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Sunday, March 29, 2020, 19:05 | No Comments »

I decided to do a daily blog during this Lock down period so please bear with me, as you will receive these messages, I hope that you wont unsubscribe, as my idea is not to bombard you with mail, but to provide some form of encouragement during this time!

DAY 1 LOCKDOWN - 27 March 2020

7am - Woke up dreaming about adopting five kids, read an article about a women the night before who adopted siblings, something must have stuck.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that God gave me two children, with an eight year gap between them for a reason.

Anyway got back into bed, while adjusting my pillow and misjudged and slammed my head against the wall. Anyway was awake after that with the sense knocked into me.

7.05. Found a pimple on my forehead, even at 50 this is a crisis. Thank the Lord for fringes and lockdowns. Kidding!

7.07 Bells ringing...hubby brought coffee, daughter squirreling in kitchen, beating cream for her morning coffee, 21 year old sleeping like a baby, the bliss of youth. 7.11 Hubby tried to show me a video of how to attach a deck to a wall...yawn, confusion set in, I am drinking my coffee. 7.14 Its been a long morning. No words.

They say the storm is coming but we opened the door to the courtyard off our bedroom and it's a beautiful day. Read an article that the epicenter of COVID-19 is in Sandton and Bedfordview. A worry for the nearby townships, where people are living in much closer proximity to each other.

7.30 Listened to Marcus Wednesday night prayer video, we need to pray and consider those we know that have been brave enough to move to other countries to spread the gospel. I am asking the question in my head - Is it in times like this that people stop to listen? 

Read Psalm 119 to hubby. It is really long, and my throat is pretty scratchy in the morning, but he stayed to listen to the whole thing. it is really beautiful. Here are some excerpts that speak to me, this is my prayer for today.

Abundant life

17.let me your servant, walk in abundance of life that I may always live to obey your truth. 18.Open my eyes to see to the miracle-wonders hidden in your word. 19.My life on earth is brief, so tutor me in the ways of your wisdom.

Revived by the Word.

25. Lord I am fading away, I'm discouraged and lying in the dust, revive me by your word, just like you promised you would. 26. I've poured out my life before you, and you've always been there for me. So now I ask, teach me more of your holy decrees. 27. Open up my understanding to the ways of your wisdom and I will meditate deeply on your splendour and your wonders. 28. My life strength melts away with grief and sadness; come strengthen me and encourage me with your words. 29 Keep me far away from what is false, give me the grace to stay true to your laws. 30. I've chosen to obey your truth and walk in the splendour-light of all that you teach me. 31 Lord don't allow me to make a mess of my life, for I cling to your commands and follow them as closely as I can. 32 I will run after you with delight in my heart, for you will make me obedient to your instructions.

Okay so I made a list, I mean 21 days at home with all family members, and me being the queen of lists, it made perfect sense to begin to tackle it, me having taken the day's leave anyway. The irony! So while my hubby cleared the drain in the kitchen, I did my morning exercise, I am needing to make up for the loss of my staircase at work. I made it up to him by making the family my famous omelettes. I then proceeded to unpack and repack the cupboard that has all oven proof dishes in , yes everything has its own home. And then for my sins I tackled the plastic cupboard. Oh my word, we have lived in this house for 1 year and 5 months and during this time have managed to shove more plastic into a two shelf cupboard than would fit into Mary Poppins handbag. To give you an idea I filled an entire black bag with miscellaneous Tupperware, from goodness knows where for goodness knows what. I have heard that Tupperware lids and single socks are living somewhere together on an island, well I can tell you our Tupperware lids clearly missed that boat,where the bases of the lids are however is a complete enigma. I was completely exhausted after that but relentlessly moved on to tidy my shoe cupboard.

Yes, I have a shoe cupboard, they have a special place, makes my heart happy that God really does care about the little details of my life, my past struggle of where to place my shoes and find them easily was real.Anyway it is not necessarily the best design, as the shoes fit on removable poles, needless to say it needed some work and it once again looks like a place I can easily find what I need. It took a while though, as I have a 'few' shoes...

After that and the work done on hubby's list that he was tackling at the same time, we decided that enough was enough and that it was Friday after all. I always have Friday evening off as I cook for life group on Thursday, so my boys made a fire and we braai'd, but not before hubby and I had another rally of 'Spite&Malice', don't worry it's a card game, its kind of like playing solitaire against someone else, and each man is in it for himself.

So the last thing I read today was Gareth Cliff on Linked In reminding us that we are not on holiday, the reality is we are not home by choice, even if we may have chosen to spend the week-end at home. The last thing I read was that people are not listening and are still out in the malls and streets in numbers in certain areas. In my opinion, the sooner we all listen and isolate ourselves in our homes, the sooner we ensure that we are all healthy and return back to life as we know it.

Keep making sure that you are informed on a daily basis, it is vital that you stay in touch with what is happening in the world, and share this information with your children. This is an important part of their history, and it effects their world in ways we have as yet not realised.

Stay safe beautiful people, and may Lord bring healing to our land, and restoration to families.I am particularly mindful of the many single friends I have that are spending this time home alone.

Keep checking on each other, we are after all a gregarious, tactile species.

Love Jay


Saturday, March 28, 2020, 07:14 | No Comments »

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 06:51 | No Comments »

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

 

The world is all encompassing and can be incredibly overwhelming as we continually are called to tackle its daily requirements. This week there have been few moments of respite.

It has been a week where the electric gate is on intermittent slow to not working, the oven still doesn't work, the dishwasher is not draining, and the washing machine is leaking after two repairs, and the laundry company decided to once again change their schedule, which equals non delivery / non collection. It has also been a week of deep conversation, reflection, encouragement and prayer.

I love this balance that we have between the physical world we live in and the incredible spiritual fulfillment that we have when we are called to be there for other people.

There are days like today, where I wish I could see Jesus face and hold his hand in mine and tell him just how grateful I am, but also just how afraid and how confused I am by the world around me, the best part is that I wouldn't need to say anything, because in that moment everything would make sense.

In four days my sister has been gone for two years, there is still no closure with the lawyers.I had hoped a few months ago that it was over, but we are still waiting - praying it is days now. I have still not allowed myself to completely accept that I can be everything she wanted for me, but I am accepting new challenges, and have been making changes.

Life without her will always be a little lonelier than before, and I have still not allowed myself to take a walk on that long white beach that stretches forever in my imagination, but I have learnt that while the world takes away, God gives abundantly, no one thing replaces another, no one person replaces another, but new opportunities present, new blessings and new dreams become a part of our new reality. I cannot imagine the extent of the pain, where there is no Jesus.

I chose the quote above as I could not have put it better myself, God completely liberates us from being less than He wants from us.

I gave the following verse to my husband when we first met, Matthew 5:14-16 You are light for the world. A city set on a hill, cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. At the time, almost 16 years ago,neither of us could have imagined the journey that lay ahead, and the consequence of this verse in our lives.

God is guiding us into new waters, and we are trusting that He is in control and that He will continue to use us to shine in a world where chaos seems prevalent.

In ‘Christitanity today’, I read “What good does it do to tell people how great our Saviour is if they cannot see that we ourselves have been saved from sin?”

Psalm 40 1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord

And he inclined to me And heard my cry.

He also brought me up out of my horrible pit.

Out of the miry day. (miry - troublesome)

And set my feet upon a rock.

And establishing my steps,

He has put a new song in my mouth, Praise to our God.

Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.

“This new song, the song of the redeemed, produces hope in a despairing heart.” We are not protected from pain as believers, in fact it is during the times when I have been the closest to God and trusted Him the most, that I have felt not despair because I have never lost hope, but empty and devastated. It is during these times that God has shown me that even when I step away from Him, he remains faithful, always making a way for me, and bringing me through each day.

I am always amazed that the more I trust God the happier I am, even though I have my own ‘stuff’ to deal with, there are very few days when I do not feel happy. Sometimes frustrated of course, but content, and as I look around me, I realise that I have an incredible amount for which I am immensely grateful.

Let us aim to be powerful beyond measure, let us ask God to liberate us from our fear so that we can glorify Him more as we embark on the journey ahead. How incredible will the journey be when our light is shining brightly for Him - my bright Morning Star.

 

“Carry your candle, into the darkness...take your candle go light the world” Raise your candle and light the sky, in the name of Jesus...Chris Rice 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtIIFJIxdUw


Sunday, February 2, 2020, 20:12 | No Comments »

In the last few days I have seen thousands of white butterflies, from my window at work, while driving, they seem to be everywhere, in my garden, and by my front door at home.

