A Healing Balm – November 10, 2018

An Inward Journey of Recovery

This year has, in many ways, been an inward journey of recovery. It has been a revelation to come face to face with issues of trauma and co-dependency, stemming from family of origin issues. My mother’s father was an alcoholic and the damaging legacy of this was never addressed and resolved. Whilst my mother did not repeat this pattern when she married my father, the unresolved issues of abandonment, manipulation, control, lack of love and trust stemming from how my mother was parented were carried through to her children – namely, myself.

Unresolved Issues

I married a violent, narcisstic man who was heavily drug addicted and at times alcoholic. What I have realised is that I subconsciously chose this man in order to to recreate the original unhealed scenario experienced by my mother – and to attempt to heal it (and my ex-husband). The journey to safety and healing where I now recognise that I am allowed to have my needs met, that I am allowed to receive love and nurturing and that I am allowed to set boundaries and practise self-care has been, in short, a life-changing experience for me.

Poetry Has Helped

As a way of bringing order to my internal chaos, writing poetry has been a true blessing. Here is a poem I wrote after recognising that I was damaged and traumatised by the way in which I was parented. My Mum is no longer alive and I feel such compassion for the child she was, who also was damaged and traumatised. My recovery is ongoing, as more issues come to light and are processed. And I welcome the journey into my pain. In my experience, through being able to embrace my deep pain, deep transformation has occurred. And this transformation applies not only to myself, but to my own children – and the generations to come. The pattern of harm is broken. Praise God!

“The Apple of His Eye?”

What is this world of
Walking wounded?
Are we all
Frozen fast?

Trapped within
Our loss of present?
Bound within
Our gain of past?

Formless scream,
Anguished,
Yawning,
Pit of torment,
Why oh why?

Where were you,
When I was me?
Where were you,
When I died inside?

Has my life
Been one big lie?
Please!
I’m asking “Why?”
I’m pleading here,
I’m begging scraps,
It’s real,
I can’t deny.

I’m caught, impaled,
My pain vibrates,
The veil is torn
Away.

It’s hard,
So hard,
Not to run,
distracted.
Instead,
I fight to stay.

Will I now see,
That there is hope?
Can I now find the way?
To live,
Large, bright and fully,
Can I now,
Simply,
Stay?

Cos I can’t keep doing
And I can’t keep going
Can I chance some
Intimacy?

Can I stop and face
This nameless terror?
This shameful mess
Of me?

I want to find that elusive place
That place that is safe
To be.
That place of welcome,
So loving, so warm,
That place,
Where I am me.

I have been shown,
That remembered place,
That place where I am known,
That place,
His place,
That blessed place,
That place I know is Home.

That place, that place,
Does it exist?
Where my frozen heart can thaw?
I’m collapsed upon the threshold
Of the Saviour’s Open door.

I asked,
I knocked,
He answered,
He whispered “Come on in”,
He washed me tenderly,
Fed me beautifully,
Held me from within.

He rocked me,
Gently,
Till I slept,
Held me
Fiercely
Yet tenderly.

Such sweet, pure honeyed
Serenity,
Tailor made
For me.

And as He sang me
His lullaby,
That ministered
Completely,
To me,
My wounds were dressed,
And started to heal.
Is this what it means to be free?

Is this where I know my Daddy God?
With no more need for “Why?”
Is this where I crawl into His lap?

The apple of His eye?

I pray God’s richest blessings of healing and transformation upon your life.

Psalm 71
God the Rock of Salvation
In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
Let me never be put to shame.
Deliver me in Your righteousness, and
cause me to escape;
Incline Your ear to me, and save me.
3 Be my strong refuge,
To which I may resort continually;
You have given the commandment to
save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

I Weep At The Beauty Of A Life Freely Given to God – October 2, 2018

Doing the Dishes

“I weep at the beauty of a life given freely to God”.

This thought popped into my mind as I was standing at my kitchen sink, washing the dishes. A simple task that I have performed countless times. The dishes get used each day; they become dirty; I wash them clean. This is ongoing. The dishes don’t become clean by themselves; I am the agent through whom they are washed, ready to be used once again.

And it came to me that my life in Christ is like those dishes. I am the dirty dish; He is the One who is the agent through whom they are washed clean.

Washed Clean

My poor thoughts, choices and decisions every day see me become used and dirty. My desire and choice to be cleaned up every day by such things as reading Scripture, repentance and prayer see me ready to be used once again by the Lord Jesus. This small life of mine runs parallel to the magnificent life of His and His purpose of being used in order that the relationship between humankind and God be permanently restored. As He hung on that Cross, the sacrifice of Jesus washed every sinner clean of their filthy sin. Their scarlet sin became white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).

