A Testimony of Redemption

One of my redemption stories, I have so many!

I guess one of my first redemption stories is that in the middle of my mess, the Lord sent this man along my path who pursued me relentlessly, for 2 months, he pursued me until we started dating and, after a while, it became evident we were made to be together! The Lord used this journey to bring us both back to Him in the most spectacular way.

When we first started dating, we fought like cat and dog, we were constantly bickering, and it was actually a problem, and caused a lot of friction between us and we nearly gave up on each other and the beautiful destiny the Lord had for us. We had much to learn about compromise, when to let the other have their way and not to hold grudges or let the sun go down on your anger. These were important keys to us overcoming the constant confrontation.

The biggest revelation came to me one day when the Lord, in His infinite wisdom somehow (I think through a radio program) told me that my hubby was just a man…  go figure… who would have thought it! But, no, really! God showed me that I was always expecting perfection from my hubby. Because my hubby was so amazingly good to me and I had found a massive percentage of my security in my hubby, I had come to expect it. I had placed unrealistic expectations of perfection on my hubby and wanted him to love me perfectly, never make a mistake, never forget anything, always have perfect and beautiful things to say to me and generally love me perfectly, after all he is close to it (nudge, nudge, wink, wink… scoring points with hubby!!!).

Well, the Lord showed me that He is the only perfect one. He is the only one from who I should be seeking perfect love that casts out all fear, because He can give it to me. He is the only One from whom I should be seeking my fulfillment, when I am full of Him, I will need no other, when I am full of Him, I will need no more perfection from any other imperfect person, when I allow Him to saturate me and meet my every need I will take my eyes off my hubby and place them squarely where they need to be. Allowing my hubby the freedom to be the man he was created to be. He’s now living free of me making a perfection trap for him to fall into even before he’s woken up every day. I still struggle, but I’m trying, not to expect too much!

We, as wives, and especially wives who’ve had the privilege of being married longer, need to be spending that ever-important time with Our Heavenly Father, in order to role model how it looks when we accept the most precious person in our lives, whether they hit the nail on the head or missed totally. All wives, moms, daughters, daughters-in-law, we should pray for each other, our husbands, mothers, fathers and all of our family relations. As this picture perfect life of FB, Instagram, Twitter and whatever other (steal your life through time on a screen) media we can come up with next, becomes more and more prevalent and starts to dictate our lives, expectations and aspirations, we need to stay firmly placed in the arms of our Heavenly Father, deeply rooted in all He has for us. Allow Him to set our sights, allow Him to dictate and write your narrative. The world is and always will be broken, take your cue’s from the Master who not only wrote the manual but designed your every fiber, keep close, stay low on your knees and know He has your all in all, He designed you for the very purpose that is the heartbeat of your life.

Why do we need to live with expectation on Him, loving unconditionally and praying for and modelling it for the next generations of moms and daughters. There are probably a million reasons we can think of, but, for now let’s think of these. If not us then who, what if loving your spouse died out with our generation or our parents, the world will have won. The only way to combat the destruction and devastation of the enemy and what he wants the world to be and do, is through the construction and intentional work of the basis God gave us for functioning and thriving in life – the family. God’s perfect design for each individual human being is to know and be known in and through the beauty of community, which, fundamentally starts at home.

In short,

  1. Time with God = freedom to love others freely without expecting them to fulfill your every need.
  2. Keep our eyes on Him alone, no one is perfect – keep that for Social Media (time thief).
  3. Love on and pray for hubbies and wives everywhere!
  4. Model for younger women, especially our daughters (conviction for me!!) how to love the men in your life.
  5. Why love unconditionally, why spend time with and keep our eyes on Him, why love on our hubbies and model for the new generation? We want God’s legacy of strength in family bonds as the picture of heavenly perfection through that, to be carried over from generation to generation, by our intentionality of living life in love with Jesus first, and working out that love in action in our daily lives.

God is good is all I can say! Only by His grace I am still alive, let alone having lived to be married to the most marvelous man who makes me feel safe in life with him, but most importantly, always reminds me of how I’m safe in the Father’s arms. Then to live the experience of my beautiful children. It’s a tremendous privilege.

Forgiveness Part (2)

14th Wedding Anniversary!

