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……. 🙂

 

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An Abundant Land

Narnias mulberry treeG’day there!

It’s the 12th of the 12th, 2015 and here I am sitting in my new office for the first time, in the new house the Lord has given me and my family. God has been faithful as always. We moved in here on the 27th of November and what a ride this last month has been. Some of you have been following my blog posts on our situation regarding moving house and how the Lord has been revealed to us so beautifully through it all so I am delighted to now share the next chapter (but not the last) on our move.

For a re-cap if you haven’t been following, you can read the following posts ……

https://donnaleebatty.com/2015/05/18/the-land-where-i-live/

https://donnaleebatty.com/2015/10/02/is-god-preparing-you-to-move-on/

https://donnaleebatty.com/2015/11/09/when-were-down-to-the-wire/

https://donnaleebatty.com/2015/11/30/he-did-it-again/

We have moved from a land of wide open space looking out onto plains and paddocks ready for development by the father and son landlords, to an established land of fruit trees and shade, tucked away in semi-suburbia. It is a large block of land offering refreshment with the biggest shadiest mulberry tree I’ve ever seen. There’s an apple, a pear, a lime and a lemon tree, a pool for this Summer season we’ve just entered here in Australia and water from three different sources. Water is sourced from town water, tank water and a well :-).

apple tree

To the right of us is an agricultural farm for the high school (yes it does get a little noisy) and so our neighbours are sheep and chooks, literally at our window and I think soon there’ll be baby lambs arriving, it’ll be our very own navity scene in time for Christmas! To the left of us is a long vacant block at the rear of a house which is down on the street, while our house is on a battle-axe block with the vacant land down on the street.

Funnily enough, (and praise the Lord that I am learning to see the funny side of His ways) the vacant block at the front of our house currently has a development application in council and we are told that ‘eventually’ our landlord will develop our block also. So once again we have come into a land that is intended for development – and as a sister from our group commented yesterday, this is a reflection of the life of the church and how the Lord is always about development, change, transformation, moving us on in Him and taking us wherever He leads us. Great stuff!

Derek and I are really beginning to get the picture that we do not belong to this earth and are not settled here but rather we are nomads on this planet for our home is in Christ Himself and His body (which are one anyway) and ultimately in His heavenly kingdom, the full resurrection after this earthly life. So we have a six month lease and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if we have to move at that time or shortly after, although we’ll wait and see. It’s up to the Lord after all!

My mother has her own area of the house for herself but still allowing for interaction, our daughter has her own large bedroom, we have our ensuite and the three doggies are all very happy with so many trees to choose from! Ahhh….the God who meets all our needs 🙂

The most exciting thing for me and Derek on a practical level, is that we are now pretty much centre of the various geographical locations where the rest of the saints live, whom we are sharing community life with. Yay!! A big yay!!! This means we can be together more often, sharing a quick or lengthy drop-in coffee and chat, can pick each other up for gatherings, can more readily change venues if a hosting family has to cancel, and generally be much more available for body life. Just yesterday I was able to meet a sister for lunch at her favourite café and it was only a 15 minute drive at 60kms per hour instead of 40 minutes at 110ks! And how much easier this will be for our brothers and sisters than having to pack up their kids and travel out to the sticks where we used to be.

While we are still getting used to our new ‘temporary’ dwelling, with all its new sounds, smells and layout, still boxes to unpack etc (although we are continuing to cull) there is much the Lord has done in and shown us over this period of transition and I would like to share some of these with you over the next number of blog posts.  Here’s some of them….

  • Letting go & Not looking back
  • Taking the land for all it’s worth before HE moves us on
  • Letting go of anxiety and remaining in Rest – Christ as our Rest
  • God as a God of completion –the final day – the final hour
  • A place where the Son can lay His head

I’m not sure what order I’ll write these posts and whether or not more will arise or I will feel not to share some of them as the weeks of reflection go on, but I know the Lord has done significant work in both Derek and myself through all of this and so I want to wait on Him about what and how to share. I am still very much ruminating on what the Lord has done!

