Saturday, 5 December 2015

Family Traditions

Our family favorites!
I am up at 3:48am, and the things on my mind right now are Watermelons and Lychees (weird right?). Okay, maybe not so weird if I explain why. At our home we always have these fruits daily (when they are in season). After dinner its Watermelon or Litchi family chill time. We sit by the dinner table and talk over either of these two, but mainly Watermelon. It's possibly the best time of the day.

Other family traditions include:

  1. We generally have two meals a day, breakfast and supper. If you want a third meal, its all up to you.
  2. We have supper between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, by 7pm we are usually out of the kitchen (after cleaning up, washing dishes and putting them away).
  3. During the week, laundry is done daily, before or after supper (except for Friday).
  4. During the weekend, laundry is done on Saturday night, by my mom IF I am not home.
  5. Sunday dinner we have traditional meals (my mom’s choice).
  6. Family prayer time is done in my little brother’s room.
  7. We all trust our dad, so whatever he says usually goes. OR if you don't know anything or want anything, my mom will tell you to “ask dad”.
  8. We usually have two options for dinner. BUT you decide what you want to eat before the food is cooked.
  9. Watching the Television is a synonym of a bedtime story.
  10. When you have to wake up early, for school, to travel, to study, our mom is equivalent to an alarm.

These family traditions were not imposed, they developed over time. 



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Only Girl Syndrome

Backgroud: As a little girl, my one wish was to have a big sister. I imagined how it would be like having someone to set a standard for me, to advise me and to do “whatever sisters do” with. I would always think of my non-existent sister every time I was tasked to do chores (I still do). I would imagine how fun it would have been if I had someone to help. But with time, I got over my imaginations and accepted the fact that big sister wasn't there.

My experience as the only girl in the family is great! I get more than enough attention (if I'm not up early enough, it doesn't go without notice). If I'm not in the kitchen when my mom gets home from work there will be a lot of explaining to do. If my mom isn't home, then I have to make sure that everyone is well fed and happy. (I am also known as - the second mom.)

However the not so great side is being mislabeled. Most people’s first impression of me is that I am a spoilt brat (spoilt brat even sounds like my middle name now). My background and upbringing is quite unique from most people. Being the only girl and middle child, I grew up in an environment where I set my own standards without pressure of meeting any expectations. (There was never anyone my parents could compare me with.)

I might appear like that child that gets everything they want whenever they ask. But trust me, everything I have I had to work for (one way or the other). My mom is a bit lenient on this, but with my dad, you have to give a reason why you deserve whatever you are asking for. (Imagine finding a good reason why you need $1 calling credit or airtime, which is not talking to friends).

Some might take my not being a fan of crowds as a sign of being a snob. But the truth is, I was never allowed to leave home and go anywhere as I please. The first time I ever went for a movie was when I was in University. I remember one time when I asked my dad (way in advance) to go for ice cream with my friends, he didn't say yes or no. But the next day he came home with four or five 5 litre tubs of ice cream (judging from that, my answer was a big No). I asked to go for a movie once and I was asked what movie I wanted to watch that wasn't showing on DSTV. I never attended any parties. I have never been to any sleep over. I was never exposed to most places where young people hang out. (hence my idea of going out is CHURCH!)

I whine a lot! But that doesn't mean I want anyone to deal with my problems. My dad tolerates my whining (never my mom) but his policy is “I can tolerate your whining as long as you realise that after your ‘whining show’ you are going to get the work done.” (When you hear me whine, I probably miss my dad, nothing much, and you are not expected to do anything about it.)

Moral of the Story: It's always good to first understand why someone does certain things or acts in a particular manner before you can label them (if you really have to). Heaven will definitely not have people who are just like you in every aspect, so practice to be more accommodative and show a great deal of tolerance to those who are different from you. 



Monday, 23 November 2015

Saying No to Emotions!

Jesus taught that, it is our responsibility to say no to those things which appeal to our fallen nature. We have a choice to choose the master that governs our lives. We can even sit down and make up our own rules if we so choose, but one fact must be clearly understood; we will never get to heaven by that route.

If we are saved, IT WILL BE ON GOD'S TERMS ALONE! 