So this year, with the testimony and privilege of celebrating my 14th wedding anniversary, I can safely say that I’ve been on the track of wholeheartedly serving the Lord for approximately 15years now. This having been said, I heard the Lord say to me this morning that I’ve been so broken and full of hurt, pain and unforgiveness that I was not even aware of, that I have been incapable of fully receiving His Love.

This statement completely flawed me, as I have on many occassions been slain in the absolute Love of our generous Father, but with the Lord showing me through 3 different friends and relatives that I have unforgiveness that needs to be dealt with, I spent time with Him on this issue, fasting and praying and He has been at work again!

The way I fast and pray, which works for me(after a bit of trial and error, over a few years) this is not strictly following a certain biblical way of fasting, but I feel more a relational way…

My 5 steps to fasting relationally…

  1. I ask the Lord what to fast about, in this instance, the fasting topic was brought to my attention first, most of the time my fasting has been as a response to what the Lord has shown me needs attention. There are other times I fast, for instance, on a weekly basis for my family which is a certain day and time weekly, when I ask the Lord what to fast about this week and He responds to me and tells me the topic of this week’s fast for that set time.
  2. Once I know the topic, I ask the Lord how long to fast for? Is it a day, an hour, a week, but the Lord is gracious and generous. I used to be able to do 30day fasts when you only eat something small in the evening after sunset etc, but, now that I have a whole family to look after I can’t seem to manage those fasts and be a blessing to my family, while not eating… go figure!
  3. I ask the Lord what to fast, or what type of fast to have? Certain things in my menu have been important to me at certain times of my life. At this stage of my life I’ve given up my evening cuppa along with meat for 3weeks… this takes it’s toll, not really recommended unless you see your doc first especially for ladies! When I was younger T.V. played a major role of 2 or so hours in my life and I would give that up to fast and pray at that time.
  4. I don’t know if it’s considered theologically correct, or not, but, then I start to pray, just in tongues, ask God to open my eyes to see what He sees in the situation and what to pray for and how. Then I continue my days as usual, I fast at the times I would have had the coffee or meat I say to the Lord, ‘Lord, God, I am fasting and giving this up to you and praying as we discussed , please would You release this to me or free this one from that or whatever the request is.
  5. As with all things the Lord is faithful in all He does! He reveals and answers  the prayers as we ask Him and trust Him. There are times, as with this time of fasting for unforgiveness for me, that it is necessary to ask someone in a position of leadership, revelation or having experience in the same area to pray with you through, for, or into breakthrough for that issue. Trust the Lord to show you the right person for that, don’t just take the first person that comes to mind, you could get hurt, wait on Him.

Then anytime you’re alone get into the Presence of God, housework is my most dangerous time. I spend hours worshipping, crying, singing, dancing and breakthrough comes in the most magnificent manner…

All Glory to God as He does His infamous open-heart surgery without even needing to delve into the details, He works, He removes, He re-inserts His Love, His beliefs of how He sees us, made us and what He has for us; His paradigms for us to be whole, as He intended us to be, healed and returned to Him to accomplish His dreams He placed within us since the beginning of time to establish all He called us to!

Thank You Lord, in Jesus Mighty Name have Your way in our lives!

Let me know if this has helped you or some tips on how you fast, love to hear from you!

God bless, love

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Forgiveness Part (1)

God is good... all the time!

As I lay all at Your feet I hear You say, is the cross enough? Is the suffering I endured enough to take away what you have endured? Is it enough that I broke eternal perfection to bring down one of the perfection of the Godhead, to be entirely man and entirely God, with no sin in Him so that you, each and everyone of you, will have an advocate and friend seated in Heavenly places? So that when you hit rock bottom of whatever place mentally, physically, spiritually you find yourself in today, you will know without that shadow of doubt I am here, with you in this place you are never alone. I am there, standing beside my Father, calling out for you, calling out to you, saying you can do this, we can get there, I have also been there, that is how I know you and me together we can lift this cross, carry this burden and set you free, because I already carried you there 2019years ago! Is it enough that I walked the earth during some of the most difficult times to empathise with your needs, temptations and desires? Is it enough that I lived, was born and died an adopted Son of a carpenter?

But what am I to you? Who do you say I am? Am I, or do you know me, as a friend, closer than a brother or lover? Do you know me as a wonderful counsellor? Do you know me as your heavenly Father? Do you know me as God the only Potentate and what does that mean for you?

I can tell you who I know Him to be, if you’re interested? My experience of Father God, Holy Spirit and tender-loving Jesus Christ.

