22 December 2014

A Saviour is born!

Boots: Dune | Jeans: Arbecormbie and Fitch | Coat & Jumper : Zara | Neckpiece & bracelet : I bought both on my last trip to Poland but unfortunately don't remember the name of the shop, similar styles in M&S and Warehouse.

I've got a jolly in my step and I'm wearing all things red because its finally Christmas week!
Whats even more exciting is almost everyone is breaking off for the festive holidays, families and friends are coming together, gifts shall be opened and this is all going to be done under no other name, consciously or unconsciously, how fab!
This weekend I had the privilege of attending two of the sold out !Audacious Christmas carol services. For many years, ever since I came to the U.K, I've always attended carols at my old church, Kingsgate in Cambridge and it was such a great joy to share this festive celebration with my new found !Audacious family.
The night included traditional carols brought to life through theatre, film and music and we had a incredible Christmas message by special guest speaker and comedian, Mark Ritchie.
Mulled wine, mince pies, Santa Grotto and a gift for every child was just the icing on the cake. 
As expected, the !Audacious team outdid themselves with a world class production, I was thrilled once again.
Adding on to the fun but almost wrecking my nerves was my daughter who had the privilege of performing in the kids opening scene of the production and I absolutely loved how she embraced the crowd and did an excellent job.
Briefly in this weeks post I just wanted to share some verses that highlight the Christmas story - Luke 2 and Isaiah 9 verse 6 & 7.
And lastly, 1 John 5 verse 11 that reads: "God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son".
Wishing you and yours a jolly good Christmas.
With love from Valerie and I.
Jesus is the reason for the season!
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2 December 2014

Holding Onto His Promises

Shoes : River Island | Jeans : New Look | Bag : Michael Kors | Jumper : Topshop | Coat : Zara

Hi. So good to have you visiting my blog today. Its been just over three months since I began this journey and its been amazing so far thanks to all your continued support. 
We are currently on 5 400+ page views and I've just started hosting ads on the website too, exciting, do click away (pun intended).
The month of November is like a dark cloud sitting on my shoulders because of the fact that I lost my beloved brother during this month, eight years ago. Every year feels like I'm reliving the pain all over again but its been so comforting to read of what the Bible says in Matthew 5 verse 4, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted". Having said that, I've embraced grief and let it all out when I needed to. Ultimately it all comes down to how I choose to deal with it. Last week, I recommended, soaking into the Word of God and surrounding yourself with positive people no matter the circumstance.
Heres a video I've watched and would encourage you to watch too, especially if you are going through grief and/or depression. Its an interview by Nicky Gumbel with Rick Warren (New York Times Best Seller of Life Driven Purpose and his wife, Kay Warren after having lost their son. And if you can share this post/video with anyone you know who might need such encouragement, that would be awesome.
Be blessed.
What Bible promise are you holding onto in this season in your life?
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21 November 2014

Praise Him in the hallway...


As you can probably note from the photographs, its raining but I'm still shooting. Ha!
Thats life though, sometimes its got to go on despite whats going on around us.
In my down moments, I'm gently reminded of my responsibilities and for that reason I have to pick myself up and get on with it. However, its been difficult lately, I've had doors of opportunity close when I thought they were meant to be open. As a result, I've faced depression, disappointment and discouragement and it hasn't been easy to get back up.
What do you do when you are knocked down and you feel like you can't get back up?

  1. Surround yourself with the right (positive) people.
  2. Remind yourself what the Word of God says - read the Bible in difficult times there is so much wisdom, truth and comfort found in it.
  3. Fix your mind - frankly speaking, when you are down and going through what seems like a storm its difficult to be positive about life but you have to dust yourself up and think positive.

God has a reason for allowing things to happen, we may never understand his wisdom, but we have to be obedient and trust in His will for our lives. Jeremiah 29 verse 11Proverbs 16 verse 1, 3, 9
Also trust that whatever is behind is most likely not meant for you and move on from it, for no good thing will He withhold, Psalms 84 verse 11
Remember that God is faithful and He will see you through.
"When he opens a door, no one can close it, and when he closes it, no one can open it. I know what you do, I know that you have a little power, you have followed my teaching and have been faithful to me. I have opened a door in front of you, which no one can close"(Revelations 3 verse 7 to 8). Wait for it, theres a door with your name on it. 

