A constant in every season.

Good morning my lovely friends 🙂 I’m sending love to you from New York City! Happy Tuesday for the Aussies and happy Monday to us here in the northern hemisphere… I am writing this post from the bedroom of my beautiful first floor apartment, red geraniums are smiling at me on the balcony as I look down to the tree-lined street below. Here’s me watering them the other morning…

So… I have travelled quite a distance since my last blog. After Vancouver I boarded The Canadian train for a three day journey across Canada to Toronto. Oh my gosh, what an amazing experience it was. Sailing through the Rockies, past gorgeous fields and prairies, and just having some time to reflect on a busy but wonderful past month travelling through Alaska and Canada. And now here I am in my beloved NYC! I arrived last Thursday afternoon and am still pinching myself that I am here. Hello NY Public Library 🙂

And here’s my beautiful street…

I chuckled to myself as I powered up Park Avenue through the crowd the other day, two overflowing Wholefoods paper grocery bags in hand, overtaking people at lightening speed and feeling completely like a local! Hey, when in Rome… 

Here’s the view from my apartment at night… very inspiring I think 🙂

Washington Square Park on a balmy night… 

Such a great atmosphere with street performers everywhere…

So I’m here and it’s wonderful, but as with any new season, mixed emotions often follow along. Over the past four days I have been overwhelmed with joy and excitement that I am finally back here in this city I love, but I have also found myself faced with fear and uncertainty. Being a very organised person, I like things to be in order and planned out, but when you’re in a new city, out of your comfort zone, with nothing familiar around you, this is sometimes not as easy to do as it may be back home. 🙂 So I’ve had to shift things around a little bit and reassess. This morning (after a restless sleep due to a silly migraine) I spent the morning just reading my bible and sitting in God’s presence. Ah, it was honestly like water to my soul. 

His presence is everything. What a gift hey. When the busyness and craziness of life is whirling around us, we can feel so out of control, but the wonderful thing is that no matter how far off course we might spin, he is always right there waiting for us. And his presence is a breath of fresh air. It’s a constant and sure thing in our lives and it never, ever changes. 

Are you in a new season? Or feeling like you are in transition? Or maybe you have just been in this season for such a long time you are not sure what to do next? Well, whatever you are facing, let’s both be encouraged… as we navigate new territory, journeying this day set before us, let’s be aware that we are pioneering a brave and new path. My friends, we are doing a great job and all of heaven is cheering us on. We are not alone in this… So today, know that you are loved by me and that I am cheering you on in whatever season you are in! < Insert big group hug here! > Here’s me sending you love from my little home in New York 🙂 xxxxx

My heart for this blog is to build a community of friends near and far, who can encourage each other and cheer one another on as we dare to chase the things in our hearts. So if you have some encouragement to share, feel free to send it our way. What greatness is ahead of us! I love you all and am sending you a big hug today from NYC 🙂

Have an amazing day my friend.

Nat xoxo

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PS  – And a HUGE shout out to my dear friend Louise! Happy happy birthday babe!!

PPS –  And this is me looking like a local heading out of my apartment the other night ha ha…

 

What are you waiting for. Just do it.

What is it you love to do? What’s that thing
The thing that makes you come alive and filled with joy. Do you know? 
Sometimes it feels like time goes forever. And we’ll be here forever. 
And have plenty of time to do all the things we dream of. But it doesn’t. And we won’t. 
Life is actually quick. It’s a vapour.
I don’t mean to sound all morbid or anything, but this is LIFE we are talking about here! Your life. 🙂 
Do you love your life? Are you thriving? And flourishing?
What is it that makes you feel alive? 
When you’re creating? Or designing? Or building? Or helping? Or planning? Or writing? 
Or teaching? Or listening? Or parenting? Or encouraging? Or exploring?
Well for me, it’s encouraging people to recognise how amazing they are. To see what desires they have in their hearts, and to encourage them to be everything they have been called to be. Everyone has a dream. You do. And even writing this makes me feel so passionate to encourage you right now! As you read these very words I pray God begins to awaken something new in YOU. 
I want to let you know something. 
Before he breathed the stars, God created you. You. He designed you with perfection. Unique and unlike anyone else who would ever walk this earth. He placed specific, precious desires in your heart, things only you can do and things that will make your heart come alive when you do them.
So what are you waiting for?!
It’s your turn to dream my friend. Cos guess what… 🙂
Abundance is God’s normalWe are often satisfied with ‘pretty good’ or ‘near enough’ – but God is extravagant. He’s not happy with 5 days of you working in a job you don’t love and 2 days of ‘I wish this weekend would last forever so I never have to go back to work’. He wants you thriving every moment. So come on, it’s time to take that leap!
Just DO it. Okay? Whatever is in your heart… remember, it’s never too late, too early, you’re never too old, too young, too serious, too loud, too quiet, too busy. NO excuses. 
(Seriously I am going to follow up on this and check back on you okay?!)

