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  • Segullah 8:40 pm on June 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    A $$$ Lesson! 

    Boy, I made a DOOZIE today!! A COSTLY doozie!!

    But yet a MOST valuable lesson!

    In recent years, since the kids have gotten older and more independent, I’ve launched out into graphic design. We’ve been in the sign industry since we were married, 23 years ago, with Phil doing the majority of the artistic work. I just did the accounts and all the secretarial stuff for the business. But now, I’m able to put my creative talents to use as well, and generate more income for the business.

    Except for TODAY!!!

    Over the past couple of weeks I’d been working on an A4 broucher. The customer wanted 10,000 of them and they were his main source of advertising. Well, after much diligent work, I got them to the point where they looked pretty good. I was happy with them, AND the customer was happy. So I sent them off to the printers. All was going well and to plan …. so far!!

    Well, they came back from the printers today. They looked FANTASTIC! So at lunch time I decided to ring the customer to let him know they’d arrived and I’d deliver them in a couple of hours time.

    So I dialed the number that I had on the broucher, and get a message, “Your call could not be connected. Please check the number and try again.”

    Guess what? I had the phone number wrong!! The last digit was a “2” instead of a “1”.

    But everything else was right and it looked wonderful. What was wrong with just one little “1”?

    EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

    So I looked at our options. Thought of getting a sticker over it, and did some pricing on that. But really that wouldn’t be good enough. It would look patchy. And the customer, who was very kind about the whole deal, is not happy to have a sticker.

    So now, guess what?

    Yeah, I have to get the whole 10,000 printed AGAIN!!!… with the RIGHT phone number this time! 😦

    But this has been valuable life lesson, in more ways than one….

    ….. ’cause it got me thinking about other things in life.

    How often we strive and strive. We do our very best, but somehow it never seems good enough. We always seem to miss the mark…. always fall short.

    And you know what? We might also try our very best to please God. But our BEST is NEVER good enough. We may think, “Hey, that’s not fair of God. Can’t He see I’m at least trying?”

    Well in the Bible, that’s what “sin” means. It is missing the mark, falling short of the goal. And with God, as with my brouchers, near enough is NOT good enough. The Bible says that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Our good works will NEVER cut it for us.

    Well then, how do we ever get right with God? Will he EVER be pleased with us?

    Well hey, I have GOOD NEWS!!!!!! The answer is YES!!! There IS a way! And Jesus is THAT way!

    He, the Son of God, who was spotless and without sin, and who always pleased the Father, came to earth as a man. He lived a sinless life, and then He gave His life for us, by dying on the cross for us to pay the penalty for our sin (our shortcoming), so that we could have relationship with the Father. He died for our sin. He took ALL the rap for us, so that we could be FORGIVEN. Then He rose to life so that we could be FREE!!!

    That is what is called GRACE! We are made right with God, not through anything we can do, BUT through what Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross. All WE have to do is BELIEVE it. πŸ™‚

    As the Bible says:

    “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NLT)

    To read more about this, go to Romans 3:9-31 and Ephesians 2:1-10.

    So, the lesson for ME!? I’ve learned I am NOT good enough. No matter how hard I try, I will NEVER be good enough. My efforts will NEVER please God. All I can do is call on HIS mercy, and say, “God I need Your help! I can’t do it on my own. Thank you for Your grace. Thank you Jesus that you have paid the price for me. I stand before God in Your righteousness, and not in my own. You took my place, and You stand in my place before God, the Father. So I believe in YOU!!”

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  • Segullah 4:18 pm on June 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Corollas > Major League Baseball > Silver Jags 

    Now, this happened yesterday, and it’s SO funny!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. One thing I’ve learned though, is that it’s OKAY TO DREAM. And aren’t dreams wonderful?

    It all started yesterday afternoon. JJ, my son, and his mate, Mazey (that’s what they call him), were needing a ride to another mate’s place. So we all jump in my ’83 Corolla. JJ even let me drive. Lately, HE’s been driving the Corolla, because his Commodore is off the road at present…. another story.

    Boy, it was SO good to get behind the wheel again, and I told JJ so. He then says to me, “Hey Mum, you’ve got your dream car. I don’t need to buy you one.”

    The he proceeded to tell me about how he and Mazey want to play Major League Baseball in America. And when he makes it to the Major League, he’ll buy each of us our dream car. But apparently, I don’t need one.

    Now the fact that he’d want to play professional baseball is an amusing story in itself. So I had better tell it.

