Open Doors

How do we know when or if to walk through a door of opportunity?


How do we know when or if to walk through a door of opportunity?

When I first came to know Jesus I had many plans, mainly for myself I admit, I was going to build a huge marketing agency and earn lots of money, well it wasn’t quite that shallow but all the same I had BIG plans.

I was stopped completely in my tracks by the Lord and I entered a period of stillness, at the time I thought this was laziness, all of my creative faculties started to shut down and I found that I couldn’t think, all I could do was turn to the word God and discover.

I soon started to discover Who I was, Why I was here, and What I needed to do, BUT, I had no idea how that fitted into my previous plans. So there I was, still wandering in the wilderness with no direction, no inspiration and no creativity.

I wasn’t listening! God asked me to start to delve into my old plans and compare them to the discoveries I had made about WHO He said I was, WHY I was here and WHAT I was sent to do.

I soon discovered a pattern, a very unique pattern. It was unique because this pattern was displayed in all I had done my whole life, from a tender age of nursery school right up to this present point in my life. Those business plans I had were NOT about making myself money, they were about helping others to achieve their goals, from the customers I served to the staff I had planned to employ, each element was about other people and how I could help them to achieve what they wanted.

Proverbs 16:9, tells us that In our hearts we plan our course, but the Lord establishes the steps.

No wonder there was a pattern, it wasn’t the actual industry, job, or physical task that would be my calling, it’s what that physical thing would enable me to do in the name of Jesus. I was sent to encourage, inspire and teach people that through Christ we can achieve all things!

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.- Proverbs 37:4

Once I discovered this I soon started to recognise doors that began to open, not just in my business but at home, in my marriage, in my husband’s business, at church, with my friends, even this blog. I just had to be courageous enough to step out and say what I knew God wanted me to say or do what He wanted me to do.We just have to be bold enough and brave enough to walk through that open door.

Receiving this courage comes from renewing our minds with His Word, it’s there to give us confidence that in Him all things are possible. He tells us in John 10:10 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. He doesn’t want us to be miserable!

1 Corinthians 16:9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

The words above from Paul tell us that it won’t be a smooth ride, but irrespective of the opposition he faced, he continued to move on, continued to walk with God and live out what he knew in confidence the Lord wanted him to do.

Since these revelations, I’ve been so much more comfortable in my life with making decisions, and when I make those that are aligned with God’s will he confirms I’m on the right track with His wonderful favour, I feel peaceful and joyful inside and I have a consistent smile on my face. Life is just easier with God’s word in it. Life is just easier with God in it!

My prayer today is that anyone that may be struggling with their calling in life, or recognising God’s open doors, that they feel the spirit of God fall upon them to inspire action.

I pray, Father that each and every person that is questioning a decision right now, that they feel your presence, they hear your voice and you give them courage and confidence in you and your word.

I ask you, Father, to reveal to them their calling in life, give them desires in their hearts that won’t let go until they act upon them, and when they do Lord I ask for fulfilment, comfort and peace to outpour into their spirit.

Lord I pray that they seek your will and glorify your name by living a life filled with abundant joy.

In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

You can’t earn it.


“Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself.” – ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When I became a Christian an inner transformation started to take place, I knew that I fell short of the character God wanted me to have, I knew I needed to be a better person, turn my back on my old life and walk courageously into my new one.

But how?

How could I be a better person? He knew I’d tried, I was at all of the church meetings, I was the first to volunteer my time, I worked for charities in my ‘spare’ time, I donated my money, I blessed people with things they might need, why was I still not changing from within?

I’d get frustrated then and I would give up on myself. After a bad day, I’d turn to alcohol, open a bottle of wine whilst cooking dinner, which would quite often turn into 2 bottles, think over all of the naff things that had happened through the day, pity myself and beat myself up. Then, this would turn into anger which caused friction in my marriage, because I was frustrated with myself I’d be frustrated with my husband and kids too, and there it was a nice big destructive cycle.

