#theoxfordadventure | one year ago I stood amongst thousands in the O2 arena in London after a month of studying at Oxford. There my weary soul rested in Him, and heard truth that would pave the way for what the next 12 months would hold.Brian Houston said, “Refuse to live in complacency and mediocrity. Live in commitment to the great unknown where feet may fail, because it’s there where you’ll find Him. Go wherever Jesus goes, and come when Jesus says come. Fix your eyes on Jesus - head towards where He is.” Thankful for Hillsong Conf London 2013, where God did a massive work in my heart to liberate me from a lot of legalism and open my eyes to His radical, relentless, redeeming love in Jesus for the whole entire world.  Still praying for the city of London and for God to move in Europe. #thisisrevival

#theoxfordadventure |

one year ago I stood amongst thousands in the O2 arena in London after a month of studying at Oxford. There my weary soul rested in Him, and heard truth that would pave the way for what the next 12 months would hold.

Brian Houston said, “Refuse to live in complacency and mediocrity. Live in commitment to the great unknown where feet may fail, because it’s there where you’ll find Him. Go wherever Jesus goes, and come when Jesus says come. Fix your eyes on Jesus - head towards where He is.”

Thankful for Hillsong Conf London 2013, where God did a massive work in my heart to liberate me from a lot of legalism and open my eyes to His radical, relentless, redeeming love in Jesus for the whole entire world.

Still praying for the city of London and for God to move in Europe. #thisisrevival

"It’s not that we WANT to reach people in this city, it’s that we HAVE to reach them. We need to be willing to do #whateverittakes, because in the end Jesus is worth getting people to. He just is. He rescues, He saves, He heals, He opens blind eyes, He sets the captives free, He makes the lame walk. He is worth it all.

Matt Sparks, “Authority to Forgive.” @anchorchurch, #GoodNewsToThePoor 

today i saw some pretty light at the studio, so I took a self portrait. 
for the first time in my life, instead of taking fifty and choosing the ‘prettiest’ one, I just took one, threw the London preset on it to give it a little warmth, and here it is. 
it’s out of focus, but it’s me. enjoy my hair, tumblr friends.

today i saw some pretty light at the studio, so I took a self portrait. 

for the first time in my life, instead of taking fifty and choosing the ‘prettiest’ one, I just took one, threw the London preset on it to give it a little warmth, and here it is. 

it’s out of focus, but it’s me. enjoy my hair, tumblr friends.

This image is a food line. Desperate families, desperate for survival.  One year ago I heard at Hillsong Conf Europe 2013 the idea of the Church making a difference in the Syrian crisis taking place on the doorstep of Europe. As the Church, the body of Jesus, we must respond to the needs of the people in Syria who are made in God’s image. Whilst the world watches on and merely likes Facebook pages or posts an instagram picture, the Church must have a tangible response. We are uniting in prayer, and giving generously, because we serve the God of abundant generosity, who gave His all in Jesus.  The “Syria Church Response” is a partnership between Unicef and the Church, to enable us to tangibly bring essential relief > syrianchurchresponse.com. 

This image is a food line. Desperate families, desperate for survival.

One year ago I heard at Hillsong Conf Europe 2013 the idea of the Church making a difference in the Syrian crisis taking place on the doorstep of Europe. As the Church, the body of Jesus, we must respond to the needs of the people in Syria who are made in God’s image. Whilst the world watches on and merely likes Facebook pages or posts an instagram picture, the Church must have a tangible response. We are uniting in prayer, and giving generously, because we serve the God of abundant generosity, who gave His all in Jesus.

The “Syria Church Response” is a partnership between Unicef and the Church, to enable us to tangibly bring essential relief > syrianchurchresponse.com

Anonymous asked:

Let me just begin with saying your amazing. I found you in Mici magazine and have been following you on Instagram ever since. You are a inspiration. I want to wholeheartedly love and follow Jesus but I feel so guilty and unworthy. I have suffered with a eating disorder for 6 years now and God has always sustained me but I just can't get my head around how he could love me. I always pray for his forgiveness and thank him. You have inspired me so much and you are incredibly beautiful and talented

I praised God for you as soon as I read this, dear sister. For your heart to follow God, for your God-given beauty because you are made in His image, that you are redeemed and restored and made whole in Jesus. And then I prayed for you. That you may know who you really are in Him. That He will open the eyes of your heart to see His fingerprints all over your heart - He is there, those Fingers of Grace carefully binding up the deepest hurts of your heart. He loves you because He made you, and He loves you because He saved you, and sees Jesus when He looks at you.

