Friday, 28 February 2014

The Next BEST Thing!

The best part of life is when family understands you like a friend and when friends support you like family.

I met her two years ago in a very boring Philosophy lecture, at that point I never thought we would end up as close as we are now. I would occasionally ask her to sign the register for me whenever I felt like not spending my precious 45 minutes debating whether or not God was real. 
I can't recall when and how the true friendship begun cause I remember after that semester course we were doing together we grew apart and hardly ever spoke.

Now as I look back, I can't help but only thank God for bringing our worlds together. Though we have our ups and downs, though we sometimes get on each other's necks, though we sometimes get moody and annoy each other, God always has a way to help us forget the bad, understand each other's weaknesses, focus on the good and this has helped us strength each other and our friendship as well.

Recently we have had people asking if we are family, sisters or even twins. At first we thought maybe it was because people always see us together so its justifiable to think that we are family. But now its not only people who know us that ask, random people in shops or we meet on the road stop and ask if we are sisters or twins. We are almost always tempted to say 'Yes, we are' but realizing that, that will be a lie, we resorted to adding 'in Christ.'

When destiny forgets to tie some people in blood relations, it corrects it's mistake by making them true friends.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Why bother trusting God?

This question must have popped up in our minds as some point in our Christian walk. Life can really screw us over that we see no need to even turn to God. All hope might seem to be lost, we might not know what to do next, but we can always find comfort when we read about how God delivered saints of old. A personal favourite is the story of:

Joseph in Egypt

Genesis 37, 39-41 (paraphrased)

Joseph didn't know what God's plan was, for his life. He must have felt really frustrated when his brothers sold him as a slave and it looked like all his plans for his life were ruined. Nonetheless he tried his best and became the best slave in Potiphar's house. He must have felt even more frustrated when Potiphar's wife lied about him and he was put in jail even though, again, he had done nothing wrong. Yet, just like before, Joseph did the very best he could and became one of the best prisoners. He had to wait a long time until he was free, but he tried to be the best he could in every situation. Eventually God helped him become a great man and help all the people of Egypt get ready for the famine.

Moral of the story: Sometimes, like Joseph, things don't quite go like we plan. But if we remember that God is in charge and is watching over us it can help us be patient and have faith that everything will work out for the best... even when we don't know how that will happen.

This post is linked up at:
So Much at Home

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Even this shall PASS!

At this point in my life I feel like my faith has been tried and tested from left, right and center. I overcame in some battles and fell in others. I have learnt my strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly I have learnt to depend wholly on God. I have been tempted to lay down all my convictions, pack up, go home and get married to the next guy who claims to "love me." But I keep thinking "Nontie, marriage is a blessing to be entered upon God's terms and not merely the next best way to escape your unpredictable life." 
More often than ever its a trend with most people to focus more on their problems and forget the many blessings in their lives.
I was reminded of our peaceful home, my loving parents, my caring big brother, my darling lil brother, my dear friends and my family around the world.
I realized if I can not be grateful for that which I have I am surely not ready for God's intervention in my life. 
I just can't wait for me to have a lil more faith, allow God to have His will, then finally strengthen my brethren with my testimony, yipeee yay!

We have this Hope

The more you commit yourself to living according to "thus says the Lord" the greater the challenges you will face that can easily make you loose sight of the cross. More often than ever I find myself lowering God's standards to accommodate my ever changing moods and feelings. The following song has made me realize that, no matter how heavy the burden maybe, no matter how unpredictable life can be, its never enough reason for us to loose hope in our SOON coming Savior.

We have this hope that burns within our hearts,
Hope in the coming of the Lord.
We have this faith that Christ alone imparts,
Faith in the promise of His Word.
We believe the time is here,
When the nations far and near
Shall awake, and shout and sing
Hallelujah! Christ is King!
We have this hope that burns within our hearts,
Hope in the coming of the Lord.
We are united in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are united in His love.
Love for the waiting people of the world,
People who need our Savior’s love.
Soon the heavens will open wide,
Christ will come to claim His bride,
All the universe will sing
Hallelujah! Christ is King!
We have this hope, this faith, and God’s great love,
We are united in Christ.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Share Your Story!!!