    You see, here in Oz, it’s always been CRICKET of us, ESPECIALLY for JJ. As a kid, his ultimate dream was to play cricket for Australia. All summer his life revolved around cricket, with a bit of surfing here and there.

    But what does a cricketer do in the winter time?

    Well, last year he was asked to play for the local baseball team. Even though he’d never play the game before, and he didn’t have a clue about the rules, he agreed to play. At least it involved a bat and a ball. It was so funny to start with. He’d go in and hit the ball when they told him to, and then run when they said so. Surprisingly, he did very well. He made it to the regional rep team and played in a couple of games away. And at the end of the season, he was runner-up for Rookie of the Year.

    So, can you imagine how amazed I was yesterday, when he talked about his aspiration to play baseball in the States. Apparently, he’s learned a lot about the game in the past twelve months. Now he’s really hooked on it. However, it IS winter and there’s no CRICKET. Things might change again in the summer. πŸ™‚

    Anyhow, getting back to my Corolla, my “dream car”. I really didn’t think it was fair that I should miss out on a new car. Then I figured, I could bless a mate with this one. So I wrote to a good mate in America, and asked him two questions:

    • “What is your dream car? (I want to know.)”
    • “What are the best Major League Baseball teams in the States? (JJ wants to know.)”

    I then proceeded to tell him about JJ’s high aspirations. I said that if JJ makes it to the Major League, and if he cooks him a few burgers, I’d get JJ to buy him his dream car.

    Well, my friend’s DREAM dream car, he says, would be a silver Jag! But right now, his PRACTICAL dream car – the car he would love to figure out a way to buy right now (because they like and it’s relatively cheap) – is a silver Chevrolet Cobalt.

    Now, this is where the story gets REALLY interesting!

    After mentioning that, my friend had to go and pick up one of the kids. On the way back and as they rounded the corner a block from home, guess what they saw parked in front of their house?

    A SILVER JAG!!!!!!!!

    Just like something out of a fairy tale!! You make a wish, and there it appears!! πŸ™‚

    And later, when he went walkies with the dogs, that silver Jag was still mysteriously parked in front of their house!!!! And in the very spot where they park THEIR cars!!!

    His first question was:

    “YOU AND YOUR FLICKR FRIENDS AREN’T THAT CONNECTED ARE YOU???!!!” (My Flickr friends would understand what that means.) πŸ™‚

    I pleaded NOT GUILTY!!!

    But as I think about it, it IS a blessing from the Lord.

    NO, He didn’t give my friend a silver Jag, but He sent one along. just like it was his to look at for a day. πŸ™‚

    It’s reminds of our lorikeets that come to our verandah everyday. They were never around until last August. We’d never fed them before. But it’s like a blessing from the Lord…. something He’s sent for us to enjoy.

    And all it costs us is some bread and honey. Truly amazing!!! And now pics of our birds have gone all around the world and been a blessing to many. And the Lord has used them to share the gospel.

    How NEAT is that?

    So, as I see it, the blessings of God are just something God gives us. And not something we’ve had to work for. And they’re things we don’t deserve.

    But gee, what a shame my friend’s camera was broken. 😦 I would have loved to see a photo.

    And hey, I do think the Lord has a sense of humor!! I imagine Him sitting up there with a big smile on His face!!

    I reckon this one is really neat!! πŸ˜€

    Hey!! You know what else this tells me???

    It’s OKAY TO DREAM!!!

    Now practically speaking, it is highly unlikely for my friend to own a silver Jag. Also, the chance of JJ making it to the Major League in the States, is extremely slim.

    But still, you never know. Stranger things have happened, and mostly for those who have had a dream.

    But dreams take us beyond the ordinary, and they give us something to aspire for. Even if we don’t make it, the dream is still good. Very often, God has something else in store. And then again, very often, God puts dreams in our hearts. Just take a look at Joseph and David.

    So, I do believe that the silver Jag was God’s way of letting my friend know that God does WANT to bless him. He knows that deep down, for practical reasons, my friend doesn’t really want a silver Jag. Besides it probably wouldn’t look right in his driveway at the moment… not until the renovations are done, at least. πŸ™‚

    But I’m sure he did like looking at it. So the Lord put it there for him to enjoy. God LOVES to bless His kids!! I reckon He’s pretty neat!!!

    I’m sitting here smiling about the whole incident. I reckon it’s a real BLOW-OUT!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

    Hey, how COOL is our God!!?? 8)

     
  • Segullah 7:02 pm on June 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    3 BAGS FULL!! 

    A friend of mine has just started playing a little BLESSING game.

    Every evening, before you go to bed, think of three special blessings God has given you that day. I started playing too, and it’s really neat.