Each and every day I am washed clean with the sacrifice of my Lord Jesus Christ – He who took away the sins of the world so as to be in relationship forever with His children.

Inhabiting Every Detail of My Life

Now that I live in Him, I want Him to inhabit every action and every detail and every choice of my life. As we find in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

I reach out to Him in faith through my prayer, through renewing my mind in Him, through wanting to know Him and through wanting to align myself with His will.

I do not deserve His precious gift but freely He gave it. So, just as He freely gave His life, it should be both my responsibility and my joy to give mine.

“I weep at the beauty of a life given freely to God.”

Joyful Weeping

The weeping at beauty is not weeping that is sorrowful. Rather, it is weeping that is joyful. The weeping is at a beauty that is so humbling, so profound and so simple – all at once – that I just barely catch a glimpse of the depth of its magnitude before it is gone. Is it the beauty that will engulf me on the day He takes me home? Is it the beauty that comes from the knowledge that there is nothing else in life but Him and nothing else in life that comes close to serving Him? Is it the beauty that comes from the suffering of one who has been set free in a loving Creator? It is all this and more. It is simply Him. It is Jesus. And the joy that is found only in Him. And I barely scratch the surface when trying to express the joy that comes from the beauty of Who He is and what He has done in my life.

Each day I want to know Jesus more. This is a quest that will not end until the day He calls me Home. I so want to honour Him and hear Him say “Well done good and faithful servant” (as in Matthew 25:23). Yet, I fall miserably short on many occasions. All too often, I do not trust Him with all the details of my life. I put myself on the throne instead of Him. I do this by worrying about what is going to happen or about what has already happened. I minimise His magnificence and His ability to take care of me. But that seems not to matter to Him, my loving Creator. What seems to matter is that I recommit to keeping close to Him, that more and more I turn to Him first in the midst of my failings and shortcomings, allowing Him to lift me up in His embrace and fill me with His unconditional love. Allowing Him to do this. Allowing Him to be the Lord of my life. Allowing Him. My choice. My free will.

He Is The Good Shepherd

I am the one who every day is dirtied by my choices which take me away from my Jesus and He is the One who, every day, washes me clean with the sacrifice He has made for me. And Who, every day when I allow Him, brings me back to Him. Because He is the good Shepherd and He gives His life for His sheep (as in John 10:11).

I do not know what it cost my Saviour to die for me. But I do know what He bought. He bought my freedom. My eternal freedom.

“I weep at the beauty of a life given freely to God”.

What is the beauty of your life given freely to God? Please do share any thoughts on this that you may have.

God bless you!

Numbers 6:24 “The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”

Isaiah 61:3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

Psalm 52:1 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Readers’ Favourite Gold Medal Award – September 1, 2018

I am very grateful and humbled to be receiving this award – all glory to God! This award is for the book that Jesus gave me all the words for – all I did was write them down.

I pray that this book is an encouragement and a blessing to all who read it.

Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Hearing His Voice” by Meredith Swift in its annual international book award contest, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075HHRNPG.

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God Is the Only Goal – July 8, 2018

Setting the Intention

At the beginning of this year I set my intention for achieving some goals in my life. I wrote down some different goals, centred around my health, finances and personal life. Every day I would read them aloud and keep them in the forefront of my mind. I believed that if I was consistent in doing this, I would experience a breakthrough. I was truly believing that this year would be my year of miracles. I was truly believing that this year would see breakthroughs in every area of my life and that, by writing down and committing to my goals, I would be showing God what I wanted and He would help me achieve them.

Fast Forward

Fast forward to the beginning of July and I had all but given up reading my goals aloud and focusing on them every day. Within me was a growing uneasiness. I was worried that I was dishonoring God and trying to make Him fit into some type of mould to suit my purposes. It started to seem like the repetition of saying these goals was like casting some magical spell. I didn’t like the fact that I was still struggling. I didn’t like the fact that my recitations of these goals were seemingly getting me nowhere. “But God….” I was thinking “But God…You promised!” I had a mental image that I was a two year old throwing herself on the ground having a tantrum because she wasn’t getting her way. Something was very wrong here.

False Idols

Sure enough, in the wrongness and growing unease of this situation was the rightness and ease of God. One of the most amazing things I find about God is that He goes ahead to prepare the way. He lays the groundwork that will be needed in the future. Remember, He has ALL the pieces of the puzzle. As a part of what He was bringing to my attention and the teaching that He was unfolding in my life, God had laid some groundwork.

And the groundwork was this…

Around a month or so back, I had begun examining and questioning what I set up in my life that was like a false idol. What was my “go to”, my false refuge, that I ran to before God?

