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February 17, 2018

In Christ – above reproach

Col 1.21-22 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.

We are reconciled to Christ. No more darkness, no more distance. When we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we are reconciled to Him. No matter what we’ve done, it’s just a small step back and we are reconciled!!! We’re now blameless and above reproach in God’s sight.
Reproach – the expression of disapproval or disappointment.
In God’s sight, once we are reconciled to Christ, He is not disappointed in us, nor does He disapprove of us, or express that disapproval.
Think on that. In God’s sight, above reproach when we walk with Him.

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December 28, 2017

Christmas Haul 2017

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We did things a little different this year, and did a Kris Kringle, so each of us got two others to buy for. Can’t say I’m a fan of the idea, but anyway. Here’s my Christmas haul this year, just because I can I guess!

  • Gecko Insect Killer
  • Lambswool seat cover
  • Assortment of plants: 2 Unknowns, one is possibly some type of lily, the other some kind of palm type thing,
    one Bush Christmas type of plant, one hanging basket of coloured flowers.
  • WOW Hits 2018 Deluxe Edition
  • Assortment of chocolates and nuts and a jar of homemade jam
  • Oasis Double Wall Insulated Drink Bottle (in pink – why that colour I don’t know)
  • Can Opener
  • Tea Towel
  • Chromecast
  • Maraca from Indonesia
  • Series of handmade candle holders for tealight candles
  • A few things from Purl Australia – Body wash and soap
  • A couple of power banks
  • The frame for my outdoor bench seat

The pergola has been used for entertaining quite a bit this year, including the extraordinary Filipino night we had there earlier in the year. I keep saying I think it’s nearly finished and it’s true, it is nearly finished, but I did a heap of work this year and I’m still saying it’s nearly finished…
I did manage to pick up some outdoor blinds for the pergola at bargain prices, which meant the money I got last year for one blind actually bought all the blinds!

December 25, 2017

One Unlikely Candidate

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It was another hot day. Puffs of dust covered the leather sandals with each step that was taken. Sometimes a scuff rather than a neat step was taken. Sometimes a leap of joy, nearing a run was seen, before a return to a more orderly pace. The young girl was obviously in a hurry. She could feel the dust in her toes through her open toed leather sandals.

As Mary walked, she reflected on the blur of the recent events. She was betrothed to Joseph, who seemed like a nice enough man. He was descended from David and had grown up in Bethlehem, but had found himself in Nazareth where he had been introduced to Mary. She had first met him at the temple where they had both been learning from the historical texts regarding the coming Messiah. They had had lengthy conversations as both of them were convinced that the Messiah wouldn’t come as most were expecting.

Life in Nazareth hadn’t always been easy. Being of Jewish descent in a country under Roman rule made life tough. Persecution was common for her Jewish beliefs. So was rough treatment if you were out walking the streets. Snide comments or being pushed out of the way by Roman soldiers wasn’t unusual – even in the backwater town of Nazareth. Many times Mary had got home after having to pick up her shopping that had been spilt when she was knocked over. It also came with the low standing their family had in the community, sometimes not even having enough money to put food on the table – but yet God had always been faithful. Mary’s heart skipped a beat as she considered the current events and reflected on the goodness of God – “For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant” (Luke 1:48).

It still barley seemed real. The angel Gabriel had come into her house when nobody else was round. His very presence had commanded her attention, and instantly she’d started trembling. She’d heard about the angels visiting the old testament prophets such as Daniel, Lot and even Balaam. When the stories were told, she’d tried to imagine what she would have done if an angel visited her. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever expect it to happen to her though. The fear and trembling subsided when the angel uttered the words “Do not be afraid”. The words brought a peace with them that she had never felt before. The angel went on – she was highly favoured by God and had been chosen to carry the Saviour of the world. He would bring a Kingdom that would have no end – that surely could refer to none other than the Messiah spoken about in the historical texts.

The very peace that the angel had brought and the calm authority he spoke with, had left her no doubt that the words were true. Nevertheless, Gabriel had said that Elizabeth was also with child, so here she was hurrying along the road to go and see her to put everything beyond doubt. Elizabeth! Who would have thought that was possible. But Gabriel had said with God, all things were possible.

