Monday, 19 March 2018

Book Review: Walk Like a Warrior

Title: Walk Like A Warrior: Inspiring True Stories of God's Encouragement on the Trail Less-Traveled.
Author: Shara Bueler-Repka
Facts: 112 pages. Seems only available as an e-book.
Pros: I enjoyed this book because of its passionate Christian horsey adventures. The author shares of her and her husband's experiences while on the road in horse ministry as well some miracles from her younger days. Each chapter starts with a Bible verse, tells a story and ends with some lessons, making it like a devotional. The chapters are short or divided into subsections. It also has pictures of beautiful nature throughout. The writing style is good, a bit more casual without being ungrammatical and hard to read.  I think as a whole the book keeps getting better as it goes along.

Cons: To start with I thought it was strange because it wasn't talking of horses. Then I realized it was just the first section on general ministry. A couple of stories  had very few details (obviously for privacy reasons) which was hard to relate to, dry and I feel would have been better left out. On the other hand some stories had so many dates and events it was confusing. Also the layout looks a little home done. But these few things can be dealt with and wouldn't discourage me from re-reading the book.

Overall it was very enjoyable. It tells of so many miracles and answered prayers which help to strengthen your faith. The stories beautifully reflect the title; there are battles to fight and we each need to walk like warriors in God's strength.

Monday, 12 March 2018

A Tag

So Liberty, Beth and Lexah tagged me for the Liebster Award which was really nice. (Thanks heaps, everyone :) Here are my answers to the questions.

Liberty's questions:

1. What would you prefer snow or rain?
Snow. We don't get snow where we live so it is still a fun thought. 
2.Would you be able to live without technology for a whole week?
Yes. I'd just spend more time outside and probably read a few good books. 
3. Do you like cowboys?
Yeah, a bit less than cowgirls. 
4. Who is your favorite singer?
I don't really listen to many singers. I like most of Willow City's music.
5. If you could live anywhere where would you live?
This might sound way too original, but just here in our area on a farm somewhere. 
6. Hot or cold weather?
Cold weather.
7. Do you like cats?
I don't mind them, if they're friendly but not like jumping all over you kind of friendly. 
8. Do you have a dog or puppy?
No, I don't. If I were to get one I wouldn't go for a puppy because they've got crazy amounts of energy and ability to destroy stuff. 
9. What is the weather like today?
Sunny, still and just nice. 
10. What did you do when you first woke up today?
Umm. Rolled over in bed a lot of times and then got up to say goodbye to all the work-going family.  
11. How many siblings do you have? 
Two. A sister and brother! 

Beth's Questions:

1. When is your Birthday?
2. How many kids do you want to have when you get married? 
At least four but the more the merrier. I'll wait for God's plan because it is best. 
3. What is your favorite sport if you have a favorite!?
Horse riding! It is a sport. 
4. Would you rather be a beautiful horse or a small white rabbit? 
This is so hard because I love rabbits too. But because you said a white rabbit I'll be a horse. 
Hey, look at the rabbit I had. (random, I know but wasn't he cute!)

5. What is your favorite state? 
New South Wales, Australia! 
6. What is your favorite food? 
Just any food is great. I like pasta in what ever shape, lasagna, spaghetti etc. 
7. Do you like dogs?
Yeah. Most of them not all. 
8. Do you have a pet?
Yes, my horse and 2 sheep.
9. What is one your favorite places to go?
Grandma and Granddad's place! 
10. Do you want to go to college when you grow up?
No. At least not at the moment.
11. Do you wear any makeup?

Lexah's questions:

1. What did you do before writing this post?
Had breakfast.
2. What is your favorite game to play?

Squatter, an Australian farming game.
3. What book of the Bible are you reading?

4. What is your favorite thing to do in the spring?

Ride my horse...all year round favorite.
5. Do you like Brussel sprouts?

This is a great question. No, I don't.
6. What is your funniest memory of when you were younger?

I am still young. ;) I don't really know. Sorry to be so lame.
7. What is your favorite summer beverage?

Fruit juice.
8. Which do you like best: Pork, Beef, Venison or Chicken?

I'm vegan so none.
9. What's the farthest you've ever been from home?

Not sure if you're meaning solo or just location. But location probably 14 hours away in Queensland.
10. Ice Cream or Cookies?

