Month: December 2018

I am so excited to share this lovely message on our worth in Christ from a very talented fellow blogger friend, The Eclectic Contrarian.

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“And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:11-16 KJV

“And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.” Luke 10:30-35 KJV

Also read: John 4:6-42

What do all these scriptures have in common? Samaritans!
Samaritans were a very downtrodden people. Samaria was taken by the Assyrians. Afterwards, they engaged in interracial relationships and were frowned upon by their peers because they were not a pure Jewish race. Defeated and mixed, they fell to low estate in the social order of their time. So the particular amazement that people find in these scriptures is that the lowest of society were actually ones who made the biggest difference in that society.


Samaritans were a very downtrodden people. Samaria was taken by the Assyrians. Afterwards, they engaged in interracial relationships and were frowned upon by their peers because they were not a pure Jewish race. Defeated and mixed, they fell to low estate in the social order of their time. So the particular amazement that people find in these scriptures is that the lowest of society were actually ones who made the biggest difference in that society.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23 KJV

One thing to learn here is that we’re all actually in some way a Samaritan. Whether it be in mental, physical or spiritual. A downtrodden, an impure, an undesirable. But one thing I’ve learned is exactly what the scriptures says:

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” I Corinthians 1:27-29 NKJV

The word Samaria means, beware, take heed, observe, preserve, regard, reserve and wait. This says tons about the people! When the spiritual leaders of the day when Jesus physically walked this earth denied Him, tempted Him and disbelieved Him, the Samaritans believed. And these lowly people became great in the sight of Jesus!

There’s many people who don’t believe they’re good enough or the least bit favorable for the Lord. Things and experiences in life are used against us to make us feel like we’re unworthy of anything. But the Samaritans had been defeated, their bloodline was entangled with others, people looked down on them and they were discredited because of public opinion. But they believed. Jesus didn’t look at their history or anything that man looked at or regarded. He looked at all 3 of those hearts in those scriptures (though one was only a parable) still they were worthy to Him to be healed and rewarded because they loved Him enough to believe.

I urge you to take a moment to turn to Him, and just talk to Him. And wait patiently for His answer! He loves you just as much as those Samaritans. And what He did for them, He certainly can do for you!

Yes, you are worth it!

I have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award …. WOW!! This is such an honour to receive this nomination, thank you! ❤

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I have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by my dear blogger friend http://aletheasmind.wordpress.com

Althea’s nomination came at a time when I really needed encouragement. I’ve been wondering how effective my blogs are and I received this notification during one of those moments. Alethea is such an incredibly creative blogger who speaks from the heart! To be nominated for this by you really makes me feel so honoured!

Thank you darling!

RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include a link to their blog in your post.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers of your choosing to keep spreading the love.

7 Facts About Myself:

  1. My name is Diane
  2. I have 2 older brothers, I’m the baby
  3. I’ve never been outside of South Africa, at least not yet!
  4. If I could just write all day I probably would
  5. I have 2 beautiful children. My daughter has blessed me with a 7 months old grandson
  6. I’m a child of God and follower of Jesus
  7. One day I would love to live in a secluded location near a mountain

My 15 Nominees:

  1. Winning, Musings
  2. Inside Cup
  3. Maggie Tiggles
  4. Revolutionary Musings
  5. Insanity Bytes
  6. Perfectly Tolerable
  7. The Electic Contrarian
  8. Miraculous Smile
  9. The Godly Chic Diaries
  10. Teen Meet God
  11. Floating Gold
  12. The Little Mermaid
  13. Vickie’s Book Nook & Meditation Corner
  14. Julia Chidimma
  15. T.Nolan

To my nominees: Please accept this nomination as my way of sending some encouragement your way, even though you might not write a post about it . . . you’re doing an amazing job and I am blessed to follow you!

One thing this festive season has really taught me is that its important to be present in the moment.

Usually we can get so carried away with life, with our careers, social media and being busy on our phones that we forget about what quality time really means.

Quality time is NOT responding to or taking calls while spending time with people. Quality time is NOT how much money you spend on creating the moments. Quality time is NOT about the presents you have to give. What it is though, is being present in the moment, putting everything one side and just being 100% there.

We were not in a financial position to spoil the family as we would of liked to this Christmas. Instead, I decided to make a commitment to spending quality time with the family, putting everything including my phone one side. What I found was that I actually enjoyed this Christmas way better than any other Christmas. We actually got to really chat and build some memories, swim together as a family and just feel and soak in the joy of the moments.

