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Sharing what I’m hearing from God – February 2014

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God in the City – He is with me wherever I go

I was reminded on Saturday morning that God is walking with me wherever I go…

In nature…

At home…

At Work…

At Church…

When I’m doing something wrong…

When I’m Blogging…

When I’m being a Mom…

When I’m Running…

When I’m laughing…

When I’m crying…

When I’m succeeding…

When I’m failing…

& even when I’m in Wellington stopped at the traffic lights in the City :-)

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Flagraising – We made our own family ‘Pirate’ Flag

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Wellington Chic's family flag raising

Wellington Chic’s family flag raising

A few years back we were very fortunate to get to live for a little while in a ‘castle’ of a house (as our friends nicknamed it).

It was a huge beautiful home, it was very unique and it was completely and utterly Gods hand why we were there for the time we were.

So we made the most of it, hosting people for events as we had the room and fabulous living/entertaining spaces.
It’s also where Miss 13’s love of giant kids sleepovers kicked in and became a staple even in our much-much smaller future houses.

Miss 13 and I were also partial to sliding across the large polished wooden floor in the Dinning area in our Merino Socks as we had nothing to put in this part of the house so was a fantastic slidey open space!  It also resulted in a few ‘slidey’ related injuries as a result if I’m honest.

Another very unique feature of our faux ‘castle’ was that it had it’s very own FLAGPOLE!

Just how cool is that!

I had a plan right from when we moved in, that we would have to hoist a flag!

So we did.

We didnt own a flag.
There was no flag at the house.
I didnt want to buy just any old flag…so I decided that Miss 13 and I could MAKE one.

We bought some lightweight nylon type material and sewed a hem around the edges.
We were then heading to Christchurch that weekend to hang out with family and friends, so we took it with us and set about ‘designing’ our ‘family flag’ while we were there.

It was Miss 13’s decision what to put on our flag.
She decided that she would draw a picture of me and then I would draw a picture of her. Then she would get each person in our wider family to all draw a little something on it too around the edges and put their names also.

So that’s what we did!

It was super amateur, but it was FABULOUSLY perfect.

 

Wellington Chic's family flag

Wellington Chic’s family flag

 

When we got home from Christchurch, we set aside an afternoon to do our flag raising.  We needed to wait til there was at least ‘some’ breeze to make the flag raising worth while, but it was in the end a bit like the America’s Cup race on Saturday, the wind wasn’t really strong enough, but we made do!

It was a very overcast grey day, which didn’t bode well for fabulous photo’s but we were determined today was the day.
We dug out some music, as you have to have music when dealing with Flags! We attached the flag to the guide ropes and then Miss 13 hoisted it up with our own version of patriotic fanfare and fake trumpet sounding and some verses of New Zealand’s national anthem, ‘God Defend New Zealand’.

Seeing our flag up there flying away in the wind was just simply the coolest thing. Miss 13 was so so so proud of it (as was I) and we knew people would be able to see it far and wide in the suburb we were in.

I’ll admit flapping away in the wind our ‘faces’ would get a little distorted, so at times our faces looked a little scary. From afar, people would have wondered what on earth was on the flag.

Friends commented on it when they came to see us and Miss 13 loved taking people out to see it if they missed it when driving in (although it was kinda hard to miss).  She loved to tell people all about the flag, what was on it and all the pictures our family had drawn.

As we were only in this place for a short term rental our time would eventually be up, but our flag stayed right til the very end.

I found our flag not long ago as I was tidying out our linen cupboard, its pretty battered from flapping about all that time, but a great memory from that time in our life and a great parenting fun moment with Miss 13 (Miss 8 at the time).

Makes me want to go and make another flag and fly it off the top of our apartment building today!

Talking with the owners of the property on our last day at our ‘castle’ house, they told us how they had friends living across the valley who had wondered if Pirates had taken over their house as they had seen our ‘weird’ flag go up!

Priceless – Mom & Daughter Pirates, that’s us!

 

What have you made with your kids that’s a little out of the ordinary, but a great memory?

 

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September 2013 – Sharing what I’m hearing from God

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What do I think I’m hearing from God at the moment:

 

♥ Be still, and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

This was a fridge magnet given to me around 6 years ago from a long time friend of my  Mothers.  I don’t know her well, but have always appreciated her encouragement, support and prayers from affar for us.
I appreciated this verse at the time, but have for a while long forgotten it.  But it came screaming back to me a week or so ago…

Stop – stand still – take a breath – and know that he is God.

 

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♥ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

The day we went to our Church for the first time, this verse was read and shared and given out in Children’s Church where I had taken AB.  I didn’t really get it at the time.  I still was just walking back in the doors of Church by my own choice in over 10 years.  I didn’t yet understand what was going on.  But I knew I was meant to be there.  I knew deep within my heart and soul.I also knew the very first verse I heard was significant.

