Thankful Thursday: Another list…

Brownie in a cup (yes again)

An opportunity to spend time watching my little girl play in a blow up pool for the first time.

A man who decided to make lunch for me

Having my man at home for the holidays

A new hair care regimen that seems like it could actually work

New found confidence only made possible by my King

Angry Birds 🙂

The hope of new job opportunities

We have much to be grateful for. It’s weird, for me, to have to actually think about what I am thankful for each week. Makes me feel a bit guilty. Truth is, the things I am thankful for don’t often change much. But I am truly grateful for them. Having my husband go out and work for me and our daughter each day is something that takes my breath away. All the time. He looks after us so well and I count myself privileged to be able to call myself his wife. Many women never get to experience what I do on a daily basis. And I am honoured.

Another thing I stay amazed at is the blessing of having someone to speak to who truly gets what I am saying. They listen without prejudice or judgement and they aren’t afraid to tell me when I am wrong. And when I speak, I don’t have to explain myself in excess.

Isn’t it strange how people think they have the right to judge you just because they think they know you?  Ok, I know, that had nothing to do with my list or reasons for posting today. But it has made me incredibly grateful for what I have in my only human friend.

I know many may never experience what I have and it always boils down to just one thing…. God loves me. Now I love Him with my life.

Thankful Thursday: Freedom. Liberty.

First, I am so tired these days its unreal. I think its due the heat we experience here. Yet people tell me it gets worse. So soon I may do nothing but lay infront of a fan and drink litres and litres of water. …reminds me of my time spent in Indonesia. .. but that’s something for another post.

Today, I express thanks for freedom from relationships that stifle and constrict. The kind that inspires to act like someone you are not.
I believe not every one does it knowingly but its still a blessing to be freed from it. To look back and see where you have been and realize that it was a terrible place. That even the actions you took weren’t a part of you at all. That where you are now is much better than then.

I’ve been freed
I’ve been set at liberty

Now I live.

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and ofcourse….
YES!!!!!

KARLA LEES

Grace is a powerful, dangerous, freeing force.

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian

[Aslan?] He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down –and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

God doesn’t fit into our perceptions of who He is.

Shockingly so, to some of us….myself included at times.

One of my favorite characteristics of God is how He can come and go at will, being in many places at the same time. Ever present in the spiritual sense, yet physically shows up in response to a cry or a prayer.

I like to think of God as being a bit wild. Not wild…

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Soulful Saturday: Quiet Time

My pastor has been teaching quite a bit on the importance of having quiet time with God.

It is vital and should also be seen as quality time.

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength ~ Proverbs

This is not your routine scripture-a-day devotional situation.
It’s a time to give and receive so much.

I’d like to share some of what I have learnt with you.

Quiet time essentials:
-proper attitude
-expectancy
-specific time set aside

What are some guidelines for spending quiet time?

-wait on God
-pray briefly
-read scripture
-meditate and memorise
-write down what God says
-spend some time in prayer with God

And finally… when spending time alone with God, use this acronym to identify what you need to apply :

Ask yourself – is there any of the following?

S- SIN to confess
P- PROMISE to claim
A- ATTITUDE to change
C- COMMAND to obey
E- EXAMPLE to follow
P- PRAYER to pray
E- ERROR to avoid
T- TRUTH to believe
S- SOMETHING to praise God for

Then apply it

Hope you enjoy.

My prayer today: Psalm 119:18 –
  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Soulful Saturday: All or Nothing

Something I have issue with sometimes is how lacksy daisy people have become in their walk with Christ.

I look at all the crazy and evil happening in this world and I wonder how some souls can still mess around with faith and semantics and all the other games people play that keeps them from just basically doing what is right.

It’s not complicated.  Every thing you have and will ever experience has been covered. Its just a matter of either you do what is right or you don’t.

Just needed to get that out there.

Today’s contribution to Soulful Saturdays is found in Exodus 14:14

  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Another version says The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still.

I cannot tell you how many times I have found myself in a place where I am frantic about what I need to say or do next.
I used to have control issues aka being a bit of a control freak.
Any situation I found myself in could be solved or dealt with by something I needed to do or fix. Or so I thought.

I made a mess of things many times. In the name of good intentions too.

But the day I accepted and applied Exodus 14:14 was the day I knew peacd.

There is no one better than God to fight on your behalf.
I used to negotiate, argue, debate and all sorts of things to state or prove my case. Until I met people who wouldn’t back down. Not even when I was right. So I realised that if they wouldn’t heed what I said they had no choice but to heed Gods.

