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Sounds of Renewal


Do you have music that has spoken to your soul this year?

Music has healed and strengthened my heart daily through this season. I have been soothed over and over by a mix of music shared from some of the most interesting sources. The young king in my home has shared links repeatedly that have led me to music and artists I would otherwise have not found. I have also found great solace in live worship sessions as we have sat together listening and praying over life, the season, and the future. Most interesting has been the days with a single song on repeat or instrumentals on soft as I worked through the day.

Music has healing and restoration power that soothes and as I share my play list for the year I hope you find strength through this list.

What music has changed your perspective or strengthened you this year?

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Introspect & Execute


There are many things I can say about 2020, but the things I will focus on are the ones I learnt in different angles. Introspection has always been my strong point but it is currently on steroids and I find it hard not to think deeply. I know people who would rather not introspect because it reminds them of what has failed but it invigorates me. Introspection inspires me to look at the challenge, what didn’t work, why it didn’t work and how to move forward.

Introspection wasn’t always so productive because I couldn’t take it to the end of executing. It took time to understand that just thinking about things isn’t that helpful if nothing comes out. Then I discovered that the way to get things done is to think them through, write them down, share them with others. Interestingly, I have added an angle, there are people who need a model with dealing with life, so I share what I have learnt this year.

So here are the things I learnt about myself and life in 2020 and I hope someone else will find inspiration and strength to go on from them.

Self-discovery:

  • I am human and fallible
  • I am responsible
  • I am able & capable
  • I am ENOUGH
  • I am connected
  • I am loved deeply and loveable
  • I am breathtakingly beautiful
  • I am made for more

For Work:

  • Focus is key…it expands everything
  • Not everyone will understand
  • Discipline is the difference
  • Shut up and work…proof cometh
  • Go the extra mile
  • Listen, focus, apply
  • Do it…no one else will
  • Progress not perfection
  • Growth happens in chaos

For Life:

  • Believe and act…walk by faith
  • Be faithful and diligent
  • Let go for real and leave it there
  • Take the step, things will open up
  • Keep learning
  • Know your tribe; build and protect it
  • When you miss people, look for them
  • Do you; Be you…don’t explain
  • Feel free to walk away

Shalom.

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24+ Lessons From 2020


2020 has been a very mixed year for many of us. I have had some very extreme lows but it has largely been a great year. I have grown in leaps and bounds, shattered many limitations and shocked myself as I have watched myself. Today I share some of the things I have learnt this year that have made it easier to keep going:

Nothing remains the same forever

The people who walk with you will surprise you

Build your tribe intentionally

You are the only one who can commit to your dream

Tomorrow is a blessing not a guarantee

Men plan but God executes and interrupts

Love is a verb, a choice and a commitment

Money and provision are two very different things

Opportunities come when I am in place working

When you don’t have faith in your abilities, tap into the faith others have in you

Results are the product of diligent, consistent, honest work…not wishful thinking

Take that step and grow yourself; it will pay off later

Show up in the meeting even if you don’t know anyone

Be willing to stand up and stand out

Very few people know what is really going on; be one of them

Read, read, and read some more; you will find something interesting

Gratitude and empathy are the new currency of life

Do the work in private and because you believe in the outcome not because you want people to notice

Your consistency will attract the needed attention, get it right

Be know for what you are good at not for disappointing others

Build your support networks diligently and carefully; you are as good as your tribe

Do at least one thing that scares you every year, ask someone to hold you accountable

The night will always pass; the morning will always come; the sun will always rise

Regular hand washing should have always been mandatory

A mask is a blessing and I will wear it for a long time to come

All things are possible with God and Faith

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Life Changes


Life changes as we grow

Life changes as we learn

Life changes as we share

Life changes as we care

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Life changes with loss

Life changes with sadness

Life changes with separation

Life changes with disappointment

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Life changes with laughter

Life changes with smiles

Life changes with soft sighs

Life changes with joy

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Life changes with locations

Life changes with movement

Life changes with uncertainty

Life changes with fear

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Life changes with family

Life changes with warmth

Life changes with belonging

Life changes with truth

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Life changes with oneness

Life changes with unity

Life changes with common goals

Life changes with dreams

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Life must change daily

Life must change to trigger us

Life must change to test us

Life must change to build u

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Every time life changes; smile

Every time life changes, press on

Every time life changes, hope

Every time life changes, believe

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Every time life changes, trust

Every time life changes, hope

Every time life changes, dream

Every time life changes, rise

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Different & Loving It


Recently, I walked into an event and the number of people had me running for the hills.

I literally left. I have not been one to go out a lot and definitely not to very crowded spaces. The year in partial seclusion has revived some of my introvert ways and it has been a great time of working on me. Many people do not believe I am introverted because of all the time I spend with people however, being introverted has less to do with not liking people and more to do with what drains and revives us. I have my introverted ways as well as the socially engaged person on the other side making me an ambivert.

Conversations in this season have really changed me and given me the strength to pivot as well as be true to who I am. I was in a conversation with one old native about work and the stress of commuting. His opinion is that if one wants to be a professional and have any career progression, the commute is mandatory. In the past that comment would have thrown me off balance, thinking something was wrong with me because I dislike the commute and can be a challenging employee but this time, it was different. I knew different because I had just spent six of the most productive months of my work life without a single commute. I had served more people, organised amazing events and reached a greater audience, from my home office. Did I counter his opinion? Nope! It would not have added value because we would just argue endlessly.

The steadiness of my heart caught and held my attention.

This old native has been around the world a few times and has tested models, found what worked for him and built his life around that. His patterns work and have worked for a few others, but they honestly have not worked for me. For a long time, I wondered what was wrong with me and felt a lot of pressure to conform. Not anymore.

