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“The emotion of feeling grateful doesn’t happen naturally. It is a result of the deliberate choice of demonstrating gratitude.” In other words, you don’t show gratitude because you feel grateful, you feel grateful because you show gratitude.

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.

 

 

1000 things

 

 

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

 

 

2639.  sunshine

2640.  new opportunities – acting Youth Pastor 2015 @ The River

2641.  new opportunities – Life Coaching Course 2015

2642.  #liveyourlist

2643.  the best housegroup in the world

2644.  delicious fresh bread

2645.  fault in our stars

2646.  generous friends

2647.  the best church in the world

2648.  my sweet girl – she is delightful

2649.  my spunky son – nearly taller than me, growing in wisdom

2650.  new babies

2651.  christmas trees

2652.  dreamers and builders

2653.  frozen

2654. new dining room table and chairs… and the east auckland grapevine to give away our old ones (and quickly too, posted it and boom, gone and picked up!)

2655.  good conversation

2656.  safe travels

2657.  weddings, births and engagements

2658.  fringe times with antonio

2679.  mumstime

2680.  lovely cards from my bible in schools class

2681.  leading and loving it connectLIVE

2682.  upholstery cleaner

2683.  fly spray

2684.  navy

2685.  early nights

2686.  spotify

 

“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

 

1. The difference between preparing and not preparing is MASSIVE.
Apart from knowing the songs and learning the lyrics, setting aside time to prepare my heart before God is the most important thing – it allows the Holy Spirit to speak, puts a verse on my heart, and gives me ideas.

6. Don’t strive when you lead, but don’t step back either.
Lead with the authority that has been given to you. Yes, there is a spiritual weight to the platform, which includes the responsibility we have to lead people to Jesus, but lead confidently knowing you’ve been given the platform and entrusted by your pastors.

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Dear Kids: Why Wait till Marriage — What No One Tells You & What I Wish Someone Had Told Me – Ann Voskamp

Your skin is the outer layer of your soul.

Your skin and your soul are one in ways that Hollywood and MTV and the mall won’t ever tell you.

Your skin and your soul are profoundly connected and this is a profoundly beautiful thing. There is no shame in this —  only the glory of God who made your body art to reflect your soul.

So contrary to what hook-up culture may be touting in the back halls of high schools and behind the closed doors of university dorm rooms — there’s nothing casual about giving away your soul.

The union of two bodies is nothing less than the union of two souls.

Physical oneness is a holy God-created ceremony to express nothing less than a soul oneness.

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21 Key Learnings from Andy Stanley and the Drive Conference

1. We don’t tailor content of our services for unchurched people, but we do tailor the experience. This is such a huge and important distinction. Opening up your service to the unchurched doesn’t mean dumbing it down.

2. Nothing should offend people in your weekend services except the Gospel. Often people get turned away not because of Christ, but because of people’s bad attitudes or strange preferences for certain kinds of music or culture.

3. A parking team is not about ‘parking’ guests, it’s about welcoming them. Even if you don’t have a “parking problem”, your welcome should start when your guests pull into the parking lot. Greet them personally and help them start their experience well.

4. Everyone has an approach to their weekend services. If there is a conflict between your goal and your approach, your approach always wins. Everyone has a template for their weekend services. If your template and approach aren’t getting you to your goal, change it.

5. If you start (a message or event) with common emotions and common experiences, not everybody agrees with your point, but everybody follows you there. Brilliant.

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The Best Jobs For Every Personality Type

Does your job fit your personality?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, measuring preferences like introversion and extroversion, has been part of business culture for decades. Today about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use it to analyse the personalities of employees, in an effort to get them in the right roles and help them succeed.

While the list below is in no way definitive — and personality preferences can be flexible over time — it may serve as a helpful guide for understanding yourself and what sort of personalities gravitate toward certain jobs.

Best Jobs For Personality Infographic

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There’s a Lamb Who is white and there’s a Way to be white as snow and when we are our worst, His white hides our dirt best.

