Last night my family and i were super excited to see the countdown to the new year. My big has been enjoying her geography lessons so it was interesting explaining to her how it was already new years day in Australia and New Zealand. We all enjoyed watching the fire works display on the news of course as i was not cuckoo or brave enough to go see it live with 2 small children. My favourite part of the evening was going to church and listening to a lovely message by my pastor.
Church is always super packed and the overflow has become an extension of the church so i never get it when news papers write about Christianity being in decline. Anyway, last night it was so packed there were 3 over flows plus a different location near Hyde Park. Church was amazing i enjoyed every bit of it. Pastor Colin preached about walking in boldness,embracing who we are in Christ and going back to basics which is our relationship with Christ. He also preached about the importance of prayer and not neglecting the word of God. Praise and worship gave me extra life. It was truly wonderful night and even better to see in the new year in the house of God. I feel so ready to grab 2018 by the hands because of my pastor’s encouraging message.
Well hello 2018 and happy new year to all. May you be truly blessed in all aspects of your lives Amen.
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Many many moons ago when i was a student i had many opportunities to read about language and meanings and how language changes over time. There are many words that have become part of everyday language due to various factors and sometimes we all utter beautiful words with empty hearts.
When we celebrate birthdays it is customary in a many places worldwide to make a wish quietly before blowing candles. My little princess already knows how mummy feels about wishes and the nanny plums of this world so recently we agreed it would be better to say a birthday prayer instead of making a wish. That little talk has really helped her with her own relationship with God because she likes to pray about everything now (hoooray).
Recently i have been thinking about the word, ‘wish’. According to the Oxford dictionary a wish or to wish is to , ‘Feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that cannot or probably will not happen’. We only have to read fairy tales to see how wishes operates and it is fair to see say that wishes originate from dark places. I will not dwell on wishes today because even as i type this i am trying to get myself to focus on praying rather than wishing. I want to align my prayers with the word of the living God and build my faith.
The book of Hebrews chapter 11:1 tells us that, ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. This alone is so encouraging because i know that i can pray to my heavenly father and He will hear me but i cannot wish upon a star. If i know of somebody who is unwell or needs a miracle i will boldly pray in Jesus name. The Bible does tell us that life and death is at the power of the tongue so why waste my words and thoughts by wishing. Somehow wishing just doesn’t cut it…..just a thought 🙂
The above picture is from Grace’s prayer book which was given to her when she was just 1 at our church teddy bear picnic.
The regent’s 1 day event is back once again and invite all girls aged 11-16 to participate. Their message is always to reach young girls with the love message of what the Bible says girls are rather than what the media says they should be. We live in a time where you do not have to go far to see things and life styles contrary to the word of the living God so i am thankful for programmes such as the regents unity and i am sure all those who attend will be blessed!!
This is a free event and the day will be fully packed with exciting activities and empowering messages. For more information and directions please check their event page by clicking on the link below: