The Perfect Time

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‘There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace’.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 || MSG translation

When we experience winter we often feel it will last forever, forgetting that spring is just around the corner. Caught up in the moment, it’s hard to remember that we ALL go through EVERY season in life.

Just a few weeks ago I got it into my head that I wanted to surprise my sister for her 18th birthday. I hadn’t planned on making the 14 hour flight  home and I wasn’t feeling home sick at the time but once I thought of going, I knew that I had to make it happen! The logistics all came together beautifully and I had a wonderful week back in Australia surprising my friends and family across the country. At the end of the week, as I waited to board my flight back to Abu Dhabi, I had time to stop and reflect… How perfect is God’s timing?!

When the thought of flying home originally dropped into my mind, I had no idea what kind of a week I would have had before hand, but God did. I had no idea how much I would need face to face time with my best friends talking life and laughing, but God did! I had no idea how much I wanted to hug my siblings and spend time with them, but God did. I had no idea just how much I needed to sit and talk through life with my Mum, but God did. That fresh revelation of God’s hand working on my behalf in the present and in my future brought a new sense of peace, knowing that I am forever in good hands!

Whatever season of life you are in, know that His timing is perfect, His plans are good and He can be trusted! For your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8).

Ams xo

A lovely photo of my not-so-little baby sister, little (big) brother and Mumma…

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Review

In exciting news, I was published this week!

The Salvation Army has a women’s magazine that was kind enough to ask me to write a short reflective piece for them! The magazine, titled Women in Touch, is a quarterly magazine that goes out across The Salvation Army’s Eastern Territory and explores Christianity, shares wisdom and provides encouragement. The editor was also fabulously kind and wrote a lovely review of this blog. It is both exciting and humbling to think that my voice is being heard and it is a privilege I do not take lightly.

I’ve attached a copy of the article and the review, you can also find the June issue in it’s entirety at this link…http://salvos.org.au/about-us/news-and-resources/women-in-touch-magazine.php, it is well worth the read! 

Sending out love,

Amy

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Ps. Just finished the first of two weeks holidays! Loving spending time with my family and my sisters sweet copy/paste/paint skills. Making the long drive home tomorrow, I’m so blessed by all the amazing people in my life. xo

The Journal

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I have a journal. In fact, I have several.
Some have just a few pages filled, others are almost complete.
Most are from when I was much younger, one is current.
Some are dated close together, some have days, weeks and even years between entries.
All of them have spelling mistakes.

The words contain pains, secrets, triumphs, hopes, dreams and reality.
Some pages have tear marks and others show frustration.
Some parts you can hardly read they were scribbled so quickly.
There are many prayers recorded.
God was listening, whether I knew it or not.
Some promises have come to pass, others are yet to come.

It tells a story of a girl, where she has come from and where she is going.
It’s an adventure.
It shows enough of the future to keep me excited and
reveals enough of the past to spur me on.
God’s hand is in it, His word alive and active.

I gave my sister a journal today.
It’s to record her adventure, to tell her story.
To remember where she has come from and keep her eyes on where she is going.

Matthew 28:20, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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Do you have a journal?

Twinges

twinge (twnj)
noun.
1. A sharp, sudden physical pain. See Synonyms at pain.
2. A mental or emotional pain: a twinge of guilt.
verb. twinged, twing·ing, twing·es

Yesterday as I drove home late from work, I reflected on what a good day it had been. I had ended work on a good note with two jolly (only word to describe them) security guards happily walking me to my creepy car park in the basement. Their joy and friendly manner in escorting me had left me with a smile on my face.

As I pulled up at the traffic lights near my house, smile still on my face, I saw a young couple walking along the street laughing and cuddling. Then I felt it…that ‘twinge’. That little pang of deep sadness that echoed in my heart and made it ache. As the light went green and I continued home, I resolved that it was ok to acknowledge a moment of sadness over the things I long for but that have not yet come to pass. So long as the moment was just that, a moment.

We all have ‘twinges’, wether they be sadness, regret or a little bit of guilt. The trick is to acknowledge the feeling and then give it to God to deal with. If we keep dwelling on them we allow those feelings to fester and take root which can lead to bitterness and a hard heart. Instead, we should dwelling on the truth found in God’s word:

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Just a little thought for today! Keep on keeping on my friends and don’t for get to smile! xo

My amazing family (2010)

My amazing family (2010)