Never been so proud - only in Hong Kong would protestors not harm or destruct but share homemade popcorn in the streets and bring saline solution incase there is more tear gas. #UmbrellaRevolution #occupycentral #seeyoutomorrow #whoneedsfireworksanywhere
It was our turn to host these punks and demolish two legs of lamb and korean snacks. #smbcrepresent #willmisstheseones #binch #spotthethumbface
For better or for worse ♡
Snapped this shot of @sushaiiii as she was leaving the church. Thankful to God for saving this tomboy to be His daughter and for transforming her into a woman who shows the love of Christ to everyone she meets. It was a privilege to be able to pray for you and Steve today. ♥
'Thank you Father for gifting Susie with a faith that endures in hard times and for equipping her with the gifts of encouragement, generosity and administration. We pray these gifts will continue to be grown and exercised in marriage as she settles into her role as Steve's helper, companion, friend and support.'
#steveandsusie #sogirly #soemotional #allgrownup #shebakescookies
Happiness is sticking my head out of the car window so that wind can whip my furry face.
#happydog #simbathemalshi #doggydate #cutiepie #allsmiles #bliss
Looking forward to hearing Paul Beeston speak about Compassion tonight. Starting with a game tonight where I am the secret Compassion rep. #compassionau #lovingtheworld
The wonder of the cross pushes the wonder of creation aside. Salvation through the Son of God made the heavens change their song. Rev 5:9
We are born into an amazing world made by the Lord of creation but heaven is focused on a new thing: Jesus who is at the centre of the universe.
Creation is to be enjoyed but Christians need to be cross-centred.
Our mission is to seek to save the lost.
- Andrew Heard #refresh2014
DAY 2 of #refresh2014. We have loved spending time with fellow planters and friends @amychka and the “other Mikey” @mikeynhieu ♡
Launching into the first session “Phases and stages of marriage in ministry”. @genevapush
Thanks @genevapush. Manly is amazing in this weather. #refresh2014
One way love is always the most transformative when we are at our lowest ebb. The Law can break a hard heart but only Grace can heal one:
The Law says ‘cursed’
Grace says ‘blessed’
The Law says ‘slave’
Grace says ‘son’
The Law says guilty
Grace says ‘forgiven’
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Rom 5:8
#onewaylove #forgiven #restored #redeemed #savedbygrace
A few weeks ago I was sitting at the back of church, coughing my lungs out, clutching my sore ribs and feeling very sorry for myself. A friend (who was also sick) joined me at the back and very kindly asked me how I was going.
I told him I was exhausted.
Exhausted from being sick.
Exhausted from travelling in and out of Brisbane.
Exhausted from the 70 hour working week during Oxygen.
Exhausted from the never ending ministry meetings and to-dos.
And then he asked the golden question: How has your busyness affected your relationship with Jesus?
At Oxygen, Francis Chan reminded us that as leaders shepherding the flock, we can become so busy that we forget that we too are sheep that needs feeding from the Good Shepherd.
As leaders, we are merely branches attached to the True Vine. Without being connected to Him, we can do nothing. Not something. Nothing.
I rarely ever get sick, so being bed ridden for a week (and bored out of my brains!) has reminded me of the importance of rest and soul care in ministry.
In order to rest this month I have set the following resolutions:
- Intentionally free up my calendar on Sundays to pause, read God’s Word and pray through journalling.
- Participate in 6am bootcamp, 3 times a week before work.
- Finish ‘One Way Love’ - a fantastic book that has pointed me back to the beauty of God’s grace extended to weak and broken people.
- Have more ‘down time’ with hubby & peers and NOT feel guilty about it!
Ultimately, my relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd matters. I am praying that as a sheep, I will follow and rest in Him.
Completed my first week of 6am bootcamp! Avo and beans to celebrate. #everythingissore #cantmove #sittinghurts #noresultsyet
2. Generosity of Delegates & Volunteers
In the midst of the chaos, God was working powerfully to encourage our team to soldier on.
I thank God for:
- The Oxygen Press team, who during our final debrief stopped me mid-sentence to pray for me.
- The S4S delegates who were willing to donate their spare tickets to gift to others.
- Our volunteers (young and retired) helping to pack thousands of book backs and set/pack-up 2000 chairs.
This love and grace that we have shown to one another has not gone unnoticed.
I quote a conversation that I had with Maria, a venue security guard:
"I have never seen a group more hard-working. Nowadays it’s impossible to get young people to work but your volunteers not only work hard, but do everything with a smile. Must be a Christian thing."
I got to share with Maria that we’re all serving Jesus and he’s a pretty awesome boss.
The ATP event coordinator also shared with us that the tenants in the building had loved having the Oxygen delegates around. She said that the vibe of our event was so positive and that all our delegates were so kind to one another.
These conversations reminded me of this bible verse:
John 13:34-35: Love one another…by this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.
This week is random gifts week. The lovely @amychka dropped these off this afternoon. Thanks for brightening up my workspace :)
Happy Birthday Mabsie! ♥ I love the ‘fishing’ Mabsie, ‘wog’ Mabsie, ‘ginger’ Mabsie, ‘scandalous’ Mabsie, ‘can do anything’ Mabsie, ‘sweat shop’ Mabsie and ‘clingy’ Mabsie but my favourite Mabsie of all time is the ‘womens ministry’ Mabsie! Thanks for caring for a sister you crazy pocket rocket. #birthdaygirl #lovethisone #korean