DIY Christmas Wreath

Love this Christmas wreath! Here in Australia it is unusual to have wreaths on our doors. Although some people do but not many. I actually can’t ever remember seeing a wreath on a door at anytime of the year. I did enjoy seeing holiday wreaths on doors when we lived in the USA. It was beautiful. I would love to make this Christmas wreath sometime… so cute! Oh… for an amazing tutorial click the photo and it will link you to the clever, talented and original blog from “Little Birdie Secrets”
~ Sarah xxx

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Hi Ya,
Here is a photo of our families Christmas stockings hanging on a ladder. I handmade our stockings (cross stitched names and pictures & used quilting and lined them) they are super strong for heavy items. I have extra stockings for guests and more hooks on our ladder for as many people as we have over. Below is a list of some of the things I have put in my kids Christmas stockings. Now they are older they still love it and it has become a family tradition. We often have guests visiting at Christmas and they get the same gifts too. Christmas is summer vacation time and kids are out of school. The visitors seem to enjoy the stockings and giggle as much as the kids still do.

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Christmas Mini Treats


A picture paints a thousand words so above is a photo of Christmas Mini Treats. They look like mini Christmas puddings. So cute! I made them for family and friends last year. There were lots of people and by the time the photo was taken the mountain had become a little mole hill. So the little Christmas mini puddings certainly went down a treat. This recipe is so easy it is ridiculous!
Enjoy ~ Sarah

100g white chocolate
12 mellowpuff chocolate biscuits (cookies)
12 Jaffas (candy)
Spearmint leaves, cut into smaller leaves (OR green snake lollies OR green Jube lollies cut to size)

Place the white chocolate melts into a heatproof bowl. I melted mine in a pot on the stove. You can also use a microwave on Medium/50% power, stirring every minute until they are fully melted.
Spoon the melted chocolate either just with a teaspoon or put chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and snip one corner of the bag to make a piping bag. Pipe enough white chocolate on top of the biscuits, allow to drip down the side to resemble custard flowing over a Christmas pudding.
Place a Jaffa on top and a small spearmint leaf (or green snake or jube lollie) each side of the Jaffa and secure in the melted chocolate.

You can use the same ideas with still using white chocolate (melted) with Jaffas or Round Lollies and mint leaves or green snakes or jubes sliced on top of your homemade or purchased chocolates.

Below is a fun YouTube Video of a Jaffa lollies (candy) rolling event. Where we roll thousands of jaffas down one of the steepest streets in the world which is Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

FYI: Our family use to live in Dunedin and even some cars can’t get up the steep street. Our car could but half way up we would lighten the load by everyone BUT the driver jumping out of the car. Also the brakes start smoking. This amuses the children no end. Doesn’t amuse the parents so much. There is a water fountain at the top of the street which doesn’t come soon enough!!!!!








Prayer …



“Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises.” ~ James 5:13

When a Christian person prays great things happen! There is no right or wrong way to pray. If you want to deepen your prayer life then you will need to spend time in prayer. You don’t need to prepare to pray or read about prayer or even go to University of Church studies or talks on prayer. If your mind wanders don’t worry God knows your mind. He created you to be a thinking person, just get back to the point of prayer. And the whole point is talking to God, sharing your heart and listening to Him.

Do what works for you! Do you have a quiet space to pray in? Maybe you pray in your garden? Perhaps you play music when you pray? Some folks only pray when they are inspired. And if you are inspired every day, then great. But if you aren’t inspired everyday then you may need to press on and still pray.

Then there are times when prayer can be a struggle. I would like to suggest that if your prayer life is a little lacking or inspiration isn’t flowing daily then praying through a Psalm in your bible will really help. King David was a man after God’s own heart. He was flawed and a sinner and his prayers were awesome, they read like poetry. God loves to hear from His children, even if all we can pray at times is just a few words. He know’s our heart better than we do.

Below are some scriptures talking about prayer. ~ Sarah

“Pray with thankfulness and praise in your heart Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philipp 4:6

“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” ~ 1 Pet 3:12

“Pray with honesty and sincerity The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” ~ Psalm 145:18

“Pray with faith And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” ~ Mt 21:22

“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 1:8-9

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, These Lord will not hear.” ~ Psalm 66:18

“These sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” ~ Prov 15:8

“Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” ~ John 9:31

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” ~ James 1:6

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” ~ Mark 11:24

“Pray with God’s will in mind Now this is the confidence that we have in God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” ~ 1 John 5:14

“Pray in Jesus name. {A prayer which is TRULY “in Jesus name” will be the same prayer that Jesus would pray if He were in your place, facing the situations you are now facing.} {Jesus said…} And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” ~ John 14:13

“Pray earnestly. Persist. Never lose heart. Never give up! Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” ~ Col 4:2

“Then Jesus spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” ~ Luke 18:1

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” ~ Acts 12:5

“Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thes 5:17

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” ~ Rom 12:12

“Pray with boldness, because your High Priest is Lord Jesus.We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Heb 4:15-16

“Pray with humility. Humble yourself before God. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” ~ Dan 9:3

“Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered, I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.” ~ Psalm 35:13-14

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ~ 2 Chron 7:14

“Therefore by Him {Jesus} let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” ~ Heb 13:15

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” ~ Col 4:2

“Pray in privacy for your deepest, most personal needs. When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” ~ Mt 6:6

Make Your Own Reed Diffusers



Hi Ya, Here is a link on how to make your own reed diffusers. After shopping I was completely blown away by how much good reed diffusers cost. It was $44.00, yup I did say $44.00. Yes it was quality and yes it smelt beautiful. And sure you can get cheaper ones but they give me headaches and well can be just yuck. Soooooo it got me thinking. I could make my own much much cheaper plus have it all natural and organic and exactly the aroma I like. A beautiful smelling house and no headaches or migraines… sounds good to me! Link for the original article is at the bottom of this post.
Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

Original Article HERE


Count Your Blessings



What a weekend we have had! I hope you have had a wonderful weekend too?

