Never Think You Are Worthless Again

26 November, 2015

“What is this worth?” I ask a bunch of eleven year-old girls as I hold a fifty dollar note in my hand. I give this speech at the beginning of an eight week course called ShineGIRL. Over eight weeks we teach young girls – with their whole life ahead of them – they are valuable, they can make good decisions, and they have purpose.

And I begin the course with this illustration.

Someone calls out, “It’s worth fifty dollars.”

“Right,” I say, “but how ’bout if I scrunch it up? What is it worth now?”

“Still fifty bucks.”

“And what if I trample it to the ground? What if it gets muddied and filthy? What will it be worth then?”


“What if I tear it, and it becomes broken?”


“Do you know in Australia, you can take a torn note back to the bank, and they will return the broken one to treasury and exchange the note for a brand new one? So even a broken and torn fifty dollar note is worth fifty dollars.”

This is where things get serious. I look at each girl in the room. She has been chosen to be part of the program because she doesn’t think very highly of herself. Typically she doesn’t have many friends and struggles through life.

I look at her and say, “This is you. You are worth more than fifty bucks, but this is you. Life has scrunched you up. You have been trampled on by all kinds of stuff – words people have said, things you have done, things others have done to you. And you think such things decrease your value. You think these things make you worthless. But I want you to know this: whatever has happened, or will happen in the future, it does not change your value. You are valuable and worthwhile just the way you are.

If you could only see the look on the girls’ faces as the penny drops and the magnitude of my words sink in. It is a beautiful moment.

But today with you, I want to go one step further.

I perform these seminars in public school so I cannot go here with the girls.

But I can go here with you.

The last part of my analogy explains that even a torn and broken fifty dollar note does not lose its value. If you take it back to its maker, you get a brand new note in return.

Revelation 21:5a Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Our lives were broken and torn. And we thought we were worthless. We tried to fix things, but we just couldn’t. So we took our lives to the Maker. And He made them new. He said, “You were always worthy to Me. So worthy I would die on a Cross for you. Never think you are worthless again. Never believe the lie.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, [s]he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

In Christ you are a valuable, glorious new creation. Sure, life has scrunched you up and spat you out torn and broken, but in Christ you have been made new. Believe in who you are. You are worthy of love, friendship and acceptance. In Christ, you are worthy.


Are You Too Humble For Your Own Good?

19 November, 2015

She thinks she is a sinner.

He thinks he doesn’t deserve to overcome mistakes he made.

She believes it is God’s will she suffer in sickness.

He doubts God hears him when he prays. 

Such is a life of humility. The life of a Christian. 

So they say.

And I agree. I agree poor old sinners are worthy of sickness and defeat. 

But if you believe in Jesus; if you believe the finished work of the Cross; if you believe Jesus paid the price for your sin; if you believe there is no sin too great for the Blood of Christ; if you believe Jesus rose in victory and is seated on the throne at the right hand of God, you are not a sinner.

Romans 5:19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. 

And if you aren’t a sinner, there is nothing humble about living the life of a sinner. 

James 4:7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 

Humility accepts the work of the Cross as final. Humility resists sin, sickness and defeat. Humility says, “Jesus, You paid for my righteousness, health, and freedom on the Cross, so that is the kind of life I will live.” Humility lives overcoming victory because of Jesus.

Do you want to know how?

It is going to take meditation on what the Word of God says. You will need to change old mindsets. And you will have to put your faith in action.

But it will be worth it.

Because you will know who the Bible says you are.

You will know who you are in Christ.


Do You Know Who You Are?

12 November, 2015

Who are you?

People have been singing it for years, but do you know? Do you really know?

Father God wants you to know. He sent Jesus so you could know who you are.

It’s found in Him. 
Wise. (Ephesians 1:17)

Loved. (Romans 8:39)

Sinless. (Romans 5:21)

Powerful. (2 Corinthians 2:14)

Glorious. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)

Strong. (Romans 16:25)

Beautiful. (Psalm 139:14)

Child of God. (1 John 1:12)

Yes, I’m talking about you.

It is who you are.

May be you’ve never known it is how God sees you. Perhaps you’ve forgotten. Or perhaps you have heard it, but don’t believe it to be true.

You need to.

Knowing who you are in Christ is a game changer. It will change the way you see yourself. It will change the way you do life.

The devil cannot walk all over you when you know who you are in Christ.

I want to invite you on a journey. A journey of the soul where you will discover who you truly are.

Are you ready to see yourself the way God does?

You are found in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 


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.