So until my next post, I hope you like the few pics of the new place, a picture of Christ as our Land of Refreshment (sorry they’re only taken on my iPhone so they’re only a reflection, not as crisp as The Real Life!)

Rammy big mulberry tree

mulberry tree arch

When We’re Down To The Wire

Hi All,

I’m just writing a short post to let you know that over the next couple of weeks I may not be able to post as often as I normally would, which is generally twice a week. In fact, I think I only posted once last week.

That’s because I’m packing house and waiting on internet searches, applications and phone calls to inspect houses for rent and hopefully move! We have 18 days left before our termination notice expires to leave this house, as the owner wants to use the house as a site office for the development of this property.

You can read my previous blog posts This Land Where I Live and Is God Preparing You To Move On to give some amazing insights in what the Lord has shown and taught me through this experience of living here whilst the property is being developed and we are needing to move out.

In the meantime, Derek, my mum, and Caitlin my step daughter and our 3 little dogs are walking by faith and trusting that our incredible God, through His amazing Son Jesus Christ, will see us moved into the house and area that is just right for His purpose.

Derek and I believe at this time it is very important for us to be closer to the rest of the saints we do church community life with so we can be in each other’s lives much more, that Christ can have more opportunity to be expressed amongst us all. And fortunately, that would also mean mum can live closer to my only sister (biological that is, as I have many sisters!).

So, as we count down these last days and continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance and provision, we are packing all the bits and pieces and tidying things up, while we co-labour with Him in the endeavour to find somewhere else to live.

This is an incredible opportunity for us in our faith, to not give into fear or feelings and to remain in rest, trusting our Lord to deliver right on time. Although there are anxious moments and thoughts knocking on the door of our minds for sure, we are comforted that we know the God of our salvation who is also our Jehovah Jireh, our Provider.

A dear brother lent me a book the other day and in it the author refers to 1 Samuel 14:1-15. This scripture is a wonderful account of the faith of Jonathan and his armour-bearer moving out against the enemy believing in advance that the Lord was going to give the Philistines into their hands. The author writes this line;

Their hearts must have been pounding as they sensed what God was about to do.

This one sentence really touched my heart. It’s the kind of faith I want to have in those ‘hairy’ moments in life.  When things are really on the edge, and my heart is assured of God’s deliverance in a situation though with my physical senses I cannot see how or when deliverance could come, I want my heart to pound with excitement and anticipation at what God is about to do!

This morning I was greatly encouraged singing to the tune of Walking In A Winter Wonderland, the following words put together by some saints in the US;

We go on, never tired

’cause we’re filled with His Fire

We face unafraid the plans that He’s made

Living in the Body of the Lord …..

I can’t wait to write that post that will tell y’all about how miraculously God has provided and glorified Himself and what we have learned in the process.

Catch you soon from a new location,

Donna 🙂

Just Because God Can Be Silent Sometimes…

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“Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?”  Isaiah 57:11

Wow. Them’s scary words. In other words, God is saying “Who have you honoured and revered more than me? Is it simply because I have been silent that you think you can forget about me and put someone else above me? No!”

Again. Scary words.

I remember when I was at a cross roads in my life and was confronted with a choice to choose my friends or God. I remember considering my circle of friends at that time and thinking to myself “Who of you have ever died for me? None of you have ever died for me, none of you have sacrificed anything for me and you never would. Why am I choosing to follow you over Jesus who has actually already died on the cross for me?” It was a poignant moment in my life.

As I shared this memory with my mother today, 18 year later, she said to me “that was the Lord speaking to you”. She’s right. That was the Lord speaking to me. He talks to us in amazing ways. Not all our thoughts are ours . That was one of those thoughts that really wasn’t mine. It wasn’t in my capacity to think that way. That was the Lord in me, revealing Himself in me, calling me home.

As I read through the Old Testament (and I’m reading through the book of Isaiah at the moment) I’m astounded at the resounding story of God’s love, mercy and faithfulness to a rebellious nation/people whose natural inclination was always toward sin and against God. Yet He was forever restoring them, longing to lavish them with all that He was and still is and always will be. He was forever restoring them, drawing them back to Himself, redeeming them, with eternal compassion.