Thinking it through was a little mind blowing. This news had implications not just for the current generation, but for all generations. This would be a Saviour born to reconcile mankind now and for all future generations – “All generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48) That was a big responsibility she had and now was the appointed time for the Saviour to arrive.

The other problem she had was Joseph. He was a very just and God fearing man, but would he believe her when she told him that the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit? It had never happened before. He could easily put her away somewhere, divorce her, or worse still have her stoned. But yet the peace that had arrived with Gabriel assured her that everything would be ok. It was just a trust and assurance that God was with her, that she was highly favoured and that it would all happen just as was said. Another thought crossed her mind – why would God choose somebody who had no experience raising children to bring up the Saviour of the world. What an awesome responsibility. Mary hoped that she wouldn’t muck it up.

A loud shout brought her back to reality with a jolt. She quickly apologised to the man she had accidentally bumped into as she hurried along the road. She had better be careful, she was soon to give birth to the Saviour of the World!

Nearing Elizabeth’s, she could no longer maintain an orderly pace. She broke into a run, eager to see Elizabeth as soon as she could. A quick glance told Mary that Elizabeth was pregnant, but before she could say anything more than a greeting, Elizabeth began to prophesy. If Mary could just believe, everything would happen as the angel had said.

As we reflect on the Christmas story, the life of Mary serves as a reminder that God has something special for each of us to do. He’s not too fussy about our status in life, where we live or what we’ve done in the past. Like Mary though, He just wants us to believe Him and be obedient when He tells us to do something. Luke 1:46-55 gives us an indication of Mary’s heart – she was available, knew God intimately, was willing to pay the cost and be obedient regardless of the cost or potential consequences. Sometimes we only think of ourselves and our own comfort and aren’t willing to risk anything for God. Those thoughts keep us from doing something that may be part of a larger plan. We often don’t realise how our small part fits into the bigger picture and the impact we could potentially have.

The birth of Jesus changed everything. He gave us hope, that confident expectation of better things to come. Through His subsequent death on the cross, He gave us victory, forgiveness and freedom from sin and condemnation. His Kingdom is available to everyone, thanks to the obedience of one unlikely candidate.

Have a great Christmas!

December 20, 2017

Shattering!

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I’m not sure how many will believe this story, but anyway, I’ll give it a shot!

So there was a big storm last night in our area. Strong winds. I had the front door open to let in a bit of a breeze – that was at the point when it was still a breeze. But then came the strong winds. I heard a bit of a crash that sounded sort of far away and a bit like a bit of tin flapping around. Went and checked out the front door – nothing obvious there and the sound wasn’t there anymore. No worries. Decided to shut the front door, because it was getting stronger.

Wandered down the passage and something caught my eye. Nothing major, just the dark sky out the window. Kept walking. Wait! Did a double take. I can see sky out my bathroom window… That’s now how it’s meant to be! Went back for a closer look and yep, there is the sky, the rain and the fence and the fresh air (evidence of) all visible through the window, the frosted window that doesn’t open…

There was a moment there when I thought oh no, how long has it been like that, I’ve been home for hours, has the house been robbed and I haven’t noticed or worse still is somebody still here.

The broken window!

But on closer inspection, all the broken glass was outside, it had to have come from inside. That noise I heard when the massive of gust of wind came was obviously the window shattering from the force of the wind. Which is also extremely odd and freaky, because the bathroom window is on the opposite side of the house to the front door and accessed via the passage.

Anyway, a call to Mum and Dad and they came around soon and we got it boarded up and the glass cleaned up. The glazier came today to measure and we’ll be back to normal soon!

Well that’s the most unusual incident I’ve had around my house. Never would have expected a freak incident like that though!

Update: Found out my brother had a broken window from the same storm also. He lives near Warragul. The wind blew and broke his window too. Twice! In the same family on the same night!

Boarded up!

Boarded up!

