... to come die on the cross for us? Folks here it is - The Worship Intern's first ever Easter post.

I love Jesus - I think we all know that by now. But for real, He's incredible. He just honestly keeps surprising me. Firstly, He died on the cross for us while we were still sinners and didn't deserve it whatsoever. Secondly, He rose again?! I don't know about you but that seems impossible yet He did it. He continues to bless and guide us. He set us free - we are no longer slaves to fear.

This year, Easter was something special. There was something different about it. Growing up in a Christian home, I've experienced a lot of Easter services so I thought I knew it all - but here's the thing about God - there's always so much more to learn.

I think most of us know the story of Easter, and if we don't know the full story, we definitely know the jist of it - Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later. Classic, simple, can't forget it. But there's so much more to it that I've heard year after year but it's only really stuck out to me this year.

We were there. You and I were both there when Jesus said His final words on the cross. We were both there as they beat Him and mocked Him. We were there.

You're probably thinking, "What do you mean we were there? I wasn't alive back then, I don't remember witnessing any of this!"

Correct. We didn't witness it with our own eyes, but we were there. We were in His heart - we were the reason He was dying in the first place. He loved us so much, He stepped down from His throne and gave up His life just so we could live. He rose again and ascended into Heaven to prepare our home. He's alive, He's alive, He's alive - and His love is very real.

We can't let fear hold us back now. Christ gives us strength and the resurrection changes everything. We shouldn't feel the need to live in fear when Christ did what He did. He died to give us life and I don't know about you, but I no longer want to live my life in fear knowing that Christ set me free.

I simply can't put into words how much this Easter meant to me. I finally found my role in the crucifixion. I'll never know the pain and suffering Jesus went through but I can feel His love. I see His love every single day. I see it when I first open my eyes in the morning because it's a blessing I'm still alive. I see it through the people God has placed in my life because they wouldn't be there without Him. I see it through the way I have a roof over my head and plenty of food to eat.

Guys, the Trinity is incredible. I'll never have the words to express how grateful I am that God continues to bless me even though I feel like I don't deserve it.

"Jesus said to her,
'I am the resurrection and the life. 
Whoever believes in me, though he die,
yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me 
shall never die. 
Do you believe this?'"
- John 11:25-26

Do you believe that? Do you believe that we can now live without fear because our Saviour is alive in us today? Through Christ we have life - what more could you ask for? 

Thank you Jesus, You set me free.
Thank you God, You robbed the grave. 
Thank you Holy Spirit, You're constantly with us.

What other King leaves His glory to die for His people? My redeemer - that's who. 


WHAT OTHER KING LEAVES HIS THRONE

Monday, 17 April 2017


... to come die on the cross for us? Folks here it is - The Worship Intern's first ever Easter post.

I love Jesus - I think we all know that by now. But for real, He's incredible. He just honestly keeps surprising me. Firstly, He died on the cross for us while we were still sinners and didn't deserve it whatsoever. Secondly, He rose again?! I don't know about you but that seems impossible yet He did it. He continues to bless and guide us. He set us free - we are no longer slaves to fear.

This year, Easter was something special. There was something different about it. Growing up in a Christian home, I've experienced a lot of Easter services so I thought I knew it all - but here's the thing about God - there's always so much more to learn.

I think most of us know the story of Easter, and if we don't know the full story, we definitely know the jist of it - Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later. Classic, simple, can't forget it. But there's so much more to it that I've heard year after year but it's only really stuck out to me this year.

We were there. You and I were both there when Jesus said His final words on the cross. We were both there as they beat Him and mocked Him. We were there.

You're probably thinking, "What do you mean we were there? I wasn't alive back then, I don't remember witnessing any of this!"

Correct. We didn't witness it with our own eyes, but we were there. We were in His heart - we were the reason He was dying in the first place. He loved us so much, He stepped down from His throne and gave up His life just so we could live. He rose again and ascended into Heaven to prepare our home. He's alive, He's alive, He's alive - and His love is very real.

We can't let fear hold us back now. Christ gives us strength and the resurrection changes everything. We shouldn't feel the need to live in fear when Christ did what He did. He died to give us life and I don't know about you, but I no longer want to live my life in fear knowing that Christ set me free.

I simply can't put into words how much this Easter meant to me. I finally found my role in the crucifixion. I'll never know the pain and suffering Jesus went through but I can feel His love. I see His love every single day. I see it when I first open my eyes in the morning because it's a blessing I'm still alive. I see it through the people God has placed in my life because they wouldn't be there without Him. I see it through the way I have a roof over my head and plenty of food to eat.

Guys, the Trinity is incredible. I'll never have the words to express how grateful I am that God continues to bless me even though I feel like I don't deserve it.

"Jesus said to her,
'I am the resurrection and the life. 
Whoever believes in me, though he die,
yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me 
shall never die. 
Do you believe this?'"
- John 11:25-26

Do you believe that? Do you believe that we can now live without fear because our Saviour is alive in us today? Through Christ we have life - what more could you ask for? 

Thank you Jesus, You set me free.
Thank you God, You robbed the grave. 
Thank you Holy Spirit, You're constantly with us.

What other King leaves His glory to die for His people? My redeemer - that's who. 



And our heads are pounding.


To all the people that have planned camps I have attended in my life - thank you so much. I never fully realised just how much work goes into planning a camp and I'm utterly grateful for all the hands and brains that contributed to making every single camp what it was.

I've attended some amazing camps in my life so when the idea of planning one for the worship students at school came about, I jumped for joy. I just knew that this camp is going to be amazing and lives will change - and being an admin freak, I was stoked I finally got to use my gifts. The idea was all peachy in my mind and I constantly thought 'How hard could it be?' but friends, as the day draws near, the stress levels are rising and I'm starting to realise just how much effort and just how much of yourself you need to give to plan a camp.

We originally thought that all 46 kids were going to agree and be able to pay for the camp but turns out that we forgot that kids have other trips and things that they need to pay for. So when some of our most needed students said they couldn't come due to cost - we started to freak out. What if none of the other kids can come because of cost? What if we don't get enough kids to break even? What if only 3 kids hand in forms and we need to cancel the camp? What if no one pays on time? What were we thinking? Why did we think we were capable of this?

Doubt started filling our minds as we realised just how many forms the kids needed to fill out and just how much money/time we needed to spend to make this camp successful. As we started to list out all the things we needed to do, from the big things (like forms, transport etc) to the nitty gritty (cabin allocations, decor etc) I personally started to freak out because who on earth knew so much work needed to go into a 3 day camp?!  

One thing I must say is that I am so grateful for the team we have for this camp. Despite our busy schedules, we always seem to make time to sit and think about how we can make this camp the best for the students. We're very big on the students focusing on their own personal relationships with God and we're praying that this camp will be a nudge in the right direction.


"I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth,
and even forevermore."

- Psalm 121

No doubt, I'm stressed. But I think that's completely normal and I don't think stressing about being stressed is going to help. I know for a fact that God wants us to succeed and I'm going to do all I can to make that a reality. If we put our hope and trust in Him, where can we go wrong? If our God is for us, then who can be against us? 

Please pray for the team, the students, and the camp as we draw closer and closer to the first day. God's waiting for us, and we're ready to go meet Him there. 

