Tuesday, March 10, 2015


So having just managed to get back into my blogging routine, I'm now off on holiday. Be back in a couple of weeks when life may return to "normal"!

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Devotional Thought : Joshua 18:3

So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you? Joshua 18:3

Following Joshua's removal of all the significant military threats to the Israelites, the tribes were to possess all the land. However the tribes were slow in taking up this responsibility. In fact "there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance" (v.2). So Joshua brings them altogether (v.1), exhorts them and organizes a plan. He sent out men to survey the land and on their return cast lots. In this way the land divisions were completed.

Joshua was not only a good military leader but also a good administrator. Sometimes in our churches the gift of administration is underrated. The more upfront gifts of preaching, teaching and worship leading are given greater prominence. People who ensure bills are paid, the building maintained and service preparations are completed, generally aren't held in high esteem. Yet these roles are important. The church is a body where everyone has a part to play.

Joshua actually empowers these tribes by getting them organised and when the gift of administration is used well, this is what happens. People are equipped because they are clear on what their tasks are and how this fits into the greater plan.

Some prefer a more spontaneous or relaxed approach to church activities and while this is good on occasions it doesn't work in the long term. We wouldn't like a boss who paid us spontaneously or only when he or she felt like it. Similarly God doesn't allow the sun to rise and set on a whim.

When we take the time to be organized God is able to increase our effectiveness.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Book Review : Swallow me, now!

This book is being featured on the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance this week. Information about the author and more details about the book can be found here.

I enjoyed, Swallow me, now! by Melissa Gijsbers. It is a children's chapter book which explores the issue of bullying from a child's perspective.

Sam returns home to Australia and feels like the 'odd one out' at school. She becomes the object of subtle bullying which becomes more overt as time goes by. Sam tries to overcome her difficulties through her own resourcefulness but finds this actually makes the situation worse. Finally things come to a head and there is a good, but not perfect, resolution, which feel realistic and leaves the reader feeling satisfied.

I thought the bullying issue was well handled and Sam responses and reactions to it were very believable. I liked the way the font changed size and there were illustrations scattered throughout. This gave visual interest to the story and broke up the blocks of print.

My only minor query was that Sam's parents were described as missionaries. This created the expectation of a Christianised solution which wasn't the case. I think it would have been better if Sam's parents were described as community aid workers for a secular organization. However this didn't distract from the story.

Overall, a good read.

Thanks to Melissa for providing a free book for review

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Blog Tour : Swallow me, Now!

This blog tour is for the children’s chapter book: Swallow Me, Now! by Melissa Gijsbers. This book is part of a blog tour organized by Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

My book review is here.

2 - 6 March 2015

is introducing

(Lilly Pilly Press, October 2014)


Melissa Gijsbers

About the Book:
All Sam wants to do is to fit in at her new school. Feeling alone, and desperately trying to find her place in the world, she concocts an AMAZING story - BUT it backfires on her, and she becomes known as the 'Evil Genius's Daughter!' Can her life get any worse?

About the Author:
Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

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