GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #86

It’s time again for our Good Morning Mondays Link Up, so welcome back and I hope you enjoy your visit.

I thought this week that I wasn’t going to have any photos for you, because I have been home nearly all week but then we have had heaps of rain and I managed to get some pictures after music lessons.

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Our no 2 daughter near the spillway of the lake in town. It didn’t overflow last year but it is now. The road is closed as well.

It has been so wet that when we did a bit of a road trip on the way home we had to turn around a couple of times because we were only in our car and we couldn’t drive through the water. Next time I’m sure we’ll take my husband’s 4WD.

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I’ve had quite a quiet week, I came down with a head cold on Monday, so I haven’t really been feeling too motivated. The last half of the week was very mild but very wet.

I have been busy knitting a jumper (pullover) for our oldest son who is 21. I was hoping to get it finished before he came home for a visit but he’s coming in a week and I don’t think I will get it done. I will just have to post it when it’s completed.  This is the first big jumper I have made and it is knitting up really nice, it’s quite exciting.

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This is the wool I am using.

Piano has been our major goal this past week and now we only have 1 week left until their exams and then we can relax a little bit. Each year I say that we are going to keep up scales and each year we don’t, now I am determined that we are going to. I am going to pray for consistency this coming year.

I got a new sour dough plant started last week and it has been happily bubbling away and I managed to make some pasta this week and pizzas. It’s great to have this going again, now I just have to remember to feed it and have an alarm on my phone to remind me.20160722_180402I am almost halfway through reading Fervent and I am starting to get my prayer strategy organised. The scripture references she gives are a great basis to get started and she puts them into  groups – husband, family and so on. I am so enjoying this book, and I would recommend it to anyone.

I have also started studying Ephesians, going through each verse and writing it down and then looking at what it means. It is amazing when you read that we were chosen before the creation of the world, just think on that for a moment.  I knew that before but sometimes you just get that extra revelation that leaves you just in awe of God’s grace and mercy.

Oh and I love the meaning of Grace – God’s unmerited favour. Wow…

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb578b1c632a0e5The Inner Views of Robin McCarter by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb578bf5015d7edHow do you study the bible? by Jo at Stop Have A Chatthmb578be02f35ad6How to Can Beets by Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

Thank you everyone for linking up. I am so blessed by the fact that there is so much variety here, from cooking to crafting to devotional, something for everyone.

This week there really isn’t much on but we do have a funeral on Monday morning. A friends mother passed away after being in hospital.

My husband’s Fathers Course isn’t on this week but we do have a music lesson on Thursday night and then again on Saturday.

That’s it for me, music practice and keeping the mud off the floors seems to be keeping me busy at the moment.

Oh the most exciting thing happening is our oldest son is coming home next weekend for a few days, so we are all looking forward to that.

Just a reminder too, of our new link up …wisdom search4Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching commenced on the 20th July, and this months topic is PRAYER.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #85

Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. Where are the weeks going we are almost though July and then the rest of the year will be on the downhill run.

We are mid winter here and it has been really cold and wet. There was even snow close by but unfortunately it didn’t suit us to go and have a play.

I had a bit of cabin fever earlier in the week and it was so wet that we decided to go and visit our son-in-law, daughter and their lovely family for the day. We had a great time as usual and I really enjoyed talking with our daughter. She cooked us a delicious lunch and we were home at a reasonable hour as well. It takes us about 2 hours to get there which isn’t too bad the only issue would be driving at night and hitting a kangaroo which can be pretty thick through that way.

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Our no 1 granddaughter doing some serious reading.

The rest of the week was school and piano practice, exams are in 2 weeks now and we have some scales to get right yet. I think the children are pretty amazing with how they can play all that they do but the scales can be a hard drag.

My husband has been continuing with his father’s course and the men involved are really going great and enjoying it. There is quite a bit of homework but they are all putting in, which makes it all the more enjoyable for my husband.

