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10 Tips to Enjoying a Stress Free Christmas

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Christmas should be a relaxing, fun and contemplative time celebrating the good news of the birth of a new king. Instead it usually becomes a couple of weeks filled with stress. I invite you to step back and decide that this Christmas is going to be different. Here are my top 10 tips on how to make your Christmas Stress Free: 1. Delegate Why do mums think we have to do it all? I am slowly learning to delegate. The other day the men in my house went to the supermarket and did the weekly shopping for me! Delegation can…

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Big has to Start Somewhere – don’t despise small beginnings…

Small Beginnings. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the big desired result. It is easy to forget that small beginnings bring the big desired result. I desire to write, publish and sell a faith based book. The writing part is scary enough. To then go on and successfully publish and sell the book – well, that ‘s seems unconquerable. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. – Zechariah 4:10 NLT God is reminding me – He is in the small beginnings. Trust Him. Trust the process. Small beginnings end up with…

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How to Have the Best Christmas Ever

I recently spoke at Manukau City Baptist Her Event – some of you have asked for my notes – here they are: Can I start off by being honest with you all? Christmas to me is…stressful. It brings out the 2 sides to my personality 1. the meditative side – the deep thinker within 2. organised /task orientated hustle, hustle side Guess which one is more prominent at Christmas? Yep the hustle , hustle The good thing is that I get things done. The down side is that I get things done so quickly and efficiently that I leave people…

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What is left when everything is gone? – The Three Essentials for Living

What is really important in life? You could probably name a number of things. Most people would say: Family Shelter Health Food But what if everything was stripped away.  Your home, family, friends, community, possessions, your health – everything. What is left that is important for living? if everything we see is broken, destroyed , gone? After the earthquakes that have hit my country this week – again – this question really needs to be asked – what is left when everything is gone? Here are my 3 essentials to living that can’t be taken away from us personally: 1….

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The Uncomfortable Truth: moving forward involves leaving pieces of yourself behind…

The hardest thing about moving forward is leaving something behind – and usually it’s a piece of ourselves. Good change in our lives requires the dross in us to be scraped off the top. Dross -the material that is covers up gold. We all have gold in us – it may be undiscovered but it is there waiting to be revealed.That gold could be… a book to be written, a piece of art to be painted, a speech to be given, a new job to be started, a new adventure to embark on, a new road to travel down, a website…

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Be Still, America, and Know that God is God

America, here’s a note from Godzone – New Zealand. The world was watching you yesterday. From the deepest south of the globe, we were watching. We have been watching for a while. We have seen your struggles in this new world. How you have fought back from 9/11. How you are fighting back from financial hardships. We have witnessed a divided nation, people fighting people. The wounds of the past visiting on the generations of today. Children not safe at home or school. Leaders being corrupt. Business failing. Change is coming. History is being made. You have chosen a path…

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31 Days of Seeing God in the Mess of Real Life, Blog

Day 31 – 7 practical steps to seeing God in the mess of your real life – Part 2

The Nitty Gritty Part 2 So yesterday I gave you part 1 on how to practically see God working in the mess of your real life. Click here to read part 1. To recap: 1. Pray for God to be Real 2. Expect God to show up 3. Take time out to Reflect 4. Make Connections Praying, expecting and reflecting helps our minds and spirits to be aware of spiritual connections around us. The person who is spirit led in their daily lives makes connections between the natural and the supernatural. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but…

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Day 30 – 7 practical steps to seeing God in the mess of your real life – Part One

The Nitty Gritty Part 1 Today I am going to get down to the nitty gritty – I have just spent 29 days sharing my take on seeing God in the mess of real life and by now some of you are probably saying… … yes! yes! I want to see God turn up in my days too – but how? How do I make it happen? So I have stepped back and reflected on what actions that I have taken that help to open my eyes to God working. I believe that God is always working – but we just…

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Day 29 -it’s time to embrace the mess…

Life is messy on a normal day. This week it got even messier – people were dropping like flies in my house. From vomiting, the ‘d’ word to sore throats – we had it all. On one day we had 4 people home sick from varsity and work. My Psalm for the year – Psalm 46 – can you read it here – talks about how messy life is going to get in the Last Days. It talks about… …the earth giving way – Earthquakes …mountains moving & trembling -Volcanoes …waters roar and foam – Tsunamis …nations raging – War …kingdoms…

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