Just look at these verses;

Isaiah 54:7,8 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.

Isaiah 30:18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.

Isaiah 16:5  In love, a throne will be established…

Isaiah 1:16-20 “Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! “…”Come now, let us reason together” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 43:4 “Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you, …”

I see the Lord’s unquenchable compassionate and loving heart in all these scriptures.

If ever there was a time on this planet that people needed to know of a God that loves, it’s now.

Let these words spoken by God be shouted from the roof tops –

“…Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no saviour. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses, ” declares the Lord, “that I am God. Yes, and from the ancient days I am he…” (Isaiah 43:10-13)

I pray that today dear friend, the eyes of all our hearts are enlightened to know Him more, that is the One who loves us and longs to be gracious to us, always willing to forgive us and pour out His kindness upon us.

He is God, the Lord Almighty!

Jesus – the River of Life

Follow the streams that lead to the River, I heard Him whisper.

When it seems you’ve lost your way

look for the streams, though small.

Follow the streams, trek through the thicket

you’ll find your way to the waterfall.

 

(And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it – 1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Painting Doors & Delayed Property Settlements

Recently a dear friend of mine started on a project around her house. She had all the internal doors in the house replaced due to many having been worn and damaged. Once the new doors were installed, it was up to her to prime and paint each one.

She told me how it took 5 hours one day to prime only 4 of the doors. She told me that although she would have wanted to have the job finished rather quickly, she had come to accept that she could only continue on her flexi-days from work so this would make the project take a lot longer.  A job that was expected to take only days is now going to span over weeks.  Sound familiar? Israelites wandering in the desert? Joseph waiting for his dreams to be fulfilled?

Can’t we just see the ways of the Lord in this?

I’ve seen that often the Lord will put a burden or a dream or a vision in our heart. He starts off showing us a need that is there, (e.g. the damaged doors). Then He gives us a vision of that need having been met and transformation having taken place (e.g. a desire to see new, clean doors). He then equips us with the know-how and tools to start working on this project (e.g. knowing about priming and obtaining the necessary tools, primer material, brushes, paint).

I look at my life and realise that for me, often from this point, I want to hurry the job along because I prefer instant transformation and I haven’t always liked the personal effort involved in co-labouring with Him in His transforming me!

My family and I have been waiting for 2 years for a property settlement matter to conclude, following the death of my father.  It has been an enormous lesson in waiting and trusting the Lord, and putting our hand to the plough with all that is required of us on our part while being powerless to determine the outcome. Waiting….waiting…waiting…..yet all the time the Lord has been transforming us in areas of finance, letting go of sentimentality and learning dependency on God alone. Priceless lessons.

How often the Lord MAKES us wait. If we fight Him, hopefully we will eventually come to the end of ourselves and give up. Then like my friend, we can learn to accept that it’s going to take time for the best result and there’s nothing we can do about that, in fact it is in our best interest that it takes the time it does take! The end result is better! That’s the process of transformation. Jesus is not only the author of our faith but the perfector of our faith! He is!

Seeing Jesus in the every day things really thrills me and I pray that our eyes are open to see more and more of Him this way. God can use anything, even painting doors and delaying property settlements to teach us something of Himself and to forge something of His character into us.

  • Patience – He is patience!
  • Humbling – He is humility!
  • A quiet, gentle spirit – He is gentleness!
  • Intimate time with Him – He wants this!
  • Trust – He is trustworthiness!
  • Being faithful to the task in His call against all opposition – He is faithfulness!
  • Being able to give testimony to His faithfulness to us – He is faithfulness!
  • Learning more about who Christ is, as we get to know Him along the way – He wants this!
  • Learning to co-labour with him – We are in Christ and Christ is in us!
  • Putting His agenda before ours – He is Wisdom!
  • Concerning ourselves more with the getting to know Him than getting an ‘end result’ of our preference and in our time – He is selflessness!