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Looking to the Future

Looking to the Future. After much reflection, there is a bright bright joy that beckons!

Looking to the Future.

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Heb 11:1-2 (MSG)

It has been awhile, my friend, since you and I shared a Cuppa. Much has happened in my home, heart and life and presume the same is true for you? I will start this conversation by sharing my part – feel free to join and share your stories.

This year has been tougher than others in its own unique way. I have been struggling with severe headaches that left me weak and often confined me to bed for days on end. Nobody could make sense of it. We prayed. I saw many doctors. It was quite an epic little drama in my little family. Add to that, my husband had been asked to travel for work and he spent more and more time away from home and in another city. Our home felt empty without him. I battled to cope alone and our 5 year old Super Star was taking strain. But God has remained so good to us.

He was our strength when there was none left. Always providing, always caring. We never lacked. I (we) have been blessed beyond reckoning and understanding during this year! This has become the year during which I have realised just how grateful I oughto be for all we have (not only in earthly possessions!) in friends, family and in the Heavenly Father who loves us beyond comprehension and understanding!

I have purchased the 1000 Gifts book by Ann Voskamp and I have downloaded the App for my iPad. It’s has been amazingly refreshing to sit down and take stock of what you have to be grateful for, especially when days seem confused and rush past. It has been a wonderful testimony of my journey and my family’s through the past couple of months to remind us of His ever present Grace and Love and Watchfulness (made-up word?) in our day to day lives.

Let all that I am praise the Lord;with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. PS 130:1 (NLT)

We have since, amongst the many doctors and neurologists and specialists, found a doctor who suggested a diagnoses and treatment that seems to work for me.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. Ps 115:1 (NLT)

My SAMM is home now which is great because his company offered him a FANTASTIC position in Cape Town (the city he was previously traveling to) – one of the most beautiful places in South Africa and we are frantically packing boxes getting ready for the move in 4 weeks time!

So what do I know now that I didn’t know at the start of this year and journey?

  1. Trust the Holy Spirit when He leads you – He sees a far bigger picture than you can even imagine.
  2. Invest in your relationship with your husband when the pressure is low and the love is high. Learn to respect him NOW, support him NOW so that when the pressure cooker starts to boil and you’re reserves are running low you can trust in that partnership-relationship. (Look our for a post on this soon).
  3. Make time for a Cuppa with God as often as you can – when nothing else satisfies or feeds, He gives strength and sustenance.

So, we’re almost caught up. I would love to hear from you. Leave a note and let me know how you have been. I look forward to another Cuppa with you soon.

Have a heart

The heart of a woman is what makes her who she is.

In recent days I have had to realise that more than once. Every woman I know has undeniable power within her heart and soul. Every woman I know is also in different phases of understanding this truth about herself. And every woman’s heart has a different power to offer. You must know what I am talking about? Some women have the ability to lift our hearts and spirit with their words and actions of encouragement. Some women have the ability to reignite our faith in ourselves because of their faith in us. Some women inspire us because of their faith. Some offer strength, some beauty or love. Some offer dependability or wisdom and others brightness, humour and fun.

Every woman I call a close friend, is also called a heart-friend because these women each understand, value and protect my heart and offer my some of theirs in return.

The challenge today is this – have a heart!

Take a friend out for a frothy mocha-chococino, share one heartfelt thought with her today and wait for her to share some of her heart with you.

The heart of a woman is what makes her who she is. Who are you?

Love.

the peaceful wife

Helping wives go from hurting and frustrated to empowered, healed, and confident in Christ

With a Cuppa Coffee

Hearty chats for women about this, that and whatnot.