I know Him as my Father, so intricately woven into the very fabric of my being He has done open-heart surgery to my heart, removing, cleaning out hurt, damage and self-destruction I never even knew was there but His hand, more gentle and tender than any surgeon could ever mustre.

I know Him as my Father who loves me so much He keeps me safe in my darkest moments, whether of the mind or decisions that  could have been detrimental. He has kept my head and life above water on many occassions, at times when I was far from Him I can see, as I look back, His Almighty hand carrying me through, often in potential physical harm too!

I know Him, since I was 8years old, as my Comforter, Counsellor and gentle, tender Holy Spirit who has led me faithfully my entire life, even when I was far from Him, again. Him, He has always been my safety net. I can truly say Thank You Lord and Thank You for giving me praying parents who loved and appreciated me their best.

I know Him since I was born as God the Only Potentate. My mother thought she wasn’t able to have more children since she had my sister and miraculously I was born. I was born prematurely and at a very vulnerable age went home in the Zimbabwean heat of 45°C, contracted pneumonia. After days and weeks being ill my mother thought I was breathing better that’s why I had quietened down. As usual one of my favourite sayings… but God… but God knew I wasn’t and sent my dear pastor out to get something from the shop and as he passed our house the Lord said to him in Afrikaans(cause the Lord speaks all languages fluently… even though we all secretly think He speaks only ours and translates for others, come on now, we all know we do…) ‘Ietsie’s vout daar binne.'(‘Somethings wrong in there’). He came into our house, knowing my parents like son and daughter, he picked me up and said I was already blue… Now I spent my whole life trying to reconcile this story, until one day at the age of 15 Oupa Dup(as we affectionately called him) came and told me himself. That’s when I believed it for the first time. I saw that for him it was a miracle he also was in awe of the Lord for. He picked me up, and prayed, the rest is history. I’ve had many other miracles but that one always seals it for me. I knew Him at birth, intimately!

I know Him as a counsellor who moves gently, aptly across paths of lives and hearts directing people who think they have nothing to do with Him, but somewhere, a parent, friend, counsellor and often even a teacher; is praying for them and He, Almighty God, has the last word, saving people young and old from self-destructive behaviour towards His eternal life-giving relationship!

I know Him as a Father, who, when we as a couple were faced with the possibility of abortion, said absolutely not and we live the beautiful result of a full family today. Also a Father who loves, heals and restores the hearts and souls who, for whatever reason, absolutely not was not an option and abortion became a part of their story… but God has a better plan, how? Only He can say, but He always has a restoration plan in place, that’s how much He loves us…

John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ NIV

9th February, 2019

Question for South Africa

Do you not know South Africa that I will have my way;

Isaiah 43:13

“Yes, and from ancient days I am He. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act who can reverse it?”

Do you not know South Africa that when the Lord has decided and decreed and declared a thing it will come to pass and He has decided and decreed and declared from the beginning of time that South Africa’s future will be hope for all nations shining it’s light to Jesus, bringin g deliverance to the nations, starting from here. The Lord has shown me for a week now how He has reserved for Himself a remnant of His people who do life in reality, that keep themselves wound up and bound up in Him, in the things of His Kingdom and His people; reaching unsaved and drawing them in with chords of loving-kindness and overflowing in patience, love and care while the world continues in their dysfunctional disconnect (of living life in snapshots of Instagram pics, facebook moments and coffee shop ‘visits’, what do we really know of each other, when will we come back to knowing one another, living in each others homes, praying about what’s really going on in life?)

The Lord showed me that the same way He parted the mighty waters, holding them back until the exact right second, making perfect and dry ground (meaning they were safe… women, children, elderly, animals and all… God knows every detail) until the very second that each of them was safely planted on the other side of the sea and ensuring that every single remnance of the enemy chasing after them, because every single remnance of the enemy was chasing after them, would be annihalated! He let go, at just the right time, in the right moment, not a moment too soon, not a moment too late, He knows the times, He is the only one who does. Trust Him, rely on Him, listen to Him, allow Him the intimate moments of your time, secret places of your heart, that is where He will start the journey to wholeness, to LIFE. His perfect plans and perfect purpose for your life will be unveiled, revealed as you wait on Him, as you wait in Him, He will reveal the secrets of His Kingdom plans, His Kingdom purposes in and for and through you to reach the hurt and lost and dying world around you. Trust in Him alone!