For me, one of these false idols or refuges that I identified was food. My feelings of overwhelm, my financial struggles and my sense of unease about the difficulties in my life saw me reaching for food when I wasn’t hungry. Another one of these false idols or refuges was that I was spending too much time on social media. I was reading my Bible regularly but it was more like a lip service. I was praying but it was haphazard and quick. I was going through the motions. I was not putting God first. If I was to be really honest, He came in at second or third place. The realisation of what I was doing was quite shattering to me. I really needed to be honest with myself and honest about the fact that I needed to repent of what I was doing and that I needed to do some serious clinging. Onto Him. I had been fooling myself. It was a sobering experience and I felt very fragile.

No More Goals …. Only God

I refocused my intention onto Jesus. I didn’t realise it at the time but that realisation about false idols was one part of what my beautiful Jesus – in His gentle, still, infinitely patient way – was teaching me. The lesson about not putting anything else before Him. Those goals I was focusing on? I needed to STOP focusing on achieving them and instead start re-focusing on JESUS. Only He mattered. STOP focusing on where I wanted to be in the future and START focusing on where I am in the present – with Him. I am able to rest assured in the fact that He will take care of all the details of my life. I don’t need to control anything. All I need to do is let go…into Him.

No more social media first thing in the morning. Instead – meaningful prayer, meditating on His word and having quiet time with Him in the Garden, reading my Bible with focus, journaling and being grateful for what He has given me and for what He has done for me by dying on that lonely, lowly Cross.

PUTTING. HIM. FIRST! JESUS is the ONLY goal I need. All that other stuff is from the flesh, and the enemy specialises in keeping us in the flesh. Worries about finances? About health? About not having a husband? All flesh. All struggle. All combining to say to me….you are not good enough, you are lacking, you are not enough. These are all lies from the enemy.

The Struggle Stops

I find one of the biggest miracles of our miracle working God is that the struggle stops the second I fix my eyes on Jesus. The struggle stops when I breathe in Jesus and exhale Jesus. There is NOTHING ELSE that matters in this life, in this second, but Jesus. He is my good, faithful, patient, loving, all knowing, all powerful, overcoming and redeeming Saviour. I don’t have to focus obsessively on my goals and grow anxious about them not being achieved when I want them achieved. All is taken care of by my God, in His way, in His time. And His promise is that I can cast my cares on Him because He will sustain me. He will not let the righteous be shaken.

Escaping the Snare of the Enemy

I am consciously stepping out of the mindset that has become the snare of the enemy to me. The mindset that says “I want what I want when I want it – and God…I expect you to come through the way I want you to come through because that is what you said you would do”.
I am consciously nestling into the mindset that is being constantly renewed by fixing my eyes on Jesus – because I have the mind of Christ.
I am consciously surrendering into Him and putting Him first.

Because only Jesus matters. Only Jesus. The same Jesus who was with me at the beginning of time, who is with me right here and now and who will be with me into the future and at the end of this life and into Eternity.

Only Jesus!

Scriptures

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Matthew 6:31 Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will – His good, pleasing and perfect will.

God bless you! As always, feel free to post any thoughts or comments you have in response to this blog post. I love to hear from you!

Book Review: Shift Happens – Turning Your Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones with Companion Stepping Stones Devotional: Finding the Freedom to Honor Others – April 30, 2018

Shift Happens: Turning your Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones

This is Jill Roger’s first book and it is about the author’s life going through many traumatic events. The first of these was a rape when Jill was only 23 years of age. These traumatic events are re-told with painful honesty and the tools that helped her survive and thrive are also included in the book.

I found this to be such a beautiful book, full of truth and honesty, as Jill shares from her heart her story of recovery and restoration and of her identity in Jesus Christ. I started reading this book and I could not put it down. There were so many wonderful moments and I could so relate to what Jill has written as I have led a very similar life to hers. Boundaries, discernment, forgiveness and recovery are part of Jill’s journey with the loving Savior who strengthens her – and part of mine too! “Let go and let God” lead you gently into the life He has for you, just like He has done for Jill and all those who love Him. “A life that feels clean on the inside” sums up what living in Christ is all about. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the transformational power of Jesus Christ to set them free, especially from addictions. A truly amazing book!

Shift Happens: Stepping Stones Devotional: Finding the Freedom to Honor Others

This is Jill Roger’s second book and it breaks down all of the tools in the first book. It helps walk you through working on yourself and leads you to a newfound freedom of being able to honor others in all that you do and live life more abundantly.