Ice cream. Or maybe both.
11. What's the nicest thing you've heard all day?

Hmm. Everyone saying good morning. 

Now due to being tagged 3 times I'm not going to write 11 facts. Also I'm not going to tag anyone because most of you have already done this. If you haven't been tagged(Apples of Gold and Showers of Blessing?) please join the fun! Here are some questions for you to answer, put it with 11 facts about you and tag some others! 

11 Favorites for you to answer.
1. Favorite pajamas?
2. Favorite Bible story and why?
3. Favorite room of the house?
4. Favorite hair style?
5. Favorite farm animal?
6. Favorite character trait?
7. Favorite place outside?
8. Favorite post on your blog(most viewed)?
9. Favorite quote?
10. Favorite recent photo?
11. Favorite thing about your Mum? 

Until next time, 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

That One Message

You know that moment when someone else is talking and suddenly they mention something you're passionate about. Almost immediately you (or I at least) take over the conversation and go on and on about it. It is like a bright fire in your soul ever burning but only sometimes showing itself. It is a special passion given to us from God to share with others, the message we feel the world needs to hear. Well, recently I feel like my message has become clearer, so I want to share it briefly with you.
Fear it is real. Very real. It is a tactic of the Devil. In fact, I think the Devil suffers from it himself. It manifests itself in many different ways, but all have the same solution. It can be glaringly obvious or extremely subtle. I think we all go through times of fear. But how dangerous is it and what should we do to overcome it?

Fear shows a lack of faith. I found 144 verses that use the words 'fear not' but I have heard there are 365 with that message. Just one (Rev 1:17) says Fear not; I am the first and last, that covers everything. From a lack of faith fear leads directly to disobedience. Without a trust in God there is no way we can step out and do as he asks. A few biblical examples are: Isaac feared the men of Gerar would kill him for his wife so he lied about her. Uzza touch the ark of God because he feared it would tumble etc.

Now comes the alarming part, what does disobedience lead to? Death. Fear leads to death. Revelation 21:8  But the fearful... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

But wait there is a solution, His name is Jesus Christ, Lord, Savior and Redeemer! He saves from fear, because He is Love (1 John 4:8). 1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. It is thrilling. He is the answer! Hold onto Him, He will give you liberty, freedom.

From this that God is Love, perfect Love, when we fear even in little things we are not abiding in Christ. It's something I have found very personally challenging. I fear things regularly. But it is as each one of us abides in Christ that He sets us free from the chains of fear- which is death. John 10:10 ...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I have found when I am fearful I like to remember and repeat scripture it helps me focus on the Solution not the 'problem'. Here are some of my favorites. 
2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Hebrews 13:6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Proverbs 3:26  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Revelation 3:8  ...behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it...

And of course 1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

It's okay, Beautiful

Do you feel like life is hard and you're just not thriving? you're always fighting or maybe losing?
Have you ever thought about the condition of the world? I know you would have. Now see the connection. You were not made to live in a world of sin, hurt, busyness and stress. God's original plan for you was to grow up in a beautiful garden with a whole happy family. Plus He Himself wanted to spend time with you each day. If you don't quite believe me go read Genesis.

Sadly we chose to reject God's gifts, thinking He was hiding something from us. The good news is He still has all the power we need to overcome the wicked one. Free, available, waiting for you to ask. Also Jesus said He was going back to heaven to prepare you your little (or maybe big) mansion! Take courage Friend. It is not easy here on earth, but it won't last forever!

Revelation 21:1-5 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new...

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Waiting for a Horse

My reason for a blog! 
I hope and pray that I can use this little nook to bring glory to God, as I share about struggles, miracles and everything God brings my way. Here is the story of how I came to get my horse. (Who inspired me to write a blog too)

