The Battye update on life at present…

Hey everyone! Thought I might write on what’s happening in our lives at present….

Well, lately I’ve really been enjoying life in general. I’ve been enjoying working at Aranda house, a Therapeutic Community drug and alcohol program. My wife was with Centrelink, but her contract just ran out. But surpringly, I am not too worried. I believe she will find something else that she will enjoy. In fact, I’m trusting God for it. I told her not to worry, relax and enjoy being at home doing what she wants to do really. Time out is often good for one, isn’t it? After all, Yvonne’s health hasn’t been too good, with her heart racing over 150bpm while doing absolutely nothing. If you ever feel like praying for her, please do so! She’s a good woman, I’d like to have her around for a while!

I’ve really been focussing on learning Pitjantjatjara lately. At work, there are clients who have been teaching me Pitjantjatjara, it’s been fun interacting with them this way. I’ve decided to focus on that language as there are quite a few I could learn, but I’ve actually been interested in this language for some years really, so living here where it’s so accessible is a great opportunity for me.

I also found a memory building site, where you can learn any language, just about. It’s called Memrise. www.memrise.com it’s real good, if ya ever wanna check it out. I’ve posted words I’ve learnt on there, put pictures to it and made levels and gone through it to help me remember it. It’s quite fun to do really.

I’ve also been continuing my studies in Cert 4 Alcohol and Other Drugs. I’ve completed one unit this year and just finished another workbook, which will be another unit, just needs to be assessed now. Overall, I am halfway through the cert 4. Can’t wait till it’s all done, will be great.

I’ve been back to writing songs now, as I have just purchased a guitar – a Fender T-Bucket 400CE – it’s quite nice, I really like it. I enjoy getting on there and just worshipping Jesus, it’s what it was made for I reckon. Worshipping God is what we are made for.

Well, nothing else is really happening, so I’ll leave it there for now. Hope you’re all well, and God bless you and be at peace…

Rob 🙂

 

Wassup…

Hey everyone…wassup! Yeah, right, whatever. I’m no homey.

Anyway, here I am at work and I’ve been here since 5:30am and it’s 2:43pm. I finish at 6pm, but hopefully the next worker comes at 5:30pm to relieve me like I did for him this morning. That’s what routine we got going, we might come early, but we get to knock off early…it’s just a mind trick, thinking ya doing less hours just coz ya go home early, but ya not! Weirdos…

So what’s been happening? Well, I’m at work, as I’ve said already, am working two 12 hour shifts, today and tomorrow, then back at work on monday night to work 3 12 hour night shifts. They are generally more busy anjd go quicker. I enjoy nights better, there is more interaction with people…usually intoxicated clients. It’s sad, but they can be funny too!

I wouldn’t mind being worked out of a job, though. The other day, a friend of mine from the Kimberley’s in WA, told me of a revival that’s happening in the desert regions of WA and NT. He told me that it all started when a group of elders were starting to fight and argue, when suddenly there was gold leaves falling from the sky…weird huh? But anyway, they stopped fighting and concluded that this only meant one thing – Ngawi – which means ihn Walpiri, God! So they went round to every camp and told everyone to stop drinking and gambling and come to church, which they did! Apparently there are only 3 drinkers left and the pubs are closing down! 215 baptisms occured in only 6 weeks. Pretty amazing, I’d like to witness that!

That’s what I mean as a drug and alcohol worker – I wouldn’t mind being worked out of a job if it means God has delivered everybody from the terrible affects of alcoholism. Ay…

So anyway, what else? Well, the other day we had this biggest storm come through the Alice, all dried up now, but it was deadly as! The Todd river and Charles Creek was flowing, was great. Except there was one problem: my pool still hasn’t got a cover on it! So the next day I had to cloean the pool as all the leaves and muck from the storm got in it…bummer. But all is good!

Hey by the way fellow bloggers, check out some songs I posted on soundcloud the other day… www.soundcloud.com/rob_battye check ’em out, I wrote them, Yeah I know, got some work to do on them yet, but it’s a start. I recorded them on Garageband early this year, had fun doing it. Tell me what ya think, like them, share them if ya like them, up to you! 🙂

Well, that’s all I can think of writing for now. I’ve been watching reality shows here at work too, only because we are so inundated with work right now, not…been watching “the Lawman…” Apparently Steven Seagal has also been a Deputy Sherrif as well as an actor…quite a talented bloke too. Ya learn something new everyday, I tell ya!

Well, God bless you all and take care now!

Rob Battye 🙂

P.S. Oh, the wife is well by the way 🙂

Gobsmacked…a good marriage book!

