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 🙂

 

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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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