Can God Use Anything? – Stuntmen, Manta Rays & Accidents

When I was a kid there was an ad on television advertising some frozen seafood – fish fingers or something of that nature.  It involved a man dressed in a chef’s uniform, frantically swimming around in a large fish tank holding out in front of him a frying pan of fish, whilst being followed by a shark. The idea was that the fish in the pan was so fresh that the shark was wanting it.  I’ve tried looking for the ad on the web but unfortunately couldn’t find it. It was quite funny really. Well years later in my early adult life my sister and I met this man who was a stuntman and he told us a funny story about the film shoot. His name is Claude.

Apparently, the TV crew had to do a great number of takes to get the ad just right. He recalled to us how cold it was and that he was in the fish tank almost the whole day.  He wasn’t allowed to wear oxygen tanks for the sake of authenticity. Each time they had to do another shoot he would have to start swimming around in one direction in his chef’s uniform in the hope of getting in front of the shark. The timing of this was imperative to capture the image for the commercial and to keep him alive without tanks! One can only imagine how many takes it must have taken to get this timing right. Obviously the shark wasn’t a danger to him – I think?

However, they kept running into a specific problem. This problem was a giant female manta ray who took a liking to Claude! Each time he would start on his swim around the tank she would glide over and gradually lower herself onto him, pinning him to the bottom of the tank! A diver would have to jump in and lift her large wing to get some oxygen to Claude who would be almost flattened under her weight, eventually lift her off and get him out of there. And then they’d have to start again. This went on all day until they finally got it right.  Wow. How bizarre. She was apparently quite smitten with him!

Now, I hadn’t thought of that story for, I reckon about over 20 years atleast. But the strangest thing happened to me in September last year, 9 months ago. I was in a car accident. A bad one at that. Our car was written off. It wasn’t my fault and the other driver didn’t sustain any injuries. I got a fractured thumb, sore wrist, bruising, a lump on my head, concussion and some post traumatic stress which I am still getting through by God’s grace. It happened on the way to work the very day I was going to resign in order to return to NSW from our time in WA, on the word of the Lord to our hearts.  The timing was uncanny (yet not, if you know what I mean). The car! We needed that car to drive nearly 5,000 kms back across the desert, across the country! Ouch. She was trashed.

Backtracking just a little…as I was sitting at the lights at the intersection before the accident and waiting for the green right arrow, I switched on some music and started listening to an old Chuck Girard song called “Slow Down”.  Here are the words;

In the midst of my confusion
In the time of desperate need
When I am thinking not too clearly
A gentle voice does intercede

Slow down, slow down, be still
Be still and wait, on the Spirit of….the Lord
Slow down and hear His voice
And know that He….is….God

In the time of tribulation
When I’m feeling so unsure
When things are pressing in about me
Comes a gentle voice so still, so pure

Slow down, slow down, be still
Be still and wait, on the Spirit of the Lord
Slow down and hear His voice
And know that He………is God
And know that He….is…God

I think the track was into the second line of the first chorus “Be still and wait..” when the car hit. Crash.  A 90 km an hour hit on my side of the car.  As I spun 360 degrees, repeatedly banging my head on the drivers’ window until eventually it shattered… “…on the Spirit of the Lord, Slow down and hear His voice and know that He is God…In the time of tribulation…” and so on. It was quite surreal. I called out loudly on the name of Jesus over and over as I spun and although not conscious of it at the time, was clearly being ministered to by the Lord through this song, deep, deep into my spirit in a very supernatural way.

When I lay in the ambulance at the scene all I could think of was that manta ray. All I could feel was that I had this big, gigantic warm blanket of the presence of God that had pressed me down and held me, covered, protected, shielded me. All I could feel was love. So much love. So much peace.  Again, it was most surreal. I just lay there thanking God for this incredible experience. My heart was filled with peace and a deep, deep joy.  I can’t say I’ve ever experienced such peace. Even now as I recollect, I can sense it again.

