It’s ok … 

What a week, fortnight really! It’s gone past at the speed of light- so quick I never wrote last week. Honestly, the temptation is there to skip another week. But we all know how that goes. One turns to two and two turns to 3 years. Well, slight exaggeration but only slight😉

Photo Cred: Calveryfw

I really wanted to leave you with something earth shattering, life changing, history making but I’ve got nothing. 

Photo Cred:sacredmargins

That’s the truth of it really- it’s not so much the big ‘wow’ days that make your life remarkable but the way you do the day after day, through the good, bad, triumphant, and devastating. In the days that follow sleepless nights and diets blowouts. 

So I just want to say ‘you’re going great!, don’t give up and don’t allow circumstances and other people actions determine your character and your responses. After all great character is forged in the muck of life. Unfortunately, it’s in the testing that what lies beneath is revealed. 

Today- what lies beneath is a very tired 😴 girl longing to sleep through the night, walk without crutches and honor her God will her response to all that 2017 is throwing at her. 


What’s your 2017 revealing



Mine- glad you asked 😉. It’s revealing, yet again, that God is always at work, even when things don’t go to plan, when the unexpected becomes reality. That He’s faithful and good, even then things try to scream otherwise. I take it this way- if I wake up breathing again, this new day- I’ve been given had a purpose; and so do I – in it. Not only that, yesterdays stuff doesn’t have to ruin today’s. Sure there might be some stuff and junk to work through, but don’t allow yesterday to ruin your tomorrow- that’s how life is stolen. 
So breathe on …..have a fabulous day! If needed, in spite of what is going on. Cause- life’s worth living and I plan on enjoying it! Hope you do too. 

That’s all from me …. 👋🏻

…we’ve got this 

Love this!

So often we can go through the grind of life; feeling that we’re barely keeping our heads above water. It never even crosses our mind, that we might also be inspiring people around us with how you handle the in’s, out’s, up’s, down’s, mysteries and adventures which each day unfolds. 

When you read the quote above, you may have thought – “Be Strong”- how? You’ve no idea, what’s life’s unfolding. Yep, correct! I don’t! 

But, I know that “strong” doesn’t mean that that you’re superman or superwoman- it means that when things knock you down, you get back up. Whether it takes 5 minutes or 5 years. The determining factor  for strength is not in denying that life has ebb and flow, but the attitude to which you face the challenge and trials of life.

  As I have often said this year-“God, we’ve got this, well I don’t know that I do. God you got this, and that’s all I need“.  So keep inspiring people and stay strong. You got this!

Until next time,

Happy Pondering 

…. granted 


This week the thinking space was drowned out by returning to work, part time hours after my recent knee surgery. What has amazed me over the past 6 weeks is how much we simply take for granted. 

Like having a shower, without needing a chair to sit on. Or standing up and taking a step without crutches. In fact doing pretty much anything at the moment to do with doors, steps, clothes, food, drink, walking, or sleeping 😂. A bit dramatic, but the point is; we often take for granted what we do and can do without thought, without issue.

When I was in PNG on a missions trip I remember having a moment where I was convicted of what I take for granted. In a tiny village called Medubur, we’d stayed in a hut built from a giant log that rolled in from the sea, palm leaf thatched roof and shade cloth material for windows. 


The story around this ministry hut on the beach is another story of what we can take for granted but I wanted to talk to you about the chicken. Yep, chicken 🐥 🍗 . 

You see growing up we seemed to eat a lot of chicken, compared to other meat, understandably it cost less. But, in my heart I wasn’t thankful when I saw it on the plate, instead I silently yearned for a steak. On the last day in this little beautiful village of Medubar, a chicken was walked up to the steps and presented to us before it was away to be turned into dinner. The sacrifice for this village was great because this was just one of 3 laying hens. It was their egg chook- a resource which just kept providing. They killed this animal and served it to the team as a way to honor the team and show appreciation us coming. It messed with me head then, and it still does today. 

Here I was whining in my heart in Australia when mum served chicken, yet fast forward years and I’m in PNG totally overwhelmed by the sacrifice made without murmur. 


What I took for granted was questioned by the reality in front of me – often what one is thankful for, others are not.

So today, why not grab a coffee, a pen and paper or a smart phone and write a list of all the little things your thankful for and maybe even so big ones, the things you often take for granted…. let me get you started…..

…….I’m thankful for a home with a heater (it’s winter in Melbourne), lovely soft blankets, ice packs to sooth my swollen knee, Monte Carlo biscuits to munch, wifi, someone cooking dinner 😉, transport when I’m unable to drive, someone to ask ‘is there anything you need’, literacy, clarity of thought and ……..

Until next time, Happy Pondering xx 
Photo Cred: Me 😉 in Medubar,PNG 2011 

….mountains 

I’ve not a lot to say today – shocking and unexpected I know😉. What I posted on my Facebook page in a 20 second ‘ah-huh‘ moment covers a lot of what I’ve been pondering this week. 

