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KinsellaMaubaneTreeProject

Spring is upon us people!! I’m sure you all feel a bit more up-beat than you did during the cold winter months.

Let us share our joy this beautiful season and reach out to those who need a little boost to put the happiness back in their lives.

Want to know how?

For Spring Day 2015, Kinsella Landscaping is planning on planting as many trees as possible at the Maubane Rivoningo Transformation Centre in Temba, north of Pretoria. In order to do this, they will need your help. You can donate the funds that will make the purchase of a tree possible. To make the donation a bit more personal, the tree will be tagged: Donated by …..(your name). This means that, even if you cannot be at there when the trees are planted, the community will always know who their benefactor was.

The cost of the trees are as follows:

  • Fruit tree = R 350-00
  • Other trees = R 695-00

These will all be 100L trees.

By planting these trees, you will become part of an effort to uplift an entire community. The fruit trees will supply food and produce to sell and the other trees would provide shade where the community can get together, where children can play during the hot summer months. The trees will therefore not only be a way to brighten the dull landscape, the growing trees will bring a sense of hope and faith in a brighter future.

The children of Maubane Rivoningo Transformation Centre

You are not only helping a community, you are also helping the environment.

Do you want to be a part of this amazing project?

Get in touch NOW for more information and Kinsella’s banking details.

Complete the form at the bottom of this post or e-mail either myself (click here) or Jessica Uys (click here).

Want to contribute NOW. Click here for the foundation’s banking details (Please use this tag with EFT: Kinsella/Maubane). E-mail proof of deposit to ilzehallidayfoundation.sharon@gmail.com and remember to add your name and contact details.

The Ilze Halliday Foundation supports the social upliftment efforts of Kinsella Landscaping.

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#DailyBread: Psalm 107:14

 

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Psalm 1:1-3 via DailyLifeVerse

In a world filled with conflict it is difficult to find a moment’s rest. Everyday, everywhere we look we only see pain, sorrow and hate in a world that seems intent upon paving their road to damnation and destruction.

In our own lives, in my life, things have been totally out of whack for a long time. I’ve been wandering in the darkness, lost; my heart filled with a deadly mix of fear, anger and sadness. I’ve been confused, disillusioned ….I’ve lost my way. I’m sure that many of you out there feel this way these days. It is normal for any person to fail in faith sometimes….I’ve done this falling down, standing up thing over and over in my life and, hopefully, now I’ve finally learnt my lesson…..never lose hope! It is just harder for us lately, but then, on the other hand, God never said remaining close to Him will be easy. He told his apostles that they will be persecuted, jailed, killed for believing and for spreading His Word.

We live in difficult times, friends, being someone who follow in the footsteps of Jesus can be extremely daunting. We have to be especially vigilant; but remember, Jesus said:

John 16:33: “These things I have spoke to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.” [via BibleHub]

I’ve been filled with peace. I feel so blessed to have received this immense feeling of calm. My worries and cares were all-consuming….until I decided to hand it all over to Jesus. I’m just a simple human being, I cannot deal with all these cares anymore. I cannot describe this feeling I have now….the problems are still there, yes, but now I can manage it, because I know I’m not alone and that the answers will come.

Do you need this kind of peace in your life? Do you wish you can just not worry so much?

Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” [via BibleHub]

You will find that, even in a world filled with temptation, with pain and heartache, you will be able to stand strong. If you fill your heart with the love of Christ, blessing others will become easy and through your blessing, you will also receive. Like a tree, you will grow strong, with deep roots and healthy, strong branches. You will provide shelter to all, you will bear fruit that will give life and your words will be the seeds of wisdom that can spread the message of the Lord to the corners of the earth. Never consider this an impossibility…..with God EVERYTHING is possible.

Seek the peace offered now….accept it with thanks and fulfill the purpose that God has in mind for your life.

Isaiah 30:15: “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” [via BibleHub]

SOURCES:

1.       BIBLE HUB. n.d. All Scripture Quotes. [Web:] http://biblehub.com  [Date of Access:] 16 August 2015.

 

2.       DAILY LIFE VERSE. n.d. Image. [Web:] DailyLifeVerse: Psalm 1:1-3  [Date of Access:] 16 August 2015

 

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Psalm 18:1-3

As we beg the Lord for mercy, for help when we are feeling low….we shouldn’t delay saying thanks. We should sing praises to the Lord, for we are blessed and His peace fills our souls.

These days we get so pre-occupied with the sadness and sorrow of the world. Statistics show that depression, suicide, stress and anxiety have risen at an alarming rate over the past few years. We are all, young children, teenagers and adults under enormous pressure from the world, our families and friends, schools, work and even ourselves. We want to be peak performers on every level of our lives and this is slowly starting to take its toll.

Perhaps we should all take some time out and take stock of our lives. You A-type personalities out there will love this! Make a list! Make a list of the things in your life that you are truly thankful for……..remember, all that we have, all that we’ve become, it is God’s doing in our lives. I tried this yesterday…..

