grace

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

– ‘He cannot ravish. He can only woo’

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‘The enemy wants cattle to finally become food;  God wants servants who can finally become sons. The enemy wants to suck in; God wants to give out. The enemy and all his ways are empty and would be filled; whilst God is full and overflowing. The aim of the enemy’s war is to draw all  beings into himself, but God wants a world full of people united to Him, but still distinct. -…. He cannot ravish, He can only woo”

– This piece of writing is out of the book The screwtape letters by C.S Lewis that I’m reading at the moment. (Had to change some words, but that’s pretty much how it is in the book)

I was on the verge of knocking out and just as I read that section my energy levels surged from 0-100 real quick haha… I love it, esp. that line ‘…He cannot ravish. He can only woo’ – in other words, God cannot make us love Him, yet He is always trying to gain our love. Gosh, it gives me butterflies thinking about how humbling and amazing that is; the One who is love wants to gain love!?…Wow. I had to share that before I knock out for real, hopefully it had an impact on you as it did me.

Oh, and if you can check out the full book ‘The screwtape letters’ by C.S Lewis. The book is made up of letters written from a senior to a junior devil. It’s definitely a creative and interesting way to get to know the way the devil wants to occupy everyday living, but I have to admit it’s a struggle to read. It’s hard because it’s written from the perspective of the devil, so it takes a while to comprehend what is going on; sort of messes with my head a bit. I was given it to read a couple of months ago but after a read the first few chapters I put it down and left it sitting for a couple of months lol. For some reason, I feel like I need to finish reading it, and I’m glad I am. Even though it’s a bit of a fight to read, I’m starting to appreciate the blessing of it. I mean, it might not be for everyone, it may not even be the way I am describing it, but check it out.  I definitely recommend it.  It’s almost funny as well, so don’t be put off by the way I’m sharing it to be.

The God we serve has everything in the palms of His hands, just remember that today.   Keep remembering that the Creator of the Universe is in Love with you, so you have all you need.

Enjoy the new week! God Bless!

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Frederick Buechner said this about grace:

”The Grace of God means something like: Here is your life….Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you.”


The trade of a Heavenly God.

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It’s been a while since I’ve been captivated this much by poetry.  For a while now, I’ve had Isaiah 61: 3 lingering in and out of thought.  Had a moment with God about this verse, and it was convenient that He lead me to the poem.  (Click here for full length ) I’ve only posted some of the poem that really spoke to me.

“I kept my fist closed in secret, hating those ashes yet unwilling to release them. Not sure if I should.  Not convinced it was worth it. Marring the things I touched and leaving black marks everywhere, or so it seemed.
I tried to undo it all.  But the ashes were always there to remind me that I couldn’t.  I really couldn’t.  But God could.
His sweet Holy Spirit spoke to my heart one night in tearful desperation. He whispered, “I want to give you beauty for your ashes.  The oil of joy for mourning.  And a garment of praise for your spirit of heaviness.”
I had never heard of such a trade as this!  Beauty for ashes?
My sadly stained memory for the healing in His Word? My soot-like dreams for His songs in the night? My helpless and hurting emotions for His ever-constant peace?
How could I be so stubborn as to refuse an offer such as this? So willingly, yet in slow motion, and yes while sobbing, I opened my bent fingers and let the ashes drop to the ground.”

When I think about God’s love, among all the other things God has stepped in to do for me, I also find the most majestic comforting from the verse Isiah 61: 3.  I haven’t quite looked at this verse as raw as I do now after reading that section of poetry.  There is something about the verse that is so refreshing for the soul.

I wanted to feel the captivation the author of the poet felt when they found light in the verse, so I looked into it.  I probably only scratched the surface of the meaning.  The word ashes is defined traditionally as a grayish-black residual left after something is burned.  In parts of the old testament, ashes were a symbol of contrition.  Don’t fully quote me on this, but in some parts of Isaiah it’s as if ‘ashes’ was a sort of simile to worthlessness, or shame.

