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Behind the Scenes Blogging Tag


I saw this post on A Thomas Point of View. It seemed like a fun way to share something about myself. I’m also hoping that some of you who read here, will do this as well. {So if you post this as well, tag me…

  1. Where Do You Blog? I usually write my content at home, then post it anywhere where I can connect to the internet. (I do not have wifi of inet connection where I live).
  2. Where Do You Find Inspiration For Your Blog Posts? Any place, really. I try to write something at least once a week, or maybe once every two week. I also do not have a fixed topic I write about.
  3. How Long Does It Take You To Write a Blog Post? I try not to write long posts. So most often not that long. About 45-60 minutes. It also depends on the topic.
  4. Do You Plan Your Blog Posts? How? Not really. And that might be the reason why I do not blog all too often. I might start planning it a little bit more.
  5. What Kind of Camera Do You Use? What Editing Program? I use a Nikon (forgot the code now). I also take photos with my phone (currently Samsung G Young, or something) and my iPad (Mini). I don’t really use an editing program when I want to post photos. When I want to use it for my business, I use Silhouette.
  6. Do You Use a Notebook To Track Your Ideas? Not really. I sometimes write down ideas, but I don’t often use that ideas.
  7. How Do You Take Your Pictures? My camera, cell phone and iPad
  8. What’s Your Favorite Type of Blog Post to Write? I like to write about music I listen to or books I read. I also like politics; and I might start writing about that in the future.
  9. Who Knows About Your Blog? I do not know of any of my current circle of friends or family who know about my blog. I am part of a Facebook group/page where I post links to posts. I think most people who know about my blog are from that group/page.
  10. Are You an Organized or a Messy Blogger? I think I am extremely messy. I do not have one or two or three fixed topics, so I think I might be classified as a messy blogger.
  11. Biggest Blogging Pet Peeve? I can’t think of any pet peeves with regards to blogging.

Why should we pray? Waarom behoort ons te bid?


Waarom behoort ons te bid? Why should we pray?

As ons weet wat gebed is, kan die vraag seker opkom. Kom ons kyk na ‘n paar moontlike antwoorde.

If we know what prayer is, this question can come up. Let us look at a few possible answers.

  1. Die eerste, belangrike saak om te noem is dat gebed God se idee is.

The first, important thing to mention is that it is God’s idea.

  1. God nooi ons uit om te bid.

God invites us to pray.

  1. God moedig ons aan om te bid.

God encourages us to pray.

  1. God roep ons op om te bid.

God calls us to pray.

  1. Gebed is nie net ‘n laaste uitweg waar ons in groot nood tot God uitroep as ons nie meer opsies het nie.

Prayer is not just a last resort where we are in great need, calling to God if we don’t have any options left.

  1. Deur gebed groei ons in ons verhouding met God.

Through prayer our relationship with God grows.

  1. Deur gebed verstaan ons die hart van God. God kies om mense se gebede te gebruik om verandering, genesing en redding in die wêreld te bring.

Through prayer we understand God’s heart. God choose to us the prayers of people to bring change, healing and saving into the world.

  1. Dit is in tye van gebed waar ons ons sondes bely en ons verhouding met God herstel word.

It is in times of prayer where we confess our sins and our relationship with God are repaired.

  1. Deur gebed maak die Gees vir ons duidelik watter hindernisse daar tussen God en ons is.

Through prayer the Spirit makes it clear which stumbling blocks there are between God and us.

  1. Dit is in gebed dat ons ons harte met God deel.

It is in prayer that we share our hearts with God.

  1. In tye van gebed vertel ons Hom van ons pyn, nood en bekommernis.

In times of prayer we tell Him about our pain, need and worries.

  1. God gee Sy krag en hulp in antwoord op gebed.

God gives His power and help in answer to prayer.

  1. Deur gebed word die Bose weerstaan.

Through prayer we can withstand the Evil one.

  1. Deur gebed word die Bose se mag en aanvalle verbreek.

Through prayer the Evil one’s might and attacks are broken.