Have an amazing Tuesday friends. Stir it up!

Love Nat xoxo

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Just stay on the path.

I was walking through the bush yesterday morning. Well technically, it’s not actually “the bush”, it’s actually suburbia… but it was like the bush. I live about two minutes from a beautiful 750 acre wilderness reserve called Braeside Park (if you want you can read a fun little story of a time my sister and I played in the playground!)… Anywayyyy, as I was walking I was just praying about life, you know those walks where you almost zoom out of yourself and you know something is happening, but you have no idea what it is? As I entered a denser part of the forest, thick ferns covered the ground like carpet. Apart from the five metres in front of me, the rest of the path had suddenly disappeared from view.
At that moment I felt God speak to me… 
“Stay on the path Nat.”
Sometimes that’s all we can do, right? Just stay where we are. Keep walking. Keep being faithful. Keep focused. But how do we navigate this unknown journey? Well, friends… I am happy to say that no matter what season you might find yourself in, whether you can see a lot of the path or a little… just remember He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And regardless of your circumstances, God doesn’t change.
Are you someone who likes change? Or do you prefer things to stay the same? 


Change = to make or become different.
 
Hmmm. Different? Is that what we really want? I mean New. Yes, yes we want new. Of course we do. But different? Change? Ah… I don’t know about that? New is exciting. But change, ah… change means ‘out of my comfort zone’ type stuff and ‘can’t see the path ahead of me’ kinda stuff. And that’s scary. But friends, let me tell you, we have stepped into something brand new. Something fresh is happening, something we have never experienced before. And with that new thing (whether we like it or not), comes change. So here are three tips to stay encouraged in this season, even when we can’t see the path ahead. 🙂 

1. Stay on the path.

2. Lift your eyes.

3. Lean on him.
Proverbs 3 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and to not lean on our own understanding“. Our Father’s great promise is that if we lean on HIM, and acknowledge him, that he will direct our paths. Leaning is pretty easy don’t you think? I mean, think about it, it’s just a transferral of weight from one thing to another. So as we ‘transfer the weight of our burdens’ on him, he takes them and “makes our path straight

I pray you have a beautiful day today my friend. 
Be encouraged to know that whatever part of the path you are on… 
Jesus is right there with you and is lighting even more of it up right now!
Love Nat x

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Anything Can Happen ~ Book Sneak Peek { Everyday Adventures }

On a scale of one to ten, how much adventure would you say you’ve you had lately? Would you say you are adventurous all day? Half the day? Or would it be more like 1 hour per day? Or maybe not even be that much? Well, I’ve been working on my book “Anything Can Happen” quite a bit lately and yesterday I was writing all about adventure. Ah, I love this pic below, doesn’t it make you want to go and climb a mountain?
What is this desire in us for adventure? Even if we don’t realise it’s in us, it’s there. We have been given “life in abundance” (John 10:10) Abundance = a very large quantity, more than adequate, over-sufficient. So for me, abundance is simple, I need to have a lot more fun and adventure. So, here’s a sneak peek of a snippet from Chapter 4 of the book ~ “Expect Surprises Everyday” 🙂 xx

A N Y T H I N G   C A N   H A P P E N 

{ e v e r y d a y  |  a d v e n t u r e s }

“If I say to you “expect adventure today”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? You might have a list of great things that just roll off the tongue, which is great, but if you don’t, then it’s time to dream. 
I’m challenged even as I write this. What am I expecting today? It’s 3:48pm on Tuesday 25th February. There are still just over 8 hours left in this day. So, what am I expecting? It would be easy for me to think, “well it’s almost 5pm, that’s the end of the day, then I’ll go home and just relax and have an early night”. Sensible, yes. Adventure, not really. What time is it now, as you read these words? Look at your watch, then work out how many hours are left in this day. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, that’s plenty of time to encourage someone, write in your journal, send that email, look up that course, or take one tiny step toward that dream you’ve been putting off for six months. 
An adventure is “an unusual and exciting or daring experience”. It’s “participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises” (Oxford Dictionary) and really, “life in abundance” means we should be participating in and experiencing these all the time right?! So let’s stir it up. Let’s stir up a sense of daily adventure and expectation. Adventure and fun are not just for ‘every now and then’, they are for everyday. 