I am extremely bad with being on my phone or switching my mind off from planning or thinking about things. It’s going to take some practice for me to make putting everything one side a habit, but it will be worth it. I found so much more value in doing this. My cup is full, my heart is full. Coming together as a family in unity and love should not only be a Christmas or special occasion thing, this should be an everyday thing.

Being present is so much more valuable than presents. Be where you are!

When we love and feel loved there is no room for any anxieties, fears, negative feelings or anything except perfect unity.

I would really encourage you, if you’re a person who gets carried away with the business of life that you find yourself struggling to juggle everything and quality time with your family. Put your phone one side, put everything one side.. your world is not going to end if you put an hour aside for this, your phone will not explode, you will not miss your messages, they will still be there. If you miss a call, you can call them back or they will call you back. Just do it, your cup will be filled way more than technology can fill it.

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” ~ Colossians 3:14

Love and be loved, be present. Moments are precious, memories created last forever! Tomorrow is not promised!

Much love

Di

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This time of the year can always be a challenging time as we get carried away with all the festivities. I’ve seen so many posts on social media of people complaining about the year they have had and wishing 2019 on in full force! Even I am one of them. I try my best to keep negativity off my social media though but behind the scenes I can be quite a big complainer on my worst days.

I am, however, quite grateful for tools such as Facebook memories and the collection of memories they put together in a video for you. It really changes things up for me around this time of the year. While I look back thinking this year has been the most difficult year we have had, it’s also been the year I have experienced the most personal growth and I must admit success too! I’ll probably do a separate blog post over the next few days documenting some things I am most grateful for during 2018.

I just really got thinking where our focus is during this time of the year and how easy it is to wish the last few days of the year away. The festive season is a big celebration, but when enjoying it for the right reasons, it can be so enjoyable.

I kind of feel like we shouldn’t be wishing the last few days of the year away. Maybe we get so caught up in the festivities so we can forget about some of the tough things we have had to deal with in the year gone by and so we can have a “new year new me” fresh start!

The reason for this season is to celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. Although it doesn’t technically fall around this time of the year in actual biblical timing, we use this time to celebrate that. It’s a time of giving and quality family time and I love that about this season.

For some of us it may be tough though, not having family members with us anymore or not having the financial stability to give as we wish we could. So I thought I’d just give some encouragement to those who are experiencing this sadness or perhaps just wish the year would be over already.

Instead of wishing the year away and starting a new year off on a positive note, why not end it off on a good note.

Here are 3 ways I’ve chosen to end off 2018:

1. Reflections

I’ve decided to reflect back on the year gone by and listing the things I am most grateful for from 2018. My husband and I have had a tough year, but we have also learnt and grown a lot. If I look back on my year through my sadness and discomfort that is all I am going to find. Therefore I have chosen to reflect on the things I am most grateful for so that when I look back on 2018, these are the things I will find.

I’ll also be reflecting on the tough times we have had, but to reflect on the lessons we have learnt through them and to be grateful for overcoming the obstacles and still being here pushing through! It is only by God’s grace we have made it!

I’ll also be reflecting on where I have failed in my spiritual walk so I know what areas I need to seek more of God’s wisdom in.

2. It’s ok

I’ve decided that it’s ok that we don’t have the means to give as we wish we could right now. I will rather be focusing on quality time with my loved ones and loving them instead. I’ll also be using this time to serve others, which is a much greater gift than any material thing you can give anyone. It’s biblical to spend your money wisely and to serve and love others.

3. Preparing for 2019

If we want to reach our dreams or have success it’s important that we spend time putting these visions into a plan. A goal without a plan is just a dream.

♡ I’ll be spending time reflecting on what I would like to achieve from 2019, how I can improve and also putting some time into preparing for the gap between Christmas 2019 and the new year 2020.

♡ I’ll be writing down some goals, steps I’d like to take to achieve them.

♡ I’ll be making a “Reflection Box” that I’ll be going through during Christmas 2019. This will help me reflect better next year so I can be sure to find great things looking back into 2019 and knowing I can end the year off satisfied with everything I have achieved and how far I have come. As things happen during the year whether it’s just life or spiritual memories, I’ll be placing these into the box. I’ll only open this box after Christmas 2019. A lovely idea in received from a coach.

This is how I’ve chosen to end my year, with a grateful heart, focusing on showing Jesus heart to others and preparing for God’s plan for my life in 2019.

