients: 
5.5kg whole watermelon 
1 lemon
6 mint leaves
567gm tin of pineapple slices in natural juice (Dole)
450ml water 

Method:
Cut skin off watermelon and roughly cut chunks of melon into prices that will fit into your blender or food processor. 

Juice your lemon. 

Add juice from pineapple tin and 450ml of water to the lemon juice and set aside. 

Blend watermelon, pineapple slices and mint leaves until it is thin juice consistency. No chunks. 

Combine the lemon juice mixture with the blended watermelon mixture. Stir thoroughly until mixed together. 

Refrigerate juice. Serve chilled with ice cubes. 

Yields: 
4.2 litres of fresh juice. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are you ready?

I've always been a talker! It is a hard thing to make me speechless. What can I say? I like talking. (No pun intended). Once my husband clocked me -- we were driving to Geelong and he recorded (without me knowing) how many kilometres I talked non stop, without interruption. Also my husband has joked with me that if ever we were captured he'd let me do all the talking because after a short time they'd release us just to get some peace and quiet. How rude right?! Lol! Actually I'm quite content being labeled a talker. (Side note: gossip is different and I will not enter into that!) 

Recently God has really been stirring my heart and reigniting a fire. God is doing a good work in me. I am growing more and more passionate for Him. I long to spend time with Him. I am reading His Word and I am compelled to share it with others. I could talk about this all day long! 

Why? Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! 

Mummy tip: If your children are too little too read themselves, read Gods word aloud to them! Or even buy an audio Bible (on cd or mp3) and play it in the car or at bedtime. 

I encourage you also, once you have the Word inside of you, share it with others. 

Make no mistake, the day when Jesus Christ returns is coming. The Bible tells us that no one knows the time or the day that He will return (Matt 24:36). For he will return like a thief in the night. Unexpectedly (2 Peter 3:10). 

But if Jesus returned today - yes today! 
Would you be ready? 

Why is He coming? He is coming to take His believers to be with Him forever. Where? I believe I'm going to Heaven. He has prepared a place for everyone who believes (John 14:1-3 and 1 Thes 4:16-17). Do you want to go to heaven? 

Hebrews 9:27-28 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. 

Will you be ready? You will only be ready if you are what us Christians call 'saved'. How do you be saved? 

Romans 10:9-13 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

Read Luke 1:67-80, Acts 2:36-39
(You can read passages at biblegateway.com) 

John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 

If you haven't done so ever before, ask him to come into your life and forgive you of all your sins. God loves you unconditionally. He wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to forgive your sins. He wants to rescue you. He wants to save you from eternal consequences. He wants to give you a hope and a future. 

People who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour are already judged (see scripture from John below). God is our King and our Judge. 

All nations on earth have laws and rules in which we follow and abide, if we don't follow them there is punishment by law -- justice. God is the same in that He judges us if we do not believe in Him and follow His ways. His Kingdom is above any person, group, or nation and His Kingdom will reign forever! 

John 3:18-21 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” 

So do not delay! Stop now. Be wise. This is your warning. You may not get another warning. None of us know the day that we each will pass away. Give your life to Christ. Believe in Him. Ask Him to forgive you. Be saved. 

If you have accepted Christ into your heart -- do not be wavering or luke warm in your faith. Believe in God and His Word 110%. Be boiling hot for God! 

You don't want to slip away. To have known and believed and then to lose it all would be much worse then to have not known and believed at all. Take a moment to get right with God. No matter what has happened, reconcile with Him. He is more important than anything else. Your relationship with Him needs to be right. Ask for forgiveness again. Ask Him to be first in your life again. Ask Him to help you to believe and grow in your faith. He will help you. I have no doubt about that. 

I write this for a number of reasons. Firstly God calls everyone who believes to share the Good News with others. Secondly because I love my family (and friends and even people I don't know)...

I want what is best for you. I want you to know God. I don't want you to be judged. I don't want you to go to Hell. I want you to have a hope and a future. I want you to be victorious, free, healed, loved and forgiven. I want you to be blessed and receive all that God has for you. I can testify to His goodness and His many miracles. I walk with Him daily and He has done amazing things for me. I am alive and free today because of Him. He gave me new life and He is offering it to you also. 

Take it. Take the gift of unconditional love and forgiveness. I urge you today. 


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Be of Sound Mind

Do not worry! Do you have anxious thoughts or are you easily worried? I'm not sure if it is normal for most. But I do know that it is not what God has called us to. 

What does the Bible says about worry... 

Proverbs 12:25 Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. 

Matthew 6:25-33 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 

I know personally there are times when my thoughts can carry me away. One small pin prick of doubt or concern can very quickly become a cause of anxiety. 

Say for example if my dear hubby is running 40 minutes late and doesn't call to let me know because his mobile phone has a flat battery... This could well tumbleweed out of control with one little tinkering seed of doubt from the enemy. Then the thoughtful questions; where is he? How come he didn't call? Maybe there's been an accident? 

Or maybe for you it's more... Checking your bank account and you've only got $45 left till payday. With the questions; what am I going to do? How did this happen? How will we get by? How am I going to afford everything? 

That's when you need to get a grip! Take back control by the Spirit. Pray. Flick the devil away like the dirty rotten fly he is. Then say to the mind -- mind get in line with the Spirit (aka the Spirit of God). Then you will experience His peace and a sound mind. 

Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 


Monday, January 6, 2014

Vision for 2014

It's taken me a while to think about what I'm going to do this year and what my goals or New Years resolutions are. 

In the end I came up with three areas to work on: 

1. Giving to God
2. Giving to my husband 
3. Giving to myself 

So I have a goal for each of the areas listed above. They are realistic, meaningful, positive and good. 

I know it is not spot on at the beginning of the year now. But let's not be legalistic and miss an opportunity to make good choices and positive change in our lives this year. 

I've thought and prayed about what are good decisions for me. That way I'm not choosing a goal that is unrealistic or out of my league. 

If you didn't get a chance over New Year's Eve to think about 2014, I encourage you to do it now. It's not too late! 

Have you heard the scripture 'without a vision, people perish' (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)? I don't believe that passage is specifically talking about making goals. But I do believe that it does make sense...  

If we go about our year (or our life) without a vision we won't get anywhere specific. It will just be. There may be some accomplishments but without the vision and effort of working towards something our way will likely seem lost. There will be no sense of achievement or reason for doing what we do. Vision gives us a clear understanding of where we are going. It is like the difference of driving somewhere new; with or without a map. I'm blabbing a bit here... I hope you get what I'm trying to say. 

So anyway, ask God to give you a vision of what your year will look like and then create a realistic goal that goes hand in hand. Trust Him to guide you and remember that He has your best interests at heart. God is already on the sidelines cheering you on. He wants you to succeed! 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.