Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Internship

September 16th 2013 must've been one of the most emotional goodbyes of my life - (sounds dramatic right) - I left my family and friends in order to fly some 8,000 miles to the other side of the world in order to do an internship for a few months and stay with strangers. Crazy. Nuts. Ludicrous.
Now here I am, nearly 9 months later on the last stretch of my stay here in Aus (after it having been extended a mere 4 times)!

I came to the land down under for an internship in kids ministry...I'm leaving with incredible memories, friends for life, a totally changed outlook and a "plan" for my future; a.k.a so much more than I could ever have imagined!

My eyes and my heart have been opened. I want to share the following with you:

~ Our lives are determined by every single choice we make - my choice to come out to Australia has changed my life for the better (and that's not a phrase I chuck around lightly). We can wait for something to happen or make something happen.

~ Adapting our mindset can make anything achievable - have faith, have belief, have a drive, then succeed.

~ Some things we may not understand because we are part of a much bigger plan. But the role we play is so significant. It's in these times that God wants us to lean into him.

~ We can't rely on how we look to sustain ourselves - we are worth so much more than that. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" - who is beholding you?

~ God wants us to be in relationship with Him - we have to know the author, not just the book (Bible). Being in relationship with God changes the desires of our heart.

~ We are valuable, have worth, are gifted, talented and each have a unique purpose on this Earth - we are each unique masterpieces.

~ True freedom comes from flourishing in knowing and loving who you are.

~ Who you have beside you in life truly matters - I've walked life with many amazing people who've shown me so much of who I am in God and who God is in me...I'm eternally grateful for that.

~ The longer we see ourselves through a distorted lens, the more likely we are to believe a distorted truth.

~ We shouldn't try to be the best in our world - we should try to be the best for our world.

~ Worry is the end of faith and faith is the end of worry.

~ A persons heart is more clearly seen by what they're willing to embrace without offence, than by their expression of faith only in what they already understand. We do not believe because we understand, we understand because we believe.

"Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be" (Henry David Thoreau)

"When I stopped obsessing over my flaws and focused on His faithfulness, my life took on a new kind of beauty" (Alicia Bruxvoort)

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always look lovely" (Roald Dahl)

"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. Remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere but in the mind" (Dale Carnegie)

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" (John Wayne)

"Excellence is Kingdom. Perfectionism is religion. Poverty is demonic" (Bill Johnson)