Happiness is sticking my head out of the car window so that wind can whip my furry face. 

#happydog #simbathemalshi #doggydate #cutiepie #allsmiles #bliss

Happiness is sticking my head out of the car window so that wind can whip my furry face.

#happydog #simbathemalshi #doggydate #cutiepie #allsmiles #bliss

Looking forward to hearing Paul Beeston speak about Compassion tonight. Starting with a game tonight where I am the secret Compassion rep. #compassionau #lovingtheworld

Looking forward to hearing Paul Beeston speak about Compassion tonight. Starting with a game tonight where I am the secret Compassion rep. #compassionau #lovingtheworld

The wonder of the cross pushes the wonder of creation aside. Salvation through the Son of God made the heavens change their song. Rev 5:9 
 We are born into an amazing world made by the Lord of creation but heaven is focused on a new thing: Jesus who is at the centre of the universe.
 Creation is to be enjoyed but Christians need to be cross-centred.  Our mission is to seek to save the lost.
- Andrew Heard #refresh2014

The wonder of the cross pushes the wonder of creation aside. Salvation through the Son of God made the heavens change their song. Rev 5:9 


We are born into an amazing world made by the Lord of creation but heaven is focused on a new thing: Jesus who is at the centre of the universe.


Creation is to be enjoyed but Christians need to be cross-centred.
Our mission is to seek to save the lost.

- Andrew Heard #refresh2014

DAY 2 of #refresh2014. We have loved spending time with fellow planters and friends @amychka and the “other Mikey” @mikeynhieu ♡ 

Launching into the first session “Phases and stages of marriage in ministry”. @genevapush

DAY 2 of #refresh2014. We have loved spending time with fellow planters and friends @amychka and the “other Mikey” @mikeynhieu ♡

Launching into the first session “Phases and stages of marriage in ministry”. @genevapush

One way love is always the most transformative when we are at our lowest ebb. The Law can break a hard heart but only Grace can heal one:
The Law says ‘cursed’ Grace says ‘blessed’ The Law says ‘slave’ Grace says ‘son’ The Law says guilty Grace says ‘forgiven’
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Rom 5:8
#onewaylove #forgiven #restored #redeemed #savedbygrace

One way love is always the most transformative when we are at our lowest ebb. The Law can break a hard heart but only Grace can heal one:

The Law says ‘cursed’
Grace says ‘blessed’
The Law says ‘slave’
Grace says ‘son’
The Law says guilty
Grace says ‘forgiven’

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Rom 5:8

#onewaylove #forgiven #restored #redeemed #savedbygrace

When Shepherds Need to Be Sheep.

A few weeks ago I was sitting at the back of church, coughing my lungs out, clutching my sore ribs and feeling very sorry for myself. A friend (who was also sick) joined me at the back and very kindly asked me how I was going.

I told him I was exhausted.

Exhausted from being sick.

Exhausted from travelling in and out of Brisbane.

Exhausted from the 70 hour working week during Oxygen.

Exhausted from the never ending ministry meetings and to-dos.

And then he asked the golden question: How has your busyness affected your relationship with Jesus?



At Oxygen, Francis Chan reminded us that as leaders shepherding the flock, we can become so busy that we forget that we too are sheep that needs feeding from the Good Shepherd.

As leaders, we are merely branches attached to the True Vine. Without being connected to Him, we can do nothing. Not something. Nothing.

I rarely ever get sick, so being bed ridden for a week (and bored out of my brains!) has reminded me of the importance of rest and soul care in ministry. 

In order to rest this month I have set the following resolutions:

  • Intentionally free up my calendar on Sundays to pause, read God’s Word and pray through journalling.

  • Participate in 6am bootcamp, 3 times a week before work.

  • Finish ‘One Way Love’ - a fantastic book that has pointed me back to the beauty of God’s grace extended to weak and broken people. 

  • Have more ‘down time’ with hubby & peers and NOT feel guilty about it! 

Ultimately, my relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd matters. I am praying that as a sheep, I will follow and rest in Him. 

Completed my first week of 6am bootcamp! Avo and beans to celebrate. #everythingissore #cantmove #sittinghurts #noresultsyet

Completed my first week of 6am bootcamp! Avo and beans to celebrate. #everythingissore #cantmove #sittinghurts #noresultsyet

(2 of 5) Things Delegates Didn’t See at OneLove, Oxygen & Search For Success

2. Generosity of Delegates & Volunteers

In the midst of the chaos, God was working powerfully to encourage our team to soldier on.

I thank God for:

  • The Oxygen Press team, who during our final debrief stopped me mid-sentence to pray for me. 
  • The S4S delegates who were willing to donate their spare tickets to gift to others. 
  • Our volunteers (young and retired) helping to pack thousands of book backs and set/pack-up 2000 chairs. 

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This love and grace that we have shown to one another has not gone unnoticed.

I quote a conversation that I had with Maria, a venue security guard:

"I have never seen a group more hard-working. Nowadays it’s impossible to get young people to work but your volunteers not only work hard, but do everything with a smile. Must be a Christian thing." 

I got to share with Maria that we’re all serving Jesus and he’s a pretty awesome boss.

