Thursday, July 27, 2017

KATHERINE SHOW
AND
RODEO  2017


Well, last weekend was our annual show and rodeo.
We look forward to this exciting event every year.
Dave looks forward to the show junk food,
and I look forward to an opportunity to take more
photos! Go figure??


Now that the girls are older,
Dave and I walk around the show by ourselves
and the girls hang out with friends
and ride the rides.

Being a small show, we constantly
run into each other, then we meet up at the
rodeo for all the excitement.


This year was extra special because
it was Miriam's very first show and rodeo!
She very happily slept through most of it!
Thankfully, no bulls or broncs collided with
the rails in front of her!


I love these adorable kids.


And these were bull riders in the making.
Yes, these little fellas rode!



And now, here's some random pics from the night.




 This old bull was a spinner.
He came out of the gates
and went round and round in circles.
Bet that cowboy didn't need to
go on any showrides after that!









Of course, the rides are a big drawcard
for the girls and Maddie upped the anti when
she took on the SPEED ride with a friend.


I've uploaded a video for you to
catch the action and here are some stats:

SPEED
37 metres high
13 revolutions per minute
Acceleration 3.5g on the rider


video

And that's all of the show until next year!

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Don't Miss It




Many a ship passes in the night,
touching at our wharf with the precious freight
which we have been praying for,
but we are not there to receive it.
Many a dove comes to our window from the
weltering waste of waters;
but we are too immersed in other things to notice its light tap.
We pray, but we do not wait;
we ask, but we do not expect to receive;
we knock, but we are gone before the door is opened.”
F.B.Meyer


James 1:6,7

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he
shall receive any thing of the Lord.

How many times are we guilty of praying a specific prayer, then walking away and forgetting all about it. We don't stay at the foot of the cross, holding out our hands expectantly, waiting for God to grant the request with his abundance. Instead, we get discouraged, we doubt God's goodness, his provision, his protection. We go our way and while we're gone, the answer comes, but as the poem says, “we are not there to receive it.”

Often times we pray, but don't wait. We ask, but don't expect anything to come of it. We knock, then turn away, not expecting an answer.

Matthew 6:30

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

The passage in James tells us what we are likened to when we waver in our faith. When we doubt God's ability. We're like a wave of the sea. Now, waves of the sea are beautiful, and we love to stand in the shallows and have the water lapping at our feet. In, out. In, out. In, out. But when we pray without faith, we're likened to a wave. The wind drives it. What is the wind in your life that drives you? Is it a wind of doubt? Is it a wind of fear? Is it a wind of anxiety? A wind that drives your prayers and causes your faith to waver.

God says, “let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord”
If we're wavering in our faith and our prayers are half-hearted, and we pray without really expecting anything,
God tells us plainly that we won't receive anything.

Hudson Taylor once said,

Ask great things of God
Attempt great things for God
Expect great things from God”

God is waiting and longing to give us the desires of our hearts. He is able to go above and beyond our tiny requests and overflow our lives with blessing.

Ephesians 3:20

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us

Then, why are we not waiting at the wharf, at the window, at the door?


Matthew 7:7,8

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened

There is going to be some well-meaning people, wondering where 'leaving it at the foot of the cross' comes in. Well, I definitely don't pretend to have all the answers and I'm still on a steep learning curve when it comes to praying effectively. But I do know that God wants us to bring our problems to Him and not fret or worry over the outcome, and He also expects us to pray with a heart of faith, expectantly, hopefully and without doubt. He tells us in scripture to pray without ceasing. He wants us to bring our requests to Him continually and pray for the same thing over and over and show Him how important our particular request is to us.

It is not wrong to pray for something consistently until God opens the floodgates of Heaven and grants our desires and we see the mighty hand of God work and give Him all the glory. How many souls have been saved because a faithful Christian wouldn't give up on praying for that one to come to Christ? They weren't content to pray once, and walk away, not waiting for the answer. No, they were ready and waiting at the wharf, continually begging God and interceding on someone else's behalf until God answered.

