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Good morning!

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Good morning Jesus…

Despite the chaos in our world, the difficulty in our situations, or moments we have fallen to our challenges … There is still so much to be thankful for! 

I found my self in the stillness of You, and realised again that I am loved by the King of Kings, adored by The Creator! I remembered that in me You have created a Masterpiece!  

Please guard my thoughts, and protect my heart, always! 

I love you. 

Amen

Ngakuru, New Zealand
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Beauty from ashes ♥

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Know your worth

You are precious and God treasures you! You want to know why? He made YOU in His image.  Can you take a minute to grasp that for a bit? – The Creator of Life. The definition of Love. The one whose Glory is defined as a radiation beyond gems, the giver of Life whose majesty transcends creation itself, has said that you are made in His image (Genesis 1: 27)
Wow.
  Let that sink in. because that my friend, put’s a value on your life, your whole being.  Don’t let the world rob you of how magnificently precious You are.  Be you. Don’t pursue your insecurities, because Our God makes no mistakes.
  Comparison is a thief. You lack nothing short of the way God has creatively formed You from birth.
 
You are His dwelling place 🙂

Just a little side note (or maybe a long one, lol). When there is ever I time I feel  like I need a pick-me-up, I ask God to show me something beautiful.  I kid you not, I end up seeing a flower, randomly.  So, when your heart needs it, ask God to show you something beautiful.  I’ll push it to the next level of cliché and ask you to look into the mirror, but then again, I know that doesn’t work for everyone haha, so trust God to show You something. Then put on your faith-glasses (lol), and let whatever that is, engrave.

Have a good weekend!

God + me.

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You have to know something about me to understand why I take random events, or things that appear out of nowhere, really serious.   I struggle to ask for help, and so I have a tendency to solve matters, esp personal to me, myself.  My family and friends over the years have continued to help me open up more, and slowly (…but consistently lol) I am learning to be okay with being vulnerable, and openly weak .  I think God is totally understanding about it, He realises that I need a bit of help so I am convinced that He’s gifted me this ability to see the beauty and significance in the ‘randomness’ of things or insignificance of it.  So when I share something about what someone else has done, what I’ve come across, or experienced, don’t think that I say it just because, lol truly guys, it doesn’t have to be captivating to you, but wow,… it is so captivating to me.  #okayenoughGiovanna  #lol

..I am convinced God knew I’m the worst at investing proper time to watch a sermon, lol but man it’s true when people say that if God needs you, He’ll chase you, haha.  And if you have kept up with the last two posts I did, You’ll see that God is definitely chasing me in terms of helping me appreciate, learn and have engraved on my mind and heart, His love for me, as oppose to mine, for Him..  So I’m going to post this sermon up that found me this morning (lol), right before I was about to go about the day 🙂

It’s just as funny as it is true haha..

Have a good day!

How do you know God loves you?

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The same way I came to know about this song, is how I hope you recieve this post 🙂

.   I remember a couple of weeks ago I was so spiritually weak, I felt frustrated with God.  I saw everything at a stand-still, and I saw nothing moving, no change.  My frustration was in God because I couldn’t see what He was doing with me and what He needed me to do, or even, where He was taking me.  So I asked Him, ‘Lord, I can’t say much to you right now, because I don’t know what to say.  Please reveal to me something…” And right away, I heard a noise at the TV and I turned it on to a pastor who asked His congregation: “Do you, really know, how much God loves you?  When I tried to answer the question, the only way I knew how to, was according to my knowledge of scripture, and to my own understanding.  But, there in my attempt to answer, I realised; I didn’t quite know, and I felt God tell me that in order for my faith to work, I need to focus not on how much I loved God, but on how he loved me.   But in my mind, how was He going to do that!?  …..