Unfortunately my husband has come down with a bad head cold and he has spent a couple days inside trying to get over it, our no 2 son isn’t too well either but that seems par for the course during winter.

Our no 1 son is going really well where he is working and will be home for a few months at the end of September. We are all looking forward to this and will value that time together. We are having some really deep and encouraging phone conversations at the moment and we are in awe of how he is maturing.

Up where he is living they all wear cowboy boots and our no 2 daughter was really keen to get some and I managed to locate some really cheap on ebay. To say she was thrilled was an understatement and she wore them around the house for a day or so. They were brand new vintage boots and look just lovely, now her brother wants some so we will have to go on the look out again.

We haven’t managed to get the fruit trees in yet, that’s a job for this coming week, when the weather was good my husband wasn’t. It is just so wet out there at the moment you should really only go out there wearing waders.

We have been talking about doing another butchering session as we are almost half way through our meat. We have about 5 pigs that are ready and I think that we will probably put them into sausages again. Sausages are great on the bbq for summer and are so easy to team with a salad and baked potato.

We might wait another few weeks before we do them though due to the wet weather. August can be really wet here too so maybe in September.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…thmb5714d7f64e929“How Artwork and a Quilt Became a Devotional Book” by Beth Willis Miller from Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningfulthmb5781dc0f7236aOut Minimalism Journey Update, An Exciting Book Giveaway, and One More Thing!!! by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb5782fc71311dfMonday of Many Blessings Link Up #21 by Our Home of Many Blessings

Thank you everyone for linking up, I hope you enjoyed looking around and I appreciate it that you take the time to stop by.

I have been studying prayer with my friend and doing this while reading Fervent. Priscilla Shirer is talking about prayer being strategic and specific and I guess that is what I have been thinking on at the moment.

We also need to realise who the battle is against, who the real enemy is and that isn’t our family or friends or people around us.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Sometimes it is so hard to really recognize who the enemy is, when are lives are so full and busy, I need to reminded so often.

Monday we have a funeral of an old friend to attend, if you remember I wrote a post ages ago about present day mothers well this the lady it was written about.

The rest of the week will be at home, we have an extra music lesson on Thursday night for our daughter and my husband has his father’s course.

Just a reminder about our new monthly link up…wisdom search4This last month’s topic was WORSHIP and what that meant to you and how you live it.

Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching will commence on the 20th July, and this months topic will be PRAYER.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all xxxx

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #84

Hi there everyone, and welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

I’ve had a quiet week at home this past week and we have been getting some school done and music practice.

My husband has been busy working when it hasn’t been too cold and wet. Most of his work is out doors and in sheds which is handy when it is raining, and it has been quite wet this past week.

He even managed to fix our car saving us around $1300. The fact that he can fix things like this is such a blessing for us because it would be difficult to scrape together that much money. God knows and has given my husband these abilities, it’s amazing really.

Apart from school I have been doing the usual household chores. Washing is hard to get dry at the moment so it is being rotated from outside into the clothes horse inside in front of the wood stove.

I’ve been darning socks, I really enjoy this job, but I think this sock below is almost past it. I was challenged to do it though!!20160708_133847Our fruit trees have arrived and are waiting to be planted. We got nectarines, peaches and apples.  Our orchard is in the front of our house in the paddock against the road. They will be a great fire break in the summer because we hope to get the cooch grass growing out there eventually and keep it mowed and green.20160708_121039At the moment my husband is trying to mound the dirt so that we can plant them, but it’s pretty wet out there. That’s a job for the coming week.

Our daughter had been busy knitting a scarf and finished it last night, she was so pleased to get it done, now to teach her how to crochet!

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Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…thmb577905c730cf2Using the Psalms to Pray by MB at John 13:35thmb569262b671775A Thrifty Week At Harvest Lane Cottage #70  by Laura
thmb5779bb7bce47bHow To Have A Leave It to Beaver Summer by Mindie at The (mis) Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl

Thank you everyone for linking up, I hope you were blessed by the variety of posts.

