About Me

South Africa
My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna and Angelee and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. A year and a half later, our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! This blog has been a place where I have been able to journal my journey through loss, hope and choosing to live a life rich in love.

Blog Archive

22 February 2011

Thoughts to linger over

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments you have TRULY LIVED are the moments when you have done things in the SPIRIT OF LOVE."
Henry Drummond
What an absolutely beautiful quote to linger over. My best memories are founded in moments of love and joy expressed fully. Ephesians 5:2 encourages us to "Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Living a life of love not not only impacts and imprints lasting peace and joy in those around us ... it changes us from the inside out. I think I am going to spend a little more time pondering just how I am going to unleash my love upon my precious family and friends this week!
Love Janine xoxo

13 February 2011

A most blessed week in every way!

Oh my gracious ... this week has truly been filled with the most beautiful memories. Here's my look back at a week filled with precious highlights ...
On Monday we found out that out we are pregnant with our third child! It was so awesome to find out just in time to tell my sweet firstborn on her 10th birthday on Tuesday :0) The girls are over the moon!!!
Boy did my Tianna love all our spoil-ies! I just love this treasure girls heart. She appreciates so very much!
 On Friday I had my turn to be spoilt rotten! I still cannot believe that I am 34!
I was so humbled by all the messages, surprises, visits and love poured out from those so dear to my heart. 
Seeing as my big girl and I share the same birthday week - she chose some of her special friends and I took them off to a day of movies, fun rides and yummy treats. 
By the end of the arvie I needed to put my feet up! I got to have my own "party" with a few of my sweet friends & family over supper at a fun family friendly restaurant. 
And as if I hadn't been spoilt enough, yesterday my handsome hubby surprised me with a night away ... just the two of us! It will always be a little adventure I will never forget. We packed the bags and drove out of town to the loveliest get-away. 
I have the most beautiful pictures to share with you next week of our time away. Here's a pic of the two of us at our little get-away. It was the perfect ending to the most precious week. My heart is blessed beyond measure.
May you have the most beautiful week ahead. Sending you all my love xxx

10 February 2011

And the surprises keep coming :0)

My heart was so touched this morning to receive another Stylish Blogger Award.
Thank you so much to my friend at Our Family Forest  for your words of encouragement into my heart today. Your passion for homeschooling and loving your children inspires me. To all the homeschooling moms out there ... "respect" girl friends! I think you are all awesome moms!!!
My heart feels so happy today. I so love blogging! It's a joy to meet so many wonderful new friends and a place to feel free to share our hearts! Have a happy Thursday everyone.
BIG love xxx

08 February 2011

The BEST day with the BEST news!!!

Oh my goodness! What a day it's been! My precious Tianna, our darling firstborn, turned 10 years old today. She is such a delight to us in every way. Brett and I had the joy of sharing the best birthday pressie with her ... she and Angelee are going to be big sisters to another little Robinson!!!!!!! We are expecting our third child! It is very early days but I can feel the change in my body already. We are all over the moon! The best pressie for me in all this is that Tianna has been praying for about 4 years for another sibling! The fact that we found out a day before her birthday just makes me see the Father's smile. Oh how He delights to answer our prayers!!! So happy to share our news with you.
All my love xxx

07 February 2011

Words of Encouragement from Niqui's Heart

Oooohhhh ... I am so excited about this post! Please meet my very beautiful sister, Niqui.
Her and I are not only sisters, but the best of friends. We have been on the most wonderful adventures together and I love her honest heart and the wisdom that pours out of her. Her heart is so compassionate and I see so much beauty in her, inside and out! This message is straight from her heart to Yours. May you be just as encouraged as I was!


I have been meditating on the word ‘belonging’ for a few days now...

I have been thinking about little Cosmo, and the fact that he has fitted into his new family life so quickly and with so much ease. And that he has found his person... Jan. He knows that she loves him and that when he needs a cuddle, or a chunk of ice, or food or whatever, he can go to her, and she will gladly give it to him.

So who do you belong to?

Isaiah 43: 1-5 “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by your name: You are Mine”

This passage of scripture is heavily underlined in my Bible. God gave me this scripture when I was going through a seriously tough time in my life. And boy, do I hold onto this passage.
I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was 4 and half years old. And when I was about 5, I was baptised in water, and when I came up out of the water I was filled with the Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. I am 36 now.

And still I find that I have to remind myself, daily, that I am a daughter of the Most High God. That I am His. Precious Jesus paid the ultimate price, for my freedom, so that I can have a close and intimate relationship with the Father.

So this is what I have learnt so far, that everything in life starts with a thought. Before we do anything, we think about it first.  Our thoughts then tell us how we feel about ourselves, and then we act on how we feel.  So if I know that I am a King’s kid, why do I sometimes feel, not worthy or not good enough to sit in His presence?

I am now training myself to analyse my thoughts. These are the questions I will ask myself, “is this a positive or negative thought”, “where on earth did that come from?” “What does the Word tell me?”
And this is generally my answer.... I know that the enemy is the father of all lies! (Old Satan knows the truth, and if he can steer us away from having a close and meaningful relationship with the Father, he will do it at all costs. But we have the power of choice. We choose what we believe!)  If I am feeling sad and low, I know that I have bought into a lie... so the only thing to do is tell myself the truth!