The Lord showed me, regarding

Isaiah 43:16

“This is what the Lord says – He who made a way through the sea,                             a path through the mighty waters,”

1 -He held back that water to accomplish His will, of carrying His people to the   promise of the promised land He had made to them when Abraham first heard the words of God to pack up and leave. His timing is perfect, His will unknown, yet we can trust and wait knowing it is what will be for our betterment, our good. Rom 8:28; Jer 29:11-12

2 – He held back that water, as He now is withholding His wrath, but again it will only be until the very last second. If you’re coming, now’s the time to jump into His arms, there’s not a second to loose, He Loves you, He cares for you, He spread His holy arms out to prove to you how much He wants you there with Him in His perfect eternity, come with Him won’t you, join Him and help others to know Him, He wants you, He split perfection to know you, know your trials, know your heartache, temptation, loss and feelings of hopelessness, depression, He knows every single one. His own friends betrayed Him, ran out on Him when He needed them most, but God… never ran out on any one of us, He fulfilled His promise of a promised land He has gone ahead to prepare for us and is waiting, no, not just waiting, praying for us to join Him and bring everyone we know along with us!

Will we go? Will we do His will! Call others! Quickly time is running out!! Tell them all they need to know… Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so!

Love and God bless!

Whom shall I fear? Part (2)

In follow up with my first post on the fear of man, I have been praying this for myself, not sure if it would be helpful to anyone else, hope it is. Let me know what fears you are struggling with?

I have written a prayer, in red, under the Psalms words to pray through the lines above it.

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?                                                                                                      Lord, God I lift my eyes to You my light and my salvation, may I fear You alone, please Father.

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?                                                                                               Lord, God remind me when I am afraid that You are my stronghold, my safe tower and my refuge, remind me to run to You with my fears and desires, please?

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.                                                                                         Lord, God, help me to allow my heart to be anchored by You alone, to not see friends as enemies and trust You Almighty God to slay the fears that try to control my mind as I bring all my thoughts, plans, emotions, memories and daily life to You in submission and I trust You to cause them and the repitition of them to stumble and fall!
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.                                                                                   Father, God, when I looked up and saw the tower that this fear of man has made infront of me and the fact that it almost comes between you and me because I allow it to stop me doing what You have called me to, God I pray please forgive me. Please help me to stop allowing these fears to keep me from You and all You have called me to, help me to not allow daily incidences to feel like a besiegement and to know that You will not allow war to break out against me because my heart is anchored in you!        

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.                                                                             Father, God, may I keep my eyes on You and You alone, may I ever consider the day we meet and treasure it in my heart. Remind me of that day when I am faced with the choice again of giving in to the feeble lie of fear and following Your eternal plan for my life, that I am Yours and we will sit together and laugh at the day You overcame my fears with me, for me, through me, bringing me into eternal bliss from my earthly mayhem. May I know that You alone are enough, I need no other foundation, no other rock to build on and no other confirmation of who or whose I am, please God, my Lord.

Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.                                                             Lord, God, Almighty,  my friend, my beloved, the Lover of my soul, how can I ever thank You enough, how can I ever pour my life out to You enough for You have given me this life. Before You I was nothing, before You I was lost, before You I was broken, sinful and ashamed but with You, in You, through You I am redeemed, loved, set free and eternally, perfectly Loved, how can I not rejoice, thank You God Almighty

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord                                                                                                        

Whom shall I fear? Part (1)

8th of January

Having had a long, curly, full head of hair, I decided to make a change and told the hair dresser to do whatever he feels suits my face and closed my eyes and watched…. well… watched…. closed my eyes initially, but then when his razor got stuck because there was too much hair…. (this should have been my cue to quit) I did open my eyes and saw that my hair was falling… ughem… rather rapidly to the floor.

Now with a week of a very short, mostly manly haircut, I have been thinking about what makes me a woman, because, I don’t wear make up anymore, I don’t wear hair anymore and in essence what makes me a woman if I’m not doning the things the woman is expected by this society to don, what is being a lady if it’s not putting on your make up, doing your hair, when all of those things are out of the way what is being a woman and looking feminine in your Godly purpose/role that you were born for? This was my initial thought. Guess I’ll have to think long n hard about this.

