Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Always another side

"Brick wall,waterfall, girl you think you know it all;
you don't, I do, so ssphhh with your attitude"
     -In a humorous way, I'm reminded of this silly little "patty-cake" song we used to sing when I was little because of something God told me. It's funny, His since of humor sometimes. He's so personal. I love it :)

So during chapel last Friday, God showed me a picture. Just a simple picture of a brick wall. That's it, nothing special or revolutionary.
But he said "Look and think on this- there is always another side. Every single wall in the entire world has another side to it. It is never over, it's never the end. In Every single situation in life, there is always another side."
     -the other side of a tough situation- a resolution,peace, an alternative, something different.
     -the other side of pain- healing, restoration
     -the other side of death- eternity, (hopefully eternity in heaven)
     -the other side of hopelessness-hope, discovery
     -the other side of problematic society- revival, we can share the solution
     -the other side of despair- faith, joy
 There is a time and season for everything. I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3-

There is a time for everything, 

   and a season for every activity under the heavens:

  a time to be born and a time to die, 
   a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
 a time to kill and a time to heal, 
   a time to tear down and a time to build, 
 a time to weep and a time to laugh, 
   a time to mourn and a time to dance, 
 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, 
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 
 a time to search and a time to give up, 
   a time to keep and a time to throw away, 
 a time to tear and a time to mend, 
   a time to be silent and a time to speak, 
 a time to love and a time to hate, 
   a time for war and a time for peace.
See, even Solomon recognized there is another side to everything. 
Whatever you may be going through, there is another side.
Never, never give up on anything.
That's what makes me so upset about suicide... so many think it ends problems, things won't be the way they are if they just end it... but there is ALWAYS hope, ALWAYS another side to any situation,problem, or issue you may be faced with in your life. Things can and will change in due time. and there is of course, always another side to the brick wall of death- there is eternity. which way are you going to spend it? please don't take matters lightly and brush it off. Suicide is a real "wall" people contemplate, and sit at far too long. We see this massive wall, what are we doing to share the way around it? In my opinion, so much cause of suicide is hopeless people feel-the lack of faith that there is a way out of their current situation.
    There is always another side to the wall. 
    There is always another way.
Didn't mean to rant there: I just see a problem, and so deeply desire to be part of a solution to fix this "epidemic".
Maybe I'm taking Church History Tutorials too seriously when I begin to think and literally plan out ways to be part of a solution to problems that are facing not only the church as a unit,but the world's health as a whole. Maybe I am, or maybe He's taking me on the path of something that has the potential to be picked up,given life to, and taken action with. 
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."-Romans 8:28.

So what if on the other side of my brick wall is a waterfall? I can't begin to know it all, even if I think I do sometimes. I don't, He does, so sphhh goes my attitude and mindset in replacement for His. 

Tea time=Jesus Time

One of my favorite habits is having a ridiculous amount of tea every day. It's the equivalent of my sanity.
A couple cups every morning, afternoon, and before I sleep seems to be about the normal. I think my favorite part about this is not even revolving around the drink, but having the opportunity to just hold the cup,take in the warm as it heats my hands and soothes my throat, and stop for a moment... ah, what a blessed moment in life when you have the opportunity to just stop...just pause for a moment...selah.

It has been an insanely ridiculously crazy week. Life is such a roller coaster of highs and lows.
               Really highs, and really lows.
First, I find that I'm going to be an aunt in May!!!!
I couldn't be happier! well sort of... I told Emily not to get pregnant while I'm gone and she gets pregnant as soon as I'm gone! punk. haha, but really, I'm SOO excited! Emily and Ty will be great parents and I can't wait to be Aunt Kate! I'm going to get tons of "Mum" things while they're at my accessibility here down under ;)
Then! I get an email from Lee University (one of the few colleges I applied to for Fall 2012), the one that I have mainly wanted to go to for a few years now, but didn't think I'd be able to because of expenses. The email said that they had revised my application and offered me a full ride!! this is such a blessing and answered prayer, because my prayer about this college was "God, if this is where you want me to go, you will provide the way to be able to go there". He so did, and is so good!

Low side-Not feeling so well here lately-idk what's up with that. but it's not fun. But, I will be healed and feeling better-In Jesus' Name. and also=Bed bugs.yes, full fledged bed bugs.they are gone now, but it has been a not fun beginning of the week, I tell you. They were just in mine and Rooney's room,thankfully not the entire flat! but still- that's ZERO fun. Threw out all of our mattresses, had to clean as much as humanly possible, wash&dry (in hot, hot heat,mind you) literally every item Rooney and I own that has a bit of fabric on it. (oh btw- I found some pillows EXPLODE in the washing machine...who knew.) sooo that's been heaps of fun. BUT- The laundry is finished, and God has been good to me.  blessing #1:Two friends offered  mattresses! So by Friday, Rooney and I both will have beds to sleep on again! blessing #2:Good friends that just cook me lunch or dinner when I am busy and don't have time or energy to do it myself! sooo nice on weeks like this! blessing #3-another friend gave me pillows!including a body pillow!(if you know me, you know these are one of my favorite things in the world!)! Things may be challenging sometimes, but it's in the times where you can't help anything on your own, that you see God come through on your behalf. And also when you get to see how much people care and how awesome your friends are :) so thank you, everyone!

perspective, perspective. I have a lovely flat in Sydney, Australia, with a fantastic view of the city, a place to lay my head, food in the cabinets, great friends, church, and family.
God is good, all the time.
So as I sit here on my mattress, drinking my cuppa (thats aussie for cup of tea, or cup of coffee),- black tea with one dash of milk, and a tad of sugar, I breathe it in, am reminded to keep perspective and know that God is good, all the time. Selah.