Day 2 of Discovering What It Means To Be Selfless is about loving others just as I love myself and showing that by being sympathetic and like-minded in Christ. This is quite a big issue! It’s the second greatest commandment … Continue reading
This afternoon, I grabbed my camera and headed out to “the” garden to get some snap shots and to ‘reminisce’ on birthdays, relocating, etc….
The Bible tells us that we are a new creation when we have come to faith in Jesus Christ and the old had gone away—the new has come. Have you had your ‘old’ self die yet?
We are told in God’s Word that the angels celebrate in Heaven when one person gets saved…Have the angels celebrated over your salvation yet?
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When my parents first made the decision to move back to this mission station, I was strongly apposing the idea! I did not want to come and, even if I had to stay alone, I just as well could have—at least, in my heart…
I had many worries at first: where will we get money? How will we afford clothes? What about food and groceries? How will we live? What I didn’t realize at the time, was that God truly cares for His Children in miraculous ways! I had never had that concept of “living by faith” so clearly demonstrated as in the first week of our arrival! We received boxes and bakkie-loads of dairy juices, yoghurt, baby cereal (which Ben-Joshua would soon have had need of) and lots more! I just couldn’t believe what mission life is like! I had the impression that “mission people” dress in a boring way, live in solitary and are poor. But, I was positively surprised! We dress fashionably, but decently; we do not live in solitude—we often go shopping, attend functions and enjoy a swim; and we are definitely not poor! The Lord makes sure that the whole mission always has food to eat, and the most recent bakkie-loads have been mainly ice cream! The ice cream brands that we receive are brands that we never even bought while we had a salary, but now that we live by faith, we are stocked up on ice cream. So much so, that, we often distribute to those in need as well!
However, I sought some re-assurance of sorts and I found a couple of verses:
2 Corinthians 5:7
7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”[a]
All these people were still living by faith when they died.
The Lord really does provide for His Children. The verse below is sort of one of my motto’s:
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We are given the opportunity to have “faith that matches flowers.”
We ought to have a brilliantly strong faith, just as flowers need to be brilliantly strong out in the open.
Flowers are a part of Who God is. Faith is a part of Who God is.
Humans love to smell and see a pretty flowers—so, we can conclude that, because humans are made in the image of God, that God also loves flowers.
Christians need faith to endure, survive, and trust God—so, we can conclude that, God requires His Children to trust Him for everything they need.
We can live the ‘abundant, Christ-filled life’ if we would surrender our lives to Christ. He’s our Creator; He knows what He’s doing!
We tend to look past the “large, every-day” happenings. And although we don’t get thunder and lightening every day, we still sometimes over-look it.
We had a heavy storm on Sunday evening and I tried to capture it from my front door, but couldn’t. I only got a photo that illuminates the garage door, showing the light!
“I was up in the sound room having a mini lesson with our technician when the lightening first struck. We could see the light through one of the windows in the roof and was it a sight to behold. Shouting over the thunder to hear each other, Milton realized that we would have a power cut soon. And did it happen! With another thunder and lightening bolt, our lights went out and we were left in complete darkness! It was amazing…Milton jumped into action and tried the switches and moved a table while complaining: “I didn’t even have my tea yet!”
I waited with them for a while, actually hoping to catch a lift in Milton’s light when he leaves, but it didn’t seem like he was too anxious to leave, so I tried finding my way out in the dark. I walked cautiously to where the door was supposed to be, hoping that it wasn’t open-I would then walk right out and fall down the stairs! As I reached the (closed!) door, opening it, I saw another gigantic flash of lightening! It was absolutely astounding! Just as I paused to watch with admiration this great lightening bolt flashing like crazy before my eyes, I heard Milton shout over the thunder’s racket: “Shimei! Where’s Shimei?” He hurried to the door and found me staring at this awesome scenery. I turned to give him a look of amazement at what was happening out there, instead, he mistook that look for a fearful one and started laughing at me: “You’re scared!?” I quickly replied, in my defense, “No, but I mean, look at this!”
I hurried home and arrived half-soaking at home. Mom, Michah and Eldane’ stared questioning me about where I was in this storm! Mom had sent sms’s to Milton, aunty Premie and aunty Anita asking where I was. They all eventually replied that I wasn’t with them…Milton came to our house, and when I opened the door, said: “Oh, so they found you!” Of course, I was like *was I lost?*
Anyway, I tried taking some pictures just from my doorway, but kept missing it. Here are some of my attempts:
I found this verse today, and it’s officially my new favorite Bible verse; it has always given me chills to read it and actually understand what it truly says!
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Feel free to add your own verse!