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We can’t spread life and revival without being filled with HIS LIFE and HIS REVIVAL. There are no words or works that can ever replace the POWER and MIGHT that mark the life of a person filled with the Holy Spirit. We can try to duplicate it, but all attempts will come up empty and feel like old religion. It’s easier to play a part than to actually be filled with Him. It’s easier to control a situation than to risk being broken. It’s easier to whine about what we think we deserve than to surrender what we think we need. But how we know Him is how we share Him and expose others to Him. We have to stop trying to imitate and recreate what only HE can do. We are His unique creation. He is ready to do something new, in fact he has already started…we just have to be willing to let go and believe that what He has for us is eons more extravagant than anything we could ever try to do ourselves. ~ The Fearless Experiement / Lindsay McPhail

We can’t spread life and revival without being filled with HIS LIFE and HIS REVIVAL. There are no words or works that can ever replace the POWER and MIGHT that mark the life of a person filled with the Holy Spirit. We can try to duplicate it, but all attempts will come up empty and feel like old religion. It’s easier to play a part than to actually be filled with Him. It’s easier to control a situation than to risk being broken. It’s easier to whine about what we think we deserve than to surrender what we think we need. But how we know Him is how we share Him and expose others to Him. We have to stop trying to imitate and recreate what only HE can do. We are His unique creation. He is ready to do something new, in fact he has already started…we just have to be willing to let go and believe that what He has for us is eons more extravagant than anything we could ever try to do ourselves. ~ The Fearless Experiement

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YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
YOU ARE POWERFUL
YOU ARE SMART
YOU ARE INTERESTING
YOU ARE COURAGEOUS
YOU ARE DARING
YOU ARE SIGNIFICANT
YOU ARE WORTH IT

Who you say you are determines EVERYTHING about how you live, how you face your fears, and the size of mountains you’ll let Him use you to move. It’s time to rip off those old labels. It might be painful. Some of the labels might be stuck to you like a badly inked tattoo. You can’t remove them by yourself. Ask Him right now to soak you with His Spirit. Ask God to start lifting off the labels of who you thought you were and replacing them with permanent seals of who HE says you are. Your life will change, but when you follow Him, it has to.

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Check out my latest post over at The Fearless Experiment!

 

The voices in my head tell me everything that I don’t like about myself, the remind me of my flaws and failings.  They however are silent when it comes to reminding me what God says about me and His promises and unfailing faithfulness.

“Regardless of what you want to do or who you are, fear will always see you as wholly unqualified for anything you ever dream or attempt.” Jon Acuff

Fear is going to tell you you cant. It’s going to lie to you and make excuses so you stop in your tracks.

Fear and insecurity partner with the enemy to limit us and restrict us. To kill the dream.

But God is great.   He is good.

He wants us to rip that negative self talk out of our heads, to change the cd so to speak and to hear HIS voice of hope and faith and truth.

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Let there be light, and there was.

God continues to speak and continues to create in our lives.

Our world is still being created by the power of God’s Words.

And as image bearers of God, our words have power to frame our worlds.

Our words speak life or death, hope or hopelessness, light or darkness. There are consequences for the words we choose and speak. Our words frame how confident we feel and how fearlessly we tackle life. They infuse courage into our actions and choices. They look past circumstances and instead hold on by faith to the faithful promises of God.

 

Come read more over at The Fearless Experiement

 

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.

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This week again you can find me writing over at The Fearless Experiment.

It is such an honour to lend my heart and words to this incredible platform.  Lindsay is an awesome wife, mother, speaker, writer and all round woman of faith.  She has created The Fearless Experiment to reflect her passion for people, esp women, to step out and live fearlessly in love with God and loving people, daring to stand up and daring to step out into great things with God.

When she asked me to write I felt so privileged and also so freaked.

This is me stepping out.  This is me out of the box and out of the out boat and out of my comfort zone.

But that is the beauty of it.

I get to live it.  I am daring.  I am putting my hand in the hand of God and though afraid, am doing it anyway.

I get to call myself fearless.

 

This week’s Fearless post is about not letting our history define our identity or limit our destiny.   I’d love you to go over and read.

Paul hasn’t swept his history under the mat, ignoring it, but he has settled it with God. He has faced forward into forgiveness which means his history no longer restrains him, so he can overcome and face forward into his destiny.  This one thing He does.  He chooses faith.  He chooses hope.  He chooses the grace of God.  He chooses to be fearless in the forgiveness that God abundantly offers us.

Take grasp of this radical truth: God does not love you because of your performance; He loves you because of your position as His child.  With God, our value has never being in question.

Fearless Ones, we are children of God; we are valuable, and God wants to pour His love out on each one of us in amazing, remarkable, personal ways. We have to believe what God says about us even more than what we think about who we are.

God loves us not for who we are but for who Jesus is in us. There is nothing we can do to earn His love. He loves us simply because we belong to Him.  Stop trying to earn God’s love by what you do and give thanks that He loves you just as you are— not some future, fixed up version of you, but you right now.

