Faith

Sleeping Giant

19 May, 2016
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Before I went to sleep, my husband and I were talking about our generation. It seems many people who we grew up with in church are no longer attending church. Even those who had previously been in ministry are currently no longer in ministry with many abandoning their faith. It’s sad.
I struggled to get to sleep because I had too much coffee but often when this happens, God speaks to me prophetically. 
The other day I listened to a sermon by Steven Furtick. He was preaching from Mark 4 on the Parable of the Growing Seed. Ps Steven’s focus was on what happens when the seed is in the ground. When seed is in the ground it is difficult. You can’t see what is happening, and you can’t do anything to help it grow. Like the farmer you have to trust the seed will bud at the right time.
God spoke to me about my generation – Generation X – especially those from Generation X who previously were part of church and believed in God; those who went on youth camps and experienced incredible encounters with the Holy Spirit. He said this generation is seed in the ground. The devil thinks they are dead and buried, that this generation is finished and over. They are not. Right now it looks like nothing is happening. But there is stuff going on beneath the surface. God is moving and the bud is about to push through. In a little while, Father will harvest Generation X for His glory.
Right now God is watering His seed. Many in Generation X need emotional healing, healing of addictions, deliverance from sin and deception. God is raining healing water on His seed. Get ready for deep healing and massive transformation. Their hearts are turning back to the Father.
The picture I continue to see is a sleeping giant. Generation X is a sleeping giant. Like Jairus’ daughter, this generation is not dead, she is only sleeping. The Generation X bride is asleep and at the appointed time will arise. If you are a parent of such children you need to stop mourning. They are sleeping and Jesus is about to raise them up again.
And for those Gen-Xers who are following the Lord and walking in His ways He says: discern the times and the seasons, for in due course, you will call the sleeping Generation X giant to rise. You will sound the trumpet and call this generation out of its slumber and into the will of God. You will harvest your friends, your brothers and sisters as they return to join in Kingdom work. 
Generation X is a sleeping giant. They have not peaked yet. Get ready. Get ready to see what God will do through this sleeping generation when He wakes them up with power, fire and might.

Faith, Holiday

Frame It Right

12 May, 2016
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Proverbs 14:1 A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

As mothers you don’t just build your home but the life of your husband and children.

Everyday of the week. Every minute. Every hour. You build your home. Or you tear it down.

When you build a house you start with the foundation, right? What foundation do we build on? The Rock – Jesus. However belief in Jesus is no guarantee of a perfect family.

Your house needs more than a foundation. The cement slab doesn’t make a home. You wouldn’t feel very protected or comforted with just the foundation.

I’m no builder, but after you lay the foundation, you erect a frame.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

At creation God knew He had to frame the world with something. He looked and found nothing stronger or more powerful to frame the world with than His word, so He used that. The things we can see have been framed with the invisible Word of God.

We can choose to frame our world with the exact same material God used to frame the oceans, the planets, you and me.

Or not.

You have to be intentional when it comes to framing your house with the Word of God. It doesn’t just happen. You can’t wish it to happen. You have to make the choice.

This is how Abraham framed his family with the Word of God (Romans 4:18-5:5):

V18 Abraham received a Word from God and he made it the framework for his household.

V19 Abraham faced the facts

Faith does not deny reality. Strong faith faces the facts.
V20 He never wavered.

Faith is not a feeling.

Some live like faith is a feeling. God is good when things are good. God has abandoned me.
Life isn’t perfect. You will run into problems. If the frame is right it develops endurance, strength and confident hope that will not lead to disappointment.

These are some of the verses I use to frame my family:

Psalm 45:16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.

Genesis 49:23-24 Archers attacked him savagely; they shot at him and harassed him. But his bow remained taut, and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.

They are the frame I have built for my family, my children.

You might have a child tell you he is an atheist or homosexual. Your child may say she is pregnant or about to go through divorce. Doctors may diagnose your child with a disability or illness.

Don’t fall apart. Don’t pretend it’s not there. Face it with faith. Frame your house with the Word and the house will not fall.

Frame your family with the Word of God because God is able to do what He promises. Whatever is in the frame, will come to pass. The invisible shapes the visible. 

I preached up a storm with this message on the weekend. You can listen here.

Children, Holiday

FREE Mother’s Day Gift for You

6 May, 2016
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This Sunday is Mother’s Day in Australia and many parts of the world. The day we celebrate mothers, motherhood and the impact women have on our lives. I have the honour of bringing the Mother’s Day message to our congregation and will be sharing from Proverbs 14:1,

A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. 

