The BEST Yes

Hey RM fam,

I am currently prepping to travel to London with my husband and was going to post this until after I came back – but for some reason or another I believe right now was the right time!

There are a lot of times in our life when we will say yes to some amazing things. Saying yes to exciting plans with friends, a new adventure trip or saying yes to marrying your best friend. These are to name a few.

But there is another “yes”.

There is another offer that we can accept which is unlike anything else in this world, because this “yes” is not part of it.

We have the choice to say yes to become a follower of Christ and to accept God into our lives.

I can honestly write that saying yes to Jesus and accepting him into my life has transformed every aspect of it!

I should add, just because we say yes to Jesus doesn’t mean we get a ticket to an easy, blissful, stress/trouble free life. In fact Jesus himself says in this world we WILL face difficulty (John 16:33). However, what is beautiful is that we do not face it alone for HE is with us and by our side until the very end of time.

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while” (1 Peter 1:6).

I’ll admit I am not where I want to be yet. There is a lot I am still working on, but I thank God that I am not where I used to be. My life just hasn’t been the same, the miracles, the healing and the journey is all because I said yes to picking up my cross and following Him. This yes has not been easy, but it has certainly been an adventure!

 

 

 

This is still the best yes I’ve ever accepted after 6 years, and my prayer for you today is that you can experience the abundant life that comes from saying yes to the Lord of lords. There is no yes quite like it!

 

Have a lovely rest of the week.

 

 

Chloe x

A21 #walkforfreedom 2019

This year I have decided to join A21 for their 6th annual Walk For Freedom on October 19th 2019. #WalkForFreedom is a global event that raises awareness and funds for the fight against human trafficking.

When we come together to advance the fight against slavery we can be the reason that a child is prevented from being forced to beg on the streets of Thailand—the reason that there is someone to pick up a hotline call from a victim at 3am in South Africa— the reason a survivor finds healing and restoration through our Freedom Center in America. Our actions truly can lead to change on such a level.

According to the latest report on forced labour by the ILO (International Labour Organisation) There are an estimated 40.3 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery.

For a breakdown of the facts and sources, check them out here https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-human-trafficking

A21 is an organisation that is very near and dear to my heart – the work they do truly is life transforming for so many people. I have been following and supporting for over a year now, which is why I’m so excited to be a part of a walk this year hosted in Edinburgh.

Why don’t you join a walk in your area? If there are none (which you can check online) in your area why not sign up to host a walk?

The walk for freedom is an event that is free to participate in  -all you need to do is register your spot and you’re good to go! Invite your friends and family to join you and make a day out of it while making a difference!

 

 

For more info on A21 and the phenomenal work they do: https://www.a21.org/content/about/gptuog

To join a walk and find one in your area: https://www.a21.org/content/join/gptt4w

Also, check out their IG for more updates and info on what is happening in the run up to the big day: @A21 @A21UK

 

 

 

So why not join me and save the date! October 19th 2019

“We are the new abolitionists”

 

 

Have a great week!

Chloe x

Books I’ve Read (Summer 2019)

Happy Friday RM fam! Hope you all had a fab week!

 

Something me and Coco have in common is we love a good book.

As we are approaching the end of the summer, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to share some awesome reads I picked up!

 

Unashamed – Christine Caine

Ahh I FINALLY got round to reading this book, and so glad I did!

 

 

 

This has to be one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. There was so much gold within these pages, as well as being a topic that I believe is so important to be talked about. Caine covers the subject of feeling shame: how we can carry it throughout our lives, how it can paralyse us and withhold us of living our full God given potential. She counterattacks the subject with Gods truth – and through the word finding freedom and hope for the future.

The truth is Jesus died on the cross for all of our shame, for our past, our mistakes and old ways. We have been made new in Christ – we are free. We have been delivered from the chains of shame, and this book highlights this truth to the reader so that they may know what God has done for them.

We also find out a bit more about Christine and the work that A21 (which Christine is part of and an organisation that I support and admire greatly) has done in helping girls become free from slavery and heal from shame and hurt. This was for me quite a moving read. I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone who has had their life gripped by shame one way or another.

 

Sisterhood – Bobbie Houston

Oh how I love this woman! I’ve been following her on social media for a few years and some may know her as being the wife of Brian Houston (founder and lead global pastor of Hillsong Church). However Bobbie is also the founder of Sisterhood: which is a growing movement of everyday women who desire to make a difference and make the world a better place. The movement embodies the power of community and a collective spirit; two things I agree can make such a positive impact.

