Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Christmas Is Gratitude

Hello everyone!
I want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas this year! 2013 has just flown by for me (and probably
for you too!)
Thinking about Christmas, and particularly remembering the time when Jesus, God's only Son, came to the world, I realized that it's all about gratitude :) Christmas and the celebrations that go with it are all about being grateful to God for the gift of His precious Son. I mean, we are always grateful (although probably not as much as we should be!) but do we show it? Even in our Christmas preparations and buying presents, giving to others - does it remind us enough of the greatest gift ever given (and ever received)? Probably not.
So, here's what I've decided to do. I'm going to list five things that I am grateful for in relation to Jesus' birth. Even if it seems so obvious, I'm going to write it down nonetheless.

1. I'm so thankful that Jesus came to the world as a baby, to grow into the man that would pay for my horrible sins with His precious life, His blood.

2. I'm eternally grateful for the everlasting life He has given me, that I can live forever and always glorify and praise His Holy Name.

3. I'm grateful that because He has saved me, I can tell others of His mighty work in me and point them towards Him.

4. I'm thankful that Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to live within me and all His children, so that He will 'be with us always, even to the end of the age".

5. I am thankful that because of His coming and also His death, I am alive in Him and He in me, and that I can be used by Him to further His Kingdom here on Earth.

To me, these seem like all very obvious things, but it's good to write them down and list them :) I need reminding of this all the time, because it's so easy these days to forget the real reason behind the 'season' of Christmas. It's not all about buying presents and decorating Christmas trees. It's all about God's Son coming to earth to save those who follow Him.

So now it's your turn! If you are keen, write five things that you are grateful for throughout Christmas, either in the comments section here on this blog, or if you like, just for your own personal record at home. :) Either way, remind yourself of why we celebrate Christmas, and remind others too! :)

Love from


Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas = Consumerism?

Saw this video the other day and thought it offered a lot of food for thought! What do you all think? How can we be practically showing people that the true meaning of Christmas is that CHRIST came to this world to save sinners? Certianly our consumer culture is not helping to communicate this!


God bless!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Comfort Zone on "Why Is There Evil?"

Saw these really good videos on YouTube. They really provided food for thought. The first one reminded me of one of my favourite ever quotes by R.C. Sproul: "Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once and He volunteered." And the second one really helped me to see yet again how we should reallly be seeing the problem of evil as being within us and not just simply external things or "big" evil events like murder and rape - in God's eyes, covetness and lying are evil too. I'd love your thoughts on what these two videos brought up!






Also, apologies for the lack of posting here lately, I don't have an excuse but if you have been going through a hard time lately and would like some spiritual encouragement on a slightly more regular basis, I try to update the Facebook page for this blog frequently, so you can go there (click here).

God bless!


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Kindness of a Friend and Jellybeans!

Saw this quote and felt it was really lovely and suited the friendship theme of this blog, so just had to share! :) 


"The friend does us a true kindness who tells us of the things in our character, habits, manners, which appear as blemishes, although many people have too much vanity to be told of their faults. They resent it as a personal insult when one points out any blemish in them. But this is most foolish short-sightedness. To learn of a fault is an opportunity to add a new line of beauty to the life. Our prayer each day should be that God would show us our secret faults, whatever messenger he may send to point them out, and then give us grace to correct them." ~J.R. Miller

Do you have friends like this, who are willing to and do point out sin in your life? I feel really blessed by the Lord to be able to say confidently that yes, I do! :D  If you don't, pray that the Lord would bring such people into your life, as I can't tell you how much it has helped me in my walk with the Lord over the years.

Also, I saw this video. It certianly gave me a wake up call to see how much time I spend on meaningless things, and how little time I really have left. It really made me think: how am I using my life? I am using every valuable minute of it to the glory of God and making Him known, or am I squandering it? I'm afraid I'm guilty of not seeing the time I have here as limited and often wasting it, but dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not be like this! Let us see each and every moment as an opportunity to draw ourselves and others closer to our Saviour.


