Empowering Love

It is unusually quiet in the house this week. After six months of being swamped with activities, ranging from writing and publishing my book to homeschooling my children, it feels a bit surreal when all I can hear is the humming of the washing machine in the background. All is calm.

Perhaps this is why I can’t help thinking about the chaos of the last few months. All of the sudden the opportunity has arisen to stand back and take a long hard look at the state of my own heart… and I have spotted a couple of knots.

It’s wonderful to get to this part of the publishing race, but it is also terrifying. As I wrote my book about freedom, testifying to the wonderful work of the love of God in my life, I have also wrestled with that voice that keeps trying to invalidate my story: “You write about being untangled, but look at the state of you! There is so much more work to be done.”

The truth is that being untangled is not an instant, one-time only event. It is a process that involves intricate work by skilled hands. You cannot untangle yourself. You need the gentle expertise and the empowering love of the Father.

We often go through life without taking the time to consider the effects of circumstances and situations on our hearts. Words of others can often leave us a little tied and twisted, but we brush it off and move on. There is also the voice of the enemy, that never hesitates to confirm the worst beliefs we have about ourselves. We get tangled. It is a natural part of life.

But the Father wants us to be free and He loves to straighten us out in the most gentle way. He will carefully untangle us from every lie, struggle or burden that we have been trapped in.

This has been a recent reality in my life as deep rooted lies started making an appearance as soon as I have stepped out in sharing my message.

I am often tempted to untangle myself; strapping on my faith-armour, binding and loosing, fighting the good fight! There is nothing wrong with this, but as I quiet my heart before the Lord, I am learning that this is not the time to “faith-it”. First, I need to allow the tender love of the Father to remove the knots. I need Love to empower Faith in me.

One of my favourite verses is found in the book of Zephaniah. What I love about this book (although it is a very sad situation for God’s chosen people), is that with the warning of their imminent destruction and captivity, God declares not only His plan for redemption and restoration, but also His love for His people.

Think about it: BEFORE we find ourselves tangled up in disaster, disappointment or destruction, God already stands ready with rescue plan. Wherever you find yourself today, God is already signing his victory song of love over you. You cannot lose if you allow His love to untangle you.

The Lord your God is in your midst;
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you;
he renews you by his love;
he shouts for joy over you.

Zephaniah 3:17 NET

There are so many powerful revelations packed into this one verse:

  • The Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Most High God, is with you. Right now, where you are. Sitting down or standing up. In your house, at work, in your car as you’re reading this. He is with you.
  • He is fighting for you. Especially when you’re felling weak, weary and overwhelmed. He never stops.
  • You make Him happy. Not because of what you do, but because of who you are: His Beloved.
  • His love infuses you with the strength you need to keep standing and keep moving forward.
  • He is not quiet about how He feels about you. He shouts about it! It’s a victory shout! It’s a sound that shakes Heaven and Earth declaring that you belong to Him.

How awesome is our Father? How incredibly deep is His love for us? We can trust Him to untangle us from every lie, every struggle, every burden that is holding us back or slowing us down.

Make this your declaration today:

“The love of God is working in me, releasing me from every lie that is trying to trip me up or hold me back.”


Heavenly Father,

We surrender our hearts to you today. Untangle us from every lie, struggle or burden that we are trying to manage on our own.

Flood our hearts with your empowering love. May we experience your presence and your comfort.

Help us to let go of every knot.

In Jesus Name


Heart Print:

Today, I hear the Father sing: “My Love… My love for you is like a raging fire! I am never quiet in my love for you. I continually declare my thoughts of you. Thoughts of peace. Thoughts of love. Thoughts of power. Let my Words of love take root in you, until you become my burning one. For my love for you NEVER ends. Ever.” ❤


When you choose to walk on the path God sets before you, it is not unusual to come across the occasional mountain. Whether we are raising families, running businesses or writing books, there will be times when what you are called to do, will feel so much bigger than what you are able to achieve or overcome.

It is amazing to see the dream that God put in my heart nearly a decade ago, finally take shape. The closer I am getting to the finishing line, the more I am in awe of the goodness and faithfulness of God in this race He called me to run. But there are times when I feel absolutely overwhelmed by the challenges in front of me.

Writing my book cost me. It placed a demand on my time, my relationships and resources. It challenged my personal insecurities and pushed me way out of my comfort zone. There were days when finishing this book seemed like an impossible mountain to scale.

It was at a time when I was feeling completely overwhelmed that the Lord reminded me of another mountain experience. I was fourteen years old and in high school. Every South African high school pupil is subjected to a week of ‘veldskool’: an obligatory, residential programme where vital life skills are taught. I didn’t mind gaining some solid survival, leadership and team building skills. I just would have preferred if it wasn’t in the middle of nowhere, roughing it out on a mountain!

