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 🙂

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 🙂