Friday, July 30, 2010

OH, hello new day!

Evening passed, and morning came. This was the fourth day. Genesis 1:19

Whoa, whoa, whoa, this is like the coolest verse!
Do you know why?

Well, firstly I thought well God you put every verse in the bible because it is important to you. So what does this simple verse show us? Bam! – Everyday is a complete NEW day and everyday is filled with new different amazing things from God. Look at the whole chapter, the first day God created the sky and the earth. Then he said “let there be light”! And there was light! God saw this was GOOD so he separated it from the darkness! Evening passed, and morning came.

The second day arrived; God divided the water with air, calling it sky. Evening passed, and morning came.

The third day God gathered the water under the sky together so there was some dry land, he called that earth. God saw that this was GOOD! Then he said “let the earth produce plants” the plants did wonders, he saw this is GOOD. Evening passed and morning came!

The fourth day, God said “Let there be lights in the sky to separate day from night. And it happened. God saw that ALL these things were GOOD!

The fifth day; God said “let the water be filled with living things, and let birds fly in the air above the earth.” God saw this was GOOD. Evening passed and morning came.

The Sixth day; God said “let the earth be filled with animals.” God saw this was GOOD...then he said, let us make human beings in our image and likeness. God looked at everything he had made, and it was VERY GOOD. Evening passed and morning came!

On the seventh day, the sky and the earth, and all that filled them were finished. God rested. God BLESSED the seventh day and made it a holy day.

So!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every morning/new day had something completely new but really awesome in it! Don’t you see that a new day is a NEW day? You CAN wake up and feel refreshed, you can ask for more of God and he will download to you! You can be encouraged, filled with inspiration and creativity towards projects, and just feel the love! Our God is an awesome God, he reigns! God’s grace is SO strong! Let’s be thankful and live the way he wants us to! Worry freeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! All we need to do is just completely turn to God in all that we do and our plans will be successful and our strength will be renewed. Cast you cares and anxieties to the Lord as he cares for what happens to you! TRUST, TRUST, TRUST is the key! He only has good plans for us; far out, GOOD plans!

If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful, because he cannot be false to himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

Trust the lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

No one can measure the height of the skies or the depth of the earth. So also no one can understand the mind of a king. Proverbs 25:3

AHHH thank you God for the obvious new grace that you have gifted us with each and every new day. Thank you that it will never run dry. Thank you that it’s not based on our strength but from your pure goodness and love that you have towards us. Aren’t we spoilt!!!

Here is a little sing song along that I wrote the other day :)

It’s a new day
There’s a new grace.
I’m walking to the father...

I’m walking to the father...
No I’m running, running fast.
I am hungry and in need
Jesus help me please.

The grace the grace the grace, the compassion
Sheesh it tears down my weak walls
He slobbered his love on them
and now they have fallen to the floor

I love it how when he shows up, things get fine
The peace he brings just blows my mind!
Bringing the joy back doesn’t need to take time
Boom there’s a new grace
Don’t you see the new day has arrived!

The grace the grace the grace, the compassion
Sheesh it tears down my weak walls
He slobbered his love on them
and now they have fallen to the floor

There is a new grace every morning I arise
Just look to his face
He will grace you with grace
And kick the worries aside!

The grace the grace the grace, the compassion
Sheesh it tears down my weak walls
He slobbered his love on them
and now they have fallen to the floor

Mercies, his mercies endure forever
Mercies, there’s so many of them
Mercies, whoa the intensity of his majesty

It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day

...Dont you see the grace?

Bless you guys!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Light and its beauty

God is light. We are made in his image. We are light too!

What does light do?
It eliminates darkness. It is bright. It brings joy and freedom. It gives you direction; with direction there is hope, hope for the future! We HAVE a future in God. How cool is that!

If we are light too, then we can also be such major influences! Have you ever thought about the fact that we can be the only bible some people will ever read? If people interact with us what do they take away from that? How do people read us?

God’s beauty is in the light! That means we are beautiful TOO! Let’s walk in light and let it captivate the people around us! Show them your true beauty and God’s beauty will shine brightly too! Isn’t beauty beautiful! :)

Beauty is in creation too! God has plans for all that he has made and for all that he does. He makes all things work together for our good! WOO! I love looking around and seeing his glory shining brightly! How ‘bout taking some time to admire his beauty, it sure is breath-taking! Wow God!

I would post pictures of his majestic formations and designs but they truly do not bring justice to experiencing them first hand! Let’s be thankful and appreciate all that the day brings! Even the small things, small things are sometimes very huge!

I love standing in awe of God’s goodness. He is so good! Yay God! :)

J Williams - You Got Me [ft. Scribe]

Primal Band - Let Go

Even Greater - Planetshakers

B.o.B - Airplanes ft. Hayley Williams

Primal Band - Heart cries out

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What Giant?

Something freaky to me that has come to my attention today like really come to my attention is THAT...

In order to get anywhere I am going to have to believe in myself and I really stand up and represent what I believe in. That is SCARY! I like to just go with the flow and be awesome there. :-P

The intense thing for me though is the part when being loud and speaking up requires that people hear me. That mega frightens me because what if I don’t say the right thing and people don’t agree with me... oh the confrontation that will come from that! Ahhh, run away!!

In stepping up and out I will be bound to make mistakes but they will only make me stronger and help me to learn more! Then I’ll know for next time! ;) The cool thing is that I have something that other people need. So who am I not to be bold and share what I’ve got?

Whoa how merciful is our God? He is our audience, just the one. He is cheering us on and he encourages us if we slip up, to keep going. Wow the love! Who can love like he does? In the security of his love there is no way that we can be embarrassed or put off. Focus on him and seek him for help every step of the way. He is willing! Oh so willing. Run to him, he is so comforting! Ahh...

David is such a cool example of stepping out! “He took his stick in his hand and chose five smooth stones from a stream. He put them in his shepherd’s bag and grabbed his sling. Then he went to meet the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:40).

He brought what he had and what he could offer; he relied on God for the rest.

"By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope" (Ephesians 3:20).

People may try and discourage you but we come to them/that situation “in the name of the Lord All-Powerful” (v45). We WILL triumph and glory will be given to our God through our actions and words! Wow! How cool is that, God will totally fill in the rest; we just have to walk boldly up to our giant and see the wonders that God does. I love that he can and will do that. In our weakness he is STRONG!

Yay God!

...Thank you for helping me through semester B! :-D

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Flipping frogs.

I love how God doesn’t just satisfy you but he gives you OH so much more so that you are overflowing!

I have been on one huuuuge adventure these last 9 days and boy am I stoked to be home now to share it with all of you guys!!!!

God filled me SO much that I honestly couldn’t take anymore. I had to share it before there was room to receive more from God. God is one giver!
One thing that really jumped out to me was the fact that giving is an act of showing the worthiness of which something is to you. Far out, I was like I want to give my ALL to and for God, he IS so worthy! Worthy of my praise, of my thoughts and of my all.

God has totally wrecked me when it comes to the lost youth. The shepherd had 100 sheep, he was rounding them up and counted 99, there was ONE missing. He left all 99 of the sheep and went off into the distance to search for that one sheep. God has a plan for everyone, nothing that anyone does or thinks ever goes unnoticed. He cares so much. And you have a future in him! He had it for you before you were knitted together in your mother’s womb.
Man youth are so important and I just want to be there for them, in the fun times but also in the learning, stretching and growing times. God is so good!
Can I get an AMEN?! :-P

An opportunity that I got to experience was I got to play the guitar and lead a group into worship. To think I used to be super shy! Haha Yeah God! He had previously placed me in a situation where I got to sing with two people, since that night I have stepped out with many other people and sung with them too! I love it! Each step that I have been involved with has been essential in the leading forth to my stepping out and opening myself up to God using me! I love singing and I love how God uses what we love to do, for his kingdom and glory. All we have to do is be willing and through listening to him our joy will set others free.
I really was smacked with the intensity that the smallest thing can lead to something MEGA huge. Oh there are so many testimonies on times like these. It is so exciting!

Another thing that I love is that when serving in an area we should love the things that we are involved with and not just serve with the undercover intentions of moving up and into a higher position. God wants to see that we are faithful with the small and when his right timing comes he will increase the area of influence and it will be way amazing and such an honouring move.
God has not made us to conform to the world and the friends/environment around us but to SHINE and to STAND OUT. No one is the same and we each have something that other people around us need.

Praise is Holy name in every circumstance as even if you don’t feel it, the words chanted and sung are breaking the evil plans set against you. God is so powerful. Don’t settle for the faith that you have with God now, keep searching and asking him for more and for him to keep revealing the goodness of himself to you. The amazing plans that he is unfolding in people’s lives every moment are incredible! God hears all things and everything prayed to him aren’t missed. Ask and you shall receive! If not straight away, he is working on it! Wahoo!

Another thing that I love is having alone times with God! He is so beautiful. He knows exactly what you love and like and he loves to woo you and share things with you! When I was walking along the beach I crouched down and noticed a gleaming shell. I picked it up and it wasn’t the best looking shell but it was covered in salt and it shined like no other! I got thinking about the verse that WE are the salt of the world, God brings the flavour through us and it is so attractive and through God’s goodness and love he makes us perfect. Wow! So cool and special!
Sheesh. Jesus is SO attractive!!! I love seeing God take over someone’s body, feelings, thoughts and actions, he shines SO bright. When looking to him or at someone who has him, everything doesn’t matter... God completely captivates you and you are in AWE! Whoa the madness of the goodness of God! Woo!

I also really enjoyed spending the last week with a friend and growing with her, and truly forming a beautiful friendship! God doesn’t want us to do life alone. The devil likes to isolate us so we cannot be encouraged and move in our full potential. It is so important to seek help if you need it and to share things with people you trust around you. Unity people, that’s what it’s all about. The devil can’t kick us down if we are all linked together and focussed on the one true God! Woo!

I love how Katrina and I missed a session of outpouring in the conference and sat in a cafe and talked about the goodness of God, I love that through that and sharing our experiences and journeys with the Lord, we were able to form a deeper and more valuable friendship. I love that Katrina has something to share with me and me with her! I love that we are so similar but SO different! I love that God has put common interests into our lives so that we can deepen those interests together! I love that God cares and that he has given encouraging people to me to help me out in everything I do! I love that in seeking God and spending time with him everything else falls into place. I love that I don’t have to worry about everything because he works all things together for my GOOD! Come on! Isn’t he good! Haha

I love that we attempted to do an all-nighter and at 5.30am Katrina wanted to “rest her eyes” in which from there, there was no hope! I love how the next morning after we wanted to get up and watch the sun rise and when the alarm went off Katrina didn’t move and after the fourth time of hearing the alarm going off she said “TURN IT OFF!” haha I love how at 4am we wrote a random song which was actually pretty awesome and that the other people in the house could faintly hear our guitar playing... opps! I love that we were able to laugh about mostly everything in which helped us to not become aggravated and meant the week flowed so amazingly by! I love that we can share everything to each other which also made the week so awesome!

I loved that the weather was magically stunning for pretty much the WHOLE week and I was amazed by it EVERY day! I love that the clouds actually resembled a finger print at one stage! Woo! I love that before the whole adventure started I was able to spend time with Philly, Michelle and Marni. How we woke up on Saturday morning and went to the beach in our pyjama’s and had a hot drink! I love that Philly is so generous, inviting and giving. I really appreciate all that you did/do for us Philly! I love that we went and stood in freezing cold water and collected muscles for lunch which then got spiced out but were yum yum! And how we went rock hopping and decided to randomly jump off the rock into the crisp amazing water. Yay Philly! I love going on adventures with YOU!!!!
I love how we made our way to the next destination and got to spend time with Dana and Libby! How cool are they! I loved how they came into our room in the morning and were so excited to talk to us... they didn’t realise we had only had 3 hours sleep, but that was cool! I loved leading devotion and singing songs on the beach with Katrina and singing an item during the church service with Jess, and hearing all the amazing things the girls shared on Sunday. And praying for the people in the church and singing hymns and eating lots of homemade soup and eating around the table with a big group of girls. AHH I have had an amazing time and I am just so blessed and rocked by each moment of everything!

It was random how we had no water for 12 hours or so, that was VERY interesting but just added to the adventure! I love all the gifts that people have and that I got to be around them all. I love that Robyn has taken time, effort and money to sow into all us girl’s futures!
I loved raiding pinecones from a random’s property, hahaha we were running fast! Awesome! I love how Barbra served SO hard and even, made a special trip to come and fix the holes in my clothes! How honoured was I! I couldn’t believe it for ages!
I loved that we got to sit in Robins little car and went along the cliff sides to the next town! I loved teaching Dana and Libby card games. I loved helping out and being around everyone!

I love that I got to stay with the coolest relatives around, and that they spoiled us so much! What a blessing! I love that it was totally last moment to go to Getsmart and we were both rocked through the whole thing. And still now. I’ll speak for myself here, but I am truly somebody new. I loved playing jinga and making the tower fall over and therefore doing the chicken dance in the middle of the room full of people, really loud!

I love that I love ‘gangster’ music... and that’s OK! WOO! I love that I love food... and that’s OK! I love that I love God... and that’s OK!

One thing that is really important to me is laughing, and having silly jokes and fun times! If we can do that together, that will help our friendship ;) haha

I love that I have learnt so much and God is truly who I am living for.

Ps. I love how it was raining and as I went to run across the road my ring flung off so I turned around and went to look for it. As I spotted it and was leaning forward for it my right foot slipped on a tile and I was bang onto my knee and then hit my finger on the ground and ended up lying on my cheek on the side of my face. For a split moment I was like what the heck I’m on the ground! (I’m laughing so hard writing this out!) I love that Katrina came running back to me laughing her face OFF seriously haha but she guided me into a cove which was away from all the traffic and therefore, no one could ‘point and laugh’, her words! But I loved how she laughed so I laughed and then it didn’t really hurt I was just shocked and then the march continued. Nice Katrina! ;-D

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The safe (secret) place

Ezekiel 36: 1-11

People’s safe places have been destroyed by other people/things around them. Because of this those people are hurting deeply inside. God is speaking life back into those safe places, he is restoring them!
Out of your safe places will produce branches of fruit for God’s people who will be coming home so soon (the newly saved!). Your safe place is going to prosper and you will have MUCH more than what you need. MORE than what your safe place provided before it was harmed. “Then you will know that I am the Lord” v11.


Don’t lose hope. God is watching, and he burns with “hot anger” against the people/things that have hurt your safe place. God is on your side! Keep pressing in!