All posts tagged: provision

We’re going on a three-month holiday

If God had sat me down a year ago and told me all that 2018 would bring, I think I would’ve done a Jonah. Made a run for it. Or perhaps just fainted. Or climbed into bed and pulled the covers up over my face. What. A. Year. And it’s only half-done! In two weeks, we’re going on a three-month holiday. It’s true! I’ve barely had space to let that reality sink in myself! Hubby has long-service leave and we’ve bought a caravan and are heading North where the sun shines warmer. We have no itinerary. The kids are sharing a bed. I have about three small shelves of space for clothing. We have no oven for baking cookies or sourdough. And we can’t wait! I won’t lie. The leadup has been a marathon. We have been pedalling hard and fast for a long time so that we have this luxury of time together. So many things to do. You know. Publishing a book. MC-ing at two fundraising dinners. Event managing at another. Day surgery …

That regrettable NY resolution: update #1

You might recall that, at the beginning of the year, I pledged not to buy a single piece of new clothing for 12 long months (…excluding underwear. Definitely excluding underwear!). How’s that going? Six weeks in I can report that it’s going incredibly well. Like, amazingly well. As in, my wardrobe is bulging with oh-so-fashionable op shop finds to the point where I can count on one hand the number of times I have looked longingly at a sales rack outside a clothing shop. See for yourself… All the above jeans, tops, dresses, cuff, jumper, shoes and shorts were purchased from op shops, markets, a charity clothes swap event, Facebook sales pages – or given to me by a caring friend (black top, bottom right!). And the brands! Sass, Nike, Stussy, Country Road, Quirky Circus etc. Safe to say, I have not had to compromise on quality one iota. Possibly the best bit about this New Years challenge has been hearing from those of you who have chosen to join me. You have decided to …

A Lesson in Faith from the Woman Who Collected Jars

Meet Olive.  She is an unnamed woman in the Bible, her story found in 2 Kings, chapter 4. I’ve dubbed her Olive – for reasons that will soon become clear.  She’s just lost her husband and is feeling the weight of responsibility in taking up the new titles of single mum, provider and widow.  Things are looking pretty grim. We’ve all experienced some of the feelings this woman might have been experiencing: disempowered, fearful, perhaps even a little angry – her husband “revered the Lord” and was a man from the “company of the prophets”, yet for all his supposed favour, God wasn’t making her life particularly easy. To add insult to injury, the debt-collectors were after Olive, threatening to sell her sons into slavery to cover the debt. Desperate, she goes to Elisha, the prophet – a prophet being someone regarded as the inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.  No doubt he listened to her sorry story, nodding and arching his eyebrows in all the right places. But when she stopped, …

Maybe, Just Maybe, the Lord’s Prayer no Longer has a Place in Parliament

Perhaps the Lord’s Prayer should be scrapped from parliament.  This issue rears its head with as much regularity, it seems, as the debate around changing the date of Australia Day.  Acting Greens Leader, Senator Richard de Natale is responsible for the latest call. Personally, I’d like to see the Lord’s Prayer remain. But is the greater evil that a bunch of pollies are paying lip service only to the lines of a prayer that the Christian faith community upholds as a holy blueprint for communication with our Heavenly Father?  Words like sacrilege, hypocrisy and disrespect have been used for lesser offences. And, as author, historian and Centre for Public Christianity director John Dickson wrote recently in an article for ABC’s The Drum, “The Christian love of prayer is more than matched by the Bible’s aversion to hypocrisy” (Letting go of the Lord’s Prayer in Parliament, January 19). The prayer in question goes like this – and I quote from a modern version, the Good News Translation. “Our Father in heaven: 
 May your holy name be honoured; …