We must be conscious of the fact that, every time we make a decision, its either we are following emotions or conviction, impulse or principle, Christ or Satan. 

Moral of the Story: Satan always makes the path of sin attractive. Right and wrong can never be tested by what it looks like, feels like or tastes like. Satan spoke flattering words which appealed to Eve's ego and vanity. What she heard and saw influenced her feelings to such a degree that she became blinded to right and wrong.

[This post is based on Chapter 4 of the book Enemy At The Gate by Joe CrewsCLICK HERE to read posts in this series.]


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Holiness by Separation

End of 2014, I started a series based on the book Enemy At The Gate by Joe Crews. CLICK HERE to view posts in this series. 

This post is based on the third chapter entitled - "Getting rid of the Enmity."

The Bible designates two things which are at absolute enmity with God. Firstly, "the carnal mind is enmity against God" ~ Romans 8:7. Secondly, "friendship of the world is enmity with God" ~ James 4:4.

These two verses scream out the concept of 'holiness by separation'. To love the world is to be an enemy of God. Basing our lives of the carnal mind is to be separated from Him. Here are two relationships which cannot co-exist. It must be one or the other.

Moral of the Chapter: Like many stories in the Old Testament, the story of Samson teaches us that, we cannot gain victory over a foe that we secretly admire. We can not mingle with the impure and remain pure. We can not tease and trifle with sin without be contaminated.



Saturday, 21 November 2015

Conversations with my Dad

I love talking to my dad. Every time I talk to him via Email or Whatsapp, my spirit is uplifted. Even the simplest conversation will leave me glowing. (He just has that effect on me.) He is more than just a dad, he is a friend. When your dad makes it to your friendship circle then that is special.

I know I can talk to him about anything and everything. He is always willing to advise based on his own experience. (Yes, even guy issues!) I have grown to trust him to the extent that, before I make any important decisions I always seek his counsel. Sometimes when I pray, I even ask God to answer me through my dad. (And he always does!)

I have also noticed that, if lets say Person X tells me to do something, many a time, I will find a good reason not to BUT if my dad advises me to do the same thing, chances are, I will definitely do it, maybe not immediately but eventually. (This has taught me that, for me to be able to obey God’s word, I should first love him.)

Moral of the Story: The reason for all this is simple. It is all because I know my him, I love him and I have established a trust relationship with him. In like manner, God is calling us to take time to know him. It's only after knowing someone that we can be able to love and trust them. God wants to be our friend. He wants us to be able to talk to him about anything and everything. He is always willing and ready to advise us through his word, only if we let him. (My prayer is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more!)


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

I have a friend #1

I have a friend - Zvikomborero Murwira

This lady has been nothing short of a blessing to me. (Her first name actually means blessings - the irony!) She is that type of person that you know if you are close to her, then your spiritual graph is bound to go up (by beholding you become changed).

When I first interacted with her, I felt so much love. You know when you just know that this person loves you? That's exactly how I felt with her. Because of that love, I was inclined to also give out the same love (only by love is love awakened).

She has touched my life in many ways. The way she loves Jesus, motivates me daily. She is just one of those friends that I know have my best interest at heart. She is that person that you know, if she can't assist you personally, she is definitely talking to Jesus about it.

She has been a direct answer to my unsaid prayers. Some days when I felt like not going to church, she would randomly call telling me that we’re meeting outside in 5 minutes to go to church. (In my head I would just say - Really God? You just had to!) Those days when I am feeling low, she would randomly send a relevant word of encouragement. Just yesterday (17 Nov 2015), she randomly called me to share a verse in Matthew which talks about not worrying about tomorrow and leaving all cares to Jesus. (This was at a time when I was wondering if I will survive the coming exams on the 18th, 19th and 20th of November.) When you have a friend like her, there is definitely no room to doubt God’s existence.

Moral of the Story: Your friends have the power to influence you for good or for ill. Sometimes your journey heavenward is hanging on your friendship circle. The journey is not meant to be easy, but it can be lightened by the right choice of close associates. (Question - Are you honouring God in your choice of associates?)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Feminist?

I have heard of the phrase that says, “what other people think of you is none of your business.” I agree with that statement to some extent but (in reality) I actually care about what people think of me.

