Lord, give me Your wisdom, Your grace

help me to serve You and love others

to not lean on my own understanding

but to seek Your ways as my own ways.

Help me to see things as You are weaving them, 

not through my own filter.

God, I so need You.

 

 

 

 

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8 Ways to Change the World : Advice from 7 leaders on how to make a difference.

For most of us, it’s our dream from a young age: We want to change the world.

Once you start getting older, that dream starts taking on substance. Maybe you dream of being a musician, touring the world and using your influence to give back. Maybe you plan to start a company that will transform business or a nonprofit that will end poverty. Or maybe you just want to help make a change, whatever that looks like.

They’re all different plans, but they’ve got something in common: They’re not easy. Big ideas never are. Changing the world doesn’t happen by accident.

 

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The Most Trying Part of Living a Good Story - Jeff Goins

Remember these three qualities of a good story

  1. Good stories don’t have predictable endings. Let go of your silly little plans and embrace the journey for what it is.
  2. Heroes don’t feel like heroes when they’re being heroic. Being heroic means doing the hard thing, which often hurts, challenging every selfish bone in your body
  3. Pain is how a character grows. A character doesn’t change without hardship, so if we want to live our own meaningful stories, we need to stop finding ways to avoid discomfort. Instead, we must step into inconvenience.

 

 

Refill Your Passion Bucket #LiveYourList

1. Know your signs of fatigue. Watch the signs your body and personality are giving that will let you know that you need to find balance. If you are pushing yourself so hard that your body fights back…you might need to find balance. If you are acting in a way that goes against your core…you might need to find balance.

2. Say no. Learn to say no to the things you can’t or do not want to do while following your dream. Early on in your chase you may have not had the opportunity to say no…now you might need to say no! 

+ so many more good tips to finding balance

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Three immodestly dressed women walk into a church…

It is my hope that we will come to realize that behind each immodestly dressed woman, is a broken woman. Christian, and non-christian alike.

Why isn’t our first reaction to the immodestly dressed woman one of,

“You are my sister. I love you! I don’t condemn you.” ?

Let’s start praying that the gospel so invades our hearts that we are able to give to others, what we so undeservingly have already received. Only when that happens will we truly be able to demonstrate gospel modesty.

And then… start imagining what it would feel like to throw away our internal lists of all the expectations that we put on ourselves, and others.  That’s a scary kind of freedom that is offered to us. Grace can be dangerous like that.

 

 

Thankfulness: Learning How to Speak a New Language

Wives we are fighting a real enemy who would love to see our marriages destroyed because of the huge affect our relationship with our spouse has on this world, beginning with our children.

Generations are affected by us not choosing the Lord and in this case, choosing to learn the language of thankfulness.

There is an urgency to fight; to wage war not of the flesh but of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:12) because God’s plan is not done yet! He is working in and through us to get us back to His original and beautiful design of marriage.

 

 

i am loving the new Jesus Culture album UNSTOPPABLE…   this song Your Name is Glorious has incredible lyrics.  take the time to stop and listen and to allow them to reframe your perspective.

 

Who is like you?
Took the sin of the world on your shoulders
You did it so willingly
God the price you paid will forever be enough
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if anyone has known me for more than 5 minutes they’ll know i love LOST.

okay, maybe more than love.

one of my friends sons facebooked me today and said that for social studies class he has to do an assignment on Lost.  wow.  awesomeness.  i’m totally jealous!

today i had some down time and so i thought i’d do some research for my friend… aka rewatching.

a few months ago i started rewatching season 5.  today i rewatched La Fleur, a classic episode that reminds me so much of why i love the show.  the drama.  the plot twists.  the connections.  the love.

here is my list of favourite episodes:

 

The Constant Season 4, Episode 5

Through the Looking Glass Season 3, Episode 23

Ab Aeterno Season 6, Episode 9

Man of Science, Man of Faith Season 2, Episode 1

Lockdown Season 2, Episode 17

What  They Died For Season 6, Episode 16

The Incident Season 5, Episode 16

The Candidate Season 6, Episode 14

The Man Behind the Curtain Season 3, Episode 20

Across The Sea Season 6, Episode 15

La Fluer Season 5, Episode 8

The Man From Tallahassee Season 3, Episode 13

LA X Season 6, Episode1 & 2

Live Together, Die Alone Season 2, Episode 23 & 24

The Pilot Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2

 

what’s your favourite episode?

 

i love that Lost was about redemption.  transformation.  change.  hope.  destiny. Read the rest of this entry »

  love this very kiwi song by Stan Walker, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, and Maisly Kingi – it showcases our incredible talent, our spectacular nation and our national anthem.  go stan!

