Author Archives: Donna

Security Breach

Today at the airport I had to wait an extra 2 hours before catching my flight, along with hundreds of other passengers, because of a security breach. Apparently some people had slipped past security without being screened and so they stopped anyone entering while they evacuated all of the departing passengers back out of the secure area until they had made sure everything was safe and then slowly let people through.

I thought I was totally justified in feeling frustrated, but I was challenged when I read Genny’s post recently and realized that I’d had a security breach of my own.

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Getting Ready For The Wedding

Yesterday I set off for a 6 hour drive south with a friend to my old home town. I was going back for an engagement party and then flying home today. I got to catch up with a lot of friends at the party and many of them asked me “So, what are you down for?”. “THIS!” I replied, “And I’ll see you again at the wedding.” They thought I must have had something more important on my agenda than to come all that way just for an engagement.

Jesus was misunderstood in his reason for coming down to earth. The Jews thought God must be planning something very spectacular like overtaking the Romans and that Jesus would become king by force.

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It’s All In The Name

I was chuckling with a friend about a Principals Award given out last week to a little boy for “trying very hard to write his name”. And when my daughter got the award this week for “excellence in reading and writing skills” I was very proud. But I was humbled not long after when I realized that the little boys surname was Grebenshikoff! No wonder he got an award for trying to spell that!

I thought measuring up to the standards and rules was more important than a name, but it depends on the name.

Many people think that Christianity is about measuring up to the standards and rules in the Bible, but as Christians we ‘bear the name of Christ’ (1 Peter 4:16) and thats something I want to live up to.

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Don’t you know?

A friend and I were shopping on an extremely wet day at an outlet centre where the rows of shops were separated by mostly uncovered paths. It was pouring with rain and we were dreading trying to make the break between the rows. After counting to 3 we braced ourselves to be drenched and ran to the other side. We were extremely embarassed however, when we reached the other side dry because we had run across under one of the few covered walkways! About halfway across I realised our silly mistake, but my friend exclaimed how amazed she was that we didnt get wet until I pointed out the covering way above our heads.

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What Have You Done?

My mum very kindly picked me up from the airport on my first trip back home this year and needed to fill up the car at the airport service station before heading home. Because there were so many cars waiting for petrol, my mum decided to park in the only vacant petrol bay which meant the fuel tank was on the far side of the car and the pump and hose would have to reach over the back of the car in order to fill up. She has a small car so she didn’t think this would be a problem and placed the nozzle in the tank and looked at the bowser to see the cost as she proceeded to pull the lever and start filling up the car.

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How’s That For A Job Description!

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God – the gospel he promised beforehand…” Rom 1:1

Set apart for the gospel of God, that’s an awesome thought! Paul was chosen and set apart for a purpose, a plan prepared thousands of years beforehand, and he was selected to be a part of taking that good news to the world.

Isn’t it great to be a part of something bigger than you? Like being in a team who are accomplishing together, so much more than any individual can do. It was an awesome experience to be a part of the team that ran a women’s conference this year where we saw 200 ladies come and worship together, hear some great teaching and be equipped to be God’s woman in their life and community.

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Signature Walk

Recently while watching TV, I flicked on to Americas Next Top Model, which would normally not have held my interest except that the judges were commenting on the ‘walks’ of the prospective models. Apparently, the judges are supposed to be able to tell by a models walk who they are, without even seeing their face and so these up-and-coming models were told that they can’t just have a ‘good’ walk, they need to have a ‘signature’ walk.

I quickly flicked to another show but that concept kept coming back to me. As followers of Jesus, we are meant to be distinguished by our walk – by how we live.

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GPS Ponderings

Have you seen an in-car GPS (Global Positioning System) that tells you how to get from one place to another? They give directions like:
“in 50 meters turn right”
“at the second exit turn right”
“turn right now”

A friend of mine was driving through western Australia and was quite amused when her GPS said “in 200km, turn right.” Wow, 200kms of straight road! I think it would get a bit boring after a while – and possibly a tad irritating when every 20kms the GPS interrupts with “in 180km, turn right” “in 160km, turn right”.

Wouldnt it be nice though if we had a GPS for life!?

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