The ATP event coordinator also shared with us that the tenants in the building had loved having the Oxygen delegates around. She said that the vibe of our event was so positive and that all our delegates were so kind to one another. 

These conversations reminded me of this bible verse:

John 13:34-35: Love one another…by this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.

This week is random gifts week. The lovely @amychka dropped these off this afternoon. Thanks for brightening up my workspace :)

This week is random gifts week. The lovely @amychka dropped these off this afternoon. Thanks for brightening up my workspace :)

Happy Birthday Mabsie! ♥ I love the ‘fishing’ Mabsie, ‘wog’ Mabsie, ‘ginger’ Mabsie, ‘scandalous’ Mabsie, ‘can do anything’ Mabsie, ‘sweat shop’ Mabsie and ‘clingy’ Mabsie but my favourite Mabsie of all time is the ‘womens ministry’ Mabsie! Thanks for caring for a sister you crazy pocket rocket. #birthdaygirl #lovethisone #korean

Happy Birthday Mabsie! ♥ I love the ‘fishing’ Mabsie, ‘wog’ Mabsie, ‘ginger’ Mabsie, ‘scandalous’ Mabsie, ‘can do anything’ Mabsie, ‘sweat shop’ Mabsie and ‘clingy’ Mabsie but my favourite Mabsie of all time is the ‘womens ministry’ Mabsie! Thanks for caring for a sister you crazy pocket rocket. #birthdaygirl #lovethisone #korean

My Redeemer’s Love // 

My Redeemer’s love is deeper 
Than the depths of sin and hell 
He who was enthroned in glory 
Came to bring us to Himself 
My Redeemer’s love is wider 
Than the breach my sins had made 
He reached down into my darkness 
He alone has pow’r to save 

Deeper than the rolling seas 
Higher than the mountain peaks 
Your love is all I need 

My Redeemer’s love is stronger 
Than my fiercest enemies 
He will hold me in the tempest 
Through the flood He carries me 
My Redeemer’s love will lead me 
Through the deepest valley here 
He will shepherd me and guide me 
He will ever keep me near 

My Redeemer’s love grows sweeter 
As eternity draws near 
I’ll enjoy His love forever 
At His throne for endless years 
My Redeemer’s love will fill me 
On the day I see His face 
I will love Him back forever 
And forever sing His praise 

Found this card of encouragement this morning from an Oxygen delegate I met 2 weeks ago. 
We shed tears of mutual understanding as she shared of her sufferings as a pastor’s wife in the hands of a domestically violent husband. For 20 years she suffered silently as her husband stood on the pulpit. Yet in her heartache she has never abandoned God or failed to trust in His goodness.

She is now a vessel of God, teaching the abused to speak out and to trust God in suffering. You can read her posts in the blog InFocus. #Godisgoodalways #hope #faith #godisfaithful

Found this card of encouragement this morning from an Oxygen delegate I met 2 weeks ago.
We shed tears of mutual understanding as she shared of her sufferings as a pastor’s wife in the hands of a domestically violent husband. For 20 years she suffered silently as her husband stood on the pulpit. Yet in her heartache she has never abandoned God or failed to trust in His goodness.

She is now a vessel of God, teaching the abused to speak out and to trust God in suffering. You can read her posts in the blog InFocus. #Godisgoodalways #hope #faith #godisfaithful

(1 of 5) Things Delegates Didn’t See at OneLove, Oxygen & Search For Success

Over 7 days, 4,500 delegates streamed through the ATP doors to hear the Word preached at OneLove, Oxygen and Search For Success. Being on staff, I had the privilege to interact with delegates from across the globe and to use my VIP swiper to access the “Restricted” rooms and walk in and out of sessions as I pleased. 

From the perspective of a kcc staff, here is the first of 5 things that delegates didn’t necessarily see at OneLove, Oxygen and Search For Success:

1. God’s power through a weary team:

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Firstly, most delegates who came to encourage the team, commented on how organised we were. Each time I heard this, I couldn’t help but praise God for enabling the KCC mob to keep-it-all-together. 

If you look very closely at the photo above, you may see my tiny little head on the far left of the Concierge Desk. What surrounds me is a tirade of delegates waiting for parking passes, dinner vouchers, replacement name-tags/lanyards and last-minute tickets - all the while our printer is jamming, the phones are ringing and the radios in our ears won’t stop talking! 

By the last day of Oxygen, my nose was bleeding, I was falling asleep in random places & I found myself doing inappropriate things…like hugging the speakers without their permission. To top it off, our colleague Steve (the guy running the show) was sick in a hotel.

Amongst the chaos, tears and sleep deprivation, I can testify that God’s Spirit was working powerfully behind the scenes. At critical times, God always provided the extra hands or resources to get the job done.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Some of us prefer to listen to Moses when we have access up the mountain! What good is a selfie with me, when you can be in the presence of God?
- Francis Chan, Oxygen Conference, Sydney

Some of us prefer to listen to Moses when we have access up the mountain! What good is a selfie with me, when you can be in the presence of God?

- Francis Chan, Oxygen Conference, Sydney