I don’t want to give away what I will be sharing about on Sunday (I’ll blog about it next week ) however I still want to bless you and give every woman who faithfully reads my blog a gift for Mother’s Day.

Every day mother’s build. They build through acts of selflessness and love, through kind words and touch. Motherhood never takes a holiday. It never lets up. So often mothers are left with nothing in reserve.

Completely drained. Empty.

Mother, I want you to build your house – your husband, your children and grandchildren. But you can’t do it if you are not built yourself.

This Mother’s Day my gift is the revelation of Who You Are In Christ. Normally my Who You Are In Christ eCourse is $20, but until 9am Tuesday 10 May (Australian time), I am making it available for free. It is my gift it mothers. A gift that will build you, and consequently build the lives of those you love most.

Who You Are In Christ eCourse was written for busy mothers. I wrote it to remind women who Christ says they are and who they need to be for their family. You will never be able to teach your children who they are in Christ if you don’t live it yourself. 

Receive the gift. Go to the webpage and sign up for the three week course. Share this email with other mothers so they too will benefit from the blessing of knowing who they are in Christ.

Happy Mother’s Day. You are amazing.

Motivation

Just the Right Time For Me

28 April, 2016
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I don’t often get personal on this blog because I don’t think you signed up to hear about my children or my life. You want God stuff, right (btw let me know if I’m way off on this)? But the other day I was reading another blog that encouraged me to be personal every now and again because readers want to know about my human side.

Here goes.

I stopped new year’s resolutions long ago and prefer words. I find it easier to keep to a word than unrealistic goals (to find out more go to  one word 365). My one word for 2016 is no excuses. Yes, I know it is two words but they have a one word sentiment. 

No excuses. What does no excuses look like to me?

My last blog post I wrote a prophetic word “just the right time.” God said it is just the right time for breakthrough, just the right time for salvation. 

Father spoke to me through that word too. God told me it is just the right time for my next book. 

I have been writing this book for a number of years. It was almost complete as a manuscript then it was wiped from my computer – in essence I have written it twice. 

But God said its time. So I’m getting it ready. This is my no excuses year. I’m hitting publish. 

The current title is Wedded Bliss: Godly Marriage for the New Millenium. I’d love for you to be part of the pre-launch phase and launch so stay tuned. (Comments on the proposed title welcomed.)

On Saturday our church held an annual fundraising event for a program I facilitate with young girls. We shine a light into their lives so they recognise the glorious confidence and beauty God has given them. At the event I announced I am running a half marathon in September to raise more funds for this program. I ran my first 10km (roughly 6.2 miles) a month ago. Doubling it is a big deal. To be honest, I’m pumped and feel fit for the challenge. No excuses. I might start posting my progress on Facebook for those who follow me there.

That’s me, showing a little of my personal side, so you know that whatever I write about or challenge you with, it’s challenged and worked in me first. 

Faith

Just the Right Time

7 April, 2016
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1 Timothy 2:5-6 For,There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 

Have you ever read the Bible and it seemed certain words jumped off the page? That happened the other day as I was reading the Bible on my iPhone. Normally I would avoid 1 Timothy 2 like the plague, but the above verses were Bible Gateway’s passage of the day. As I glanced at the verse before continuing on with my regular Bible reading, the words, “at just the right time” jumped off the page and into my spirit.

Holy Spirit directed me to another passage with a similar sentiment. I looked up Galatians 6:9 to read the exact same words: 

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 

God reminded me of a couple in our church. Ben and I asked this couple to launch a new connect group this year. At the end of last year they were trained and got everything ready to launch. Well to date, no one has come to the group. 

Don’t you hate it when that happens?

God said now is their “just the right time.” In the coming weeks, new people will cross their path ready to join their connect group. (A new family already has!)

Now I tell this story because I discern the same for some of you. You have prepared for a situation, but it hasn’t happened. And you have wondered if you heard God right. You’ve doubted if you were the right person. God wants you not get tired because this is your “just the right time.” You are about to see a harvest. 

I even sense some have been praying for a loved one to be saved and for many years it has looked like a hopeless case. Be encouraged because it is their “just the right time.” Their heart is softening and they will receive the message of Christ.

Hear God’s word to you today: it is just the right time for you. Just the right time for healing. Just the right time for forgiveness. Just the right time for freedom. Just the right time for victory. This is the season of just the right time. Believe it and you will reap the harvest.

If this word was for you or someone you know, I would love to hear from you in the comments or via email.