Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Things Musicals Have Taught Me

Hahaha, oh, these make me laugh (okay, some of them are kind of serious, but still)! Musicals are the best!! :D Enjoy! 

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Violet and Daisy's Adventure In Wellington!

Early morning on the train! We're not very awake yet haha :P
A couple of weeks ago, Violet and I went on an adventure! (Sorry, I would have posted about it earlier, but my laptop is broken again :( I'm trying to post this from my phone haha). But anyhow...

We'd been planning for weeks to take a trip down to Wellington (the capital city, about 2 hours from our home town), and finally decided to go one Thursday when Violet was on her mid-semester break. We got up early (5:15!!), and Violet's mother kindly drove us to the train station.


It was a beautiful ride - it started off in the dark, and as we traveled through the beautiful New Zealand countryside, we got to see the sunrise!!

The nearer we got to Wellington, the worse the weather got, much to our dismay (You can see the rain in the photo just below)!

The view as we arrived in Wellington!
I played paparazzi for the day - poor Violet had to put up
with me making her pose by all sorts of things!
Once we arrived in the city itself, we were desperate to get out of the icy cold wind and the rain, so we hurried up to a little cafe in a nice warm food court, where Violet very kindly treated me to breakfast!
That cafe had such nice views over the heart of the city!

After that, we spent the majority of the day shopping, and exploring the CBD. We got some absolutely lovely dresses for Violet - I wish I had photos of those, but sadly I didn't think of it :(
We ended the day rather exhausted - it was a relief to hop back on the train for the ride home. We finished up the day with watching a lovely movie called "The Last Valentine" (I believe Violet is intending to review it for you all at some point...). All in all, we had a wonderful day!

I'm sorry I haven't posted properly in a while - partly due to my laptop being dead, but also because I've been busy with my school work. But I am pleased to announce that I am now officially a high school graduate :D So hopefully I'll be able to post more regularly now!

God bless,

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Happy Birthday Hyacinth! :D

Today is one special day because we want to wish you, Hyacinth, a very happy birthday!!!

Haha - it feels a lot like this, we're all growing up so fast :(
  So here is one big hug from me, Daisy and Lily in advance....we can give you a real one at your birthday party tonight (yay)! :D 


The verse that springs to mind whenever I think of you, Hyacinth, is 1 Peter 3:4:

"...[Your beauty should be] that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight."

You match this description perfectly, Hyacinth, in fact nearly more than anyone else I know! Your gentleness, patience and quiet encouragement is the first thing I am sure people notice about you, the way Christ is so much a part of your life that you radiate a kind of peace that shows your deep trust in Him which is always reflected in your beautiful smile! :) You are someone who can be depended upon when things get tough, and I love the way that you have a sympathetic listening ear and yet a quiet trust in the Lord's control that points others straight back to Him.

Thank you so much for being my friend, Hyacinth, and I pray that you have many more blessed years ahead! :D God bless you as you continue to serve Him!

From your friend,
 

Friday, 6 September 2013

Walking the Walk

Hello ladies! 

I have been pondering lately how we, as young women, are to set a godly example before younger sisters in Christ - not through our own strivings, of course, but through the grace of God. If you are anything like me, you will have many young girls in your life whether it be your sisters, or at church, school, among family friends and so on. Some will already be saved, despite their young age, others may have extensive knowledge of the Bible but not know Christ personally as their Lord and Saviour, while still others may know next to nothing about Him. As more mature Christian young women whom they look up to, we have a huge responsibility to show them what it is to have the Lord as our Saviour.

Well, I've been convicted lately on my neglect of this important but often overlooked area of the Christian walk. How easy it is for us to become self-absorbed and not see how much the Lord has taught us that we can share with those around us! It scares me also how easily our example can be a stumbling block to younger women, how we can add to the peer pressure that they already get all around them from the world. 

At church, I was on creche (something I normally avoid at all costs as I am not very gifted at all with interacting with the younger children, and don't particularly enjoy it). Well, to my surprise I enjoyed it a lot more than I had expected, not least because I finally began to be able to get alongside a younger girl in the church. And it shocked me how much she already looked up to me as a "big" girl! It made me realise that we are being watched, whether we know it or not, and that the younger girls around us are taking in everything we do and say. How challenging this is, especially when I think to my shame of all the times I have sinned before them -whether it be an angry word, a wrong attitude... the list goes on. Praise the Lord that His blood covers us! 

