Over the last 30 years, Ephesians 6:10-13 has resonated from my heart as I have engaged in prayer and spiritual warfare. Our weapons are spiritual in nature and resemble that of a high priest. We wage war through prayer, petitions and praise. We fight, not with our own strength but through knowing our authority and identity in Christ. I have discovered that the whole armor of God is not just for passive protection when we face the enemy. Rather, as this scripture says, we have to assertively STAND and position ourselves to engage in the battle … to STAND against the enemy … to STAND in prayer till the breakthrough happens … and to be found STANDING when the battle is over.
Who knew that a two week trip could completely change your life! God had to take me to the other side of the world to show me something that I now realise you can experience literally anywhere if you’re willing. That is when God breaks your heart for what breaks His--your heart is in fact broken into place. At least that’s what I found to be true.
I am one of the first to admit that I am a recovering ‘control freak’ or ‘control enthusiast’. In reality I believe we can all relate to wanting to control at least one aspect of our lives, especially the areas that seem most out of our control. It is our way of making ourselves feel secure.
Personally this year has been one big, giant roller coaster and I have searched for a way to get off or closed my eyes waiting for everything to come to a stop. I have come to the realisation that it is way better to go with the flow, release my grip a little, and enjoy my front row seat. God has promised to never leave nor forsake me and, He promises that He is not surprised in the least with where I am in my life right now – even when I am. God is a God of purpose and uses EVERYTHING to His Glory.
Six months ago my husband, Justin, and I became co-campus pastors of C3 Church Blue Mountains. This was an exciting but scary opportunity for us! I can still remember the moment when our Senior Minister, Ps Andrew Gray, asked us to take on this role - our jaws hit the ground!! We felt unprepared, unqualified and totally shocked!
Three years ago my life was pretty ordinary, working for a large corporation, going to the same job Monday to Friday for the last 15 years and seeing the same people every week. Saturday was my down time and Sunday was Church day. Then all of a sudden my world changed. My job was made redundant and I felt completely lost. One big door was shut and I had no idea what to do.
Fear can be like jumping over a hurdle that isn’t even there. At least that’s what I experienced in my current travels to Seoul, South Korea. For our two week holidays between Term 2 and Term 3 at C3 College, I got the opportunity to travel up to South Korea to visit my best friend of four years.
As an idealist with an (arguably) warped sense of reality and a long held desire to live in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign, it seemed only right that my next destination abroad be Italy. From the overflowing limoncello, to the promise of the world’s best pizza, to the glorious masterpieces of old, housed in embellished galleries, Italy holds a certain magic that has captured the imagination of countless people before me. As it is peak season in Europe, I thought it might be enlightening to do a little recap of my Italian travels circa 2015 - So with the beauty of retrospect, I humbly bring you these top tips and tricks to assist you in your travels:
On the second day I almost quit. What was I thinking, writing a daily devotional as a new mum? Add that hat to the other ones I wear: wife, pastor, business owner, and I didn’t really need to put the pressure on myself. Here we are though, halfway through the year, and I cannot fathom living 2016 without my daily discipline.
Recently someone commented on one of my posts that I looked too 'good' for someone who was recovering from a very difficult birth. It's so easy to make assumptions when looking at my curated Instagram feed. I've never been happier since becoming a mama but I've also never known this level of fear and challenge.
My heart has turned inside out, exposed and enlarged in a way I never knew was possible. I love with a fierceness that has overtaken me and I want to wear all the 'mama' things - I spend ages perusing baby name necklaces on etsy. And I've not so secretly been searching for matching outfits! Apart from my taste in fashion here are some of the other things that have changed:
Is anyone else like me? We go to bed thinking “yes, tomorrow is the day I’m going to get up early and spend time with God” then the morning comes and the sharp air outside juxtaposed with the warm, heavy doona is too tough to handle and you hit that snooze button again, and again.
I got to a point a few weeks ago that I was so fed up with myself I had to change something! I realised, one of the only things that could entice me out of bed was, as sad as this sounds, coffee!
Travel has always been about escapism for me. Internally wracked by a debilitating first world anxiety to ‘see more of the world’, it has been my escape from such terrible plagues as the school term, the Winter blues, uni assessments, the clinical surroundings of a 9-5 cubicle desk job, or a moderately balanced diet.
It was January 1996 and I was splitting a smile that threatened to explode off my face because it was my FIRST TIME ON A PLANE and better still, I was going to SINGAPORE and HONG KONG. #exotic
As leaders in Church, the community and the marketplace, daily we are emptying out our supplies on others, through giving and imparting. How then do we give ourselves permission to recover from the effects of heat?! I know you hear me! It's a bit like we have to 'sneak away' from the family, the kids, the crowds, business, the ministry, the “must do's” and even the "want to do's" to just be in Him, to be with Jesus.