All is, and will be, well.

ps. detailed blog post about everything you need to know before your first camp + a blog post about the camp + some resources will be coming very soon!




OUR FIRST WORSHIP CAMP IS EXACTLY A WEEK AWAY

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


And our heads are pounding.


To all the people that have planned camps I have attended in my life - thank you so much. I never fully realised just how much work goes into planning a camp and I'm utterly grateful for all the hands and brains that contributed to making every single camp what it was.

I've attended some amazing camps in my life so when the idea of planning one for the worship students at school came about, I jumped for joy. I just knew that this camp is going to be amazing and lives will change - and being an admin freak, I was stoked I finally got to use my gifts. The idea was all peachy in my mind and I constantly thought 'How hard could it be?' but friends, as the day draws near, the stress levels are rising and I'm starting to realise just how much effort and just how much of yourself you need to give to plan a camp.

We originally thought that all 46 kids were going to agree and be able to pay for the camp but turns out that we forgot that kids have other trips and things that they need to pay for. So when some of our most needed students said they couldn't come due to cost - we started to freak out. What if none of the other kids can come because of cost? What if we don't get enough kids to break even? What if only 3 kids hand in forms and we need to cancel the camp? What if no one pays on time? What were we thinking? Why did we think we were capable of this?

Doubt started filling our minds as we realised just how many forms the kids needed to fill out and just how much money/time we needed to spend to make this camp successful. As we started to list out all the things we needed to do, from the big things (like forms, transport etc) to the nitty gritty (cabin allocations, decor etc) I personally started to freak out because who on earth knew so much work needed to go into a 3 day camp?!  

One thing I must say is that I am so grateful for the team we have for this camp. Despite our busy schedules, we always seem to make time to sit and think about how we can make this camp the best for the students. We're very big on the students focusing on their own personal relationships with God and we're praying that this camp will be a nudge in the right direction.


"I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth,
and even forevermore."

- Psalm 121

No doubt, I'm stressed. But I think that's completely normal and I don't think stressing about being stressed is going to help. I know for a fact that God wants us to succeed and I'm going to do all I can to make that a reality. If we put our hope and trust in Him, where can we go wrong? If our God is for us, then who can be against us? 

Please pray for the team, the students, and the camp as we draw closer and closer to the first day. God's waiting for us, and we're ready to go meet Him there. 

All is, and will be, well.

ps. detailed blog post about everything you need to know before your first camp + a blog post about the camp + some resources will be coming very soon!





The past month has been so wonderful. The senior worship band have set the bar high this year in terms of expectations of what we want to see happen within the school - and it's only been one month. I'm incredibly excited because I've definitely felt God move already and we can only go up from here!

I'm a person who loves music, and even though people say that worship isn't just singing/playing - it's a lifestyle, the music plays a huge part. Worship and praise songs are essentially thoughts and prayers put into words, sometimes words we can't even think of ourselves. I personally connect with God a lot more through the music, but it's not the only way!

I'm going to start doing these monthly playlists because maybe your worship playlists needs some new songs, or maybe you could even suggest some of these songs to your church! I hope this is helpful. With that being said, let's get into the playlist.

FREEDOM IS HERE/SHOUT UNTO GOD: HILLSONG UNITED

My band from last year played this song because we have this vision that the theme for this year is freedom and this song fitted perfectly. 


HERE AS IN HEAVEN: ELEVATION WORSHIP

I may or may not have gotten chills while singing this song.



WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME: HILLSONG WORSHIP

The first time we played this song, there was just 3 of us (2 vocalists, 1 keyboard) and it was beautiful. Don't always feel the need to have a full band! Sometimes you need the acoustic sets to remind yourself why you're doing this.


ALIVE: HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE

This song was a party.



GOOD GOOD FATHER: CHRIS TOMLIN

A classic, simple song that holds such a powerful meaning.



HERE I AM TO WORSHIP: HILLSONG WORSHIP

Imagine hundreds of little kids shouting these lyrics back to you - adorable & unreal.



ONLY WANNA SING: HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE

First time ever singing this song at school! The band killed it.



SINKING DEEP: HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE

This song was one of my bands favourite songs to play last year and I'm so happy we're bringing it through to this year. Props to whoever wrote this song - it's absolutely beautiful.



What songs are on your worship playlist right now? Got any recommendations?  Let me know in the comments! 

THE SONGS WE PLAYED: FEBRUARY

Monday, 6 March 2017


The past month has been so wonderful. The senior worship band have set the bar high this year in terms of expectations of what we want to see happen within the school - and it's only been one month. I'm incredibly excited because I've definitely felt God move already and we can only go up from here!

I'm a person who loves music, and even though people say that worship isn't just singing/playing - it's a lifestyle, the music plays a huge part. Worship and praise songs are essentially thoughts and prayers put into words, sometimes words we can't even think of ourselves. I personally connect with God a lot more through the music, but it's not the only way!

I'm going to start doing these monthly playlists because maybe your worship playlists needs some new songs, or maybe you could even suggest some of these songs to your church! I hope this is helpful. With that being said, let's get into the playlist.

FREEDOM IS HERE/SHOUT UNTO GOD: HILLSONG UNITED

My band from last year played this song because we have this vision that the theme for this year is freedom and this song fitted perfectly. 


HERE AS IN HEAVEN: ELEVATION WORSHIP

I may or may not have gotten chills while singing this song.



WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME: HILLSONG WORSHIP

The first time we played this song, there was just 3 of us (2 vocalists, 1 keyboard) and it was beautiful. Don't always feel the need to have a full band! Sometimes you need the acoustic sets to remind yourself why you're doing this.


ALIVE: HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE

This song was a party.



GOOD GOOD FATHER: CHRIS TOMLIN

A classic, simple song that holds such a powerful meaning.



HERE I AM TO WORSHIP: HILLSONG WORSHIP

Imagine hundreds of little kids shouting these lyrics back to you - adorable & unreal.



ONLY WANNA SING: HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE

First time ever singing this song at school! The band killed it.



SINKING DEEP: HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE

This song was one of my bands favourite songs to play last year and I'm so happy we're bringing it through to this year. Props to whoever wrote this song - it's absolutely beautiful.



What songs are on your worship playlist right now? Got any recommendations?  Let me know in the comments! 




Photo credit to Amos Ling ©

I love the song Unashamed Love by Jason Morant. It's a beautiful song about setting aside time to worship and spend time with God. We used to sing it at my church all the time when I was younger, I wish we still did, it's beautiful and the meaning behind the song is so touching.

At the first band practise of the year (which was yesterday), everything that came out of people's mouths were all about what God had wanted them to share, and what had been placed on their heart. When I was asked if I had anything to say, I was suddenly in a state of shock. Nothing had been placed on my heart and it felt like God didn't want me to share anything. I felt so incompetent. I gave the generic "God's got huge plans for you, I'm excited to see where this goes" talk but I knew deep down there was more I could've said, I just didn't know what. Until I lay in bed that night and began to pray. God suddenly placed all these words on my heart and it was truly incredible. I got to band practise this morning, and as the band finished off their last song, I grabbed a mic and told them I needed to give them a little pep talk. I love pep talks - but that's irrelevant. They all sat on the edge of the stage and the students were so involved in what I had to say. So I'm going to give you a pep talk - are you ready?