November 13, 2017

The Swan Song

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A few months ago I received this awesome biscuit, hand made and hand decorated. The lovely swan biscuit was a gift on my last day at church in Geelong – chosen because it was my “swan song”. For the last couple of years I’d been heading down most weekends and some week days/nights to church there, where the parent church of my Bendigo church is located. It was a great couple of years and I made some great friends – but like with all things, there comes a time to move on.

So I finished up there around the end of August and now I’m enjoying some quiet Sunday’s. I’ve been getting my backyard done (will need to post some photos soon), catching up with friends that I hadn’t really been able to spend much time with the last couple of years and just generally enjoying having Sunday free. It will be interesting to see what happens next. I have a few ideas, but in time, all shall be revealed!

If anybody is looking for some handmade biscuits drop me a comment and I can put you on to Leonie who’s just beginning to build her biscuit baking business. She’s just completed a huge batch of biscuits for me at work, specially hand crafted pigs, which I’m sure will taste just as great as the swan did!

August 17, 2017

Thought for the day…

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 10:28 pm

As I was driving to work the other day, I came up with this.

Some things work. Some things don’t. Don’t be afraid to pull the pin on those that don’t. Learn. Then move on.

Sometimes we try to hang on to things hoping that they’ll change. Maybe we’re afraid to move on because we don’t know what’s coming or where we’ll end up. Perhaps we keep doing things out of habit, becuase that’s how we’ve always done them. Or you invested plenty of time/money/effort into something, so you’re reluctant to let it go. But don’t be afraid to pull the pin on those things that haven’t worked out as planned. Whether it’s personal, business, within the church or your local tennis club, don’t be afraid to pull the pin and move on. We only fail if we don’t give something a go.

It reminds me of the scripture in Matt 10:14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.

In the context of this scripture it’s talking about preaching the gospel. But I like the lesson at the end. As you move forward, you don’t take anger, hurt or resentment with you. Don’t allow offense or bitterness to creep in.

You put on that new man, you renew your mind and you move forward with peace, joy and love in your heart.

If things haven’t worked out as planned, shake the dust off your feed and move on. It will sure save you a lot of stress if you do!

December 28, 2016

Recap

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 1:58 am

I haven’t updated my blog much this year, but there’s been good reasons for that. This year has been an interesting year, but really, not much out of the ordinary. I’ve spent the last 15 months attending church in Geelong, I’ve managed to get a fair chunk of my backyard landscaped and the pergola built (finally) and I had a tour to India back in October for 3 weeks. The year started off when I officiated at a surprise wedding in January which was a heap of fun. In February our family attended the Edinburgh military tattoo in Melbourne, which was really good.  It’s always stirring hearing massed pipe bands playing traditional Scottish tunes and I think my other highlight from there was the Shetland Fiddle Band who did an awesome job making those strings sound good (it sounded much, much better live).  Spent some time on the Geelong foreshore at Christmas time (I may visit Geelong a lot, but I rarely get to look around) and it’s great how they’ve turned it into a nice place for people to enjoy.  Otherwise, my backyard really did take up a lot of time. Oh that and travelling to Corowa every Monday since May. That was a hard slog getting up early on Monday’s after getting home from Geelong the day before.  I haven’t had much of a chance to do much cooking or photography, but I’ll update what I can over the next couple of weeks, with my India trip and possibly some cooking updates.

Anyway, not sure what this year will bring, but it would be good to use the pergola a lot more and hopefully have some new adventures!

December 27, 2016

Christmas Haul 2016

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Here’s my Christmas haul this year, just because I can I guess!

  • Photo collage of Mum and Dad’s Cape York trip
  • 2 Storage containers (for the outdoor kitchen when it’s built)
  • Assortment of plants: Grevillea – Mt Tamboritha and Superb, 6 Photinias, Statice, 2 unknowns, Ring a ding dong, Fairy Bells, Westringia Zena and others
  • Roundup
  • Assortment of chocolates, nuts and shortbread
  • Mortein surface spray
  • Outdoor broom
  • 10m Hose
  • Calendar, magnetic to do notepad and glue stick
  • Outdoor metal ant with citronella candle
  • Lemon Balm plant seeds
  • Tea towel and small handmade purse
  • Moisturising cream
  • One day – an outdoor blind for the pergola

This year we christened my pergola, enjoying Christmas lunch (on Christmas Eve) under the shelter and in the surrounds of the newly landscaped backyard!  (Which is almost finished.)