  1.      “to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes”

I had to really think about the beauty of this verse before I realised why it resonated with me, and all the levels of my experience of Godly, fatherly love.   I think about moments of my past, and the the enemy’s exploit of my vulnerability and openness to harm.  I think of the times I’ve traded His care and mercy for the petty things.  Considering all that, with any type of feeling of unworthiness, and any more slips and falls; it is almost unfathomable that here is a God who readily trades for all of that, in order that I wear this crown of beauty.  To wear and show the world that I am a product of this kind of grace, that nothing would or could ever limit God’s love for me.  There is a healing to this that, with many other things, keeps me in awe of God.

Had to share this, because I know somewhere, someone reading is needing the same sort of comfort or a reminder of what they have gained by allowing love, forgiveness and joy take over life.  The verse is awesome, but so is the poetry piece.

Thankyou Jesus, and thankyou poetry, hehe

Have a good weekend! God Bless xo

This new beginning. :)

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A personal reflection for this post.  Feeling  a whole lot of emotions, experiencing heaps this week and last.    I asked God for something new to change up the journey a little, for some new challenges, and He did just that.  Easter Monday, I was sitting in aisle alone waiting for church to start, and a couple that I had never seen comes sit right up next to me.  I was blown away with the total randomness of the mysterious couple, who took hold of my hand during a prayer, then hugged me like a familiar friend.  Wanted to speak to them after church but I couldn’t find them.  I know it was God, who used this couple to reassure me of the journey I’m travelling, giving me the peace I needed to go with Jesus in this season.

I’m totally thankful to God for this whole week in general.  For some reason after Easter he’s turned me into a softy, lol because I’ve cried randomly more often than usual.  It’s not that normal for me to cry, I’m usually a softy by personality, but try to make me cry, and I probably won’t.  But this time, in particular, I’ve seen a light in the most unusual things; a lady’s smile, writing, just sitting still lol, watching my nieces and nephews… I’m thinking: well okay God, I’m thirsty for You but I sorta need my tears haha…what if it’s Jesus who is thirsty for me?  Wanting me to experience this love, this confidence that He’s in every moment of every day…

Anyway, just out of the blue.  I feell like sharing that I just watched the movie ‘Home’, the kids movie that has recently been released.  I’m on and off with watching movies, again, like reading books, I’m sort of ‘those’ people; I’ll watch when it stands out to me (lol -_-) indecisive in the sense. But anyhow.. it was the Home movie  I watched when I took my ‘kids’ to the movies, lol… turns out, it’s an amazing watch.  It’s funny, and fun, at the same time, portrays so beautifully the significance of friendship, love that comes from it and family.  It portrays hope, and the hope that comes from mistakes… hehe sorta really passionate about this right now haha  but do watch, iif it “stands out’ to you… haha But where was I going with this? lol

I watched this movie coincidentally after a week of being bombarded with family, but even more so, just as my brother departs the country to venture on.  Me and my siblings are so close, it’s annoying lol, it’s the first ever time we’ve been separated with this distance, and I’m almost, slightly heart-broken that we won’t be all in the same room for a long time, but there’s actually something beautiful about what God has shown me, just now actually.  I feel like God’s breaking comfort zones for me, for my family… big comfort zones, ones that I didn’t want broken, ones that I didn’t feel need to be broken… but God says… “Giovanna, I gave you a spirit of power, love, and self-control, not one of fear” (2 Tim 1: 7), I’ve equipped all those who trust me with my strength (Phillipians 4: 13), and there are times when what I will do will go beyond your own understanding (Proverbs 3: 5-6); TRUST ME. I have the plans that will prosper you, give you a future, one of hope (Jeremiah 29: 11-14)…”

I’m still, and I’m rested that Jesus is taking me, my family, my situations, to places I can’t see, but my faith does.  Jesus resurrected in our lives, and comes to me through people, in the unexpected events of my day… and I can’t help but boast not of my love for Christ, but His for me,for us.   I’m  so thankful God, so so so thankful.