I can’t answer that question right now because there’s more to this than I’m understanding.  But ever since I allowed myself to rest in Him, He has shown me;  so far, in the changes I’m seeing, in the peace I’m feeling, what I had posted about in the previous post I wrote, and now, in the confirmation of the song shared by my friend- who probably didn’t know before she shared it that it would inspire me to share this.  It’s amazing, how alive things become when you see God in everything.  Even if You are someone who is going through a rough time right know, and this is the last thing you want to read, I encourage you; without making you sweep your problems under the mat, get on your knees and trust in your struggle! I posted in some earlier posts, that suffering joyfully meant that you believe that God cannot give more than what you can handle.  I still believe He doesn’t, when it’s in His strength that you tackle your suffering.  But, now, after my own fair share of problems lol, I also believe that God gives you more than what you can handle, not because He’s a mean God who demands that you do things a certain way in order to experience His love, but because He needs You at the weakest, in the moments where you are frustrated with Him, or lost, or empty.

So thankful I got to hear this song! Let the words soak you in a bit. If someone asks you why you believe in Jesus, why you believe in the Bible, you tell them the reason that has made you lay your life down.  You tell them about the moment you got on your knees because when you had nothing left, God came and swept you up from any shame, abuse, lies, insecurity, temptation, guilt, confusion or loneliness.  If they ask you, but how can you prove that our God is living?  don’t give them words if you don’t have any, show them through the way you do life or hope to live life according to the gospel.  Whilst you feel you have nothing to show for it, God is soo merciful that even the worst of sinners, He’s allowed into His kingdom!!

(As you can probably tell, this song has really spoken to me, lol, thanks Sonia!!! :D)

Have a good rest of the week! God Bless!

EASTER!

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Only a few days to go, and the lent season for 2015 will come to it’s end.  This whole lent season to now has been a journey that made me stop life for a bit, and really capture the difficulty of allowing God to strip me back, to make me realize even more so, the importance of living life with God full-time!      I hope that whether or not you participated in Lent, you too are learning how to abandon yourself to Jesus and the ways of His love. 🙂

As preparation for Easter, something on my heart is telling me to share the video at the end of this post.  I can’t even describe how important, and powerful the message in this video is.  Watching it for the first time, I had the biggest heart-check moment that humbled me to the uttermost.

The message is a sermon delivered by Judah Smith, and for me, it captures the core as to why Easter is so important in the Christian faith!  The video I’m posting is one of two I found on Youtube.  The one that I won’t post, is the same sermon, but in that video, there is footage from the movie, Passion of Christ (I think) which goes with the words of the sermon.   I suggest you try watching that if you are more of a visual person, but I warn you it’s graphic, the kinda graphic that is needed to emphasize the Jesus` journey to Calvary.

I wanted to post up the video before Easter, as a way to hopefully plant the need to appreciate this world-wide Christian acknowledgement.  It’s beautiful that all the different Christian denominations celebrate a victory together and I pray that just as Jesus was able to, you too are able to die to old and become alive in the new!

Have a good Easter, and above the Easter eggs and day’s off, remember the reason for this season!

God Bless!

Valentines day.. ;)

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I was curious about Valentines Day and how it all started and interestingly enough, I found out that Valentines Day was first celebrated by Christians.  Back in the Roman days a guy named Valentine was prosecuted and tortured trying to fight for Christian marriages.  He believed in Christian marriage and tried to marry soldiers but the Emperor was angered by this because he felt soldiers who were single were more stronger. Cute though… the emperor must of known that males are weak to the knees to the power of love haha the power of it, oh goodness.

But anyway, Valentines in NZ isn’t celebrated as much as it is celebrated In somewhere like the U.S. Maybe it’s because people out her in NZ aren’t so open about it. or maybe being lovey dovey is private, sensitive thing for the people out here… or maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about so I better stop lol.

