10 Scriptures to Help You Savour Life

8 October, 2015
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Savouring is godly

Genesis 1:31 Then God surveyed everything He had made, savoring its beauty and appreciating its goodness. Evening gave way to morning. That was day six. 

Treasure Every Step

Psalm 84:5 Blessed are those who make You their strength, for they treasure every step of the journey to Zion. 

True contentment is found in walking with Jesus

Psalm 16:11 Instead, You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment. 

Journey through life by the light of His face

Psalm 89:15 How happy are those who have learned how to praise You; those who journey through life by the light of Your face. 

Be content

Philippians 4:13 I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength. 


James 1:2-4 Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing. 

Please Him

2 Corinthians 5:9 Ultimately it does not matter whether we are here or gone; our purpose stays fixed, and that is to please Him. 

Take the time

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I turned and witnessed something else under the sun: the race does not always go to the swift, the battle is not always won by the strong, bread does not always fill the table of the wise, wealth does not always accrue to the skillful, and favor is not always granted to the knowledgeable; but time and misfortune happen to them all. 

God has plans for you

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that. 

God will work everything for good

Romans 8:28 We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. 


Living the Journey

1 October, 2015

There’s fitness goals, weight goals, career goals, personal goals and spiritual goals. Outcomes, data and targets drive our lifestyle.

But they don’t lead to savouring. They produce stress. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” But in the world today, many have forgotten his advice. Including me.

For the past month, through a dream and a roadtrip, God has reminded me life is a journey to be savoured, living present in the now.

The Great Ocean Road culminates in the Twelve Apostles, a collection of eight limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell. They are pounded the by crashing waves and swirling currents of the Southern Ocean each day. Yet they remain. And we found them breathtaking.

Now you can drive straight there. You can miss Bells and Lorne and Angelsea and reach the Twelve Apostles in less than three hours. But we didn’t do that. We took the scenic route. The slower course with Sunday drivers and winding paths; frequent towns and pinheaded bends. 

And here is what I think: the drive along the Great Ocean Road made the Twelve Apostles incredible. Without the journey we wouldn’t have felt invigorated despite the brisk, cold wind; the bright sunlight wouldn’t have made us smile so wide; and the happy snaps would not have been so spontaneous. We got where we wanted to go and it felt amazing not because we got there, but because of the journey.

You see, the destination is sweeter and more satisfying when I savour the journey (yes, even more satisfying than ticking items off my list).

Destinations aren’t wrong, milestones to keep life on track, but reaching milestones is more worthwhile when the journey is the focus. 

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I turned and witnessed something else under the sun: the race does not always go to the swift, the battle is not always won by the strong, bread does not always fill the table of the wise, wealth does not always accrue to the skillful, and favor is not always granted to the knowledgeable; but time and misfortune happen to them all. 

In the midst of the swift, strong, wise, skilful and knowledgeable there is time. Time happens to us all. If you choose, you can enjoy the time along the way. Because you will get there. We all get there. How you appreciate the time makes a difference.

As for me, I have decided to get out of the race and let time happen. To savour every single moment of my life. To ditch the list and get there when we get there. From now on, I’m not living the dream, I’m living the journey.


Savour the Journey (Our Trip Down the Great Ocean Road)

24 September, 2015

Last month, my husband and I went on a road trip. We are not road trip people. We go places. We’ve been to heaps of places. But we don’t journey. And that’s the thing about road trips. They are as much about the journey as they are about the destination.

We decided to drive an iconic strip of Australian coastline – the Great Ocean Road. We hired a car, and armed with directions from Google, we set off, feeling a little like contestants on The Amazing Race as we ventured into the unknown. 

After driving for an hour we arrived at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. And the journey began. Four hours of thousands of destinations, because every moment was worthy of one. Around each bend there were new discoveries. Stunning coastline, sleepy seaside towns, snug beach coves and endless turquoise ocean. It was a day I will never forget, because I was there for every minute of it.

Sometimes I zip through life like I’m driving down the M1. I tick items off my to-do list but miss stuff. I miss what life is really about. The road trip taught me to value and savour every moment of the journey. Not just the big moments – the destinations – but even the small and mundane. 

Driving the Great Ocean Road I didn’t tick things off. Sure we went to Bells Beach (tick); ate lunch in a hipster cafe in Lorne (tick); and drove through to the Twelve Apostles (tick). But the day was more than my list. It was cruising down the road alongside a vast ocean; watching a seal dance in the water; envying stunning homes overlooking the sea; and the joy of being with my husband. 

The moments. Every moment.

So I have decided to ditch my list and start living in the moment, wide-eyed, absorbing it as a memory tattooed on my mind. Savouring the journey and engaged in the now.

Because after all, life is truly all about the journey.

Psalm 84:5 (The Voice) Blessed are those who make You their strength, for they treasure every step of the journey to Zion. 


The Art of Savouring

17 September, 2015

I had a dream where I was talking to Julia A’Bell, the lead pastor of Hillsong Church, Australia. In my dream we talked about our children. I can’t remember what she said, but when I woke I remember the sentiment of our conversation – savour. She was telling me to savour time with my children. Her children are at least a decade older than mine and as someone further along the journey she reminded me to savour my babies.
Most of my dreams are nonsense; bizarre imaginations inspired by dinner the night before. But this dream was a message from God to savour my family. 
I am a list person. I make lists and I tick things off. I need that kind of order and sense of accomplishment. But I am afraid that for me, life has become another to do list. I work towards the next thing, tick it off and move on to the next item on the agenda. 
This lifestyle is not conducive to savouring. 
Do you watch reality television cooking shows, or rather celebrity chef judges on reality television cooking shows? They have savouring down to a fine art. Each mouthful is inspected and contemplated. Food is swished from one side of the mouth to the other and chewed as if it were gold. But they savour. They know what it means to enjoy every ounce of flavour, and sometimes that’s all there is.

