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Tuesday, 3 June 2008

A Phabulous weekend!

Last weekend was the yearly scrap camp that SWS run. I must say that it is a bit exhausting running around after that many die-hard scrappers - but they are loads of fun!

The wonderfully gifted Lusi Austin ran some freestyling classes for us, liberating women and allowing them to throw paint daubers, staples or anything else you can find in your garage on your page. Thanks Lus - you did an awesome job.

(she too is loads of fun!)

The scrap of faith girls were great company as always. Funny how some of your best
friends can be people that you hang out on forums with and don't often get to see IRL.

The theme for this year's camp was "love is" - so of course we had a romantic dinner (for 70 ladies) on the Saturday night

followed by a talk from Red Fulton titled 'love actually'.
I have to say that Red's talk was one of the best I have ever heard explaining God's love for us. His love is possibly not what you were expecting (and certainly not those loveydovey chain emails that go around with kittens and puppies in them!).
It is far more uncomfortable and confronting than that - almost making you want to turn away. There are lots of descriptions of how God loves you in the bible......like a lover....like a husband taking back a wayward wife....like a father taking back a son that has turned his back on him.....like a shepherd searching for one sheep that is lost. Ultimately sending his perfect Son to die an excruciating death as the penalty for your sin - the only way that justice would not be compromised and you can be seen as right in his eyes. Not a kitten or puppy to be seen.
There has to be some sort of response on our part to that sort of love - and the story that Red re-tells of her then boyfriend (now hubby) is a great illustration. He puts himself right out on a limb and for the very first time says to her...."I LOVE you....."
Her response?.....a hesitant "thanks". Soooo not what he wanted to hear in response! Was she ready to entrust this man with her heart that could be so easily broken and disappointed?? Was she ready to say "I love you with all my being....I'll do anything for you". Fortunately the story ends up OK & they are happily married with 3 kids :)
The point was well made though....after all that God has done for us, "thanks" is not a good enough response. God wants us to accept his free gift of salvation and give ALL of ourselves to him. So many of us say "thanks" and then miss out on that awesome relationship. And ultimately "thanks" will not cut it in the bigger picture.
Phabulous weekend ;)


Karen L 4 June 2008 at 12:50 pm  

Ro great to see photos of your weekend - you guys were very much in our thoughts. Looks like you had an awesome time - can't wait to do it all again with the SofF girls in November. Looking forward to meeting you guys IRL also.

Dawn 4 June 2008 at 3:27 pm  

Oh that sounds great Ro :) I'm glad you had a phabulous time!! :) I would sure have loved to hear that talk though!!! Wish I lived there now :P But arent you guys getting winter right about now? Hmmm...maybe I'll pass...at least for about 6 months!!

Diane Lovell 4 June 2008 at 5:48 pm  

God's love is so awesome and much more significant and real than all that fluffy stuff.

Red's contributed to a good book called 'What Real Women Want' - good stuff.

Cass 4 June 2008 at 11:09 pm  

I had a great time. Thanks for all your hard work. :)

Melanie 5 June 2008 at 9:00 pm  

I had a wonderful time Ro, thank you for all you do for us.

Leisa 6 June 2008 at 5:22 pm  

Ro thanks for all your effort and time in helping out organising this event.

And what good value Lusi is! We will have to catch up again with her and everyone else.

Rowie.....were are the photo's Haylee and Lusi jumping off the tree??????

Leisa 6 June 2008 at 5:23 pm  

Oh! I just worked out what IRL means!

Early seniors moment! LOL!

Anonymous 6 June 2008 at 10:31 pm  

Ro, had a fabulous weekend...thank you so much. Margie

Carolina 9 June 2008 at 3:01 pm  

Sounds like an awesome talk! Thanks for sharing that with those of us who couldnt make it :(

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Based at Jervis bay on the NSW South Coast. I work as a physiotherapist, but also produce fine art photography and digital resources for photographers and scrappers. Please feel free to browse around my Divine Digital shop to see my digiscrap designs, or email me at rjfield@bigpond.net.au if you are interested in photography services.

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