Saturday, 30 March 2013

A Day in the Sun!

Hi Everyone! :D 

About two months ago, I (Violet) met up with Sakura at a lovely cafe out in the countryside, and later I went there again with Daisy as the place was so lovely! I thought it was about time I shared some of the lovely photos we took from those two outings, so here they go. I've put some quotes in as well! :)

The cafe! (And aren't the flowers pretty?)

My father helps my brother to see the view!

The cafe

"Good friends are like diamonds, precious and rare." (So true of you, Sakura!)

We also visited some wind turbines! :)
And now, my time at the cafe with Daisy! :)


"The only way to have a friend is to be one."


"Best Friends: We're the kind of people who laugh at a joke three times; once when it's told, the second when someone explains it to us and five minutes later when we actually get it."


 "A friend is God's way of proving He doesn't want us to walk alone." ~ Anonymous

"A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway."


"Sometimes the best way to stay close to someone you love is being just a friend, nothing more, nothing less."


"Best Friends: The people you can make weird faces to and they will know exactly what you're thinking."


"Best friends are people who make your problems their problems, just so you don't have to go through them alone."


"I asked for light, God gave me the sun. I asked for water, God gave me the rain. I asked for happiness and God gave me you."


"Your friendship is a gift I enjoy opening every day."




"It is a curious thought but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them." ~ Agatha Christie


"We are going to be really cool old ladies."

Daisy with a favourite book that I bought for her at an antique shop! :)
"The satisfying feeling of making someone laugh really hard."


"And as we go on... we remember 
all the times we've had together 
and as our lives change... 
from whatever, 
we will still be 
friends forever." <3

Our favourite photo from our day out!

As you can tell, it was an amazing day, and we had lots of fun!!! 

God bless! 


Some (Fairly) Recent Blog Changes

Hi all,

Just to share with you some of our neat blog changes!!! If you have any suggestions as to what else we could do to improve our blog, please feel free to comment below.

  • Blog button - Violets and Daisies now has a blog button!!! Feel free to use it on your own blog or other site.
    Violets and Daisies

  • We have a new header! Do you like it? Daisy and I had so much trouble making it and getting everything to fit but we got there in the end! :) We love the photo (very typical - us being silly in a playground)!


  • Our main fonts have changed, so hopefully the posts are more readable.
  • We all now have a signature to use at the end of every post, as you would have already observed.




  •  We have a reader's question section here - so now you, our readers, have an opportunity to suggest a topic that we should blog about. 
     
  •  A while ago, Daisy and I (Violet) went on one of our photoshoot walks, and took a photo of these gorgeous flowers that looked like daisies. We have now used it as our blog background.


  • There is now an "About Us" section which you can visit here to learn more about how this blog originated and the authors of it.

  • We have started a blog award which you are free to do if you are interested. Simply go here and follow the instructions.


    That's all the changes I can think of for now, but enjoy exploring the blog and we hope you like it!


     

Friday, 29 March 2013

Violet: Hymns I Love #4: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

The lyrics of this hymn are absolutely amazing - and the Choir of Kings College in Cambridge sing it so beautifully! Listen and you'll see!

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did eer such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads oer His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

The reason why this song convicts me so strongly is because of its emphasis on pride and boasting. It is so, so easy for us to somehow see God's grace and Holy Spirit working in us as our own good works and that He is pleased with us for what we do. But this is far from true, and singing this hymn reminds me that if it were not for Him, I would be facing eternal judgement. And I love the last line of this hymn: "Love so amazing, so divine/Demands my soul, my life, my all." Once we understand how much Christ accomplished for us on our behalf on the cross we should be filled with a deep desire to love and serve Him to our fullest.

What can one say but "Thank you Lord"!










P.S. Joy over at the blog Fullness of Joy has been doing a series called "Music to Inspire" with the aim of once a month posting music that inspires you. I think it's a great idea and I hope to do this though it's likely that we'll post music more often than that, as you can probably already tell that music is a favourite thing for all the authors of this blog! But I encourage you to do the same as it's great to learn about all the talented musicians out there who use their gift to serve the Lord.

Fullness of Joy: Music to Inspire!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Versatile Blog Award

I was awarded this award by Kiri Liz of Allergic to Chocolate!! :D Thanks for the award, and sorry it took me so long to get around to posting it :( 


As always, let's begin with the rules...
1. Must state the rules.
2. Thank the awarded and link back to them.
3. Must pass this award on to 5 other bloggers.
List their names with links to their award winning blogs.
4. Must notify the awarded bloggers by commenting on their blog.
5. Share 7 unusual things about yourself. Something that not many people could say about themselves.

