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