24 November 2008

simple woman nov 24

second entry in my simple woman day book :D visit and get the template from Peggy at Simple woman Interested... check it out...

FOR TODAY 24 Nov 2008...

Outside my window... wispy clouds and above 30C (that's about 86F) weather! yep scorcher

I am thinking... of my work permit... still...and of starting the Liturgy of the hours... mmm

I am thankful for... good books

From the kitchen... i want to make chicken samosas today when i get home... if i haven't baked in this heat

I am wearing... pink dressy shirt with black trousers/slacks/ pants (whatever you wanna call them and barefoot coz my feet are on fire

I am creating... screen shots

I am going... nowhere slowly... still

I am reading... assassins from the left behind series

I am hoping... that my permit comes out - no change there from last week

I am hearing... the air con hum--- from an air con which isn't working properly

Around the house... [ ]

One of my favourite things... flip-flops

A few plans for the rest of the week... book club Tuesday night, induction of the new pastor Thursday eve, start of the RightNow project and training the whole week

Here is picture thought I am sharing... i have samosas on my mind...

19 November 2008

God is real...

the sky was blue yesterday eve and the day before that too... real blue coz even though the sky was practically overcast the blue seeped through otherworldly like and the tiny patches without cloud were so ... blue and facing the west there were splashes of burnished bronze, bubblegum pink, ... the colour of sunset... it was so blue i tried to quantify it, periwinkle, forget-me-not, cornflower, cobalt blue, iridescent teal... anything other than sky blue... that was just too bland for the colour the sky was... have landed on azure today... and Refiloe had given me a lift home and we ended up talking about how pretty it all was, soothing peaceful and how i want home in the country or on a big enough estate to be in touch with nature and the African sky and the African blue sky... and to be close to that awe filling God-is-real-in-the-beauty-of-nature feeling.. and it made me think of India Aries 'God is Real' song, coz fo' sho' all of this is not by chance... and me being me went 'nd put it on my play-list and it's been on a constant playback loop since! Just that sky made me feel better coz it's God who's been making sure I dont' despair whilst i wait for my permit to come out... Lord that be another prayer :D

been reading from this blog conversion diary and it's profound! hope my blog becomes that eloquent one day... we'll keep praying why don't we :D

18 November 2008

volunteering and zulu

so i feel this call to volunteering... i have always volunteered but moving here and what not has put that on the back-burner for a while... but i want to do it again... and to work with the underprivileged but that means i'd need to speak a vernacular language so am beginning to learn Zulu... and hoping it will be easier than German was... am roping my co-workers into teaching me... hopefully that'll work!!! hey that will bring languages i speak to four... hyper-polyglot here i come! so my current languages-to-learn list stands thus
Bible Greek
Bible Hebrew
Chinese Mandarin

ps. Lord I need my permit...

17 November 2008

catholics on the rapture...

So have been reading the left behind series and as usual after reading new info i begin to wonder about things and the church's position on stuff... so do Catholics believe in the Rapture? Yes and No...

Lets start with Yes - Catholics certainly believe that "we will be caught up in the air" (1 Thess 4:17) when the trumpet sounds, but this is more in a Post-Tribulation Rapture kind of way

No we don't believe in Pre and Mid Tribulation Rapture as there is no solid evidence of Jesus coming back more than once... then there's is this stuff about "The warning" of which i have no idea...

Pre, Mid or Post? I know! my sentiments exactly! All this i found out using my trusty friend google, and discovered there are many 'Rapture' theories out there... mind boggling for a girl who has always known that Jesus is going to come again but being catholic the word Rapture is rather foreign... What can I say... Revelations is scary, as in there are beasts, hail and fire, mixed with blood crowned locusts with human faces, womens' hair, lions' teeth, scales, and stinging scorpion tails, a red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns.... My cousin the other night asked me not to read it out loud to her coz she'd have nightmares... and i believe it is a dire warning of hard times ahead... I just marvel at the time-lines people come up with... as they say He will come like a thief in the middle of the night.. that tells me it will be when u least expect it

So do I believe in the rapture? If you mean being caught up in the air when Jeus comes, then yes. When will this happen? at Jesus second coming, when the trumpets sound :D as St. Paul says...

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thess 4:15-17).

Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed (1 Cor 15:51-52).

Simple Woman

Have decided to keep a day book and got this fab link and template from Peggy at Simple woman Interested... check it out...

FOR TODAY 17 Nov 2008...

Outside my window... trees and roof tops... very uninspiring

I am thinking... of my work permit... Lord please I need it it soon, like before yesterday...

I am thankful for... friends, family and peanut butter

From the kitchen... Nada

I am wearing... Monday browns - I tend to sleepover at my sisters on Sunday so I have these no fuss no iron brown pants with a stripped brown top- pants could be substituted for my brown skirt - hence Monday browns

I am creating... my blog...?...

I am going... nowhere slowly

I am reading... soul harvest from the left behind series

I am hoping... that my permit comes out

I am hearing... Josh Groban - You are Loved

Around the house... haven't been home yet

One of my favourite things... brown bread

A few plans for the rest of the week... work, and ummm more work... work on my blog some...

Here is picture thought I am sharing... digital painting is amazing

14 November 2008

waiting to wait....

yep am waiting for advent... have a counter started at the bottom left!

