Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Change

Change... one of the things we can be assured of in life - things will always, always change. 

 
At the moment, I feel like I'm stuck in a time warp. Everything in my life is changing right at the moment. I guess its just a part of growing up, getting to a stage when you realise that you are now on the fast track to adulthood, and there is no turning back. And that fact is both very exciting, and very daunting. Yes, I'm looking forward to having finished my schooling, and going on to different things, but I also am scared to leave the here and now. 

My friends are finishing school and starting university, they're getting engaged, and just generally growing up - and my brain hasn't quite caught up. Most of the changes in my life right now are really good changes, but they are somewhat terrifying all the same. And the main problem for me is, I can't see yet where those changes are taking me. 
That is a very good explanation of how I feel a lot of the time
Being the kind of person I am, I like to be in control and know what is going on all the time. But right now, I have only a very hazy picture. I'm sure its not just me feeling this, and I'm sure everyone goes through it at one time or another. Sometimes I wish I could see the other side of the tunnel, know where I am going to come out, but I am learning that (sorry, cliche!!) the destination truly isn't as important as the journey. 
The way you travel the paths of life, how you act in every day situations, and how you love the people around you, that is important. 
 
The way you love God, that is important. If you put your trust in Him, He will lead you to where you are meant to go. 
 
Change is inevitable. Nothing you can do will stop change. But God uses changes in our lives, both good and bad, to make us stronger in Him, more in His image. So look to Him for answers, the more you look, the more He will show you. 
Your life can be an adventure if you let it be. I'm learning that the more you let go of what you cannot change, and what you aren't sure about, and the more you trust in God, the more happy and secure you will feel. You CAN trust God. The second thing we can be certain of in life is that He will never let us down. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

What Violet Wanted Me To Post :P

Okay, well, here you go, Violet!! Violet has been after me for a while to show you all this - my new glasses! So here they are. I've always had a strange problem with bumping into things, because I don't see them, so when we got my eyes tested recently, we found out that I am a mix of both long and short sighted haha.

Since I got the glasses (a week or two ago) I haven't crashed into anything at all, so I'm very happy about that :D I'm not sure how long that will last, but we shall see... 

Anyhow, here they are!! Excuse the bad picture!! :) Hope you're happy now, Violet hehe :D 
  

Sunday, 28 October 2012

So true!!!

I read this post (http://dropletsofgodsgrace.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/modesty-monday-loving-others-with-love.html) today, and it is such an accurate description of myself - it really convicted me! I highly recommend that you read this. Feel free to comment below this any thoughts you may have as I'd really love to hear what you think!

Here are some lovely outfits I have been finding via Pinterest: they may or may not be your style, but aren't they gorgeous?

I LOVE this!!! So elegant, fashionable and modest!
I love wearing tops with skirts and boots.
I'm a girly-girl at heart: I love pink!
What a gorgeous coat!
Nice colour - "Swedish blue" apparently.
I love the bow on this.
I love purple outfits.
I like the flowers on this.
Nice hat and skirt!
I love long skirts! I like the belt as well.
Pretty!
Nice blue formal dress.
Cute casual outfit!
So nice and modest! :D
Nice dress from Diviine Modestee (and no, I did not spell it incorrectly!)
Another nice dress.
I really, really love the style of this one!
Anyway, that's all I have time for presently. Have a truly lovely Sunday! :) Sorry that this is such a short post, I am just finding myself rather busy at the moment!

From,

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

I saw this on the Facebook page of one of my favourite Christian authors - Karen Kingsbury - yesterday, and it really inspired me. It is part of the lead up to the release of her new book "The Bridge". Looking forward to reading it!! :D 

"THE BRIDGE - RANDOM ACTS of KINDNESS

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS CHALLENGE:
Let's take part in changing our world this fall, this Christmas. 
A central theme throughout THE BRIDGE is Random Acts of Kindness. Now it's our turn to make a difference in our communities. Look at how many of us are here! We can make a difference, friends ... 

MY STORY: When I moved to Tennessee I was shocked when twice in one week as I pulled up to the drive-thru coffee window the cashier told me not to worry about it.
"Someone else already paid for you."
I was baffled. "Why would they do that?"
"The car in front paid for them." She smiled. "People do it all the time. Random Acts of Kindness."
I smiled and paid for the person behind me. A hot latte never tasted so good!

YOUR STORY: Here's the challenge. People desperately need hope. Politically, economically, and socially we are at a very low point. Last week we topped the $1 trillion mark in annual welfare payments in the U.S., thirty percent more than only a few years ago. People are discouraged.

WE can HELP.

Since HOPE and SECOND CHANCES are the message of THE BRIDGE ... let's give a STRANGER the REASON TO BELIEVE AGAIN."


