Saturday, July 23, 2016

No more striving…

My life the past three years I have realized have been like a movie on fast forward x16. I have just kept going. Kept pushing forward. Kept hoping for breakthrough. Kept wishing to be done and out. Kept striving. 

Ding. Ding. Ding. Striving. Do you know how many times I have heard that word this week? And each time I do my heart just burns knowing that word is what my life has been feeding on for the past three years and I am finally coming to reality that it can’t sustain me. I NEED to STOP striving. It needs to stop now. I just need to rest in the one who has created my soul. Who has created me to be. I need to trust in the one that has put me here on Earth. To say “yes” to being refreshed and renewed. To say yes “He has called me by name and I am His.” He has walked with me through this past season and He is continue to walk with me. He will not allow me to be consumed by the things of this world. To be taken astray by enemy, but instead He will shine His true light through. I am His and I am not going anywhere out of His presence. 

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”  Isaiah 43:1-2

The waves of striving... the bay of rest and peace! 

And in this new season He is asking me to rest. This so goes against all that I have been doing and in living in the past three years. I have just been going and going in culture that doesn’t stop, but now God in His super funny ways has brought me to a place where I am literally be forced to rest. YWAM Bethlehem DTS(s) are located a small bible college out in the country side of New Zealand. It has sheep, cows, chickens, orange trees, avocado trees and macadamia nut trees. To get anywhere you have to get into a vehicle and drive. Yes, they are beautiful places to run and walk to, but you get the picture out in the middle of the beautiful no-where. Although the DTS schedule is pretty intense; there are moments of free time normally in the late afternoon or evening (times when family and friends half away around the world are sleeping so FaceTime is not an option) and internet is very limited here (super slow and expensive as well). So you get the picture of where God has placed me… in slow-easy going beautiful countryside New Zealand…

In a good way I feel like God is just smiling down on me saying “Daniella- I have set this up perfectly for you so that you can just use your moments to rest in me. To enjoy my presence. To read. To go on runs/walks. To take a nap” (I am slowing learning to embrace naps as not a waste of time, but as a time that allows God to refresh you). To be honest about all of this… this past week I have fought the desire to rest. I have tried to fill my time with being with people (which is good but not all the time), I have sat on my bed wishing that I could just scroll through Facebook or talk to family and friends back home. I have sat around bored. Kind of like a little toddler throwing tantrum. Oh, dear! My heart has a whole lot of working to be done and it’s starting with fighting the desire to strive, but instead rest. To take advantage of those moments and not complain about moments that God has created for me to rest in. To fully embrace them and enjoy them. So, here goes to taking on this deep desire of rest that God has placed on my heart for this season. Rest, Daniella, rest!

Friday, July 8, 2016

New Address in New Zealand

Hi friends,
My address is changing again! Yahooo! This time you will find me in New Zealand for a few months! 

A few of my favorite things are spending time with family, sitting in coffee shops, reading, studying the word, traveling, listening to pandora station: Bethel, running, getting mail and writing letters to friends around the world.

I promise if you write me a letter I will write you one back! :) 

Here’s to celebrating the art of letter writing! 

Daniella Rottier
749 Welcome Bay Rd
Welcome Bay, Tauranga
New Zealand 3175

Daniella Rottier
PO Box 15-134 
Tauranga 3030
New Zealand


Daniella Rottier
C/-Faith Bible College
Private Bag 12006
Tauranga 3143
New Zealand 

All three address work so take your pick! 

Love, Daniella

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The In-Between “Season”

The past three weeks have been a blur of spending time with family, saying good-bye, parties, a road-trip, getting lost in books, sleeping (yay!), and being refreshed since I have moved back from South Korea. My time here in the states is short though as I get ready to embark on another journey… New Zealand! 

The past week I have spent many hours preparing for this journey through shopping, packing and sorting my things as well as reading so much about the culture of New Zealand. I can’t wait to truly embrace this new culture.

Half the time I think I am crazy for quickly moving back from Korea and jumping right into moving to another country in less-than-a-month time period, but more than ever God has confirmed over and over again this is exactly what He has called me to do in this next season of my life. Am I afraid that I will never teach again? Am I afraid that I don’t have my exact plans in place for after my DTS? Honestly, no! Was I? Yes, but God has shown me this week over and over again how faithful He is to provide. How faithful He is in His timing and ways. As I have reflected over my last three years in Korea even though they were so challenging and I would never ever want to live through it again I am so thankful that I can see how faithful God was/is and that there were many good things out of my time there. {Wildflowers post & Oh, Korea Bye post}. 

As I prepare over the next week for my adventure in New Zealand I am taking time to spend with my mama, catch up on Skype dates with dear friends, loving on my grandmama, finishing last minute details for NZ and just resting. I know that my time in New Zealand will be so refreshing, life-changing and a safe-anchorage! Tauranga- the city that I will be living in literally means a safe-anchorage which is something that God has been speaking to me over and over again this year. He has been teaching me that He is my only safe-anchorage. That only in Him will I ever feel complete, and satisfy. That when I lose track of who I am or allow fear to overcome me. He is right there safely welcoming me into His embrace and making me brave again. My prayer over the next 6 months is that I would become brave in Jesus. Brave to boldly proclaim His name. Brave to stand up to injustice. Brave to be different. Brave to live a life following after Jesus and not the standards of the world. Brave to believe in the desire of my heart. Brave to dream big and follow after them. Brave to be me. 

Would you like to join me in prayer for this next season of my life? If, so please email me at I will be sending out weekly emails with updates and prayer request. Something else that God has been teaching me a whole lot about is the power of prayer and asking others to join you. It is a step of being vulnerable, but something that God honors so deeply. {More to come on this some time soon}. Thank you so much for partnering with me! 

Let’s be BRAVE together! 

Love, Daniella