Genesis 1:31 Then God surveyed everything He had made, savoring its beauty and appreciating its goodness. Evening gave way to morning. That was day six. 

God has savouring down to a fine art. At the end of a very busy six days of creating the world (you think your life is chaotic, try creating the universe in six days), our Creator took time to savour. He didn’t rush to the next thing, He inspected and contemplated the world He created declaring, “Wow! This is good.”
It is godly to savour the beauty of life. Savour the journey. Even if there isn’t much flavour and the meal is less than five star, savour what you have. Don’t let the frenzied nature of life seduce you into slopping it down in one mouthful. 
Stop. Breathe. Savour.
Life is better when it is savoured.


On the Edge of Something Beautiful

10 September, 2015

On the edge of something beautiful. A dream actualised. It invites you to leap out into the wild unknown. Yet there is hesitance. Resistance. The breathtaking vastness beckons. 

But you wait.

You have yearned for this. Prayed for it in the long lonely hours. Cried out till your throat went hoarse. Eyes swollen from tears you could barely see. And you thought it would never happen. That God had forgotten or it just wasn’t His will.

But He did not forget.

Now you stand on the cusp of a new beginning. The grace and favour of God manifested before your eyes. It’s here. The moment. Your destiny.

You waver. You doubt.

What are you waiting for? Why are you holding back, unwilling to let go?

He calls you out upon the waters. And it is a mystery. A beautiful mystery. A series of appointments and arrangements orchestrated in His mastery. It has been stunning. It is breathtaking. And it is time.
Time for you to surrender. Give up your security. To become the person Christ sees. To trade your fear for the fear God instead.

Will you?

It is your choice. 

But can I give you a word of advice from the other side?

Do it.

Step out and don’t look back. It will be amazing. Far over and above all you could ask or imagine. 

Everything He has promised and more. All your heart’s desires, even the ones you never knew you had. They lie in wait for you. On the edge of something beautiful.

So fix your eyes on Jesus. Don’t let them leave His gaze. He will enable you to do the impossible. Where even water becomes a firm foundation. And life is immersed in heaven’s beauty. 

You will see what the Lord can do with a life fully surrendered, on the edge of something beautiful.

Psalm 16:11 (Voice) You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment.


10 Scriptures for When You Feel Like a Failure

13 August, 2015

It happens to us all

Proverbs 24:16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. 

The Lord holds your hand

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. 

The answer is Jesus

Romans 7:15, 24-25a I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate… Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

There is no condemnation 

Romans 8:1-2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 

You are forgiven

1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 

His grace is all you need

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

The Lord is your strength

Psalm 73:26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. 

There is fresh mercy

Lamentations 3:22-23 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 

Forget the past

Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 

I’m praying for you. As always, email or comment if this meant something to you.

Grace, His love

Epic #mumfail

6 August, 2015

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 

Paul wrote that. You know Paul – they guy who penned half the New Testament. The man whose writings proclaim the grace and mercy of the Cross. That Paul. 

I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t call Paul the worst of sinners. Sure he murdered Christians, but that was BC, and covered by the Blood. Why would Paul proclaim himself to be the worst of all sinners? I mean, I wouldn’t proclaim myself to be the worst of all sinners. I have always been a good girl born with a huge conscience. I turn myself in just for thinking of doing something bad. So do I think of myself as the worst of all sinners? No.

But the worst mother in the world? No wait, the most epic of #mumfails (yes it is a trending hashtag) of all the mothers in the world? Would I call myself that? (Sorry? You’re telling me you hold the title?)
Yes. Yes I would.
Because as a mother, I make mistakes. I have bad days. Some worse than others.

When you are pregnant well-meaning people tell you motherhood comes naturally. That when you hold your baby in your arms you are naturally are overwhelmed with love, the mothering gene you were born with comes to the fore, and in that blissful moment, you are a mother.

I disagree (and for those of you who never had those feelings and live with the guilt they bring, this is a game changer). 
Motherhood does not come naturally. It is learnt. There are no schools of motherhood, no subjects at school like motherhood 101. Motherhood is learnt the same way you learn most things: from others. Other mothers. Your own mother. People. Books. The Internet (this blog post😀). But most of motherhood you learn yourself through your kids; successes and mistakes. 

Mostly through your mistakes. 

And as a mother you are learning all the time. At home. In the bedroom. In the yard. At the park. In the shopping centre (or mall, as some might say). In front of thousands of people. Before cameras and lights for all the world to see.

So let me come back to Paul. Paul declared himself the worst of all sinners. Was this because he had a secret sin problem? Had he not dealt with the guilt of his past? 

Paul called himself the worst of sinners because the longer he lived, the more he realised his need for Christ.
Take a moment to let that sink in.

So here is what I offer to all the women who think they are epic #mumfails. Next time you are having a major “I am an epic #mumfail” moment: think of Paul. Think of the worst of sinners. And recognise your need for Christ.
No one has arrived. We are all learning. Mothers are on a journey. And in the journey of motherhood you need Jesus.

Mark 10:14 He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 

Jesus was not a mother but He loved children. First and foremost, you, beautiful mother, are His child. He beckons you, daughter. He beckons you with open arms. You are not alone in this. He loves you. Your children are not scarred for life. If you listen, He will whisper the rhythm of your child’s heart and teach you how to be her mother. 

It’s okay to need Jesus. Paul needed Jesus. Without Christ he was the worst of sinners. Without Jesus I lose it as a mother – most epic of all #mumfails. 

But there is no place I’d rather be.
So what if I am an epic #mumfail. I lean into Jesus and find all I need.