Feature Fridays: The Daniel Plan

Readers of this blog may recall that I did a 21 day Daniel Fast at the start of the year which was very fruitful in more ways than one.  So I was interested to see a story pop up on my Twitter feed this morning from Rick Warren about The Daniel Plan.  I don’t think it’s exactly the same as a fast but more of a lifestyle change and how faith can be instrumental in working towards better health.

Another example of the Church being a positive influence in society.

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: Lolo Jones

The latest American athlete to take a public stand for her beliefs:

Below is part of the HBO interview featured above:

There will always be haters (as seen by the comments left all over the virtual world saying things from she’s lying to it’s a publicity stunt) but I choose to see it as an example of fearlessness.  Breaking free of the opinions of man.  That I respect.  That along with her resilience and determination to not let her background or past stop her from working towards her goal of Olympic gold.

A quote from this doco: “I’m glad I went through the hardships because now I can appreciate the victories so much more.”

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: The Story of Ian and Larissa

I love this next video that I watched via my Desiring God updates.  I usually just put the emails into a folder for another day but today before I did that, the title ‘This Momentary Marriage’ grabbed me and I made the decision to watch the video… so touching.

Really changes your perspective on what marriage can look like and how when Christ is the centre, all the secondary things don’t matter so much anymore.

Tracked down The Momentary Marriage by John Piper as well which you can download for free here.

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: Project Lantern

I heard about the International Justice Mission about a year ago but it’s only been today that I’ve come to understand the impact that they are having on the ground against human trafficking.  Project Lantern has been the catalyst for the 79% reduction of the exploitation of minors in the Philippines in the last 4 years.  That statistic is astounding and further evidence that when faith-based organisations partner up with human rights advocates, positive change is inevitable.

Check our Project Lantern here.

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: Live Below the Line

So, I got this email in my inbox today:

Massive news. Tonight at 6pm, Channel 10’s The Project is featuring Live Below the Line. They’ll be profiling a dietitian, hosting a celebrity Live Below the Line cook off, and talking to the team behind this year’s campaign.

This is just the first in a series of national profiles for our campaign, which will all go to air in the next fortnight – putting Live Below the Line in front of 500,000 Australians.

Media is taking notice for one reason: we’re growing fast.

In fact, in the last week alone we’ve raised $100,000 to help break the poverty cycle in countries like Papua New Guinea, and over 4,400 people have now joined the Live Below the Line movement.

To keep our momentum going we want to announce that we’ve reached 5,000 community members by the time we go to air on The Project, tonight.

Amy , we’re less than two weeks away: will you sign up to Live Below the Line this year? Use this link:

http://www.livebelowtheline.com/au

If we reach 5,000 community members by tonight, we’ll be on track for the biggest Live Below the Linecampaign yet.

We’ll be able to secure more media – raising more awareness about extreme poverty, reaching more Australians, signing up more people and raising more funds.

We’re not greedy. We’re not interested in growing for the sake of growing.

Live Below the Line is taking off, and as we continue to reach out to more Australians, thousands of young people in communities like Yangis and Kumbaretta, Papua New Guinea, will receive the education they deserve.

This campaign makes a real difference – I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

More and more people are jumping on board, Australians are changing the way they think about this issue and the media is taking notice because of it. The movement is building, but we can’t stop here.

Will you sign up to Live Below the Line today, and help us reach 5,000 community members by tonight?

With thanks,

Dan, Live Below the Line Coordinator

Maybe you’d like to join or support others doing it?

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: ‘there is none like you’ cover

I know Friday is almost over in Melb but I think Friday has just begun in the States SO technically I’m not late…

Anyway, I was having a conversation with some friends the other day and it seems that there are a number of people in the public eye nowadays who are unashamedly coming out and professing their faith in Christ.  Key examples are Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin.  I get so much encouragement when I hear these stories because it just goes to show that God can use you no matter where you are at.  But how have they been able to make such a big impact? It’s because they have excelled.  They have excelled in such a way that the world has had to take notice.  That’s motivation right there to do well in my studies.  I don’t know if I’m meant to be a lawyer for the rest of my life, but while I work towards that goal, I am reminded to do my utmost best… 1 Corinthians 10:31.

