Today: 14 August 2011
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Seeking Jesus

If you sincerely and earnestly seek Jesus, then there is one certain way of finding Him…. seeking Him among people.  Wherever there is a distress you will surely find Him and He will be with you in any deed of compassion that you perform.  The Christ that you seek lives in the hearts and minds … Continue reading

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Do YOU have a ‘mole’ in your camp – REPOST

WHO IS YOUR MOLE  ????? A non-believer who talks about you behind your back? Or sometimes, a believer who talks behind your back.  Someone who is envious of you? We have to be very careful because as people we inadvertently allow Satan into our lives.  We speak without thinking of the impact our words/actions have … Continue reading

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Friendship – A Friend in Need

Friends are jewels from heaven! Treasure them … Friendship gives license to show up at the door of need without asking, “When would you like me to come?” or “What would you like me to do?”  Nor does friendship call out, “Just let me know if you need anything.” Practical friendship whispers, “I’ll be there” … Continue reading

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HE IS GOD!

It seldom happens that two people experience the presence of God in their life in exactly the same way! It is one of the great mysteries and joys of the Christian faith that God manifests Himself in so many different ways to his children, to each according to His personal situation, circumstances and needs. The … Continue reading

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Identifying False Convictions

This is a principle every Christian needs to be crystal clear on: when it comes to conviction, God doesn’t play guessing games. If He has a problem with you, He will spell it out. He will also tell you exactly what to do about it. The Holy Spirit doesn’t make vague threats, nor is He … Continue reading

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Divine Protection

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. No circumstances are too small or too big for God, and no prayer will remain unheard or unanswered.  This is the extent of … Continue reading

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Christianity – Gods way or your way?

  Why is it that so many good, church-going people in our current time experience a sense of disappointment and failure that borders on despair?  They have faithfully attended church throughout their entire lives and honestly feel that they truly love God in their own way.  Despite this, they suffer from spiritual malnutrition.  There is … Continue reading

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Bargaining with God

We cannot try bargaining with God! There are many people (myself included, I have done this) – some in complete innocence – who in their prayers tend to offer God something in exchange for the fulfilment of their requests.  Despite the fact that there may have been instances where people did receive what they had asked for, … Continue reading

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Ideas ?

Most … ideas started with an ‘idea’ probably  in the back-yard or in a simple kitchen – inspired by knowledge of some kind and made possible through hard work and the will to succeed. Have a look through history and you fill find that there have been more true tales of humble people, motivated by … Continue reading

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God’s Will

“We only have to obey. There is guidance for every one of us, and by listening humbly, we will hear the right words. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ There are many servants of the Lord who diligently serve Him, but who keep the love of their hearts from Him.  Does this make sense?  Read on … Continue reading

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Peace

  The only way to handle all the pressures and tensions of life is to possess a faith that is firmly anchored in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Our relationship with Him cannot be a question of convenience. We need to practice a permanent experience of unity with Him in our entire way of … Continue reading

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What are you striving for this year?

There are many tales of people who started out with nothing and made a great success of life, this generally makes for inspiring reading matter.  people tend to find immense satisfaction in their achievements, but the fact remains, that they are part of the human race.  It is only by admitting this fact that they … Continue reading

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What would Jesus do?

The temptation to act in a normal, human manner in any given situation is always present.  Consequently, the sharpness of the tongue will always be inclined to make a painful remark.  Meanness will inevitably manifest itself, with the sole purpose of winning points.  A prolonged feud may result from a refusal to forgive some trifling … Continue reading

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Is Life Worthwhile when everything seems to go wrong?

When the one drab, humdrum day follows the other with tedious regularity and it seems as if your life has no meaning or purpose, it is easy to develop the attitude that nothing in life is worthwhile. If this is your unfortunate experience, it proves that you are busy losing your grip on life – … Continue reading

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Love ~ Love ~ Love

If we consider the matter carefully, we all have so much to be grateful for – to the Lord. Despite the fact that we become dejected and pessimistic when things go wrong, we should also realise that God‘s mercy and love for us are infinite.  He granted us life and the freedom of choice to do … Continue reading

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Rejoice in Today

  We can’t change the past and the future is a mystery to us.  We should take note that the present is of crucial importance to us.  By ‘fully’ living in this moment, we can bring homage to the past and prepare ourselves for the unknown future. People tend to realise the importance of the … Continue reading

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What to do when things go wrong – PRAY!

When things go wrong, there are always those who question the existence of God. In the midst of the chaos of personal tragedy we hear their cry of distress: “If there is a God, why does He allow such things to happen?  The brutality of war or the death of a child is used as … Continue reading

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Your Faith WILL be tested!

How will one be able to face the future without faith?  As the writer of Hebrews says:  Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). In the final days of the old millennium, many things were said and written about the world as … Continue reading

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Prayer in your life

Of the spiritual luggage that you will carry with you into the new year, prayer is one of the most important components.  Some people maintain that prayer is easy.  Others believe that it is difficult.  If you are trying to develop a growing and meaningful prayer life, you will know that both these statements contain … Continue reading

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Will you follow?

Who will need to grope their way in the dark if the faithful God will be our guideposts?  Even if we have to pass through torment and strife, we will arrive at the right destination, as long as God’s Word remains our truth. “I will teach you EVERYTHING about the path that you must travel”. … Continue reading

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Which Way?

There are very few of us who haven’t been lost at some point in our lives, usually because we took a back road. Maybe we attempted an unknown road by car, or by foot, and suddenly realised that we had lost our way.  At that moment, our greatest need is for a road map or … Continue reading

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In Safe Keeping (2013)

WOW! It’s a new year. A New Beginning. Thank you to everyone who supported me during this last year. “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go … I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you”. Genesis: 28:15 Here we find a wonderful, all-encompassing promise … Continue reading

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Peace until the End – The Alpha & The Omega

“I am the Alpha and the Omega.” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”. ~ Rev 1:8 AND …. so we reach the last day of the old year, through his grace.  There are many things we are ashamed of, but there are also many things we are … Continue reading

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God’s Perfect Method

    God speaks to us in many ways, but He speaks most clearly to us through His Son and through His Word.  With the Word before us, we have to look back on the road we have travelled and ‘beg is friendly light’  to illuminate the road stretching out ahead of us.  On New … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ is ALWAYS available

” …. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age ~ Matthew 28:20   One of the glorious truths of the gospel is that He is always available for his followers who need Him.  This is a comforting knowledge in these last days of the old year, when we … Continue reading

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Joyous Christianity

” … My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour …” Luke 1 46-47 Many people view their religion as a heavy and sometimes even unbearable burden.  They easily frown upon any semblance of light-heartedness in spiritual matters.  They stoop sombrely under the heavy burden of their spiritual conscience.  This … Continue reading

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Liberating (your soul)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.   See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting ~ Psalm 139:23-24   It is that time of the year when we should take stock and examine our soul. Some prayers make … Continue reading

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The afterglow of Christmas

Each one of us experiences something of the miracle of Christmas every year, in the Christmas carols, colourful lights and in the gifts that we receive.  There should be a spirit of love and goodwill everywhere. After the song of the angels have died down, after the stars have disappeared from the skies, only then … Continue reading

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Christ is Born!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem It is an irrefutable historical fact that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Through this physical birth, God revealed Himself to all of humanity.  The fact that humanity found it hard to accept this fact does not affect the authenticity thereof. He was born in Bethlehem, more than two thousand years ago, is still being … Continue reading

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Our Choices

Our choices and focus in life determines our direction and masters we are going to serve today and God promises to keep us in peace IF … we have faith in Him above all else in heaven and earth.

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Looking Back – Looking Forward

As I have aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon –  before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the … Continue reading

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God with US

” …… and they will call him Emmanuel” – which means, “God with us” ~ Matthew 1:23 Christmas reminds us of the fact that God is with us, so that our imperfect love may be purified.  Christmas teaches us the truth of self-sacrificing love.  Christ came to his own property and his people rejected Him. … Continue reading

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A sign of God’s Love

“This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” Luke 2:12 As with the arrival of a baby in a family, thousands of people yearned for the coming of the Child of Bethlehem;  the prophets and the Old Testament believers, his parents and the … Continue reading

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Tender comfort

There is a lot of sorrow surrounding Christmas-time. Some people are gravely ill, others have to come to terms with the effects of old-age, for others Christmas will never be the same again because the family circle has disintegrated irreparably through separation or death.  There is much grief because death performs its grim task mercilessly … Continue reading

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Nature, Scripture and Flesh!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory … ~John 1:14 Of all the ways  in which God reveals Himself to us (in nature and in the Scriptures), the revelation of God in the flesh is the most wonderful.  Christ became man! The three wise men searched for … Continue reading

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Do YOU have room for Jesus?

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you” ~ John 14:2 And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room … Continue reading

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Are you still blind to Gods Light

“But for you who ever my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in it’s wings …” ~ Malachi 4:2 The sun shines in glory and majesty, high in the firmament, far and inaccessible in its reign. The eye cannot look at it directly without being blinded.  As the sun is, so is … Continue reading

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Jubilation, with a False Note

We must not forget the coming of Christ to our souls, to our hearts.  We dare not stop at the material appearance of Christ in the world as if this is ‘the most important event of the year’.  We must not only testify with our mouths that He came to the world to take the … Continue reading

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From the Star of Bethlehem to The Word

The wise men were initially guided by a star, but when they arrived in Jerusalem, the Word of God lit their path to Christ. In Jerusalem, everyone was expecting a King, but they did not know where to find Him.  The teachers of the law were reflecting on the meaning of the Word of God. … Continue reading

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Christmas: The Christ Child

At Christmas-time we all become children once again. (Well, I do ….) In our hearts we relive the timeless adventure of unquestioned faith, where all things are immediately possible and where the child Jesus is in the centre of everything.  The stable is transformed into a palace and kings from the east kneel in worship … Continue reading

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A Child of ‘The King’

There is a world of difference between confessing that you are a child of God and living a life as child of God.  Many people profess faith and yet live in constant fear.  They suffer from a destructive sense of inferiority and they are unable to deal with life’s problems.  There is such a gap … Continue reading

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The promise of a new life

A long time ago the royal house of David stood in the centre of the entire country like a proud tree-trunk with a high top.  All of this beauty was felled in the fullness of time.  The house of David was dilapidated and its glory had wained.  All that remained was to be found in … Continue reading

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Close to God – The reason for the Season

Christmas-time (the month of December) is Advent-time! The term “advent” derives from the Latin word “adventuske”, which means “arrival” or “appearance”.  In the terminology of the general church it is used to refer to the four weeks preceding Christmas:  the joyous time when we commemorate the coming of Christ to this world of Humanity.  The … Continue reading

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The gospel in a nutshell

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life“ ~ John 3:16 Jesus Christ had an exceptional ability to express the gospel in the simplest terms possible so that even the simplest person could understand it, and yet, … Continue reading

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You are watched .. continually ..

  Unless you are a hermit, you constantly live under the scrutiny of many people.  You are part of a family circle or of a business world in which you deal with different kinds of people.  You live as part of a community and you many even be part of a sports group.  Wherever you … Continue reading

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Spiritually underprivileged

The average person wishes to achieve something with his life and wants to feel that his life was not in vain.  To accomplish this aim he sets certain goals for himself and works towards achieving what he regards as success.  He accumulates everything that might award him money and prestige. But, in spite of all … Continue reading

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Depression? Conquer this through Faith!

I know that this is a relevant, current topic of discussion between many of my friends, brothers and sisters in Christ! Depression and pessimism are ailments that destroy the soul.  Apart from the fact that depression is an illness of the mind, it also affects your physical and spiritual well-being, limits your vision of the … Continue reading

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Good Intentions

The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death ~ Proverbs 11:19 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~ No one has the ambition to become an alcoholic, a criminal or a failure in life.  Every alcoholic used to be a moderate drinker, every criminal thought that he … Continue reading

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Self examination – do you understand yourself

It is a fact that there are many people who do not understand themselves.  They spend long and agonising hours in self-examination – they study psychology or regularly visit psychologists to arrive at a better and more profound understanding of their personality. Unfortunately, their studies only cause more confusion, sometimes even resulting in spiritual disaster. … Continue reading

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Praying

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall 1 Corinthians 10:12 There are  many devout people whose thoughts contradict their prayers.  They mouth prayers of thanksgiving, but fail to appreciate God’s daily blessings.  With beautiful phrases they tell God how wonderful and great He is, but their perspective on … Continue reading

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How do you value money in your life?

People without wealth (money) are often the ones who belittle it.  Wealth itself is neutral.  It can become a blessing or a curse, depending on the priority it has in your life.  It is tragic when the acquiring of great wealth becomes the driving force in a person’s life. When money is an idol, it … Continue reading

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Reflect the Presence of Christ

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord ~Exodus 34:29 People often claim that each picture tells a story, and this also applies to a person’s facial expression.  Often it is … Continue reading

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Followers of Christ

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. ~ Rom 12:12   The difficulties and problems of this world have a marked influence on our lives.  Somehow, people are also influenced by times of prosperity and peace.  In times of fighting/war …. and … Continue reading

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Spiritual Butterflies

Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk ~ 1 Timothy 1:6 It is essential to be able to give an intelligent explanation of your faith.  If not, your faith in God becomes a matter of emotion without substance, making you susceptible to any passing spiritual fad.  There are so may spiritual … Continue reading

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Your Spiritual Life

As you proceed in your spiritual life, you accumulate valuable assets that can only be obtained through experience. The exuberant joy of being born-again begins to wear off. Your experience with Christ, even though it is still genuine and dynamic, becomes increasingly aware of the permanent presence of Christ, and the more time you spend … Continue reading

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Something Simple that ‘we’ complicate!

Jesus tells us that He came to the earth that we might have life and have it more abundantly. How do we achieve an abundant Christian Life? We believe with a Faith so strong that the storms of life can threaten, but they cannot destroy.  The abundant life begins for us here on earth and … Continue reading

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RECHARGE

    Lord, when my soul is weary and my heart is tired and sore, and I have that failing feeling that I can’t take it any more, then, let me know the freshening found in simple, childlike prayer, when the kneeling soul knows surely that a listening Lord is there. ~ Ruth Bell Graham

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REFLECT

If I am inconsistent about the comfort of others, or their feelings,or even their little weaknesses If I am careless out their little hurts and miss opportunities to smooth their way If I make the sweet running of household wheels more difficult to accomplish, then I know nothing of Calvary love! ~ Amy Carmichael

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Denomination ????

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Trusting God’s Provision

Angel on a Supermarket Bench: Trusting God’s Provision         written by Linda Rondeau  I put the misappropriated toy gun back on the shelf. Feigning patience, I corrected my son’s impulsiveness. “No, John. Ask first.” At three years old, he should know better than to put things into the grocery cart without my permission. Then, I … Continue reading

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A Devout Christian ??

You aim at a devout life, dear child, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God’s Divine Majesty. We all colour devotion according to our own likings and dispositions. One man sets great value on fasting, and believes himself to be leading a very devout life, so long as … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Pride

There they are! Handsome, intelligent sons who address their superiors with respect. Polite, yet firm in their convictions. “Those two are my boys/my son’s”. Daniel was born to an Israelite mother who did a wonderful, caring job of raising her son, who, in even the gravest of circumstances held on to all he believed. Never before … Continue reading

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Authority and Righteousness

You are at the beach … you are famished … you find a restaurant … you rush in … and then, you see a sign! No shirt No shoes NO SERVICE. This message is clear! To be accepted, you must be clothed according to the restaurant’s standard. God also has a standard.  But He makes … Continue reading

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A Promise from Jesus – one of many :)

Jesus promises that satisfaction will come to those who seek God.    He says that they will be filled  – not with material things of this world, not with an easy way of life, not with something of limited value that can be taken away from them ….. but with the joy and contentment that … Continue reading

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Is God Enough?

The greatest lesson a soul has to learn is that God, and God alone, is enough for all its needs.  I believe that this is the reason that all of God’s dealings with us are meant to teach, and this is the crowning discovery of our entire Christian life. God IS enough!! No soul can really … Continue reading

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Prayer and Relationship :)

‘Very early in the morning … Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed‘ (Mark 1:35) Christians should be able to pray anytime and anywhere! ‘We’ cannot do without a special time and place to be alone with God.  Most of us find that early morning is … Continue reading

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Exchange despair for Praise!

Looking at the heading, who would think that we would next be talking about laundry ~  hee hee Despite modern conveniences, some aspects of laundry day never change.  Husbands still carry nails, the wing nut from last year’s lawn mower as well as springs and sprockets from various machines – all sorts of mechanical equipment … Continue reading

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The showers of life

If you study this painting, one of the surprises you will find is that the major part of the canvas is covered in dark shades of black, blue and green.  These rather drab colours stand in stark contrast to the delicate pastels.  Actually, they serve to highlight the beautiful floral’s, which appear rich and striking … Continue reading

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Not Faith, but … Power

1 John 5:4 has been a favourite of mine for years but only lately have I come to realise that the verse is not so much about faith as it is about power.  It is not an obvious power, it is a quiet power, like that inherent in seed, which causes a plant to pop out … Continue reading

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Reach Out

I tell my sisters: ‘Let us not love in words but let us love until it hurts. It hurt Jesus to love us: he died for us. And, today, it is your turn to love one nother as Jesus loved us. Do not be afraid to say yes to Jesus’. Faithfulness to the little things will help … Continue reading

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My Children – One Day at a Time

Although ‘my children’ are already grown up  ~ I pray that they will understand-learn that although some/most people measure excellence and success solely by the bottom line – the money they take home.  Some put their hope in wealth   (1 Timothy 6 :17) and build their lives to accommodate its pursuit. I pray that … Continue reading

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Thought for Today – From Dark ‘to’ Light

Only God can turn a mess into message, a Test into a testimony, a Trial into a triumph, a Victim into a VICTORY!! Wow how amazing it is? What an Almighty God we have?

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The Fire’s of Hell – or, ~ ‘Home’

The Bible leaves no doubt that there is life after death.  Humanity  is created for eternity.  The earthly life is but an overture, a prelude of the reality to come.  Blessed, Happy, to be envied – are the dead ‘who die in the Lord’. They are the people who during their earthly life believed in … Continue reading

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Women for Jesus

There are so many women, too many to mention ~  who have dedicated their lives to worship, live and serve humanity for God The Father and Jesus. I am only going to mention a few.   Before and in the time of Jesus life – when a woman became a teenager, her father made the … Continue reading

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Turning something ugly into something beautiful!

The story is told of an old Scottish fisherman who was having afternoon tea with some friends in a little tea room by the sea.  As he was describing some of his fishing exploits of the day, his hand accidentally knocked over his cup of tea.  An ugly, brown tea stain appeared on the freshly … Continue reading

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Do you have a Gift to GIVE Today?

Sometimes, when we love someone, we feel we just can’t give them enough.  We may even do without things we need ourselves.  (Does this sound familiar?)  I think most parents feel that way about their children.  Love makes us generous. However, giving generously is more than giving! It anyone could have showered gifts on those … Continue reading

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Losing the Way? There is NO Condemnation!

From top to bottom, our society is success oriented, however one may define that in terms of one’s own goals.  Christians are not immune. ‘Everything comes out okay for Christians!’ ‘The King’s kids are always winners’ are misleading slogans to live by.  We develop unrealistic expectations of the Christian Life and of ourselves ~ and … Continue reading

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Here is what Jesus want you to know

This post is re-blogged and comes from Julie Moore at http://gracefullwomen.com/2012/02/29/heres-what-jesus-wants-you-to-know/   Here’s What Jesus Wants You To Know My friends over at Sticky Jesus gave everyone permission to repost this post…. Here’s what Jesus wants you to know: You are my beloved. (Eph. 5:1) I knew you before you were born. As my hands formed you, I whispered purpose … Continue reading

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Affirmation from God

Jesus always notices women who throw  everything they have into the Lord’s work! Sitting near the treasury at the temple, Jesus drew His disciples’ attention to a poor widow.  She was unaware that Jesus was watching.  She didn’t have to be watched as she gave God everything that she had.  Her two small copper coins … Continue reading

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Time ~ Change ~ Trust

Life for most of us is not a steady-paved stroll through time with a beginning, a middle, and an end – like a well constructed play.  It is filled with change.  We change schools, careers, homes, relationships, and ‘images’ almost as casually as our great-grandparents changed horses. Not that all change is by choice.  Tragedy … Continue reading

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Confession & Praise Report

  I have a confession and a praise report for today. Since I was a child, I suffered with headaches and migraine. In 1986 I was very ill and had morphine on a regular basis for pain. To cut a long story, short, after the morphine, I started taking prescription pain killers and then moved … Continue reading

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True Love -Valentine

 This is a post I did for Valentine’s day last year and would like to repost it for this year as well. I thought this quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day and all those single people out there who feel left out because they don’t feel loved or have anyone to love them. I grew up knowing that Jesus loved … Continue reading

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Are You Barren?

I would love to know where this image comes from so that I can give the source credit! Oh WOW within a couple of minutes I get the name of the Photo Source: ‘Shirley Francis-Salley’ ~ To go straight there, click on the link: http://www.shiftycharacters.net/shifty-characters-blog.html So God wants you to know right now that in whatever area you … Continue reading

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The Book of Hosea – Serving by Loving – The Sinners Prayer

Hosea prophesies during the last days of Israel (see 2 Kings 14:23 17-41) . Focusing on her sin of spiritual adultery (that is idolatry). He warns them God will punish them unless they change their ways.  But he also reminds them of God’s incredible love, pleading with them to repent. As you read this book, … Continue reading

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Growth Unity & Leadership

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:6 Paul so eloquently describes the perfect organizational structure in this verse. Rooted in love, we work purposefully within … Continue reading

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Why? Questions, Questions …..

Sometimes when we ask God or Why questions, instead of giving us answers He gives us himself, the Comforter. From Luke 11:13 even as a father gives good gifts to their children, so our Father gives the best gift, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to us as we ask. It reminded me of conversations with … Continue reading

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The Fool

    THE fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ This designation goes for those who doubt God’s sovereignty as well as those who deny Him. Either He is sovereign, or He is not God. Therefore, when we become so pre-occupied with life and dismayed by circumstances and certain people that we doubt God’s … Continue reading

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Tears & Laughter

I am grateful Lord for tears.  To have the ability to cry. How wonderfully you made us so that we are equipped with this way to express our emotions. Quick tears to relieve the sudden hurt, or for the times when we are touched, too moved to speak. Or when deeper sorrows come, that we … Continue reading

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I Will Move The Rock

I Will Move the Rock – Source:  Godvine A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that … Continue reading

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God’s Amazing Grace

A friend brought this to my attention and I wanted to share it with the world! I shook my head in disbelief. This couldn’t be the right place. After all, I couldn’t possibly be welcome here. I had been given an invitation several times, by several different people, and had finally decided to see what … Continue reading

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Flight 2012

Welcome to flight 2012 Departure time was midnight 2011 Our Pilot is Jesus Christ His blood is our safety belt His Word will give us direction and our prayers will be our wings Faith and Hope will be our fuel Love for all our fellow passengers is mandatory Peace, Happiness, Trust and Goodwill are our … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

http://www.thearchiestd.com/2011/12/merry-christmas.html Afrikaans:  Geseënde Kersfees Afrikander:  Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine:  Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri:  Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia:  Selamat Hari Natal Basque:  Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! Bengali:  Shuvo Naba Barsha Bohemian:  Vesele Vanoce Bosnian:  (BOSANSKI)  Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina Brazilian:  Feliz … Continue reading

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Protected: Debra’s Birthday & Christmas Presents

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This Lovely Shell – Legend

There’s a pretty little legend That I would like to tell Of the birth and death of Jesus Found in this lovely shell If you examine closely you’ll see that you find here Four nail holes and a fifth one Made by the Roman spear One on each side is the Easter lily it’s center … Continue reading

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Life …..

This was shared via Facebook today and I was so touched I thought I would put it on my blog to share with you.  Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did ! In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a … Continue reading

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Fellowship

Flickr.com Thank you Rosemary Jensen. In John 1:3-4 we see John eager to tel his friends and associates hat he knows of Jesus – what he has “seen and heard”.  It seems that he could hardly wait to tell them, because by telling them what he knew of Jesus, he would promote fellowship with his … Continue reading

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Women of Prayer

Thank you Karen Burton Mains. In one year, Christianity lost three holy women of faith, Agnes Sanford, Corrie ten Boom and Catherine Marshall – as well as countless others whose names are unknown but who nevertheless did the work of God in this World.  These are the women who knew what it meant to experience … Continue reading

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The Price & Reward for Raising Children ?

This was shared on Facebook and I just love it.  Originally came from a site called GodVine – I think? The Price (and Reward) of Raising Children. This is just too good not to pass on to all. Here is something absolutely positive for a change. I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost … Continue reading

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Peace

The ability to enjoy one’s own company is one of the greatest gifts life has to offer. Learning to turn my thoughts away from all my responsibilities at the day’s end and take my mind into a state of peace and benevolence enables me to carry greater and greater loads without feeling the burden. When … Continue reading

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Author of Creativity

I am troubled about a quality of blandness in our nation today, a lack of creativity.  It’s apparent in our leaders.  Most gear their lives to television ratings, are afraid to take stands on issues.  Movies and stage plays focus on sex and violence, with little originality.  Sex so dominates advertising and the arts that … Continue reading

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Life is not Fair!

  “THAT’S NOT FAIR!” How many times had I heard that from one my my children (when they were young and still at home) when someone else had eaten the last piece of cake or stayed up ten mnutes longer than the other or been given a little bit more attention when they were sick? … Continue reading

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Friendship

I had a lovely day today…. cleaned up the house –  found it quite theraputic :)…… Surprise, I am in the kitchen, cleaning up the last of the night before’s mess  (rather late in the day – had far too much other things to do) and I hear a Hellllllooooo…. In still in my gown … Continue reading

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Lost & Found

Being lost in thought, thinking about things to do, what’s been done, what could have been done… is not only tiring but also a brilliant way to waste energy. It diminishes your peacefulness and clouds your clarity. Every time you become lost in thought it means exactly that – you are lost! To find yourself, … Continue reading

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Life’s Riches

Photo removed:  apparently it belonged to someone else.  Apologies Crysti :( …….. Isn’t it great to know that God is not against Rich People.  Here we see that God actually makes some people rich and then tops this off by enabling them to enjoy it!  They are so busy using their money for the glory of … Continue reading

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Grief

I have had an absence from writing for a while – there have been lots of  ‘things’ happening in my life and old feelings I thought I had laid aside, have been brought to the surface.  It’s amazing how you think that you have dealt with issues in your life – only to find them … Continue reading

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Are you ‘Flexible’ ? Is everything under Scrutiny?

Many of us are crippled from birth.  The backbone of our standard for living comes fused into unyielding rules and regulations.  We are rigid in our determination to control life’s course and outcome. We have this need to scrutinise every little detail of life, through a magnifying glass. We are so sure, for example, how … Continue reading

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Virginity – A Treasure to Protect

Dorothy Patterson The Jewish people held Song of Songs in high esteem and considered it among their holiest books.  This book honours conjugal love, including it’s most romantic expressions.  One finds there a theology of sexuality, which, as designed by God, offers unfailing beauty and incomparable worth.  The Creator designed this most intimate union to … Continue reading

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JANINE ROBINSON – We are seeing miracles unfold

Either, before or after you read this current post…… For those who didn’t read the previous post about Janine and her journey can click on this link and it will take you straight there  ……. http://debras-daily-dialogue.com/2011/08/15/576/ Janine and her hubby Brett   A while ago, I featured a guest post on a friend, Janine Robinson and … Continue reading

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The Dying Ember

I read this poem today, and it touched me and I thought I would share it with everyone else to enjoy as well!     Six humans trapped by happenstance In black and bitter cold. Each one possessed a stick of wood, Or so the story’s told.   Their dying fire in need of logs, … Continue reading

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Questions? Why? Why? Why?

The great artists keep us from frozenness, from smugness, from thinking that the truth is in us, rather than in God, in Christ our Lord. They help us to know that we are often closer to God in our doubts than in our certainties, that it is all right to be like a small child who … Continue reading

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Soar like an Eagle

Isaiah 40:31 New International Version (©1984) but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. I would like to share this amazing video that was sent to me today ….. click on the … Continue reading

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Peace & Tranquility

Never come into conflict with anyone’s personality traits, but harmonise personality traits. Even if someone else causes a disturbance, just remain silent. You must not create any complications, but instead give them the co-operation of peace.

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A Lasting Fragrance

Ball of Life Tread lightly upon this earth, seeing, understanding but never imposing. Thoughtful, independent, be gracious in victory and defeat. Free of possessiveness, so ease of mind sweetens relationships. Like the scent of a rose the untroubled spirit imparts a lasting fragrance.

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How do YOU feel about old age/ageing?

I don’t mind getting old! Do you? As we age, we are ‘One Day Nearer to Home!’.  That idea thrills me!! I can understand why people ‘who have nothing much to look forward to’ try frantically and futilely to hang on to their past-youth. Some, get a face-lift, plaster their makeup on ever more thickly, … Continue reading

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My Bedroom & My Husband

Just a reminder today that good husbands are a rare ‘commodity’ :)   (yes, I use the word commodity) I love mine! I have decided to paint the inside of our home.  Hubby has said he doesn’t mind what the colours are – I have ‘carte blanche’.  Now, what woman can resist an opportunity like … Continue reading

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Silence IS Golden

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going.  After a few weeks, the preacher decided to visit him.  It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.  Guessing the reason for his preacher’s visit, the man welcomed him, led … Continue reading

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Wishes

“You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.” -Barbara Sher

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Why Worry ?!!

Worry wastes time.   Worry cannot produce good fruit – the only fruit we reap from it is more worry. It can become a way of life.   We worry whether someone will like us We worry if we will do a job well We worry if we can pay our bills each month We … Continue reading

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Our Anniversary

Anthony & I with Derick Derbyshire Look how young we look :) I can’t believe that I have been with Anthony since 1998.  Goodness me but the years have flown by.  To be honest, ours has been a pretty rocky up and down relationship.  Anything and everything that can go wrong in a relationship, happened … Continue reading

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Faith

Photo source: Ina Blignaut Barnard – Facebook God has a perfect plan for our lives however,  He never reveals it to us all at once. Just step by step He wants to teach us to walk by Faith and not by Sight.

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By Faith…

Mark 5: 25-34 This speaks of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years.  She had seen many doctors but none were able to make her well.  And, while she spent all her money seeking a cure, her condition only grew worse. Then she heard about Jesus and believed that if she could get … Continue reading

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Introversion

The ability to enjoy one’s own company is one of the greatest gifts life has to offer. Learning to turn my thoughts away from all my responsibilities at the day’s end and take my mind into a state of peace and benevolence enables me to carry greater and greater loads without feeling the burden. When … Continue reading

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Because ….. of the Resurrection

When in High School, a campus life leader commented that before our group graduated, quite likely that one of our classmates would die. Death is that near, he said. Even young people die. His prediction was wrong! None of my high school classmates died.  But a few years later, on one day, in the instant … Continue reading

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Embrace Change

The Four Season’s depicted in One Image ‘Embrace Change’ When you are aware and accept that everything around you is constantly changing, and that you have no control over 99.99% of it, you are able to embrace change like a close friend! Change is a like a river, constantly flowing and moving things around. The … Continue reading

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Pineapple Cheesecake

Ingredients 225 g ginger biscuits 100 g butter 100 g cream cheese 100 g crushed pineapple 50 g fine granulated castor sugar 15 ml lemon juice 50 ml water 15 g powdered gelatin 150 ml double heavy thick cream 4 pineapple rings 6 glace’ cherries angelica to decorate One Crush the ginger biscuits.  This is … Continue reading

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Help a Dog 2011

Hello all you animal lovers in general and especially this time ‘DOGGIE LOVERS’. PEDIGREE FOUNDATION NEEDS YOUR HELP Spread the word about Write a Post, Help a Dog 2011 and once again Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of food for each blogger’s post.  Here’s all you need to include in your post:  The Write a Post, Help … Continue reading

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The question of Fatherhood

This is quite a serious topic of conversation for me.  I am actually making this public for the first time in my life. I seem to be doing a lot of that lately :) When I was 21 I found out that my Daddy wasn’t my biological Father. I actually didn’t have a problem with … Continue reading

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Almond Jelly

Ingredients 2 cups of cold water a third cup of Castor sugar 2 teaspoons of agar agar 150 ml, can of evaporated milk a half a teaspoon of almond essence 3 fresh mandarins, peeled and segmented or 300 g fresh cherries, pitted and chilled place water and sugar in a small pan sprinkle on the … Continue reading

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Sweet & Sour Pork

jansonhong.co.uk Ingredients 1 kg of lean pork salt pepper flour oil for frying sweet and sour sauce cut the meat into cm cubes and sprinkle with salt and pepper dredge with flour fry meat slowly in oil till well done prepare sweet and sour sauce and leave meat in the sauce for a few hours heat … Continue reading

