Lessons I Have Learnt in 2016

Lessons I Have Learnt in 2016


The last day of the year finds me reflecting on the year.

I don’t know about you but this year for me has been full, with good things happening and then the not so good.

I am hoping that I have learnt some lessons from this year that makes me stronger for next year.

I have learnt that………

  • I love my job I really do, I love the people that I get to journey with and the students who I see. I love the students faces when they achieve something that they didn’t think they could do. I love being a primary school chaplain. I really enjoy the school community.
  • It’s good to have people in your life that you can be yourself with. You can be open, vulnerable and relaxed with them. I also appreciate friends/family that you can just have a really good laugh with. You know the one where your stomach hurts and you have to move away from the person that is making you laugh. Laughing is really good for you.
  • Things will happen to you but it is how you respond to them that makes all the difference. Yes, I had a few difficult times in 2016 with having pneumonia, then having someone smash into my car. Then having my car written off and having to go to physio. I didn’t let that define me or allow that time to wallow.
  • It’s okay to cry, to have a meltdown, to ask for help. It’s okay to have emotions and to use them. Having a good cry is quite okay. Just don’t unpack your bags and stay there.
  • I haven’t learnt that I love writing devotionals, I am grateful to be able to write for two publications this year. I have written for Her Binder Project and Quite Women Co. I love these communities.
  • I am grateful for friends and mentors that can speak into my life that can encourage me and challenge me with my goals and dreams.
  • I am also grateful for the people that I have met this year.
  • I have learnt that I am a Creative. Yes!
  • I have learnt that I love writing and working on my blog The Heart Project.
  • I have learnt that boxing is my happy place, it is where I discover my strength and determination.

I could probably add more to this list, but these are the ones that I wanted to share with you.

What have you learnt this year?

How has your year been?

I don’t ever want to stop learning.

Happy New Year.





Daily Reading: Luke 2:8-14

Daily Devo:

I love reading about the birth of Christ, every year I am more and more thankful and blessed.

In Luke 2:8-14 we read about the shepherds out in the fields watching over their flock. Then an angel appears to them. Wow! The Angel says to them “Do not be afraid, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”

When an Angel appears there always follows the words Do not be Afraid.

Do not be afraid.

Are you afraid?

Is there something that this Christmas you have been praying for?

Is there a family member that you haven’t spoken to in a while?

Is there something that has been on your heart, that you have been wanting to do?

Are you afraid of being who God designed you to be?

Do you need encouragement?

God sent an Angel to shepherds out in the field, just going about their work.

We later see in the verse that there was a heavenly multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying-

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The heavenly choir worship.

I would have loved to hear them.

Be encouraged this year pray and then worship.

Put on your favourite worship music and sing to the Lord a new song.

Sing to Him.

Do not be afraid.

He is for you.

He is with you.



Mary’s Story

Mary’s Story



Lessons we can learn from Mary

Daily Reading -Luke 1:26-33

Daily Devo –

The story of Mary is one of hope and encouragement.

In the Book of Luke, we see that the Angel Gabriel says to Mary “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

The Angel said that Mary is highly favoured.

Can you imagine what Mary would be feeling at the moment do you think that she might be thinking “Me highly favoured one, I am not sure, is he speaking to me?” She might have looked around to see if anyone was behind her.

She was probably afraid because the Angel said in Luke 1:30 “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favour with God.

We are the daughters of the most high and he sees us and says about this about us that we are fearfully and wonderful made and he is pleased with us. God has an amazing plan and future for our lives, during this Christmas season speak these words over you.

We also know that Mary was obedient to God, she may have been afraid but she trusted God. Mary had faith. She stayed on the journey.

This Christmas time spend some time with God, get away from all the distraction and thank Him for what he is doing in your life.

Trust him lean in to what he is saying to you in this season. What is God trusting you with, what is he asking you to do.

Be blessed.