Image“Do not be afraid” is the most common phrase in the Bible, appearing over 350 times.


What does this mean for my life?

I’m approaching my final semester at uni and no other question is being more frequently asked than “What are your plans for next year?” My vague responses are not due to a lack of thinking about it, trust me.

Do I have enough money to buy a car? What car should I buy? Do I need a car before moving out? When should I move out? Who should I move out with? Where should I live? How much should I be earning before I move out? Where is this money going to be coming from? How am I going to invest my time? How can I most serve God and his kingdom? Will I have a bigger impact going into secular work or full time ministry? Will I be making this journey on my own or with someone by my side? What do I want my life to be remembered for?  Does my butt look big in this? Do I prefer Diet Coke or Pepsi Max? (its a tough one..)

All these questions pass through my mind at least once a day and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed, or even sick at the thought of my future.

That’s when I hear God gently telling me – “Do not be afraid.”

I don’t want to take the path of least resistance. God wants me to be brave for Him. God wants me to do hard things for Him. To see Him glorified in my life and in my weaknesses.

What have I got to lose?

Jesus says “whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

I’ve got nothing to lose. Woah, what a burden relieved.

Through this time of change and decision making, I hear God whisper “Do not be afraid”. My life isn’t planned out to the extent that I need to go “find” what God has set out for me. Rather, following God is a relationship and a journey – where I’ll be learning to trust Him each step of the way. This frees me – I don’t need to make perfect decisions and I can feel free to give things a go. I can succeed and fail in the safety of Jesus.

Even though I don’t know what the future holds, I do know who holds the future. My Lord, Saviour, Creator and Friend.

I couldn’t be in better hands – the hands that created the heavens and the earth – those same hands that bled for me as nails were driven into them on the cross.

Who’s hands are your future in?

Love being on the journey with you all –

Simply, Rosie

thankful for my friends

who don’t yet follow Jesus;

and love them so much

that it hurts.

(if I’d had more notice!) (and I enjoyed public speaking)

To my Bronnie/Brownie/Babe/some other nickname I call you that you don’t heaps appreciate but put up with anyway,

I still remember the day that we met – on prac, down at Brown’s waterhole during the first few weeks of my first year at uni. Little did we know what God was doing when we were found in the same group, and started chatting on the walk back to uni. After realising we were both Christians and even had some mutual friends, you invited me along to Student Life. 

Later you told me that speaking to someone in your uni class had actually been a faith goal that you’d set. I’m so glad that you trusted God and decided to talk to me… I can’t imagine what the last two years of my life would have been like without you in them. God has been changing me, and both of us actually, through the work of Student Life and I really want to acknowledge that it all started happening due to that first conversation.

You are faithful, you are honest, you are real and you make me strive to do the same. You accept people as they are but through who you are, you challenge them to be more. 

You are straightforward and truthful, yet always quick to forgive.

You are fun. You are fun to be around. I look forward to the times I get to be with you because I know you will make me laugh.

You are there. Might sound strange, but to those who know you well, they will know exactly what I mean. You are just always there. You never appear too busy for anyone. You seek the good of others.


Looking back at the last two or so years, and all the stuff that’s happened.. You have been there in the lowest and darkest times and have cared for me when no one else did or knew how and for this I am thankful. I look back now and am thankful to God in the way that he allowed us to go through similar sufferings. We are stronger because of it.

Fear not, you have also created some of the best memories! House sitting, late night beach adventures, outback adventures – time spent with your Nana Jo and her family, fieldwork adventures, mission trips, conferences, guitar jam sessions, dance parties and sleepovers! And vodka. And underwear. But that’s all I’m going to say about that.

You have changed me. Not only do I now own a Nirvana CD (I mean, what the hec?!) but through your discipleship over the last few years you have provided much spiritual guidance. I love doing God’s work with you. Your prayers are real. Your conversations are honest. You have a deep desire to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations and have instilled this deep within me also.

You’ve figured out what matters in life and everything you do lines up with this. 

You are also kind of ridiculous sometimes, which seems to work well for us.

I’ll close the way you closed my birthday card from last year – 

“You’re the cat to my empire, the red hot to my chill peppers and the pearl to my jam”

Here’s to many more years of Bron and Rosie adventures – the last two years sure have been one hell of a ride and I can’t wait to see what God’s got planned for the future. 

Hugs and snuggles and lots of love








These words were blogged by Fatima, a young Christian woman in Saudi Arabia a few short months before her death. Once her Muslim family discovered she was a Christian, her brother locked her in her room, burnt her back and face, cut out her tongue and beat her until she died.

The story of Fatima is just one of the many stories I heard and was able to share about the persecuted church up at Easterfest with the Open Doors Youth crew.

It’s all good and well to hear stories like this, even share them. But I couldn’t help but tell these stories and wonder…

Am I unto death a Christian? Have I taken Jesus seriously when he says in Mark 8-

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” 

Man, what a calling. I don’t want to be someone who just intellectually talks about following Jesus and what it involves, but through my every action shows it out.


I pray that every time I support Open Doors by wearing a My Heart Bleeds t-shirt  – that yes, I’ll remember and pray for the persecuted church. Yes, that if people ask me about what it mea

ns, I’ll faithfully explain to them what its all about. But also that I’ll ask the Lord for faith like Fatima. May He change me into someone who can say, in the face of more suffering than I can even fathom… “I am unto death a Christian.”

Lord, give us faith like Fatima.
Simply, Rosie.

Spirit lead me

Where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Hey everyone! 
Well its 7 weeks until LBL kicks off and I am a little bit nervous, and hungry already. 
Having received some negative feedback already for participating in LBL, I thought I’d let you know why I’ve decided to do it, and why I think you should do it too.