Along comes the guilt and I wouldn’t be able to sleep, I’d be writing destructive things about myself in my journal, I’d be telling myself how horrible I was, and the next day I’d be back to the feet of Jesus on my knees the next day asking why?

After a while, once I was prepared to listen, He started to reveal to me why this was, in my heart I heard, “you can NOT earn my love, it’s a gift, you must accept it.

Look what it says here, God tells us I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself.” – ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God already HAS given us His love, we didn’t DO anything for it He just DOES. No matter how hard I try, no matter what good works I do, I can not earn His love.

It doesn’t work like it does in the world, you meet someone and fall a little bit in love with them and as the days, weeks, months and years go by you fall deeper and deeper. No, not with God, He loved us before we were born.

No matter how rubbish I feel about me, He loves me, That’s ace! His grace is covering me, and that helps me to live aligned with His will.

Now I know this I’m so joyful, joyful because I have God in my life, I don’t falter because I’m too joyful, I’ve no need to dislike myself in the way that I used to, not only does God love me more than I can possibly imagine, He has given me the ability to love me too, and I accept that I am made in His image, I carry godlike character within me to help to radiate His love to the world, how amazing is that?

I still have bad days at work, but they don’t affect me like they used to because I have a peace within me that helps me to establish what matters and what doesn’t, I know that whatever the issue God will show me what to do. I don’t get angry at others or myself because He has given me The Grace to forgive, the patience to endure frustrating situations, because I don’t get so frustrated and angry anymore I don’t drink to mask those feelings, and in turn I don’t lose my temper and because I don’t lose my temper I’m no longer feeling guilty, because I don’t feel guilty I don’t dislike myself and I can see through His eyes the person He is pursuing me to be.

Each and every day I thank God for His intervention and live under His grace. We really are loved beyond our own comprehension, we can’t earn more of our Fathers love, once we have this revelation things will change, they have for me and pray they do for you too. He loved us first. Amen. 💕💕

Living with Peace and Joy.


You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. – Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I’m always in awe of what our good Lord does for us day by day, from the smallest of things to the big that we face He is interested in everything to do with our lives.

One day, I was rushing around first thing in the morning, as per usual. Any of you guys responsible for young children will know those mornings that are well and truly manic!

We had gone through the motions of eating breakfast, getting dressed, brushing teeth, putting on shoes, finding school bags – all of which I had to yell the instructions repeatedly at least 5 times before the task is completed! We’re finally in the car on the way to school when suddenly, I remembered my eldest was told he should take in an old sock in to make a puppet! Already running late and no time to turn back I started to panic, I’m always forgetting stuff like that and feel like the worlds worst mom, to top it off that particular day I couldn’t drop one back at school later as I was out at meetings all day.

We pulled up to the car park and I broke the news, it was received as I thought it would be, the bottom lip started to quiver and eyes began to fill up, I felt awful, thoughts running through my mind to try and make up for my error when I heard that still small voice in my spirit say “check the boot”. There underneath the shopping bags, muddy walking shoes, toys and other junk was one lonely sock!

I had been on a coat and sock collection a few weeks previous that I’d delivered to the place they needed to go and one odd sock must have escaped the bags –  Praise God!

This is such a small testimony but no less significant to how much God wants to be involved in my life. He knew I would need that sock, He knew how bad a mother I would feel, He knew how hectic the morning would be, He knew how upset my boy would be at not having one and He intervened right on time.

This is just a small example of how much I love having Jesus present in my life at all times. This is why each and every morning I ask him to intervene in all I do, I ask Him to overtake me because He knows what is planned much better than I do. I go to Him with all of my needs, I ask Him to intervene in my children’s lives, He can guide them much better than I can, He knows what they face, He knows what the plan is for them.

I live each and every day with peace in my heart, knowing that my family is taken care of and we are wrapped in His perfect love and protection to live in peace and hold joy in our hearts all of the time.

