“The Son (Jesus) reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like. He holds everything together with His powerful word. When the Son made people clean from their sins, He sat down at the right side of God, the Great One in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3
I quite like cliffs (At the disgust of Eric).
Disclaimer: There is a hidden ledge under my feet in the above picture at Yosemite National Park. Eric was in the background freaking out…
There’s just something about standing at the top of a sheer cliff, hundreds of meters above the valley below. The exhilaration. The freedom. The ironic peace. The tiny bit of fear that sneaks out. The feeling of feeling oh so small and realising just how big God is.
Sometimes in life God leads us to a symbolic cliff or as Martin Luther King Jr explains it:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
I have never felt so many conflicting emotions as I have since we have gone into music ministry full-time at the beginning of 2013.
Peace. A peace that comes straight from God. That He is looking out for us and that we are doing His will.
Fear. That snakes ups within and chokes my throat with societal expectations of a stable fortnightly wage, mortgage, superannuation and the list goes on of things that I don’t have.
Joy. One that comes while sharing the message of hope, love and grace found in the gospel of Jesus Christ through singing music that touched my heart from the moment it was written.
Worry. A worry of whether we are doing God’s will.
Desire. Beyond anything wanting to do God’s will in our lives.
Happiness. Loving spending so much extra time with my best friend and husband while ministering, singing and working together.
Surrealism. From all the testimonies that we have heard of how God has used the music He has given to us in the lives of others.
What does all this mean? We are on a journey.
A journey that is continually exercising that muscle of faith.
A journey to follow God where ever He leads.
A journey to continually be the instrument in God’s hands.
Please pray for us as we continue to step out in faith.
Stepping into a new week in the second month of 2014, I’m already amazed by what God has done for us this year. But why should I be amazed? Surprised? Is it my lack of faith and trust that is constantly surprised by the moments of Jesus’ providence? He is always there. He has always loved and cared. It is I who turns away, be it momentarily, from the One who is my Sacrifice, High Priest and King. Trusting rather in my worry, rather than His strength.
Jesus. The Creator of all things made, loved us to the point of death from the beginning of the world. Put into words an intricate weave of symbols that pointed towards the promise of a saviour. Put into action a plan that shocked to the core the angels of heaven. The Son of God set Himself down as ONE offering for us all. That we would have the choice of Grace.
So, I sit here amazed, thankful and at peace.
Such a beautiful country full of mountains, volcanoes, black sand, stunning seascapes, and rolling fields. Our first music ministry tour of New Zealand did not disappoint.
Bursting Thanks. Utter Peace. Pure Exhaustion. Talked Out. Totally Amazed.
Just a few of the emotions that swept through us as we ended our most packed music ministry tour to date. 12 music ministry events in 2 1/2 weeks. 11 of those in just 9 days! Yet, this tour wasn’t even thought of three short months ago.5am wake ups on tour are more normal than we wish.
New Zealand. It’s just across the ditch. It was something we had dreamed of, but couldn’t see it happening. But after a surprise email, an invitation and a lot of prayer we began to plan for this tour just two months out. This is relatively close to plan a tour in another country… at least we have never done it this close before. Yet, we believed that God had opened the doors for this tour and that He would provide. And He did. We thought, “It would be great if we were to get at least 6 music events… maybe 8, but even that’s a dream because it was so late.” But we prayed and God provided 12!
Here are just a few moments from the New Zealand tour:House concert in Tauranga. Staff worship at Bethlehem College. Music-sermon at Palmerston North Central SDA Church. Gospel through Word & Song Concert at Royal Oak SDA Church. Photo Credit: Erle Harris The Gospel through Word & Song at Discovery Christian Centre. Preparing for our lunch-time set at Cafe Agora.
We have been so amazed by the hospitality, support and encouragement shown to us on this tour. We loved every host, church, school, café and home. We loved hearing the multiple testimonies of God’s presence and interaction in the lives of those who came to our concerts, and seeing God move on people’s hearts during a song, a story or while speaking about the gospel.
Thank you New Zealanders for a tour to remember! We pray we will be back soon!
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A surprise arrived on our doorstep today! Matt & Josie Minikus have been working on a live concert CD… http://t.co/h4Yi4GKv4s
"The Son (Jesus) reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like. He holds everything… http://t.co/2TxypfQ9tT
Why! When we're in the Nth hemisphere, friends get married in the Sth. And when we're in the Sth hemisphere they get married in the Nth. :(