  1. Die Here maak Sy wil aan ons bekend in tye van gebed.

The Lord makes His will known in times of prayer.

Kan jy dink aan nog redes dink vir waarom ons bid? Deel dit met ons.

Can you think of more reasons why we pray? Share it with us.

Watter een van die bogenoemde, of enige ander, redes vir gebed beteken die meeste vir jou? Waarom beteken dit so baie vir jou?

Which one of the above, or any other, reasons for prayer means most to you? Why does it mean so much to you?

Wat is gebed? / What are prayer?


Wat is gebed? What are prayer?

Gebed kan op baie maniere beskryf word.

Prayer van be described in many ways.

  1. Gebed is meer as woord.

Prayer is more than words.

  1. Gebed is ‘n persoonlike verhouding met God.

Prayer is a personal relationship with God.

  1. Gebed is om in God se teenwoordigheid te staan.

Prayer is to stand in the presence of God.

  1. Gebed is ‘n gesprek met God. En dis ‘n tweegesprek!

Prayer is a conversation with God. And it is a two-way conversation!

  1. Gebed is waar my hart met God se hart kontak maak.

Prayer is where my heart makes contact with God’s heart.

  1. Gebed bring ons uit by diep intimiteit met God.

Prayer brings us into a deep intimacy with God.

  1. Gebed is waar ek God van aangesig tot aangesig ontmoet.

Prayer is where I meet God face tot face.

  1. Gebed is ‘n honger na God.

Prayer is a hunger for God.

  1. Gebed is ‘n uitroep van my gees om gemeenskap te hê met God.

Prayer is a calling of my spirit to have an intimacy with God.

  1. Gebed is waar ons met God praat oor dit wat beide van ons raak.

Prayer is where we speak to God about that which touches both of us.

  1. Gebed is om saam met God te werk vir die redding en herstel van die wêreld.

Prayer is to work with God for the saving and repairing of the world.

  1. Gebed is God se uitnodiging aan ons om met Hom te praat.

Prayer is God’s invitation towards us to talk with Him.

  1. Gebed is vra en ontvang.

Prayer is ask and receive.

  1. Gebed is vra, soek en klop (Matteus 7:7-8).

Prayer is asking, seek and knock (Matthew 7:7-8)

  1. In gebed vra ons God om in die lewens van mense en omstandighede in te gryp en vrede en genesing te bring.

In prayer we ask God to come into the lives of people and situations and to bring peace and healing.

  1. Gebed beweeg die hand van die Een wat die wêreld beweeg.

Prayer moves the hand of the One who moves the world.

  1. Gebed bring die almag van God in beweging – omdat God gekies het om ons gebede te beantwoord.

Prayer brings the almightiness of God to move – because God chose to answer our prayers.

  1. Gebed is om voor God te staan met die nood van mense en ons op God se beloftes vir daardie nood te beroep.

Prayer is to stand before God with the needs of people and to call upon God’s promises for that need.

  1. Gebed is om as priester voor God te staan:

Prayer is to stand before God as priest, to:

  1. Hom te aanbid

To worship Him.

  1. Te bid dat mense met Hom versoen sal word

To pray that people will get reconciled with Him.

  1. Om te bid dat Hy die nasies sal genees en seën

To pray that He will heal and bless the nasions.

  1. Gebed is God se manier om genesing, herstel, redding en bevryding en seen vir mense te bewerk.

Prayer is God’s way to work healing, repair, saving, freedom and blessing for people.

  1. Gebed is nie net ‘n voorreg nie, maar ook ‘n verantwoordelikheid.

Prayer is not just a right, but also a responsibility.

  1. Om nood te sien, is ‘n oproep tot gebed.

To see need, is a calling to prayer.

  1. Gebed is om met groot vrymoedigheid voor die genadetroon van God te staan en te vra dat Hy ons sal help.

Prayer is to stand with great boldness before God’s throne of grace and to ask that He will help us.

  1. Gebed begin by ‘n ervaring van uiterste hulpeloosheid en is die uitroep van hulpeloses.

Prayer begins with feeling of utter helplessness and is the calling of hopeless people.