I do not come from a family of campers. We are accustomed to hotel rooms, where a hot bath and a hair dryer is never far away. I dreaded this week of ‘veldskool’. So there I found myself in the African bushveld, with a heavey backpack on my back and a huge mountain before me. We started to climb.

As the day progressed, everything started to hurt. With every step I took that backpack became heavier and heavier. I wasn’t as fit as the other kids. I was lagging behind and my team was penalised for it. When a friend tried to carry my backpack, the teacher ridiculed me in front of everyone. Not only because I wasn’t carrying my own burden, but I was holding the entire team back. It was so embarrassing.

By the time we reached the campsite, I was hurting inside and out. I had barely enough energy to set up my shelter and get settled for the night. But something happened as I took my seat at the campfire. As warmth of the fire started to soothe my weary body, I took a deep breath and looked up at the African sky above me. It took my breath away!

Scattered all over the heavens were billions of stars. It was spectacular. I felt overwhelmed once again. But this time, I was overwhelmed by the incredible beauty of creation and the awesome God who spoke those stars into being. It wrecked me in a glorious way. It changed me so much that I wanted to climb another mountain. Even if it meant experiencing pain or discomfort.

As the Lord reminded me of that mountain, I realised that my experience in ‘veldskool’ was not that different to the mountains I face in life. It was as I ascended the mountain of authoring my book ‘Untangled’, that I faced the same questions that I did on that mountain in South Africa:

  • Do I have what it takes to make it all the way to the finishing point?
  • Will I keep moving forward, even when I feel like I’m lagging behind?
  • Am I willing to carry the responsibility of my assignment, regardless of how heavy it feels at times?

The good news is that we also have a Teacher on our mountain, but He is not shaming us for how we climb. He gives us grace for our pace. He encourages, strengthens us, affirms us, trains us and establishes us in our true identity and purpose; one step at a time. And we even get to help carry each other’s backpacks from time to time! How awesome is that?

My Teacher showed me that I can look at the mountain in front of me as an opportunity to encounter my Creator. The One who created me for a specific purpose. He reminded me that it was on the Mount of Transfiguration that the Father established and affirmed His Son:

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Mark 9:7 NIV

What if you looked at your mountain today as an opportunity to encounter the God who loves you and who called you according to His purpose?

What if you used that feeling of being overwhelmed by the mountain to position yourself to be overwhelmed by God? He wants to overwhelm you with His love and grace:

Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything —every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.
2 Corinthians 9:8 TPT

Take some time today to remember that God knows exactly where you are and He has seen every sacrifice you have made as you followed His lead. He is waiting for you to take your overwhelmed heart and place it in His hands, so that He can overwhelm you with His goodness.

Make this your declaration today:

God is more than ready to overwhelm me with every form of grace. I overflow with abundance in every good thing I do.


Heavenly Father,

Thank you that we do not have to scale our mountains on our own. You are always with us, teaching us and helping us as we walk out the plans you have for us. Make us sensitive to your voice and remind us that when we feel overwhelmed, we have a wonderful opportunity to encounter you. To experience your grace and goodness.

In your presence we are established and affirmed. You are so awesome Lord. We love you. And it is such a privilege to run this race with you!


Heart Print:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Wonderful One. You make my heart swell with pride as you bravely scale the mountain before you. There is no obstacle that we cannot conquer together. Not only have I put everything you need within you, but I am also with you, showing you where you need to place each footstep. I have gone before you and I know the way. Simply follow me. We’ve got this!” ❤

The God of Peace

On what was the most unusually, gloriously warm Saturday, we were invited around to a barbeque (or like us South Africans like to call it, a braai) at friends of ours. These friends are quite special to us. We have all learned to adapt from our African cultures (they’re from Zimbabwe) as we started our families here in the United Kingdom. We are like family, which is why I can share this without fear of getting into trouble. Ha!

As the weather offered us such a beautiful gift, we didn’t skip a beat to organise a get together involving fire and meat. As my husband and I sat in their garden, enjoying the beautiful weather and company, we couldn’t help feeling a little bit envious of their immaculately manicured garden. As our hosts disappeared into the house for a minute, my husband leaned over to me and jokingly said: “I don’t like these people! Their garden is too perfect.”

As my friend reappeared with refreshments, she asked us why we were whispering and we sheepishly confessed: “We don’t like the fact that your garden is so perfect!” We all had a good laugh as we talked about how their beautiful garden is exposing our lack of skill and interest in gardening. My friend’s husband pointed out that we had every tool in the shed you could possibly want or need. This is accurate, my husband loves to collect the tools, we just do not use them. I say “we” because I do not intend on throwing him under the bus. Ha!

As we returned from our visit, I couldn’t help but mull over the great analogy that this conversation offered. You see, our hearts are also like gardens; and we have every tool in the Word that we could possibly want or need to keep our hearts in immaculate condition. Free from the weeds of cares and worry. Free from roots of bitterness or rejection. Free from thorny bushes of fear and doubt. But we have to use our tools and do some gardening.