Well my young friend and I are now studying Prayer and I think that this is the topic I will use for our next Wednesday Wisdom Searching.

I’ve mentioned before that I have been reading Fervent and I am enjoying this book immensely. It is challenging to go through the scriptures on prayer and then you get to the one in Thessalonians that says that we should pray without ceasing.  That’s where I’m up to.

Okay this coming week is another quiet one at home, but we will have piano lessons this coming Saturday as school holidays will be finished.

What are you up to at the moment, and where is God leading you???

Just a reminder about our new monthly link up…

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This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Our new link up for Wednesday Wisdom Searching will commence on the 20th July, so stayed tuned.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #83

Hey there everyone, it’s Monday so it’s time for our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Is anyone else amazed at how quickly each week is passing??? I had a lovely week at home which was great. We achieved some school and music practice.

It was that wet and cold on Thursday that my husband stayed home and had a lego day with our son. They are building a header out of the lego they have. It’s always great when Dad is home for the day. These types of days only happen a few times a year, when it is wet and cold and when it is too hot.
20160630_105801We were lent the DVD of War Room and I think our lives have been changed. What an awesome movie and with such powerful lessons for us. So I was so excited to get these two books in the mail this week.  I have started on Fervent and I’ve read a chapter and a half and already I am enjoying it. I feel like I am sitting in the lounge room talking with this author, just amazing and so practical. 20160629_165618Saturday morning we went to town for our music lessons, even though it is school holidays here, we missed a lesson last week. We have heaps of work to do on the technical side in the next few weeks but I think we are up to the challenge.

Then we caught up with my sister-in-law who has come up from Melbourne for a few days to visit her parents. We had a lovely brunch together and she is a favourite amongst our children.

My husband is busy preparing an area for our fruit trees which are arriving this coming week. It is pretty boggy out in the paddock but he is going to raise up some beds to plant the trees in. We have 30 trees coming in all – 10 apples, 10 nectarines and 10 peaches. Within these there are 2 different varieties of each tree. Next year we will hopefully get another 30 or so and have fruiting happening over a long period of time, very exciting.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb5770429d2e6a7Modern Modesty by Jo at Finding Joy In The Everydaythmb5771691f397caThe Simple Life Ain’t Simple by April Tells All thmb5771883e4bc7c6 Reasons Why Natural Remedies Don’t Work by Jamie at The Herbal Spoon

There we are and thanks for linking up everyone, I hope you were blessed. There always seems such a variety to have a look at and that is just wonderful, thank you.

This coming week is another week at home for me – yay. We aren’t taking school holidays so we will be doing heaps of school and heaps of scales practice, which we all love (not), but we will persevere.

My husband started his men’s course last week and has been blessed by the men participating and their enthusiasm. It is so wonderful to see him reaching out to other men and using what God has taught him to help others.

We are seeing so many marriages collapsing, and when they are Christian it is even harder to watch. I guess we, like so many others are passionate about marriage and about helping others see how good it can be if you have God as the head.

I mentioned last week about a younger friend and I going through scripture together. We do this over text messaging but I am so blessed by it. I feel that finally God has brought a younger woman for me to share my heart with. This young woman is so amazing and challenges me each week to dig deeper into scripture to really see what it means. God’s word is so exciting and full of some many nuggets of wisdom.

Our children have really enjoyed watching War Room also, so this week I bought them both journals and we are encouraging them to write down their prayers each day. It is so exciting.

I have finished the cardigan I made for our 2nd granddaughter so I am going to start working on one for our no 1 son who is away working at the moment. I am half way through the back but it is in 14 ply so it won’t take too long.

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We are blessed with how this young man is growing in the Lord while he is away. Each day is a challenge for him to delve deeper into what God is saying to him.  We are having some amazing late night conversations with him and are growing even closer together.

So what has God been challenging you with lately???

Also a reminder about our new monthly link up…wisdom search4This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all xxxx


You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #82

Hi there everyone and welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

Have you had a good week??? Ours was good and cold.

