Thursday, 29 January 2015

Why I love being Adventist?


As the Seventh-day Adventist Youth Society, we answer to Christ's call and honor him as we agree to live by the lofty standards of the following covenant:

I volunteer to join the Adventist Youth Legion of Honor, and by the grace and power of God I will:



HONOR CHRIST in that which I choose to BEHOLD
HONOR CHRIST in that which I choose to LISTEN
HONOR CHRIST in the choice of places to which I GO
HONOR CHRIST in the choice of ASSOCIATES
HONOR CHRIST in that which I choose to SPEAK
HONOR CHRIST in the care I give my BODY TEMPLE

Moral of the story: No man is to live for himself. The Christian is in the world as a representative of Christ, for the salvation of other souls. There can be no growth or fruitfulness in a life centered on self. ~ {E.G.White, Christ Object Lessons, page 67}


***Let's victoriously fight the devil!***


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Why Evergreen?


When the testing time shall come, those who have made God's Word their rule of life will be revealed.

In summer there is no noticeable difference between evergreens and other trees; but when the blasts of winter come, the evergreens remain unchanged, while other trees are stripped of their foliage. So the false-hearted professor may not now be distinguished from the real Christian, but the time is just upon us when the difference will be apparent.

Let opposition arise, let bigotry and intolerance again bear sway, let persecution be kindled, and the halfhearted and hypocritical will waver and yield the faith; but the true Christian will stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, than in days of prosperity.              


E.G.White, Great Controversy pg. 602

Stay Faithful!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

28 Random Facts About Me!

1. People struggle to pronounce my first name, so I am Nonto or Nontie or Nontokozo or Tafadzwa, depending on who I am talking to. 
2. I remember people by the way they begin or end their prayers - YES! I prayer stalk people.
3. I, once upon a time, secretly wanted to be a pastor's wife (and I still don't mind being one).
4. I sleep every time I attempt to watch t.v so my fav sofa in the t.v room actually has a lil blanket on it.
5. I have days that I actually 'forget' to bath.
6. I don't drink tea because every time I do, I always burn my tongue.
7. I love singing but I can't sing so I always lip sing in church.
8. I am shy at first but once I get comfortable with you, get ready for my crazy self.
9. I don't know much about music but I'm seriously in love with tenor.
10. I am not a spoilt brat but I do have spoilt brat tendencies. 
11. I'm in love with the idea of being pregnant so I often have random 'pregnancy' cravings (they say practice makes perfect).
12. I am a bad communicator, I suck at staying in touch so I have few friends.
13. I eat meat when I am stressed.
14. Hence I sometimes dig for reasons to be stressed so that I can eat meat.
15. I really wish I was given my grandmother's name - Ntombizodwa!
16. I missed my first graduation ceremony because I was still in shock that I had passed my final semester.
17. I want a royalty-vintage themed, midweek, night wedding.
18. I actually thought I was an introvert at some point - I can't believe my self!
19. I am a philophobe to some extent.
20. I hate cooking Sadza/pap/thick porridge, I hate cutting and cooking leafy green vegetables but my mom loves eating both so I had to learn to do those three and PERFECTLY!
21. I want to go to Europe or Asia for my honeymoon. 
22. I can be very very anti-social.
23. I struggle to listen to a woman preach especially in a mixed congregation.
24. I procrastinate a lot!!!
25. I respond faster to my emails than I do to whatsapp messages or phone calls.
26. I have a lot of brothers so you should never ask how we are related.
27. I love the name Nqobile (meaning conqueror) though I can't pronounce it. 
28. I am not girly but I love the idea of being girly so I have a lot of pink and girly stuff. 


Testimony 2

When God answers prayers - Thank Him!

This is a spine from the testimony I posted last week, if you missed it, click HERE to read it. 

Background: As a family we begun 2014 with a list of requests we wanted the Lord to grant. We were praying for this and praying for that. During family worship time, our prayers were almost sounding the same through out the year. For a moment it felt like God was giving us the silent treatment but we held on none the less. 

Testimony: I won't sit here and lie saying, holding on was easy or sweet. It was such a bitter experience. Imagine praying for the same things though out the year and no answer. Not even a sign of a positive outcome. However, God being God, came through at his own timing. Answers to our prayers came one after the other and on Wednesday last week our family worship prayer was simply of thanks - such a sweet experience

Moral of the story: When you present your case before God, it might take a year, less than a year or even more than a year; to get a YES! but my advice (from experience) is, wait patiently on him. Once your prayer has been answered you will realized why he made you wait. Never whine or complain about your situation, just pray on. There is nothing wrong with saying 'I'm waiting on the Lord'. It's true God helps those who help themselves but sometimes human effort entails going down on your knees and staying there until something happens.

Jesus is faithful. Trust Him! 


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Random Ramblings: Men need our Prayers!

Growing up in a family of mostly guys has led me to better understand men. I generally relate better with guys than I do with girls. Given a situation where there are two strangers, one male and one female, I am, more often than ever, going to have a lasting conversation with the guy than I am with the girl. This is purely because of my background more than anything else. 

Now, why do I say men need our prayers? 

Yea! men are regarded as strong beings, physically, emotionally and even mentally. They have it in their DNA to be strong. Generally, they better handle their emotions, they don't easily break down and when they are hurting, many a time, they don't show it as much as women do. 

However when it comes to spiritual matters, we all start on the same level. God neither the devil is a respecter of persons. Just because someone is male, and is entrusted to be the head of the family yea leader in church, doesn't automatically make them immune to sin. It only makes them in need of more grace. Grace sufficient enough to make them realize the great responsibility given them by God. They need wisdom - wisdom enough to make them understand that if the leader of the household yea church stumbles so will the followers.  

Men need to be understood. They are human too. They have weaknesses and they err. Instead of wasting our time discussing how this guy has hurt us, how much he is a jerk, how heartless or insensitive he might have been, how far away from God we think he is; we should use this time to help them become a better person. This does not necessarily mean going to them and talking them through it (if you can, then yay!) but you can simply whisper their name in prayer. God knows exactly how to deal with each one of us, so isn't it easier then to leave everything to him? 

To the gentlemen reading this, my prayer is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more. 


Monday, 19 January 2015

My Heartbreak Story!

Even church guys can break your heart!

Once upon a time, this girl here, decided she was done dating and would wait patiently on the Lord for her future hubby. She decided she would go the courtship route - the whole guy seeks permission from her parents before he even comes to her. Yeah right, that was her dream

However when reality struck and *Mr Irresistibly Awesome* came into the picture, girl literally dropped all her dreams. She decided she would attempt dating one more time. In no time *Mr Irresistibly Awesome* and her had a thing going on, normally things would appear too good to be true, but this time around, it was a dream come true. They were both happy together and their future looked bright - the fairy tale bubble life!

One day this fairy tale bubble suddenly popped when another lady came into the picture. Had girl taken time to learn and understand *Mr Irresistibly Awesome* before giving up her trust and emotions, this dilemma would have been avoided. She assumed that, since guy was from church and a very active member, none of this would ever happen. Talk about being na├»ve and gullible! However due to her ignorance a heartbreak was due and delivered. 

Moral of the story: Love is a principle and not a mere feeling. No matter how good it may feel, you can never compromise on principle and get away with it. Just because a brother is from church and he sings, teaches or even preaches, doesn't give you a green light to assume he is a spiritual giant (we are all sinners in need of grace). If you are single, wait on the Lord! He is never too late but always on time. Most importantly, when the right guy comes you will never be required to compromise on principle. He will fit into your life just like a puzzle piece. Don't force matters, just WAIT! 


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Testimony!

Jesus makes the impossible possible!

I have gotten to that stage in my Christian life where I just don't stress about anything that seems to be going wrong in my life. I used to cry, whine and throw tantrums whenever God gave me a NO or a WAIT, but one thing that remained constant in all my experiences was that, at the end of the rough road, I would always go back to God and say Thank you! 

