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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.

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19 February 2014

Learning how to "Be Still"

I want to start this post by sharing that the things that I write around are not written from my "point of strength", but more as part of the learning journey that I am on with Jesus. I am forever grateful for His never-ending levels of patience with me! (Im sure He has to practice a little extra dose with me in my many trying-to-change-stubborn-ways ;0) hee hee). Even after walking with my hand in His for these last 37 years, He continues to show me grace in my learning how to live a life that honours, brings Him joy and that can reflect Him as the lavish good God that He is in so many ways. Gosh ... I have so much to still learn and change, but I can truly say that I love the process of transformation with such a loving God Almighty. 
Ok ... that out of the way, let me start blogging what I am hearing and learning today ...
I woke up this morning to another busy start. I had to say an early goodbye at the airport to my precious Mommy Darling who just spent a month with us. Man alive I am already missing her and all the helpful, encouraging, caring ways she brought love-in-action into our home. As I got back home I immediately got stuck into my routine ... multi-tasking, getting the washing on the go while I did my exercise program, then going room to room cleaning up, prepping the guest room for a new guest arriving later today ... the list continues (as all you busy 'peeps' know all too well). I'm a bit of a funny one. My little confession is that I cannot handle doing only one thing at a a time. I need to maximise my time by multitasking so I can try get through things quicker. Even at night while we are watching telly, I am on my iPad doing something else at the same time. I really battle to simply sit still. So as I was bathing (and plotting what to blog about because its been forever and a day!), I clearly heard that still small voice boom through my thoughts ... "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD". Oy!!! Be still??? What's that God? As soon as the thought came through my mind I was immediately plotting what to write. Mwah ha ha!!! Yip ... again He patiently had to whisper it to me ... "Janni ... just BE STILL. Stop thinking and reasoning. Simply BE WITH ME IN THIS MOMENT. Consider me. Realise who I am and my heart for you." And that my friends is what I want to encourage you and me with today. I need to read this over and over and keep reminding myself to MAKE moments to simply stop! To quieten down and reflect on God instead of all the craziness around me. In all the business that demands so much of our attention, may we find a moment ... no! We have to decide to MAKE a moment to simply "be still" with Him. A moment where we stop. Where it's not about us trying to figure things out, but we simply sit with Him and know that He is God Alone. Easier said then done I know. Even in trying to blog this out I have had to jump up several times to chase after my toddling 1 year old who is determine to get stuck into all the things that are "no-no" around here! hee hee.  
Today my moment was quietly lighting my "turquoise sky" Yankee Candle and sitting for a moment  with my feet up on my couch allowing my precious Jesus to speak truth and perspective into my life.  It didn't take hours, but it has shaped my heart and re-infused me in certain aspects to get back-on-track. Whatever your moment looks like today ... it's going to be just what you need because He is always open, available and offering the very truth your heart seeks. Have a beautiful day.
Janine xxx 


Anonymous said...

My friend thank you for your blog today. The same msg has been going through my mind. ..about being still and knowing He is God

pamela soeharno said...

there can be nothing more important.

thanks for the reminder jan.

ps - i also love my yankee candles. latest favourite? banana cream cake :)

love pam

Lori said...

Wonderful post, Janine--ty for sharing your thoughts with us! Sent you an email a week or two ago, not sure if you've gotten it but hope so because this time I think I forgot to save it lol! Love to you my friend! Oh, this is unbelievable--just before publishing it states "Please prove you're not a robot" and asks you to type two words or numbers in the box below before you hit "publish comment." Do you know what the first word is? "STILL!" I kid you not! Gives me goosebumps lol.