The weather has really turned this past few days and it almost snowed on Thursday and that is very rare. We do get some snow on one of the mountains in the Grampians and this happens most years but for us to get it down here is amazing.

This was on the day that we headed down to the Warrnambool Eisteddfod on Thursday. We had to take it very slow on the roads as they were covered in ice. I was so glad that we were in a heated auditorium for the sessions.  It also poured with rain most of the day and at times it was hard to hear the young pianists playing.

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Here is our No 2 daughter playing one of her pieces.
Our children had a great day and received placings in all their sections. Overall the standard was very good and quite a few of the children playing were homeschooled.

Our son-in-law, daughter and their children came down for the day also and it was great to have them there. We had a lovely day and then we all spent the evening with our good friends who live down that way. They are a beautiful family and have 10 children so there are always plenty of people to play with.

It was so great to enjoy a meal together and talk the evening away. The children, including the older ones, played spoons which is a lively, and somewhat noisy game.  We came away encouraged and blessed with our time spent together.

Do you have friends that you just sit and talk about God and what He is doing in your lives??? It is a wonderful thing. I encourage you to find a friend like that.

We had to go to Warrnambool again on Friday for one final session and then we came home. Our music teacher gave us Saturday off so we got to have a sleep in and a relaxing day. We will have a lesson during the coming week sometime.

Sunday we headed back to our friends church to hear him preach on Prayer and Fasting.
20160621_170642I took the above photo from our front veranda during a break from the rain. I love seeing rainbows as it reminds me of how God keeps His promises. What a blessing.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week…thmb57671f5fd0429When You Clean The Critter Shed and Find by Mindie at The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl
thmb5766ac3c51ca4Name Above All Names — Word of Life by Beth Willis Millerthmb5766dd7cabe22 What Secrets Are You Hiding? by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you were blessed by it.

This coming week is going to be mainly spent at home. We will have a music lesson but apart from that we will be staying inside and keeping warm.

My husband is going to be running a Good to Great Father’s Course over the next 10 weeks and it starts this Thursday night, so if you have time your prayers would be appreciated for the men in the course.  There are going to be 5 of them including my husband.

Because we went to church elsewhere we swapped our soup making with another lady so we will need to make soup this week. I have to deal with some pumpkins that are starting to go rotten so if you have any advice about how you keep your pumpkins I would love to hear it.

I have a younger friend (she is 24), and she has been challenging me with scriptures and what they mean to me over the past couple of weeks. I am really enjoying this with her and digging into scriptures together.

Don’t forget about our new monthly link up…wisdom search4Remember that this is a once a month link up with a different topic each month.

This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all my dear friends xxxx


You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #81

Hi there everyone and welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

What a week!! The weather has varied between cold and sunny and wet. The first couple days of the week contained frosty mornings but lovely sunny days, although still cold. Then by the latter half of the week it was back to wet and cold.20160617_150752

I have been hibernating inside with the children as much as possible but I did manage to walk most mornings this week.  Thursday I even managed to meet our postie and have a nice chat to him. He is a family friend and I don’t often get out there at the exact time that he drives up, so it was nice to see how he is going.

My husband had his last Good to Great night on Monday and hence he graduated with the other gentlemen on Friday night. We had a lovely meal together, each of us bringing something to share. Across the 5 families there were 22 children there, and most of them have known each other for quite a while.

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My husband receiving his certificate and blessing.

We had a lovely older man who is a father, grandfather and great grandfather come and give us a short message on fatherhood and then he presented the certificates and then blessed each man. What a wonderful moment that was. We joke now that my husband has done the course he has finally made it :-). For all of us we are never going to make it until we get to Heaven but he now has some great tools to being a great father. In his children’s eyes he was already great so now he must be magnificent.

I made a new friendship with one of the wives who I hadn’t met before this course. My husband really connected with her husband so we are looking forward to getting to know them better in the coming months.

The children have been busy practicing their piano and their scales especially. They have another Eisteddfod this coming week and then their exams are at the end of July. They are both going so very well and we are very grateful to God for their giftings.

