The umbrella Mathew and I share is our Faith.
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As part of our celebration of 25 years of marriage this year I have been reading this book through very slowly, in small digestible chunks. I'd like to feature portions of each chapter here on Thursdays.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
When our children were little we constantly heard the phrases like terrible twos and impossible threes.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
When you let your husband become a hero to you - when you respect him and support him - you will see him stand strong in his masculinity. If your husband cannot be a hero to you, then you will either find a different hero or become your own hero.
When your husband is your hero, however, he will bring out your femininity.
"Make your husband a better man than you are".
And, he is. .. my hero that is, and, a "good man".
Monday, May 30, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
I was talking to a sweet, young couple last Sunday after church. I was congratulating them on the news of their engagement and July wedding day.
"Christian marriage is a wonderful thing" I exhorted. I was reminded of why I said that and why I believe that. My marriage has been one. We forgive and restore. We confess and repent. So you see there's plenty to forgive and there's plenty to confess. But with God as the head of our marriage we also restore and repent. We change more and more into His image, His good purpose for us.
The marriage series I was writing on Thursdays (click here) will be back. I haven't finished the book!
This series taught me of the vertical relationship my marriage must have between Mathew, me and our God instead of the horizontal relationship so many marriages have when we look around us at others and each other for truth and fulfillment. The difference between Christian marriage and wordly marriage. Truth and deception.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Hazards from Richardsons Beach, Freycinet National Park. This was a beautiful beach with beach houses able to be rented on the shore in this majestic National Park. Just one of the places we want to show our children one day. A holiday on the beach with bushwalking and rock climbing for the older children. Ideal!
Well maintained walkways along the cliff edges had us continually amazed at how they were built and the effort it must have taken. Any number of places to stop and look and take photos. This particular walk was one we stopped on for one of our picnic lunches. These were such a highlight each day.
Sleepy Bay. A bit of low level abseiling to get down to the sand but an isolated, quiet Bay we had all to ourselves together with wind and wave hewn caves and private beach front. Would've been perfect for one of those lunches .. darnit, had lunch earlier on the cliff top walkway overlooking the Southern Ocean ....
Eaglehawk Neck. Just feet from my standing point here is a sheer drop down to a sea meets granite cliff face called "Devil's Kitchen". As we watched the sea swept in ravenously, continually, carving sea caves in the rocks. A mighty formation in the making as we watched. Love it!
We saw a seal in the turbulent waters here. A lone seal frolicking in the kelp by the rocks.
Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park. This was our one rainy day. We welcomed the change in weather. It gave us another view of Tasmania. I initially didn't want to get out of the car here. It was very cold and very wet. But as always, Mathew knew best. He encouraged me with promises of just a short walk down to the Lake edge but I loved it and we ended up going on a good walk around the Lake to the Boat Shed. It proves to be one of the highlights I chew on, the rain, the fog, the sounds around me, the cold. I was warm and dry. It was wonderful. Lunch in the car afterwards at the Lake was ... sublime and varrrry romantic !!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Well, here is the beast. As I went up our guide, Rick, could see my agonies and offered to take me back down but I said no, just let me concentrate. He said he once had to bring a woman down the stairs backwards on her knees ... thanks Rick, feeling better about my climb.
You know these photos don't give the depth of the experience. It was steep and hiiiigh.
Fully one week later, our wedding anniversary day spent on Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River, North West Tasmania.
Yes, it's windy at the front of the ship. Is it a ship or a boat?
Our boat/ship - the Harbour Master. We disembarked on Sarah Island for an hour. This Island was a penal colony, one of the more cruel and harsh colonies for British convicts to be incarcerated in Tasmania.
Much is made of the convict history in Tasmania, great delight is taken to "re enact" historically and theatrically the torrid history. I don't like it. I enjoyed Tasmania for so much more than this.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
To reach the top of the Lighthouse I had to climb a very steep, open rung, serpentine staircase. I had wanted to see this Lighthouse and the views of the Southern Ocean it was so famed to afford for so long. It was the highlight of the trip for me.
I climbed and didn't look down. I was very afraid. It took a lot of concentration and self control. I was shaking with adrenaline. This photo is funny because I was terrified, it is all open in that you can look down and see the bottom from where the climb started. I'm holding onto Mathew here as if I hold on tight enough and keep still enough, the Lighthouse won't sway - that's how it felt.
When we reached the top it was a very small space and step out to the deck outside which was even narrower. Here I am again - I must be a good pretender because you'd never know how afraid I am would you?! The crazy backpack meant I couldn't keep close enough to the Lighthouse wall, when someone wanted to get by - aaaghh!
A moment in time. One of my "happy moments" in this great life He has given to me.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
It wasn't more than five minutes after our son dropped us off at the airport in Brisbane that Mathew and I realised what a hoot! this was. We had never done anything like this before. A 12 day trip for our wedding anniversary just the two of us. Two plane sectors away, another State and even off the mainland of this beautiful country! We couldn't begin to imagine the joy, the fun, the liberty!
This photo was taken this time last week. We were exploring Dove Lake in the Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania. Our hearts were soaring as the rain pelted our jackets, the wind whipped our hoods, the water streamed over our boots and the fog and cold seeped around our faces. Yet in the quiet and the warmth of our coverings we were in awe of His creation. So too, as life swirls around us, we are full of joy in the covering of salvation through faith.
And, I'm grateful.
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What Did You Expect
"Redeeming the Realities of Marriage"
by Paul David Tripp
As part of the celebration for me of 25 years of marriage I have been reading this book through very slowly, in small digestible chunks. I'd like to feature portions of each chapter here on Thursdays.