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Week one – “give Him time to steep the soul”

“We say, then, to anyone who is under trial, give Him time to steep the soul in His eternal truth. Go into the open air, look up into the depths of the sky, or out upon the wideness of the sea, or on the strength of the hills that is His also; or, if bound in the body, go forth in the spirit; spirit is not bound. Give Him time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken.” ~ Amy Carmichael

So it’s been a week since I had to get up every day at what I like to call ‘too early’! And it’s been a busy week, that’s for sure…went back to my old part time job, cracked into my first online lecture and hooked into the student allowances offered by the government. I got my volunteer placement sorted out and I also organised my volunteering days at the op-shop/vintage wares and coffee shop that I help out in.

But before I get too far off track, let me draw attention to the quote at the beginning – what beautiful and refreshing words! How much does her wisdom make you want to grab the Bible, a travel mug, a journal and set off in the direction if some open space? I just wanted to dash down to the beach and take up residence on a bench, looking out over the beauty of God’s creation…only it’s been raining here intermittently so I didn’t.

But I found those words very reassuring that there is ALWAYS space and time in God’s calendar for me. I’m not bound by the restrictions of this world – I can seek Him whenever and wherever I need and want. And I need to make it more often than it has been. If I can take the time to create more of a Sabbath in each of my weeks, I know I’ll feel better. I’m by nature, a glass-half-empty person.

Unfortunately.

But quotes like this coupled with the words of God in His timeless Book make me want to be more of a positive person. Especially as I head into such change for the next 12 months. I have to stop. Listen. And then just remember that He is a lamp unto my feet, and He shows me just what I need to know and when I need to know it.

This week, I encourage you to step into a space of open air. Pause. Feel the breeze of His Holy Spirit. And just know that He is with you, guiding you on in this adventure. Sowing you step by step, the next part of your journey. Be certain in Him…

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The Ukulele

I’m taking a tea break. Chai Green Tea – lovely!
So I thought I’d get in and write a little more to my explanations of this new blog idea of mine. I love writing! And this is brilliant practice as well…I’m not sure what the practice is for, but it’s still practice nonetheless!

Anyway – I had an idea earlier. 52 blog posts. One for each week of my 12 month course. Is that doable? Is that a challenge enough? For me it’s a challenge – I have to come up with things to write about and I have to remember to actually get them down and post them! But I think I can do it – and at the end, I’ll have a great collection of thoughts and ideas and experiences spanning the length of a year, even if it’s just me who reads them later.

Keep me accountable! I want to be able to say “I did that!” someday. I wrote a blog and I stuck to it. I struggle with ‘stick-to-it-iveness’. That’s not a really a thing, but I’ve made it a thing now. I often have grand ideas and desires for things. I might even get as far as starting some of them. And then BAM! All sense of motivation and enthusiasm goes shooting off out the window and my attention is taken up by something else.

Like for example – learning to play the Ukulele. Yes. I have one of those. It’s my Dad’s, but it’s sitting in my study with my folder full of music and chords and finger placement pictures and YouTube video links…it’s a lonely Ukulele these days. I can’t remember the last time I picked it up to practice. But that’s what I’m saying – I got so excited about teaching myself something musical because I have as much musical talent in my whole body as a house plant. I got so pumped when I could remember a couple of chords and actually recognise the tune…and then it was gone. All the excitement and motivation. I’d still LIKE to play it! And I will – one day I’ll pick it up again and keep teaching myself. Hopefully it won’t be a day that’s too far away either.

So that’s why I need to be kept accountable…like for a lot of things in life I suppose. Being kept accountable in my friendships, my mentoring, my study times, my personal devotion times and definitely my marriage. This blog is hardly as important as some of those, but it till requires the occasional tap on the shoulder.

Anyway – that’s what I thought I’d write for today. A babbling of thoughts and ideas from a mind that’s just had a tea infusion! But where to start? So many options, so many avenues to choose from. Bear with me as I choose my themes and narrow down my ideas, but for now………….I think I’ll go and pick up the Ukulele.

(Photo: Pinterest)

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The next step…

Magandang gabi – good evening!

So the countdown is on – my story, my walk with God & my hubby, is about to take a trip down a much more unknown path! Three more full days at work and then that’s it – my contract is up and I’m out of the office! Hubby, who is 1 semester into a 4 year undergrad and I decided that due to the contract sitch, it would be back to the books for me!

So in a week and a half, I’m a student again! Such a crazy decision, but the right one for us.
I will be honest though, it’s pretty unsettling. No steady income…no daily office routines…no early alarms…so many ‘not any more’ moments without this job. It will be sad to say goodbye to my coordinator, the volunteers and my cosy desk that faces all the windows. There’s just something about the security of a job…which is where I realised BIG TIME how wrong my attitude had become.

Did you see that word in there? SECURITY. Big word. Many uses. And I had it totally wrong. For almost the whole time I had this job! Which is why this change in circumstances couldn’t have come at a better time…and God knew this. My focus had shifted from His providence and His gifts and His leading to how could I make hubby and I safe, secure and with the bills paid. I was anxious in my busyness, anxious to make sure that I had it all under control.

So, stepping out in faith – even if its just to study alongside my hubby for a while – is how I’m going to try to rectify that reliance upon God. Lots of changes are going to be happening during this time, so this blog is going to change along with everything else to document bits and pieces of this new journey. Feel free to stay tuned! Can’t promise exciting anecdotes, receipts or ‘how-to’ moments – cant promise fashion advice, relationship drama or exiting photos.

But I can promise honesty. Thanks for reading!

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