Friday, 18 April 2014

Loving the Miles, For Your Sake | Mary Oliver

It's Good Friday; I wanted to share this.
Such a beautiful poem, capturing the experience of coming to God in the first days.
Too often we can easily get caught up in the daily drudgeries of life we forget that moment, that experience of coming to God in our first days. Mary Oliver beautifully captures her experience, I am sure, experienced uniquely by many lovers of God.
For His sake, may we continually love the miles.

By Mary Oliver
Coming to God: First days

Lord, what shall I do that I
can’t quiet myself?
Here is the bread, and
here is the cup, and
I can’t quiet myself.

To enter the language of transformation!
To learn the importance of stillness,
    with one’s hands folded!

When will my eyes of rejoicing turn peaceful?
When will my joyful feet grow still?
When will my heart stop its prancing
    as over the summer grass?

Lord, I would run for you, loving the miles for your sake.
I would climb the highest tree
to be that much closer.

Lord, I will learn also to kneel down
into the world of the invisible,
    the inscrutable and the everlasting.
Then I will move no more than the leaves of a tree
    on a day of no wind,
bathed in light,
like the wanderer who has come home at last
and kneels in peace, done with all unnecessary things;
every motion; even words.
love & light...♥

Monday, 14 April 2014

Oleg Oprisco

I have just discovered an amazing fine art photographer named Oleg Oprisco.
This print reminds me of Hillsong's 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)'. Such beauty and mystery in this print. There is a sense of fearlessness, trust, longing and hope in this print from the woman who stands there. It truly moves me.
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders,
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me.
Tae me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith would be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour."

Visit: Oleg Oprisco

love & light...♥

Monday, 3 March 2014

Live FashionABLE


Live FashionABLE, another beautiful find.
I wanted to share this organisation with you all.

Leaving a life in the sex industry and moving into rehabilitation, women in Ethiopia oftentimes find it a struggle to gain work in the economical world; thus finding themselves trapped and returning to a life in the sex industry for sustainability. Live FashionABLE provides work for women in the form of retail production, helping them become orientated into the economical world.
Here is a little bit about the organisation:

" 'Women At Risk' is an organization we have partnered with to rehabilitate former sex workers. This work requires not only getting these women off the streets, but also providing them counselling and helping them find alternate means of income – this is why we created fashionABLE. Our ultimate goal is to help these women become healthy and productive members of society.

Headquarters for scarf production are in Addis Ababa, the capital city. Scarves are made by women in the program, as well as other Ethiopian sources that include women and men, to help meet demand. While being supported by those sources, fashionABLE is continually funding the training of more women in order to employ as many women as demand will allow. All the while, we are meeting the mission that your purchase of a fashionABLE scarf continues to create sustainable business for more women in Africa.

Your purchase of a fashionABLE scarf creates sustainable business in Africa. We are committed to long-term solutions to fighting poverty, and our main focus is creating opportunities for vulnerable women. That means that your purchase of a scarf creates jobs, so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.
So our strategy is two-fold. We work with women to help them start small business cooperatives, and we partner with and require manufacturers to also employ women with fair wages and fair hiring practices."

Visit Live FaahionABLE

love & light...♥

Sunday, 2 March 2014

I danced with You like no other.


N.B. to be read whilst Rick Pino's 'My Romance' plays in the background. (started 1/1/14; reflections of 2013)

With patience, with endurance.

With patience, with endurance.
I ran, I run.
I danced with You like no other.

You birthed something new in me.
Set on fire, I sang anew.
I sang a new song.

In every heartbeat, You were there.
In my joy and despair, You were there.
You heard my cry and answered.
You taught me to trust, so I did.

In every chord, melody, I felt You.
The wind whispered Your praises.
The earth sang of Your goodness.
As sure as the sunrise, greatly were You to be praised!

Truly, there is something in Your laughter.

Like the Autumn leaves, I fell.
You taught me to wait. Still,
You teach me to wait.

You humbled me again,
You showed me of Your goodness.
Your faithfulness.
I am my brother's keeper.

Now I stand before You
To be filled, emptied and filled again.
To sow, to bear fruit and sow again.
To testify, to be tested and testify again.

Not knowing what lies before me,
You order my steps. You are my guide.
I am Your beloved. A vessel to be used for Your glory.
So will I always dance with You like no other.

My soul can't dance without You,
Unto You, be ALL the Glory!

love & light...♥

Monday, 30 December 2013

Top Records of 2013

(Image Source)

From vinyl to CD.
EPs and downloads.
Here are my top favourites from this year (in no particular order):

"HEATWAVEby Matt Wertz

"Endless Ocean / Bottomless Sea Extended Versions" by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser

"Jack Williams EP" by Jack Williams

"ANTHEM" by Hanson

"Let It Be Known" by Worship Central

"Back To Forever" by Lissie

"Days Are Gone" by HAIM

"Nothing Is Wasted" by Elevation Worship

"We Are Young & Free" by Hillsong

"United Tenors" by Hammnd, Hollister, Roberson, Wilson

"Fading West" by Switchfoot

"Fortunate Fall" by Audrey Assad

I know this album came out last year but "Battle Born" by The Killers is killer (LOL)! Heard it this year!

love & light...♥

Thursday, 19 December 2013

On Journaling.

Such a beautiful post by Audrey Assad.
I couldn't encourage this form of expression any more than I could ever try.

