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Totes Def Faithful!

God is totally, definitely faithful.

Today was a stark reminder for me.

It was a really yucky day and as we drove home from work I was feeling a little helpless.

You know when you are not exactly sure how God is handling a situation, and you have a few suggestions for Him that might help ūüôā All of a sudden He tells you to snap out of it and refocus. All it took for me today was a message on Facebook from a friend who was obedient to God and gave me a word. She was faithful to what He wanted her to say to me, and little did she know, the timing was absolutely perfect to the moment, the message went to my core, the promise relit a fire in me. I spoke something to Him out loud and my answer appeared in seconds. It was a message I needed to hear and one I intend to cling to.

God is totally, definitely faithful.

I am so grateful my friend was faithful too.

Prime Minister of Israel: speech to congress!

God tells us to¬†‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may those who love you be secure.’¬†(Psalm 122:6). No hidden messages there – it is what it is. ¬†You need to know what is going on so you know what to be praying for. When you read the Bible, you can see throughout the whole book that Israel is the place to watch – the Holy Land.

This is the video footage of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the congress on May 24th 2011. ¬†It is VERY good and VERY important to watch. Everyone really needs to be up to date on what is going on in the Middle East as it does and will affect all of us.

Dancing the Night Away – Prayer for Israel Conference

For the past 10 years I have been a part of a dance team that has been asked to dance all over the countryside.  We are a group of Christian women who worship through dance. Here is our missions statement:
The Jubilee Ministry Dance Ensemble is a Christian, Australian based Davidic praise and worship team, incorporating dance, flags and banners, all used to the glory of God. Our mission is to proclaim the word of God, through worship, over our nation Australia, as well as over the nation of Israel, in obedience to Psalm 122:6, to ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.’¬†

Our team is made up of the most beautiful group of women with incredible hearts. It is such a blessing to be in the team and minister with them.  We are definitely a family.

Last night we danced in Brisbane at the annual PFI (Prayer For Israel) Conference.

Our team, minus two.

'The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit'

A beautiful lady, Grace, doing her drama.

Dancing with the congregation.

Dancing 'Yeshua' with Susanna Galer singing.

Changeroom mischief. A spot of planking. We had a good laugh at this ūüôā

My husband took came along and took these photos for us. ¬†So many to choose from so you may see some more popping up here and there ūüôā

I Am A Total Princess.

Prince William and I

First thing is first. ¬†My husband is totally cool with this photo….he created it while we were watching the wedding together on the couch. ¬†It was for a bit of a laugh on facebook ūüôā

This wedding made a lot of girls think about life as a princess and what it would be like to one day be the Queen of a country. ¬†I had many conversations with friends leading up to the wedding about the pros and cons of being a princess, “I would hate it cause you have no privacy, poor girl”, “Imagine having her life and being in her shoes right now – how exciting!”.

Perhaps it has something to do with the age of the prince and princess (being close to your age it makes you think…wow, it could have been me!!!….kind of….I guess….if I looked like her…and lived in England….and did all the things she did…and went to school with Prince William….okay, fine – it could never be me…..).

I love that we all are princesses of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords….our own heavenly Father! ¬†If you have no idea WHAT I am talking about, you absolutely need to read: Captivating. This book unveils the truth behind God’s creation of woman and her purpose. ¬†It explains why, as little girls, we loved to dress up and pretend to be princesses at some stage – it has been ingrained in us by our Creator! ¬†It details why we still love to be treated like princesses by the princes in our lives. ¬†I love that my husband (after 12 years together) still carries things for me, does things for me like vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms and fixes everything…even when he is exhausted, desires to spoil me and make me feel beautiful and special. ¬†And he calls me princess. I love that I married my very own prince…and God is my ultimate King.

God’s a Pushover? I don’t think so!

Hubby and I were driving home from Brisbane one day when he asked if I could read out loud to him the book of Hosea in the Old Testament from the Bible. ¬†I haven’t really spent much time in this section before and I was really blown away by something.

So many people think that God is a bit of a pushover.  They may not use those words exactly, but they sum Him up something like this:

“God would never send anyone to hell, he is not mean.”

“God only has love in Him so He wouldn’t harm.”

“God can’t be real cause there is so much hurt in the world…wouldn’t He just fix everything?”

“I can just do the wrong thing (sin) and ask for forgiveness, then do it again, then ask for forgiveness – He is a forgiving God after all! Easy.”

