Sunday, 25 June 2017

Saying "Yes" to new adventures

I've been travelling for the past 2 weeks down the east coast of Australia, down to Melbourne. I've been to 8 different towns/cities and stayed at hostels, YWAM bases, peoples homes, and with friends. It's been exciting, fun, a bit terrifying, and sometimes lonely, but I'm glad I did it. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me more confidence in doing things on God's strength. And I got to meet many cool people along the way. I said hello to some new people as well as goodbye to some old friends from my DTS and the previous DTS who just graduated. I am so grateful for friends and family, for new adventures, and for a God who loves to come on those adventures with you, to show you the world through His eyes if you only ask.

I came back to Toowoomba yesterday afternoon and will be here until tomorrow evening. Not too long, but it's been great catching up with the staff here, some of the Bella leaders, and getting my bearings before travelling to Indonesia on Tuesday morning where I'll be volunteering at an orphanage for the next month. I especially loved going to church this morning where I had the opportunity to sing up front during worship. In the service, the preacher talked about the different ways we can praise God and that all spiritual warfare starts with a foundation of praise. So true! He has already given us the weapons to fight the enemy. We just need to use them. Be it with shrill sounds (rinnah) or the 'shabach' shout. You don't have to have a good voice or know how to play an instrument to praise Him. I knew all of this already, but it was great to have a reminder. We also talked about how God goes before us, which reminded me of Psalm 139 when it says You go behind me and before me. And in Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." God has already gone before me to Indonesia and back to Canada, and is preparing good works for me there. I just need to follow after Him and walk in those good works.
walking trail in Coff's Harbour
I have a lot more I could share about my trip around Australia, but I thought I'd share it with you in pictures instead. If you want to know any details; please email or Facebook message me. Or see me. I'd love to catch up and see what you've been up to as well.
Byron Bay at the beach

at Coff's Harbour
Butterfly House in Coff's Harbour

by the bus stop in Coff's Harbour

riding by bike around Port Macquarie
at one of the 9 beaches in Port Macquarie
outside of Koala hospital
at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie
feeding time

lighthouse in Port Macquarie

lighthouse in Newcastle

at Manly beach with Rikki in Sydney
view from the Sydney Harbour bridge
the Opera House at night

the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney
at the State Library of NSW in Sydney
St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney

the National Library of Australia in Canberra
at the Old Parliament House in Canberra
Canberra just before sunset

St. Pauls Cathedral in Melbourne
Tropical house in Melbourne

Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne
at A Maze'N Things in Melbourne with Heidi

Some prayer points:
-Indonesia. For me to follow God's leading in everything there and for people I meet to have their lives changed by the power of Jesus Christ.
-for boldness in sharing the Gospel and loving on others
-for safe travels, good health, etc.
-for great quiet times during the trip and time to process as well as give out

Thanks so much for your support! I hope you have a great day and God bless!