The ambulance officer told me I was a very lucky lady. Looking at the car wreck it was obvious that had I been just one second faster, the impact would have been directly into my door and I don’t think I’d be here today. Certainly not without serious injury. Perhaps those words ‘slow down’ reached much deeper than just my ears at the time that I drove forward on the green arrow. I’m certain of it.

There were many times driving across the country 3 months later that I was afraid and experiencing traumatic images etc as we passed road train after road train. However, from time to time we would pass an RV and notice it’s brand was none other than “Manta Ray”, with a small picture of a manta ray as part of it’s logo. As Derek would drive past the RV in our left hand lane, I would gaze out the passenger’s window at the picture and words as they went right by my eye level. In that quiet moment between the Lord and I, I would be reminded of that moment of immense peace of God that absolutely surpassed all understanding.  He was always gently reminding me of His big love on that road trip. His big, giant manta ray Love.

Who would think that the Spirit of God would sing ‘Slow Down’ to me while I waited at the lights and continue to sing to me as I spun a 360. Who would think He would connect His grace, mercy, protection and love to a story of a stuntman in a chef’s uniform being held down by an infatuated manta ray whilst filming a commercial for fish almost 35-40 years ago! Can God use anything? You bet He can.

Our God is an extraordinary God folks. He never ceases to amaze me.

Psalm 91 reads;

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge[b]
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

 

A New Season & Out From Hiding

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and I’m very happy to be back at the desk today 🙂  I do pray you are finding rest and hope in the Lord Jesus during this time.

God has had me tucked away and hidden in Him in many respects for a long time, and also with regards to being a voice for Him in this type of forum. The podcast/website theancientpathways.com has also been on hold while God has been walking Derek and I through a totally awesome adventure with Him.   Perhaps He will grant  us a new episode for the podcast in the not too distant future so I’ll keep you posted. If you haven’t checked it out, please visit there and listen to the three episodes we have up so far. For now, it just seems like it’s the right time to return to posting on Drawing From The Well and it’s good to be back.

We have very recently moved to Newcastle in NSW on the word of the Lord to our hearts, for His purpose.  Whilst unpacking some things I had in storage whilst we lived in Perth for the last 3 years, I came across an old journal – it must be the only one I didn’t destroy when we left NSW for WA in December 2016 as a means of travelling light.

Looking through the journal this morning, I found there are a few things I felt I could share here. So, I’m going to share them under a category called Journal and I’ll post these regularly until there’s no more. There’s not that many, they’re not long but I’ve got an inkling that they will reignite the flow in me, to you, to the Lord, for the Lord.

So thanks for reading this, thanks for waiting all this time with me.  I hope you return to read my new posts and subsequently are refreshed and filled with Christ as the Living Water – ever fresh, ever new, ever vital, as we draw together from His Well that never, ever, ever runs dry.

See you soon 🙂

Donna

 

 

To die, yet to live

A Call To The Remnant

The living Jesus empowers us to die. The cross is the symbol of sacrifice and death. To live for Him is to die to ourselves and the world. In the Spiritual we came, we died and we rose again as a new creature in Christ. As we move towards and become like Jesus, we die to ourselves. And so there is an important intertwining of dying to ourselves and living the resurrected life. It is the heads and the tails of the same coin.

If you focus on just one aspect to the detriment of the other, you will become imbalanced in your walk. We surely must pick up our cross daily. It is important to realize that this will produce an abundant spiritual life in Christ and while you may die to the flesh internally, the world should see your joy expressed externally and wonder and marvel how such…

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New Podcast -“What Does God Want?”

Welcome!

It’s here! As promised, we (that’s me and my better half, Derek) have officially launched our new podcast site called  “The Ancient Pathways.com”.

It’s been three months or more in the making and we’re super excited to kick off on this little adventure with you all!

Our introductory and first episode is now uploaded and ready to listen to, titled What Does God Want? You can go directly to the episode by clicking this link https://theancientpathways.com/podcast-2

Or you can go to the homepage and take a good look around the entire site by clicking here  https://theancientpathways.com/

Hope you can join the journey with us 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Expression Is Coming To Drawing From The Well

Although I appreciate that blogs, like people, are evolving and changing shape as the writers mature and discover new things, change is always a little awkward, huh? So changing the direction on Drawing From The Well is the last thing I want to do. I want this blog to always be pointing to Jesus Christ, His Headship, His glory and His Freedom that God has given to us in Him. I always want this to be a place where souls can drink and eat of Christ and receive even just the tiniest expression of His Life on the pages here.