No matter what happens I’m joyful – people look on and ask “why are you so happy all the time?” The answer is I’m not happy all of the time, I’m joyful, choosing to be full of joy despite the outward circumstance, there are times I’m sad, tired and low, but the fact is I have a peace inside of me that no matter what I know everything is going to be ok.

 

Why do you have faith?

Someone once asked me how I can believe in God when the world is so messed up, this is why I do!

One of my characteristics is positivity,  I’m always looking on the bright side of life and I love to encourage others when I’m around someone that’s negative it has a tendency to frustrate me!

One day a conversation arose with a lady who was struggling one day to understand death and morbidity in the world, she said to me “If God so loves us, why do we have to see all this pain and suffering in the world?”

My answer to that is simple. 

We have faith, we believe in the unseen, we know that we are loved and made with great purpose despite what is going on in the world around us. The Bible tells us we are in the world not of the world, Jesus told us it wouldn’t be easy, but what is promised to us is eternal life, not only that, John 10:10 tells us he came so that we might live a life of abundance and joy, choosing to love Jesus and accept His gift of peace despite the outward circumstances helps me to deal with anything that the world throws at me.

God so loved the world that He gave! Jesus went to the cross for our sin, He didn’t just die, He was tortured, and He took the burden of all of our sin, how can I repay Him for that sacrifice?

Well, I can repay Him by accepting this gift. You wouldn’t receive a birthday present and leave it in it’s pretty wrapping paper, would you?

I’m going to take this gift with both hands, live my life boldly, courageously and tell everyone the good news, no matter what is happening in the world, having the peace of Jesus will pull us through it, and I don’t care who thinks I’m bonkers, hopefully, the way I live my life will help them to see just how much they need Jesus in theirs!

 

Walking in alignment with God.

Over the last six to seven months, many things have been manifesting in our family life, things that have been a real challenge, we had some big decisions to make, and if I’m honest I could have quite happily remained paralysed on occasions, stuck in the same old, the fear was just too much to face.

walking-inOver the last six to seven months, many things have been manifesting in our family life, things that have been a real challenge, we had some big decisions to make, and if I’m honest I could have quite happily remained paralysed on occasions, stuck in the same old, the fear was just too much to face.

Lucky for us we have a God that will deal with our fears head on when we seek His perfect Will for our lives.

Knowing there were changes to make we started to pray over the situations causing the challenges, we prayed long and hard for what seemed like forever! There were times I thought God wasn’t listening, there were times I thought He didn’t like me much, there were many moments I prayed with what my mom might call attitude, you know the stance – when your arms are folded, your bottom lip is sticking out and you have that tone in voice, the tone that says, I know you don’t want to answer my prayer and I know it’s for my own good but all the same I’m asking anyway, with an eye roll and a big TUT at the end?!

Despite sometimes wanting to give up we continued.

After around 5 months, we started to get answers, albeit they weren’t the ones we thought we would get. These answers were going to push us out of our comfort zone and were to have us confront fears we had carried with us most of our lives. In actual fact these answers had been there for some time, we just didn’t think they were from God, they seemed to make perfect sense but we thought they were of the flesh not of God. He was showing us that we had done the right thing and He wanted the best for us, He loved us and wanted us to flourish for the glory of His Kingdom.

I thought that a lot of the complications we had were a result of our own flesh and bad attitude, I thought that I had a hardened heart and it was my actions causing all of this discomfort. As a result, I was asking God to help me to change, when in actual fact what God wanted to do was to change the situation for us. Although this wasn’t going to be easy. It meant we had to do some things that would cause some discomfort, face our fears and be courageous.

One of the problems I’ve always had is thinking badly of myself, always blaming myself for things that go wrong, never really giving myself a break. Thankfully God doesn’t want that, he wants us to love ourselves just as he loves us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, in His image, for a very unique purpose to bring glory to His Kingdom. This, in turn, gives us the ability to love others with His wonderful love and encouragement, and when we really seek His will for our lives He uncovers some miraculous things for our future, things we least expect – But, we have to action them.

