Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Cape Schanck is a locality in the Australian state of Victoria. It is the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula and separates the wild ocean waters of Bass Strait from the slightly calmer waters of Western Port. The most recognisable symbol of Cape Schanck is the Cape Schanck Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1859 and was the second lighthouse built in Victoria.

From the lighthouse car park are a network of scenic walks. A short loop offers views of the lighthouse and coastline from several designated lookouts.




Follow the walking track from the kiosk towards the Cape. This short circuit walk takes visitors to the start of the wooden staircase and boardwalk which descends from the cliff tops to the rocky beach and rock platform below.



Several lookouts have spectacular views over the geological formations called Pulpit Rock and the Devils Desk.



A prominent rock outcrop is Pulpit Rock and stands out at the very tip of the cape.



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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Incoming Tide at Beachmere, QLD

The small town of Beachmere, is located in the Moreton Bay Region of Queensland, Australia. It is located north of Brisbane and has a population of 3,888.

After spending the afternoon bird watching in the area, we decided to stay for sunset. We had been warned not to stay on the sand flats for too long as the incoming tide rises incredibly fast... they weren't wrong!!


The water rose to knee height in a matter of 10-15 minutes!

Never-the-less, the sunset was worth getting our feet wet for!



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Sunday, June 5, 2016

An Evening at the Marina

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein




"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." ~ Desmond Tutu




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Friday, May 27, 2016

BEACH THERAPY

It's no secret that the beach is my favourite place. Whether I'm walking along the shore (camera in hand), swimming in the ocean or sitting listening to the waves crashing on the rocks; it is therapy for the body, mind and spirit. 

"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." - Unknown



"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul." - Robert Wyland



"The ocean is a mighty harmonist." - William Wordsworth



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Friday, May 20, 2016

Which Voice Are You Listening To??

For years I believed that my ex-husband's abuse and adultery were my fault; that his sins and choices were my responsibility. If only I had been a better wife, a better lover, a better person...
The voice of shame accused me of failure at every turn.

The day he left, he said, "No one will ever want a woman with four children!" 

And the voice of shame agreed!

“He would have stayed if you were someone worth staying for,”  I was taunted by the voice of shame.

It's all your fault that your oldest son became a drug addict. You are a terrible mother! I was accused, by the condemning voice of shame again.

I was tossed around by the stormy waves of life...
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, QLD
For a long time, I believed these lies! I felt unworthy, unwanted, unlovable, unacceptable and judged.

I felt the shame of my marriage failing, the shame of being a single mother, the shame of my life not going according to my dreams...

Through another situation in a Christian workplace, I allowed people to take advantage of me; because I still didn't know my value and worth in God, and as a person.

I worked very hard through prayer with my pastors, and through counselling with my psychologist to come to the realisation and acceptance that the accusations and feelings of shame were totally unfounded and untrue.
I am NOT responsible for the choices of others... I am only responsible for my own actions and   choices.

I know I am not perfect, however I also know that I made the right choice to raise my children on my own. Our home was a safe haven; a place of love, acceptance, laughter, peace, joy and wonderful memories. My children were happier and more settled.

The voice of shame seeks to belittle and destroy us.

However, the voice of Truth seeks to build us up and speak life into us!

Sunset looking across the Blackall Ranges from Kondalilla National Park, QLD
I recently read an article on this very topic. These words really spoke to me:

"God whispers to the hearts of His beloved: Don’t pay attention to those feelings of shame — they don’t belong to you. Shame is nothing more than the scheme of darkness.

The author of Revelation refers to Satan as 'the accuser' for good reason. One of his nastiest tricks is to blame the inflicted for sin committed against them. He pummels our minds and hearts with twisted condemnations wanting to shift our focus away from our hope in Christ."

Sunset on the Hastings River, Port Macquarie, NSW

The voice of Truth gives us peace, hope, comfort, purpose and so much more. It seeks to encourage and not condemn.


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