  1. Gebed is ‘n desperate, maar gelowige uitroep tot God dat Hy sal ingryp.

Prayer is a desperate, but believing call to God that He will help.

  1. Gebed is wanneer ek vir God sê ek kan nie sonder Hom nie; die taak en die uitdaging is te groot.

Prayer is when I say to God that I can’t  do it without Him; the task is to big.

  1. Wanneer ek dus bid, beroep ek my op die Een wat die menslik onmoontlike kan doen.

When I pray, I call on the One who can do the humanly impossible.

  1. Gebed is waar die mens in sy of haar totale onmag die hand vat van die Een aan wie al die mag behoort.

Prayer is where a person, in his or her total inability, takes the hand of the One to whom all power belongs.

  1. Gebed is om my op die beloftes en woorde van God te beroep wanneer ek met Hom praat.

Prayer is to call on the promises and words of God when I talk to Him.

  1. Gebed is geloof wat met God praat.

Prayer is faith that talks to God.

  1. Gebed is om my op die karakter van God te beroep.

Prayer is me calling on the character of God.

  1. Gebed is om God te vra om Sy wil op die aarde te laat geskied; nie om God te vra om my wil te doen nie!

Prayer is to ask God to do His will on earth; not to ask God to do my will!

  1. Gebed is nie om God se wil te verander nie, maar dit te vind!

Prayer is not to change God’s will, but to find it!

  1. Deur gebed vind ons juis God se wil, en maak dan Sy wil ons versoek.

Through prayer we discover God’s will, and then we make His will our request.

  1. Gebed is nie om God se onwilligheid om ons te help, te oorkom nie, maar om te reageer op Sy gewilligheid om ons te help.
  2. Prayer is not to overcome God’s unwillingness to help us, but to react to His willingness to help us.

Hierdie beskrywings is maar net 35 beskrywings oor gebed wat ek al gehoor het oor die jare.

These descriptions are only 35 descriptions about prayer that I have heard through the years.

Kan jy dink aan nog beskrywings van gebed? Deel dit met ons.

Can you think of more descriptions of prayer? Share it with us.

Watter een van die bogenoemde, of enige ander, beskrywings beteken die meeste vir jou? Waarom beteken dit so baie vir jou?

Which one of the above, or any other, descriptions means the most to you? Why does it mean so much to you?

Discipline in your faith Part 2


Ek het vandag weer ‘n klein bietjie tyd gemaak om verder te lees aan Celebration of Discipline. Ek is in eksamentyd. Is dit nie vreemd hoe mens baie tyd het en dan skielik gebeur alles gelyk in ‘n kort tyd? Wel, hier is die volgende deel van die lees van hierdie boek.

Today I actually made some time to read on in Celebration of Discipline. I’ am in exam-time. Isn’t it strange how a person have much of time, and suddenly everything happens in a small space of time? Well, here are the next part of my reading of this book.

Ek haal aan uit hoofstuk 1 [I’m quoting from chapter 1]: The Spiritual Disciplines: Door to liberation.

“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

“The classical Disciplines of the spiritual life call us to move beyond surface living into the depths. They invite us to explore the inner caverns of the spiritual realm.”

Daar bestaan veral twee wanindrukke oor geestelike dissipines.

There are two misconceptions about spiritual disciplines.

  1. Die dissiplines is nie vir “geestelike reuse nie”. Dis ook nie vir een of ander geestelike leier eksklusief nie.

The disciplines are not for “spiritual giants”. It’s also not exclusively for some spiritual leader.

“God intends the Disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings… If they are to have any transforming effect, the effect must be found in the ordinary junctures of human life.”

  1. Geestelike dissiplines moet ook nie gesien word as ‘n boring storie wat vreugde wil steel nie.

Spiritual disciplines shouldn’t be seen as a boring story that wants to take away happiness or laughter.

“Joy is the keystone of all the Disciplines. The purpose of the Disciplines is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear… Singing, dancing, even shouting characterize the Disciplines of the spiritual life.”