Once a term, my school has a full school assembly. This is the time when students from both the Junior Campus and Senior Campus can come together and celebrate/worship together as one body of Christ. I always look forward to it, the kids are always so cute! I remember my first ever full school assembly I led worship for. I was a nervous wreck, I was incredibly awkward on stage, and I honestly didn't give it my all. During one of the praise songs at the beginning, I remember looking down at the little kids down the front and I was in awe. I was in awe because of how excited they were to be praising God and how all of them just didn't care about what the others thought. From then on I was inspired, and it's so weird saying I was inspired by a 5 year old but it's so true! They were going hard, nothing was holding them back. They were jumping around, some of them were lifting their hands, they were shouting out the lyrics, some were even on their knees!

It's so easy for us to be afraid to worship God through body gestures. We're constantly wondering what the person next to us will think if we lift our hands in worship or if we jump around, and if you're on stage leading, it can sometimes be intimidating to look out at the congregation and just see people standing in their seats staring back at you. It sucks that this matters to us humans. It's sad that we care so much about what our peers think.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
- Psalm 150:6 NIV

We shouldn't have to worry about what others think. We are free to worship our God whatever way we please. Christ died on the cross so we could have this opportunity! 

If you're to take anything away from this post, this is it: 

Have that childlike faith. Dance like no ones watching, sing like no ones listening. Don't worry about what the person next to you is thinking because at the end of the day, it's between you and God, not between you, God and the person you probably never talk to. Don't be afraid - this freedom is yours, praise our God with all you have. Chase Him and seek Him constantly - don't let others intimidate you to do otherwise. Do what you need to do to worship, don't let anything hold you back, and don't ever feel ashamed for how you worship. God's worthy of your unashamed love.

If I could tell you anything, be that little kid. 

UNASHAMED LOVE

Friday, 17 February 2017





Photo credit to Amos Ling ©

I love the song Unashamed Love by Jason Morant. It's a beautiful song about setting aside time to worship and spend time with God. We used to sing it at my church all the time when I was younger, I wish we still did, it's beautiful and the meaning behind the song is so touching.

At the first band practise of the year (which was yesterday), everything that came out of people's mouths were all about what God had wanted them to share, and what had been placed on their heart. When I was asked if I had anything to say, I was suddenly in a state of shock. Nothing had been placed on my heart and it felt like God didn't want me to share anything. I felt so incompetent. I gave the generic "God's got huge plans for you, I'm excited to see where this goes" talk but I knew deep down there was more I could've said, I just didn't know what. Until I lay in bed that night and began to pray. God suddenly placed all these words on my heart and it was truly incredible. I got to band practise this morning, and as the band finished off their last song, I grabbed a mic and told them I needed to give them a little pep talk. I love pep talks - but that's irrelevant. They all sat on the edge of the stage and the students were so involved in what I had to say. So I'm going to give you a pep talk - are you ready?

Once a term, my school has a full school assembly. This is the time when students from both the Junior Campus and Senior Campus can come together and celebrate/worship together as one body of Christ. I always look forward to it, the kids are always so cute! I remember my first ever full school assembly I led worship for. I was a nervous wreck, I was incredibly awkward on stage, and I honestly didn't give it my all. During one of the praise songs at the beginning, I remember looking down at the little kids down the front and I was in awe. I was in awe because of how excited they were to be praising God and how all of them just didn't care about what the others thought. From then on I was inspired, and it's so weird saying I was inspired by a 5 year old but it's so true! They were going hard, nothing was holding them back. They were jumping around, some of them were lifting their hands, they were shouting out the lyrics, some were even on their knees!

It's so easy for us to be afraid to worship God through body gestures. We're constantly wondering what the person next to us will think if we lift our hands in worship or if we jump around, and if you're on stage leading, it can sometimes be intimidating to look out at the congregation and just see people standing in their seats staring back at you. It sucks that this matters to us humans. It's sad that we care so much about what our peers think.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
- Psalm 150:6 NIV

We shouldn't have to worry about what others think. We are free to worship our God whatever way we please. Christ died on the cross so we could have this opportunity! 

If you're to take anything away from this post, this is it: 

Have that childlike faith. Dance like no ones watching, sing like no ones listening. Don't worry about what the person next to you is thinking because at the end of the day, it's between you and God, not between you, God and the person you probably never talk to. Don't be afraid - this freedom is yours, praise our God with all you have. Chase Him and seek Him constantly - don't let others intimidate you to do otherwise. Do what you need to do to worship, don't let anything hold you back, and don't ever feel ashamed for how you worship. God's worthy of your unashamed love.

If I could tell you anything, be that little kid. 

Are ya ready kids?

Welcome to part two of my top 6 ways to have a great year! I really appreciate all the support on the last few posts - it's truly wonderful, God is so good. This post is going to look at more of the practical things I would do to improve my year. Hopefully this post won't be as long as the last one BUT I do like to talk so we'll see how that goes! Hahah, let's get right on into it.

YOU ARE WHO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH

Hands up if you love your friends - I sure as heck love mine. To me my friends are beautiful, inspiring, thoughtful, hilarious, kind, soldiers of God, and I'm so excited to see where God takes them. Without a doubt, they've made me who I am today. 

If I was to go back to this time last year and see who I was surrounding myself with, it would be completely different. Don't get me wrong, I loved those people (still do!) but isn't it funny how friend groups change so much over time? During high school, you would chop and change groups all the time, and everyone did it, it was so hard to keep track. It's quite amazing because you slowly start seeing people realise who/what they need in their lives. 

"Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'"
- 1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV

I barely see my high school friends now. There'll be the occasional FB message, or we might just happen to be at the same place at the same time, but I've found that no real effort goes in to actually meeting up with them anymore. Maybe it's because I'm lazy or maybe I just think they don't want to see me so I don't reach out to them, but whatever it is, it's a two-way street. You've got to make effort. To my high school friends reading this right now, please do not take offence - let's hang out! I'd love to catch up.

Anyways, in all friendships, you have to make an effort. You can't just sit back, contribute nothing, and expect the friendship to be strong. With that being said, choosing your friends is such an important step in life. I've had my fair share of crappy friends who just let me down time after time and bullied me more than loved me but I've also had my fair share of friends who were always there for me and cheered me on. These are the people that have shaped me and I don't regret any friendship I've ever had. 

I struggle making new friends - and that's totally okay. It's okay if you struggle, it's part of life. The girls in the picture above have been in my life for almost 7-9 years now. Obviously I've made friends since I've met them, but that's just an example that if you find gold friendships, they'll stick around for a while. Also don't be afraid to make friends who are older/younger than you! The girls in that photo are all older than me. In fact, a lot of my friends are older than me because I'm a baby haha. For real though, I have some younger friends too and they're great! Don't feel like you need to stick within your age group. Each friend will have different opinions, thoughts, views, and wisdom to share with you. You'll learn something different from each friend group, and that's truly beautiful.

God places people in your life for a reason, and we won't always know what it is. So if you're going through a rough patch with your friend, keep your head up and eyes open to whatever God is trying to show/tell you. If a friend suddenly leaves your life for an unknown reason, don't stress, maybe God took them in another direction. Keep your eyes open.

Surrounding yourself with good people is so so so important. These are the people who influence the way you think and speak. If you're surrounding yourself with people who swear constantly and are always saying negative things, you're going to find yourself doing exactly the same. You've got to keep your guard up, it's so easy to fall into peer pressure. 

