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NOBLE – courage, inspiration, love all in one

05.03.15

there are people and stories in life, that transcend the meaning of courage, to a point where we, know not what or how to define their willingness in life, to go above and beyond what the ordinary human would do in free will.

perhaps, you may think that such are created with an extra layer of tenderness. or perhaps an extra layer of compassion. whatever it is that these people embody, they often times leave us –  the spectators, wondering where in heart, they find the courage for lack of a more deserving word, to do what they do for the love of others.

the hollywood reporter writes this of the award winning film – Noble, based on the true life story of Christina Noble, “This biopic about Irishwoman Christina Noble, who established a network of centers for homeless children in Vietnam, stars TV and film vet Dierdre O’Kane. An unusual yet inspired choice, the life of Irish charity founder Christina Noble might not at first appear to be ideal for feature treatment, despite the network of service centers for street kids that she’s established in Vietnam and Mongolia that supports thousands of needy youth annually. However, writer-director Stephen Bradley manages to find a rather circuitous route to revealing her motivations and backstory that eventually coalesces around a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit that will resound widely.”  Read the full article here

the film – Noble portrays the true life story of Christina Noble in such a way that leaves the audience, with a great desire to gather every bit of courage, to be even if only for one day, one mission, someone as bold, loving and courageous as Christina.

she is fearless.

a girl left with nothing became a woman with nothing to lose.

even as a girl, she knew that someday she would do the thing that she was made to do.

and when that time came, she wouldn’t make any excuses.

or ask permission.

she wouldn’t back down or give up.

she would go all in.

that’s what “CALLING” looks like.

you don’t play by the rules when you are on a rescue mission.

this brazen and brash out-of-place irish mom showed up in a country halfway around the world without a dollar or a friend, saying,

“ok, here I am.”

the irish streets made her tough.

but would she be tough enough to realize her destiny?

if you ever asked how far you would go?

if you’ve ever wondered how much you would risk?

if you’ve ever questioned, “do i have a purpose?”

I say, watch this trailer, and on May 8th, pick up your: family, friends, coworkers and even your neighbors, and head out to the movie theaters to watch this inspiring, life changing film and share the love by spreading the word about Christina’s Noble’s life changing story.

and remember, the change we want, starts with us.

you too can make a difference

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until next time – stay brave, crush fear under your feet and dare to make a difference

love always: christine

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whom the Son sets free is free indeed

04.03.15

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even as the sunrises, and the birds begin to squeak, there are those who wake up, but never quite wake up. the rising of the sun, and the squeaking of the birds, never makes it’s way into their mornings. it’s always the same. the deep and very dark darkness that clouds the skies at the midnight hour, is the same darkness that unveils their days, and so beautiful mornings such as these, are never beautiful in their eyes. darkness blinds, and seems to win. and for many a days, you might say that darkness won.

there are moments such as these, for each and every one of us. the rich and poor, we all share in these moments. perhaps, you have found yourself living much too long in darkness. perhaps, the beauty and blessings of each new day, has not quite made it’s way into your heart for many a days. maybe even months, or years. it could also be, that it’s much too difficult to see the beauty of each day, while this season you now live in, is filled with pain, and hopelessness. your heart longs to dance in joy, but your mind is trapped in the sea of hopelessness. there are moments when you find yourself, grasping for joy and hope. you even feel yourself for a second or two, hopeful and joyful, and before you know it, this dark canvas of utter pain and hopelessness, grabs your heart, and you drown back into your worries, doubts and fears.

may i tell you that there is hope.

living hope in every situation, every circumstance. that this canvas of darkness, that now covers your days and nights, can be washed away with the precious, healing blood of Jesus. and the beauty and blessings of each day, that is a beautiful promise from our Father in heaven (Lamentations 3: 22-23), can and will make it’s way into your precious precious heart.

simply pray a simple prayer of help.

Father, I need your help.”

because far too often, we know not how to climb out of this pit of darkness, and in His strength, He is able to turn our weakness, into something of power. and because we cried out for help, there is nothing absolutely nothing good, our Father would not do for us. Read Jeremiah 29:11. He hears every prayer, and in faith we are able to receive His help, and its not before long that we find ourselves slowly, but surely climbing out of that pit of darkness, into the light. and since we know that  in darkness, His light shines brightest, we know that He is always a prayer away. ready and able to turn our darkness into dancing.

 there is absolutely nothing impossible for our God (Matthew 19:26).

remember, He died on the cross, so that we may be set free. free from every bondage. free from the pits of darkness, and free from every ungodly spirit. Satan is the ruler of the kingdom of darkness. it is where he works to imprison our hearts, so that we are never to enjoy the light that shines oh so bright, each and every morning. but, glory to God, for whom the son sets free, is free indeed (John8: 36). we are not without power and help. when we call on the name of the living Lord in faith, that darkness is turned into light, and it is there that Satan is once again defeated.