Die geestelike dissiplines is, in ‘n sekere sin, glad nie moeilik nie (alhoewel dit in ‘n ander manier tog moeilik is). Die primêre vereiste is ‘n verlange na God. Kyk wat sê Dawid in Psalm 42:2-3: “Soos ‘n wildsbok smag na waterstrome, so smag ek na U, o God. Ek dors na God, na die lewende God. Wanneer kan ek gaan en voor God verskyn?”

The spiritual disciplines are, in a certain sense, not difficult (although it is difficult in another sense). The greatest requirement is a longing after God. Look what David says in Psalm 42:1-2: “As the dear pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”

Diegene wat daardie diepe roep al beleef het van ‘n smagte na God en ‘n dieper verhouding met God, sal veral twee moeilikhede beleef.

Those who has experienced the deep call to God and a deeper relationship with God, will experience two difficulties.

  1. Filosofies / Philosophic

Die materiaele basis van ons dag maak dit so maklik om te glo dat ons nie verder kan gaan as die fisiese wêreld nie. Meditasie, as voorbeeld, word nie gesien as ‘n kontak met die egte geestelike wêreld nie, maar word gesien as sielkundige manipulasie (as dit enigsins toegelaat word!).

The material basis of the day has made it so easy to believe that we can’t move beyond the physical world. Meditation, as an example, are not seen as a contact with the real spiritual world, but are seen as psychological manipulation (if it is allowed!).

“Usually people will tolerate a brief dabbling in the ‘inward journey’, but then it is time to get on with real business in the real world.”

Selfs die beste wetenskaplikes, volgens Foster, begin erken dat daar meer is die materiele wêreld [Ek wonder of daar wetenskaplikes is wat hieroor sal wil kommentaar lewer?].

Even the best scientists, according to Foster, are beginning to realize that there are more than the material world [I’m wondering if there are scientist who would like to comment on this?].

“In intellectual honesty, we should be willing to study and explore this other realm with the rigor and determination we would give to any field of research.”

  1. Prakties / Practical

Ons weet nie hoe om die innerlike lewe te ondersoek. Dit was nie altyd waar nie. In die eerste eeu, en vroeër, was dit nie nodig om onderrig te gee in geestelike dissiplines nie. Die Bybel het mense opgeroep tot dissiplines soos vas, meditasie, aanbidding en viering en het geen instruksies gegee oor hoe dit gedoen moet word nie.

We do not know how to go about exploring the inward life. It wasn’t always true. In the first century, and earlier, it wasn’t necessary to give instruction in spiritual disciplines. The Bible called people to disciplines such as fasting, meditation, worship and celebration, and gave no instruction on how it was to be done.

Hierdie dissiplines is so gereeld gedoen, dat dit nie nodig was om onderrig te gee in die “hoe” van die toepassing nie. Vandag moet daar instruksie gegee word in hoe om die dissiplines te doen, juis omdat dit nie meer gedoen word nie.

These disciplines were done so regularly, that it wasn’t necessary to give instruction in the “how to” of the actions. Today, instruction has to be giving in how to do the disciplines, precisely because it isn’t done that regularly anymore.

“One word of caution, however, must be given at the outset; to know the mechanics does not mean that we are practicing the discipline. The Spiritual Disciplines are an inward and spiritual reality and the inner attitude of the heart is far more crucial than the mechanics for coming into the reality of the spiritual life.”

Wat is jou indrukke oor geestelike dissiplines? Gee jou indrukke, sonder om iemand aan te val asseblief.

What are your conceptions / thoughts about spiritual disciplines?Give your thoughtsm but please, don’t attack other people.

Discipline in your faith


I’ll be writing in English and in Afrikaans… Please understand this, because I have Afrikaans friends who are not very good at English, and English friends who don’t understand Afrikaans…

Ek het vanoggend begin met Richard Foster se boek Celebration of Discipline. David Watson skryf die voorwoord, en sommer van die begin af lyk die boek na iets wat ek graag sal wil goed deur lees. Ek gaan so deur die volgende 3 of 4 weke deur die boek “werk”. Waarom kom jy nie saam met my op ‘n toer deur die boek nie? Lees wat ek skryf, en deel dan met my (hopelik ons) wat jy leer of wil byvoeg.

