Thankfully coffee – keep heaven open (Riana Nel – hou die hemel oop – English translation)

If we were having coffee, I'd clutch the warm mug with both hands, just taking in the warmth of the mug. Winter is upon us, and the chilly dry wind goes through almost anything. I'm thankful for my snuggly warm blankets and hot soup. If we were having coffee, we'd no doubt talk about the … Continue reading Thankfully coffee – keep heaven open (Riana Nel – hou die hemel oop – English translation)

Thankfully coffee – a bit of a recap

If we were having coffee, I'd sip my hot brew - marvelling that you're sitting right in front of me. I'd be locked into your kind eyes, wondering at my luck. Maybe the stray hairs on your full beard would perplex me for just a second. And maybe we would just sit and laugh for … Continue reading Thankfully coffee – a bit of a recap

Losing my religion: What if they find out that I’m a Jesus Freak? – Why the label Christian does not equal being a hypocrite

“Therefore everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge him before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before people, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven."Matthew 10: 32&33 (LEB) Unashamed and boldly, declaring Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior is a challenge. Not only … Continue reading Losing my religion: What if they find out that I’m a Jesus Freak? – Why the label Christian does not equal being a hypocrite

10 great scriptures on gratitude to be thankful for

Todah (תּוֹדָה) is the most common Hebrew noun used in the bible for "thanks" It derives from the verb, "Yadah (יָדָה) which means "to praise, confess." * I don't intend to write a theological article on the act of offering thanks to God, however; I find the Hebrew word reference interesting. Gratitude is a subject very … Continue reading 10 great scriptures on gratitude to be thankful for

What to do with relentless disappointments (hope for the hopeless)

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)

How to reach the heartland (place of strategic advantage), without a roadmap

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

10 Reasons to Give Thanks

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

Keep the fire burning on the altar of your heart

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

When life hits you with the uncontrollable problems, learn to say, it is well with my soul

"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