Before the World began

Taken from one of my favourite songs: Before the world began you were on his mind, every tear you cry is precious in his eyes.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Latest Political Compass

You are a
Social Conservative (35% permissive)and an... Economic Moderate (41% permissive)
You are best described as a: Centrist
You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.
And I am the closest to the Pope!! and I am not even Catholic>

Monday, September 19, 2005

Politics

I am rather disappointed about the result of the election so far. I suppose I have to accept that there are more people in NZ that are less concerned with the moral downhill slide of our society than I am but I think I secretly thought and believed that there were more people in NZ that felt like I did that society is deteriorating and we need to stop that in its tracks but alas obviously not. I am alarmed when I have spoken with Christians recently that were going to and did vote Labour and/or Greens. I was asked during blog conversation last week if I only think about myself when deciding about political parties that I support or whether I think about what is best for the country. I wish to declare that I care ALOT about what is best for the country and am concerned about what is best for my children and future generations. But unfortunately for those who support Helen and her buddies I care more about morals and families than I do about economics but in saying that the present government has made it extremely hard for small businesses to survive. It is honestly not worth their while to work hard and keep running cos they are so marginalised by the present govt with all its beauracracy. Yet without business where would our country be?

I have also seen first hand how the education department has completely lost the plot about what they should be focussing on instead of equipping schools and early childhood centres to have the freedom to educate and empower the students/kids in their care they just choke them with paperwork, paperwork, some paperwork, more paperwork and yeah of course even more paperwork. Beauracracy is scaring off some of our very best teachers as they are so tied down with all the stuff they have to do that they don't get to enjoy the satisfaction of watching their pupils be awed with the excitement of learning and discovering something for the very first time. The government needs to focus on the right things. These right things do not include - encouraging gay relationships, trying to get every mother into the workforce, allowing so many abortions thus affecting our reproduction rates in this country thus requiring so much immigration, breaking down the family unit by condoning and even encouraging thru benefits the breakups of families and not putting in place policies to empower families to work hard at staying together and trying to better themselves so they can provide a sustainable future for their children.

I do believe that we need to be concerned about the environment we live in but unfortunately if we focus only on this we will have a beautiful country that a) nobody can actually enjoy because noone is allowed access to it and b) there won't be any NZ families to enjoy it because they will have all left for better shores or families as a unit will no longer exist as such due to the way the current politicians would like our country to go.

So on Saturday after much soul-searching I had to think less about what was economically (although I think National is still the best option economically anyway - I don't have a problem with borrowing in the short-term to better our country in the long-term as this is what we all do everyday anyway) best for the country and more about what was morally and scriptually right for the country we love. I voted with my heart as well as with my head but my spirit won out in the end and I am disappointed that there were not more people who thought like me because I did think I was an average, normal middle-class New Zealander.

I am confident of one thing though God knew what was going to happen and his fingerprints are all over this country but sometimes he allows people to make mistakes so they will in the long run turn to him. Maybe things have to get alot worse for us to bend our knee in desperation to God and finally be prepared to listen to him. And the other thing I know is that it is obvious that we are getting closer and closer to Christ's return. And for that I can only say "PRAISE GOD"! Life here on earth is just a practice run for eternity so bring it on I say!!!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

I was very surprised to wake at 6.30 am to find the kids beside my bed declaring that it was snowing. Too tired after only 5 hours sleep the night before (was out at a 40th and then watching the election results) I promptly sent them back to bed without even looking out the window or even moving from my bed for that matter. (We have a rule in our house nobody out of bed before 6.45 am or preferably 7 am).

But half an hour later the radio came on and my hubby dragged himself from bed to discover after getting dressed that our property was covered and he realised there was no way he would be getting down the hill to work. He had not even stirred when the kids had come in earlier. He was kind enough, now that he was dressed, to go and get some firewood from the garage and light the fire before coming back to bed where we kept warm for the rest of the morning while the children watched a video under duvets in the lounge. WHAT a way to spend a Monday morning - can't think of anything better really!! By lunchtime Martin got up and built a snowman with the kids complete with lemons for eyes, carrot for the nose and a banana for the mouth. I LOVE snow especially from inside the house. It is so pure and beautiful to watch coming down. Another occasion when I marvel at God: every snowflake different and unique (like us), the purity of white and how when it lands on something really dirty like the driveway when there is heaps of it it covers it beautifully and takes away all the dirt (alot like Jesus' death on the cross taking away all our sin and making us as white as snow - at least for a few minutes until we mess up again.)

GOD IS GOOD!! I have really enjoyed slowing down today and spending the day indoors with my family who I love very much. I am still in my jim-jams and my hubby only had to leave for work about 45 minutes ago. Life is good right now except for my baby daughter screaming at my feet. That's not so good.

