Sunday, December 13, 2015

James 1:5-7

 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.
 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind and tossed.
 For let not that man think that
he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

One of the biggest hindrances to prayer,
is our unbelief.
If we don't believe His word,
and the promises in the Bible,
we make Him a liar.

We are to pray, nothing doubting.
God is willing and able to give above
and beyond our expectations.

But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When we ask of God and He answers,
and gives us the desires of our hearts,
He becomes all the more real to us
and the next time we are in need,
we will more readily come to Him
with our arms outstretched
in earnest expectation, with unwavering faith
in His promises and His ability
to supply our needs.

So often we pray to God,
without any sincerity in our prayer.
We pray without really believing
that He will answer. Half-heartedly.
Doubting. Without faith.

Oh, the things we miss out on
when we pray, holding out our tiny
little cup, hoping He might dribble
a few drops of blessing in,
when he has an endless supply at His disposal,
ready and willing to pour into our lives,
if only we would trust Him,
and come holding the biggest bucket
we could find!

1 John 5:14-15

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him,
that, if we ask any thing according to his will,
He heareth us:
15 And if we know that He hear us,
whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions
that we desired of Him

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wet Season Beauty

The wet season is here and Sunday
night we had an awesome lightning show!

I was able to grab the camera and sit out
on the verandah and enjoy all the action.

God's magnificent power is very evident
during a powerful storm.

Who else but God can draw
with light across the sky?

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Hands We Hold


Something I was reading the other day started me thinking about the hands we hold.

When your child puts their hand in yours, it may be filthy from making mud pies, or smelly from patting the dog or sticky from eating an ice cream, but it is a hand belonging to a child who you have the responsibility of training. A life to mold. A hand that is trusting you to show the way.

Proverbs 22:15 “Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

This doesn't just mean raising an obedient child, but raising a responsible adult. We, as parents have the amazing and fearful task of instilling Godly values into our children and
teaching them life skills that will help
 them as they grow older.

Teaching them the importance of hard work. Teaching them what the Bible says on all subjects and guiding them through life, protecting them but not sheltering
them from lessons they may learn along the way.

The hands we hold are hands of the future. These are hands that will hold a Bible or an ungodly magazine. Hands that will raise in praise or raise in anger. Hands that will serve God or serve the Devil. Hands that will be gentle or harsh. Hands that will work hard or be lazy.
Hands that will help, or hands that will harm.

What an awesome responsibility we have! So many Christian parents are choosing to walk away from the Bible as the best child training manual ever written, and are turning to worldly wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:20b
........hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”

1 Corinthians 3:19a “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God”

God sees the world's wisdom as foolishness.
God's way is always best.

What are we doing with the hands God has given into our trust? Are we choosing to ignore them when they reach out to us? Are we teaching them laziness by our example? Are we teaching them to be greedy? Do we train them to be hard workers, not giving up when things get hard? Are we teaching them what it means to serve others with no thought of reward? Do we teach them
to use their talents for the Lord?

Hands can be used for many things, good or bad.
We only hold our childrens' hands for a little while, so the time for training is very short.

As parents, God has given these precious lives
into our charge and we have the blessing of training the future generation.

Don't take lightly the lives that belong
 to the hands you hold.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Well, last week we ran our first
Holiday Bible Club!
Thanks to all our helpers from near
and far, the week went well
and we were all very weary but happy
at the end of it all:) 
Here are just a few photos
of the action.

The girls show the kids how the pros do the 3 legged race!

The kids line up for the action!

The kids enjoyed the singing and the lesson time

Max, with his survival wrist band made in craft time

Hannah and Chantella

Chloe and Micheal take on the 'lasers'

Mustached little men

And, just plain sweet!

Thanks so much for praying for us.
Please keep praying for the Lord to work
in the hearts of all the children that came along
and also the parents we were able to meet:)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

In other news..
The other night we were able
to go along on a homeschool excursion
to Tindal Caves, just out of Katherine.
This was a private cave not open to
the public unless you are with a local ranger.
There were some really interesting formations.
We didn't get to see any snakes because
there were too many of us and too
much noise for them to come out of hiding.
It was another display of God's amazing
creation and beauty in nature.
In one place in the cave you could look up
and see the sky and trees through
a small hole in the rocks.
Well, that's another Territory place
to cross off our list.

Timber Creek
I know I've posted heaps of photos
of the drive out to Timber Creek,
but every time I go out there,
the landscape looks so different depending
on the season. It's a beautiful drive.
Dave and I went out last week to pick
up a trailer load of cans for the recycle place,
so we were able to camp out overnight for
something different.
This was actually the first time
we have camped out by ourselves,
not in the truck or with the girls.
So, we had our own little fire
(except that it wasn't really cold enough
for one, but hey, you HAVE to have a fire
to boil the billy and relax).
Then we slept under an amazing sky
of billions of stars, wild donkeys hee hawing
as they clip clopped past us in the night,
crickets chirping, birds calling and
well, you get my drift:)
Ah, livin the dream, livin the dream!
Anyway, it was nice. Dave did some metal
detecting at an old racecourse and I explored
and picked up odds and ends and took photos.
A dingo was uninterested in us passing by
and so were some other wild donkeys along the way.
And of course, I had to take a rearview mirror shot:)