Okay so that’s about it for our quiet week at home, it was so nice. But now onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

(sorry no pics this week – I am having some internet downloading problems).

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

The Gift Cupboard by Woman Abiding

The Inner Views of Shyla Brown by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions

Thank you to all of you who stopped by and linked up, I hope you are blessed by this link up as much as I am.

This coming week is another almost home one until Thursday when the next Eisteddfod is on. The children are playing on Thursday and our son-in-law, daughter and their family are coming as well which is wonderful, our children are so excited.

Then that night we are all catching up with some friends of ours for a pizza tea. We did this last year and we had a wonderful time, we are all such great friends and it is so nice to all be together.

Friday morning our daughter is playing again so we will go down and then be home for the afternoon.

Then it’s music lessons again on Saturday morning and that is our last one for this term, then we have two weeks holidays.

We won’t be taking the holidays this term, we will keep on schooling and we will take a break in a month or so.

Now don’t forget about our new link up…wisdom search4

Remember that this is a once a month link up with a different topic each month.

This month’s topic is WORSHIP and what that means to you and how you live it.

Also you don’t need to link up if you don’t have a post on the topic, but you can leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all dear friends xxxx

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You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

WEDNESDAY WISDOM SEARCHING #1

Welcome to Darling Downs Diaries and our new link up

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I have been wanting to start something new on this blog and I definitely wanted it to be something that God was involved in, up against gardening and cooking, which God is also involved in, but I wanted it to focus on Him.

So I decided to start another link up, come discussion forum for certain topics. At the moment the link up will run  for a month, beginning the 3rd Wednesday and that gives me time to get back to you and read your posts.

Also if you have no post to link up – I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic for the month in the comments section.

So this month’s topic is on…    WORSHIP

So picture this…

Each morning I wake at 6 am before the rest of the family. I spend an hour reading my Bible and in prayer before starting to get breakfast ready. I prepare breakfast with praise and worship songs playing on our CD player.

The children wake one at a time and always enter into the kitchen with a smile on their face and joy in their hearts – ready to face a new day doing their school and other chores.

We are in a constant state of worship as the day continues. We always focus on God and what He is doing in our lives that day. Scripture is always on my lips when I need to correct. I speak gently and calmly always.

Is that what your day is like???? Well the truth of it is mine isn’t, that above is just where I would love to be but in all reality I struggle to get out of bed on these cold mornings and I struggle to enter into a time of worship before we start the day and I struggle with my patience or lack of it with the children.

What I am really trying to work out is how we come to a place of worship in our home in amongst my own attitudes and the children’s. How do we put aside these things and the stuff around us to come close to God in our homes???

Then there is Sunday morning, that for me is another time where I question my ability to worship freely. By the time we get up and get everything done and get out of the house in time there are always frayed tempers and nerves. We are not good at going to bed early on Saturday night so that makes it even harder on Sunday morning.

We don’t even have little children, ours are old enough to get themselves ready and sorted. Sometimes it is just dealing with attitudes before we even step out the door.

We attend a liturgical church and I sometimes find this limiting in my ability to actually sit in God’s presence and worship Him and thank Him for all that He has done for me.  The service and liturgy seems to roll on and I can struggle with focus and not because of our children always, they behave really well in church, it is my mind that won’t sit still.

Now in all this I am not blaming my children or the church itself for my issues, I know that the blame lies with me and my inability to allow God to lead me to a place where I can just be with Him.

My husband had a minister tell him that the only time we worship God is on Sunday morning in Church. Now I know that isn’t true because it says in God’s word in…

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

Then I started to actually think about what does worship really mean.  The dictionary definition states:

Worship as a Noun: the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.

Verb: show reverence and adoration for a deity.

Do I adore God, do I revere Him and do I do both these things as I teach my children, wash the clothes, cook the food and clean up????

So for this month I want to explore what you think Worship is, what it means to you, how it pans out in your daily life and then especially on a Sunday morning or whenever you go to Church.

