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.

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Second, Third and a Day Off!

So this is my second official day of school! Excitement!? Not really, I was late for class because I miss timed the bus, and that’s not happening again if I can help it! Then after class I got called into the office and the lady was asking me if I went to orientation and saying that I hadn’t enrolled yet and wondering if I was in the right class so on and on. Which threw me for a loop because I enrolled before orientation, and I was there, and I was in the right class. What was wrong with these people, I thought, did something go wrong with the paper work!? There shouldn’t be anything wrong with it. When they stopped asking me all these questions and I was able to actually answer them, it was all cleared up. One, I was enrolled they just missed me on the list, two I was in orientation just not in the one she was in, I was in the other one (make any sense? no, I didn’t think so), three I was in the right class! So all that for no reason and they came to realize I wasn’t one of the people they were looking for.

And that was my morning. Not a very good way to start your first full week of school.

Tomorrow is the second one and I am NOT going to be late! Even if that means getting up early. Normal to me is 5:30am early is more like 4:30.

 

Now yesterday was my third day at school. A much better day, I wasn’t late and was on time all day. I talked to one of my classmates on the bus, and that was really good.

My Teacher Pav, is stern but fun all at the same time. And because we’re going through to get our certificates in Youth or community services he will be teaching Communication and Cultural diversity in this class. But, as he says, we can’t help and understand others until we know who we are and where we stand. So he will be helping us do that for the next 8 weeks. He’s also teaching my Thursday morning class. He’s just an interesting teacher, he knows a lot about psychology and we will be learning a bit about that in all his classes. A very interesting subject. I took 4 pages of notes, that tells you how interesting and how much info is being packed into my brain. It may not be a lot of notes to you but when you only take maybe 3 pages in the other classes it’s a lot of notes!

Today is my off day! Everyone is so Happy for a day off. It is a day to recoup and study before the next 3 classes (I’ve got two classes on Thursday).

I must be boring you with all this school stuff so I’ll stop now.

But one interesting fact before I go,

Did you know that there are 10 reasons why people get married?

Well there are I’ll name them for you. Now its not in exact order, and it may be put in different ways depending on the list, but yeah. Here they are:

  • to have children
  • socially acceptable (its what our society expects)
  • arranged
  • Wealth
  • financially
  • Fear of being alone
  • love
  • Attraction
  • friendship
  • for religious reasons

Back to School

<written 31 jan 2013>

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. Things have been hectic, I’ve been getting ready for school, yes school. I am now in a 9 month T.A.F.E course, I enrolled earlier this week and had orientation yesterday. I would have posted last night but I was brain fried, and that was just after orientation! I almost don’t want to think of how I’m going to be after a week of classes. My first class is this Friday, I’m looking forward to it, but I’m looking forward to Sabbath even more.

Orientation was Awesome, I’m going to like my teachers I think, and kept emphasizing that if we needed any help just ask, they said it about every 5-6 sentences. I found that really reassuring.

The people who were doing orientation were serious but with just the right amount of humor to keep our attentions. They really love what they do, and it showed when they talked about it. I didn’t talk to a lot of people, I did talk to 2 of my classmates though, and by then end of the class I wasn’t shaking with nerves anymore. The class is a mixture of age ranges, from my parents age down to mine. Many of them looking for a change of career, others just got out of high school and want to go this route.

It’s a mixture in my class, some are going for their cert IV and diplomas others are going for 2 cert IV, so because I’m going for 2 Certs I have more classes than if I was just working on the one.

I’m still not sure what kind of a job I can get when I finish this course, but TAFE helps their students find jobs and transfer into the work force. They said to treat TAFE like you would going to work not like you would School. Because its easy to blow off school but not so much work.

Posts will probably get significantly less as the weeks go on but I will try to keep the blog up as much as I can.

Joyful Thoughts

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Just as we thought

On this day

Yahushua is waiting for us to

Finally call on Him

Up there He hears us and

Listens to us even if we don’t make any sense

Tough though it may be to believe that

He listens when even

Our family and friends think of

Us as nuts and questions our sanity

Goodness coming from their

Heart they try to understand but

Try as they might no one can understand as our

Savior can.

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quick news update

Yesterday a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel-Aviv, 10 people were injured.

Israel and Hamas declared a cease fire last night after 8 days of fighting.

Forgive your enemy

I was reading in Matt chapter 4, where Yahushua talks about loving your enemy.

Here in Israel, we’ve been getting rockets everyday and more than 2 or 3, we’re talking about around 100-300 rockets a day. Some even with enough range to reach Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. That means over 3.5 million Israelis are in danger, and if one of those rockets (fajr 5) hits Tel-Aviv’s metro center, it would shut practically everything down, the economy, school system. It’s a big threat.

A recap of the 4th day of fighting

Rockets Stuck Israel: 170

Iron Dome interceptions: 57

Israeli’s wounded: 5

Strikes by the IDF: 300

Things are really ramping up. I’m feeling more anger over the injustice that the world’s throwing at Israel than being scared that I’m in a country that’s had over 600 rockets fired at it and even more are being fired.

