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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

 

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

 

 

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

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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.

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

 

 

 

2589.  the meaning of Easter – grace, love, hope, power, change

 

2590.   easter food – chocolate and roasts

 

2591.  besties

 

2592.  sunshine and rain

 

2593.  teacher only days

 

2594.  #liveyourlist – awesome podcast with ryan eller and jarred murr – and they do a shout out to me on episode #30

 

2595.  new people at church

 

2596.  the best housegroup in the world – movie night!

 

2597.  ug boots and cooler days

 

2598.  elevation church – steven furtick – crash the chatterbox – great series we’ve been using in our mumstime

 

2599.  school holidays

 

2600.  gluten free sponge cake – with jam between layers – nom nom – and fantastically, i didnt have to make it myself!

 

2601.  leading and loving it JustONE virtual conferences

 

2602.  overseas mail

 

2603.  youversion

 

2605.  my son’s eyebrows

 

2606.  screwed up heroes and grace

 

2608.  easter camp memories

 

2609.  SAS

 

2610.  new books for SAS – Start by Jon Acuff 

 

2611.  familyish photos

 

2612.  Good Friday @ The River 

 

2613.  finally an appointment!

 

2614.  fresh worship

 

2615.  iron man 3

 

2616.  family road trips and reunions

 

2617.  the lego movie – so much fun.  though i think i’ll have its theme song stuck in my head forever

 

 

 

 

 

“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

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"When comparison sneaks in, it can be hard. Worse than hard. It can just quite simply make me forget all the strengths I do have. And when we forget, our hearts shift. We stop being thankful and instead become consumed by that little thing we don’t have. What a dangerous place to be.

So, let’s realign our attitudes. What can you whisper a prayer of thanks for today?” ~ Lysa TerKeurst

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…

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…

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

 

the grateful project new

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

 

 

 

2511.  the amazing wonderful grace of God

 

2512.  sitting in the sun with a friend, talking about life and good things

 

2513.  special feelings talks

 

2514.  bonding over mindcraft

 

2515.  new books!

 

2516.  giving away books!

 

2517.  antibiotics

 

2518.  blackcurrant and honey at columbus coffee… mmmm

 

2519.  unexpected quiet time

 

2520.  prophetic words

 

2521.  holiday memories

 

2522.  deep and meaningful conversations

 

2523.  new season of survivor (okay i really do like this programme… my son wants to grow up and build and test the challenge courses…)

 

2524.  Leading and Loving It

 

2525.  Light Party preparations – 10, 000 lollies!

 

2526.  New Zealand Christian Mum 

 

2527.  library books

 

2528.  love with words and actions

 

2529.  side by side, washing dishes… though i mourn the death of our dishwasher its fun getting the kids to learn new skills and work together as a family… good time to stop and talk

 

2530. random amazing conversations with people about Jesus

 

2531.  sending mail overseas

 

2532.  ConnectLIVE – i love talking with these amazing women about God, ministry, life, family…

 

2533.  sweet talking with my hubby

 

 

 

“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

the grateful project new

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

 

 

 

2481.  person of interest

 

2482.  a pot belly fire on a freezing cold day

 

2483.  happy early morning phone calls with my sister

 

2484.  bible in schools

 

2485.  what happens when women say yes to God

 

2485.  leading and loving it 

 

2486.  leading and loving it ConnectLIVE – starting Monday 8.30pmEST (my tuesday 12.30pm)

 

2487.  spotify

 

2488.  bumping into a friend two days in a row

 

2489.  random conversations with people about Jesus

 

2490.  the best housegroup in the world

 

2491.  new seasons

 

2492.  friendship reminder bracelets in Room 7 today

 

2493.  HIS PRESENCE CONFERENCE – in just two weeks at church – excited much!

 

2494.  returning travellers

 

2495.  opportunity

 

2496.  a new stripy top

 

2497.  encouragement at just the right time

 

2498.  encouragement from God

 

2499.  applications sent and received!

 

2500.  hearing someone give their testimony and realising, jaw down, that you were part of their journey with God

 

2501.   books that answer life questions and say everything you’ve been thinking – START

 

2502.  And this hope is an anchor for my soul, Our God will stand, Unshakeable

 

2503.  finishing one year of the bible plan and beginning a new one

 

2504.  i love my church

 

2505.  the things my boys (hubby and son) love

 

2506.  hot water bottles

 

2507.  growing pains.  the tv series, not the growth pain itself… just to clarify

 

2508.   the promises of God

 

2509.  answered prayer

 

2510.  leading and loving it ConnectLIVE – have i mentioned that already… lol, i’m so grateful and thankful for our group and cant wait to face to face them on my tuesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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 for the first time to The Grateful Project over at GreatFun4Kids

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