Here is the ”short version” of my list:

I’m thankful for –

  • life
  • love
  • family
  • food on our table
  • a roof over our heads
  • clothes on our backs
  • freedom to pray to the God of my choice
  • the ability to help others
  • ………..the list was VERY long……

I was surprised to see that even the little things DO matter….things like having a pet to cuddle or electric light (yes, in South Africa that is a luxury)…it seems so small, so insignificant, but when I imagine my life without any of those things it would be unbearable.

Why don’t you try it, maybe you’ll see that your worries don’t measure up to all the blessings received.

And be thankful….

If you still worry about things, if life still seems too hard to bear…..consider the scripture below:

Psalm 18:6

Stay blessed, friends.

Read Psalm 18 on BibleGateway. Click here.

 

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Ref: @thebiblehub @biblegateway @LogosApostolic @AlivetoGod

Do not keep silent, spread the Word

 Today I’m sharing something that I suppose all of you have heard before, but last night, as I was reading my daily scripture, I came upon these words:

Matthew 13:15: ‘For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes – so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’ [via BibleHub]

Almost immediately the following thought filled my mind: ‘’Time for change, for the hour draws near that the Son of God will return and take home the righteous.’’ It was such a sudden, random thought, that I even wrote it down in my diary.

We’ve been hearing about the rapture, about the end of days, since, well, since forever. I remember sitting in church as a child, shaking with fear at the pictures painted by the pastor about the last days. As a teenager I even had dreams, lots of them, about the final days of earth. I remember one very clearly…I was about 10 years old and in my dream I went outside and saw all these people looking up, into the sky. The sky was beautiful, the sun was turning the clouds orange-pink….like it is at sunset. It was summer, I remember, and their was not a sound…it was very quiet. I walked among the crowd and found, of all people, my geography teacher and I asked him what was going on. He looked at me and said: ‘’He’s coming.’’ And then I woke up, heart pounding. That dream and the atmosphere in it still haunts me. It wasn’t scary, no fire and brimstone, but it was…oh, what’s a good word…’’pregnant’’ maybe,  or ‘’electric’’, as if something big is about to happen.

Blow the Trumpet

Isaiah 2:12: ‘’For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low” [via BibleGateway]

Isaiah 13:6: “Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.” [via BibleGateway]

People, I have that feeling all the time now….something is coming, something cataclysmic. Do you feel it? Look around you…..I mean, really LOOK! What do you see? Let’s be honest here…when was the last time God, or any other kind of religion crossed your mind? When was the last time you prayed? When was the last time you took scripture to heart? We live in an evil time….people are only focused on their own gratification. They blunder through life, competing with one another….trying to have the best things, the most money, the prettiest face, the perfect body. They think getting standing up, falling down drunk is hilarious, especially if you have to pick your kids up from school right after you got yourself behind the wheel. Everything goes….literally EVERYTHING. It seems as people simply have no boundaries anymore. They call it freedom, but I think they are more in chains than ever. Once you get caught up in this rat-race, once the spider of the world catches you in its web, you can struggle all you want, you will not find your way out. The world has its people in its clutches, closing their eyes, ears, hearts and minds to the truth, to the horror of their ways.

Many people speak of God with their mouths, but their deeds tell a different story. They may look like people of the light, but inside they are dark and rotten.

I have a message for you…..change your ways NOW, while you still have the chance. This is NOT a game. You may laugh at me, well, I’ve been laughed at before, you may think I’m crazy, I’ve been called crazy before too….I don’t really care what you say about me or to me, because it is not about me….it is about hearing God’s voice and bringing His message and, in the end, the purpose of it all involves YOU. You much choose, you must change (or not), you must look in your own heart and decide…I’m just the messenger.

Remember, though, that back in the day, when Jesus still walked among us, he told the people: ‘’Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near’’ (Matthew 4:17 – via BibleHub). He meant that literally….he was right there, sent from the kingdom of heaven, living alongside the people, bringing them the message of hope. Now the message still lives, the opportunity is still there…you can still get your chance to gain entrance to the kingdom of heaven.

I know the doomsdaysayers have been at it for years, for centuries even, but, believe me, the end of days is no closer than ever. And if you do not live to see the biblical end of days, well, in effect you would have your OWN end of days, wouldn’t you? This is something you cannot get away from, you cannot hide from the end. Whether you see the rapture or whether you die naturally (or, in these times, chances are…UNnaturally), you will have to face judgment and eternity one way or the other.

2 Peter 3:10: ‘’But the Day of Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up’’ [via BibleGateway] 

You don’t know what tomorrow may bring. You may not even be here. Ask yourself the question then….where do I want to spend eternity? If I meet my Maker this afternoon, what would He think of the life I lead on earth.

