Time To Upgrade - Talking with Julie Maconachie
Everyone who knows Julie Maconachie, loves Julie Maconachie. A relaxed, fun-loving, ‘together’ friend, skilled pastor, sought after primary school teacher, engaging communicator, frequent patron of good cafes on the Northern Beaches, surfer chick, and a lady who never stops learning (she is currently part way through a MA in Christian Studies, majoring in Leadership).
Julie is a great lover of people and is greatly loved by people. However, like many of us, there are areas of her heart and mind, which have been clouded, and even damaged by some past circumstances she has faced and the false truths of the world which have crept in over time. Four months ago she found herself writing in her journal, “I don’t like myself. I’m not happy with where I’m at physically, emotionally or even spiritually. Something has to change”.
And that's when, through a divine set of events, Julie was introduced to Dr. Caroline Leaf’s “Switch On Your Brain 21 Day Detox Plan - The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking and Health”.
Dr Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and audiologist who has worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience since 1985. Joyce Meyer says of her work, “I am amazed at Dr Leaf’s ability to merge science and the Bible, and teach us the science and Scripture behind the amazing, God-given power we have within our minds”.
So Julie started the 21-Day Detox Plan, which generally takes just 7-10 minutes per day.
“It’s like having a life-coach to motivate you every morning”, says Julie.
The Bible teaches us in Romans 12:2 NLT “but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” This is something that supernaturally happens over the course of time as we connect and journey with God. However, Dr Caroline Leaf has found a way to walk us through the process hand-in-hand and help us step in to the untapped potential and ability we have to successfully process our way through life with Him.
When I asked Julie how God has changed her, she said:
“The Lord gave me the scripture Psalm 139:14-18 which immediately upgraded the value I place on myself to reflect the high value God places on me.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
As I progressed along the 21 days, issues of rejection, disappointment, fear and feelings of not being good enough surfaced. He spoke to me so powerfully through Ephesians 1:4-6:
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
God has rewired me to accept, understand and behave according to the value He places upon me. He’s brought me back to my first love, the beautiful fresh feeling of discovering Him all over again. But this time, it’s coupled with the history of our relationship and what we’ve walked through and overcome together, so there’s a greater depth. It’s fun discovering with the Holy Spirit, new truths, having a clear understanding of what’s important (and not important) in my day to day life and rediscovering the simplicity of my calling, to love Christ, be His companion and brings others into relationship with Him. I feel free.”
Julie also realized she no longer had to drive around in her old 1998 Navy Blue Toyota Corolla Seca. She could upgrade to a new white Aldi A1 – which she loves. Go Jules!
Julie now uses Dr. Caroline Leaf’s truths and findings as a key tool in her day-to-day pastoring and has seen incredible results in the lives of others.
Dr. Caroline Leaf will be our Guest Speaker at Everywoman NOW I SEE Conference, 31 Oct – 1 Nov at C3 Oxford Falls - visit everywomangathering.com for more details.
Ladies, let’s value ourselves enough to take 7-10 minutes aside each day to look after ourselves and prepare spiritually for this revolutionary teaching by getting a hold of the 21 Day Detox Plan. Check out 21daybraindetox.com for more information.
I’m in! Who’s with me?
Kirrily Smeallie is wife to Dave, mother to beautiful Kayla and little Maybel, and is a key pastor at C3 Church City Campus.