13.5.15

Seasons

by Karin Whittaker

The change of seasons is a necessary, even unavoidable truth in all life.
So it is in our walk with God. In nature (creation) we see it as a constant reminder of our own need for seasons - the planting, whether deliberately or accidental - of seeds, the watering and feeding of young plants, growth, and more growth so as to fruit in time for harvest. Then slowing down of life, and, what looks like death, in the rest and restoration time of winter when the body that had been fruitful must become quiet and restful. It will need careful pruning. It will need to stop producing. So that, in order to fruit again, it restores its energies and strength for the new season. Can we liken this to our walk in faith?
Yes, it is a very useful metaphor. We also need seasons to plant the Word of God, nourish it and see it grow, produce a harvest and after this, prepare ourselves for pruning. God will use others to help us along the way. We will be in situations where we realise we are "doing too much" or not the right thing to grow the Kingdom. This can go on for some time, until the time comes when life no longer flows, when we fell overburdened, when the energy we once had has all but drained away. That's when we need to stop, take stock, see what is going on and act on it.

Do I need to cut down on activities? Do I need to call in help to get jobs done which do not always require me to be there? To free up time to spend with family, be it physical or church family. To free up time to be with God. If we fight this natural rhythm of growth, fruit, harvest, pruning and rest we will only suffer in the long run.


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21.4.15

King's Daughters Team

In my previous post I took great delight in introducing our King's Daughters team to you.  Now I get the great pleasure of letting you know that they are all going to be authors on this blog!!! How exciting.  I can wholeheartedly commend them to you and trust you with them.  Enjoy all the lovely posts that are to follow and please do connect with us by leaving lovely comments on each post - we will reply to each one.

Have a happy day :)
Love Angela x

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12.4.15

King's Daughters Conference 2015 #HeLovesMe


King's Daughters Conference has made a step change! We have reached another level in quality and excellence and the reason for the massive change is because of our team.  God has brought together exceptional women from different churches and backgrounds to build King's Daughters.  We are all passionate about Jesus, passionate about King's Daughters and most importantly, passionate about you! Our prayers are for you not only for the day that you attend the conference but for every day leading up to it and after the conference we will continue to pray for you.

Our Vision:
To inspire women to discover who they were born to be - daughters of the King.

Our Mission:
We are a team of passionate, vibrant women from different churches and backgrounds, serving local churches and bringing unity to the body of Christ through our ministry empowering women to discover who they were born to be. We are real women with real experiences of Jesus in our lives, offering refreshing events for women in your church, and once a year we come together for our conference - bringing a message of identity as daughters of the King.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Use promo code 'Easter' and save £5 until end of April!


More will be revealed about what we do in the months ahead but for now may I proudly introduce our team to you.

  • Angela De Souza

    Director of Important Stuff

    angela@kingsdaughters.co.uk



  • Karin Whittaker

    Chief Trendsetter

    karin@kingsdaughters.co.uk



  • Jaylene Howell

    Head of Awesome

    jaylene@kingsdaughters.co.uk



  • April Shipton

    Supervisor of Sparkly Things

    april@kingsdaughters.co.uk



  • Lorah-Kelly Beard

    Positivity Technician (& Bubbles Lead)

    lorah@kingsdaughters.co.uk



  • Fiona Jones

    Oozer of Cool

    fiona@kingsdaughters.co.uk



Find our more about the team at www.kingsdaughters.co.uk

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24.3.15

Naked Worship - The Beginning

Hi Girls,

I know it's been a while and I have not been blogging consistently but I make no apologies either because I don't want to write to you for the sake of it, I want to write when I actually have something to say that is worthwhile.  Soooo, here is a silly little video from me to you in the early morning. No script, no makeup, no auto-tune just me sharing my time with God with you.

Now after recording this (yes I know it's bad and out of tune and all of that) I decided to make this a little project called Naked Worship.  So in this series of posts I am going to start collecting all my songs and developing them with an awesome bunch of singers and musicians and share the journey with you right here on my blog.

The point is not only to record the journey but to really worship God without all the stuff that we can get caught up with when producing our music. Hopefully it will lead to a professional recording BUT only after we have truly worshiped with all our heart and managed to capture that in song.

Join us on our journey - send in your recordings of your naked worship where you just unleash your love for God in song.  Let's just love Him and allow Him to love us and share all the love around.

Yes it will be messy but the Bible says make a joyful noise and that is exactly what we will do!

Love
Angela

 
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2.1.15

The Daniel Fast

It's that time of year again, the beginning of a brand new season filled with exciting possibilities. Even though we all expect good things to happen sometimes bad things happen too :(  At times we can avoid these bad things by staying in line with God's pure and perfect will for our lives. Other times bad things must happen as a part of God's perfect will for our life. Either way, staying spiritually strong and connected to God is essential and one of the best ways to do that is to fast. Fasting not only makes our spirit stronger but it also cleanses our bodies. If you are interested to know more about every that fasting can do for you please read He Restores My Soul.