My next thought was why is this bothering me so much? When I shut myself in the room and prayed about it I finally realised I have a huge issue about this and asked the Lord to reveal to me what the actual heart issue was and why I felt so strongly about my hair. You have probably guessed it, but I wasn’t completely shocked, when the Lord showed me the huge burden over my head is the fear of man. Well, now I’ve got my work cut out for me, how am I going to solve this one? I guess the same way I heard about it, on my knees.

Issues of rejection, neglect and abuse have left their mark on my mind, heart and soul, but the perfect Lover and Father of my soul will reveal and heal all as He has up until now.

Trust you have similar testimonies of love and healing experiences and would love to pray with you and hear how you overcome these issues, send me a note to chat @ orderingmayhem co za.

Read Whom shall I fear? Part (2) here…

 

25th July, 2018 to New Year 2019

Word

Recording of thoughts, memories and readings.

My hubby asked me what have I been studying in the word and I said I’ve been studying rebellion. Now this sounds like a heavy but I feel like the person who is swimming out beyond the breakers in the sea and the current is about to sweep me up. And the Lord is saying to me, “Come on, Come on, get away from the edge, get away from those breakers and swim back to me!” and I’m almost saying “I enjoy shark teeth more!” and fighting against everything the Lord’s saying and this is not where I want to be right now. Even in the same night after this realisation, the Lord had told me not to mention a specific thing He was working with me on and I decided to take it up at lifegroup, instead of being quiet, I still went and said it out loud at lifegroup and I should possibly not have said anything at all.

Still struggling with the attitude and heart attitude of rebellion, to change and do what the Lord says I should do and not to fight against the Lord.

My favourite song at the time was “Victory belongs to Jesus” by Todd Delaney and it starts with the words “Who can stand against the Lord? No one can” That’s effectively what I am trying to do by opposing Him, rebelling against Him, it’s pointless. Not wanting to do all He is calling me to, but at the same time, I should be, this would save me time, heartache and stress… submission. It’s a difficult subject for us at the moment in our culture of rebellion, rock n roll lifestyle and live life your way, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

This is a very dangerous place to be as we no longer submit to authority, pastors, husbands and even the Lord Himself.

Please Father God, help me to hear and obey, I desperately need you!

This I feel is an imperative reminder for me of something I wrote earlier in 2018 but I need to keep myself close to the heart of my Father in order to remain under (definition of submission:- remain under) Him! Him and His beautiful promises for me, Him and His beautiful plans for me, Him and His beautiful laws put there to keep me on track, to protect me, to bring me to a place where I live in His good, pleasing, perfect will to the best of my grace inspired abilities.

HAPPY NEW YEAR friends, be blessed and may God lead you and guide you into the fullness of what He has for you and your family in 2019!

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My 6 and a half hours as a stroke patient

Half a day as a critical patient

Today I’d like to tell you about my 6 and a half hours as a stroke patient. Slightly cryptic but I don’t want to give it away so bear with me, please!

Blinded while shopping with my kids

So the week went off quite normally, Monday – kids to school, me to work, kids home, homework, same on Tuesday, no problems, the week’s off to a good start, nothing unusual everyone is getting along and things are looking up at work.

Enter Wednesday, same thing, the day gets off to a relatively uneventful start and all goes well while my daughter plays her first hockey match as a goalie with the full kit; she is so excited and we are so proud of her we could burst! So, we go naturally off to the shop and get a few groceries.

As I enter the shop I’m seeing some flashes before my eyes that feel like I’ve been looking at the sun too long. I ignore it and carry on trying to push through the strange sense that it’s getting worse. It seems to clear only to come back, completely blinding my right eye.

I calmly tell my kids, ok kids, mom can’t see out of my one eye. We need 2 more things then we can pay and go to the car. My daughter the wonderful organiser that she is with an in-depth love of the Lord and leading of the Holy Spirit, at age 9, says right mom, I got this and proceeds to walk us, brother in trolley to the groceries we need and till point, then straight to the car.

I get to the car, trying to think through the strange experience and message my hubby the following words:

“Hi babe i’m readfy srignibg not able see mysight noy good n head toocopinh really difficult to see notsurewhats wrobg siiting in car for a niutehhope it gets better” As I sent the message the phone rang, naturally my hubby was disturbed, calling to see what was wrong, we were both convinced we had picked up some sort of virus as we were not feeling great all week.

I said Ok, I’ll sleep for 10minutes in the car while the kids read a book. When I woke up I could see. All I cared about was that I could see and needed to get myself and kids home urgently. Ok guys put your belts on we’re leaving. Even though I was somewhat disorientated I knew I could drive and needed to, before something else happened.

