Being accepted in some groups is tough hey? Sjoe! The comparison game is strong. Am I wearing the right clothes, am I saying the right things, am I interested in what’s trending (do I even know what’s trending), what music am I listening to, have I seen that latest Youtube video – and the list goes on!
#somuchpressure #criteriaofnote

It only takes a, “Yes, I believe in you Jesus” and boom, just like that you are accepted by Him. It’s not about whether you’re cool by what people say cool is – He receives you with open arms, no pre-requirements.

You are accepted. Fact.

Read Romans 10:5-9 (



Growing up I was often referred to as “Robin and Charmain’s daughter”. Sometimes this would irritate me because it felt like my identity was found in my parents, and I wanted to be my own person – I wanted to be known as Joy (stand-alone). Other times I loved it, when people heard whose child I was, they were friendlier, more welcoming – there were some perks that came with that.

You are a child of God. Your identity is found in Christ. Sometimes that’s tough; people treat you differently – they may not want to be your friend. The flip side is that being a child of God comes with more good than bad. Knowing who you are and who you belong to changes everything.

Check out Galatians 3:26-29 (



God told Jonah to go to Ninevah, so Jonah ran away, in the opposite direction. When Jonah eventually gave in and went to Ninevah, he did what God asked, then went and sat under a tree outside the city and sulked. Jonah was disobedient, and grumpy. But God still had work for Jonah to do. God still wanted to include Jonah in His plans to share His love with everyone.

Not even our human weakness can keep us out of God’s plans to include us in the work He wants to do in the world. Read the story of Jonah, listening for how God might want to use you today.

Read Jonah’s story here:



Towards the end of the Old Testament is a short book called Zephaniah – the prophet Zephaniah had to bring a difficult message to the people, who had turned away from God. And yet, even in the middle of book about how God’s people had forgotten God, there is this beautiful reminder that God still loves them.

Sometimes, we make bad choices. Sometimes, life is unfair. Hear again with the people of Israel this reminder: ‘The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.’ (Zephaniah 3:17 –