Coolum After the Storm

As many of you may know, or may not know, depending if or if not your favorite media covered it, Queensland’s coast got hit with a storm. Not quite a cyclone, it was what they call an ex cyclone, basically a massive storm. But, even though it wasn’t a cyclone it still did damage, a lot of damage in some areas, where we were thankfully there wasn’t much damage, and where there was damage in our area it was very minimal.

Here are some photos of Coolum beach after the storm.

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The wind was pretty strong, and the waves were huge! No one was going surfing that day. We had waked along a nice sandy beach before the storm hit now it’s more rock than sand in some areas.

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Its amazing how wind and rain can change things so much, in only a couple of days or less.

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A lot of erosion happened, and where the shore line once was isn’t there anymore.

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The last picture in black and white, I think best describes the business of it that day. Not with people, but with everything else, like the wind, waves, the mixture of soil and sand, everything.

Thankfully the storm has passed and there isn’t another one coming anytime soon, so we can recoup and get things back on track, those who’s homes and businesses were damaged it will take longer. For those who lost family and friends to the storm, things won’t be the same.

I can say some good things about the storm, people who live in the country and water tanks were practically empty, their tanks are now full to over flowing! And where they were low on rain this year I think the storm made up for it.

An explanation for Traveller and Friend

My last poem, Traveller and Friend, I’ve gotten responses ranging from, what the poem was actually about to thinking that I’ve fallen in “Love”. So in clarification to the poem

1. I am not in love. No need to be concerned in that area.

2. The poem was to express my fears and concerns about the next step in life that my family is about to take. It scares me, I mean it terrifies me.

Father Yah has shown my family to settle, I won’t put in the details of that “settle”, at least not in this post. Because its almost irrelevant, its just the word “Settle” that strikes fear and hope into my heart. Weird huh?

10 years ago we sold our house, but it wasn’t until 8 years ago that we really started travelling. So for almost 1/2 my life Travelling, or at least not having any roots has been my life. And its all I know. For almost 8 years we’ve been praying for a place of our own. Over the past couple of years that prayer has increased.

It was always a distant dream that we could dream, but were forbidden to touch. At least for those years. It was a dream that gave us hope to keep going when times were tough and we wanted to give up. It was His promise to us, and one that we prayed about almost everyday and probably several times a day during the hard times.

Not many people understood, we were constantly being ridiculed and put down in different ways, because of our life style. By people who were established, and you can guess their argument was, a major part of it was because my Dad didn’t work. Well there were two reasons for that: A. we traveled there was no place for my Dad to do wood pattern making,   B. He worked full time in the ministry, he had no time to do pattern making even if it was possible.

But they weren’t the only ones to put us down. The couple that we traveled with and those really close to them, were always putting down people who had a house and didn’t live like they did, like they were wimps or something. So they could not understand our dream, nor would they help in that way.

And that’s a sore spot for me. I hate being nailed as soft. So when that was implied through out my life I went to lengths to show that I wasn’t. And its been a constant sore spot since. For me to put roots down which I have always been told (Not by my parents) is a show of softness. Even though that it has been my prayer, and dream I’ve always been afraid of it in a way that if I do get roots I’ll become soft.

I understand that this is an unfounded fear, and a silly one at that.

That’s not the only reason, just one of the major ones, another one is I don’t know how to live a life like this and its going to take awhile. With all the paper work and everything, my brother almost having emotional breakdowns everyday, the stress of finding a place to live and all these options but having no options at all, I’m starting to wonder if this is really worth it.

And with Dad saying that YHWH’s saying that settling is only for a time. Is it really worth it? Is it really worth the risk that He’ll take it all away once we get somewhere in all of this?

I know I’ll regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t take this, I realize that. And who knows what Father has planned and for how long.

But the bottom line is: Is It Really Worth It?

Trust and belief

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Father has been showing me things, that I never really thought about to this extent. For a long time, I said that I was ready for everything, He would want me to do. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been praying and reading this book series named “Revelation Special Ops” by Precarious Yates. It’s a fictional book, and isn’t 100% accurate about the end times (but who is). It gave me much to think on, such as; am I really ready for this, am I where I need to be before He sends me out to do His work?

