Day 5: NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR ME

Today, I heard God say, “Nothing is too hard for Me“. He led me to share this excerpt from ‘the 30 Day Praise Challenge’ by Becky Harling:

‘I am never shocked, surprised, or caught off guard. I know there are moments in your life when circumstances feel impossible, when you cannot see any solutions to the challenges you are facing. Trust Me in the midst of your difficult moments. Seize them as opportunities to praise Me for My sovereign power.

As you thank Me in advance for the solutions I hold, I will enlarge your heart to hold greater faith. At first, focusing on My sovereignty may feel scary, but as you grow more comfortable in your times of praise it will become a source of strength and comfort. Recognise how small you are in comparison to Me. This is a form of worship. As you bow before Me, your ability to trust Me will grow. Watch and see what I will do. Nothing is too difficult for me Me. Did you catch that? Nothing, absolutely nothing, is too difficult for me.’

DAY 4: COME AWAY WITH ME

Today I have the Norah Jones song, “Come Away with Me” in my head. I can’t think when last I heard that song, but God often uses it to speak to me!

Today He says:

Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.  She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.’ Hosea 2:6-7.

Therefore, behold, I will allure her and lead her to the wilderness, and speak to her tenderly. 15There I will give back her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor into a gateway of hope. There she will respond as she did in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.” Hosea 2:14-16

The Lord is jealous for our attention and time. He is relentless in His pursuit of us. During this time of “Social Distancing/Isolation”, some people will welcome the escape, while many will really feel like they are in a Wilderness. Regardless of your view of this time, God is calling you away with Him into a place of deeper intimacy.

Even though we may be ‘walled in’ and even though he may be ‘alluring us’ – it is still an invitation to come away with Him. We have the choice to say yes or no. The encouragement is that He is there with you in the Wilderness, speaking tenderly to you, not leaving you to fend for yourself!

How will you respond? Will you be willing to step into the Wilderness with him to see what He has to reveal to you? What will you sacrifice for a deeper relationship with Him today?

DAY 3: WASH HANDS (and heart)

‘My people are diligently washing their hands, but they don’t ask Me to wash them and cleanse them from their filthiness (and brokenness) so that they can enter into my presence with clean hands and pure heart.’

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

For a while, God has been speaking to me about His desire for His people to have a new heart. Many of us are ‘saved’ but we still have filthy hearts from pride or brokenness from unmet needs and hurts. God’s longing is to heal and restore us completely so that we can truly enter into the fullness of Him and all He is. However, we need to humble ourselves and, with an attitude of repentance ask Him to cleanse us- daily!

If we are willing, Holy Spirit is faithful to show us the ‘spots on our gowns’ that need ‘cleaning’ and healing.

Day 2: YOUR LIGHT WITHIN

Last night my four-year old daughter and I went to the room to read the bedtime story, but the light was off. Usually, she would be hesitant to walk into the room until the light was switched on for her. However, on this evening, she didn’t. As she entered the dark room, she said, “Look mommy, I’m not afraid of the dark, I’m brave!”

“And who made you so brave? I asked her. “Jesus!” she said right away.

“Oh, is that because ‘Jesus shines His light in the dark’? I asked, quoting one of her favourite songs.

To my surprise she answered, “No, Jesus didn’t need to shine His light this time, because I had my own light inside me to see.”

Well, needless to say I was quite blown away as this was not something I had ever told her or that we have really spoken about. In that moment, I felt the presence of Holy Spirit and a spirit of Revelation acknowledging this innocent statement, which was actually such a declaration of faith and truth!

We do indeed have a light within us. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus calls us the “light of the world”. Yes, He IS the light (John 8:12), but as a follower of Jesus, we have Jesus- and His light- within us. He wants us to let Him shine through us, but also to walk in the faith, authority and confidence that is given to us.

Today God is saying, don’t succumb to the darkness around you, but stand brave and full of faith. Be that ‘city on a hill’ whose light cannot be hidden, and help others find their way back into the light, and into hope.

DAY 1: GET HUNGRY!

This morning the Lord reminded me of a vivid vision He gave me during a time of worship while I was living in China. Although it was a word given long ago, He said it was relevant for many people at this time. 

In the vision I saw a very long, ornate dining table beautifully set in a large banqueting hall. On the table were the most incredible and delicious looking platters of food. Some of the food I could not even distinguish, I had never seen anything like it before. There were dishes and plates and bowls of food that covered the entire table, and I knew that Jesus had prepared each dish himself, especially for the guests.