    But then I got thinking. Often at the end of the day, we look back and see all the things we didn’t do. Admittedly we need to come to God and ask Him to reveal our sins and ways we may have fallen short. And when we confess them He forgives us, and He cleanses us from all wrong doing.

    But sometimes we still hang onto them and go on a guilt trip, and beat ourselves about how we should have done better. And THAT is not good.

    So I got an idea how we can counteract that. Why not think of 3 things we’ve accomplished that day? They need not be BIG things. Even little things will do. Then we go to sleep with a sense of accomplishment.

    So now, we have 3 BLESSINGS + 3 ACCOMPLISHMENTS. That sounds pretty good, eh?

    But then I got thinking again. “3 x 2” just didn’t seem right. “3 x 3” would be MUCH better. So as I thought some more, I thought why not 3 GOALS for tomorrow? Three things you want to or need to get done. This gives you a purpose to wake up to.

    So now we have:

    3 BLESSINGS,
    3 ACCOMPLISHMENTS, and
    3 GOALS.

    See 3 BAGS FULL!!!!

    So at the end of the day, we rest well in God’s blessings. We can be satisfied that we have accomplished something good. And we can know we will awake with a fresh purpose in the morning.

    I pray that you are as blessed by this as much as I am.Β  πŸ™‚

     
    • moemoe 1:53 pm on June 23, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      great idea sis thank you!

  • Segullah 9:43 pm on June 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Keep the Customer Satisfied!! 

    I often think of that song by Simon and Garfunkel.Β  Sometimes I can really relate to these lines:

    And I’m one step ahead of the shoe shine
    Two steps away from the county line
    Just trying to keep my customers satisfied,
    Satisfied.

    And boy, sometimes I don’t like it!!

    Yeah, today was one of those days where things don’t turn out as you’d expect.Β  I had what seemed a simple task to do of designing a couple of simple business cards for a customer.Β  Should knock it over pretty quickly, so I thought!!

    But nope!!!Β  Didn’t happen like that!!!Β  I struggled all afternoon to make one of them look right.Β  I eventually did get it finished and the proof sent off to the customer.Β  Hope he likes it, and I don’t have to make any more changes on it!

    So why did I struggle with this?Β  Why did it seem so hard?

    Then at other times when I’m having fun fiddling around with my photos I get a brilliant idea for something inspirational, and then within half an hour I’ve got the thing done.Β  IT’S EASY!!!!!!

    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE??

    I’m sure there’s others of you who can relate.

    Why do we sometimes struggle like that with work?

    I put it down to one of two things.Β  Either God hasn’t meant us to do it, or the enemy is putting a blockage in the way to stop us doing the thing that God wants.

    Or could it be, that might we try to do in our own strength, and in our own strength we’re pretty lousy at it?Β  But when God is behind it, it flows easily!?Β  So the work is not ours but God’s.Β  It is He Who equips us.

    And regarding creativity, I’m reminded of Bezalel and Aholiab in the Old Testament.Β  Do you know those guys?

    Well, God called them as artisans for the building of the tabernacle.

    They were filled with “the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels of setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship….
    …. I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you.”Β  (See Exodus 31:1-11)

    It seems to me, that when I do something for God, it works, but when I try to do it for myself or for money, it doesn’t come easily.

    Did the Lord allow me to struggle today to show me something?

    Love to hear your thoughts!!!

     
    • mommabeart 11:41 pm on June 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely, He is the God of All and we try too hard to take over. The struggles and testing are always to perfect us…and if we are obedient it takes less time and is smoother…If not we face a wood-shed experience. Mankind are slow learners…sometimes:-)

    • jeanetteb1 11:58 pm on June 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Momma!!
      I’ve just learned something else. A good friend pointed this out…. ATTITUDE!!! The task I had to do WAS something God wanted me to do, but I was doing it with the WRONG attitude.

      Instead of thinking of the job as something I HAD to get done and out of the way, I should have thought of it as an opportunity to bless someone with a well designed business card. I could have even prayed a blessing on the customer’s business while I did it.

      I’m sure that would worked wonders in getting the creative juices going.

      So next time….. πŸ™‚

    • jeanetteb1 1:14 am on June 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Dummy me!!! The Lord gave me the answer to this at the beginning of the year! And I wrote it in a blog! πŸ™‚

      http://jeanetteb1.wordpress.com/2007/01/03/establish-the-work-of-our-hands/

  • Segullah 1:27 am on June 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Proverbs and Riches? 

