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30.6.10

Monday & Tuesday... In The Studio

It's only Wednesday morning and I have already learned so much this week! I am out of breath from the intense roller coaster ride that I have been on and it's been both wonderful and scary all at the same time. Although it has been amazing I have also learned so much and have so much to share with you, way too much for one Blog post so I may stretch it over a few posts. Let's me start by telling you what I have been up to :)

On Monday morning our church band, D7 Band, started recording our very first album! I have the awesome privilege of being involved as one of the songwriters and singers. Keep in mind that D7 Church was born on 1 December 2009 and we have only started writing our own songs since then. Also keep in mind that none of us are professional musicians so this is a HUGE thing for us as a band and as a church. Personally, I have no singing experience and never in my wildest dreams did I ever see myself doing something like this. For me, this has been an incredible opportunity and I am so humbled that God (and the team) even allowed me to be involved in such an awesome thing. I don't want this post to be too long so am going to stop here by sharing a little video clip of us in the studio. More about my roller coaster Monday & Tuesday to follow. x

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25.6.10

You are... loved with an everlasting love

Since Eric & I first started dating he has consistently done the sweetest thing. From time to time he sends me "you are" emails where he writes something really sweet, starting with you are... then followed by a phrase affirming my identity. We have been together for six years now and he still takes time to do this. I have kept every single one, they mean so much to me and they help me remember who I am and how much I am loved. Today I would like to start doing the same thing for us girls, I am going to write a "you are" post from time to time to remind us of who we are as King's Daughters. See it as an email from heaven! It's great fun realising that when we are born again we are adopted into God's family and become princesses :) That is only step one though, the rest of the journey is a beautiful journey of discovering what it means to be a princess. So here is today's precious reminder:

You are... loved with an everlasting love

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.

Human love is temperamental, conditional and often selfish. If ever you have known any form of human love you will know this and you will know that it's not enough to meet your need for love. As daughters of God, we are loved unconditionally with a love that is secure and will never change. Meditate on this as often as possible and understand that you can't earn this love and you can't loose this love. It is yours no matter what you do and no matter how good or bad you have been. This is a love you can depend on and always feel if you allow God's love into your heart. His love is perfect and precious and life changing. Once you get this into your identity you will find that you start to love others differently too.

Have a lovey weekend and soak up the fact that you are loved.
xxx
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21.6.10

A God Shaped Hole II

"In the effort to make things perfect, a woman can beg her man to be like the one over there. She's hoping that if he could change, she'd finally be whole. When the man feels that he is asked to be something he wasn't ever made to be, when he senses the pressure to meet expectations that seem unattainable, when he wants to fill but doesn't really understand how to pour, after years of talking and trying and talking some more the man can step back in frustration. The woman tries to counter the distance by leaning and desperately asking him for more. And he might try from miles away, but he can't. So he looks across the back yard and wonders if his neighbours woman has these needs. Maybe she doesn't. Maybe a woman like her could appreciate a man like him. And his heart wonders away. And he gives up on romance with the one he has loved and the passion dies. And the heart of the woman who has expected the man to be enough dies with it. The woman is a mystery that the man can't unlock. Her desires seem to him like a moving target. He can't ever seem to get it right. He can't figure our how to be enough to please her... to make her happy... to keep her heart swooning. It's not that he shouldn't try. It's just that you and I must understand: the man will never be all that you need. Here is one thing I can say with great confidence: The man that you love is just a man. He may be your soul mate. He is possibly your best friend. He may be hunky and funny and surprising and strong, but he will never - not in a million years - not if he goes to relationship therapy twice a week and keeps every promise ever written - be enough to fill your soul... He will never make you whole. He wasn't make to be enough. He could not be even if he tried. He is just a man, and he can give only as a man and interact as a man and love as a man. He wasn't designed to fill the depth of a woman's longings, anticipate every need, and jump through every hoop. He can't. Those deep places inside you were made for God."

This is an extract from the most beautiful book that I read over and over again, Do You Think I'm Beautiful by Angela Thomas. She really captures the essence of us as woman and shows us who we really are and how to release our girlish potential. If you really want to be all you can be I highly recommend this book to you.
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20.6.10

My Gorgeous Family

We were given a delightful oppurtunity to have a photo shoot as a family and I am thrilled to share this photo with you, many thanks to Portrait Academy for this lovely photo!
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17.6.10

A God Shaped Hole

I have been so very inspired lately, much more than usual! It's so wonderful finally realising who I am and what God wants from me in this life. I have often longed for this kind of freedom in my life and for years have felt so trapped. At the time I couldn't quite identify what it was that trapped me but I knew I wasn't free. For most of my life I was trapped in insecurity and at other times I was lost and couldn't figure out my true identity. Other seasons I found myself trapped in sin and in other seasons I was trapped in busyness. The list could go on forever but in each season of my life I have desired the freedom that I know God desires for me too. Finally I have begun to taste that freedom. I know it is only the beginning too, how exciting, there is so much more to come. The Bible says in John 8:36 that if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. This is the freedom I always desired, the indeed sort of freedom ha ha.