Even though this time was tough and I could have quite easily turned my back on God, buried my head in the sand and left myself wide open for the enemy to take control, I chose to take back His territory and declare that in Jesus name I would walk on – No matter what!

Things can be hard, but as long as we continue to lean on our Father and rely not upon our own understanding all things will come together for good, no matter how awful it may seem we must trust him in all we do.

I’m very happy to report that is all now behind us and these situations are now testimonies we can use to encourage others as well as ourselves, we can hold on to them for the rest of our days and remind ourselves when struggles arise that He came through and took control, showed us what to do, and in our obedience, He has richly blessed us with many things to confirm we did the right thing.

Thank you, Lord, for your wonderful patience and understanding, Father, thank you, that despite our not listening, You always persevere and show us in your loving gentle way that all will be ok. Thank you, for always being there, and preparing the way for us despite our shortcomings and our disobedience, Lord thank you, for always waiting with your arms wide open for us to arrive, no matter how long that may take. In Jesus name, I pray that we will forever be aligned to your perfect will. Amen.

Perfect Love. 


The flight was delayed 6 hours, the door to the plane was frozen shut, in the UK with quite a bit of snow to look forward to.

I wasn’t looking forward to going home. Having spent from 26th December until this day in the beautiful hot sunshine, surrounded by Gods breathtaking sights, sea, sand and lots of lovely reading material.

Little did I know … God, had something much better planned in the big freeze back home.

I arrived home early in the morning and the place was thick with snow, the drive back from the airport took forever, I walked into my 2 bed townhouse that I shared with my friend, the house was hotter than it had been in Dominican, my housemate was a big fan of 30 degrees on the heating thermostat!

After lots of visiting family and storytelling of my adventures, that night I was due to meet my destiny. This meeting was a perfect plan that I had no idea about.

It was a God appointment.

Back in November, I had moved back to my hometown, following a rough few years away. The street that I had moved into also was the home of someone God wanted me to meet… again. Someone that I had no idea would impact my life as he did.

On 10th January 2010, I was reluctantly going on a date! A date that had been arranged following a phone call made on New Year’s Eve, a call that my spirit had prompted me to make, from thousands of miles away and a 4 hour time difference!

The guy that I was meeting was someone I had known for some time, 10 years to be precise, we had met when I was 17, he used to hang around me a lot back then and I had no idea that he liked me. In between then and now life happened and had been pretty cruel too.

But, God still had a perfect plan to unfold.

Following that date night, we went on to have a huge impact on each other’s lives, we built one another up, and together we became people that previously we had only ever dreamed we could be!

We have just celebrated 7 years together and I’m happy to say we have a lovely life, with 2 boys, another on the way, work that we both love doing, some wonderful friends and family around us and a beautiful home.

This scripture is a perfect description of the plan that God had for us.

That day, He evolved something quite magical, from 2 people that prior to this appointment were filled with misery, sin and fear.

He united us with the knowledge that were made for one another. 

We love each other dearly and have Jesus at the centre of our marriage which makes it perfect in every way. Together we have no fear, we have perfect love. 💕💕

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 



💕💕💕🙏 Amen 🙏💕💕💕

Can I really have all I desire?


How can you have it all?

But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon – John 15:5-8 MSG.

When we invite Jesus into our lives he intercedes, he takes away all of the rotten fruit and branches that might contaminate the new fruits. We have His spirit residing within us, the same spirit that rose him from the dead.

We are made up of 3 parts, the conscious mind, the subconscious mind and the body. The subconscious mind is your spirit, this is a still small voice that suggests things that we quite often miss, ignore or play down because we think we can’t possibly do what it is saying, that’s the conscious mind telling us that we can’t-do it. That’s the way we have been programmed to think.

Our conscious minds are filled with worldly thinking, systematic thinking that programs us in a way that society deems fit. Whatever we believe about our own self-image is what has been programmed into us since birth, a physical birth that is.

The good news is that Jesus came so that we might live a life of peace, joy and abundance! 

