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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Some crutches for perspective

Well Jo'burg rose to the occasion once again! I needed to be at the office early for a CEO meeting so I made the effort to get my behind out the bed early and off I went. Well, 1 hour later I had hardly landed on the highway and I could see this wasn't going to get any better. I then made the treacherous mistake of thinking Witkoppen might be better and I paid dearly. 3 hours later I rolled into the office and just caught the tail end of the meeting.

While driving though and counting my woes, I drove past a man, hobbling along on crutches. He was obviously paralysed and could not use his legs properly yet he was moving himself along one bit at a time. The sight broke my heart and all I wanted to do was to help, but I had nothing to give. I wish I could have been his angel and provided him with everything he needed. Now all I can do is pray that God will help him.

This put my 3 hour drive into different perspective. I had a car and I have legs that can carry me when they need to, so why was I complaining? It definitely helped me keep my attitude in check for the day.

We used to sing an old song, “when upon life's billow's you are tempest tost, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings name them one by one, and you'll be surprised at what the Lord has done!”

Let's remember to count our blessings today!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Crazy weather

My goodness, how is this weather we are experiencing. Needing winter blankets in summer and two pairs of shoes because I don't know whether I'm going to be hot or cold during the day is just frustrating. Don't tell me that global warming hasn't messed up our climate....who know's whats next?

If the weather can leave us feeling that we need to be prepared for anything, what do we need to do in our spiritual lives to be prepared for all situations? Develop a close relationship with God through prayer and worship. You will be amazed at how much strength and direction you can gain from just a few moments with God each day!

In recent weeks I have realised that I had not put communication with God first and as a result I did not have the wisdom I needed in certain situations. I'm certainly not going to make that mistake again. Spending time with God each day has given me the compassion, strength and wisdom to deal with what I am facing right now and I am so grateful to God for His gentle guidance.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Increasing the weights – uping the anti

I was surprised to see how quickly my body got used to the new work outs and settled back to normal with no pain. The problem with that is that if you are just maintaining weight then keeping the pace the same is fine, but if you want to continue to burn fat then you are going to have to push the pace harder and make your body work more.

That being decided I gave it a hard knock tonight and from the way I'm feeling now it is going to be soooooore tomorrow! Tee hee, serves me right. The amazing thing is that while training tonight I got a glimpse again of my younger self and boy do I want that chickie back in my life. Its small wonder I was a skinny weed, I used to walk almost every afternoon from home, to my mom's office and then to the gym and still train. Lol!

The thing is if you really want something you are going to have to work at it and that is where good Godly ethics come in, you know, “do everything as unto the Lord!” That does mean everything, work, home, relationships, the works, everything.

Monday, November 17, 2014


What a loaded scripture and at that, not even the full verse. James 1:21 “.......and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your soul.” I could probably do a full 45 minute sermon, just on that bit, but I'll stick to the cliff notes.

To receive with meekness tells us that our attitude to receiving the word of God into our lives needs to be with an attitude of humility, taking into consideration the power of the word of God. The implanted word reminds us that in order for God's word to have an effect on our lives it needs to be rooted in us, that means, fully entrenched in everything we know and do. In order for us to have the word implanted in us takes effort, it means learning scripture, what it means and what effect it can have on us.

Most of us think that the saving of our souls refers to our spiritual salvation, but it is not that. The saving of our souls means the reformation process that our soul goes through as we become more like Jesus, this is called our sanctification. Saving our soul takes on another angle though, when God's word works in us it can literally save us from aspects in our lives are destructive, like greed envy and lust.

This entire process is never ending. I'd like to encourage you today to allow God's word to become deeply rooted in you so that you can experience the life saving power of His Word!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A job made easy

I had planned to spend most of the weekend doing gardening, but I woke up with a fright to a thunderstorm and had to rescue the kitties from the rain. That being done, fatigue got the better of me and I decided to retreat back to bed.

By the time I woke up again the sun was out and the garden beckoned. The usually unpleasant task of weeding the side garden had however been made easy due to the heavy rain and the weeds just popped out. I had barely finished that though and another storm rolled in and I had to accept that I was done gardening for the day.

Our hearts are much like garden beds though, when we are spiritually dry and arid then dealing with the difficult heart issues of life can be difficult. However when we are walking close to God and the Holy Spirit has rained on us then getting through those tough times is so much easier.

Are you struggling to overcome difficulties in your life? How about making a point to spend some time in prayer and fellowship with God and opening your heart to the work that he wants to do in you. Know that when you do, God's presence and peace will refresh your soul every time!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello Mr Sun

After several days of much needed rain, Mr Sun finally managed to make an appearance again and oh, how pleased we are. I arrived home and was able to take a walk to the herb garden for the first time in days and was greeted by some beautiful ripe blackberries, delightful!

Being able to retreat to the back garden with a cup of coffee is one of my favourite things to do. The site that greeted me, was a little disturbing though. With all the great rain everything grows like wildfire, including the weeds and some of them are almost as big as the clivia's, EISH!

The good, the bad and the ugly all grow under good rain conditions and in life and in spirit the same will be true. Life will present us with trials and out of them will come both positive and negative consequences, it is how we choose to respond to both the good and the bad that determines our level of spiritual and emotional growth.

Hind sight is always clearer than foresight and we must allow time to reflect on the lessons of life so that we can become stronger and wiser through them. I hope you are enjoying the wonderful benefits of spiritual rain in your life today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weight resistance training

Recently I've been doing abdominal training but mostly with crunches, stretches and ball work but I wasn't quite getting the results I wanted. This weekend I decided to add back some Ab machines and full body lift resistance training. The result? PAIN!

Now bruised muscles need a day to heal but you cannot stop there. You have to get back to training those muscles as quickly as possible, burning through the pain. That's when you get the best fat burning results, but it is not easy.

In life trials come to us and there is no doubt they cause us pain along the way, but the same is true for our emotions and faith as it is for muscles, you have to get back to working that area again as quickly as possible. The same way training burns away fat, so too trials burn away the rough edges of our character and we are left with an awesome result, a strong and healthy faith.

If you are feeling bruised and in pain, don't stay there. Get back up as quickly as possible and move forward with life and your relationship with God.