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony..." Revelation 12:11

Last year before I went for the December vacation, I was telling my *Favourite Guy* that I was scared to go home because I thought it would be difficult to live up to my reformed lifestyle. We made jokes and laughed about it. When I was home, he would email me asking how everything is going but it never clicked that he was actually praying for me until I recently got this email;

"Compliment for the testimonies that you told me of when you were at home, I was always worried last year and I prayed A LOT for you so that you will be able to stand the greatest temptations of going against the reforms. But you were able to stand to show that God answers prayers and that you diligently studied and made the decision to follow Christ. Keep up the good works and teach others too, they must know these things. Your experience made me to rediscover my stand as a Reformer.
Indeed our God is good and His mercies endures forever and ever." 

Friday, 21 February 2014

Surprise Farewell Dinner :)

Love is not love until you give it away!
She went out of her way to prepare a super delicious vegan meal.
Though we spoiled the surprise, I will remember the night as my surprise 
farewell dinner/throw back THURSDAY!

Thank you Chrissy!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Going Back to Basics!!!

"The sweetest Type of Heaven - Home should be made all that the word implies. It should be a little heaven upon earth, a place where the affections are cultivated instead of being studiously repressed. Our happiness depends upon this cultivation of love, sympathy, and true courtesy to one another." Adventist Home 15.3

My idea of a heaven on earth life includes;
1. A God fearing Adventist Husband
2. A God loving homemaker Wife
3. A home in the Country (with HORSES and nature)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

My Journey in Pictures

When I was younger, my biggest dream was to go to Cape Town, go to the beach, go shopping, have lots of FUN with friends. Now as I look back, I can safely say the Lord gave me even more than I could ever imagine. 

Camps Bay (Feb 2012) with Tarie and Yemu, friends since High School
Mzoli's (Feb 2012) with my girls from Baxter Hall

My first SDASM Camp (Back to Basics April, 2012)
My second SDASM Camp (Kolgelberg October, 2012)
On my 21st birthday with my girls.

SDASM Leavers Dinner (Oct, 2013) With our brother and mentor
The greatest memory/blessing of them all, I even got a big sister that I had been nagging God for and almost gave up on getting one.
I am overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving. I'm reminded of James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning."

Monday, 17 February 2014

When You Aren't Sure What To Do NEXT...

 After praying for the Lord's will to be done in your life, then you realize what you anticipated was actually not what God intended. 
What a BLOW!

I had a 2 sec moment when I just thought "dang! I shouldn't have said, may Your will be done in my life, in that prayer."

As my brain was getting even more "creative", thinking of a way to counter God's will. I received an email saying;  

"Praise God Nontie. God will never let us down if we truly trust Him. When I am facing some hard times, I always remember that, when God closes one door of opportunity, He opens another one. The difficulty with us is that we continue banging on the closed door instead of looking around for the door He has opened. There are a couple of verses on Psalms I like: 
  • "Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock". Isaiah 26:4
  • "Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us". Psalm 62:8
  • "In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me". Psalm 86:7"
Moral of the story: when you aren't sure what to do next, just WAIT and TRUST God when he says;
  • "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."  Is. 40:31

Monday, 10 February 2014

All the reasons to be HAPPY!!!

Jesus loves me so much, He put all these loving people in my life. The best feeling ever is to know that you have many people praying with you and for you. I have just realized; 

Blessed beyond measure :)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

For my good BUT for His glory :)

My favorite verse of all times,
 1 Thessalonians  5:18 "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 
This verse reminds me that God is always in control, both, in good and bad times. He allows certain things to happen in our lives so that we may be refined and strengthened for greater troubles to come. I haven't had the best 3weeks or so but experience has taught me to be content with where God has placed me. Over the years I have asked God to help me use whatever situation in my life to get closer to Him. It's not easy but we have every reason to trust fully in God because he is the ONLY one who can declare the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). The best thing about trusting God is that we are assured that no matter how hopeless a situation may appear, the end result is always for our good and for His glory. 

Oh, how I love you, JESUS! :)))