this helps me remember life is a beautiful thing. x
that I typically associate victory with a new job, more money, healing, success…. but I dont think thats what god meant when he calls us victorious.
Been reading the stoning of stephen in Acts 7 and the bible says:
‘Stephen, full of the holy spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of god, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honour at God’s right hand. And he told them, ‘Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at God’s right hand!’…
As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”. Falling to his knees, he shouted ‘Lord, don’t charge them with this sin.” And with that he died.’
This passage always always gets me. If that isn’t freedom, if that isn’t true victory i don’t know what is. Typically, i wouldn’t view death as victory. Particularly being stoned to death. but this story challenges that- Stephen stood in the face of death and in the midst of his stoning forgave his murderers. He died free of anger and hate for those who’s hands killed him.
Maybe we’ve taken this idea of victory and slotted it into our culture. Our world, that dictates victory by the state of our circumstances. But I think this story teaches me that God calls us victorious purely in knowing Him. That our victory is not determined by the state of our health, our bank accounts or our possessions. That real victory is found in a deep and real relationship with Christ. Despite death or hardship or failure or success, our victory is Him.
“Give me all of you.
I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work.
I want YOU! All of you!
I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out. Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—-in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.”
— C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)
growing up, my friend and i used to LOATHE leopard print and secretly tease anyone we found sporting it. then one day, she sent me a leopard print scarf as a joke..feeling lost for outfit inspiration months later, i chucked it on and it worked its way into my favourite peice of clothing. years later, we are both proud LP lovers.
this year has seen many leopard additions..
im on a blogging frenzy today. i finished work at 1pm today which was a treat and spent the afternoon sorting out optus internet issues with their indian call centre (grrr) and softning the blow stalking florence welch and her style. she has so much going on!! the voice and her style is so rad. she even makes me slightly wish for red hair, which is saying something. i feel like we could be friends if i was welsh and famous. alas, i will admire from a friendless afar.
dreamy images for a thursday afternoon…
i’ve never seen an owl in real life. i was at the sydney museum the other day and apparently we have owls in australia- lots. but ive never seen one. i really want too now after seeing them all horribly stuffed behind the glass. out of all the bird world, i think they top it in greatness. i will have to go owl hunting sometime this year i think.
mum and dad were here this weekend celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. i usually only get to see them a couple of times a year so it was wicked to show them our life here..plus it was a good excuse to surprise them with a harbour cruise. .
we had the best weather in syds. august has started out at 22 degrees so here’s hoping it sets the trend for the rest of the ‘winter’. x