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Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

Serves:  4 (depending on your portion size:) Ingredients 200 g chicken breast fillets 1 teaspoon of salt 2 egg whites 3 cups of chicken stock, preferably home-made 1 cup of creamed corn 1 tablespoon of cornflour 2 teaspoons of soy sauce 2 spring onions, diagonally sliced wash chicken thoroughly, under cold water pat dry with … Continue reading

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Automatically Revealed

Transparent Heart Anything you keep within you will automatically reveal itself. Therefore make sure your character is always full of divine virtues. These will be revealed through your eyes your words and your behaviour and you will be capable of having great influence on others.

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Make a Stand

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The Sword of Faith

Sword of Faith/of The Spirit Good morning world!   What a glorious day it is today – warm: not hot, a slight breeze and the sun is shining high in the sky with beautiful white clouds. Nature ……a simple thing, like walking outside, listening to the birds, the crickets, the hens chuckling away – reminds … Continue reading

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What is perfect? What is pure?

I am sure that there are many out there who think that because they have a handicap, God would not accept them as they aren’t perfect. The Old Testament – Leviticus 21: 16-24  says:  “No man who has any defect may come near (to offer sacrifices to God): no man who is blind or lame, … Continue reading

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And.. so the wheel turns

Food for Thought written by Barry John Havenga on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 at 08:17 *In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent … Continue reading

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Tolerence – Do we understand it?

Someone who has tolerance won’t even say   “I have to tolerate,”    because that implies they are feeling sorrow. Instead, they will say,   “It’s not a problem. There is something for us to learn in this. ” Whatever the situation, tolerance enables us to learn. Perhaps we need patience, or humility, or understanding. Tolerance … Continue reading

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The Congressman and the Little Female

Our lives are so ‘involved’ that we tend to  forget about living, laughter and the simple things . On a whole, we sometimes forget that not everything revolves around .. religion, politics, starvation and all those serious issues. So, here’s something ‘a little naughty, probably perceived as rude to some – but it’s intention is … Continue reading

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Are you Qualified?

Jacob cheated, Peter flew off the handle, David was an adulterer, Noah drank, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Rahab was a prostitute , Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old, … Continue reading

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Janine Robinson – “Fearless Confidence” … why I can have it all!

Today I would like to feature a post from a special friend from South Africa, namely Janine Robinson who is a precious transparent christian and a wonderful friend. The following is a description about Janine from her own blog …. so these are in her own words :) “I am a 34 years young;) born … Continue reading

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Patience .. in today’s society ?

“How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes,  packaged cake mixes,  frozen dinners,  and instant cameras  teach patience to it’s young?”. ~  Paul Sweeney Photo source. Georgina Beament (Facebook)

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The Power of Words

I thought, this was an amazing,  thought provoking video. Type or copy & paste the URL into your browser to watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU&feature=share

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There is a reason for everything

I believe that in life there is a reason for everything ….. that happen’s to us.   We may not understand the reasoning right NOW ….. but God understands! ~ I believe that challenges and set-backs that are thrown our way, with the right attitude, and with our Faith in our Lord Jesus, can make … Continue reading

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In this Godless World

John 16:33 (The Message) In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. – It’s not always easy here on earth. – Things will only be perfect when we get to Heaven. – Take heart, because HE has conquered the world. – And HE wants YOU to … Continue reading

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MY Boy – a Day in the life of a Mother

I LOOK at the shiny-shaggy hair and the round, blue grey eyes; the small pink tongue struggling impatiently against tiny white teeth to form a word, to convey an exciting new-born thought; the broad little boy hand covered with dirt, reaching to touch my cheek; and suddenly I realise the astounding responsibilities that are mine … Continue reading

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REFLECT

I do not ask for mighty words to leave the crowd impressed Just grant my life may ring so true,my neighbour shall be blessed Unknown The old adage still rings so true! “Actions speak louder than words”. With my neighbour, with my workmates, with my family 2 Timothy 2: 11-13   Here is a trustworthy saying:- … Continue reading

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Sticky Toffee Sauce for Sponge Pudding

Forget the main course, because this is gooey and gorgeous for a sweet course – only meal!   The sauce is also fabulous with ice cream or, for a complete change, try it with apple pie or tart! Serves Six Ingredients 115 g chopped Walnuts 175 g butter 175 g soft brown sugar 60 ml … Continue reading

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Praise

Praise God through every situation, Every Trial, Every Test, Every Circumstance. Praising Him, will confuse the enemy!! “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Discipline and Love

“My son, (my daughter) do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves.” Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV) goldposters.com Most of us have had at least one week when everything seemed to go wrong.  The children knocked down the apple display at the market; the plumbing decided it was time … Continue reading

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