We all want to have and experience a life of peace. True peace. Lasting peace. Peace that stays even when life gets overwhelming or trouble comes out of left field. It’s easier to deal with those things, when your garden is tidy. It’s much more difficult when you have to cut through all the overgrown foliage to find your peace again.

Peace is not some external force, it is grown and cultivated:
Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:9 NLT

Paul’s wisdom is profound as much as it is uncomfortable to hear. If he could write this book (Philippians), a recipe book for peace and joy, whilst being imprisoned, then it should be at least worth a read. Better yet, when we apply and practice the things he teaches in it: gratitude, thankfulness, paying attention to what we think about and so much more excellent heart-gardening advice.

Perhaps it is time to get those tools out of the shed. Time to uproot some weeds and plant some seeds. Add some nutrients to the soil and water what we have planted. Hmm… this has certainly made me think about so much more than the messy state of our garden.

What will I find when I start working in the garden of my heart?

Make this your declaration today:

I choose to uproot every care and worry in my heart. I trust in the God of Peace, who lives in me.


Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the tools you have provided for us in your Word. Holy Spirit, remind us to put into practice what we have learned. Identify every weed or root that has no place in the garden of our hearts. Give us the wisdom we need to keep our hearts in immaculate condition.

In Jesus Name


Heart Print:

Today, I hear the Father say: “Beautiful Child. I have created you to be my dwelling place. As you allow me to settle in your heart, my peace will fill your whole being. I love to be with you, because my heart delights in you. Stop striving, let go of your cares and allow me to create in you, a resting place of peace and joy. I am more than able to give you beautiful rest.” ❤

A Punctuation Paradigm

It was the French poet Charles Baudelaire who first said that the devil’s greatest trick is to make you believe that he doesn’t exist. This statement proved to be true in my life. For many years, I lived with a voice in my head that wasn’t my own. The only thing is, I didn’t realise that it belonged to an enemy.

‘Experience’ teaches us all sorts of things about ourselves, that may appear valid but aren’t really true. However, you have to look really close before you can see the subtle threads of deceit that is woven in with truth.

The enemy doesn’t necessarily disagree with what God says about us; he just changes the punctuation. I have noticed that it is possible to walk around for days with a question mark on my heart where there should have been an exclamation mark.

“Did God really say…
I am chosen?
I am forgiven?
I am healed?
I am free?
I am…?”

That is why we need to check our hearts for question marks every day; and when we find them, we have to bend them back into the punctuation marks that God intended for us. It’s time to stop allowing the enemy to write question marks over who God says we are and what He has called us to do.

“A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!”
John 10:10 TPT

The agenda of the enemy is clear and in stark contrast with God’s heart for us. This is not groundbreaking revelation; but have you even wondered why he is after your heart?

In his book, ‘Waking the Dead’, John Eldredge writes: “The story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.” Just because the enemy has changed the punctuation on your heart doesn’t mean he isn’t shaking in his boots. Those question marks do not change who you are one iota, they only keep you in the dark.

You see, it’s not the enemy who needs to be convinced about who you are and what you carry. It’s YOU. (Me too!)

Dear friend, you need to change those question marks back into exclamation marks. You have every right to do so. There is no need to second-guess how the Father feels about you. He has made it pretty clear. He gave everything for you. In His eyes you are…


No question about it.

Make this your declaration today:

“I am completely loved by God and He is fully pleased with me. I am a force to be reckoned with, because His Spirit lives in me. God gives me everything I need in abundance, more than I can expect.”


Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the truth that you have spoken over our hearts. Help us, Holy Spirit to identify and eliminate the question marks that want to keep us wondering who we truly are.

We choose to believe who you say we are and we say yes to what you have called us to do.

In Jesus Name


Heart Print:

Today I hear the Father say: “Powerful Child. Do not question the value or the potency of the content because the jar is fragile. What you carry is of great significance and importance in my Kingdom. Every yes you offer to me in worship, causes great impact with a ripple effect that you may not even perceive. There is no act too small to make a difference. Pennies count when you give them with all your heart. Every act is noted. Nothing unseen. And I have blessed them all.” ❤

Tap to play

This morning, as I sipped my coffee in bed (thank you, husband), I was scrolling down the newsfeed on my favourite social media app. Over the years I have noticed such an interesting phenomenon, one which I have dipped into every now and again as curiosity got the better of me.

There seems to be an increase in people playing this one particular game that tells them who they are based on their favourite movie character, their profile pictures, the colors they choose and many other themes. People want to know what animal they are most like or what Disney princess embodies their personality.

Why is this app so popular? I believe there is a hunger in every human heart to find out who they really are. Some kind of stirring that we all feel to some degree, hinting to the fact that there is more to us than what we have uncovered. It’s great to be able to discover our significance at the tap of a screen, but the truth is that we will need to venture a little further into realms of the unseen, if we want to discover who we truly are.