Oh, if you could just praise him!
*Hillsong has since released this song after this blog post was published. I hope you will truly be blessed and uplifted.



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1 November 2014

Now, there is no condemnation!

| Shoes: Dune | Clutch: T K Maxx | Jeans: Zara | Jumper : Quiz Clothing |

Last week I mentioned I was going to share on what has been some of my greatest struggles in my pursuit to be Christ-like.
Without revealing too much information as this is a very personal topic area I am going to try my level best to let you all in on 'Being Me'.
The journey hasn't been smooth at all (still isn't) but there has to be two main areas I could say have been significantly of great challenge. The first one is very significant to myself, I tend to live in this bubbly world of perfectionism that in reality is non-existent but because I have set my life to operate in that manner, if things don't go the way I expect them to, I literally freeze. In that instance, my life stops and I catch up with it later. Terrible that is, as you can imagine. The problem being the effect that this has on my Christ walk amongst everything else.
 Secondly, without going deep into too much detail I will simply use this verse from 1 John 4 verse 20 to summarise, it reads: 'if anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother/sister, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother/sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.'
Oh boy!
For a very long time both have been constraints in my pursuit to become Christ-like. However, over the years I've acknowledged what it is to be of God and have tremendously worked on different weakness areas in my life.
Here's what I've learnt in the process, you can't change what you've learnt to tolerate. The first step to redemption is to acknowledge your wrong doings, repent and completely walk away.
For myself, I had done this a very long time ago when I gave my life to Christ in my teenage years & when I got baptised that sealed the deal.
I can boldly confess that I have been set free from things that used to bound me before (so far so good).
& maybe today you are reading this post and you don't yet know Jesus, I urge you to check out this post (click here and scroll down to & On That Day) for the prayer of salvation. 
Or maybe you already are a Christian and would like to step into a covenant with your Saviour by declaring your salvation publicly by getting baptised. Find out more from your local church and I would love to know if you do get baptised.
Thank you for reading my blog and I pray you have been blessed.




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27 October 2014

Its a New Season!

Boots : (I don't remember) | Bag : Ted Baker | Jeans : Abercrombie & Fitch |
| Top : Topshop | Scarf : Monsoon | Blazer : Zara |

Sunday 26th of October 2014 has to be one of the best days of my life, I got BAPTISED!!!
 I grew up in a Christian family and my father was one of the leaders in our church. In between work/during his spare time he used to distribute Bibles all over the country (Zimbabwe) in hospitals, schools, prisons etc. in association with Gideon's International Bibles.
We had tonnes and tonnes of deliveries coming in every month and my father made it his mission to distribute them all the time.
I remember he used to travel with a box of Bibles in his car and every time he was stopped at a roadblock by the police he would offer them one (so cheeky but it worked every time).
Amongst his other duties he also used to baptise people in our church (Souls for Christ) and often other churches would come to our house to use our swimming pool facilities for their baptism services. It was always a joy for my parents to host events like those.
Over the years as I've started to seek for a deeper relationship with God I kept on feeling like there was something missing. Every time baptisms were mentioned something would be stirred up inside of me until I thought to ask my mother if I had been baptised. Just as I thought, she said I had been baptised at an early age but I personally did not have a clear image of that day so I felt I had to do it. It all happened in God's perfect timing and it was one of the best life experiences ever.
Next week, I will be sharing with you some of the greatest struggles I've faced in my pursuit to be Christ-like. So far, since I've been baptised some of those chains have been set free. (Romans 8 verse 1&2)
If you want to know more about baptisms, what it is, what it means or any other questions, drop me an email and I will be sure to get the right person to give you more information on that. 
However, if you just want to read it out of the Bible, here are a few verses to check out:
Luke 3 vs 16; Matthew 3 vs 13-17; Mark 1 vs 9-11; Luke 3 vs 21-2, John 1 vs 29-33; Matthew 28 vs 19-20; Mark 1 vs 4-5;Acts 2 vs 38; Acts 8 vs 35-38; Acts 16 vs 31-33 (those are the only ones I've come across, I'm sure they are plenty more).
Have a superb week.
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23 October 2014

