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.

Queensland 005 darken signed

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.

Queensland 014 signed

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

Queensland 027 signed

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

Queensland 042 signed

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.

Joyful Thoughts

Afula and Jerusalem 174 signed

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.

———————-

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.

Exciting News! (with a bit of sad on the side)

We are now in Jerusalem, we were in Samaria for a few days visiting friends that were working in the vineyards, with the Waller group/Ya’hovel (if I spelled that right). We also got to help out in the vineyard. Its fun but not my line of work, I also got a nasty sunburn. Its blistering right now, right on the back of my neck. Oh so, very painful!

But it was worth it… I think, but I should have stayed out of the sun yesterday! It just made it worse.

Oh and some unfortunate news, my family’s mp3 officially died today, at least its unfortunate for me, actually its sad. I’m pretty sure my parents will be glad to see me with out the ear buds on.

It’s been my way of zoning out for the last 7 months. I’ve always found it easier that way, listening to praise music, I just feel so in tuned with Him. But maybe He’s teaching me not to rely on that music and learn to praise Him with the tin flute. I won’t say with singing because it is no pleasant sound, when I do it, and besides I can’t sing while playing the tin flute, so no loss there! But the words are important I think, the music is nice but isn’t it the words, that count?

I find it hard to practice because I don’t sound good at all, and we are in a hotel so that doesn’t sound fair to the other guests. Too all the music is on my dads laptop so to get to it isn’t really an easy thing to do. I really should get going on it. I did use it for a time earlier this year but people got tired of hearing the same song over and over, because I couldn’t totally remember the other songs I was learning or they got annoying too, so I stopped. I still bring it out every once and a while but I only play the songs up to 3 times before I put it away and I don’t attempt to learn anything new because, it sounds awful when I learn new ones. So to save peoples nerves and ears I leave it alone.

I’m not upset with anyone, and if I am it would be with myself, because I don’t have the self-esteem to pull it out and believe that I can get that tube of tin to sound nice! Its in note C and most music is made for D so its harder. But He has a reason for it, and I need to learn how to play it, because I know once I learn how its going to be a blessing to me. I just need to find that courage to pull it out and risk being told to stop playing.

On a better note I got a new !!!camera!!! Dad and Mom got it for me! Yahuweh knows that I’ve been praying for one, for a long time. It’s a Sony Cybershot, with 20 optical zoom and 18.2 megapixels! It’s a compact, and has more features on it than I will ever use! On a regular basis I mean. Of course I’ll use them all one day even if it is just once. It’s AWESOME! It takes twice as good pictures as my old one!

I can’t wait to get out and use it, it even has a gourmet food setting, so I can take better pictures of food. But when do I do that? Like I said so many features, I’ve even got one of those flexible tripods! I’ve always liked them.

Its like a dream come true! It still hasn’t really hit me that I’ve actually got a new camera. I still can’t believe that its mine, that its here, and that a dream is actually coming true!

I’ve been looking at getting into photojournalism, so this will be a big step in my process of getting there.

I heard something interesting while in Samaria:

“Many times we see possibilities,

Good possibilities, but will not go for them,

Because they are not perfect,

So we dismiss these good possibilities, because they are not perfect, and end up not doing anything.

Wouldn’t it be better to tryout these possibilities and of they aren’t right, trust Father will close the door. Instead of missing out on everything, by waiting for something perfect to plop into our lap.”

Interesting perspective isn’t it. Those aren’t the exact words but as close as I can remember.

Anyway, I think that’s all for tonight. I should post another one latter on, maybe with a picture from my new camera! Ok I’m kinda giddy about the camera if you couldn’t tell.

Sukkot Memories

So we’re in Israel. We are going to be here for Sukkot! Both the Rabbinical and the New moon. They’re at different times this year.

Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles, Festival of Booths, Wedding Feast, etc.

So:

Lev 23:39  ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the fruit of the land, observe the festival of יהוה for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eighth day a rest.
Lev 23:40  ‘And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of good trees, branches of palm trees, twigs of leafy trees, and willows of the stream, and shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim for seven days.
Lev 23:41  ‘And you shall observe it as a festival to יהוה for seven days in the year – a law forever in your generations. Observe it in the seventh month.
Lev 23:42  ‘Dwell in booths for seven days; all who are native Yisra’ĕlites dwell in booths,

It’s very basic, but major.

Since 2005 we spent all our Sukkots friends in PA,

One of the memorable ones was when all us kids spent the week under the stars.

Mega size bed

We did this in 2007. And it was Awesome! A bit scary at first but totally worth it!

One night all us kids were already asleep, and well we didn’t find out until the morning that the cow and horse had gotten out and were running around everywhere last night. So, the adults said that while getting the animals back into the pasture, they also had to stand guard around us kids so we wouldn’t get trampled. We didn’t hear a word, nor did we even guess what happened. Until our parents told us.

there were 6 of us most nights and 1 or 2 nights there was about 8-10, of us out there. Boys on one side girls on the other. We didn’t have two tarps big enough, to have separate tarps.

