Our family took an 11-day trip to Syndey. It was a wonderful time of family bonding. For me, I saw how the children rose to the occasion and took on responsibilities for this holiday.
I give thanks for many things…
-God kept us and our belongings safe during the trip – a couple of times, daddy found what he had lost – it was really amazing how God led him to search for them
-God provided apartments with kitchen/laundry when we needed them and just a room when we didn’t need to cook
-daddy did most of the meal preparation – and the food was delicious!
-the children, even Li-Ann, helped with the setting of the table and the dishes; Rebecca was motivated to do the plate presentation!
-we managed to get good maps that showed us how to get around and where to go
-while we generally planned a day or two ahead, God helped us get all that we wanted to do/see done
-the children all chipped in to help in whatever way possible when required to do so
-we caught up with a pastor who was previously from our church
-we saw beautiful skies, clouds of various formations, majestic mountains, tall waterfalls, green meadows, amazing landscapes, pretty flowers, interesting animals (and fed some), whales frolicking, unique Sculptures by the Sea, the must-see sights in the city etc
I was most encouraged by the two sermons we heard on the two Sabbaths. They were at different churches but the messages were similar. In fact, John was the one who noticed this. Surely God had plans for us to hear them. Both were about failures of God’s people. One was a reference to Isaiah 5 while another is on Jesus reinstating Peter in John 21.
It is comforting to know that while we sin and fail, God is a God of grace who gives second and third chances…And He is the one who personally extends that grace to us, if we would go to Him to seek His face and repent. It is certainly a good reminder for me as we begin the new year.