Abiding Life Discoveries Australia - July 2013

Welcome to our Newsletter

As I sat down at the computer to prepare another Newsletter, my mind reflected on the many people who will receive it. What are they each experiencing in their personal journey? It is most probable that there will be suffering or bereavement. Perhaps some are experiencing  new life as they welcome newly born children, grand-children, nieces or nephews. Others will have uncertainty in their lives with health or employment challenges. For some life could not be better.
I then considered how privileged and blessed we are to know a Heavenly Father who has promised "I will never leave you or forsake you". He is for ever faithful to His promise. So regardless of what experiences we may encounter through our earthly journey, we have an indwelling Heavenly Father who wants to experience them with us. Often He will not change the circumstances in which we find ourselves. However He will provide all our needs and even more, He will open our eyes and our hearts to His unconditional love.
So greetings to you all! No matter what your life experiences are at the moment, let us all be thankful for our Heavenly Father's faithfulness and unconditional love. 
Don Rea               


"I waited patiently for the Lord .... " Psalm 40: 1-3
He waited, and waited, and waited, and waited .... for goodness knows how long! Not only did he wait, he waited patiently!
21st century go-getters are not inclined to wait. We live in an instant age: whether it be food, house loans, love or divine revelation. The instant age is simply a revelation of pride and selfishness. My importance demands instant attention; my selfishness has no consideration for others. 
In Old Testament days, waiting on God developed a quality of life and character that has long gone from humanity. It is replaced by high stress and heart attacks. 
In the patient waiting, David says "and the Lord .... heard my cry!" Actually God heard King David's first utterance; the waiting was God's way of building his faith and dependence. 
The faith and dependence gained in the simple act of patient waiting motivated God to do incredible things for David:
"He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire."
"He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along."
"He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God." (NLT)
David did not have to think up something to say in Church on Sunday morning. The transformation inside himself was his testimony to the whole community:
"Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord."
Maybe we need to spend more time "waiting patiently for the Lord!"
Geoff Hopson    


I don't suppose there are many places that you can sit and contemplate an entire small mountain from an elevated position, where its structure rises up from and stands alone on the valley floor, quite unattached from the other ranges that crater the surrounding area. You get an idea of its mass and solidity the longer you look at it. As your eyes travel over it to try and take it all in, you note the steepness of its slopes, the rocky out-crops and variety of green shades that carpet the in-between. It isn't moving.
I love one meaning of the word rest, to "pitch a tent". I love it because it contains the idea of recognizing the suitability of the place wherein it is to be pitched. And that to me tells the joy of the discovery that I am suited to rest in Him. But sitting on the side of the hill at Mount Alford soaking in the view of that small mountain, I was struck deeply by its overwhelming capacity to not move. I know that seems a funny way to put it, in fact we call it inertia, the tendency for a mass to maintain its state of rest.
On reflection I realized two things. First, to abide is very much like that mountain, an inertia that resists the urge to run to all the things that I think hold promise of life and security and fulfillment and hope other than Jesus Christ Himself and second, that a very similar inertia was growing in me! My heart had one of those deep moments of joy when you see something you had almost been tempted not to believe could be true. He has whispered in my heart with a thought something like this, "See, this is where I am bringing you, a place of immovable rest, a place of satisfied faith, hope, peace, conviction and experience".
That place, in which to allow our inertia to grow, is not a way of looking at things, it's not an understanding or an explanation but it is Jesus Christ Himself. The deep settled conviction of Him as the truth of all He promises. Eph 3:17-19 (Amplified)
I have looked at a good number of mountains because I love them. The biggest I have seen is Mt Kangchenjunga, India's highest mountain and third highest in the world. It is seriously impressive yet you can't really take it in. I have a large photo of it but it doesn't do it justice at all. Its base is lost in the Himalayan mountain ranges and I certainly felt no association with it, just awe. It was too distant. I could see all of the small mountain at Mount Alford however, and it wasn't moving. My inertia in Jesus is just a small mountain but what He has encouraged to grow there isn't moving and I am well versed in all its rocky outcrops, steep slopes and variety of green shades in between. I know its foundation and by His grace it is growing.
Keith Adams