There were people seated all around the the table, but they weren’t eating a thing. They were just sitting there looking at all the food with such regret and disappointment. I saw that they weren’t eating because their stomachs were SO FULL! The actual word that came to me was STUFFED! They really wanted to enjoy the feast, but because they had already ‘stuffed’ themselves with their own food, they could not enjoy a thing that was in front of them.

I could sense Jesus’ absolute desperation in wanting to share so much more with each person sitting there, so much more of Himself, but everyone was too full to receive all that He had for them. I could also sense His sadness that their own meal had satisfied them, knowing that what He had prepared was so much better.

Jesus is desperate for us to really ’empty’ ourselves and get back to a place of being hungry for Him and excited for all He has for us.

This ‘Lockdown’ time of ‘slowing down’, being stripped of all that keeps us busy and ‘full’, is a great opportunity to stop, rest, breathe, be…and grow hungry.

 The other thing I heard today was Him saying, “A change of perspective” and then I saw Him flipping the words “Lock Down” around until it became “Freeing Up”!

I immediately understood that God wants His people to view this time of being ‘housebound’ as liberating, not restraining! This is not easy for many- I can totally understand (I have two small kids!)

The change of perspective comes in focusing not on what one can’t do anymore, but what one can do!

For some of you, aside from finally having time to take that bubble bath, do that hair mask, build that puzzle with your son, or have that family supper together at the table; there also may be time now to be like Mary, and sit at His feet, incline your ear, and really, really get to know Him.

What’s the deal with Essential Oils…and why do I use them?

Since being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, which is an Autoimmune disease of the Thyroid, I have done my utmost to learn as much as I can about this condition and take the steps needed for healing. It has been an interesting time of discovery during which I have learnt so much.

While consulting a Homeopath to assist me in understanding this Autoimmune Disease, I learnt about about the importance of GUT HEALTH as well as “cellular memory”.

With regard to cell memory, I learnt how even though I had long since worked though a particular childhood trauma, my body was still carrying the memory of the trauma, which in turn, was still affecting my health. I started praying into this and asking God how I would be able to ‘heal’ my distorted cellular memory.

Over time, He revealed to me that one of the ways to alter or ‘reprogram’ our cells, is through the use of Essential Oils. At the time I did not understand much about these precious oils, so I began to find out as much as I could about them and their amazing properties.

There is so much one could write about these oils and one can get quite technical trying to explain it all, but in terms of cellular memory, in a nutshell, this is how it works. Apparently three important constituents in Essential Oils, namely Phenylpropanoids, Monoterpenes, and Sesquiterpenes (also known as “PMS”) work together in a very powerful way. 

  • 1. Firstly, through the role of the Phenylpropanoids, the receptor sites are cleaned, allowing the proper transfer of hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, and other intracellular messengers,
  • 2. Secondly, through the role of the Sesquiterpenes, the wrong information stored in the DNA is ‘deprogrammed’ or ‘erased’ from cellular memory
  • 3. Thirdly, through the role of Monoterpenes, the cells are reprogrammed with the correct information so that they can function properly

Aside from reprogramming DNA, Essential Oils have endless properties and uses that can benefit us.  

According to David Steward (“The Blood- Brain Barrier), one drop of essential oil contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies. One drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40, 000 molecules!

I use Essential Oils on myself for the purposes of assisting my thyroid, reprogramming cellular memory and my overall health and well-being. I also use Essential Oils on my family (kids included) and in my home made products. I like to harness the power of Essential Oils during foot treatments that I offer, as part of Reset sessions with my clients.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Tot : Simple Tips for enhancing the Nutritional wellbeing of your child

It is well recognised that a healthy and wholesome diet, whether in adulthood, childhood or infancy, is vital for maintaining and protecting a healthy gut and ensuring optimal longterm health.

It goes without saying that processed foods are not gut friendly, and do not provide the range of essential nutrients that are available from garden fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

The essential dietary proteins and healthy fats that support optimal growth in infancy may also be augmented by some simple measures that are inexpensive and easy to implement.

Here are MY top 6 EASY tips for dietary changes that support optimal growth and development:

1. Introduce Probiotics

The importance of good gut health can’t be stressed enough and quality probiotics play a vital role in this area. Both my girls had to switch to formula quite early and right away I added Probiotics drops (along with Vit D and Omega 3 drops) to their bottles.