Obadiah 1:15: “The Day of the Lord is coming soon to all the nations. And the evil you did to others will happen to you. The same bad things will fall down on your own head.” [via BibleGateway]

You may wonder why I’m telling you all this (as it is probably boring, old news and, in the words of many ‘’just a story’’)….God wants us all to be saved. Did you really think He sent Jesus to earth just for the (excuse this) hell of it? God knew how fallible human nature is (Adam and Eve proved this point fantastically), He knew that Satan is alive and well and living on planet Earth…deceiving, luring, tempting the people to follow him. He knows that the life of the world is a nice, cozy one, one of recognition, fame, fortune….but if you strip away the veneer, what you’ll see below is your own demise….God knows this too. The people don’t see this anymore, because they did not yet allow God to open their eyes. We chose, friends, we chose the world and the time to rethink this choice has come. God WANTS us in heaven, He WANTS us to be saved. Have a read:

Ezekiel 33:11: “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live…’’ [via BibleHub]

John 3:17: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” [via BibleHub

If you turn your face away from the world, you WILL be accepted and blessed:

John 6:37 :’’..him who comes to me I will certainly not cast out.’’ [ via Logos Apostolic Church of God]

I remember, years ago, in church, our pastor showed us an image (pictured below) to go with his sermon. I share it now with you. Will you open the door and let Jesus in? He is RIGHT there! Please do not turn Him away.

I stand at the door and I knock

Acts 5:20,28: ‘’Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life..’’ [BibleHub]

2 Timothy 4:2: ‘’Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.’’ [BibleHub]

The time is NOW, friends. I’m bringing these words simply because I cannot just ignore it and keep quiet. I am compelled to share the news, so that you can know, understand and consider it. The choice remains yours, I will not judge you on that….know this, though, I have made my choice.

1 Peter 4:6-7: ‘’For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God. The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer…’’ [via BibleHub]

I believe that I have been led by the Spirit to bring this message to you today and if you’ve read this far, you probably took it seriously. It is indeed VERY serious. You may wonder what to do…..how do you change your life around. God has the answer to that too…..

Galatians 5:25: “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” [via AliveToGod daily inspiration]

 

 

Stay blessed friends and I invite you to get in touch if you need to talk. Click here to e-mail me directly or find me on Social Media (buttons in sidebar)….and REMEMBER…..

 

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#DailyBread: #Acts 17:27

If you’ve been following my blog, you would know that I’ve been talking about faith, love, understanding trials, questions of ”why”, etc….well,  guess what, the answer presented itself.

Life is often very painful and we do not always understand why. In many cases the suffering become so overwhelming that people simply give up, others fall into pits of despair and depression and some even take their own lives. It is tragic to think that so many people walk the earth with so much pain in their hearts and those of us who know the way never realize this until it is too late.

You, my friend, may be suffering at this very moment…not physical suffering necessarily….but it still hurts, inside, where it counts. You may have a mountain of troubles, a heavy burden on your shoulders and the way out is just nowhere in sight….you may even have considered to find your own way out, which would be a terrible mistake.

These days life is definitely harder than ever before. Life and the world demand more and more of us each day and it is slowly, but surely stealing pieces of our hearts and minds and turning it into dark dust. Oh, I know this sounds terrible, but believe me, there is hope.

You see, these hardships are God’s way of ”priming” us, preparing us to do His work. We may not understand now, while the suffering is at its worst, but eventually we will know the ”why”. The scripture above explains it so clearly….

Let me use a metaphor: we all know that we are supposed to prune rose bushes. Why? So that it can bring forth beautiful blooms. Without hurting the rose bush, physically cutting away part of its stem, the bush will never produce sweet smelling flowers. The same goes for people….it is literally a no pain, no gain situation. Do you really think I would have been able to help people with their problems if I’ve always had a brilliantly easy life? I am a counselor by trade, guiding people through eating disorders, depression, death, trauma, etc….how can I be effective in my work if I cannot speak from experience. Yes, the times when I felt depressed, when I had an eating disorder, when I had to deal with loss, when I had questions about spirituality, it was tough and I, more often than not, felt like there was no reprieve, no rest, no outcome. However, now I’ve been through it. I’m living proof that nothing is ever so bad that one cannot survive it with God by your side. And now I can actually be more effective in my counseling practice…….I can help others, because I’ve been there; I can give them the necessary tools to survive, I listen with empathy….mine is NOT just empty words.

Next time when you feel down in the dumps, when you feel that you are in your “dark well of the soul” and you see no light, remember this……you WILL get through it. And once you’ve made it, it is your responsibility to USE your experience to comfort and teach others, to show them the ”how”. By doing this you will be praising God’s work, the work He has done in you, with you and you will be fulfilling your purpose…..to tell the world about His kindness, generosity, forgiving spirit and everlasting love.

Have a look at these verses:

[Quotes via OpenBible.]

1 Corinthians 10:13: ”No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Hebrews 12:1: “…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

Stay blessed, friends.

Psalm 68:19

 

 

 

 

 

 

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