“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.”

Psalm 139:14 AMP

There is only one place we can go to find our true identity; into the arms of the One who created us. The One who knitted us together in our mother’s womb, according to His design and purpose for our life. Think about it… everything you need to fulfill His plan for your life, has been wired into your very being.

As I studied this verse this morning, looking at the rich meaning of each word in it’s original language and context, I realised that I have very little understanding of who I really am. How do I know this? Because I have forgotten to marvel at the workmanship. I have been satisfied by the “tap to play” button on the screen of my smartphone rather than tapping on the heart of the One who made me. The One who wants me to discover my true identity and the glorious purpose for which He designed me.

Let’s not forget to marvel at the masterpieces we are, but let us behold the One who will show us exactly who we are. As we look deeper into the mirror of the Word, we will find ourselves in the resounding truth that we have been fearfully and wonderfully created, in the image of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will discover that we have been positioned in this time and in this place, for a specific purpose. May we tap into the heart of the Fathers, so that we can play the part that we were created for.

Make this your declaration today:

“God, I praise you for I am truly a masterpiece. You have done a marvelous work in me and I will live to bring glory to you.”


Heavenly Father,

Thank you that we don’t have to rely on the world to show us or tell us who we are. Help us to focus on your Words of truth. Show us your glory Lord, until we can see ourselves the way you see us. Until we believe that we are who You say we are: Strong. Free. Overcoming. Bold. Loved.

In Jesus Name!


Heart Print:

Today I hear the Father say: “Precious One. Do not forget that I rejoice over you with singing. Do not forget that you are my delight. You are not a burden to bear. You are one that brings great joy to my heart. When the battle is raging, you need to guard your heart with this: I will never stop rejoicing over you. My victorious banner over you is Love. It is finished.” ❤

Two Kings

Once upon a time, there were two kings. Both were chosen by God to rule and reign over His people. Both were anointed to do so. One fell away from God and the other one (though imperfectly) fulfilled his assignment and remained in right standing with God.

I’m sure you by now you know who I am talking about; the first and second kings of Israel, Saul and David. When you study the lives of these two kings, you find that they had some things in common. God must have seen great potential in both of them, after all, He looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) and he chose Saul first.

They both had significant callings. You can read about Saul’s experience in 1 Samuel 9 and David’s experience in 1 Samuel 16. They were both anointed for their assignment by the prophet Samuel. What was it that made the difference in the way they finished their race?

I’m sure you can find many differences in their relationship with God and in the way they ruled the kingdom. But there is one thing I would like to draw attention to and it might surprise you. It certainly amazed me when I saw it.

In 1 Samuel 10, after a bizarre string of events (involving donkeys and prophets), Saul returns to his homeland to wait for the arrival of Samuel to appoint him as king and announce it to the people. But when Samuel arrived, Saul was nowhere to be found. The funny thing is, you can hide from everyone, but you can’t hide from God. Verse 22:

So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?”
And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.”

Fast forward a few chapters and we find the young boy David, who has been anointed as future king, but is still working in the field herding his father’s sheep. In 1 Samuel 17 we read that his father sent him to battle with food for his brothers. As David arrives at the camp, the army is going out to battle. What happens next, propels David into an eternal moment, that would forever mark his life. Verse 22:

Then David left his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper, and ran to the battle line and entered in order to greet his brothers.” (NASB)

One king hides behind the baggage, the other one drops his baggage and runs towards the battlefield. As I looked at these verses, I felt a nudge by the Holy Spirit to look at this one thing that separated these two kings: the way they handled their baggage.

Being made alive in Christ has put us in a very significant assignment. Romans 5:17 says that we are now appointed to rule and reign with Christ, in THIS life. We have been chosen to fulfill an assignment that was prepared for us, even before we were born (Ephesians 2:10) and we are anointed (1 John 2:27). The question is, what do we do with your baggage?

Will we continue to hide behind it, afraid to be seen? Afraid to take the place that God has prepared for us? Or do we drop those heavy loads and run towards the battlefield? That assignment that will mark us for eternity?

Today, I am really challenged by this. There are some heavy stuff I have been carrying for far too long and it has become tempting to hide behind those issues that seem to disqualify me for my assignment. Being seen invites criticism. Taking up the position that God has prepared for you will cost you your comfort. But the prize is only won by those who finish their race.

And He is worth the discomfort.

King David can testify to this.

I pray that we will have the courage to let go. Let go of every sin that so easily entangles us. Let go of all the baggage that is slowing us down. May we all be blessed today, with patient endurance and find the joy set before us: the One who called us by name and gave us the authority to rule and reign with Him.



Today, I hear the Father say: “Fiery One! Keep burning for me. Let my love rise up within you with every step you take towards the battlefield. I have called you to be victorious. Do not look back. The race is not to the swift. The battle is not to the strong. It is not by might or power, but by my Spirit. So keep moving forward, my darling. You were fashioned for freedom.” ❤

Those who trust

Do you trust God?