My seven unusual things...
1. I love to learn new things!! I am the kind of person who will, if something truly interests me, write a report or something on it, jus because I can. I once wrote a 13 page essay on Mount Sinai, just because haha :D
2. I used to have a LOT of food allergies, but I am glad to have outgrown them all!
3. I like to have my own individual sense of style. Some days I dress gypsy style, some days sporty, some days girly girl, other days classic. I don't have a set style like most people do, but I'm glad I don't - its lots of fun just wearing whatever I want!
4. I have loads and loads of bracelets. And they all have really special memories for me. The children of the first show I directed made me over 40 bracelets when they were waiting backstage, and I still have them all :)
5. My favourite things to do as to sing, dance, act and to make a play or movie come to life. And I have had the privilege to do them all at once, with Psalty and The Flavour of Christmas.
6. I broke my first bone when I was eleven - my toe. I then went on to break my tailbone, my wrist three times, my knee four times, and my finger. I had been hoping to never break a bone, but I think I kinda failed at that haha :P
7. I have the strangest dreams in the world - my friends will agree with that one ;) Once, I even had a dream come true. And it was a really random thing too. I think I really creeped Lily and Hyacinth out with that one, as I told them the dream, and we all laughed about it, then a bit later, it came true :O 

And the five bloggers I am happy to award are... 
Hyacinth of our very own Violets and Daisies
Ella  from Of Prose and Daydreams
Kiri Liz of A Hundred and One Titles
Storyteller and Otter Days of Otter Days
The ladies of Corn In A Row


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Joni Eareckson Tada on Suffering

Hi everyone!

I know this video clip is longer than ones I normally post, but the Lord used it to minister so much to my soul today that I simply had to share it with you. Joni Eareckson Tada's testimony and witness remains influential in my walk with the Lord. Even now, I am reading a book by her and yet again the Lord is using the many trials she has gone through to draw me closer to Him through her writing. If you are suffering at all, I highly recommend you read her book Joni.

So please do watch this! :)


Abba's Child Book Review

Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate BelongingAbba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Plot Summary: 
Many Christians feel broken and angry but don't think they can express these real feelings around others--or to God. So we put on a mask to hide our identity. Feelings of embarrassment and shame make us hide from the One who truly loves us.

Author Brennan Manning encourages you to let go of this stressful, unreal impostor lifestyle and freely accept your identity as a child of God. Find the rest that you long for as you grow in character and accept His lordship.

My Opinion:
I found Abba's Child to be a very thought provoking book. It presents to us a picture of what it can look like for a Christian to truly know the love of our Heavenly Father.

One of the issues presented in the book is how, often, we create an "Imposter" - a false self who we live through, either trying to be accepted by people or trying to hide our sinful nature. But this is not how we are called to live - we are not called to live falsely, in a masquerade of "goodness" - instead we are called to live our lives as humble, forgiven sinners, who live present in the moment, and focus on serving God, not on achieving our own ends, or working for recognition.

This book is simply a wonderful reminder of living our lives for Christ, not ourselves, and how we can draw close to the Lord if we just let go of our own selfish desires, and focus on Him. This is a book which is very honest and real - sure, it has lots of theology and doctrine in it, which is great, but it is also very easy to understand, and has lots of great advice on how to implement things from it in our own lives.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to Christians who are struggling to feel the Lord's presence in their life, or who are struggling with the reality of living for Christ.

View all my reviews

Monday, 25 March 2013

Lily's Award Post


Better late than never! Here’s my blog award.


 

Blog Award Questions:

1. If you could have a "flower pen name" like we have here on our blog, Violets and Daisies what would it be?

2. What is your favourite ever Bible verse and why?

3. What are the blogs which inspire you most?

4. If you and your friends could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

5. If you have one, feel free to share your testimony as to how you became a Christian.


Lily’s Response:

1.      Well, my favourite flower is probably Jasmine, or honeysuckle, so if given the choice again I’d probably choose that one! J But I do like the name Lily, and the flowers are pretty too J