A friend died recently. It was difficult time but also his passing was a blessing. He had suffered with physical pain for a while and so I am thankful his pain is over. He was a wonderful Godly man and touched the hearts of the young and old a like. He will be missed but just for a while until we meet him again in eternity. Death for a Christian is a new beginning of eternal life not an end into nothingness. The impact this one Godly, husband, father and friend was incalculable. What was also wonderful was the grace he showed even through enduring pain of his illness. He was still doing God’s will and continuing in God’s work and was a blessing to many until a few days before he passed over to eternity.

After the service we were able to go out for lunch and also spend time with some friends we hadn’t seen for a while. We had a lovely time. Every blessing takes on a new meaning after the passing of a friend. The blessing of time with Godly friends is something to be treasured and to be thankful for. The passing of a Godly man has me thinking what more can I do for my Saviour and for the Kingdom?

Bibles and Bible Study …


In my opinion the best bible to read is one that is not sitting on a shelf, it is a Bible that is wide open in front of you, and most importantly one that you can understand easily. Please don’t get stressed or worried about what translation you have. Reading God’s Word is the reason we have a Bible. I was at a church and a young man was about to read some scripture from his Bible. Before he started reading he apologised to everyone because he had an NIV Bible and the others preferred a different English Bible translation. My heart sank. When did it become okay to pressure this person or that person into feeling bad about their bible for any reason? I often read The Message Bible at church, I don’t apologise for it, I just let everyone know that I am reading from The Message. I let them know because if they read along with me The Message is quite different and probably won’t match word for word to their Bible translation. I find The Message Bible refreshing for a change but I don’t use it as my study Bible. Anyhoo, with that being said; don’t feel bad no matter what translation of the English Bible you have. You have a Bible and that is a good thing! This post is more about sharing information, there is no musts or do’s here.

Why read the Bible? If you want to know God then you will want to read His word. By reading the Bible you get to know the heart of God. God gives us understanding when reading His word. We were created to have a relationship with God. The more you know Him the easier it is to know His will and live your life in a way that pleases Him. When you feed on the word of God it nourishes your soul and the trials of this world is much easier to handle. We are also able to help, feed and nourish others. For example if your car is not maintained OR if you put the wrong type of petrol (gas) in it, OR if it has no petrol (gas) in the tank your car will not get very far. And it won’t be able to take you to where you need to go. We are like that too, we might get taken in the wrong direction, or we just won’t get very far if our spiritual tank is empty, or if we are filling up on the wrong stuff.

Are you a bit confused about which bible is best? Easily done, as there are loads of different bibles to choose from. It is a personal choice, everyone has their favourite translation. I would recommend New Living Translation, New American Standard Bible, English Standard Version and lastly New International Version for study bibles. The first three are good word for word translations and are easily understood. NIV is easily understood but not necessarily a word for word perfect translation.

What Bible translation do I use? I use lots of different translations but I typically like the NLT or NIV for studying. I use my iPad and iPod daily for reading my Bible. It has all the translations I could ever need or want offline and online. I read through the whole Bible starting in Genesis and finishing in Revelation each year. Each day I read part of the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. It only takes a small amount of time anywhere from 20 minutes the longest is about 40 minutes a day. For ease of going through the Bible I listen to Daily Audio Bible. I change Bible translations each week and have done this over the last two years. The reason I like to change translations is because I like to be challenged about what does this mean or that mean. When a different translation comes along to what you are use to it can make you think. For me it is a matter of discipline to go through the Bible each year. It is not something everyone must do, it is a personal decision, choice and my preference.

Along with going through the Bible each year I also like to read books by Christian authors. I also like to do my own topic studies. This varies from taking one book from the bible and studying it or using other resources like books and DVD’s. I also like resources where everything is packaged together including the leader’s manual, DVD’s, work books (member books), and journals whether it is for individual study or group bible study.

If you don’t attend a Bible believing church, or if you have had a mixed up church background. Or if you can not go to a Bible study with mature Christians. Or even IF you are having problems understanding your Bible. Or if confusion is setting in. I would highly recommend using a Bible translation like the New Living Translation AND doing a Beth Moore Bible Study for personal growth. I would definitely keep using Beth’s material until you are able to have a solid foundation. It may take a few years. Thankfully Beth has loads of resources. Beth takes one topic at a time and does an in depth study. Don’t be discouraged it can be easy for anyone to get confused when studying your Bible on your own with little to no guidance. Persevere you are worth it! I love this quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

“By eliminating simple obedience on principle, we drift into an unevangelical interpretation of the Bible. We take it for granted that as we open the Bible, we have a key to its interpretation. We no longer depend on God for the answers and understanding, depending instead on our [own] understanding.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Below is a bunch of resources you might enjoy ~ Sarah xxx




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