As they have grown older, I have introduced them to homemade Kombucha or Kefir which a friend once described as “probiotics on steroids”! Dr Joseph Mercola says, “ The microflora in your gut plays an active role in a wide variety of diseases, and, naturally, it stands to reason they affect your health status throughout your life…the importance of probiotics increase with advancing age, but maintaining a healthy gut is really essential from birth onward.”

Homemade Kefir or Kombucha can serve as an alternative to fizzy cold drinks

2. Limit Sugar (and processed food)

This is a no-brainer and yet I am still amazed at how uninformed many people can be when it comes to their children’s health.

Processed foods are not only devoid of essential nutrients, but invariably contain too much sugar in the form of refined carbohydrates. Since sugar promotes the growth of bad bacteria in the gut, it also serves to restrict the growth of beneficial bacteria, thereby disrupting the normal healthy gut flora balance. This imbalance may lead to inflammation in the gut lining and ultimately to a ‘leaky gut’ in which nutrient absorption may be impaired and toxins absorbed too readily into the bloodstream.

There is sufficient evidence to support the notion that with such a disruption to the gut lining other medical conditions may arise, such as allergies, skin conditions, or digestive difficulties.

Try offer your children whole food as often as possible

3. Add Chia Seeds (or Ground Flax Seeds)

Chia Seeds (and Ground Flax Seeds) are a great addition to any meal or bake for your toddler. They are extremely nutritious foods filled with fibre, protein, omega-3 and macro-nutrients.

They don’t have a strong flavour are gluten-free and a little go a long way!

Add them to oats, smoothies, or yogurt with berries as a breakfast alternative, or any homemade bakes such as muffins, flapjacks, or bread. Soak Chia seeds overnight in water to become gelatinous and add to full cream plain yogurt. Both are a guaranteed natural help for easing constipation or just keeping your child regular.

I started using them from when my children were 7 months old – sparingly at first and then increasing volume as they have grown older.

4. Herbs, Spices and Organic powders

Once your baby has been introduced to all the fruits and vegetables at 5-6 months old, don’t be afraid to add herbs and spices to his or her meals. As early as 7months old, I would add Cinnamon to Oats, Tumeric and Paprika to meat dishes, and mixed herbs to soups.

Organic cacao can be added to oats, smoothies or date balls and is natural source of magnesium for your child. Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Tumeric is strongly anti-inflammatory. Basil appears to improve immune function and inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds and Rosemary can suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion. These are just a few examples.

Remember that the key is less is more – rather have your child reap the benefits of a dash of the spice, than overdo it and have them be put off forever!

5. Switch to Full cream Dairy and avoid “Low Fat”.

The problem with “low fat” dairy products is that in order to replace the good fat which has been removed, sugars are invariably added to the product. Don’t believe the marketing propaganda that low- fat is better, and learn to appreciate the importance of healthy fats in your child’s dietary intake.

Learn to read product labels and avoid the high sugar content products, As these may be a hidden cause of bloating, diarrhoea, cramps or other digestive issues. Allergies and skin issues may also benefit from a limited dairy consumption.

6. Water, water, water

Get your child hooked on water from day one by limiting the introduction and use of conventional juices, fizzy drinks and even fresh fruit juice. This is not to say they can never have anything except water, but where possible, do not make sugary and fizzy drinks even an option. Add flavour to water naturally by adding berries, lemon, apples, cucumber, Rooibos etc.

Always have a bottle of water or sippy cup available for them to access throughout the day. Not only will this help to limit their sugar intake but water benefits numerous bodily functions including the digestive system and brain function. Just be mindful of the source of the water you are using – heavily chlorinated or fluoridated water may impair your child’s capacity for absorbing iodine which is essential for healthy thyroid support. 

There are many other ways for you to enhance your child’s nutritional well-being without too much effort. I have found that making one small change at a time is far more manageable than trying to tackle everything at once.

Not everyone in your family may initially embrace a change, but over time you will reap the benefits of persevering.

Article approved by Dr Neville S. Wilson http://drnevillewilson.com

Release your Song

I recently watched a You Tube video titled, “Do GMO plants sing?” https://youtu.be/L4CONoyIMaw It was a fascinating study done by Alexandra Christ to determine whether or not GMO plants “sing” or make music, as non-GMO plants appear to do.

