Monday, March 20, 2006


Camp has been and gone. An interesting weekend!
The teaching gave me a lot to think about and process, the food has given me a kilo or two to work off, the fun and laughter has given me lots of precious memories, and the friendships - both new and existing - have given me a sense of how much God loves each and every one of us, and I realise again that we are designed to have fellowship with each other, not just with God.

Each camp I have been to has had a different feel to it, and each is memorable for different reasons. I pray that the work God has done in each of the women's lives over the weekend will continue, and that they will not forget the truths learned, but will keep on building on the foundations laid at camp.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Two more Life's Lessons

Life's Lesson 25434

It is a good idea if you are doing housework before you go to work, or if you want to look at the paper after someone else has dripped honey or blobs of jam on it while they were reading it before you, (sigh!) to put on old clothes when you get up and then change into your clean work clothes before you head out the door.

Life's Lesson 25435

It is a good idea if you are only going to change into your clean work clothes just before you head out the door to stop cleaning your glasses and put them back on so that you can have a really good look in the mirror, not just a short sighted glance as you rush by.
That way you won't have to have your workmate (female - I am thankful to say) tell you that your blouse is inside out (Sigh!!!!!)

Friday, March 10, 2006

God restores my soul

The topic for the women's camp next weekend is "God restores my soul". I am really looking forward to it. Even just meditating on the title gives me a sense of expectancy - there is hope and promise and a depth of meaning in this one sentence.

I realise that I will not escape God's gentle probing and revealing of areas in my life that need restoring, but already for me there is a sense of the Holy Spirit going before and preparing, of not being faced with more than I can handle.

To me, in the midst of a busy few weeks, it is going to be a time of drawing aside and just being in the presence of God, of walking with Him at a slow enough pace that I can hear what He is saying to me.

My prayer is that this will be so for all the women who come.

Maybe, if I am totally honest, no cooking, fun and laughter with a bunch of other women and getting away from it all also helps me to be looking forward to camp.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Amanda's big day

Tomorrow is Amanda Lander's big exam that she has been working and studying so hard for. I am praying for her that God will give her good memory recall, for strength, for calmness, and for her to know God's presence through it all.
I don't think she would mind if others prayed too.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

A cup of coffee in My name

The service has ended and I am sitting in church with Roanna when Rayd comes along with a cup of coffee for her. Seeing the husband is away in Hanmer at a school music camp and so my usual "bringer of the coffee" is not there, Rayd volunteers to bring me a coffee. As he walks away after giving me my coffee I am reminded of the verse in Mathew which says "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water (or in my case coffee) to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

It also reminded me that God takes notice of the little things that we do in His name - attitude is as important as action.

Thanks Andrew, your kindness is appreciated.