If our thinking remains limited how can this happen? Spirit is telling us to go for that goal, flesh is the telling us that we can’t-do it, we are worthless and nothing we do beyond our limited thinking will ever come to pass. If we allow this thinking to continue you know what will happen? Nothing. The same nothing we could spend a lifetime grumbling about!

Once we realise that we are in Christ and Christ is in us, that opens up a door to any opportunity you desire!

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength -Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Anything?” I hear you ask.

Yes! ANYTHING, according to the will of Christ.

“But how do I know what the will of Christ for my life is?”

The answer is right here in Philippians 4:8 – Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Whatever your dreams, goals or ambitions, they did not get there by coincidence. I encourage you today to start planning, imagine them in motion, take action and you will soon see those fruits developing ready for harvest. 😍

Dream a little louder.


Our subconscious mind is that of God, also known as our spirit. He made us with this creative faculty to go out into the world and create glory for His name, He told us whatever we desire in our hearts (mind) we can have, take delight in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 36:4.

It’s not a secret and in its simplicity, all we have to do is imagine that desire coming to pass, the word says; For as he thinks in his heart, so IS he. – Proverbs 23:7 NKJV

Look at Philippians 4:8 it says, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. 

God created us in His perfect image, so imagine you’ve achieved your wildest dreams,  don’t worry about how you are going to achieve them, He tells us in Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

I pray that we all dare to dream today, write it down, dream it, pray it, speak it, act it and receive it in Jesus name Amen. 💕

Who am I?

Reading my bible today I started to meditate on this verse and what it means to me.

Who am I? Why do I do the things I do?

Some might say, it’s because I inherited genes from my family that made me that way. I look like my mom, I have her eyes, nose and facial features. I’m built like my Dad I have his long legs, short body and broad shoulders, so what I do and who I am must be down to them, right?

Wrong!

Our loving Heavenly Father, our wonderful creator, knitted each and every one of us together in our mother’s womb, he gave us each and every strand of DNA with its own unique code, making each and every one of us different in every single way.

I may have picked up a belief system from my Mom and Dad, BUT, God gave me a very unique set of gifts that enable me to change those habits manifested in me from birth.

The fact is God planned for me to find my own way, to discover His word, dive in and discover for myself exactly who I am. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s amazing!

The words that were or are spoken over me by man DO NOT make me who I am, the words were spoken to me by my all loving, all knowing creator DO make me who I am.

Our creator made us with the intention of us being co-creators here on earth, to discover our purpose and co-create a life of peace, joy and abundance…. with His blessing!
WOW!

Those desires in your heart are meant to be there, they aren’t a dream you will never live, they are a creation that’s within waiting to get out.

I want to encourage you today, go out there, hold your head up high and know that you are unique, as unique as each and every star in the sky, shine your light and do what you believe you have been placed here to do, and give glory to God for his wonderful creation.

Why Am I Here?

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We were given the following commandments in Matthew 22: 37-40

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’e 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’f 40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

When I was saved my first issue was, I didn’t love myself at all. I detested myself, I loathed myself, I was angry, bitter, jealous, impatient, just to mention but a few inequalities.

Thankfully, the good news is, Jesus knows! And he loves me regardless, He wants to clear all this muck out and make me into the person He created me to be.

Jesus gave His life so that I might become a new spirit, saved from sin by His pure and righteous blood. Someone once told me that when our Heavenly Father looks down to us, he sees Jesus once we are saved, how wonderful is that?

I think that it’s a natural reflex to loathe what the world manifests into you, as His faithful Word tells us, we are in the world, NOT of the world.

I believe that before we embark on the road to discovery of our precious saviour we are all seeking something. Longing to know what we were put here for, why were we created? What is our purpose? Is there more to life than this? Are all questions most, if not all of us, have asked at some point in our lives.

That’s it right there. The big hole, screaming inside of us to be filled.

Each and every one of us has a big God-shaped hole inside of us, longing to know what we were placed on this earth for and the answer is in The Word Of God!