When Peter was certain it was Jesus who was calling him, he left the security of the boat and entrusted himself to the power of God. So far, so good. 'But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted' (Matthew 14:30 NLT). So you must focus on the Lord, not the storm.
We all know what it's like to 'see the waves'. You begin a new venture - a job, a relationship, an area of spiritual growth - full of hope. Then you encounter storms and setbacks. Jesus said, 'Here on earth you will have many trials...' (John 16:33 NLT). Expect it; it's part of the journey of faith! You must feel the fear and do it regardless. Growth requires taking on new challenges. Each time you do you'll experience fear, because growth and fear go together. But each time you risk leaving the boat it means you're more likely to do it again. And each time you step out on the water without drowning, you realise that fear no longer has the power over you. On the other hand, each time you resist God's voice and choose to stay in the boat His voice becomes a little quieter until eventually you don't hear it at all. Wouldn't it be worth any risk to avoid that? Furthermore, staying in the boat doesn't guarantee your safety; it only guarantees you'll eventually die from something else.
The answer to fear is to get out of the boat a little more each day, until fear loses its hold on you
I love this one...but then i pretty much say that about all of them don't i?
I had a fantastic weekend just hanging out at home with Jorgia and her friends. I love it when they all come here. I hadn't seen her much these holidays because she had spent so much time at other people's houses, so it was nice to have them all here for a change. Although a whole batch of chocolate chip cookies lasted all of about - half an hour. Where do they put it all?!?! I was never able to get away with eating as much as those girls without my ass becoming the size of a house.
Hmmm nevermind. Lucky them.
I had fun winding up a whole website full of mental disorders, substance abusers, sleaze, hookers, and just plain freaks. I guess i should admit that there might be a few normal people on that website, that probably have yet to discover that they have landed in the middle of NZ's biggest crowd of downright scary misfits...but i really can't be bothered giving the website the benefit of that doubt. ;)
Took the kids to the Cock n Bull in Ellerslie last night for a bite to eat, and to watch the cool Irish band that they had playing there. What a funny crowd there on a Sunday afternoon / night! We had a great time just chilling and people watching. There was a lot of it to watch. The place was packed.
I am a bit bummed out that the school holidays are over. They went too fast - as does everything that has to do with the kids.