My journey home ...

 | Jeans : Zara |Jumper : Tesco's | Shoes : BCBG Generation |
| Scarf : Warehouse | Bag/Clutch : River Island | Hat : H&M |

June 2009 is when I first came to the UK to join my family and eight months later I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Valerie. What a joy that was but I was despaired knowing I wasn't going to be able to bring her up the same way I had been brought up - in a church family. I had been to church a few times but I didn't have one I actually belonged to. Over the year my excuse had been; I am fairly new, I hardly have any friends, England sucks, parenting will be overwhelming and every other excuse I could think of so I just never bothered to find a place I could call home/my church. 
A few months down the line following Valerie's birth I started attending church with my sister. If I'm honest, it didn't really suit me so as time went on I began searching for greener pastures. A week after my daughters 2nd birthday I was introduced to Kingsgate Church and let me just say, this was the start of something incredible in my life. I looked forward to every Sunday and was also involved in the life of church (which made it even more fun) and my daughter absolutely loved it. It really felt like home away from home and every single person I encountered was so welcoming, loving and friendly. Sadly, two years later I had to move to Manchester and had to look for a new church to join. My Pastor from Kingsgate recommended I try out !Audacious Church.
The week upon my arrival I was attending Jesus Culture Conference which was to my surprise being held at !Audacious Church. After attending the conference, I decided to come to the church on a separate note and just like everybody else I absolutely fell in love with it!
!Audacious Church has been a source of joy to Valerie and I. We literally spend the whole of Sunday there because its just that vibrant.
Often, we still get to visit our first love Kingsgate Church in Cambridge and Peterborough every now and again and that sense of family still lives on. 
I don't know what your journey is like as you are reading this today, maybe you haven't found your happy place in the life of church or you don't attend church at all? No matter how you feel when you come into church - you leave encouraged, loved, supported, stretched and inspired - it is home with a sense of family and friends surrounding you, people you can go to at any time and you know they are there for you and praying with you. 
If you can be a part of that, your life will change forever.
Stay blessed.


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15 October 2014

Whose Race Are You Running?

My Outfit - Boots: (I don't remember to be honest) | Jeans & Shirt : Zara |
Valerie's outfit - Boots: Debenhams | Jeans : Tommy Hilfiger | Shirt : Zara |

Just last week I shared on comparison being the thief of joy because often times we look at life with a mentality of 'the grass is greener on the other side' and not on our side. This issue has been ministered to me several times including both conferences I attended this summer, Hillsong and !Audacious and I take it that it was no mistake that I was in both places and sat through both teachings. I say this because I have been so guilty of this and maybe thats why I had to hear it more than twice.
The Word of God says in, Psalms 62:11: Once God has spoken, twice have I heard this, that power belongs to God!
As usual, let me tell you my story. So I watch KUWTK, amazing reality show that is, I absolutely love it and won't miss it for anything (not really). Why I love to watch it is because I love how the girls dress, their sense of style, home decor and to be quite honest their drama is worth a bucket of popcorn sometimes. Here's the problem though, after watching the 'reality' show I come off thinking I can live my life like that too (excluding the drama of course). 
Heres another example, I love Instagram so much I have to fast from it sometimes (oh ye, its that bad, pray for me) and whilst I'm on it (which is a lot of times) I see peoples fairy tale, all perfect, all going great type of lives (because thats all Instagram displays isn't it?) and I come off thinking I could do that too. 
In the Bible we learn of a story between Saul and David in the book of 1 Samuel 18 (click here to read full text)
I can go on and on but one of many, the root of the problem can be comparison which blocks us from running our own race and ultimately missing God's calling on our lives. Taking note too that feelings of envy, jealousy etc. are birthed in moments like these.
"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel" - Steve Furtick.

I remember when I set up my blog, I kept comparing my website to other bloggers and felt I needed to do more, I needed to make some changes etc. This stopped me from doing my own thing and ultimately I lost time. After hearing that teaching twice and remembering the above verse I shared I took a stand to run my own race.
I had to make a decision to stay in my lane at all times, I do get distracted sometimes don't get me wrong but I have to constantly remind myself that my story is different from everybody else's therefore I need to run my own race!
We have different talents, different dreams, ambitions, aspirations etc. lets not get stuck in other peoples lanes running their race instead of our own. What a time waster that would be!

