Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Congratulations to our own dear Daisy!

Congratulations to our own dear Daisy! We are so happy both for you and your now husband! :D Our prayers are with you both always! <3 What a priviledge it was for Hyacinth, Lily and I to be there to witness you both saying your vows before the Lord. We wish you all the very best for your future together. :) God bless! (And yes, I did get Daisy's permission to share a few super lovely photos from her wedding with you all!)

From your friends,
Violet, Hyacinth and Lily <3

PS You can read more of Daisy's adventures leading up to marriage and beyond at her blog, Soon it will be Spring :)

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Check Out My Personal Blog

Hey Violets and Daisies!

New things are on the horizon for all of us! I haven't blogged here in a few weeks, but go check out my new personal blog Soon it will be Spring! I blog there quite a bit, so give me a follow if you want to keep up-to-date with my shows, singing, life and what God is teaching me! :)

And, just while I'm here, here's a photo from our upcoming production!
Isn't it gorgeous?! Check out our website for more :) The photos are courtesy of the lovely Tara Jolliffe Photography! Make sure to have a look at her photography too!

Lots of love and God bless, 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Mary and Martha...

Martha and Mary

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
~Luke 10:38-42~
I'm a Martha. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. And up until recently, I didn't even notice. I've always been busy doing something or other, I always have a new project or something on the go. In fact, I cannot recall a time since I was around 11 when I wasn't working on scheme or other. Not that there's anything wrong with having projects, but there is when, as the passage above shows us, it distracts you from what is truly important - our Lord and Saviour. 

It's silly isn't it?! - like Martha, I try so desperately to please the Lord with serving and working as hard as I possibly can, at all times. And yet, I miss the point entirely. If I do not take the time to sit at my Lord's feet and listen to Him, then it is all in vain. 

This is something that has been on my heart a lot recently, that God has really been teaching me about. I was reading an article and it talked about minister who served his church very actively with events, fundraisers, and hundreds of other things, and yet, unless his congregation members really thought about it, they wouldn't know he loved them. That really got me thinking, as I am just like that. I do lots of "things" and feel I'm loving people through them, but unless I actually take the time to spend with them, to pray for them and to show them I care, would they know I love them? Probably not. And that thought really saddened me. That's not what I want at all. 

I love serving, but over the last few years, I'd been doing it out of a sense of duty and not out of the overflowing gratefulness and joyfulness I have from my Lord Jesus. Is it any wonder I'd gotten so tired and lost the plot a little?! ;P Like in verse 41, I was anxious and troubled by many things.
But it wasn't just that I didn't have my focus in the right place, but also that I was judging others for not having the drive to serve as hard and as constantly as I was, which makes me really sad. I didn't mean for it to happen, but some people I was really judgemental to in my heart of hearts. It makes me even sadder that in my sinfulness I couldn't see that it wasn't them who weren't serving hard or constantly enough, but me. I had strayed from the path, trying to do the right thing, but MY way. I couldn't see that those I thought lacking were the ones who had actually chosen the good portion - to serve the Lord first, love their friends and family next, and then serve their community. Isn't it sad how easily we can become blind?! 

I'm so glad that the Lord started opening my eyes to this - I had been missing out, so much! And no one can serve to the best of their ability if they don't spend their time at the feet of our Teacher.
All of this really came together for me this last weekend. I went to a wonderful church service with some of my girl friends on Saturday evening, and the sermon really touched my heart. Jesus at the centre. And then, guess what our Sunday morning sermon touched on? Being like Mary and not Martha. 
I have decided that I no longer wish to be a Martha. I want to serve still, but from a heart like Mary's. I know this won't be an easy journey for me, but God will guide me, He is faithful, and for that I am so thankful. 