Surround yourself with people who turn your face back to God when you've lost your way. Surround yourself with people who motivate you to be your absolute best, who pray for and with you, who laugh with you and not at you. Surround yourself with people who always want to listen to what you have to say and who constantly radiate positive vibes. We can't do life alone - so choose wisely.



STAY ORGANISED

To anyone that knows me, you know that I am an admin freak. I love organisation and I love planning and doing behind the scenes things. To some of you, this may be the first time you're hearing this. I love stationary and I love writing notes even if it's simply just to remind myself to wash my hair that day. When my mum found out my love for organisation, she thought it was strange. She questioned how a girl who loves organising so much could have such a messy room? You heard it here first folks, I'm an unorganised lover of organisation. 

"But all things should be done decently and in order."
1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV

Here are some practical ways to stay on top of things this year:

1. PLANNERS / CALENDARS / APPS

Who else makes their New Years resolution to use their planner more and they smash it for the first couple of months and then it slowly dies down? Yup, been there, done that. The past couple of years though I've been loving my planner! Planners are a gift and I seriously can't imagine how I lived my life before planners. I'm sounding like a total organisation nerd right now, just bare with me haha. Planners come in different sizes, colours, patterns and layouts. You've got your wall planners, weekly planners, monthly planners, and my personal favourite, daily planners. I got my planner from FRANK Stationary this year and I've been loving it. I write in it daily. How else do I sell planners to you? They're awesome. 

Calendars are also a great tool to planning out your year. I always like to have a calendar above my desk with all my important things (birthdays, shift times for work, concerts, holidays, etc) right there so I can see them and be constantly reminded about them. The calendar app on my iPhone is wonderful too. I put the dates of things I need to pay alongside any events and work times on my phone app (and in my planner!!) because I get notifications about them so I can never forget about important things I need to do. It's especially great for people on the go.

Apps are a wonderful organisation tool. My top 3 favourites are:

- TeamUp: This is another calendar app, with a twist - it's a shared calendar! This is so helpful, especially when working in groups constantly. My internship team use this calendar and it's so nice to see what things everyone has on at one time - I seriously recommend this for teams, or even families!

- Todoist: This one saved my life. I'm an avid list lover - I seriously make lists about everything. Todoist is an app you can get on your phones + your Macbook (if you have one, I'm not sure about Windows computers). It's honestly just an app where you can make as many lists as you want. If you desperately need to be reminded about something you need to do, they'll send you an email! 

- Evernote: If you're in school, you'll adore this app. I use this to plan blog posts and it's wonderful because you can make folders of the different topics and it syncs to all your devices so you can have your notes with you wherever you go.

2. GET RID OF CLUTTER

Make sure the area where you're working is constantly clean. It's so easy for it to get chaotic and that can cause a lot of stress. Throw out the papers you don't need, the pens that don't work, and wipe off the dust off your desk. A clean working space = a clear and sound mind.

3. LISTS & GOALS

I love my lists, as you know. Each day I wake up and write a list of things to do. I constantly carry around a pen and paper in case I think of another list and if not, then I use my notes app on my phone. Lists are so useful and it's so easy to write down everything you need to do at once so you won't forget it, and you can see everything at once. Plus ticking things off of a list is so satisfying. 
Goals are great for getting you motivated. Make big goals, and small goals, and don't let anyone tell you that your goals are stupid.



NATURE'S CALLING

God's creation is so beautiful and it deserves to be adored! Hands up if you spend days upon days stuck in a room and you don't get outside enough (guilty!). I love getting outside. I love looking around and see the things that my God made beautiful in their own way. Breathe in the fresh air - God created that to keep you alive! 

"Take a good look at God's wonders - 
they'll take your breath away.
He converted the sea to dry land;
travellers crossed the river on foot.
Now isn't that cause for a song?"
- Psalm 66:5 MSG

"Now isn't that cause for a song?" I simply love that line. Even though this scripture talks about God parting the red sea, it's still relevant. I mean, who else can turn the sea into dry land? David you are correct, that is cause for a song. 

We tend to easily get distracted - especially by social media. One thing I've been doing lately is turning notifications off for every app, except messenger. I've loved this because I won't be getting notifications on my lock screen every minute, and I won't feel the need to have to look as soon as it pops up. This gives me the freedom to visit each app as I please, and I honestly haven't missed anything! It's really helped me be present in the moment. 

Human interaction is SO good for you! How about once this week, you and one or two (or all) of your friends spontaneously hang out. Sure I like planning things, but I find that spontaneous hang out with my friends always provides some of the funniest memories.

Last thing, switch up your workspace once or twice a week! Get out of your office and head on down to your local coffee shop. Take your homework out of your bedroom and sit in a different room of the house. I'm currently sitting outside as I'm writing this and it honestly helps me feel so inspired! Just little things like this can really flip your year around.


And there you have it folks! Part two of my top 6 ways to have a great year. I hope at least one thing I've said has inspired you in some way. Let me know in the comments how you're going to glorify God this year! Hope you have a fantastic week, and I'll talk to you soon! 😊

MY TOP 6 WAYS TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR (PART TWO)

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Are ya ready kids?

Welcome to part two of my top 6 ways to have a great year! I really appreciate all the support on the last few posts - it's truly wonderful, God is so good. This post is going to look at more of the practical things I would do to improve my year. Hopefully this post won't be as long as the last one BUT I do like to talk so we'll see how that goes! Hahah, let's get right on into it.

YOU ARE WHO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH

Hands up if you love your friends - I sure as heck love mine. To me my friends are beautiful, inspiring, thoughtful, hilarious, kind, soldiers of God, and I'm so excited to see where God takes them. Without a doubt, they've made me who I am today. 

If I was to go back to this time last year and see who I was surrounding myself with, it would be completely different. Don't get me wrong, I loved those people (still do!) but isn't it funny how friend groups change so much over time? During high school, you would chop and change groups all the time, and everyone did it, it was so hard to keep track. It's quite amazing because you slowly start seeing people realise who/what they need in their lives. 

"Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'"
- 1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV

I barely see my high school friends now. There'll be the occasional FB message, or we might just happen to be at the same place at the same time, but I've found that no real effort goes in to actually meeting up with them anymore. Maybe it's because I'm lazy or maybe I just think they don't want to see me so I don't reach out to them, but whatever it is, it's a two-way street. You've got to make effort. To my high school friends reading this right now, please do not take offence - let's hang out! I'd love to catch up.

Anyways, in all friendships, you have to make an effort. You can't just sit back, contribute nothing, and expect the friendship to be strong. With that being said, choosing your friends is such an important step in life. I've had my fair share of crappy friends who just let me down time after time and bullied me more than loved me but I've also had my fair share of friends who were always there for me and cheered me on. These are the people that have shaped me and I don't regret any friendship I've ever had. 

I struggle making new friends - and that's totally okay. It's okay if you struggle, it's part of life. The girls in the picture above have been in my life for almost 7-9 years now. Obviously I've made friends since I've met them, but that's just an example that if you find gold friendships, they'll stick around for a while. Also don't be afraid to make friends who are older/younger than you! The girls in that photo are all older than me. In fact, a lot of my friends are older than me because I'm a baby haha. For real though, I have some younger friends too and they're great! Don't feel like you need to stick within your age group. Each friend will have different opinions, thoughts, views, and wisdom to share with you. You'll learn something different from each friend group, and that's truly beautiful.

