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Live Everyday On Purpose

Rainbow on Terrigal beach via Instagram

Rainbow on Terrigal beach via Instagram

Hello lovely people,

As I write this, I am sitting on a plane, on my way to speak at a great church in Melbourne, before I fly out early tomorrow morning to be with my mum who is having surgery. You never quite know what a day will bring, but in saying that, I have complete confidence that none of our problems are a surprise to God and He is Lord through it all.

The last couple of months have been a wonderful whirlwind of incredible activities that have happened in our lives: Zoe Jewel went back to school, we bought a wedding gown for our beautiful Chloe who marries Hosanna in June, Amz and Hoody and the babes are all doing so well and embarking on new adventures, Checkie is back into his theology studies, and our church family is simply going from strength to strength.

Through it all I am growing more and more grateful for each day, and even though my body struggles due to the meds I am on, every day feels new, literally pulsating with newness. Even in the hardest of days, Jesus’ love for all of us illuminates ever so beautifully and, as I rest in His goodness and great plans for our lives, my heart is filled with dreams for the future.

I am hearing from a lot from people about what they feel God is doing across the earth right now. Thoughts about His glory intensifying and covering the earth as water covers the sea, about the miraculous and saving grace of God seriously bursting out all over the place. These are days of great outpourings of God’s spirit, days where our understanding of the grace and kindness of God is increasing, and days where even though darkness tries to prevail, the glory of the Lord is rising upon us all.

My encouragement to you today is to live everyday ON PURPOSE. You are designed for purpose, for greatness, for influence and impact. These are great days my friend. Sometimes you just need to turn off the television and protect your souls from all the bad news, and simply focus on Jesus and His great love toward you. These are days where we must continue to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit as He leads us, protects us and speaks to us. He will help you know what to bring your energy and passion to each day, He will comfort you when you need it, and He will empower you to live the life you were born to live.

Every morning, I encourage you to get out of bed and say, “Holy Spirit, lead me today as I live for Christ. Lead me as I love and serve others’. As you make this your daily declaration, you just never know what lies on the other side of your obedience.

Love you all so much,

Thanks for your continued prayers.. xx

Darls

In Jesus Name: A Legacy of Worship & Faith

My heart is full yet again as we have just released this Legacy project ‘In Jesus Name: A Legacy of Worship & Faith‘. Jesus certainly is the centre of my world and it is my life mission to announce and declare His Lordship and great love for us.

I sincerely pray that these songs draw you to desire an ever growing, ever deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.

Feel free to check out this video on YouTube of ‘My Highest Hope‘ and the album is on iTunes.

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Much love,

Darls xx

 

A Few Thoughts

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 10.48.05 pmDearest friends,

Its been a few weeks since my last blog so tonight I thought I’d just take a few minutes to keep you up to date. Firstly, its the eve of our VISION SUNDAY at HOPEUC and I want to sincerely thank our creative teams at all campuses, the 4B media team, and every volunteer that makes HOPEUC what it is. You are SO inspiring to both Mark and myself and we (truly) pray that the Holy Spirit will refresh you from deep within as we embark on this next season – together. Our God is glorious, completely and ultimately. What a joy and privilege it is to love and serve Him. I am SO excited about where God is leading us as a church.

Our family has had some amazing days over the last couple of weeks. Our Chloe Jaz and her fiancee, Hosanna, celebrated their engagement at our home with a big party. It was A WHOLE LOT OF FUN with A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE and A WHOLE LOT OF FOOD. Seeing your kids follow the heart of God and discovering His will for their lives brings unspeakable joy. It’s one of the most wonderful things in life. Hosanna is a gift to our entire family, every time he walks into the house we say ‘Glory to God!!’ (one of the shouts of praise or adoration for God). We’re sure he’s not sick of this at all!!!!!!

And personally, I received another great report from the oncologist. It’s all onwards and upwards. Slowly, slowly, but I am getting there! Again as always, we are grateful for your prayers, love and care. Mark and I and our whole family are seriously eternally thankful. I am also slowly getting back into the studio, and I have said yes to a couple of overseas trips for the year which makes me excited and nervous. Everything feels so new.

This year begins with SO much HOPE. It is overflowing from our hearts to yours. We pray that every time any of you are feeling overwhelmed by life, that you will allow the great grace of God to carry you through. Leap into His love, He is always there and its never too late, you are never too much for Him.

Psalm 27…

Love you dearly,

Darls xx

 

Happy New Year and Much Love

happy new yearPsalm 33: 18 – 22
‘Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him.. on those who HOPE is His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.’

Hope you have had a beautiful Christmas time with those you love. We are taking a little holiday to have our souls refreshed for the glorious season ahead.
On the Eve of what I believe will be an outstanding year, I am taking a moment to reflect on this year, on the goodness of God, on the wonder of family, on the beauty which is the local church, on the strength of tried
and true friendship, and on the unfailing power of HOPE.
As I read Psalm 33 today, I am fully aware that His eyes are on us, and His heart is toward us, whether walking valiantly over mountains or crawling through valleys, The HOPE that we have in Christ is astonishing. As I lean into and learn from God’s presence, I am reminded again, that His faithfulness towards us is more than we can ever comprehend.

So, as we enter 2015 with a grateful heart, rich in the things in life that truly matter and with a heart that is fully alive!

I KNOW, that as I rest in His finished work, He will not only continue to heal me, but He will make me FULLY awake to His ultimate plans and purpose.
I KNOW, that waiting on Him is a huge part of the future, that in the waiting, I will learn more of Gods nature and heart for others.
I KNOW, that rejoicing will be taken to a whole new level, and powerful faith, worship, love and intimacy will be the fruit of all going on in the spirit.
I KNOW, that the name of Jesus will mean even more as I stand in stronger authority as we speak His name over all.
I KNOW, that His love rests upon me like a warm, thick blanket that makes me feel SO comforted and safe no matter what is happening. As I put my HOPE in Him, His love will engulf me, and I will be stolen away to a place no one else can go, because its a place reserved for Him and me. There is a place in Christ designed just for you too.
I KNOW, that by His grace I can encourage others to seek first the Kingdom of God, with all they are, for evermore. Every day matters.

So, be safe wherever you are today, bring the new year in well, keep Jesus at the centre, this year of GRACE is outstretched before us to be lived well, one Holy Spirit fuelled day at a time .

With all my heart,
Darlene..