Pizza Dough.

I have made many a pizza in my time and was never wowed by them. In 2010 I took my first trip to Italy and I remember the taste of a REAL wood fire pizza. I watched the nonna’s mix and kneed simple ingredients. Simple yet so hard to master. I was convinced I could make the same pizza just as good when I arrived home. BUT, I didn’t. It just wasn’t as good. No where near. A beautiful friend of mine, Jacqueline gave me a recipe that worked for her. I tried it and absolutely loved it. So delicious! Light and crispy edges. Yet for me it was still lacking something. I found that if I made one pizza and left the dough in the fridge for a few days before making a second pizza that one was substantially better. The fermentation was the key. It was fermenting itself. I now make my dough 2-3 days prior to pizza night. Then last year I was star struck meeting The Worlds Top Chef (!!!!) Massimo Bottura and I told him what I was doing and he actually CONFIRMED WITH ME! WOW!! So, that’s it for me. I’m not changing a thing. Allow it to rise 3 times before popping it into the fridge. This creates those

bubbles you want in your pizza!

Ingredients:

500g Pizza flour

300mls Tepid water

1 Teaspoon of Dried Yeast

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (you can try garlic oil or I’ve even used Truffle Oil).

A good size pinch of salt

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix, then kneed until smooth. Or I like to use my bread maker, it kneed’s it for me so I can get on with the million other things I need to do. ha! Let is rise in your bread maker 3 times punching it down before placing it in an oiled bowl.

Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Best to use in 3 days.

When it’s time to use, take it out of the fridge 3 hours before rolling out. I like to keep it near my oven in winter so it can come back to room temperature quickly and start to rise again.

Divide it evenly into 2 discs. Roll out and place your desired toppings on it. Cook in a wood fire pizza oven or your oven at 225 degrees! Nice and hot. But keep an eye on the pizza.

Jennifer X

The Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide!

Father’s Day is literally around the corner! Next weekend in fact! How many of you give the same thing every year to your Father’s or husbands? The undies, the socks, maybe some fishing gear… let’s be real, it’s easy, most of the time they are in need of these items. I’m guilty of giving these little items over the years too. I mean who can say no to $2 undies from Kmart?! Come on!! I love a good bargain. Today I want to show you a few places you can buy the regular socks and undies as gifts but with a little more pazzazz! 

There is also other ways of giving affordable gifts that are a bit out of the ordinary or perhaps you assumed they were not in your price range or you may not have even had the idea before. Well ladies and gents I’m going to give you a list of varying gift ideas. Some for kicks and some very sentimental ideas. And the key, if you find it on a website or store and it costs a heap MAKE SURE YOU GOOGLE OR CHECK EBAY!!! Quite often there are alternatives or cheaper deals on the same item. And please don’t forget Catch of the Day. That’s a game changer right there!

Why don’t we start with the really sentimental items first. Recently James gifted me a gorgeous mapof the stars from the night of our wedding day. It’s so romantic, we framed it and it’s in our formal lounge. A real keepsake and huge brownie points for either him or her really but we are supposed to be focussing on dad, so for him it’s a great idea. An online store most people have heard of is ‘Hard to Find.’ It’s my go to for something different. The ideas are endless and again I will repeat, if you like a product look elsewhere before purchasing. Just to make sure it’s not somewhere else at a better price. Thinking similarly to the map idea they have cufflinkswith the coordinates of any memorable occasion also. Two very different prices, similar ideas and worth a look into. A way to make a gift really personal is to have it engraved. This place stocks iPadcovers or Whiskey Glasseswhere you can get your loved ones initials engraved. That’s a class act. Oh, and did you know that Country Road has a ‘Make it Personal’ page. Click on your item and then type the name you want engraved on your gift of choice. (If I have to write the word Engrave one more time…) where was I… Yes, and they have really nice toiletry bags that could be the perfect gift. 