2.      My favourite Bible verse….. that is a hard one!!! My favourite chapter is Psalm 139, but I have soooo many Bible verses that are a real comfort and challenge for me, I’ll list one or two of them for you. One verse that I find a real encouragement (and one that I like to share with others the most) is probably Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” One reason I like this one is because it is a promise that God will give us our true desires, if we first delight ourselves in Him. When we love Him before anyone or anything else, with “all our heart, soul, mind and strength”, then He will give us not just our petty wants, or what we think we truly want, but the ‘desires of our hearts’. What a promise!! J I have a friend who was pining for a husband – not making the most of her single days but while she was maybe outwardly ‘preparing herself’ to be a wife, inwardly she was asking God why she didn’t have a boyfriend/suitor yet, as her true desire was to be a wife and mother. Only when she changed her focus, gave all of herself to God, and stopped waiting for her prince to save her and instead delighted herself only in the Lord, then she was at peace. And only months later, God brought along her ‘prince’, a godly young man to whom she is now happily married and they serve the Lord together, along with their tiny new daughter. I think this is a great example of how ‘delighting yourself in the Lord’ gives God the glory, and through it He will grant you your desires, the desires that truly count.

3.      To be honest, I don’t read a lot of blogs, although I would like to do that more often than I do. I love blogs by other Christian girls – finding out what we have in common, and being an encouragement to each other! It’s really nice to know there are other Christian girls out there with the same aims in life and love for the Lord!

4.      Well, Violet and Daisy have both already mentioned my favourite country – Spain! So if I were to pick just one country, it would have to be Spain – but if I were going with my friends, well….. I think all of us (Violet, Daisy, Hyacinth, and I) would all really enjoy seeing historical sites around Europe, so the tour of Europe is a great idea! I would love to visit old castles and also places where men and women were martyred for their faith in the Lord – what an inspiration for us!

5.      Testimonies are one thing that I always find difficult – I have to name and date just one time in my life when the Lord worked in my heart? To be honest, He is continually working in me and will for the rest of my life, so it’s hard to say when I ‘became a Christian’. Growing up in a Christian home, being taught daily about the Lord, His Word, and how to live a godly life means that I haven’t had an amazing ‘conversion experience’ like some people do. What I do know is that in my early teens I really believed all that I’ve heard my whole life – realized even more than I had before that God is my heavenly Father and that I want to serve Him in every little aspect of my life, not just as a once-a-week Sunday worship service, and the rest of the time living for myself. It’s hard not to get complacent about everything, but I continue to strive to study God’s Word for myself, have my own daily private devotions, because even though I’ve read through the Bible many times before, there is still so much to learn! And I will continue to learn more and more throughout the rest of my life. Strange to think that all of us will never learn all there is to know about God and His Word in this lifetime, but we can do our best to be faithful ‘Bereans’ – studying the Word and finding out if what men say is true from the Scripture. So I’d like to encourage all of you to have a ‘continual renewing of your mind’ as you study God’s Word, talk to Him in prayer, and always remember that He is always beside you, carrying you, and guiding you through life as you do every little thing you do for His glory. J

Lots of love from
                

A Busy Week in the life of Daisy :D

Hello dearest readers! :) Sorry I haven't posted for a few days - I've been crazy busy this last week!! But it has been a really good week too :D Here are some of the things I've been getting up to:
The week began with a baptism in Lily and Hyacinth's family, which my family and I were able to go along to! :) It was a lovely Sunday!! These girls are such a blessing to me <3
I spent a lot of the rest of the week volunteering down at the New Zealand High Schools Volleyball championships!! As you may be able to tell, whilst we had a great time, we also got a tad bored, and took far too many crazy photos haha :P Our job was mostly just sitting at tables for hours on end, ready to answer people's questions, and to make sure all the courts had everything they needed. But we got free food and t-shirts saying "Staff", so that definitely made it all worth it ;)
And we got to watch the finals (well, part of the finals - I had to leave early :P) from up in the Corporate box, which was pretty amazing :D

I spent the entire day Thursday helping out at the local Home School Athletics Day. I got to look after this crazy group - the 8 and 9 year old boys. Keeping an eye on 11 from this age group was a harder task than I had first thought, but we all had a great time anyway!

Went to my friend's birthday party with this crazy girl. It was a really fun evening :) 

And I was really excited to watch one of my favourite bands - Avalanche City - perform a free concert, in the centre of town. You can see one of my favourite songs by them here:

Phewf!! I actually got up to quite a lot of other stuff too, but that's all I have photos of haha. But I bet you are glad about that! 
And last but not least, I found this song the other day, and I really love it, so I decided to share it with you all. It is a great reminder - even in times of being busy, or times of happiness, times of pain, times of silence, times of anything you can thing of, God is always at the centre of it all <3

God bless you all! 
With lots of love,