Out of control

Ever prayed for something and when the time came for what you asked for to happen, you felt unprepared and taken by surprise?

I used to occasionally go horse riding with my friend, after a few times I started getting a little annoyed because the horses would just walk the whole time, I started telling a girl who would sometimes come with me “I wish the horses would just go a little faster and be more exciting”. The next time I went out for a ride my friend asked if we would like to go in a different area.

The moment we started riding, the horses starting going for it, running, dodging trees and having the time of their lives while we…I was holding on for dear life. As soon as we got to the top of a hill clearance the horse I was on bolted through a gate and started going for it fast down the hill and started bucking, half way down my friend was riding next to me shouting “hold on!”, next thing I was flying did a flip in the air and landed flat on my back.

I wasn’t ready, prepared or even slightly convinced that what I had been wanting and asking for was actually going to happen. When it did I was thrown of guard, and landed straight on my back.

When we pray, are we prepared for God to answer? When we ask for something, are we ready for God to say yes?

When God moves in a situation it can feel like it happened suddenly and we are taken of guard.

Let’s pray full of faith, preparing ourselves for him to move and not be surprised when he does.

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 6:46

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Uproot

We’ve just started cleaning up my Mum property this week after years, maybe 10 or more of letting plants just grow. This house is not like your average backyard, it is a pretty huge section with trees, blackberry bush and craziness taking over.

I remember when some of the vines were tiny and picking of a few berries as a teen.

Now the roots run deep, it’s even hard to find where the source is, some vines had pulled down fences and our friend even came in with a digger to rip bushes out. But when we pulled them out and cut, dug, ripped those tree and bushes out we were all surprised how much room there was and how much light was getting into the section.

Oh how much is this like our lives. When we have something undealt with. An issue, hurt, insecurities, areas of weakness, unforgiveness, things we think we can just leave and walk away and months or years later we find ourselves crossing boundaries we have put up, saying, thinking or acting in ways which are not in line with how we would like to live, or helpful for a fruitful life.

It’s almost hard to find the root of the problem or the cause sometimes. “Why am I getting so angry?” …”Why can I not control that area of my life?”…..”Why am I so sensitive to those words”, I don’t know what it is but I know it could be a list of things for many people.

We can’t just leave things to “be” and hope time will make it “go away”.

We need to be open to cut down those brunches and find the source and uproot it. Getting healing and help through Jesus is the absolute best way and he sometimes makes us work through it slowly cutting each brunch and in some amazing points He comes in with that powerful word which is like the digger pulling everything out from the roots.

I am choosing to keep an eye out for any “brunches” that don’t look fruitful, cut them and uproot the source before it gets out of hand and am so excited for all the room there is for growth and fruitfulness in all areas of life as I do this.

It’s a New Year and isn’t that the best time to reflect and decide to do the best for yourself and those around you by letting Him transform you into your best!

Happy gardening 🙂

Last blog 2017

As 2017 starts to wrap up and the excitement of Christmas looks towards the New Year I’m sure a lot of us are reflecting on many things that happened in the year.

I am now writing this from our home in New Zealand which is a surreal feeling.

This time last year we were in the beautiful winter of Japan after enjoying Christmas with our friends in, little did we know God was going to flip our worlds completely around and bring us back to our roots and we would be slapping on sunblock before our Christmas feasts surrounded by family this year.

Peace. This word would be the biggest and most important for me personally this year.

We had many big decisions to make and it all came back to following Gods peace.

So many times we had choices that had to be made, everytime I tried to just look from the outside it was very unsettling. From continuing what we were doing, whether or not to buy a house, what to write about or message to preach, what country to live, what accommodation to use, where to eat, when to fly, who to talk to, how to solve a problem and how to do life. But God shows us, leads us and empowers us to push forward towards His best and our best while walking in a crazy sort of peace which is hard to understand.

To be honest there were a lot of moments where things sounded good, or seemed “perfect” at the time, but God doesn’t just look at our current position or moment, He looks at our tomorrows, our years and our generations to come.

Learning to walk following that “peace” is something I am definitely learning but it’s so amazing when you continue to pursue Gods best for your life.

It’s about walking day to day aware, and not being shut off or just living on “function” mode and just gliding through.

Thank God I can say that we are healthy, happy and have gone through another year in His grace and am grateful for His guidance throughout this crazy year.

I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for the New Year and I am sure it will be packed with some “Peace following decisions” and some incredible Wow moments.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He is with us

My husband and I were talking about different moments in the bible where people went through something tough, even walking through fire and God walked with them.

When I think of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were put in the fire or Daniel who got throw in the lions pit, the disciples going through the storm. God didn’t stop the men from being put in the fire or dark pit or the storm from coming, but in the fire the men didn’t get burnt, in the storm Jesus was with them and in the pit of lions God closed the lions mouths.

Going through the pit, the fire or the storms sometimes we wonder how we got there or why it’s happening to us. But when we can testify of His goodness and presence in it all people can see Jesus in the bigger picture and I hope our faith and power in him goes to new heights.