That was the first part of her challenge. The second half of it was telling about how she encourages people to give their copy of the book "The Bridge" to people who they think need it, because the message of The Bridge is one of eternal hope. 

And this is what was up today, as part two of The Bridge Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. 

"THE BRIDGE - A CHILD SHALL LEAD ...

DAY 1 - RANDOM ACTS of KINDNESS CHALLENGE

Okay, Friends, I told you I'd share a story with you today, the reason I feel inspired to have a Random Acts of Kindness Challenge in connection with THE BRIDGE
 ... here we go!

Many of you know my reader friend Hope Painter. She's a sweet girl and just about every day hanging out in my virtual living room. Hope lives on the East Coast and the events of 9-11 touched her personally. She was part of the evacuation and she saw things that will stay with her forever. Sometime after the terrorist attacks, Hope read my book ONE TUESDAY MORNING ... and God used it to change her life for Him. Today, Hope has a wonderful young son named Kingston and the joy of the Lord is on them both.

This past anniversary of 9-11, Kingston - on his own - decided to spend his birthday money buying four copies of ONE TUESDAY MORNING to hand out to strangers at the 9-11 Memorial. I heard about this and thought it was super kind. I remember getting tears in my eyes at the thought of this child's heart, and how much Jesus loves little children. But seriously I never thought I'd hear anything beyond that.

Then, two days later, I received a letter from a woman who told me she hadn't been back to New York City in eleven years. Her best friend had been killed in the attacks and she had never quite recovered. This year, though, she felt compelled to return to the city and visit the 9-11 Memorial, maybe just put her hand on her friend's name and hope for some closure.

So there she was, her hand on her cousin's name when a little boy came up and tapped her arm. She turned and he handed her a copy of ONE TUESDAY MORNING ... Then he smiled at her and ran back to his mother. The woman put the book in her bag, and started reading it on the Subway ride home. She never put it down. At the end she went straight to the computer and wrote to me. "My life will never be the same," she said. "I have hope again. I believe again. I will never forget what that child did through his kindness."

Okay.

So if little Kingston can do that, then imagine what you can do!!"  


So yeah, that really inspired me! Not just to give away copies of books, but just to try and do random acts of kindness in all areas of life. It really got me thinking about what I could do to make little differences in the lives of people around me. I haven't really thought of anything specific yet, but I hope you will all join me in this challenge!! :)  Even something as simple as a smile can make a difference - my amazing friends teach me that every day :D 

God bless, Daisy xo



Monday, 22 October 2012

Thursday, 18 October 2012

More Pinterest Quotes

Violet mentioned that we were both addicted to Pinterest.... So true!! But I've found some amazing stuff up there recently. I just had to share a few of these!! :D 
 
 
 
I really love all of those, and the last one in particular really got me thinking!! 

I read this little paragraph in a magazine the other day, and it is so true!! Gulp - made me have a good think about making sure I'm acting grown up, and am living my life in a meaningful way, living my life for God. 
That was written by Judge Philip Gilliam of Denver :)    

Monday, 15 October 2012

My Term Break In Photos

Why, hello everyone :) Sorry I've been so absent from the blog recently - I'm afraid that I am having a rather busy holidays, mostly due to planning for the production. I have so much to post, but I've decided to just let the pictures speak for themselves for the most part, else I'll never get it done!! Okay, here goes! 

My Day At The Park With Hyacinth: 

Hyacinth "holding" up the bridge hehehe
  Day At Violet's Working On Funding Applications For The Play, And Playing With Her Little Brother!! :)
Violet hard at work

Me playing soccer with Violet's little brother
Her little brother using his "sword" to protect us from
"monsters" on our walk to the park
Posting our funding applications, and being silly :D
Love this picture Violet took of me!! 
 Day Trip To Wellington With My Mum, And Food Tour In Wellington City :D
Food in Moore Wilson - an amazing food store
Mojo coffee grinding factory!
Being silly, and enjoying the blossoms at Wellington Botanic
Gardens
The next thing I did with my holidays was to go to my church camp. It was amazing!!!! I didn't take my camera, so I don't have any photos from that though :( Probably a good thing though... haha. 

Our 8th Play Rehearsal (thanks for being the photographer, Violet!!) 
The Madrigal Singers (choir) start working with the vocal
soloists :D
I start working on blocking scenes out with the Dragon,
and the Boy (plus his understudy)
The Royal Family
Family Lunch - a great way to end the holidays! 
My cutie little cousin - she's 2 and a half, and soon to be a
big sister :D 
"Its so much fun trying on all of Daisy's bracelets"... 
Sorry, I'm sure that's too many photos of her, but they were way too cute for me not to post ;) hehe. 

Hope everyone else who had a term break had as nice a one as me!! :D Term begins again this morning, so back to school work. Maybe this is strange, but I'm actually looking forward to it.... 
God bless, Daisy