Jill has delivered a book which is must needed in this divided and hurting world of ours. Clear and easy to follow, well set out and full of practical ways to heal and find the freedom to honor others – and ourselves. A really great resource!

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Weeding My Garden – March 17, 2018

Weeds of Epic Proportions

Recently, the city where I live experienced pouring rain for nearly two weeks. We desperately needed the rain, having lived with water restrictions for quite a number of years now. The dam which captures the city’s water supply was perilously close to empty – at around 1%. So the beautiful soaking rain was such a blessing!

After the rain had stopped, I surveyed my garden. The grass was nearly waist high. The leaves on the trees looked lush and thriving. The flowers were flourishing. But in and around them, the weeds were of epic proportions. Now, a weed can be defined as an undesirable or invasive plant growing where it is not wanted. These weeds were out of control, threatening to take over the flowers that were growing so beautifully. So, for the health of these flowers and the other “wanted” plants, I knew it was a priority to weed my garden.

Now, many people I know do not enjoy weeding – at all. But I am not one of them. Pulling weeds is something I really enjoy doing. I find it therapeutic and very satisfying. How so?

Weeding as Therapy

I find that being in my garden, amongst my flowers and the soil they grow in, is so relaxing, calming and rejuvenating. When weeding, I begin to focus on pulling the first weed. Each weed, systematically and methodically, is pulled. I pay attention to pulling each weed and, slowly but surely, I fall into a rhythm. This clear focus and rhythm relaxes me. Pretty soon, I am so relaxed that I don’t really have to think about what I am doing. I just have to make sure I grasp the weed firmly at the base and pull. And, I have to make sure that I am pulling a weed and not a healthy plant. So, not having to think about the weeding, as I weed, means I can then think about other things (I do so enjoy a good multi-task!).

When the Time is Ripe

This time, when I was weeding, I was reflecting on how weeding – when the time is ripe – is much easier to do. Similarly, clearing the undesirable and unwanted parts of our lives can be done in a way that is easier and less painful – by doing it when the time is ripe. I was reflecting on how there is a specific time when it is most productive to weed – and that is, after the rain has softened the soil enough so that the weeds come out easily. When the ground is dry and unyielding, it takes a lot of extra muscle to pull the weeds. The weed will not give itself up easily in such an environment. In dry soil, because it is such hard going, it is very easy to get discouraged and stop weeding. The time is not yet ripe.

The Weeds of Distraction

As I take Jesus’ hand and walk with Him, I am coming to realise more and more that He has His perfect timing for everything. When His time is ripe – the soil is wet and the weeds yield easily to our efforts – He will have us weed. We are ready to look at the weeds such as the weeds of distraction. The weeds of distraction are those things in our lives which are choking our progress or which threaten to swamp the healthier parts of ourselves from growing. These weeds of distraction can be anything from unhealthy habits or sinful choices we are making – to being around people or situations who might be toxic to us. These are the weeds which distract us from the plan God has for our lives.

When the soil is wet and there is potential for the weeds to yield easily, it is when we are ready to speak honestly with the Lord. We come to Him in obedience, ready for Him to guide us in the ways in which he seeks to clear and transform. He could be showing us an area which needs healing. An area where we need to repent or forgive. An area where we are simply making poor choices.

Thought Weeds

The weeds can also be like the thoughts which come into the garden of our minds which are not of God. These thoughts start off small – just like the thought of doubt the serpent planted in Eve’s mind when he asked her “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1). This small thought of doubt then led to Eve eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, which in turn led to the breaking of the perfect relationship between God and man. One little thought from the enemy, just like an unchecked weed left to grow, has the potential to multiply into something that has the potential for dire consequences. A thought life choked with lies from the enemy will soon show up in our lives being cluttered with toxicity.

These thoughts from the enemy, like some weeds, may at first appear to look attractive, even pretty – but we have to remember that this beauty is only skin deep. The purpose of a weed is to grow where it is not wanted, to choke, paralyse and take over, engulfing everything in its path. And this is also true of thoughts which are from the enemy. Remember, the enemy has come as a thief, only to steal and kill and destroy; but Jesus has come so that we may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).

The Solution is Clear

The solution is clear – the solution is to clear! Clear out those thought weeds as they occur. At the roots. Seek out where the thought weeds are in your life and clear them. Use God’s promises as an antidote and replacement to the poison of these thought weeds. As always, let the Lord Jesus come in and give you the best possible way to do this – in relationship with Him and those people He puts in your path, through prayer, Scripture and communion with His Holy Spirit. Let your garden flourish with health and vitality, knowing that a close walk with the Lord means you will be paying attention to what He is wanting to tell you. You will be paying attention to when He is wanting to tell you. You will know, in His strength, through His promises throughout Scripture and His transforming love, exactly when the time is ripe – to weed.