God places people in your life for a reason, and we won't always know what it is. So if you're going through a rough patch with your friend, keep your head up and eyes open to whatever God is trying to show/tell you. If a friend suddenly leaves your life for an unknown reason, don't stress, maybe God took them in another direction. Keep your eyes open.

Surrounding yourself with good people is so so so important. These are the people who influence the way you think and speak. If you're surrounding yourself with people who swear constantly and are always saying negative things, you're going to find yourself doing exactly the same. You've got to keep your guard up, it's so easy to fall into peer pressure. 

Surround yourself with people who turn your face back to God when you've lost your way. Surround yourself with people who motivate you to be your absolute best, who pray for and with you, who laugh with you and not at you. Surround yourself with people who always want to listen to what you have to say and who constantly radiate positive vibes. We can't do life alone - so choose wisely.



STAY ORGANISED

To anyone that knows me, you know that I am an admin freak. I love organisation and I love planning and doing behind the scenes things. To some of you, this may be the first time you're hearing this. I love stationary and I love writing notes even if it's simply just to remind myself to wash my hair that day. When my mum found out my love for organisation, she thought it was strange. She questioned how a girl who loves organising so much could have such a messy room? You heard it here first folks, I'm an unorganised lover of organisation. 

"But all things should be done decently and in order."
1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV

Here are some practical ways to stay on top of things this year:

1. PLANNERS / CALENDARS / APPS

Who else makes their New Years resolution to use their planner more and they smash it for the first couple of months and then it slowly dies down? Yup, been there, done that. The past couple of years though I've been loving my planner! Planners are a gift and I seriously can't imagine how I lived my life before planners. I'm sounding like a total organisation nerd right now, just bare with me haha. Planners come in different sizes, colours, patterns and layouts. You've got your wall planners, weekly planners, monthly planners, and my personal favourite, daily planners. I got my planner from FRANK Stationary this year and I've been loving it. I write in it daily. How else do I sell planners to you? They're awesome. 

Calendars are also a great tool to planning out your year. I always like to have a calendar above my desk with all my important things (birthdays, shift times for work, concerts, holidays, etc) right there so I can see them and be constantly reminded about them. The calendar app on my iPhone is wonderful too. I put the dates of things I need to pay alongside any events and work times on my phone app (and in my planner!!) because I get notifications about them so I can never forget about important things I need to do. It's especially great for people on the go.

Apps are a wonderful organisation tool. My top 3 favourites are:

- TeamUp: This is another calendar app, with a twist - it's a shared calendar! This is so helpful, especially when working in groups constantly. My internship team use this calendar and it's so nice to see what things everyone has on at one time - I seriously recommend this for teams, or even families!

- Todoist: This one saved my life. I'm an avid list lover - I seriously make lists about everything. Todoist is an app you can get on your phones + your Macbook (if you have one, I'm not sure about Windows computers). It's honestly just an app where you can make as many lists as you want. If you desperately need to be reminded about something you need to do, they'll send you an email! 

- Evernote: If you're in school, you'll adore this app. I use this to plan blog posts and it's wonderful because you can make folders of the different topics and it syncs to all your devices so you can have your notes with you wherever you go.

2. GET RID OF CLUTTER

Make sure the area where you're working is constantly clean. It's so easy for it to get chaotic and that can cause a lot of stress. Throw out the papers you don't need, the pens that don't work, and wipe off the dust off your desk. A clean working space = a clear and sound mind.

3. LISTS & GOALS

I love my lists, as you know. Each day I wake up and write a list of things to do. I constantly carry around a pen and paper in case I think of another list and if not, then I use my notes app on my phone. Lists are so useful and it's so easy to write down everything you need to do at once so you won't forget it, and you can see everything at once. Plus ticking things off of a list is so satisfying. 
Goals are great for getting you motivated. Make big goals, and small goals, and don't let anyone tell you that your goals are stupid.



NATURE'S CALLING

God's creation is so beautiful and it deserves to be adored! Hands up if you spend days upon days stuck in a room and you don't get outside enough (guilty!). I love getting outside. I love looking around and see the things that my God made beautiful in their own way. Breathe in the fresh air - God created that to keep you alive! 

"Take a good look at God's wonders - 
they'll take your breath away.
He converted the sea to dry land;
travellers crossed the river on foot.
Now isn't that cause for a song?"
- Psalm 66:5 MSG

"Now isn't that cause for a song?" I simply love that line. Even though this scripture talks about God parting the red sea, it's still relevant. I mean, who else can turn the sea into dry land? David you are correct, that is cause for a song. 

We tend to easily get distracted - especially by social media. One thing I've been doing lately is turning notifications off for every app, except messenger. I've loved this because I won't be getting notifications on my lock screen every minute, and I won't feel the need to have to look as soon as it pops up. This gives me the freedom to visit each app as I please, and I honestly haven't missed anything! It's really helped me be present in the moment. 

Human interaction is SO good for you! How about once this week, you and one or two (or all) of your friends spontaneously hang out. Sure I like planning things, but I find that spontaneous hang out with my friends always provides some of the funniest memories.

Last thing, switch up your workspace once or twice a week! Get out of your office and head on down to your local coffee shop. Take your homework out of your bedroom and sit in a different room of the house. I'm currently sitting outside as I'm writing this and it honestly helps me feel so inspired! Just little things like this can really flip your year around.


And there you have it folks! Part two of my top 6 ways to have a great year. I hope at least one thing I've said has inspired you in some way. Let me know in the comments how you're going to glorify God this year! Hope you have a fantastic week, and I'll talk to you soon! 😊


It may not be January 1st, but that doesn't mean I can't still give tips on how to have a great year, right? I believe that you don't have to wait till the start of a day, week, month, or year to change the way you live. If you want to have a great year, it doesn't matter what date it is - it all starts with your attitude. Most of us know how to make our lives a little bit better, but we have the tendency to procrastinate - and we do it for unknown reasons. Each day, we find little excuses to procrastinate yet another day. Over time, we begin to convince ourselves that the reasons for our failure was because of all those irrelevant excuses. But deep down inside, we still know that we are capable of so much more.

Here's the thing: you, my friend, are definitely capable of so much more! You can have a great year if you start working towards things that will make your life a little better. Slowly, bit by bit, baby steps. You will find yourself being so much more than you were in the past.

Classic Sarah has so much to say that she couldn't fit it all into one post so I'm splitting it into two parts!

With that being said, here are 3/6 of my top ways to have a great year :)

ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR GOD 

You saw this coming, huh? ;) 

As I was planning my blog post for this week, I really wanted bible verses to back up what I was saying for each point. Every other point I found verses for so easily - but for some reason I found this point incredibly hard. It really started to push my buttons because there was no way I was going to take this point out, because this is the most important one. I slowly felt myself giving up until Sunday morning when I sat to listen to the sermon in church. Every single word that came out of my preachers mouth was so relevant to this point and there's still no doubt in my mind that God set that up. I went note crazy on Sunday morning (but to be honest, that's me every Sunday morning) and a smile never left my face because I was just so happy. God works in crazy ways!

