random fabric + simple sewing = anyone could make this!

I haven't sewn anything since bubs so thought it was about time....
 I've ALWAYS wanted one of these Moroccan pouffes... http://www.littlemash.co.nz/decor/743-moroccan-pouffe-light-turquoise.html ..... but can't see it happening anytime soon.....
sooo I thought bet I could make one!! so simply put "pattern for fabric pouffe" into good ol GOOGLE and came across a great SIMPLE one by Australian Better Homes and Garden....
I laid the fabric for the outside over a plain old sheet for the lining fabric and cut out both at once...
and once I'd downloaded the free pattern, cut + cello taped it together It really was as easy as following the instructions.....
I haven't fully filled it yet because it really does take the 2 rubbish bags of fabric they say to fill it!!
I used things like old jeans, sheets, towels, linen... whatever was taking up space to fill mine up to this point...

Well hopes this is a fun idea for you....maybe a Christmas present project? ;)

xoxo 
Wahoo!!! the only change I made was to put a zip in the bottom of the pouffe cause I know I'll have to wash it eventually and their version obviously wasn't made for a house with 3 little boys....
I just used whatever fabric I had and in total it only cost $6 as all my fabric was from opshops (50c!! or free bins!!) and a piece I'd gotten from Ikea awhile ago...  

the great choice...



One of the greatest struggles I'm finding in life at the moment is the battle of the great choice...

The choice I have every morning, of how will I think about myself, others, my children, my husband...my life...my day...etc..etc... 

Dear Father in heaven, teach me, teach us, to think things that bring life and let go of things that only bring darkness...

{...but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect....Romans 12:2 }


xoxo




created for freedom...

walking in the freedom given to us through a relationship with God continually challenges me... 

 Coming to a place of surrender, to consider the many places that I know I'm not walking in freedom yet and therefore ask him into those places...

So that I can lean on him, his spirit and not to try battle it out myself - to embrace the freedom offered me rather than run against the wind....


2 Corinthians 3:16-18

The Message (MSG)
16-18 Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face!
 They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone.
And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face.
 And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him...
xoxo

just a wee reminder...xoxo


so we can breath again

'...He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me...' Psalm 18:19


Thank you Heavenly Father that you do no leave us in our places of darkness but you lead us into the light - so we can breath again...

xoxo

Press play*

play

noun
1. a dramatic composition or piece; drama.
2. a dramatic performance, as on the stage.
3. exercise or activity for amusement or recreation.
4. fun or jest, as opposed to seriousness: "I said it merely in play"

xoxo

a time coming...

Its a really interesting time in ones life when all you'd love to be doing is in reality the thing you have least amount of time or resources for....

it creates a longing...

...but also... If you let it...

 ...an abundance of HOPE!

For a time coming...



xoxo

Dream Big*

This was just a little reminder that I felt God whispered my way this week, in the midst of starring out the window wondering what to do next with myself...

 "...Remember...Dream Big..... For I am a Big God, and hold the world in my hands..!"



Our beautiful house that God said to me when we first moved in, that it would be a "House of Dreams" and so much has happened in the last year of being in this house, another child, new jobs, opportunities and yet I felt Him say again. Your still here, keep dreaming.... don't stop...


So I wonder what God might be saying to you?...
..." Keep Dreaming Big?".....
....... for I am a BIG God and your Provider...."

a new thing in the dead of winter

My little blog had small beginnings, a small seed throw out with hope that something good would come of it...I thought I'd just put up little crafty stuff and maybe a painting or two.  But since then its sort of morphed more into a space for me to jot my little God wonderings and the drawings that I get when I take the time to sit and just 'BE'. 

 For awhile I've thought about a name change, I love how God changed the names of individuals in the bible and it would speak of a new beginning and so I felt it was time to start afresh.

