Saturday, May 30, 2015

Scary Prayers!

believe over the period of a month God has been challenging me in the area of prayer. 

Now if I was to say honestly what I thought of my own prayer journey I would probably go with something like this... I love prayer. I know and believe it works. I know God hears my prayers. I've had many personal prayers answered. I like to think of myself as an intercessor but at a beginner level. So overall I'd say my prayer life is fairly good. 

Reading back over that last paragraph, I'm thinking 'that's lame' and 'where is my head at?' It seems all about me.  

Sometimes we can get caught up in ourselves. Sometimes we don't even realise it. It just happens. 

Prayer is not all about us! Yes we should pray for ourselves and our lives. We should open up to God about what's happening with us; trusting him for all our needs. Asking Him for solutions and blessing and favour. 

But prayer I believe is a way of communicating with God. And communicating means there's more than one party involved. So prayer is also about God. And God wants to use us and our prayers to bring heaven to earth! He wants to use our prayers to make a change. He wants to use our prayers to bring Him glory! 

So what kind of prayers are we really praying? 

Are we praying prayers that are all about us? Or are we growing and communicating with God and praying prayers that are bigger than us... Are we praying about something more than just ourselves? 

Do we dare to pray for things that are big, scary and even impossible?? 

Part of what made me challenged in this area was hearing Lisa Bevere say "are you praying safe prayers or are you praying scary prayers?" 

So I thought about it. Do I wanna pray... 

To find a car park or for souls to be saved? 
Protection of my health or amazing healing for others? 
Help me get out of bed or a strategic year ahead? 
For a warm sunny day or for opportunities to be a shining example of Gods love? 
To wake up early to read the Bible or for people to be raised from the dead!! 

I've decided to go with scary! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Overload of Cuteness

Well my little miss Esther is a few days shy of being 12 weeks old. Time has gone quickly! I thought I'd share some of my favourite new pics. Be prepared for an overload of cuteness :) 

Just a few minutes old

Relaxing in hospital with mummy 

Cafe cuddles 
  Sweet as pie! 
Bedtime story with daddy

Hanging out at Mamma's 

Easter Sunday - her first! 

Tummy time

Smiles at daddy's work

Sunday morning snuggles 

Stretching out at church

Asleep at her first footy game. Tigers win! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

You are brilliant!

Encouragement for you! 

To my dear Christian mummy friends, 

Let me get straight to the point... You are doing a brilliant job! You are a good mother. God is pleased with you! 

I want to explain how I can say that without knowing you personally; I don't want it to be mere flattery or fake encouragement. I know you are a good mother because... 

1. You are taking time out of your busy day to read the Word of God. Whether it be your daily devotional, a bible app or even just the verses I post online via my Facebook page. You are reading the Word. Well done. Without the Word of God we cannot give out. A dry well has nothing to give. Only a well with water can give. So keep spending that time - no matter how much or how little reading the Word. The Word is a wellspring of life. Give out of an abundant overflowing well. 
2. You are teachable and adaptable. By taking time to read the Word and by spending time with like minded Christian mummy's you are learning and becoming like a well moulded piece of clay. Bricks can only be used for building. But clay can be moulded and used for many purposes. So spend time with another like minded Christian mummy. Iron sharpens iron. Or in this case clay ;) 

3. You love The Lord! God is love and by having a heart longing after him you are giving and receiving love. This love flows into all areas of your life. His perfect love makes you better at displaying and imparting a mothers love. So love The Lord with all your heart, mind and soul. 

I know there are lots of other things you do that contribute to your brilliant mummy status. But these things give you an edge. Your edge is a head start to being that awesome mummy that you are and are called to be. I'm so happy for you. I'm sure that God is proud of you. When you choose to give yourself a head start like this - with God nothing is impossible! 

I know you don't always get it right. Neither do I. Trust me! But ask God for forgiveness and new strategies. Then focus on positives. Read the Word. Be teachable. And love The Lord. 

Love you! 
Nat xx

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I love being a mummy

Being a mummy is easily the best job ever. It doesn't even feel like a proper job. What I mean is it's not a task that I dread or think 'do I have to go to work today?' 

The things I like the most... 

I love love love when you get to hold your little newborn baby in your arms for the first time. There's nothing like it! It's a special moment in time. I hope I never forget those sweet memories. 

I love the snuggles and hugs! Who doesn't love a warm snuggle? Or a huge bear hug? 

I love seeing them smile. When they are fresh little ones it's because I haven't seen them smile before, they are learning to smile and their smiles are so pure, cute and bright they light up their whole face. As the little ones grow into kiddies I love it when they have happy excitement smiles or a sense of accomplishment and pride. 

Teaching them to love God. I love sharing my faith with anyone but it's a sweet thing to share your journey and God revelations with your own child. Helping them to understand, teaching them and watching them begin to form their own faith journey. It is a joy! 

I'm sure over the years as my children grow so will this list. There's lots of other things to love about being a mum but for now they are my absolute favourite things.