I feel led to share a short story with you - back in the time of Nehemiah there used to be someone called a cupbearer, who would drink some of the wine intended for the king to check for poison. The parallel to Jesus is so obvious - Jesus drinks the cup of God’s anger and cries out ‘It is Finished!’ turns the cup upside down, and not one drop comes out. But another part of the story that’s often overlooking is that the poison in the cup is from the people to the King. Jesus takes all of our anger and sadness and hurt and bitterness and lack of trust, drinks it, and by the time our prayers and cries make it to our King they have been purified by Jesus. You come before God totally washed, cleansed, renewed.

Jesus drinks down your guilt and shame, and so therefore you are worthy. You are loved. You are redeemed. You are forgiven. You are acceptable! Beloved sister, He loves you! Praying this truth transforms your heart. It may happen over night, but often it’s like a blind person given sight. The habits still remain - you may stumble around with your eyes shut for a while, going back to old habits that hurt you, but as He keeps working in you, you’ll learn to open your eyes to His love, His presence, His worthiness. 

He loves you dearly. I’ll keep praying for you. The next issue of MICI Magazine addresses what you’ve been walking through. You are not alone. We are in this together, sister. Let me know if there’s anything else I can pray for you for or help you with. 

athena grace. x

Understanding grace means we can hold loosely to all we have because we are being held onto by the One who will never let go to, and that is our God.

In the wilderness you may not be able to say, “my money,” “my resources,” “my gifts,” “my ability,” “my relationship,” but you’ll always be able to say "my God."

The Wilderness, Tim Chaddick

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I’m spending 1 hour a day for 30 days intentionally reading God’s word and sitting in His presence asking Him to heal, restore and transform me. I’m doing it with two close friends, who share with me daily what they learn. I wrote this out for them today, but wanted to share it with you, as I think it’s a truth that’s going to change my life. Again.

Today I wanted to read the context for the infamous phrase, “the LORD’s still, small voice” from 1 Kings 18-19. And so I did, and it blew my mind.

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As Christians we are called to be like Lucy to the world; to step out in faith through a wardrobe and open our eyes to the Kingdom of God. To defend what we’ve seen and heard, though everyone around us, even our own families, think we are liars or lunatics. To stand by the lamppost and point to the wonders and joys of the gospel, to paint a picture with our words and deeds of the glorious love of Jesus.

Every day I want to be someone’s Lucy.

Lucy and Edmund from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” by CS Lewis drawn by my beautiful friend Jacqueline Kay, whose creativity amazes me.

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shot on the Fujifilm xT1 and edited with Julia Trotti’s London LR4 preset.

s p e a k |

I was so hollow, and then You spoke, and the echo of Your voice still clings to the walls of my heart; refusing to let go.

Like the sound of the ocean, I close my eyes and lose myself to Your gentle voice; reminding me what love sounds like.

T.B. LaBerge // When Love Was Here

instagram: @athenagracee / iphone 5s / vsco film 05

#prayforsydney |

"Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if I told." Habakkuk 1:5

instagram: @athenagracee​ / iphone 5s / vsco film 05

#prayforsydney |

"Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if I told." Habakkuk 1:5

instagram: @athenagracee​ / iphone 5s / vsco film 05

w o n d e r |

"the world is not lacking in wonders, but in a sense of wonder." G. K. Chesterton.

tonight I walked over the Anzac Bridge and simply stood in awe of God’s creative beauty and amazing grace. He loves this city far more than I do, and He’s declaring His goodness everywhere. #moreofJesus

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 / vsco film 05 / anzac bridge, sydney, australia

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