Comparison is the thief of joy, stay in your lane and focus on God!
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10 October 2014

The Grass Is Greener On Your Side!

Wearing Zara from head to toe, Moschino sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton handbag.

I've been out of touch over the past two weeks mainly because I didn't have my mobile phone. It's amazing how much you can't do without it but I've been ok - sometimes.
Just last week Friday I sat for the UKCAT exam and thank God I passed. However, on one of the five 'modules' I sat for, I got a lesser mark compared to what other students often would get (basically the average).
To be honest I was happy that I had even passed the exam because it was pretty tough but it was only until I sat in my car and thought carefully about my result in that one module that I felt a bit down. In simple terms, 300 -700 is a pass, I got 430. 500 - 600 is the average in comparison to other students who would have written the exam in times before, so not necessarily the ones who've sat for the exam within the same time frame as yourself.
At the time I thought to retake the exam then I remembered one of the teachings from Bling Conference. Pastor Sophia spoke about how often times people compare their lives to other peoples lives & think the grass is greener on the other side. When in actual fact the grass is greener on your side but because you are focusing on others you block yourself from appreciating and loving the place you are in. 

Fair enough, UKCAT had put the 500-600 as a guideline for other students to know what they were competing against but they hadn't said I failed or I won't be accepted into Medical school because the pass mark was 300 - 700 and I was within range.
In the end, I found myself reflecting on the preach and how it related to myself at the time:
  1. Call this place blessed - anywhere God is, is a good place. It doesn't matter what it looks like, the fact that God is in it means it is blessed.
  2. Embrace don't resist - resisting is very exhausting. In my case, I was considering rewriting the whole exam and that meant more time and money would be invested. Instead I chose to embrace that this was the result I had got and remembered that everything works together for the good for them that love the Lord. Romans 8 vs 28.
  3. Prophesy don't fantasise - Ezekiel 37, click here to read.
  4. Choose joy - I had to choose to be happy and content with where I was and what I had.
  5. Sow the Word - Simply, I said to myself, what will stand out on the day on my behalf is the favour of God. Yes, if other students have a better mark than myself in that module, it is well, God's favour will be upon me. I had to sow the Word.
The whole point of sharing this information with you is not for my glory but for God's glory.
I pray this has been of some relevance to you especially if you are faced with something similar. 
Thank you for your continued support.
Love your life!

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2 October 2014

Invincible Summer

"In the midst of winter I found there was within me an invincible summer - Albert Cumus"

Very briefly today I just wanted to share on setting goals. I know most people usually set goals at the beginning of the year, every six months and/or quarterly. Myself, I do so every month because I have a tendency of not following up so I find breaking them down into smaller chunks is much useful (depending on what they are obviously).
But just recently at my church we got little cards to jot down our goals over this season (September past - December) in the following five areas and I just thought it would be nice to share and hopefully you may find them to be useful too. Goal:

  1. Family - it could be anything; maybe an area you feel you need to work/improve in to make your family relations stronger.
  2. Faith - this can be personal growth in this area; faith for : something you are believing God for etc. and also praying that one person in your circle who doesn't yet know Jesus would come to know him in this season.
  3. Fitness - lose/gain weight, eating healthy etc. you know yourself.
  4. Finance - this could be an issue of better managing your finances, saving, setting priorities over your finances, being faithful with your finances etc. for example, maybe you don't yet tithe and you would like to start doing so, challenge yourself to start this season.
  5. Fellowship - maybe you don't attend a church or attend occasionally and in this season you could challenge yourself to become a regular goer etc. 
*in my last post I said I would share my notes from Bling Conference but apologies I haven't had time to review and reflect.
Thanks for passing by.
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28 September 2014

Bling Conference 2014!