Sneaky shopping that is super affordable yet comes across as ‘oh these must of cost you a fortune’ can be a good thing. It’s always nice to find a bargain and claim it but then again, isn’t there something sleek and exciting about finding a bargain that looks like you spent a fortune? Or am I on my own here? Maybe this shows you how exciting my life can be! Ha 🙂 I just totally went on a tangent, where was I, oh, pyjamas, and not just any pyjamas, 

Peter AlexanderPyjamas. I love buying these for James and they have sale items all the time. The quality is great and they are super comfy. Do yourself or your man a favour and buy some of these! Make it a little tradition, you won’t be sorry!

Another item I just bought James was a Round Ice Cube Tray. I went over to eBay and grabbed a bargain from them. Less than ten dollars! I was cheering! They really are the James Bond kind of look. And make any dinner party look all the more sophisticated with the details.

I’m a big fan of getting your man in the kitchen to help out and get along side all the deliciousness of food. Sooooo, why not a cookbook? and specifically I’m talking Jamie Oliver’s new Italian cookbookGive him something you can all benefit from 😏 get him in the kitchen trying new things or if you like to cook get him to mark what recipes he would like you to cook for him. Ha! I remember James doing this when we first got married. He would go through my cookbooks leaving sticky notes as to what he wanted to try. I still haven’t gone through them all. 

Something a little deeper and in need of our daily lives in our family is the Bible. I’m going to promote one today that works beautifully for James. I’ve never been a person who writes notes all over her Bible, I wish I was. Anyway, James is someone who writes all over his. I found the ESV Biblehas a journaling part with plenty of space for the reader to make notes, draw or sketch their thoughts and prayers to God. I just love this. 

Common gifts are great, there’s nothing wrong with them. Deals on drills and screwdrivers, I know they are around everywhere and people can be very particular about the brand they are after so I won’t post anything on them this time.  Back to those undies I was talking about earlier. Catch of the Day sells them online all the time AND a little fancier with good old Tommy Hilfiger check them out. Anyone who knows James knows he’s a socks and ties man. Sprezzais a really fun way of gifting your loved one with exactly this. For $36 a month you get 5-6 items chosen by stylists such as socks, ties, tie clips, cufflinks, sunglasses, corkscrews, a cigar cutter, a pocket flask… their ideas are endless and it really is my NUMBER 1 giftto give! A little of everything.  And this month in honour of Fathers Day they are giving away two of these gift boxes for the price of one. I say get your hot little hands on this gift idea!

James at the Sydney International Shooting Range. Watching our Dad’s shoot it out… he’s not nervous, much… ha!

Now, from past experience. The best Father’s Day gifts I can recommend was the Shooting Range. A few years ago we gifted our Father’s a voucher to come in and then take some practice at a range that’s situated on 80 hectares of semi-rural bushland at Cecil Park and it was brilliant. Great quality time. Another few outings we planned were Segways. Wow!!!! They are a blast. I was able to get myself a ticket to join the dads on this one. Oh, and one last gift I’ve given over the years, how could I forget the Go Kartracing out at Minto. Noah and I watched James and the dads race it out. It is something I really want to try myself. Maybe my mother’s day gift next year?? I might get James to read this post after Father’s Day.

And then there’s the traditional making gifts, the cards, baking, breakfasts and a favourite of ours is a book about Daddy every year. We buy one from anywhere. At the moment they have them for sale at AldiBig Wand Target. They have some great little reads for the kids to give to your favourite men. Making time together is your number one priority.

I think it’s really important to include something on Father’s Day where the kids can do something with dad. An activity like bike riding, rock climbing, putt putt or even just a picnic. Do what you love to do as a family. And make it your own, a tradition and memorable.

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who mean the world to us!

Jennifer X

Why We Homeschool

As with most Homeschool Mum’s I have been asked numerous times why we Homeschool and you know what normally happens for me? I clam up, I fumble my words and become this stuttering fool who looks like she needs some proper schooling herself. I mean, how could I possibly Homeschool if I can’t even string a single sentence together? 

Noah completing a maths equation.

In reflection I think it’s because I have so many thoughts swirling around my mind plus the anxiety that I don’t want to offend someone else if they chose another path for their child and in doing so I just blurt out the mundane ‘Oh, it works for our family.’ or the ‘there’s so much flexibility’ line. For each family it will be a different answer, sometimes a simple one, sometimes far more complex and others it will be a series of factors. Environment, finances, upbringing, values and so on.