Butterflies make me think of my sister, as the last Christmas she spent in Johannesburg with us the tree over our pool was filled with white butterflies. They say white butterflies signify transformation and hope.

Last year I shared a visual picture I had of Cornerstone Church in Bedfordview’s main hall being filled with white butterflies, and they were landing on people, I saw them as blessings, spiritual gifts bestowed on the church.

I am no mathematician but it makes me think of the ‘Chaos theory’ the ‘Butterfly Effect’ - “it has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” Quote from Andy Andrews, The Lost Choice, says of the Butterfly Effect, “You have been created with the ability to change the world. Every single choice you make…every single action you take…matters. But remember the converse is also true. Every choice you do not make…every action you do not take…matters just as much.”

I have often thought about this – while life is made up of moments grabbed and opportunities taken, in the same way it is made up of lost opportunity, words not spoken, smiles not shared, conversations not had, choices not made, minutes lost, and last minute decisions that alter destinies.

Ask yourself, how many times in a day do you adjust your thought process, change your mind, and make the safe choice. Consider the possible consequences - how many friendships have not materialised because introductions were not made, or conversations were not had because a last minute thought changed an initial plan. How many hearts yearn to talk to someone specific, how many people wish to fix something with someone, how many dreams remain unfulfilled, how many loves have been lost, how many jobs have not been offered or taken, how many business opportunities remain ideas not shared or acted upon?

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t change our minds, we do not always know whether we have made the right decisions, and chances are we will never know the converse effect. We should probably not worry too much about the things we don’t know we have lost, but how about thinking about acting on decisions, acting on thoughts, and being braver going forward.

Not only can we change things for ourselves, we may just shift someone else’s world. We can be that window that needs to be opened slightly, or we can be the entrance to the door that desperately needs to be opened, or the first step on that seemingly impossible flight of stairs, metaphorically speaking.

Share that thought, pay that compliment, smile that smile, send that email, have that conversation, try saying yes to those things that instinctively make you say no.

We may just feel the world shift under our feet, if we alter how we do things even just slightly, like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings our lives may go beyond our limitations.

A friend sent me this verse yesterday, Deuteronomy 28:12 The Lord will open the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. Amen – So be it - for us all. Love Justine


Sunday, February 2, 2020, 20:07 | No Comments »

“Above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl in Billy and the minpins.

It is two months since I last wrote in my blog, and the reason I have to say is because I have had absolutely nothing to write about, no desire to write, no energy to put pen to paper, and nothing to share that I felt was of any value whatsoever. I have been living in a vacuum, existing from one day to the next, and there have been days when I have felt physically ill, and just completely and utterly mentally fatigued, exhausted actually.

For the last few months we have been trying to finalise my sister’s estate, and my dearest friend like a little sister to me lost her fiancé, I felt as if this was the final straw, and my heart was literally broken. I have realised over the last 19 months, that death can bring out the worst in people, tying up someone’s estate and seeing how people behave, has in some instances just left me completely gobsmacked.

A few weeks back in a moment of despair, I literally called out to God, and just asked Him where He was in all of this, and I asked Him to just take it all. And the reason I am sharing this is because this is so important, important that we can and do have a relationship with Jesus that we can call out to Him and He does intervene. Subsequently after almost 20 months of indecision and disagreement, the documents are signed, and my sister’s estate can finally get advertised, liquidated and redistributed. It is like a huge weight off my shoulders.

There are times in our lives where we feel as if God is not present, and we wonder, Is He even here? Does He even care about the details? I have realised more and more recently through conversations that people are really feeling desperate in the call and need for God. Some are not seeing Him in the details, not feeling His presence and definitely not understanding His timing. And I get this, I get the frustration and the desperation of it all. This is what I have realised when I have not been able to cry, or I have decided not too because I am not an in between person, it is all or nothing with me, I cannot live, laugh or cry in half measures.

Jesus never said there would be no suffering, and there are times in life where the pain is so great that even tears don’t do it justice. There are days when the soul cries as we carry on with the momentum of all that life requires.

Somehow in between in the quiet still places, where there is no noise or silence, that is where we piece it all together, one breath at a time.

