2017 · Lent

Sunday Series; LENT 2017. Time to start afresh.

…Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it.” Nikki Giovanni

This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent. (Which means Tuesday is pancake day – yum!!)
This year for Lent I am planning to accept change & try TRY not to stress over it.
(As well as similar things as last year; giving up coke, less screen time in the evening & continuing to declutter & donate items that are still in good condition. Feel free to read last years post HERE)
We are currently facing a massive change in our lives, it may or may not happen – but if all goes ahead it will be a new chapter all together for us.
Lent I believe is the season of life, death & new life, a time for repentance & transformation.
In our lives that can be reflected as living, repenting & starting afresh or living, going through something hard & coming out the other side ready to start new.
For us we are looking at beginning a new journey – but as in all changes in life – we have to trust God & go with Him & not try to force our paths. So if it happens, it happens.
In our lives I have found that the right changes & opportunities just happen for us – they aren’t forced & they happen fairly easily – if they aren’t meant to happen it is obvious and things just won’t work out. So that is how we are approaching this next possible chapter of our lives, if it happens, it happens.
It is no secret that 2016 wasn’t a great year for us, besides a rough pregnancy & my health issues we also dealt with a lot of personal hurt and ended up needing to make some hard choices on the people we allow in our lives. Basically life has been hard & pretty hurtful. We are now at a point we just want to make a fresh start for ourselves. Even if it is just mentally – we are leaving the hurt, stress & anguish behind. Ideally we would like to make a physical fresh start – but we will see how that will pan out.
Lent 2017 will be a busy time for us, a time that our life may change drastically – but it may stay the same – who knows. I know our life has already been mapped out for us by our Lord – so where we need to be, we will be and what we need to do, will be done. We just have to watch how it unfolds & go with it – but I feel it is time for a change, so I am excited.
I know this post was very vague & didn’t explain much at all, but I assure you as things happen & become more permanent I will explain more, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
What are you giving up or doing more of for Lent?
I would love to know, please leave a comment below or on one of my social media accounts!

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Have a lovely Sunday.


Our Great Lord is always up to something. There is a reason you went through what you went through. Trust the process – He’s got you. 
2016 · Lent · religion

Lent 2016 – it is almost EASTER! {Sunday Series}

“Lent is a journey that moves us toward the cross.”

Hello dear friends, 
I had every intention to post this last Sunday, but I never got a chance to sit down and write it & lucky me I have been battling a bit of writers block… So, this afternoon I forced myself to sit down and write! 
So here is a bit of a Sunday Series on a Wednesday and I know it’s been awhile between Sunday Series – sorry. 
It is February 17th – we are over half way through the 2nd month of 2016 – what? Summer is almost gone (not complaining about that!) and Easter is almost here. 
Yes you read right, Easter is NEXT MONTH! Sunday the 27th of March is Easter, like we are already in Lent! 
Speaking of Lent, have you given up anything or added anything to your life?
This year…

  • I have given up something that normally I couldn’t go a day or so without at least 1 can of – coke. Yes, I love coca-cola – I know it’s awful & bad for me – which is why I am giving it up. It’s an indulgence I don’t need. And I went straight up cold turkey, no gradual weaning – I just gave it up. 
  • I am also adding more stillness to my life. More moments to soak life in and more time for me to sit and read. I am reading more instead of watching YouTube videos – normally when I go to bed I will spend 1/2 hour – 1 hour catching up on YouTube, but I am dedicating some or most of that time to reading now. 
  • I am also working my way through our possessions to make a large donation pile to donate to a local winter clothing/blanket drive this year. (If you are local to the Toowoomba area and can recommend a charity or church that does a winter appeal, please let me know!)

In my mind I have ticked the 3 main boxes of Lent. Prayer, fasting & almsgiving. Now I don’t mean that you have to use Lent as a check list & you have to do these things – to me, religion and everything that goes along with it is personal and open to your own interpretation. As long as what you are adding or subtracting to your life is a positive, I think it’s great. To me giving up something I really liked is a form of fasting (it is also a win-win because it will make me healthier), setting aside more time for stillness and just quiet also opens me up to more prayer time and bundling up some gently used coats and blankets we no longer need will help someone in need. 
These 3 main things are important to me; my health, simple/slow living where I can enjoy life & have times of stillness and also, helping others. 
Have you given up something? I would love to know! 
I leave you with a few sneak peek pictures of my Easter decor, I’ll be setting it more over the next week and if you like I can share the photos of it completed in an upcoming post.