Having a Blog can come in handy to actually write down these thoughts and send whoever is asking about why we Homeschool to get the well structured answer on my page before having another ‘dribble, dribble, dribble’ meltdown.

Our new home in Sydney has this small space
to keep resources, books and school projects.

For us the pros outweigh the cons and before I tell you all the pros for us let me just get this question out of the way. The five worded question we and many other Homeschoolers hear all the time… ‘Where do they get socialisation?’ What’s incredible about the homeschool community is once your child begins schooling (They must be age six to register here so we had to wait until Noah was old enough) there are many facebook pages and groups to join for support, groups for the kids to join and be apart of. Mothers are creating outings and get discounts for large groups and before you know it you are skipping along to art classes, science days, Medieval Fairs and even just the simple picnic. Not to mention the weekend sports. Lots of teamwork for our kids to be a part of. I think it’s important to educate people on the stigma of homeschooling. Many years ago when I finished my teaching Dip Ed I was contacted and asked to teach Drama to a group of Homeschool students. My first actual question was ‘ What’s wrong with them?’ I cringe when I remember saying that. The woman on the other end of the phone giggled and simply explained that nothing was wrong with the kids, the parents just chose to school them themselves. Now, that’s not to say that Homeschooling is for a particular type of child or parent. I think Homeschooling is for anyone! Any parent can do it, I know it can be daunting but there are so many of us around to support you and your children. I’ll list some sites you can look into a little later to find out more.

There are sacrifices, especially when you are on a single income BUT it is so worth it. And my goodness the deals and outings that are discounted with Groupon,Scooponand Dealscan save you hundreds! The bond and togetherness is deep. Family comes first and is always strengthening as we grow and learn.

Ok, so here’s my list as to why we have chosen to Homeschool? 

  1. I am their number one influence in life for training and guiding (besides God)
  2. The children learn at their own pace.
  3. We can really focus on their strengths and gifts. The children are able to chase their dreams early. University is an option from as young as 16 in Australia. Or even work or take courses during school hours. 
  4. They don’t need to sit exams or the HSC if they don’t want to and still be able to apply for UNI.
  5. I am a lifelong learner with them. I often find myself reading ahead in Math or History and I’m amazed and enthralled at my kids lessons. 
  6. I am the person who sees their character. The good and bad and correct it the way we see fit. I can come alongside them and work on this with them.
  7. I get to spend time with my children, deepening our relationship.
  8. I can pick what we will be learning each term. And it’s super easy. NESA has it all set out for us here in Australia. And I have a great program templatethat you can simply download to put your lessons or course outcomes in. EASY! It’s also great to look ahead and see what’s happening at the museum in the next few terms and align your content with it.
  9. I get to instill our Biblical values all day long, in conversation and in actions.
  10. We don’t experience the crowds for ‘excursions.’I am there for every step of success in their schooling. I see it and watch them in that moment and celebrate.e can take the day as easy or as fast as we like. Timing s flexible and that’s a great thing with having other children and timing their naps and when I need to breastfeed
  11. Everyday life becomes a learning opportunity.
  12. My children can avoid childhood bullying (as much as we can, it’s in every environment) and bad influences. Because we are present we
  13. are able to come alongside and guide in those instances. How our children respond is so important and also building resilience develops character.
  14. OUR LESSONS FOR THE DAY ARE OVER IN AN HOUR OR TWO!
  15. So much more time for us as a family.

It has been a lot of fun setting up a room of our home for schooling. Once we moved back to Sydney we set up a space upstairs for toys and books and resources. However we school around the dining table.

Below are some of the sites and Facebook groups I know of that are incredibly supportive and welcoming if you are thinking about becoming a Homeschool family. And I’m here also, to answer any of your questions and support your journey. Speaking from experience. IT’S A BLESSING AND JOY! 

