Kies Lewe


Elke aspek van my lewe
moet ‘n draai maak by die kruis–
daar is die vir wat ek te bang is.
En dan die wat ek liewer wil vergeet…

MAAR,

Dit wat nie aan die kruis gespyker was nie
Wel dit word net te swaar
Dis dit wat my krag en tyd leegtap.

Selfs my emosies en verhoudings
Als moet kruis toe.
Dan dra U dit saam met my…

© Thomas Dreyer

(Filippense 4:6-9.)

In Die Hemel


Ek weet jy wonder soms hoekom dinge moet gebeur
En ek weet jy’t baie vrae en jou hart is baie seer
Ek weet my plek is leeg langs jou, ek sal altyd by jou wees
As jy na my verlang, onthou, ek is by jou in die gees
My tyd op aarde is verby
My lewe is afgemeet
En ek weet jy moet agterbly
Maar ek sal jou nooit vergeet

Ek is nou in die hemel
En ek wil nêrens anders wees nie
Want hier is ek gelukkig
Hier kry ek nooit meer seer nie
Ek is nou in die hemel
En my hart is daar by jou
Nou is ek die engel wat sy vlerke om jou hou

Ek sien jou trane elke dag, ek wens ek kon dit afdroog
Ek wil nie hê jy moet huil nie want kyk, ek is daar in die reënboog
Hier sal ek altyd wag vir jou, hier in ons hemelhuis
Ek hoop jy volg die regte pad, tot hier by die kruis

My tyd op aarde is verby
My lewe is afgemeet
En ek weet jy moet agterbly
Maar ek sal jou nooit vergeet

Ek is nou in die hemel
En ek wil nêrens anders wees nie
Want hier is ek gelukkig
Hier kry ek nooit meer seer nie
Ek is nou in die hemel
En my hart is daar by jou
Nou is ek die engel wat sy vlerke om jou hou

© Juanita du Plessis

Altyd Daar


As ek vandag moet terugkyk op my lewenspad
Dan sien ek al die draaie, elke kronkelpad
Die spore van my lewe is lankal reeds bepaal
Elke tree vertel ‘n ou verhaal
Elke afdraaipaadjie sien ek duidelik raak
Maar deur dit alles Heer het U oor my gewaak
En oral in die donker het U my weer kom haal
Want U weet, elke kind kan soms verdwaal

Sonder dat ek weet het U my altyd vasgehou
En sonder dat ek weet het U genade my omvou
Al my lewensdrome het U in U hand bewaar
Liewe Heer, U was nog altyd daar

Ek sien dit in die stille waters van die see
Ek sien dit in ‘n kind se oë, sy eerste tree
Hoe kan die wat nie wil glo in ongeloof bly staar
Liewe Heer, want U was nog altyd daar

Sonder dat ek weet het U my altyd vasgehou
En sonder dat ek weet het U genade my omvou
Al my lewensdrome het U in U hand bewaar
Liewe Heer, U was nog altyd daar

© Juanita du Plessis

Closer Than A Brother


God I am confused
There are so many things
Questions… Fears…
I do not know what to do with them
– Some days it’s just too much.

I know I had to bring it all to You
Casting all my cares unto you
I threw my hands in the air
“Take it Lord, all these questions and fears…”

Then I find myself pondering on it again
digging for an answer I know does not exist

… I remember the baby You gave me
a small helpless infant crying…
A responsibility I did not understand, nor want…
So, I ignored it out of fear and ignorance.

Some seven years had gone by when I found it again
still an infant – helpless… “Who is this?” I asked.
Then I knew… I picked up this child for the first time…
I knew I had to take care of this life.

It was then that I experienced overwhelming love
…the way I had to raise this child.
And You where there every step of the way with me
Your guiding hands of love where ever I went.

Lord God I receive your overwhelming love for me
You took me out of every way of destruction
You restored me then and You are doing it yet again…

© Thomas Dreyer

 


 

Is Dit Die Seer Werd?


Dit is vyf voor vier.
Ek klim uit my motor
toe ‘n vuishou my diep binne tref;
soos vrees wat jou gryp en intrek,
maar waarom nou – is ek dan bang?

Hoe nader ek aan die voordeur kom…
soos iets wat binne in my opstaan.
Toe ek die deur binne stap –
‘n swaar donker atmosfeer verwelkom my.
Ek sien hoe haat en dood mekaar aangluur…
in die hoek sit seer, bene opgetrek
arms om die kop en bene vasgeklem
asom te sê “…dis nou genoeg…”

Ek probeer hul ignoreer,
maar kies koers na buite.
Ek druk die voordeur toe
met haat en dood kort op my hakke.
Met verligting verskuif hul blik weer na mekaar…
maar… seer, steeds inmekaar getrek in die hoek…
Ek wik-en-weeg om haar te gaan haal…

Ek besef sy sal self moet uitkom
ek stap ‘n ent verder
ek kniel by die venster en roep haar sag
niks gebeur, ek hoor net ‘n paar snikke…
Eina!
Ek voel hoe die trane van diep binne oor my wange rol

© Thomas Dreyer

 


 

Life abundantly and eternal


God’s desire is for you to have Life – abundantly and eternal. Let me explain this by a poster I’ve once saw:

“FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND”

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:
“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”

The single pair of footprints indicates the very nature of God’s loving care. He carries you when you can no longer walk the road of life alone. But at some point He will put you down on your feet again and allow you to walk next to Him. He won’t leave you or forsake you. (More on this later.) But the difficult part of your journey is eased by His presence. From this point on you can walk the road together with Him, knowing He is there to pick you up.

