Showing posts from March, 2012

Jesus' Last Words on the Cross

The hill is quiet now. Not still but quiet. For the first time all day there is no noise. 
The clamor began to subside when the darkness—that puzzling midday darkness—fell. Like water douses a fire, the shadows doused the ridicule. No more taunts. No more jokes. No more jesting. And, in time, no more mockers. One by one the onlookers turned and began the descent.
That is, all the onlookers except you and me. We did not leave. We came to learn. And so we lingered in the semidarkness and listened. We listened to the soldiers cursing, the passersby questioning, and the women weeping. But most of all, we listened to the trio of dying men groaning. Hoarse, guttural, thirsty groans. They groaned with each rolling of the head and each pivot of the legs.
But as the minutes became hours, these groans diminished. The three seemed dead. Were it not for the belabored breathing, you would have thought they were.
Then he screamed. As if someone had yanked his hair, the back of his head slammed against …

ragged claws

I should have been a pair of ragged claws.. Scuttling across the floors of silent seas...
But there was a Man, who saw something in me that He could use...

and He declared that He had plans for me... plans to give me a future filled with hope..

This Stranger, touched my heart and made me whole again.

...and I vowed to love Him forever.

VERWAG verandering

Verwag verandering in jou en sy hart Iets wonderliks gebeur in ons harte wanneer ons vir iemand anders bid.  Die hardheid begin smelt. Ons word in staat gestel om by die pyn verby te gaan en te vergewe. Uiteindelik word ons lief vir dier persOon vir wie ons bid.  Dit is ‘n wonderwerk. Dit gebeur omdat ons die teenwoordigheid van God betree wanneer ons bid en Hy ons vul met Sy Gees van liefde. Wanneer jy vir jou man bid sal die liefde wat God vir hom het in jou hart groei. Nie net dit nie jy sal vind dat liefde vir jou ook in sy hart groei sonder dat hy eens weet dat jy vir hom bid.

Selfs al word jou gebed nie heeltemal uit onselfsugtige motiewe gebore nie, sal jou motiewe onselfsugtiger word namate jy bid. Jy sal vind dat jou reaksies steeds meer liefdevol word. Jy sal agterkom dat dinge wat vroeer struweling tussen jul veroorsaak het, dit nie meer sal doen nie. Julle sal sonder om rusie te maak, oor sake kan saamstem. Hierdie eenheid is lewens-noodsaaklik.

Wanneer ons nie verenig is nie,…

I'm Alive

When I was locked inside my head When I was lost in a maze of doubt
You called my name and woke me up
You called my name and led me out

And when I chased one more mirage
'Til I was tired and parched again
You gave me one more cup to fill
And sent me one more desert rain

I'm alive, I'm on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alight, bright-eyed
And with no way to hold it inside
I wanted to thank You
Thank You, thank You

I was sure of all I knew
I knew the world was mine to claim
I had directions printed out
And then I hit a wall of shame

Out there alone and left to die
Cut off from You, my sole supply
You shed Your tears for me and then
You took my hand and raised me high

I'm alive, I'm on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alight, bright-eyed
And with no way to hold it inside
I wanted to thank You
Thank You, thank You

I wanted to thank You
Thank You, thank You
I wanted to thank You
Thank You, yeah, thank You

I wanted to thank You
Yeah, I tha…

With reverence and awe

God is an all-consuming Fire. A God [Fire] that utterly consumes or destroys.
~ Someone we should worship and talk to with reverence and awe (Hebr 12:28)
...where is our fear that pleases Him?
...why has it become so easy for some to talk disrespectful with God or about God?

He is the creator of the heavens and the earth, for goodness sake!

He is Holy...!
The bible says in Hebrews 11:14...."live holy lives, because if you don't, you will not see the Lord..."

Have we no respect aymore for who He IS?

If you have no respect for who He is, then what about for what He has done...for you.

Is the reason that we still sin so easily, not maybe - just maybe that we have no respect for Jesus... and that we have taken His grace and mercy for granted?

The latter sounds more acceptable to admit that it is indeed so... but think about this for a second... if you have taken something or someone for granted, what does it actually mean?

[Please drop me an email with your thouhts and comme…

Cords that cannot be broken!

'I will bind up that which was broken and I will strengthen the weak (sick)!' says the Lord God.  ~ Ezekiel 34:16

- God is able to restore any situation or circumstance.
- God is an expert at taking what is broken and healing it.
- God is able to give strength to those who are weak or sick.
- Give it to God - He can make something beautiful out of it!

Lord, I give You the areas of our lives that are broken and weak. I ask You to intervene and bring restoration, healing and strength. Amen.

