Thursday, 30 January 2014

He knows me too's SCARY!

When I woke up today I read a comment on Proverbs 26:20 [Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases] which said "Here is a remedy for gossip, when you feel like talking about someone, go ahead, talk about them, just make sure your only audience is God, yes, talk about them only to God in prayer, for only He can help them with whatever you wanted to talk about!" I was touched by these words and prayed that The Lord will help me apply them in my life. 

As the day progressed, a friend texted telling me of her current family 'situation' (for lack of a better word) and she asked me not to tell anyone. Pre-reading the verse and comment, I would have probably ran to our family helper and told her everything then that would be the topic for the day. But I thank God for reminding me of the prayer I made in the morning. Instead of 'sympathizing' with my friend by telling another person, I whispered a word to our Father above. 

Moral of the story: morning devotions are more than necessary, they prepare us to overcome our daily challenges and/or weaknesses. I am humbled by the fact that God knows every detail of our lives and His ONLY aim is to help us reach the level of perfection like that of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

A friend in need is a friend indeed

I might not have as many friends but I am truly thankful for the few. Experience has allowed me to see the truth in the statement which says "It is during the worst times in your life when you get to see the true colors of the people who say they care for you."

In the depth of my first year's GREAT confusion, I met a girl who automatically became a friend. Like any other friendship we had our ups and downs, we were not always close, we wouldn't talk every time, we were not always together but she won my trust and became my first point of call not only in bad times but in good times as well. She helped me understand the value of true friendship. She is always there to celebrate in good times, to encourage in times of disappointments, to support in times of need, to listen, to advice and to do anything in her power to maintain the smile on my face.

Now, I believe everybody in your life is there for a reason. At times you might not know why you are friends with someone but only those puzzle pieces 'cut out' for each other can fit together to create a perfect and beautiful picture. You might not feel appreciated, worry not and continue to do good, God will create a situation which will make people realize your worth. Don't take anyone for granted and most importantly be the true friend that you want.

Thanks Christine for making my battles your own. The Lord will reward your efforts.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Though He slay me...

Yet will I trust Him!

Our Father my God...
Thank you for today, thank you for these various trials, thank you for this break in, thank you for this pressing, thank you for this fire. It doesn't feel good. Though you slay me, yet will I trust You. Thank you God for having a way out already planned. I can't see it, but you are God so you already know. You are the lifter of my head. I am your daughter. I am your baby. You love me and you have thoughts of good and not destruction for me, so I know where I currently am is not the end result. Lord though I am going through it, yet will I trust you.
In Jesus' name I pray and give You all the praise.

"Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. 
You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. 
He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children. 
"The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy" (James 5:11)... 
There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel."
(Steps to Christ, 100).

Friday, 24 January 2014

Why worry when you can PRAY?

Is a question I wish I could answer right NOW! I am one person that is always there to bear other people's burdens, to motivate others, to quote scripture and encourage people not to worry because worrying does more harm than good. I never understood why people would dare to worry when the bible clearly says "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?... Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself..." ( Matthew 6:27,34).

I admit, I completely failed when it came to applying the same words into my own life. Personal experience has taught me that WORRY is your greatest enemy. In the past week it attacked me so much that, I developed sudden, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, inability to do much except sit on the screen all day, I lost interest in everything expect worrying, I developed a short temper and was throwing tantrums at everyone.

After such an experience I was humbled by the following words from Don Moen's song;


When you've prayed every prayer that you know how to pray. 

Just remember the Lord will hear and the answer is on it's way. 

Our God is able. 
He is mighty. 
He is faithful. 

And He never sleeps, He never slumbers. 
He never tires of hearing our prayer. 
When we are weak He becomes stronger. 
So rest in His love and cast all of your cares on Him. 

Do you feel that the Lord has forgotten your need. 
Just remember that God is always working in ways you cannot see. 

Thursday, 23 January 2014

A Lost Friend :(

Once upon a time a beautiful princess traveled to another city for an event. On her way back she met 'Mr Unpredictable', he was very hospitable, he offered to buy her stuff, to driver her to the station and he said all these nice things about the princess. Unlike what many guys would do, 'Mr Unpredictable' did not ask for her number but rather he gave her his number. He told her to only contact him when she gets to her destination, just to let him know that she had traveled well. The princess was impressed by the fact that 'Mr Unpredictable' was genuinely nice without any strings attached, which was a rare situation in her world. As instructed, the princess contacted and thanked 'Mr Unpredictable' when she got to her destination. In her mind, she thought this was the beginning of a new friendship but 'Mr Unpredictable' being unpredictable 'happened.' He would randomly text her, call her, say these nice things, send airtime, only to go quiet on her. This made the princess wonder and wonder and wonder until she came across this quotation;

A Letter from God...

Wait on The Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on The Lord.
Psalm 27:14

Sunday, 19 January 2014

To the glory of God!

