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THINGS TO BE HAPPY ABOUT: A SERIES

Monday, 11 September 2017



I recently purchased the book 14,000 Things to be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer from a website called Thrift Books (10/10 recommend). I can honestly say that it is now hands down one of my all time favourite books. I've been sitting with a highlighter and pen in hand every time I've read it. It's basically a 612 page list of things to be happy about (surprise, surprise). You can tell a lot about a person by what makes them smile and I'd love to take a look at the things those in my world would highlight throughout this book should they have a copy.

I've loved it so much however, that I have decided to write a series inspired by this book. A series of the list that I would have written if this book had been mine. A series full of ideas I highlighted from the book but also that are completely my own. A series that I encourage all of you to have a go at - it might just make you smile.

001. The feeling of freshly washed socks
002. Mango ANYTHING
003. Funny nicknames that don't make any sense at all
004. Border Collies
005. The sound of rain crashing against your bedroom windows
006. Whispering
007. Whipped Cream
008. A good game of monopoly deal with your closest friends
009. Bouncy Castels
010. Church on a Sunday night
011. Catch ups with old friends
012. Pulpy Orange Juice
013. 3am car conversations
014. Puzzles
015. Receiving a letter in the mail
016. Denim skirts
017. Freshly painted nails
018. Friday night worship at youth
019. The smell of fresh strawberries
020. Friends who pray for you
021. The rush of nerves right before you get your ears pierced
022. Scrambled eggs
023. Watching the city lights flicker on at a lookout
024. The first slice of birthday cake
025. Silly string


XO, Danielle

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THIS IS WHAT CHANGES THE WORLD

Thursday, 7 September 2017


A couple of weeks ago just over 500 teenagers from all over the north island were gathered in one room to praise Jesus and 66 of them made the best and most important decision they will ever make and decided to follow Christ. It was such an incredible night that I feel so privileged to have been a part of. God is SO good, is he not?

Looking over all of the photographs that captured how incredible the night was (I have some talented friends) I can't help but feel a sense of gratitude for having been a part of making a event like this happen. I truely am a part of the greatest church in the world.



On nights like these I am always struck with the feeling of, "If this is church, if this is what a relationship with God looks like - then how do people not think that this is the coolest thing ever? It makes no sense to me."

There is nothing about this, about a room full of young people that are on fire for what God is doing in the world around them, that isn't awesome. We have a generation who are being taught the importance of this, a generation being filled with unashamed love for our saviour, a generation who are being prepared for a future with Jesus.

This is what is going to change the world.

I watched one of Samuel Rodriguez's sermons at life group the other day and he said, "There was a recent report by a global research company that came to this horrific conclusion - I kid you not, its a US based research but they looked at global christianity trends and they came to this conclusion that the current generation between the ages of 15 and 30 were going to be the last viable generation advancing Christendom. That after that, at the end of this century christianity will not survive in any viable sustainable matter. They have declared - I kid you not, that this is the last chapter of Christendom."

I remember listening to this and my friends and I gasped a little before we were like "There is no way." It is very clear to me that the people who did this research, who took the time to come to this horrific conclusion were not people who were a part of the church. After Big Night Out and seeing a room full of teenagers fuelled by unashamed love, it is clear to me that in actual fact NOTHING that was found in that research is true.

Samuel then went on to state this, "As a matter of fact I know that it is quite the opposite. There is a reason why hell hates this generation. There is a reason why all of hell has stood up to silence and kill this generation. Do you understand why? I believe this generation is about to see God's glory like no other generation has seen before."

There is no doubt in my mind that there are big things on its way for the people that are a part of God's house. These teenagers that are experiencing Jesus and a relationship with him in all it's fullness are the generation that is going to bring revival and breakthrough like no other generation.

Their unashamed love is going to spread.

Their unashamed love is going to change the world.


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There is no doubt in my mind about that. I mean, I'm only nineteen and am running a ministry within the church? If God is already doing this through me, I can only imagine what He has in store for all of you.

I can not wait to see what God is going to use us all for in the future, let's prepare ourselves for it because it is going to be big!

WE are what is going to change the world.


XO, Danielle

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CURRENT FAVOURITES: WORSHIP MUSIC

Monday, 7 August 2017

I'm constantly in awe of the things that God is doing in my world through the way he speaks to me, the way he guides me and the way he uses those around me. My world can get so busy sometimes with so much that it can be hard to find the time to properly sit and just have a chat God. I have found recently that in the moments where I find I don't have enough time to sit and journal or read his word, just listening to some worship music can be just as intimate. So I thought I would share my top 5 favourites with you!

01. O COME TO THE ALTER - ELEVATION WORSHIP


This is hands down my all time favourite song at the moment. I could honestly listen to it over and over and never get sick of it.... I might already be guilty of this actually.

02. WHEN I LOST MY HEART TO YOU - HILLSONG UNITED


03. STARLIGHT - AMANDA COOK, BETHEL MUSIC


04. WAIRUA TAPU - EDGE KINGSLAND


This is also one of those songs that I will never get sick of listening to. When it's played by a live band it's even better. Our school band used to play this one every now and then and it was always insaaane!

05. LET THERE BE LIGHT - BRYAN & KATIE TORWALT



This post was inspired by one of my lovely friends Sarah from Falling Into You who did a similar post over on her blog. You should check her blog out!


XO, Danielle
 

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