Posts Tagged With: cherish

Make Time

We all have a thousand excuses for not doing the small things in life which we seem to take for granted. Usually ‘we don’t have time.’ But today, I feel like saying – make time!

If you want to know what is important to someone, just spend some time looking at what they spend most of their time doing…and you’ll quickly learn what are the most important things in their lives or what the root issues may be as to why they spend so much time on whatever it is…

But if people are important to you and there are dear and close people to you, whom you find really special – even if you don’t have time, make time. Take just a few minutes every now and then to let them know how important they are to you.

I’ve learnt how important these things are especially in my relationships with my parents, friends and family.

So wherever you are, whatever the circumstances, try take a few minutes to share with a loved one or close family member or friend or someone(whoever they might be). Just let them know they are important and share a little – it makes a huge difference and you’ll never fully understand just how much they appreciate it!!!

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Daddy’s Heartbeat

My friendLeani's daughter Lanelle... Just fits this topic so perfectly.

My friend Leani’s daughter Lanelle… Just fits this topic so perfectly.

Over the weekend in the midst of yet another spiritual attack and manifestation, I felt the need to closer my ears…firstly whatever had appeared in my room had walked pretty loudly…heavy footsteps…once again Satan had me scared, feeling vulnerable and fearful…this hadn’t been his first attack in the last couple of days so I knew what was going on…

For me, I get pretty scared by what I hear and see…I know I’m not supposed to because I am chosen, I am perfect, I am a princess, I  inherit God’s kingdom, I am His daughter, I am HIS… but I still feel a little vulnerable and scared and my Daddy seems to know that…. So this weekend when the devil was trying to attack me once again, God made me close my ears..so I pulled the covers over my ears, I don’t know why but this has always made me feel safe… but I started to close my eyes and ears and tried singing in my head so I could concentrate on something else…the singing wasn’t helping..

But I am blessed to have a Dad, a King who pursues me, His daughter, even when I’m scared and feeling like I’ve failed yet again to be brave… He then told me to focus on Him and listen for Him, using the covers as a safety net and as something to help me block out what was going on around me..helping me to forget about my carnal senses and focus my senses on Him and what can be heard and seen in the Spirit…As I focused on Him and listened for Him, I slowly began hearing a soft murmuring…but not just any kind, rather that of a heartbeat… The more I focused the louder it got until all I could hear is this heartbeat. It was a very calm and relaxed heartbeat which seemed to calm my Spirit and my Soul and body…it calmed my emotions…I felt God tell me that is His heartbeat and that as long as I always remember to focus on Him and His heartbeat, I won’t ever have to feel afraid… I can do it at any time that I am feeling a little less brave or courageous and He will help me through… It was honestly the most precious moment ever… After that I was awake the rest of the night but I felt calm and at peace and scared no longer. A beautiful gift and something I will practice and remember…something I cherish.

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The words we love hearing

Kelly let us know that we could phone him between 18.30 & 20.00 on a different number seeing as we wanted to say our last goodbyes. But then we were able to find out that we could possibly make it to the airport in time to say goodbye between landing at OR Tambo & boarding his next flight to New York.

18.30, my sister and I got into the car ready to get to the airport as fast as the law made possible to drive on the highway. Time was ticking and I was talking to Kelly as he landed….. Chantelle was basically flying on the highway. Our hearts were racing as every second ticked by and every kilometer passed. We kept watching how much time we had. Each and every second passing, my little sister & I kept on praying & hoping God would just delay his plane departure time so that we could have a few moments to say goodbye to him or maybe even have the chance of having supper with him. As we prayed, in the distance we saw the lightning start up…looking at each other – smiling, full of hope, my sister put her foot down full on the pedal increasing speed. Suddenly she had turned into a race car driver (a very responsible one, just in case my parents read this)….I’ve never seen her so desperate to get to an airport. She could have been a paramedic at that moment.

I spoke to Kelly over the phone as he had just gotten off the plane and set his feet in OR Tambo’s airport….. He asked in a surprised voice – Are you here?” I said no, but that we were almost there and we’re hoping to make it in time. He then said goodbye trying to figure out when he had to board the plane and assured us that he would let us know how much time we had left to get there.

He let us know that he had passed through some sort of gates, but he wasn’t very specific….. I let him know we were 10 minutes away from stopping at the airport. Those were probably the slowest 10 minutes ever as they felt like a movie being played in slow motion. Still hopeful, my sister tried to encourage him to take his time and wait by telling me to tell him,Get to the back of the queue, since when is it cool to be the first in line to board the plane??” 

We stopped at the airport, parked the car on the lowest level, it was 19.15….every escalator going upward, moved too slow, we basically ran like frantic idiots up all of them to where he would be checking in & then going through security gates & checks…. we couldn’t see him anywhere. My sister decided it’s her turn to phone him… I could hear the ringing of the phone and then his answer. The first time we phoned he was surprised to hear we were on our way. Now my sister had to tell him we were there ready to say goodbye…. We walked on as he picked up… He’d checked in and they had to start boarding but he was just buying something to drink…..  He was already beyond the departure gates soon to go through the security checks….he was a few meters away from us behind a piece of glass…you could hear him getting all choked up over the phone as he realized we had come to say goodbye and now he couldn’t even enjoy a hug and we had literally missed each other by 5 minutes…. On both sides of the phone we were choking up, and you could hear and feel the disappointment as my sister gave him a little speech and lecture.

