I got tagged to write some arb stuff about my life this week, so here goes ...
8 things I look forward to ...
~o~ Cuddles from my man in the evening when the house is quiet :-)
~o~ Kisses in the mornings from my girls when they wake up and run through to my room - even if I am still fast asleep!!
~o~ My upcoming visit with my sis to spend time with my mom in the US. I just can't wait!!! We are going to have some serious girl time ;-)
~o~ Tea with some really special girl-friends next Wednesday at 10am. I CANT wait to catch up with you Adeye.
~o~ I always look forward to a cup of something hot when I wake up in the mornings. Brett makes me a "surprise" each morning. I never know if it's going to be tea or coffee ...
~o~ I ALWAYS look forward to God's surprises, because whatever comes from Him is GOOD!!
~o~ A Starbucks latte!!! When is South Africa going to see the light!!!!!
~o~ Wearing my red Jimmy Choo's that I was blessed with 2 years ago. Whoever said that God doesn't want to bless His girls!!!
8 things I did yesterday ...
~o~ Had the most awesome study time around a passage in Ephesians! Wow - just love it when the "eyes of my heart" are opened to His truths. Freedom comes!
~o~ Looked after the "twinnies" with my mom-in-grace.
~o~ Had 2 of Tianna's cousins over for the evening.
~o~ Ate yummy Indian chicken Korma for supper.
~o~ Plopped on the couch with my feet up cuddling my hubby while we watched tv.
~o~ Ok - ate some left over Easter chocolates too ....
~o~ Remembered the fun weekend our little family had last week with friends in Haga Haga (some quaint little place near East London). It has the most beautiful wild beach and a cozy, warm lagoon.
~o~ Thought up some creative ways to teach my kids about the fruits of the Spirit.
8 things I wish I could do ...
~o~ Give my mom the opportunity to see her grand kiddies more often. I know how much she misses them.
~o~ Oh how I long for a photographic memory ....
~o~ Take my family to Disney World in Florida. Tianna has been praying about it for years.
~o~ Have a romantic get-away with my handsome hubby! We just celebrated our 12 year anniversary.
~o~ We are walking with the Lord to get to the place of being debt free!!! I am looking forward to that place of total freedom.
~o~ I am anticipating answered prayer for the families I pray for daily who are totally dependant on God for a miracle! I know you are working on their behalf Lord.
~o~ Protect my kids from the ugliness in this world. What peace I find knowing that, that is God's job as I partner with Him. He will lead them in the paths of righteousness. Just loving knowing that His angels surround them.
~o~ Make it right for so many in such a difficult place. I am so grateful that His love makes a way for all of us.
8 shows I watch ...
~o~ America has Talent
~o~ American Idol
~o~ Extreme Home Makeover
~o~ World Changers (Creflo Dollar teaching first thing in the morning - stirs my faith BIG TIME)
~o~ Used to love watching Alias with my hubby
~o~ Narnia (my kiddies LOVE that movie)
~o~ The High School Musicals ... (for my princesses of-course)
13 April 2009
I am marvelling at the hugeness of our awesome God and just how real He is in our every-day lives. If we are honest, there are times when we question just how real or personal God really is. Lately, I am seeing His desire for intimacy (up-close-and-personal) wherever I turn.
A few weeks ago, while I was in a rush to get to church, I was trying to put on a special necklace from a friend and in my crazy rush, the cross dropped off the chain and I couldn't find it. I looked around and just could not see it anywhere. I raced out the door determined to find it on my return. Well ... after a full evening at church, when I got home, I forgot all about my cross. The next day, our precious domestic cleaner (Cynthia - oh how I love her!!!) was on duty and she vacuumed nice and thoroughly and only at the very end of the day I remembered the cross that had dropped on the floor! With a sinking feeling I knew what had happened ... the little cross had been vacuumed and the dirty water thrown down the drain. It was gone! I looked around anyway - but knew the inevitable.
Three weeks went by (with lots of vacuuming in-between) and we were on our way to church again. That evening, 3 men shared about how the Lord had encouraged them through the recent Iron Man competition. They are all new believers and this was their first race as believers. They were having the hardest race and were all on the verge of giving up when they all happened to bump into one another on the last leg of the race. They had 42km to run (which they were walking by this point) and they were in the loneliest part of the run where there are no supporters to cheer them on as the area is totally cordoned off. They started to encourage each others with the verses that each of them had found at the start of the race. They decided to call themselves the God-team and were determined to finish the race together. They had 2 more laps to go. When they got to the second lap in that same deserted section, something caught their eyes. There were 3 new sign boards up where there had been nothing on the first lap. They all found that odd as no-one could get there to put them up. As they walked close enough to read them ... each board held the verses that they had each shared with one another!!! That was the fuel for the fire that they needed! They finished that race strong all arm in arm like true brothers knowing that God loved them so much that He had been doing that race with them all along and even giving them personal encouragement at their lowest moment. They have come into a whole new place in their walk with God, having encountered His PERSONAL love for each of them.
I came home just soaring!! There is nothing more delightful than seeing someone come alive in their relationship with the Lord - seeing their eyes open to the truth of His ever present presence. As I came home and put my jewelry on my mantel piece I saw my empty little chain and missed that little cross and in my mind giggled to God the next morning - well if you can send angels to put up sign boards then surely you could direct them to that little old cross of mine. It was just a fleeting thought and then I moved on with my day. Well, that night as I was taking off my jewelry again to put it on the mantelpiece, there out of the blue sat my little cross! I was shocked speechless!!! I knew it wasn't there in the morning, because as I looked longingly at my empty chain, there was nothing on that mantle piece. I went to my husband and asked him if he had found it and he had not. I KNEW it was my awesome God. I could just sense His delight!! Now I know how the woman in the parable about the lost coin felt!! It was so much more than just having my little lost cross back. It was that GOD had lavished His love on me to see my delight :-) To be sure, I took the cross to my domestic worker and asked her if she had found it and she assured me that she had not! Oh How He loves us!!! And if you are reading this today - know that our God is no respecter of persons. He longs to show you the richness of His love. He wants you to know how personally invested He is and how interested He is in your life!!!!! May you be encouraged and may your faith be stirred by the depths of His interest in you.