Friday, January 12, 2018


Today, Chloe and I and some friends
went along to a colour run. 
It was lots of fun!

(PS we didn't run! we just threw a lot of colour
around and at everyone within reach, 
and walked!)

We were able to catch up with 
some of the Barunga kids! 

By the way, the powder did NOT taste good!!

And, as we found out later,
it didn't really want to wash out of our skin.
So, I am sporting blue arms and neck at the moment! 


That's me in the pink cap

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Praying Pre-emptively

The question is not whether he's coming out to engage you in battle.
It's whether you're going to prepare in prayer first or wait until the Devil has you in a headlock before you call on the One who has already defeated him” Kendrick

In thinking about praying pre-emptively lately, I've been looking
further into prayer strategies to use to fight the Devil.

I don't know about you, but I don't use that word
'pre-emptive' very much, so I wanted to get as clear
a definition of it as possible.

The dictionary defines pre-emptive as :
to forestall something,
especially to prevent attack by disabling the enemy:
marked by the seizing of the initiative

Hmm. 'To prevent an attack by disabling the enemy'
'Seizing the initiative'
Food for thought.

When a country is about to attacked by an
invading army, they do all they can to prepare for war.
They evaluate their resources. They develop strategies.

This is just what we need to be doing in prayer
before going to battle with the Devil.
We know and read in Scripture, that the Devil is a real
enemy who has set his mind on destroying us
and making us useless to God's work.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Satan is not just some fairy tale symbol of evil.
He is real. And he will do everything in his power to
distract us from the work of the Lord.

It is so important for us to pray pre-emptively.
We need to be on guard against him and his deceitful ways.
We shouldn't live ignorant of his devices.

2 Corinthians 2:11
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:
for we are not ignorant of his devices.

He uses so many different methods to attack us that we need to be prepared,
praying for guidance, for protection, for power,
BEFORE we step into battle with him.

As Christians, we know all about the armour of God
in Ephesians 6. But just in case you haven't
read over it lately, here it is.

Ephesians 6:11-18

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

There are so many tricks the Devil uses to get our
focus off what God wants us to do. He even uses 'good' things.
I think of Mary and Martha (one of my favourite studies
in the Bible, as I see myself in their story).
Martha was doing a good thing. Serving her Lord.
But she was not doing the BEST thing.

The Devil likes to lull us into a dangerously comfortable
place by using good things to distract our focus.
He reminds us of the 'good' things we're doing,
so we won't remember the BEST things, the more
important things we should be doing.

The Devil is also a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44
.......and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We are not strong enough to stand against the Devil's deceptions
unless we're praying and being instructed in what is actually true.
If we are in the Word of God and studying and learning
from His Word, we will know the truth, and we will also
be more likely to detect a lie when we hear one.

Another thing the Devil uses
is division. He loves to set Christians against each other.

Mark 3:25
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

He knows all too well, that a group of believers
that are at odds with one another and have no unity,
will lose their effectiveness, destroy their testimony and
let the world see a bunch of hypocrites that call themselves Christians.
(makes you wonder about those tense and heated business
meetings we have in our churches and who it is that's stirring
the pot with a wicked grin on his face)

Their are so many examples in Scripture where
prayer was the catalyst in overcoming evil.
Nehemiah faced many difficulties when rebuilding
the wall of Jerusalem, but he was diligent in prayer
and seeking God's will, and he became an overcomer.

All too often, we neglect to pray until the enemy
is well and truly upon us. He has us in his grip,
and then, and only then do we cry out to God.

How much better would it be to have
pre-emptively prayed and done a whole lot more
winning than losing. To have been watching and praying
and been on the alert so that God could get the victory and be glorified!

We know the Devil has already been defeated,
but I think sometimes we forget, and live
defeated lives, when we could be humbly kneeling
before God in prayer and asking for His power to
become overcomers, then rising up victorious,
to give God all the glory. Letting the Devil know
he's defeated. Reminding him of his future.
Living an empowered, victorious, Christian life.

Praise God for the instruction and promises in His Word,
that armours us for the battle,
so we need not go out against our foe unarmed
and unprepared. We can stand courageously,
strong and resolute in the face of attack,
knowing that we have God on our side!

Happy Birthday Chloe🍰

Yes, our baby turned 15 today!
My, how time flies!! 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

☂Christmas Break

Mandorah Jetty

Well, we were finally able
to take a few days off over the Christmas 
weekend and take a well earned rest in Darwin!

We did some shopping and some exploring,
and with the rain, the weather was quite pleasant
and cool. I actually felt I needed a jumper at one stage!
(seriously, it was a frigid 25 degrees!)