I don't want to be so busy in life, that I don't notice those little answers to prayer. We often ask a small request of God, then don't even see the answer arrive because we're so busy doing other things,
that the blessing comes and goes by unnoticed.

I want to be at the door waiting.
Not missing a single answer!










Monday, July 17, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Territory Day
July 1, 2017



Just some of my favourites
from the fireworks show
put on by our Town Council


We've found it's funner
to watch other people blow up
hundreds of dollars, than spend
our own money on them:)


Despite a strict curfew
on the times allowed for
shooting off fireworks,
in our neighbourhood,
they started around 9am
and finished around 2 am.


Then of course, the occasional
one goes off at any time of the day,
on any given day of the week.


Makes for an interesting life.


So, if any of you has the urge
to spend a lot of money
on a bit of bang,
come for a visit on July 1st
and you can use our front yard
for your expensive thrill.


I'll even take photos for
you to take home as a souvenir,
as that's all you get to show for it,
besides a few
empty cardboard tubes.

Oh, and below is a short video
to show you what it looks
like as you drive through the
neighbourhood.
Watch out for flying fireworks!

video


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sunset


When I consider the work of Thy hands,The sun, moon and stars above,
What is man that Thou thinkest of him
Who is so unworthy of Thy love?

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name.
Mountains, valleys, all creation tells Thy fame.
Heavens declare it; all Thy wondrous works proclaim:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name.

Heavens are telling the glory of God;
Each tree points to Christ on high.
Why would God, the creator of all
Take the form of lowly flesh to die?

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name.
Mountains, valleys, all creation tells Thy fame.
Heavens declare it; all Thy wondrous works proclaim:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name.

Jesus, Creator and Ruler of all
Left heaven to die for me.
Came to earth, laid aside heaven's throne
In exchange for death on Calvary.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name.
Mountains, valleys, all creation tells Thy fame.
Heavens declare it; all Thy wondrous works proclaim:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name.
R. Hamilton



This past week saw the girls
and I headed up to Darwin
for a night to do some shopping
and run some errands.

I was able to take the girls to Lee Point
to watch the sunset.
I was almost 40 by the time I was able
to watch the sun set over
the ocean because of living on the East Coast.
Our first time was over in Western Australia,
but now, it's just up the road.

So, camera in hand,
we spent a couple hours enjoying one
of Chloe's favourite places. The beach.



There's just something mesmerizing about
watching the colours change over the ocean
and listening to the sounds of the waves coming in.
The sun drops so fast that you
can watch it moving down
toward the horizon and disappear.


Of course, I wanted to take some silhouettes,
but I had a struggle getting the girls to co operate.
Although, they did better than usual knowing that
in the photos you wouldn't really
be able to see their faces.



Going, going, going, gone.


I've put together a 1 minute video
of the sunset for you, just in case
you live on the East Coast or in
the middle of the outback, and really
want to experience the sights and sounds.

video

What an amazing God and Creator
that day after day, can cause us to marvel
at His beautiful creation,
just by the going down
of the sun.

Psalm 113:3
From the rising of the sun unto the going
down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.






Saturday, June 24, 2017

Camp Out



This past week, we had the privilege
of camping out with a bunch of Yanks,
our girls and the Bauer Family.

A missions team from the state of Delaware, USA
(yeah, I didn't know where it was either),
had come to help out in the work
the Bauers are doing in the community
of Barunga and also in Katherine.

It turned out that Dave and I were able
to go up to Darwin on Saturday night
and pick them all up from the airport
as their original ride was down with a tummy bug.
We managed to get home at 1 AM
safe and sound, with no buffalo
sized imprints in the front of the bus.
(just a whole lot of weary passengers)

So, they had to make do with me,
walking up to them in the airport,
looking them up and down,
and saying, "Yep, that's them! I'm your ride!
Follow me!"

Which, like the Pied Piper, they kindly did.

Our family was invited along to camp out
with them on a friends block out of town.