But it was really good.

In 2009 then we went to one in Missouri. Where we met even more people.

After that one we had one in Nova Scotia. It was a great Sukkot! I missed all the people of course but it was a nice family one.

South Shore, N.S 023 This is how we cooked for 95% of the time. You like our Sukkah?

When we had to move to a different site, we tried to take it with us. The whole campground I think was laughing for a week. They said we looked like the Flintstones (you know the cartoon, I don’t think I spelt the name right but, oh well). Sorry but I don’t have a picture of it.

Sadly it didn’t last the move. But you wanna see what we did with it afterwards!?

South Shore, N.S 063

No he’s not injured, but it was only strong enough to bear his weight. So he was the Ginnea pig. We walked all around the campground with him like that. He said it was quite comfortable if he wasn’t so afraid of falling! We never dropped him.

So those are some of the most memorable sukkots that I can post about at this moment.

There’s always something memorable about them all. These have been my favorite so far though, and there’s going to be many, many more in the future.

So I’m signing off for now.

Wilderness Beauty

DSCF8957 signed and saturation

Beauty can come from the most unexpected places,

It can come from the inside,

Where not many look

It can come from a barren place,

Where not even the fields green,

 

We’ve been in the “wilderness” for a few years, and I’ve learnt that it isn’t all as bad as people put it out to be. Yes it is hard, I pray for a place to settle. A place where I can be with people who I can grow and mature with.

But for the moment, Father has me in the wilderness. Which until this point I never realized how beautiful a desert rose is. Its like a miracle, how could something so beautiful grow in such a barren place?

The answer, having Him as our caretaker, as our gardener. The flowers grow without weeds that would choke them, and the weak of heart either grow strong or fade. That may sound brutal, but its true. It’s a die or survive thing.

He can show us how to bloom, and grow, without the miracle grow stuff, which is like the quick and easy way.

So, the wilderness, yes, is a trial, and I do pray that Father will allow us to settle soon, but it isn’t as bad as people put it out to be. It can really be a place for a person to grow, for the better. Because out there He’s not going to take any baulking, its do or don’t.

It shows who’s truly in this with Him, and who’s just along for the ride.

A Place

DSCF7828 signed

Israel, where with joy comes sorrow

Where happiness is, pain is not far behind.

Israel is a place where though there is pain and suffering

There is a joy and peace not found anywhere else

Though there is crying and pain in many eyes

You can see the hope that comes

The Mothers whose sons and daughters are coming home on leave

Happy that they are coming home alive

Fathers weary after a day of work

Then remembers the family he has at home and brightens up

Children living, and growing in a country

That many hate and cannot understand why

Remembering that this is the Chosen land.

Israel, where through pain and suffering come

There is the hope that tomorrow brings

Hope that tomorrow will bring a better day.

DSCF7933 signed

It is a land……

DSCF8219 croped

Israel, is a land to remember once here.

It is a land that does not leave your heart once touched.

It is a land that brings the Bible alive in so many different ways.

It is a land that has seen suffering, more than its share.

It is a land that I shall not forget.

A land that shall be dear to my heart all my days.

A land that I shall stand with.

A land that is the core of the Bible.

This is my land.

Though I do not live here.

It is in my heart forever.

 

DSCF8228

Israeli flowers

Israel has some interesting plants. They are quite hardy for the heat they have to endure. They don’t even need to be watered frequently.

DSCF8145 I don’t know what it is called but the petals are just like tissue paper. They seem to thrive without water. And grow everywhere.

DSCF8163 These are the same flowers, only they are white.

DSCF8176 There is a cactus growing near the balcony that’s flowers are starting to bloom.

DSCF8180This is a picture of the whole plant. As you can see it has quite a few buds.

DSCF8187

It’s interesting all the different plants you can see in another country.

Shabbat Is Almost Here

Shabbat is almost HERE! I am so excited! Yesterday we walked down to the grocery store to miss the rush on Fri.

Oh I forget to mention that we left Jerusalem earlier this week and have now moved to Afula. We are staying on top of Givat Moreh. This is where Gideon 300’s stood with the midianites below. You also get a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley, which has so many stories and references to it that I won’t name them all but I will put down one.

Hos 1:11  Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

This hill/mountain has a beautiful view of the valley.DSCF7983

We aren’t even 1/2 way down to the store yet. But all the valley is full of fields below. 

DSCF7982

Now back to my original subject. The walk down took 30 min and then we took the bus back up. I now wish I had a picture of all the grocery bags we came back with but I don’t. So just imagine enough food for six people to last until Monday or Tuesday. That is how much we had to hull up.

So we took the bus. Which was fun, and Dad lost his balance about 4 times going around tight turns and once he nearly fell over if it wasn’t for the strap he was hanging onto he would have. It was a good bus ride, and I am learning the importance of when coming to Israel or any country to at least learn the numbers in their language.

Well have a beautiful Shabbat.

DSCF7954 signed  DSCF7959