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And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

Dear Reader, Mom left us early Sunday morning, 21 July 2019. Just like I've prayed for, she went quietly in her sleep. This weekend the kids got together to pack up her little flat. I found it quite strange that a lifetime of 82 years can end with only a few boxes. And that what … Continue reading And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. – Brian Reed

Dear Reader, I love technology, but sometimes I also long for simpler times. I am the one who loves to try out new apps, and to get a new phone or tabletis like being a child at Christmas again. I have a few apps I love: The Keep app that I use for my grocery … Continue reading Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. – Brian Reed

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

Dear Reader, Life presents us with many opportunities to be kind to each other. We all like to be treated this way, but to be kind is a decision that we need to make every single time. But what is kindness? Wikipedia defines kindness as behaviour marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition and consideration … Continue reading Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

Bedaar en erken dat ek God is, hoog bo die nasies, hoog bo die aarde. – Psalm 46:11

Liewe Leser, Ek dink almal wil voel dat hulle in beheer is van hulle lewe. Ek dink die grootste rede hiervoor is omdat daar soveel dinge in die lewe is wat ons nie kan beheer nie. Ons maak baie keuses wat die gang van ons lewe bepaal. Waar ons bly, waar ons werk en ons … Continue reading Bedaar en erken dat ek God is, hoog bo die nasies, hoog bo die aarde. – Psalm 46:11

A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, let go, tries again, and perseveres… no matter what life throws at her – Unknown

Dear Reader, I admire strong women! Those are the women that just always keeps on going. They never give up in the face of adversity. They are the single women (and often single moms) that battles to make ends meet and raise their kids on their own. Or the women who have lost a husband, … Continue reading A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, let go, tries again, and perseveres… no matter what life throws at her – Unknown

Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’till we come to understand. – Paul Cezanne

Dear Reader, Getting retrenched leaves you with a mixture of emotions: fear, anger, shock, bereavement.... Looking back over the past 7 months, I believe I should have done things differently. I think we tend to panic - worrying about how to survive financially. And getting into a frenzy of activity without stopping to think what … Continue reading Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’till we come to understand. – Paul Cezanne

“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” ― Author Unknown

Dear Reader, Last year, on Saturday 8 September 2018, we've celebrated my mother's 82nd birthday. It was such a lovely family gathering - the table beautifully decorated, good food and of course desert. I can't remember all the details, but it left me with a sense of belonging, of feeling at home. Like what typically … Continue reading “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” ― Author Unknown

I am definitely a summer person. Don’t get me wrong: I love winter when it’s beautiful and sunny – I don’t really care about cold – I just hate the grey. – Doutzen Kroes

Dear Reader, I've never liked winter very much. I find it to be very depressing. Getting up early when it is still cold and dark. Looking at my garden were the grass is all white and dry and no flowers to brighten up my days. And that cold, cloudy days when you just wish for … Continue reading I am definitely a summer person. Don’t get me wrong: I love winter when it’s beautiful and sunny – I don’t really care about cold – I just hate the grey. – Doutzen Kroes

Laat Barabbas vir ons los! Barabbas was in die tronk oor ‘n opstand in die stad en oor moord. – Luk 23:19

Liewe Leser, Vandag se brief is vir ons Afrikaanse lesers! Ek kan onthou as 'n jong volwassene, het ek op 'n stadium baie gewonder oor Barabbas. Die Bybel vertel ons dat hy in die tronk was omdat hy betrokke was in 'n opstand teen die Romeinse gesag, maar ook dat hy 'n moordenaar was. Hoekom … Continue reading Laat Barabbas vir ons los! Barabbas was in die tronk oor ‘n opstand in die stad en oor moord. – Luk 23:19

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” 5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. – John 18: 4-6

Dear Reader, Although I have read this specific scripture many times before, I don’t think I’ve ever registered exactly what verse 6 is saying. This event took place after Jesus finished praying at Getsemane and were heading out with his disciples, fully knowing that the time has come for Him to be captured. Now it … Continue reading Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” 5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. – John 18: 4-6