alison stewart
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 9 years, 4 months and 15 days.

  I have published 88 blogs and 1,842 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Sep 07 2014 04:06:00pm

 I currently live in: New Zealand.
 About alison stewart

convinced that in God there is no room for fear and is testimony to that belief.

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The measure of a man
Alison Stewart
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The Measure of a Man The measure of a man is not in what he has, or how much money he has accrued. The measure of a man is in his willingness to sow into the lives of others without a thought for personal gain. To sow into the lives of others without a thought for personal cost. Anything else is an empty offering. True giving comes from the heart. It is not weighed up and a measure given, but poured out of a heart immeasurably blessed by the abundance of God's bounty. The finest men I know are not wealthy in worldly terms but they are rich in their relationship with God and their willingness to share all that they have with others. By that, and only that, can I understand the measure of a man. Love you Kirk kb xx...
I still refuse to fear!
Alison Stewart
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Nearly six years on from the first time I made a declaration of intent to stand against fear, today I got another reminder of my need to stand firm. Today I found out that the second brain tumour which was discovered two years ago has, within the last ten months, 'put on weight'. I am not surprised by the results of the MRI I had last week. It just confirms that there is a cause for the dizziness I have been feeling for the past couple of months. May be the weariness is part of that as well. With none of the family around for the next few days I had to make some phone calls to let them know the results of the MRI. I suspect that they are more concerned that I am. I was speaking with my youngest daughter today and she wanted to know if I ever ask God “Why?” . I could......
It's a god thing!
Alison Stewart
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The longer we live in our little plastic box (aka our Lego house) the more Irish and I are convinced that there is no where we would rather be. Anyone going to Cape Reinga passes our door on their circuitous route of all the tourist spots and with the exception of shopping day, that is about as much as I usually see of the outside world. The necessity for an eye check up at a hospital two and a half hours away took us on one of our rare visits to the outside world yesterday. At those times we plan to 'fit in' as much as possible but, between the long journey and the fact that a picnic lunch is essential, our optimism is often overpowered by time constraints. Although I have adapted to a much quieter, simpler life (financial constraints can do that to you!) I hadn't realized......
Don't 'plan' to trust, live it!
Alison Stewart
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It was while in conversation with a friend that the subject of trust came up. She made a comment to the effect that she was going to trust God [in the circumstances]. Such a statement in and of itself is good but it got me thinking. I am left wondering whether we truly trust or whether it is a 'head knowledge' that we pop out as the occasion requires. I've been married for twenty five years now and between us my husband and I have clocked up an impressive number of “I'm going to trust God” . I'm realizing that the word 'trust' should, in my life, be a verb not 'I will trust' but 'I AM trusting'. Seen in this manner my confidence is stirred, my faith stretches just that little bit further. Planning to trust is rather like......
I can't outgive god
Alison Stewart
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We Can't Outgive God! I am almost hesitant in sharing what I am about to say lest anyone should misinterpret my desire as self-serving. Any such thing could not be further from the truth and it is only my desire to share God's faithfulness in my own life that leads me to write of the experience of the last few days. This is part of a comment I wrote on The Wall two days ago. It was interesting this morning to discover my reaction as I collected fresh and frozen home grown veg to give to the elderly father of a very dear friend. I started getting concerned that Irish and I might not have enough I didn't give in to the thoughts and hold back, but it REALLY annoyed me that it was a battle that was going on in my mind. I can only think that my desire to always give of the best of......
When i see the light
Alison Stewart
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It's nearly 3am on Christmas Eve and I am sitting here trying to recover my equilibrium having yet again suffered the frustration of the inconsiderate actions of a neighbour. Post brain tumour I have been left with an anti-stress mechanism that is set off by people with little or no consideration of others. Consequently, when ever I am faced with the actions of such people the result is not pretty! In writing the above I am reminded that it is I who choose the reaction that I have. My normally placid nature has been disturbed tonight but the reality is that my reaction to outward circumstances that will dictate my approach to the situation. How often is what I go through because of my ungodly attitude to the circumstance in which I find myself. It's 10am. The idea that my husband......
Five things about parsnips!
Alison Stewart
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Looking like a very anaemic, oversized carrot, my experience with parsnip growing is barely six months old. My enjoyment of this incredibly flavoursome, creamy vegetable is only since moving to our promised land just over three years ago. Oh, as a child, it was one of those' veggies that I had to try' but as many times as I tried' it, I still didn't like it! The establishment of our vegetable garden here in the far north came out of necessity. 1. I like to eat 2. With #1 in mind and the financial constraints we face, growing vegetables makes sound economic sense 3. The flavour of vegetables just pulled from the garden far outweighs any of the effort that growing vegetables takes 4. We now have a reliable water source in the form of a bore which supplies us with all the......
Blooming where god plants me
Alison Stewart
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It was only a couple of days ago that God gave me a very clear reminder of the necessity of growing and blooming where I am planted. Since moving to our current location in the far north of New Zealand I am daily aware of the blessings of being in the place that God has chosen for me. My health is far better than it has been in years even though there are issues to face and our financial circumstances are challenging. More than ever, the lessons I learned in refusing to fear and trusting God (upon diagnosis of a brain tumour five years ago) give me joy in all my circumstances. In God I can face all things; I can do all things that are required of me and I can stand tall knowing that I have done what God has required. The key words though are “I CAN” but, in my walk with God, is......
Ron thacker: rest in peace my friend
Alison Stewart
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The emotional phone call I got from my daughter this morning was unexpected but a reminder of caring, friendship and the love of God. Ron, aged 77, went home to be with the Lord this week. He touched the lives of my family members in a most unexpected way. Having moved to the far north of New Zealand some three years ago it was always extremely doubtful that we would ever meet again but the things that Ron sowed in our lives will remain with us for ever. Ron was a high school maths teacher and first aid provider. My daughter had the privilege of being part of his maths class for five years. It probably wasn't originally intended that she be with him for that long but when she got sick he became her guardian ad litem. When I say sick, I mean she got a virus which caused her brain to......
Five years on from brain tumour surgery
Alison Stewart
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In the sense that it is five years today since I was successfully treated for the removal of a brain tumour the size of a small orange, it is time for reflection and for celebration.  To my mind however, this is something that has taken place every day since that time.   The headaches were a big enough clue to know that something was badly wrong inside my skull.  What I was unaware of at the time though, was that the particular medical issue that had reared it s ugly head (pardon the pun) would lead to a life changing event that I walk in on a daily basis even five years later.  I can t see it, I can t feel it, but I KNOW with every fibre of my being that it is there.   The condition of which I speak is refusal to fear.  While waiting for the results of the diagnostic scan, God......
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I Refuse to Fear
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