selah. part 1

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I’m sure this is not a new concept but being sick sucks.

It puts everything on pause.  All the things you wanted to do you can’t do.  I’ve had to postpone coffees, lunches, miss out on part of a conference and be an apology for two major events on my calendar this last week.

Though I am (hopefully) on the tail end of this cold/flu concoction, thankfully this selah period has not just been dead time.  Contemplation was had.

Selah (/ˈslə/Hebrewסֶלָה‎, also transliterated as selāh) is a word used seventy-four times in the Hebrew Bible—seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The meaning of the word is not known, though various interpretations are given below. (It should not be confused with the Hebrew word sela‘ (Hebrewסֶלַע‎) which means “rock”.) It is probably either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like “stop and listen.” Selah can also be used to indicate that there is to be a musical interlude at that point in the Psalm.[1] The Amplified Bible translates selah as “pause, and think of that.” It can also be interpreted as a form of underlining in preparation for the next paragraph.

STOP AND LISTEN

Why the flu?  Why sick now? There are probably various factors and I’m no doctor but I’m sure part of the reason is that my immune system is/was down.  Why was it down? Again a myriad of possible reasons but unfortunately, comments such as “you are doing too much”, “don’t push yourself too hard” probably get mentioned more often than it should when I share about what’s coming up in the week ahead.

Finally the body said, “enough is enough”. Down we go until we get enough rest thank you very much. *sigh*

Tried to head into work twice last week – both failed attempts and finally I had to stop and listen.  It was time to stop fighting the desire to just keep going and push through and give in to the rest that needed to take place.

And now here’s me stopping and listening to my body now and it’s saying stop – save the words for later and write the rest another time.

So here’s part 1 on the reflections gained whilst being sick.

Good night.

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who I am.

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I had a revelation this weekend.

Revelation; in Greek, the word “revelation” is the unveiling of something hidden so that it may be seen and known for what it is.

It is something I have known but something that I had lost sight of.

It is not something crazy that will change the world out there.

It is something that is internal and changes the world inside here (but once it has changed the internal world it has the potential to change the outside world).

It is not something all that extraordinary but maybe it is.

The revelation is this: Continue reading

the catch-22

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Oh dear.  Has it really been almost 6 months since I last posted? *sigh*

Somehow leisure activities and things that replenish get kicked to the bottom of the priority list when you are always feeling pressed for time.

But the catch-22 that I’ve realised lately is that if you don’t make time for replenishing activities then you eventually get to the stage where your output is more than your input and then that is the classic environment for a mental melt-down…

I’ve definitely been feeling weary lately.  And I have the pimples to prove it!  Every time I start thinking about all the things that need to get done and how little time there seems to complete it, my world starts to cave in and anxiety seems to take over.

However, what I have learnt through this valley is that it is never as bad as you think. Continue reading

back for 2015!

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Hi blogosphere!

It has been way too long.

My intention way back when was to make my big return to blogging at the start of 2015 but when I woke up on 1st January 2015, I didn’t really feel ready for the new year to start, let alone start writing about it.  There was still a huge question mark over a few areas in my life and the motivation tank seemed quite depleted.

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What a month we had…

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Well well well.

Where to start?

October turned out to be a very interesting month indeed.  I don’t know about you but each month seems to move quicker and quicker… time is sprinting towards the 31 December!

Ready for the monthly recap?? And….. GO!

  • Interview for PhD paper (not mine but helping a friend);
  • AC’s BBQ housewarming (where all the girls sat and ate and the boy cooked – nice);
  • HCF Annual Fundraising Dinner (it’s freaky singing in front of 200+ people!);
  • Sounds of the Nations Arts Gathering (so good – see details here);
  • Finished Songwriting course (and a new song!);
  • Aury’s Hens Day (hipster cafe, polaroids, games, food, other fun stuff, hooray!);
  • Suzuki piano training PDs (x 2);
  • Lunches with overseas and interstate friends (shoutouts to Joyce and Twinny);
  • A farewell at Red Hill (missing her already…);
  • A baptism (such a joyous occasion, K!)…

No wonder I’ve had more coffee than I’ve ever had in a month.

November has already had a bit of a headstart as well with 2 weddings, overnight stay at Healesville (popcorn, chocolate, movies, friends…love it all!) and a heartfelt catchup.

But really the biggest game changer has been the start of a new chapter of life.

The kind of chapter that includes late night phone calls, flowers, warm fuzzies, hugs, hand-holding and lots of message emoticons.

It all feels new and I feel like such a rookie but I’m told that’s a good thing.

Praising God for one month and one day.  Here’s to many more.

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P.S. I’ve been on WordPress for 6 years as of two days ago – how blogging time flies!

Welcome to October!

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I think I’ve settled into a monthly routine of blogging of life-recaps now.  Not my overarching preference but it does give me a deadline of sorts… I always work better with deadlines.

September was busy as expected:

  • The hair got permed (finally);
  • M&J’s engagement party (hooray!!);
  • Father’s Day and Moon Festival rolled into one;
  • Burn 24/7 (final one of it’s kind – filtering into MHOP);
  • Assisting in a Suzuki concert (I do still love classical music);
  • Serious songwriting time (assignments make you do that lol);
  • CLS Meet the Profession Dinner;
  • Caz’s baby shower (well done Baby H team!);
  • HCF Planning Afternoon;
  • R&R’s wedding (congrats guys!!);
  • 3 weeks of taking Sunday School (so blessed to be able to share and help the kids practically ‘hear from God’);
  • Read and watched Divergent (the book is much better); and
  • Our monthly Pray, Love, Care night.

Amongst all of that flurry of activity, I’ve become more disciplined with my morning quiet time with the Lord which has enabled me to do all the above.  If not, I think I would be quite run down and tired out.  There’s only so much time in a day and so much one can do with that time.

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

– Isaiah 40:31 NIV

September was also a time of getting to know people better including myself.  I was given the codes to do the Flag Page Solution (thanks dear friend!) and though most of the results were not revolutionary, it did confirm for me how I work and what brings fulfillment.

I love how there’s always something new to learn and discover each month.  I also love how there’s more sunny days ahead!

Here’s to more adventures, externally and internally.

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