My wife has recently gotten me to read a book on marriage, as if we need it, as our marriage is perfect…ha, ha…hmmm….so anyway, I’ve started reading it and I am absolutely gobsmacked. The author is Mark Gungor and it is called, “Laughing your way to a better marriage.”

Now, I already knew our mindset is Greek thinking etc, as opposed to a Hebrew mindset, which actually, Aboriginal people in Australia have more so. (for example, a sacred sight is far more valuable to them than to the westerner who only thinks of money and is willing to rip up the land in mining to get it. To the Jews, the ground where the Temple was, is a sacred sight. If they had a Greek mindset, they wouldn’t care where the Temple was built, they would rebuild it elsewhere. In the same way, if Aboriginal people had a Greek mindset, they would be digging around for gold as well, forgetting about the sacredness of the land…of course, I’m not saying either that Aboriginals and Jews are the same either, they are unique, like everyone – but they do have similar mindsets, as opposed to the Greeks, where westeners get their mindset.)

With that little lesson in whatever out of the way, let’s talk about the dreaded marriage book my wife is forcing me to read…

So, where was I? Gobsmacked, that’s the word. I have discovered in the first chapter of Mark’s book that the very idea of a soulmate is absolute garbage and is the reason for many divorces. That’s no exaggeration! Again, I was gobsmacked ok, let me tell you what he said…

According to Greek mythology, man once had four arms, four legs and one head with two faces. They were basically two people in one. Seeing this and fearing that the authority of the gods would be compromised, the Greek god Zeus decided to split each person in half, condemning them to a life of searching for their other half – otherwise known as their “soul-mate.” This was meant to keep men too busy from meddling in the affairs of the gods, as they went on the search for perfect love.

This has been ingrained into our very culture, and especially in our churches. The world talks about finding your soul-mate, and the church talks about finding “the one” God has for you. Both are one and the same and is a load of garbage. God does not have the “right one,” for us…but there is a right kind of person for us. That is a person who is a “believer,” and it is up to us to marry the person who is right for our faith. But whoever we marry, just because we go through hard times, it doesn’t mean suddenly, we made a big mistake.

What got me is that the very idea of finding a soul-mate says that you’d be less happy if you’re not married to your soulmmate, or “the one,” and that if your marriage doesn’t work, then oh well, you obviously haven’t found him/her yet. It is a wordly license for separation and divorce.

So many marriages splitting up just because they’re not happy. Mark challenges the reader that we have mixed our faith with myth! We somehow feel our lives will be complete and fulfilled when we have both God AND “the one” God chooses for us. But this is so wrong. Only God can fulfill us! We live and move and have our being in Him, and Him alone. In His presence is fullness of joy…not anyone else! The very idea also, that God has a special someone just for you, is totally selfish. God did not create another human being just to satisfy you. I seen a quote on Twitter once, where it said, “lust’s desire is to get – but love’s desire is to give.” In a healthy marriage, both husband and wife are called to give to satisfy the other – not get to satisfy yourself. That’s why marriages suffer…and that’s probably why my wife wants me to read this book!!!

Some real food for thought I tell you. I have seen the DVD to Mark Gungor’s seminars before, but gee, reading the book is better I think…I highly recommend it!

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A new ministry…

Hey everyone! Hope you are all well…

For the last month, I have been doing a daily devotion, which you can check out at http://rabattyedaily.wordpress.com and I’m amazed at the responses I’ve received. I’ve discovered a new ministry to the nations in fact.

When I go to the stats section, it tells me how many people have viewed the blog and from where. So far, views from Australia, America, UK, Brazil, Colombia, Bulgaria, Canada, South Africa, Japan and the Netherlands!

What encourages me is that I may never go to these countries in person, but through a simple devotion, it’s like I am right there in their rooms, giving them God’s Word in all these countries! What’s even better, God IS there with them, and I pray that He is speaking to each one who reads and shows Himself to them in some way. I imagine God speaking to them, I see it and pray for it! I don’t know their circumstances, but God does.

Maybe some of them don’t have access to a Bible – sure, most in countries like Australia, the U.S. and the UK would – but what about in Bulgaria, or even Japan. I once was going to go to Japan for a year, but decided instead to go to the outback of Australia. Now, through this devotion, I am going inside someones room in Japan. I heard stories about young people there, who would isolate themselves in their rooms to the extent that their parents would leave their dinner outside their rooms for them to pick it up later. And if the meal was still there later, it meant they died, or committed suicide.

