Sunday, 5 August 2012

A beautiful winter walk

Yesterday, we all went for a lovely walk in the nature reserve beside our home. It was such a special time, and oh - the glimpses that we were blessed to see of the Lord's wondrous handiwork. We were able to catch some photos of some of the beauties we saw in this very Australian landscape, including some native Australian wildflowers. They are beautiful... and all the more special because they are nameless and unknown, but so unique, and lovely in the way that they are little splashes of colour in the surrounding landscape. Some we had never seen before. Sometimes the most beautiful flowers seem to emerge only in the wintertime, here.



These we call 'squiggly gums' :). We don't know of any other name for them!

In case the photo doesn't show up just right, these flowers are a beautiful combination of yellow and purple.



What a curious plant this is! The 'flowers' are like little balls of fluffy, filmy seeds. 'Puffballs', or something like that :).


Beautiful, praise the Lord!





This little blossom was hiding away in the grass, all on its own.



I wonder what this is!


Another 'hideaway' :)



Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

An Overview of the Interlude

Sometimes one photo can express much more than many words can :). Here are some photos, showing a little of what has been happening over the last few months.

Exploring :)


Resting


Lovely visitors


Tasty cooking, including this new bread recipe which
we were quite excited to find in my grandmother's
recipe book. Containing ground bean flour, whole wheat flour,
and soaked rolled oats.


Meals and fellowship


Homegrown bananas; praise the Lord for
His provision!


Drawing


Spending time together


Keeping an eye on one another, especially the naughty
dogs :)


Gathering homegrown pumpkins in the dozens


Picking wild cherry tomatoes


Cleaning!


Native australian blossoms for Charlie,
the rainbow-lorikeet


And last, but not least :), working together.

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house we are, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end."
Hebrews 3: 1 - 6

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Sunday, 1 July 2012

A Sunday Post



"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)..." Hebrews 10: 19 - 23

I pray this Sunday is one of great blessing to you and your families - whether the day is ending, or beginning! ~

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Greetings

Timmy

Greetings, dear friends and brethren, after this long silence!
The cool months of winter are flying - and yet crawling -
with the burdens and joys of each day.

Through all the days of sunshine and cloud, rain and drought,
one great joy remains and abides: The Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord
and Saviour, is faithful! He is gracious, and merciful,
and His work is finished! Now He sits on the right hand of the Father....
blessed be His name!

These have been busy days. Farm-work, house-work, music, living in a family - life! And best of all, seeing the gracious intervention and miraculous work of the Lord, day by day.

This must be a short post for now, but below is a beautiful and deep analogy from John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress'. By grace are we saved, through faith. "Oh Lord, I believe. Help Thou mine unbelief". Praise the Lord!

Then he took him by the hand, and led him into a very large parlour that was full of dust, because never swept; the which after he had reviewed a little while, the Interpreter called for a man to sweep. Now, when he began to sweep, the dust began so abundantly to fly about, that Christian had almost therewith been choked. Then said the Interpreter to a damsel that stood by, Bring hither the water, and sprinkle the room; the which, when she had done, it was swept and cleansed with pleasure.

CHR. Then said Christian, What means this?

INTER. The Interpreter answered, This parlour is the heart of a man that was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the gospel; the dust is his original sin and inward corruptions, that have defiled the whole man. He that began to sweep at first, is the Law; but she that brought water, and did sprinkle it, is the Gospel. Now, whereas thou sawest, that so soon as the first began to sweep, the dust did so fly about that the room by him could not be cleansed, but that thou wast almost choked therewith; this is to shew thee, that the law, instead of cleansing the heart (by its working) from sin, doth revive, put strength into, and increase it in the soul, even as it doth discover and forbid it, for it doth not give power to subdue. [Rom. 7:6; 1 Cor. 15:56; Rom. 5:20]

Again, as thou sawest the damsel sprinkle the room with water, upon which it was cleansed with pleasure; this is to show thee, that when the gospel comes in the sweet and precious influences thereof to the heart, then, I say, even as thou sawest the damsel lay the dust by sprinkling the floor with water, so is sin vanquished and subdued, and the soul made clean through the faith of it, and consequently fit for the King of glory to inhabit. [John 15:3; Eph. 5:26; Acts 15:9; Rom. 16:25,26; John 15:13]

Violet

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Changes... and Blessings

Very recently, some changes have occurred. Amongst them, the changes that have been made to this blog! A dear sister in the Lord, Joy, suggested and made these changes, with the help of her sisters, also dear sisters of mine :), Sarah and Mary. This time of working on the blog together was a great joy and blessing, praise the Lord!

