A new year : and so the adventure begins….


Today marks the first day of a new year. Like a fresh blank page in a new journal with pages that are waiting to have a brand new story written upon them.

The anticipation of the new year ahead is nearly killing me. I have to remember to slow down and enjoy the month of January as it will be the calm before the storm so to speak. Once February hits the busyness will start back up again but it is a welcomed busy, one that we have been eagerly anticipating, praying for, training for and preparing for.

2016 will be the year that I leave my comfort zone far behind me and step into a new season of exploring what God has for me. I love this challenge that Bill Johnson puts to us in this short video below. He invites us to explore the height, width and breadth of what God has given to us, it’s no good to have knowledge of what He has given to us through the word without exploring it.


Happy New Year everybody, lets go and explore together!

This year…


A new year has begun. A new year means fresh beginnings, a chance to start over, an opportunity to try again. A new year to me means new opportunities, more possibilities and more exciting adventures waiting for me.

In the lead up to the new year I  began reading and meditating on the sermon on the mount found in the book of Matthew. It was a chance to reconnect and remind myself about what Jesus left for us to do. I really want the word that Jesus spoke to be tattooed on my heart and walked out in my every day life.

He called us to be meek and to hunger and thirst after righteousness. He wants us to be merciful. To not be angry with one another, to not seek out revenge but to show one another forgiveness and to be a peacemaker. To love and pray for those who may persecute you, or who persecute anyone for that matter.

He wants us to be salt and light to the world. For us to shine in the darkness so that those who surround you can see you displaying Gods great love and their hearts would turn to Him.

He wants us to give to the needy. To feed and clothe the hungry and the poor. To take care of the widow and the orphan. To show love unconditionally and to cast aside judgements.

He wants us to seek Him out, to pray to him in our secret place. He said that we can knock on his door, ask of him and seek him and He will always answer us.

He wants us to cast aside worry and to pick up His peace and walk in His freedom. He reminds us that only those who do the will of the Father will enter heaven and He leaves us with this “hear these words and put them into action”.

I guess this year for me is all about being more intentional about these things, to go after them more than I normally have in the past. To love unconditionally, to care for the orphan, to pray more for others to be a peacemaker and to show forgiveness.

The end of another year…


The end of another year is here, my thoughts begin to wander back over the events of this past year and I am amazed by all the things that have taken place in our lives. Our year began with quite a traumatic event in Greg having open heart surgery, Our little princess Emily had her first birthday, we finished renovating our little house by the sea, we packed up and moved to California and William began homeschooling.

This past year has taught me so much. I have learned to have great courage and faith even when I felt like my strength was failing. When Greg was going through his surgery in January I felt as though with one wrong turn my whole world could change forever. I was standing on a corner and I could chose to walk in two different directions. I could take the path marked suffering. A path where I could put up the white flag and say that I was done. Where my hope was left behind and my strength and courage buried in the sand. Or I could take the path marked faith. Where I could chose to stand firm and hold onto my hope. To have hope and faith in my God who is bigger than my circumstances and will uphold me no matter what the outcome may be.

I remember going to church just after Greg had his surgery but was still in hospital.  I remember standing there during worship with Emily on my hip and William by my side. We were singing the song Cornerstone. Singing the words Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Savior’s love, through the storm, He is Lord Lord of all. When Darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. Words that touched my heart more than they had ever touched me before.

Through this trial my faith was strengthened as friends and family gathered around us and supported us, encouraged us and lifted us up. I felt God close in on us, He was using these people as his divine messengers. They held me up when I no longer could support myself. They were the love of Christ in my life. My God loved me so much, He was my comforter and He provided for me and my family in our time of great need.

I have discovered the importance and power of community. How the people you are walking through this life with can be so valuable. These relationships are where strengths are exchanged. We bring peace to each others chaos, we lend each other strength and uphold one another. They know where you are going and they are going with you. They know your dreams and offer unconditional love and support as they help to launch you into your destiny, into what God has called you to be. I have also learned the value of serving in these relationships. To lay down my life to serve them, to take care of my community so that they are blessed. Serving others is more important then self serving.

I have learned to worship and sing praises always. To sing when I feel like giving up, to sing when I am feeling doubt, to sing when I feel all hope slipping away. There is power in words and what you declare will become. As I stand and sing the words weak made strong in the Savior love, so I will become. As I stand and sing You give life, You are love, You bring light to the darkness. You give hope, You restore every heart that is broken, Great are You, Lord; so He is.

And, most importantly in my journey this past year I have learned to look upon God as a loving father and not as some far off vengeful God who strikes fear in the heart of man. I have come close and seen Him for who He really is, God who is my comforter, who loves unconditionally and shows me his mercy’s everyday. My God who redeemed me, who paid the price for me so that I could walk in freedom and now I am learning how to walk in that freedom. Learning to love myself and see myself the way that my Heavenly Father sees me, to let go of my past – the fears and insecurities that once bound me and learning to walk in the light. Picking up who He created me to be and running with it.

I feel like this list is only a small selection of what I have learned this past year. You never stop learning, you never truly arrive at a destination where you can say that you have discovered all there is for you. Even though this is the end of a calendar year I still feel like I am in the same season which will probably keep on going until we finish up our time here in California. When that time comes who knows where we will be and what we will be doing and learning. One thing I do know is that I am very excited for that next chapter in our lives to begin.