A while ago I was driving with some friends through a nice neighbourhood - we were on the way to a popular beach. When I say 'nice' I am referring to top end houses who people with flash cars, a beach-house, and helicopter own. One of my friends pipe up, "Kate, I can totally see you living here one day". I was a bit confused by her random statement and asked what she meant. "It's just your type of place...it suits you".

Now I don't know what you're thinking but I was offended. Like majorally offended. God calls us to live a simple life...Jesus being the perfect example - a wanderer, and at times home-less. It was simplest living at its best. It's living with risk and instability. And I AM COOL WTH THAT.

God does not call us to live a life with a 'nice' house, in a 'nice' neighbourhood, with flash cars, a beach-house, and a helicopter. So for my friend to say that it suits me...ouch! If you're going to put me in a box please do not let it be that one. I felt like she was calling me a Pharisee or a tax collector - sure, Jesus still loves them immensely, but I want to be called a disciple. I want to be called genuine, selfless, loving, approchable, authentic, and...peculiar.

I want to live the peculiar lifestyle. I want to be a peculiar person. May Peculiar be my middle name (hey, I even get to keep my same initials!).

Holy = set apart.
Holy = different to the rest.
Holy = peculiar.

Dear friend, please never say that to me again.



You are Water, You are Fire.
You are jealous, You desire.
You are everything this world could ever need.
You are Bread and You are Blood.
Open hands and open heart.
You are everything this world could ever need. 

I step with a little faith, like blood out of a stone.
Each blind movement is teaching me to see.
I know of nothing to come just what has been,
So I believe everything you have taught me.
Take my soul, Lord.

You are Water, You are Fire.
You are burdened, You desire.
You are everything this world could ever need.
You are jealous, You are Son.
Open hands, Enduring One.
You are everything this world could ever need. 

- Water & Fire, Strahan

"He is coming, and I am here."



"Am I not enough for you?"
- God
"It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich."
- Psalm 37:16

There was a time (yesterday) when I wanted my life to be rich - not in the sense that I had buckets of cash in my bank account, a flash car, and nice house (or 2), but I wanted to be rich in my heart. It felt like I had desires so deep and rooted in my being that I could not possibly separate from them even if I wanted to. They would have to be surgically removed, and even once I had gone through all that pain I would then be living with a hole in my heart. And no one asks for a heart condition.

I thought that if I tried really hard to walk with God regardless of my built up longing then I could hold onto verses such as Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires". I think this is one of the most dangerous verses in the bible - it was like walking with a thorn in my side. How wrong was my thinking - God does not say to us 'follow Me and when you wish upon a star...'. No. He says 'follow Me and when persecution, trial and pain follow, which they will, I will be with you also'.

The whole point of this life is for you to become greater and for me to become less. The point is for me to get absolutely nothing.

Yesterday I went shopping to buy a gift for a friend. She is living in such an exciting time of her life. She is living my dream. And as I was walking through the store I got excited...I can not wait for a time in my life where I'm walking through that store for me.

Later on that night I was driving to youth listening to worship music and praising God. For some reason I thought back to earlier in the day when I was walking through that store so excited. And then it hit. Then I realised.

"God, you are enough for me."

Like, duh! Of course He is.

I am so content if I never get the chance to walk through that store again. I know of Something far greater. He is the blood that runs through my veins. Let my colour bleed. Let it run from me.

"My cup overflows with your blessings."
- Psalm 23:5

"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, it's jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away."
- Song of songs 8:6-7 


I declare

The Spirit of God, the Sovereign Lord is on me,
   Because He has anointed me.
He sent me to preach good news to the poor, 
   heal the heartbroken,
Announce freedom to all captives, 
   and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
God has sent me to proclaim the year of His favour and grace — a celebration of God's destruction of our enemies— 
and to comfort all who mourn,
To console all who mourn in Zion, 
   give them beauty instead of ashes,
Messages of joy instead of news of doom, 
   a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
And rename them "Oaks of Righteousness" 

   planted by God to display his glory.
- Isaiah 61:1-3

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do."