beyond the comfort zone

Our Hillsong 40 Days of Revival Devo encouraged us to do something with what we had in our hands – to be generous and selfless.

I wasn’t sure if this would make much of a difference but the Whatsapp group that I’m part of, encouraged me to go ahead anyway…

I bought my Big Issue from a guy at the corner of Collins St at Southern Cross Station.

I asked how his day was and he said not very good; he warned me that there was another individual going around begging and I should be aware of him.

I asked him what his story was and he was taken aback, so I asked him how he got involved with the Big Issue and he told me he had been selling them for 6 yrs after his mate had gotten involved.

I asked him if it was going well; he said that it’s going ok – he has his regular customers.

I asked if this was his regular spot he said yes, I said perhaps I can become his regular customer. He smiled.

I asked his name – James – and I gave him mine.

We shook hands and I went on my way.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.

– Philippians 2:1-7

– Ames – 

 

I will rise

Loving this song at the moment:

This is my revelation
Christ Jesus crucified
Salvation through repentance
At the cross on which He died

Now hear my absolution
Forgiveness for my sin
And I sink beneath the waters
That Christ was buried in

[Chorus]
I will rise, I will rise
As Christ was raised to life
Now in Him, now in Him
I live

I stand a new creation
Baptized in blood and fire
No fear of condemnation
By faith I’m justified

I rise as You are risen
Declare Your rule and reign
My life confess Your Lordship
And glorify Your Name
Your Word it stands eternal
Your Kingdom knows no end
Your praise goes on forever
An on and on again

No power can stand against You
No curse assault Your throne
No one can steal Your glory
For it is Yours alone
I stand to sing Your praises
I stand to testify
For I was dead in my sin

– Beneath the waters (I will rise), Hillsong

 ♥ Ames

all over again

Heard these lyrics for the first time today and fell in love all over again:

Did You raise the sun for me?
Or paint a million stars that I might
Know Your majesty?
Is Your voice upon the wind?
Is everything I’ve known marked
With my maker’s fingerprints?

I can’t imagine life without Him.

‘Cause all You are, is all I want, always
Draw me close in Your arms
Oh God, I wanna be with You

– Always, Hillsong

I’m overwhelmed by His love for me.  How He brings people into my life to affirm me and lift me up.  The fact that He would choose me and use me… for that, I will be forever grateful.

My life is Yours.

♥ Ames

He is Risen!

All glory and honour and praise be to our Risen King!

Another song that has been playing on my mind ever since COLOUR 2012, is Hillsong’s Cornerstone (based on the hymn, ‘The Solid Rock’):

Christ alone, cornerstone

Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love

Through the storm, He is Lord

Lord of all.

And for those musos out there, I found the sheet music and mp3 for free download here.  My mum has also just reminded me that we were actually part of this song because it was recorded at COLOUR 2012!

Happy Resurrection Day :).

♥ 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

my heart will sing

 You are good, You are good, when there’s nothing good in me.

You are love, You are love, on display for all to see.

You are light, You are light, when the darkness closes in.

You are hope, You are hope, You have covered all my sin.

You are peace, You are peace, when my fear is crippling.

You are true, You are true, even in my wandering.

You are joy, You are joy, You’re the reason that I sing.

You are life, You are life, in You death has lost its sting.

Chorus:

Oh, I’m running to Your arms, I’m running to Your arms.

The riches of Your love, will always be enough.

Nothing compares to Your embrace.

Light of the world, forever reign.

You are more, You are more, than my words will ever say.

You are Lord, You are Lord, all creation will proclaim.

You are here, You are here, in Your presence I’m made whole.

You are God, You are God, of all else I’m letting go.

Bridge:

My heart will sing

No other name

Jesus, Jesus.

– Forever Reigns, Hillsong LIVE (Beautiful Exchange album)

Look out, world!

The house is quiet.  There is not a sound except for the occasional car that whooshes past our street.

Much is the same and yet so much has changed on the inside.  We were so spoilt… each day was just filled to the brim with phenomenal teaching from the Word of God and we were challenged to get back to what it really boils down to: sharing the love of Christ with those who are lost/ignorant/hardened by the world.

I know I can never settle for average, comfortable, complacent, mediocre Christian living again.  The past four days has (in the words of Priscilla Shirer) ‘ruined’ me for life.

However, because I am so full of amazing revelations right now, I think I’m just going to have to take some time to digest it all before I can share it coherently in written form.

But look out, world!  I’m coming for you, whether you like it or not…for the love of God and of the people He loves!

♥ Ames

P.S. On coming back from Sydney, I’ve decided no matter what it might cost me, I will be linking this blog with the current main one (which will still remain the primary blog) as the current arrangement feels like I’m purposely keep my convictions or faith hidden…