Still, I have to be honest with you. I have struggled over the last number of months with what and how to write. At first I thought there was so much going on in my life that I just needed a little time to settle and it would all find it’s way to the blog posts (and maybe that will still happen at some point). After another little while I thought perhaps I was experiencing writer’s block.

So I’ve been asking the Lord about this. Blogging was definitely a direction from the Lord to me when I started in 2014 and I have never wanted to just write for the sake of writing. I’ve only ever wanted to express the Lord’s life in me, to you and anyone who’ll read or listen. So when I’ve not sensed any life in my writing, I’ve hit the delete button or the ‘save draft’ button and left it for another time, in the hope that something of Christ’s life would come forward at another date or in a new way. Well, the Lord has answered my prayers and now it is clear to me that the writing isn’t what He’s into for me right now.

So What’s New?

It seems that the season for writing has tapered off considerably (for now) to make way for a season of ‘speaking’. That means I will be posting podcasts here from now on, until if and when I believe the Lord changes things again. I will probably write a post here and there as I feel led to but it certainly seems to me that podcasts is what He has on His mind for a new season.

What If You Prefer Reading?

For those of you who prefer reading to listening, each podcast episode will include a fairly in-depth written summary of the content so you can still read. I know sometimes I don’t feel like listening to something and it’s great to read a general synopsis and get an idea before I make the time to sit and listen. Of-course, the beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them in the car or when you’re cleaning the house or going for a walk or training it to work. 🙂

Exciting…

Something else that’s very exciting is that I won’t be doing podcasts on my ‘pat malone’ (for anyone who is not Australian or English ‘pat malone’ means ‘alone’). My husband Derek and I will be doing these podcasts together. Yay! We’re both really looking forward to this adventure together and thinking it will be a lot of fun for us – and hopefully for you the listeners! (and readers).

We’re actually both pretty nervous as we’ve never done anything like this before so be prepared for us to make complete fools of ourselves, which is highly likely! 🙂

The content will of course be focused on the centrality of Christ and I continue to hope that He will be revealed through the content. 

How Will It Work?

While Drawing From The Well will continue, we have a whole new site currently being built and that’s where all the action will be happening.  That means that I will link the content from the new podcast site  to Drawing From The Well. So each time an episode is released on the new site it will show up here as well. In other words, folk can access the podcasts through both sites. Make sense?

We expect to launch the new site early October 2017 . We already have a few recordings ‘in the can’ as they say, so I guess we’ll just start there and see how we go.

I will confirm the launching date of the new site as we get closer!

How Does This Change Reflect The Life of The Lord?

I love that the Lord is always changing things up – He’s always calling us on further. And yet, almost paradoxically, He Himself never changes.  I also love that He is full of variety and there are endless ways of expressing Him because He is endless.

So Just To Recap 

  1. Drawing From The Well site will continue 
  2. It will mostly publish podcasts as from October 
  3. The podcasts will be linked from a new podcast site being developed by Derek and myself
  4. The episodes/content will continue in the same vein as Drawing From The Well 
  5. I will continue to blog here occasionally 
  6. This may be only a seasonal change – we hold on loosely to all things 
  7. Stay tuned 

Brother, sister, may you always be refreshed, encouraged and built up in Christ who is the Head of His church who calls us all onward in Him to know Him more and the power of His resurrection life and to fellowship with Him in our sufferings….which most definitely includes tackling change.

Thanks a million for following this site and commenting, I really hope you’ll see/experience much more of our glorious Lord through the coming adjustments here on Drawing From The Well.