Well, if you're ever over our way,
we'll take you for a scenic drive:)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Katherine Gorge
After over 2 years of living here,
we were finally able to take a
cruise up the Katherine River to take
in the beauty of the Katherine Gorge.
We took a dinner cruise that started at
4.30pm and finished around 8.30pm.
It was absolutely beautiful to see the sunset
on the river and the gorge cliffs.
We cruised along as we enjoyed our
meal and watched the colours
of the sunset reflecting off the
rock faces and in the water.
And the company was good too.
Dave and I were able to take
our Pastor and his wife while
the girls watched their boys at home:)
I have uploaded a short video
so you can take in the beauty
for yourselves. But if you're
ever over our way, it's a must see!

(I'm sorry for the blurriness of the video
in full size. It drives me crazy, but I
don't know how to fix it as once I resize
it, it loses it's pristine quality)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

It was Maddie's 14th Birthday yesterday.
So, Happy Birthday Maddie!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Answered Prayer
As most of you know, we started a youth
group here in Katherine about 9 months ago.
Well, the numbers have been growing steadily
since we lowered the age to 5 years old.
Every week has seen the blessing
 of increased numbers and we have
 been excited to see the growth.
But as you know, in our Christian walk,
blessings and burdens go hand in hand.
Fruit and foes, grapes and giants,
opened doors and closed doors.
I Corinthians 16:9
" For a  great door and effectual
is opened unto me,
and there are many adversaries"
So, a few weeks back we were told by the council
that we would not be able to use our current
premises anymore and would have to find
another place to meet within 2 weeks.
This came at a time when we were growing
 as a Youth Group and things seemed 
to be moving along so well.
But the Lord always sees the bigger picture and
we trusted Him to lead and guide us.
After looking around we found a place that
was much more suited to our needs and really
began to pray in earnest.
Long story short, the Lord answered miraculously
and we were able to secure a new meeting place
right in the centre of town with everything
we needed and much better facilities.
Last Friday, we held our first Youth Group there
and we had record numbers.
Most of our children are under 12 with our
girls being the only teenagers, so far.
Our old bus is making itself really useful
and even the cruiser is now busy picking up
kids as well. The kids love riding in the bus
even tho it stalls at times and bounces along
at the most inopportune moments.
We look forward to each week and the challenges
we will face and the souls that can be reached
here in Katherine.
John 4:35
".....Behold, I say unto you, 
Lift up your eyes, and look
on the fields; for they are
white already to harvest."
Please pray with us that God would
use this ministry for the furtherance of
the gospel here in Katherine.
And remember...........

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Picnic Day, NT
What is Picnic Day you ask? Yeah, well
so did I. So, according to the internet:
Picnic Day is a public holiday in the
Northern Territory of Australia
which takes place every year on the
first Monday of August.
It was originally declared a public holiday
to commemorate the freeing of the
 Chinese Coolie indentured labourers
who built the Darwin to Larrimah
 North Australia Railway
So, there you have it!
Our thought process went more like this:
Picnic Day. Public Holiday. No work.
Must be to celebrate picnics?
Gotta go on one then!
And, so we did.
Only, the catch is, that us Holmeses tend to
like to do extreme things, so, our picnic
was to take us on a 900 km round trip
from Katherine to Timber Creek to Top Springs
and back to Katherine again.
Which looks something like this:)
A big loop.
The Stanleys and James came with us
so we had some other crazy people
excited about doing a long trip on a day off.
We left at 7am and arrived home at 10pm.
Dave had just recently done a run out there
in the truck and seen some pretty scenery,
so he decided to show us all.
There was also some tracks that he hadn't been on
(seeing he couldn't take a road train down them)
but wanted to explore.
All in all, it was a great day,
but if we ever ask you if you'd like to go on
a picnic with us.....BEWARE!
I've put together a short slide show for
you all to enjoy.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Well, we've just had our annual show/rodeo
here in Katherine, so it was a busy weekend.
This year the girls and I entered quite a few
sections and managed to come
 home with a few prizes!
We entered sewing, lego, woodwork,
cakes, preserves, art work,
photography (of course), and craft.
I scored two 1st's, two 2nd's, three 3rd's
Abbi- Two 1st's, three 2nd's, two 3rd's
Emilee - One 2nd
Maddy - Two 2nd's
Chloe - One 2nd
Dave was able to fill up on
his annual show food,
which, not surprisingly,
didn't taste any better than last year!
James braved a ride on the Hurricane
with the girls, Chloe and Maddy entered
the egg toss and the thong throw.
We had a great time at the rodeo,
sitting behind the rails so close that
we were frequently showered in dirt
and on one occasion, I got covered in
horse hair as it rushed passed.
There was also the excitement
of a bucking bronc running into the rails
just next to us and bending them in!
Thankfully, this was just after Emilee and
Maddy had climbed down
 from sitting on them!
Now that the excitement is over
it's back to school and life in general.
We have been experiencing some very
cold weather (for us, anyway) so
it's on with the Ug boots and jackets.
I have uploaded a short video
of some of the action.