The best and worst thing about me

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What a title right? If you are expecting this might be a heavy, deep post then you are correct. Those are my favourite kind of posts. The ones that make me squirm to write. The ones that make my heart race and give me sweaty palms when I hit ‘publish.’ Because these are the posts that always hit home. There is no BS here. We aren’t gonna beat around the bush. I gonna be completely honest with you about the one thing that makes and breaks me. The very best and very worst thing about myself. And yes I totally just wrote this nice, fluffy intro to put off getting into the meaty stuff just a little bit longer.

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You can’t love someone back to life…or can you?

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Do you ever get so invested in a show that it causes you to lose sleep? Not in a bad, this-is-so-scary way but more of a what-the-heck-does-this-mean kinda way. I don’t know if you have watched the TV show ‘13 reasons why’ yet, but I did and it cut me up. It’s been running through my mind constantly. I’ve been putting myself in all of the character’s shoes and thinking how and why things went so horribly wrong.

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What it truly means to be a Christian

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I was born into a Christian family so basically it is all I have ever known. While I count this as an incredible blessing, it can be difficult in that the lines between what you believe and what you have always been taught can easily blur. So it is actually quite challenging to make a choice about your faith for yourself. And even if you have been a Christian your entire life, you can still be spiritually stunted. No matter where you are at…there is A LOT to learn. So today I’m talking about what it truly means to be a Christian.

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To the person who has lost their joy…

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There are times when writing feels like rubbing antiseptic on a fresh cut. At the time it stings like crazy but you know in the long term it brings healing. There are moments when my mind scurries around like mad and ideas flow effortlessly and then there are moments when each time I try to put pen to paper; string sentences out of a jumble of thoughts…I come up empty.

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When you are afraid of the future…

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I don’t normally like sharing two heavy posts in a row but life’s not all coffee and donuts so sometimes these things happen.

I have discovered that I have a new fear. Or maybe it is an old fear that is just wearing a new hat. The newest addition to my list of things that freak the bejeebers out of me is this: I am terrified of the future.

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What to do when you feel burnt-out

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I am sick. It started out with an unbearably sore throat on Thursday and come Sunday I was struggling to muster the energy to move out of bed. This is possibly the worse time to get sick, right in the midst of exam season. When I need focus, clarity and motivation, my head feels rather like it has been stuffed full of cotton wool balls. But I am hardly surprised that I am sick. It has been a long time coming really. Being sick is what happens when you are burnt-out. 

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Why your “ordinary” life is important

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In our world, ordinary gets a bad rap. Everything has to be new and improved. We only want to see the best versions of everything, including ourselves. And when we wake up in the morning and find a bleary-eyed, exhausted face staring back at us in the mirror we can’t help but feel like a failure. Nobody would ever make a movie about our lives. We are far too dull. Too boring. Too ordinary…

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Finding God in a broken world

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Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a really difficult situation? Where everything appears to be going wrong and life is just unbearably hard? I don’t know about you, but for most of my life I thought that God resided high up in heaven, far away from the messy, ugly, painful world. I thought occasionally he might listen and answer our prayers but I always felt like if I wasn’t dying or in poverty why should I waste his time?

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Do you feel inadequate?

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Before we get into today’s post I just wanted to say that I’m finally at the end of two of the most stressful weeks of my life. This post is something that has been pressing on my heart recently. Because in the midst of stress and chaos we tend to let our guards down, and all those old sneaky insecurities come creeping back in. I woke up ridiculously early one morning this week and these words just poured out of me. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and I’m sure it is what some of you will need too…

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Change your life through prayer-Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of changing your life through prayer. In part 1, we discussed why prayer is important and roadblocks that can prevent us from praying. Today we will be digging deeper into speaking powerful prayers. We will go through the weaknesses of passive prayer and then the key points of powerful, world-altering prayers.

Have you ever prayed for something for a couple of days then got no response and given up?

Have you ever prayed for something so hard and felt completely let down by God when you didn’t get your way?

Most of us get into a habit of dishing up weak, vague prayers that we sort of hope might be answered.

As a child I even thought that if I didn’t say ‘in Jesus’ name, Amen’ at the end of my prayers then they wouldn’t be answered.

To me, prayer like this shows a lack of faith and a limited relationship with God.

Someone who strongly believes in Jesus and has an intimate relationship would pray like this:

Boldly, confidently and frequently, without fear of rejection or abandonment.

Instead of meekly coming to God with elusive prayers, we should be shamelessly asking for bigger and better things.

I feel that to our detriment, we have been taught that asking God directly for things we desire is somehow un-spiritual.

However, if you are a follower of Christ; if you love him and eagerly spend time in his presence, then you need not fear asking for the desires of your heart, because they will naturally be aligned with his will.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”- 1 John 5:14

God is a loving Father. He doesn’t seek to punish us. He desires to lavish us with blessings. We are his precious children. He delights in knowing us and wants nothing more than to make his love known.

We don’t have to be afraid of God judging, rebuking or disregarding us. In fact, the minute you make yourself vulnerable and open up to God, he will be there uplifting you.

With all this in mind, let’s talk about the practical side of prayer.

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So how should we be praying?

  1. Be specific about what you ask.

We tend to be vague with God. Most likely this is to protect ourselves and prevent our hopes from being crushed if it doesn’t come into being.

However, Jesus teaches us to be bold when we pray. To have absolute faith that God will provide for us. God is ready and willing, sometimes he’s just waiting for us to ask.

– That friend you want to be saved…pray for it to happen this year!

-That job you are unsure about…pray for absolute clarity about your decision.

Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

2. Be pedantic.

Often I think we can be guilty of treating God like a life boat. We are quite content to go through our daily lives without including him, but when the water starts rising, suddenly we cry out to him.

God wants us to come to him with everything. When life is great and when you feel like you are sinking. Whether the issue is big or small, start allowing him to be included in every decision you make.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6-7

  1. Without doubting.

There is no point in asking God for something if you don’t even believe he can or will give it to you.

There is nothing God cannot do.

It is arrogant for you to think your situation is too big for God to deal with, or too small for him to care about.

Instead, trust in his absolute faithfulness, that the time will come when you will receive an answer.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” –James 1:6

  1. Be persistent

Often we will ask God for something once or twice and then give up when we hear no response. We think God is too busy or uninterested to process our request.

But like a child that seeks the attention and praise of an adult, we must come to God tugging on the hem of his robe continuously. God might make us wait a while for an answer to allow our passion and faith to grow stronger.

“pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

  1. Give thanks.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the worries and desires we need God to sort out for us, that we forget to thank him for his goodness.

The Lord who created the magnificent universe, the intricate dance of life and gave breath to your very lungs, cares enough about you to answer your prayers…I think that is worthy of praise.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 


Make no mistake, there is almighty power in prayer.

It breaks down walls.

It opens doors.

It leaves the enemy trembling.

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“Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” ~ John Bunyan


So let’s come boldly before God with our prayers. Let prayer become our war cries, our lullabies and our secret weapons.

Start putting God first, and I promise you…your life will never be the same. 

M x

Do you have any prayer requests?

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