Nothing like writing up a post when you are still fresh from an experience.
As some of you may or may not know, this weekend I attended Bling Women’s Conference at my church, !Audacious, here in Manchester. Oh, what an experience!
It was my first time attending Bling Conference and just as expected, the !Audacious Team outdid themselves. 
One of my greatest highlights was meeting three ladies from Richmond that said they had come as a group of 60, just to attend the conference. It was at that hour that I realised I was in for a big big thing!
(altogether just under 700 women gathered for Bling!)
Friday night went amazingly great. Pastor Sophia preached on the topic - “Born again to do greater things” tallying with the theme of the conference which was GREATER THINGS.
Saturday morning, we had Pastor Sophia Barrett preach in the 1st session of the day and the focus of her preach being, “the grass is greener on your side - love your life”
Thereafter we had a ‘Life Stories’ session and let me just say, it was way too emotional but so good. The testimonies were phenomenal.
Soon after, my friends and I went out to Spinningfields for lunch and catch ups at Thaikhun, it was lovely. We managed to get back in time for ’The Wild One’ session and this basically was a moment of dwelling in the presence of God under praise and worship. A little break followed and we were onto the last session of the day with Pastor Russell Evans from Planetshakers Australia who spoke about the “Orphan Heart Vs Heart of Sonship" 

Altogether, Bling was aaaammmmaaaazzzziiiiinnnnngggg!
I really cannot wait to unpack everything God stirred up in my heart through the teachings we received. Hopefully, if life doesn’t get too busy I will be able to share with you some content over the next two or three posts. So I suggest you keep watch, sign up, follow me, do whatever it takes to get yourself up to date with this blog.
I encourage you to come share these and many other experiences with us, check out our website (!Audacious Church) for more information.
Have a blessed week and thank you for reading! 


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23 September 2014

& On That Day

Shoes & Clutch : River Island | Jeans, Scarf & Blazer : Zara | Top : Primark |

I've been absolutely loving the weather here in England this September. Honestly, some days felt like we were reliving summer all over again.
But hey, autumn is finally here!
The last two weeks have been partly sad. We have had two deaths in my family and I've heard of others too including two of which my pastor shared during partner's night and that of a friends brother too.
This reminded me of just a few months ago when a friend of mine lost a loved one. I was so shocked by the sad news, but to my surprise I didn't react like I usually would. Usually I cry and I'm sad for days but this time was different, I found myself praying for the departed soul (so unlike me in death situations). I thanked God that by the time my friend died he had come to know and have a personal relationship with his Saviour.
In contrast, it made me sad because I had never got that opportunity when my brother passed on. I guess I was too young and wasn't quite there (in the things of God) at the time.
Besides looking at all the events that occurred before my brothers passing, I cannot confidently say I know he went to be with his Father in heaven.
Having said that, it makes me stop and think of how we should live our lives now because to be truthful we don't know the date nor the time of our passing and don't we just want to be ready? 
In the Bible, we read about the parable of the ten virgins, Matthew 25 verse 1 to 13, read all of it here.
It ends in saying, 'And Jesus concluded, "Be on your guard, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.'
 There is this one song that I so love the lyrics to, it goes: "and on that let me be found in Him"
 Another one I love sings, "I give my life for this one day." I find them both to be so profound.
 Here's the thing, we may never get the opportunity to say the prayer of salvation on our death bed but we can say it right now when are alive and live the life that God wants us to. If this is you today, and you feel this is the decision you would love to make for your life then I would love it if you joined me in this prayer: 
"Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus, I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived. I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only Son Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Saviour and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins, Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honour to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen."
If you just said this prayer and you meant it with all your heart and you have repented from your sins, I believe that you just got saved and are born again.
Praying this prayer happens in an instance but its a journey we walk together. 
So please feel free to email me at anitahnjonga@gmail.com.
Be blessed.
Rest in peace to Frank and Aunt Eunice.


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19 September 2014

Seasons In Life ...

Dress : River Island | Watch : Michael Kors | Ring : Miss Selfridges |

Didn't we all love it when the meadows looked like this?