If you want to share any of your easter decor pictures or what you have given up for Lent, connect with me on social media or leave a comment below!
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Lent · religion

Sunday Series; Adding & Subtracting this Lent.

Let your faith be bigger than your fear. 

Welcome back to another Sunday Series.
I want to start this post by taking a moment to remind us all to pray for those up in Central QLD who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia that made landfall on Friday as a Category 5 cyclone! Many towns in Central QLD have been damaged & some almost entirely destroyed. I have many friends in Yeppoon & Rockhampton who have had their homes affected, at this moment they are still without electricity, phone service is patchy & supplies & clean water are limited in the town. I pray that they stay in good spirits & that the damage can be easily fixed and that electricity, phone service & water supply is restored soon! Stay strong guys, we are all thinking of you! We also thank God that we have heard of no serious injuries or fatalities from the cyclone. 

Photos from the last time I was in Yeppoon, 3 years ago. 

This past week Lent started. Tuesday was ‘Shrove Tuesday’ & the following day was ‘Ash Wednesday’ – the start of Lent. 
(For those who don’t know what ‘Shrove Tuesday’ is, it is the day before the start of Lent where people would use up their ‘rich foods’ to start a period of fasting. (There is a lot more technical history to it, but I doubt you all want to read about it!))
In todays world it’s more about eating pancakes and forgiveness. Shrove is basically defined as confessing sins to a Priest. We can translate that now as admitting our sins to God and asking for forgiveness and also being forgiving towards others. 
I must admit I always find the forgiving part a little hard. The past year I’ve been hurt not just by just the normal person who annually causes me grief, but also by a very close friend & that has really hurt my heart. I have forgiven everyone who has hurt me in my life, but that doesn’t mean I have to allow people into my life who hurt me. I think we have to be smart when it comes to who we let in, I think running after someone who has treated you badly is idiotic, I will never beg someone to be apart of my life, because if they wanted to be there they would. So I let go of the anger, the pain & I just move on. I leave nonsense, pettiness, cruelty & disloyalty behind. I’ve forgiven people for the hurt, but that is so I am not bottling up anger inside myself – holding onto anger that I have towards people for being cruel to me is not healthy and I refuse to do it. 
I understand that God forgives me each time I may sin so who am I to really condemn someone, at the end of the day that is up to God, not me. 
Anyway, moving on…
So after Shrove Tuesday comes Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent for 2015. Lent is the period of 40 week days before Holy Thursday (the day before Good Friday). 
So for Lent it is common to give up something to symbolise the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Traditionally it was rich foods and meat, so people would fast for the period of Lent. But today it can be anything, alcohol, chocolate, social media etc. This year I have to admit I was struggling to think of something to give up, previous years I have given up stress, procrastination, alcohol, swearing, negativity etc. I cannot give up all my social media accounts, I was considering shutting down my Facebook but I really love being able to show my Mum photos daily of LuLu. 
So this year I’ve decided to give up on; 

  • Worrying about those who couldn’t care less for me 
  • I want to reduce the amount of take-out food we purchase, make even more home cooked meals!
  • Let go of anger & stress. Just let go of any negative feeling… 

And my things to add into my life; 

  • More prayer time (whether it be more devotionals, more quiet time just however I can in a moment for God & I etc) 
  • More happiness 
  • More patience
  • More peace
  • More quiet 
  • Be a better wife, Mum, daughter & sister (daily goals!) 
  • Blog more
  • Be more grateful

Giving up something for Lent is symbolic to the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and the 40 days and nights he spent in the desert and teaches us to practice self discipline. I think it is something wonderful to do and a good way to start positive habits in life. The things we try to give up for Lent should be things that can negatively effect our lives and the things we add to our lives should be things to make us a better person. (I hope that explanation is simple enough to understand, I know some topics in religion can be kind of confusing!) 
I believe all the things I have picked are positive and will help me become a better person! 

What have you decided to give up and add for Lent? Even if you aren’t religious this could be a good time to say I will cut back on soft drink, alcohol, sugar, negativity etc for 40 days and then try to continue it on past the 40 day point. There are so many possibilities and this is just a good chance to do something positive for yourself. 

Even if you have already given up something for Lent, I encourage you to add something positive in & if you are religious add more of your Faith into your routine! 
Have a glorious Sunday!

Lent is a pause button. It is a quiet unlike any other time of year. Lent is a season to close our eyes as the busy world buzzes around us, to consider those things we’d much rather forget: our sin and our humanity. We came from dust, and to dust we will return. – She Reads Truth.