So without further ado, some people who are shining for Jesus in the YouTube world, Jayesslee and Cathy Nguyen:

There is none like You,
No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity Lord
And find, there is none like You.

There is none like You.
No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity Lord
And find, there is none like You.

Your mercy flows like a river wide,
And healing comes from Your hand.
Suffering children are safe in Your arms,
There is none like You.

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: Undeniable

Get behind it, Melbourne!  God is stirring something up in our city!

For those not in Melbourne or those who can’t make it, please pray for the event, the performers, speakers and the hearts of the people who will gather.  May this be just a glimpse of what is to come in Melbourne.

Free for all, no matter what your faith or background is :).

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: The Sisterhood

From the moment the conference began, I had the overwhelming impression that ‘Yes, the Church of Jesus Christ is beautiful.’  The Church was shining in all it’s brilliance and not just because of the flawless music, lights, sounds and media… it was the posture of complete surrender, giving worship and all the Glory to the One who began it all.

In its 16th year, the Hillsong Colour Conference aka The Sisterhood, has grown from strength to strength by the grace of God and by the faithful serving of the Hillsong team under the leadership of Bobbie Houston, wife of Brian Houston (pastor of Hillsong church).  The theme this year, ‘A Revolution of Peace’, was a call to respond to an invitation to make the world a better place.

The Colour Sisterhood is in essence, a humanitarian movement.  It is about everyday women using what is in their hand to make a difference.  It is about raising awareness, standing in the gap and finding solution for those who have no voice, or for those who need a helping hand.

It sounds a bit aspirational but throughout the conference, we were given the tools in which we practically could make a difference in the areas of poverty, human trafficking, transformation and empowerment of women, children and families around the world.  We were reminded of those who had gone before us and how we must now pave the way for those who will come after us (related passage:  Hebrews 12:1-2).

There were two guest speakers this year: Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore, author of ‘The Power of a Praying…’ series.  Both were phenomenal speakers, so articulate and talented at bringing the Word of God to life and breaking it down into something that we could practically use in our daily lives.

It is really hard to adequately verbalise what the conference facilitated in my own spiritual life but I know that it is only the springboard into even greater intimacy with my Saviour and Lover of my soul.  It also cemented in me the ‘need’ to write on a particular essay topic I’d been contemplating for a while.  If you had asked me 12 months ago to write on this topic I may not have had the courage to do it.  But God has just moved so greatly in the last year or so, culminating in the Colour Conference, I feel I owe it to the world to write it (more on this later).

Another thing I was blessed with was the quality time I got to spend with one of my dearest friends.  I was so glad that I could bring her along to share in that experience with me and I am so glad to see the impact the conference made in her own life already.  My prayer is that she and I will not let it have been just an emotional experience that is contain and left in that weekend, but the move of God we encountered will send ripple effects into our worlds.

I also saw the power of unity at work too.  Alone we can do something, but together we can do even greater things for God’s Kingdom.

“If one woman can change her world, imagine what ONE COMPANY of women can do.” – Bobbie Houston

I’ve yet to fully digest and reflect on all I’ve learnt but hopefully it’ll slowly trickle onto this blog as the days go by.  Still haven’t had a chance to really write about the Fasting experience either!

Check out the Colour Sisterhood for yourself:

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: KONY 2012

This is probably cheating a little since most people have seen it already but I’m still writing up tomorrow’s message (yes, not great with time management yet)… HOWEVER, if you are not one of the 5o million people who have already watched this, just do it.

The number of people who have watched this video in the last week just shows the power of social media.  No matter what you make of the controversy that has surrounded the video (people are always going to find something bad to say about you when you become well-known), I’m sure there is one thing that we can all agree on which is, children should not be forced to be soldiers.  Children should be free to play and run free and NOT kill.

♥ Ames