The more I read it over that day, week, months ahead it permeated deep into my heart.

It applied to so many of my situations I was in at the time and how I could walk forward in them.

The verse has been a guide ever since and significant.

It came up again at Church a few weeks back and then again at Lifegroup.

It was just a relevant for me know as it was 6 years ago.
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 So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:17-21 NIV

 

I was given this verse from my wonderful friend a little randomly at Church maybe nearly a year ago.  She mentioned that as she was praying for me she just felt this verse.  She wrote it down on a piece of paper and I thanked her and popped it in my bible.
I remember looking it up in my bible at the time.  But not really feeling any connection to it at the time.  Both from what DS said at the time and her encouraging words or the words in the verse.

But it has stayed in my bible ever since.  Other pieces of paper go in my bible and are taken out over time.  This one hasn’t.

I found her note in my bible about 1 month ago.
I looked up the verse.  Suddenly for the first time, it made more sense.  It seeemed to have significance for the life we were in right now.  The words spoke truth rather than just ‘nice words’.

Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka  - Chapel

Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka – Chapel

 

Then I was sitting with another friend at church 2 weeks ago.  During the sermon, something sparked her to look in her bible for a verse and she wispered this verse to me (I think she was referencing it for something for herself, but it rang volumes for me also).

I didn’t recognise the verse initially, as she was reading from a different bible version.  Then it clicked, I think that’s the same verse.
I jumped on my Bible app on my phone and went to the history, and bought up Ephesians 3:17-21 and asked KB what was that verse again she just read.  Sure enough it was Ephesians 3:17-21!!

I had great delight in being able to tell her that it was a verse our mutual friend had given me a year ago and I had just been re-reading it again recently.

I know I’ve learnt that prophesies and words are sometimes for right now, sometimes for the future or sometimes just because.  But this was my first experience with a word being for what was the future and that it was relevant for me about 1 year latter.

 

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I’m not a preacher.  I’m not a pastor.
I’m not even a very good ENLI graduate!

I’m just sharing what I’m hearing.

So I feel that I am hearing these verses, and hearing them in a different way.

That they are just as relevant for my life 6 years ago and they are today.  Just as they will be in another 6 years time.

But I’m also feel I’m being reminded about God walking with me.
I KNOW it, but do I feel it?

I feel like this is helping me to feel it.

This is also what I’m hearing about – waiting to hear from God.

I also remember hearing years ago someone talk about….

Soldiers….when they are out in their field…when they are fighting on the front line…when there is gun fire, smoke, pain all around you…when there is chaos…that sometimes the communication line is cut…their radio telephones don’t work…or they are separated from the platoon…so they don’t have that communications link back to the base to receive their next Order from their commander…

Soldiers are trained to if they don’t know, to “Always go back to your LAST Order received from your commander or base”.

This is what I get from this.

When things are in chaos…(life)
When it’s too noisey…
When my communication line is cut…(when I haven’t been communicating with God frequently)
When the chaos separates me from my platoon…(time is overtaking my discipleship links through Church, Lifegroup etc..)
When I can’t hear from my commander/base what to do…(Can’t hear what God is saying because I haven’t given myself time to communicate or listen)
Go back to my last Order…(Go back to the verses he’s given you…go back to the prophesies spoken in truth over your life…go back to what I LAST heard from God and do that!!)

 

What do you think?  

Have you ever heard a word or had a prophesy that wasn’t for now, but sometime in the future?
Had a verse that has carried you through your life?
Feel like you haven’t been hearing from God and have gone back to your “last order” (word or prophesy)?

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I honestly can’t exactly recall who spoke this above about the Soldiers and Communication as I would like to kinda vaguely reference it, and I won’t have the words correct.
It also may have even been two across two separate sermons, about the ‘Soldiers last orders’, and the bit about the ‘communications link’, but I’ve put it together in my thinking as it speaks so much truth.

So I can’t reference it correctly, but my best guess it is possibly could have been from Pastor Bruce Bell or Rolf Hart.

 

 

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Sharing what I’m hearing from God

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Sharing what I’m hearing from God…

 

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I’m not a Sermon Preacher. I’m not a Pastor.  I stumble daily.  I fall down.  I’m not even a very good ENLI graduate!

But, I am saved by the Grace of God.

When I fall down, he is there to break my fall even though I don’t know it.
He is more interested in then taking my hand and me standing back up and turning my eyes towards him, than by the fact I’ve fallen down.

It’s here…that I’m just simply sharing what I’m hearing from God.

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