    Tonight, I was presented with this question:

    On reading through Proverbs, over and over it says things like, “The righteous will be blessed,” “Work hard and you will be wealthy.” Basically, “God will bless the wise, and they will be happy and rich.” Or, even more basically, “If you are good, your life will go well.”

    So, if you’re a Christian, and you’re not happy and rich, what does that mean? It seems there are three possibilities.

    • You are poor and struggling because you aren’t working hard enough.
    • Or, you are poor and struggling because you aren’t good enough.
    • Or, the promises in Proverbs DO have exceptions. The Godly just won’t always be rich – for other reasons. The promises in Proverbs are not ALWAYS true.

Well, here’s my thoughts:

Proverbs and riches?

Someone has said Proverbs are principles, not promises. So it ain’t always necessarily so!

What about James, where it says that God made the poor to be rich in faith. And it says that it’s the rich who exploit people. (2:2-6; and also in Prov. 22:7; 14:20)

And also, how do you qualify riches?

And David says, in Psalm 73, that the wicked increase in wealth.

So I don’t think riches are a good measuring tool. I think, if you are a Christian, and you happen to be wealthy, it’s a gift from God, so that you have the opportunity to be generous in a material way.

If you are a Christian, and happen to be poor, God blesses you in other ways, like FAITH. And also, it is to show that God doesn’t need money, to make you a blessing to others. We are generous in other ways, like in time.

And I always think of Peter and John and the crippled beggar. God didn’t need their money to bless that bloke. He gave them something far better…. the anointing! The man was healed!!!Β  (See Acts 3)

So who was richer? The wealthy people giving this poor beggar money, or Peter and John who helped him to walk?

And Paul knew both sides. He says, he knew what it was like to have plenty and what it was like to be in want. But he said he learned to be content in whatever situation he was. (See Philippians 3:10-11)

So, I see it these days, that if we don’t have much money, God must have a higher purpose that supersedes finance.

Well, that enough for my preach!! πŸ™‚ But it’s only the stuff the Lord’s taught me over the past 18 months or so. I really had questions about wealth, and why we didn’t seem to have any.

But I have discovered since how rich we really are! And when it comes to money, our heavenly Dad, who owns the whole universe, could change things overnight if He chose to. Hey, I’m rich because my Dad is rich!!

Now, I thank God for the experiences we’ve gone through because of no money. I feel my life is richer because of it. But, for us now, there could be a turnaround coming with finance. We’ll see! Whatever, I know the Lord has it all in hand.

One more thing!!

I think too, the enemy likes to use the guilt trip. He uses wealth as a measuring stick to make us think we’re not good enough, and that we should be working harder, as if this life and its wealth is all there is.

 
  • Segullah 11:24 pm on June 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Neglected? :-( 

    Oh my dear Tori,

    It would seem I have neglected you. Well, I must admit, I have. But all my writing time has been consumed by heaps of emails and Flickr discussion groups. I’ve been working on a little project, which I can’t say too much about it now.

    However, all will be revealed in time.

    But hopefully, after next weekend, things will settle down and I’ll have something to say on here.

    So TORI, have a great week!! God bless!!

     
    • mommabeart 12:37 am on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      GREAT news…,love ya

  • Segullah 9:36 am on June 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Journey to Who Knows Where? 

    Gee, it’s good to be back here. This blog has become like a very dear friend to me. In fact, I have given my friend a name, “TORI” (That One Reading It – YOU!!).

    I wrote this entry as an email to another friend, then submitted to a Flickr discussion group yesterday.

    G’day!!

    And it sure has been!

    It was one of those dreamy sort of days… felt like I was somewhere else. Even long delays in town didn’t bother me. I’d driven into town, and was stopped at the railway gates for AGES, waiting for a L-O-N-G freight train to go through… and then after it had gone the gates opened… a few cars got through and they closed again, and another L-O-N-G-E-R freight train went the other way. Yet I was blissfully enjoy the worship songs playing in the car. I was in another world. I enjoyed the little break. Normally I would have been rather agitated at the long delay.

    It was all because of the discovery I made about writing. I was blown me away.

    In the book where she said about writing being a journey, and letting it happen and enjoying the ride… that has blown all my ideas out of the water. To take a journey and not know where you are going?… unimaginable to me!!

    Normally on a trip, I have to know the destination and the shortest route. And I have to get there as quickly as possible…. can’t waste time you know!!

    I’m a planner, a goal setter! I have to know the end from the beginning. So this idea is very new for me. It reminds me of how God called Abraham. God told him to pack up and go. He would show him where to, and tell him when he’d got there.