God bless you all!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Take A Seat - Make A Friend

This came up on my Facebook newsfeed this morning, and it made me smile, so I hope it does the same for you! :D
Love,

Thursday, 21 November 2013

3 girls + 1 camera= far too many photos!

A few days ago, Violet, a friend of ours and I headed out on another impromptu photoshoot. And we took over 200 photos all up! Some of them are pretty awful, I'll admit, but some of them turned out really well! Here are some of my favourites :D
Violet and our friend! Aren't they beautiful?!
I love this one! I have such beautiful friends <3

It was a really hot day, and the water was so
nice... So I went right in!
And since I was already soaked....
...a water fight ensued!
Hahaha!

Then we migrated to dry land, and found a cool bench on the
path!

Yes, we did all wear blue on purpose!



Violet got a bit creative with this particular poppy!


All in all, we had a great time, got really sunburnt and took far too many photos!! But I hope you enjoy them anyway :)
God bless, 
Love from



Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Author of Life

From the beginning of time, God has been writing the story of this world.
And He has a special little part for you! You have your own story, written for you by the Great Author of life Himself.

The catch is....
He doesn't tell you the whole story at once, just bit by bit. And it hardly ever goes how you think it will.

Sometimes, it is hard to trust God with what He is doing, especially if we don't like where it it seems to be going, or if we can't tell at all! 

We try to "snatch back the pen" and write our own version. 
I've done that. Many times. And let me assure you, it never works
And God's way is always better. I've seen that for a fact in my own life!
I'm writing this as much for myself as anyone else...

Trust God with your life, with your story. Even if you can't see it yet, our God can see the big picture. He has it covered. 

Give your worries over to Him, ask for His courage as you wait on His will. 

It is worth the wait. 
Every time. 
Our God isn't in the business of writing fairytales that will never happen, He writes uniquely beautiful realities for each of us. 

At the end of the day, I may be a daydreamer, but I'd choose a God-reality over a fairytale. Every time!








Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Another of Daisy's adventures

Well, hello there, our dearest readers! I'm just back from a wonderful adventure - this last weekend I has the wonderful privilege of attending, and competing in, the New Zealand Aria competition! It was held in a town called Rotorua, which just happens to be the tourist capital of the country, thanks to it's incredible geothermal features. I'm going to try and cut down my hundreds of photos to just a few of the best ones, to give you all a glimpse of my adventure! Okay, here we go...

One of my performance outfits - I know it kinda
looks like I'm in mourning - it was better without
the cardi, but I was cold haha
The first two days were just spent competing. I didn't sing my best, so I was a little disappointed, but I really enjoyed the experience. The second day I was singing in the category above my age group, which was absolutely amazing!! Really inspiring hearing so many incredible vocalists.

The next day, Mum and I went exploring, and visited a geothermal site called Wai-o-tapu. You can read more about it here: It was just amazing! So many incredible, natural wonders! As I was walking through there, I couldn't help but sing "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come! With all creation I sing, praise to the King of Kings. You are my everything, and I will adore You." (Lyrics from Revelation Song - one of my all-time favourite worship songs!) It really felt like all of creation there was calling out to praise the Lord in that place. It was just so incredible. The raw power of the earth, the beautiful, awe-inspiring wonder of all the geothermal sites provided the venue for one of the best "worship services" I've ever had the privilege of attending!  
Boiling mud!! :O
Steam rising above the hillside 
A boiling pool 
Beautiful, right?

Sulphur Cave 
That evening, we attended the New Zealand Aria Senior finals. It was absolutely amazing!! :D Such incredible singing, as well as we got to hear the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, which was super cool! Wish I could find some recordings to share with you all!
All ready to go!
The next day, we headed back home, but before we left Rotorua, we went back to Waiotapu to witness the geyser erupting.

All in all, it was a most exciting weekend, one I will definitely never forget! Can't wait for NZ Aria '14!
God bless, 




Monday, 28 October 2013

Love

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."

~1 Corinthians 13:1-3~ 


With love,