Watch this space…..there may be a post or two before change arrives….;-)

Wash, Wash, Wash Away

It’s a very rainy day here today. I am enjoying the house we are living in because there’s no leaks when it rains. Also, inside the house there are no spiders, spider webs, no cockroaches, no bugs, no ants or creepy crawlies. So this tells me the house is tight and secure. With some large glass windows in our sitting area, it is a joy to see the rain outside pounding against the glass, to see the wind blowing in the trees and yet to remain completely dry and cosy as though inside the house were a bright sunny day. This reminded me today of what it is like to be in Christ.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I step out in faith and speak something that I feel is led by the Spirit I end up being pretty bombarded for a good few days with accusations from the enemy. Stuff like “you’re a trouble maker”, “you think too highly of yourself”, “you should be quiet” and so on. Subsequently it can be a challenge to stand in the face of these things. However, when these things occur, how good it is to be reminded by a brother or sister in the Lord, of our position in Christ.

For instance, sitting inside the house this morning while the darts of rain smashed against the glass windows, my darling husband reminded me. “This is where you are. You’re inside. You’re safe. You’re in Him”.

How good and pleasant it is when we wash one another’s feet – i.e. speak the Lord’s life to one another, washing away the muck of the spirit of this world. And how grand it is to be inside of Christ – safe, warm, comfortable, protected, at peace and rest, like a bright sunny day every day.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)

 

Transparency and Disclosure

Jesus never tried to hide who He was, what He had said or done or to hide anything at all about His life. He lived a completely transparent life despite the ramifications. And we know He certainly bore some ramifications.

I believe transparency is very important to God because it is part of His character. It’s a reflection of who He is. Here’s a little story for you that brought me to a deeper understanding of this characteristic of God’s and why it’s so important that His people share and display His character. (Of-course this can only be done by Christ’s life in us).

Story:

Derek and I had been living with different church folk over an 8 week period until he got work and we could find our own place. He secured  a job in our 7th week which meant that at-last we had an income and that meant we were finally eligible to apply for a rental. After two months I was eager to get our own home of-course and after some searching and applying, we were approved for what I considered to be the perfect house for our needs. I had brought this house before the Lord and had asked for His favour in letting us have it but also that if it wasn’t His best, that I would accept that we wouldn’t be approved and lay it down trusting Him for something else.

I had received notification via email from the real estate that our application had been fully processed and they were waiting on approval by the owners of the house. I was told that we should have an answer within 24 hours. So almost 48 hours later I still hadn’t heard anything. During these 48 hours and in particular the last 12, I was struggling to not give into anxiety because I was really keen to get settled in our own home.

I spent 48 hours or so going between faith and doubt, hope and letting go, obsessing and surrender, anxiety and rest. In the last hour I decided to have an afternoon sleep and was startled awake with a slight panic attack over the possibility of not getting the house at all.  I instantly cried out to the Lord and cast my cares upon Him and rejected anxiety as not mine. I am in Christ and in Him is no anxiety! He is the Prince of Peace!

I turned to the Lord and asked “What do you want me to learn of You in this Lord? What are You wanting to teach me?” I remembered that God’s ultimate goal in using all things for my good, is that I would  know Him more intimately. That’s really all God wants in anything, for us to know Him, to His glory.  Having been reminded of that beautiful, simple and yet profound truth, I gave up the house. I said “God, take the house. It’s Your house. Whilst I still believe You are going to give it to us, I give it back to You”. While I was still speaking, the alert rang on my phone to tell me a message had just come through and I knew it was the real estate saying we’d been approved. And it was. Yay.

Now this is all very wonderful but you know, something just didn’t settle in me. Yes, God had given us the house. He had heard my prayer and I had gotten to that place of sweet surrender where the highest priority in my heart was to simply to know Him. It was a very important lesson and experience in Him.

However, I felt nervous. Why God? Why am I feeling so anxious still? Why am I not excited and settled with this? Why don’t I feel I can relax and now just make the moving plans in joy? Nothing felt secure and I had no understanding as to why.

The next day (Friday before a long weekend) I received a call from the agency telling me they had just learned of a hiccup to do with our financial history and needed me to explain our history and they would then have to put our application before the owner all over again who may decide to not approve us in light of the new information.

Sink. There it was.