They say “righteousness within testifies righteousness without” so if I profess to be a Christian (Christ-like), I also expect people around me to think of me likewise. If they don't, I strongly believe there is a possibility of a flaw in my character that needs to be fixed (okay, let's say sometimes).

A personal illustration: I have been labeled a feminist on a couple of occasions. Some have even used that fact to explain my “failed” relationships.

The truth is, I'm very far from being a feminist. I am actually ‘old-fashioned’ to the extent that, I believe the man is the head of the house and the wife ought to be submissive. I don't believe in gender equality, not because women can't do certain things or are too weak but simply because God assigned different roles to them.

Analogy: Take the human body for instance, it is one body but the different parts were assigned different roles. The mouth is for eating and the ear for hearing but they both serve one body. It's as simple as that.

I don't hate men. I have nothing against them. I actually believe men can be real darlings (from my experience with my dad, brothers, uncles and some friends). But of course, there is a kind that I would rather have being as far away from me as possible. The kind that will take my sensitivity for granted. That will mistake my being tolerant to being desperate. That will think my life revolves around them.


Moral of the Story: One lesson I learnt in life is that, being single is not a chronic illness. If I am not getting the same respect that I believe everyone deserves, then I certainly don't mind walking away. It will hurt me YES, but i would rather go through pain for a short while than for the rest of my life. If that is being a feminist, then I happily accept the label.


Saturday, 14 November 2015

Happy and Sensitive

At a ‘Night with God’ (aka all night prayer meeting), everyone was asked to say two words, one positive and one negative, that best describes them. For me the first two that came to mind were ‘Happy and Sensitive.’

From those two, the speaker rightfully pointed out the type of person I was. He said I am generally a happy person. I expect everyone to be happy, and if someone is not happy, I get emotionally disturbed. (I would not have said it any better.)

When I started High School, I got the “ever smiling” award. Right now, I often get questions like, “Nontie do you ever get sad or mad?” Shockingly enough, the answer to that is YES! Just not in the eyes of many. When I'm sad, hurt, sick or unhappy, I almost always attempt to keep the smiling face on. It's not easy but I always tell myself that “it's not about you Nontie, its about the next person that will have their day made by your smile.”

Moral of the Story: Sometimes the best way to overcome negative emotions is by stepping out of your shoes, and considering how your grumpy, unhappy self will affect the people around you. You might be going through the hardest moment in your life and all hope seems to have been lost, BUT instead of focusing on your struggles, aim to make the next person’s struggle easier to bear. Give them a Smile. Ask how they are doing. Pray with and for them. And trust me, your load will lighten up. The moment you focus on self, you will notice all the things that are going wrong. But when you shift your attention to others, you will find all the reasons to praise God.

Friday, 13 November 2015

I have a brother #1

I have a brother - Blessing Chitsato

One of many but this one is different. He holds a special place in my heart. Despite not being from the same tummy, it feels awkward to not think of him as a biological brother. Every time I talk to him, my heart always melts. We talk about anything and everything. He is one of my strongest support system. His life, his marriage, his family, his example, reminds me of how God can always make things happen for his faithful children. The day they announced that he was made ‘Elder’ at church, I subconsciously screamed. I can't even explain the joy, the excitement I felt on that day.

The way we relate to each other is as if we literally grew up in the same home (that is special). The connection is too deep, it can only be one that is sanctioned by heaven.

[Author’s interjection: On that note, I am reminded of his heartfelt response to my “Happy New Year” message on January 1, 2015.]

I can't recall it word to word, but if my memory serves me right, I said something like “I know we are not blood related, but it really feels like we are” and I was thanking him for being a great brother. Then he said something along the lines of us being related through the blood of Jesus. I can't remember the exact words of that message, but I know it made me drop a tear. I could not believe the love. (Side-note: I cry whenever I experience love that is too deep).

Moral of the Story: Because of the love that is shown to me, I am also encouraged to give out love. Not only to those who love me but to someone out there. Someone who has never experienced being loved, being appreciated. It's only through love, that love is awakened. And I learnt that, love is not love until you give it away. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Current Favourites

Here are a few pointers to my heart. (Side-note: my favorites change depending on the occasion, that's why one has to LOVE Jesus before they can try to understand me, BUT these have remained constant for a while so they deserve to be mentioned.)