Jennifer X

SHEN 

HEA

HOMESCHOOLING DOWNUNDER 

THE EDUCATING PARENT 

James and his top Coffee Beans

James and I began our relationship like any other couple scenario. We tried to do the typical thing, you know the ‘I’ll pick you up at around 7am for a coffee before work.’ But soon realised we both didn’t enjoy coffee at all. What were we doing wasting our time sitting, sipping on the stuff. What it did ultimately was lead us to two very different relationships we have with this little bean. Mine was the kind of love/hate relationship with coffee. It’s also a similar one to the beach, but I’ll save that story for another time. So, coffee. I love the taste but what it does to my body is crazy. I literally get terrible heart palpitations! And James, well, he became dependant on the stuff. You know the coffee headaches if he doesn’t have one. Yep, that’s him. Oh, and did I mention when we do go for a coffee on the slight chance we spend WAY too much time finding the right place (cough, cough, coffee snob, cough, cough).

Everyone I know loves the warm, rich smell of coffee. I mean, people literally have it brewing when they are trying to sell their home. The potential buyers enter the kitchen and they are automatically taken to another place, or perhaps they feel at home and comforted by the smell. Or even that they can imagine sipping on their own coffee and having a moment to themselves. Oh wait, let’s be real here. A moment with their four children perhaps….

Anyway, back to the point, a few years ago we realised we couldn’t be the biggest ‘let’s go out for coffee and people watch’ kind of folk. Like I said, I can’t have too much coffee and with a growing family, our adventures out are more park play. We did some research and worked out it would be far more cost effective if we saved up and bought one incredible machine so James could enjoy his one or two, three, oh heck, who’s counting, coffees per day. We could see that it would be a wise investment for our family and it would pay itself off in only a few months. 

Now, we were very fortunate. We bought our coffee machine off some wonderful friends of ours. I’ll tag their famous roasted beans below. Our coffee machine is a VBM VIBIEMME. The guts of it is Italian (say no more) and it’s like a mini cafe quality Espresso Machine. You can always hunt down a second hand one like we were lucky enough to score. James says all the reputable brands are getting better and better at creating good systems. I’ll list a few great coffee machines also for you to take the research out of the way. Because we simply don’t go out often for coffee we have had to hunt down the best beans for his (and my mild) enjoyment.

Here are our top 6 coffee beans.

  1. Ona Coffee (Raspberry Candy)- Canberra. They were awarded second place in the WORLD BREWERS CUP 2017. They also won  WORLDS best Barrista https://onacoffee.com.au/news-events/
  2. Drumroll  Coffee Roasters – Engadine. These guys are friends of ours, they are the ones who sold us their beautiful coffee machine. Their beans are top notch!
  3. White Horse– Sutherland.
  4. Ambrose (Premium Blend) – Hunter Valley.
  5. Peaberrys (Black Betty) – Newcastle.
  6. Darks (Satans Crowbar)- Newcastle.

It’s actually been a whole lot of fun growing in our taste for a good, rich coffee. During our outings as a family we discover great places that have rave reviews on particular beans. We simply pick up a bag and try it out at home. For Ona Coffee, I read an article about it and remembered where it was when we took a family trip down to the snow. Drumroll was an easy one through friends and as for White Horse, people were lined up down the street to buy their coffee. It was a must to try.

We lived in Newcastle for two and a half years so it gave us plenty of time to check out the roasters there and what we found to be the best. James’ colleague owned a coffee shop and swore by the Ambrose Beans. It’s a fun process and so easy to do now we have a thing called google! Ha.

Just this year we invested in a cold drip so that I could have a small amount of coffee when I like, you know, for that slight kick because that saying about an apple a day (not the one about keeping the doctor away, the other one) having the same effect as coffee, just gradually giving you energy… the apple does nothing! NOT A THING! YOU’RE DREAMING if you believe this. Actually let me know if you can feel the difference in your energy levels when you eat an apple. I promise I’m not laughing as I type this question. Much. (Insert a very convincing serious face). Before we bought a cold drip James would make us Cold Brew. It was super easy to make and so smooth. I’m telling you it’s the best recipe but let me encourage you to be creative and adjust to your liking. 

Cold Brew

1 Part Coarsely Ground Fresh Coffee Beans : 4 Parts Filtered Water
Leave in the Fridge 24-48 house (per preferred taste)
Strain a few times through a cheese cloth, so you are only left with the Brew
Keep in the Fridge and drink (often) with ice and a drop of milk, or straight
James usually doubles it, making 2 litres at a time

Anyway, below are a few really good coffee machines we recommend. I’ve tagged our one also (above), for those who are interested in what we have!