It took a couple of downs, painful and bitter experiences for me to fully understand that whatever misery God allows to come my way, it's always for my good and for his glory. I have learnt to appreciate life as it is. I thank God for my struggles, for the people who hurt me, for the many times I have shed tears, because through it all I have learnt to trust Jesus!

Testimony: I had a lot of complications when I was applying for my study permit, the situation was so bad that I thought I would be taking my second gap year this year. Long story but the summary is that, I had all my papers ready by October 2014, I submitted and was told to collect my passport after 10 working days. Closer to the end of the 10 days, I received a call saying I needed a South African police clearance, I applied for this via the South African Embassy and was told it would be ready after six weeks (sometime around the first week of December). I waited patiently until then, but when I checked the police clearance wasn't ready yet. I would call the Embassy everyday until first week of January and still same story. Then the wait was turning bitter, so my dad insisted that I drive to the embassy everyday until I get it. After burning a couple of litres of fuel everyday, I finally got the police clearance on the 13th of January - Praise God! Now the next problem was that, I needed my visa ready before the 16th of January so I could meet the deadline for paying my college tuition and residence fees. In human eyes this seemed very much impossible because the visa application process was now 15days as opposed to the 10days they had told me earlier. 

I had no idea what I was going to do, but I just wasn't ready to take a second gap year. (Disclaimer: I am not very prayerful, especially in bad times, throwing tantrums at God was usually the norm) BUT this time I decided I would just pray and surrender my case to God. As the spirit led and inspired, I went and spoke to the authorities, I explained my situation and I made it clear that I needed my visa ready before Friday and this was on Tuesday. The brother did not ask further questions, he simply told me to come check my visa on Thursday - Amen! When I went back on Thursday, I waited there the whole day, I could have easily given up after a few hours but I believed in my God and I knew he wouldn't just change his mind, so I waited. Around knock off time (between 4:30pm and 5pm), an officer came with a bunch of passports, he called out a couple of names and mine hadn't been called out. I didn't lose heart but prayed on. Eventually my name was called out - imagine the joy! 

When I checked when the visa was issued, I realized it was processed the very day I had submitted - on the 13th of January! I was tempted to ask why I had to wait at the embassy for 5hours before getting it but I figured, if I had gotten my passport as soon as I got to the embassy on Thursday, I wouldn't have learnt to wait patiently, to have unwavering faith and to just trust God. 

My wait was bitter, I hated every minute of it. I was hungry, I didn't have money for food and I couldn't go back home. But I am grateful for the sweet experience I got after I received my passport. 

Jesus is faithful! Trust him!



Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Thankful!





When Life Separates Family...

It hurts so bad, tears won't even attempt to express how I am feeling right now.

It's always comforting to be around those you love and grew up with. The people who know you without any filters. The ones you know will always love you and be there for you. People who will always take bullets for you. BUT sometimes, if you all remain in one place you won't make progress in life, you might just have to go different ways to make ends meet. Chances could be that, when you say bye, that could mean you won't see each other maybe for five years or ten years or more, but if you had been praying for God's blessings, you have to accept them as they come. They might not be exactly what you had hoped for, but TRUST HIM! He is the only one that can declare the end from the beginning. 

With these words, I say farewell to a valuable family member. May the Lord bless you, guide you and protect you, until we meet again! If not on this earth then hopefully in heaven. Remain faithful. My prayers will forever be with you. 

Love you always!


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Is your hut burning?

Credit where it's due - I got this post from my aunt's Facebook. It spoke to every fibre of my being so I decided I would share it here. I hope it will bless and encourage someone else. 

"During devotion at 5am with my kids. I read them this story. I hope it blesses you as much as it did me. It's just a children's story. But."

Title: Is your hut burning?

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and in which to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried. Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

The weary man asked his rescuers: "How did you know I was here?"

They replied: "We saw your smoke signal."