1. Pink
- an attempt to do away with my tomboy tendencies.

2. Netherlands
- this is still a lot random but I hope to go there very soon. I have great plans for Netherlands, in my mind. (Still negotiating with God, hopefully I will get a YES!)

3. Morning Jogs
- this was the biggest shocker to all the people that have known me long enough. It was the greatest step out of my comfort zone. 

4. Flowers
- I was one of those that preferred airtime or calling credits over flowers BUT now, I love flowers. They are such a soothing reminder of God's love. (You want to make my heart smile? Buy me flowers!)

5. Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- I know this is weird, but I actually dream of peanut butter sandwiches. Breakfast always seems so far away. (When I sleep, I sleep with a smile knowing that when I wake up it will be breakfast time - yay!)

6. Tamirira (Stand Album)
- I failed to pick a favorite song, so I love the whole album. The lyrics just get to the inner core of my heart. 

7. Professor Graham Glover (my Contract Law lecturer)
- He believed in my potential at a time when I was performing the worst in his subject. He encouraged me to work harder. He always says the right words. (I call him daddy, in my heart.) 

8. Public International Law
- i haven't had a single lecture on this. I don't formally know much about this area of law, but I am hoping to specialize in this area of Law. 

9. 2 Corinthians 10:5
- this verse helps me in  my greatest struggle against emotions. I feel and think too much, every word, every action and energy goes straight to my heart.

10. Christian Books
- I believe in book therapy. Every time my emotions are disturbed, I get a book and read, after that I will be fine. (Hint: wondering what to get me as a present? Buy me a book, I will remember you forever.) 

Two Laws: Moral and Ceremonial

Many try to blend these two systems, using the texts that speak of the ceremonial law to prove that the moral law has been abolished, but this is a perversion of the Scriptures. The ceremonial system was made up of symbols pointing to Christ, to His sacrifice and priesthood. This ritual law with its sacrifices and ordinances was to be performed by the Hebrews until type met antitype in the death of Christ. Then all the sacrificial offerings were to cease. It is this law that Christ “took ... out of the way, nailing it to His cross.” Colossians 2:14. – {EP 255.3}

But concerning the law of Ten Commandments the psalmist declares, “Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89. And Christ Himself says, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law... . Verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:17, 18. Here He teaches that the claims of God’s law should hold as long as the heavens and the earth remain. – {EP 255.4}

Concerning the law proclaimed from Sinai, Nehemiah says, “Thou camest down also upon Mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments.” Nehemiah 9:13. And Paul, “the apostle to the Gentiles,” declares, “the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” Romans 7:12. – {EP 255.5}

While the Saviour’s death brought to an end the law of types and shadows, it did not detract from the obligation of the moral law. The very fact that it was necessary for Christ to die in order to atone for the transgression of that law, proves it to be immutable. – {EP 256.1}

Reference: Extracts were taken from the book FROM ETERNITY PAST by my all time favorite author ELLEN WHITE. Based on Colossians 2:14.


Friday, 23 October 2015

Principle of Opposites

Luke 11:23 “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.”

This verse teaches us that, with God there is no middle ground. It's either you are on his side or on the enemy’s side. Darkness and Light are like Water and Oil. The two never mix. Even if you try putting them together, one will always override the other.
Light has no Shadow!
God gave us the gift of choice, to choose which side we want to be on. We might profess to be on the side of Christ, but our conduct and character reveals whose side we really are on.


Moral of the Story: We are loyal to what we love. Therefore my prayer is for nothing less than for you to LOVE Jesus more.


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

God Makes No Compromise

Until the heart is surrendered unconditionally to God, the human agent is not abiding in the True Vine, and cannot flourish in the Vine, and bear rich clusters of fruit. God will not make the slightest compromise with sin. If He could have done this, Christ need not have come to our world to suffer and die. No conversion is genuine which does not change both the character and the conduct of those who accept the truth. The truth works by love, and purifieth the soul.
We might be hanging on the True Vine, but as long as we are not attached to it, then we will be spiritually dead, as the branch in this picture.
The reason why many find the Christian life so deplorably hard, why they are so fickle, so variable, is, they try to attach themselves to Christ without detaching themselves from their cherished idols.
We should dare to be different, even if it means standing out as the only blooming yellow flower. A life with Christ is always worth it.
Our faith increases by exercise. When we pray, we should live out our prayers as an act of FAITH.