For a long time I have been horse crazy but I didn’t have a horse or many opportunities to spend time with one, it was really hard. I was discontent and thought God was pretty unfair, after all doesn’t every other girl my age have a horse or even two. But it seemed that no matter how hard I screamed in God’s ear, He said wait. Slowly God was showing me, I needed to submit and surrender all to Him. A verse which God brought to my attention was 1 Timothy 6:6  “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” I struggled with that a lot, but God gently lead me through. After I accepted that, God said, you can thank me you don’t have a horse because you are trusting my timing and know that when I give you a horse it will have been worth the wait. The Bible says “In everything give thanks”.  Then Psalm 34:7 became my favourite verse, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” During this time God opened up an opportunity to help a neighbour with her ponies. It was a big blessing to me to be able to spend time with horses regularly. And through our friendship she has taught me a lot of things. My brother also shocked me when for a present he built me a round yard! One day we were listening to a audio sermon on prayer: I was inspired to pray more and pray earnestly but contentedly about a horse. After praying one or two times, it happened! Mum told me that she was buying a friend’s horse for me. When we had stayed with this friend earlier in the year I really bonded with this horse, and cried about leaving him. His name is Maverick, and nothing’s been the same since.

So pray about your desires. Ask God for contentment; trust and wait. Throw yourself into delighting in God. And He will that’s what the verse says, will give you the desires of your heart.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Our Dominion over animals -part 4

Psalms 8:6-8 Thou madest him (man) to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

This verse is a quick refresher that we have dominion over the animals. The other thing we discussed in part one is God put the fear of man on the animals for their protection. At the same time, though, we have still been able to tame the animals since then. James 3:7 says, For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind. 

Does God care how we treat animals?

Proverbs 12:10 The righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. It is a godly thing to care for our animals. Remember the story of Balaam how his donkey stopped on the path a few times and he whipped it? God had something to say about that. Firstly God used the donkey to talk to Balaam then He sent an angel as well. Numbers 22:32-33  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: 33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. God cares about the animals He created too. There are a couple of other rules God told the Israelites. Deuteronomy 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. And it also says not to breed animals with different kinds (Leviticus 19:19). 

Animal's understanding. 
You know it is interesting what the Bible says about animal's understanding. There are some verses that seem to conflict each other, but I'm guessing as we look closer they will agree because God doesn't conflict. 

Psalms 32:9  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. To start with David says they have no understanding, but then he says they must be held by a bridle. A horse actually has to understand a bridle before it will listen. James 3:3  Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. They don't understand words without signals or cues. Still, we can get them to the stage where we can turn about their whole body. Now this is the verse I struggle with: Proverbs 26:3  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. Why the whip for the horses? I actually find donkeys much more stubborn, not that I would whip them either. For an animal that has had no pain from a whip, they can be great to give cues. But if an animal has been whipped or scared (like Maverick), they are not likely to forget that and a whip just sends them into fear mode. Going back to the verse I think we should also look at the context, the section is talking about fools and I think this verse is clear about fools. 

Now for the verse, I love but yet is so sad. Isaiah 1:3  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. I love that the Bible says about animals know who feeds them and where. I guess that is because I'm daily reminded when I step out the door in the morning something expects and depends on me! But it is so sad that we hardly give a thought to what God gives us. 


While animals are made by God and need to be treated well, humans are in His image and higher than animals. There is a trend to rescue and care for animals because they say we are equal. We are not, the Bible is clear on that, and there are many suffering people who need help. 
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
You made it to the end, I'm proud of you! I really didn't know it would go on for this long. That's the great thing about the Bible it is so deep, you can study as long as you want. I haven't included all the verses on the topic either, so you can go find others. Anyway, what did you think? Had you thought about dominion before? Did you notice my posts keep getting longer? 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Our Dominion-part 3

The last post we looked at God's dominion, this one we are going to focus more on the dominion God gave us.

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. From this verse (and others too) we know Jesus is our example. His dominion was revealing His character, so in order for us to follow His example of sharing life giving dominion, we need His character, His life. Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which also was in Christ Jesus.

Dominion over one another - the family/church structure.

I hope by now you're sure of the word dominion (as I wasn't to start with), otherwise it is kinda scary to say we use it over other people. Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. This is a general statement, so we all need to be willing to lay our ideas aside in the favor and love for another. There is more about this in 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Back to Ephesians; Paul goes into the family structure.

Ephesians 5:22-25 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

So wives are to submit to their husbands, but that doesn't mean husbands can just rule sternly. They are to love their wives. Then children come into the picture. 

Ephesians 6:1,2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Children are to obey and honour their parents' authority (dominion :). And a final thing to fathers;

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.