 

How are you living fearlessly today?

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Today I have the incredible privilege of guest blogging at THE FEARLESS EXPERIMENT.  I have read The Fearless Experiment Blog for a number of years now and are always inspired and inspired by their passion for Jesus and so when Lindsay asked me to write with them.

Their opening page mission resonates with my heart:

Do you ever wonder if there’s more to life? More than just existing, more than just wishing you had the courage to dream. Are you ready to start living? Are you ready to stop letting the word IMPOSSIBLE hold you back? Let’s start this journey together, This is THE FEARLESS EXPERIMENT, what’s YOUR impossible?

Today’s guest post was inspired by part of a message I heard recently at church.  It jumped out at me and had me off on a tangent throughout the meeting.  Since then I have used the phrase “there is a tree” several times in conversation with people to remind them that God has prepared a solution and a way when there seems no way.   Please go over to The Fearless Experiment and have a read.

 

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yesterday we celebrated Mothers Day with the kids and my MIL at the Auckland Museum… the kids loved the Oceans and Land, Weird and Wonderful (eeek those bugs are soooo gross!) and a Kids in the Past exhibits and i loved the vintage clothing and furniture display.  we spent a good quarter of an hour watching a pair of geckos to see if they caught any flies.  they are amazing creatures!  all in all it was a fun day out and about, including compulsory tree climbing, followed by a delish meal back at our house! 

 

 

 

You are a warrior who will battle for your children’s hearts, souls, attention, innocence, education and memories.

Go to battle my friends. This is your time. 

To read the rest of this amazing mothers day post (the script that goes with the youtube clip) head over to Lisa Jo’s blog

 

 

though i confess i’m not good with the vomit on the floor bit… but a fantastic insight into motherhood… well done NewSpring Church

 

 

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i’ve taken the plunge and made a fb page for my blog… it feels scary but i know that i read blogs mostly that i find in my newsfeed and love the ability to share so figured i’d do what i love… so you can now find me on ONE PASSION ONE DEVOTION FB 

 

 

 

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**** LOVE LOVE LOVE this post on The Fearless Experiment  called THE NARROWING.  oh its good for the soul, good challenging!

Suffering leads to perseverance. Perseverance to character, character to hope.

The Narrowing: It’s how you begin to feel a new heartbeat. It’s how you discover what’s really important. It’s where you find meaning.

It’s when Someone takes a hammer and a chisel and begins to chip chip chip away at what shouldn’t be there. It’s when Someone sees the masterpiece that lies beneath the rock, and He won’t stop until the excess lies broken and dusty on the floor.

It’s when, slowly and deliberately, chunks of the old you are chiselled away. Pride, self-preservation, comfort, greed, gluttony, and all other things dark and heavy. Those things you don’t speak of. Those things you fear and hate the most. You know.

You know something needs to be done. You know those things will cling to you unless Someone takes up the hammer.

 

 

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i so love LOVE CAKES.  they are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and some other free stuff too, but def not taste free.  they are delish and soooo good.  today for mothers day i got special shaped muffin tin thingys so spent some of the arvo whipping some love cakes up… shaped like butterflies and bugs!  

 

 

 

and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

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on sunday i was preaching in the morning service, and i dont know if this is a norm for blokes when they’re preaching, but a big decision for me is WHAT TO WEAR.  i got my family to vote on what top to wear with the new military jacket i wore… and this is the final choice, which i had bought last year to wear at a women’s conference.  i so do love this top!  good choice whanau!

 

 

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on wednesday last week i took a bunch of my sons mates bowling for his birthday event.  was semi chaotic but lots of fun and the main thing is that caleb liked it.  10 year old boys are such fascinating creatures!

 

 

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love this blog written by incredible women pressing on to know Jesus and make Him known.    they’re provoking, funny, challenging, encouraging and inspiring. 

“I want to be all in with the Lord, I don’t want to hang out knee deep in the water. I want to be consumed by Him…ALL OF ME. I am very much in a season of asking the Lord where am I not all in? Where am I holding back parts of my heart from you? Where am I choosing to do things on my own? I want to give him all things, find him all things, because he’s created all things. Search my heart Lord and give me the courage to jump right in, relax and see the light breaking through.”

 

 

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on friday night the kids went to church for a movie night and were looked after by the childrens church leaders – yay for them.  and us parents were free to go out on a date – which was the premise of the night.  which for us was semi tricky to organise based around my food restrictions been wheat/egg/GF free.  yay for the suggestion of nandos who have a wonderful clear allergen specifying menu.  it made ordering easy.  and there were multiple options.  both of us had a delicious meal!  was great to then wander around the shops and just hang out before joining the kids for the end of their movie and heading home.  so ka pai nandos for catering for “special people” like me!

 

 

and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.

 

 

so what are you totally loving this week?

 

 

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at Paisley Jade

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