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Friendship Blooming Like a Rose

Today I had coffee with Liela…my special friend. We went to Tribeccas on our University Campus. As always, our coffee date didn’t disappoint. I haven’t seen her in a month so doing some catch up time like this is a whole session of DMCs. Anyway, it was great chatting and catching up.

Campus is extremely peaceful this time of year with exams and all, and so beautiful in the summer time with the trees and flowers, so our setting was perfect. 

Obviously, I got to chat to her sharing deep stories and where I am at now. As soon as exams are done, it will be a more peaceful time for her to spend with Yvotte, which I am extremely happy about. And at the same time, I am busy moving into a more peaceful season in my life now. We spoke for ages about what is happening in our lives and what we’re doing next year. I am so grateful to have her around and to say we will still be in Pretoria together next year. We spoke about seasons changing…hers has changed as Yvotte is part of her life now and she has new things on the horizons. Like me, she has also left TMC and isn’t going to the LIV outreach either. Both of us are moving into seasons where we can say a lot is behind us and we’re walking on into new phases. New chapters are waiting to be written and it is things we have prayed for all year and now it is finally coming together. We both feel like we don’t need to be on TMC (the Tuks Missions Committee) as we have served our time there, and for some people it has just become a status thing, so we’re ready to move on. She also said she just doesn’t feel like God is calling her to go to LIV this year and I can honestly say the same. The only reason I might visit is to see Tich, his wife, the mothers of the village & kids for a day or two and catch up with them as I did earlier in the year and then visit Freddy and them who are finishing matric now. I also spoke about my studies and that I’m moving out of Intentional Living this year. It was one amazing year but I’m glad to be  moving out. This year has been one of the toughest that I’ve seen in all 3 of the years at Intentional Living… Lots has happened and I am ready for a more peaceful season, I too am moving into different relationships, studying phases and strengthening friendships with people like Liela. So we are both at a place where we are moving into special, peaceful seasons that we have been waiting and praying for and now they have come and we are ready for them. 

We’re kind of ready to move on from old things into the new, making new memories. Living positively and just enjoying being alive. 

That being said we also spoke about and discussed our surf trip we would have had this December. Between exams and all that has happened it has been a little rough and has bought plans to a halt. So we have decided to postpone the trip which is a blessing and we’re both really at peace about. It helps because if we wait, we’ll possibly get place to stay for free. We’ll be able to plan really well and only have to worry about petrol and food and have time to save up. So all in all, postponing has been just as much of a blessing. We still need to round up people and friends for this trip and we’ve decided we’d like to do it over Easter in April next year. So I’m really excited as that keeps God in the midst of things and makes the trip a little more special than it would normally be. 

Getting together with Liela doesn’t always happen as often especially with how hectic this year has been so we’re hoping to make the most of the last couple of weeks that I’m in Pretoria before heading home to the coast and then next year. So in this time, she’ll be sending her exam roster so that we can make a time to hit that old bucket list of ours. We’re hoping to have a little sleepover at her house, watch some movies on our bucket list and do a few other activities from our bucket list. So I can’t wait for that either.

Lastly, about this special friend of mine. She has so much love and wisdom in her and it always shines brightly through her. I can share anything with her, we do the craziest things together and we’re both very passionate people. Our friendship is such a pure one that I cherish so much. So, today, as I headed out to see her, I found a rose in the garden and picked it up for Liela. I was just reminded by God through the rose, of how special and delicate our friendship is and how much it is like a white rose. Pure, and beautiful, leaving the aroma of God and His Love behind. There is nothing more beautiful than a rose blooming in the Summer time, and such is our friendship.

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First two days of Dollar a Day

This is what I shared about Dollar a Day yesterday on the Intentional Living Blog. Just thought I’d share it with all of you.

This week we have decided to do Dollar a Day, which was done last year as well. Yesterday was the first day & today was the second. Living on a dollar or less is a reality for many people and families across the world, 1/3 of them and it is astounding to know what they go through.