Every time I meet people for the first time or that I haven't seen in a while, it's either they ask me what grade or form I am in. Some even go an extra mile to estimate my age to be 15 and this is before I even open my mouth to say anything. I used to wonder if it's really because of my height or they could actually be hinting at my maturity level. Whatever the case, I will be optimistic and give credit to my diet -Amen to Health Reform! Watching what you eat and making sure that 'whether you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, you do it all to the glory of God' (1 Corinthians 10:31); does not only deepen your understanding of the scriptures, better your ability to discern truth from error, it also slows down aging - Alleluia!

Yes, I am Vegan.

No, I don't eat fish.

No, not even eggs or milk.

Since when? Mid-February 2013.

What do I eat? Everything else.

No, I don't miss meat.

Yes, I get enough protein.

My B12 is fine, thank you.

And NO, I am not 15, I'm 21.

A call to just trust Him!

How many times have you asked or even cried out to God, "What do You want me to do?" If you just show me, I will do it.

I lost count of the number of times I spoke to God in this way in the past weeks. Despite my pleading He did not give me a specific answer but He made me realize my error.

As Christians, we often end our prayers with "...above all may Your will be done in my life." We know that God has a plan for our lives and we know that He is in control but we begin pushing Him into revealing His plans to us Now - not according to His good and perfect timing.

I was led to John 6:28-29 which says 'Then they said unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God. Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.'

These words hit me left, right and center, I realized that I have to stop striving and simply trust in God and His perfect timing. I came to understand that God doesn't want me to work for Him. He wants me to be faithful, to be content and to have a serving heart.

The Bible is indeed a love letter from God to us. Every time you read and understand it, you are assured of PEACE which only comes from above. It's precious truths will always set us free, if only we can see them and put them into practice. 

My prayer is for The Lord to help us live in the present and never to worry about the future, even the nearest future.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

With a Smile...

In life I have realized that there are always those people who call, text, whatsapp or email you ONLY when they need something from you. When the phone rings indicating their name, I am always tempted to answer the call saying "Yes, what is it this time?" Or when they text, going round in circles asking me how I am doing, how school is, I wish I could just ask them to go straight to the point.

In my past life I would get so annoyed and instead of actually helping I would try show them that no one takes advantage of me. After learning of the wondrous cross and what Jesus had to go through, I was humbled to give more, love more, expect less from people, help anyone to the best of my abilities without question and smile always.

Moral of the story: Its easier to love those who love us already, the challenge comes in when we have to love those who are difficult to love. Jesus commanded us to love one another as He has loved us, by this people will know that you are a follower of Christ - John 13:34-35 (paraphrased). It may hurt to know that certain people see you as a punching bag, an ATM, a burden bearer but NOTHING can be worse than what Jesus went through. Solution is to confront every situation with a smile and The Lord will surely bless you.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Lord Always Prepares Us...

One of my morning devotions last week reminded me to trust in The Lord always, never to lean on my own understanding, to always acknowledge The Lord then He will definitely direct my path.

Last Sabbath the children's story was based on Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." The lesson to the kids was that; no matter how bad a situation or circumstance may appear to our human eye, we should always "PRAISE The Lord because it could have been worse."

These messages both came to me at a time when I was awaiting my Postgrad Application response from UCT. I had a very strong feeling that The Lord was trying to communicate something to me, but because I highly expected a positive response I chose to ignore. I looked back at how The Lord had carried me through my undergrad years all the way to graduation and I thought why wouldn't He grant my wish this time. The more I tried to fight The Lord in my prayers and fast, He kept reminding me of Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord..."

When I finally received my response from UCT, I was saddened by the fact that my application was 1% away from making it. However before I could cry and whine about it, a quick thought was impressed upon my mind and that was; "PRAISE The Lord because it could have been worse."

I was also reminded of Isaiah 46:9-10 "Remember the former things of old: for I am God and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure"

Moral of the story: When we pray to the Lord, we may present our petitions before him but we MUST always pray for His will, above ALL, to be done in our lives. We may not know why things are happening a certain way today but once Jesus is done with us, we will come out with our faith stronger than before.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Dinner time with the MAPOSAs!!!

Today I decided I would skip dinner (reasons best left unknown), so I just sat by the table and watched my brothers eat. We had an interesting conversation on the benefits of being a vegetarian, 'meatarian' or vegan. Apparently the 'meatarian' has the most benefits cause he eats everything, then followed by the vegetarian that can at least drink milk and get calcium, then lastly poor vegan is just left with beans and lentils. The conclusion was that it sucks being a VEGAN!

However seeing that their sister happened to be a vegan, they came up with a solution to spice up her plate;

Ever heard of a Sadza Burger?

My fellow Health Reformers we could take some

You know you are a Seventh-Day Adventist...

