Last blog 2017

As 2017 starts to wrap up and the excitement of Christmas looks towards the New Year I’m sure a lot of us are reflecting on many things that happened in the year.

I am now writing this from our home in New Zealand which is a surreal feeling.

This time last year we were in the beautiful winter of Japan after enjoying Christmas with our friends, little did we know God was going to flip our worlds completely around and bring us back to our roots and we would be slapping on sunblock before our Christmas feasts surrounded by family this year.

Peace. This word would be the biggest and most important for me personally this year.

We had many big decisions to make and it all came back to following Gods peace.

So many times we had choices that had to be made, everytime I tried to just look from the outside it was very unsettling. From continuing what we were doing, whether or not to buy a house, what to write about or message to preach, what country to live, what accommodation to use, where to eat, when to fly, who to talk to, how to solve a problem and how to do life. But God shows us, leads us and empowers us to push forward towards His best and our best while walking in a crazy sort of peace which is hard to understand.

To be honest there were a lot of moments where things sounded good, or seemed “perfect” at the time, but God doesn’t just look at our current position or moment, He looks at our tomorrows, our years and our generations to come.

Learning to walk following that “peace” is something I am definitely learning but it’s so amazing when you continue to pursue Gods best for your life.

It’s about walking day to day aware, and not being shut off or just living on “function” mode and just gliding through.

Thank God I can say that we are healthy, happy and have gone through another year in His grace and am grateful for His guidance throughout this crazy year.

I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for the New Year and I am sure it will be packed with some “Peace following decisions” and some incredible Wow moments.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Advertisements

He is with us

My husband and I were talking about different moments in the bible where people went through something tough, even walking through fire and God walked with them.

When I think of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were put in the fire or Daniel who got throw in the lions pit, the disciples going through the storm. God didn’t stop the men from being put in the fire or dark pit or the storm from coming, but in the fire the men didn’t get burnt, in the storm Jesus was with them and in the pit of lions God closed the lions mouths.

Going through the pit, the fire or the storms sometimes we wonder how we got there or why it’s happening to us. But when we can testify of His goodness and presence in it all people can see Jesus in the bigger picture and I hope our faith and power in him goes to new heights.

We’ve been in Bali now for almost two months for a surf/mission trip. Two weeks ago I got a knock on our hotel door and opened it up to find my husbands face covered in blood. He had hit his face and head on the reef after catching a wave and almost tore of his entire top lip off.

He said as he came up out of the water after the incident, a lifesaver from Australia was on the inside next to him and helped him get out. He drove Daniel to take us to the doctors. We were then rushed to hospital by ambulance and found great favor with Docter’s and travel insurance.

Our friends put us into a beautiful hotel next to the hospital for the week so he could recover after his surgery. Even when things were feeling hecktic, my two year old son running around the hospital, dealing with insurance, orginising our stuff getting picked up, praying my husband is going to be okay and a volcano erupting. There are so many things that we saw Gods hand in and helping us even when we felt like we were in the middle of a storm.

Today you can hardly even tell Daniel went through this experience, his face has almost completely healed but in turn our faith has grown, our courage stronger and we are full of gratitude.

Maybe you’re feeling alone in the pit or going through a storm right now, or there is pressure and heat in life right now, talk to Jesus, ask him to stay with you, give you what you need to come out stronger than before and know that he is with you.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