Friday, May 29, 2009
Staring at him with total adoration this just popped into my mind. Jesus says in Matthew 18 that if we want to enter the kingdom of Heaven, we have to turn from our sins and become like these little ones. So many people have the idea that we have to become as simple and trusting as a child....but it is so much more. If I look at this little one, I see a helpless little one who is so totally dependant on someone else for food, care, love, touch and the next clean nappy (diaper). That is how God wants us to be....totally dependant on Him for everything and when we are, He will care for us even better than earthly mothers and fathers care for their babies....He wants so much to take care of all our needs, if only we will trust Him.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
You love... When your own pain does not blind you to the pain of others.
You are wise... When you know the limits of your wisdom.
Monday, May 25, 2009
This first layout is with a photo of the house that my son Kobus Jr. built in Seaview last year. He wrote the master builders exam in order to be registered as a builder. We are so proud of his first attempt at building and what he achieved. They only lived in the home for six months and then sold it.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
All of God's children know of the fruit of the Spirit...well on Tuesday I felt my fruit falling off my tree one by one. I think I told you some time ago that we have an incredibly difficult character at the Centre that is hell bent on destroying the ministry. On Tuesday I guess "patience" was the first fruit that fell...."love", "gentleness" and "peace" followed shortly after....and then it struck me my "joy" was gone. I WAS ALLOWING THIS MAN TO STEAL MY JOY.
Let me list what he has done since January and then think whether you "will turn the other cheek" when you know the other cheek is also going to be slapped.
- In January he caused so many problems with other residents that at the end of January we asked he to look for alternative accommodation.
- He phoned the Media, alleging that we are breaking the law concerning abuse to people and not adhering to non-profit regulations. Fortunately we have built a solid relationship with the local media and after a phone call it was settled.
- We received a visit from the Dept of Labour...he had declared under oath that the people on our destitute program work under degrading conditions. Needless to say Labour gave us a clean bill of health and they were amazed at what was being done for the destitute and unemployed.
- He phoned the Medical Board to report a doctor who is giving of his time free of charge as a service to the community.
- He sent a letter to the Board for Social Workers declaring that our social worker did not keep confidentiality, that she caused a suicide and was generally not equiped for her work.
- He phoned the Centre's largest food benefactor and told them the food is being sold.
- He contacted the Receiver of Revenue and told them we do not keep accounting records.
- The cherry on the cake was when we received a call from the Commercial Crimes Dept of the Police. Again he had made a lot of allegations under oath...all of it lies! (the only consolation is that the police have now opened a perjury docket against him and they have also told him that if he ever phones them again they will open a case of harrassment against him. (He phones them on a daily basis with charges of wrong doing)
- The thing is he did not move out, he has been squatting in the building for the past three months...and it has been a very slow 3 months of getting a legal eviction order...and the end is still not in sight.
- The list of incidents are at number 38 at this point....
The truth is that he is keeping us so busy and stealing our time that can and should be used in a more constructive way. He is taking time away from people that NEED and WANT help. That is usually what the enemy does...he keeps us so busy with things that don't matter that we don't get to the things that really matter.
The Centre is going to apply for a protection order for all the employees of the organisation. I just can't believe what is happening. Since when can you walk around, make all sorts of defamatory and slanderous allegations...and get away with it? The final hearing for the eviction order is in two weeks...then hopefully this whole thing will go away. In the meantime I will also ask for the Lord to keep His one hand over my mouth:/
Monday, May 18, 2009
In the world a leader rules, but in the Kingdom of God the leader serves.
In the world a leader drives people to get results, in the Kingdom a leader gently draws.
In the world your CV lists all your achievements, in the Kingdom of God, He says "You are mine! My child".....what can be greater than that!
The hightest value in the world is to gain pleasure and to avoid pain, in the Kingdom the highest virtue is faith, hope and charity.
In the world we seek revenge for wrong done, in the Kingdom we turn the other cheek.
In the world the lucky people are the ones with possessions, abilities, fame, power, high education, in the Kingdom the blessed ones are the helpless, the meek, the merciful and the ones with pure hearts.
In the world it is all about ME, MYSELF and I...in the Kingdom it is all about your love for God and for others.
