I tend to be a pretty serious person. Anyone who knows me will probably roll their eyes at that statement, cause look – I do crack a lot of jokes. But I think a lot. Kind of non-stop. It’s really easy to cracks some jokes. It feels pretty terrible when you feel like a joke.
At times I can be really defensive, and the same patterns of risk-assessing, over-thinking, and wall-building has followed me into my relationship with God. I treat him like I’d treat my closest friends in a lot of ways – he knows me more than any person. But when things get a little too real with God, I deflect the tension and walk away.
I remember the first time I experienced worship at Ignite Conference. It is one thing to stop working to come to prayer, but it’s a whole other task to turn your thoughts completely over to God, especially when you’re prone to overthinking.
But just like I do with the prayers in the mass, I started to think about the lyrics of the songs. What they meant, who they declared God to be. Who they said I was in Him. Without even noticing, I stopped thinking about the words, discerning their meaning. The songs became prayers, and my prayer became worship.
There is something all-consuming about welcoming him into your prayer and into your life through praise and worship. Sitting, standing, kneeling. Hands open and raised, or held together in prayer. At Ignite Conference, I was able to hear so clearly what the Spirit was saying all those times I’d walked away when it got too real. He was saying, “Come and see what God has done: He is awesome in his deeds among mortals.” Ps66:5.
At Ignite Conference, Jesus calls us to come and see the wonders; the wonder of vulnerability and freedom in prayer. See it, experience it, live it.
Written by Brigid Todd from Ignite Youth, she will be presenting at this years Ignite Conference.
“Big claim – but he was confident that God had his back. And as it goes, God’s promise was trustworthy and true. David slew the giant not with a John Cena body slam or sick knife trick, but with a simple stone from his sling..”
The Japanese have created some on point products and cuisine over the years. At no point will I refuse a bubble tea or carpool to sushi train. But something I heard about a few years was reminded in my head again when I was reflecting on this year’s theme of ‘New again’.
God is so much greater than me. I am not just praying to a God that is the same size of me. I am speaking to a father just like Simba does to his father. A Father who is so much bigger and beyond me! That I get to confide in and turn towards. I am embraced and loved as I am, no matter how many times I have lost my way…
As we went from ride to ride we said hi to people that we knew and made heaps of friends with people we didn’t. The environment at Movie World is always fun and exciting and it makes you feel like a little kid, it’s awesome. Even though the rides and attractions were super fun, the best part of the day for me, came after the rides had closed…
Sometimes we can get so wrapped up (mind the pun 😉) in the festivities. I don’t know about you, but I can tend to become distracted by all the preparations and expectations for Christmas that I forget what the focus of the season really is…
Coming home from Conference can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Check out some quick tips and solid advice on how to come down the mountain!
25 years ago, a 17 year old girl boarded a plane from Mackay to Brisbane into a whole new world she had no idea existed. I had just spent the last 2 and a half years not living my potential. I had just discovered the saving power and love of Jesus Christ – I had thought that I had done so many bad things that I had gone beyond where God could reach me. Thankfully through a few people who hadn’t given up on me, I came to know that there was nowhere I could run from God’s love.
It’s been two weeks since summer camp, and while we can’t speak for anyone else who was there, it’s been hard coming down the mountain and trying to sustain ‘faith’ at home outside of the oasis of camp. Life seems pretty different to summer's adventures & our Summer Camp MC's Jess and Claire are here with a few tips on how to make it back into the 'real world'.
A new year has started! Woohoo! New Resolutions have been set, and hopefully this will be the year that they aren’t broken. Because – guess what - it's your choice now.
Today marks a pretty important day in Australia - the Boxing Day Test. Whether you’re a Brit or an Aussie, I can guarantee that in homes all across the country people will be emerging from their Christmas Day food coma, nabbing the best seat on the couch and settling in for a long day of watching the cricket. Of course, tea breaks are the best time to throw in a water fight, play some backyard cricket or grab some leftovers from the fridge. It’s a time-worn tradition. But it's also important for another reason.