Divine Acceptance

When you know God is pleased with you regardless of your productivity, it will free you from the pressure to perform. When you’ve heard God say “Yes” to you, it will empower you to say “No” to the unhealthy demands of Pharaoh’s whip-cracking taskmasters.

If you have been burning the candle at both ends trying to get ahead, a revelation of God’s acceptance will bring you to a place of rest. It will get you off the merry-go-round and sit you down in pastures green.

But that doesn’t mean you will be idle. Those who wait upon the Lord renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). Paradoxically, those who have been freed from the need to produce are often the most productive people around. This happens because the loving acceptance of another brings out the best in us, particularly if the Other is someone special.

Perhaps you have had the pleasant experience of being accepted by the most beautiful girl in the room or the best man in the house. It is the thrill of being elevated to a higher level. “Really?! You choose me? But you’re way out of my league.” As nice as that is, it pales in comparison to the lift that comes from being accepted by the Maker of heaven and earth. To the glory of his grace you have been lifted out of the miry clay and seated with him in heavenly places. Talk about your upward mobility.

With God on our side like this, how can we lose? (Romans 8:31b, MSG)

When you realize that God is for you, it gives you boldness. You begin to strut, not out of arrogance but confidence. “God is on my side. How can I lose?” You’ll walk into the lion’s den with a holy swagger and face the furnace without fear. “God is with me. I will not be burned” (see Isaiah 43:2).

Situations that intimidate the socks off your coworkers won’t bother you in the slightest. You’ll go in front of performance reviews and interview panels with complete peace and without any desperate need to impress. “My promotion comes from the Lord. If these guys see that, great, if they don’t, that’s their problem.” Secure in your Father’s approval, you won’t be bothered whether your ministry flourishes or founders. “It’s his church anyway. I’m just pleased to play a part.”

But the #goodnews is you won’t fail. How can you? When you are confident of your Father’s absolute delight in you,

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

With all respect to Dr. Seuss, this not about the empowerment that comes from self-belief but the divine and uplifting influence of God’s mighty grace.

Sons and daughters who are supercharged by their Father’s favor shine like stars (Philippians 2:15). Elevated by his love they mount up with wings like eagles. They race against horses and walk on the water, living testimonies of the energizing power of his divine acceptance.

The Power of Writing

Today we default to texting something into our smartphone or whipping out the laptop, but we often forget the power of handwriting. Here is why you should consider writing your next thoughts down instead of typing them out.

When is the last time you tried writing down your thoughts, rather than typing things out, to get through an impasse or to work out a strategy?

The Good News App

Learning how to code the Good News App has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done!

I’m trying my best – so please don’t judge me!

I’m working on version 1.2 right now and it’s going to be amazing.

This dream really started about two weeks ago (September 16) from the design, to the coding, to the being live on the app store. Here is the story!

For the past few months, I’ve been or we have been seeing BAD NEWS – on every website, every news report, every headline. I was sick of it, I was tired of seeing so much negativity SO I did something about it. The oringial idea of the app was to remind people of their identity of Jesus – focused on His Grace and Kingdom realities.

I decided to make a change.

The Good News App (1.0) started with faith based notifications, but after days of research and study I discovered a great need for “good news” in many different areas of someone’s life. With the launch of version 1.2 we plan to address the human body (your fitness goals, creating good eating habits, establishing your self worth) & the mind (addressing issues like stress, worry, anxiety and so much more) .

That’s it, If you want to receive Good News notifications everyday please download the iOS app here!

Latte Art Brings Us Together

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When being in Canggu, Hungry Bird Coffee is always worth a visit. Not only is the food really good, it's also a bit cheaper than most of the other cafes in Canggu on the way to echo and batu bolong beach.

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To learn more about Hungry Bird Coffee - Visit their facebook or instagram and leave a comment!

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Coconut Coffee In Bali 

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Bootstrap's Cold Brew Coffee is a refreshing and healthy premium glass bottled alternative to regular coffee that's perfectly suited to SE Asia's warm climate and lifestyle.

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BALI, Kintamani Single Origin Arabica beans are cold brewed to produce a low-acid, high-caffeine smooth and refreshing chilled coffee. A sugar-free, dairy-free, healthy and organic premium coffee to drink anywhere, anytime.

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Bootstrap Beverages is a local Bali story. Started early 2015 by a couple of coffee fanatics, Bootstrap has rapidly grown to be the largest producer of Cold Brew Coffee in Bali. Bootstrap can now be found in a diverse outlet network from 5-star hotels to restaurants and beach clubs and supermarkets. The product has developed a loyal following within the local Indonesian and expat markets and is popular with the tourist markets who prefer a refreshing and healthy high-quality chilled coffee beverage over a traditional hot and milky espresso-made coffee. Bootstrap is now expanding into Jakarta and has near-terms plans to launch in Singapore, Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur and Hong Kong.

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Leanrn more about Bootstrap Coffee from their offical website or follow them on instagram.

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Take Me To Taro!

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There’s nothing quite like experiencing the tranquility of the parks botanical gardens and spending some quality time with the gentlest of giants. Align your mind and spirit to the sway of the jungle and travel to a place where magic happens.

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To learn more about the park, please visit their website, facebook or instagram

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Happiness In A Bowl

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Sometimes you find a special snack that changes everything. I'm from Texas,USA and had never heard about smoothie bowls until my best friend Hannah introduced me to them during our trip to Bali, Indonesia. At Nalu Bowls everything is prepared with local Bali ingredients, allowing you to taste the flavours of the land and not feel guilty about indulging.

My expectation wasn't high at all, lol. I just thought was a fruit cocktail from a local BBQ party or something similar! I was SOOOOO wrong, it was a bit a heaven inside a ice cold clay bowl.

Once I took my first bite, I could honestly say I would have slapped my mom! It was that GOOD! 

I had the ULUWATU Bowl.
Smooth Dragon Fruit Blend topped with strawberries, mango, coconut flakes & honey. Your taste buds will thank you later!

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I added extra dragon fruit on mine because it's my favorite fruit.

My best friend had the MAVERICKS bowl.

A Nalu Bowl ORIGINAL recipe & Bali's first REAL Acai Bowl powered by Brazil's most famous superfood! Nalu's secret Acai blend topped with granola, bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes & honey! Yum!

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Since I LOVE dragon fruit, I believe mine was a little better but you can't go wrong with any bowl from Nalu Bowls!

Visit them at https://www.nalubowls.com/ or on Instagram

If you ever travel to Indonesia, YOU HAVE TO STOP AND TRY THESE BOWLS!

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Coconuts And Smiles

I love coconuts & smiles.