Moral of the story: It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, the next time your little hut is burning to the ground -- it just may be the smoke signal that summons the grace of God.


Monday, 5 January 2015

More than Words!

Being a middle child, a reader and to some extent a writer, I have become so fond of expressing myself through words (in other words, I have become talkative in addition to being loud). Sometimes I literally find myself talking to any object that is there when there aren't any people around, for instance, the pots when I am cooking, my barter when I am baking and the dogs (okay, those are the only things I talk to, I have my reasons though). 

Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night and fail to get back to sleep, I just grab my phone and send random texts to people. I just pour out my heart, thank the person for the role they have played in my life and I mostly get such beautiful responses (which is not a bad thing, in itself), but I realized I have become so good with words and the danger with that is, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise" (Proverbs 19:10). 

My Mom and I
With that having been said, I have decided, by God's grace that, my theme for the year would be 'More than Words'. Instead of saying, I love, I care or I am a friend, I would actually show that I love, I care or be the friend. A song writer wrote 'love is not love until you give it away' and another song says 'it's more than words, it's more than what you say, it's things you do'. More than words, is sometimes, all you have to do to make it real. 

Moral of the story: Let's aim to love like Jesus loved. He did not only say 'I love you' but he showed his love. He left the glories of heaven to come to this wretched world, as if that wasn't enough, he also gave his life for us. He loved us unto death. Oh what manner of love!


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Give a sincere Smile!

Personal Experience: There is a certain individual in my life who I thought I would never talk to, we seemed to be from totally two different worlds BUT because of a single smile we have become almost inseparable. This experience taught me that, though many a time, your joy is the source of your smile, sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

A smile from me to YOU!

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. ~Author Unknown

Wishing you all a Smile-Powered weekend!!!


Friday, 2 January 2015

I am not a Relationship expert but...

I came across a question many girls ask at some point in their lives. When I read it, my heart just broke. I really hope none of you reading this will ever have to think along these lines. So the question was:

"I've tried so often to FIND a real boyfriend but I can't. What should I do?"

I am tempted to say, 'Stop looking!' The only reason why a woman will never 'find' a real man for herself is that, God never intended for it to happen that way. Biblical reference - God brought Eve to Adam! It's as simple as that.

Sometimes people just try too hard, and then become over-anxious over their apparent lack of success. You can't hurry love. You can't make him love you. Just concentrate on fulfilling your own potential - your own personality, your career, your relationship with God - and don't rush your love life. 

The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 
Lamentation 3:25


Thursday, 1 January 2015

A Spiritual Romance!

Being a book worm that I am, I spent my first day of 2015 cuddled up in bed (since it was raining) while reading a book I got as a present from my mom (God blessed her with such good taste in choosing books).

Anyway so I decided I would share a lil portion that I found most interesting and I belief might be relevant to many youths out there. It was written under the title 'A Spiritual Romance' so here it goes: 

"You're under many pressures - from your friends, workmates, family, society, boyfriend. Pressure to date, pressure to become involved sexually, pressure to marry."

My question is, why marry anyway? Some girls fall in love with their image of being married and don't even seem to care who they wed! But marriage is not the hearts and flowers of greeting cards, nor the chocolates and bouquets of romantic novels, not even the flickering images of the Hollywood stars. In real life marriage is real work! 

"You need to look at the whole question of marriage. What are the plus points? And the minus ones? Those who marry just so they indulge their sexual appetites will find they have much more to contend with! How will you fit in with your husband's plans? How will he fit in with yours? Careers? Babies?"

Moral of the Story: Remember that your love relationship is more than two. God must be there; it must be a 'spiritual romance' (which is not sitting around at night having religious quizzes!). What I am speaking of is the centrality of God to your relationship. Don't leave him out of your decisions, don't shut him out of your life - God wants to be involved in the really important areas. For the person you marry will surely change your life, and it may not be for the better. Don't put yourself into temptation, but look forward to all the glorious things God has prepared for them that love him, both now and forever. 

A fruitful New Year to you all!!!