That’s when I started giving things to Him. I stood back and let Him fight for me.
It was one of the best things I have ever done.
He does it well.

Thank You Lord for being so very gracious to us as Your children. I do not know where I’d be if You had not saved me from my headstrong self. Thank You for handling my battles and doing so excellently.
Amen

Eggless Chocolatey Cupcakes

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A lack of eggs and a craving for moist chocolate cake led me to this recipe on mariasmenu.com

I am not disappointed!  It’s moist. It’s rich tasting. And oh so easy to make.

I opted for making cupcakes and for the very first time I decorated them with a proper piping nozzle.
I had one mishap…

Due to my penchant for slight excessiveness (is that a word?) and for some reason that pic won’t load.

Once I got going though…it was ALL Good!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Thankful Thursday: In not Of

Just quick post to express gratitude for the truth.

I am in this world and thankfully not of it and that gives me reason to be grateful.
A couple of years ago I fell headlong into a state of depression.
Most of it fuelled by the wicked nature of what this world was dishing out. Not only to me, but also to the innocent and helpless.
Life was not fair. It still isn’t.

But I am grateful that I have  received a new hope for a new life where justice reigns. 

This world is not my home. I’m just passing through. While I do, I am thankful for the strength and wisdom this journey affords me.
Thankful that while I am in it I am not of it.

So doing, I strive to embrace each challenge because it brings me closer to my hometown and my Abba

Wash n Go Success

I really love the whole wash n go aspect of my hair. I love the curls and ringlets and yes, even the shrinkage.

But! As a rule I don’t do WnG’s often. My hair hates it or I’m doing something wrong.
I’ve read that its actually supposed to be a good way to retain length because it should be either low maintenance or low manipulation. 
Not for me.
If I do a wash n go and go to sleep without detangling and either twisting or braiding it up, I am guaranteed insanely vicious tangles and breakage whenever I do decide to do anything else to it.

It breaks my heart. Especially since I have fine or little hair and it takes some creative protective styles to not walk around looking scalpy. Wash n go’s should be my saving grace. Its not. So I stay away.
I’m actually hoping someone will read this and tell me ‘girl, you’re just doing it wrong!’

Anyhow, back to my story. Yesterday I decided to do a wash n go for church. My decision was based on not wanting to be controlled by my hair issues. Life is too short!

I know there are many techniques out there on how to achieve the perfect WnG but in my humble opinon it should not be as complicated as all that.

A wash n go should be just that. Wash your hair. Then go.
Now I realise there is a lot of factors that come into play for different people. Mostly based on texture, curl pattern and moisture levels. Perhaps some could say I’m lucky in mine but still it shouldn’t be a stressed over issue.

I have been there though. Tried different methods and products all in the name of seeking perfection.
But yesterday, I threw caution to the wind in more ways than one. Firstly, I kinda prepoo’d. With amla oil. Only because my little girl managed to empty about a quarter of a bottle on the bathroom floor.
I say kinda because all I did was put on as much oil on my hair. That’s it. No plastic cap or anything.
I left it on for quite a while. Overnight in fact. Then yesterday morning I washed my hair in the shower after giving it a good soaking/rinsing.
Instead of my normal conditioning routine I applied coconut oil generously, left it on while I washed myself then detangled and rinsed my hair with warmer than cool water.
I put it in two braids and squeezed out as much water as I could with my hands.
After about 20 – 30 minutes my hair was still quite damp. I loosened it (didn’t want a braid out after all) and left it to do its thing.

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And that was it. I added some decor and was ready to go.

I actually took the pic to show my only natural friend my growth as well as highlight shrinkage. Wish I had another to show my curls. Hopefully next time.

Sadly, last night was a twisting event as anything else would hav resulted in a mess of tangles this morning. I am now sporting some quite wild looking two-strand twists.
Wild looking because I didn’t do them in any particular style or pattern.  I’m basically stretching my curls so I can either cornrow or bun them up.

Till next time.
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Does God Hear Me?

Count it all joy

Psalm 17:6 (NIV) – “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”

Sometimes prayers feel as though they are lingering and waiting to be heard.  Rest assured, God hears you and is answering your petitions according to His will for you.  1 John 5:14 (NIV) – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  God hears you!

God heard Hagar and told him not to be afraid (Genesis 21:17)

God answered Hannah’s prayer and she gave birth to a son. (1 Samuel 1:20)

God heard the Israelites. (Exodus 3:9)

God hears the whispers in your heart and He is never to busy to listen.  Praise Him, confess to Him, Thank Him and ask Him.  He is waiting to hear from you.

Heavenly Father, “I call…

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