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Week ten – ‘task orientated’

Hello and a hearty Sunday evening to you 🙂
This past week has consisted of me checking things off on my mental to-do list, and it’s felt like a busy week even though in reality it might not have been. It was technically the last week of the term – hurrah! I got there! But ep there is still lots to do to wrap up the mid-semester assignments…minor research papers, readings and then getting a real start on the lesson development for the upcoming learning event I have to actually DO with real learners. Rather nervous about that one, I will say!

Anyway, this last week I had a mental list of things that had to be done – shopping, essays, meetings, work shifts and housework. Do you ever feel like it’s never ending? Every week, I do the washing and I feel a sense of accomplishment for about forty seconds before the dirty clothes basket refills itself…I don’t know how that happens. Laundry gremlins living in the wardrobes? Then when the bathroom is sparkling and the dish rack is empty and my scented candles are glowing in a corner I smile to myself,turn to make a coffee before starting a uni reading and then turn back and – BAM! Where did that plate come from? How is the sink full again? Yikes!

But being a task-orientated person is who I am, so I get a real sense of satisfaction out of doing housework, handing in assignments and completing readings. I can tick it off, I can see results and I know I’ve been productive. I like that feeling! Anyway, another thing that I felt accomplished and satisfied in was starting a new devotional that I’ve had on the shelf for a while but never got around to reading and cranking my Donald Miller trilogy book, Through painted deserts, Searching for God knows what and Blue like jazz that I have always meant to read, and just never got to. My book list of things to read is never-ending (the way I like it!) and so it never quite made it to the top until just recently. Keened up to read it! I’m trying to really make an effort to get more in God’s Word – making it a priority. I’ve never been very good at that – I have seasons. I have seasons of journaling, of writing non-fiction, of cooking, of craft stuff, of gardening, of working through devotionals. But they always end 😦 and I don’t know why! Maybe I just don’t have a lot of self-control…maybe I just lose interest so quickly in everything I do that I can’t stick to it. Whatever the deal is – it’s got to change! I will be making that change! I’m going to make it a task. On the top of my ‘to-do-daily’ list 🙂 because it’s not like God ever loses interest in me, hey?

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Week nine – ‘motivation: where for art thou?’

I don’t know if it’s just me, but has anyone else found that they hit ‘the wall’ in terms of having motivation to do stuff sometimes? And I’m not necessarily talking about anything in particular – though I have definitely neared the end of my tank of study-related motivation! But just ‘stuff’ in general…you know, turning up at things, doing housework, cooking, changing out of pyjamas each day. Stuff. Life. Doing stuff. Being places. Talking. Stuff.

I sometimes get to a point where all I do is whinge. I only have enough in me to let out a whingey gripe or a whiney complaint. I often get to this point after I’ve been doing something repetitive for an extended period of time. In this case – lectures, study and homework. It’s been 8 weeks of work. That’s 2 months. And it’s not quite over yet! I’ve still got to gather up some strength and brain power to forge on for a bit longer…except that I feel a bit like I’m tuning out too early!

A friend recently leant me season 2 of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and while I love that show, I really should have held off on watching it! I’m acting a bit like I don’t have things to do, places to be and people to see. Whoops! Then I justified it saying I used it as background noise or episodes as mini breaks between readings and assignments…but who am I kidding really?! I’m just watching it. 😉

Anyway, as I was saying – I start letting loose with the negative talk. ‘Gosh, they’re so annoying!’ ‘Man, they are a shocking driver!’ ‘I don’t want to go, it’s stupid!’ ‘Why should I?’ ‘I can’t be bothered, I don’t enjoy it.’ ‘No, you are!’ I’m such a teenage drama queen! But it’s when I get to this point that God brings a moment across my path that forces me to chill out.

Today was that day. I dropped hubby at work in the city and had an hour and a bit to kill before a brunch. So, donning my sneakers and opening a LifeChurch podcast, I walked. The sun was out, the birds were friendly, joggers were jogging and dogs were…dogging? It was a beautiful morning for a walk. And the podcast was well timed too! (Cheers, God) Cultivating a culture of Christ-centredness in your family by being a Christ-centred individual. Who better than to draw me out of my motivational-funk than God? I want to live in His Word, in His plan, in His motivation. When I feel empty, there’s a reason for that and the only way to top back up is to head to the wellspring of life, right?

His timing is truly remarkable…I hope and pray that this is just the beginning of a revitalisation of my motivation – and I’m not just talking about study this time!

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Week eight – ‘I’m a fan’

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“Whose gonna call on Sunday morning?
Whose gonna drive you home?
I just want one more chance
To put my arms in fragile hands.”