I started this morning to read Richard Foster’s book Celebration of Discipline. David Watson writes the forward, and from the start it seems like a book that I would like to read well and thoughtful. I will read the book in throughout the next 3 or 4 weeks, “working” through it. Why don’t you come on a tour through the book with me? Read what I write, and share it with me (and hopefully us) wat you learn or would like to add.

In die voorwoord skryf David Watson die volgende [In the foreword, David Watson writes the following words]: “One of the clearest symptoms of this [Westerse Christenskap wat verswak het / Western Christianity became to weak to “compete” with Islam, Marxism and Third World Christianity] is the sad decline in true spirituality among the majority of Western Christians. We have neglected our prayer life; we have stopped listening to God; we have been caught by the covetous spirit of our affluent society, and worshipped the false god of materialism. We have exchanged our knowledge of Theos (God) for heady disputes about theological words, or for religious or social activism. We have forgotten how to be still before God, how to meditate, trapped as we are in the vortex of modern life. We have lost our sense of direction; and, confused and bewildered, we know little of the exuberant joy of celebration enjoyed by God’s people down the centuries, even in tough and depressing situations. There is little to attract the unbeliever in the traditional, organized Church.”

Mense is honger en dors vir God of vir een of ander vorm van geestelikheid, maar die kerk as institusie kan die nie meer bied nie. Daarom draai meer mense na kultusse, oostelike mistiek of okkultiese praktyke in ‘n soeke na basiese geestelikheid, wat nie meer in die westerse Kerk gevind word nie. Nogtans is die ware lig van Christus nog nooit uitgedoof nie.

People have a hunger and a thirst for God or one or another form of spirituality, but the church as institution can’t provide it anymore. Thus people turn to cults, eastern mistism or occult practices, seeking spirituality, which can’t be found in the western church. Still, the true light of Christ will never be darkened.

Watson skryf ook hierdie merkwaardige en waar woorde [Watson also writes this remarkable and true words]: “If we noisy, busy and talkative Christians…” (is ons nie nogal besige Christene nie!?) “…could take some of the disciplines of this book seriously we could undoubtedly become much more effective disciples of Christ.”

As jy “dissipline” lees, wat is jou heel eerste gedagtes?

If you read the word “discipline” what are your first thoughts?

Dink jy dat ons as Christene goed moet doen om nader aan God te kom?

Do you think that we as Christians have to do things to get closer to God?

Dink jy daar is ‘n verskil tussen “goed doen om nader te kom aan God” en “goed doen as werke, sodat jy by God kan uitkom”? Wat is die verskil, volgens jou?

Do you think that there is a difference between “doing things to get closer to God” and “doing things as works, to get to God”? According to you, what are the difference?

In ons gejaagde lewens, dink jy daar is plek vir sekere dissiplines om ons rustig te maak sodat ons kan fokus om God te hoor kommunikeer met ons?

In our hectic and busy lives, do you think there are a place for certain disciplines to make calm us down, so that we can focus on God, to hear Him communicate with us?

Are your words and deads the same?


Someone once took the bus from his work to his home (because his car was in for a service).

He paid the fair ($3) with a $10 note. The driver gave him $9 change. A mistake which might be easy to make.

As he sat down, the passanger started to debate with himself whether he should giv back the money. After all, $2 isn’t that much. And maybe it is God’s way of providing $2 exstra for food.

In the end, as he got up, he gave the $2 back to the man, saying “Yougave me to much change.” The driver answered, “I know. I moved into the neighbourhood of your church recently, and wanted to see if I will go to your church or not.”

What does your life look like? Can people trust you? Do you say one thing and live up to that? Or does your life look different to what you believe, or say you believe?

