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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thinking deep thoughts...about the meaning of life

Do you have days where you just think about life, it's stresses and worries, all the hard work we do... what the meaning of life is....and then wonder if like the author of Ecclesiastes in the Bible we will also see it as "vanity and striving after wind." Then I begin to wonder how will I be remembered when I am gone...what is the inheritance I leave behind?

I start looking at what "success" is....Emerson's definition of success is: "To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded." I must say I like his take on it...

I think it has a lot to do with character....not who you say you are...but who you truly are. Steven Covey says: " Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character." So how much character do we have....most likely only those close to you will be able to answer that question, because that is the only time you really allow the TRUE YOU to show. J.R. Miller says the following of character: "The only thing that walks back from the grave with the mourners and refuses to be buried, is the character of a man." So does that mean that one day we will be remembered by our character?

As a Christian I believe that the only character we are allowed to have is in accordance to what the Word of God teaches us...how possible is it to attain that? J.R. Miller says the following: "Full hands at the end of a life do not always tell of true success. Earthy failure is of times higher success in God’s eyes than what men regards as success. Scars of wounds gotten in conflict and strife with sin are more splendid marks of honors, when the hands are held up before God, than diamonds and gold and crowns gained by yielding in life conflicts. Strive to get your hands filled with the invisible things of God’s heavenly kingdom. Fight the battle of life heroically, and never mind the scars. Better have wounded and empty hands that are clean than hands that are full and yet are stained with sin."

So if we abide in the Word we will be in the safest place and our character will be build so that we will be conformed to the image of Christ. This is what J.R. Miller says about the safest place: "The safest place in all this world is ever the place of duty. God’s wings are over it. God’s place guards it. It is said that at the center of the cyclone there is a spot where there is almost perfect calm. A leaf there is scarcely stirred, and a baby would lie there unharmed. So at the center of every great peril in the life is a spot of holy calm where even the feeblest would not be harmed. It is the place of duty, of obedience, of doing of God’s will. He who stays there amid peril and trial is perfectly safe. No storm smites him; no plague comes nigh his dwelling. The way of duty is always a place of absolute safety. None of sin’s ways are safe."

So what is the answer to the meaning of life. I believe we were created for God's pleasure...what pleases Him is for us to be obedient to His Will...His Word is His Will. While on earth I want to be His hands and feet to those who are poor, weak and defenseless...I want to make a difference...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Whew...I got through the day with time to spare!!

I got through yesterday and surprisingly I finished all my house work...including the laundry. I finished my bookkeeping and then had time to spare to complete TWO layouts...can you believe that...just shows what a good attitude can do.

I did this layout of Leane for a red, white and blue challenge on Personal Scrapper a month ago.
This layout of Wynand, Nadia (with belly) and Christian was done for a sketch challenge in June on Personal Scrapper.....and wait for it....I actually won! My first time ever.
Another layout of Wynand, Nadia and Christian.
This is one of the layouts I did yesterday. I used the paper from the June kit for this one and the Summer day one. These are of all photo's from 2003.
These photos was taken when Elsa(my sister) was visiting from Australia in December 1999. Where has time gone?

Thank you for visiting!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

So little time...so much to do...

Have you ever started your day, knowing that today there is much more work than what there is time to complete it? That is how I feel today. For many years I had domestic help and since Liza passed away in June, I have been trying to keep up to date with my work at work and at home...and I am losing the fight. Somehow I have come to the place where my work at home is behind...with a mountain of laundry...and my work...doing the admin and finances for our ministry is also behind. When I get to work...the needs of the people we serve gets first priority and the admin is put on the back burner....sometimes I leave work to pick up Bianca from college, and I never opened my briefcase to get to the admin. Then the intention is to do the admin at home...but when I get home...I see dust in places I don't want to...the pile of laundry makes me feel guilty...supper has to be prepared....and as you can imagine...the briefcase does not get opened. So now the mountain is growing at home and at work.

It is then that I want to say: "I am only one person...and one person can do only so much...." Then I read Psalm 118:24: "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." I know that my life has purpose....I know that work is therapy...although what needs to be done is not always a pleasure. Now it is my choice whether I am going to be sorry for myself all day or whether I am going to find my joy in the Lord. I know that doing things that I don't like is a character builder and the workplace is the place God uses to mould us into what He wants us to be. So Lord today I choose to find my joy in You. This reminds me of what E & L Harvey says in the Christian Daily Challenge: "Men make work but work makes men. A workplace is not the place for making money, in the first instance, it's a place for making men and women who can glorify God in all they do."

Now I am going to put on a praise and worship CD of Hillsong...and tackle the work ahead of me.

God Bless you today!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Weekend Scrapping

A few layouts I did this weekend. The first one is of our visit to Kidds Beach in the beginning of July. One of the Scrapkits pages for July.
In June Kobus and our two sons...Kobus Jr. and Wynand went to hunt on my brother-in-law's farm. They decided to do it properly and stayed in a tent in the bush....in the mornings they warmed water on the fire and ended up having proper "bush showers"...with the water container rigged high up in a tree. This was Kobus Jr and Wynand's first hunt. It is tradition to be smeared with the blood of the kill and to eat a piece of raw liver from the buck...."Yuck"!!! So there was lots of gagging...but they were up to the challenge......I am so glad I am a "girl"...I don't think this would be what I want to do...much rather scrap!!!
Thank you for visiting my blog!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Masks we wear

I came across this poem by Betty B. Youngs...and it really made me think...it made me think about the masks we wear...masks to protect ourselves from hurt in many cases. Please read it and tell me that I am not alone...I am not the only one that use a paintbrush to be acceptable....

