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Life can be hard. And sometimes it feels like the straws just keep piling up until the burden of it can be quite overwhelming.
We had a tough season. The wonderful news of being pregnant again was quickly overshadowed for me by extreme nausea. “Morning sickness” is really a misnomer, as it hit me all day, and was especially worse in the evenings. Keeping to normal life became increasingly difficult and my poor husband had to pick up the pieces when I just couldn’t.
Starting late afternoon I couldn’t keep anything in, unless I laid down, which meant my husband (after a long day’s work) had to feed and bath and put our kids to bed every day. Anyone with children will know that on the best of days this time of day is not sunshine and roses… And what made matters worse, our kids went through a season of being sick themselves. Fever, flu, waking at night, not wanting to eat and general miserableness. Day after day all of this settled over our family like a dark cloud. And for a time, I just couldn’t see the light. We were in Read more
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones ~ Prov 17:22
~ by Elmari Viljoen
This weekend, my family and I went up to Bloemfontein to join the historic It’s Time prayer meeting. What I experienced is hard to put into words.
About 6 weeks ago, Angus Buchan (from Faith like Potatoes) received a word from God: It’s Time. Time for Christians to come together to pray and stand up for Him in South Africa. Countless details fell into place in a matter of weeks and on the 22nd of April people from across South Africa (and even some from overseas) poured into Wilde Als Farm to seek the Lord on behalf of our country.
As we arrived in the bus, seeing thousands upon thousands gathered and more Read more
Even if you have not been following the news in these last few weeks, you will definitely agree that our beloved South Africa desperately needs ch
ange. Crime, racism, corruption are but a few things we can mention that are currently destroying the country we love. The circle is drawing closer and closer and us and the people we love, our friends, our families are being affected by it.
A famous quote reads that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” ~ Edmund Burke
Something needs to be done. And it is the responsibility of each of us to be that good person who does something.
So what do we do??
In times like these it can be tempting to fight the world with the world’s weapons and in the world’s way. But I am deeply challenged by Read more
We all have our own ideas on what love is. It’s based on how we have experienced it, how we live it, what our parents taught us or what we learned in school. How do we know for sure what it is?
For me, I remember at night, when I was little, my mom would tuck me in and lay down beside me and sing Kumbaya until I fell asleep. That is love. It’s when your dad wholeheartedly wants to do whatever you’d like to do. When your little brother constantly asks your mom where you are when you’re out, for no specific reason other than wanting you home again, to know you’re near. It’s when your older brother makes fun of all your boyfriends, to get to you, because he’s your older brother and he gets the last say. You hate it, but love it. When your grandpa calls almost Read more
Recently, I’ve been learning a lot about Creation. And one of the most common questions people ask are: “Do Dinosaurs fit in with what the Bible teaches?” By truly embracing the truths in Scriptures and studying the teachings I have gotten from our Bible School, I really believe that dinosaurs were indeed created with humans and other living things and absolutely fit into what the Bible teaches.
Of course most people believe, according to secular science, evolution theories and apparent fossil dating, that dinosaurs lived millions (and millions) of years ago, and that they were roaming the earth before God created people and other animals. But this creates a problem; this means that Read more
My dad always asks me, “If someone ever came up to you, and asked you about God, what will you answer? Are you equipped and strong enough to be able to answer the questions that’s thrown your way? Do you have enough teaching to do that?” This week it hit me. Do I know enough to teach someone about God in two minutes?
In the next few weeks we will be teaching about the messages behind our T-shirts, and try equip you, so that if someone asks about what you’re wearing, you’ll be able to answer them. Let’s start with Good News. Read more
Prov 31 is one of those chapters in the Bible that can awe and inspire us and at the same time intimidate and dismay us. I myself have a love/hate relationship with this passage!
With woman’s day coming up, I was on a quest for some perspective and I thought of someone who I think lives out the essence of this chapter. I talked to Jani van der Pol, a Pastor’s wife at the Assemblies of God church in Riversdal, to pen some of her thoughts on the matter.
Jani, tell us a bit about yourself.
“What’s to tell? I am Jani. I live in Riversdal. I am not a Pastor’s wife, but I am the wife of a Pastor. I find that as soon as someone hears you are a Pastor’s wife, they come with all kinds of expectations and preconceived ideas of what that means; like organizing women’s ministry, being in charge of hospitality or serving coffee and tea etc.
I am mostly at home, at the moment preparing for our baby’s arrival” she looks down at her 39 week and 5 day pregnant belly as she shifts her position on the blue exercise ball she is sitting on. “I like making things. I am always busy with some or other creative Read more
“Have you ever heard about Nelson Mandela?” someone might ask you.
“Sure, I know him. He was an amazing man who did great things for South Africa” you might respond.
But do you? Really?
Have you ever had a coffee with him? Did you phone him up on his birthday? Did you attend his wedding? Did he know you?
We use the phrase so easily. I know Einstein. I know Elvis. I know Jesus. What we really mean is that we know about them. Surely there is a world of difference between the knowledge I have of Elvis vs how well I know my husband.
When we read the Bible, REALLY read the Bible, we encounter Read more
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