If we have accepted the Lord as our savior God says that we belong to Him.  A synonym for belong is ‘to have a home, to have a rightful place’ and the origin of the word belong comes from ‘to reach’.  God reaches out to us and Jesus says “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.  My father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him”.  (John 14:23)

It is God and the person who lives in a house that makes it a home and I love the way CS Lewis describes the way God changes our ‘house’ because He wants to make it a fit place for Him to call home!

Imagine yourself as a living house.  God comes in to rebuild that house.  At first, perhaps you can understand what He is doing.  He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.  But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense.  What on earth is  He up to?  The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.  You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage;  but He is building a palace.  He intends to come and live in it Himself”.

I love the words that Ruth Bell Graham (wife of Billy Graham) asked to have inscribed on her tombstone:

“End of construction – Thank you for your patience”

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One day I was taking our eight-year-old daughter and her friend to a party.  As we were driving, they started discussing the variety of jobs their parents held.

My daughter’s friend said, “My mom is a teacher, an editor, and a writer.

I replied, “Don’t forget one of her jobs is also being a mother!”

Her immediate response was, “Oh, no! My mommy says that’s not a job; that’s sheer joy”.

Those words had a major impact on me.  At that moment, my perception of motherhood changed.  I  had never heard anyone describe motherhood as sheer joy.

In fact, most mothers of young children will readily agree with this sentiment;  If having children is so wonderful, how come the process begins with something called labour?

Read more at http://godspromise.co.za/more-families.html

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Three day, three quotes challenge – day three

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”


“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest, waiting for others to come find you; you have to go to them sometimes.”


“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

(Winnie the Pooh)



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The reason we have to have hanging plants!


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Three day, three quotes challenge – day two

“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.”


“You are stronger than you seem,
Braver than you believe,
and smarter than you think you are.”

(Winnie the Pooh)

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Three day, three quotes challenge – day one

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh 

(Winnie the Pooh)


Thank you to Mike at tonysonblogger for the nomination!

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iKhaya le themba – Home of Hope


Nestled among the tin shacks of an informal settlement at the bottom edge of Africa is a place of hope and safety known as iKhaya le Themba – Home of Hope.

Their vision:

We long for a world where every child has a hope and a future and the effects of poverty, trauma, and HIV & AIDS are no longer seen.

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iKhaya le Themba is a NPO which was started in 2004 and has brought hope and a future to many families.  It offers “holistic After School Care programs” to the primary school children of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay, Cape Town.


The children receive a cooked meal on arrival from school and sandwiches before they leave to go home in the late afternoon…


There are two separate vegetable gardens.  One for the children to work in and one for the parents to work in…

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A very innovative compost heap and worm farm

A very innovative compost heap and worm farm

I was privileged to spend an afternoon with the children working on a project for the next Sisanda Fundaytion fun day.


Busy preparing the room…


The children busy with the project…

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Some of the finished projects…


Cleaning up afterwards…


“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”



There is also the “SISTERHOOD”…


The Sisterhood are a group of teenagers who are mentored by volunteers – they call on volunteers from all walks of life – these volunteers enable, enrich and build into the lives of these beautiful young women.  They meet on iKhaya le themba’s premises.

Some of the amazing staff and volunteers…





iKhaya le Themba believes that every child

“is individually loved by the all encompassing love of God.
It is this love that causes us to seek the very best for every child we work with in every aspect of that child’s life – physical, social, educational, emotional and spiritual.  It is our belief that this love is able to bring fullness of life, freeing and empowering children to walk with God in His plans for them.”



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