People think that all of a sudden this just sprung up out of no where. No, this has been going on all year, Israel is just getting fed up with it and wants to put a stop to it.

Maybe its hard for you to imagine but, imagine if:

Sydney and the area around it got hit by rockets. What would you do? well you would demand war on the country that fired, immediately right? Of course it’s a logical answer.

or If Vancouver got hit, well Canada as a whole would be in an up roar, and wanting justice done.

What about LA? yeah that’s what I thought, someone hit LA and they’ve made themselves a permanent enemy of Americans all over.

But the entire southern region and two major cities in Israel, you could care less, actually you think that Israel deserves it. Because all you’ve seen are the children in Gaza that are suffering. But, what about the kids here that aren’t having much of a childhood because they’re running to a bomb shelter?

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I’ve got cousins this age, I wouldn’t want them to have to live like this always running for the nearest bomb shelter. Nor for my Uncles and Aunts to have to constantly wonder if their kids are alright after each siren.

Now back to the topic at hand. Scripture says to love your enemy as yourself and do good to those who hate you. Israel has sent help to countries that hate them, they’ve sent aid to many different places including Gaza. They sent help to Christ Church when they had their earthquake (yeah you probably forgot about what happened there). So no matter how many hate them they still reach out a hand to help people. To me that’s a good example we can follow.

I know many Christians are doing shoe box gifts this time of year (I don’t do christmas anymore but, I remember doing the shoe box thing when I was really little), what if you sent some of them to Afghanistan and Iraq. You’re thinking WHAT!? After all that they’ve done to us? Well, its not really all they’ve done to you. You’re the one in their country, destroying their homes, and many more things. The people haven’t done anything it’s the Taliban, but that’s beside the point right now.

How many children there could you bless with a simple shoe box gift. That could most likely be the only new thing they receive this year. That would be doing as Yahushua said to love your enemies as yourself. This is what Israel has done.

So before you say that Israel is nothing but, a murderer, think about what they’ve done for others that hate them, yet they don’t let that stop them. Think about what your country has done for others that hate you. America either has buddy buddies or total enemies. Have you ever sent a team over into Iraq just to help people and give them food and clothing, absolutely not! what about medical, no because you can’t stomach the thought of them getting anything like that. Well Israel did, they sent a team into Syria to do just that. Same as they’ve done for many other counties that would rather see them at the end of a rifle dead, than living and helping them.

That’s loving your enemies. That’s doing the right thing.

Support Israel, don’t let them fight on their own.

The right of self-defense

As you’re probably heard on the news the last couple of days. Many rockets have been fired into Israel, and surprisingly people are saying that Israel’s wrong to respond.

Just in the last few hours 4 rockets fired from Gaza struck Ashdod. One hit a house, another a car, a third hit near a kindergarten, and one in an open area. Yesterday a rocket hit near Jerusalem, and another near Tel-Aviv.

Seriously people all you can think of is Gaza!? Look at Gaza they are not as bad off as they make themselves look. Israel has endured over 600 rockets in the last 48 hours, and you’re thinking that Israel’s wrong to retaliate?

Hamas runs into hospitals, set up their rockets and terror points, near or in playgrounds, schools, hospitals and in other places where civilians can get hurt. Israel has no other choice but to hit those areas. Where, Hamas isn’t hitting military establishments in Israel they are aiming for civilians, not the military.

Israel has lived through terror all of its just over 62 years of existence. Most of us would have run with our tail between our legs but, the people here have stuck it out. They know that this is the promised land, the land that was promised to our forefathers and they won’t let it go. Because as the Bible says it is our inheritance, just as we are His inheritance. We shouldn’t forsake it, just as He has not forsaken us.

Defeat terror.

                      Stand with Israel.

                                                  Stand with His people.

Goodbye

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Here today gone tomorrow

Life is but a moment

Living but a memory

 

Bringing joy where ever you go

Leaving behind a lasting glow

 

We will miss you

But, we know that its time

For you to go home

 

We will see you one day

Free of sorrow

Free of pain

 

How hard it is

To let you go

But, we know

You will be safe

In the arms of our Creator

 

No longer is that ever ready smile

Made to brighten a persons day here

Only a lasting glow

Of memories treasured

In our hearts

           Forever

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This morning my family got some very sad news. We are all still trying to process it right now.

As I wrote in a past blog post that we went down to Samaria, to see some friends who were with the Waller group picking grapes. We hadn’t seen them in around 2 years, and the wife of the family was dealing with breast cancer.

We’ve known their family since I was around 11 or 12. Their son and daughter were good friends to my brother and I, their whole family was like a second family to us. The wife was a second mom to me, and her 4 children like extended siblings, her husband was like an uncle.

So when we went down we knew it might be the last time we saw her. Little did we know how true that was. We got an email this morning saying that she died yesterday.

It hasn’t totally hit us yet, I‘m still coming to terms that she’s actually gone. She was always a strong woman. Always so happy and willing to look at the bright side. I’m glad she is in no more pain now. But, its still hard, I know its harder for her family.

I can’t believe she’s gone!

Father Yah: I pray that you would help us all as we grieve her death, and that you would be especially with her family.