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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Gratitude and Tea

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Last weekend I took a little trip across the border to Oman with some friends from work. To be honest, I was actually dreading it. It had been such a busy week ,I just couldn’t get my head around leaving the country and spending the weekend away from the comfort of my home, but…I’m so glad I went!

As I woke to the sun rising, I stretched and smiled… a night of sleeping on the beach, under the stars, snuggled under blankets, feeling the ocean breeze whip around me. Bliss. After breakfast we eased our way into the cold water and braved a morning swim. As I floated in the clear, cold water, looking about, it hit me…I am in OMAN, swimming in the ARABIAN SEA! How in the world had I, a little country girl from Australia, ended up living this life?! It was a life I had always wanted: travel, adventure, new friends, challenging job. Yet it was a life I never thought I would have.

My primary school teacher had told my parents that I was a nice friendly girl, but that I wouldn’t amount to much. Maybe he was right, I probably shouldn’t have amounted to much. I didn’t come from a wealthy family, I came from a broken family with alcoholic parents and a house that held lots of anger, fear and resentments. But I have also belonged to another family, a heavenly family with a heavenly Father. A Heavenly Father that loves, protects, defends, guides, blesses, cares for and calls me out of darkness and into light.

As our journey through Oman continued, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude. Tears kept filling my eyes (behind my sun glasses, thank goodness) as I thought about all the wonderful things that have taken place in my life over the last 12 months. A few days later, I was sitting at a dinner table with friends (new friends, but friends I feel as if I’ve always known). We were drinking tea, playing music and complaining about the taste of Stevia and the same thing happened- it hit me. An overwhelming joy and gratitude for life, all of it! The joy, the pain, the disappointment, the rejection, the uncertainty, the anger, the fun, the adventure, the laughter and the people. The people that shape us, challenge us and add a rich blessing to our lives.

As I survey my life, I look about my family and marvel! We survived the trials and we are succeeding. There is great love and affection and a fierce loyalty among us. I have an amazing Mum who fought for consistency, diligently took us to church and taught us Godly values even in the midst of chaos. I have siblings that I love and whom inspire me. I have a Dad and extended family that are resilient, caring and always put family first. I have friends that love me just as I am and make me want to be a better person…What the world said was ordinary and destined to fail, God has turned for good.
You never know when the next answer to prayer is just around the corner. So no matter where you are, what challenge you are facing or what success you just achieved, don’t forget to stop, have a cup of tea and be grateful. It might just be the re-focus you need.

Love
Amy xo

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Who else tries on their outfits before they pack them?!
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Oman, what a view!! ❤

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