 

 

In these pages Houston goes into how the movement started and came about; we also get to know a bit more about Bobbie which I loved!

The ultimate message I got from reading this was that we as women coming together have the power to make significant change and be a part of something BIG with God. Many times especially as women we can underestimate ourselves – and we forget that we are daughters of the KING of Kings, the most high! This book was a sweet reminder of that. God wants us to be His vessel to do some AMAZING life changing impactful things; that leads others to HIM. This was an encouraging and uplifting read – inspiring the reader that she truly can initiate change in and around her life.

 

Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential – Dr Carol S.Dweck

I’ve done a whole post on this book it’s that good! So feel free to check that out if you want more insight. Dr Dweck is a well respected psychologist and has contributed a lot in her field, the reviews on this book were very high so I was super excited to pick this up.

Personally, I like reading a lot of topics but in particular I enjoy books that make me think. I’m all about learning the power of the mind and the different approaches we can have to situations all because of how our mind is programmed.

 

 

There are two mindset approaches: fixed and growth. In this book Dr Dweck explores the different approaches, their effects and the different ways we can change our mindset. As well as how to change our mindset, Dweck gives attention to the importance of maintaining that change. I know this book is common with psychology students however this is an engaging, easy read and I took a LOT from it. This is (literally) a thought provoking read – and I’d recommend to anyone.

 

Becoming a woman of the word – Karol Ladd

Karol Ladd is the author of 35 + books, this one being the first I’ve read from her. I liked how Ladd laid out the contents of this book, making it an easy to follow yet enjoyable read. The title initially caught my eye, encouraging the reader to rediscover their passion for the word and life with it. This book can also be used in a 6/8 week study group setting so would be great to read along with some girlfriends which I think is quite a cute idea! So why not grab some girls and dig through this book together?

 

 

There is a section near the end of the book called “Bonus help and information” where Ladd addresses common questions about different translations: how we got the bible, there is also an in depth overview of the old and new testament. I would say this book is ideal for women new in their walk with Christ (also think this book would be a good gift!).

I truly believe its so so soooo important to not only be a reader of the word but also a doer of the word – and this book highlights that very well. There is chapters on the different ways that we can memorise scripture, meditating on the word and the heart of worship. Basically there are a lot of golden nuggets within these pages!

Practical, informative and one that I will for sure re read a few more times in the years to come – I highly recommend!

 

 

What have you been reading over the summer? I’d love to know!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Chloe x

Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential

Happy Saturday RM fam!

Hope you’re having a fab weekend so far!

I’ve been making the most of this glorious weather that has hit Scotland all of a sudden today and catching up on my reading. My current read of choice is from Dr. Carol Dweck titled “Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential” and it’s SO good! The pages are filled with golden drops of goodness that I had to share and recommend to you guys!

One thing me and Coco have in common is we LOVE a good book. I love a book that makes you think and reflect on what you’re reading. If you’re also into that – as well as learning about the mind/psychology – then this is for you.

 

 

Carol Dweck is highly known for her work on the fixed and growth mindset. In this book she also goes about how people can change their mindset and more importantly  maintaining the change. Something she wrote that truly spoke to me was “It’s amazing-once a problem improves, people often stop doing what caused it to improve. These changes have to be supported or they can go away faster than they appeared” (p.243) phew!

If you are not familiar, here’s how Dweck breaks down understanding the fixed and growth mindset:

Fixed mindset – people who believe their basic abilities, their intelligence and talents are just fixed traits.

Growth mindset– individuals who believe their talents can be developed through strategies, good teaching, hard work and persistence.

The advantages of having a growth mindset may seem obvious, but after being 100% real with myself and reflecting, I often would have a fixed mindset in certain situations.

Dweck encourages the reader throughout each chapter to think about their way of thinking. Is your way of thinking hindering or encouraging you?

How is your mindset? Are you willing to try again if you fail the first time? How do you see setbacks – as an indication of developing your skills or as an indication to avoid/label yourself as a failure?

 

I LOVED chapter 4 where she writes about athletes and their mindset when it comes to challenges (this chapter for me was really inspiring!). She quotes a famous statement made by Michael Jordan when he was talking about his failures in his career:

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Jordan had the growth mindset, he embraced his mistakes and failures instead of letting them define him. His mind-set was set right….and look where that got him!

 

As you can probably tell I got a LOT from this book, and will for sure re read a few more times to get more golden pieces of wisdom!

 

I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

What are you currently reading? I would love to know.

 

 

Chloe x