My journey of Faith continues...


Monday, 19 October 2015

Book Review: Death in the Kitchen


Background: I was attracted by the title of this book. Yes! I judged the book by its title and amazingly enough, it turned out to be a great book. Below are some highlights of the book - DEATH IN THE KITCHEN by JOE CREWS:

The stomach is the most abused organ of the body.

Have you ever noticed that three-fifths of the word DEATH is EAT? 

Paul Bragg, in his famous cookbook, stated: “The average person is poisoning himself day by day with the food he eats. Most people eat with their eyes. If the food looks good, they do not question whether it is healthful or death-dealing.

There is only one way to know what is good for this very complex body system, and that is to consult the One who made it. Only the manufacturer has the best operating manual for its products. Automobile makers always provide such instructions for keeping their vehicles in top running condition. 


When God made the body, He also gave specific operating instructions, including fuel and maintenance. Notice this counsel in Genesis 1:29, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” No one has been able to improve on it. Nuts, fruits, grains and vegetables are still recognized by the best nutritionists as the finest possible diet.

Moral of the Story: Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31.

CLICK HERE for the link to the book. My prayer is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more.

Stay blessed :)







Sunday, 18 October 2015

Book Review: Alone In The Crowd

I just finished a great book, "ALONE IN THE CROWD" by Joe Crews. 


Background: I was feeling emotionally overwhelmed when I started reading the book. I literally decided to read the book so that I could escape from my emotions. What I leant from that experience was that "a little reading is all the therapy a person needs sometimes." Below are some highlights of the book: 

"Have you ever been in the mood not to pray, or not to read your Bible? Of course you have. So have I. Should we yield to that feeling? Listen, prayer is the breath of the soul just as oxygen is the breath of the body. Our mood not to pray and study is a signal that we had better make ourselves do it quickly because our spiritual life is being threatened. That is the time to force ourselves into the closet, onto our knees, and as we pray, the spiritual desires begin to return. Very soon prayer is restored as a joyful, fulfilling privilege. But unless we break the hypnotic spell of Satan's "feeling” trap by acting against his point of contact, we are placed in great spiritual jeopardy. The truth is that we must act or be acted upon."

Moral of the Story: "We cannot measure what is right and wrong by our subjective feelings or by what the majority are doing. Our stone of standing must be the Word of God. Regardless of the crowd, regardless of our moods or feelings, regardless of the way people treat us, we must choose to order our lives on the basis of divine principle. Like Paul we say, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. And the life I now live, I live by the faith of him who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20)."

I read the book online and for free. CLICK HERE for the link to the book. The book is just too DEEP and I recommend it to all of you.

I hope you will be revived and reformed by God's grace :)



Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Testimony!

God is just too deep, if we pay close attention to even the smallest things in our lives, we will see evidence of his presence.

Personal Experience: Every Tuesday, my lectures end at 10:20am and I normally go to the Law Library until lunch time. But today, for some awkward reason, I decided I would go to the main library. I found myself at the most randomest spot, that on a normal day, I wouldn't even dream of studying there. When I got there, I was excited to see a sister from church. However, when she saw me,  she started smiling and laughing at the same time (imagine the confusion in my head). Then she told me, she has been wanting to talk to me about something, but had no idea how to get hold of me (Imagine the shared joy at that point). As if that wasn't enough, what she told me, was something I had been hoping and praying for. It was only at that time, that everything made sense.

Moral of the Story: God is really a mysterious God. You might not know why certain things are happening the way they are today, but be rest assured that when he reveals the bigger picture, you will thank him for it. Lately I have learnt to pray and wait, not for my will, BUT for God's will to prevail. When God answers your prayers, the WAIT, is always worth it.



My Journey of Faith continues...


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Why I desire to be a Pastor's Wife?