…..Here my moment of ‘ahhh’ …..
Never lose hope…. God is always always at work in and around your life. If you ask Him to show you what He’s doing, He’ll show you a glimpse, a sneak peak of the masterpiece He’s working. 
It was followed by this image. 


Quote Cred: inspirationalquotesmagazine.com

You’re  that masterpiece and ‘ you have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved‘. Don’t like the sound of it, me neither, and yet at other times I’m totally inspired by it. It all depends on the perspective that hour or minute is taking. This I know without doubt- God may not have caused this mountain and he certainly didn’t push me and cause me to tear my ACL (or any of the other things that are going on in life). That’s down to choices, situations and stupid tree branches played a part in the drawing me into my failed arty photo. But now I have this mountain, it’s assigned to me to overcome it with Him. 

 God does have the know how, wisdom, healing and endurance to get me up and over the mountain I face. For me it’s trusting my knee, learning to walk evenly on both legs again and bending and stretching it without thought, fear or concern. It’s going so slow in my mind, but then I remember I’m only 35 days into a year long recovery according to doctors, physiotherapy and my reading. Realistically, its barely to first base camp on what seems like Everest. 

I don’t know what your mountain is, but God will talk you thru each base camp to the very summit, if you’ll allow Him on the journey. He may not have caused the circumstances but He knows how you feel, respond and what you believe about them in the depths where no one else knows you. He see, He knows, He understands and He wants to walk His with you. 
All to often we call ‘pick me up and drop me on the other side of this‘, but I’m learning step by step, season by season that what you learn on the climb is important for the next mountain climb. There’s always another mountain 🤔


Photo Cred: Me (Queenstown NZ 2017)

Mountains aren’t always negative, think of the view from the top. You’ll see at the summit, what you never can from the valley. So walk on up, this mountain is for climbing and the view of victory from the top is going to be spectacular!!

Until next time

Happy Pondering 

Does a thought really count?

My brain has been abuzz about the notion of connection and disconnection for months. I’m still drilling into it- but here’s a small thought of the matter to chew on today.  

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So, often when we hear it’s the thought that counts! But is it the thought the counts or the action in response to the thought that counts? I mean often times we think about things, people,circumstances but if we don’t do anything about them does it really matter? Does it really count that we thought about someone, something, some situation- if the thinking was an end in itself? 🤔

I’d like to propose that the ‘though’ is the ignition switch to connection. If we don’t plug anything into it- nothing is powered. Just like when you have a phone charger and a flat battery on your phone- if you don’t plug them in together and into the electricity in the wall- you have all the elements to remain connected but you can’t because the power source is not providing power to the need.

If we have a name that is dropping into our minds time and time and time again and we don’t act – we lose the opportunity to bring power to that person, situation, circumstances because we are dis-connected.

What if instead when a name kept dropping into our minds we, text them, rang them, dropped into see them, sent them a pressie. What if we asked the question? God, why does so and so keep popping into my mind? What are you asking me to do? There’s not a stock standard answer- sometimes it’s pray, sometimes it’s go around and pray with them. Sometimes it’s text an encouraging message, or a funny meme or send them flowers or their favorite treat. And any one of a billion other things 😉

In all seasons and stations of life, we need to be connected to others; and providing connection to others. Sure, it’s not always easy, but we can be positioned to reach out and respond to the direction which God gives us in loving others at anytime. 

So my challenge to myself and you, is pop actions to those thoughts that drop into your mind this week:) 

Until next time

Happy Pondering 🙂

goodness…..


Excuse my slackness and my  illegible handwritten notes 😉but this weeks been a little crazy with ACL recovery highs and lows. As I flipped thru a notebook that lives next to my recliner, I discovered this thought, from earlier in 2017.

Funny how things mean so much when you read them and write them the first time and then, so much more at a later date when your reminded of that ah-huh moment.

I’m so glad that I have seen, do see and am confident that I will see again the goodness of God; evidenced in His word, the world and my world. I love that this is not just for me, but for you too. You can see and experience His goodness- and I pray you do as this next week unfolds into various adventures. 

Until next week- happy pondering x 

Laugh…. a little 


So many funny moments. I have laughed and laughed and laughed over the last week, I’ve done some of the stupidest things. But here I am two weeks in to what should be 12 months for full recovery (as in better than ever) for my ACL knee op. I’m going to tell you that the ability to laugh in the face of circumstances is truly a gift from God. 
Lots of times that we have many reasons to sit and cry about life, what’s not working and how hard it is. But I think I’ve laughed more the last two weeks that I have in the last two years – you know that real belly laugh – just some of the stuff that is happened so so funny. 
I started a hashtag #ACLTheMusical on all my knee related Facebook posts, cause I kept having these moments where my crutches reminded me of The Lion King Stage Production…. here’s a picture of what I look like 🤣


And then came singing some of the songs; and you know a musical is filled with highs/ lows/ drama/laughs/ solos/ duets/ chorus numbers and intermission and that’s exactly what life feels like at the moment. I love going to see a stage show. And whilst I don’t have a full musical score 🎼 written for life; ACL The Musical is a mainly upbeat & energetic (besides all the naps) production, playing out now to a small Melbourne based audience. 

