31 August 2016

Live life from a place of rest ...

Simple yet chic with a hint of accessories to give the look a jazz; I put this outfit together with trending grazer denims that I picked up in Zara, my Banana Republic top with a pleated back and a pair of Dune heels with Swarovcki detail.
On my lips is Ruby Rush lipstick by Tom Ford that I'm testing out and unlike Mac's Ruby Woo it gives off a velvet matte finish. I say its #winning but not so much on the price.
 Over the last couple of weeks (post Audacious Conference) I've been very selfish with my time, resting and focusing my energies on other pressing matters. I was going to share a post on !Audacious Conference as well as my Protege graduation (photo) but I've decided not to as weeks have gone by. However, I'm certain these will come up in future posts so don't dismay, should you for whatever reason.
I now look forward to reuniting with my daughter, Valerie, who returns from her summer holidays. So thankful that I had an opportunity to simply REST.
If you are anything like me (or not), fuelled by a busy lifestyle then let me leave you with this encouragement; in the ultra-wired world which we live in, its necessary to consciously unplug in order to reflect, relax and refocus...
Thanks for passing by.


21 August 2016

Blog anniversary

Today is a special day in many ways but of most relevance to this platform, it is our 2nd blog anniversary! 🎉🎉🎉
📷: Pinterest.
This morning as I was reading my devotions in the book "Choose life - 365 readings for radical disciples by Simon Guillebaud I came across this prayer and thought I would share it with you as I really felt it was of great significance to this next chapter. The "topic" today was,
PART TIME or ALL IN and in it was this prayer:
I come you today, O Lord,
To give up my right,
To lay down my life,
To offer my future,
To give my devotion, my skills, my energies.
I shall not waste time
Deploring my weaknesses
Nor my unfitness for the work.
I acknowledge your choice with my life
To make your Christ attractive and intelligible to those around me.
I come to you for spiritual preparation.
Put your hand upon me, anoint me with the oil
of the One with Good News.
Save me from compromise, 
heal my soul from small ambitions,
deliver me from itch to always be right,
save me from wasting time.
I accept hard work, I ask for no easy place,
help me not to judge others who walk a smoother path.
Show me those things that diminish
spiritual power in a soul.
I now consecrate my days to you, 
make your will more precious than anybody or anything.
Fill me with your power and when the end of life's journey
I see you face to face may I hear those undeserving words:
"Well done my good and faithful servant".
I ask this not for myself but for the glory of the name of your Son.
*now breathe*
If I had to use emojis to help me describe to you how I felt as I read each sentence these would speak on my behalf;
If I'm honest, I was challenged as I read through each sentence and stopped to assess the confession of my mouth. I found myself constantly gasping for air (literally) at the weight and power of this prayer. 
It was in this moment that the heart matters were questioned, am I part time or am I all in? 
My encouragement simply this: allow yourself to be challenged to the depths of your being as you search your heart with integrity and commit afresh to follow Jesus without conditions or caveats and if you may, let these words in this verse inspire you, 2 Samuel 24:24, "I will not offer to the Lord my God sacrifices that have cost me nothing".
Thank you for your readership, 19224 page views strong since we started two years ago and couldn't have made it this far without your continued support.
I love and appreciate you.
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Stay blessed.