Hopefully that offers encouragement to keep you fighting the good fight! Have a good weekend!  God Bless!!

p.s dont know if you read this Marcellus, but just in case you secretly do, I miss you soo much! It’s hard to not have you here, but Im  excited for you!! I hope to get the courage some day to step out of the comforts of the good  we got here, like you… but until then, don’t forget God’s leading with You.  His love strengthens Your path, so all the best with this break through! Love you so much!!

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)

Breaking Free :)

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I started reading ‘Breaking Free’ by Beth Moore.  I’m going to be honest here, and embarrass myself because I am not a reader. It’s not that I don’t like reading, I think I’m real fussy on what book to read, having the time to read, not knowing what good-read’s are out.  It’s probably why my grammar sucks, spelling sucks. But here’s to new beginnings right? 🙂

I had no intention to read any book, I haven’t read a full book since highschool :/  but this book ‘Breaking Free’ By Beth Moore was one I heard only once, a LONG time ago.  Actually, it’s one of the books that was quoted by the people who write ‘The Word for Today’.  and a friend said she was meaning to read and that’s how I came to know it.  ANYHOW, I was walking around my sisters house and I see this book sitting on her dresser, but I don’t think I’d use the word ‘sitting’.  It was more, ‘Popping out’ lol like in a weird way, trying to grab my attention hehe

I started reading it yesterday and not even exaggerating, in the first few pages the author got me.  Her love for God is breath-taking.  I can feel the passion in her writing.  But what’s more impressive is her knowledge and her ability to get to the point.

I haven’t finished it, probably almost half way.  I’m not even going to share all of the amazing points that she writes on, I’ll leave that for you to read.  I’ll post up what I feel needs to mention, and keep myself updated via the blog on how it all goes. It’s so amazing, convicting… and I haven’t even finished lol


I also have to mention, that today I met two young girls  and spoke with a nun.  The two young girl’s came from completely different world’s and we all just met this morning.  Through meeting them I was reminded that desiring God isn’t an ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ thing to do.  Getting to know God is done privately by so many people.  There is always people who journey with God privately, or shy away from proclaiming their love for God because it is assumed that loving God comes with a ‘certain image’…. as if you’re meant to be seen as ‘Holy, holy’ – let me tell you, that this journey with God can be as slow as you need it to be, or as fast as want it to be.  The main point is that you accept God, love him and TRY out this journey righteously with him. You won’t get transformed overnight, you may not even know how you change in the process.  It happens so gracefully. So, be bold and don’t fit into the crowd. If God has worked wonder’s in your life, admit that it’s His doing! 🙂

The nun I had a conversation with this morning said two things that stood out to me. The first was in the task of ‘asking’, she said: ‘If God says you need it, you’re guaranteed to get it.’if you don’t get what you have asked of God, then you don’t need it. Simple.” The other was: “You can’t be in the Presence of God and not receive anything”. Meaning, being in prayer, surrendering yourself fully to God, or even being around people who illuminates God’s Glory, you have to believe that you won’t walk away empty handed.  Whether what you walk away with is physical or not, there is always something valuable! #Truth

And finally, thought I’d just put it out there that I’m just as you. I am a sinner. I am tempted the same.  I do things I’m not proud of.  I have weaknesses. I can admit, that I need to read the bible more often than I am. And I have a story to tell on what’s allowed me to be confident in God, and be shameless about my love for Him.

I don’t share this to make you feel better, i share it because I hope to encourage you to believe that Jesus DESIRES you just as you are. All flaws and everything. He understand’s that we get afraid sometimes, he understand’s that we live in a chaotic world, he know’s your heart’s desires.  God know’s our human nature because Jesus once walked this earth, the same grounds, as you and I.  Hence, God know’s more about us, than we know.  He just need’s Acceptance.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend. And be blessed! x