Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Purposeful Singleness

For those of us who are still in the life-stage of singleness, there is no need to fear these years between finishing school and becoming a married woman.  There are many areas we, as young women, are able to take part in, and can be used to be a blessing to others and also beneficial for our future marriage and child-rearing.
Are you part of a large family?  Or do you know a large family who might need an extra pair of hands to assist with daily living?  What a wonderful way to prepare for running your own home!  I know that for myself, when I’ve helped other families in different ways, how invaluable the experiences has been, even though I’m not using it yet.
The list could go on with ideas of how you can fill your single years…teaching music lessons—of teaching anything that you have a good amount of knowledge about…and as you pass on your knowledge, it will become more ingrained in your own mind and be more helpful to you.  Improve your homemaking skills such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, clothes washing….do a short course like First Aid, book-keeping or something that will potentially be helpful when you’re married or even now while you’re under your father’s authority; there’s a multitude of courses available that are beneficial and suitable for Christian young ladies.  I’m sure you will be able to think of ways that you can use your years of singleness to the utmost, and please the Lord in the process.  Is there a young girl in your church that needs a “big sister”?  Can you see something at church that needs tending to?  Do it, without being asked to do it, and without expecting thanks—do it because you want to be a blessing to your pastor and to your fellow Christians in the church.
But whatever you do, “do all to the glory of God”, and insure that your parents are happy for you to go ahead with it, for—after all—they are your God-given authority at this time of your life, and what better way to show your love for the Lord than to obey and love your parents willing, and to heed their counsel!
So may I encourage all the single Christian women to use these beautiful years of singleness to attend to the things of the Lord and developing skills that will make you better equipped for married.
From a fellow Christian single young woman,
Bethany Davies.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Things I Am Thankful For

        1.       Eternal Life in Christ
2.       The Gift of Womanhood
3.      A Loving Family
4.      A Warm Home
5.      My Piano
6.      Memories
7.      Friends
8.      Books
9.      Music
10.   The Mountains around me
11.    Laughter
12.    Hugs
13.   God’s Promises
14.   Being Homeschooled
15.   Scripture verses coming to mind at just the right time
16.   Reading inspiring blogs
17.   Little random acts of kindness
18.   God’s abiding, ever-present Presence
19.   Living in Australia
20.  Having a copy of God’s Word in my own language
21.    Food to eat
22.   My cello
23.   Green, lush grass
24.  Cool, clear water
25.   Snow in winter
26.  The beautiful colour during Autumn
27.   My eyesight
28.  The ability to read and write and comprehend what is written
29.  Teaching the 2, 3 and 4 year-olds in Sunday School
30.  Nice Clothes
31.   The telephone  J
32.   Opportunities to help others when needed
33.  Studying God’s Word with friends
34.  Being able to travel to visit some amazing places in Australia
35.  Rain
36.  Sunshine
37.  God’s patience with me
38.  White chocolate  JJ
39.  Excellent Christian DVDs
40. My cute Labrador – Lily
41.   The Peace of God which passes all understanding
42.  The Heroes of the Faith who have blazed the Christian trail before us
43.  The Religious Freedom in Australia
44. A Bible-believing church to worship at each Sunday
45.  Cooling Rain after a really hot summer’s day
46.  Being able to use the library’s internet, and not have to pay for it.  J
47. Scrapbooking
48. Cold, wintery days – the perfect opportunity to curl up before the fireplace and read a good book!
        49.Having a 21st party in a few months so I can see my friends again.  J

Monday, 16 April 2012

How to Make Yourself Indispensible

Spend time in God's Word daily. Meditate on the Proverbs for wisdom and practical instruction.

Pray and Fast regularly. Prayer is powerful, but when combined with fasting it is supernatural.

Read at least 10 pages everyday of a book in various fields.

Keep a notebook with insights, facts, quotes, new vocabulary words, and well-stated truths.

Listen more than you speak.

When you do speak, communicate clearly and precisely. If possible, avoid slang.

Consider wisely who your friends are.

Surround yourself with people who are wiser than you.

Ask questions of people who know more than you.

Notice what others do not notice and you will know what others do not know.

Stay true to your word.

Do not gossip.

Do not compromise.

If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all.

Let emotions subside; then decide. Emotions should never master you.

Remember where you came from.

Don't take yourself too seriously.

Learn to laugh at yourself.

Be as gentle as a dove, but as shrewd as a serpent.

Work and word hard. Gird your loins and set your hands to the task.

Eat healthy meals and snacks. Lose weight if you have to. You can do it.

Rest. Go to bed before midnight for a good night's sleep.

Don't take people too seriously.

Stop being offended.

Stay grounded in God's word. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


Amazing Grace - the Story behind the Song

I think it would be safe to say that all the readers would be familiar with the well-known hymn “Amazing Grace” by John Newton.
                It is a hymn sung in most - if not all - Christian circles around the world, and even at some non-Christian gatherings is the hymn sung.
                The writer of the hymn, although, was miraculously saved later in life from the cruel - and sadly, money-making - task of slave-trading, and went on to serve the Lord wholeheartedly as a preacher.
                John Newton’s Godly mother died when he was quite young - not yet seven years of age.  At the age of eleven, after John’s father remarried, and also after several short years of schooling, John joined his father’s ship and began the life of a seaman.  His teen years as well as early adulthood were spent in rebellion and separation from God.
                When his father died, John took on his own ship, and began sailing the seas to buy men, women and children from far-away countries to sell them in England as slaves.  After a few years of his slave trading life, he got convicted of his sins after reading “Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis, he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour.
                However, he continued as a slave ship captain, trying to justify himself by attempting to make the slave trade more comfortable for the slaves.  He eventually was convicted of the wrong of this work and thus became a strong and effective abolitionist against slavery.
                John returned to England, where he married his youthful sweetheart, Mary Catlett, and became a clerk at the Port of Liverpool for the next 9 years.  During this time of his life, he became increasingly aware of the call of God upon his life, calling him to preach the Gospel.  Consequently, be began to study and also sat under the ministry of well-known preachers of the day, such as George Whitefield and the Wesley brothers.  Although he appreciated their influence in his life, he chose to stay with the Anglican church rather than join the Dissenters.
                At the age of thirty-nine, John was ordained to the ministry and began to his first ministry at Olney, a tiny village near Cambridge. England.  His work of the next decade was a very fruitful and influential ministry, made more effective by the telling and re-telling of his early life and conversion.  He regularly held services whenever - and wherever - possible, and crowds thronged to hear the “Old Converted Sea Captain”.
                When John finished his ministering at Olney, he spent the remainder of his life as pastor of an influential church in London.  By this time, he had established a strong relationship with William Wilberforce, and other political figures to assist them in the abolition of the slave trade.
                In 1870, John’s beloved companion of forty years died of cancer.  From the time of his conversion right up until his death in 1907, John never ceased to thank the Lord for the mercy and grace shown that so dramatically changed his life.  Shortly before his death, he proclaimed with a loud voice during one of his sermons, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Saviour!”
                John’s tombstone, written by himself, bears a fitting testimony to his unusual life...John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and Libertine, a servant of slavers in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned and appointed to preach the Faith he had long laboured to destroy.
                His well-known hymn “Amazing Grace” also clearly expresses John’s life in all of its stanzas, of which there were originally seven.  The hymn was based on 1 Chronicles 17:16-17

Amazing grace—how sweet the sound—
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved,
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thuhs far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this heart and flesh shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

Monday, 2 April 2012

PHOTOS: Baptisms

On the 1st of April, Matthew, a friend and I headed down to Bendigo for some are the photos.