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! 


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 with news of death in my family and accounts of many others around me.
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" and 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 can live out 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.
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.


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 stop in the 'now moment' but instead to look forward to 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!

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 may appear not 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.

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.


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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