Even if you don’t know quite what you’d love to do… just ask God, and he will show you. 🙂 Life is too short not to have fun and do what you love all the time. So what is it for you? Take a few minutes, take the limits off, let your mind go wild and just ask, “What’s the adventure awaiting me right now?” Because guess what he says to you…
As we start thinking like this, adventure actually becomes our normal. God has put so many seeds of adventure inside us, and it’s up to us to dig them up. When we have a vision for what we are expecting, we go after it with greater tenacity, and we actually SEE it happen. So write down some things on your heart right away, then get ready because… Anything Can Happen.”
Have an amazing day expecting adventure.

Love Nat x

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Transition :: Just Keep Going.

Transition is a funny thing isn’t it. When you’re in transition, you never feel like you are. I mean, you never think, “Well, I’d better make the most of this uncomfortable season, because it will be over soon!” No, usually, when you’re in the middle of a season, you feel stuck, because you can’t imagine it actually will ever end. The definition of transition is = the process or period of changing from one state or condition to another. So what does that mean for you? Are you in a period of transition at the moment? Are you’re waiting for something?

When we’re IN transition, we can often feel frustrated and discouraged. Especially in the final moments before we move into that new thing. However, let me encourage you. This is a what a butterfly looks like, flitting around in all it’s beauty… Stunning hey.
But now look at the “not so glamorous” transition it had to go through to get into this world… Ouch.
Transition is rarely smooth sailing and glamorous. But the moment we come through it and move into the new season, it always, always makes sense. When you’re in it however, it can be so hard to see. And this, my friends, is where the leap of faith steps in.
Many times all we can do is trust. We just have to believe that what we are doing IS leading us somewhere, and there IS great purpose in it all, even though most of the time it actually doesn’t even make sense. But… let me encourage us all today… 🙂
Your harvest is certain. The reward is already part of your future. I am standing with you in this race and cheering you on. Whatever season you are in, just remember, that’s exactly what it is — a “season“.  And if we think about our four seasons, sometimes they feel like they go on forever (hello… winter!?) but the thing that gives us hope is that we know they each have an end date. The season is not going to last forever. And so it is with us. Just when things seem like they’re never going to change, they always do. So, in the words of our wonderful friend Dory, whatever season you are in my friends……..…..
Because, guess what………..
And you know what else?

That’s right. ANYthing. Are you ready for that? Have you pictured it in your mind? Have your written it out and stuck it on your mirror as a reminder? Because, as we declare and expect things to happen and change, they will. 

Have the best day! 

Love Nat xx


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He who promised IS faithful.

I was thinking of this blog entry yesterday actually and thought I would share it again. I just love this picture. Only a glimmer of sunlight. Just a twinkle of hope. Only a tiny piece of light promising more to come.. but when you look at this, you know. You know the full promise of the entire day is wrapped up in that one little speck of sunlight.
And  then.. more comes. And so it is with us, as we fix our eyes on the Hope that is before us, we begin to see the evidence of things happening before our very eyes.. and then finally, the promise appears. 🙂
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, 
for He who promised is faithful!

I’m standing and believing with you for everything you are hoping for. 🙂 
Good things are coming!!!! Have a happy Wednesday!

nat x

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Enlarged in the Waiting.

What are you waiting for? I know it’s a pretty deep question for a Monday morning, but I just thought I’d ask. 🙂 If you could see a shift in one area of your life, what it be? Well… now that you have it in your mind, it’s time to get expectant. Cos let me encourage you, it’s coming. 🙂
We’re all waiting for something. We’re all in different stages of life and most probably desiring different things, but we all have one common denominator. Our hearts tell us there’s more, and we believe it. So we stir our expectancy, and wait. 
Two definitions of waiting are: 1. Staying in a place until an expected event happens; and to 2. Remain in a state which you will expect or hope that something will happen soon. How cool. So let me ask you… how are your hope levels?
Everything changes when we get fresh hope, doesn’t it?! Strength comes and we feel empowered and full of faith. So… how do we get this new hope?
Well… we WAIT. 🙂
It sounds funny doesn’t it? Waiting in order to get hope. But it’s true! 
And it’s not passive waiting, it’s active, expectant waiting. 
I love this!