In Him, you are not your sin. In Him, you are not your dirt. In Him, you are hidden and your iniquity is made clean by your identity and your identity is in His purity — and when we are our worst, His white hides our dirt best.

~ Ann Voskamp

 

 

MOTHERS NEED GRACE – I sleep with The Pastor

Mom’s are real. We are awesome at some things, and failures at other things. We are happy, but sometimes are sad, frustrated, angry, anxious, and overbearing. But in the midst of all of that we are one big pile of love. We aren’t pros, and are still trying to figure out what this thing called mom is. Every day is new, and every child is different. God didn’t give us 4 of the same kid, so we are trying the best we can to figure out what and who to be to each child.

God didn’t call us as mothers to just get by. He has blessed us with our children for a temporary period to shepherd their hearts, and teach them what it looks like to love unconditionally, give more grace to the undeserved, and raise them up to be utterly in love with the king of kings. They need to see imperfect parents who need Jesus every day. They need to know it is ok to mess up, but Jesus is more than enough. They need to know they are loved by us, but most importantly they are loved by Jesus. And they need to know grace is free, and there is more than enough of it every second of everyday.
… go read more at : http://www.isleepwiththepastor.com/blog-1/2014/5/9/sh3woltrl15ijywrdoo8hv596bechf

 

 

 

So God Made A Mother – A Holy Experience

That God had said I need somebody with a strong heart.

Strong enough for toddler tantrums and teenage testing, yet broken enough to fall on her knees and pray, pray, pray.

Someone who knows that in every hard place is exactly where you extend grace, who looks a hopeful child in the eye and says yes, even though she knows every yes means a mess but this is how you bless, who has the courage to keep letting go because she’s holding on to Me.

So God made a mother.

“..Because God needed someone to love the least and the little into real whole people, and He knew that to love is to suffer so God made a mother.”
… read more at : http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/05/to-all-the-giving-mothers-so-god-made-a-mother/

 

 

 

The Most Important Thing You Can Do for Yourself This Mother’s Day – We Are THAT Family

And the most important thing you can for a mom in your life this Mother’s Day?

The most important thing you can do for yourself this Mother’s Day: remind mom (even if she’s you) that what you do is important. The unseen, unknown hard work of motherhood is changing your kids’ world.

Even if no one recognizes it. It matters.

Small service may feel small, but size doesn’t matter. What you do matters. It has long-lasting, eternal significance.

And there isn’t anyone else in the world who needs to hear this more: Mom, your small daily acts of service, your mundane–it matters so much more than you think it does.

Because when we embrace our yes–as messy and undervalued as it may seem some days it gives us the passion to keep saying yes every day.
… go read more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2014/05/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do-for-yourself-this-mothers-day/

 

 

 

Children Who Shine From Within – Hands Free Mama

“What’s your favorite insect?” my seven-year-old daughter asked as we took an evening walk on the first night of her spring vacation. “You can’t pick butterfly. Everyone picks the butterfly,” she quickly added before I had a chance to respond.

“Hmmmm,” I thought out loud. “I guess mine would have to be a ladybug,” I finally answered.

“Mine’s a firefly. I love the firefly,” she said wistfully.

We kept walking. Talking. Enjoying the rare treat of alone time—just my younger daughter and me.

And then:

“Am I okay? I mean, am I fine?” she asked looking down at herself. “Sometimes I feel different.”

I immediately stopped walking and searched her face. Without saying what she meant, I knew; I just knew.

I bent down and spoke from a painful memory tucked away since second grade. “When I was your age. I felt different too. I felt uncomfortable, self conscious. One boy said really cruel things about the way I looked. He said I didn’t belong. His words hurt me for a long, long time,” I admitted.

As she looked at me sadly, her previous words echoed in my head. “Everyone picks the butterfly,” she’d pointed out a moment ago.

I placed my hands on her sturdy little shoulders as if somehow this could make her feel my words right down to the bone. “I want you to know something. You can always talk to me when you feel different or uncomfortable. I will never laugh. I will never judge you or tell you it’s no big deal. I will never brush away your feelings because I understand. I remember how it hurts. And some times you just need someone to understand that hurt.”

