Day 12

Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being;

   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

   your works are wonderful,

   I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

   when I was made in the secret place,

   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

   all the days ordained for me were written in your book

   before one of them came to be.

Take a minute and look at your fingerprints – no one else has your exact print, your ears are unique too did you know that? so is your tongue! Your hand span from middle finger to middle finger is the same as your height. The distance between your wrist and your elbow is the same size as your feet. That little dip above your lip, that’s the final piece of you that was knitted together before you were born, it’s where your skin sealed your insides inside. You were created with precision, beauty, care, consideration and pure love of the creator. You were not a mistake, you’re not here by accident. You were planned for such a time as this. Each day, each moment, each second God knew you would pass through them all, he wrote your story ahead of time and he delights in you each day, watching you, his beautiful child and walking beside you as you take each step.

Ps. You are amazing! So get up, get caffeinated and make the day count!

Day 11

1 Corinthians 2:9

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
   and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
   for those who love him.”

I’ve often said, If I knew at 18 what God had planned for my life up until now I would have pulled a complete Jonah. I was painfully shy growing up and being stuck in the belly of a whale and puked up on the shore would have been a more welcome thought than if God had laid out every adventure I’ve had over the years. Thankfully God is a good and loving God, holds the plans for our lives and reveals new adventures at a pace we can grow into. 

How amazing is it that he wants the absolute best for his children.

This verse is awesome. Imagine the most amazing thing you could see, it’s still not great enough, beautiful enough, big enough for what God still has to show you. Imagine the most beautiful thing you could ever hear –  there isn’t anything you could imagine that will prepare you for what God will bring to your ears and speak into your heart. Even your imagination is not big enough to perceive God’s plans. 

P.s. Isn’t he incredible, wonderful, mighty, magnificent, loving, beautiful, precious, astounding, infinite, indescribable…… there aren’t even enough words!!!!

Day 10

Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery but be careful beautifuls. While it’s good to follow in the footsteps of role models and people who inspire you make sure that you’re following Jesus first. If we put our faith and trust in people alone we can end up facing our giants in ill fitting armour. 

Remember how David attempted to put on the Kings armour to fight Goliath? King Saul tried to get David to fight the same way as he would have, but in actual fact David didn’t need to imitate the king to defeat Goliath. He just needed to trust God. God has made you as you are for a reason. Trust God to use you as you are, to guide you, to equip you and teach you as you walk with him.

Walking with Jesus everyday in everything you do is the only way you’ll truly be the real you, the best you, the incredible and most amazing you that you could ever be. 

Ps. Just because it’s always been done one way, doesn’t mean that’s the way God designed you to complete the task, let him guide you, he designed you and knows exactly the way you can tackle any problem – together.

Day 9

Colossians 3:14-15 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

You can’t choose your family but you can choose your squad right? We are naturally drawn to people who have similar interests aren’t we? 

People who make us laugh, share our hobbies, support the same team or are just genuinely lovely.  When we belong to the family of God we are in this unique pack of people who all responded to a call to ‘come as you are, Jesus loves you.’ 

Because God’s family is like this we can find ourselves doing life with all kinds of people, each with different talents, giftings and personalities, the eccentric, the slick and the crazy. And ultimately each at varying stages of their Jesus journey. Colossians purposely tells us to bear with each other and forgive one another, putting on love first, so even when we get annoyed at people, hurt by people or just plain don’t get along with them – we’re called to love, just as Jesus loved us. 

P.s Beautiful one. He doesn’t hold it against you when you make mistakes, you’re human. Most times the bravest thing we can do is apologise and move forward. 

Day 8

Isaiah 40:29-31 

He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

How good is God?! Isaiah 40 holds beautiful promises and encouragements. How comforting is it to know that when we’re weary – worn out, burned out, exhausted – God will give us strength. He gives power to the weak and renews our strength when we stumble and fall. 

Hoping in the Lord is so much more than a watered down ‘wishing’ something would happen. Did you know that hope means, having faith, being expectant something will happen and trusting that it will? And when we place our faith, expectancy and trust in the God of the universe he provides for us so lovingly, so beautifully, so abundantly. He doesn’t just pick us up and dust us off to try again, he lets us soar!

When an eagle soars it doesn’t rely on it’s own strength to stay in the sky, it rests on the wind, gliding up to 10,000 feet above the earth in complete confidence. God allows us to soar in situations that seem wildly out of our depth sometimes, but remember, you’re resting not on your own strength but in His and you can have complete hope, trust, and confidence in him to provide.

P.s. Allow yourself to soar – don’t be afraid to leap into that new adventure when he prompts you to jump. He will always provide. 

Day 7

 Isaiah 43:1-3  

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lordyour God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Did you know the bible tells us not to be afraid 365 times in total? I think the fact that equals one reminder each day of the year is no coincidence! Living a fearless life doesn’t mean we’re never afraid, we’re human, we’re not perfect, we get scared. But it’s what you do with that fear that is the defining moment. What are you afraid of? Think about it, find it and give to God.