Anyways, everything I say in this point you might sigh and say, "Sarah, we KNOW all this! We hear it every day/Sunday/week/month/year" etc. But honestly, you can't hear this enough! Think about it, who wakes you up every morning and who puts fresh air in your lungs every second? That's right, God. Without Him, you wouldn't be alive. He's worthy of your time, love, and attention. All He wants is for you to seek His face. 

Psalm 46:10 NIV says...

"He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations
I will be exalted in the earth.' "

Here are three of the most basic (but effective!) ways to spend time with God. 

1. READ YOUR BIBLE

If I'm being honest, I was never good at this - I still struggle. I only started reading my Bible daily very recently. I'd just been at a youth camp in January, and when I got home, I had built some incredible friendships with some incredible people. Two of those people really inspired me to read my Bible more. Long story short, each person had amazing knowledge of the Bible, and each time they spoke about it - I was just in awe. I literally would sit there thinking, "I want what they have." So I picked up my Bible. Typical me thought, 'Oh I'll just start in Genesis!' For some reason I decided against that and found myself asking one of my new friends where to start reading. He told me to start with Matthew. So I picked up my Bible and flipped to Matthew. Every morning since then, I've been reading a chapter a day. Tomorrow is my last day reading Matthew! I instantly found myself being excited each and every morning to read my Bible. 

Joshua 1:8 NIV says...

"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;
meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful."


We're reliant on the scripture because it really is a Christians handbook. If you want to know anything and everything about life - turn to the Bible. Set aside a time to read your Bible, whether it be when you just wake up, you're on your break at work, or you just got into bed. Sit down and start reading with an open heart because you never know, maybe something you read might be God telling you something vitally important! We come to know and learn about Him through reading the Bible which helps us gain a personal connection with Him. 

Another way to gain a personal connection with Him is to...

2. PRAY

How else do you talk to God? To me, praying isn't just about asking for things - it's also about acknowledging God's presence. One thing I love about prayer is that you can do it anywhere. This freedom allows us to communicate with God whenever we like. With that being said, I still think you should set aside a time to just sit and talk to God in complete silence. Maybe it's right after reading your Bible, or right before you fall asleep at night. Just sit - with no distractions - and just have a heart to heart with God every single day.

3. WORSHIP!

Don't get me wrong, worship is a lifestyle, not just music. Although, the music plays a HUGE part. Worship music is basically prayers put to music, which to me is one of the most beautiful concepts ever. If you ever struggle with prayer, I suggest finding a worship song that means a lot to you and just worshipping. Sit outside with a worship playlist and just close your eyes and listen. Sing along - who cares if anyone hears you! Our God has done incredible things! He's worthy of your praise & worship. Deuteronomy 10:21 NIV says... 

"He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for You those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes."


 In conclusion, eliminate meaningless activities for meaningful times with God. Instead of scrolling through FB for half an hour - pray. Instead of watching TV - read your Bible. Instead of watching covers of Ed Sheerans' new songs on Youtube (guilty!) - worship. God wants your attention and He wants a real relationship with you but relationships are ALWAYS a two way street.



YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE

1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 NKJV;

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
For you were bought at a price;
therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

I clearly remember my youth pastor from years ago saying, "yeah, society sucks. There's so many body ideals for males and females, we end up starving and hurting ourselves just to achieve it." A couple of weeks after that, he said, "garbage in... garbage out," and no friends, he's not talking about your digestive system. 

One thing I will say is that God made you in His image - so before you go comparing yourself to others and disliking how you look, remember God looks at you and all He sees is beauty. In saying that, we should honour Him and take care of our bodies! That includes eating healthy and exercising. Ah yes, exercising. Some people love it - props to you guys! - and some people hate it. One of my new years resolutions is to work out more and I don't do it as often as I would like to, but seriously, every time I do it, it hurts but I always feel so amazing after! Also, have you ever eaten fresh fruit? YUM.

Alongside that, you can honour God through thinking positive thoughts and watching what you say. Garbage in = garbage out. If you fill your mind and heart with negative thoughts and societal garbage, it's going to impact the way you think and speak. Honestly if you cut the crap out of your life, I promise you'll feel 100x better. One of my good friend's stopped using Twitter because things people were posting weren't resonating with what she believed in and she said it wasn't helping her because every time she opened the app, everything would be negative, leaving a negative impact on her. I am so proud and honestly she's way happier now without it! 











LET GO AND LET GOD

Life's going to throw some horrible stuff at you - it's inevitable. You'll do everything you can to try fix it and change it but you won't succeed. Want to know why? Because you haven't asked God to help you. As humans we try our hardest to do things our way because we have this clear image in our mind of how things should be. That's where we go wrong. We pressure ourselves to get things right the first time and when it goes wrong we blame God - as if it's His fault! We have to remember that God has huge plans for us and I don't know about you, but if I ruin something, I'll do everything to fix it - no matter how long it takes. This is a problem because I spend all my time dwelling on the past and how to fix something unfixable that I'm not even looking out for God's great plan for me. 
1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV; 

"Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you."

The future's scary, no doubt about it. Life is hard, definitely! But Jesus is willing to take our burdens and carry us through. He cares for you! If you want to have a great year, sometimes you just have to turn the page to realise there is more to your book of life than the page you're stuck on. You need to stop being afraid to move on. Close the chapter of hurt, and never re-read it again. It's time to get what your life deserves, and move on from the things that don't deserve you. Don't spend your days trying to correct your past, instead, let go and let God create something better for your future. 


I can't believe I still have 3 more points to share with you! I've already started typing up part 2 and I'm hoping to get that up by the end of this week. I know this post was a lot to read and if you're still reading this right now, comment "eating grapes rn" down below. Do it, I dare you ;) 

I'll talk to you very soon for part dos! 

MY TOP 6 WAYS TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR (PART ONE)

Tuesday, 7 February 2017



It may not be January 1st, but that doesn't mean I can't still give tips on how to have a great year, right? I believe that you don't have to wait till the start of a day, week, month, or year to change the way you live. If you want to have a great year, it doesn't matter what date it is - it all starts with your attitude. Most of us know how to make our lives a little bit better, but we have the tendency to procrastinate - and we do it for unknown reasons. Each day, we find little excuses to procrastinate yet another day. Over time, we begin to convince ourselves that the reasons for our failure was because of all those irrelevant excuses. But deep down inside, we still know that we are capable of so much more.

Here's the thing: you, my friend, are definitely capable of so much more! You can have a great year if you start working towards things that will make your life a little better. Slowly, bit by bit, baby steps. You will find yourself being so much more than you were in the past.

Classic Sarah has so much to say that she couldn't fit it all into one post so I'm splitting it into two parts!

With that being said, here are 3/6 of my top ways to have a great year :)

ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR GOD 

You saw this coming, huh? ;) 

As I was planning my blog post for this week, I really wanted bible verses to back up what I was saying for each point. Every other point I found verses for so easily - but for some reason I found this point incredibly hard. It really started to push my buttons because there was no way I was going to take this point out, because this is the most important one. I slowly felt myself giving up until Sunday morning when I sat to listen to the sermon in church. Every single word that came out of my preachers mouth was so relevant to this point and there's still no doubt in my mind that God set that up. I went note crazy on Sunday morning (but to be honest, that's me every Sunday morning) and a smile never left my face because I was just so happy. God works in crazy ways!

