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Monday, July 21, 2014

What's going on upstairs?

Well once again, I nearly died laughing!!!!! Since our little catastrophe I've seen the kitties run upstairs constantly to check up as to the goings on. Honestly, I just don't have the energy to tidy up or clean up right now, knowing that the room will be gutted and refitted some time in the near future. All the while, for kitties, this is a good thing! You see the bed base is folded up (futon) and the mattress is standing upright against the wall and the furniture is bunched up in the middle of the floor. This of course leaves plenty of spaces for kitties to crawl through, hide behind and pounce around.

Of course tonight was no different. Now with cats the same rules as with kids applies. By this I mean that if you can't hear them or see them they are most likely either getting up to mischief or into trouble, so best you go hunting for them. Lol! Honey had been missing for a few minutes so I decided to check upstairs.......I can barely hold the laughter.....but there was kitty, stranded at the top of the mattress like a cat up a tree! Bwwahhhh hhaaa haa hah haa! I laughed so hard that a few minutes later he came to me with the tiniest meeeeew as if to say, “But mommy, that really wasn't funny,” bwhaaahhaaaahaaa!

Well God expects something different from us to kids and cats. You see when His back is turned He needs to know that we WON'T be getting up to mischief or in trouble. God expects us to live life maturely and with personal self control. To what areas does this expectation apply? Pretty much all areas of life. He requires that we exercise a healthy balance between, spirit, soul and body and that we take care of ourselves as best we can. That does not mean we need to now condemn our behaviour but give ourselves the same love and grace that he would and grow in Godly maturity.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wonderfully ordinary

After the mayhem that had hit my little home last week, I cannot describe the pleasure of being able to come home to the normal routine. I have grumbled and complained so often about all the chores, but for once they all became a joy!

There are so many things in life that we take for granted. I know I'm not alone when I say that so many people live with fantasies of grandeur that the normal chores, habits and routines in life become a total frustration.

Learning to live more simply and see the blessings that God has ordained for us to enjoy in everyday life is part and parcel of our spiritual journey towards a centred and balanced life. I believe that walking simply with God daily is God's greatest desire for us.

If you are stressed with life today, I pray God's peace into your situation and stand in faith with you that you too will be able to enjoy God in the ordinary.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just not the right

Frustration, Frustration! Trying to find the right solution to my home renovation nightmare is really frustrating. I'm just not happy with settling for something I know I'm going to hate later. It's not that I have unrealistic expectations but rather that everybody seems to be out there to suck the blood from your bones. I just won't have it! Time isn't on my side though as I only have 30 days to lodge the claim and the clock is ticking.

Giving up is not an option either. I have to press on until I am satisfied that the solution will bring me to a place of peace and joy!

In life we have to learn to be persistent. Throwing in the towel when things get tough is just not an option. That's why Galatians 5:22 encourages us that one of the fruits of the Spirit is long suffering or perseverance.

If you are battling with a trial that is requiring every ounce of your strength and tenacity, you are not alone. Pray with me and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength you need to push through to the other side of this trial.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I call him mogaliscious

Oh it is really just too cute! Honey bear really plumps up in winter and the fat rolls are just adorable and the more I scrunch them, the more he eats! Lol! Well now, its not like he has a complex about it, no he considers himself quite the 'brekker' (tough guy), especially as he passes by the mirror with a fist pump! Oops, no sorry, that's Garfield!

But Honey the brekker was no where to be seen this morning. After the usual, wake mommy up routine, that he and Ginger perform, I opened the door and they both went out. Honey however heard something that gave him a fright and he came charging back inside and up the stairs, and nothing I said could get him out again. Ag shame!

We all have things in life that we are afraid of, things that send us back into our cave, hiding and waiting for the danger to pass, and I'm not just talking about physical danger but emotional stresses as well. Some try to deny their fears and pretend that they don't exist. Unfortunately this only makes the situation worse because when we are then faced with the harsh reality that bad things do happen, our fears are multiplied.