Even though I don’t know a whole lot about relationships, I think the celebration of valentines is a beautiful thing.  Sometimes I think it’s more of a celebration for the female counterpart lol but hey, it is what it is.. hehe This year for valentines I randomly found myself spending it with God.  Randomly because, like every year I forget, no joke.. I didn’t plan to be up and reading His word, enjoying some alone time with God, and it wasn’t until I started praying the first thing that came to mind was ‘Happy Valentine’ hahaha sort of funny when I think back now. I kinda delight in realising that I got to spend the first few hours of Valentines with God… even though for my own reasons, I can’t ever say ‘Happy Valentines Jesus’ it doesn’t sit right with me, but I don’t have anything against Christians who say it, honestly lol

Anyways, for the fact that it was Valentines two days ago (NZ time)I wanted to post up this spoken word a friend of mine shared with me a while back.  I want to write about godly relationships one day, but I don’t know if I know enough about it yet to share publicly.  But watch this, it shares so much truth.  Ultimately though, I believe that when it comes to finding ‘the one’, God should be the start and end.  I love that the desire to find ‘him’ or ‘her’ brings people before God.  It’s a special and really important desire God placed in our hearts, and I believe that if any girl or guy seek that type of union, it should be done the proper way… in the hands of God who defines Love 🙂 So tempted to go on another tangent about this but I won’t… lol have an awesome day today! Happy belated Valentines and thanks for reading! (oh and thank you Brent Rice for  the creativity of you have with words that inspire other people to get to know a love like God’s… even though I’m not sure if he’s reading this hahaha thank you)

God Bless x

John 1:3. Through him all things were made: without him nothing was made that has been made.

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Job 12:7-10. But ask the animals, and they will teach you; or birds of the air and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you; or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the lord has done this. In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

My love for nature amplified after I read this verse for the first time. I remember having a really vivid dream and in it I was surrounded by extremely beautiful views of nature.  Mountains, oceans, hills,. lakes and really amazing images of the sky.  As freaky as it might sound lol I woke up smiling and just in complete joy.  It’s so hard to explain, but I seriously felt like I saw a snippet of what Heaven might look like, and I remember just desperately wishing there was a place on earth that could match the beauty of what I saw.  Intrigued, I decided to look up what the bible says about Creation and this verse from job was the first that came up.

It’s amazing because creation and nature teach me so much about faith.  Like this morning, I was up running an errand (yeap, so very early in the morning lol) and  I captured the beauty of the sky just as the sun was beginning to rise.  If you’ve experienced that moment just as the sun is rising, you’d know how jaw-dropping the sky looks at that point.  The whole section of the clouds and sky lit all shades of orange, and yellow, pink… it was amazing.    I parked the car to the side and smiled and I couldn’t help but think…. wow. If there was someone anywhere who was having a tough season, if only they could see what I saw and be encouraged to know that there is a God who can make it all better.

Creation teaches us as this verse explains, about the majesty of God.  He shares this beauty with us as if to say, ‘Hey, if for a little moment you doubt in me, look to the birds or the trees or the ocean and know that I’m all around you.’  I like to think that God knew that by his creation he had an opportunity to physically woo us, make us smile and let us be marvelled by everything that cannot be made from any human being.  What a clever and absolutely creative Lord! hehe

I saw the sky this morning and it reminded again about God’s unfailing love! Do you ever wonder how amazing it is that whether people believe in God or not, everyone at some point in their life has a jaw-dropping moment like I had this morning.  Everyone gets to experience the beauty in God’s creation, share in the amazement and joy of Nature and animals.  See, another example that no matter who you are, or whether or not you believe in a living God… Jesus Christ loves you! Adores you! Cares for you! And want’s you to share in everything He has created! 🙂

Job 12:7-10. But ask the animals, and they will teach you; or birds of the air and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you; or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the lord has done this. In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

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lake-in-the-clouds-queenstown-new-zealand_42342fields-queenstown-beautiful-new-picture-wide-desktop-wallpapers-of-high-definition(Couldnt help but show off New Zealand in these pics hehe credit of course is too those who took the pictures, I’m still waiting for God to take me there haha God Bless x)