We have such an incredible life group, I feel as if we have become an extended family, and to be surrounded by younger enthusiastic God loving friends, is such an incredible blessing. I honestly look so forward to our in-depth conversations every Thursday evening, from which we all are able to reflect and grow.

During one of these evenings, I shared on the Presence of God and especially Psalm 139 7-10. 7. Where shall I go from your spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8. If I ascend into heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10. even there your right hand will hold me.

Delving a little deeper into this verse I found the following interpretations, I really love these words. Verse 7 God has a constant presence “whether we will it or not, we are as near to God as our soul is to our body. God is omnipresent.” Verse 8 “Whether we rise up or lie down, take our wing, make our bed, we shall find God near us. Verse 9 “If I take wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, If I could fly with all the swiftness and find habitation where the Mariner has not yet ploughed the deep, yet I could not reach the boundaries of the divine presence.” “Light flies with inconceivable capacity and it flashes far afield beyond all human understanding, it illuminates the great wide sea and its waves gleaming afar, but its speed would utterly fail if employed in flying from the Lord.” “Were we to speed on the wing of the morning breeze and break into oceans unknown to chart and map, yet there we should find the Lord already present, He who saves to the uttermost would be with us in the uttermost of the sea.”

I hope this speaks to you, as it does to me.

Verse 10 “We could only fly from God by His own power. The Lord would be leading, covering, piercing, sustaining us even when we are fugitives from him.” These words assure us that we may depend wholeheartedly on the upholding right hand of God. God is with us, whether we choose it or not, no matter in what realm we resort, God is around us still.

Also from one of our Thursday evenings, but so relevant to this message, my husband shared the following from Jack Wellman. “God actually desires that we are utterly dependant on Him and that we are in desperate need of His help. Think of a human father. What good father/mother would not want their children to turn to them when they need help? Naturally, a father / mother loves it when their children come to them to seek help. There is something special about having someone there for you.

God is this true source and He is more reliable than any human mother or father.” In Him I depend.

I love to throw parties or events for other people and am in the process of planning my daughters 13th and my son’s 21st but I have been told that I need to be on the receiving end, something which is pretty difficult for me, and makes me feel anxious. Needless to say as this is supposedly one of life’s milestones, I have succumbed, and made a list of some of the people that I love, like, admire and enjoy, and I have sent out the invites to celebrate my birthday, unfortunately my house is only so big so I could not invite everyone we know. I am now looking forward to a season of celebration, and I will continue to look at the world with glittering eyes, it is amazing what magic God unfolds when you do.


Sunday, February 2, 2020, 19:57 | No Comments »

It is always around the 19th of the month, that I get inspired to write my blog, and today is particularly significant, as I have been very busy making changes. Firstly my new email addresses are justine@creativeu.co.za and justine.creativeu@gmail.com please no longer use justine@creativeu.xyz, as I will be phasing it out. Some things are just too confusing, apparently.

Needless to say changing my email address led to me building a new website, one in which I decided I need to start promoting myself more, my writing, my blogging and my creative coaching.

The new site is not 100% complete as not all my posts, reviews and work have been added, but you are welcome to visit it anyway www.creativeu.co.za My most exciting news of all is that today I finally published my first fiction novel on Amazon KDP, this is a great day for me, as it really is every writers dream to see their story behind a cover, somehow this is bigger for me than my previous works, Studying Made Fun for GR 7 to 12 and Weddings in Africa or any of the four magazines I founded and edited.

When I started writing as a teenager, mostly poetry at the time, my dream was always to write a novel, and ‘Stranger than the Game’, is really just that, a fictitious - Who done it? set in an area in which I lived for almost ten years. ‘Stranger than the Game’ is set in the South African Bushveld, in the small Lowveld town of Hoedspruit. Tranquillity Dawn Game Lodge & Spa owner Shane Digson is murdered in cold blood one evening, and the son of the Local Premier is found dead from a drug overdose, Shane's Johannesburg lawyer Denton Fischer is left to unravel these murders, but not before the story uncovers the past and the present lives of the game lodge employees and the inhabitants of Hoedspruit.

It would be really awesome if you could support me and purchase a copy off Amazon KDP, it’s under R65 and I really hope that you will enjoy it for what it is, a story with a few twists to hopefully keep you turning from one page to the next. But I would love your feedback.