How would you answer this question? For many years I genuinely thought I did, but one day as I prepared to deliver a Leadership course on cultivating trust with the members of your team, I realised that what I thought was trust, was only really respect. It wasn’t trust at all.

As I paged through The Leadership Handbook (by Peter Scholtes) I came across a diagram that explained that in order to build trust with the members of your team, you needed to demonstrate both competency and care; team members need to know that their leader is both capable to deliver results, whilst at the same time caring about their individual welfare.

If a team leader scored high on caring but low on competency, team members would feel a great deal of affection towards them, but they wouldn’t necessarily trust that leader. Leaders who score high on competency but low on caring are often highly respected, but not actually trusted.

As I studied that leadership model, the Holy Spirit arrested me. In His gentle way, He pointed out to me that I believed that God was competent, but I didn’t quite believe that He cared. I knew He could do the impossible, I just wasn’t sure that He wanted to do it for me. I didn’t believe that He truly cared.

Galatians 5:6 in the Amplified Classic says that our faith is activated, energised and working through love. It is the revelation of the love of God that adds the power to our words and actions. It was the caring element, that I was missing. And it affected my faith… not in a good way.

According to the Google dictionary, trust (as a verb) is defined as “believing in the reliability, truth or ability of something or someone…” other words that are linked to trust is “faith”, “confidence” and “hope”. We cannot have faith in God without trust. Trust comes when we believe that God is both able and willing to do the impossible for us and through us; because He can AND because He wants to; because He loves us!

I want to be one of those who truly trusts in the Lord:

  • They are like mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever (Psalm 125:1 NIV)
  • They will never be disgraced (Romans 10:11 NLT)
  • They find new strength (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)
  • They lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10 NLT)
  • They always produce fruit, even when times are tough (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Dear friend, do you believe that God wants to do the impossible for you? Maybe you need healing, deliverance, provision or restoration today. Can I encourage you to do a heart-check? It’s easy to believe that God is able to do the impossible, it’s a little more tricky to be confident that He has your total wellbeing in mind. That He loves you and that He is not just able to save, but so willing.

I pray that during this coming week, you will encounter His heart for you. And that you will have a fresh revelation of His marvelous love. May you have a powerful experience of His loving kindness and tender mercies. May you hear His words of love pour into your soul, like a rushing wave. May it activate and energise your faith. May you see that mountain melt like wax in the presence of the Lord. May His mighty love burn brightly in you.

In Jesus Name.



Today, I hear the Father say: “Unshakable One. Stand your ground. Don’t look to the left or the right. Don’t be intimidated by the winds that would try to uproot you. You are ingrafted in me. My Spirit-life runs through your veins. Nothing can separate you from my love. You, my love, are deeply loved.” ❤

Fresh focus

When I tuck my children into bed at night, I often encourage them to imagine what heaven is like. One evening, I asked my daughter to tell me what she pictured. When I asked her about what she thinks God the Father is like, she hesitated. She said: “Mum, I watched this video on YouTube where these kids made a cartoon character about God, and it wasn’t very nice. Now, when I go to sleep and I imagine God, I can’t get that image out of my head.”

Resisting the urge to say “I told you not to watch that stuff!”, I felt the Holy Spirit gently nudging me to give her a new image. I told her how, when she was a little baby, I really had a hard time with my mind and my emotions. I shared with her, how I grew up hearing that God loved me, but not really believing that I was deserving of that love.

Then one day, I went to the cinema to watch a Disney movie called, Tangled. I saw a King who was deeply moved for his daughter. You see, only a short while after she was born, a wicked old lady took her from the Kingdom and locked her in a tower, but her father never gave up celebrating her. Every year on her birthday, he sent out lanterns. Those lanterns would one day, lead her back home.

“When I think about the Father,” I told my (then) 9-year-old daughter, “I think about that king in Tangled. I see the tear rolling down his cheek before he lights that first lantern on Rapunzel’s birthday. I see the love in His eyes, when his lost daughter returns. Maybe you could use that image, Zoë?”

“Wow, Mum!” she said, “you got all that from a movie?”

Yes! God speaks through movies. He speaks to us all the time, if we just open our hearts to receive what He has for us. If we would just turn our attention to His voice, we will hear Him tell us how much we are treasured and loved.

We all need a new image of the Father. There is always more of His heart to discover. It feels a little strange that it took a trip to the cinema to correct my image of the Father. It took a fairy tale to bring His heart into focus, but that image needs to be refreshed every day.

The enemy loves to add a little filter to distort what we see, just enough to get us to question the Father’s heart towards us. “Did God really say?” is the oldest trick in the book. “He’s keeping you from all the good stuff…” is another filter that he likes to use.

