The Good Shepherd
This is such a beautiful story I took from last week’s church newsletter when we were celebrating the feast of ” The Good Shepherd”
Last week as I passed by Coolabunia School I spied this Gigantic Koala taking pride of place near the front entrance to this cute education facility It caught my eye and I hopped out of my car with my trusty phone and snapped his picture. I thought some enterprising farmer was using this unusual idea to sell his hay. I shared the picture with not a thought of any other reason for having this giant on display.
Then we had lunch at our favourite eatery and— lo and behold we came across the same picture in the local newspaper.
Some enterprising parents and past students had constructed this eye catching fellow to draw attention to the up- and- coming celebrations in May 2016 for the school’s 125th anniversary.
it’s to be a community event with activities throughout the day which will include a hay maze, a maypole (I remember doing this as a little girl), a working machinery display, old fashioned activities such as egg and spoon race(which was fun if you didn’t drop the egg- they didn’t cook them in those days),a recorder band (horrible tinny old noise, but everyone could play one).
Education has changed but community spirit is still alive.
It looks like an event not to miss out on.
And what a great way to inform everyone that a great Australian icon EDUCATION is still alive and kicking- don’t you think?
See you there on Saturday May 25th 2016
Where Coolabunia State School, D’Aguilar Highway Coolabunia.
Congratulations to the creators. I’m sure everybody has seen it!
I would like :
No more lives torn apart,
That wars would NEVER begin….
…. and the wars raging now would cease.
And that time would heal all hearts.
Everyone would have a caring friend,
And RIGHT would always win.
And LOVE would never end.
Shut Up I’m Still Talking ( via our nephew Philip)
Thank you Santa in anticipation of a “HOPE FILLED” Christmas for myself and
everybody else on earth.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
There is no greater journey than to follow the path of my dreams, to create my destiny, to live my life fully, and experience all that life has to offer me.
I cannot choose all the experiences that will come into my life but I can choose how to handle them.
Well, after a lot of busy days I am at last finding time to blog again this week, and last week we celebrated two important times in our church season.
Last week was Ascension when Jesus said goodbye to earth and moved permanently to heaven, leaving behind his legacy of love and caring for the apostles to share with the rest of the world.
And this week is Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles to empower them with the ability to speak in different languages so that the messages God wanted to convey could be understood by everybody.
And we here are also left with the same legacy of love and caring and peace to share with those we meet in our everyday lives.
We have been lucky enough to share our home with our cousins this weekend. We have had an amazing time conversing and sharing our comings and goings and family experiences with each other.
Yesterday we attended a thanksgiving day to show generous members of our community the appreciation of the citizens in our little town for good things they have done for people in need. It was sponsored by local combined Christian Churches. We had a picnic lunch, shared some hilarious games. and some guessing competitions ( I won one of those), and children’s races. It was a really good reason to get together to celebrate.
Today we said goodbye to our visitors. We are alone again.
We have had some lovely rain, some very cold weather, some gorgeous sunshine and fluffy white clouds in our region today. We have loved warming around our beautiful fire, eating lots of hot soup and stews and enjoying the change in our climate this week.
|Sharing our toasty warm fire|
What has been good for me this week?Having our family visit with us, attending the thanksgiving picnic.
What I have been grateful for this week.
Being cared about, feeling well and having somewhere to feel warm and toasty.
God in my life
Attending church, having good and kind people in my life, daily prayer. I no longer have my little white book to read each night, so I am feeling a bit lost. Our next little book won’t come out until Advent is on it’s way, which is a long way away. I will have to find something else to fill that time.
If I am going to participate in the game of life I will need to appreciate each precious moment.
So till the next time we meet let happiness go with you as you go. And let that happiness grow…. and as it expands and grows within your heart…. pass it on. Peace be with you, C.
“Walk a little slower Daddy”, said a child
so small.” I’m following in your footsteps and
I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For I must follow you.”
I have just begun to read this book and already it has filled me with inspiration and aspiration and so simply written. This copy is from the local library ( and I can’t leave it down), and I have ordered myself a copy from Amazon ( here in Australia it is Booktopia)
I give you the quote I want to share:
Sometimes, just as life appears to be flowing your way and you are running at full steam a serious bump rises directly in your path and WHAM!
Then the next thing you know all hell has broken loose!
Have you been there too?
” There are times when I struggle to recover from a setback- a financial crisis, a lost job, loss of a loved one, a relationship breakdown- can be difficult for anyone to manage. Even a minor challenge can seem overwhelming if you are already wounded and vulnerable. If you find yourself struggling with this more than usual challenge, my recommended recovery plan is to lean with gratitude on those who care about you, be patient with your tender feelings,do your best to understand the realities versus the emotions at play, and put your faith in action.
As hard as it may seem, move forward one step at a time, day by day,knowing that there will be valuable lessons learned and strengths to be gained in each trial.
There is a certain peace to be found in knowing that there is a master plan for your life and that your value, purpose, and destiny are not determined by what happens to you , but by how you respond.”
Nick says to make internal adjustments to manage your emotions so the don’t manage you. This way you will control your own life.
Remind yourself how you have come through prior adversities and emerged wiser and stronger.
Put your faith in action externally by reaching out to others, not only to seek help and encouragement, but to give it as well.
There is healing power in both giving and receiving.
How inspiratioal is this?
From an old journal entry 12/09/08
First of all, I would like to have a friend. I don’t know that i have an actual friend. I know many people, but…. I don’t have a friend. I guess I would like a friend, and learn how to make a friend,keep a friend,be a friend. I’m not sure how often friends keep in touch. I am very good at keeping in touch with my family. The fact that they don’t keep in touch with me is neither here nor there. I won’t play that game.
Maybe if I had a friend to talk with I wouldn’t need to try so hard with my family.
I would make sure my friend knew I appreciated them , that I would be there if they needed me,. I would care about them, encourage and support them, be understanding, and patient and kind, and be the best friend I can be. I only need a friend! I guess I could say my sisters are friends. I could say that Yvonne, Jeannie and Noelene are friends. I do have friends faraway!
I was so pleasantly surprised to have a visit earlier in the year from Noelene and Len, and a birthday txt from Noelene for my birthday, which I loved. And the lovely surprise of speaking to Jeannie last year after many years of keeping in touch yearly at Christmas. To stop and reminisce sometimes brings back happy memories and sometimes sad ones. But I try to brush away the sad ones and and live where I am now – living in the moment.
Sad moments since we have lived here were saying goodbye to our neighbour, Jim who only had days to live and who was so scared of the unknown of dying. And having to say goodbye to Brady’s friend Darryl who was in the same position was pretty hard too.
Since then, I have no more friends than I had before. I have said goodbye to other friends and 4 special aunts. We are now moving into the age bracket that it’s our friends and aquaintances are leaving.
I am always busy with my garden and craft,
I still blog for positivity, motivation, inspiration,
I still write to my family, txt and email, with very little response.
I still go to church,
I still pray,
I still read,
I still work part time,
I still get to travel,
i still love to cook
I hear from my sister once a fortnight which is great,
I still make cards.
So, I get on with living. I am happy right where I am at this present moment, and life is generally okay when I keep on keeping on, and I’m generally accepting of that’s how things are.
Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could do.
Some blunders and absurdities have
crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it
serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense. Emerson