Yes my faith is stronger than it has been for a while. But I still put Him on the side lines, and I’ve really truthfully done that for too long. I was getting back on track for a time but I once again slid back into old patterns. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things. Something else this book gave me to think on, is the characters love for the Word, to praise Him, and they prayed before they did anything. They put Him in the center of their daily lives! Something I have failed in and failed miserably in.

He has been reminding me that I need to put Him first and trust Him. I know that when things go bad, I will only have Him to look to. Yes I will have my parents, but I can’t rely on my parents relationship with Him. I need to learn now to put Him first, then everything else will follow.

I know this will not be easy, but Trust usually isn’t. But it is better to put my trust in Him, my Abba Father and His Son, my Savior, than to put it in men.

Psa 118:8  It is better to take refuge in יהוה Than to trust in man.
Psa 118:9  It is better to take refuge in יהוה Than to trust in princes.

Because when things get hard He will be with me no matter what. Even when people fall away left and right.

Psa 37:5  Commit your way to יהוה, And trust in Him, and He does it.

There are times when He tells us things and they seem impossible but If we trust in Him, He does it for us. The miracles that He’s done all these years, that are written about and that no one knows about, except those who it happened to. Why can’t He do it now, He can and He will, if we trust Him. We only need as much faith as the size of a mustard seed and we could move mountains!

<- This is a mustard seed. Imagine having faith that small and we could say (with His backup of course) to this mountain be moved to another place and it would be done!

Mat 17:20  And Yahushua said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Mat 21:21  Yahushua answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Mar 11:23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

The basis of faith is trust, because without trust we cannot have faith. It is as simple as that. The hardest part is believing/having faith, but again it comes back to trust. You cannot believe/have faith a person if you do not trust them first, right? So therefore you cannot believe until you trust.

If a friend told you to close your eyes and fall backward trusting him/her to catch you. Would you do it? Would you believe that the friend would not let you fall on your behind? If so then you trusted them enough to know that they would stay true to their word. So acting on the belief that your friend will not let you fall, you are also trusting them.

Does that make any sense to you? 

So when we trust our Abba, that means that we also believe Him.

I’m still learning, and I have a long road ahead of me, but I am looking forward to it. I Believe that He will make a way for me to do His will no matter how impossible it seems. I trust that He will be with me and shall never leave me nor forsake me.

Have a good week. And ponder on this as you go through the daily hum drum of life, during school, and at work: Do you trust our Abba Father, and His Son enough to close your eyes and trust that they will catch you, just like you would your friends?

Is Israel Safe…

Many people have asked me if Israel is safe.  Blunt simple answer is…. Yes, Israel is safe. I know that for a fact and coming here confirms it. Here in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, Jewish children run around playing with no worry of terrorist or things like that. Yes, parents and relatives keep an eye on them but they’re not like stay close, duck for cover every time you see someone that’s not a Jew or something like that. It’s not like that, girls the age of twelve go to the shuk to do the shopping, girls my age walk around the streets.

But people do take precautions for their own safety. Unless the area is completely safe they take precautions. I have seen ordinary citizens carry a gun (in clear view) around for protection, parents making sure their children stay close when out of their community. Same as many people in North America, even Australia. I must say being here is a whole lot safer than staying in the big cities of North America where at least 1-2 murders happen a day in many of them. Here, if something happens even down in Eilat we hear of it, (if you pick up the daily news paper).

I feel safe here, even with the military on the streets with guns, that just makes me feel safer because I know if something did happen, they would be right there to help. But you should always ask someone, such as a tourist information office, where should I Not go. If there are any problem areas they will tell you, and you should always ask, because maybe it wasn’t before but it is now. Just stay out of problem areas and you’re fine.

 

Today we went down to the City of David with a friend and a guy that Dad and Mom met at the Hostel here. It was good, they have done more excavations. If you ever make it to Israel, you’ve gotta make a stop to the city of David. Go through Hezekiah’s tunnel, warrens shaft, and see David’s Palace, it is just so amazing there! I also really enjoyed it this time because it’s spring/summer and the flowers are in bloom, and the city of David has beautiful flowers, so I took some time to capture the moment….

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Shabbat Shalom Everyone!!