Anyways, everything I say in this point you might sigh and say, "Sarah, we KNOW all this! We hear it every day/Sunday/week/month/year" etc. But honestly, you can't hear this enough! Think about it, who wakes you up every morning and who puts fresh air in your lungs every second? That's right, God. Without Him, you wouldn't be alive. He's worthy of your time, love, and attention. All He wants is for you to seek His face. 

Psalm 46:10 NIV says...

"He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations
I will be exalted in the earth.' "

Here are three of the most basic (but effective!) ways to spend time with God. 

1. READ YOUR BIBLE

If I'm being honest, I was never good at this - I still struggle. I only started reading my Bible daily very recently. I'd just been at a youth camp in January, and when I got home, I had built some incredible friendships with some incredible people. Two of those people really inspired me to read my Bible more. Long story short, each person had amazing knowledge of the Bible, and each time they spoke about it - I was just in awe. I literally would sit there thinking, "I want what they have." So I picked up my Bible. Typical me thought, 'Oh I'll just start in Genesis!' For some reason I decided against that and found myself asking one of my new friends where to start reading. He told me to start with Matthew. So I picked up my Bible and flipped to Matthew. Every morning since then, I've been reading a chapter a day. Tomorrow is my last day reading Matthew! I instantly found myself being excited each and every morning to read my Bible. 

Joshua 1:8 NIV says...

"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;
meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful."


We're reliant on the scripture because it really is a Christians handbook. If you want to know anything and everything about life - turn to the Bible. Set aside a time to read your Bible, whether it be when you just wake up, you're on your break at work, or you just got into bed. Sit down and start reading with an open heart because you never know, maybe something you read might be God telling you something vitally important! We come to know and learn about Him through reading the Bible which helps us gain a personal connection with Him. 

Another way to gain a personal connection with Him is to...

2. PRAY

How else do you talk to God? To me, praying isn't just about asking for things - it's also about acknowledging God's presence. One thing I love about prayer is that you can do it anywhere. This freedom allows us to communicate with God whenever we like. With that being said, I still think you should set aside a time to just sit and talk to God in complete silence. Maybe it's right after reading your Bible, or right before you fall asleep at night. Just sit - with no distractions - and just have a heart to heart with God every single day.

3. WORSHIP!

Don't get me wrong, worship is a lifestyle, not just music. Although, the music plays a HUGE part. Worship music is basically prayers put to music, which to me is one of the most beautiful concepts ever. If you ever struggle with prayer, I suggest finding a worship song that means a lot to you and just worshipping. Sit outside with a worship playlist and just close your eyes and listen. Sing along - who cares if anyone hears you! Our God has done incredible things! He's worthy of your praise & worship. Deuteronomy 10:21 NIV says... 

"He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for You those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes."


 In conclusion, eliminate meaningless activities for meaningful times with God. Instead of scrolling through FB for half an hour - pray. Instead of watching TV - read your Bible. Instead of watching covers of Ed Sheerans' new songs on Youtube (guilty!) - worship. God wants your attention and He wants a real relationship with you but relationships are ALWAYS a two way street.



YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE

1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 NKJV;

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
For you were bought at a price;
therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

I clearly remember my youth pastor from years ago saying, "yeah, society sucks. There's so many body ideals for males and females, we end up starving and hurting ourselves just to achieve it." A couple of weeks after that, he said, "garbage in... garbage out," and no friends, he's not talking about your digestive system. 

One thing I will say is that God made you in His image - so before you go comparing yourself to others and disliking how you look, remember God looks at you and all He sees is beauty. In saying that, we should honour Him and take care of our bodies! That includes eating healthy and exercising. Ah yes, exercising. Some people love it - props to you guys! - and some people hate it. One of my new years resolutions is to work out more and I don't do it as often as I would like to, but seriously, every time I do it, it hurts but I always feel so amazing after! Also, have you ever eaten fresh fruit? YUM.

Alongside that, you can honour God through thinking positive thoughts and watching what you say. Garbage in = garbage out. If you fill your mind and heart with negative thoughts and societal garbage, it's going to impact the way you think and speak. Honestly if you cut the crap out of your life, I promise you'll feel 100x better. One of my good friend's stopped using Twitter because things people were posting weren't resonating with what she believed in and she said it wasn't helping her because every time she opened the app, everything would be negative, leaving a negative impact on her. I am so proud and honestly she's way happier now without it! 











LET GO AND LET GOD

Life's going to throw some horrible stuff at you - it's inevitable. You'll do everything you can to try fix it and change it but you won't succeed. Want to know why? Because you haven't asked God to help you. As humans we try our hardest to do things our way because we have this clear image in our mind of how things should be. That's where we go wrong. We pressure ourselves to get things right the first time and when it goes wrong we blame God - as if it's His fault! We have to remember that God has huge plans for us and I don't know about you, but if I ruin something, I'll do everything to fix it - no matter how long it takes. This is a problem because I spend all my time dwelling on the past and how to fix something unfixable that I'm not even looking out for God's great plan for me. 
1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV; 

"Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you."

The future's scary, no doubt about it. Life is hard, definitely! But Jesus is willing to take our burdens and carry us through. He cares for you! If you want to have a great year, sometimes you just have to turn the page to realise there is more to your book of life than the page you're stuck on. You need to stop being afraid to move on. Close the chapter of hurt, and never re-read it again. It's time to get what your life deserves, and move on from the things that don't deserve you. Don't spend your days trying to correct your past, instead, let go and let God create something better for your future. 


I can't believe I still have 3 more points to share with you! I've already started typing up part 2 and I'm hoping to get that up by the end of this week. I know this post was a lot to read and if you're still reading this right now, comment "eating grapes rn" down below. Do it, I dare you ;) 

I'll talk to you very soon for part dos! 























This post was pretty much expected. As soon as I started this blog, people were telling me, "yeah the good stuff is nice to read, but if you want to be real, don't leave out the bad stuff." Guys, I just want you to know, I'm going to be honest with you this year. I'm not going to sugar coat anything because, breaking news, ministry is hard. Totally rewarding, but can also cause fear and anxiety to bubble up inside of you.

As the days inched closer and closer to my first proper day as intern, I found myself more and more anxious. Each meeting I've sat in over the past few weeks have been completely exciting but in the middle of each meeting, I found myself thinking, "but what if." But what if this doesn't go right? But what if the students don't agree with that? But what if I'm not able to do this? But what if I let everyone down? But what if my pants rip on stage? But what if I'm not as good at this as that person is? But what if, but what if, but what if.

It's totally human to feel stressed and anxious about things. It's inevitable and a totally crappy part of life. It really makes its way into your mind and no matter how hard you try, a lot of the time you find yourself indulging in it as it slowly takes over your body. It's not fair that it can just lurk there and haunt you when it pleases. Sleepless nights, overthinking, wanting to quit half way through a meeting because yeah sure, this is exciting stuff we're planning but suddenly I just don't want to do it anymore. It's all totally human.

One thing that worried me was coming straight from being a student, to being the youngest member on staff. That in itself made me feel inadequate because everyone else is so much wiser and experienced. Another was thinking that I wasn't capable of leading a band of 10 students and being a role model to not just them, but the entire school. Another was thinking I wasn't able to do the tasks assigned to me and failing miserably. Suddenly this job that I was so excited about entering, became a burden.

