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Something amazing.

I have had it on repeat since it was released last week.  It’s lyrics are deep, somewhat moody and beautiful.

The bridge is phenomenal!!!

Philippians 4:8

dont be anxious about anything. sometimes it's nice just to be reminded. Philippians 4:6-7



Download / By Tyssul Patel

You will face the unplanned and the unexpected today, but you’re loved by a Saviour who knows no surprises.  

Paul David Tripp


Ads on television make motherhood look so easy. The babies in them are so sweet, so soft, so snugly, so sleepy and the mothers… well, they look so beautiful, peaceful and together.

Reality however can paint such a different picture.

My life is not a commercial. Unless its one of those ones for washing powder and mud.
(yes thats my son, now 12, in the photo!)

Read MORE about The Antidote to Anxiety over at New Zealand Christian Mums – where I’m a contributing writer today

God invites us to come and BE STILL and rest in His presence, to find our hope and comfort in Him.


There is no part of our everyday, wash-and-rinse-and-repeat routine of kids and laundry and life and fights and work and worries and play dates and aching budgets and marriage and love and new life and bedtime marathons that Jesus doesn’t look deep into and say, “That is mine.”  “In Him *all* things hold together.”  Colossians 1:17. ~ Lisa Jo Baker (Gypsy Mama)



BE STILL – Bethel

Be still my heart and know
You are God alone
Stop thinking so much
And just let go
Be still my soul and rest
Humbly I confess
In my weakness
Your strength is perfect
For You alone are God
There will be no other
And You have won my heart
More than any other
So I will give it all
‘Cause You gave it all for me
Bless the Lord
Oh my soul cries out
All that is within me praise
Bless the Lord
Oh my soul cries out
All that is within me praise

“There is an anchor for the soul at the cross of Christ, and it is saying to you today, ‘I love you.’ Yes, there is freedom but I have never lost control. It is saying to you, ‘I will take the worst and use it for eternal good.’ It is saying to you, ‘I am painting on a canvas bigger than you can see or understand,’ and it’s saying to you, ‘I understand.’ That cross is saying, ‘I understand.’ And when this stuff happens, we want to run away from God and be made at God and hate God. But when you look at the cross, you can’t because you realize and you can’t stop with the question we all want to ask, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ Or if you are a believer, ‘God why are you letting this happen to me?’ When you look at the cross, another thought emerges and the thought is, ‘Jesus, this happened to you. What’s happening to me, happened to you. You know about pain. You went through loss. You suffered death. You were mistreated. You were rejected. Everything in my life, good and bad, was all put on you.”  ― Louie Giglio



i confess that this is the fruit i need the most

as a mother

it is the fruit i need to zip my mouth when i want to snap and keep snapping a diatribe when i feel frustrated with behaviour or how many socks i have to wash

it is the fruit i need to be still instead of to slam doors and crash dishes when i feel out of control emotionally

it is the fruit i need to not transfer my angst at said socks and children again onto my husband

it is the fruit i need to speak peace and grace instead of hostility and bitterness

it is the fruit that keeps an atmosphere of hope, of construction, of growth instead of shame and fear and hopelessness

it is the fruit i need to keep present instead of hiding away into meaningless distraction

it is the fruit that gives me perspective

it is the fruit that causes me to pause

it is the fruit i pray for and ask God for His wisdom to covet it and seek it

it is the fruit i need the most

help me Jesus



Imagine our children saying,”We knew God because we saw God’s love in our parents, and that equipped us to live a fearless life.”‪#‎lovingourkidsonpurpose‬  ~ Danny Silk



Self-control is not the ability to say no to bad things. Self-control is the ability to say yes to something so completely that all other options are eliminated–including things that aren’t necessarily bad in themselves but that would distract you from pursuing the thing that is most important and valuable to you. ~ Danny Silk







  1. 1.

    a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something.

    "a diatribe against consumerism"

    tirade, harangue, verbal onslaught, verbal attack, stream of abuse,denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism,stricture, reproof, reproval, reprimand, rebuke, admonishment,admonition; More

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” John 11:1-7

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,  and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”  John 11:14-15

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:38-44



Whenever I read the bible I as myself 2 things : what does this show me about God and what does it show me about me?


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