Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12 - KJV) Hope deferred, that's when you wait on something, and keep on hoping and keep on endlessly waiting. Relentless disappointments, as the Message translation puts it. This could be a potential job or business opportunity, … Continue reading What to do with relentless disappointments (hope for the hopeless)
It's a never-ending road. Round and round, the same old problems. And then, just when you think you are getting ahead, new challenges wake. No, better. The seeds we plant falling on the road, on the rocks and in-between the weeds. Never any fruit. When will we ever get there? That place of strategic advantage, … Continue reading How to reach the heartland (place of strategic advantage), without a roadmap
The first rule of 2021 is - don't talk about 2020. I'm stumbling through the door a little late with this post. It should have been up a week ago, but, hey! I think it is still worth reflecting on the year that was. Each year, our year-end toast sounds something like, " may we … Continue reading 10 things to celebrate about 2020
I purchased an e-book and then got the paperback copy too. Let me tell you why.
When worries pile up and you feel you're stuck in a never-ending mess, it's always a good idea to remember the many good things in your life. Practicing gratitude daily teaches your mind to view things from a fresh perspective. When you find God as the source of your many lists of thankful, your Gratitude … Continue reading 10 Reasons to Give Thanks
Sparks were flying into the dark, as I lay next to a crackling fire. How many stars are there really, I lay there thinking? The jackal howled somewhere in the distance. A chilly breeze, a caress on my face. I drifted to sleep.A cold drop woke me. The warm fire was still burning next to … Continue reading Keep the fire burning on the altar of your heart
"Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul"Horatio Spafford (1873) A father stood staring into the deep ocean where his four daughters had drowned during a horrific shipwreck. The open grave of his small son and the substantial material loss suffered due to the great … Continue reading When life hits you with the uncontrollable problems, learn to say, it is well with my soul
Freedom. It has been our collective heart cry, intensified in these days. Lockdowns and restrictions. Or perhaps I should just call it shackles and a cage, on top of those we already live under. Remember, Paul was under lockdown when he penned some of the letters included in the New Testament. What is this blog … Continue reading To the bride of Christ, Live free, run wild, love strong
When did the world get stuck in the pages of some dystopian novel? I looked at the picture of my daughter during the school break. She sat in a little square, painted onto the paved playground. One point five meters from her the next child, in his little square. All around her, miniature robots, with … Continue reading Let my spit fall where wants! Finding a silver lining in this Covid-19 storm
“So far, so good,” my text editor tells me. I’m staring at a blank screen. Without words, there are no errors for the text editor to find.
A year ago, in the space where once was our main farm-home, a heap of rubble poked me in the eye.
When I first came there after the fire, before the walls had fallen, I could almost imagine my mother-in-law stepping out of the front door. Greeting us, as she had always done. I can still feel her soft embrace, I can still see the silent sparkle in her eye at our arrival.
When you stepped into the burnt down house, the walls crumbled at a mere touch. So, we hit the whole thing down, and then slowly started removing the rubble.
We needed a space to put down our head, so we concentrated on converting the outside storeroom into a livable flat…
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