That frustrated me because in my mind, I wasn't sure why I had such a negative view towards something I had been working towards for a while now. Why was I suddenly against the idea of bringing teens closer to the Lord? Why was I suddenly against the idea of watching people I love grow in their faith? Why was I suddenly anxious about growing myself? What (or should I say who, Satan I see you dude) was turning my passion into what I suddenly thought was a chore?

Thankfully God pulled me out of all that. He placed rest on my heart, and I found myself more excited than I was before. It's amazing how your whole attitude can be flipped around within a couple of days. I felt as if I was being pulled away from the Lord, and that terrified me so I called out and as soon as God heard, He pulled me in and I had never felt so relieved. I did not want to enter ministry with a cold heart and anxious soul. I knew that wasn't what God wanted from me, and I wasn't prepared to let my year go downhill. I decided then, this will be my year. Or more so, God's year.

I love the way The Message version translates your typical Isaiah 41:10 verse. Starting at verse 8, it says;


"But you, Israel, are my servant.
You're Jacob, my first choice,
descendants of my good friend Abraham.
I pulled you in from all over the world,
called you in from every dark corner of the earth,
Telling you, You're my servant, serving on my side.
I've picked you. I haven't dropped you.
Don't panic. I'm with you.
There's no need to fear for I'm your God.
I'll give you strength. I'll help you.
I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."


'I've picked you. I haven't dropped you.' That's my favourite line. God's got a plan for each and every one of us, we just need to place our trust in Him. God opened this door for me to glorify Him and help Him further His kingdom. He wouldn't have given me such an important role if He didn't think I could handle it. He picked me, He hasn't dropped me, He doesn't want me to panic, He's with me. He'll give me strength, He'll help me. He'll hold me steady, He'll keep a firm grip on me. 

That's so important to remember. Whenever you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed, turn your face to the Lord. Whether you're in ministry, education, medicine, or any other field of work, lift your burdens up to the Lord - He will help you through. If it's your personal life, do the same. Not once in the Bible does it say "worry about it," "stress over it," or "figure it out." But over and over, it clearly says, "Trust God." God's not going to leave you hanging. He will hold your hand and help you through it.

So next time you're feeling anxious, pray. Pray that God will help you and fill you with peace. I know for a fact He won't let you down. Remember that He's picked YOU. Not your neighbour, not your brother, not your best friend, He picked YOU because He believes you're right for whatever you may be doing. He's not going to let go.

That, I can promise you. 

    

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE ANXIETY

Wednesday, 1 February 2017
























This post was pretty much expected. As soon as I started this blog, people were telling me, "yeah the good stuff is nice to read, but if you want to be real, don't leave out the bad stuff." Guys, I just want you to know, I'm going to be honest with you this year. I'm not going to sugar coat anything because, breaking news, ministry is hard. Totally rewarding, but can also cause fear and anxiety to bubble up inside of you.

As the days inched closer and closer to my first proper day as intern, I found myself more and more anxious. Each meeting I've sat in over the past few weeks have been completely exciting but in the middle of each meeting, I found myself thinking, "but what if." But what if this doesn't go right? But what if the students don't agree with that? But what if I'm not able to do this? But what if I let everyone down? But what if my pants rip on stage? But what if I'm not as good at this as that person is? But what if, but what if, but what if.

It's totally human to feel stressed and anxious about things. It's inevitable and a totally crappy part of life. It really makes its way into your mind and no matter how hard you try, a lot of the time you find yourself indulging in it as it slowly takes over your body. It's not fair that it can just lurk there and haunt you when it pleases. Sleepless nights, overthinking, wanting to quit half way through a meeting because yeah sure, this is exciting stuff we're planning but suddenly I just don't want to do it anymore. It's all totally human.

One thing that worried me was coming straight from being a student, to being the youngest member on staff. That in itself made me feel inadequate because everyone else is so much wiser and experienced. Another was thinking that I wasn't capable of leading a band of 10 students and being a role model to not just them, but the entire school. Another was thinking I wasn't able to do the tasks assigned to me and failing miserably. Suddenly this job that I was so excited about entering, became a burden.

That frustrated me because in my mind, I wasn't sure why I had such a negative view towards something I had been working towards for a while now. Why was I suddenly against the idea of bringing teens closer to the Lord? Why was I suddenly against the idea of watching people I love grow in their faith? Why was I suddenly anxious about growing myself? What (or should I say who, Satan I see you dude) was turning my passion into what I suddenly thought was a chore?

Thankfully God pulled me out of all that. He placed rest on my heart, and I found myself more excited than I was before. It's amazing how your whole attitude can be flipped around within a couple of days. I felt as if I was being pulled away from the Lord, and that terrified me so I called out and as soon as God heard, He pulled me in and I had never felt so relieved. I did not want to enter ministry with a cold heart and anxious soul. I knew that wasn't what God wanted from me, and I wasn't prepared to let my year go downhill. I decided then, this will be my year. Or more so, God's year.

I love the way The Message version translates your typical Isaiah 41:10 verse. Starting at verse 8, it says;


"But you, Israel, are my servant.
You're Jacob, my first choice,
descendants of my good friend Abraham.
I pulled you in from all over the world,
called you in from every dark corner of the earth,
Telling you, You're my servant, serving on my side.
I've picked you. I haven't dropped you.
Don't panic. I'm with you.
There's no need to fear for I'm your God.
I'll give you strength. I'll help you.
I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."


'I've picked you. I haven't dropped you.' That's my favourite line. God's got a plan for each and every one of us, we just need to place our trust in Him. God opened this door for me to glorify Him and help Him further His kingdom. He wouldn't have given me such an important role if He didn't think I could handle it. He picked me, He hasn't dropped me, He doesn't want me to panic, He's with me. He'll give me strength, He'll help me. He'll hold me steady, He'll keep a firm grip on me. 

That's so important to remember. Whenever you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed, turn your face to the Lord. Whether you're in ministry, education, medicine, or any other field of work, lift your burdens up to the Lord - He will help you through. If it's your personal life, do the same. Not once in the Bible does it say "worry about it," "stress over it," or "figure it out." But over and over, it clearly says, "Trust God." God's not going to leave you hanging. He will hold your hand and help you through it.

So next time you're feeling anxious, pray. Pray that God will help you and fill you with peace. I know for a fact He won't let you down. Remember that He's picked YOU. Not your neighbour, not your brother, not your best friend, He picked YOU because He believes you're right for whatever you may be doing. He's not going to let go.

That, I can promise you. 

    

I'm Sarah. Daughter of the living God, fresh out of high school; sales assistant; worship intern; and now blogger. I'm an admin nerd who loves Kit Kats and Jesus (is that not the best combo?!) I live in the beautiful little country of New Zealand. My favourite colours are grey, baby pink, and white. I'm a part time worship leader and full time Christian. I'm so pleased you've stopped by!

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Monday, 30 January 2017


I'm Sarah. Daughter of the living God, fresh out of high school; sales assistant; worship intern; and now blogger. I'm an admin nerd who loves Kit Kats and Jesus (is that not the best combo?!) I live in the beautiful little country of New Zealand. My favourite colours are grey, baby pink, and white. I'm a part time worship leader and full time Christian. I'm so pleased you've stopped by!

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