On The Home Front

Since our last Newsletter ...
The Bells have visited the "red centre". They can no longer say "don't say one day ......." because the day has come, and gone! Like the "Fockers" of movie fame, they embarked on their holiday in a large motorhome which, in Wendy's words, had a refrigerator large enough for half a day's rations. They visited all the places that "Terry Tourist" would go - plus some! A great time was had by all, but I understand that the enormity of the alcohol and violence challenges faced by some of the communities impacted them all. It seems that Politicians continue to legislate to "fix" the problems, but we all know that the only solution for all Australians is the heart change that can happen when Jesus is accepted as Lord and Saviour in their lives.
The Reas have travelled to Melbourne to ensure that their grand-daughter turned 20, I mean 2. What a little organizer! They enjoyed catching up with their family.
The Hopsons have had a few days R&R in the "big smoke" - Brisbane. They were able to do some things that they had not had the time to enjoy. Geoff is still busy with his ministry and the rose garden. Judging by the love and care the roses have enjoyed in recent weeks they should provide abundant pleasure next season. Geoff  is off to Western Australia in a couple of weeks as speaker at a Men's Convention. 
Around the Lodge - work continues to ensure that the property is maintained to a standard that reflects glory and thanks to God. Cabin exteriors are gradually being painted, grass continues to be mowed and soft furnishings upgraded. We praise God for His continuing provisions through steady bookings and new potential opportunities to be a witness for Him.

Thank You!

Thank you to those who contributed to this Newsletter. We encourage others to submit thoughts you may have as you continue your journey abiding in Him.  

We are sons of the most High, and once we understand who we are, we need no longer work to be that.
Michael Wells, "Sidetracked in the Wilderness"


Dates for 2013

Bonnie Thomas 
23-25 Sept, 2013
We are excited and privileged to welcome Bonnie to this special Ladies Retreat.  Bonnie is a powerful communicator and in her own words "My love is allowing the Bible to "come alive", and then showing women how to simply talk with Jesus through the joys and sorrows of life." 
These three days together will help women in their daily Christian walk. 
If you have received a registration form but have not yet returned it, please get it in quickly to help us accurately monitor numbers.
Phone 5463 0999 or email info@mountalfordlodge.com.au for more information or go to this link .
"Breaking Free"

13-15 September 2013
8-10 November 2013
Presenter: Geoff Hopson
Breaking Free is a discipleship ministry wherein the body of Christ can be effectively trained to minister to defeated believers and unbelievers. It looks at the problem, examines the cause, then points to Jesus - the Dynamic of Abundant Life.
$165 per person twin share. Includes all meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday, all sessions with notes, plus accommodation in twin ensuited rooms (all linen etc provided). 
Check-in from 2.00pm Friday
Bookings and Inquiries:
Telephone 07 5463 0999 or

Have you stopped and marvelled?

Have you ever stopped and marvelled at the total reliance that a baby has on its parents for survival, particularly its mother. From just seconds after birth it is bonded to its mother and innocently, without a second thought knows the sounds, the fragrance, the loving touch associated with its parents. Never do you hear "I don't need you today, I am doing it on my own" (although that may come a couple of years down the track when they discover their free will). A baby has no personal concerns for its health, its finances, its relationships. It is entirely and absolutely reliant on its parents.  
How much our Heavenly Father must yearn that as adults we innocently, without a second thought and in a childlike way, look to Him for every aspect of our daily survival. How well do we know the "sound", the "fragrance" and the "touch" of our Heavenly Father in our lives?

Abide in me, and I will Abide in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in me." John 15:4     
Don Rea


I have been learning again over the past few days, that grace is not just for me. Grace is for me and others. Like wearing perfume, it's applied to me, but others benefit! So when I forfeit the grace of God in my life I also forfeit the fragrance of the aroma to others. The fragrance of grace has an atmosphere that's beneficial to life.
Dan Colyn     



I can feel so small and insignificant, such a measly little human!
However, when I meditate on David's Psalm 139, I realize that the Creator of the Universe knows every part of me, and GOD loves me.
I could feel proud in this knowledge,  but NO, I feel humble and secure in GOD'S love for me.
Wendy Rea 

The Invisible King

Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed (are) they who did not see, and (yet) believed."
John 20:29

I really love the fact that Jesus is invisible to us! I want Him to remain invisible. Of course, without faith, it is impossible to please Him. We know that. But for me, there is more. I love the fact that He is invisible. Often I enter a country wherein Christianity is illegal, especially in the Muslim countries. However, because He is invisible, I enter the country with His hand on my shoulder and no one notices. I bring with me the whole Kingdom and its King. If He were visible, it would not be allowed; because He cannot be seen, no one says a word. We enter, and with us comes all that is true about Him. Beautiful. Thank You, Jesus, that You are invisible. I also like the invisible currency of His kingdom. Often I have taken a few dollars to a place and given them to a Christian cloth-maker. The cloth is given to a Christian seamstress, and the clothes given to children at a Christian school. Everyone reaps the benefit, and every penny is multiplied. Amazing.
from "My Weakness for His Strength by Mike Wells