If I’m brutally honest, being vulnerable scares me, I know i’m not alone in that. But when I’m faced with those vulnerable moments, when I’m scared to do something alone or I don’t know what to do; I know that I can face whatever it is, however hard it is, because I have a God who is all powerful, all knowing and everywhere. Belonging to him is the best place I will ever be. So when you’re scared remember God said:

‘Do not fear I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine.’ 

P.s Listen to Hillsong When the Fight Calls and make it your anthem.

Day 6

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Landing in a new country for the first time can be so scary! Relatively simple things you could achieve at home without thinking can suddenly become massive hurdles, even more so if there’s a language barrier. It’s the moments like, needing to make a phonecall, find a supermarket, or figure out how the transport system works that can be excruciating if we don’t have someone to show us the way. I guess heading into church for the first time could be a similar experience, especially if you’ve never set foot in one before, the whole language and surroundings can seem so alien if you don’t have a friendly face and a loving heart to welcome you home. 

I love this verse. The disciples, up until this point had followed Jesus their rabbi, teacher and friend. They knew that wherever they went they would be provided for, they trusted him and his dying I imagine, would be the very last thought on their mind. 

How Jesus loves them. In John 16 He lovingly prepares them for the things that were to come, give it a read. But each revelation comes with the promise, ‘I’ve told you these things, so you may have peace.’ He tells them so they know what’s coming and they can continue to trust even when everything seems lost. He doesn’t promise that they won’t have any trouble ahead, he knows that they will but he does tell them ‘Take heart,’ be brave! ‘I have overcome the world.’ Jesus saw the full story and knew how it would end. 

P.s. Be brave, Jesus has seen your full story and he knows the outcome! Let’s be guiding lights in our world, looking out for the lost, the broken and the hurting, helping them through so they don’t have to be afraid and so they can find the peace we have in our loving God.

Day 5

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast

It took me a while to learn about Grace. When I became a Christian I thought I still had to work my way to God liking me, any mistake I made I felt like he didn’t like me anymore, I was 11 at the time and it wasn’t until my early 20’s that I discovered otherwise. So many people still hold the belief that we have to work our way into God’s good books though. Thank God for grace. Knowing that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves, no way to work ourselves into heaven, that grace is a gift and all we have to do is accept it. 

Another insanely beautiful thing about grace is how God gives it. He doesn’t limit his love or his forgiveness. He loves outrageously, when we give him no cause to love us at all. How much more amazing still that he chooses to love us while we are still sinful and lost, before we knew him even? 

P.s Jesus says, ‘freely you have received, freely give.’ get out into the world and love someone without cause, show them the Jesus who loves them!

Day 4

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Stop and breathe a second, take a minute to just be in awe of your situation right now. Read that verse again. Christ in YOU, the hope of glory! 

Isn’t God amazing? not only did Jesus die for God’s chosen people the Jews, but his sacrifice of love and grace covered the sins of the gentiles (non-jews), allowing all people to have a personal relationship with God. This is real love.

And now, God sees us through the blood of Jesus, blameless, spotless and sinless … In-cred-i-ble! We get to live in shameless radiance, walking in the light of the saviour.

(Check out Colossians 1 to read the rest of this beautiful letter that God gave to Paul.)

Ps. When Jesus ascended into heaven, he left the Holy Spirit living in us as a guide, that in itself is AWE-some and it means, you’re never left to face things on your own. Never… ever, because God always goes with you.

Day 3

Psalm 37:23-24  The Lord directs the steps of the godly, he delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Ever seen a child learning to walk? It’s one of the most amazing things to see them toddle along, you hold your breath as they let go of your hands and step forward, small shaky steps, followed by more confident ones, followed by an inevitable stumble and the dash to catch them.

It’s even more amazing when you see someone learning to walk when they’re older.  I was working with a 10-year-old who had cerebral palsy and he couldn’t walk unassisted. He attended a special needs school in Jos and every morning had physiotherapy. It was incredible to see him gradually get stronger and stronger as he used some balance beams to hold onto and took each faltering step. It was such a joy to sit with him in the mornings and encourage him to count the lengths as he dragged himself along with determination. One day he turned to look at me with a huge grin let go of the bars and balanced a few seconds before almost falling and grabbing the bars in time. 

The day he came in wearing new shoes he was so proud! Each day he got stronger, happier, more confident until he could walk holding just one person’s hand. For me he’s the perfect reminder of God delighting in his child. I love how God lets us grow into the dreams we have, even when we stumble he’s there to catch us and steady us. He doesn’t let go of us – EVER. 

So each day remember that he is in control, he is determining each step and he delights in you! You are the light of his life and he loves you! 

P.s The little boys name was Praise! Let’s praise God as we continue learning to walk in this life with Him.