    “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Heb 11:8)

    So, for me, writing is the same. By faith I’ll obey and go, and enjoy the journey, even though I don’t know where I’m going. Hey, what an adventure.

    It also reminds me of how our mate, Bible Story Guy, Paul, has written, especially his cancer story. He wrote while he was going through it, not knowing what the end would be. He probably imagined that he wouldn’t have been around very long, and that that might have been his final legacy… his finale… the closing curtain!

    But how wonderful it is that he wrote it down, so that others could read and understand what it was like to go through something like that. It sure has been a journey for him…. and now others to can appreciate it.

    And for me, writing has become something I want to do, and just a “have to”. And God has given me that “want to”. Whether I write in blogs, or write emails or on Flickr…. whether it be a book or an article… it doesn’t really matter. All I know is…. JUST WRITE.

    And another amazing thing is how the Internet has opened up so many possibilities for writers. Once to write and include a photograph would have cost heaps to get published. And even writing would have been an effort to get published. You’d submit your work to a publisher and wait for yonks to see if it was accepted, and then you’d have to make some adjustments and muck around until the final publication.

    But NOW, you can write, with all its warts and all, and publish it straight away on the Internet. And people can be reading it within minutes. Man, that is a blowout!! Of course you end up getting some pretty raw stuff on there, but it certainly has changed the face of writing.

    I am so thankful to God that this is all possible. Ten years ago, when I believe the Lord told me to write, I wouldn’t have imagined it.

    It is sure an amazing journey. Thanks for being part of it!!!!

     
  • Segullah 11:05 pm on June 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Another Love!!? 

    Okay! Okay!! I haven’t been around much!

    But I needed to sort out some stuff. I needed to know where I was going with writing these blogs. I was starting to get a bit bogged down with it and feeling it was something I HAD to do. And seeing I was doing it EVERYday, I felt I had to keep it up…. until….

    …I said, “Enough is enough! I don’t HAVE to do anything when it was I who made the rules. This blog wasn’t going to rule ME! Hey, I’m the boss here, and I choose to wait on the Lord for my direction.”

    So, I’ve had a break, and I HAVE been refreshed and am seeing things in a new light. I’ve been doing some writing in other places, such as, group forums of Flickr, and emails to friends.

    Anyhow, I’m back, with a NEW zeal and a fresh outlook on writing, and I’m enjoying it. So here’s what I’ve discovered…..

    …. I love photography and I love art, but I’ve discovered there IS something I may love even more…. oh, no!! Unheard of!! πŸ™‚

    Well yesterday, I was waiting at the library for my daughter to find the book she was wanting for an assignment. I hadn’t been there in months, let alone borrow a book.

    So while I was waiting, I decided why not borrow a book or two… but which book? How do you decide when your options are so vast? And the library is very new, so I didn’t know where to find anything.

    Well I looked around at the signs to see what section would grab my interest. Way across the other side I spotted the sign “Literature”, and seeing I’d been writing a bit lately, I thought it might be a good idea to get a book to tell me how to write. Well, I came home with six.

    Anyhow, at lunch time today, I picked one to read. It is called “Writing from Personal Experience” by Nancy Davidoff Kelton. In this book I’ve made some wonderful discoveries, and I’ve only just finished the second chapter.

    In the first chapter, I like what she says about writing… the four truths…

    1. Writing is hard work.

    2. (This one I like) The rewards you will reap from writing are the greatest you could possibly know.

    3. If you do it regularly and consistently you definitely get better. (Think I’m doing that!)

    4. (I needed to know this.) Nothing turns out as we expect it to. Nothing turns out as planned. That’s the journey. That’s the fun. Letting our unconscious take us along while we stay out of its way…. Letting it happen and taking the ride. That’s the joy of writing.

    Yeah, that last bit about the journey really grabbed me. Here the Lord has got me writing, and I don’t have a clue where I’m headed. All I know is that I AM enjoying it.

    And would you believe I’m liking it MORE than taking photos.

    And, praise God, He has helped me to sort my dilemma. I now have a glimpse of what my writing is to be for… why the Lord prompted me some years ago, when I didn’t have much writing in me. I did try to write back then, but it all seemed very uninspiring. Besides, I hadn’t yet lived and experienced the things I was to write about.

    And now, I do have the umption to write!!! And I can’t stop it!! Isn’t our God good??? And I thank my mate Paul for helping me get going…. through MANY emails!!

    Thank the Lord for emails… and thank the Lord for the Internet and blogs and communities like this! He sure is GOOD!!!

     
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