Health + Wellbeing / 12.07.2018

This week on the blog I wanted to share something light – hearted and fun. Cooking is one of my favourite hobbies and a tasty one at that! Since it’s the middle of winter and cold outside I thought I would share four cosy winter dishes that are among my favourites. Beef and vegetable soup This is my grandma’s recipe that she passed down to my Mum so I guess you could call it a family heirloom. 500gr lamb or beef ¾ cup barley Salt Cover with water   Put lid on and cook slowly for 2+...

Encouragement / 10.05.2018

I have listened to this song before thanks to the movie The Other Woman but the lyrics only struck me this week and I would like to share them with you. The song is called The Sun is Rising by Britt Nicole. When life has cut too deep and left you hurting The future you had hoped for is now burning And the dreams you held so tight lost their meaning And you don't know if you'll ever find the healing You're gonna make it You're gonna make it And the night can only last...

Health + Wellbeing / 10.08.2017

I wasn’t going to write this; I was going to hold onto it a little longer as I come to terms with yet another label that goes right to my core and infiltrates everything. Two weeks ago I went to the doctor and explained that even though I struggle with anxiety the feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts were new and they worried me. After a lengthy discussion I was diagnosed with reactive depression. Part of me was relieved that I finally had answers to the emotions...

Encouragement / 08.06.2017

Psalm 18:16 – 17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” I am in a darkened room like an old warehouse with only a few overhead lights. The rest of the room is in darkness. I stand under one of the lights. A small dragon like creature is in front of me with spikes all over its body, its claws long and...

Encouragement / 25.05.2017

Isaiah 45:9 – 10 “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands?’ Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to his mother ‘What have you brought to birth?’ This week I just feel exhausted. The kind of exhaustion that makes me want to stay in bed but knowing if I do...

Health + Wellbeing / 04.05.2017

Psalm 147:7-9 “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.” I have been challenged in the meantime… be thankful. When the waiting season for me first began I really struggled with people’s expectations (real and assumed) and my own. Who was I if I was no longer a university student?...

Self Love / 01.12.2016

Exodus 19:5b “You will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine.” Do you see yourself as a treasure? Someone who is valuable and precious? If no, why is that? It wasn’t until this year I could finally start to see me as Jesus sees me – a priceless treasure worth pursuing. Before I was sure Jesus could only see my flaws, my wrong choices,  and my brokenness because that’s what I saw. I struggled to see the good. The truth Jesus had to lovingly show me was...

Encouragement / 17.11.2016

Psalm 23: 2 – 3 “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” I have been learning to drive for a couple of weeks now through lessons in a modified car (hand controls), it is a challenging and exhilarating experience so far. I have been learning to put theoretical concepts into practice from maintaining speed to driving to the conditions (dirt vs. sealed roads) all of which require following road signs. If I ignore these instructions, such as a...

Encouragement / 15.09.2016

Ecclesiastes 3:11a ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time’ Signs of spring are everywhere: in the birds chirping, to new flowers opening in bud, to people just being generally happier. I love all seasons for the variety and good things that happen during that particular season. Summer, for the long sunny days perfect to be outdoors. Autumn, for the vibrant colours on the trees. Winter, for the bonfires. Spring, for flowers blooming. I love spring the most, it reminds me of fresh starts and new beginnings. I have contemplated...