Happy Brewing!

Jennifer X

Our Home Birth of Selāh Jennifer

I never thought I would be one of those women who homebirth. I didn’t think I was strong enough and I read too many scary stories and ‘advice’ columns with ‘5 reasons why you shouldn’t have a home birth.’

When I was pregnant with my third child we moved from our home town to Newcastle. In booking my first midwife appointment, I was met by a kind lady explaining to me that, considering I had two progressively fast labours it is worth considering a home birth. With how hesitant I initially felt, we began researching into how to best birth at home. My third child was my first home birth and it was the most beautiful, tender, bonding experience as a family.

Noah, Scarlet and Aquila rubbing my back
through a contraction.

Unbelievably, my first three births occurred on their actual due dates! Statistically, a 5% chance! So naturally I couldn’t help but wonder if my fourth would be the same. We planned for another home, however, this time we were a little more prepared with setting the room up to my liking; essential oils, candles, soft flooring and plenty of towels. 

The 1st of May was our baby’s due date. It came by and went.  After that date every day felt like ten days in one! On May the 7th at around 4am I was lying in bed just dozing when I felt a huge contraction.

I layed there, waiting for that second contraction. Once it happened I woke my husband, James, and told him I was in labour. I had given him a list of things to do; call the photographer, the midwife, put the essential oils on, etc. I downloaded a contractions app and glued my eyes to my phone screen, waiting to hit the button. They began at 6 minutes apart, and noticed that they got quicker and quicker rapidly, just like my first 3 labours. As we wanted the birth to be a family experience, I went to wake each of my other children during that small pocket of rest. I’ll never forget their faces when I told them “mummy is having the baby now. Take your time to wake up and come out”. They were out within two minutes. We spent 9 months talking openly about labour, what to expect, how to help mummy best and not to be anxious or afraid of anything. And it paid off! 

I walked back into our bedroom into my little birthing corner awaiting the next contraction when James explained the midwife couldn’t make the birth. She was at hospital due to short staff and she said that our options were either, drive into hospital, or we call for an ambulance to take me there. So my dreams of a calm quiet birth suddenly changed due to unforeseen circumstances. 

When I found out that my midwife was no longer able to be at my birth I became anxious, causing my contractions drastically changing from 3 minutes back to 6 minutes. I never thought about the what if’s. I didn’t want to be anywhere but in my home with my little family bringing my baby into the world together.  The room was very quiet, but in my heart I felt uneasy. The children were rubbing my back and staying close to me. I needed to see my midwife’s face, I needed her to tell me it was going to be okay. 

When the photographerarrived, James explained the situation and together they put our children into the car to head to hospital. While they were gone I had time to pray and focus. Essentially, I was preparing myself to birth without my midwife being there. When James came back upstairs I explained I didn’t want to sit in a car in labour. I didn’t want to birth in the car. James was worried the ambulance officers would arrive and take me right to hospital but I clearly remember stating “call them, they can’t take me anywhere. They can be here as back up”. So that was it, and we were both really happy with this decision. James called 000 and explained I was in labour. They sent out a ambulance, but the telephone attendant isn’t allowed to get off the phone until the ambos arrive.  As I like to labour in complete silence, this didn’t help as I tried to stay in the zone and focus on my contractions. James had to politely ask the attendant to stop talking and ask him to just stay on the line, but leave the phone in the other room?’ In reflection this was a really funny moment we discovered, as the conversation went on, that the attendant was one of James’ mates.

Once the paramedics arrived, 15 minutes later they immediately tried to get me to stand and walk down the stairs to the ambulance. My contractions were only 2 minutes apart. (Now, I think it’s right in saying here that paramedics are trained in getting a person to hospital as quickly as possible for their safety.) The first of three, yes THREE ambulances arrived and a tall guy came in and proceeded to tell me ‘my wife gave birth to our first child three weeks ago, If you just get up and walk you’ll see.’ I was on all fours breathing deeply, I turned to him and said ‘No, you’ll see.’ 