6 November 2008

dating and being a 21st century christian

so here i am worried... yes worried about people close to me loves lives. none of my business? I don't think so, it is my business to try and make sure my loved ones and neighbors (whom if i love are also my loved ones :D) don't get off the straight and narrow... truth be told there ain't much i can actually do to get them to change their minds but i can try ha...

so sent an email along this gist... just hoping they actually read all this... or any of it... so i told them i was praying that the Lord leads and guides them... and to get a copy of Playing God by Michelle McKinney Hammond... what can i say, it's real.........

don't fall into missionary dating... just ain't the way to go.. wait on the Lord :D

why now? why bring this up now when i've never really said anything before well i have but not along these lines and 'tis not like i have the best track record... lets says i've been convicted by the HS to do so... and i've been reading a lot on dating and courtship and lets just say i wish the dating morals of people would go backwards a couple of centuries, well not all of them but most...

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."2.Cor:6.14-18.

"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain" (Psalm 127:1)

The thing you should want most is God's kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you (Matthew 6:33).

It seems sometimes that you are alone. You not! Keep your Faith in Christ and the Power of the Cross. Even though as a human we want to try to fix things by self. You can't. 1 Peter 4;12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that when His Glory shall be revealed you may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are you for the Spirit of Glory and of God rests upon you

so what's wrong with missionary dating? read this do read it please else I'll come bonk u on the head with a wok!

4 November 2008

future hubby

so i found this letter here which i though apt.. and then i tweaked it a tad for me :D

To my future husband, It is important for me to write to you now, even before we know each other, because there is still time for both of us to think about our future and to make wise decisions. There are so many things I want to tell you. I want to share my dreams with you. I want to trust you to listen and to care about what I say, to be interested in me as I am in you, for me to matter to you as you do to me. When I think about getting married, I think about much more than just the wedding dress, bridesmaids, flowers, invitations and parties, though I do that a lot so I hope you’ll like blue... To me, getting married means sharing the rest of my life with you. Growing old together - 'til death do us part - with a lot of living in between! It means growing and changing and living through the good times as well as the bad. It means loving each other when it is difficult. I look forward to a happy life with you and our children, but I'm not so unrealistic that I think we won't have any problems or difficulties (especially considering the number of kids we want to have… cheaper by the dozen won’t have anything on us!). Those will be the growing times when our love and commitment will be tested, and we will emerge stronger, wiser and more deeply in love. I know that we need each other to be holy and to become the man and woman God created us to be. God has already chosen us for each other. That is so awesome to me! I can hardly wait to meet you, but I know I have to be patient because it will only happen when it is God's time for us to come together. Until then, I can think about you and pray for you and hope that you are thinking about me and praying for me, too. I hope so much that you are waiting for me just as I am waiting for you. I want both of us to do what is right. I want to respect you, and I want you to respect me. I want us to be able to recognize the goodness in each other. I want you to touch my heart with your goodness. A friend told me once that it is necessary to know what is important to me and to have some "major" requirements when it comes to selecting my spouse. That way it will be easier for me to recognize you when we meet. The "majors" are basically those few character traits that are absolutely essential to me; traits that I just could not compromise on for any reason. I know the most important "major" is that my husband will have to know God, to love Him and to be willing to keep Him first in our lives. I have seen so much joy and happiness in families where God is the center, and now that I am older, I realize how important God is. I want our family to be happy too, and I know we cannot do it without God. I need you to be the head of the household, to be our family priest so please keep yourself centered in God. The next "Major" would be unselfishness. I'm not perfect in this area either, but I want both of us to be unselfish. We cannot go through life thinking only of ourselves. We have to be willing to make sacrifices for each other and for our children. We have to be willing to love. That's not always easy, but unless we are committed to a lifetime of loving unselfishly, our marriage will never succeed. We have to be honest too. No marriage can survive without honesty and trust. I know we will spend many hours just talking and learning about each other by sharing our thoughts and our feelings, our hopes, our dreams and our fears. I want us to be very comfortable with each other. I want so much to love you. And, I want you to love me. I want to be cherished, to be the most important person in your life, to be your most intimate friend. I want to be your wife. I want you tenderness and affection, your kindness and you strength. I want to be there for you when you feel happy and on top of the world, and I want to be there when your spirit is crushed. I want to feel protected and secure in your love and to trust you at all times. I want you to feel safe with me and never to be ashamed to talk about your fears and weaknesses. I want to encourage you to stand up for your beliefs and always to do what is right. I want to stand beside you as we go through life together. Remember, I said the wedding dress is not all that important? Well, the most important thing about the wedding dress is what it represents. The beauty of the white fabric symbolizes the purity of the bride. I want my dress to be that symbol to you. I want to cherish my virginity so that my gift of myself to you will be pure and holy. I want so much for you to do the same for me. The world has cheapened and trivialized our beautiful gift of sexuality. It has ignored its awesome power to unite a man and a woman in marriage and to be the source of their greatest blessings, their children. I don't want us ever to lose that sense of awe and reverence for this wonderful gift God designed for married couples. The power of our sexuality is so sacred. It is important to me that you believe that, too. It's a "major". We don't have to make all the mistakes many of our older friends have made. We can have God's best if we do it His way. So, why in the world am I telling you all of this? Because it's on my mind. I do think about you a lot. I hope and pray that we will be strong enough to combat the lies the world has told us. The things we do and say today can affect the rest of our lives. We do have to think and to care about the way we live today. You are so important to me. Our future is important to me. Our marriage and our children are important to me. That's why all of this matters. I want to be your wife, and I want you to be my husband. Neither of us will ever be the perfect spouse, but we can strive to please God and to do His will. By doing that now and after we are married, I know we will have the grace we need to help each other and our children get to Heaven. And, after all, that's really all that matters in the end. So, future husband, I hope this letter makes a difference to you. I really do exist. Please wait for me. I am waiting for you.
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