Well I provided a full explanation of-course and was happy to do so but with the knowledge that as the agent had explained to me, it was possible the approval may be revoked. (Just for the record, we hadn’t tried to hide any information, it had simply not come up in the application process).  I was a little confused that this had occurred after they had said almost three days prior, that our application had been fully processed? Anyway, this was the situation and I found myself feeling very uncertain, nervous and insecure.

As I write I am waiting on an answer from the real estate.

However, I can say to you in complete confidence that I fully expect that the Lord will grant the house to us again as a death and resurrection experience to give testimony to His Life, not mine. I feel I have been given the Lord’s faith now to believe so I have the sense of assurance, security and trust that I was looking for and that I knew I had been lacking.

Why am I now so confident? Well, I asked the Lord “Why Lord, has all this happened? If you’re giving us the house anyway, which I believe You are, why did I have to go through all this drama?”

Lesson:

God required full disclosure – and for at least two reasons.

Firstly, although we weren’t intentionally hiding our financial history because as I said it wasn’t asked for, God has a higher standard. God doesn’t want second best for us, His kids. He wants the best. He wanted us to have a fully clear conscience (perhaps this was the reason for my unrest) and enjoy the house knowing that in spite of our financial history, God had delivered. He didn’t want us to ‘get away with it’.  He wanted full disclosure and He even made sure that the real estate came across this information after they said they had already fully processed the application 3 days before! This way we could never have a guilty conscience in the future or any future concern. This was an act of God’s love, grace and mercy toward us.

Secondly, God orchestrated this so that He could be glorified. With everything out in the open we could say that in spite of our history and the knowledge the real estate and landlords had of it, we were granted the best house we could have been given. We could never say we got the house because it was never part of the application that we needed to disclose certain things. We could only ever give all the glory to God. In this situation God actually affirmed our past financial decisions which we believe we made under His direction, God overruled the world standard of what was acceptable, God gave us favour with man, God granted us the most wonderful house to meet all our needs and then some and God did it all His way as a testimony to Himself.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)

End Note: We got the house 🙂

How Can One Have Peace In This?

hands-1209337_1920How can one have peace when facing cancer?
How can one have peace when a loved one is hurting?
How can one have peace when alone and isolated?
How can one have peace when homeless?
How can one have peace when separated from loved ones?
How can one have peace when misunderstood?
How can one have peace when all seems lost and overwhelming?
How can one have peace when all capacity to meet one’s needs are removed?
How can one have peace in this situation?

Because of who YOU are, Lord.

Your peace is beyond understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

Your peace is not as the world gives. (John 14:27) – it’s not psychology, counselling, meditation, mindfulness…

Your peace is You Yourself,  for Prince of Peace is one of Your many names. (Isaiah 9:6)

My hands are not my own Lord. They are Your hands.

My feet are not my own Lord. They are Your feet.

My life is not my own Lord. It is Your life.

For I have been crucified to this world and this world has been crucified to me. (Galatians 6:14).

I must decrease that You would increase. (John 3:30)

Your life in me is the source of all peace for God has given me all spiritual blessings of the heavenly realms, in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3) and I can do all things through You, Christ, who strengthen me. (Philippians 4:13).

And all of this is not wishful thinking or positive talk – all of this is my reality, our reality in Christ Jesus today. No matter what the situation, I am continually astounded at this peace that is Jesus Christ, that reigns supreme in every circumstance.

Where fear and anxiety are present, Peace reigns.

Where sadness and heaviness are present, Peace reigns.

Where it would seem absurdity and ignorance in the eyes of the world to have peace, Peace reigns.

Peace reigns and rules in our hearts…

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.… (Philippians 4:6-8).

Since Christ is now our life, Christ is our source of all spiritual blessing.  It is not only possible but it is our reality that in ALL THINGS the peace of God which IS CHRIST, will guard our hearts and minds.

As we continually turn our gaze toward Jesus Christ and come to the Father through Him, and by faith we take CHRIST as our peace we find these scriptures are alive and real in our experience.

The Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE.  JESUS is the Word of God. JESUS is Peace. JESUS is our life.

 

 

How Far Did Jesus Go?