Wanneer 'n vrou vir haar huwelik bid

Daar was ‘n tyd in my lewe wat ek nie meer met my man getroud wou wees, onder een dak met hom wou bly nie, en nie meer kans gesien het vir sy woede, venynigde woorde, spitefullgeit, drankmisbruik, ontrouheid ens nie.
Ek was desperaat in my omstandighede en het my tot die Here gewend, my hart onvoorwaardelik vir Hom gegee en gevra om in te gryp. En Hy het. Maar in die tyd het die Here my gewys hoe om ‘oor’ te begin want ek het gou die blaam na my man gewend ‘want hy was immers die onregverdige een, die een wat ons nie mooi behandel het nie, ander se part eerder gevat het’,.. ens.
Ek moes leer dat ek net soveel skuld het soos hy. Ek was verbitterd, opvlieĆ«nd, geirriteerd, onvergenoegd, (met rede!!), het hom nie ge-eer as die hoof van die huis nie, het hom nie gerespekteer nie, (want hy het dit nie verdien nie en was nie in lyn nie!  ~ het ek geglo).
Ek het besef dat ek my eie onversoenlikheid teenoor my man moes belei. My verbittering, my woede, my hardheid van hart, my emosionele ontrek…

Have you ever considered this?

Have you ever-ever considered this about God's creation ... the way He enjoys His own? The way He speaks to it? Have you ever considered this:  they speak back to their Creator? 
Have you ever paused to think that when God sends lightning flashes forth, they report for duty?
Do you know that the young ones of the crow calls out to God and tell Him they are hungry?
Have you ever wondered about God's wisdom, His cleverness, His knowledge, His ability to create and to make things work?
Do you know that God gives orders to the morning and instructs the sea where its proud waves has to stop? That God walks through the valleys of the ocean depths and that darkness has a home?
Then consider this.... That this God, who created heaven and earth and everything in it, planned and created you.  But that is not all, that He loves you, with a love that is far beyond my understanding.  That He wants to be your Father, your friend and that He wants to have a relationship with you.
You, who ha…

a Covenant

When you enter into a blood covenant with someone, you promise to give them you life, your love, and your protection forever.
And that is what Jesus did for me when He died on the cross...
Marriage is a blood covenant. I never understood this, until very recently.
When I married my husband we entered into a covenant relationship and we called God as a witness. [Without understanding it way back then] Some may not honor marriage as a blood covenant but God says it is [Malachi 2:14, Proverbs 2:17]
I promised to give my husband my love.. but I never thought or feel like giving him my life. I just didn't. 
I never knew that this covenant means that I should lay down my life for my husband. As a matter if fact, even if this occurred to me a year or so ago I still would not have entertained the idea - because 'he didn't deserved it'.
Until one Saturday morning, God clearly impressed on my heart that He chose to enter into a covenant relationship with me - to lay down His life for m…

Those were the days my friend


The Dogwood Tree

Here is a small reminder of what happened on Good Friday long ago. The dogwood was the tree chosen to construct the Cross that would be used to take the body of Jesus. 

The blooms often appear in the shape of a Cross with holes in the tips of the pedals signifying the nails that were driven into the Cross.

If you look closely at these holes you can notice a faint red stain representing the Blood. In the center you will find a green bloom symbolizing the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus. After the Crucifixion, God proclaimed that dogwood trees would never grow large ever again. This is the reason the trunks of dogwoods are skinny and often branch off low on the trunk. 
The dogwood is more than a tree…it is a representation of life. 
With every spring we are reminded of what God did for us and given the chance to be reborn and start a new life as “children of God”. (John 3:1)

Bible - Truths

And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, that as He is, so also we are in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love. 1John 4:16-18
The Bible says that God is LOVE... And in the same verse it says that there is no fear in love. They are opposites in the Kingdom. If we are operating in fear we are working for the enemy even if we think we are doing something 'righteous'. This would count especially in cases where we care too much what others think of us - if we are fearing people more than we fear God we are people pleasing. Having respect and love for another person is NOT the same as people pleasing and sometimes when we are immature in love we can mistake the two. We need to learn how to have respect and love…

King of the Jews

My King was born King. The Bible says He’s a Seven Way King. He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King. He’s the King of Israel – that’s a National King. He’s the King of righteousness. He’s the King of the ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of glory. He’s the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords. Now that’s my King. Well I wonder if you know Him. Do you know Him? Don’t try to mislead me. Do you know my King? David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament show His handiwork. My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shore of supplies. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing. Well, well, He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful.
That’s my King. He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s saviour. He’s the centrepie…