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Challenge #2! And it’s an epic one ^^ Reading this reminded me of Secret #26 in @paulangone 101 Secrets for your Twenties, ‘Our imperfections, doubts and questions about faith don’t make us unfaithful freaks- they make us human.’ Stand out quote from the secret? ‘Why waste time with church if we all share a collective perfection?’ In true Paul Angone style, he also added the fact that it honestly felt like a problem-free parallel universe where everyone was so hyped up… [on coffee, donuts, light shows and Jesus] where there wasn’t a cloud, drop of rain or speck of pollution in the sky!’ Haha. In all seriousness though, he has a point. If church can’t be a place where we don’t have to act like we have it all together, where else can we go? After all, we all have issues, problems and questions- so maybe instead of hiding them, we should be intentional in sharing them 😉 And that’s what I decided to do ever since last year ^^. Sure it can be scary to be vulnerable. But people are not mind readers, if you don’t tell them you are struggling, they cannot help you 🙃 so I made the leap and couldn’t have moved out without my Youth Pastor and partners help! And now? As a church leader, I’m super intentional in sharing my struggles cause that builds a sense of trust, relability and authenticity. That I’m just like my group members, still learning and growing and looking for answers. There’s nothing like authenticity and transparency that gets even the most introverted members to share their struggles as they realise they’re not alone in this.😉 So be intentional in sharing your struggles, it builds relationships. It’s time to ditch the facade of perfection. 😎
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Saw this the other day while I was chilling at my fave @starbucksau 😉 couldn’t help but smile and snap the moment. One more letter, and it would have read Saviour & Grace 😉 To this I add, ❤ & Grace every day. Cause in life you will come across some people for no rational reason is taking out their negativity on you even when it has absolutely nothing to do with you. One of my guy colleagues asked me; how do I manage to work in a male dominated industry as a female and cope with all the incoming demands being in the customer service centred project role? And still remain smiley and optimistic? 😉 My answer. ❤ & Grace. 😉❤️ I remember that it’s not personal, it’s just work. I can’t choose how people react when they’re having a bad day or in a bad mood. But I can choose how I react. And I choose love and grace and help them find a solution. That’s how I do it. 😊 Same applies to my family members, we all have bad days. As Christians, we’re called to be the light of the world. And that’s not just a Sunday thing. It’s an every day thing, when it’s not easy in our workplaces, families, friendships and our personal lives and that’s why we need Jesus as our Saviour to guide us to show love and grace to the difficult people around us. Choose love and grace. It always wins. 🙃😉❤️
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So in awe to be part of @paulangone book launch team for his new epic upcoming book – 101 Questions you need to ask in your 20’s! So this is challenge #1 (the above) 😉 Having just got out of the woods (of my last life season – more on that in my Faith in the woods podcast!), God has shown me if I had thrown in the towel to resign in my crappy job, I would have missed the valuable opportunity to train, empower and inspire the new young 20something junior female recruits! I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be in the privileged position to share my knowledge and pass on the torch of what I know and become a team leader before I hit my mid 20’s! 😎 Same story for my @cityonahillmelb church Gospel Community/bible group- if I gave up rooting myself in a church, would have never ended up as a GC co-leader and be at a place surrounded by inspiring young women to empower and nurture them. There’s a reason after all why people say patience is a virtue! 🙃😉
Hey JJ readers!
Just swinging by to say hi & updating you what’s happening for JJ this year 😉
❤ Podcasts: I’ve decided and realised I should be more realistic rather than super ambitious – a podcast a month on JJ radio 😉 Given it’s time consuming to write, record and edit 😉 Who knows? Maybe one day there’ll be a JJ radio!
❤ Book reviews: will come as I read those awesome books from What’s in JJ’s bookshelf!
❤ Guest posts: would ❤ to collaborate with you awesome writers/bloggers!
Stayed tuned for the 1st JJ podcast of 2018! 😉 Faith in the woods, inspired by my late night adventure in December =)
Wonderful ❤ felt prayers for us all!
I know that all of us are praying that 2018 will be the best year yet. Many things have happened to us in the past and so as this new year comes, here are my prayers for everyone including myself:
I pray for a sustained physical and emotional strength. We’ll not know what we will face this year because struggles are inevitable and part of our life. But I pray that whatever we will face, we’ll be able to handle it. Our bodies and spirits will be ready to face anything. We will not let whatever comes in our way bring us down. We will not let ourselves lose and be depressed or have that “self-pity” state. I pray we’ll be able to handle everything well even though it’s hard, that we may remember to take things lightly because we are not alone in our journey.
I pray for happiness…
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