This week I found out a few things.

Some things shocked me.

Some things grieved me.

Some things surprised me.

Some things which never crossed my mind before.

But in all these newfound pieces of knowledge, I was grateful.

Grateful for those who felt that they could share with me those things that had been kept hidden.

Grateful for the openness and at times blunt honesty with which opinions, fears or worries have been voiced.

Grateful for the opportunity to minister to my siblings in Christ :).

This is what it means to be part of a community of believers – to carry each others burdens, to walk alongside, to lift another up when they have fallen, to love even when another’s heart is hardened, to watch out for each other, to support each other through the tough times and to rejoice in the little victories and graces of everyday living.

You may have given up, but I won’t give up on you.  And neither will He.  I’m here, He’s here.  

We’ll get through this, one day at a time.  

“Let us not become weary in doing good,for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:9-10.

– Ames –

15 Reasons Why Community is Important …. {Even if You’ve Been Hurt} » A Holy Experience

15 Reasons Why Community is Important …. {Even if You’ve Been Hurt} » A Holy Experience.

1. Christ is the Body and He is Love and both can only exist in community

2. God’s people are given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5) and reconciliation begins first in our homes, down the street, in this pew, around the corner, in community — or we are ministers of misrepresentation.

12The Christian life is the compassionate, crucified, cruciformed lifeNot the comfortable life. Community is how God shapes His children into the image of Christ.

15. Every chance I have to love imperfect people is another chance to perfect His love in me. . This is a way to soar.

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays – Eat Out: Help Out Project

A new series of posts: “Feature Fridays” – I’m going to try to commit to posting something that inspires me whether it be a cause, a quote, a book, a song, a picture etc. each Friday.  I’ve also created a link from my ‘new’ blog to this one so welcome to first time readers…

One of the things I had time to reflect about during the fast was how much money I actually spend on food in any given week.  I love trying new restaurants and cafes but once I started working full-time as well, I watched my funds diminish at a more rapid pace.  I was also reading a book that made me face the reality that many people are dying of hunger everyday – 25 000 people in fact.  That’s almost a uncomprehensible number and to think that I was spending $10 for lunch each day while this is happening… I couldn’t live with that knowledge and do nothing but at the same time, I wondered about how I, as one person, could make a difference.  That’s what inspired the Eat Out: Help Out Project.

Click on the button above to learn about the concept and the purpose.  I don’t know who is going to join or even if this will ever take off but I know that I can do my part in making a difference in the lives of people other than myself and my immediate circle of friends and family.  I’ve decided that I’m going to donate my first $100 to Feed the Hungry Australia.  This was one of the first organisations that made me think that this idea was something achievable.  Their $6 = 100 meals campaign on the Australian Christian Channel has convinced me that this is something doable and something I want to get involved in.  I’m going to post food blog posts about the restaurants that I attend from now on and how much is being donated to charity each time.

I hope this encourages you to think about where you spend your money (maybe food isn’t your greatest expenditures) and who you spend it on… if the majority of it is on yourself, then perhaps it’s time to look away from self and look to helping those who could never give you anything back in return.  Let’s exchange selfishness for selflessness.

The cruelest man alive could not sit at his feast unless he sat blindfolded.

– Amy Carmichael

♥ Ames

I wouldn’t change a thing

I love them.  I really do!  I try not to talk about it too much because I don’t want to scare them off (or for them to think I’m weird) but every time I get a notification in our ‘Box’, it just brings a smile to my face :).  I feel so blessed to have ‘re-joined’ this community of believers – no questions asked but just encouragement, support and love.  I’ve only been there consistently for 10 weeks but it feels like home :).  I have the room and opportunity to continuing serving but at a capacity that I can balance alongside my other commitments… another example of God’s gracious favour :).

This is not what I had envisioned at all at the start of this year and yet, I wouldn’t change a thing… about anything.

As a side note, M shared her testimony today that was preceded by this video clip (there are mixed views about Rob Bell and everything should be filtered through the eyes of discernment, but in this particular clip, I was challenged to take a deeper look at how I go about my everyday tasks and view those around me… that’s never a bad thing):

♥ Ames