Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Monday 4 January 2016

Fifty years ~ Walking with the Lord.

I wanted this special memory to be the first post for 2016.

"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1: 7-9

 I learnt these verses simply to win a book prize at Christmastime fifty years ago, but I gained oh, so much more.

Roughly the spot where this took place, as shown today.

On 4.1.1966, after received my book prize, I was walking back to the tent with my sister’s teacher. It was the Children's Special Beach Mission (CSSM). They came there each Christmas, an interdenominational outreach run by Scripture Union.

As we walked, I was asked if I knew what these verses I’d learnt meant.
Being young, I had not really given it deep thought, but as we walked she explained how Jesus had died for all our sins, including mine on the cross so that we could go to heaven, and asked me if I would like to take Him as my Saviour.

I remember standing by the road, at the top of the path to the park below. A crossroad in every way; I stood thinking about it.
I found it amazing to realise that Jesus had died for me, for my sins!   
My reply was yes! So we walked back down into the park (see above image). Here I prayed and asked the LORD Jesus to be my Saviour all those years ago.
I remember I was told that the angels were rejoicing in heaven over a soul coming home to Him (Luke 15:10). My mother burst into tears when I went back to the tent and told her. This was unusual, my mother rarely cried.
Years later (in my 20’s) I asked mum why, she said because you looked so happy.
And I was.
I went down to the beach ~ and sang at the top of my voice those simple CSSM songs!!
The promise of my home in heaven was what I had found; a Friend Who would never leave me nor forsake me! No wonder I was so happy. I have found joy where joy would not be possible, in the simple faith of a child believing God and His word. 
Many folks come to the Lord in later years.  
It matters not when or where but simply that we take His gift of salvation. 
A gift isn’t ours till we’ve received it.
"For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23b

Each card sent out this Christmas time contained this testimony above of what the LORD Jesus mans to me. 
I pray with all my heart that the LORD will take each word written, shared and prayed over and bless it for His glory.. that more like me might find true hope, joy and peace with God .. through our LORD Jesus Christ. For this is what makes life worth the living.
This illuminated verse from the passage hangs in our loungeroom today, for more details see this post here.

Our dear LORD God and Heavenly Father watches over you and all for whom you care..
He knows you intimately and cares for your every burden that you carry.

He is the Burden bearer, our sin bearer, He wants to be the Hope, the Help that He is to me and everyone of His children.
Hear His call today, I pray.
If you want to know more, please read this post here ... or read the Bible starting at the gospel of John. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post. I pray it blesses you – for how richly I am blessed as a result of this gift of salvation at such a young age.

I did not know unless someone had told me, someone had asked me..

So this is why I share it with you today.

Praying for you.

Shaz in Oz.x

There Is A Green Hill Far Away

                      There is a green hill far away, without a city wall,
                        Where the dear LORD was crucified, Who died to save us all.

                        We may not know, we cannot tell what pains He had to bear,
                        But we believe it was for us He hung & suffered there.  

                        He died that we might be forgiven , He died to make us good,
                        That we might go at last to Heaven, saved by His precious blood.

                        There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin,
                        He only could unlock the gate of Heaven, and let us in.

                        Oh, dearly, dearly has He loved, & we must love Him too, 
                        And trust in His redeeming blood & try His works to do.

Hymn by Cecil Frances Alexander


Barb said...

Hi Shaz, I loved reading your post. Sending love for a Happy and Healthy 2016. Barbxx

Swissie said...

Thank you, Shaz, for shearing your testimony! Your words could have been mine. I also gave my life to Jesus on a youth camp years ago (1961). I am so happy, that he found me.
God bless you!
Hugs, Liv

stampinganja said...

Thanks for sharing your testomony!! Wow, we have an awesome God!!
Happy New Year, with love, Anja

Shelly Schmidt said...

How wonderful for you! I was lucky to be born into a family where my parents were (still are) very faithful and I have always had a heart for the Love of God! I never did stray in college as some kids naturally do. It is such a blessing to share this part of self with my crafting/Blogging friends! Just back from traveling over the holiday- hope your Holidays were wonderful, and wishing you many blessings in 2016!

Kathleen said...

My Mother's favourite hymn, you have made me cry.

Kath x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful testimony Shaz, to the saving and keeping power of God. I was bought up in a home that regularly went to church, but salvation through faith was not truly preached, and I had some very difficult times before I allowed God the Lordship of my life in my early twenties - not that it has been all smooth sailing since then, but He is faithful and has sustained me through it all.

Brenda in IN said...

How beautiful and it's wonderful that you learned this so early in your life and it has served you well. I'm wishing you a happy, healthy 2016.

glitterandglue said...

Fantastic, Shaz. I gave my life to Jesus when I was 14 - at home, beside my bed, I simply prayed asking Jesus to forgive my sin and be my Saviour - 4th October 1964. How much has happened in my life since then - and how faithful God has been in and through it all. I have a Christian husband, our daughters are both Christians, as are their hubbies, and now our grandchildren are following Jesus, too. Just before Christmas I was privileged to see our eldest grandchild go through the waters of baptism. What a faithful God we serve!
God bless you.
Margaret (glitterandglue)

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dear, Shaz, what a joy to read this first blog post of 2016 and to read how God drew you to Himself in saving faith. Praise God for all He has done and continues to do in your life and how you touch us all! I am so blessed by you, dear friend! And some day we shall meet face to face and see the face of Jesus and forget all our tears and trials and hardships. Love and hugs, sweet friend!

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