Once home my hubby organised supper, kids and everything else and I fell asleep on my bed waking up the next morning. Before I slept I messaged my friend who has a 24hour intercessory prayer group. I said please pray for me I don’t know what’s going on. They started praying then already.

My 6 and a half hours as a stroke patient

Next morning, as my hubby was unwell and had done everything the night before I took the kids to school. Meanwhile, I had had the most debilitating headache all night and felt like I was lifting lead all morning while trying to move my arms and legs. I kept telling myself even if they get to school late, at least they’re there and my hubby needs his rest. I’d go to the nurse as I definitely have some sort of bug.

School went fine and I went to the nurse, she looked very concerned, I explained my head felt like it was in a vice grip all night, subsided around 5 or 6 that morning only, even after meds. I had pain all down my right hand-side and arm, blinded in my right eye, numb all down the right side of my face and neck and pain in my chest and heavy feeling in my legs and arms.

After checking all my vitals she used the words I never thought I’d hear concerning myself… she actually said I think you’ve had some sort of stroke.

It wasn’t slow, it wasn’t slight or gradual, it was instant, the cold sweat that took over my whole body, I began to shiver and feel freezing cold and clammy all at that instant.

Then the next words that came out I think were worse. She said you are going to have to book yourself into hospital with this referral letter and she started very kindly but very factually telling me what and how and where to go and “keep the paperwork with you, don’t let them take it, you need it to give it to the doctors that need to see you…” on and on went the words, I could hear and understand them but they weren’t for me, she was telling me stuff I needed to know to tell the doctor, which i had no doubt I would remember when the time came, but it wasn’t about me, it was about another patient that was needing to go instantly into the hospital because they had had a life-threatening occurrence… that wasn’t me. I was fit, healthy and currently working on my weight issue.

God intervened

As always, in my life and the lives of those closely knitted into and related to Him, God Almighty intervened! While the nurse was talking I hurriedly sent a message to my hubby and said something like: I’ve had some sort of stroke and need to go to hospital urgently with the documentation. He, again, awesome man that he is, immediately called me to discuss the options, because as self-employed individuals, we have no medical aid.

By God’s enormous grace he has clients at the hospital and called them to arrange they see me and to have the lesser scan and not the R 10 000 scan, but that they will be able to ascertain all the issues from that one too.

Great I start driving there and message my friend with the prayer group, this is serious, it’s urgent, I need prayer, all the prayer I can get.

Then… silence. The car is silent. My mind is, in the aftermath of the enormous pain from the day before and suddenly this is when it always hits home for me, in the aftermath, after the hype after the shock… no, I was still in shock. I was a stroke patient. 39years old, relatively active all day with my kids, not eating too well, but man, not eating so badly that I could kill myself!

God, what is going on here? Lord, what are you doing here? (I’m not blaming the Lord here, I’m just trying to figure out, where is He, because I know, personally, from everything I’ve ever experienced, and man that’s a lot! He is always with me, He is always in control, He is always Sovereign, He is always good, very, very, good. This is simply my way of saying, this is happening, where are you, what are your plans, what should I do, where do You want me in all of this?) Lord, I find myself saying, Lord, I have kids, they are young, I have a lot to accomplish. Where do You want me in all of this? I am going to this hospital now, I am going alone, is there someone I should phone? Is there someone that can come with me. I am entering uncharted territory here? “No, I am with you, you are not alone.”I didn’t hear the Lords words audibly but I felt He was with me, my Lord and my Saviour, never leaves me alone, just as He has promised in His word, and I had instant peace. I was going to be ok, even if this awful thing did happen to me, here I was driving my car, with all my faculties in tact and… wait a minute, how do I know all my faculties are in tact. If I’d had a stroke, surely I wouldn’t know if all my faculties were in tact or not?  Again, I felt the Lord’s hand on my heart and mind assuring me that I would be fine.

Hospital alone

Somehow I calmly managed to drive myself very slowly to the hospital. Once there I asked my way around and found myself at a desk with very compassionate, friendly and helpful ladies, full of questions and enquiries… tears came streaming down my face with no explanation, no warning, no feeling of being overwhelmed to warn me i just sprung a leak, in the words of my father. With my documents in hand she instructed me to take a seat and she would call me if she needed me, only I must fill out the forms for the tests…. total disbelief filled my heart and mind.