3 August 2016

Hillsong Conference Europe 2016

Last Wednesday (26 July) my friend and I set off for London Town to attend Hillsong Conference Europe and we arrived at the O2 just in time for the opening night. If ever you do attend Hillsong Conference I advise at all costs, do not miss the opener as it is spectacular (this photograph does it no justice and is only just a glimpse of the whole shebang).
As it is accustomed, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church globally, Brian Houston preached on the first night a great message he titled, "TROUBLING THE TROUBLER" in context with Acts 16:16-20. 
All throughout, praise and worship was led by the Hillsong Young & Free team and I must admit I was a little distracted by the fineness of two of the lead vocalists. By the end of the night my mind was set on getting married and moving to Australia with either one of them. Can you imagine. So funny.
Thank God the next morning I was back in my right state of mind as the day began with praise and worship followed by a preach by Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor of Elevation church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He drew his message out of 2 Corinthians 10 with a sermon he titled, "THE GLITCH THAT KEEPS ON GIVING". 
Straight after his preach, Pastor Brian Houston led the "Lets talk church" session and held interviews with different evangelists, teachers and pastors in the auditorium. We also watched some pre-recorded footage from Hillsong Conference Sidney that tied in perfectly with the message he was trying to convey, "what is on the church gets on you"{Psalm 92:13}.
After a short break Hillsong London Lead Pastor, Gary Clarke came on and shared on leadership to challenges we face and how our Christianity should always be conducted within the context of relationship and straight after him was Erwin McManus, Lead Pastor of Mosaic, a church in Los Angeles, California sharing on the great commission. 
That evening, Pastor Steven Furtick preached a message he titled, "it is what it is but its not what it seems"and honestly I felt really empowered and encouraged. Many a times on this journey looking outwardly on what I've been doing the last ten months feels insignificant to what I suppose my day to day should look like.
where I've been<-------------->where I am--->where I want to be.
Above is a perfect picture of my life and the same illustration that Ps Steven Furitck used in his preach. His encouragement was simply this:
"the seed is not gone, its planted."
If you know me you would know this, time is matter and recently God just started to remind me that He is not constrained by time and you have no idea how freeing that revelation meant to me.
& I quote what Ps Steven Furtick said that night, 
"great opportunity is in the insignificant thing you are doing right now but you must survive the soil. Plant, water and STAY!"
& if thats all I heard, for me that was enough.
The next morning, Pastor Erwin McManus preached on a message he titled, "KNOW WHAT YOU WANT" and as much as I would like to get into telling you more about what I got from this message it would be essential that I take you on a few missing links first from when I last shared so you can understand the revelation in context. I will share more in one of my upcoming posts so look out. 
Back to where I was, that afternoon Pastor Bobbie Houston stirred our hearts to a softness that always thinks of others and encouraged us to let prayer do all the hard work.
After the lunch break we had a session called Spheres that aimed at empowering people to lead and impact in every sphere of life. On stage were some now prominent people sharing their journey, for example, owner of Vitae London, 911 survivor, young Zimbabwean politician (proud moment) and many others. Find out more here
Sadly, following a short break we were onto the last session for Hillsong Conference Europe 2016. Pastor Chris Mendez, Lead Pastor of Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo in Brazil closed the night with a brilliant message he titled "RAISE YOUR VOICE". The Hillsong Worship band ushered us with a few songs from their new album (coming soon) and we went away with hearts full for all that God had done in us in the past few days.
 My friend and I decided to go out for drinks, sight see and make memories (as they do at 11PM) and what an adventure that was. Initially we were going to go to Oxford Circus but decided London Bridge was easier to get to and so we went about wandering. The view of London Bridge was picturesque and we snapped a few shots. 
👻: anitahnjonga.
 As we went about we randomly met some backslidden Christians and in conversation ended up sharing our faith and encouraging our new found friends to once again set their sights on God. If I'm honest, at first I was feeling all churched out but remembered the theme of the whole gathering, 
"The Spirit and the BRIDE say, COME! 
His invitation - perfect and grace filled.
Everyone who hears this must also say, "COME"
Our ECHO - human and grace fuelled." {Revelations 22:17 - context added.}
& if my friend and I had missed this part we had missed the whole point and would have been as good as those that didn't even attend and thank God we did not submit to our human flesh but to what the Spirit of God was leading us to do at the time.
 Faith is an action Word.  
In the end we missed our trains for the love of Christ (pun intended) and and had to hop onto the night bus which took ages to get us home and only got in at 3AM. 
The next morning was an early start, I had a hairdressers appointment, was meeting up with my lovely mother and later on catching the train back to Manchester.
I'm all rested now and just relieved that I've managed to put this post out before my next adventure. 
Thank you so much for your readership. Be blessed.

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