30 Days of Prayer Launch

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12.1-2 The Fixing Her Eyes site from day one has had the tag line: Gather | Encourage | Sharpen | Love | Worship | Grow To help us to do this even better, we would love you to join us as we pray daily for Australian Christian women throughout the month of September. Some prayer suggestions: fix their eyes on Jesus persevere in their faith encouraged in their faith draw closer to God opportunities to show His love and share the good news of the gospel grow in their faith and be more like Jesus release from captivity and / or violence wise in decision making sa

Fixing Her Eyes - Celebrates One Year of Your Stories

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. So how do Australian Christian women fix their eyes on Jesus? How do they live out Hebrews 12.1-2? Well over the last 12 months, we have been asking them! Here is a collation of their answers. Click on their name to read their full "five minutes with." Thank you to our wonderful contributors and friends and thank you to YOU for being a part of our community. May you be encouraged to think of new ways you might fix your eyes on Jesus over the coming year through these quotes. Jen #fixinghereyes #followJesus This happens through others. My husband and I worship together;

5 minutes with Kitty ...

Meet our very first feature artist, Kitty from Choc and Spice! - What's your favourite bible passage & why? Phil 4:7. This verse reminds me to rely on the peace that God gives His people. - How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? I have a few mentors in life who remind through actions and words of the great love of Jesus. They keep me accountable and remind me of His great promises. - What would you like the next generation of Christian women to know? Find somebody who can mentor you and mentor somebody else. You'll be amazed at how much it impacts your life and how much you can impact the life of another. - What did you learn about God at a time in your life you found hard? Tha

I Could Never ...

"I could never do what you do. I just knew that I'd never be able to go overseas as a single. I knew that I'd need to have a husband to go." It's a line that I've heard a multitude of times and I appreciate what people are trying to say: "You're strong! You're brave! I admire you!" But it's something that irks all missionary workers to some extent - we don't feel that we belong on that pedestal. It's intensified as a single, because of that statement on the end, "I'd need to have a husband to go." It's a double irking. For me, it makes me feel like I'm a different species. It feels as if I'm ontologically different from others, as if I was put together in such a way as to be particularly sui

5 minutes with Vickie

- Tell us a little about yourself I was born in New Zealand and had a difficult start in life as the second unwanted pregnancy to my young mum. I have always loved humour and found it has been quite an effective way to deal with tragedy until you really have to deal with it! I never met my father but I had a stepfather for a short time and I refer to my family as having a Triple A rating referring to adultery, addiction and abuse. I often joke that I was trained in rejection, which of course is the perfect training for politics. I didn’t just have a dysfunctional family but was also born with a dysfunctional bladder hot wired to my strong sense of humour; clearly not a good combination! So h

Why Women Make Excellent Church Planters

There has been a lot of attention for a while now in Christian circles around church planting. When church planting initially started gaining a lot of interest, some people felt that it was a fad and that it would pass. However, this is still today a topic that many Christians are wanting to know more about and something that many leaders are discussing in their churches. I teach church planting at a theological college and so I know that this is still an area of great relevance for people. Christians are asking… Should my church be planting? Is God calling me to plant a church? What role should our denomination play in church planting? Church planting has gained more traction especially

Feminism 102.2: Three Objections Christians have to Feminism (and why they’re wrong)

This is the second in a series of three articles, looking at feminism from a Christian perspective. Find the first one here. Many early feminists were Christians, and grounded their fight for equal suffrage in their Christian convictions, but since the second wave of feminism, the relationship between Christianity and feminism has been uneasy. The second wave happened 50 years or so ago, though, so it’s worth asking whether Christian objections to feminism continue to ring true, upon closer scrutiny. Here I will address three common objections that Christians have to feminism: that feminism is fundamentally selfish, that feminists hate Christians, and that Christians don’t need feminism be

When Stories Collide

One Saturday I remembered the story of the Good Samaritan but failed it. I failed it because I had remembered it but I had not known that the Good Samaritan depends upon a particular view of time. How can you fail a story you might ask? Let me explain. Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan? At the foot of a rugged mountainous area, known for the thieves that hid in its crags, a man lies prone upon the ground. He is alone. This is the centre of his problem. His brow has separated, blood weeps from him, yet this could be solved if another was with him. When he rode his horse and carried his gold his problem was hidden from him and others, yet not from God. He was travelling, purpos

5 minutes with Kara ...

- Tell us a little about yourself My name is Kara Martin. I am a mentor and educator with Seed, the Christian Medical & Dental Fellowship and Excelsia College. With Seed I am mentoring young women entrepreneurs through The Hub initiative at Anglican Deaconess Ministries. - What's your favourite bible passage & why? James 4:8a "Come near to God and he will come near to you." It is mind-blowing to think that the creator of the universe is keen to draw close to us, has already initiated, and is waiting for our response. - How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? The cliche is Bible reading and prayer, but that is because it works! Plus friends who pray and challenge me. I also practise a daily

Feminism 102: Getting Beyond Stereotypes of Feminism

Feminism’s a bit of a buzz word at the moment. Emma Watson’s claimed it. So has Beyonce. Other celebrities eschew it, saying things like it’s about women being over men (Shailene Woodley), or giving up your desire to be a wife and mother (Gwyneth Paltrow). Taylor Swift initially said feminism was about ‘guys versus girls’, but on becoming gal pals with Lena Dunham, changed her mind, saying she had only spoken against it because she had misunderstood the movement. So, what is feminism? This is the first in a series of three articles, looking at feminism from a Christian perspective. Feminism is notoriously difficult to define, in part because it has never had a leader (like, say, Christianity

5 minutes with Kerrie ...

- Tell us a little about yourself A country girl at heart... daughter of a dairy farmer and nurse in Berry... I was raised by them to love the beauty of God's world and the people he has placed in it. In my early teens, while living in Kiama, I became a 'daughter of the King!' This decision shaped and formed me in ways that I could never have imagined. I would have to say I continue to be overwhelmed by God’s great love and care for me. He is a good, perfect father and I am loved by him! A significant part of God's plan for me is being a wife to Graham, mother to three adult children who are all married and more recently, a grandmother. I love spending time with my family and friends and am

8 ways to rethink the conversation about singleness

These days there is more emphasis on marriage and family than ever. My social media feeds are full of articles and posts about gay marriage, sex in couple relationships, the struggles and joys around creating a healthy Christian marriage, the sadness of miscarriage, the intricacies of parenting, the wars around household chores. I could go on and on. This is all fine, but my concern is that articles about healthy marriage abound whereas articles around healthy singleness are much less popular. Interestingly, the debate about gay marriage has served to harden traditional evangelical views around marriage. Fear is growing among many Christians that unless we protect the institution of marriage

5 minutes with Tania ...

- Tell us a little about yourself I am a pastor, speaker, writer and the founder of God Conversations (godconversations.com), a global ministry that equips people to recognise and respond to God’s voice. That means I spend a fair bit of time travelling around Australia and overseas speaking and teaching in churches, colleges and organisations. When I’m at home in Sydney, I develop resources for my blog, TV, radio and various publications. I’m also halfway through a Doctorate in Ministry researching people’s experiences hearing God’s voice. I love what I do, but it is not what I imagined for my life. Growing up, I was taught that women shouldn’t be pastors or leaders, so God had a lot of work

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