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G’day and welcome. I am the ocean girl from down under. That about sums me up in a nut SHELL!
I have been on a healing and growth journey for a gazillion years and a day and a big part of that healing has come from what I call beach therapy. It is a part of my self-care routine as I swim year-round. Nature has a powerful way to remedy many ills and I mention it here with a great emphasis hoping it will generate rich conversations.
is a subject dear to my heart.
I have gone through enough rough patches which have taught me many things, especially in the realm of what was helpful and what was not. It seems that many of the tools I was using were wearing me out.
In Psalm 23, God says that HE prepares a table for us. I had to be willing to take off the table all the things I thought I needed. And so became my prayer to give me what YOU know I need and NOT what I think I want.
Ephesians 5: 2 says to continue to walk surrendered to the extravagant love of Christ.
That surrender word was not one of my favourites. Had I understood what was on the other side of my table spread, perhaps I would have cleared it long ago.
One of the first things God put on the table was self-care. Really? I wasn’t a big fan. The reason for that was two-fold. Firstly, I had a poor interpretation of the term. To me it was an excuse for pampering, it suggested weakness and my upbringing allowed no such thing. Secondly, I imagined it to mean I was to be side lined, and as a builder, I wasn't looking for any more time out.
Around that time, I was introduced to a term, ‘a loyal soldier’. (click on the link to read the story). This concept comes from post World War II Japan. The vivid metaphor of the loyal soldier resonated deeply with my personal experience. When we are young, we learn ways to protect ourselves. These defensive behaviours are likened to a loyal soldier that keeps us safe and gives us a sense of identity and purpose at an earlier stage in life. It was our way of surviving.
I saw it in my own life, especially in the area of intercession. Forever protecting, guarding and leading others to safety with little regard for me. I was exhausted and battle-worn. Finally willing to lay down my arms with an openness to beliefs and ways of thinking and acting that no longer served me.
During that time I was reminded that God does not always break-through for us. He does not always lift people out of a situation, rather he himself comes into it. He doesn't always pluck us out of the darkness, rather the darkness no longer hides from him and he becomes the light. In the midst of chaos and conflict, he becomes our peace. I named my God the God of the break-down that year.
I am thankful for all that I learned through many hard seasons. It brought me to this present state of rediscovering who I am at the core which has been both challenging and exciting.
It has since become a passion of mine to discover a BIGGER view of God as I journey with others, swapping stories and witnessing God's faithfulness in our lives. Self- care takes a bigger leap into community care and I hope in some small way you might feel looked after here.
Glad you got to know me a bit more. Perhaps you would like to say hello. You can introduce yourself here. I’ll be looking forward to catching up with you again soon.
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"O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires. Isaiah 54:11
the sapphire stone was the second stone of the high priest's breastplate and had engraved upon it the name Simeon- 'he who hears'.
thus the sapphire connection