by ANNA HAGGARD “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.” John 15:16a (NIV) I meet Jess* on a sweltering afternoon. She wears traditional Pakistani garb: long turquoise tunic, scarf and loose-fitting trousers, breathable in the Pennsylvania summer … Continue reading When God Calls You, He Doesn’t Waste Your Gifts.
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14) Just as God saw the plight of the Israelites in Egypt and heard their cries for help, he still sees and hears today. … Continue reading You are the helper of the fatherless, O God.
Ek het altyd gedink dat Noag veilig in die ark was omdat hy dit gebou het volgens God se spesifikasies. Ek het gedink miskien was dit die sterkte van die gofer hout en die geniale argitektuur wat verseker het dat die vloedwaters verhoed was om die ark binne te stroom. Maar gister het ek ñ teksvers … Continue reading Die Ark.
by Hazel Straub
The battle belongs to you, my God of Peace and Lord
In your love I rest, not in the might of flashing sword
Safe from the trial of distressful battle, my fears depart
Your embrace heals, consoles, all of my wounded heart
You are my strength, comfort, help, and shield
The battle won by trust in your love, as I yield
I rest in you, enjoying the comfort of your breast
Letting all my fears and anxiety go, while I rest
My confidence is in you for victory is sure
You give me vision and provision is assured
The guarantee in you comes in tranquil trust
No need for me to run, fret or frantically rush
You make me peaceful, comforted, whole and complete
Broken places healed, I’m soothed, filled full and replete
You are my rest, restoration, refreshment and health
My prosperity comes by faith and…
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The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith [our ability to confidently trust in God and in His power].”Luke 17:5 The Holy Bible Amplified Version
There is a reason we need to humbly request the Lord to increase our faith.
The number one reason is because as we increase our faith (which means trust) in our Beloved we get to know Him ,love Him and worship Him more and more thereby getting ever closer to Him.
The number two reason is that when our faith increases so too does our confidence in the Lord whenever satan comes a knocking. Having confidence in the Lord terrifies satan and his minions. Number three is because when others observe our faith it is a great witness to the power of Christ. This is a powerful witnessing tool.
Show me the way, Lord, let my light shine As an example of…
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Wat is die mens dat U aan hom dink, die mensdom dat U vir hulle omgee? - 📖 Psalm 8:5 📖 Ons ken die begrip "Vader" so goed. Elkeen van ons het immers 'n baie spesifieke beeld van wat Vader vir ons beteken. Vir sommige van ons is dit 'n liefdevolle mens by wie ons … Continue reading GOD is jou VADER
In die chaos van elke dag se tempo van vergaderings, gebeure, verpligtinge, rondry van kinders, versorging van ouers, dien van ander, vind van “tyd vir myself”, voltooi van take, jaag deur die stad, verskeurde jaag van myself, en hardloop uit energie uit…wil ek myself soms letterlik “in groen weivelde gaan neerlê,” of sit “langs waters … Continue reading Moenie bang wees nie.
It’s strange how certain activities trigger memories that unlock a world I have yet to understand. Physical actions gently push my mind, nudging my world closer to the words that I struggle to comprehend. Words that need to find a place in my heart. Require a practical understanding so I can relate to them in my own way. So I can learn to pronounce, remember and recognise them. To understand what they mean to me and others. I need that word to become visual almost tactile to revival something of it’s self to me. It’s a slow often frustrating way of learning. Taking time with just one word, allowing it to guide me in practical way.
The word Koinonia came into my life this week. I must have heard it before but for some reason I locked onto the word and tried to unpick what it means to me.
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And GOD'S grace was so powerfully at work in them. - 📖 Acts 4 : 33 📖 He that can't handle being part of a community, must be careful to be alone. So writes Dietrich Bonhoeffer about humanity ages ago. People hurt each other, disappoint each other and stab each other in the back. That's why … Continue reading You do need other people!
(Ons is dankbaar om te kan sê dat Frans Groenewald, die kunstenaar van alle Kruispad sketse, regop sit na sy beroerte verlede Maandag. Sy regterkant is steeds verlam, maar bid asb saam met ons vir volkome genesing.) Ek skrik wakker met ’n slag. Dis 2:30. Ek kan nie slaap nie, want die spanning dryf my … Continue reading Nuwe moed en krag