I’ll leave you with this encouragement from God’s word:

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Philippians 4:11-13
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

I hope that anyone who has had a tough year will find encouragement through reading this and that you will find a way to end the year off feeling grateful for what you do have or what you have managed to overcome this year. Let’s not wish the year away but rather find reason to be grateful for all it has taught us. Let’s prepare well for 2019.

Remember the year maybe coming to an end but it’s not over yet. God can still perform that miracle in your life!

Much love

Di

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Determination is a word I have been thinking about a lot lately. What does it mean? What sets us back on a journey of determination? How does it feel when you reach a goal you have been determined to reach? How does it feel everytime you set a goal for yourself you’re determined to reach but it doesn’t happen in your timing?

I have been determined to reach many goals in my life, which I started out working towards very well. However, due to a very low self esteem caused by life’s circumstances and not knowing my true identity, I wasn’t very good at finishing. I would start out super excited and motivated but as I saw that things weren’t happening fast enough, I would slowly start losing hope. As I lost hope the motivation and enthusiasm would start to fade away, I’d feel like a failure and then eventually just give up. Now I have had to ask myself was I really determined? I guess not! The problem with this is that in order to succeed at anything you need to be determined to finish no matter what it takes.

The difference between the possible and the impossible is a man’s determination – Tommy Lasorda

Let’s take a look at the meaning of the word Determination:
1. the quality of being determined; firmness of purpose.
“those who succeed because of sheer grit and determination”
synonyms:resolution, resolve, resoluteness

2. the process of establishing something exactly by calculation or research.
“determination of molecular structures”
synonyms:calculation, discovery, ascertainment, establishment, fixing, deduction, divination, diagnosis, discernment, check, verification, confirmation
“the first determination of the speed of light”

Here we see that determination involves standing firm in your purpose, having sheer grit and researching ways to make it happen. This means that when we have a goal to reach, we do whatever it takes and find a way to make it work for us, by being determined, and never giving up.

When we are chasing for a goal we are bound to make some mistakes along the way, as we learn what works and what doesn’t. The important thing to remember is that failure doesn’t always have to have a bad stigma attached to it. Failure is how we learn and grow, here is where we find out what doesn’t work. If we give up there, how will we find what does work?

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” Abraham Lincoln

My Grandson, who is now 7 months old, is so determined to stand on his own. I have watched him as he tries to do that. I felt so proud of him as he tries and tries, then looks around for another way if he can’t get it right. He just doesn’t stop until he actually gets up to the side of the couch holding on. While hes trying, his determination is so strong I can almost hear him giving himself a little pep talk telling himself he can do this. When he falls, he cries a little and then he goes at it again immediately. When he does he is overjoyed. Then he looks up at me, gives a proud laugh and smile. I was blown away at how determined he was, literally not giving up until he stands. It got me thinking, we all need to be like this, with this level of determination, doing whatever it takes and not giving up until we’re there.

In my online beauty business I have set myself a huge goal, which requires reaching a series of smaller goals. Some months were tougher than others to reach those goals and I was really forced to work on my mindset and allow God to move in that space. I am determined to make a huge success of it and I have tried and tested, I’ve risen after every failure, and I’ve kept beating at my mindset and allowing God to change me.

Since I have decided I am going to be a determined person, I have seen a definite change in getting closer to my goals, I refuse to give up. My first short term goal was to reach LOI qualifier and I smashed that goal on Friday. I have a long term plan in this business, for my ministry and for my life and I am determined to reach the top. This requires a winners mindset, winners are determined, they train hard and when they fail they get up and train even harder!

Determination is one of the keys to success, we need to keep our eyes on the goal and do whatever it takes to get there. When we fall, we need to rise and keep going, learning along the way!

One thing I have enjoyed about moving over to a determined mindset is that I have learnt things that I never would have learnt if I had given up! How will you ever know if it’s possible if you give up? The journey has been incredible so far.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Luke 21:19

Stand firm and you will win life

For me, my ultimate goal is to share my story through my business, my blogs and be travelling the world spreading the gospel, sharing the love of God and helping others find their identity. That is my prize, for the glory of God!

What goal are you determined to reach?

Are you really determined to reach it?
Are you going to do what it takes to get there?
Are you going to rise again when you fall and never give up?

Give these questions some thought and make the necessary changes keeping your eyes on the prize!

Much love

Di

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