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Weekend of Celebrations

Freddie & Ashley

Freddie & Ashley

So this weekend a really good friend of Jean and I and my old roomie – Shikara – is celebrating his birthday. We’ll be going out for drinks to celebrate tomorrow night and then away next weekend to the Vaal dam to celebrate some more. Freddie is one awesome guy with very strong opinions but one great man of God. He has been such a good friend over the year and a half that I have known him and been great in speaking to about grace and so on. He also helped me during a time that I had found out about my ex dating a friend of mine, when I was the last to know after he’d had ample opportunity to tell me. The whole experience wasn’t so great. Shikara and Anneke, my roomies at the time had comforted me with a bottle of red wine between many tears and the next day I had a movie date with Shikara and Freddie. Needless to say, I had the worst hangover the next day and they treated me with so much care and laughter that I can’t even begin to say how much I appreciated that. It really had a big impact on me, and since then Freddie and I had a lot of conversations and our friendship grew really strong. Now he has a girlfriend, Ashley, whom I also get along with so well although we don’t see them often enough. But they really are such special people! So I’m looking forward to celebrating with these awesome people who have had such a great impact on my life and my relationship with God. It has truly been a blessing.

Then, this weekend also marks a year since Uncle Johann has passed. As September has come to a close and we get closer to October the 14th, I’m left in awe at how much has happened and the growth that has come. The way I see grace and God now, started to change in the time I met Uncle Johann and more of Bernhard’s family. A year later, and I would have done so many things differently. But I am still so happy about how close his family and I got and am so thankful for our conversations and for the experience and the precious month I got with him. They were conversations about God and the church and what grace really is. He too had started to see things the way I see them now, and felt that if he pulled through he’d be leaving the NG church and doing things differently, loving differently. A year later and I see the same things and more and too have left the NG church and am in ministry elsewhere. It also bought me closer to many friends and family. Although I have many regrets and things I wished I had done differently, I am really happy. God has radically changed my life in the past year and I am so thankful for the experience and Uncle Johann and his family. This weekend is going to be tough, the whole week has been and has felt very emotional, but my thoughts will also be with his wife and four children and I will find time to celebrate with them somehow as I can’t be with them in Wesselsbron. I think Sunday will be a good day to do something special and will work it into my busy weekend.

From Left: Uncle Johann, Bernhard, Heinrich, Karen, Ingrid, Aunty Valencia

From Left: Uncle Johann, Bernhard, Heinrich, Karen, Ingrid, Aunty Valencia

From Back left: Heinrich & Bernhard Front left: Karen, Aunty Valencia & Ingrid

From Back left: Heinrich & Bernhard
Front left: Karen, Aunty Valencia & Ingrid

This weekend, if you can, just take time to cherish those still around you and to reflect on your past year and what has come and gone for you too.

Have a lovely and blessed weekend.

xx M

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Arrivederci Shikara

So I haven’t posted much in a while but I’ve been busy with exams at Varsity. Just said good bye to my roommate Shikara who is leaving to South Korea for a few years. Sad to see her leave but I’m sure it is going to be a great journey filled with many blessings! I’m so glad the world gets to experience her too – especially as she has been such an enormous blessing to me these past 6 months!

Love her to bits & pieces!

Arrivederci my beautiful friend! May your light shine all over!!

Xx

M

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Catching up

Well last I posted was before our Easter holidays, so it has been a while. Lots has happened….

It has been a chaotic time with lots happening emotionally and spiritually.

In this time I had learnt from a new found friend that I am worthy and have been given the gift of tongues but I need to ask to receive it and believe I have it. So my curiosity with that has grown.

In the holidays I also got to spend time with my best guy friend – Daryl on his last day of being 20. We both ended up driving up and down the whole South Coast on a birthday treasure hunt. I had to keep him busy somehow to keep him out the house and away from his surprise birthday bash that evening. Plus, it was a great excuse to spend a day with him and catch up!

When I got back from my holiday, we went to watch the varsity cup final and ended up celebrating Tuk’s victory for the first time since 1986!!! Was a super, stressful game!
I also had a great time getting closer to some of my housemates. But as that had happened in this last week unfortunately, there has been hectic spiritual attacks on those relationships too and it has been one hell of a frustrating week – one week in that sense, I wouldn’t want back anytime soon.

I did have a great week in some aspects though – going to church at 3rd Place for the first time, going out for drinks at Picasso’s with awesome friends (Jean, Jaco & Shikara), playing pool and stealing flowers way after midnight at the Union Buildings and being chased away, great chats with mates while just driving around the city or having coffee – just sharing love and God and so many other things.

Although it has been a frustrating time with rape victims and other social injustices too as well as spiritually in our house it has also been great and a learning curve and I am so thankful for it….

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Valentine’s spoil

I’m not big on Valentine’s day and this year we didn’t really feel it after Victor’s accident. Yet the guys in our house went out and got us a teddy bear (called Jeremy) and roses for each girl in the house. They even wrote us a letter addressed “to the Beautiful Ladies of St. David house”.

So ladies out there, even your guy mates can often surprise you with something special, it doesnt have to be roses…but sometimes their actions may surprise you and it can often say more than words and a lot about their character. Thanks to EJ, Jaco & Piet for the Valentines spoil. It put a big smile on our faces

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