Friday, September 16, 2005

A joke in honour of Andrew Busch

A priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 25 years in the parish. A leading local politician and member of the congregation was chosen to make the presentation and give a little speech at the dinner. He was delayed so the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited. "I got my first impression of the parish from the first confession I heard here. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen a television set and, when stopped by the police, had almost murdered the officer. He had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his place of business, had an affair with his boss's wife, taken illegal drugs, and gave VD to his sister. I was appalled. But as the days went on I knew that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of good and loving people.".. . Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and give his talk. "I'll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived," said the politician. "In fact, I had the honor of being the first one to go to him in confession."
Moral: DON'T EVER BE LATE. (and keep your slate clean cos you never know when it may be brought up in public!!

I'm back

Hello I am back. Life has been very hectic for me of late. We have been doing the 40 days of Purpose at our church and hosting a small group here at our place. It has been excellent and I have learnt lots (maybe not so much new stuff but reminders I things I had forgotten). We have also got to know some people a whole heap better which has been good cos we have only been at our church for less than a year so had not really developed any deep or close friendships yet. I am going to blog further about some of the key points that stood out for me but not tonight.

I wanted to draw your attention to an interesting article at www.boundless.org called 'The Cost of delaying Marriage'. It is found under the 2005 articles and is very well written even if it is a little long winded. There are some good witty bits though so if you have a few minutes give it a look and just speed read through it looking for the interesting bits that will speak to you.

Also in regards to the election tomorrow please think about WWJD as you take on your democratic right to cast your vote.

I will leave you with a little poem I read.

The Christian Home

The most sacred place on earth
Originated, ordained , and blessed by God
The world's first institution
The cradle of civilisation
The child's first university
The most influential of all institution
Typical of all that is best and most enduring in civilisation
The greatest teachers of all ages have sought to magnify it
Men have sacrificed and died for it
Women have toiled and suffered for it
Now it is the World's greatest need!
(quoted from 'All the Women of the Bible' - Herbert Lockyer)

And the home is best when it shares what it has with neighbours. Simple, warm, caring, friendly hospitality.

So this weekend reach out and be warm and caring to those God has placed around you.

Monday, July 25, 2005

My cultural/ethnic history

Hi, I have been giving alot of thought over the last few years to my ethnicity and what I write down when filling in forms etc. I strongly dislike the term European Pakeha as I am not from Europe and I am not Pakeha. I am of pale complexion with light coloured hair who was born in NZ. God saw fit for me to be born here. But I am just passing through the essence of my life does not lie here on earth - this is just a practice for the main event! As far as my bloodlines go I am a very mixed bag with lots of different ethnic groups involved in there some I which I can prove and some I can't. I am very tired of being put into a box and marginalised because of who I was born as.

There is a deep need these days for people to discover who they are and who they identify with but I feel that this is getting a little out of hand especially in the church. I know some people will be offended by what I am saying and I am not trying to offend just provide a different viewpoint. I believe that when we give our lives to Christ that we join his family and gain a special new identity. We should then be trying to discover what the Bible says about our identity and the culture we should be embracing should be the culture of holiness and purity.

Ironically over a month ago when my husband and I were discussing this topic we both acknowledged that we actually feel more comfortable with the Jewish culture than with our own. I wonder what God has to say on this topic and what he would have us do in regards to our cultural heritage. As has been said by numerous different people every culture and ethnic group in the world has done things that we cannot be proud of ( it is part of being human - everyone makes mistakes) so therefore shouldn't we as Christians be holding to our new Christ-focussed identity and doing everything to reflect Christ in all we say and do. 'For behold I am a new creation, the old things have passed away and all things have become new'.

Taxation according to Karen

Welcome to Truth blogging!!

It is good to be back. I have spent so much time reading everyone elses blogs that I have not had the time to blog myself what with the school holidays and all. I have also rather been under the weather of late with two abscesses in two of my teeth and a touch of the flu but never mind my brain has still been ticking over. My opening line is dedicated to Banksy who is lightening up my life at present.

My hubby mentioned a couple of weeks ago that he wishes we lived in a society where those who worked hard were rewarded and those who didn't weren't but then it dawned on him that if this was to actually occur we would have some very rich members of society and some very poor so we must settle for the system this country currently runs under and that is that if you work hard you are guaranteed to be taxed heavily and if you don't work you will be looked after with the taxes of the aforementioned.

So I decided I would give my spin on how I think the country should run. Except I am concerned that if I give too much away I may just be running against Paul McMahon at the next election. I believe that where a family (2 adults and 1 or more children)3 is bringing in one income this should be split between both adults for taxation purposes. I believe those who earn $3,000 or less should not be taxed at all. The next bracket should be 19c up till $35,000, then 25c up till $60,000, 33c up to $120,000 and 50c in the dollar for all income over $120,000.

