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TAV

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Tav, the final letter of the Hebrew alefbeit (alphabet).

The picture behind tav is the sign or seal of a covenant. It was often used as a mark in the same sense as our signature is today, especially of those who could not read or write (similar to the practice of signing an "x" on a contract).

Conceptually, tav is a wounding, as the sealing of a covenant required the wounding of the sacrifice, whose blood sealed the covenant.


Jesus is the reason for the season

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My Lover

Over The Mountains
Over the Sea
Here You come running my Lover to me

When I feel the cold of winter
And this cloak of sadness, I need You
All the evil things that shake me
All the words that break me, I need You
Do not hide me from Your presence
Pull me from Your shadows, I need You
Beauty wrap Your arms around me
Sing Your song of kindness I need You
All through the valleys
Through the dark of night
Here You come running to hold me till it's light
I'll come running...back to You
~ Jesus Culture With Martin Smith - Song Of Solomon

Imagine

I see your tears in the night, lay it all on me
You built a wall inside, just let it fall from me
I feel your pain and lonely
Don't be afraid to show me
Let it rain upon me
I'll be here for you

I met an old man once and he said to me
"The only thing that matters is what you believe"
If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything
In case you're wondering I'll be here for you

Aye, imagine - aye, imagine
Ooh oh, imagine
Could you ever imagine?
Don't give up, don't give in
Gotta fight through all of these fins
Say yeah imagine
Could you ever imagine?

Every melody can turn into a symphony instantly
I know that you were meant for me
Even though it was so hard to see
I knew that we could be
You did the same for me
Now I'll be here for you

..
Could you ever imagine?
Don't give up, don't give in
Keep on until the end
Could you ever imagine?

I'm just a humble, little sail with too much to prove
But my boat's so small a…

Gebed

Gebed is die wierook van ons hart wat opstyg na God vanaf die altaar van gebrokenheid aangeblaas deur die brandende asem van die Heilige Gees

Authentically me

Lord, please give me the grace to look beyond what I wish I had and celebrate what somebody else has.
In Jesus Name I pray
Amen

Ons roeping

Sonder twyfel moet ons Jesus se lig en sout wees, dag en nag. Hy het ons as sy dissipels aangestel om goeie getuienis af te lê van sy goedheid en redding. Ons is die aroma van Christus in die wêreld. Ons versprei sy lieflike geur op elke plek waar ons kom, soos wat Paulus in 2 Korintiërs 2 skryf. Medelye, liefde en lewe — dit is ons soort taal, nie oordeel en dood nie.

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation” — So skryf Henry Ward Beecher. Inderdaad! Om mense te veroordeel, is om hulle af te skryf. Dis nie ons roeping nie. Ons is nie God se arrestasie-beamptes nie. Of godsdienstige vonnis-uitdelers en wetstoepassers nie. Ek weet party godsdienstiges blink goed uit hierin, maar dit is nie die roete wat Christus vir ons bestem het nie. Hy roep ons op tot medelye en empatie. Beteken dit ons is blind en doof vir ander se sondes? Nee, gladnie, maar ons stap saam met mense ’n pad van genade en herstel voor God. Ons stap en leef hulle in die Here se lig in, nie nog dieper in skuldg…

a Perfect sacrifice

It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, He did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.

~ Hebrews 10:12

Connected to the Vine

I want to get to the place
Where I can meet with my Saviour
face to face
I need to connect with my Source
Who will aid me to withstand all evil force
that’s keeping me from entering the bridal chamber
It is in Him that a find peace in the midst of all the danger
He delivers me from all evil
Surrounds me with a legion of angels
Blesses me with His presence
Anoints me with His oil
and aligns me with His truth
He is the Great I Am!

Mutual Indwelling

God is creating Real Presence, which is probably why the images of an intimate bride and bridegroom are used throughout the Bible. Mutual presence, even intimacy, is clearly the ultimate goal. Presence is the naked language of union, of being lost and found in the face of the other, or in Jesus, the very breath of the Other (John 20:22).

If that is the core meaning of eternal life, then why wouldn’t we practice it now, enjoy it now, choose it now?
Why has so much of Christian history settled for a courtroom instead of a bridal chamber?
You don’t have to figure it all out or get it all right ahead of time. You just have to stay on the journey. All you can do is stay connected to the Source, which connects you to everything else. We don’t know how to be perfect, but we can stay in union. “If you remain in me and I remain in you,” says Jesus, “you can ask for whatever you want and you’re going to get it” (see John 15:7). When you’re connected, there are no coincidences or accidents anymor…

The cult of the next thing

Ons leef in ’n advertensie-aangedrewe wêreld wat ons leer dat ons nuwe dinge moet hê om gelukkig te wees. Mark Buchanan beskryf hierdie siekte waaraan baie mense ly as: “The cult of the next thing!” Dit maak dat ons nooit tevrede is met wat ons tans het nie; dit gaan oor daardie volgende nuwe ding wat ons moet hê. Nimmereindigende behoeftes dryf ons dan om nog en nog te wil inpalm. Wat is die genesing vir hierdie selfsugtige behoefte-aangedrewe lewenswyse? Psalm 23! Ja, jy het reg gelees! Ons moet weer Psalm 23:1 van harte glo: “Die Here is my herder.” Ons beaam dit graag. Hoor egter wat skryf Dawid direk hierna: “Ek kom niks kort nie.” Saam met Dawid moet ons ophou om gedurige tekort-kommers te wees. Dit vernietig ons lewens. Ons moet leer ons het genoeg as die Here ons herder is. Hy is meer as genoeg! ~ ekerk

Day 5 - 14 Day prayer devotion for my husband

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Day 5: Father I lift my husband up to You today and pray that You will undo all the wrong, hurt and rejection he had to experience ever since he was a little boy.
Father I ask you to cancel the effect of all the negative things he was exposed during his childhood and those in his adult life.
I pray against any form of aggression, impatience, bad temper, yelling and ask that all the fruits of Your Spirit become part of him.
Father I pray against husbands that uses aggression and manipulation to rule or to get their way in their homes and ask You to intervene with all Your Might in the Name of Jesus. 
Show them how to be kind and patient and to impart hope and love into his family’s heart instead of fear.  Show them the importance of spending good quality time with his family, to take care of the children, tuck them in at night, and sometimes, Lord even if it is just once a week, and read a bedtime story.  Lord let him see a glimpse of his wife’s heart, all the good she is doing to make l…

Day 2 - 14 Day prayer devotions for my husband

Dear Lord, thank You so much for helping me to stay on this payer journey. You are a good good God and I am very thankful that I can trust and rely on You.
Lord my prayer for my husband today, is that he will give himself to You, totally, with his whole heart, body and soul. Make him to want to be devoted to You. Show him what love is and what it means to be loved. Show him how to love himself in a healthy and Godly way. Teach him to love others the same way You love us and to be good and kind and mercyful towards every one. Even those that don't deserve it.  Let he honor You with his daily choices, the way that he sees himself; the way he treats people, those who are poor and needy and especially those who have no influence and who is in no position to grant him special favour. I pray that he will show the same kindness to everyone, irrespective of their social standing in life.
Please teach him how to love and treat his bride....the way You love Your bride.
Give him a brand ne…

Wanneer jy vir jou man bid

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, opvlieënd, 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…

Daily devotion - 4 my husband

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14 Day Prayer Journey 4 u'r husband
DAY 1:

Dear Lord, today I am starting with a journey to pray for my husband. Please give me the strength to follow through with this 14 day journey; to pray without seizing no matter what happens and how he treats me.  Help me to remember that this is a seed of love I am sowing, knowing well that he might never pray for me the way I pray for him. And let it not matter to me.  


Give me a new heart Jesus; one that is soft and kind and merciful towards him and help me to realise that I have to let go of all the wrongs in the past, all the empty promises and all the times he broke my heart.  Make me fall in love with him all over again! Help me to realise that I need to forgive him in order to move forward. Show me how to love and respect him again even if he doesn’t deserve it.  

Let this very first day, be a new day in my own heart, a new day in my marriage... a brand new beginning.
Give me the courage to be strong, prayerful and faithful towards this j…

Hire the Holy Spirit

Our inner worriers prefer to work the night shift. So we stir awake, then we stay awake. And we walk through our days unrested, unnerved and unprepared for what life might throw our way.

The thing is, worry is a horrible tenant. It lives rent-free in your soul, and furthermore, it demands to be paid — with the deposit of your precious thought life. Paul says there’s a better way: “Don’t fret or worry,” he wrote to the Philippians – and to all of us. “Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6, The Message)

Fire the worry-wart. Hire the Holy Spirit. He’s already applied for the job, and is abundantly qualified. ~ by Jennifer Dukes LeE (IN)COURAGE

Obediance is better than sacrifice

1 Samuel 15v22 - and Samuel said " Has the Lord as gr8 delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and 2 listen than the fat of rams. As d Here vi ons vra om iets te doen - wat ook al - en om een of ander rede is ons ongemaklik oor die opdrag, hetsy mens lui is, bang, ens en mens doen ander dinge wat goed en reg lyk en offer dinge op wat d Here nie voor gevra het nie, gaan bedien waar ons nie geroep is nie, is als goed en mooi maar is nie die ding wat die Here voor gevra het nie, bring ons hardships oor onsself en ander. Bv toe Saul nie vir die Here geluister het en die koning doodgemaak het soos die Here hom instruksie gegee het nie ,het sy volk bje swaar gekry. En dit agv sy ongehoorsaamheid. Obedience is doing the will and seeking 2 please God. Sacrifice is seeking to cool off the anger of God. Disobedience results in a need 2 sacrifice- obedience prevents the need 4 sacrifice. Obedience is the key 2 a life…

My commitment as a disciple of Jesus Christ

I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
I have Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of Him.
I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.
I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colourless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity position, plaudits of popularity.
I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognised, praised, regarded or rewarded.
I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labour by power.

My face is set, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesi…

I fall short

I fell into a trap that was set to destroy me with open eyes. I became critical, judgemental and began to speak negatively.

I was so caught up in this cycle that I didn’t realise at first how destructive the path was that I was on. Until I made the decision to never entertain any negative thoughts towards my husband any longer. My negative attitude towards my husband affected my once positive attitude towards the world and my world. I began to speak negatively about almost everything and everyone.

The decision to capture my thoughts, once again changed me. It freed me. As peculiar as it sounds, it did. I became more positive towards negative situations around me. I had a renewed hope in me and it was easier to honour our marriage vows in the times I just wanted an ‘out’-pass. Whenever he says something hurtful or broke another promise or behave in a way that I absolutely hate, I choose to let it go. I choose to not  allow any destructive or negative thoughts towards him. It is a constant…

Die soeke van 'n onperfekte kind

Ek het 'n arend.Iemand wat lank terug die soeke van my hart raakgesien het, haar vlerke om my gevou het en my geleer het wat Goddelike liefde is.

Wanneer ek terugkyk na die tyd wat ek onder haar vlerk geskuil het, wonder ek soms hoekomons groot almagtige Vader dit so bestem dat ek, met soveel foute en nonsens, die geleentheid kon kry om onder vlerke wat so sterk is te mag skuil.Sterk in leiding, geduld, liefde en geloof.
Ek kry soms skaam dat met al die geleenthede vir geestelike groei, al die bemoediging, insette en tyd wat spandeer is, ek nie ontwikkel het in 'n kragtige geestelike toring wat lig gee aan 'n donker wêreld nie.
Inteendeel, ek kom agter dat ek soms huiwer om Yeshua se liefde met iemand te deel, omdat ek wonder of dit die regte geleentheid is.Of self soms omdat ek wonder of daar nog enigsins van SY liefde binne-in my is.Ek hoop dat mense die LIG in my sien, al hoor hulle dit nie altyd nie.
En dan word ek weer herinner aan my aandeel in die land se road rage prob…

Lei my na groen weivelde Here

Ek voel vuisvoos.

Miskien is dit die misluke vaalheid van die winter.

Die seisoen is die jaar té lank. Voel asof ek net stof sluk.

Boonop voel ek skuldig omdat ek wegkruip -

Vir mense.

Wil niemand sien nie, nie hoor nie, nie praat nie.

Skuiling vind van alles wat my energie tap en my aandag opeis.

Ek wil intap. Soak... Terugtrek totdat ek weer mens voel,

totdat ek nét my Vader se harklop kan hoor

Ek wil niks stadsgeluide hoor nie.

Ek smag na stilte. Heel-word-stilte. My-self-weer-vind-stilte.

Ek wil verlore raak in my eie droomwêreld en my verbeel ek kan die geruis van engel-vlerke hoor. Hemelse geluide.

Ek wil terugtrek en stil raak totdat ek die Here se liefde kan hoor.

Totdat ek myself weer vind en weer lief kry.

Totdat ek genoeg van oor het en ek meer genade en geduld vir my naaste het.

Totdat die vrug van die gees my ritme raak en siele om my verkwik.

Soos ‘n hert wat smag na waterstrome, so smag my siel na U my Heer. My siel dors na U, na die lewende God … Ps 42

Come and rest beside My little fire

My friend, come stand beside me
Lately, I'm feeling so lost A flood came and washed the stones of the path away And a hot sun turned the mud to dust Calling the sheep in for the evening There's a Voice, calls above the howling wind It says come rest beside My little fire We'll ride out the storm that's coming in My friend, you know me and my family You've seen us wandering through these times You've seen us in weakness and in power You've seen us forgetful and unkind All that I want is One who knows me A kind hand on my face when I weep And I'd give back these things I know are meaningless For a little Fire beside me when I sleep ~ Patty Griffin

Happy praise 2 the King thru eternity we sing

I have heard of a land On the far away strand
It’s a beautiful home of the soul
Built by Jesus on high
Where we never shall die
It’s a land where we never grow old

In that beautiful home
Where we’ll never more roam
We shall meet in the sweet by and by
Happy praise to the King through eternity sing
To the land where we never grow old

When our work here is done
and the life crown is won
And our troubles and trials are over
All our sorrow will end
All our voices will blend
With the loved ones who’ve gone on before
It’s a land where we never grow old

Have a little faith in HIM

Abraham en Sara was albei al baie oud‚ en Sara was verby die ouderdom van kinders in die wêreld bring … Toe vra die Here vir Abraham: “Waarom lag Sara? Waarom dink sy: sal ek werklik ’n kind in die wêreld bring noudat ek oud is?

Is iets te buitengewoon vir die Here?

Op die vasgestelde tyd sal Ek terugkom. Volgende jaar hierdie tyd sal Sara ’n seun hê.” Genesis 18:11‚ 13-14

Soms lag ons bitter vir ons eie geloof – en vir God se Woord. Maar die Here hóór! Die Here hoor die bitter lag van die geloofsmoeë mens: dié mens vir wie alles te veel geword het; dié mens wat nie meer kán glo nie. Sara se geluidlose lag bereik die Here se oor.
“Die arm van die Here is nie te kort om te help nie en sy oor is nie te doof om te hoor nie” (Jes. 59:1).Jeremia 1:12

Intussen bly ek in geloof staan dat dinge sal verander ten goede vir elkeen van ons, dat ons moee gebede beantwoord sal word, dat ons kinders en ons kinds-kinders die Here sal ken, dat ons huwelike sterk sal bly staan ten midde van die wereld se …

What if we never ask?

'Now to Him Who is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams!'  ~ Ephesians 3:20

- How can He do more than our dreams, if we never dream?
- How can He do more than we hope for, if we have no hope?
- How can He do more than we ask, if we never ask?

PRAYER: 
Lord, forgive me for giving up on those dreams, hopes and prayers that I have not seen answers to yet. I choose to ask, dream, hope and pray while knowing and believing that You have great things in store for me. Amen

To The Throne Room I go

Without realizing it at first, I slacked down in my relationship with Jesus. I am so busy living my life and loads of other things that I experienced an emptiness inside me. Initially I tried to fill it with other things until I realized...it's spending time in His Throne Room, that I miss.