I’m sure I never would have dreamt this would happen to me, but in the back of my mind I had the vision of if something drastic ever had to happen to me I would be surrounded by loving, caring, family and friends. Here I sat. There was something about it. Sobering, heart-breaking and I didn’t want to disturb my husband who already had a day of work to accomplish and now I was adding extra doctors bills to our overstretched budget.

Through tears, eyes that were already blurred from the headache and blindness from the day before, I filled out the form and somehow sent a message to my hubby that I needed him. To which he responded he was nearly there!!

Mrs King. They called. I went in. It seemed like ages between my seat and the door where the young lady stood, perhaps i was trying to delay my arrival hoping my hubby would appear, miraculously, at that moment. Cold, clinical room, strange apparatus and I’m alone… until on the machines bed I hear “close your eyes”. No, it’s not the operator, is it You Lord,? “yes, close your eyes, don’t think about anything, I am with you,”I sigh, absolute relief and peace once again, flow over my entire being, I can do this. She says we are going to do this 3 times so just keep still. The platform I am lying on rises slowly and I get slid slowly into and out of a strange circular machine which surrounds my entire head. I am aware of what is happening, but keep my eyes shut the entire time. I feel the words coming from inside my chest or is it my stomach. (This may seem cliche to some but this is my favourite Psalm of all time. Funny the first part doesn’t even enter my mind.) “Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Though art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” Again and again these words keep coming from deep within me, they are not coming from my mind but my innermost being. I only counted 2 entries into the machine and thought I’d done something wrong as the young lady came into the room and said we’re done.

Just like that they handed me my paperwork, charged me an enormous amount of money and let me go home. No questions about what I’m going to do now, no questions of whether I have a doctor that can explain the tests to me or anything like that, just good bye and make sure you settle your bill, ma’am.

Zero Answers, Doctors for 2 days

Well, I’m stunned, by now my hubby has arrived and we’re both as stunned as the other with no explanation as to what just happened, no solutions on how to find out, nothing, now what?

I call the nurse, she can’t make head or tail of the scan only to say somethings don’t match up.

Next, I fetch my kids who would subsequently spend the entire day at the doctor waiting for some sort of answers. I see my doctor who happens to be an old army doctor so he has some hands on experience with many areas of treatment.

He examines me and eventually sits on the bed next to me and says “Don’t worry my dear, everything will be alright” You have kidney and bladder infection in both your kidneys and your bladder very badly, he says, you have an ulcer, you have chronic sinusitis and spasms all through your back, your blood pressure is higher than normal but stable and your heart is beating erratically. You are clearly under a lot of stress, but your brain is fine. I ask him to check my scan due to the abnormalities we see in the pictures, he is happy they are all minor things.

But what caused the blindness is still a concern, so he immediately books me into the eye surgeon for testing. It’s now 4pm, my kids have been with me at the doctor for 2 hours. We go to the specialist, make arrangements, make arrangements for snacks, and come back, they do a barrage of tests and say I must come back in the morning for more testing.

Once home, the eye specialist calls me to tell me that he thinks a clot too small to stop my arteries could have gone in behind my eye, he is going to test for that in the morning and if he finds it I will have to go to the cardiologist for a full workup. If not, he will send me to the neurologist for testing my eyes and why I went blind.
Longest story short, I spent the entire next day unable to see due to the drops I had to take for the testing only to find that my vision was perfect, my peripheral vision was back I had had no clot in my eye that they can see and I don’t need to see the neurologist!

God’s words to me

The next morning I woke up early to spend time with the Lord and He sent me to the following scripture:

Isaiah 43

‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’

The Lord doesn’t cause these events, but I can testify that in every scarry and unpredictable event of my life He has been there and brought me through, carried me to complete healing and His Almighty hand has never left me.

Praise God, after what could have been the most debilitating experience of my life, He spared me.

 

 

What the Lord’s saying to me, when I am weak.

This is a post from earlier in the year, when I was really struggling with health issues, taking it day by day and literally moment by moment.

What the Lord’s saying to me, when I am weak.

I look at my life and feel I am weak, I am broken, I am unable to pull all the parts of my life together, I feel challenged on every level, I don’t know how to cope with things and the Lord is just saying to me rest in me, the Lord said your pieces are all resting in me, I am the glue that sticks all your pieces together, you just need to rest and be who you are, who I am making you to be and all your broken-ness comes together and becomes beautiful when you rest in me and I hold it all together. Thank you Lord that You hold it all in Your hands, thank You Lord that You have it all together. Thank You Lord.