Can I make an alternative suggestion? Face them, acknowledge their existence but then bring those fears into subjection to the knowledge of Christ. Scripture tells us the following:

2 Corinthians 10:5-6King James Version (KJV)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

In Christ we can have the strength to look our fears in the face and then confess the Lordship of Christ over them! God will turn your fearful situation for good and for His Glory! Hang on to that promise and don't let go!

Monday, July 14, 2014

No ordinary Friday night

Friday evening came and as I headed home from work I was looking forward to the familiar routine and time spent with kitties. I'd also hoped to get an early night in preparation for the world cup play off's and final to take place over the weekend. As I got out the car I noticed water on my roof in an odd spot but had no idea what it was from. Entering my home I could hear noises which sounded like water falling and my downstairs bathroom floor was wet. I looked around and noticed water dripping from the roof so headed upstairs, only to find the entire upstairs area covered in water.

I went round the back of the house to find the valve to switch the water off and there to my surprise was a waterfall flowing from the roof out onto the back garden. I struggled for some time to get the water switched off and then waited for the plumbers to arrive. The plumbers eventually arrived and found that a valve on the geyser had burst sending water everywhere. It took much work to try and remove what I could from the room and to move the furniture out of the water but eventually I got done but the house was in a mess.

Was I rattled? Of course yes! I did panic at first and wished I had family closer by to come and help, but that's life for you when you live in Joburg miles away from family and yes it did hurt. By Saturday morning though the shock had worn off and I had resigned myself to my fate and spent the day trying to restore some order and get all the immediately necessary items downstairs.

By Sunday, with colour swatches in hand I started window shopping. Key to a renewed positive attitude was Romans 8:28 knowing that all things will work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. I'm not about to let the devil's destructive plans ruin the joy of shopping for a new look for my upstairs area. With my faith in our restoring God ever strong, I stand firm knowing that God will turn this story around for His Glory!

Please stand in faith with me that God will grant me wisdom and strength through this renovation season!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My poor, poor Hybiscus

Oh how sad I felt when I pulled open the curtain this morning only to look at and see my poor hybiscus all frost bitten. Last year was their first year in the garden and I decided not to spoil them, after all anything in my garden must be tough to survive, but I am sorry that I didn't cover them this year. My only hope is that in a few weeks when spring appears that they will recover with new leaves and flowers.

This winter has been relatively even toned as far as temperatures, so the recent cold and icy spell we have had, took its toll. It would be tempting to throw in the towel and give up on them but I know that they will soon recover. Despite the set back the best thing I can do is to continue to water them after this cold spell has passed to keep the roots fed.

There are times in life when the seasons are unkind but and we are faced with relatively short but painful stings. Never give up, this will soon pass and spring will bring forth new life again. Don't give up on your faith at these times, continue to read God's word and keep your faith steadfast in Him.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What a hiding!

Well if you haven't heard about it already, you must be living out in the sticks. The German soccer squad gave the Brazilian team a thorough hiding with a 7-1 victory. The event broke Facebook and Twitter records on both social media platforms. One post said the Brazilians have Neymar but the German's have a team, this was certainly clear. Never mind that though, Gertrude (you remember our world cup oracle) was pleased that her team were through to the final. Now to see about the Dutch team.

What was abundantly clear to me, however, that it was not the loss of Neymar that cost the Brazilians the match, but rather the loss of their captain. And why was he not playing again????? Ah yes, TWO yellow cards.

Without proper leadership no team can succeed in life no matter what team you are on. That is why God ordained that every possible grouping of people have leadership. The husband to be head of the home, the Pastor to be head of the Church, the Apostle to guide multiple churches and so on.

An issue that goes hand in hand with leadership though is submission. As the body of Christ we must submit to the leadership of Christ and the church (globally) in order for us to fulfill God's desire for us. Leadership is not only there to guide us but to protect us too.

No man is an island and it is important for us to live in submission to Christ and the Church. Do you have a proper spiritual covering? If not, pray about it and ask God to lead you to the right place where you should be submitted and you will soon see God's blessing on your life in that area.