I Want to Make a Difference

I Want to Make a Difference

I want to make a difference, I really do.

This has been on my heart for such a long time.

I love this verse in 1 Peter 4:10-

In 1 Peter 4:10, we’re called to use our gifts to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace. … Just as with spiritual gifts, God wants us to use our talents and skills for the benefit of others

I don’t know about you but sometimes I ask myself about my gifts-

Am I good enough?

What do other people think?

I feel that I am not good enough?

Then I think about what does God say about my gifts.

Sometimes we can become so focused on what the world says about us, when all we really need to do is to be focusing on what God says about us.

I want to lean in so close to hear his voice.

I want to be able to hear what he is saying to me.

I want to step out into the space where He is leading me.

God is for us; He is investing in our lives and He wants us to succeed.

He has given us our unique gifts and talents and He knows what we can achieve.

He has called us to be all that He wants us to be.

He will never leave us.

He is cheering us on.

He never leaves us or forsakes us.

What will you be stepping into this week?

What is something today that can move you towards making a difference?

Will you unwrap the gifts that He has given you?

I would love to hear from you.

Life As An Aunty

Life As An Aunty

I am so grateful to being an Aunty. I really am. What a blessing it is.

I have 3 beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew.

This weekend I had my 7-year-old niece stay with me from Friday night to Sunday night.

She is my youngest niece.

We had so many amazing adventures over the weekend we really did.

On Saturday my niece wanted to go to the pools for a swim, we discovered that the pool that we wanted to go to, didn’t open until the 23 of November.

She then she said let’s go to the beach.

Please, please, please Aunty Tracey.

We ended up going to Hillary’s, this is a suburb in Perth.

Hillary’s has such a lovely safe beach, especially for children and their Aunty’s.

At this beach you are able to see the bottom of the water, it is safe and such a children’s friendly beach.

We had such a lovely time there.

We stayed for over an hour.

We had swimming races, we saw small fish in the water, there were people on stand-up boards.

We did side stroke.

We ate watermelon.

We laughed.

We created memories.

Sunday my niece decided that she would make something out of watermelon and chocolate.

She was so focussed on creating, she had the watermelon, chocolate and sugar. Yes, more sugar.

She then decided that she would add an egg.

Um, no.

What she had creating was lovely and yes it was so sweet.

We also watched DVD’s, had ice cream, did craft, weeded the front garden, we also watched Bluey (a cartoon in Australia) and had fun.

I am so grateful for having the time to spend with my niece.

I love these memories.

I hope that she remembers these days.

I will always remember the time I am able to spend with her.

I am so grateful to being an Aunty. I really am. What a blessing it is.

I have 3 beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew.

This weekend I had my 7-year-old niece stay with me from Friday night to Sunday night.

She is my youngest niece.

We had so many amazing adventures over the weekend we really did.

On Saturday my niece wanted to go to the pools for a swim, we discovered that the pool that we wanted to go to, didn’t open until the 23 of November.

She then she said let’s go to the beach.

Please, please, please Aunty Tracey.

We ended up going to Hillary’s, this is a suburb in Perth.

Hillary’s has such a lovely safe beach, especially for children and their Aunty’s.

At this beach you are able to see the bottom of the water, it is safe and such a children’s friendly beach.

We had such a lovely time there.

We stayed for over an hour.

We had swimming races, we saw small fish in the water, there were people on stand-up boards.

We did side stroke.

We ate watermelon.

We laughed.

We created memories.

Sunday my niece decided that she would make something out of watermelon and chocolate.

She was so focussed on creating, she had the watermelon, chocolate and sugar. Yes, more sugar.

She then decided that she would add an egg.

Um, no.

What she had creating was lovely and yes it was so sweet.

We also watched DVD’s, had ice cream, did craft, weeded the front garden, we also watched Bluey (a cartoon in Australia) and had fun.

I am so grateful for having the time to spend with my niece.

I love these memories.

I hope that she remembers these days.

I will always remember the time I am able to spend with her.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday October 21 and I am so grateful.

I am so grateful that I get to celebrate another birthday, to celebrate another year. Just to celebrate.

I love how I was at one of the schools that I work at as a chaplain, we had an assembly and the whole school sang happy birthday to me.

It is such an amazing experience that I will never forget.

I always reflect on the day before my birthday and I have been doing this for the last few years.

I wrote in my journal at the last day of being……………….

This is what I wrote-yes, I am still single and I am thankful to God, that I am still here and the He see’s me and knows me and he has a purpose for me.

I am grateful for an amazing job and I have as a primary school chaplain and I love, love, love my job.

I really do.

My goals are to be a worshipper, I want to be a creative.

There is something about having a birthday.

There is something about having another year.

There is something about celebrating another day.

There is something about having an adventure.

How can we celebrate and encourage each other?

Let’s encourage one another.

Let’s be here for one another.

Coffee Catchups

Coffee Catchups

I love catching up with friends over coffee.

I really do love catching up with friends.

I have been on school holidays the last few weeks and I love that I can catch up with friends.

I love exploring new coffee shops, I love taking the time to just sit and chat.

I love just having the space to chat and listen.

I love catching up with friends where you can just chat, I really do.

I love catching up with friends and just chatting without any judgement.

I love catching up with friends that encourage you, that can speak into your life.

There is so much that happens over a cup of coffee.

It’s not just about the coffee it’s about the company.

There is so much more going on, there really is.

There is also just time to chat and share what you are going through.

There is time to just sit and listen.

I am so grateful for friends, I really am.

I am grateful for good friends.

When was the last time you went out with someone and chatted over coffee?

When did you invite someone for coffee?

I would love to hear from you.

Let’s encourage on another.

You are worthy, valued and loved.

October is for Creating

October is for Creating

I am on school holidays this week and I have decided that everyday is for being creative.

What does that look like?

It is about investing in each day and creating something.

This could be through, drawing, journaling, singing, song writing, photography, blogging, designing a quote or it could be styling a room or a place in your home.

The list is endless, I would love you to join me in this challenge.

What are you going to create?

Let’s encourage on another.

The Story of the woman at the well and how I identify with her.

The Story of the woman at the well and how I identify with her.

Scripture- Mark 5:25-34

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I love the story in Mark 5:25-34 it is about a woman who had been unwell for a while and she needed a miracle.

It really encourages me; I love reading about this woman.

We can see that she had been waiting for a while for her miracle, she really had.

She had hope, she had faith, she just knew that in that moment when she went to see Jesus that if she just touched Jesus cloak she would be healed.  I admire this woman she had enough of being unwell. 

I can’t imagine what she may have been through?

I can’t imagine what her life may have been like?

I have been wondering if she had to be isolated away from others?

She had seen so many Doctors that could not help her.

How must she be feeling when Doctors didn’t believe her?

I know through my journey that I had seen quite a few Doctors.  I had felt like this woman pressing through and praying.

Can you imagine going to Doctor after Doctor and not getting any help?

How would you feel?

What would you be thinking?

I wonder what her morning would have been like on that day, I wonder what she thought as she woke that morning and decided that she had been enough of being unwell. She also had to make her way to where Jesus was and to push past the crowd. I wonder what she was thinking as she did this, I wonder if she was nervous or excited. It must have taken all of her energy to reach out and touch Jesus clothes (cloak).  She was maybe thinking this is my only chance.

She had faith.

The part that encourages me and helped me was when He said to her “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

It took a decision for her to realise that she had enough of being unwell. She put her faith into action and was healed.

Wow!

This scripture encouraged me, in my recovery I wanted to be a woman of faith. I really had pressed into this scripture for myself. Yes, I wanted to be healed, I wanted to be whole.

Now I was not healed instantly, mine was a journey of discovering who I really was. I am okay with my recovery journey; it is my unique story.

Recovery looks different for everyone, so let’s not compare our journey with others.

You are you. You are created for a purpose on purpose.

Your journey of recovery is yours to explore, to realise that you are a gift and to trust and have faith.

So be kind to yourself, every day is a new day.

Do something nice for yourself.

Buy a nice journal and a lovely pen and write draw.

Maybe buy yourself a nice perfume and wear it every day.

Remember these words-

“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

Discovering Peace

Discovering Peace

Reading

Numbers 6: 25 – 26 (NIV)

 the Lord make his face shine on you
 and be gracious to you;

 the Lord turn his face toward you
 and give you peace.”’

Devotional

Do you every have those days when fear creeps in?

Do you ever have those days when fear starts lying to you?

Do you ever have those days when fear consumes you?

Are you longing to have more peace in your life?

This week I have been craving for more peace in my life.

This week I have been thinking about what I have been thinking about.

This week I have been thinking on purpose about my thoughts.

I am focusing on not letting fear consume me.

I am focusing on what God says about me.

I have decided that fear does not consume me.

When I read from Numbers 6:25-26-

* I long for God to shine on me

* I long for God to give me peace

* I long for my God of love

* I long for my God of protection

* I long for my God that says I see you

* I long for my God that says I notice you

*I long to hear His still small voice.

Yes, God I am listening.

Everyday I find myself focusing on and leaning into His peace.

I know that He is there for me and I know that He sees me.

Lord give me peace.

I pray for peace in my life.

In your Might name Jesus.

Who Is Cheering You On?

Who Is Cheering You On?

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Reading- Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Devotional

We all need a cheerleader; we all need someone that can cheer us on.

We really do.

I love the reading of Philippians 4:6-7, I love how he says be anxious for nothing.

We are stronger together.

We all need someone that can see our potential, someone that can yes you can do this.

We all need someone that can support and encourage us.

We all need someone that can journey with us.

We all need someone that can celebrate with us.

Who is cheering you on?

Do you have someone cheering you on?

What do you need someone to cheer you on for?

I would love to hear from you.

I started The Heart Project as a community where we can be there for others, where we can support and encourage one other.

I have always loved community, I really have.

I love that we can support and encourage one another.

My prayer is that God is cheering you on, He sees your potential and He knows your gifts and talents. He is leading you.

Have peace beautiful one.

You are so loved.

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What Are You Passionate About?

What Are You Passionate About?

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Today I have been thinking about what are you passionate about?

What is on your heart that you want to make a difference?

How can we encourage one another?

This has been such an interesting year, it really has.

How can we be there to support each other, how can we be there to support others?

What is something that you have said when I…. I will do this, I will do this when…………..?

God has given you amazing gifts and talents and he really wants you to embrace your gifts.

Sometimes I don’t know about you but I don’t feel qualified, I really don’t. I can tend to shrink back, I really do.

But then when I read about the amazing women and men of the Bible I know that I am not alone. I know that I have God cheering me on.

I love Mathew 7- Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.

If you don’t know what you are passionate about pray ask God to show you how he sees you.

Ask Him to show you.

Be Brave Beautiful One.

Be Brave.

Ask and keep on asking.

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Beautiful One You Are Welcome Here

Beautiful One You Are Welcome Here

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I have had on my heart lately to encourage others.

I have have had on my heart to say you are worthy, valued and loved.

I want to say that you are noticed, that you have amazing talents and gifts.

I want to say that God sees you, He really does.

You are not alone, He is walking with you and encouraging you.

Be encouraged that there are people that want to encourage you, there are people who want to be your cheerleaders.

Don’t give up on a dream.

Don’t give up on a dream that God has planted in your heart.

Don’t give up.

Let’s encourage one another.

Let’s be there for one another.

Beautiful one you are welcome here.

We can do this.

Let’s pray for one another.

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