Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Barunga Revival Meetings

Photo compliments of Jen Bauer
Last week we were blessed to be
able to attend the revival meetings
out at Barunga. This is a small community
80km southeast of Katherine.

Our friends Jen and Patrick Bauer work
with this community and hold services and
Bible studies and Kids Club there.

We were able to take our bus out each
night with a load of Katherineites.

It is always a blessing to be out there
and see the way the Lord is working in this community.
There are some really lovely, faithful Christians
out there who are committed to serving the Lord
and seeing their families saved.

Our girls had a great time with all the kids
there and made some new friends.

Anyone and everyone was invited and
as usual, the local dogs took up the invitation
and were faithful every night.
(there was only one small dog fight after
service, during refreshments, which caused quite a stir)

We were encouraged through good preaching
from Pastor Ken Chapman (Darwin)
Pastor Justin Stanley (Katherine)
and Pastor Patrick Bauer (Barunga).

Much prayer went into these meetings
and we are excited to see what the Lord
can and will do through the preaching of His
word and any decisions made for Him.

Praise God for opportunities to worship Him
with other likeminded Christians in
surrounding areas.

Please be in prayer for the ministries
here in Katherine and in Barunga.

We serve a great God and nothing is
impossible with Him.

Photo compliments of Jen Bauer

Friday, October 6, 2017

In Need of Some Cutenessđź’•

Yeah, I'm sure you all need
your fix of adorable Miriam!

Random Happenings

Well, life has been a bit crazy for the last
few weeks, so I am going to post some
photos of random happenings at the Holmestead
and around the traps.

First things first. A couple of weeks back, I was privileged
(or stupid enough??) to take a group of 8 teens
all the way over to Queensland for the
Malanda Youth Camp!

All in all, despite sickness upon arriving home,
(which is still ongoing)
we had a great time and I managed to keep my sanity!
(Oh, no, that's right, I lost it years ago).

Well, we flew out from hot and dry Darwin
to experience some Malanda Mizzle for the
first couple of days at camp, but then it cleared up!
The girls were reminded of how life goes on
whether it rains or it doesn't, and games must be played
whether you freeze to death or not!

Yeah, let's throw water in each other's faces while
it's raining and we're all out here freezing and
trying to catch pneumonia???

Some great games with the giant earthballs!

Emilee, of course, surrounded by
her adoring mob!

Of course, bonfire night and time for
testimonies of the Lord's goodness
And some time during the week
for scripture memorization.

Then of course, the epic water slide
for the teenagers!
This year, battling with the beginnings of the flu,
I decided to give it a miss. Sigh.
(that, and, I'm old and it hurts more now)

Some goofing off with the Leaders
and the camp speaker,
Chris Dagan.

And, yes, Dad went totally nuts this
year at camp. A sign of his old age.
(it DID wash out before Sunday)

When it was all said and done,
our teens were talking about next year!
So, you never know, Malanda, you might
see us back again in 2018.


The next thing in random happenings,
is that we had our first rain of the season
on October the 1st after 170 days of no rain!!
Yep, that's it. Dry season over, let the build up begin.

Phew. Gone are our 10% humidity and lovely
warm days, now begins our super humid, 40 degree
weather, clouds building, storms coming, rain falling and
soon, the grass will begin to turn green,
and it will be out with the lawn mower after 6
months in the garden shed.
Ah well, it was great while it lasted!

BUT WAIT............THERE'S MORE....

Today, we were able to hold a
Youth Fun Day with the youth group kids
here in Katherine.

As you know from previous years,
we usually run a Holiday Bible Club each year,
but this year, we were down on helpers and
time and good health and were just plum wore out.

So, we were able to run a half day of fun
and food for the kids!
Amazingly, we didn't have to pull out the first aid
kit at all!! Miracle!!

The kids enjoyed competing for ribbons
and eating to their hearts content!

We also brought out the puppets for an appearance
and they helped Dave with an object lesson,
which involved a very moldy sandwich, a very
oiled and greasy sandwich, and a sandwich that
had been run over by a truck! Literally!

What a great privilege we have to work with
these young lives and to teach them of God's love
and the hope they can have in Him.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

God speaks to us in the stillness
Satan screams at us in our busyness

Today I had a moment.

A moment of turmoil. A moment during my busyness, where Satan screamed at me. He told me I was worthless. He told me I was a failure. He reminded me that I don't have it all together. He screamed his useless lies at me, in the midst of my busyness and the hurry and worry of my day. He tried to keep my focus on myself and the miserable circumstances I thought I was in.
I fought against him. I fought hard. I prayed aloud, I listened to Godly music, I cried out to God, I shed tears of frustration and then in the pause, in the break, in the stillness, I heard God's voice.

Philippians 4:6-7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Ha! Take that Devil! The peace of God!! Did you hear that?? Peace. God's peace. It passes ALL understanding. It keeps my heart and it keeps my mind! Peace, peace, wonderful peace.

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.

Think on these things. Not on what the Devil wants me to think on. What God would have me think on. True, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, praiseworthy.

I had a spirit of fear. A fear of the unknown. A fear of my failures. But God reminded me of a promise in His word.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. .

God HAS NOT given us a spirit of fear. It's the devil that tries to give us that. God gives us power. His power. Love. His love. And the last part of that verse. A SOUND MIND! Boy, do I love that part. Because at times, it feels like I'm losing mine!

A while back, I came across this acronym.

C onsider the bigger picture
A cknowledge God is in control
L ook for the lesson
M ake it a point to praise

I made my own for turmoil, to help as a reminder in times of need

T rusting in my own abilities
U nderestimating God's Almighty Power
R efusing to surrender to God's control
M urmuring instead of praising
O verdramatizing the circumstances
I nterrupting God's plans with my own
L osing the plot instead of controlling my emotions

Which do I want in my life? Calm or turmoil? I don't even need to think about that one!
Calm, blessed calm!

The peace that passeth understanding

Maddie Has Her Learners!

And this sums it up!

And the other drivers on the road................

So, if you're coming to the NT,
you might want to stay off the footpath!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Happy Birthday

Yes, Maddie turned 16 today!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017