A heart that questions the love of the Father is a tangled heart. A tangled heart is unable to function in the way that it was created to function. There is a reason why the enemy wants to skew your vision of the Father. There is a reason why he wants to keep your heart tangled.

Your heart is significant.

That is why you have to guard it above all (Proverbs 4:23). Guard your heart by keeping the image of your Father into focus. Do not allow circumstances to lay a filter over your picture of His heart for you. Do not entertain the lies that are writing question marks over His love for you.

He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
Romans 8:32 AMP

Dear friend, the Father gave up His greatest Treasure, to win back your heart. He did it because He loves you and because your heart was worth the sacrifice. Your heart is significant and priceless. He is not withholding anything from you; in Jesus, He has provided everything you could ever need. Healing. Deliverance. Freedom. Provision. Restoration.

It’s time to get a fresh image of the Father. To focus on His perfect, limitless love for you.

It’s time to get your heart untangled.


Today, I hear the Father say: “Glorious Child. I am patiently waiting for you to adjust your vision. The more of my heart you see, the sharper the view of your world will be. There are no limitations when your eyes are fixed on me. When you follow where I lead. Do not lose sight of my heart. Stay close as you keep in step with each beat. You are my joy and my greatest delight. My pearl of great price.” ❤

Storms and Strongholds

There is nothing like a little bit of turbulence to reveal what is happening in the heart. Imagine being in a boat with the Son of God, when suddenly a fierce windstorm starts to give it a little rock. Then it rocks a little more. Water starts seeping into your boat and you’re looking for Jesus. Where is He? We need a miracle here!

How do you respond?

“Teacher, do You not care that we are about to die?” (Mark 4:38) This is the reaction from the men that had been following Jesus for months on end. They had just spent the entire day, listening to them teach about the condition of their hearts. About the importance to allow the seed of the Word to grow deep roots. About how the birds of the air will come after the seed.

Jesus explained that the enemy also comes after the Word that is sown into our hearts. So there they are, moments after they received this incredible teaching and a storm breaks out. Coincidence? Hmm…

Before they woke Jesus up from His restful slumber, they had already decided the outcome: “we are about to die…” Wow! Perhaps they were tired or hungry or hangry, but that seems to be a little dramatic considering that the Son of God is in your boat. Then there’s also the accusation preceding that statement: “…do You not care…?”

How do you react when your boat is being rocked? What is your first response? Do you have a little trigger? That can often help us to identify if we are stuck in a stronghold of unbelief. Personally, I am in no place to judge the response of the disciples, because for so many years I defaulted to “…do You not care, Lord? Can you not see my struggle?”

I didn’t realise that my response (my trigger) was pointing me to the unbelief that was keeping me bound and confined. I was blaming God when all the while, His heart was for me to live free and limitless. A life where everything is possible with Him. A life where I can rise up in Christ and calm the storm with the authority I have been given in Him.

My stronghold was built over many years as the enemy used different experiences to show me that God wasn’t there for me; or if He was, He didn’t care. Why would He care about me, anyway? I wasn’t good enough. Lie upon lie, I built that tower until it felt impossible to believe that God would come through for me. I believed that God was able, but I couldn’t see that He was willing.

That is exactly where the enemy wants us. Have you often found that it is easy to believe that God is able to do all things for everyone, but when it comes to your problems, you find it difficult to believe? You can pray and have faith for others, but you feel awkward when you are praying for your own breakthrough? You might be dealing with a stronghold.

When we can align our hearts with the love of the Father, our faith is activated (Galatians 5:6 AMP). That is why the enemy benefits from us questioning God’s heart towards us. It disempowers us.

Dear friend, it’s time to realise that you are not waiting for Jesus to wake up to your struggle. He is not only with you in your boat, but His life-giving Spirit is alive in you (Romans 8:11). He has given you the authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). It’s time for you to rise up and tell that storm to quiet down!

He cares. If you want your faith to be effective, you have to believe it.

Make this your meditation and declaration this week:

“I choose to cast all my cares, my worries, my anxiety, my fears on Him, because HE CARES FOR ME!” (1 Peter 5:7)

Shout it at the storm! It will quiet down. And your stronghold will start tumbling.


Today I hear the Father say: “Bold One! My heart delights as you take that hammer to the wall of unbelief. Let my Word break up all the hard places of your heart. With every blow of truth, my love will rush in to fill all the empty spaces. Let my powerful love for you ignite your faith. For you are like me, mighty child: Strong. Overcoming. Soaring. Let’s rise!” ❤


The UK is not known for it’s frequent thunder storms. Last night, only minutes after we tucked our kids into bed, they came running into our room, worried about the thunder they were hearing outside. Wanting nothing more than to get some sleep, my first response was: “Don’t be silly, it’s only thunder,” but then I realised that this is not something that they are used to.