In the world it is all about pride, in the Kingdom it is all about humility.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
On Sunday evening the sermon at our church was about what motivates you to get up in the morning...at the time I could think of a number of spiritual reasons that motivates me. This morning was a different story all together...but let me give you some background!
Before you read any further....This is not a moaning and groaning session...so you can proceed without fear.
I have had Fibromyalgia since 2003. For those of you who don't know what it is "Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body. Fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms can be relieved through medications, lifestyle changes, stress management, and other fibromyalgia treatment." It all started after a very prolonged period of stress. I guess strange things happen in the body when you stress, adrenaline is released for fight or flight, and you don't use the adrenaline.
Anyway, as you are aware I am a very positive person and made a decision that as my body caused this....my body must heal itself. I have a very bad sleeping disorder and seldom go into the deep sleep that is needed to restore damage to muscles. The conditions gets better or worse depending on levels of stress, amount of sleep and the weather.
So this morning I woke up with a very stiff neck and aching shoulders. I lay there next to my DH and started giggling....and the conversation went something like this:
DH: You seem happy this morning.
Me: I am just thinking about why I should get up this morning.
DH: (Concerned) Why? (He is such a great guy...sees that I am never rushed in the mornings, coffee in bed, taking DD to college)
Me: If I was not so disciplined, I would just pull the blanket over my head...and stay put.
DH: That bad?
Me: Yup....I think when I wake up without pain one morning, I will think that I died during the night and had gone to heaven.
DH: Should I make an appointment with Dr. Pottie?
Me: No, are you going to use the treadmill first...or can I go?
It is just incredible how the endorphins that are released numbs pain...see the body has it's own way of looking after itself. So after my excercise, I am ready to face the world!
What motivates me to get up:
- The fact that if I don't, I allow this body of mine to rule over me...and I am too stubborn for that. (something of a mind over matter)
- The fact that people rely on me to be there for them.
- The fact that God has called me to bring Good News, even if it is through the way I handle what life throws at me.
- The fact that if I pray for healing, I must live as if I have already received it.
On Sunday evening at the Vistarus Church I was so blessed. The pastor asked people to honour there mothers by telling them what they mean to them. Some men and women (some much older than me) got up and thanked me for being there spiritual mother. These are people that have never had a mother that accepted them, or loved them or gave them guidance. This is another thing that motivates me to get up every morning....just to love and care for the people who God entrusted to us.
So now my friends....what motivates you?
Monday, May 11, 2009
The second is of the mommy and our precious little bundle. He was a week old here.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Long-term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often-chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
For the rest of your life. Must provide on-the-site training in basic life skills, such as nose blowing. Must have strong skills in negotiating, conflict resolution and crisis management. Ability to suture flesh wounds a plus. Must be able to think out of the box but not lose track of the box, because you most likely will need it for a school project. Must reconcile petty cash disbursements and be proficient in managing budgets and resources fairly, unless you want to hear, "He got more than me!" for the rest of your life.
Also, must be able to drive motor vehicles safely under loud and adverse conditions while simultaneously practicing above-mentioned skills in conflict resolution. Must be able to choose your battles and stick to your guns. Must be able to withstand criticism, such as "You don't know anything." Must be willing to be hated at least temporarily, until someone needs money to go skating. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys and battery operated devices.
Also, must have a highly energetic entrepreneurial spirit, because fund-raiser will be your middle name. Must have a diverse knowledge base, so as to answer questions such as "What makes the wind move?" or "Why can't they just go in and shoot Sadism Hussein?" on the fly. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION:
Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION:
You pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered, job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.
This is one job that I will never swop for any other...I love being a mom! Happy Mothers Day to all my blogging friends.
Friday, May 8, 2009
This first layout was for the "Favourite photo" challenge. My favourite changes with every batch I take...so this one of Lukas was one that still needed to be scrapped. I used the "damask" border die and the bits and pieces of my leftover March PS kit. The little felt dinosaur is from the Autumn Leaves Cuteworld range.
In this challenge we had to scraplift one of our own previous layouts...this one is based on a Beggahuna sketch that I used for "curly top" sometime ago. This sketch was also used by Swirlydoos for the April sketch challenge.