Dripstone Cliffs

So, for those of you who dread my posts
because they're so long winded, I will
refrain from saying too much and just let 
you soak in the scenery! 😋

We drove through some epic rain on the way
up to Darwin and on the way home I snapped
away happily out the window at the beautiful clouds

Some interesting relics 

It's so interesting over at Mandorah,
as we drove approx. 1 1/2 hours to get there 
but you look out across the water,
and wa la! There's the Darwin skyline!
Only 15 minutes by ferry.

P.S. If any of you are wondering if you need 
glasses because of out of focus photos,
don't worry, it's not you, it's my sadly deteriorating,
much loved, much used, much abused, camera.
She's about ready to retire. 😟

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Stop Praying. Start Doing

Sounds counter intuitive doesn't it? We are told so many times in Scripture to pray, that to say, “Stop Praying”, sounds wrong.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing”
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always....”
Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving”

We see in the Bible, that God gives us clear instruction regarding prayer and emphasises the importance of it. Why then, or when, should we STOP praying?

In some reading I was doing this morning, the importance of times we need to stop praying, was brought to my attention along with this example.

“Imagine telling your children to go clean their messy rooms. Two hours later you walk in and see them sitting on the floor, praying for God to reveal His will about whether they should begin”
Lofty prayers, but no submission. No obedience.

How often is this the case with our prayers? Prayer is clearly NOT what they needed to be doing in this instance. Obedience was.

This example sounds silly I know, but strangely enough, that's how we often handle prayer. We hide behind it. We hope it will cover for our disobedience in other areas that are harder to do than just praying. God keeps telling us the things we need to do, and we just keep 'praying about it' with no steps of action. There comes a time when God has revealed His will, and we need to stop praying, get up and DO His will.

In John 14:15, God says, If ye love me, keep my commandments”

If our prayers are coming from a rebellious heart, and we are not following Him with faith and submission while claiming to love Him, we are hypocrites. Playing a part. An actor on a stage. Lukewarm.

When Joshua was trying to understand Israel's defeat at Ai, God told him to get up! Stop praying.

Joshua 7:10-11 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

God told Joshua to stop praying and start doing. The better course of action was to go and find the source of the problem and remove it from the camp.

And Joshua did just that.

Joshua 7:16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, 
and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:

God also told several of the prophets to stop praying for Israel

Jeremiah 7:16-17 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee. Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

The people were in disobedience to God and pursuing idolatry, so God told the prophets to stop praying. As long as the Israelites continued to rebel, it was pointless to pray.

Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

So, obedience matters. What you're praying for could be coming from a willing heart, right with God, but often
what God wants from you is action. Not more prayer.

Too many times I'm guilty of putting off something I know I should be doing, and just praying about it. “Is it your will God?” When I know full well that it is. I'm just delaying because it's too hard or too humbling.

All too often we pray but don't obey.
But obedience and prayer go hand in hand.

Stop praying about it if you're not willing to obey.

1 John 3:21-22 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

I know for me, I can raise my hand and say, “Guilty”. My prayer 
is that God would reveal to me the areas that I am
failing Him by praying and not doing.
And that I will have a spirit of humbleness and obedience to His will.

Pray and Obey. Obey and Pray. 

Stop praying. Start doing.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ministry Opportunity

Jon 3:16

"God bin laigim ebribodi detmatj,
en imbin jandim im ronwan
san blanga dai blanga olabat,
wulijim ebribodi hu bilib langa
im garra abum det olagijawan
laif en nomo dai.
En mi na det san blanga im".

For the past few weeks, we have had the 
great privilege of filling in for some friends
and getting to minister to 
the people of Barunga in their Sunday morning services. 

What a blessing this time has been to our family. 
Barunga is a small indigenous community
about 80 kilometres south-east of Katherine. 

It has been exciting to see the Lord working
in this community and we have been 
blessed getting to know the people better. 

Dave brought some really good object lessons,
the girls helped with crèche and morning tea
and singing and we were able to teach the people
a couple of new Sunday school songs. 
(while we tried to learn their Kriol ones)

Maddie was able to practice her driving 
skills on the trips home and I enjoyed 
learning more of the Kriol language 
and the life stories of some of the faithful ladies. 

I have tried to put together a short video
to give you more of an idea of the work,
but I will warn you, the quality is not great
as the acoustics in the building are a little interesting.

1 Corinthians 16:9
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me,
 and there are many adversaries.

There is a great door of opportunity
in this community, but the Devil
knows this and does his best
to thwart the work of God in people's
hearts. Please pray that souls will be saved
and lives will be changed and
all the glory will be given to God!