And I finally got those photo frames from last year hung…

Update: I forgot one thing!  There was a couple at church who kept telling me how good their slices were.  Finally I said – it’s cruel to keep telling me this and not bring any in.  So I made a little deal – some slices for some biscuits.  I crazily baked a few different varieties in the lead up to the week before Christmas.  The plate I received had 13 different types of slices!  Thirteen!  I’m still eating my way through them!

Christmas Plate

Christmas Plate

December 26, 2016

The Song Of Mary

Filed under: Church life,Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 4:44 pm
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Christmas is a time to reflect on what happened that first Christmas day and the events in the lead up to that first Christmas.

In Luke 1:46-56, Mary comes before God and pours out her heart in praise. To put that into context though, we need to understand a bit about Mary.

Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but was still a virgin. She was then visited by the angel Gabriel, who told her she was highly favoured, the Lord was with her and she was blessed.  By that we can determine that Mary knew her God and that He was pleased with her.

Mary was told that she would conceive and give birth to the saviour of the world, even though she had not known a man. God also gives her a way of confirming it – by saying that Elizabeth was also with child.  As all of us would, the first thing Mary did was take off to see Elizabeth.  It’s here that we pick up Mary’s song.

The Song of Mary

46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.  50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.  51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.  53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty.  54 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.

Mary had a few things going against her. Her song alludes that she is from a lowly state, or low standing, or low class in the community.  She would have been looked down upon as she wasn’t married and had no child.  She was from a dodgy little outpost town with nothing more than maybe a pub or church (think of our little Aussie towns where you blink and you’d miss it).  She was also of Jewish descent – not a Roman citizen and the area was controlled by Rome.  But yet, God chooses this most unlikely person to work through.  Why?

There’s a few reasons.

Mary was someone who knew her God, not just knew of Him.

Luke 1:49-52 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He has put down the mighty from their thrones.

Mary knew God’s character: that He was worthy of her trust, was honest, fair, truthful, just, consistent and that He is who He says He is. She knew that He had done mighty things.

Mary was obedient and willing to trust God. “Let it be to me according to your word” – Luke 1:38.  She didn’t protest, reason or make excuses.  She just willingly cooperated and was willing to ignore any opposition that may come her way.  The Father knew that He could trust Mary and Joseph to bring up His son, even though she was inexperienced.

Mary was willing to pay the cost. “All generations will call me blessed” – Luke 1:48.  She gave up her reputation, endured ridicule and scorn and risked potential death by being stoned for adultery.  She was willing to pay the cost for future generations.

The interesting thing about Mary is, that if she had of declined, God would have found somebody else. It was the appointed time for the saviour.  The conditions were right in the world at the time.  Mary had some idea that her part to play was to have a larger influence, by acknowledging that all generations would cause her blessed.  But I don’t think she fully understood how her small part fitted into the bigger picture.  None of us do.  We need to be obedient without delay, because we don’t know the full effects.

God doesn’t take into account your standing or what class you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re looked down upon by others around you or if others have told you that “you could never do that”.  God looks for those who are available, obedient, who know Him and are willing to trust Him and pay the cost.  Be inspired – you can make a difference.  And the time is now!

Have a great Christmas.

 

August 17, 2016

The Task Ahead

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· 84 concrete Sleepers

· 27 posts

· 26 post holes

· 11 cubic meters of dirt

· 4-5 trailer loads of gravel

· Concrete Mixer

· A few bags of concrete

A while ago I started doing up the backyard. I’m up to the point of building the retaining walls now. Over the next few weeks I need to put together the above so that I have something resembling a garden, rather than mud everywhere.

I think the hardest part will be finding enough time when both Dad and I are free!

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