In all seriousness, a musical always has an underlying theme, storyline, message and mine under lying theme is this- ‘God, we got this. Well I may not, but you do- God you got this!’ And me, what’s my part as supporting actress to the lead role of God? To be cool with Him taking the lead, to be enjoy being along for the ride and to not steal His lines.

I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t auditioned for the role of ‘Miracle this knee- surgery not required’; but I see God’s hand, timing, peace, joy and love all over the role I’ve been given in this production. If He thinks it’s the right part to play at this stage of life- we’ll I’ll give it my all; until the next role of a lifetime comes along next season.

Until next time

Laugh and smile more than usual. 

…..are you happy? 


Hey all
Another Thursday has arrived. How quick do the weeks go. This week as I’m in recovery mode, I’ve had lots of time to think. What’s been going around and around in that beautiful little brain I hear you ask, simple- the same thing I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last months.

There’s quite a back story which lead me to little moment of ‘ah huh!’, but we ain’t journeying through that decade of thought today (phew- I hear you say🙃). Rather I’ll say that the questioning eventually lead me to this- I’m not responsible for making other people happy, I’m not responsible for others making decisions which lead them to states of unhappy. I’m not even guilty of being uncaring if they ask you for advice and choose another way and end up in the valleys of unhappy. 

However what I am responsible for is asking myself the question ARE YOU HAPPY and if not, asking the follow up what are you( being me for me and you for you 😉)going to do about it.
So like most things in life there’s not a simple answer, it’s all relative to circumstances, experiences, wants, desires, beliefs etc. But here’s the challenge- if you’re not happy- you are responsible for what you do about that. Do you accept unhappiness and make others around you gloomier by your sunless perspective or do you question what’s going to create an unhappy reality and do something in response to that information. 


Please hear me here- I’m talking about happy and not joy- joy is a fruit of the Spirit and overflow from the power and love of God dwelling within your life. And no joy- no fruit is not the topic I’m hitting on. But when I think about happy- I think it’s almost an unconscious result and response to what’s going on in your life (sure they are interchangeable and even overlapping but stick with me please).

You can be joyful in difficult situations but you can’t be happy in unhappy times. You can however see what can shift in your world, to move you from unhappy to happy. But to do that you might first need to have a coffee and sit for a bit with the questions we often hate- you know the ones- that get you thinking and confronting the deep things of life. 

So boil that kettle, ask those tough questions and discover where you sit on the happy meter. Then decide what your going to do about it. 
For me- I’m going to continue to ask the question, followed by the next and sit with God about what’s on my heart to do, be and see. And that plan- it makes me happy, especially to be doing it with Him
…. better go …. a songs coming on….. a bizarre medley really 🎶
Bye 👋🏻 

….hope 

Crazy… the last week has flow past and here we are again…blog time. 
So let’s just grab a few mins to chat about hope. 

All to often we can look at life and feel deflated by what we see…. drained. But hope is more than a feel good, positive thinking caption; is the expression of trust, and belief and for me- that’s based in a who not a what. My hope is found in God- I’m confident in Him.

So as we prepare for another week to fly by- actively maintain your hope. Be aware of what drains it, and counteract it with the truth and reality of God. Who He is and how He loves and adores you.

Till next week

Happy Pondering 😀

There and Back….

So not much for me to say today, I’m writing this a few days early in anticipation for not feeling like writing in a few days 😀You see I had knee surgery  yesterday and today (being the day I post my blog, not the day I’m writing it 😉) I get out of hospital. I won’t go into all the details today – maybe in a few weeks when I’ve more to report – i’ll see who I can gross out🤔


But today I wanted to acknowledge   the reason I’m here.  Yep, its this photo, of the amazing driftwood pyramid on an Inverloch beach. This is taken while I’m still figuring out if I can get up after my amazing head plant backwards into the beach. Where I heard a little something which turned out to be my ACL and Meniscus saying see-ya later, we’ve got nothing more to give you, were outta here.  In fact, my sister, threw my camera at me and said ‘while your down there, take the shot, your probably at the right angle now’ 🤣

Whilst trying to capture this photo, lead to a injury; which in the natural can only be fixed with surgery.  I was praying for a miracle, a supernatural fix, where God does what only He can.  You know – I was like ‘God, here’s your time to shine and let everyone know how great you are‘.  But here’s the thing…. He doesn’t need me to tell Him what to do or what would be the correct answer to a problem. In fact, during the 9 months-ish since this happened, He has used the process and prep for surgery to deal with some rubbish that never would have been touched on except for this process.  When I was going ‘hey, God do it this way’, He was saying “no, – girl I want to see you free from this instead”.  So here I am, in time travel mode, as I write from today forward a few days, thankful for what I might not be in a few day when I’m in pain.

So, I want to leave you with this….. God may not be doing what you think He should be doing, on your timeline, schedule or in your way; BUT He is doing something! If you’ll lean in and let Him lead you, you might discover, I’m 100% sure you will discover, it was way better than your plan and solution you had in mind.  What He is doing is good…..Just like Him.

Happy Pondering xx

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