Wednesday, 19 December 2012
It is time to have a break over the Christmas and New Year Season. Thank you for all your support and encouragement over this past year and in all that the Lord has been doing. It has been an amazing year full of challenge and change and seeing God do all that he said he would do as we stepped out in faith in what we believed he was saying and seeing him come through. It has been an eventful year! We wonder what will be revealed over the next month or two?
We are excited about 2013 and as He shows us more we will keep you to date step by step as He reveals it. So far just continuing on the words of 'preparing for expansion' and more recently believing for 'surprising and perhaps radical changes' but have no idea what that looks like yet. So its like opening Christmas presents as you shake the package, get excited about what it is and try to work it out but just make guesses, but at the proper time all will be revealed. :) And so its a bit like that at the moment with the Lord, we are excited about what it is to come, have some idea of the shape and what it may be, but waiting for the full revealing of what it is.
So many blessings to you all this Christmas as you look toward what the Lord has for each one of you this coming year and give thanks for what has been.
With love to you all,
Jim, Sarah and Kate
Monday, 3 December 2012
In writing this I too realise that I have judgements on a daily basis that I make towards others but as the Lord is teaching me, I am releasing others from the judgements I am making toward them. God is growing me as I learn the revelation of how it feels towards me and so I am trying not to do it to others and he enables me to see others how he sees them.
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Just to let you know I am going to make mistakes, say the wrong thing, possibly offend you with something I may say but know that my heart, along with most other people's hearts out there, is not to offend you, is not to say the wrong thing, is not intentionally doing these things but unintentionally I may do and when I do what are you going to do with it?
Freedom is allowing yourself to make mistakes, say the wrong thing, not have it all together, allowing yourself to get it wrong, not question every word you have spoken wondering if you have said something right or something that might offend. Freedom is the ability to go to someone and say they hurt you by the comment they said and know that when you do that you will still have a relationship with that person because there is grace and understanding that none of us get it right all the time, that none of us are perfect although made perfect in Christ. Freedom is to bring a word in church and have someone question something you brought and not feel condemned because theologically you didn't have it all right because you learnt something that might help you grow or challenge you to what you believe. Freedom is to be who YOU are the way that God made YOU to be. You are not someone else, you are YOU, uniquely crafted, completely different from someone else and how they think, work or act. You are beautiful, you make mistakes, you grow from those mistakes, you learn, you change, don't run away when you might get it wrong, or say the wrong thing but come into freedom in those areas because Christ doesn't condemn you, he picks you up when you fall down and you learn.
Gal 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery".