Here are some of my favourite (aka inspiring, informative, challenging and relevant!) reads from around the net this week:





Evangelizing to People Who Have Heard it All Before

5 ways to share your faith without shoving it down people’s throats.

Within a society where people know the gist of what Christianity teaches but words such as “converts,” “evangelism” and “proselytize” are increasingly associated with religious zealots, abusive cults and violent terrorism, it’s becoming more difficult to communicate faith-based ideas without being offensive or perceived as a close-minded bigot.

Historically, evangelism has sometimes been used as a weapon to hurt, shame, guilt and induce fear. Its longtime associations with obnoxious street preachers, sleazy televangelists and corrupt organizations make it even less appealing to the public—and to Christians themselves.



7 Ways to Become An Indispensable Youth Leader –

It has been said that “nobody is indispensable” and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former pastor and current leader of a youth ministry organization (with 20+ employees), there are certain staff losses that hit the church or ministry harder than others. Losing these kinds of employees leaves a bigger hole in the ministry because they have made themselves more and more indispensable through working harder, smarter and longer.

This brand of youth leader is the last to get cut when finances go south in a church. Indispensable staff members (no matter what their position) have worked hard in the good times so it makes them almost impossible to let go in the bad times. And firing? Forget it! Unless there is some moral issue, you find a way to keep these employees happy. Why? Because they are working hard and producing results!



The Issue Is Never The Issue – Going To The Source

It’s only until we’ve allowed God to take His place in our hearts and lives that we can then look past the complaints from/about each other, or the lack of connection – all the little, daily issues we face being married.

We can’t look to our marriage/spouse to fulfill or complete us – they were not designed to be our “salvation.” Christ is the only way.

When our security is in the Lord, through spending devoted, undistracted, daily time with Him – only then can we truly love our spouse, and be loved by them.



9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible : A few simple habits to build into your Bible reading

Amid the hours of serious Bible study, I treasured this advice. Sometimes, we read to study and understand and wrestle with the truth. But sometimes, we read to make our hearts happy. “Delight yourself in the Lord,” for “your words are sweeter to me than honey.”


Your presence is life to our very bones

Now we drink you in, now  you overflow


As a mother, wife, housegroup leader, preacher, whatever – child of God – i need to be living in overflow.

Every day are opportunities that God has positioned me for.  I am called to know God and make Him known.

Every day I need Him, I need to walk with Him, I need to hear Him clearly.

Not just for my sake, but for the sake of the world. For the sake of my family.  For the sake of those I am called to lead.

I dont serve with my own gifts and ability soley.  I use them for God’s glory, but I serve with a greater power and a greater strength.

My capacity comes from God, from the Holy Spirit alive in me.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

So I need to be filled and overflowing.  The overflowing is where the real “magic” happens for lack of a better word.  It is when lives change.  It is when wisdom is said.  It is when grace is felt.  It is when the right thing is said at the right time.  It is when the world changes.

Without God I can feel dry.  My bones can feel tired.  My heart is duller.  My eyes are fixed on my own world.  Life becomes just breathing.

But life is more than breathing and I am made for more.

Today I choose to be filled.  Today I choose to seek more.  Today I love God.

Today I make room for overflow.



Come find me again over at A Fearless Experiment : Today is a fresh day. Fearless ones, remember your God is with you. He is the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow. In each season He is faithful. In each season He has purpose. Allow your hearts to stay fresh and open.

When we’re living our lives with intentional gratitude we’re fixing our eyes upon Jesus and agreeing YES He is good and YES He is faithful and YES He is Lord and YES He is the one who loves us!  Gratitude is an expression of faith.



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Be joyful: Intentionally look around for measures of joy each day. There is joy in simply being alive and in being redeemed by God. Remember, joy is a choice we make, not a feeling we hope to get from our circumstances. It’s good to look for the good, to celebrate it even in small ways. Doing so is a moment of victory.  Lysa TerKeurst



2618.   spring weather

2619.  the grace and love of God, no matter what

2620.  encouraging conversations

2621.  new faces

2622.  my faith – filled hubby

2623.  dreamers and builders

2624.  the incredible miracle – being completely healed from all my food allergies (and there was a lot!)

2625.  fringe season 4 and quality time with antonio

2626.  the best housegroup in the world

2627.  living stones

2628.  cheese scones, donuts, banana cake

2629.  good hair days

2630.  letters from grandma

2631.  love is in the air (3 weddings in 3 months!)

2632.  SAS

2634.  butterfly creek

2635.  family time watching The Block NZ

2636.  tactileness

2637.  leading and loving it connectLIVE

2638.  fresh worship







“Too often I miss Him, oblivious, blind. I don’t see all the good things that He is giving me, gracing me with, brushing my life with. True, He is everywhere, always. Before I thought of Him as further off, not so close. When I started to see all the things that I love bestowed upon me, I started to see Him as near, present, everywhere, showering me with good things. Seeing the things I love all around me gives me eyes to see that I am loved, that He loves me.” Ann Voskamp


This is a bit of an older song, featuring on THIS IS OUR GOD by Hillsong.  As I was preparing to preach a few weeks ago I bumped my ipod onto shuffle, and then decided to go with the flow.  It meant I was blessed to listen to a range of songs, some of which I had not listened to for a very long time.  But these songs stirred my heart greatly.  Some of them took me back to seasons when that song was fresh and the wonderful things God had done then.  Some of them became new for me again.


