Hello sweet friend,
What a wonderful post this is, and what a fabulous conference it was. I love reading your blog, even though I mostly don't seem to get the time to respond. I often think of it, then get distracted ('goldfish brain') :-)
Often we are unable to see our own purpose for being somewhere or doing something in particular. Others can see it but we cannot. It was obvious to me that you were at the conference in Sydney to bless others (as you always do), and to be blessed right back in return. Eventually, we always reap what we sow.
For me, the conference was wonderful. Meeting those I have known on Facebook only, for a couple of years. It was so lovely to meet you finally, even though there wasn't a great deal of time to be together. I think next year I may need to make an appointment with you :-) This year's conference is definitely going to be one of many for me. I got so much out of it. Prior to going, I thought 'Okay, this is exciting. I shall meet so many people, and learn so many things'. Well of course both of those happened, but more importantly I felt God tugging at me and pushing me in a certain direction. Often when we are busy in our day-to-day lives we don't seem to have enough time just to be still and listen to Him (well I know I don't). This is something that I need to concentrate some more on.
God never ceases to amaze and surprise me, and I am so happy that He did surprise you. What a blessing you were to so many over the conference weekend. I am looking forward to doing it all over again next year, which by the way, will come around way too quickly :-)
Much love and blessings,
Jo'Anne xoxo :-)
Subject: Surprised By God
Hello sweet friend,
Subject: Re: Surprised By God
Hey beautiful Jo'Anne,
It was great to meet in person at last. I'm so sorry we didn't get a chance to chat properly did we? I'm glad we managed one meal together! But next time we must defnitely make more time for each other. YES! YES! YES!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it to the full and also had many wonderful God moments. May next year be even better. This is my 5th one and the best so far - because it was the first time I had such a special tryst with God.
The surprising thing sweet Jo'Anne was not that I'd be a blessing to others and be blessed at conference. I sure hope I did bless others. And I am always blessed by it. The surprising thing was that the most important reason for me to be there was not any of these things. It was simply to meet God. I've been pursuing Him hard all year and this was the climax! He met with in a very powerful way. Praise Him. And has topped me with His joy. I would not have put meeting him as the number one reason for my being there, because I can meet Him at home too. Oh but it was. Praise Him. He is a faithful loving mighty personal amazing awesom God!
You too are a great blessing to all who know you Jo'Anne. May He work above and beyond all you ask and think in the coming year.
Much love always and prayers,
Subject: Surprised byGod
I'm not surprised He surprised you my friend,you deserve every bit of it! You persevere and hope and never give up. Im so grateful for your experience of a heart filled with joy!
Gives me hope too. I think it was you who introduced me to Ps 1 as well!
And to love His word!
May God continue to bless you and your family!
Subject: Re: Surprised byGod
Hey beautiful Angie,
How lovely to hear from you. Thank you for your kind comments. May our blessed Father top you up too with His joy as you wait on Him. Yes, there's always hope for more and for His wholeness and joy in our lives as we search for it and ask for it. Matthew 7:7 :)
Glad to hear I introduced you to Psalm 1. It's been the base of my life and my dear friend Michelle gave the same Psalm to me 2 days later in my birthday wish. It was so good to have it reiterated.
Sending warm thoughts and many blessings on you and yours too.
Lots of love,
Subject: Being lukewarm
I'm always touched by your writings, (whenever I get a chance to read it). Today is one of those that touched my heart. I'm writing this from a motel room, I can clearly understand the story of the motel shower taps!! Thankfully ours is working with a bit of manoeuvre !! We drove to Melbourne to attend a family wedding and are taking a scenic drive down the coast. Oh, the creations of God! Our motel room faces a beautiful bay which reflects the Peace of God. We will be leaving in an hour's time, on a 4 hr drive back to Sydney.
One thing I know is, Jusus has captured my heart. Even if our circumstances change, our hearts are hot for Him. Rom 8:34 says that HE is permanently seated at the right hand of God interseeding for us day and night. So, whatever may change our times, He never changes and He anyway keeps us under the shadow of the Almighty! He will tug at our heart strings to keep us hot. So, for those who love and fear the Lord, when trouble or sickness tries to drag us down to lukewarmness, God will keep us hot in the love for Him.
I feel I can write more, but I think I have written the essence of it.
May Jesus always tug at our hearts and keep us hot. We will all rejoice when we see Him face to face.
Much love & hugs,
Subject: Re: Being lukewarm
How lovely to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to respond during a busy time away. Bless you. I hope you had a wonderful time in Melbourne - weddings are always exciting and seeing beautiful places on the way is refreshing isn't it?
Thank you for your beautiful testimony of our faithful God who woos us constantly to Himself - making us be piping HOT for Him. That's a beautiful promise that He is interceding for us night and day. Yes, I echo your words. May God keep us piping HOT for Him constantly and may we glorify Him through it. What a wonderful day that will be, when we see Him face to face.
Much love and hugs and many thanks,
Subject: Hot, Cold or Lukewarm
Hey Celebrity friend,
Beautiful blog and thank you for this reminder to stay Hot for the Lord in all seasons.
Also love your photos - appreciate them even more from this part of the World.
Love and blessings
Subject: Re: Hot, Cold or Lukewarm
Hello lovely lady,
So good to hear from you. Thank you for writing. God's been bringing you to mind today so have been praying special blessings on you and your beautiful family who are always hot for the Lord.
Glad you liked the photos. Hope that little grandson is doing well.
Much love as always,
Subject: Author of life
My dear friend Anu,
Thank you for another precious blog post, I really love reading your inspired writing. You have always made it very clear in all your writings about your relationship with the Lord Jesus and His being the very centre of your life. Thank you for your faithfulness in expressing your deep convictions and faith in Him, through your writing.
Yes, He is the Author and Perfector of our Faith. In Him we live and move and have our being.
Much love and every blessing to you and yours.
Subject: Re: Author of life
How lovely to hear from you and thank you for your encouraging words. You bless me my friend. Thank you so much. I'm very glad you said that I've made it clear that the Lord Jesus is in the centre of my life. Rejoicing in the hope we have as believers - one day you and I will be rejoicing before the Throne of Grace together. Won't that be awesome?
Bless you for your loving words my friend. It was balm to my heart.
Much blessing to you and your loved ones,
Lots of love,