Hoe om jou lewe te verwoes …


Johan Smith is een van my predikante by NG MoreletaPark. Hy is die hoof van die jeugbediening daar. Hy werk al omtrent 20 jaar met jeug (veral hoërskooljeug). Hy het al heelwat boeke geskryf. Voordat hy by NG Moreleta begin werk het, was hy ‘n professor in ekonomie (of so iets – ek weet iemand sal my reg help), en daarom staan hy bekend as Prof of Proffie by baie mense.

 

Ek het baie onlangs een van sy nuwe boeke klaar gelees: Hoe om jou lewe te verwoes voordat jy 16 is

 

Drie goed wat ek geleer het (of ten minste waarvan ek herinner is), was:

         Johannes 10:10 – ‘n Dief kom net steel en slag en uitroei (1983-vertaling = “verwoes”); Ek het gekom sodat hulle die lewe kan hê, en dit in oorvloed.

Die duiwel is die dief van ons lewens én ons geluk (op aarde én in die hemel). Hy wil nie hê on moet gelukkig wees nie. Een van sy groot doelwitte is om die teenoorgestelde vir ons te gee as wat Jesus vir ons wil gee. En Jesus wil vir ons ‘n lewe van oorvloed gee! (Let wel: Nie nét finansieël nie!)

         Daar is uiteindelik net twee meesters in die lewe. Ek haal Prof se woorde aan in sy boek, op bl. 135: “Die een is vol liefde en gee om vir jou. Hy is altyd daar om jou op te tel en te help – maak nie saak hoe swak jy voel nie. Hy het ‘n duur prys betaal deur vir jou aan die kruis te sterf. Die ander meester buit jou uit en wil jou dood hê. Hy bide aan jou sy eie krag en kennis. Hy maak van jou ‘n slaaf en gevangene. As jy val en lê, sal hy nog verder op jou trap ook en jou los dat jy sterf.”

         Niemand van ons kan onafhanklik bly nie. As jy vir die een se waardes kies, kies jy teen die ander een se waardes. As jy kies om die een te volg, kies jy om die ander een nie te volg nie. En dit help nie om neutral te wil bly nie. Want as jy verkies om vir nie een van die tweet e kies nie, beteken dit eintlik dat jy kies teen die lewe; dus kies jy die dood (en ook die een wat dood maak).

Dis maar net van die lesse waaraan ek heinner is.

 

Prof se eintlik bedoeling is om mense (jongmense; maar ek dink enige mens) te wys hoe 15 maklike besluite ‘n gemors van jou lewe kan maak.

 

Die 15 goed wat hy bespreek, is die volgende:

         Vergelyk jou met ander

         Selfmoord

         Misbruik van tegnologie

         Waardelose lewe

         Hoogmoedigheid

         Ouers verwerp en/of ignoreer

         Rook

         Dwelm gebruik

         Ignoreer van grense en dissipline in die ouerhuis

         Voorhuwelikse seks en losbandigheid

         Alkohol misbruik

         Pornografie blootstelling

         Verkeerde vriende en negatiewe groepsdruk

         Eetversteurings

         Okkultisme en New Age

 

Hy skryf wel die boek vir hoërskoolkinders, maar ek dink ons almal kan daaruit leer. (En dit sal beslis ‘n baie goeie geskenk wees!) Kry gerus die boek vir jouself. Vra daarvoor by CUM of Gospel Direct, of enige ander goeie boekwinkel. (Ek het myne gekry by NG MoreletaPark se boekwinkel)

 

Kyk weer na die lysie hierbo.

Hoe lyk jou lysie? Wat is daar in jou eie lewe waarvoor jy moet oppas? Wil jy dit dalk met ons deel. Selfs net jou top 5?

As jy ouer is (en dalk ‘n ouer is van kinders), lyk jou lysie dalk radikaal anders. Wil jy dit nie dalk ook met ons deel nie?

Of dalk het jy juis deur diep waters gegaan en noudat jy ouer is, kan jy dalk raad gee oor wat om te vermy; en jy het dalk 5 goed wat groot is wat nie gemention word hierbo nie. Wil jy dit nie dalk ook met ons deel nie?

En terwyl jy na die lysie kyk, watter tipe ondervinding het jy al gehad met van die genoemde goed?