I love "Genesis Found" because it speaks to me of new beginnings, hope and a journey in the light rather than darkness, and its a reminder of where our Hope is found on this life adventure into the unknown..... So as winter ambles on and the shift to spring is just still slightly out of reach.  May we be encouraged that even in the dead of winter God still does new things and, breaths new life into our old dreams...  
 ...He can speak a new name over us or give new meaning to something old...

So may he breath new life into you today, new hope, and a new song in your heart...show your new direction...and encourage you right where you need it most...

 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland..."

Isaiah 43:18-20



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we will come up for air...

For the last 2 weeks our youth group has been focusing on the Holy Spirit through the youth Alpha course we have been doing this term.  Its been a real privilege to see changes happening within these teenagers as they step out and invite God into their lives and then experience the presence of God.

One of the biggest things I've learnt in my journey with God is that we need to experience him - to know that he is right where we are, and we can actually have an encounter with an almighty God. But not in a way that's impersonal and out there but so that is so personal that only he who knows everything could reach into that place within us and whisper to us "I'm here".

This last week I had one of these experiences - it wasn't a ground shaking, lightning bolt moment, where clouds parted; like we see in the movies. Instead it was a simple word spoken to me through a woman whom I'd never spoken to before.  And yet I knew it was God speaking through her to that place within me - I didn't even know was there...

I'd been looking forwards to Friday because the boys are at Daycare for the morning and I was thinking I'd like to have some time to myself and just be quiet...but Friday morning came and I was shattered from being up 4 hours during the night with both the boys for various things. And by the time I'd gotten home from drop-off I felt all over the show and couldn't decide what to do.  Full of anxiety about future baby's arrival and trying to get different projects under way I want to get done before He comes.  Yet completly stuck within myself

..... wanted to connect with God.... didn't even know where to begin.... does any of this sound familiar (Mums? When you have precious time to yourself and yet like having stage fright and don't know what to do with yourself!!...)

The only thing I felt I achieved in that time was this random verse seemed to get stuck in my head...

" I will not leave you as orphans [Motherless, Fatherless, comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you." {John 14:18 Amplified version}

And when this verse came to me, I knew in my head that God was trying to give me something but it didn't touch that place in my heart that needed to know it more...

So I left and walked to pick up the boys from Day care. On the way though I just felt even worse and thought I was gonna cry for no reason at all... I think if there's one thing I've learnt in the last few years, when I'm feeling this way rather than shut it down and put emotions to the side, I try to just let them be... So I said to God {obviously not out loud cause then I'd of really looked like a nutter...} "God I don't know whats going on but I'm OK with it and I'm not going to fight it, and I give it over to you..."

 (the picture I had, was of myself rowing a boat underwater being carried along in a current and rather than fighting it and trying to get to the surface, I was choosing to not get panicky let it carry me to wherever the destination was beyond the darkness...) 



So then at Daycare I had Zephyr in my arms and bags on either side - maybe I looked the picture of a frazzled mother... I don't know :) and as I waited to get Titus' attention from in the sandpit one of the teachers whom I'd never even spoke to before, for some reason started talking to me.  And somewhere in the conversation she just said these simple words that undid me "...you know God's not going to give you more than you can handle..." and I burst into tears.......

You see I've been given those very words before and I'd known before, like I knew then that it was God.  Using those people to speak into that place of being overwhelmed, that I hadn't been able to put my finger on that morning. 

And then this woman asked If she could pray with me, and it was just one of those special moments where God had intervened right in the midst of my need and shown me his heart to comfort me, so that I would know that I wasn't alone.

And as I walked away from that place with a bit more bounce in my step - I remembered that verse which I'd gotten before and realised what it was talking about..."I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you" its the Holy spirit. I hadn't really thought of it that way even though it was now obvious... 

God our heavenly father never intended us to be alone in life as Orphans(even though we have relationships with the people around us, we still walk this world alone) that is why he gave us his spirit so that we would never be alone and would be able to experience comfort through him during all our experiences of life. It was one of his promises to his disciples before he left that he would send the comforter to them in his place...  