Hmmmm….this is not the same God of the Bible, especially the one in the book of Hosea! First of all, let us get one thing straight. ¬†The book of Hosea says the following about God:

  • Hosea 1-3 He is a sovereign God
  • Hosea 4-7 He is a holy God
  • Hosea 8-10 He is a just God
  • Hosea 11-14 He is a loving God
He most certainly is, without a doubt, all those things and more goodness!  He is LOVE after all.
He is also a jealous God, one who likened Israel (His people) to that of a prostitute who had run away from her loving and doting husband Hosea (who represents God). God is so disappointed and angry that after all this time, after freeing Israel from the clutches of Egypt and doing many miracles for her, Israel would still turn her back on Him and look to other gods and idol worship. Forgetting Him. God had basically had enough and it was time to let Israel know the consequences of turning her back on God.
”I have been the Lord¬†your God¬†ever since I brought you out of Egypt. You must acknowledge no God but me,¬†for there is no other savior.¬†I took care of you in the wilderness,¬†in that dry and thirsty land.¬†But when you had eaten and were satisfied,¬†you became proud and forgot me.¬† So now I will attack you like a lion,¬†like a leopard that lurks along the road.¬†Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away,¬†I will tear out your heart.¬†I will devour you like a hungry lioness¬†and mangle you like a wild animal. You are about to be destroyed, O Israel‚ÄĒ¬†yes, by me, your only helper. Now where is¬†your king?¬†Let him save you!¬†Where are all the leaders of the land, the king and the officials you demanded of me?¬†In my anger I gave you kings,¬†and in my fury I took them away.’ – Hosea 13: 4-11

Yikes, I would not want to be in the bad books with God….the word that comes to mind is fear. ¬†He is mighty and powerful and patient….but continually turning your back on Him may cause Him to get your attention at some stage. ¬†You can only be ignorant of Him for so long.
‘I want to heal Israel,¬†but its sins are too great.¬†Samaria is filled with liars.¬†Thieves are on the inside¬†and bandits on the outside!¬†Its people don‚Äôt realize¬†that I am watching them.¬†Their sinful deeds are all around them,¬†and I see them all.’ – Hosea 7:1-2

So why does God feel this way towards Israel? ¬†Let’s see a part of the reason…..
‘O Israel¬†and Judah,¬†what should I do with you?‚ÄĚ asks the Lord. “For your love vanishes like the morning mist¬†and disappears like dew in the sunlight.¬†I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces‚ÄĒ¬†to slaughter you with my words,¬†with judgments as inescapable as light.¬†I want you to show love,¬†not offer sacrifices.¬†I want you to know me¬†more than I want burnt offerings.¬† But like Adam,¬†you broke my covenant¬†and betrayed my trust. “Gilead is a city of sinners,¬†tracked with footprints of blood.¬†Priests form bands of robbers,¬†waiting in ambush for their victims.¬†They murder¬†travellers¬†along the road to Shechem¬†and practice every kind of sin.¬†Yes, I have seen something horrible in Ephraim and Israel:¬†My people are defiled by prostituting themselves with other gods!” Hosea 6:4-10

So, what of Hosea’s prostituting wife and unfaithful Israel?
Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them. РHosea 3:1

Shame Hitler didn’t understand God’s relationship with Israel, one of the many reasons given for the holocaust was because Hitlers twisted mind originally thought he was doing God a favour by wiping out His people, the Jews. ¬†Very messed up. ¬†Hitler wanted the Jews annihilated as he believed that God had finished with them (antisemitism).
‘Oh, how can I give you up, Israel?¬†How can I let you go?¬†How can I destroy you like Admah¬†or demolish you like Zeboiim?¬†My heart is torn within me,¬†and my compassion overflows.¬†No, I will not unleash my fierce anger.¬†I will not completely destroy Israel,¬†for I am God and not a mere mortal.¬†I am the Holy One living among you,¬†and I will not come to destroy.¬†For someday the people will follow me.¬†I, the Lord, will roar like a lion.¬†And when I roar,¬†my people will return trembling from the west.¬†Like a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt.¬†Trembling like doves, they will return from Assyria.¬†And I will bring them home again,‚Ä̬†says the Lord.’ – Hosea 11:8-11
And finally,

‘Return, O Israel, to the Lord¬†your God, for your sins have brought you down. Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord.¬†Say to him, ‚ÄúForgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. Assyria cannot save us,¬†nor can our warhorses.¬†Never again will we say to the idols we have made,¬†‚ÄėYou are our gods.‚Äô¬†No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.‚ÄĚ

The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.  I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon. My people will again live under my shade. They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines. They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.

‚ÄúO Israel,¬†stay away from idols!¬†I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you.¬†I am like a tree that is always green;¬†all your fruit comes from me.‚Ä̬†Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully.¬†The paths of the Lord¬†are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.’ –¬†Hosea 14: 4-9

My goodness, there is so much to write about! ¬†I urge you to read Hosea, the whole lot, even if you do not believe in Him. ¬†It is not very long and you will be glad that you did. ¬†It gives a bit more of an understanding of God’s character.

Be Patient; It’ll Happen in God’s Time!