 

 

Lost tv-shows

its been ten lovely years since LOST first premiered at Comic Com.  to commemorate the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the show’s broadcast premiere (on Sept. 22, 2004), ABC’s Comic-Con booth hosted this special video featuring series bosses Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, whose messages bookend a cavalcade of highlights from the show’s run.

 

 

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The River runs a great Tuesday afterschool programme called The Zone – my kids love it!  last week they had a professional face painter in and wow she did amazing work!  check out Imaginaire Entertainment if you’re in Auckland!

 

 

 

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its been wonderful having my nieces and nephews over from Australia for some of the school holidays.  thankfully the weather was beautiful the other day and they all got outside for a spot a monkeying around.

 

 

this is what i am loving…. how about you?  what are you loving this week?

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Have you ever had that moment, you’re on the phone, having a great conversation, sharing your heart and then you realize it’s really quiet on the other end.  The mmms and ahhas have stopped and there isn’t even any background noise.  Silence.  Disconnection.

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like that with God.  You’re talking away, sharing your heart and then you wonder if there really is someone on the other end of the line.

 

Hello?  God are you there?

 

David felt like this.

In numerous psalms he cries out “God do not be silent to me!”

Psalm 28:1-2 says:

To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock:

Do not be silent to me,

Lest, if You are silent to me,

I become like those who go down to the pit.

Hear the voice of my supplications

When I cry to You,

When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

 

And like he says: When God is silent it’s the pits.

We wonder what has caused the disconnection.  What went wrong?  Was it something I said?  Something I did.  Someone I am?

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“Big things are built one brick at a time.

Victories are achieved one choice at a time.

A life well lived is chosen one day at a time.”

Lysa TerKeurst

SAMSUNG CSCAs Christians we want to hear God speak.  Our hearts long for connection with Him.

There is a great parallel linking between when God passed by Elijah on the mountain in 1 Kings 19 and when God appeared to Moses on the mountain in Exodus 19.

Exodus 19:16-20 describes: “On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.”

Compare this to when God revealed Himself to Elijah on the mountaintop.

1 Kings 19:11-13 says : Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;  and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.   So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Elijah, being a prophet of God, versed in Jewish history and the presence of God would have known about how God works around mountains.  Perhaps he expected, since God had sent him to a mountain that he would hear the thunderous might of His voice, described in psalms as a multitude of waterfalls and thunders.

But God pulled the unexpected on Elijah. He spoke to Moses with power and noise but He spoke to Elijah with stillness and a whisper.  Rather than manifest Himself in all His brilliant glory and splendid power, He chose to use His still quiet voice..

God doesn’t always whisper. Sometimes He shouts and creates quite a moment. When God visited Moses and the multitudes at Mt. Sinai, he didn’t use His “inside voice.”  

It’s important to hear God how He is speaking though.    Sometimes God speaks with great volume… other times He speaks so softly we have to be listening to hear Him.

Dont go looking for the noise and discounting the quiet if that is how God is speaking today. Dont try and turn up the volume when God is whispering.  Listen. God speaks.  

 

 

“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then MADE by God, is the DEAREST, GRANDEST, AND MOST PRECIOUS thing in all thinking.”  George MacDonald

in every generation there are stand out people who take a new direction and forge a new way of thinking and being.

leonardo da vinci.  steve jobs.  shakespeare.  thomas edison.

innovators.

visionaries.

world changers.

i believe that will.i.am is such a man for such a time as this.

most known for being a founding member of black eyed peas this rapper is no ordinary musician.  not content to just make music will.i.am is a modern day inventor, a self confessed tech geek/revolutionary and has a contagious curiosity about the world and how to more importantly, make it a better place.

 

our family have LOVED The Voice Australia where will.i.am has been a coach.  we’ve delighted in his hashtagable comments #ivegotahatfactory #supercalafragilious #iknowusher, #storytime, his use of megaphones, backpacks and of course, hats,  and his drive, innovation, uber creativity and ingenuity.  his home studio was breathtakingly futuristic and differently beautiful.  so very will.i.am!

today i mentioned him at SAS in the context of learning styles and breaking out of the expected norms, living out of the comfort zone, out of the box.

there is no box for will.i.am.

his creativity and uniqueness impresses me.

and i so love that.

he lives the way he is wired.

i believe he has God given gifts for creativity and wisdom and invention, talents that God has placed within his life and dreams and purposes in his heart.

its beautiful watching him in his flow.

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