Glory to God!!

we must however be determined not to remain in the pit of darkness. so long as we have life, we have hope. hope in our Living Father, who is always just a prayer away.

Happy Easter precious ones :)

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until next time, love you always: christine

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free from fear – walking in boldness

03.11.15

For God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

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my daughters and I just got done reading through the book of Jonah. we are not told why Jonah at first disobeyed God, by not going to Ninevah, but we all agree that fear might have played a role in Jonah’s initial disobedience. fear might have crippled him and caused him to seek a way out instead. like many of us, Jonah might have wished or thought that God would forget, or simply not bring up the assignment again. but that was not the case. God caught up to him (not that He needed to catch up to him), and in the belly of a big fish, Jonah surrendered to God’s will, and agreed to deliver the news to the people of Ninevah.

fear is a terrible spirit

fear will hinder you from completing God’s assignment

fear will hinder the work of God in your life

fear will ROBE you of hope

a few days ago as I was driving, God reminded me that He had already parted the sea for me. for the past few week’s i have been facing a situation like none i have faced or even thought i would ever face. this left me questioning my assignment, and contemplating other options. there are days that seem good. days, filled with light and hope. days when the Lord’s assignment seems to unveil itself through the people i meet, and interact with. those days leave me with hope, and trust in my assignment. but there are also those days, that seem very dark. days that are dark, but never hopeless. that’s the good news. they are never hopeless days. though dark, the Lord has made sure that even in the midst of darkness, His light still shines. shines bright enough to give me hope.

hope to keep going.

and so it was, as i drove around that day, not too long ago, that the Lord also reminded me, that fear was my struggle. that in the midst of every challenge, i had let fear in, and then allowed fear to grow into this controlling agent, that controlled my hope and faith in our unchanging God, and His promises for our life. and like any parent would, our Father took me back to the very beginning. He opened my eyes to the seas that He had parted, just so that I could get to this place. He reminded me just how faithful He has always been, and continues to be. the sea had all along been parted, there is nothing that can stop God’s will over my life. not even fear. so long as I am willing to walk the walk. even if walking the walk, means walking through some tough terrain, so long as i am willing to walk the walk, He would always be beside me walking the walk as well. never to forsake me, nor leave me alone.

we serve a might big God

what has God put in your heart to do? has He called you to minister to the hopeless, and needy? has he called you to serve him in mission work? to start an orphanage? to preach His unchanging word? whatever area of ministry the Lord has called you to, my plea to you would be that you would kick fear out the curb, and step in the boldness of God and serve Him just where He has called you. remember, you will face challenges. nothing supernatural comes without a challenge. challenges endured in faith, result to victory, and victory means glory to God. also remember that, what God has called you to do, He has prepared you to complete. lean on His strength, wisdom  and understanding, knowing that without Him, your are utterly hopeless. in Him alone, can you see victory, and a successful completion of His assignment. in Him alone. know that no matter how dark the days might seem, He has prepared before you seas that are parted just so that you can accomplish His will over your life. do not let fear stop, or delay the work of God in your life. step out in obedience, knowing that He will never leave you, nor forsake you.

and as i write this message, i have kicked fear out the curb. i have declared in the fullness of God, that i will no longer give refuge to fear. fear will no longer robe me of completing God’s assignments in my life. i am free from fear. fear no longer has any control over me. fear might have won previous battles, but God has won this war. Praise God!!

so i took the first step today, to reclaim my future, and i wrote an email. and in this email, i sent fear a loud and clear message, “YOU ARE NO LONGER IN CONTROL OVER MY LIFE. I AM NOT YOUR SLAVE.” and i must say, it felt really really good. my one and only desire in life, is to please God. i have shed enough tears over the past few days, angry at the revelation of the power i had given fear over my life. seeing my Father’s work complete, is my heart’s desire. i no longer live a life encompassed around me, and my heart’s desire, but i aim to always live a life encompassed around God’s will for my life. and nothing in this world, brings me more joy than seeing the work of God complete, and a new assignment received, and started. nothing. absolutely nothing. and so to see just how much power i had given fear, makes me so mad, but at the same time, i am joyful just knowing that fear is defeated.

 know that when we let fear in, we are no longer operating in the Holy spirit. for fear is not from God, and therefore does not dwell in the realm of the Holy Spirit. when we let fear in, we are instead operating in the flesh. nothing divine and spiritual can be obtained in the flesh. we must die to flesh, so that the Spirit may dwell in us, and guide us through life. so for all of us this might mean, a daily surrender to God’s will. a daily renewal of our commitment to God, and His will over our life. like brother Lawrence says in the book – the practice of the presence of the Lord, we are to daily practice the Lord’s presence, that is the only way we remain connected to the Spirit.