He is Lord has an incredible bridge about Jesus coming back again.  As I listen to it my heart is filled with fresh faith and renewed hope.  My eyes lift to see His magnificence and glory.  He is Lord.  He is Lord today, tomorrow.  Always.


In the first month, the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, Haman caused Pur, that is, lots, to be cast before him day after day [to find a lucky day for his venture], month after month, until the twelfth, the month of Adar. Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from every other people, neither do they keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not for the king’s profit to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge of the king’s business, that it may be brought into the king’s treasuries. And the king took his signet ring from his hand [with which to seal his letters by the king's authority] and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.  Esther 3:7-10 AMP

Haman cast lots to determine a day of destruction and purposed evil for that date.  He cast lots to mark a day on a calendar for the slaughter of the jews and the outworking of his ambitious agenda.

But God had determined that day for deliverance and destiny.  What the enemy meant for evil God used for victory and good.

That cancer diagnosis. God has glorious purpose of destiny.

That bad day at work can be the enemy circling your calendar with destruction and discouragement.  God turns all things for good.


That unexpected bill.  That health concern.  That fight with your husband.  God redeems all moments and is for us.

God counters Haman’s desire to destroy with an incredible counter strategy.


If God is for us, who can be against us?


Let your faith in God’s ableness to orchestrate your life and His faithfulness, goodness and greatness.  Magnify God instead of the things that cause you fear.


As i pause to help others, i am reminded that, just like Jesus, we are called to notice the people around us and to bring a touch of hope into their lives.  A person pursuing obedience is able to pause and touch those that He says need our time, in spite of busy schedules.  the obedience soul redefines who she is through God’s eyes and any hesitation to do what He asks fades way. ~ Lysa Terkeurst


It has been a month to the day since I got completely healed from severe  multiple food allergies.

The miracle happened at our church, The River Christian Church (Auckland) conference – HIS PRESENCE Conference | UNCONTAINABLE.

The conference itself was phenomenal.  The worship went off in every session.  Each message was bang on and relevant and God’s NOW words for me and so many others.  It was great to connect with River people and friends from other churches, and of course, make new friends.  Our kids had their own River Kids conference and had an amazing time discovering more about God and His great love for them.

I felt that the message on the Friday night by Paul Saunders was just for me.  It was so where I was at – or more importantly, so where I need to be.  It was about no limits and how nothing is impossible with God.  He challenged us to live uncontainable lives, believing that God is the God of no limits and all possibilities and to lift our expectation.

I left that night after the ministry time, where I encountered God in an amazing way, full.  Satisfied.  Challenged.  If nothing else happened on conference I would have been happy.

Then Saturday morning happened. Read the rest of this entry »

These are some of my favourite (aka inspiring / challenging) reads from around the net this week




How Turned Imagination into an Empire

Ideas are currency. Ideas plus implementation are the bank.

Even before he grasped that he had a gift for conjuring beats, hooks and melodies that the world would find as irresistible as a virus and a whole lot more fun, intuitively understood the power of collaboration.

“I never wanted to be a leader of a group,” he says, reclining in The Future, an appropriate moniker for his Hollywood studio. “I always wanted to be the ideas man, the one who said, ‘Hey guys, let’s try this!’ ”

Implied in that statement are the importance of community and teamwork, and the fact that the power of one seldom is enough to create something worthwhile. Will’s gift is ideas. He has a high level of curiosity, and a love for curiosity in general: He encourages and stimulates it in others. He acts on his imagination. When he approaches a partner in art or business or in fixing something broken, he comes prepared, with well-thought-out plans. He enjoys putting things together and doesn’t insist on credit or compensation.

“Will has the most advanced right brain and left brain of anyone I  know,” says Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, the company that produced Rio and Rio 2. “Usually people are logical and analytical, or intuitive and creative, but Will is each to a high degree. He’s a creative genius who thinks pragmatically about the way the world really works.”





3 Practical Tips to Become a Thought Leader

You’ve most likely heard the term thought leader tossed around in conversations or even read it in this magazine. But exactly how do you become a person whose unique ideas on a subject can influence an entire industry or community? Dan Rockwell of the “Leadership Freak” blog, shares three practical tips on how to be a thought leader…



The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees—how they approach worker safety—and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.

They succeeded by transforming habits.






I often hear this question from younger aspiring leaders. They want to apply my teaching to their current situation, but they don’t know how.

The good news is that you can be a leader no matter where you are. You don’t need a title. You don’t need a position. You don’t need a formal education. All you need to begin is the desire to lead and the willingness to learn. The key is influence.

Leadership Is Influence

You might have heard me say this before. But it’s still true: Your ability to influence others will be the single greatest factor in your success as a leader. Author and professor Harry Allen Overstreet asserted, “The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate.” Influence is an invitation anyone can make to another person.

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