Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Naomi and Maddox and Darla up the hill with me this afternoon. What a precious blessing each of my children are!

My beautiful tree. Surely no more words are necessary....

My new friend from the hill, so glossy and sleek and so friendly : )

Psalm 145: 9 The Lord is good to everyone.
He showers compassion on all his creation.



Sunday, July 20, 2008

What "environment" really matters? Maybe the one within us?

A dear friend sent me a video clip of a young girl speaking to what looked like the United Nations about the state of the environment/world today. This is the response I sent to my friend after watching this video.

Hi ..........., I have no wish to cause offence but as touching as that speech may be, what a pity it is full of the fear and lies that are infecting our minds today and none of it comes from God.

As far as "global warming" I believe it is the devil's biggest deception (along with "God is dead") to distract us from the truth, the truth you and I know and love. The truth is that without Christ there are no answers. Without Christ there is no peace. Without Christ there is no life.

Yes, she spoke well. Yes, she was well meaning. Would I want my daughter doing that, no. Do I want my children and grandchildren to believe all she said, no.

The focus of the Christian life must be Christ. Not fear and lies.

I am frustrated with the wholesale acceptance of the lies in the church today. It is evolutionary thinking and should have no place in our vocabulary. Holes in the ozone?, animals becoming extinct every day?, bad air, bad water, sick fish..........

NLT Romans 8: 38, 39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That is Christ's message, being drowned out by well meaning good hearted people who are being distracted by a hopeless vain philosophy.

If only she had spent her five minutes telling those powerful world leaders the truth, JESUS is the answer, He gives us hope for the future, He is the light of the world.

If only people would spend the time they spend obsessing with fear about the environment worshiping the living God instead. Now that might change the world!

with love always

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Another Saturday Blog

Do you ever put off doing something you know is good for you? For me, that has got to be walking. There was a time I walked every day, sometimes twice a day!! Not because I had soooo much “spare” time but because I knew I needed the exercise, the fresh air and sunshine and just the pure peace and refreshing of the mind that comes from a good brisk walk!

But I always have the perfect excuse! I don’t have time, inclination or motivation and besides, it’s Canberra in the middle of winter, do I look mad? (do not answer that!!)

Anyway, this afternoon I decided to just DO IT! I donned my faithful wool cape, bought at the Salamanca markets in Hobart 14 years ago. That was a memorable trip. So many memories returned when I put that cape on. A tiny three month old Naomi, snuggled underneath against the chill Tasmanian winter. Toby then 13, Zoe 11 and Josie 9. How time flies. Beautiful Tunbridge, good friends, Tassie devils, Port Arthur before Martin Bryant. I must go back to Tassie one day…

Anyway, back up the hill with the dogs. They were so delighted to be out and about. The sun was shining. There was no one else on the hill.

Got to the top, glorious view! I could see snow!! I was delighted! Now don’t misunderstand me, I love seeing snow, in the distance. Being born in Norway I speculate I had my quota of snow before I could walk. I hate being "in" the snow. I love seeing it in the distance.
A long way away ; )

The view from up there is spectacular. I think I live in the most beautiful city on earth. And of course I am biased, slightly. If you look on my blog page you will see a photo of my home with the mountains in the background. That’s what I was looking at today, just from higher up the hill.

I noticed this old gum tree on top of the hill. I guess it’s been there over a hundred years cause it was very broad and tall. It had the best view. I wished it could talk. Maybe he did? He loves the view. He is content. He is healthy and happy right where he was planted by God so long ago. He is strong and majestic looking with branches outstretched towards his Creator. Like he's worshipping Him. He’s seen lots of changes and yet he has just grown bigger and stronger. A bit like me. I have seen a lot of changes in my life, a lot of challenges, some pain and much more joy. And I feel bigger (not physically, on the inside) and stronger for all those experiences.

That tree definitely spoke to me today. And if I hadn’t gone up the hill, I never would have heard him or seen the snow or enjoyed that cup of tea when I came back home.

And can any cup of tea taste better than the one you have when you come home from your walk? (or working in the garden) I don’t think so.

Is there something you've been putting off that you know will do you good? Do it tomorrow! I dare you!