Link for Cover https://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B07RYDS7KW/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_eos_detail,

In addition, today spiritually was really great for me, God has been revealing so many things, and after 15 months of feeling like death has been staring me in the face, I really got to understand what the words in the worship song, ‘Death has no grip on me’, really mean.

God is so good and so faithful in His timing, and I want to encourage anyone who is struggling with grief and loss that we each have our pre-ordained time here on earth, and that our ultimate goal is in heaven. Somehow I feel better equipped to trust God, and His purpose for me here for whatever time He has set aside for me. Something that resonated with me today, was the words – “be full of the spirit to make it through the desert.”

John 11 25-26 says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die, and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”


Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:17 | No Comments »

Creative Coaching is not about learning to be creative, it is about unleashing your creativity with a view to self discovery and recovery, utilising various creative tools and explorations.

There are times in our lives when we feel lost, or even desperate or we lose our sense of purpose. This can happen when we get divorced, when we lose a loved one, when our children move out of home, when we lose our job, or sometimes life as we know it gets too much or we realise that we need to make changes.

It is in these seasons of life that we need to get to know ourselves a little better, and unleash some of the things that are preventing us from living purposeful and fulfilling lives.

We are living in a time where people, both young and old, are in a desperate place, searching for a God given purposeful life.

My passion is to help and encourage others to live their best lives.

Creative Coaching is for everyone, teenagers, 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's, men and women, you can even remain anonymous, I don't mind,

It is never too late, to live life to the fullest and achieve your dreams. Remember Mandela only became president of SA at 77 years and he died at 95,

God has an awesome plan for us all.

You are welcome to email me justine.creativeu@gmail.com

 


Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:14 | No Comments »

And the thought process continues…

I opened a plastic bag this morning to put some used coffee pods in to throw away, and as I was about to put them in, the thought to put the bag into another bag popped into my head, needless to say I discarded the thought as irrational, and put the pods into the bag, and they fell through the hole I didn’t know was there, and messed coffee all over the floor. Proving, the thought was not actually irrational at all.

This got me to thinking, how do we know the difference between our own thoughts and Gods voice, and then it got me to thinking about the power of our thoughts.

To quote in part from baysideonline.com – here are Seven bible verses about the power of the mind.

I find this interesting and I hope you will too.

1
Deuteronomy 30:19

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live.

Caroline Leaf says “wire your toxic thought patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts.”

I prefer Gods word, here are some examples.

Phil 4.13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Matt 19.26 “with God all things are possible."
Jer 29.11 "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Cor 6.18 "I am a daughter of the King."

2
Romans 12.2
“Do not copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

As I mentioned in the previous post, it is possible for us to change our thought process, one corrective thought at a time. I have been exercising putting this into practice, when my mind slips into the things that distract me, I am trying to change my thought process.

I am sure I am not alone in having ‘thought places’ that I can escape to, these thought places can be likened to virtual reality without the software, these often distract me from my reality and in some way help me to cope.

This is either a advantage or disadvantage of having a vivid imagination, regardless I am trying not to go there in my head, unless of course at some point I decide to write it down.

All well and good, this is also easier said than done…which is why we need biblical reminders.

3.
2 Timothy 1:7
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

4.
Exodus 34.7
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations; I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents up on their children and grandchildren, the entire family is affected – even children in the third and fourth generations.

My first thought is Wow, I must have had bad great grandparents, LOL, but the reality is, that we do impact our kids with our behaviour. I have realised over the years that so much of my belief system, my idiosyncrasies and anxiety have absolutely nothing to do with me at all. However I have lived with them and imparted some of them onto my children.

It is only in realising that sometimes the things we think about are not our own, that we are able to change our thought processes for the better.

5.
2 Corinthians 10.5
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

The best way to do this is, in my opinion, is to talk to God, he can hear our silent prayers and he can hear our silent thoughts, and he knows our hearts and he can wipe our tears, and he can convict and correct us.

6.
Philippians 4 .8
Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

The message behind this is choose love, choose to see the good in everything, and in everyone.

There is a great exercise in choosing to look at anyone and look for the good in them, choose one beautiful thing about them - there is no one who does not have one beautiful thing about them, no matter how bad, unappealing or incorrect they may appear.

The same goes with how we see ourselves.