 "It’s almost a sacred thing in some ways, journaling—it’s quite vulnerable, leaving your thoughts and emotions on a piece of paper where anyone might ravage them, thus knowing you in a way you never intended. Perhaps this is part of the magic of it: as long as my thoughts, feelings, and deeply personal perspectives remain completely private, I am not confronted with exactly how much they mean to me. This is the threshing floor aspect of journaling for me: I write things down, and some of them leave my mind entirely, having been dumped in a place where they can no longer take up valuable space: but some of them grow and shiver with life, rising in front of me like new trees, and I must give them my time and attention, my love and my care."

Read the full blog post HERE

love & light... ♥

Friday, 22 November 2013

We ebb and we flow, so

Wandering through the unknown.
We ebb and we flow, so.
Day by day.
Excited. Expectant.

Change is inevitable. 
Autumn reminds me of that.

Through the push and pull of this life, I feel like I have experienced a lot of this recently.
Whether it be close friends moving away, change in family life/new relationships to my walk with the Lord; simply seeing a shift in my heart and mind.
Still there is beauty in this season, such beauty in change whilst God makes room for something new, all within His perfect will (Romans 8v27-28; Ecclesiastes 3v11).

Yet, fear creeps up inside of us as we approach what is not known. We worry, we panic.
We become anxious.

In Matthew 6v34 it says:
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Further on Philippians 4v6 says:
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

We do not know what tomorrow holds so rather than being anxious, the word commands us to let our requests be made known to God, casting our cares to our Lord (Psalm 55v22), bringing everything under the authority of Jesus Christ.
I will never cease to be amazed by how God holds us in these situations, as we stand before the bridges we are to cross not knowing what lies before us and on the other side.

Honestly, something I am constantly learning to do. Daily choosing to trust Him over my circumstances as He is greater than them! A God s worthy of trust and who is NOT a God of confusion.
Learning to trust and learning to let go of what was once known, moving into the unknown without fear or anxiety. Therefore realising the essence of change; understanding the newness in life it cultivates.
Such freedom!

Be encouraged:
Change will always come. Remember that God is holding you, He neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121) Always proceed with a humble heart, trusting and being expectant.
The moments I have finally trusted God with all my heart and wait expectantly for Him, sharing my hopes with Him he moves in amazing ways. We really do serve an amazing God!

love & light...♥

"I'm drifting, closer toward the skyline, looking down on my life, trying to get just one thing right,
The second I stop second guessing, let go like a confession, seeing what I was born to find,
Flying for the first time." 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Miriam Designs | Handmade & Hope-Filled Goods

"Little did I know how much I would learn from working alongside them... like how to laugh until it hurts, to allow hope to conquer my fear, and to experience the healing that comes through a community that loves unconditionally." - Gracie Moakler

Miriam Designs. What a beautiful find.

Honestly, I cannot even remember how I came across this, but I am sure it was somewhere along the lines of Steve Moakler, and learning about this organisation his wife was a part of.

As a lover of all things handmade/homemade with a defining purpose, I was immediately drawn to Miriam Designs and it's ethos... and of course, all the beautiful jewellery!

Here's a little bit about Miriam Designs:

"Miriam Designs is a group of women in Nashville, Tennessee who have incredible stories of survival, restoration, and hope. They help to train and employ women who have survived years on the streets and are working their way to a better life.

Our goal is to help provide work for women here in Nashville who have survived lives of prostitution, drug abuse, trafficking, or homelessness. We teach them a new skill and create a fun community for them to thrive in. I LOVE spending time with them- so it just feels like a WIN-WIN every time we get together. The current goal is to get enough work coming in that we can bring at least 1-2 women full time and hire others with steady part time work! (we have 3-4 women who work part time as of now).."

Read the full article HERE

I recently bought the 'Kyle' necklace from their store, made of five African turquoise beads, and I absolutely love it. I have my eye on a few more!
I hope you take time to look into this organisation and are blessed and inspired by their faith and encouraging hearts to serve others.

Instagram: @MiriamDesigns

Me with my 'Kyle' necklace!

"And Miriam the prophetess, sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and dances." 
- Exodus 15v20

love & light...♥

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Amanda Cook | Paper Planes to Foreign Skies

"From paper planes to foreign skies, You sustain my wings in flight..."

I will be honest, I thought no-one could come close to lyrical genius and music composition (in Christian music) like Audrey Assad, but hearing Amanda Falk's record 'In Between the Now & Then', I stand corrected.

Here is her song Paper planes. Enjoy.
Buy here album here: In Between The Now & Then 

love & light...♥

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Link Love / 4. Autumn Love, Winter Wanderlust

Autumn is not long round the corner, so through this season of change both in nature and in our own life's realities, I wanted to share some of my favourite links and loves I'll be enjoying these next few months!

1) Current reads:
  1. 'Home' and 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison; if you're a lover of the Southern States, captivated by good writing with a sense of mystery and hope, you'll love these two books (Still reading 'Home' at the moment and cannot let go). 
  2. 'Afterwards' by Rosamund Lupton. After reading 'Sister', Rosamund fast became one of my favourite writers. Not only for the way she captures suspense, but the way she portrays the extent of how far the love you have for a friend or relative can take you if you allow it.
2) Awesome post on 'The Titus 2 Woman' by Whole Magazine. Food for thought: Are we as 'Godly Women' living this out? Reaching to our younger sisters in Christ and helping them along their walk?

3) Music! Here's what I'll be listening to:
    My Autumn/Winter ("Extremely Mini Sample") playlist

love & light...♥


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