no matter where you are today, it’s not too late to start. the bible says, the Lord’s mercies are new ever morning. renew your trust in God, seek His help and you will fulfill your God given purpose. Amen!!

i love this song by Bethel music. it’s perfect for today’s message. to enjoy the music, please pause the blog music located at the top right page of this blog.

until next time, have a blessed fearless week

love: christine

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hearing and answering the Lord’s call

02.15.15

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The Lord Calls Samuel
3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare there were not many visions.
2 One night Eli, whose eyest were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everythinge I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ” — 1 Samuel 3: 1-14

over the last couple of week’s I have witnessed the power of God in a way like I have never imagined before. i always knew that God is always at work – day and night, but on a practical level, i had never really experienced the practicality of God’s unending works until January 5th, 2015. this was also the same day, that i started my 21 day fast, and it was around 8pm when I received a call that would later result into a couple of other conversations outside of what we term as normal business hours. the lady on the other end, started out by first apologizing for the late time in which they were attempting to reach me. she proceeded to propose to me an opportunity that they felt would be a good fit for me. still in total disbelief at the timing of God, i willingly agreed to hear her out, and by the end of our call, i had agreed to meet with them for further conversations around this proposal.

to cut a long story short, the next weeks after receiving that initial call at 8pm, were made up of further phone conversations, and face to face meetings. i remember a night when we were all holding conversations around 9:30pm very close to 10pm, via email. still, i was very much in awe at the Lord’s timing. I marveled at His ways, which are truly not our ways, but are so so much better than our own ways (Isaiah 58:8). through it all, God continued to open my eyes to the busy nature of His own life. how wondrous His works truly are. and how timeless His ways are. and eventually, i started soaking in His message to me. over and over proving to me that He never ever does close an eye or two to sleep, He is always hard at work.

i remember at one point, the Lord took me back to that first phone call that i received late in the night. i then wondered, how things would have turned out, if i had decided not to answer that call because it was outside of what we term as normal business hours. i can guarantee, that the ending to this beautiful blessing, would not have been the same. it would be in non existence. in the same way, as weeks have gone by, the Lord has continued to minister to me, about my own willingness to answer His calls. to answer His calls even when they come in late in the night, or early in the morning. to answer His calls even when it means that it would then be viewed as a disruption to my daily routines.

the picture of God i have when i think of Him answering our prayers, which if we think about it comes to Him every second of the day and  night. is a picture of a Father who is awake, willing and able to receive any call at any hour. is a Father who immediately gets to work at 2am, when He receives a plea for healing, favor, provision etc. a Father who never views us as interruptions, but rather makes time at any hour to listen to our prayers, and in turn begins a response to those millions and millions of prayers. and so it is that the Lord has also placed a challenge in my heart, to dare enough to respond as He does. to be vigilant and always willing to answer His calls. to go where He leads, and act as He asks me to act.

think about those men and women who work in the 911 call center. day and night, they are at work receiving calls for help, and then responding immediately to those calls. what if we lived our own lives in this manner? always practicing the presence of God. hearing from Him, and then responding to His daily calls on our lives. instead of being consumed with our own life, we would be consumed with doing the work of God. what if? i bet you, that would put a big big smile on God’s face, because that would then mean that we would be living a selfless loving life, always conscious never to miss God’s calls.

and so the story ends that at around 11:30am on January 24th, 2015, which if i may add was a Saturday, the Lord once again prompted a final seal on this blessing – a call that would finalize these many discussions we had held during the 21 day fast. my fast came to an end on Sunday January 25th, 2015, the day after i received this last call on Saturday around 11:30am. by this date and time, i was much willing to answer calls on weekdays, or weekends. during normal business hours, and after business hours. and so it was that i answered this call, and the Lord then made His plans known to me, and as a result of me answering this call, a new chapter of my life began.

when i think of this new chapter of my life, and the way it all started, am reminded of the boy Samuel, who at such a young age received calls from God, and for the first three times He heard  God’s voice, He awoke and went straight to Eli the priest, as he thought it was him who was calling him. not once did Samuel ignore these calls from God, each time he stood up and went to Eli, and eventually Eli realized that God was speaking to Samuel, and he told Samuel that the next time he hears this voice, he should respond to God, for it was Him who was calling him. what if Samuel had decided that it was too late in the night, to answer any calls. that his sleep was way too important than these calls, and then decide to ignore these calls all together. what if? it turns out that God did great works through Samuel, and it all started with His obedience to God’s call.

will you join me in this dare to live a life that is always willing to answer God’s call?

a life that God is not afraid to work through even in the middle of the night, or early mornings, because He knows of our obedience to His voice. to go where He asks, and do as He asks of us.

what a beautiful way to live and serve God.

until next week, may the Lord lead us all to true surrender to His will over our lives, so that we may always be willing to answer His calls.

love: Christine

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