I laugh when I remember that moment. He was really lovely trying to help, they all were but it became clear that paramedics are hardly ever called out for labour. When I heard the two guys outside my room calling for intensive care that’s when I really needed James. I couldn’t speak due to the intensity of the pain but my mind was incredibly distressed. I had a moment where I was thinking to myself is something wrong? But I know my body and I knew if I went to walk I would get no relief and judging by what happened with my firstborn, ultimately give birth away from my birthing space.

The kids were unbelievable during this whole time. They would rub my back, ask how I was and sit quietly. Noah (6) was enthralled by the photographer and how to take the perfect photo and the girls never left my side. Scarlet (4) and Aquila (20 months) sat and watched. 

So, by now I’m sitting at 2 minutes apart. There was so much noise happening in our home. We had 11 adults and 3 children all in there! Five males and one female ambulance officers, two cell carepeople (quietly waiting downstairs to collect our baby’s placenta blood and cord to be stored), a photographer and my husband and I. The ambos were talking and asking each other who was going to deliver the baby. They all stayed because they had finished their shifts and explained later it was good for their training. Only one of the 6 has witnessed and helped at a birth. They were also trying to coax me into the ambulance. Ha.

Finally one of them convinced me to get up and walk. He proceeded to tell me I had been sitting at 2 minutes apart for some time and I might be like this for a while still. Something overcame me right at that moment. I thought I had failed. I thought I must of been labouring for hours and had held up so many people. I suddenly stood up. I could see my reflection in the shower mirror and I will never forget my face. It was the face of defeat. I felt I had let everyone down. And so I took literally four steps out into the hallway and fell on the floor with another huge contraction and my waters broke. The paramedics proceeded to roll a chair up in front of my face and said they could take me down in it so I don’t need to walk. I was thinking, ‘get that out of my face.’ But apparently I was much more polite… James had put the children in the car for a second time and my photographer kept quietly telling the paramedics that it’s best not to move me. My husband walked back up the stairs with the children and said to everyone “she’s birthing here. We aren’t going to hospital. We are staying here.” And that was that.

I was in the hallway, just two metres away from my little sanctuary and I turned onto my back to push. Two of the drivers were holding each of my hands so I could push against them. The woman was down the other end to catch the baby with others gathered around to, umm, cheer me on maybe? I pushed out the baby’s head. The girls were sitting by my side quietly and Noah was down with James watching the baby being born. My second push was to get the baby’s shoulders out, as I was pushing I could feel the pressure. I looked down to see the poor woman’s face, a lab coat, gloves and what looked like goggles to deliver my baby. She looked slightly freaked out. (I just hope this experience hasn’t put her off childbirth!) I whispered “turn the shoulders, turn the shoulders.” And at that moment James came in and turned our baby and delivered HER onto my chest. I cried out “my baby, my baby” and the children gushed over Selāh Jennifer. Aquila called out ‘yay, baby, baby, yay.’ and then proceeded to kiss her and ended up with a mouthful of mucus, to which we have a lovely photograph of her reaction to the mucus in her mouth.

Noah was so thoughtful and brought me a drink
of water! Ahh! My boy!

James and Noah cut the umbilical cord together. We all had turns in holding our sweet baby girl. The girls kept sneaking moments to touch her skin while Noah took the initiative of bringing me a glass of water. My children displayed a maturity and boldness beyond their years.

Our homebirth was remarkable and truly a moment that brought our family unit closer with a lasting memory, only for our hearts to cherish.   

Jennifer X

The Kanye West Epidemic

The name Kayne West has never been mentioned in our home, ever. That is up until maybe a month ago. If you were to ask me before then who Kanye is, or any question about his music in general you would of been met with a blank face. I really knew little about the man. I had however heard of his music, yet up until now was something I would never have blaring through the walls of my home. Everyone has their style, their genre if you would say. We each have our own tastes. Not listening to Kanye’s music wasn’t about the style I enjoyed. As a Christian mother I couldn’t agree with nearly any of the words he wrote or sang about. And so, I never gave a second thought about the man, in my Christian bubble so to speak, running my very safe life.