How do you deal with the issues above if they relate to you and especially any scriptures that point us in the right direction.

I am excited about this link up and where it is going to lead us and what we are going to discuss over the coming months. I look forward to getting to know you all on a deeper level and look forward to sharing my heart with you all.

May God bless our time together and our thoughts, may they always point to Him.

Blessings to you all my friends xxxx

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PS: I asked a younger friend of mine what Daily Worship means to her and here is her reply.

Daily worship for me starts I think as soon as I wake, what is my view of the day? Will I still praise God even if I don’t feel like it. Will I have my quiet time the same as usual? Am I willing to put aside me and what I want, to serve and love others? (it is good to do things for myself, but I shouldn’t get into the habit of doing it) am I living my life in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Do I give thanks in all things. Am I willing to go and follow wherever God is leading me that day. Of course there is prayer, singing, talking and just being with God it is all a part of worship. Are my thoughts and actions that of worship to God or are they for myself??? All these questions that I am constantly asking myself because I really struggle with honouring God with daily worship because of my sinful nature. The more I say yes to God the easier it is to say yes each time. Worship I think is being consistent in all that we do each day. It is not how much time or how good it was, it is having a time where you meet with God everyday and just be with him knowing that every moment spent with God is going to help you get through your busy day.

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

 

 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #80

Good Morning Mondays Link Up is back and what a great opportunity for us to come together and share for the week.

Welcome back!! How has your week been??? It has been cold and wet here this week, winter has really arrived.20160610_150330I took this photo the other day when it was bucketing down. It is so nice and cosy inside, I feel for my husband on days like this when he is working out in the cold and wet. 

On Monday we had the Hamilton Eisteddfod and our two younger children competed in the piano sections.  We were there all day and it was very enjoyable.

Both children took first and second placings and also received honourable mentions or third placings.

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The children with their awards.

No 2 daughter got 2 firsts, 2 seconds and 1 hm and no 2 son got 1 first, 4 seconds and 1 hm. They did a great job and had a great attitude as well. It was so lovely to see them and their friends be so encouraging to each other.

There were times when they were competing against their friends but not each other. Last year they competed against each other as well. We try and teach them that it is not about winning but about doing their best and being happy for someone else if they win. The adjudicator this year was great and very encouraging to the younger students. He didn’t just award places if he didn’t think they deserved it but he gave some great critiques.

We spent another couple of nights going in to see some of our other friends in the older piano and violin sections and that was great as well. It was good to see all their hard work pay off and not just in winning but their ability as well.

On Friday it was our no 2 daughter’s 11th birthday. She is such a great young lady and we love her very much.  I made her favourite tea for her and she enjoyed her creamy bacon pasta.

On Saturday her brother-in-law, older sister and their children came for lunch and the afternoon and we enjoyed a meal together.
20160611_134055Here they are at the table about to eat. The only one missing was our no 1 son who is away working at the moment.

Granddad had lots of fun with the children and gave them heaps of cuddles. 20160611_172418Not much else happened this week. My husband worked some days and I suppose I managed to get the washing done and food cooked for us all. Sometimes I get to the weekend and wonder where the week has gone.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb575493d051c78My Thoughts For June : The Role of Older Woman by Finding Joy in the Everydaythmb5755699bd1ea3Cleavers, An Herbal Remedy for You and Your Cat by Kathi at Oak Hill Homesteadthmb57548f9e4f91eLiving Fully With A Broken Heart by Michele at Living Our Days

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and link up. I hope you have been blessed by some of the other posts here and that you are getting to know each other.

NOW FOR THE BIG NEWS

Announcing a new link up….

Wednesday Wisdom Searching

Our Good Morning Mondays Link Up will remain the same this is a totally new link up.

As the name states, this link up will commence this Wednesday 15th June and at the moment, will be held each month – on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

This is a different type of link up, actually I want it to be a discussion forum where we use the comments section to talk about the topic for the month and you will also be able to link up posts that relate.

