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Tyla for best performance in language and maths; Tristan for Life sciences. Congrats littl’uns! Well done!

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I’m currently reading day 1 of Experience 14 Days of Fresh Air. To join in and read along go to:

http://bible.us/r/5r.1.E
2 Corinthians 1
8 We want to remind you, brothers and sisters, of the trouble we had in the province of Asia. The burdens laid upon us were so great and so heavy that we gave up all hope of staying alive.
9 We felt that the death sentence had been passed on us. But this happened so that we should rely, not on ourselves, but only on God, who raises the dead. 10 From such terrible dangers of death he saved us, and will save us; and we have placed our hope in him that he will save us again,

Have You Heard about “the Doldrums”?

There’s something amazing about feeling a warm ocean breeze across your face from the deck of a ship. And watching the wind fill a giant piece of canvas, tilting that large sail in a way that both powers and directs the vessel, is even more incredible. Before the age of motorized boats, sailors relied on these trade winds to carry them across the ocean.

However, all mariners knew about one area that was to be avoided at all costs: the Doldrums. Taken from the root word meaning “dull” or “lifeless,” the expression “in the doldrums” was used to describe the state of being bored and restless, in a slump. Sailors then gave this name to a specific region along the equator where the weather always seemed to illustrate this lifeless condition-where the air mass just hovered overhead, keeping these sailing ships stuck in place.

It’s not surprising then, that the Doldrums were once feared more than the Bermuda Triangle. Many ships became trapped in the dead zone, forced to endure grueling storms until they wrecked. Sailors would try everything they knew to do to get the ship sailing again, but nothing worked. They were stuck, sometimes permanently.

I think most of us can relate to being in the doldrums. You may know what you’re supposed to do in life, you may even know where you want to go, but you are stuck in this zone where there’s no wind, no breath, no life, nothing to help motivate you and move you along. Maybe you’re going through a storm and doing all you can just to stay afloat. Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve been fired up about anything. Maybe you’re in a rut and don’t know how to move forward.

The problem is that, when the storm winds are blowing and life gets hard, most of us don’t run to God for shelter and protection-we run from him, right into the eye of the storm. Maybe we feel like we’ve done something wrong and therefore stay away from God, afraid he’ll punish us more. Or we feel like God should have prevented the trials we’re going through. Or maybe we find we’re just too lukewarm about God-we don’t want to go to hell, but yet we don’t really want to serve God, either. So we drift away and get stuck in the doldrums.

If you find yourself in the doldrums today, I encourage you to invite God to come alongside you and begin to revitalize you with his healing wind. I am convinced that if you pursue God, you’ll discover a passion and zeal for living while enjoying every dimension of your life like never before. And be encouraged: as painful as the doldrums are, God is able to use this stuck place to do great work in your life. Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

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Saying thank you

Thanksgiving is not traditional in South Africa, though I think it should be. The mere fact that we are still alive among people that wish us ill, is a miracle in itself…and for that I’m thankfull. I want to thank God for my life, a life often riddled with thoughts of self-destruction in the past; He saved me, He took me by the hand and showed me that, even on a bad day, the sun still shines outside. I say thanks that my family have not been touched by the murder, brutality and loss caused by the crime in South Africa. I say thank you for the gift that God gave me…the gift of caring, giving and understanding the pain in other peoples lives…it is only through seeing that kind of suffering that one learns to appreciate one’s own precious existence. I’m so ever grateful for everything I have been given and wish to you, all my cyber-friends a wonderful, blessed thanksgiving.

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I’m currently reading day 2 of Talking With God in Prayer. To join in and read along go to:

http://bible.us/r/5H.2.4

Psalm 145:3 The Lord is great and is to be highly praised;
his greatness is beyond understanding.

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I’m currently reading day 1 of Talking With God in Prayer. To join in and read along go to:

http://bible.us/r/5H.1.4
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‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever and sing all my praises unto Him…’
The lyrics are not accurate, but this hymn was one of my sister’s favorites. I’ve known this since I was a baby and somehow, it means more to me today than it ever did. Having faith may have something to do with this…I believe that goodness and mercy will follow me if I just trust in the Lord.

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Double Prominence Eruptions.

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