Friday, March 28, 2014

The Desires of Your Heart

Do you have a bunch of good, fun, Godly women around you? 

I'm getting straight into it today... I have friends!! {insert big smile} 

You see my childhood journey was different to most. I grew up in lots of places. There are 13 school years (of primary and secondary school) and I went to 13 different schools. That many schools is quite ridiculous! But it is part of me, my story and now I can't imagine it being different. 

The thing I found most difficult during that period was having friends. If it wasn't difficult to make them, it was hard to keep them. Either or. 

Now it's been a while since I left school (cough 11 years cough) and I'd like to point out towards the end of high school I did have some friends. But not like best friends. Not friends that were similar to me. Not the kind of friends you want to spend all your time with. Not the kind I felt I could really pour my heart and soul out to. Not the kind of friends that helped make you be a better you. I was still different, felt like I didn't fit in and more loner-ish than one would like. 

One Bible verse in particular helped me with this after I gave my heart to God at 14 years old. 

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Over the years as I have delighted myself in the Lord he has been fulfilling the desires of my heart. One at a time, in His time. And who knows that His timing is perfect! 

God bringing me new, good, fun, Godly friends has been like a dream come true. And the quality of ladies that I now call friends are far better than anything I could have mustered up myself. I don't know why I thought it would be anything but awesome with God doing it. 

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says there is a time and season for everything. This is my adapted mummy version... 

A time without friends and a time with. A time of being at home keeping children and the house and a time to gain more independence and venture out. A time to teach little ones and a time to let them fly. A time for discipline and a time for hugs and laughter. A time to bake and a time to be cooked for. A time to hear from God and a time to speak to Him. A time to give and a time to receive. 

There is a season for all things. But as we delight ourselves in the Lord (no matter the season we are in) he will give us the desires of our heart. 

P.S. I'm still different but thanks to God I now have friends


Monday, March 24, 2014

Testimony

God has really been stirring within me this year and I feel closer to Him than I have in a long time or ever. It's so exciting and refreshing. God has captured my heart all over again and i'm in love!! 

He has been so good and so real to me. Actually last week God healed my 3 year olds fingers...

I was rushing to get the girls and I out of the house in time to drive to Kinder. In my hurry I accidentally jammed some little fingers in the bedroom door. Immediately she had a blue bruise on one finger and a cut with a small amount of blood on the other finger. 

She wouldn't let me put ice or a cold washer on them to help ease the pain and swelling. But she did let me pray for her. After praying her bruise and the cut was completely gone and there was no evidence of blood at all. Praise God! 

So my sweet little 3 year old now goes around showing people her fingers and sharing her own powerful testimony of the healing power of God. 

Thank you God for your goodness. 

"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. " Psalm 23:6 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Camping Trip!

absolutely love dressing up and eating fine food. I have expensive taste. Seeing a theatre show or visiting the opera is cool. I like being amongst a large sports crowd. And yes we live in the suburbs of a big beautiful city. 

But on the other hand; I also love good ol'fashion fun! I love simple but delicious food. I enjoy things like pumpkin festivals. The feeling of fresh crisp air is like nothing else and the outdoors brings it's own entertainment. 

I'm very much a country girl at heart... So I 've decided we need to take our little family on our first camping trip (since having children). 

Dear hubby and I have been camping a few times over the years. We always have fun. We even went camping once spur of the moment after hubby broke his foot. He needed a sea change. Lol! We've camped cave man style (no toilets and no showers) at the beach and semi civilised (at tourist spots) in Big 4 parks. Now that our oldest is 3 and our youngest is 2 and since we have the gear... Yep it's time! 

There are so many advantages to a camping trip. Family bonding, no interruption of technology, getting back to nature, kids love the outdoors and of course you can be still and know God. 

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” 

Plus there is also the clean air, the excitement of exploring new places, fishing, swimming in a lake, campfires, singing, toasted marshmallows, watching the stars and warm snuggles with someone you love in a sleeping bag. 

I am over the moon crazy excited! I've made lists and brought a few extra essentials such as little girl sleeping bags and camp chairs. So now I'm sharing my enthusiasm online - as you do. 

I encourage you to get outdoors. Borrow a tent and sleeping bags even if it's just for one night. Yes it's going to be outside and there is dirt and grubs. But it's all part of the experience. 

God made the heavens and the earth. Go and see that it is very good! 