And so that night I was able to share my experience at youth group, and amazingly enough our youth group leader used that very verse in his talk too! 

The Holy Spirit is real and wants to meet us in our present need, but he want us to be open to him and give him the permission into our lives and our emotions...

This last week I feel like Gods doing something in me and no its not just hormones :) I can feel him showing me places that are very lonely places inside of me and areas of vulnerability, I also know its probably got alot to do with the fact I'm going away next week to sit under some amazing teaching and so I'm ok with this uncomfortable feeling of being opened up and undone...

And so I guess I share my story from this week not to throw my pearls to the pigs so to speak but to knowingly say to that other person out there who feels like they too are being undone ... that you are OK... and that your heavenly Father wants to ride along with you and meet you in that place so you don't feel alone in it anymore... and he wants to bring healing and like something that suddenly burst above the water after being pushed under...we will come up for air...
I am so gratful that God does not expect us to ride this life alone, and I have to constantly remind myself of this and invite him into the boat with me, the journey is suddenly not so scary whenever we do...

xoxo     

Time is not of the essence...

The other day I got a picture of our letter box in my head and so I decided to draw the picture in my mind not really knowing why... I've decided that if I get pictures like that alot of the time they turn out to have some significance, if not for then, then another day. 

...Then not long after I was reminded of a word of encouragement I felt God gave me for a friend...

I was out shopping for something and out of the blue this lovely object caught my eye.  At a glance it seemed completely out of place, squished right down the bottom of the shelf only half in sight...But none the less there it was calling out to me :) And right away I felt like God said that's for... to encourage her with her shop...{this is a dream she has...} I went back in forth between my head and my heart for a few seconds wondering if I had indeed heard right and then feeling very HAPPee decided it was too random NOT to get it, so did so...

Then after getting it home I forgot about it for a few days and then when I remembered next as I got my friend on my heart I felt like God said let her know " Time is not of the essence..." and then for some reason the picture of our letter box came back to me...

...stay with me here, yes there is a point to all of this... :)

When thinking of the letter box I was reminded of the process it takes to either give or receive a gift through the post.. I remember once I'd gotten something for one of my sisters probably nothing too exciting but the point was I'd posted it and looked forwards to hearing that she'd received it.  Giving is one of my love languages so knowing that someone has received the gift and their reaction etc is a huge part of the giving... anyway this one time she still hadn't gotten it and then to my disappointment I received it return to sender back in the mail.  I hadn't gotten the postage right so i then had fix that up and send it off again only to wait for her to receive it days later.

When someone tells you that they are sending you something; how often have we then checked the mail box with the hope it might have arrived or thought to ourselves 'maybe it will come today?'...

I see it the same with our dreams; the things that we want badly to happen but have not, or we felt God gave us a word about something that would happen but it still hasn't...
Do we not do the same thing? Wonder to ourselves, when will it come? or I know its coming but when will it be here?... and after awhile sometimes it feels like we say to ourselves "it must have gotten lost in the post" or "maybe I didn't hear right and it was never coming in the first place"...

My friend who I've got this little present for {yes sorry you will get it when i see you next!} also really encouraged me because she too has a blog and she had written me basically saying it wasn't quite what she was wanting to do but it was a stepping stone a platform from which to start from...

 This REALLy encouraged me because this blog for me is not exactly what I want to be doing but its a stepping stone - its a start. 

And thinking back to the post box and that word God said "Time is Not of the essence"... I felt was also for me and perhaps for someone else too...

You see we can often compare ourselves to people around us that seem to be going places or achieving exciting things and think "I'm nowhere near anything at the moment" and then we think "what do I need to be doing to make this thing happen faster!" upon which we spiral into self doubt and condemnation that we arn't pushing ourselves hard enough or persevering enough and if we had a little more self discipline and drive we would get there...

But what if God really was saying... "Time is not of the essence..." another words just let the natural progression happen and enjoy the little steps as much as the big leaps and no its not lost in the post but perhaps its taking a wonderful adventure before it gets to its destination and it will be all the more complete for doing so...