This article is not to debate whether or not plants do or don’t in fact sing, but rather it is about the revelations that came to me while watching the video. Over time we have come to understand that plants do respond to our words, but I must admit that to actually hear the plant producing music or “singing” as Alexander calls it, touched something deep within my spirit.

When the music began, for me, there was only one word to describe what I was hearing and what the plant was in fact doing. It was worship!

The Bible has numerous references to creation (living and non-living) worshiping and praising God, but there are verses where the word “sing” is specifically used (see below for examples). Hearing the plant’s music gave these verses a whole new level of meaning for me.

I’ve always believed in the power of spirit-led worship to change atmospheres, bring breakthrough, healing and the release of miracles. In the video, it wasn’t only the fact that a plant could sing that amazed me, but rather the way that the non-GMO plant appeared to “help” the GMO plant to find its “identity” and “remind it of its song” as Alexander Christ puts it. I had two major revelations impressed upon me.

Firstly, through the video, Holy Spirit reminded me of our God-given ability (and mandate) to bring life to the barrenness around us, to awaken dormant hearts and spirits back into a place of identity and worship, not only through our words, but through our SONG. As it says in Ephesians 5:19, we should encourage one another in ‘psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart’.

Secondly, if a plant could “find its song” after hearing another plant sing how much more powerful is our worship to our surroundings? Not only is our singing of spiritual songs necessary to bring life to PEOPLE around us, but it can also be used to awaken and bring life to ALL CREATION around us!

This has had such significance to me during this time of drought. As I walk and run through our farm, Holy Spirit is impressing on me to sing my song over the land. As I do so, I hope and trust that my worship will “remind” it of its true identity and to awaken it back to life!

APPENDIX A:

Some other articles you may be interested to read:

http://thespiritscience.net/2015/06/15/nasa-discovers-planets-and-stars-give-off-music-this-is-what-it-sounds-like/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/plants-dont-have-mouths-but-they-can-sing_b_6771526

https://www.sciencealert.com/flowers-may-not-have-ears-but-they-can-still-technically-hear-say-scientists “Scientists have found evidence that plants can actually hear the buzz of passing bees and produce sweeter nectar in response to entice the flying insects in”

APPENDIX B:

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. Isaiah 49:13 (KJV)

All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name Psalm 66:4

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD… Psalm 96: 11-13

Crumbs or Cake?

Quite a few years ago during a time of worship the Lord showed me the following vision:

I saw a magnificent wedding scene. The hall was decked out in such beauty and splendour as only a wedding could allow. Aside from all the finery of flowers, candlelight, drapery and such, my eyes were drawn to the main table where the bride and bridegroom sit.

There, seated at the main table, looking dashing in his tuxedo, was the bridegroom- Jesus. To my alarm, however, instead of his countenance being lit up with love and joy, I saw that it was filled with anguish and pain. Tears were pouring down his cheeks. I looked to see what was causing him such heartache, and there, on the floor, crawling on her hands and knees, her beautiful gown getting filthy dirty, was the bride. Instead of taking her rightful place alongside her beloved, sharing in the wedding banquet, she was rather choosing to pick up the crumbs from under the table!

I could not believe it! Did she not know who she was and where she belonged? Did she not know how precious she was? Didn’t she know how worthy she was to be seated at the main table and enjoy the feast? It broke my heart to see what pain it was causing the groom to watch his bride hiding away, missing out on all that he longed for her to enjoy. Most of all, he wanted her by his side to hear the words of love he would whisper in her ear, and for the two of them to soak up the beauty of the evening together, as one.

As the vision ended I could still feel the Lord’s pain. His heart was breaking for His Bride who was hiding under the table instead of taking her rightful place of honour alongside Him, the Bride who still didn’t fully understand who she was.

All too often, we act like the bride in that vision. We forget our true identity and believe we are unworthy to experience and receive all that our Bridegroom has for us. We hide away in fear or shame settling for ‘crumbs’, instead of God’s best. Jesus is longing for His Bride to step up into the fullness of who she is destined to be – to stand up tall, powerful, clothed in purity, knowing that she is bold, blessed, and beloved.

It’s time to get off the floor, (let go of the past), dust off your gown (shake off fears), take your rightful seat as the Bride (acknowledge your true identity and walk in purity), love and be loved by your Groom (come back to the intimacy of your first love) and enjoy the feast (live out in the abundance and fullness of the life you’ve been given)!

