Lessons Away From Home

In February 2016 at the age of 20, I departed my home in Perth to move to Sydney. I NEVER thought I would leave home, like ever. I had told my mum that when I grew up, I’d live next door to her and adopt 12 babies from Africa (and not be married, because boy germs ugh). So apart from “never say never”, here are some things I have learnt in my 2 years away from home.

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Holding on to Hope

Have you ever felt hopeless? You are in the situation when what you see doesn’t match up with what you felt God say? I’ve had that feeling of hopelessness. When weeks become months and months become years. Where my perseverance is flat out of breath, and my hope starts withering up and my trust comes sliding to a halt.

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Creative Intelligence

I am convinced that we all have the capacity to engage our right (more creative) and left (more intellectual) brain, that we are all both creative and intelligent. It can be a tension to reconcile paint brushes with Pythagoras theorem or cake baking with data mining but the tension between creativity and intelligence is one with great reward.

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No Means No

We are all guilty of it… come on parents, let’s just fess up… our kids know how to “wear us down.”  It could be the extra scoop of ice cream for dessert, the Pokemon cards they have to have once they spot them at the checkout at Target (‘it’s only $5, mom!’).

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Unrivaled

In this scripture, John wasn’t rivaling with Jesus, and Jesus wasn’t rivaling with John. Neither of them were worried about what the other was doing, because they were on the same team. They knew exactly what they were called to do. But the people on their team decided to surface the comparisons.

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Approaching Motherhood

Sitting here in bed (luxury at 10AM on a weekday morning!), worship music playing in the background, a candle burning on the shelf, toast and tea beside me; sounds like the perfect life! Except I can’t ignore this huge belly between me and my laptop and the fact that my world is about to be turned upside down by this (constantly kicking) little human in a few short weeks.

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The Elizabeth Moment

I've got to start writing today with a very guilty confession. I am very partial to a bit of eavesdropping. There is nothing better than people watching, and sneakily overhearing a conversation. I know that no one will ever come near me again after this admission, but I don't think I am alone in this secret. 

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Stepping out of Fear

I wonder how many doors had been closed in his face that day. Door knocking was probably something he never thought he’d find himself doing, but there he was faithfully visiting different homes in his neighbourhood. Little did he know that the people in the next house were searching for something; that he would be the one to lead them to Christ, and that their lives would never be the same again.

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