Be the light on a hill

Message: 

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!” (Matthew 5:14-16) 

It is your time to shine. 

Every day is an adventure. 

A spontaneous afternoon drive to Newport and Palm Beach was exactly what we needed for a bit of R&R!  This is our “picture perfect” day.

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Location One: The Newport. If you haven’t been here, and you have a spare day to make the trip; I would highly recommend a visit! We were a bit late for a proper lunch, but made it just in time to grab a quick bite. We enjoyed having the place pretty much to ourselves too! (The perks of having Monday’s off). Can only imagine how crazy busy it must get on a weekend!

Location Two: We hadn’t had our coffee fix for the day, so also stopped over at The Boathouse to ‘refuel’ before the drive home.

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The Perfectionist.

“Hi, my name is Amanda and I am a perfectionist”.

It is a weakness that has stopped me from pursuing much of what God is calling me to.

This blog is one piece of that puzzle.

I know the Lord has been speaking to me about stepping out, and yet for quite some time now I have continued to hold back.

I guess that’s what happens when you blur the lines of excellence and perfectionism. I am starting to see that there is a very fine line between the two.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to do things with excellence, God is all for it; but as I look in the mirror and face the truth of what has immobilised me, I can admit that the perfectionist in me was actually in disagreement with God.

I didn’t choose this!

It’s clear now that I was refusing to step out in faith and obedience. It’s not that I don’t want to act in faith or obey the Lord, its because well, I care way too much about what others would think if things don’t turn out perfectly.

He remains so patient and loving.

For too long I have strived for perfection, when Jesus is simply saying, “give me the weight and fear of trying to measure up, and just be who I have made you to be”.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I may think that I am unqualified to do what He is calling me to; but it is God who qualifies the called. It’s His final say, not mine or anyone else’s.

So, as I let go of the unhealthy relationship I have had with perfectionism and seek the Lord for the ability and anointing to achieve what he is calling me to, I declare today that no longer will I hold back, it’s time to take that leap!

He’s the expert in “cliff-catching” anyway, right?

 

Self Portrait | No.24

I noticed the other day how pretty the sunlight is when it streams in through our bathroom window, early in the morning. Of course, the only obvious thought once discovering this is; why not bring the camera into the bathroom and take a photo of myself sitting on the toilet? Haha…Well in reality that’s the only way I could hold the camera steady and get my reflection.

PS: I am not actually “going” to the toilet while taking this shot.

The obstacle:

Being ok with photographing myself first thing in the morning, a-la-natur-al and sleepy eyed.

The result:

Although my face doesn’t show it, I was quite happy.

That light!

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We have a Saviour

C H R I S T M A S  2 0 1 5  Thankful for family, delicious food, presents under the tree and most of all – the liberty to celebrate our Saviour, King Jesus; the greatest gift we will ever receive.

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October Long Weekend

In a small town just outside Wagga Wagga, is a place called Uranquinty.

Just past the rail way tracks and silo’s is King Street.

Across from the oval is an orange brick home with a long driveway, country garden, archway and a warm welcome.

Mum and Dad’s place.

We don’t get down to their place as often as we should, however with four family birthday’s to celebrate at once, we had no excuse this time!

When we do visit Mum and Dad, it is always a time of quiet from the hustle and bustle of city life. Plenty of catch-ups, feasting, laughter and feasting.

Did I mention feasting? Haha…

The pictures tell the story of a pretty typical get together for our family.

These are the kind of simple, yet special memories that I love.

The memories that truly matter.

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