We’ve been in Bali now for almost two months for a surf/mission trip. Two weeks ago I got a knock on our hotel door and opened it up to find my husbands face covered in blood. He had hit his face and head on the reef after catching a wave and almost tore of his entire top lip off.

He said as he came up out of the water after the incident, a lifesaver from Australia was on the inside next to him and helped him get out. He drove Daniel to take us to the doctors. We were then rushed to hospital by ambulance and found great favor with Docter’s and travel insurance.

Our friends put us into a beautiful hotel next to the hospital for the week so he could recover after his surgery. Even when things were feeling hecktic, my two year old son running around the hospital, dealing with insurance, orginising our stuff getting picked up, praying my husband is going to be okay and a volcano erupting. There are so many things that we saw Gods hand in and helping us even when we felt like we were in the middle of a storm.

Today you can hardly even tell Daniel went through this experience, his face has almost completely healed but in turn our faith has grown, our courage stronger and we are full of gratitude.

Maybe you’re feeling alone in the pit or going through a storm right now, or there is pressure and heat in life right now, talk to Jesus, ask him to stay with you, give you what you need to come out stronger than before and know that he is with you.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It’s about love

It sometimes can get complicated can’t it, we over think the word, people’s actions, think about circumstances and try and figure out why and how. How can I be a great Christian? How can I live the way God wants me to and a more real one… what should I do with this person who is so hard to be around?

But the reality is Gods word actually is not complicated and our walk can be broken down in to two things…. believe and love Jesus, love other people.

Maybe the first part is easy and the second easy to love “some” people. But if we fall more in love with Jesus and get closer and closer to him we will find that the later will become easier and easier over time.

I had a work colleague like that once, I mean from the first day I was like “This guy is so hard to be around” he would just say the right thing to irritate me so much every single day. But when I came back to work a year after taking leave to have my son, I found myself working with this guy again and I just didn’t get angry, annoyed or frustrated at him, actually I was absolutely fine to share the office with him and swap opinions without venting about it for the night. I asked myself had he changed? And I realized over the course of a year chasing God and pursuing him, in turn I grew in the ability to love more, even those that I didn’t think I could.

We have no choice sometimes who we are around but we do have the choice to let Gods love change us and help us to love those around us.

“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I only have this…. 

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:17-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Oh how many times have I felt like this, being asked to do something or help someone beyond what I feel I have to give. 

In the scripture above Jesus was asking the disciples to feed thousands of people, and in their eyes they wanted to send them away because they “didn’t have enough”.  

Yeah, if I was there I would be thinking the exact same thing….” but we only have this”

When I first started writing this blog weekly this was exactly how I felt. I really want to impact people, share Gods love and lift others up. I was honestly asking myself what platform I could use…I had only limited time, limited resources, limited opportunities to share. I said to Jesus “I only have this, but I give it to you and if it impacts one person that’s enough for me”. It’s been about 8 months now and there’s been over 2000 people who have read something, I have had so many people message or tell me how they have been impacted by the blog, being ready to draw closer to God again, realize their value in him and other stories of healing because I gave what I had to be used. 

Jesus asked the disciples to bring whatever they had and give it to him and when they did he blessed what they gave, they handed it out to the people and there was more than enough.
When we find ourselves saying “I only have this” and give whatever small portion we do have to Jesus, he multiplies it through us. Supplies what others needed but doesn’t leave us without, actually we are left with more than what we started with. 
Whether it be in friendship, sharing Gods word, money, time, resources, prayer or talents, whatever it is that you feel God asking to give to him to bless and help others just do it! Of course what we have is not enough, or else we wouldn’t need faith! 
But with Him we have more than enough. 

Could you imagine yourself impacting one person with what you have….how about thousands? There’s really no limit to what God can do through you! 

Things start out small 

When we plant any seeds, in the natural we expect a harvest. 

I tried gardening once….it was pretty bad. I don’t have a green thumb that’s for sure and to be honest I’m pretty neglectful and lazy when it comes to watering, weeding and getting rid of bugs. My landlord once saw my garden and felt sorry for me, it was pretty funny. The next day my Landlord came and planted a whole lot of tomatoes that he had grown from seeds, he would care for then every day and of course they reduced beautiful tasting tomatoes! 

When we plant in our lives in differnt areas we will get something from it.

You want better friends? Sow seeds of good friendship, stop and ask “Is this going to be a good seed or am I planting a weed?”.
For friendships:

Praying for our friends, encouraging, giving, to them, spending time together. You want better environment at work? What seeds are you planting? Is this word I’m speaking or Attitide I have and am I saying good things about my work collegues or boss. 

Is this a Good seed or a weed?

We can plant seeds daily towards many areas of our lives; work, love towards others, love towards self, relationships, healing, finances, gift development, spiritual, goals.

No one has a garden and decides to plant weeds. So why do we do it so many times in our daily lives? 

 Asking God to take away the bad more room for good is a great way to “garden” our lives. 

I’m sure we all want greatness and good stuff in our lives and the results always come from the small seeds that we plant today. Keep planting and being aware of what “kind” of seed you’re planting and have vision to see something big and great come from it! 
“Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