This Mamma is very used to the spectacular thunder storms of South Africa. I spent many years, snuggled in bed, listening to the mighty rumbling in the heavens as they opened over the city of Johannesburg. To me, it was a comforting sound. It is a sound that I miss almost as much as my family who still lives there. Thunderstorms feel like “home”.

However, my kids were not familiar or comfortable with the sound coming from the heavens last night; and I realised that “don’t be silly” was not going to help their trepidation. They needed a little more reassurance. So, my husband and I imparted some of our general knowledge and life experience, but it was the last comment I made that put them at ease:

“What about the lightning?” Zoe asked.

“Oh, it’s just the flashlight on God’s smartphone. He loves taking pictures of you!” I replied. That seemed to do the trick. We had a little giggle and everyone went back to bed as I reminded them to smile when they see the flashlight.

“The voice of the Lord echoes through the skies and seas.
The Glory-God reigns as he thunders in the clouds.
So powerful is his voice, so brilliant and bright,
how majestic as he thunders over the great waters!”

Psalm 29:3-4 TPT

With the kids back in their beds, attempting to get back to sleep, I started to think about Psalm 29 and the powerful picture it paints about the voice of God in our lives. I was thinking about the years I spent feeling afraid of His voice and scared that I would be consumed by God’s disappointment and anger.

Understanding God’s heart towards me changed the way I responded to His voice. I no longer hide from it, afraid and unsure of what I might encounter, because I am confident in His limitless love for me. I know that I am not only safe with Him, but when He speaks, it comforts me. Even when it feels like mighty thunder, I know His heart is to love, heal, deliver and restore me.

It kind of feels like we’re going through a bit of stormy weather in this uncertain season we are experiencing at the minute. All the shaking and thundering around us can make us want to hide under the bed, making us question the heart of God towards us. However, it is in this stormy season that we can be completely confident that we will find our safety and comfort in a God who loves us, deeply.

“This is the one who gives his strength and might to his people.
This is the Lord giving us his kiss of peace.”

Psalm 29:11 (TPT)

Dear friend, I pray that you know just how much you are loved by God. May you find a place of comfort, security and peace in His arms. May you discover the beauty and power of His voice. His Words over you can move any mountain that you are confronted with. Allow Him to tell you how He feels about you.

May the Lord give you His kiss of peace.


Today I hear the Father say: “Precious Child. How I long to hear your voice. I never get tired of your company. You always make me smile. You bring such joy to my heart. I do not want you to be intimidated by the uncertainties of life. Please don’t feel uncertain about my love for you either. You are safe with me. And you are always welcome here. Always.” ❤

Leaving Limbo

Are you tired of waiting for God to show up? Are you wondering if He is ever going to do something about the situation that you’re stuck in; or if He even wants to? When will He move?

Dear friend, let me tell you that you are not alone. I am so familiar with that feeling. I remember standing in a worship service on a Father’s Day Sunday. As I stood with my eyes closed and my arms raised in worship, a picture of the Father’s face dropped into my spirit.

It is a picture that I have pinched from the movie Tangled, because that is how the Father introduced Himself to me. As I worshipped, I saw that tear rolling down the kings face again, just before the celebration for the lost princess began. He was so moved by her absence.

In that moment, I heard the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit: “Meliza, God is moved about your struggle, but He doesn’t have to move. You do.” It kind of knocked me out of the song I was singing and I couldn’t wait to get home to explore this a little more. What did He mean? Does God not move anymore? What did He mean by saying that it was me who needed to move?

As I sat with an open journal and a heart ready to receive, I asked the Holy Spirit to help me understand what He meant. He reminded me that Jesus paid the ultimate price for me on the cross, and that everything I would ever need, was given to me in that moment. That was God’s ultimate move. The move of all moves, so to speak.

“He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
Romans 8:32 AMP

Maybe the answer was not in waiting FOR God, but waiting ON Him.

Often we can spend our time waiting for God to show up, wave His magic wand and change our circumstances in an instant. Our expectations are some set on some external force coming to shift and move things on our behalf. Over the last few years I have learned that, that is not how God works. He has put the answer for every problem, in each and every born-again heart.

Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness. As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.”
2 Peter 1:3-4 TPT

We already have everything we need to leave the land of Limbo. It has been deposited into us, when we were born into the kingdom of God. We access that through getting to know God intimately and it’s through our relationship with Him, that we discover the magnificent promises that He has made available to us in His Word.

This is the way He moves: in partnership with us, as we come into agreement with what He has promised in His Word. There is no shortcut. Not one with lasting results anyway – trust me, I have explored all the options. Ha!

The problem that kept me stuck in Limbo was that I believed that God was able to do the impossible, but I didn’t believe that He wanted to do it for me. I didn’t feel good enough or that I deserved His help. That, however, was the very thing I needed to believe. If we want to see the promises of God manifest in our life, we need to be fully convinced that God is not just able, but He is also willing. He wants us to be free, to be healed, delivered, to prosper in every area of our lives.