I believe it would be only right and proper to have a non income tested benefit for every mother who stays home to look after her preschoolers but if the above taxation policy were in effect this would probably not be as necessary financially but is a government endorsment of the tremendous benefit mothers make to a healthy society.

I think all visits for children under 5 to see a GP should be free irrespective of income. I think that every parent has the right to choose which school they send their children to and should not be restricted by zoning ( I know, I know this is pretty impossible) but the idea has been floated that every parent is allocated a voucher which can be used at it's school of choice - I would like to explore this option more. I believe that those who take out their own private medical insurance should get a rebate to encourage less pressure on the public hospital system. I believe less funding should be allocated towards abortions and sex change operations and other such elective procedures as these are choices that should be funded by the general tax paying public. If you wish to avail yourself of these procedures you are more than welcome to fund it out of your own pocket. At present if a local DHB runs out of their funding they cancel heart ops etc but have you heard of them turning people down for abortions based on lack of funding???

Unlike Paul, I do not believe that tertiary education should be free. I believe that it is a choice to undertake further study and you should pay for that choice and this is not a burden that the taxpayer should be carrying. Also with the tax cuts mentioned above I feel that every graduate would be in a much better position to pay back their loans once out of training and in the workforce however it would require more careful planning and budgeting than some students are currently doing to get thru with less debt. We send out child to an integrated school for which we pay more attendance dues than we would if he was at the closest school to us but this is a choice that we have made in our son's best interests and like tertiary education we pay for that choice.

I will have more thoughts at a later date but please let me know your thoughts thus far and no I have not done the figures but I am sure that if pressed I could give you areas we could save money in in order to take less from taxpayers in the first place.

Over and out!!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

More poems/prayers

Dear God,
Help me to do good
in the little things I am allowed to do
so I will know how to do good
when I am allowed to do bigger things

Dear God,
Help me to be brave enough to risk adventure
and wise enough to stay out of danger

Dear God,
When I don't know the right answer,
please help me ask the right question.

Please. God, stay here with me
While I stand and wait.
Someone's meant to fetch me:
Don't let them be late.

A prayer

Thank you for this new day.
May I bring to it something good.
May I make of it something good.
May I take from it something good.

Today is my baby's first birthday. We are all so excited and she at least understands a little bit as she is very aware that it is all about her when we are singing. She has been sung 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' five times already today. The two older children are determined to make the day special for her. I cannot believe how fast a year has gone. I am a little sad that she is growing up too fast but there is nothing we can do to stop time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

What I am?

Discovered a quiz you can do to find out what kind of Christian you are? on my friend Lynne's site so I have discovered the following:

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan.
You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 82%
Emergent/Postmodern 68%
Fundamentalist 57%
Classical Liberal 57%
Neo orthodox 50%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 39%
Reformed Evangelical 32%
Roman Catholic 29%
Modern Liberal 29%

So there you go I can now say that I am not a Fundamentalist (although I did quite like that description until some strange people changed the meaning of it)!! Well I am as much fundamentalist as I am Classical Liberal which all those who know me will know all too well that I am definitely not unless maybe I have been spending too much time listening to liberals and their worldview is having a detrimental effect on me. I was also interested to know that I do not fit the classic stereotype of Charismatic/Pentecostal considering I was brought up largely in that vein and I now attend a pentecostal/charismatic church. I can also see that some of my conversations with Lynne must have been rubbing off on me too as the Emergent/Postmodern came thru rather strong also and I didn't even know what these terms meant a year ago. Oh well I don't hold to surveys that much anyway but it was interesting nonetheless.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Espresso

I have started going to Expresso/Espresso at Opawa. It is a place where we can eat, have a coffee and discuss, mull over some of the questions of life we have as we travel on our journey towards or with God. There is a lovely mix of people with lots of different stories to tell that have made them who they are. It has been nice to see familiar faces and get to know new ones. It has been nice to feel safe, to have my own opinions and to be able to express these whilst listening to others and seeing the world through their little window.

I am enjoying it!! and last night I was able to take a very special friend of mine too. She is related to me but she is so much more than that - she is truely my friend. I am writing about her in the hope she will read this and feel special as a result of me blogging about her. Thank you to Steve, Lynne, Paul & Ann for taking the risk of starting Espresso and allowing us the chance to attend and grow together. Thank you for starting to restore my faith in people.

The weather

I am struggling with the weather of late. I just want to have two days in a row (when I am not at paid work) when the sun is shining. I want to hang washing out and for it to feel warm when I bring it inside. Is this too much to ask? I get a little down when the weather is drab.

I have been thinking that if you read my blog I don't sound like a very happy individual but I am usually quite chipper so apologies if you think I am a serious, depressed sad little person my humour will return soon I hope!!