It is because of my very own arrogance I am grateful I do not ‘run’ the show here on earth and pick and chose who will be saved. I sound rather like Nebuchadnezzar. The King of Babylon who once said these very words in building his palace ‘By my power and for the glory of my majesty.’ I’ll leave that here for a moment and come back to what happened to good old Nebuchadnezzar later.  But you see, God had different plans. Vastly different plans. God had indeed done a wonderous act in saving Grace. He saved and transformed the man Kanye West and I cannot help but sit back in awe and amazement as to the ripple effect it has had on ultimately the world! 

It’s like a Kanye epidemic. Social media is flooded with his songs of praise and interviews about his life changing experience. People are flocking to his ‘Sunday Service’s’  just to stand and witness this encounter. It could be curiosity for some, and others it’s plain old praise and worship from the heart and soul. Watching Kanye in interviews you can see there is evidently a change. Kanye states in an interview with James Cordon “God is showing off… He’s showing out…. Kanye West Works for God.” 

Some of you might say ‘This isn’t for real.’ Or perhaps you’ve uttered the words ‘It’s a publicity stunt.’ Then there is the worst of all judgement calls so many of us self professing Christians make, ‘He isn’t a Christian… just wait and watch. He will fall.’ It’s actually really shameful that we do this. That I have done this. Is this what Christ calls us to do for one another? Does Christ want us supporting his body in this way? Or the born again believer? Oh, I assure you it simply is not. And yes, Kanye is taking the heat. The judgemental comments are firing his way. There’s no way you can deny it. And the worst of the perpetrators, the worst of the slures, are coming from professing Christians. 

In the words from his song ‘Hands On’ Mr West himself explains;

What have you been hearin’ from the Christians?

‘Said I’m finna do a gospel album,

They’ll be the first one to judge me

Make it feel like nobody love me

They’ll be the first one to judge me

Feelin’ like nobody love me.’

Really Christian, is this how you want to be portrayed? How you want the Christians heart to be perceived? 

Watch yourself dear believer, what’s saying people don’t look at you and say the very same comments? How can any of us really tell if Kanye is a saved man? We simply cannot. Nore can we tell if anyone we encounter is really saved. It will be upon our deathbeds that people might just see and say ‘yes, they have run the good race. They didn’t stray as to never return. Well done good and faithful servant.’ I for one will be praying this prayer for Mr Kanye West and for his entire household. 

I can’t help but find myself at times weeping for joy when I listen to the lyrics of one of his incredible songs. Or when I see the words ‘JESUS IS KING’ plastered upon billboards all over the United States. I weep for joy in my heart that Jesus can indeed save ANYONE at any hour. I weep because He saved a man so far from God and I can now see through my human eyes His good and perfect will and purpose. I weep because of the stories I read that men and women who have never set foot in a church are coming to church to seek GOD! 

And my friend I weep, I weep because I never prayed for this man or his salvation. In fact, I’ve never really prayed for any celebrity, as if they were a lost cause, as if they would never come to Jesus of Nazareth on their knees begging for forgiveness, as if they could never have their hearts of stone softened, the scales from their eyes cast off and an understanding no man can force upon anyone. It is the Lord’s power and might who saves who He will, for He is good. 

So I wept and asked for forgiveness for never praying for any of the people in the spotlight. For not crediting my Great and Mighty God who has the power to save the very worst of sinners. Of which I prove time and time again, I truly am. And I am forgiven time and time again.

Now’s a good time to finish off what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. As a result of his own proclamation, God took his royal authority right from under him. He was driven away to eat with wild animals. It would take seven years before he would lift his eyes to heaven and have his sanity restored. He praised the Most High and glorified him. Reader, just this very week Kanye released his first Opera entitled ‘Nebucahdezzar’, the artist likens himself to the Babylonian King saying “Sounds kind of similar, right? I’m standing on the tip of the mountain talking about Yeezus. Saying ‘I did this!’ that I’m a god.”

I think most of us can identify with this King from long ago. I’ve told God I will humbly pray for those in the spotlight with the same desire as I pray for those lost around me.

And if God is showing off, is this really a Kanye West epidemic or maybe, just maybe it’s a Jesus saving Epidemic? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Jennifer X