I’m big on making new years resolutions. In fact I get giddy with excitement every time the new year comes rolling along. I think and dream about how amazing the new year is going to be and all the great things I want to accomplish. Even since I was a teenager I would sit down and write a whole page, or three, of new years resolutions. But in the last two years I’ve begun to feel a little different. I noticed that most of the resolutions I made were way too ambitious for the season of life I’m currently in. My goals weren’t getting done and I was getting frustrated about all the things I wasn’t getting done.
This year instead of a page or two of ambitious goals I’m going to make a list of prayer points instead. I hope to take the focus off myself and my own plans and focus on God instead. Having an eternal focus, I believe, is a great start to the new year.
I’ll leave you with some photos of our Christmas photo shoot 🙂
Music is my husband Luke’s passion and one of his giftings. A ministry of serving the elderly with music has been on Luke’s heart for a long time now.
It helps that Luke also works in aged care and knows the ins and outs of nursing homes. I think this generation has somewhat lost the respect for the elderly that it used in past generations. The elderly in the nursing homes are someone’s mum or dad or someone’s brother, sister, auntie or uncle. They are people just like you and me, only in an aged body. We are all going to age. No matter how much we diet and exercise and use cosmetics. It is destined to happen to all of us. Ministering to the souls of the aged is a privilege and seeing the joy on the people’s faces when they see our babies and hear Luke sing is heart warming. Our family has been invited to some nursing homes for a performance and visit. First Luke sings and plays guitar for 30-60 minutes, while I sit with the children. After the show I bring the children around to meet some residents.
We have done a couple of performances and the invite has been sent around to other nursing homes and we now have a few more booked in up to Easter 2017. Our hearts desire is to have our children join Luke up on the stage eventually and one day (in the far future) me up there too singing and playing guitar. We pray our family can be a blessing to the residents of the often dull and lonely life in the nursing homes we visit. Please pray for us as I try to organise the children to come along as it is usually a huge ordeal to get everyone ready for the day, keep them quiet during the performance and travel to the location we have been invited to. Also I feel like I am specifically spiritually attacked by the enemy in the weeks leading up to a performance. When I’m down I bring everyone down, Please pray for strength and protection and a sound mind.
Here are a few snapshots from Luke’s performance last week:
Setting up – Francis loves plugging in all dad’s pedals
Setting up before the residents arrive
Arrow and Willow
Holly at the activity table
Keeping busy during the performance
Savannah is great at keeping baby Willow happy!