So, let me ask you... Who are you? 
Mary? Or Martha? 
Lots of love, 

Thursday, 23 April 2015


ANZAC Day - the we remember the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand fought in the Gallipoli Campaign, and especially we remember those hundreds of thousands who died, fighting for our freedom. The Gallipoli battle was a disaster, and yet we saw so many of our soldiers become heroes that day. And we will not forget that.

Many of you know of the poppy as a memorial symbol for WWI, thanks to the poem "In Flanders Fields". Thanks to Foyles' War (haha), I now know that poppies are used as they were the first flowers to grow on the churned up earth of the soldiers' graves. Here in New Zealand (and Australia) it is primarily a symbol of ANZAC Day. I found this poem on Facebook that I really liked. I hope you like it too.

We will remember.

"I am not a badge of honour,
I am not a racist smear,
I am not a fashion statement,
To be worn but once a year,
I am not glorification
Of conflict or of war.
I am not a paper ornament
A token,
I am more.
I am a loving memory,
Of a father or a son,
A permanent reminder
Of each and every one.
I'm paper or enamel
I'm old or shining new,
I'm a way of saying thank you,
To every one of you.
I am a simple poppy
A Reminder to you all,
That courage faith and honour,
Will stand where heroes fall."
Paul Hunter 2014

With love,

Friday, 17 April 2015


I love all the different things that the Lord uses to speak to us and teach us! I found some beautifully presented Bible verses on Instagram yesterday and I downloaded a whole lot of them, because they were so encouraging. This is just a short post to share some of them with you all too! If you want to have a look, the Instagram account is @godiswithinher :)
I love this one! 
Aren't they cool?! Hope y'all liked them as much as I did and felt encouraged too! 
Talk soon, xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Hello Blogging World - I'm Back!!

Dear Violets and Daisies,

Well, it's only just under a year since last I blogged, but now I'm back! And hopefully, this time, I'll actually do some posting haha! :P
Before I get into writing proper posts, I better give y'all an update on what I'm doing these days - a year is a long time!

Last year, I took a gap year, after finishing my schooling. I worked as a swim instructor at our local pool for the first half of the year, until we discovered I was getting really sick from the chlorine (oops!). I also worked as a singing teacher, which I am still doing, and although I hated it at first, I now love it! Such a perfect job for me.

In November/December, I headed over to South Africa with my dad to visit his family. We also went to Singapore (briefly), Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and to Botswana. I saw so many incredible sights, beautiful animals, and met lots of lovely family members. I'll try write a post (or a few) about some of that and what I learnt on that journey at some point. But in the mean time, have a few photos!
Victoria Falls! 
Scariest moment of my life!!
Over the summer, I was super blessed to be able to attend the New Zealand Singing School - an auditioned school with incredible tutors from all around the world. It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life for sure, I learnt so much and had some serious growth as a person through what the Lord taught me there. I'll definitely do a post on some of that at some point! :)
Singing in the massed opera chorus!
I'm still singing with my trio Cantabile Trio - we put on our own concert in November last year, and have done quite a bit of performing at concerts for a local radio station. I love it! 

This year, I've joined Violet at university and am studying a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Media Studies and Expressive Arts (doesn't that sound silly?!). I'm really enjoying it, although I sure am busy!! 

I'm also directing another production for Family Friendly Productions, which will take to the stage in May this year - eeee! So exciting! Check out the beautiful poster Violet designed!! If you live in our area, you should totally come along, it'll be a great show! It's nice to work on it with both Violet, Sakura and Hyacinth - Lily helped out in the early stages too! :)
And finally, my most exciting news... 
Some of you may remember the show Violet and I wrote - A Royal Feast: The Flavour of Christmas - which Family Friendly Productions put on at the end of 2012. Well, we had some difficulty finding someone to play the vital role of The Prince, without whom the Christian message of the show would have been missed. 2 weeks before we opened, the Lord provided the prince we had been praying for. Little did I know, he would soon become my prince too. Last August, my prince asked me to marry him and I said.... 
So, my favourite item of news is that I'm GETTING MARRIED at the end of this year! Wow! Crazy huh?! So exciting! And I'm so glad I get to have Violet, Hyacinth and Lily all standing up there beside me.

So yes, as you can see, a lot has changed in my life since last I blogged! And I can't wait to share some of the things I've learnt in more detail. The Lord has been working and gently moving my heart, as only He can, and I'm a very different person now that I was previously. 
Thank You Father! 
So grateful!
Well, that's it from me for now, but I'll be back soon, I promise! :)
Lots of love, 

Thursday, 19 March 2015


Image from Pinterest

It's been absolutely ages since I've written on this blog despite how much I love blogging. Truth to be told, if I'm really being honest with myself, there are times I don't want to blog as it makes me feel like a hypocrite. Constantly portraying a "good Christian girl" image of myself online when really my relationship with God may be suffering and Bible readings and prayer times may at times feel more like a chore than anything else, and squeezed into five minutes at the end of the day.

I have been heading into a new season, that of adulthood and it's had many surprising and unexpected twists and turns, ups and downs. Sometimes these days I make choices now that are quite different from ones I would have made in the past (such as choosing to listen to more contemporary Christian music these days when I once looked down upon anyone who listened to anything other than old hymns and classical music)! This means I am left in a perpetual state of confusion, still desiring to honour the Lord but learning to sometimes let go of my overly senstitive conscience and strict convictions. As I result I find myself wrestling over every decision and questioning every choice I make to see whether it truly matches up with what God wants as He has revealed in scripture or if it is a legalistic attitude I have developed. This is when it becomes hard for me to trust in the Lord, that He's got me and will never let me go! That I can trust Him absolutely with my future and that He won't abandon me even when I do make mistakes.

If there's one thing I've been learning in this season of my life, it can be summed up in one word:

~ Grace ~

Recieving grace. Accepting grace. Giving grace.

That following Christ is not so much about skirts versus pants, classical music versus rock music, debates as to what is "more" or "less" sinful or godly. That yes, we are called to be a light to the world, to bring God glory in everything we do but that sometimes in the pursuit of this we can loose sight of the bigger picture: that Christ came to save sinners. That this is the whole point of the gospel: that we can't do it on our own, in fact the harder we try by our own efforts the greater our sense of failure at not measuring up to His standards will be, and we will quickly feel overwhelmed by the weight of self-condemnation. That if we try purely by our own futile efforts we will inevitably fall into legalism or liberalism: whatever sits more comfortably with us.

God looks far further than the exterior appearence the "good girl" face we put on for others to see. He sees beyond the superficiality and sees every ugly attitude beneath our well-perfected exterior. And yet, despite seeing all the sin that forever resides just below the surface He still chooses to pour out His grace upon us, to love us, to save us! I'm so thankful that the Lord has also surrounded me with brothers and sisters in Christ who see straight through this facade and are willing to walk with me and grow with me, even if that means speaking having to speak the truth (that is often hard for my proud heart to hear) in love.

That said, I want to formally apologise to you dear readers. I'm just as fallen as any other person, and I don't always get it right, in fact more often than not I get it wrong. Some of the posts on this blog that I have written have not been written with a heart desiring to glorify God, but rather a heart of legalism, judgementalness, and pride. For this I apologise. Yet, mixed in with wrong attitudes, the Lord has given me a deep desire to live my life for Him out of thankfulness for all He has done and so I will leave my posts here so that you can see the journey I am on even as I am learning hard lessons. These posts testify to the fact that I am learning more and more what it means to walk in light of the cross and God's abundant grace and mercy towards me. My prayer is that despite all my failings, you'll be able to see and understand more about Christ through reading this blog and I know that that's what the other writers of this blog want too!

Please pray for me! 

Anyway, I'm waffling on now, so I will leave it there!

God bless!

PS If you liked this post, Daisy wrote a couple of similar ones a while back which you can read here and  here.