This months topic will be WORSHIP, so if you get a chance I would love to see you there. Pop back here to Darling Downs Diaries on Wednesday to see what it is all about.

I’ve got a week at home coming up and I am really looking forward to it. I am going to achieve school and piano practice, I have knitting to do and some sewing as well. I really enjoy weeks at home.

We do have my husbands graduation night from his Fathers Course on Friday night. That should be a great time and I enjoy getting together with the other wives for some fellowship.

So that’s it from me this week. I hope and pray that you are all well. As you can see from this months topic at Wednesday Wisdom Searching, I have been doing a lot of thinking about Worship and what that means and how it fits into our daily lives.

What is God talking to you about, where is He leading you – I would love to hear about it.

I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your lives.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all dear friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #79

Hey there and welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

I really don’t have that much to say this week except that I was totally worn out after our son’s 21st party last Saturday night.

So I didn’t really achieve too much this week until Saturday afternoon when my husband was at a meeting and I managed to mend 7 pairs of his work jeans and re-fitted a blazer I bought for our no 2 son at the op shop on Saturday morning.

Woo hoo what an achievement. Well I did do the washing and folding and our no 2 daughter reheated the leftovers for our meals so we didn’t even cook anything until Friday night.

No 2 daughter cooked us a stew for Friday night, and then my husband rang and said that we had been invited to friends for dinner as they had been tuna fishing and wanted to share.  So we enjoyed a beautiful meal of salads and tuna steaks and were blessed to bring home enough for 6 or 7 meals for ourselves. This fish was fresh from the sea and tasted just delicious.

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5 went fishing and they got their quota – 2 each.
Maybe I should talk about what God has put on my mind. That may be more exciting than the pigs in the vegetable garden, digging it up.

Last weekend we were blown away with this family that visited us from NSW. These are the people our son is now working for. As our No 1 daughter said, spending time together with these people and their mum was like being at a retreat.

Their mum is an awesome woman who just brings every conversation around to God and where we should be with Him.  Her husband passed away 2 years ago from a heart attack. It was unexpected and I suggest a total shock, but she speaks of how God has led her to Him when she doesn’t think she can go on.

Matthew 27:50-51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook and the rocks were split.

She talks about that because Jesus died the veil of the temple was torn so that because of his sacrifice we have the privilege to enter boldly into the throne room and live in the presence of God in the Holy Place, to surrender to Him, and all that we do is an act of worship.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

So I suppose in all that, we have been doing a lot of talk about walking the walk of our faith. Being a christian isn’t only about Sundays it is about every day and every thing that we do.

We also started doing a bible study with our younger children – up against just reading from a devotional. We started with Psalm 1, and the first night we did one verse. My husband then broke it down and we talked about what it meant to them. This was just great and we are keen to continue on with this each night when we can.

We need to encourage our children to read God’s word not just hear it on a Sunday but to actually immerse themselves into it each day of the week.

How do you encourage your children to read the Bible???

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…
thmb574c327f10d16 National Geographic for Kids – Tigers Book Giveaway! by Our Home of Many Blessings
thmb574d0352cb962Cooking Orange Rolls With Grandchildren by Grandma Ideasthmb574c6d6c2af08We Will Always Remember by Sharon Sharing God

Thank you for stopping by and linking up you are all such a blessing to me.

Okay onto the coming week…

Monday is the Eisteddfod and we will be in there all day. The children are in the morning, afternoon and then the evening session. They are excited and nervous at the same time but I think they are really looking forward to it.

We have talked about how we need to encourage others and if they don’t win they should be happy for those who do, because everyone has worked hard on their pieces to get them right. Our children are very gracious and this is such a blessing. Mind you they don’t mind winning either and this Eisteddfod comes with a $20 cash prize for each win, so that encourages them to do their best as well.

After Monday we will go back to the Eisteddfod on Tuesday night to see some older friends play. It is always good for the younger ones to see how the older ones perform.