Salvation is not some mystical euphoria. It is based on FACT – the fact that God loves you, you sinned, He made a better way and that way is Jesus Christ. OK, you may feel you have no contact with this loving God. Let us help you to have an eternal Friend and Father. Four simple truths will lead you to have Him as Friend and Father:

  • God loves you and has a plan for your life.

    • God’s love: God so loved the world [that means all of us] that He gave his Son, so that who ever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
    • God’s plan: Jesus said: I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
    • The second truth shows the dilemma man is faced with.
  • Man has sinned and is separated from God, thus denying him the love and plan God has for his life.
    • We have sinned: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
    • Man has been separated from God: The wages of sin are death [death means here to be spiritually separated from God]. (Romans 6:23)
    • The third truth gives the solution.
  • God made a better way and sent Jesus Christ as Saviour to bridge the separation man experiences.
    • He died in our place, taking our sins on Him: But God shows his love for us in that Christ died for us when we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
    • But He rose from the dead: And showed Himself to many while speaking of the things of the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)
    • He said of Himself: I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the father but by Me. (John 14:6)
    • It is not sufficient to only know about these three truths.
  • Accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour and knowing that He wants to be the bridge you need to get back to God.
    • You have to personally accept Him as Saviour: But all that have accepted Him, to them He has given the power to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name. (John 1:12)
    • You have to accept Him by faith: By grace you have been saved, by faith, and not by yourselves; it is grace from God… (Ephesians 2:8,9)
    • By accepting Him as Saviour, you are responding to His call: Behold, I stand at the door and I knock. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter and go to him. (Revelations 3:20)

You can accept Him at this very moment by faith which is expressed in prayer. If you have never prayed before, take the following as a prayer of faith:

Lord Jesus, I realise that I have tried to walk the road of life on my own and that I have sinned. I now open the door of my life to you and accept you as Lord and Saviour. Thank you that my sins have been forgiven and that you have given me eternal life. I ask you to take control of my life and guide me. Make me the type of person You want me to be.

If this prayer reflects what you are feeling right now, pray it and He will save you. But how can I be sure that I have been accepted by God through Jesus? Refer to Revelations 3:20. “Behold, I stand at the door and I knock. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter and go to him.” It is a promise! And He will keep it.

The Bible promises eternal life to each person who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour: This I have written so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13). Remember that we said at the beginning that He will never forsake us? Here’s the proof: I will never leave you nor forsake you.(Hebrews 13:5).

Some guidelines are given here to assist you in the new walk in faith:

  • Don’t depend on feelings. You don’t feel that you are accepted by God, you
    know it by faith. Read John 14:21.

  • Now that you have accepted Him as Saviour, the following things have taken place or are about to take place:
    • Christ Jesus has entered your life (Revelations 3:20, Colossians 1:27)
    • Your sins have been forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
    • You have become a child of God (John 1:12)
    • You have begun with the great adventure fro which you have been created by God in the first place (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:14)

What a wonderful thought to know that God is not angry with me and that my sins have been forgiven! Why don’t you thank Him in prayer for this, right now?

What now? You are like a young plant, ready to grow, but will need some encouragement and a little help from your friends. Do the following:

  • Prayer is important: Pray regularly, anywhere, any-time. Read John 15:7.

  • Read the Bible: This is your main source of information, knowledge, growth and faith. Read Acts 17:11

  • Be obedient: Obedience to God in everything you do is important. Read John 14:21.

  • Proclaim your faith: Do this by word and deed. Read Matthew 4:19 and John 15:8.

  • Show your new-found faith: Trust in God for EVERYTHING. Read 1 Peter 5:7.

  • Treasure the Holy Spirit: Allow Him to control your life in every aspect. Read Galatians 5:16 and Acts 1:8.

  • Be part of the Body: Find a church. Find Christian friends. Join Bible study groups.

Lastly: Be abundantly blessed, in the name of Jesus Christ. Start by reading the Gospel of John! If you would like to get more information, feel free to contact us.

 


 

To Know Him…


Slaughters, murder and death
Daily killing him and her
Will and ideas, goals and ambitions
Daily killing him and her

Is this how we start each day?
So destructive, so real…
Death, Life
Living sacrifice…

If we’d only knew…
Is this it? No way!!!
There is so much more
What would you say?

If we’d only knew!
He is so amazing. So …
If words could only tell…
If mortality could understand…

If we’d only knew!!
Sharing Him could be so…
Bright, Brilliant, Glorious
If words could only tell…

Glory and Power, Majesty and Strength

If we could have known!
Power and Glory, Restoration and Strength
Thus where are we going?
Eyes focussed on Him – glory to glory

He is so much more…
Ever enough time to Know Him?
If we had known, knowing Him…
Come, you have to come!

We have to know Him
Have to know Him more and more

© Thomas Dreyer

 

We should start each day with a seeking after God…

 


 

The Life-Giver

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