Blippy things that go blip… and then save your life. (warning this post contains bruises)

I haven’t been on here for a little while.

I think I’ve started a couple of posts like that over the past few years. I feel like that person who announces that they’re back on twitter, right before they stop using it for the fourth time.

My absence this time is because I had this little box and wires put in my chest last Thursday afternoon. It’s a pacemaker.

Way back in July, we were away on a family holiday and I blacked out. No warning. Just blacked out. Thankfully I was sitting on our bed, so I didn’t hurt myself. Nothing else happened until the end of September when I blacked out again. I was at college. It was sunny, I had just had lunch. I was also sitting on a retaining wall. When I blacked out I fell backwards off the wall, hit my head, broke three toes and wound up in RPA for three days. They ran tests, and then they ran some more tests. I had an operation. No results came.

The decision was made that I would have a small device implanted into my chest that would constantly monitor my heart. I needed to blackout again. Awesome. Three weeks passed, and in the middle of a doctrine lecture, at exactly 11:31 am, something happened. My heart stopped. Completely. For 5 seconds. We didn’t find this out till a few weeks later, but the problem was worse then we originally thought.

My cardiologist looked at Kirsty and I and said, “Right, we need to get a pacemaker into you as soon as possible”. Plans were then made. Which resulted in last Thursday.

I’m so thankful for Drs, surgeons and engineers who care for people and make things like this that keep people alive. For friends who have made us so many meals and prayed. Also so very thankful for K, who is always by my side. But most thankful for our God who has sustained us and kept me safe over the last few months along with sending His son into this world to save it.

I’m sore and we’re tired, but I have been promised that I won’t blackout ever again. For this I am also very thankful.

p.s I’m not thankful for trainee pathologists who don’t know how to take my blood without creating these masterpieces. What’s the deal guys? Also, the Iron Man jokes are getting a bit old. 🙂

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Time for something with meaning.

It has been a while since I posted anything of any real meaning on here. That is largely due to an almost non-stop summer of activity. Here are the quick highlights.

  • We finished up at family church in mid December.
  • Christmas happened.
  • Tyro has been mental. See some of the stuff we have been doing here.
  • We went on beach mission. We were the cooks. It was mental. Good mental, but still mental.
  • A bit of time was spent getting ready for college starting again.
  • Kirsty started a new job.
  • I started a new job as a student minister at an Anglican Church in Cammeray.
  • Australia dominated in the test series.

Pretty much sums it up. Normal service will now resume.

Have Faith. An update.

One of the reasons I started this site was to keep our friends updated of how life was going while Kirsty and I go through Bible college. (Kirsty isn’t actually studying at college, but she is still heavily involved. If you catch my drift. Hence, we are both going through college)

I wanted to write an update to tell you how things have been going recently for us. So here goes. Sorry, this post is long and doesn’t have a fancy video.

College has been busy, much busier than I had thought it would be. Managing college work, seeing family, seeing friends, church work, secular holiday work, starting tyro designs and spending time together as a married couple has been a steep learning curve. I don’t pretend to have mastered this yet, but our friends are gracious when we can’t see them, and our families are even more forgiving when we seem absent or exhausted. We are extremely thankful for this.

At the same time as being busy, this year has been excellent. The stuff I have learnt this year will prove to be valuable into the future, and the friendships we have made at college have been a real encouragement to us both. Our Church this year has been a real highlight of our ministry together. Ministering to the people of St Ives Family Church has been a delight and a privilege, and we have been greatly encouraged by our brothers and sisters there.

One of the most difficult parts of this year has been the status of Kirsty’s job. Kirsty works in the public health system, where she is a Speech Pathologist, helping young kids speak. Kirsty got the job at the end of 2010, and it has been a blessing. Both financially and relationally (She is working as a locum for another speechie on maternity leave). A difficultly presented itself a few months ago when we heard the news that the woman Kirsty was replacing was returning to work. Because of this Kirsty’s job looked like it might be terminated. The prospects of this were scary. We were tentatively making arrangements to move back in with one of our parents.