7
Proverbs 23.7
“As someone sees within himself so he is.”

“You were created in the image of God, full of love and grace.”

What might happen if we all started capturing our thoughts and believing this?


Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:13 | No Comments »

Over the last few weeks I have been putting something together on faith, hope, depression and anxiety, and what the bible says, and how we can be encouraged as well as encourage those that are feeling desperate or those that are affected by someone that is in a desperate place.

I am not going to share this with you now, but God has really shown me how he cares about our hearts and our minds, and our thoughts.

On Sunday at church, I was able to put my arms around a complete stranger and ask God to intervene in every area of her life that had brought her to this place of sadness.
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It reminded me of how incredibly fortunate we are that we can call on God in all our instances, that we can rely on the holy spirit to intervene, that we can be encouraged by His warm embrace.

I was not feeling great on Sunday, I was trying hard not to cough with a tight chest, had a bad hair and bad dress day because I was still deciding why I was going to church feeling like this, but regardless of me and my thoughts, God could still use me. I love how he just points out someone, and then drags me over there before I can even think about not going.

Always He warms my heart and reminds me that I am here in this place to give and not to take, don’t get me wrong there are moments that I am filled to the brim by His message and I am always taking notes, but it’s my heart that counts.

Not my mind that is so good at playing tricks on me, like the quote by I have no idea who - ”don’t believe everything your mind tells you” – I am prone to over thinking just about everything so I understand this statement completely.

Romans 12.2 says, be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

I am learning that if I am too encourage others I need to manage my own thought life, this is easier said than done, as there are so many distractions, but as we only have the ability to think one thought at a time, we can replace any thought with God’s word, not positive affirmation or pretty thoughts, but His word.

Hebrews 4.12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

We need to allow the word of God and the spirit of God to transform us so that we can be better equipped to do and be more for others.

It begins in our thought life.

I am definitely praying for Gods help in this area. x

 

 


Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:06 | No Comments »

It is always around the 19th of the month, that I get inspired to write my blog, and today is particularly significant, as I have been very busy making changes.

Firstly my new email address is justine.creativeu@gmail.com please no longer use justine@creativeu.xyz, as I will be phasing it out. Some things are just too confusing, apparently. Needless to say changing my email address led to me building a new website, one in which I decided I need to start promoting myself more, my writing, my blogging and my creative coaching. The new site is not 100% complete as not all my posts, reviews and work have been added, but you are welcome to visit it anyway www.creativeu.co.za 

My most exciting news of all is that today I finally published my first fiction novel on Amazon KDP, this is a great day for me, as it really is every writers dream to see their story behind a cover, somehow this is bigger for me than my previous works, Studying Made Fun for GR 7 to 12 and Weddings in Africa or any of the four magazines I founded and edited.

When I started writing as a teenager, mostly poetry at the time, my dream was always to write a novel, and ‘Stranger than the Game’, is really just that, a fictitious - Who done it? set in an area in which I lived for almost ten years.  

‘Stranger than the Game’ is set in the South African Bushveld, in the small Lowveld town of Hoedspruit. Tranquillity Dawn Game Lodge & Spa owner Shane Digson is murdered in cold blood one evening, and the son of the Local Premier is found dead from a drug overdose, Shane's Johannesburg lawyer Denton Fischer is left to unravel these murders, but not before the story uncovers the past and the present lives of the game lodge employees and the inhabitants of Hoedspruit.

It would be really awesome if you could support me and purchase a copy off Amazon KDP, it’s under R65 and I really hope that you will enjoy it for what it is, a story with a few twists to hopefully keep you turning from one page to the next. But I would love your feedback. 

Link for Cover   https://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B07RYDS7KW/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_eos_detail

In addition, today spiritually was really great for me, God has been revealing so many things, and after 15 months of feeling like death has been staring me in the face, I really got to understand what the words in the worship song, ‘Death has no grip on me’, really mean. God is so good and so faithful in His timing, and I want to encourage anyone who is struggling with grief and loss that we each have our pre-ordained time here on earth, and that our ultimate goal is in heaven. Somehow I feel better equipped to trust God, and His purpose for me here for whatever time He has set aside for me.

Something that resonated with me today, was the words – “be full of the spirit to make it through the desert.”

John 11 25-26 says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die, and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”