Side-note: this post is in response to a comment I got on my previous post "My desire - To be a Pastor's wife ." I would like to thank Takalani Nemauluma for asking the question, it has helped me reflect more on this desire and here are the reasons why;


1. I have a passion for Ministry.
2. I would be privileged to be a co-labourer with my Pastor hubby in his efforts to win souls for Christ.
3. The responsibilities of  a Pastor's wife will keep me on my knees.
4. The role requires constant self denial hence I will be reminded of Luke 9:23 daily.
5. It's an opportunity to influence people (especially women) heavenward.
6. It's a role that requires constant prayer and supplication, not only for myself or family but for the greater family of God.
7. I wish to be a pillar of strength and support for my Pastor hubby.
8. I want to raise tofu-loving and scripture song-singing children.
9. I know it's a great challenge to raise faithful, God fearing Pastor's kids but I'm willing to go through the challenge with Jesus.
10. Bonus reason: I love it when a Pastor talks about his wife in a sermon. (This is me being a girl BUT I just melt!)

My Journey of Faith continues...





Sunday, 20 September 2015

My Desire - To be a Pastor's Wife!

I woke up at 4am today and the first thought on my mind was "I really do want to be a Pastor's wife." In my head I thought, "you are in Law school Nontie, how will you ever meet one?" Then something said to my heart "tell it to Jesus."

This has been my heart's desire for a long time. I have often told my friends that I want to be a pastor's wife BUT I just haven't prayed about it. Maybe because of my lack of faith. When I look around the position the Lord has placed me, in my eyes, it's just impossible to meet a young pastor who is not married yet. However the Lord bids us in his word, to walk by faith and not by sight. He also invited us to taste and see if the Lord is good. He promised that, if we ask anything in his name he will supply according to his riches in heaven.

When I look back in my own life, there are things that I wanted and knew my parents would never afford BUT the Lord provided.

Moral of the Story: Sometimes it's not about what we can lay our eyes on. We should never limit God's abilities based on what is before our eyes. God is greater than our own comprehension. He made all things and he has the ability to make the impossible possible.


My journey of Faith begins...


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Keep a Song in your Heart!

Today was music day at church. The theme was "In times like these - Sing a song! I learnt that music, when used in the right way, can be a powerful tool to overcome temptations. In times of discouragement, singing a song can help you divert your attention from the sad situation. It can give you hope in a hopeless moment. It can remind you that NO ABSENCE IS GREATER THAN GOD'S PRESENCE. Here are the lyrics to the song that is on my heart right now:

  1. Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heaven above;
    Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Savior’s love.
    I, though so unworthy, still am a child of His care;
    For His Word teaches me that His love reaches me everywhere.

Moral of the Story: We should always keep a song in our hearts. A song that will remind us of God's love. It will work in our favour, more than anyone else.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Visiting Other Churches...#LearningCurve!

Today after my Law of Contract test (which shockingly went well), I decided I would tag along to a prayer meeting with my friends.

When we got to the meeting, the people were singing with so much love in their voices. It was a simple song, that I have heard a couple of times before, but today it sounded different. The meaning was just too deep.

Then it was prayer time, everyone was praying individually. The prayers were heart felt. They were praying with such zeal and passion. My heart was just smiling the whole time. When the prayer meeting ended, I didn't need to be asked to come again, I just found myself saying "I want to come again."


Moral of the Story: Once we realise that we (Christians), are in this world as representatives of Christ, everything that we do will testify of God's goodness. The way we sing, the way we pray, will draw many to Christ.

Can Love REALLY be "at first sight"?

I was reading a very interesting blog written by a good friend. It was on love and relationships - the pain one experiences when they love someone who doesn't love them in the same manner. What caught my attention was the fact that he mentioned the idea of 'love at first sight.'

A lot of times when people are considering a particular person they are interested in, they automatically go from ATTRACTION to LIKE to LOVE.

I believe when it comes to LOVE we have to look at it as a timeline;

The first time you meet a person you have what is called ATTRACTION. That means you are drawn to them. There is something that makes you want to talk to them.

As you are drawn to them and maybe begin to talk to them - you realise they are funny or intelligent or have a vibrant personality. Then you begin to develop INTEREST. Interest is something that says I want to know more about this person. I want to spend more time with them.