Just a week ago I said I would share a post that closely relates to what I had mentioned in my Calling over Comfort post. Here it is:
Someone once said to me, "you have to accept seasons in your life". This was after discussing with them something I had been going through at the time. In brief, it related to the verse read in the book of Esther 4:14 - " ...Yet who knows maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen"

For a long time (six months approximately) I held on so much to the 'maybe it was for a time like this'. 
In hindsight, I was right in saying that for I knew God's plans were not to harm me but to prosper me and to bring a future I hoped for [as read in Jeremiah 29 vs 11]. But what I didn't realise was that in the process of holding on to that moment I was actually blocking myself from the general ability to simply experience the different seasons we go through in life.
Much like here in England and many other countries, we have autumn, winter, spring and summer at different times of the year. We don't quite stop when one season ends and another starts, we get on with it, change our wardrobes etc.
However in my case, I had completely stopped and I was just there waiting on God, believing there was something more to the season he had brought me into and actually not getting on with life and probably discovering more along the way. And when my friend said to me, "you have to accept seasons in your life" that simply made me realise that there is not always so much more to where you are in your life but maybe to where you are going in life.

Now I have simply come to learn that this is just another season in my life I am going through and will continue to do so until it eventually comes to an end and I move on to the next one. Most importantly, I think I don't hold on to the 'now moment' expecting more than there is compared to how I used to. I also just try to pray about the seasons in my life, taking hid of God's voice as much as I can.
Going into the days ahead, I simply want to encourage us not stumble on the 'now moment'  but instead to look forward on life's different seasons as we journey along.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I pray you have a blessed week.
Recognise what season you are in and roll with it!

"They will be a season for joy and weeping, in everything our God is faithful".

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15 September 2014

Calling Over Comfort - continued.

Shoes & Shorts : Zara | Top : Next | Bag : (gifted to her on her third Dora theme birthday party)

Happy Monday guys! 
I pray you all had a lovely weekend. 
My daughter and I have had an awesome one. 
Sunday was good, spent the day at !Audacious Church and let me just say, I am absolutely loving and learning a lot from the BLESSED series we are currently on. Its available for free on podcast if you too would love to get stuck in, simply click here.
In other news, it's London Fashion Week and I'm gutted I can't be there because I live so far now but thank God for online streaming I haven't missed out on most of the shows. 
Before I get onto the next thing, have you read last weeks post on Calling vs Comfort? If you haven't, no worries, just scroll down below and there you have it. And if you have, let me quickly share something I felt I needed to touch on a little bit more on this same subject of Calling vs Comfort.
(as it appears I wasn't very clear)
So I don't know if you've been wondering what my calling and comfort really was?
I will tell you of ONE amongst many others:
Comfort - I had to decide quickly where my daughter was to school? Cambridge or Manchester, Cambridge being where my mum stays and Manchester being where I recently moved to. It would be so much easier had I chosen Cambridge BUT...
Calling - Events happening before moving to Manchester I can only say they were ordained by God and I believe God has called me to be in Manchester for a such a time as this in my life.
The Bible says in Psalms 37 vs 23: "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives"
In the end, after hearing the message Pastor Brian taught at Hillsong Conference (which included decisions with a generational impact) I chose my Calling over my Comfort.
*take a look at this video once again so it all makes sense, enjoy.
Be blessed.
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9 September 2014

Calling Over Comfort!

Shoes : River Island | Dress : Coast | Clutch : Accessorize 
| Neckpiece : Warehouse | Accessories : Primark |

One of my highlights for Summer 2014 has to be attending Hillsong Church Conference in London. 
 Weeks before the conference I was battling with what was a matter of emergency. Saying so, I felt overwhelmed by this sense of urgency to make decisions and life choices that would ultimately affect/change the course of my life but I had to do this soon.
I remember telephoning one of my very close friends to tell her of all my worries and concerns and all she said to me was, FAST! To be quite honest, I wasn't ready for all that (I never am, pray for me) and quite frankly, thats not what I wanted to hear. 
As you may have all guessed already, I didn't fast in the end. Instead a day before the conference as I was speaking to her I said, I've simply opened up myself to hear what God has to say to ME.

On the second day as Pastor Brian was teaching on what he termed, ' 7 decisions with a generational impact' he said something that was so personal and related to what I had been going through. In summary, he was talking about our calling versus our comfort. At the time, I turned around in an auditorium of about 10 000 plus people to make sure he wasn't just talking to me. In that instance it dawned on me that God had just spoken to me. I can tell you this now, I don't question if God talks to us or not. I don't question if God has called me for such a time as this (if you follow on these posts, in a week or two I will share something that closely relates to this). 