What Are Some of Your Weeds of Distraction?

I’ve given just a few examples but there are countless others – both big and small. I would love to hear from you about the weeds of distraction you might have experienced in your life and how the Lord helped you deal with them.

God bless you!

Scriptures

The Parable of the Weeds (NIV)
Matthew 13:24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

The Parable of the Weeds Explained
Matthew 13:36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear”.

The Only Day There Is – February 2, 2018

Cease Procrastination – Time is Precious!

A new year is undoubtedly a wonderful opportunity to begin all over again. At the beginning of this year I decided to do my very best to cease procrastination once and for all and to accomplish some goals that have been on my heart for quite some time. To do my very best so that, this year, each moment would count! The Lord has placed a sense of urgency on my heart and the stirrings within me say “Now…is the time…this is the only day there is!” We are not guaranteed one more moment of breath, let alone one more hour or one more day. Time IS precious. So, I decided to put in place some strategies so as to not waste a moment.

And to pray that the Lord could give me the strength to follow through, to be vigilant with each moment and make each moment count for His glory.

What Are Those things That Are Meaningful For Me?

I asked myself what are those things that I would need to do every day that are meaningful for me? And I came up with 5 things:

1. Exercise
2. Prayer
3. Read motivational/inspirational books as well as the Bible each day
4. Write
5. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s promptings.

Exercise and prayer I have been combining. In the early morning, I walk in a breathtakingly beautiful spot, the path lined with trees of many shapes, sizes and ages, next to a river and with a view of mountains in the distance. For me, this is pretty close to Heaven! I always feel very close to Jesus when I walk in nature and so it is natural, as I walk along, to speak with Him, to pray and to thank Him for His countless blessings in my life. Out loud I have been saying “Thank You Jesus” a few dozen times and I have felt that peace and power come pouring in as He moves closer. It’s incredible how something so simple can be so profound. I encourage you to try this for yourself and I would love to hear what your experience is.

My aim with reading is 10 pages a day, as well as Scripture morning and night.

Writing is to write for at least half an hour for my next book and to also journal.

Ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and take every opportunity to be aware of what the Holy Spirit is saying to me.

Daily Practices Re-Energise Me

So, now as February begins, my daily practices have re-energised me and I am procrastinating significantly less. What a blessing!

This is the only day there is! For His glory!

Do you have things that you like to put into your day to make it count? Things that, when you do them each day, give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose? Let me know, as I love to hear from you all!

Scriptures

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, there is nothing to fear, for I am with you. I will strengthen you and I will harden you to difficulties.”

Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth. Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

God bless you!

Book Review – “Supernal Grace” by Elenah Kwaramba Kangara – January 2018

Welcome to my first Book Review for 2018.

I am so excited to bring to your attention books of faith, inspiration, vision and encouragement to add value to your life!

Leaders are readers! According to Michael Hyatt, formerly the Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and now a bestselling author and successful entrepreneur “One of the best ways to become an indispensable leader? Crack open a book.”

Aim for 20 minutes a day of quality reading and see a positive impact on your life.

And so to January’s Book Review of the Number 1 bestseller “Supernal Grace” by award winning author Elenah Kangara, which has over 100 5-star reviews on Amazon.com. Elenah says of her book: “We are fully loaded with everything that we need to experience destiny and live our lives to the full. But religion, teachings, conditionings, struggles, challenges and cares of this world can leave us searching for fulfillment outside of where true fulfillment lies. In Supernal Grace, find out how to come back to yourself to rediscover your destiny and treasures that are not somewhere out there but waiting in the place where you are looking from.”

Supernal, according to various dictionaries, relates to something both celestial and exceptional. At the core of this amazing book is the relationship with and revelation of being in Jesus Christ. Elenah explores the mystery and joy of being one with the Saviour and the comparison between supernal grace vs natural life. Her writing is vivid and poetic and there are many amazing revelations in this book – for example: “Originally, human beings were not designed by God to be powerless” (Chapter 1); “You beautiful…are your own flower. You have your own individual fragrance….When established in being ourselves, our lives are like oxygen that flow like rivers of living waters.” (Chapter 3); “A relationship with God should flow like growing in love and maturing in love.” (Chapter 5); “Love’s blend of spices explodes beautifully in our spirit. We recognize it once we experience it.” (Chapter 5).

This is a book packed full of strength and hope, to be read carefully as there is so much to absorb. “Supernal Grace” truly speaks to the heart, with its message of faith, hope and love and many beautiful Scriptures to add balance and authority. A must read, to be savoured and cherished over and over again.

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