What is the “the line”? Well, its the poverty line. A line that divides the world. 
I was born into a family who is blessed enough to live above the line. I have lived above the line my entire life. Maybe I’ll die above the line as well.

So in trying to understand why eating on $2 a day is something I should consider doing for 5 days, I’m reminded of Jesus.

He was rich, and for our sake become poor (2 Cor 8:9). 
I can’t help but think of the description of Jesus in Philippians 2 – “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped but made himself NOTHING – taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness”

This is Jesus – my God that I follow. Born in an animal trough. Living a homeless life. Dying on a cross. That’s what I call living below the line.

And the most confronting part of Philippians 2?

The start of it : “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” 
This does not sit comfortably with the well to do Christian! No wonder the idea of living below the line and eating rice and pretty much nothing else for 5 days straight doesn’t appeal.

So here I am, voluntarily sacrificing the blessing of abundant food I’ve been given and had access to my whole life. And it may sound crazy… foolish. 
And perhaps it is.

Why not come along for the journey with me as we discover what its like to HUNGER and THIRST for righteousness… ? What have you got to lose?

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– a rather confronting quote from Dorothy Day, a Catholic socialist activist. I came across it in the book “The Irresistible Revolution”, as Shane Claiborne often refers to Day and the amazing life she led.

I haven’t blogged in a while, and as I mentioned with friends earlier this evening – its because I want to be someone who doesn’t just talk about stuff, but actually does it. The world doesn’t need my blog posts or my musings. It needs my actions. That’s if anything is to change, of course.

But, as a disciple of Jesus, I also want to be very sure of the reason I do things. No, I don’t do “good things” to earn God’s approval. And I’m so glad I’ve grown up knowing this. But I can’t help but wonder, what next? What comes after salvation? Surely the Bible doesn’t stop having things to say to me once I’m a Christian?

What does it actually mean to follow Jesus? To take up my cross, deny myself, and follow Him? Being a disciple of Jesus requires me sacrificing every aspect of my life to his Lordship. Could this possibly mean Jesus has something to say about the way I transport myself around? About the amount of clothes I have sprawled across my floor and piled up in my wardrobe? About the food I eat and where it comes from?

This is where Christianity becomes more than hypothetical chit chat, and push comes to shove.

God has been shaking things up in my life, and I gotta say – its not coming easy. Its not comfortable. As I write this post I’ve got a few main texts buzzing around in my head at the moment – Claiborne’s “Irresistible Revolution”, Sleeth’s “Serve God Save the Planet”, Platt’s “Radical”, as well as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5 – 7), and James 5.

While we might label Day’s quote as radical and extremist, you won’t get through much of the gospels without encountering similar sentiments. In Luke 3, John the Baptist tells us that “If we have two tunics, we should share with him who has none”. Jesus has more to say on the subject. He tells us “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth”… “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”, and of course, the infamous convo with the rich young man in Matt 19, Mark 10 and Luke 18 (quickly becoming the most frustrating passages in the Bible at the moment for me !)

I have done nowhere near enough reading or research to talk about at deep Jesus and the rich young man’s interaction. But there are a few things that strike me – namely our reaction to passages like this. We talk ourselves out of it. Our first reactions, as middle (upper, really) class Westerners is extremely defensive. “You need to remember context” “But Jesus didn’t tell everyone to give their stuff away to the poor” “This just means we need to make sure Jesus is more important to us than our stuff… and maybe be prepared to make a few sacrifices along the way”

And yes, its true. We do need to remember context when reading the Bible!!!! As my high school bible study leader Lisa always reminded me, the Old Testament contains some very specific rules about mildew and cleaning mildew out of our houses… that Christians obviously aren’t following today and this is a good and fine thing! And yes, its true, not everyone Jesus interacts with gets told to give away all their stuff.

But why are our first reactions defensive? Why do we try and rationalize what Jesus says? Are we happy settling for the watered down version of Christianity? I like my stuff. And its just awkward that Jesus isn’t so keen on it. And as quickly we can, we talk ourselves out of the passage holding any meaning to our lives, and move onto the next chapter of the Bible that might not be as hard to swallow. Or like the young man, we may walk away sad, because we are people of great wealth.

But, friends – I don’t want to live my life like this anymore. Why? Because Jesus offers better. After instructing the rich young man to sell his possessions and give all he has to the poor — its important to remember what he says next. He says “then you will have treasures in heaven”. Treasures that don’t fade, rust … treasures that no one can steal from us. Oh friends, if only we knew deep down that Jesus isn’t calling us to an impoverished life but the richest life possible – now and forever – freed from our possessions and free to follow Jesus with all of who we are, whatever that may mean.

Read James 5 lately? I read it a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to shake it from my mind. Check it out –

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.”

Now, I still have a long way to go on the journey of obedience and simplicity – although allow to share with you where I’m currently at. This passage embarrasses me. I have lived my life in luxury and self indulgence. Have any of you worked out your ecological footprint? It would take two worlds to support the world’s population if everyone lived like I did. I’ve taken more than my share, more than what has been given to me.

I also own many possessions that have not been properly paid for – the makers of my sweat shop clothing have gone hungry and been treated inhumanely. Sure, I got it cheap but at what expense? I’ve started to take a few small steps –

This year, I’m not going to buy any clothing unless its fair trade, or second hand. As well as this, for every item of clothing I buy, I will need to give an item away.

Reckon you could join me? Who’s keen to start being a disciple of Jesus and allowing Him to rule over every aspect of our lives? Who’s ready to show the world our faith, by what we do? (James 2)

My head hurts – think thats gonna have to be it for tonight!

Would love to continue the conversation, either through comments or in real life…

(learning to be) simply, rosie.