Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stormy Skies


How long have I
Been in this storm
So overwhelmed by the ocean's shapeless form
Water's getting harder to tread
With these waves crashing over my head

If I could just see you
Everything will be alright
If I'd see you
The storminess will turn to light

And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
And everything will be alright
And everything will be alright

I know you didn't
Bring me out here to drown
So why am I 10 feet under and upside down
Barely surviving has become my purpose
Cause I'm so used to living underneath the surface

If I could just see you
Everything will be alright
If I see you
The storminess will turn to light

And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
And everything will be alright
And I will walk on water
You will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
And everything will be alright
I know everything is alright
Everything's alright


1 O Lord, I will honour and praise your name,
      for you are my God.
   You do such wonderful things!
      You planned them long ago,
      and now you have accomplished them.
2 You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins.
      Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble.
   Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear
      and will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore, strong nations will declare your glory;
      ruthless nations will fear you.

4 But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord,
      a tower of refuge to the needy in distress.
   You are a refuge from the storm
      and a shelter from the heat.
Isaiah 25: 1-4

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hey little fella

SONY DSC SONY DSCThese creatures fascinate me...
They seem so calm and relaxed all the time - meanwhile, they eat their spouses. Just another example of don’t judge a book by it’s cover?

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

These shoes...

Are what I will be wearing the day I walk down the isle and say “I Do”

Are they not incredibly perfect??

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A very happy un-birthday to me!

A few weeks ago we were at my friend Mieke’s house playing cards when she asked who wanted coffee...
She made me some of the BEST coffee that I’d ever had - Douwe Egberts’ Brazil. I mentioned that for my birthday next year (which is in May) she could buy me a bottle of this coffee if she didn’t know what else to get me.
The very next day she called to ask if she could swing by my house coz she had something for me. She showed up with this: SONY DSC

Now every time I drink my delicious coffee I think of her :)

Those of you in South Africa - enjoy the long weekend!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

And you call yourself a Christian...?

I am a proud child of God.

I try to stay away from saying my “religion” is Christianity - there two reasons for this:
1) I don’t believe in religion - as soon as you mention religion people think rules, going to church every Sunday, reading your Bible and saying prayers at appropriate times. In that case I’m not a “good little Christian girl”. I don’t read my Bible every day, I don’t go to church every Sunday and I pray constantly throughout the day, not just at meal times or before I go to bed.
2) There is a lot of negativity connected to the word Christian. When people hear Christian they think about someone close-minded, judgemental... I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. And it’s true - there are a lot of people out there that believe that God exists and so they call themselves Christian, but that’s not what it’s about is it....

I love being a child of God because it’s always different. I’m constantly being challenged to be better, be different, live by higher standards. I love it when people point out the parts of my character that they think are lacking because it means I have another opportunity to say “Lord, help me to change.”
I’ve come to know the Father heart of God, which means that I live in relationship with my Creator. I don’t wake up feeling guilty if I fell asleep during prayer the night before, I don’t feel guilty if I have a glass of wine (or two) when I’m out with my friends and I don’t feel guilty when I haven’t been to church in a while. But I do feel guilty when I realize at the end of the day that I haven’t even stopped once to say “Thank Lord for...” or “How are you today Father?”
Just like any relationship needs communication to stay alive I need to speak to my Daddy, and the best thing is - He speaks back!
I wish I had words to describe the awesome high I’m on ALL THE TIME! I’m so full of emotion that I sometimes wonder what to do with myself!
Ok - I’m babbeling on and losing the point here...

People need to realize that if you’re gonna say you’re Christian - COMMIT TO IT! Lay your life before God and decided to live according to His will. Don’t go about swearing, drinking, smoking and treating people like they’re lower than dirt (and please note that when I talk about drinking I’m not talking about having a beer or a glass of wine, I’m talking about drinking so much that you lose control) and then still telling people you’re a Christian. That’s just called being a HYPOCRITE!

In his book Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell says the following: “Very few people in our world are offering anything worth dying for. Most of the messages we receive are about how to make life easier. The call of Jesus goes the other direction: It’s about making our lives more difficult. It is going out of our way to be more generous and disciplined and loving and free. It is refusing to escape and become numb to and check out of this broken, fractured world.”
And that’s what it’s all about - not removing ourselves from the world because we’re “holier” than they are, but becoming so involved in making a difference, feeling all the emotions that the pain and beauty in this world make us feel, listening and caring about what people have to say. Not running away from it because we want something easier, but rather running toward it because we want a challenge; we want to see if we have what it takes. And with every small step of faith we take, we learn that with God leading the way, we can make a difference.

Being a Christian is about becoming more Christ-like day by day.
And if that’s not your goal - please stop lying to people.