I am the righteous of God apart from my performance! There is nothing that I can do that will make the Father love me more and I know that there is nothing that I can do that will take His love away from me! He loves me for me, because after He made me! Psalm 139: 14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvellous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well”. When we start to believe the truth, we will start to live in the freedom that Jesus paid such a high price for.

I read this passage this morning, and it made my heart smile (^^,) Romans 5:1 in the Message “By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us – set us right with Him, make us fit for Him – we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise!” How awesome is that!! I love the fact that our precious Father waits until we are ready. He is already waiting for you, so throw open the doors of your heart today, and let precious Jesus come in.

Why is it so important that we know that we belong to God? When we are secure in the knowledge that we belong to God, and that we are in relationship with Him. I believe that the ‘knowing that we are secure’ permeates to other areas and relationships of our lives. Take our kids for instance... I have 3 beautiful girls that have been entrusted to my care. I am very much aware of the fact that they belong to God, and that He has given them to me to raise. It is an awesome responsibility. Our kids learn from us all the time. Not only when we are issuing instructions, and the like, but more from how we act. They follow the examples we set... Shew that’s quite a thought! If I am secure in the knowledge that God is my Father, and he loves me no matter what, then they too will see that they too have an Awesome heavenly Daddy who loves them to bits. And they then will also become encouraged to spend time with Him.
How does our relationship with the Father affect those who are around us? I encourage you to take negative thoughts captive, meditate on the FACT that you are a masterpiece, who has been hand crafted by the Most High God. He loves you to bits, and He wants to spend time with you. ‘Coz after all you are His.
Have a blessed day
With so much love
Niqui xx

06 February 2011

A place of Belonging

The word "belonging" really crept into my heart last week. It's something that I would like to continue to explore and share around this coming week. Watch this space ... I have asked my precious sister, Niqui, to guest post her heart on the matter here tomorrow. I cannot wait to read it myself! 
As I have been searching my heart concerning this blog, one of my greatest desires has always been from my very first post that this be a place where you can come away to, to receive fresh sips of encouragement in your everyday journey. I have found such belonging in my relationship with the Lord. He has weathered the highs and lows of my life since I came to know Him as a child. He continues to remind my heart daily that in Him I always have a place of belonging, acceptance and delight. That's what I want to remind you of today ... He is your safe place, your "place of belonging". Know today that you are celebrated! You are accepted. You are valued and worth so very much. Thanks for popping in. May your heart be encouraged as you get ready to face the start of the new week ahead. 
All my love xxx

02 February 2011

Discovering a true sense of "Belonging"

My little girlies are safely tucked into bed, fast asleep; hubby is relaxing in front of the tellie which means that it's finally a little bit of "me time" for a few minutes. To keep me company I have the sweetest little pup in the whole wide world lovingly cuddling on my lap. Just look at my little Cosmo. Everything about him makes me smile. He is my little shadow. He even has the same ice crunching passion as me :0) He runs to the freezer and waits to share a block of ice with me on these hot Summer days. I am so amazed at the bond he has with us after 3 short weeks. He knows he "belongs" in every way. 
I haven't been posting as much as I would like lately. As my last post suggested, it's been a bit of a whirl wind time. I am really having to learn how to manage my time wisely and what to say yes and no to. Sitting behind my computer to blog is always relaxing for me. 
With a cup of coffee and a freshly baked cookie (yes, just 1!) who wouldn't be ready to share their heart? :0) 
Today I have been thinking about the word "belong". Looking at my little puppy of 3 weeks, he already knows that he "belongs" in our family. He knows "whose" he is and that makes him feel accepted, celebrated and secure. On Sundays we meet for church in our home. As everybody arrived this Sunday, our little guy disappeared. We called and called and called but there was no sign of him. After searching in every room and around the garden, my handsomeness eventually found him hiding behind the shed. Having to "share" his family with so many people made him feel insecure.
Dealing with all the demands on my time and the busyness that seems to fill each day at the moment it got me wondering how my children or husband must feel when I am distracted from my first calling ... to be a wife and mother to my family ... to protect their sense of "belonging". This has really sobered me today. Even though I am constantly with and around them ... so often I am busy multi-tasking at the same time ;0) Anybody relate? It's got me thinking, in what ways can we as women make those around us feel secure in the fact that those close to us know that they belong and are celebrated. You don't have to be married or have children to practice this beautiful gift. Every single person has a desperate need to feel like they belong.
This week I want to explore this beautiful truth together. If you have any tips, ideas or thoughts to share PLEASE add your comment. I would love for us to learn from one another. "Love in Action" is all about the journey of expressing love in deed and not merely words. By finding ways to show people that they "belong" in our lives ... they will experience the true joy, peace and security that love brings. I can't wait to discover and "try out" new ways of showing that "belonging" to my loved ones!
All my love xxx