The truth is, there is a God shaped hole inside all of our hearts. We try and fill it with things, careers, husband, children, some people even resort to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc. The more we try the more we realise that we can never truly fill that space with earthly things. No human being and no material thing will ever fit into that part of our heart. The people that seem so happy on the outside are often the ones who cry themselves to sleep at night. The emptiness consumes them and the lack of meaning in their life leaves them feeling tired. I know because I have been there for way too many years. I have been a Christian for 18 years and only now have I begun to taste the freedom and love for life that I have always desired. Looking back I see now that it was a journey, an amazing and many times painful journey, but a necessary journey.

If you feel like I used to and feel the emptiness inside of your heart as your read this, let me tell you a little secret. Nothing but the pure love of Jesus is enough to fill that space. It's not a religious thing. or about rules. It's nothing at all like that. It's a relationship, a journey, an adventure and a beautiful romance! You might not understand what I am talking about right now, but if you haven't ever begun this incredible journey may I sincerely recommend that you do. Your life will never be the same again and you will know freedom from all the things that stop you from truly living. The first step is easy, open your heart and ask Jesus to come into your life and to fill that place. He died for your freedom. Don't let His death be in vain, don't live a life in bondage. Accept His precious sacrifice by simply saying thank you to Him and allow Him a place in Your life. If you are not sure how to get started here is a simple prayer that you can pray. If you pray this prayer please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you and celebrate this special moment with you. xxx

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you so much for dying for my freedom :) I know I haven't really given you a chance in my life but I want to change that and turn from the lifestyle that I have been living. I want You to be a part of my life starting right now. Please set me free.

Amen


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9.6.10

Hold on to Your Joy

I have noticed lately that joy is really precious but sadly it is easily lost. I have happy moments but what I would really like is a joyful lifestyle. In the Bible there are verses that say that our "joy may be full". I really long for that, that my joy may be full. It sounds secure and constant, to me it is not a fleeting moment but it is a lifestyle. In the Bible in Galatians 5:22-23 it speaks of joy as being a fruit of the Spirit, so how do we get the fruit of the Spirit? Like any fruit from any tree, it has to grow from a seed & over a period of time & in the right season. John 15: 4 gives us a key and that is to abide in Jesus.

So these are the things I am considering in order to lead a joyful lifestyle:

1) What things in my life bring me joy?
2) What of these things conflict with my priorities in my current season?
3) What of these things are actually unhealthy & will produce bad fruit in my life?
4) What of these things are going to produce good fruit in my life & complement the season of my life?

It seems so simple doesn't it? We simply have to love God, rely on God, love each other & hang out with each other. This will give us a joyful life... what do you think, any ideas?
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4.6.10

Community Pastor Wanted

Our Church is looking for a lovely person or couple to serve as community pastor/s with us. If you or someone you know may be interested in this sort of role please leave your email address in the comments box and we will send you the full details. No previous experience necessary only a passion for Jesus and a genuine love for people required. Full training is provided :)
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3.6.10

How to make Friends

Yes I know this subject seems a bit strange, but I can't tell you how many lonely people I have met who genuinely don't know how to make new friends. I am no expert on this as I am an introvert who is quite content with my own company ha ha. Never-the-less over the years I have had to step out of my comfort zone and intentionally build friendships. I will share what has worked for me but I would be very grateful if you could share what works for you too as different personalities approach things from different angles. If you are an outgoing sort of person you are probably laughing at this post as you are constantly surrounded by people, but I would like to challenge you too. How deep are your friendships?

To make friends I would suggest:

Get around people:
It's very difficult to meet people if you don't put yourself in a position to meet people. Church of course is a great place and even better is to get involved in church life. Another idea could be to join a club in an area that you interested in like a gardening club, a book club, a walking group, etc.

Talk to people
Again something you would think obvious but to many people not. You can't wait and see who comes and talks to you, you really have to make the effort to talk to people. I have heard so many people from churches complain that no one came to talk to them! My question is always, so who did you go and talk to?

Care about people:
My best friends are through either me seeing their need and caring for them or through them seeing my need and caring for me. Not one of my friendships have started any other way, they have all started through genuine caring for a need.

Endure with people:
We are all human and full of flaws. When your new friend disappoints you and doesn't meet up to your expectation don't ditch them! A good friendship is always a result of enduring the tough times. None of my friendships were a walk in the park, they have all had seasons of endurance. I have annoyed them and they have annoyed me - it's guaranteed to happen but it's what you do with it that counts.

It's not all about you:
Have you ever known someone who never stops talking about themselves, their needs and their struggles? I have known people like that and based on how they have made me feel I have determined to be careful not to be like that myself. My friends who don't have babies don't want to hear me go on about my babies all the time but if I do they try to listen attentively for as long as I need to talk. On the flip side my friends are interested in things that I am not interested in but because they are my friends I do my best to learn about these things that interest them. Give and take, that's it in a nutshell! It's not always going to be about what you want to talk about.

These are my top tips, there are more but I would rather here your views. How do you go about making and keeping friends?
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