Bondages, addictions and bad habits.
He told them, "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting." - Mark 9:29

In the verse above Jesus was answering the disciples question about why they were unable to cast out a particular demon that day. Jesus response was that the kind of demon that they were dealing with would only come out by prayer and fasting. It seems that the demon was very powerful and that prayer and fasting would have given the disciples the victory over it. It the same way, we need to understand that we can have power over our own 'demons' by prayer and fasting too. If you are struggling with something such as a bondage, addiction or bad habit or really want breakthrough in a certain area, spend some time praying and fasting about it.

I like to start every year with a Daniel fast. This is a 21 day fast where you only eat fruit and vegetables and drink only water. At other points during the year I might do a full fast by abstaining from food completely for a set time and drink only water or I might do a shorter partial fast such as the Daniel fast. Fasting is powerful on so many levels and if you have never fasted before I urge you to give it a try but do consult a doctor first if you have any medical conditions or are on medication. Pregnant women should not fast.

Here are two other posts that you might find useful:

Daniel Fast - Food List
Daniel Fast - Odours, Tiredness and Pains

Please share your questions, thoughts or experiences with fasting in the comments box below, I would love to hear from you.

Love
Angela
x
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27.12.14

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Merry Christmas to all you beautiful King's Daughters and a very happy New Year!

2014 was a difficult and wonderful year for me.  I did struggle to write, as you may have noticed.  It may have been writers block, it may have been busyness or it may just have been a season to 'pen down' and have a break. It's been nearly six years since I started writing to you right here on this very blog and I have loved every minute of it. 2015 is already packed with a great deal and I am so excited about the journey, but I will write as often as possible and share the journey with you and hopefully encourage you too in your journey.

Looking back to my very first blog post to you on 13/04/2009, I realise that my message hasn't changed one bit and neither has my passion for this message. As I read over the words and reflect on them I notice that I am pretty much still writing the same things just in different ways to various different audiences.  And so rather than write something new (because it wouldn't be, it would be the same powerful message), I encourage you to go back to where it all began with me.  Read our post at www.kingsdaughters21.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/knowing-who-you-are.html and please share your thoughts we me so we can go into the amazing new year together.

May 2015 be a blessed year for us all.

Love
Angela
x
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2.10.14

A Great Success

This year presented a difficult subject, we delved into purity as well as a lot of talk about sexual purity. Our numbers were lower than usual as a result but the event was better than ever!  We enjoyed a fantastic day together, everything went smoothly, the food was great, the company fantastic, the talks life changing, the worship heavenly!  Everything was just perfect!  It was a beautiful day in God's presence and we are so grateful to all who played a part in making it happen.

Next year's conference - HE LOVES ME - is already in the pipeline.  We have made some positive changes so that even more of you can enjoy this fantastic annual event.  The most significant change is that we will end by 5pm which has enabled us to bring the ticket price right down to £25.  However, if you book in during October, you get a once off early bird rate of £20 using promo code OCTOBER and if you wish to exhibit this code applies to your stand too.  So book your place this month at www.kingsdaughters-helovesme.eventbrite.co.uk and then you have a full year to see who you could bless with a ticket so that they can join you for a great day.

Thank you Gentle Giant
I would like to thank Jim of Gentle Giant for kindly capturing our event on his camera. 

Jim is a Visual Communicator? Using a variety of media he creatively communicate people's ideas and concepts into visual solutions that can promote, inform, educate and potentially transform peoples lives.  If you want to purchase any of the photos he took at our conference or to use his professional services, can contact him via his website www.gentlegiantgraphics.co.uk or email info@gentlegiantgraphics.co.uk

Thank you Arts Ecclesia
A great big thank you to Shirley of Arts Ecclesia who sponsored our conference this year.  Without her kind support the tickets would have cost much more as this is a very expensive event to run.  But thanks to Shirley's generosity, we were able to provide a quality event at a very reasonable ticket price.  Find our more about Arts Ecclesia at www.artsecclesia.org.uk

Thank you Whole Foods Cheltenham
A great big thank you to Renata from Whole Foods Cheltenham who supplied us with these lovely gift bags.  It was a lovely detail that made the conference even more memorable.

There are so many more thank you's and I fear I will miss someone if I attempt to mention everyone, so thank you ALL for your involvement.  If you wish to get involved in next year's event please do get in touch by reply and also please do email me your feedback from this year and I will include it on our feedback page at www.kingsdaughtersconference.co.uk/highlights/2014-pure

Donations
We are delighted to be able to make a donation to Open Doors this year as well as to the Children's Society from the proceeds of the conference.  We would also like to encourage you to support our King's Daughters Village project - find our more here.

Don't forget to visit our exhibitors page - they will remain on the website for another 6 months so you can enjoy shopping from them in time for Christmas!  Keep in touch and if you can't wait until next year's conference, why not start a Girl's Night in your area or join us for some smaller events in the lead up to next year's conference.

Have a blessed day!

Love
Angela
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