Rise and be a voice to the next generation


Lately I have have been thinking about how the different generations need to start coming together. For the generations to come alongside one another and begin to speak into each others lives and encourage one another along our journeys. To see spiritual mother and father relationships begin to blossom.

There is a desire in many people’s hearts for someone to come alongside and begin to father or mother them. I think God is calling out to a generation of spiritual fathers and mothers to rise up and take their place for the generation coming behind them.

What does a spiritual mother or father look like?

Spiritual mothers and fathers encourage the call that God has on your life. They help you to discover God’s purpose, gifting and unique calling and then they begin to guide you along the path that God is wanting to lead you down.

They impart wisdom, direction, strength and encouragement into your heart. They inspire you to begin to step out and to start living that unique calling that God has for you.

I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church. 1 Corinthians 4:14-17

A spiritual mother and father also leads the way. They model the life that you aspire to. You can learn from their lives, from their mistakes and from their experiences. They also desire to see their spiritual children succeed and even surpass them.

I encourage you to look for somebody in your life that is leading the way and modeling the life that you aspire to. Somebody who is wise and is further along in their spiritual journey than you are and be brave and ask them to be a spiritual mother or father for you.

How amazing would it be to have somebody who is in your corner encouraging and imparting wisdom and strength into you? How amazing would it be to do that for somebody else? 

If you desire to have a spiritual mother or father but there is nobody sowing into your life right now then go out and start to mentor somebody yourself, find somebody that you can come along side and be for them what you wish someone was for you.

We need to answer Gods call of a generation of spiritual fathers and mothers who will rise up and take their place for the generation coming behind them. We should want to leave a spiritual legacy for our children and our children’s children so that they don’t just learn to survive in this world but they would thrive.

Rise above the world


God is calling us to rise above this world, to be a shinning light and not just a reflection of it. He calls us a light of the world. He wants our light to shine out brightly before others so that they can see that we are different to the rest of this world.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. Matthew 5:3-16

But if we are just running alongside the world doing the same worldly things, how can we possibly stand out from it? How can we rise above this world and be that light of the world that God is calling us to be?

The answer lies in the presence of God, He wants us to draw close to Him. It is where we take that time daily to stop and sit at His feet. We take the time to draw close to Him and listen for His voice. That is what sets us apart, that closeness and intimacy with the Father where we can feel His love, hear His voice and His wisdom and then we do what He is calling us to do.

Reading the letters from the Apostle Paul in the bible is a great place to start, learning how we can rise above this world and live the life we are called to live.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

Paul is urging us to be completely humble, gentle, patient and always treating each other with love. The world can be a harsh place and for us to be humble, gentle, patient and loving is going against the tide in which everybody else is floating along in. But that is how our light begins to shine, that is what sets us apart as followers of Jesus.

He tells us that when we have the Spirit of God living in us, we begin to live a life that is filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

We need to daily dwell in the presence of the Lord so that we can rise above the world and be a light shining in the darkness that surrounds us. When we begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit of God living in us people will be drawn to us and in turn will be drawn to our loving Heavenly Father.

Rise : a new series


Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60 v1-3

I feel that God is calling us to rise.

He is calling out to us to rise up, to rise to the occasion, to rise to the challenge, to rise and be a shining light to this world, to rise above our past and above our circumstances.

He no longer wants us to be hidden, to be just another nameless face in a sea of people but He wants us to stand out and be seen and heard for He is shining His light upon us.

We carry within us His heart, wisdom, spirit and love and He wants us to reveal them to the world. The world is crying out, she is searching and seeking for something more than this life and we carry the answer she is looking for within us.

He wants us to arise and shine for He is setting His glory over us so that we can be a light to the nation, so that we can deliver them and set them free.

Join me this month as we explore this calling of rising up.

Change : the threshold of a new beginning


We have come to the end on this series of change and I hope you all feel ready to take a brave step into the new season that God is calling you to.

I am going to leave you with this empowering prophetic word that is from the author of The Passion Translation…

I heard Him whisper to me,

“Today you stand at the threshold of a new beginning. All that is around you will change and all that I have planted within you will now grow and bear fruit. For I have great things in store for you, things no one has ever proclaimed to you. Many speak of the rain that will soon fall, but I say, it will be a DOWNPOUR on you! Many speak of the fire, but they have never been consumed. But with you, My fire will rage and not be contained by the structures and theories of men.

There are many who wish for a new day, but you will be lifted suddenly into a season beyond your imagination or your dreams. For it will be MY dream that will be fulfilled in your life. Many scoffers will be swept into My presence and become believers in one day. Many doubters of My power will leave their limitations and pursue ME as never before. The time of the great OUTPOURING upon the nations is near. It will be a day of repentance and a day of gathering. Those who ignore My truth will be ignored. Those who refuse to gather themselves together will be scattered even further. For I will be worshipped in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.

So stand firm in Me until I have become your confidence. Set your eyes upon Me and don’t be worried about your future and your calling, for I am the God begins and completes, the Alpha and the Omega. You have seen many times as the Beginning, now you will see me as the Finisher!”

Philippians 1:6 The Passion Translation
I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious expression of grace in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you through your union with Him and will complete it at the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I have claimed this for myself. I am ready to be lifted into a new season that is beyond my wildest dreams. I am ready for the downpour!

Lord as we step into our new season of change help us to set our eyes upon you and may we take on your strength and confidence. Use us in mighty ways Lord and finish the good thing you have started in us. Amen

Change: the best is yet to come

what a wonderful thoughtit is that some of the bestdays of our lives

I was looking back through old photos and video footage the other day on my computer. I loved watching the videos of my children, it reminded me of the sweet and funny little things that they used to say and do. I could see how adorable they were and how much they have grown and developed over the last few years.

The past and all the sweet memories that it holds has gone and now we look to our future and isn’t it a wonderful thought that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.

God is calling us into a season of change because what He has for us is far better then anything we have done in our lives to date.

He is calling to us to renew our minds, to change our hearts, to step out in courage and to leave fear behind because we were born for greatness. He is going to do great things with us and through us. Greater things then anybody has done before us.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You nay ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”.  John 14: 12-14

Remember that as you begin on your journey of making changes in your life to look upon your past with fondness and look to your future with hope, for the best is yet to come.

If your past is not full of fond memories do not fear because the mistakes and hurts of your past does not disqualifies you for a great future. God can take what has happened and He can restore it. God promises us restoration, just like He promised the Israelites…

“The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed”. Joel 2: 24-27

We can hold onto this promise of restoration as well. God will restore us, if we let Him. As we draw close to Him, as we take the time to sit at His feet and give Him everything we feel, think, and hold, He will will begin to restore us. He will take all the baggage from us and give us strength, courage, hope, wisdom and His unconditional love.

God longs to see us restored and He longs to see us do greater things than have been done before because He is a good Father and all good Fathers love to see there their children grow and succeed in life.

So I want to encourage you because the best is yet to come. Embrace the change that God is calling you to and watch and see as He leads you on to greater things.