Thursday, March 15, 2012
Isaiah 12 verse 2, "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. vs 3 "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation, ..."
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My apologies to family and dear friends back 'home' for getting so few photographs up for you in the last few months???year! (this was the whole point of starting this blog in the first place! And I just get a bit carried away with words!) Here are a few snapshots of the past 7 months or so. The kids love messing around with the photos, although some kids pull such funny faces of course that there is no need to 'doctor' their photograph to make it funny! Yes, that is Jon with the beard! And a pet mouse (not ours) in Emma's hair! No we do not have goats. Swimming, beach trips, fishing, sunsets, Barbecues or braais, bonfires, visiting friends, our church family, going to parks, birthdays, and just laughing together and being together are just some of the many blessings that God has showered upon us, thanks be to God for these precious comforts in our time of sorrows. Hopefully I will get some more photographs loaded up in the next few days for you all.
Sorry, I am not even going to try and translate properly! It is beautifully told in Afrikaans, and there is a play of words that just cannot be translated by the likes of me. But basically it is saying Comos do not need to be planted as they are self seeding (they grow in South African paddocks like weeds) and so is our heavenly Father's love.... we need no works to earn His love, it costs nothing and is given generously with much beauty and joy for us! Thank the Lord for the very breath you have and for the many other gifts He showers upon you this day. This precious story was sent to my Mother by my lovely cousin in New Zealand. Baie mooi, dankie!
Ek ken die plan wat Ek vir jou het, verklaar die Here.
Liewe vriende, wees vir n oomblik stil en prys God vir Sy Goedheid en
Aan HOM alle eer, lof en prysing vir al SY goedheid, genade en seninge in my lewe. Elke dag staan ek op met die sening dat ek asem kan haal sonder enige probleme, dat ek kan sien, hoor, praat, loop, eet en my daaglikse take kan verrig. Dit opsig self spreek van SY kosbare genade.
Here, vergewe MY asb dat ek in die verlede nie my dankbaarheid teenoor U verklaar het vir die eenvoudige maar tog belangrike seninge nie. Dankie dat ek kan hoor, praat, loop, eet en dat ek nie afhanklik is van ander om dinge vir myself te doen nie.
Dankie vir my geliefdes wat elke dag deel is van my lewe en dat hulle almal gesond is. Dankie vir U hand van bewaring wat ons elke dag oorskadu. Amen.
Mag julle almal vandag iets besonders in julle lewe vind waarvoor julle ons Hemelse Vader voor kan dank.
BLESSINGS en baie liefde aan julle almal