How did that happen?
By being too busy
lack of discipline
no perseverance
skipping on bible study times
not spending enough time with Jesus in prayer
by not spending enough time worshipping our Father

What does that mean? What is the difference between praying and worshipping?
Prayer is communication with God, and worship is communication with God on a more intense level, where we meet with Him in the Throne Room. We should be a people of worship; it should be a part of our lives as prayer is.
When we worship, we are approaching a glorious Throne of Grace - in all its Glory and Wonder. ~ Revelation verses 1 to 37, Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1.

It is in essences the heart of heaven, the place where God The Father s…

I am a woman!

I am a woman. I push doors that clearly say pull. I laugh harder when I try to explain why I’m laughing. I walk into a room and forget why I was there. I count on my fingers in math. I hide the pain from my loved ones. I say it is a long story when it’s really not. I cry a lot more than you think I do. I care about people who don’t care about me. I try to do things before the microwave beeps. I listen to you even when you don’t listen to me. I always try to keep the peace in my home…even if I started the war.I miss my loved ones who is already in heaven more than I care to share. I am proud of my daughters and of the women they have become. I miss my friends and love spending time with them even if I don’t see them as often as used to. I love being a woman. And most of all... I love being the daughter of the Most High King.

What is your song?

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I recently saw an episode of a series I am quite fond of and in one of the scenes the bride-to-be, busy planning finer details of their wedding, asks her fiance 'what is our song'?

And it made me think about a song I often sing to/share with Jesus.
I love to sing the chorus of a particular song over and over to Him, the one I adore. The One I love.

It's a way of me connecting with Jesus. In the world that I live in, where I constantly have to focus on my relationship with Jesus, where the things of the world often try to pull me away from my commitment and dedication to Jesus, I'll try to do things that will keep my flame burning. Sometimes it ain't even burning high. In days like these, I will rehearse lyrics over and over and over until I have ignited the flames again. Until I feel the warmth again.

Someone told me a long time ago that your relationship with Jesus is like a burning fire. If you take a coal from the pit, it will get cold and eventually die.

What …

Hy weet

In die eenvoud van ons geloof, staan ons met naakte harte voor God.
Hy sien alles
Weet alles
Verstaan alles

He IS risen!

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Ascension Day: 29 May 2014

Hope flows through suffering

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Take me to a place
where I can see Your face
Show me once again Your Glory
So I can re-tell Your story
how I long for Your presence
I long to feel Your tender touch
I don't want to hide anymore
from Your mercy and grace
I went through a valley of death
thinking I was taking my last breath
In the midst of my despair
You came closer
tenderly whispered words op Hope
in my deafening ear
You are my Father
You are my Savior
You are my Friend
You are my Jesus
and I love You so.

My Lover took me...

My Lover took me to the banqueting hall and His banner over me is love. (despite my inequities and sins)

~ Song of Solomon 2:4

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The ultimate re-learning of God's love

The cross was the ultimate re-learning of God's love (Hebr).

I bless u 2 b people who r willing 2 re-learn God's love - 2 step into what God has 4 u.

May u never b stuck in what u THINK is true - may u always b willing 2 re-learn the love of God.

Lord give me the courage 2 c things differently and the irresistible urge 2 adapt, for I want to re-learn the love of God.

In Jesus Name I pray.

Your life depends on God's power

Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37
Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14) came to him after God had directed him to prophesy the rebirth of Israel (jy, jou gesin) in chapter 36. God had just announced, through the prophet, that Israel will be restored to her land in blessing under the leadership of “David, My servant [who] shall be king over them” (Ezekiel 37:24), clearly a reference to the future under Jesus Christ the Messiah, descendant of David (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Luke 1:31-33). However, this seemed remote in light of Israel’s present condition (your marriage, relationships, finances, illness, hardness of heart, etc).  She was “dead” as a nation, deprived of her land, her king and her Temple. She had been divided and dispersed for so long that unification and restoration seemed impossible. So God gave Ezekiel the vision of the dry bones as sign.
God transported Ezekiel—probably not literally, but in a vision—to a valley full of dry bones and directed him to sp…