...the parcel is coming but speed of which is does, will not diminish its value...


xoxo

the door in the wall

One of my favourite books is called "The Door in the wall" I have my mums copy which she had had as a teenager.  Its an old book but the message within it is timeless. Its the simple story of a crippled boy as he tries to find his place in life while facing himself and his own attitudes in the process. 
 But one of my most favourite quotes is found in it....
"And thou hast found the door in thy wall"...
to me this speaks of breakthrough or that sense of relief when we see a glimpse of light, can catch our breath and know things for the next while at least will be OK.

Out of nowhere recently I've been given the opportunity to go to a "Father Heart" school in Taupo for a week  www.fatherheart.net
Its pretty amazing for me because I can honestly say I never expected to get this sort of opportunity to go and receive and just have no responsibilities.  In my mind it was something that everyone else would be able to do but for me there'd be nothing for several years or at least until the kids were older, or had the time or the money bla bla...

but without me doing a thing suddenly the door has opened!

and I am left with that moment where you let out your breath and say thank you Lord for knowing what we need before we have the words to ask for it. 
 When it feels like we've hit the wall, reached a dead end and have nothing left to give..and without us earning it You open up a door before us and say "here is your way out, here is the door in your wall..."


"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."  [Jeremiah 29:11]  

I pray that this week you will experience some unexpected surprises from your Heavenly Father and a Open Door where it feels like only a wall has been...

xoxo


An invitation to r e s t...

I've been away for awhile - checked out - you could say... its been a rough passage this last year, settling into life with 2 little boys who love every minuet of life, getting back into a sense of rhythm (whatever that is) and then finding myself pregnant again with the worst morning sickness out of the 3 yet... not fun...

So needless to say I've really struggled with carving out time for myself that's not sitting wasted on the couch - cant move/ think...sorta time... that thing they call "R E S T".

Anyways today I came across a drawing I'd done awhile back and i felt God re-encouraged me through it afresh - so here it is to maybe encourage you too?

I l o v e the imagery of Boats, to me they speak of potential - coming, going, adventure, safe haven... And so I l o v e that Jesus would frequently not just use them for transport but as refuge from his day ~ "very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up and left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (mark 1:35)
though it doesn't say where that solitary place was, I can imagine it was on a little boat...
'He said to them "come with ME by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place" (mark 6:31-32)

I can imagine Jesus getting up while the stars are still out and slipping off shore in a small boat. Anchoring up to watch the stars blink out one by one.  And as the sunrises in all its colour painted across the horizon, Its just him and His father.

And I felt like God spoke to my heart and asked me... where is your boat, where is your place of rest?
 ~ "come away with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest..."

As a mother amidst the unceasing busyness this is something I'm not finding at the moment and not as a burden but invitation I felt like he was holding out his hand and asking me/you to step into his boat...



Where is that place of rest for you?
Are you going there at the moment?
 You have an invitation to step away from the busyness and into his rest...

xoxo 

where is that place of rest

The longer I've been a mum the more frustrated I've become with forever not feeling in the loop spiritually or feeling like those who do feel like they have somthing to share care enough to pass onto us tired mums (yes sorry harsh but its just how i feel) - when you know and feel spiritually  empty its hard to sometimes know where to start getting encouraged again.

 I know that usually God seems to prompt us through allowing us to get to that place where were are ready to actually step out and change something or seek somthing out and I think I'm at that place but Its still frustrating when you feel like your not getting anywhere...

As a mother it feels like we fall through the cracks in terms of the avaliability of "care groups" at church and "mothers groups" are great to a point.  
But connecting relationally alone doesnt satisfy the soul - so i'm thinking about starting something with other mums in the area... not sure how/what this looks like but I'm a big believer in  -  theres no point moaning about a lack if your not willing to contribute to filling it..... hmm I wonder where this idea will lead...


how can we as mums help each other / encourage each other to go deeper with God...

xoxo