“I love the firefly,” she had said a moment ago. I then realized I had something she could hold on to.

“You mentioned that you love the firefly,” I reminded her. “Well, I think you’re a lot like a firefly. You know why?” I asked.

The worry on her face lifted. She looked at me hopefully. “Why, Mama?”

“Because you shine from within,” I said touching my finger to her heart
… read more at : http://www.handsfreemama.com/2014/04/29/children-who-shine-from-within/

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.

1000 things

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

 

 

 

2562.  new things

 

2563.  new babies and cuddles through worship so mummy could worship

 

2564.  princess sofia the first

 

2565.  5amclub

 

2566.   SAS

 

2567.  Botany Community Day – and people that met us there and came to church on the sunday #win

 

2568.  first round of assessments received and marked – well done my SAS students!  another assessment due today!

 

2569.   guest speakers

 

2570.   school fundraising

 

2571.  HKC Youth @ @the River

 

2572.  Allergywise toast.  i cant stop raving.

 

2573.  grace

 

2574.  one way love

 

2575.  mumstime

 

2576.  bacon

 

2577.  mentoring

 

2578.  compliments and encouragement

 

2579.  30 days of hustle

 

2580.  new friends

 

2581.  leading and loving itConnectLIVE group!  amazing women of God!

 

2582.  #fivethings

 

2583.  snuggles and story time with my girl

 

2584.  interesting homework

 

1585.  chatting with my son via computers.  in the same house.  or from school.  loving it.

 

2586.   less hypersensitivity – means i’m trying some new fruits

 

2587.  tides live

 

2588.  change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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

so there we go.  venturing on in life to 3000 things that i am grateful for…

you MUST go and read the whole story at A HOLY EPXERIENCE – How to Get Through the Dark Places [#TheJesusProject 2 ]

 

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The kids and I read about the old guy one night after supper and the dishwasher’s moaning away, crumbs still across the counter.

How the old guy ran for 544 miles. His name was Cliff Young and he wasn’t so much. He was 61 years old. He was a farmer.

Mr. Young showed up for the race in his Osh Kosh overalls and with his workboots on, with galoshes over top. In case it rained.

For 18 hours, the racers blow down the road, far down the road, and old Cliff shuffles on behind.

Come the pitch black of night, the runners in their $400 ergonomic Nikes and Adidas, lay down by the roadside, because that’s the plan to win an ultra-marathon, to run 544 straight miles: 18 hours of running, 6 hours of sleeping, rinse and repeat for 5 days, 6 days, 7 days.

The dark falls in. Runners sleep. Cameras get turned off. Reporters go to bed.

And through the black night, one 61-year-old man far behind keeps shuffling on.

Cliff Young runs on through the dark — because he didn’t know you were supposed to stop.

The accepted way professional runners approached the race was to run 18 hours, sleep 6, for7 days straight. But Cliff Young didn’t know that. He didn’t know the accepted way. He only knew what he did regularly back home, the way he had always done it: You run through the dark.

Turns out when Cliff Young said he gathered sheep around his farm for three days, he meant he’d run across 2,000 acres of farmland for three days straight without stopping or sleeping, without the dark ever stopping him. You gathered sheep by running through the dark.

So along the endless stretches of highway, a tiny shadow of an old man shuffled along, one foot after another, right through the heat, right through the night. Cliff gained ground.

Cliff gained ground because he didn’t lose ground to the dark. Cliff gained ground because he ran through the dark.

And somewhere at the outset of the night, Cliff Young in his overalls, he shuffled passed the toned runners half his age. And by the morning light, teethless Cliff Young who wasn’t young at all, he was a tiny shadow — far, far ahead of the professional athletes.

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10 Secrets You Should Know About Marriage

There are few people who really know what they’re getting into when it comes to getting married. We all have an idea of what marriage is all about. We have hopes, dreams and expectations of what it will look like. We watch movies, TV shows and even observe marriages in the world around us to try and get a glimpse of this thing we call holy matrimony. But we don’t really know until we’re there, do we?