In the midst of this, there was a slight prospect that her job might be extended for a period of time, but we sat in limbo for weeks. Not knowing what the outcome might be, we did what we have always done in times of uncertainty. We prayed. We prayed, and trusted that God would work the situation out in the way that he wanted. Trusting in and having faith in God is not something that is foreign to us. In faith, Kirsty and I have made all of our plans in the last few years focused on God and based on what we think God would have us do. There have been numerous times that these decisions have caused stress, mostly financial stress, but still stress. This was another period of that. God has always worked things out for us. Wether it has been where we are going to live or work, God has always provided for us.

To cut a really long story, long. Once again God has answered our prayers by once again providing Kirsty with work in the form of an extension. Her contract has been cut from 5 days to 3, but it is still some work. The health sector is a really difficult area to find work in at the moment, so we are thankful for the 3 days she has been given.

I have written this, not to make you think that we are excellent Christian people. Instead I write this so that, if you are a Christian, you might be encouraged by God’s goodness to us in a time where we had faith in him. If you are not a Christian, I would love to encourage you to check out 2 ways to live, in it you will discover that God has done so much more than just provide materially for Kirsty and I. He has done so much more than that for people who have faith in him.

 

Sorry for the long post. Thanks for reading it.

Love, Tim and Kirsty

All quiet over here…

Ok, it’s been a little while. Kirsty and I have been really busy. But I thought I would give an update on some of the things that we (I) have been up to recently.

1) 6 weeks ago Kirsty snapped a ligament in her ankle playing netball. Awesome. We have had quite a few appointments with doctors and physios. There was the possibility that she would of had to have surgery. It was good to hear that the surgeon thought that physio twice a week for a while would get things working again.

2) Another thing ive been doing a little bit of work on, is a new social media team at college. We have been working to raise the profile of college on twitter and fb. So far things seem to be going well, lots of interaction, and we have made some good plans for the future. Follow us on twitter @moorecollege. We will be giving away some freebies in the near future.

3) Ive started up a new design project with a good mate of mine. We are trying to provide some design services for people who can’t pay heaps, but need some nice looking design. We are hoping to launch later in the year. You can find out some more at tyrodesign.com

4) College has been busy as usual. Lots of essays and greek exams. Not sure what else to write here, except that I’ve spent the last month looking at the early Christian church in egypt. Happy to answer any questions you might have.

5) Next week Kirsty and I are heading away to the Hunter Valley for 3 days. We can’t wait!

Ill write about some of these things in detail soon. I’m starting to realise that I’m far too busy most of the time, but we press on.

Thanks for coming over…

Hi There,

Thanks for coming over.

I hope that this website will serve a couple of functions, firstly as a way for me to keep all my friends updated while I am studying at Moore Theological College, and secondly I hope that this site will give you some insight into what it is like to work in full time ministry and therefore help you to support it in the future.

Firstly let me give you a quick history of the last few years.

After leaving High School in 2001 I studied a combination of Business Management and Nursing. Being involved in the Business world was satisfying in the beginning, it offered the prospect of earning lots of money and the feeling of achieving great success. After a few years of doing this, I found myself feeling un-fulfilled being in a world which was mostly consumed by the constant (and only) pursuit of money. So in a quest for something that would enable me to actually help people, nursing was a logical next step. It gave me opportunities to help people physically, and I even had an inkling that it would be good if I could also share my faith with them. As I found out relatively quickly, this was not really an option in the NSW health system.

Soon after this, I had a conversation with a minister (Gav Perkins) at my home church, Christ Church St Ives. And after a few conversations, and 6 months, I started a 2 year ministry apprenticeship (MTS).

Most recently Ive been working as a Graphic Designer at Christ Church.

This brings you completely up to speed, it is 2011, and this year I will become a Bible College Student.

Over time, more stuff will put up on here that, hopefully, will be worthy of you reading.

I also love good graphic design, so you will most probably get a bit of that too.

timbo