Indeed it was a life changing moment on my part & since then I have stepped out of my comfort zone and become more open to God's calling by simply choosing to stay loyal to His Word.

My encouragement today is for us not to get too comfortable in our little nests. Instead lets spread our wings and move into God's calling for our lives even if it means stepping outside of our comfort zone and status quo. To start with, its easy, simply get in line with the Word of God and everything else will follow suit. Remembering what the Bible says in Matthew 6:33 - "but seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you". Particularly praying that you will be guided by God's wisdom as you step out to what he's purposed for your life.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. God bless you and have a great week!

Choose your calling over your comfort!

Here's a brief video I found on YouTube where Ps Brian talks a little on the subject of decisions with a generational impact. Please note: at the conference he went into detail on each of the areas he talks about in this short clip.

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2 September 2014

P H O T O D I A R Y - Holiday In Poland!

Once a year go someplace you've never been before - Dalai Lama.

Just a week ago I posted the above quote on my Facebook and Instagram before setting off on a road trip to Poland via France, Belgium and Germany.
Today I just thought to quickly share a few photographs taken on this wonderful holiday. 
Words cannot start to describe what this trip meant for my daughter and I, we absolutely had the best time of our lives. We went site seeing, food tasting, mountain and rock climbing, shopping, swimming, barbecues and fun hang outs with the families that were hosting us.
Mostly, I loved tapping into their culture and traditions.
All I can say is one cannot visit Poland once, theres so much to see and learn, and for that reason I will definitely make another trip in the near future.
What would I say was the peak of the holiday?
There's just too too many but if I had to choose one, no doubt, the AMAZING people we met and got to hang around with. 
What would I say was the low point of the holiday? 
Valerie having a swollen ear after some mountain and rock climbing, my guess was something bit her ear but it was nothing too serious, she was fine the next day. 
God bless the families of Jola and David.
*I chose to share a lot of Valerie and her best friends photographs because I felt the trip was mainly focused on them two.
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25 August 2014

The Journey ...

" Train up a child in the way she should go; even when she is old she will not depart from it" - Proverbs 22:6.
I just thought to share the above verse as I introduce my daughter to some of you that may not know her. Her name is Valerie/Makanaka.
At the moment, Valerie and I are currently away on holiday : )
But in other more important news, just a few days ago I launched this blog and it was such a good turn out. The page views were more than I expected and the feedback was great, all thanks to you.
Late January this year the idea of launching a blog was brought to my attention and my first thought was: everybody has a blog nowadays, what would make mine stand out? At that thought I immediately brushed the idea off and continued with my life as usual. However, the idea kept knocking at my door and I felt I had to respond. 
From the very beginning I made this simple decision that whatever I would decide the blog to be about, God had to be a part of it and at the centre of it all. Through the many options I can assure you it wasn't easy to stick by that decision but I stood by my word. There was just so much to consider; the audience, when I do collaborations and most importantly if I was even built for all this.
A few months later I began planning and putting things into perspective. I looked forward to the journey but questioned myself every now and again. Here are some of the things I asked myself (just to name a few) :
  1. Reasons vs Motives - right reason, right motive?
  2. Can you finish what you start?
  3. When and if success comes, can you stay humble? 
They came a point when the ship was ready to sail, by this I mean, everything from website to pages was set for a launch but I questioned myself and thought there is no way I can do this!
Then I remembered a message my Senior Pastor, Ps Glyn from !Audacious Church had preached, he spoke about bridging the gap between our limitations and God's expectations.
I also held onto Bible scripture, Phillipians 1 verse 6 which read: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Also Proverbs 3:6 which read: "in everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success"
I kept in line with his Word, assessed myself and found great comfort in knowing that the God I was about to serve in this way would undoubtedly give me strength to endure all the hurdles ahead.
It was then that a date was set and the blog was released. 

Thank you for taking time to read today's post.
For a copy of the message I mentioned above, click on this link here ...  

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