1. Marriage is more intimate than sex

2. Marriage reveals selfishness, but can also cultivate selflessness

3. Oneness literally means one
4. At some point, you will be disappointed
5. Like it or not, you will learn the meaning of forgiveness
6. Marriage will cost you
7. Love isn’t a feeling, it’s a series of decisions
8. Marriage will require you to learn how to communicate
9. Marriage is not the end of your destination.
10. Marriage gives you a glimpse of so much more

There are many routes to holiness, and marriage is definitely one of those routes. I am a different person because of this sacred relationship, and I know God’s not finished with me yet. I’m so thankful for the blessing of marriage, and look forward to what lies ahead.

 

 

 

Supernatural Help by DREAM CULTURE

Success is knowing that GOD IS WITH ME. It is He who qualifies me, strengthens me, promotes me, causes me to increase. I still need to do what is in my hand, adjust my thoughts to line up with His thoughts, manage me; but it is God WITH ME that is my guarantee of success regardless of the circumstances (remember success to Jesus wasn’t avoiding death). With that truth as my anchor and foundation, I can navigate any storm. And the evidence of God with me is peace and rest. I must choose to enter His peace and rest, especially when I get my eyes on the circumstance or storm that surrounds me (or is just inside my head).

So what is your storm? What are the crazy thoughts that are trying to derail you on your journey to live the impossible? What is the core fear or lie behind that? Now what does God want to say to you?

 

 

 

Dear Kids: What You Need to Know About Duck Dynasty, Justine Sacco, and Christmas by A Holy Experience

Words leave your mouth, your keyboard, but words don’t ever expire quietly in a void — they always explode in hearts.

Every verb you utter causes a corresponding action, a movement, in every listener.

Measure your words — they determine the distance of your relationships.

Type up a Facebook status update — and it can be radioactive forever. Don’t be fooled by your keyboard: the Internet doesn’t have a delete button. Screenshots can make your words have a half life of eternity. Social media is exactly that — social. It impacts you socially for as long as you are a member of society.

One tweet can be the last tick in the bomb that detonates your life.

Speak slow. Off-the-cuff words too often slap.

 

 

 

5 WAYS TO HELP A NEW LEADER SUCCEED: by Catalyst

Eliminate the fear of failing

Understand he or she may be afraid to ask

Give consistent, constructive, encouraging feedback

Tell them what they need to know, but don’t know to ask

Give them a seat at the table of influence

 

 

 

 

FOUR THINGS WE SHOULD DO FOR PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE CHRIST by Perry Noble 

One of the things Jesus commissioned His followers to do is to not just make converts, but make disciples.

However, the church has seemed to take the word “discipleship” and made it out to be one of the most confusing, boring and irrelevant things we talk about.

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.

1000 things

 

 

 

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

 

 

2576.  that i am home.  from the hospital.  after what seems a surreal 48 hours.  started with major pain on thursday night, and passing out and feeling really terrible i had some other stuff go on early friday morning which sent me to the hospital a&e and our kids to a friends house.  i was admitted straight in, bypassing the waiting room and then began that lovely process of discovering what was up and what was causing the pain and bleeding.    it was a hard number of hours and at about 1am i was admitted to a ward for the night and had a drip hooked up.  they were intending to some some other tests saturday morning but i’ll have them as an outpatient to rule out serious causes of what was going on.  so thankful to be home, and in my own bed, and a hot shower!

 

2577.  angels by my bedside

 

2578.  my ever supporting husband

 

2579.  my ever resilient happy children, who prayed for a miracle and high fived when one happened and i was allowed home

 

2580.  my ever gracious friends who took the kids and made it an adventure for them

 

2581.  my ever loving family who were ready to drop anything and help and texted me lots of love

 

2582.  my ever praying mumstime group who made me smile and feel loved

 

2583.  my ever amazing housegroupies who prayed

 

2584.  my ever wonderful friends who prayed and loved

 

2585.  food!  though that was a bit of a drama in itself.  being gluten/diary/egg/nut/fish/seafood/raw fruit is kinda a  challenge for the foodies there.  yay for tony who did an emergency food dash for me and dropped it in so i could eat and poop and go home.  and after no food or drink for 40 hours, man food is good.