P.S. You could always go glamping (glamorous camping) :) 


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Kids operating in the Spirit

Wow! Have you seen this YouTube clip?? 

It only goes for 8 minutes but it will certainly lift your thinking on how and what we should be teaching our children. 


I pray this link (above) works.

If it doesn't work try searching for the clip using the info on the screen shot I took using my iPhone. 



Like the lady who taught the children I too am challenged and encouraged to step out and live what I'm teaching. What a fake I would be if I didn't practice what I preach. 

When was the last time you prayed for someone and believed and expected them to be healed? 

Children are pure and free of all the crap and baggage that we adults carry around. To have faith like a child is precious. 

Are your children operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Write to me and tell me about it. I would love to hear more. 

God Inspired!

2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

This (above) is the very last verse in the second book of Corinthians. I've often read the last verses of Paul's letters in the New Testament and thought they were like a sign off. You know how we sign off a letter -- yours truly or sincerely or kind regards. I thought it was like that. A last minute gesture of kindness. A sort of small blessing. 

But I was wrong! While reading just now God reminded me of... 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 

I especially love the first bit - 'all scripture is inspired by God'. To me it says that if God didn't want it to be there it wouldn't be. And because it's there it's important. It is there to correct us and teach us. God is using the scriptures - all of it - to prepare us and equip us to do every good work. 

So what is this verse telling me? I'm so glad you asked :) 

1. The Lord Jesus Christ is grace. 
2. God is love. 
3. The Holy Spirit wants to fellowship with us. 
4. And all these things can be ours. Amen! 

So simple yet so amazing and powerful. Read those points over again. Let their meaning sink in. These words are powerful. They are God inspired! 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The enemy attacks

When praying and fasting the enemy will come and attack you. I have experienced it! 

On Monday March 3rd both my husband and I started a fast. (Our church are all doing a 21 day fast. Previously I have only done a couple of one day fasts and a one week fast). I have to say that this one specifically, leading up to it I have really been excited and expectant. I know that through this fast God will bring breakthrough and miracles. To me it feels like the cusp of revival. God has been stirring already and changing my heart. I have dreamed dreams and seen visions before the fast even began. 

However tonight overnight between the first and second day (it is now 3am) I woke from a very real spiritual dream. It was as though I could literally feel, touch, sense and see the spiritual realm. It was pictured in a house where my family was sleeping - it was the middle of the night. I stirred slightly in my sleep and as you do in real life I felt someone standing by me. It caused me to slightly wake. I thought it was my husband before I opened my eyes. But he was alseep beside me. Immediately I knew what it was. It was satan! I could not see his face - nor did I want to. Although the night was dark, he was darker. He was tall and slim and wearing a long black cloak with a hood and he moved swiftly (like a thief in the night). You could sense the pure evil emanating from him. 

He moved swiftly like I said and did a complete circle around our bed. As he was circling I knew what he was doing. I felt it. It was very real. My chest was heavy and it was very hard to speak. I was trying to pray in tongues and in that moment because of such a heavy and pained chest I did not have enough breath for so many words. I changed it to one word, JESUS because I know that if you call on the name of The Lord you will be saved. 

What was he trying to do before I called on my Saviour; he was circling us and trying to overwhelm and cover us with oppression. I felt it. It was represented in that I also had almost no voice. Satan was trying to oppress us and take our voice. 

After I called on the name of Jesus he fled the room. He moved to left after exciting our bedroom and I felt he was going towards our daughters room. So I prayed again. My voice had returned. I was breathing more properly. I wanted to get to them, my girls to protect them from the enemy scum. But I didn't yet have my full breath and my chest was still heavy. I believe the oppression was still lifting. But I had no concerns. I knew that my prayers for their safety would be answered by Jesus. 

Why am I sharing this? 
1. I am sharing this because I want to remind you that we do not fight against flesh and blood. 

Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 

2. Also to remind you that if we resist the devil he will flee. 

James 4:7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 

Just as Jesus did when he was tempted by the devil in the desert for 40 days, He told the devil to flee in my dream. 

Matthew 4:10-11 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus. 

When the enemy come to attack you remember he has already been defeated and we are victorious in Christ Jesus. 

Also if he, the devil is coming against you - he must think you're dangerous. So you're on the right track. Good job!! 

Satan you have no authority in my house, my family or my life! Get lost!!! In the name of Jesus you must flee. Amen.