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...♥

Monday, 2 September 2013

An Adventure in Worship

(N.B. To be read whilst Jonathan & Melissa Helser's 'Endless Ocean' plays in the background)

"In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this." 
- Amos 9 v 11-12

The state of my heart.
A deep movement within my spirit, from the belly of my soul,
That pours out of me for the love of who God is;
For what Christ has done.
The lightness of my soul, set free!
How I live and love to worship You.

So, I am back from the beauty that was David's Tent. What an amazing experience but certainly not the end of what happened throughout those 72 hours of non-stop worship.
The moment Beth and I stepped on the train heading towards Wiston Estate, every moment was God appointed. From the lovely lady (a gracious stranger), her daughter and their excitable dog Maise giving us a lift in their car (though we could barely fit) all the way to David's Tent, to us riding back in a flower printed van with seats parallel to the side of the road (thank you Jim and Natalie).

The in-between was the most beautiful bit. There has been such a shift in my spirit.
With or without intention, we as worshipers tend to limit ourselves in worshiping God. The creator of the universe. A God who humbled Himself so that Time itself and Eternity could hold Him. A God who surpasses eternity.
Have we become fearful?
Have we become too comfortable?
Have we forgotten who our God truly is, our first love?

The words 'when the minority becomes the majority' became so real during those 72 hours of worship and it is my heart to see this throughout God's church. To see people worship; breaking off the chains of fear, restraint and hindrance therefore truly worshiping God in such freedom. Freedom to express themselves and the love they have for God pour out of them. Constantly giving and giving to the Father while He sings so sweetly over us.
What a beautiful picture!
To know and be known by God in such intimacy and beauty. To stand with our brothers and sisters united in our love for God.

Every once in a while you come across those beautiful children of God, where the fragrance of Christ is so evident upon their lives and I found that with Jonathan and Melissa Helser. Such beautiful people. How they strive for their lives, their marriage, their family and community to be a reflection of who Christ is - without chains or restriction; just freedom.
Make me more like You Jesus.

I can't even express everything that happened during the event because of how it affected me as it was so spiritually moving. Sometimes, the things of the Spirit can't always be expressed in words. All I know is something has definitely shifted and change is here. No turning back.
I am so excited for what is to come and what the future holds for worshiping Abba! May we not be afraid to worship Him with EVERYTHING we have - our minds, our bodies...our spirit. Worshiping Him in spirit and in truth; after all it is these people that the Father seeks to worship Him.

love & light...♥


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