“We are who we were when
Could’ve been lovers but at least you’re still my day late friend
We are who
We are who we were when
Who knew what we know now
Could’ve been more but at least you’re still my day late friend…”

“Like lipstick traces on pillow cases
Some things in life are unforgettable
Like love, loss, lies and us and woh ohh
Some things in life are undeniable…”

“This is the correlation of salvation and love
(Don’t drop your arms)
Don’t drop your arms, I’ll guard your heart
With quiet words I’ll lead you in…”

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So if you haven’t guessed it by now, I saw this band live last week courtesy of three of my close friends and their brilliant birthday gift!! Anberlin have been my favourite band since high school. A friend and her brother introduced me to them one car ride and I haven’t looked back since! I’ve never liked a band so much that has resulted in tshirts and posters and every album and multiple, multiple concerts!! That same friend and I used to work in a bookstore and after hours, when the task of shutting up the store and counting tills loomed, we’d crank the store CD player with Anberlin and have a brilliant 40 minutes! We even went as far as to see them here in Adelaide and then fly out a day or so later to see them in Melbourne! We’re hardcore, original fans! Not only do I adore their music, these boys have such amazing skills when it comes to live performance! The way they work well together, their sounds and the atmosphere they create when they’re with fans is electric!

There’s something magical and ‘larger than life’ about seeing people you’re impressed by doing their thing…which makes me wonder what it would have been like for the Disciples watching and hearing Jesus ‘do His thing’ for crowds upon crowds. We’re they as enthralled, gob smacked and in awe as I was at Anberlin? I’m sure they were more-so! This was the Son of God, the Messiah, the Saviour of Mankind – He had skills and boy were they multiplying! Literally – bread, fish, healings, demons being banished…the guy was on fire! For the Disciples watching this, I can just imagine jaws dropping, hands clasped together and hearts racing. They were seeing The Lord in action and I bet it would have been astonishing and amazing. Nothing could compare to what they were privileged enough to witness during their time with Jesus…they were the original hardcore fans.

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Week seven – ‘K.I.S.S’

I’m a day late again with this blog series…and I don’t really have an excuse this time!
Nonetheless, here’s and entry – but it’ll be a KISSed entry…Keep It Short and Simple 🙂
Not much to report on from the last week. It was just one of those average weeks where not a great deal went down. It was however a busy week, with some definitely cool moments – like hearing hubby, his brother and a cousin rehearsing a song for a birthday coming up (they sound awesome!) and having a ‘Pinterest-Try-It’ night with the girls I mentor…that was pure hilarity and fun!!

Something I learnt this past week? Just because I’m the mentor and the girls I mentor are younger, doesn’t mean the learning, discipleship and encouragement doesn’t go both ways. I am continually touched at the perseverance of those girls – showing up, getting into it, sharing and praying. I am also blown away by their care for me and one another. They prayer, they check in, they encourage and they grow together and I love seeing that. Their hearts for God are big and hungry and it makes me want to be hungrier too!

What makes you hungrier for God?

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Week six – ‘coffee, sweet treats and recycled goods’

I know I know – I’m a couple of days late in this blog entry! My bad…got caught up in homework and Father’s Day and eating delicious home made goodies!

So a couple of things to report on from this past week. I want to ‘introduce’ you first off to my tutoring student. I’ve had several meetings with him now, we get together on Monday mornings for a couple of hours and basically my job is to get to know him and his needs/wants in terms of English language and offer help. He’s a Masters of Divinity student at the same college I’m at, but is a Korean national. He and his wife and 2 kids live here while he studies and works.

He’s such a friendly, smart guy and his English is pretty well top-notch! We look over his assignment requirements, look at specific instructions, define words and look at certain texts a bit more in depth. In that, I try to explain anything he doesn’t quite understand (as much as I can!) and also check over any assignments he wants me to. It’s really a fun task! He makes this assignment of mine – yes, it’s a requirement for me to meet with him as per my own studies – much more interesting and enjoyable! I just hope I’m being useful to him too.

Now lend me your ear, because I want to rave for a moment! One of my most favourite parts of each week is getting along to Junktion. What on earth am I on about, you ask? (I don’t care if you didn’t ask, imma tell you anyway!) 🙂

Junktion is a not-for-profit recycled goods shop – complete with coffee, tea and sweet treats for sale – that I volunteer in. It’s an initiative set up by Youth Ministries Australia (who I just happened to do my internship through and love the vision of!) that is located in the office next door. Trav, the YMA National Leader works out of the office and his wife Pixi works out of Junktion. It’s such a fun and warm place to work in! Not only do I thoroughly enjoy spending time with Pixi, but the shop itself is awesome. So many cool things come across the counter and so many different people walk through the door – you just never know what a day at Junktion might hold!

I think one of the things that truly resonates with me though, is what lies at the heart of Junktion. To be a light – a friendly, Godly light – in the community. Somewhere for people to meet, hang out, pick up something incredibly awesome for incredibly little $$ and be a part of something bigger than themselves. The shop also functions in a financial way for YMA too, covering the rent for the office and the shop as well as helping to fund different youth and youth leader related events/training run through the office.

Have I raved enough for you yet? I just LOVE being a part of the volunteering team! It truly is a huge highlight of my week 🙂 check Junktion out on Facebook!

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