Hi my friends. I know that I have been very scarce lately...and have just been posting scrapbooking layouts and I know that not all of you follow my blog for that. We are now three weeks into the LTS (Leadership Training School) at the Mission. K and I did this same course in 1996 and I am amazed at how much I have forgotten through the years. Each and every teaching deeply touches, heals and changes me and every other student on the course.
A photo of me with my one and only little princess, Leane.
The first week we learnt about the character of God and His love for us. The second week is all about looking into yourself and your relationship with Him. It was incredibly emotional as we had to spend a lot of time in couselling with the students on the course. God is doing a deep work in bringing healing in such brokenness. Every day I am touched and amazed at how faithful He is.
Little Dewan does not like the camera much ;-)
For the past three weeks we got up as early as 5 o' clock to be on time for the classes and when I got home around 5 in the afternoon I was finished. Many afternoons I took a quick snooze before starting supper and by 9 we were in bed. I guess we are getting old.
K with Stefan. He is Oupa's child.
To add to my workload at this time of the year, our auditors decided that NOW was the time to do the annual audit. OH. MY. SOUL. The amount of e-mails that flooded my inbox with queries nearly did my head in. SERIOUSLY. So this all led to me making the statement on my sister Herlien's Facebook status that I just wish that this year would be over.
No Ouma, no matter the dress I CAN climb trees. Leane met her Grade 1 teacher this week. It is the same teacher her daddy had in Grade 3.
On Thursday we watched a teaching by Lee Ezell called the Cinderella Syndrome. It is that thing in us that makes as believe that we just need to get this crisis out of the way....or as soon as that is done....or when I have enough money....or when the children are grown....then I will find my happiness. We put our whole life on hold and go through life in survival mode. We don't live life to the full. I felt so convicted because that is what I am doing AGAIN (mind you). I am not living in the moment and finding the good in the difficult.
I am so blessed to have such beautiful and healthy grandchildren.
I was wishing away days that I will never be able to get back again. I was challenged to find happiness and contentment regardless of the circumstances. That will mean the difference between merely surviving and truly living. It is my choice not to place my hope in things that will happen somewhere in the future. A scripture that really spoke to me was from Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life." I want to live God's dream for my life...it is so much better than any dream I could have for myself.
You can see that this little man wants to do everything Oupa does.
Even braai....a real South African boertjie.
Last weekend Lukas also stayed over with us....and this is normally what Lukas and Stefan does. They always have to be as close to Oupa as possible. Lukas is playing with my tablet...and yes there were quite a few new games downloaded by the time I got it back ;-)