WHAT IF I was talking to one of those lost souls, who through a daily devotion, read God’s Word and received hope in their lives again? I just started thinking of this concept when I saw that someone in Japan read the blog. We’ll never truly know what impact we’ve made in the world until we get to heaven. Just what if…

I am also building new friendships with other bloggers who just want to also share God’s Word like me, we encourage eachother through our comments, challenge eachother. It’s great. I’d recommend wordpress blogging for sharing God’s Word anyday.

Sure, nothing beats having fellowship in person, but since I have a nighshift job like this, I’m in a good position to blog, and using work’s internet…which I’m allowed to do, so why not use it for Kingdom purposes – and touch the world for Jesus at the same time!

If you have time for blogging, why not give it a go? You never know who’s reading it…

Enjoy your day people, and God bless!

Rob 🙂

An update on the life of the Battye’s…

Dear one and all,

G’day, hope you’re all doing well! We haven’t written for a while and maybe, just maybe you were wondering to yourselves, “gee, I wonder how that Battye family”s going…” or not…either way we’re gonna tell ya!

It’s been a long year since leaving Halls Creek…even though we all have the same 24 hours a day, trust me, ours must have been 28 hours a day I was sure of it sometimes. We first came down in May 2011 or so, we lived in my brother’s unfinished house for a few months, then I finally got a job in July, where I am still working. (Aboriginal Sobriety Group) I have built up holiday time now, so we went camping for a few days around a month ago. We went to a place called Gluepot Reserve, which is 60km north of Waikerie. It is a birdlife reserve and has bird hides and lots of walking trails, which I especially liked. The only problem was that they didn’t let us have campfires…and it was FREEZING!!! I really tried hard not to think about up north then, I forgot there are rules called firebans…lol! But the walks were good in the mornings, was able to defrost then.

Anyway, after living at my brother’s property, we moved into their townhouse they had bought last year in Two Wells…that was nice and comfy, but now we are living in the luxurious suburb ofDavorenPark. Anyone who knows about the place will laugh here…it’s no better thanElizabeth…where I was born. Oh well, could have been born inVictoriaI suppose- gotta count my blessings!

Yvonne is now studying withCharlesDarwinUniversityonline. She has started a prep course and has received a scholarship, and plans to go on studying Health Science. She is studying part time and is talking about working as an Aboriginal health worker as well.

She has inspired me to do the same prep course, so I also am applying to study part time. It’s free and I’ve never even considered doing uni before, so am giving it a go. I’m starting to get into giving things a go lately- started my own part time business, cleaning windows. That’s been fun, but slowed down considerably at this time of year, but thankful for the work I do have.

My brother in-law, Cameron, has been staying with us for the past 6 or so months. He has started a cert 2 in Construction and plans to head out to the mines at some stage. He just needs a few tickets and experience. He’ll be with us a while, but he’s a good lad!

At present, we are going to a church in Gawler called Hope Chapel. The Pastor is Andrew Cole, he’s a good bloke, down to earth. As every church I go to, everyone seems to like my wife better than me, but I like her better too, so that’s ok! 🙂 They will be starting an outreach soon into the community, so we’re hoping to get involved with that.

Other than all this, life seems pretty normal. Nothing spectacular has happened, the storms of life have passed by and we’re in a nice calm, which I like! But I am also becoming more aware of the needs all around me, especially at work. I work with people whose lives are messed up considerably and who have no hope- and I have the opportunity to just sit down and have a good yarn to them. Most of the time, I don’t know what to say when they vent all their problems. I’ve never been where they are exactly, but I’ve experienced brokenness and a life away from Christ, ravaged by the affects of sin. We all have to some degree. The truth is, I am learning more from them than they are from me I think. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s true. They are just happy to have a roof over their heads, but we fight and argue over the colour of the curtains, tiles etc. Nothing wrong with all that, except the attitude over what’s important and not.

One of them encouraged me one time in fact, and told me that it didn’t matter if I had never been where he was, but I was an example to him, as I’ve never become an alcoholic. He said that don’t you think it’s better to learn from someone who has had the strength to resist the grog in the first place? Everyone thinks they gotta have experience as an alcoholic to minister effectively to one, but that’s simply not the case. All you need is a humble attitude with them. That was quite some advice from a recovering alcoholic, let me tell you! So this is the path the Lord seems to have me on so far, and I want to be faithful to it. But one thing I’ve learnt- only God knows the future. I will plan as much as I can,  but leave the journey in His Hands.

Anyway, hope you are all well – keep happy, healthy and blessed!

Rob and Yvonne Battye 🙂