We went to the Spur at the airport while we waited for his flight to depart, had supper, took pictures and sent them to him as well as a few other messages….  We ate in a lot more silence than usual, and you could see on by our faces, how the scenes played over and over in our heads that we had missed Kelly by 5 minutes. The last of his words rung throughout

the meal as well as the trip home and still now…. Choked up words by Kelly who tried sounding brave, but you could feel his sadness, disappointment & how badly all he needed was a hug. You could hear him choking up & trying to say a certain few words before crying, which suddenly mean a whole lot more now….. “I’m gona miss you. I love you lots…bye….”

Those are the ones we cherish most & love hearing more than anything in the world.

*The message my sister Chantelle sent to Kelly about the whole thing while we were at spur, she was feeling a little disppointed: “sooo me and michi raced to the airport to see you one last time, ran up the escalators but still missed you by 5minutes! hope the weather isnt causing too much turbulence and that you arrive safely in America! remember the skype session as soon as you’re settled in! love u brother! miss you too much already!!”

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Treasuring Stories

This week has been a blessing as it is September, which means Spring for us! I experienced a hot season of Spring while being away on the game farm over the weekend but during the week it suddenly became cold & windy & in this dry, dusty Pretoria – the Spring Rains have come upon us. It has been cold & amazing cuddle weather – which can explain all the couples I’ve noticed but it has been refreshing to see the land washed clean of dust & smelling fresh every day.

Anyway, back to what I was thinking of saying…. I nearly gave a report back on what happened each day this past week but decided not to. My life is a bit hectic for that. Anyway, this week I just got to treasure stories. Stories of people, stories of people’s hearts & stories written by God! I was left in awe at how God works & the stories in our lives.

My week started out well, as it sounded as if there was a spot open at ECHO for a friend to go stay. The atmosphere at home for him is truly unbearable, so I am happy God is opening a new door for him. Anyway, Wednesday Anneke came home from work. She had resigned her job, she is moving out of our house, so that she could deal with all that had happened in her life. But greatest of all, she had done all this in faith, not knowing how she would pay for anything or what would happen but God provided. She would move in with a friend, whom had an extra room & said she could stay for free. Then, another of her friends is off to Cape Town 14 September & a friend sponsored Anneke with a ticket to & from Cape Town for that same weekend. Anneke, has been wanting to go away for so long but never gets the chance & lately Cape Town had been on her heart because at the beach she could always sort out her heart & mind. Now, she got the trip. God is so extremely faithful. I was so excited.

But while this was happening, I had been on the phone with a very good friend of mine, someone so close to my heart, Elicia. She had been on the brink of telling me great news too but when Anneke came in, I put her & her story on hold! But luckily, we were able to continue our conversation after Anneke left because I was on the brink of screaming from all the anticipation & excitement. Elicia has such a beautiful heart, words cannot describe & me trying to explain will never do her justice but she has a heart of gold, a servant-heart which I so dearly cherish. Anyway, one of the guys who spoke a Tuks Missions Week who gave his testimony of smuggling Bibles into a country a few times & was such a great man of God, had gotten to know my friend that week, and has been pursuing her weeks after. He asked her out, but before he was allowed to make it public she wanted to tell me. What a girl hey! Having her in my life has been such an incredible blessing and if anyone deserved a great prince – it was most definitely her. In the midst of loving God & loving people, God sent her a knight in shining armour. I am so extremely happy for them & hope many will hear of their story, find hope in it but also praise God for it.

Then, that evening, my lovely friend Mari shared her heart & a man of God she had gotten to know, but even if nothing comes of it, she has now seen what she admires & what a true man of God looks like. So even for her, there has been a great story. Apart from that though, 3 other couples I know have gotten engaged. Sorry to the guys & girls out there, but many of my friends seem to be taken off the shelf here in September, amazing ladies & great men too. I just want to congragulate the couples, Mitch & Jaydene – well it is about freakin time! God really comes through all they do so I am so happy for them, Mitch even designed the engagement ring for Jaydene – the prettiest ring I have seen by far – a beautiful flower. Then, one of the men that started our digs back in 2010 – Teodor & his fiancé, Marie-Louis, also about time hey! So happy for them, I’m sure God will bless them with many more amazing adventures together! And then a waitress I met while drinking coffee with Michael & Charl a few years back, while at Mugg ‘n Bean doing Bible Study. This girl just amazed me, her passion, her love for God while being so much younger than I am; she had such a maturity about her – Yonela & her fiancé, Mbali.

So, this week apart from all the love going around, was just me enjoying & cherishing stories & being able to see God’s hand in it & how He knows our hearts, our needs & deepest desires & how He also brings people together! I also just learnt how important it is for me to hear people’s stories. People always think all I do is meet with people & have coffee or ‘kuier’ with people, but it really is more than that. It is hearing the stories of people, their stories are often what defines them & as I have said before, when they tell me their stories, God speaks to me & I get to connect with those people but also with God on a deeper level.  When we look at people, you don’t really know them…until you ask them or listen to their stories & then, a whole new world opens up in front of you. So this week, or further on, try cherish people’s stories, you may be surprised at what you hear…

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Better together

The saying that goes “a day spent with friends, is one spent well” is totally true. I must say I agree.

Tonight, Jani, one of my friends with whom I live cooked us all an Italian supper or dish that we all took part in with donating ingredients and then cooking and eating together. So many stories and laughs were shared and it really helped to make me feel a little better in the midst of being sick.

The way we all added our different ingredients just reminded me how important your different types of friends are and how even though all these things are individual and great, they are even better together!!!! All these different people in one place just make you feel so much better even though we are all so super different. The food was good and so was the company which is great!!!

So to everyone out there cherish your friends – they make everything better especially TOGETHER!!

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