Let your lover take you onto the dance floor, to spin and twirl, so that everyone may see your true beauty, and delight in you, as He delights in you!

Isaiah 62:5 “And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.”

Prayer: Jesus, please forgive me for any pain I’ve caused you by not fully accepting the gift of life that you have given me. I am sorry that I have not stepped into the fullness of who I am created to be, because of fear or shame. Today I make the choice to step into all that you have for me by acknowledging that I am your Bride – and acting that way. I declare that as your Bride I am beautiful, bold, blessed and loved. I declare that as you rejoice and delight in me, and I in you, others will see your beauty and glory.

Activation: Jesus, are there any areas in my life where I have difficulty relating to this aspect of you as the Bridegroom? Please show me clearly if there are.

Sweet Peas and Sparrows

While doing a year with Y.W.A.M (Youth with a Mission) in Hong Kong, I lived in an 800 year old Chinese village. Each morning we would have a mandatory “quiet time” for an hour. I would often love to sneak out of the Y.W.A.M base and walk to a spot in the countryside where I would have my quiet time with the Lord. I looked forward to these times alone with Him and am certain that He cherished them too.

On one particular morning, I was walking along the path to get to my favourite spot, when suddenly my attention was drawn to Sweet Peas growing along a fence next to the path. I absolutely LOVE Sweet Peas – to me they have the best fragrance, look beautiful in their bright colours and I especially love to see them growing wild. The sight of these flowers took me by complete surprise – not only because of their beauty, but because I had not noticed them on my walk the day before. It was like they had sprung up overnight!

While I was marvelling them, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper that these flowers were especially for me! My heart jumped as I considered this – the Lord knew I loved Sweet Peas, and knew that I would be walking that path that morning! He had made sure I did not miss out on this little detail of love for me, just as one would surprise his beloved with a gift of flowers! I was overwhelmed with joy at this notion and the whole day I felt so special, so loved.

When I first met my husband we were both so aware of the details. Details of our life stories, our likes and dislikes, the way one smiled or held a cup, even the twitch in a cheek when making a joke. I remember my husband commenting on how my eyes changed colour and the different ways I laughed. I remember being so touched by the thought-filled things he did for me like opening my door, writing little poems or sending me photos he’d taken of wild flowers because they made him think of me.

Over time it becomes easy not to notice details as much as before. We become familiar with the stories, traits or quirks, and they no longer hold our fascination as they once did. Sadly, we can even fail to notice the deliberate thought-filled actions that have been done with the hope of making the other feel special; a cup of coffee made in the morning, a light left on for a partner coming home late, a foot rub while watching T.V. are just a few examples. All of these actions have the potential to go unnoticed, or even worse, over time, expected and taken for granted. As soon as this happens, all the beauty that surround these acts of love, disappears. This can breed discontent and ingratitude. So it is with our relationship with the Lord.

Everyday God is pouring out His love for us, sometimes in grand gestures, but most often in the small ways, enriching our lives with little details. We too, can become blind to these acts of love and miss out on being romanced by our Lover. We too, can become discontent in our relationship with him, ungrateful even, and begin to believe we are unloved.

In Matthew 10:28–31 we read, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (v. 29). Although the sparrow did not hold much value in ancient Palestine, not one fell from the sky without its fall being ordained by the Lord. God cares about detail and through it He shows His love for us. If He is concerned enough over the life of the smallest sparrow, how much more is His knowledge of and concern for us? How much more does He notice us and desire to be noticed?

Ask Him today to open your eyes to His Detail; to not miss out on any of His gestures of romance to you- whether big or small. Who knows what you might discover? Perhaps your very own “Sweet Pea” is just waiting to be noticed!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that you are a God of detail- that you use the small details of everyday life to show your love to me. Help me to open my eyes to all the ways that you are romancing me. Help me to not miss out on noticing any of your gestures of love for me.

In the same way Lord, keep me mindful of the details of those who love me and whom I love. Keep my eyes open to their gestures of love to me, and to be appreciative and grateful for their kindness and thoughtfulness. Amen

A beautiful Sweet Pea garden

Activation:

Father God, what are some of the ways that you have romanced me lately? 

Holy Spirit, is there anybody in my life to whom I need to pay more attention, or to whom I should be more grateful?