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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
You want your new In the Gap T-shirt or Hoodie to last long, don’t you? Well here is how you can take care that it does:
We recommend washing at 40°C or lower. Any washing machine. Any detergent. But please no bleach. And it just makes sense not to put in your sparkling white T-shirt with your fiery red socks. 🙂
Living in sunny South Africa, we are sure you are aware that sun can do some damage to your clothes, especially on a long term basis. Therefore we recommend Read more
“And what about love?” Our pastor was going through the fruits of the Spirit. “Do we really love people the way Jesus does? We love our friends, our family, sure. But what about our enemies? What about the person who annoys us? What about a dirty beggar? Hey, think about it. Lice could be a real problem you know. It’s not that easy getting it out of your hair, having to buy special shampoo, to comb it out with those little combs…” Everyone was squirming in their seats, imagining the little creatures running through their hair and feeling very uneasy with the challenge of loving the unlovable.
He was trying to make a point. And the next thing he said hit it home but at the same time came as an immense wave of relief: “It’s not hard to love like Jesus did. It is impossible to love like He did!” But then he added “…without the Holy Spirit.” I breathed out a “Thank you Jesus!”
Living up to God’s standards is not hard. It is impossible! And yet Read more
God is not so much into our comfort than into our redemption. “Wow, okay, how is that supposed to encourage me right now”, I hear you say.
This week at Bible Study I was reminded again that God’s ways and thoughts are so much higher than mine. And try as I might, I just don’t understand everything that He does or allow. But, you know what, that is a good thing. As my pastor recently said: If we can understand and explain all the ways of God, wouldn’t that make us just as smart as God. Which would mean that Read more
Don’t you jut love it when science catches up to the Bible?
Almost 3 000 years ago Solomon wrote these words: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Prov 17:22)
Studies have shown that hearty laughter decreases stress hormones, relieves physical tension, increases blood flow and immune cells and even has an anti-inflammatory effect that protects the heart muscles from the damaging effects of heart disease. Laughter releases endorphins, our own natural feel-good hormones and has a similar effect on our brains to taking anti-depressants. When we laugh together, these same hormones promotes Read more
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones ~ Prov 17:22
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – Jesus (John 15:5)
“We are wired for love” declares Dr Caroline Leaf, well-known neuroscientist, author and motivational speaker. Brain research shows us that our minds (and consequently our bodies) do not have any circuitry or structure to handle negative thoughts, stress, anxiety, depression, unforgiveness etc. In fact, says Dr Leaf, your body reacts to these toxic thoughts (as she calls it) in the same way that it would react to a virus invasion or an injury. Your immune system sends out a response to the site causing the problem (in this case your brain), causes inflammation, trying to heal the problem.
Isn’t God amazing? He has designed our minds to be filled with only Read more
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4 NIV
I have been going through an odd patch in my life. Facing hard trials, losing a family member and dealing with rumors and people wanting to hurt my family. I had weird dreams and Read more
~ 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
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