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Speak A New 2019

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Following on from the success of our 2018 SPEAK LIFE NOW event, I want to leave you with a final thought… what LIFE will you speak in 2019?
If you haven’t already, have a read of the event’s reflection by our wonderful Rachel (it was great!) You can find this reflection on our news feed link below:  Reflection of our SLN - Fully loaded 3.11.18 After experiencing intimate and powerful times of worship, good fellowship and discussions about speaking life in ALL areas of our lives (mindset, lifestyle, decisions, etc,), let us prepare the ground from now and make any necessary changes.
"Proverbs 18:21 (ESV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."
Let us walk into the new year with a renewing mindset, cleansed heart and a mouth that will only speak goodness over us and our lives. How about reflecting on God’s goodness and his thoughts towards you. See how spending time in his presence truly helps, remembering that HE is the source, tr…

Unknown Waters

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The ‘unknown’ by its very nature is not something that’s within the range of an individual’s knowledge. It is actually an unfamiliar, strange place; it can often be uncomfortable. Liken it to something that is NEW or can be NEW to us.
How often do we find ourselves in the place of the unknown? Situations and circumstances that are new to us or require us to respond in a different way than that of which we usually would, in order to get a more effective result. We have all had our fair share of being in the ‘unknown.’
When something is new or unexplored, it can be quite scary. Sometimes we don’t always respond well to something new… to CHANGE. We react rather than respond. Sometimes emotions exceed their limit and things happen, even at times, our decisions might not always be the best. However, we must be able to MANOEUVRE in the unknown.
Think about water. When we are in waters that we are familiar with; where we can touch the floor with our feet, maintain it at a level on our bodies …

Seasons - What season are you in?

The word ‘season’ is defined as “each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth's changing position with regard to the sun.” Take away the weather connotations from this definition and focus on the words PATTERNS, HOURS and CHANGING POSITIONS.

Just like the weather, we humans have seasons too. We change physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually throughout our lives. We can liken our seasons to life- situations and circumstances. Some seasons are easy, others can be hard (really hard), and never the less they’re unavoidable. They can; and do, shape and affect us in different ways.

An individual’s situations and circumstances are different. Moving in and transitioning from season to season can be tricky. Not only do we need to be aware of which season we are in (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11) as this part of the Bible shows us there are times for everything, but we must also b…

Don’t Speak....

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I guess there really is truth in the saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” (Film: Bambi 1942) Sometimes we can trap ourselves in our own worlds, living in a cave that we have perfectly carved out of miserable words, with an overlying thickness of shadow covered by an ever-dimming light because of what we say.
What we say is linked to what we think, what we believe and many times become our actions. What we believe about ourselves, others, our lives, our situations and circumstances; ultimately the world we live in. Often times when things don’t go or appear to be what we think they should be, we can tend to become, shall I say, a little loose with our mouths – the tongue is no longer bridled.
The build-up of these unexpressed emotions and thoughts can potentially over-boil and explode into some quite toxic ­– our lives become a hollow shell and far from that which they were created for – fullness and life!
We are very familiar with being told that we need …

Tell me something good!

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There’s a scene in the film Me Before You, I hope this isn’t a spoiler for any of you, when Lou says to Will, “tell me something good,” . Without going into too much detail, Lou is upset and struggling to come to terms with what will become of her life due to present circumstances pertaining to Will, but Lou looks to Will for a Word.
She was looking for a WORD in her time of need (circumstances). This captivated me as it prompted me to ask that same question to God, “tell me something good.” It provoked the thought of What Word do I look to God for in circumstances?
This made me think about my relationship with God and His promises to me throughout the Bible. When I feel or see nothing good due to present circumstances what WORD from God do I stand on? Can I recall them in times of need? Do I believe and treasure them at all times?
Like Lou, when you’re going through a rough time What Word from God do you stand on? Do you even have a Word to stand on? This is really important, it may be…

I Am....

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Life and experience can sometimes make us forget what God says about us. It’s really important that we not only remember but also KNOW what He says about us. Here are a few: Accepted  John 1:12 – God’s Child. Ephesians 1:3-8 – Chosen by God and adopted as His child. Colossians1:13-14 – Redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. Colossians 2:9-10 – Complete in Christ.
Secure Romans 8:1-2 – Free from condemnation. Romans 8:31-39 – Free from any condemnation brought against me and CANNOT be separated from the love of God. Colossians 3:1-4 – Hidden with Christ in God. Philippians 1:6 – Confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
Significant 1Corinthians3:16 – God’s temple.   Ephesians 2:6 – Seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.  Ephesians 3:12 – Approach God

What Do You See?

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Shout out the first 5 words that come to your mind, without pausing, if someone asked you, “What do you think about yourself?”
. . . . . How did you find it? Were they all nice, or did you have some bad ones in there too?
One of the hardest things in life can be to face your own reflection. To be free enough to say what you really think about yourself. Sometimes it is soo much easier to continue to wear the masks (the false identities worn from the lies we have accepted and become over time), than it is to look in the mirror and see our true reflection… who we really are (Genesis 1:26-27).
Michael Jackson sang a famous chorus. Sing it with me;
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror I'm asking him to change his ways And no message could have been any clearer If you want to make the world a better place Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” – Man in the Mirror
It takes courage (the quality to face difficulty, danger, etc) to look at yourself in the mirror. Think about the 5 words t…