We need to not just know it, but believe!

That is why we need to not just read about the love of God, we need to experience it. One of my favourite scriptures says that God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever hope for, dream or imagine. The second part of that verse (Ephesians 3:20), says that He does this through His power that is at work IN US.

Not His power that He releases from Heaven, but the power of faith, hope and love. HIS power at work IN US.

We can never truly believe something, until we experience it.

When I looked at the verses preceding that verse (Ephesians 3:14-20) I discovered that Paul was praying for a prayer for the church of Ephesus. A prayer, that I would like to pray for you right now:

I pray to our awesome Father,
That He would unveil to you the incredible power He has deposited in you. I pray that He will strengthen you from the inside out, as you discover the faith and power He has placed in you. I pray that you will personally experience the marvelous love of God, in all it’s dimensions. That you will encounter Him frequently; in your everyday moments. I pray that you will become established, rooted and grounded in His love for you. May you become a body, flooded with His presence and may His love spills out from you, wherever you go.
I ask this, in Jesus Name.

It’s time to leave Limbo!


Today, I hear the Father say: “Wonderful Child. It’s time to rise up and step into the divine nature I have deposited in you. It’s time to position yourself in the authority I have bestowed upon you, in Christ. You have what it takes to walk out of the stronghold and take hold of the land I have given you. The land where you prosper in ALL things. It is already yours. Your inheritance from your Father, who adores you.” ❤


You may be wondering about the title of this blog; I’ll explain later. First, let me put it all in context.

In an attempt to polish off my manuscript before I submit it to the publisher, I have been burning the midnight oil. Moments of peace and quiet are hard to come by since being housebound with two kids. I have learned that writing a book is a much more productive process when everyone is in bed.

School work, house work, book writing; there’s not much time to stop and smell the roses, so I have decided to take the day off to celebrate my son’s birthday today. No school work, no book writing and minimal housework. Just a day to do whatever we felt like. It’s not every day your son turns thirteen.


I am the mum of a teenager! I know you have heard this a million times before, but I just don’t know where the time went. Thirteen years ago, I was looking at a scrunched up little face, peeking at me with one eye as if he was not quite sure that I was up for the job yet. He was not the only one, I was wondering about that too.

Here we are, thirteen years later and I have kept him alive and happy, so we have both won. I am still just as in love with that little face, as if we were back in the Royal Preston Hospital on that Monday evening when he came bouncing into our world.

When my kids were little, I started this little tradition of doing a little video with my favourite pictures of them, showing how they have grown. I take a lot of pictures. A lot. I love taking pictures of them. They don’t love it so much, but it is one of my favourite things to do in life. I have thousands upon thousands of pictures, because I keep them all. Even the blurry ones.

They do complain when every time when I reach for my phone to take advantage of a photographic opportunity, but when it’s time for their birthday videos, they enjoy it as much as I do. Every now and again they will ask me if we can watch their birthday video together.

To keep up with this tradition, I made Aidan’s birthday video this morning, like I do every year. I have watched it over and over and over again. I can’t help myself. I have seen it so many times that the background music has now become a permanent soundtrack to every thought I have. I just delight myself in seeing them grow.

This evening, as everyone settled in for the night, I heard the gentle whisper of the Father saying: “I delight in seeing you grow, too, Meliza.” I had a picture of Him looking at His smartphone (what technology they have in Heaven!) watching my video. Photograph upon photograph. And I remembered these truths:

The Father has thousands upon thousands of thoughts about me.

Every single moment you are thinking of me!
How precious and wonderful to consider

that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!
O God, your desires toward me are more
than the grains of sand on every shore!
When I awake each morning, you’re still with me.

Psalm 139:17 TPT

The Father only has good thoughts about me.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

For so many years I believed that the Father only tolerated me for the sake of Jesus, and the great sacrifice He made on the cross for me. That was such a wicked lie from the enemy. The truth is that the Father offered up His only Son, because He loved us.

The greatest revelation I have ever received is this: I am not a tolerated child. I am a celebrated child.

The Father delights in me, like I delight in my son. He lionises me. To lionise someone is to “assign great social importance to them” (The Free Dictionary). It is another word for celebrate. You see, I have already written a blog titled ‘Celebrated’, so I needed a synonym. I liked it. After all, I am from the tribe of the Lion of Judah.

Dear friend, I hope that you know how much the Father delights in you. His thoughts about you outnumber the sands on the shore and each one of them is good. He loves you. He celebrates you.

He lionises you!


Today, I hear the Father say: “Beautiful Child, the one in whom my heart delights. You are altogether wonderful. I continuously study every detail of your life. I delight to see you grow and mature into my very likeness. Thinking about you makes me smile. That is why I am always happy. You are always on my mind. Don’t you ever forget that you were my greatest prize. You are loved, and I am so proud of you.” ❤