God is a Consuming Fire

What does it mean to me that my God is a Consuming Fire?

Definition: – to destroy, (as by fire); to waste or burn away

Deut 4:24 ‘For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.’

Deut 9:3 ‘But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; He will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.’

Ex15:7 ‘In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed Your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.’

Ex 24:17 ‘To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.’

Ps 69:9 ‘for zeal for Your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.’

Jn 2:17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for Your house will consume me.”

Heb 12:29 ‘For our God is a consuming fire.’

 

In the last few weeks I have been considering what it means to me that the Lord is a consuming fire.

I mean I love the fact, I love being taken up into the arms of my Father and for that time nothing else in the world matters… none exists except the time between Him and me, absolute bliss, Him whispering sweetly into my innermost being and me feeling absolute love and acceptance, there is no space and time like this and no one can ever take those experiences and intimate moments from you. One of the reasons I find it so important for our children to sing with us at church is for them to experience that intimacy with us and the beautiful part is how they come and show intimate affection to my hubby and I while we worship and they feel and accept the intimate touch of the Holy Spirit and I try never to miss an opportunity to remind them the love they are feeling is the dearest touch of the Living God coming into their hearts by our wonderful friend and Counsellor, the Holy Spirit. I digress…

While driving in the car this week a lady was explaining on the radio her near death experience and that she had been in a place of almost nothing-ness and yet experienced the awesome all-consuming love of God. She knew if she didn’t come back her family would miss her, but God would take care of them, she knew that she would be with Him forever and when they came they would be there with Him too, understanding and knowing what she did and that she couldn’t leave there. She had no cares and no thoughts of what she should have done, regrets, only that she had been blessed to make the most important choice of her life to become a Christian.

It was at that point when she said she had no regrets except to become a Christian, I thought for a moment about what would I be thinking if the Lord gave me the opportunity to stand before Him now. The only regret I would have is what I have not done for Him. How I have not spent my time with Him, how I have not studied my bible more so as to be His hands and feet effectively.

If that weren’t enough, my hubby sent me an article on whatsapp, author unknown. It is so good, it points to Heb 10:19-39, now usually I won’t paste entire pieces of scripture, I feel it’s more important to look it up ourselves and hear from God, but this article is irrelevant without this text.

 

Hebrews 10:19-39 New International Version (NIV)

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[b] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,

he who is coming will come

and will not delay.”[c]

38 And,

“But my righteous[d] one will live by faith.

And I take no pleasure

in the one who shrinks back.”[e]

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

I was so convicted, I have been toying with the ideas God has given me, but not taking them seriously as if they were a call from God, because I always feel as though I would never be good enough to be called by God, not qualified, not educated, not ‘appointed’ by anyone as if to say man’s appointment would mean more than God’s Himself? What was I thinking?

To top it all off yesterday morning I was listening to a prayer call I listen to at times and the woman said someone on this call is afraid of what the Lord is calling them to and God is going to give you the courage step out, to persevere and to end well, take up the mantle and run with it. She said you are waiting for the day that you feel qualified enough, educated enough, but God has called you and when He calls you He will anoint you and equip you (which is what the Lord’s been saying to me all year in Isaiah 61:1, which I didn’t believe I was worthy of the calling, people… how slow am I?). Well, that was for me, hopefully for others too, but definitely was, for me at that time. God has this year been placing in me a call to do a number of things for Him but now as I sit here, my heart is pulsing, my hands racing over the keyboard and I am feeling like there may never be enough time to do what I need to do, but my God, my consuming fire, who has consumed every thought, every emotion and every situation for so long; is calling me, I will go. For He is mighty, I will not fear, I will not look back, I will focus on Him alone and keep my eyes above the waves. My time is now and my consuming fire burning so that I need to put into action all that He is calling me to, for eternity’s sake and the lives of men and women that He loves are at stake!!! Come on! Come with me on the journey of God following, the greatest adventure of life and gift from God, we will never regret it!!

Don’t know what your calling is? Ask, He is faithful, ask the Lord, if, and when, we come with sincere, pure hearts He will answer with the true calling He designed us for. It is God’s will for us to achieve the purpose and call He has designed each of us for.