We are enlarged in the waiting. It never really feels like this at the time, but as we think of the analogy of a woman carrying a child, over that nine months, she is enlarged in order to carry something newGod is always good and he has a purpose for us in every season. He turns everything around for the best, so whatever we are facing right now, we can rest assured that His goodness is working it’s way into our situation, even as you read these words. 🙂
So be encouraged. God is fighting for you and doing His thing! I release hope over you today. You are going to have an amazing day!

love nat x


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That still small voice.

Hi my friends! Sending you greetings from Canada! By the time you are reading this I will most probably be in the seaside town of Prince Rupert, on the north western coast of British Columbia. 🙂 This might sound funny, but I miss you all!!! It seems like an eternity since I have written.. although I think it’s just been a little over a week ha! So I am busting to know.. how are you all doing? I have really missed writing the blog and you’ve been on my heart this week. So after I got all my work done tonight, I just had to write. 🙂 The above pic (stunning hey!) is Maligne Lake, I was there yesterday morning and it almost took my breath away when I first saw it. And below is Spirit Island, we took a cruise on the lake to get there. Isn’t it divine?
So for those who don’t know, I’m currently one week into a four week tour with Spectrum Holidays, travelling all around Canada and Alaska with an amazing bunch of people. What a blessing. Seriously, God’s word is so true when He promises “superabundantly far over and above all we dare ask or think“. We have travelled far and wide in just over a week. I began in San Francisco.. this me sneakily sitting on one of the steps of the Painted Ladies!
Then I met the team in stunning Vancouver, staying on the waterfront and eating delish Japanese BBQ and meandering around Granville Island Market.
Before heading off on the divine Rocky Mountaineer for two days..
We stopped off for a night in Kamloops, where I grabbed some delicious sushi and headed down to the waterfront.. before jumping back on the Rocky Mountaineer to BanffAnyway, I will leave the trip in Banff for the moment, and write the rest of the journey in the coming days. But to finish off for today, I want to encourage you. Sometimes it can be hard to actually see the blessings that surround us. I found that this week (if you can even believe it being over here surrounded by all this beauty..) I was distracted by a few things, and before I knew it, my focus was lost. But the second I stopped, and lifted my eyes, it was at that moment I was able to hear that “still small voice”, and to see from the right perspective. And everything changed. 😉
So whatever you are doing, listen out for that still small voice today. Our faithful God promises to guide you and bring you peace. Have a beautiful day 🙂

Sending love from Prince Rupert!

nat x

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Great is His faithfulness.


“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust.”
Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare, and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
You might be in the best season of your life, or you may be in the middle of a storm…  whatever it is you are facing, He is your Shepherd. He is carrying you, and He has fresh strength for you today. I’m praying for you 🙂


nat x

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Anything can happen.

What did you want to be when you were little? For the girls, was it a princess or a singer? Or a teacher or maybe it was Cinderella being whisked off to the ball? Guys, perhaps for you it was superman, or spiderman.. or a fireman or a policeman? Whatever it was, I’m sure it was extravagant! I know when I am asking my ten year old niece what she wants do when she grows up, it’s never something mundane and small! Why? Because kids default to extravagance. They’re fearless and they simply believe anything can happen. Extravagance is their normal.

Expectation is so powerful. And when we add words to our expectation, these become our declarations. This works positively and negatively of course. Life and death is in the power of the tongue, the bible tells us. So when we are negative, always declaring “things will never change, I always have this problem”, we are actually carving out a path for ourselves with our words and our expectation. But, today is a new day… so you get a fresh start!

When we stir our faith to believe that things ARE going to change, declaring with our mouth “something is about to happen in my life, I can feel it! I declare a shift in my situation! I expect something to happen this week and I take the limits off!!“.. things begin to change and we start to get excited.

A few weeks ago I decided to write three words on a piece of paper and stick them on my desk. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. Every few moments I would look at them and allow my mindset to shift to the place where I actually believed it. Sometimes it would take a few moments, but after a while, whenever I glanced at the words, something in my spirit would leap, believing that without a doubt anything could happen. And I began to expect it.

Superabundantly far over and above all we dare ask or think – that’s the Amplified version. Think about that. Whatever you imagine, God has already matched it and raised it. So keep dreaming bigger! 

Over the past week a number of miraculous opportunities have presented themselves to me (which I will tell you about very soon!) but in short, I have been completely shocked and overwhelmed at the faithfulness of our wonderful God. 🙂

So let me encourage you to get ready. Lift your vision. Make room. Because something is about to happen in your life. I don’t know what it is, but it’s going to be good. So stir your faith. Take the limits off and renew your mind, because guess what?

It can, and it will. So believe it today. And please let me know when it happens so I can celebrate with you!

Happy Monday friends…

love nat x