Why haven’t they worked? I have a different personality and the focus of my life is different. Additionally, success means different things to both of us so we cannot use the same method to attain it. Yet more than that, my life experience has shaped how I function. Whereas he has gone full throttle for decades with no recourse, I have had two major health incidents that stopped me in my tracks. These incidents incapacitated me for months at a time and have forced me to find alternative patterns that gel with who I am and thrive at what I do.

The silence that ensued allowed me to think and process.

The peace in my heart fascinated me and it brewed deeply. Fascinated me because finally I did not feel the pressure to conform or be accepted. Brewed because it kept rising and the sunlight and smile on the inside got bigger and brighter. In my own view I had come of age. I had realised and fully believed that my worldview is valid and the right path for me. I had found that deep place of peace with who my Maker made me and how my life has and continues to pan out.

I learnt a valuable lesson from the native that day, but it was not from what he said. His confidence in his opinions and his stubbornness about the things he believes in gave me power. Power to believe that I am on the right path for me. Power to understand that self-acceptance is the starting line. Power to follow through on what I believe even when others do not believe with me and allow my life and its results to tell the story and provide the proof.

I am stronger and comfortable in who I am.

Every day, my understanding of who I am in God and how my life must pan out increases. Every day I find strength in my path and calling. Every day I understand the importance of charting my path through the bush, that another may find the strength to do the same.

I am different and I love it more today than ever before.

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Strength in Your Voice


Sometimes I call just to hear your voice

Other times you call when  I need to hear it

Every time I hear it, hope rises

Every word, resonates

I love the sound of your voice.

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It is deep like a hidden ravine

It is gentle when encouraging

Stern when pushing

Light when teasing.

I love the sound of your voice.

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It is always confident

Cools the soul like rain,

Warms like sunshine

Soothes like an evening walk on the beach.

I love the sound of your voice.

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I love your laugh

It starts deep

Ends very light

Has notes of cheeky.

I love the sound of your voice.

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Knowing you are with me makes me smile

Knowing we are working together strengthens me

Knowing you are travelling with me, brings hope

Knowing you speak when needed, is right

I love the sound of your voice.

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Your voice signifies home

Your voice opens my heart’s doors

Your voice soothes me at night

Your voice calms our little ones

I love the sound of your voice

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The little ones smile when you call

They look up when you laugh

They lie on your chest to hear the echo

They ask for your at the end of the day

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in prayer

When you lift us up to God

While you seek direction on how to lead us

When you pray for family members

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in song

Lifting your praise to our Father

Giving thanks for the Life He gives

Raising the banner in war

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in times of joy

When you laugh unstoppably

When you sigh sounds like a song

When you are contagious with joy

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in grief

As you let out the sadness gently

Or when you scream out the pain

Or just groan as the pain flows through

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice

Every night as you lift your voice in prayer

Every morning when you call us out

Every afternoon when you check on me

I ALWAYS love the sound of your voice

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Assigned Provision


When God sends you to an assignment, He tells you what, why and confirms the rest.

The first time I heard that statement I did not believe it because it felt like I knew what we were doing but nothing seemed to work. Everything looked like it was going burst and I could not make things happen no matter what. I could not turn one way or the other without losing something and I wanted to make the shift but keep everything as it was. Then he said, ‘Walk away!’

What? Why should I walk away? These are things I have always known, people I have always been with, and patterns that I have always had…how do I just walk away? What was I walking towards? Who would I be walking with? How do I sustain the ability to keep walking when I am alone? Was he really serious about the walking away? Then He sent confirmation after confirmation that walking away was the thing to do, so I walked away.

You can and indeed must walk away when He says so.

I have had a lot of time to thing and reflect and been reminded a lot of the whole walking away thing. I have had the opportunity to listen into many conversations in the faith sector and the uncertainty and fear is palpable and it is bothering me.

Isaiah 55:10-11 has come to life as I have thought about this season. God’s word is guaranteed to happen because He does not change His mind or move off path. It is as certain as the fact that rain comes from the sky, waters the earth, and provides food and seed. It is certain like the fact that he does not send rain to some and not others. If the accomplishment of God’s Word is a guarantee, why do so many of us struggle with standing on and believing in His word?

What is my part in this mix?

The one thing I am sure of is that God’s word will not fail no matter what; so why do some things in life fail? As I sat on that the questions begun to run through my mind. Do I really believe? Have I given him full control? Are there things I have held onto? Are there things standing in His way. Surely my part is to believe His Word, stand in faith and work on it.

My mind goes back to Daniel and all the madness around him including threats of death, yet he chose to live his life as he knew how. His patterns were predictable including praying every day, at the same time, with the window open; it was sure like clockwork. He had a critical assignment in government and faith, and he did both very well with faith as his foundation. It leaves me with many questions about my own life.

What is my foundation and established pattern?

If I believe that I am truly assigned and I walk in the fullness of the same, then I will proceed with every step no matter what resources are missing because they will come. Then I remember manna and quail in the desert, insight for the seven years of plenty, the fourth man in the fire, the coin in the fish’s mouth, five loaves and two fish…the list is endless in scripture and if we track it carefully, we can find the same stories in real life. People who live by faith and the word of God; who’s lives are having incredible impact.

As we walk our journey, provision awaits in the appropriate ideas and insights, connections, teams, contacts, clients, income, investments, impact and opportunities to serve. Our foundation must be the word spoken over us before the foundations of the earth.

Today I choose to once again BELIEVE the word He spoke, I choose to stand FIRM on it and walk in FAITH.

Join me!

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