It was a real blessing for all involved
and it was the first time in our 4 years here,
that the girls were able to get together with
a bunch of like minded teens and just
have fun and do what teenagers do!
(which I think is, talk, and talk some more,
throw around a half empty water bottle as a football,
play noughts and crosses in the dust,
go croc spotting in the dark
along the river,
go snake catching with Pastor Bauer
and so on and so forth)



Emilee acted as the ferry for carting
people and gear to and from the camp.
She managed NOT to lose any passengers.




Our set up was simple but effective.
Of course, I think Dave and I had the best spot
being up above in our rooftop tent.
(Oh, and should I be worried that each
one of our girls is playing with a knife??)


We ate well and the yanks taught us
how to eat hot dogs properly, by roasting
them over the fire.
We served up pavlova and billy tea
and roast potatoes.
(Liberally coated with ash and dust)


Dave drove our 22 seater and took all
of us out to Cutta Cutta Caves to see
the 'underground' sights.


It is always a blessing that no matter
what race you are or what accent you have,
when you are brothers and sisters in Christ,
these differences soon disappear.

What an encouragement to know that
there are others, on the other side of the world,
willing to make sacrifices and
serve the Lord, even in our out of the
way town of Katherine, NT.

I've put together a short video of
the last couple of days.
Sorry it won't be super clear,
being resized to fit.
You get the drift anyway.

video

Wednesday, June 14, 2017





What Fits the Bill?

Philippians 4:8


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

In reading over this verse this morning,
I realised that there is only ONE thing that truly meets the high
standards of this verse. Only ONE thing that is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy. And that ONE thing, is the Word of God and God Himself.
(or is that 2 things?)

I have been trying to memorize this verse for a long time, but I always get my
just, pure and lovelies out of order. This verse has been a help to me when I find
myself with unwanted thoughts in my head. When I'm tempted to say that sarcastic
remark to that person who's 'got it coming', or I'm wanting to share that bit of gossip,
or speak that unkind word or serve my own biased justice onto someone.

This verse tells us what to think on instead. It gives us an alternative.
And what an alternative it gives us!


Our minds are very powerful things.
God has blessed us with a free will and a mind that
can think and make decisions. But, oh,
how easy it is to slip into
the negative and the sinful and the prideful.

Here, Paul exhorts the brethren
to think on Godly things.
When you're struggling with your thought life, what
better thing to turn your mind to,
than the Word of God!


What is more true, more pure, more lovely, more just,
more honest, more full of good reports,
more virtuous, more praiseworthy,
than the Word of God.


If we fill our minds and our hearts with God's Word,
His Word will drive away those ungodly thoughts
and fill us with His thoughts and His truths instead.

But how can we expect to have those Godly thoughts in our heads
when we neglect to be in the Word daily.
If we neglect the study of
God's Word and don't hide it in our
hearts by continual
reading and studying and memorizing,
how is it going to be there to call
upon in time of need?

It won't happen by osmosis!

It won't happen by attending
one church service a week,
with our Bible under our arm that
conveniently falls open to
where the Pastor is preaching his
current series of messages from,
because it hasn't been opened to any other passage for such a long time.

No! We have to be IN the Word
to gain benefit from it.
To be able to 'think on these things'
as our verse states,
we have to have put some of these Godly thoughts
into the memory banks of our hearts
and minds, beforehand.

Yes, there are lovely things and
true things to dwell on
other than the Word of God. And often we will
look at creation
and the amazing scenery around us and
use these things as
'good' things to think on. And yes, God
put them there for
our enjoyment. But, even viewing a
majestic scene from
a lofty mountaintop should bring us
to our knees in praise and worship
of the God of creation. These 'things'
should drive us to
reflection upon God and His goodness.
His glory. His righteousness.
His loveliness. His virtue.

So, while I am in need of this verse
and encouraged to think on things of a higher nature,
God's Word should be the goal of my thoughts.
Not just the lovely things around me that distract
me from my wicked thoughts.
But God's Holy Word that leads me to
repentance and reveals the darkness
that lies within me.


His Word and ONLY His Word can really fit the bill
of this verse. It is the only reliable source of all
these Godly 'things' to think upon.

Read it.

Meditate upon it.

Memorize it.

Study it.

Live it.



Psalms 119:11

Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.