After going from ATTRACTION to INTEREST then you go to LIKE. When you like someone, that means you prefer them over someone else. That assumes history, that assumes knowledge. Therefore you have to know someone for you to prefer them.


After LIKE then you may get to the place of LOVE. Love means to choose to give your affections to this person. This is what it means when they say love is not a feeling BUT a principle. Love is NOT blind. Love should never be 'at first sight.' Love is an informed CHOICE you make.


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Is it necessary to go to Church?

I have noticed a prevailing trend amongst my fellow Seventh Day Adventists (myself included). There is a tendency of choosing to "sleep-in" as opposed to actually going to church on Sabbath.

It's true, the Sabbath is a day set aside for rest. We are called to do NO work (Exodus 20:10) and to call the Sabbath a delight (Isaiah 58:13). However resting does not mean sleeping the whole day.

The precious hours of the Sabbath should not be wasted in bed. The Lord gave us SIX days for our temporal work then he blessed and sanctified the seventh day and set it apart for Himself. On this day He will, in a special manner, bless all who consecrate themselves to His service.

Author's Interjection: Sometimes I convince myself that I don't have to go to church. I can have church in my room and as long as I am not doing any work, then God will be fine with it. But the Lord led me to this passage in the book TESTIMONIES TO THE CHURCH - Volume 6 - Page 362 - by ELLEN WHITE which says;

"Communing together in regard to Christ will strengthen the soul for life's trials and conflicts. Never think that you can be Christians and yet withdraw yourself within yourself. Each one is part of the great web of humanity, and the experience of each will be largely determined by the experience of his associates."

"God teaches that we should assemble in His house to cultivate the attributes of perfect love."


Moral of the Story: The reason why we are not more joyful about going to church on Sabbath is that we have lost our first love. Hence my prayer is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more. 


Saturday, 12 September 2015

A Praying Man!

I am that type of person that says "that's my favorite song" to every song that I know, that is sung in church or that pops up on my playlist. My favorite colour changes all the time (side note: I have even decided that I will let future hubby choose our wedding colour). My favorite food - ummh I won't even go there. BUT there is one thing that if you ask me what it is, I will tell you even in the middle of my dream. That one thing is my favorite sermon. I have listened to a whole lot of sermons, different preachers, but this ONE sermon has remained my favorite. I can't even recall how many times I have listened to it or watched it on YouTube. But I love it and I learn something new all the time. 

The title of the sermon is A PRAYING MAN by SEBASTIEN BRAXTON. Here is the highlight of the sermon:

"We are living in a time when our greatest need, I believe, is for a praying man. We have plenty of educated men. We have plenty of wealthy men. We have plenty of influential men. We have plenty of musical men. But there is a man that is often underestimated and under appreciated. The man of all men who yields greater power and greater results than all the educated, wealthy, influential, and musical men combined. That is a praying man."

If you want to listen to the sermon CLICK HERE for the AudioVerse link. Or if you want to watch it, CLICK HERE  for YouTube.


I hope you will ALL be blessed by this sermon. Above all my PRAYER is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more.


Friday, 11 September 2015

Does God care How I dress on Sabbath?

Having been born into a Seventh Day Adventist family, there are certain things that are imposed on you, without having been explained. Worst still, in my case, I could be a 3rd or 4th generation Adventist, meaning my parents were simply not in the position to explain some things that were also imposed on them.

One of those things is that, I had to change into a dress or skirt before going to church. However upon reflection, I thought it was hypocrisy! My reasoning was that, if God can see me wearing pants the whole week, what is the point of changing how I dress, now that I am going to church. In my understanding, it was as if, I would be changing to please people and not God.

The Lord then led me to a passage in the book Testimonies to the Church - Volume 6 - Page 355 - by Ellen White which says;

"Many need instruction as to how they should appear in the assembly for worship on the Sabbath. They are not to enter the presence of God in the common clothing worn during the week. All should have a special Sabbath suit, to be worn when attending service in God's house. While we should NOT conform to worldly fashions, we are not to be indifferent in regard to our outward appearance."


Moral of the Story: The children of God should be pure WITHIN and WITHOUT.