Many of us might have thought it wouldn’t be possible to do this, but it is possible as many proved last year. The experience so far has had its high and lows. Of late, I myself, have come into contact with Cancer through friends and family. I have seen friends and family go through it, some passing away but others making it through treatment. I’ve seen the ultimate highs they’ve had and been there in the lowest of times. It really is tough and something I often avoided. My first response would be, what would I say to them? But this year some really amazing friends and inspiring people have gone through treatment with their cancer and it really has changed me. I didn’t have a clue on how to handle these things or how I could help but God had brought many across my path this year stirring a lot in me. A compassion and love that hadn’t been as intense as it is now. I never wanted to say, I can imagine what you are going through, because I couldn’t. I could relate to some of their family members but never really to the person diagnosed with Cancer.

Last week I went onto CANSA’s webpage and found out about their programs as I have felt the need to help kids with Cancer. Something I had never in my life considered until recently, and found their program called CANSA TLC (tough living with cancer). Yesterday, was the first day of Dollar a Day and also my first day of training. We learnt so much about people who have Cancer as well as their families and what treatment there is, side effects and just what they go through. It really helped to understand but still I was longing to understand more. Not being able to eat as much as usual or get in the vitamins usually needed for my body to perform, has left me tired, unable to concentrate, unable to process things, feeling emotional & drained of energy as well as making it easier to forget things. These are often symptoms people with Cancer themselves experience when going through treatment, but obviously on a more intense level than I have experienced and many of you as well.

So, I can’t tell you that I heard God calling from the heavens because of my past 2 days but I can say, I’ve been able to taste a tiny sample of what people go through whom are extremely ill as well as those out on the street and it is something that really is tough and eye opening. Needless to say, I have a roof over my head and get to take a bath when I want and I have amazing friends and people living with me whom get to share this experience with me, so I’m not even alone fending for myself, so there really is nothing to complain about. People are going through so much worse, but again, we can choose to let our horrible or tough experiences be the great stories we tell and use to glorify God. We can use this awesome experience to add value to our lives and those we come into contact with or we can choose not to. But I really think this is an incredible experience and opportunity and I’m looking forward to finding other treasures through this in the rest of the week of Dollar a Day.

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MeSsy Fun Painting

I have just the coolest weekend coming up!!!

The diggs I’m living in is kinda more than just a diggs. We have two. One is just filled with guys & then our diggs is filled with guys and girls. We are a whole bunch of Christians from different backgrounds living together. Some work but we’re mostly students, all studying different things. We do projects together & Bible study & a whole lot of stuff. It’s so hard to explain & me trying to just doesn’t do it any justice. But we are trying to live simplicity in the context of need. If you want to know more go to

So anyway, at varsity as of Sunday the 29th July – Tuks Missions is having their annual Missions Week. They raise funds during the year up until this huge event in which they have worship, speakers, stalls & a whole lot more each evening in order to educate people on campus about Missions. It really is a super cool event. So every night there will be stalls & the event goes on until Thursday, 2nd August. Our diggs is having a stall of course & as the theme is footprints for the event this year I thought I’d get our stall a table cloth with footprints on it.

But, thinking about it, I want to use the huge piece of cloth for something more. I was just thinking about how footprints has to do with being followers of Jesus but also being His hands & feet & the generation to leave footprints of God’s love in this world. And when we talk about followers, feet, footprints & generations – I usually think KIDS!!! So I decided I need a new project, since I only have a few classes a day & have been feeling bored. It may be something fun but may be something of impact. Tomorrow morning I get to go to a school to spend some time with awesome little kids from the ages 3-6 yrs & if I’m lucky, the rest of the school will join in & paint too. I will have a 2m x 3m white cloth & kids with paint on their feet are gonna run all over it! So I have no clue where this little project of mine may lead & I’m trusting God to do something with it! I will use the cloth on Sunday evening at Missions Week but also later on as I get more ideas on this fun little project.

And then, tomorrow evening I’ll be spending it with Chris & Mona at their house warming! So it is going to be a fun, exciting & messy kick start to one awesome weekend!!!

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