This is even more challenging for those of us who have younger sisters in our family - the home is where our sins are so often exposed for all to see, and the way we act there certianly doesn't go unnoticed by our younger sisters, and often they imitate our exmple. Let that example be one of a life fully surrendered to Christ! Oh help me in this Father!

I want those around me, particularly the younger women of my acquantience to say, "I want to be just like Violet when I'm older" - not for my sake, or because of anything spectacular I've done, but rather because they can see Christ in me and His Holy Spirit working in my life, conforming me more to His will and want that in their lives too.

I would really love to know your thoughts on all this. I find it especially hard, as quite often there are some younger girls who I just 'click' with: it may be that we have similar personalities and I can identify with them, while with other girls I just can't seem to get to know them beyond their name. This is particularly true of little girls who are rather disobedient and hard to get on with, but they need the Lord and a godly sister in Christ to look up to as much as the next little girl! So what should we be doing to reach out to younger girls like this? I realise as well that we can't possibly spend quality time getting to know every little girl in our acquantience, so how do we deal with that challenge as well? Maybe we need to be looking out for those little girls who don't have many or any godly Christian women in their lives or who are particularly struggling, especially if they are struggling with the same things we have in the past. I don't really know and I certianly don't have any answers! 

A cursory look through scripture quickly shows that the Lord considers this to be an area of great importance, particularly in terms of the body of Christ (the Church). Again and again the emphasis is that we are not to lead our brothers (or, in this case, sisters) astray.

Some verses that address this:
  • "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." ~ Titus 2:3-5 
  • "Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother." ~ Romans 14:13
  • "But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak...Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ." ~ 1 Corinthians 8:9, 12
  • “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:23-24
  • "And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Pay attention to yourselves!...." ~ Luke 17:1-6
Anyway, what are your thoughts? Please do leave a comment!

God bless!
 






 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Taming the Tongue

Hello all! :)

Recently, the Lord has been convicting me a lot through His word over the way I am using my tongue. I must confess that this blog post has taken me the longest to write. I have avoided it and yet keep coming back to it feeling so convicted - then I'll slip up again and try and ignore my stinging conscience. So one could say that this blog post is more for myself than you, dear readers. In fact, though I wrote a whole blog post on the topic, I won't post it as I came to the conclusion that sometimes it is best to let scripture speak for itself.

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Of all the passsages in the Bible that have convicted me the most over the years in this, it would be James 3 which says:
"For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and brid, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
More verses on taming the tongue:
  • "Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit." ~ Psalm 34:13
  • "I said, 'I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle...'" ~ Psalm 39:1
  • "There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight...A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly." ~ Proverbs 12:18-19, 22-23
  • "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." ~ Proverbs 31:26
  • "If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless." ~ James 1:26
Oh Father, let us use our tongues to glorify You rather than ourselves! 

In Christ,


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Happy Birthday Violet!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIOLET!!!! <3 

I hope you have had an absolutely wonderful day, my dearest friend! How the years have flown, it feels like only a little while has passed since first we met, and we were enjoying tea around the table at your Titanic themed party.

Such a lot has changed in the last 6 and a half years... But you are still the same amazingly sweet,  kind, gentle, caring, godly and inspiring friend you've ever been. Older maybe, more sensible, probably ;), but I'm glad you haven't changed, you wonderful, beautiful woman of God, and I hope you never do <3

Thank you for being such an amazing friend to me, and to all your other friends too! You really bless everyone you come into contact with, and you are such a light of Christ in this world.

I wish I could go on and on - I have so many things I could say about how great you are, but I'm afraid I was only allowed 5 minutes on the blog this evening - but at least I managed to get it posted on your actual birthday haha :P I was worried I wouldn't!!
Thank you for being that friend for me, Violet <3
God bless you Violet, and I pray that the year to come is one full of blessings!
With lots and lots of love,