Aug 29, 2012

Good Morning.

‎"Good morning!" said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out farther than the brim of his shady hat.

"What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
"All of them at once," said Bilbo.

"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone."

Aug 28, 2012

Snorkelling in Sydney.

One of my favourite things to do is snorkeling. The first time I ever put a mask on my face was in a small backyard pool that my father built into a large rock with bricks. The water was murky but I remember the thrill of having the underwater world open to me. I progressed to snorkeling in the bath with the mouth piece, and shortly afterwards, my father took me into some calm water in the ocean. Since then I never looked back.
Growing up in Sydney near the sea, I snorkeled with my Dad whenever I got the chance. Together we saw the inky cloud of an octopus, many corals, angel fish and so much more.  The light danced and sparkled and the sound was of tiny tinkling noises along with the whoosh of waves rushing over the sand. We collected all sorts of things to bring back to the beach and to show the family, but when we were in the ocean I had my father to myself. Today, though I live in the mid-west I can swim laps and I do it with a special snorkel, and when I am able to go back to Australia, snorkeling is high on my ‘to do’ list. Sadly my Dad passed away some time ago, but his gift to me remains.

Light - T.S.Elliot

“Light Light
The visible reminder of Invisible Light.”

Aug 23, 2012


"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

-Mother Theresa

Rest and Trust.

I find that as I am stretched and at the end of my resources, there is a sweetness that is not of my own doing but a precious gift which has been handed to me, just as I feel that I have been hit by my lowest ebb in a long time. Several of the girls that we have staying with us, have all separtely been so concerned for me and today, they have expressed their desire to help take care of me, as I have been caring for them. I was wondering where I could get help from and here I find that it is the very people to whom I have been wanting to help. They reminded me that I need to take my own advice and to rest and trust, echoing my own words back to me.  Sometimes we need to let go and be reminded that we will not fall but are in fact being held. The Lord is kind and so I am writing in my pyjamas after a long bath and it is only 9:00 pm. Sigh.

Aug 21, 2012

A shared life.

Today I am feeling as though I am dealing with just too many things. Some days carry both too much joy as well as sorrow, feeling encouraged yet weighed down with leaden feet. Life can just be too much sometimes and at the end of the day I feel sad, yet I know there is so much more than this moment. Each day is spent sharing life with young folk from all over. Today I had important conversations with Russian, German and Dutch people, along with several Americans. Some left me lifted and others were very discouraging. And it all leaves me spent. I am so fortunate to be talking with people about what is important, but I am reminded of how it is God who changes lives and I can only point the way. One lad is finding it so hard to escape his addictions I just felt at the end of my rope today, he has lived with us for 3 months and it is hard to see how deep he is hanging on to old patterns and it fills me with sadness. Yet I know the Lord has not given up with him so we press on.

Aug 18, 2012


On a lighter note,  I thought that this was a nice picture. Today I enjoyed having the chickens jump into my lap and try to find a place to sleep next to me. After realizing there was no room they lay down beside me on the deck and we all took a nap in the glorious afternoon. I need moments like this!

Aug 16, 2012

Courage and Peace - Victor Hugo

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. "
Victor Hugo
French dramatist, novelist, & poet (1802 - 1885)

Patience - Helen Keller

"We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world."
Helen Keller

Aug 13, 2012

Imaptience comes before a fall.

Today I was reminded again of how important it is to be patient and to just wait. I find that so many things can go wrong when I am impatient. Even now as I type, when I try to go too fast I just have to fix the many errors that I am making. I get so impatient with my clumsiness or how long it takes me to do things. I often forget to take tablets or injections because I just want to get on with things, but my hurry invariably just makes things much worse. I am more likely to fall, break something, forget something important, and the list goes on. All because I am impatient, and the main focus of that impatience is me. I am even impatient with my impatience! Following my mishaps, I get cross, frustrated, irritable with others, and then comes the feeling of defeat. What a tangled web I weave.

Today I am sick and also overwhelmed by a long list of things I won't bore you with. I am worn out and at the end of my rope. I turned to the bible and was again reminded that I need to 'wait patiently for the coming of the Lord'. Sometimes waiting patiently is hard work, but maybe I need to focus on doing that, rather than wearing myself out trying to do everything myself.

Aug 10, 2012

Trials - Amy Carmichael

"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

Aug 9, 2012

Forster - my dream place

This is at the beach where my sister lives. I dream of retiring here close to the sea. It is one mile beach in Forster, Australia. I love snorkelling by the rocks when the sea is calm and the sun is shining. There are so many dolphins and great sea life. On this day we were watching humpback whales. I only get to be here every 2 or 3 years, but it is well worth the wait.

Aug 7, 2012

MS is having the last word today.

Work has been like a cold, sharp, shock. My days have been overloaded with cooking, counseling and heading up a gardening project. The peace and calm that I had been enjoying has eluded me. Last night I couldn't even handle watching the Olympics; they were too noisy and suspenseful for my weary state. I do not know how to manage; my husband and I are short staffed and stretched to the limit. I keep trying to live as though my limitations do not exist. Sadly, they are having the last word. That is they are having the last word tonight. It is 7:30 and I am going to bed.

Aug 4, 2012

Rasberry red slime.

I found this in the woods today. I love discovering new fungi. The wild variation in how they look always puts a smile on my face. A bit like above ground coral.
OK, I have been trying to figure out which fungi it is, but now I am starting to wonder if it isn't bugs eggs. Does anyone know?
Ah, a friend figured it out: Fungi it is - Red Rasberry Slime. Any one want to try some?

Aug 3, 2012

The wonder of Grace

The break is over and once again I have started with work again. We have young folk staying with us, asking questions about God and their personal struggles. It is very rewarding but also draining. I hold dear to the satisfaction and try hard to manage the fatigue.

The little rays of encouragement offer glimmers of hope and joy; cool mornings, the light in someones eyes, fresh warm eggs straight from the coop, basil and thyme from the garden. These help balance out the unpleasant monotony of managing all the medical challenges of daily life as well.

The highlight of my day is that I have the honour of sharing the wonder of God's grace with people and for this I am most thankful.