 

2586.  nurses and drs.  wow they are wonderful. 

 

2586.  jesus is near

 

2587.  a good book

 

2588.  ipod and new worship.  so good to drown out the beeps and sounds of people in my room, and across the hall, snoring and sleep talking

 

2589.  my own bed!

 

2590.  The River

 

2591. twitter and fb

 

2592.  movie nights – me and antonio love the holidays for movie nights – we’ve watched captain america, jack reacher, and and and something else i cant remember!  but its great to snuggle up and watch decent things!

 

2593.  board games.  the kids and i have been having fun these holidays with board games… esp when its either too hot or like today, rainy.  we’ve done monopoly, settlers, guess who (star wars) and various card games

 

2594.  words beginning with R

 

2595.  oceans by hillsong

 

2596.  His Presence

 

2597.  #30 Days of Hustle

 

2598.  podcasts

 

2599.  good friends, new years, grapetize, settlers, man of steel #welcome2014

 

2560.  star wars VI – return of the jedi – snuggling with evangeline and loving the ewoks

 

2561.  new things

 

 

“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

so there we go.  venturing on in life to 3000 things that i am grateful for…

Here in New Zealand we don’t celebrate thanksgiving, but its always good to be intentional about having a lifestyle of thanksgiving and gratitude!

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.

1000 things

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

 

 

 

2549.  The RIver 

 

2550.  The Weekender – young adults retreat – a weekend away with each other and God.  life changing

 

2551.  last day of bible in schools – special christmas assembly – my class danced to SUPERHERO by Hillsong Kids.  it went awesome, better than expected!

 

2552.  strawberries

 

2553.  meaningful conversations

 

2554.  resources

 

2555.  laugh your way to a better marriage – laughing with our mums group about life and marriage and parenting, laughing and going deep and making steps forward into a better way and a better tomorrow

 

2556.  HKC youth

 

2557.  fast mechanics

 

2558.  finding my makeup at the shop!  on sale!

 

2559.  sunshine

 

2560.  down time

 

2561.  seasons preparations

 

2562.  rescuing friends

 

2563.  advent calendar

 

2564.  safe travels (despite the breakdown) to and from the Weekender for everyone

 

2565.  beautiful sunshine at The Weekender despite the weather forecast of rain and thunder!

 

2566.  stepping forward

 

2567.  zoinks

 

2568.  bryan and katie torwalt KINGDOM COME

 

2569.   antibiotics and recovery

 

2570.  Leading and Loving It – continual encouragement and inspiration as we serve God together in our communities and churches

 

2571.  family near and far

 

2572.  friends, esp those who you can call on a bad day

 

2573.  antonio, the most amazing man that God so graciously partnered me with – who makes me laugh, who gives me more grace than i deserve, who gives lovely backrubs, who likes star trek and works hard, who is calm in a crisis and wise with his words, who loves jesus and His ways and is a great dad

 

2574.  caleb and evangeline, my heart, my joy

 

2575.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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

so there we go.  venturing on in life to 3000 things that i am grateful for… and joining up also to The Grateful Project over at GreatFun4Kids

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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.

1000 things

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

 

 

 

 

2534.  sweet talking with my hubby

 

2535.  gluten free toast

 

2536.  family time watching The Block

 

2537.  listing christmas wishes

 

2538.  MIL safe home after a week in hospital

 

2539.  happy kids after an epic athletics day

 

2540.  the potential of 2014

 

2541.  straight talking

 

2542.  grace talking

 

2543.  night time snuggles with Evangeline

 

2544.  morning wake ups with Caleb

 

2545.  laugh your way to a better marriage

 

2546.  a new dishwasher and no floods in the kitchen and the patience and ingenuity of antonio

 

2547.  spontaneous fish and chip nights with friends

 

2548.  ConnectLIVE 

 

 

 

 

 

“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

so there we go.  venturing on in life to 3000 things that i am grateful for… and joining up also to The Grateful Project over at GreatFun4Kids

 

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