Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Thursday, 23 August 2012
After reading this post on Amanda's blog, I have come to realise something that I have felt to be true of myself for some time, but have never been able to put it into words as well as she does. While I don’t agree with everything she has written in this post, she has convinced me of one thing – I too am a Christian “snob”. Sometimes I think having a weak conscience can be both the greatest help in my Christian walk as well as the greatest hindrance! Please pray for me, that the Lord would continue to work on my heart in this area and would help me to change from a Christian criticising others from within the safety of my own comfort zone, to one more concerned with sharing the good news with others. From a Christian with a self-righteous air, to one who is daily humbled by what Christ has done.
May the Lord bless you too as you seek to serve Him.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
So.... I then I was thinking, well, if I don't know how long I've got, I want to be able to spend every moment I have doing something worthwhile. I want to try and spent every moment of my life serving and glorifying God!!
Every moment, every day of our lives matters. We can make them count. We can spend every moment of our lives serving God, doing things that matter.We can spend each moment of our lives living as if we were dying.
If I was dying, I would want to spend as much time as I possibly could with my family and friends, I would want to finish up making my life's dreams come true, and live to glorify God. I would want to share the Gospel with as many people as I could and finish all my unfinished projects, I would want to learn as much as I possibly could about the world, and try to be the very best person I could. After I thought about all of that, I decided that I am going to try and spend every day that God blesses me with living as if I am dying. I'm going to try and make the most of every single day I have.
What would you do if today was your last day to be on this earth? Isn't it amazing how that simple statement makes what is really important come to light!
God bless you all,
Monday, 20 August 2012
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Saturday, 18 August 2012
by Jane Taylor
Friday, 17 August 2012
I really, really like this song! It is so beautiful!! I can see why they call Chinese music "peace music". And I love the picture too. :)
And also, whilst I am posting, here are a few quick quotes for you :D
"God gave you the gift of 86,000 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say "Thank You"?"
"When it feels like you are drowning in life - don't worry - your Lifeguard walks on water!"
"Today, I am happy because I have no reason not to be!" ♥
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
And this is one of my favourite lists ever ;P
Friday, 10 August 2012
As exams rapidly approach, I find myself having to review yet again my study techniques. So I just thought I’d let you all know that I’ve found a useful website, Quizlet, where you can create your own flashcards and test yourself through a few games and tests. Quizlet can be found at: http://quizlet.com/. Check it out, particularly if you (like me), are nearing the exam season!
(And yes, for those who are interested, my username on Quizlet is VioletNZ. Feel free to have a look at some of the flashcards I’ve made!)
Also, here is a reminder as exams approach, or for anyone else who is struggling with anxiety! I always struggle to bring everything, including exams, to the Lord in prayer – but it is something we MUST do! God wants us to do our best in exams as in everything, I am sure, but we are reminded this verse that anxiety is not a heart attitude that God wants us to have (something I fail in!) He wants our trust to ultimately be in Him and His provision rather than simply in our own strength. Help me to remember this verse during this time, Lord! Yet, help me not to become lazy either that I may be doing my very best for You!
On a different note, here is a lovely picture I found! I wish this is what studying for exams looked like; serene, peaceful and organised, but in reality (at least in my case!) it is chaos: paper flying everywhere, coffee at hand, frantic scribbling….I do love this picture, though. I wish one could wear a lovely flowing dress like this while doing revision (sigh!) but I guess it is slightly impractical, especially as one is likely to end up with inky fingers! I wonder how she managed not to get anything on that lovely dress, especially as it appears she is painting something?
That is all I have time for, as more exam revision awaits . . . ! Have a lovely day! :D
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
|I love this :D|
As we were sitting down to breakfast, we were talking about it all. We figured, you know, we have no water this morning, but that won't be for long, and we almost never have the water turned off. My mum's cousin, who still lives in South Africa, lives in an area where she has to go through having the water off at least a few times a week, often for hours at a time, sometimes even multiple times a day! And she never knows exactly when this is going to happen, so she has to constantly keep a bucketful of water handy. They often are without power too, as the government tries to save money. Thinking about that made us realize how blessed we are to live where we live, and to always have water, and electricity. A few little hours once or twice a year are nothing at all to complain about! :)
One day, I dream of making a difference over in countries like that, but right now, I'm just feeling grateful for all the blessing I have been given - blessing I am totally undeserving of, and have only been given, thanks to the incredible grace and love of my God and Savior - all those blessings I normally take for granted - food, clothes, a home, heating, electricity, education...
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
|The Team: My mum - the musical director, my brother, me |
(Daisy) - the director, my assistant, Violet - the secretary,
and our choreographer!! :)
|Violet at our "information desk"|
We headed down to the church hall half an hour before the auditions were set to begin. People were using many of the rooms in the church we had hoped to be able to use when we arrived, but thankfully, they cleared out fast, and we were still able to get all set up.
Violet was running the information desk, which was where people went to receive the information and forms they needed, my mum was running the vocal auditions, my assistant was running the acting auditions and our choreographer, the dancing ones. My job was basically to go between all three, and keep things going the way they were meant to.
People started arriving early, and we were kept busy the whole time, from 1pm, almost straight through to 4pm, when we gave the results. But it was so much fun, and really exciting too, getting to see all the talent! Some we had seen from the show we put on last year (you can read about that at here: and there are pictures from the rehearsals and actual shows in the photo gallery), but there were also a lot of people we had never met before, which was really cool!! :) All in all, we saw more than 40 people at that first round of auditions (what was I worried about?!), and we were able to cast almost all the lead roles, and fill the choir and chorus roles. We are also having a second, smaller audition session on Friday afternoon, because quite a few people were not able to make it last Saturday and are still really keen!! :D Exciting!!!!
We ended the day exhausted, but looking forward to what is to come - I sure can't wait to start rehearsals!! :D
|Violet and me, tired after a long, but exciting day of auditions :D |
Sorry, I got more of the kitchen in the photo than us haha :p
Saturday, 4 August 2012
Have a great day! :)
Daisy and Violet
Thursday, 2 August 2012
And its so great to know that even when things aren't going so well, I will always be able to have that joy!!
Its not that my life is perfect - it definitely isn't.
Its not that I am perfect - I most definitely, definitely am not!! :P
Its not that there aren't things about the past I wish I could change, things I wish I could do-over - there are more things I wish I could re-do than I can count!
Its not that there aren't thing I wish I could change about the world - I wish I could change so many things, its not even funny.
I will always have joy!!! And I have so much more than I deserve, and I am so grateful for all that I have.
The secret to my happiness.... well, this song by Newsboys says it all!
"You give me joy that's unspeakable,
And I like it, And I like it
Your love for me is irresistible
I can't fight it, I can't fight it
You carried the cross and took my shame
I believe it, I believe it
You shine Your light of amazing grace
I receive it, I receive it"
John 16:22 - "So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again, and you will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away."