Then the rest of the week is back to normal, school and cleaning and cooking. We now focus on music exams and scales – the children are so excited about getting back into their scales ;-).

What is God talking to you about, where is He leading you – I would love to hear about it.

I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your lives.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all dear friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #78

Hey there everyone and welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

What a great weekend we had celebrating our no 1 son’s 21st birthday.

First of all though we celebrated our no 2 granddaughters 2nd birthday. She just so enjoyed getting to blow her candles out and it was a great time with her dad and mum and her other grandparents, great grandparents and her aunts and uncles. It is so wonderful when family come together to celebrate like this.

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Our No 1 son was home all week which was such a blessing. We miss him so much and we are so happy to be able to spend some quality time with him. He is such a great young man and we are both so honoured to be able to call him our son, he is a special gift from God that is for sure.

Our son-in-law and daughter and their children came down on Thursday night to help us get ready for the party. They are such a help to us and we wouldn’t have achieved everything if it wasn’t for them.

We then had a friend and her 3 youngest sons stay on Friday and Saturday night. This friend is the mother to the young people that our son now works with. She is such an inspiration and encouragement to us and she shares her heart so openly and challenges us in our walk with the Lord.

After cooking the pig on the spit on Friday we sat around the lamb on the spit on Friday night. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and singing. There were accordians and a guitar and some lovely voices, it was great fun.

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My husband and our no 1 son enjoying the warmth on a cold night.

By lunch time on Saturday the young people that he works with turned up and we had another 8 to feed for lunch. I had made a big batch of vegetable soup which we all devoured and it warmed us up nicely.

They are such a wonderful bunch of young people and we are so pleased that our son is working with them in a Godly environment. They challenge each other to keep their eyes fixed on God in all that they do.

By 4 pm most everybody had turned up and they had started the clay bird shoot by then. Most everybody got to have a go and I hit one of the clays first off but my aim when down hill after that. I really enjoy this sport and it is a lot of fun.

We had the roast pork and lamb for tea which was accompanied with scallop potatoes and various salads. For desert we had pavlovas, mini cheesecakes, a most delicious trifle and cake. There was enough left over to feed us all on Sunday lunch and a few more meals this coming week. I like leftovers!!!

Our no 1 daughter made her brother a birthday cake and it was just wonderful.20160528_192740If you look closely, you will see a very bogged 4wd ute and a caricature of our son shooting. She had even put on trick candles that wouldn’t be blown out – the young children had great fun with this.

The speeches were just lovely and those that spoke talked about our son’s soft heart and caring and generous nature. His friends told of his commitment to them and his sense of humour.

After nearly everyone had left, we brought out the instruments again and had another praise and worship session. It was so encouraging to see the young people openly worshiping God around the campfire.

So all in all a wonderful night was had by all.  We went to bed at about 1 am but some of the others didn’t get there until after 3 am.

Our no 1 son left with all his work mates on Sunday afternoon and we probably wont see him now for at least 3 months. So this weekend was very special for us all.

On another note I finished the beanie I was knitting for our grandson and it was a perfect fit and I think he likes it.

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He is such a cutie.

Last but not least here is granddad with his granddaughters. They have a lot of fun together.20160528_102238

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb574199537b0e2Z is for Zacchaeus by Debbie at Bible Fun For Kidsthmb57421ee153fe6Educating Girls by Jo at Stop Have A Chatthmb5742d74f6ad6b (1)Making Pumpkin Seed Packets – Happy Harvest Gifts by Jes at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Thank you for stopping by and linking up, I really appreciate it.

This week we have to get the house back into order. There is only 7 days until the eisteddfod so we will be doing piano practice and school as well.

Not much else is happening this week. It is getting quite cold now and it has been raining so everything outside is a bit muddy.

I am starting on another cardigan for our other granddaughter and I need to sew some jumpers for our children.

I would love to hear how God is challenging you at the moment and what you have been up to.

I think of you all often and I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings to you all dear friends xxxx


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