The Paintbrush

I keep my paintbrush with me,
wherever I may go
in case I need to cover up
so the real me doesn't show.
I'm so afraid to show you me;
afraid of what you'll do;
you just might laugh , or say mean things,
I'm afraid I might lose you....
I'd like to remove my paintcoats,
to show you the real, true me,
but I want you to try and understand
I need you to like what you see.
So if you'll be patient and close your eyes
I'll strip off my coats real slow,
please understand how much it hurts
to let the real me show.
Now my paintcoats are all stripped off.
I feel naked, bare and cold.
If you still love me with all you see
you'r my friend as pure as gold.
I need to save my paintbrush though,
and hold it in my hand;
I need to keep it handy......
someone might not understand.
So please protect me, my dear friend;
and thanks for loving me true;
but please let me keep my paintbrush,
until I love me too.

Often I wonder why we need these masks to hide behind to protect ourselves...do we really need protection? ....what do we need protection from?

...do I wear a mask? Oh, yes my friend I do! You see I have found that not all people can be trusted with my emotions...some people see a soft heart and emotions as a weakness and they go all out to hurt you. We work with broken and rejected people on a daily basis in our ministry...when it is necessary.... I give them a peek into my life. The feeling of compassion that I feel toward them are true...but they need strong people around them to become strong themselves...So what am I saying, am I weak. No, I think that I have come through a difficult childhood to wholeness...so that I can help others that have been hurt too. But I still need my "paintbrush"! Before you judge me...have a good look at yourself...I am yet to find a person that do not at times hide behind a coat of paint.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Personal Scrapper July 2007 layouts


First I guess you gather that I love my profile pic...it is my favourite pic of Kobus and I...we met when I was still in school and he was my partner on my Matric Farewell (Prom). We married the year after I finished school....more than 29 years ago...I love him more and more everyday...he is a wonderful man of God and father to many of the fatherless people we minister to. Here is how I scrapped it....it was a Scrapkits design.




I think I mentioned that I belong to a great scrapping club...I started receiving their kits in July 2007 and I love every kit... These are some of the layouts I made with my first kit.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Some of my favourite scrapping layouts

When I was first introduced to Scrapbooking...it was not yet popular in South Africa. I downloaded a few digital kits...printed out my own 12x12 pages and stuck my photographs on them...then at the beginning of last year I found two scrapbook kit clubs in South Africa and I subscribed. The kit clubs supplied everything you needed and tutorials. Then for the first time I learned the techniques...and it was long before I was hooked. Needless to say, I cringe when I look at my first attempts.

As most scrapbookers know, people that scrap also takes lots and lots of photos...so when am I ever going to get time to actually go back to redo my first attempts...not soon!!!!
This was my very first layout where I took more time and scrapbooked the traditional paper way! It is photographs of my sister and her baby, William.





The next layout I did was one of my niece's wedding in Graaff Reinet. The layout was one of the Wild Limes Designers layouts...and after this layout it was over....I was totally addicted...and it just gets worse.

These layouts are of Kobus and Lache's wedding day January 2006.

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thoughts.....

Who am I? My profile says I am wife, mother and grandmother. But have you ever thought how many dimensions there are to you life? I am also child of God and I am trying to live a life that is pleasing to Him…and I want to share what is in my heart and thoughts….

Last night at 7’o clock Laché phoned wanting to know whether we have seen Kobus Jr. because he is not home yet and his mobile is only taking voice mail. So we did what parents usually do….we got into our car and drove to Seaview where he is in the process of completing his new home and where he was the last time someone spoke to him….and you can imagine that we were a little worried about what could have happened to him….it was already dark and the power must still be connected to the house. Shortly after we arrived at the house, Laché phoned again to say that he is home…great relief…..

On the way back to our home Kobus and I started talking about how involved we are in our childrens’ lives. We always worry about them and we love them sooooo much and we will always try to protect them from hurt. And that got me thinking that if that is the love we earthly parents have for our children….how incredible the love is that God has for us…..

The following scripture comes to mind: Taken from the Good News Bible: “Ephesians 3:18-19: ….so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. Yes, may you come to know His love……althought it can never be fully known…and so be completely filled with the very nature of God.” This brings me to the next piece in Romans 8:38-39: For I am certain that nothing can separate us from His love; neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below…there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

How awesome is that…how awesome is His love for us!!! He loves us soooo much, and I am sure He will do anything to protect us from hurt....very much like we do our children.

Monday, August 18, 2008

My first blog...

This is my first blog...I belong to a scrapbook kit club called Personal Scrapper, through their message board I have started reading the blogs of many other scrapbookers and they have inspired me with their creativity. Now I want to share my life and creativity with others.

I belong to an incredible scrapbook kit club in South Africa, called Scrapkits. We receive everything we need to complete three double layouts, and the bonus is that the owner Tracy Schimper is also the designer of most of the paper and elements...how cool is that. This weekend I had some time to scrap and I did these layouts, they are all Scrapkits designs:


(Click on picture for a closer look)






These are pictures taken on the 20th July 2008..the day Lukas was born.









This layout is of my sister Ansie, her hubby Willie and their children. We went for lunch the day after Willie's 50th birthday party...and the restaurant had a lovely place where the children could play.








Last weekend was Leane's first birthday. The party was held at our home and it was great sharing the joy of her first year with all her friends.