  1. When it's a miracle to get past Wednesday when going over the Sabbath School lesson in church.
  2. When a discussion about godly relationships turns into "Where are the godly men?"
  3. When you have the EGW Writings app on your phone, tablet or iPad.
  4. When you tell people you're Adventist and they ask "So you don't eat meat?"
  5. When you grade fast food restaurants on the quality of their veggie burger.
  6. When being 'unequally yoked' is always an issue.
  7. When you see someone without jewelry and wonder if they are Adventist.
  8. When the audio or visual equipment won't work, someone says "Satan is working hard to destroy this program."
  9. When mentioning women's ordination is the equivalent of jumping into a war zone.
  10. When you have a story when you accidentally ate pork.
  11. When you get excited on Fridays.
  12. If you define 'lay activities' as a Saturday afternoon nap.
  13. If your favorite meat loaf contains no meat.
  14. If you do two days worth of cooking every Friday.
  15. If the words 'Sabbath' and 'Saturday' are interchangeable depending on who you are talking with at that time.
  16. If you read ingredients before buying any food items. 
  17. If you know what 777 stands for.
  18. If the only tea that you drink is Rooibos.
  19. If you grew up believing Ellen White was a member of your family.
  20. If your bedtime stories were always about real people and never fairy tales.
Being an Adventist is one of the greatest blessing in my life. When I was growing up I was embarrassed by the fact that I went to church on Saturday but once I understood the reason why (Exodus 20:8-11), it became a privilege. Many may think Adventism is a cult or is too restrictive but we are ONLY a people in search of biblical truth. We believe in righteousness by faith and that Jesus, our only way to salvation, is coming soon. This makes us want to be the best people we can be, be it in dress, diet, conduct, conversation, to name a few. It makes us a peculiar people in a world that sees nothing wrong with self-serving.


Her Road To Damascus :)

Once upon a time lived a girl who was born and raised in an Adventist home. She attended church every Sabbath, prayed occasionally and hardly ever read her bible. Years went by and time came when she had to leave home to go to boarding school. After the six years of high school at a school where the only times they prayed were at meal times and during assembly, her spiritual life was non- existent. Soon after high school she went even further away from home for University then her real journey of life begun.

First year, she hardly ever went to church, she would spend her Sabbaths in bed. She cried herself to sleep mostly and she never had many friends. Towards the end of her first semester *Mr Amazing* came to the rescue of the ever crying baby. He was everything she needed at that time and the tears ceased to exist. Second semester, her grades even went up that's just how amazing *Mr Amazing* was.

Second year, the fabulous life with *Mr Amazing* continued! going to church improved slightly but wasn't regular. One Sabbath the girl got hit left, right and center by the message preached, that's when she decided to give her life completely to Christ - Amen! She tried to share the amazing light she received with *Mr Amazing* but he didn't see it in the same manner that's when the amazing journey with *Mr Amazing* became rocky and shaky. She knew she had to give up *Mr Amazing* in order to follow Christ fully but she couldn't imagine a continued fabulous life without him. With continued prayer and studying of the bible the girl was able to overcome as Jesus overcame. She gave up *Mr Amazing* and begun to slowly grow into the image of Christ going on from strength to strength.

Third year came with it's own challenges but she continued to look unto Jesus for strength, it was not the easiest year socially, academically and spiritually but at the end of it she came out stronger than she was before.

Moral of the story: God is always faithful in our unfaithfulness. He will never leave us nor forsake us and whatever challenges we face in life we should always remember that all things work for good for those who love The Lord and that The Lord always has plans for us to prosper and not to harm us. Hence we should trust in him always for he is the only one who can declare the end from the beginning.

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Proverbs training!

It is my hope to someday be a wife and mother therefore I am striving to become a "Proverbs 31" woman. I am so blessed to have a Mom who sets that biblical example for me and a Dad who encourages and helps along the way and of course my friends who are always there to stop me from doing anything silly. So I just decided to share a brief story of my life, it might act as an encouragement to some of you, or a moment of realisation or just a reminder.  

During my early teenage years I made a commitment to remain physically, emotionally, and spiritually pure not only for my future husband, but for my parents and most importantly for my Lord Jesus Christ.  As I went through High School I always knew I would never have a "boyfriend".  Rather, I would wait until the season of my life when I was ready to be married before any kind of relationship would ever begin. Nevertheless, as I grew older seeing others in 'decent' relationships which appeared 'fun', I decided to experiment and taste the waters of life. This didn't work out well for me and like the saying goes ''experience is the best teacher'', I had to learn the hard way. It was at that time that I made the commitment to steadfastly pray for my future husband, with the realization that God intends for a prospective wife of noble character to bring her husband good, not harm, all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:12)  Since then I have remained content in fulfilling the callings God has placed on my life by serving my family at home.  I came to understand that if ever it is the Lord's will for me to someday marry, then He alone would be responsible for writing my love story. This is something I am determined to leave in His hands in order to avoid fantasizing over 'every Godly guy' that comes my way and to make sure that my love is not awakened until it is so desired (Songs of Solomon 2:7). In other words, it's been my prayer that the Lord would keep my heart guarded and that He would prevent me from ever prematurely romanticizing in any kind of way...And that prayer still stands ;-)

A note to my fellow sisters:

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires."
Song of Solomon 8:4