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In the 1980’s a band known as The Proclaimers had a hit called 500 Miles. They sang “Well I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more, just to be a man who’d walked a thousand miles to fall down at your door…da da da…” It was a type of love song telling of a man’s devotion to a woman.

Well, Derek and I just drove 5003 k’s to get to our current destination in Perth, WA (Western Australia) and set up camp amongst the body of saints here. We’ve come a long way to be with this part of the Lord’s Bride, that’s for sure. But how far did Jesus go for His Bride (you and me)? 500 miles? 5000 k’s? What about ‘into time’ and into ‘another realm’? Now that’s a love song of devotion to a woman that’s worth ‘proclaiming’!

Thinking back to the band called The Proclaimers, like anyone who’s fallen in love with Jesus Christ and His gospel, Derek and I want to be proclaimers of another kind. We want to proclaim this glorious Lord to His church and to those who do not know Him. That’s why I write this blog as I am learning Christ more. That’s why we have come to Perth, to learn Christ more. How little I have known Him and how much there is of Him to explore – so much that it will take all of eternity!

Driving across Australia we realised the vastness of the land in which we live. At one point across the Nullarbor (land of no trees) there is a stretch of about 146.6 kilometres of dead straight road with nothing either side as far as the eye can see. It is flat, flat, flat. For us, this entire journey has been a reflection of the vastness of Christ Himself. We see Christ as our Land, our True Land, our Promised land, our Canaan Land and of course this is exactly who He is for all who will take up their cross and follow Him. img_1625

The land here has often looked very barren, dry and sparse. There’s a water shortage across much of the land. There were many wild goats in the early parts of the outback in NSW and we came across one standing by a water tank just waiting for some human to come along and run the tap for a drink. Derek was able to do this and the little guy got a good drink before heading back into the bush. It was a great picture of desperation for drink.img_1642

But we have learned to drink from Him, the Well of Living Water, and never thirst again. Our spiritual trek across Australia has made drawing from Him as our Well an even greater reality in ways that I hope to share with you.

There’s so much to write about on this blog concerning even just the last few weeks leading up to and during our travels across, of how the Lord has miraculously and effortlessly made the way for us to arrive here. I am looking forward to meditating on these things and sharing them with you very soon because there’s always so much of the Lord to be proclaimed.

However,  for now this is just a little note to touch base from our new dwelling here in Perth and proclaim the Lord’s greatness by reminding you of His love and devotion to you, members of His most favoured and beautiful woman – His betrothed and glorious Bride, the Church.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone…(Hebrews 2:9)

He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.(Eph 5:27)

Christ Our All

carWell folks, it’s been a few weeks since I posted a blog. That’s because Derek and I have been packing, packing, selling, cleaning, moving out, moving my mother, visiting family, and more packing! We have moved out of our rental house, we’ve moved mum to my sister’s place into a new little portable granny flat which she is renting, and Derek and I have been sleeping at my sister’s place for a week, with Rocky the shitzu of-course!

Tomorrow we head off in our white chariot (1996 Toyota Corolla) loaded to the hilt with all our earthly possessions, to drive across the country to our destination of Perth, Western Australia where we intend to live until the Lord would say otherwise. We will be staying with beautiful friends until we both find work and can afford our own rental. For those of you that don’t know Australia very well, it’s about 5,000 kilometres or just over 3,000 miles I think.

Derek and I are making this move in response to the Lord’s call on our lives to be part of the body of believers over in Perth at this time in our walk with Him, so we can learn Christ more amongst the body there. As we have set our eyes upon His Kingdom first, He has truly taken care of everything else for us. I have so much to share about the Lord’s faithfulness to us both over these past couple of months. He has undertaken in miraculous ways – so mightily – I would definitely not do Him justice to rush it all into this post -not even in one post. So I intend to write again once we are settled interstate. I am really looking forward to sharing with you all, the Lord’s goodness to us and our family.

Until then, hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wishing you all a safe and purposeful 2017 in the purpose of God. May we all learn Him more, know Him more richly, and the power of His resurrection life.

Signing off from New South Wales Australia……. 🙂