I was at work when a friend handed me a piece of paper she had ripped out of her magazine. She said she had been reading this particular article and thought of me and all the things my hubby and I had been going through (read about it here).  It is a fantastic source of encouragement for whatever anyone is going through:

Lake Mystic by Tad Cholinski

‘Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.’ – Psalm 37:7

‘Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart’ (Ps 37:4). But usually He makes you wait. Dennis Wholey says: ‘Waiting is an art…if you can wait two years, you can achieve something you could not achieve today however hard you worked, however much money you threw at it, however many times you banged your head against the wall. ‘There are things you can’t have today as you will be able to have them in the future. So it doesn’t make sense to drive yourself crazy and put your life on hold struggling to accomplish something now, that’ll be easy when the time is right.

James says, ‘But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing’ (Jas 1:4). God allows certain things to take place in our lives to teach us important principles like:

(a) developing new skills

(b) showing grace and controlling our responses

(c) maintaining our faith when times get tough

Paul writes: ‘Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering’ (Col 3:12); and ‘rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer’ (Ro 12:12). When you spend time in God’s waiting room, He’s developing qualities in you that simply can’t be developed any other way. When He’s finished, you’ll come out stronger and wiser. And you’ll have the maturity to handle what He has in mind for you. ‘Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him’ (Ps 37:7).

36 Week Abortions!

****Warning – if you agree with abortions, you may not want to read this as I am very against it and my comments will offend you.

If you have had an abortion, please know that God knows your pain and wants to fill that space with His love for you. This post is about my shock and anger at how abortion has been watered down to make it less offense or upsetting for people. It is not a personal judgement (I have close friends who have had abortions) as we all do things we regret in life, but it’s about the fact that our government see that taking a child’s life is a totally acceptable act.¬† If you call it a different name (abortion) and it does not breath air and you can’t see it, then it is not a problem to get rid of it.

 

Yes, the title of this post is no typo.  Abortions in Australia at 36 weeks pregnant.  Just so you get a clear understanding of what this means, this is a 36 week baby who was born 4 weeks before its due date.

Proverbs 31:8 ‚ÄúSpeak up for those who cannot speak for themselves‚ÄĚ

I was horrified when I heard this.¬† How can you not call an ‘abortion’ an act of murder?¬† What is going on with the world when you can legally take the life of a human. How did this law ever get passed?

I don’t agree with any form of ‘abortion’ (I will call it abortion for this post, but its real name is plain and simply murder) as I believe in Psalm 139

“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God‚ÄĒyou’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration‚ÄĒwhat a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.”

People who are pro-abortion stand up for it by saying that it is the womans body and therefore she should be allowed the choice on whether her baby is to live or not.  That is absolutely ridiculous. You have a life inside you, your body is not just your own anymore. You have a responsibility.  We all have choices in life whether we like them or not, and sometimes the outcome can make our lives really, really tough and daunting and scary. We have to take responsibility and the right choice. God is the author and creator of life.  In the Bible, God reassures us by saying that He only gives us what we can handle.

I know in my previous post: Nic & Fertility & Meanies, I said that “I say, before you slander someone, take a walk in their shoes!”. I still very much stand by and agree with what I wrote.¬† I feel ‘abortion’ is not on the same page, or even in the same book, as surrogacy.¬† I do not believe that if you murder a human being (whether living in the womb, or an adult) is okay.¬† I think if I walked in the shoes of a murderer and knew the motive behind their action I would still be against it….obviously.¬† How is ‘aborting’ a baby any different.¬† Look at the above picture of the baby again.¬† How can you kill such an innocent, perfect human who has spent months hearing and recognising your voice while in your womb?

There is medical video footage of a 12 week abortion taking place, and using ultrasound, you can actually see the baby scrambling away from the knife.

Here are 10 arguments against abortion and 10 arguments for abortion.¬† I read it and it amazes me some of the ‘reasons’ for abortion!¬† They just don’t make sense. An example of one of the arguments for ‘abortion’: Adoption is not an alternative to abortion, because it remains the woman’s choice whether or not to give her child up for adoption. Statistics show that very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies – less than 3% of white unmarried women and less than 2% of black unmarried women. Ummm, excuse me?¬† So you are saying that a reason to have an ‘abortion’ and kill a baby is so that the mother does not have to make a tricky decision when the baby is born as to whether she keeps it or gives it to another family who really want a baby?¬† AND, she may change her mind and decide to keep it in the end?¬† How horrible for a mother to decide to keep her baby once she has brought it into this world (note my major sarcasm here). Imagine if she had aborted and regrets it, if she had a chance of actually wanting to keep it in the end.¬† That whole argument is twisted!! Let me paraphrase this argument again – “We better kill this baby before we change our mind and want to keep it”. No wonder ‘women who have abortions suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome more often than Vietnam vets do.’

One final thought: If I am pregnant and a robber breaks into my home and beats me up and kills me, he will be tried on two counts of murder; one for me and one for my baby. If I hire a doctor to do an abortion, it is somehow magically now not a person. Illogical.

If you are reading this and you are ever left with the choice to abort or not to abort your baby, please read this first. It explains the stages in a baby’s development, being presented with the possibility of having a baby with a disorder, rape victims points of view, etc. I hope you make the right choice.