Another great change, at least for those living in Queensland, Australia, has been the weather. From humid summer days, to crisp and sometimes cold autumn mornings and evenings! Last Saturday, a beautiful new moon rose in the clear sky.



And there have been other changes... some of a less agreeable nature. Disease, and death. Some of the sheep were ailing, and we thought the cause was copper deficiency or worms. To some extent, this was true... most became much better after nibbling on a block of copper. But this morning, one of the lambs died :(, and the ram is quite sick. And all we can think, is... weed poisoning. As the cold weather sets in, they are tired of grass and have been scavenging afar... it is time to spray the paddock for weeds, or even to pull them out by hand.

Change... how could we record it all?

There are little changes happening every day. But He, our Saviour and Lord, Jesus, is unchanging. His Word is established, and He is the solid, unchanging Rock.

This morning, we were greatly blessed to read in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 5. Oh, the Gospels bear such powerful and beautiful testimony of the Lord Jesus. Every page declares that He is the Word made flesh; the pure, undefiled Lamb of God; the Name above all names!


And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
And his disciples said unto him Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Mark 5: 25 - 34

Hallelujah to the Lamb! He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. Though, though, we all like sheep have gone astray! Amazing, infinite love, that indeed the Lord hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.
And when the bleeding, hurting woman came and touched the hem of His garment in faith, indeed He said, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

He is more precious than silver; more costly than gold; more beautiful than diamonds. Far, far more than tongue can declare.

Praise the Lord!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Praise the name of Jesus!


And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
And with him they crucify two thieves; the one of his right hand, and the other on his left.
And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered among the transgressors.
And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that they may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom.
And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Mark 15: 16 - 39

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 3: 21 - 26



And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him. Mark 16: 2 - 6

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6: 4 - 5

He is risen!


And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Mark 16: 15 - 20



The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Until the day in which he was taken up, and that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts 1: 1 - 9

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2: 1 - 4

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language.
Acts 2: 6

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice...
Acts 2: 14

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Acts 2: 41 - 43


All praise, glory, and honour be unto our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Amen

Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Master Gardener

The soup is long since eaten...


And still the skies are cloudy.
Mum and I love baking warm meals
on these cool, rainy days.

Including salmon and egg pie...


And a delicious cinnamon, apple and walnut cake.


During this rainy season, Charlie the rainbow lorikeet
is entertaining two continuous, very friendly visitors.
They are certainly making themselves at home!


Yesterday, Harry, Guy and I went for a long traipse to catch a horse
with a sore eye.
There was a long break in the rain... a wonderful opportunity to
take some photos of the fresh and thriving greenery!


In the humidity, some very interesting specimens have
flourished:




And the trees are looking healthier than ever.



The dam is overflowing in a rushing stream. The camera
simply cannot capture the beauty of this new landmark...
what manmade vessel could adequately describe and depict
the Lord's wondrous handiwork?



The bubbling water is so fresh and sparkling clean. We
had a lovely time splashing our faces with it... until
the splashes proceeded from our own faces to each others'!



A couple of months ago, Harry scraped the rotten insides of a pumpkin
onto a strip of dirt away from the house.
Yesterday, we discovered that the 'scraps' took root!



It is amazing how the wasted seeds, so carelessly scraped onto the ground, are thriving much more than the pumpkin seeds we planted last year. This has also been the case with cherry tomatoes. We planted a crop several years ago, but the yield was scanty. Yet a year later, we had a literal 'plague' of cherry tomatoes, fat and shining and healthy... way too many to eat!

Maybe the seeds planted in the hearts of mankind, have a similar story. Our best intentions and most ardent attempts to plant and grow seeds in the hearts of others... do they flourish? Can they flourish without the sovereign and merciful touch and cultivation of the Master's hand? We cannot plan for His touch... but we can obey His leading. We cannot of ourselves supply the fertile soil or the water... but we can be guided by His Hand, and be His vessels of the seed, which is the Good News of the Lord Jesus!

Perhaps we have heard before that the Lord alone converts the heart... but do we hear this truth? Paul even rejoiced that people were not convicted and converted by his fine speech or charisma; that rather they were converted by the Holy Spirit! The Spirit of the Lord converted their hearts as they heard the Good News which he preached to them.
When the Lord Jesus opened my eyes to see this, it was as though a great burden was lifted. And then I realized.
I had been striving to 'convert' those whom the Lord brought across my path.
Carrying a great burden, rather than trusting.
Trying to bring forth my own words, and to convict others... rather than asking to be His vessel.
Oh, still there is so much to see and learn about total faith in the Lord Jesus, as the Master Gardener.
And indeed, I pray that He would open our eyes to see the many opportunities He places before us! How often I miss these opportunities.
In His infinite grace, may the Lord open our eyes, and quicken us.
All glory be to His name.