The 31 Days is over!

The 31 Days is over!

I’ve learnt so much here is the top posts for the 31 Day challenge!

See you again next year.

Day 12: No matter what happens He will make something good out of it. 52
Day 20: A blessing in disguise 47
Day 10: 31 Blessings: I am blessed to have a testimony 43
Day 5: My Grandma was a blessing 42
Day 7: Our dogs are a blessing (Michelle’s weekly pet challenge) 38
Day 4: My sister is a blessing 22
Day 15 Blessing #15 You are able to overcome anything through His guidance and your belief in Him. 19
Day 19: Blessing #19 God gave you a talent as a blessing 18
Day 14: Blessing #14 He wants what is best for you. 17
Day 8: 31 Blessings I am blessed by music (1) 16
Day 2: I am blessed with an AMAZING family. 16
31 Days of blessings 16
Day 3: My mom is a blessing 15
Day 27: Blessings: It is a blessing to travel. 11
Day 21: Blessing #21 Living in South Africa is a blessing 11
31 Days of Blessings 10
Day 18: Blessings: God can use you no matter how broken you are. 10
Day 13: Blessing #13: Jesus never stops loving you. 9
Day 11: 31 Blessings Jesus gave His life 8
Day 6: My brother and his wife is a blessing 7

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Day 20: A blessing in disguise

It is 20 October 2014 and I am fine. I don’t even feel like crying or running away.

I didn’t think that I would survive 20 October 2013. For me it felt as if the world would end on that day. I was agonizing about this day for  weeks before the day. When it arrived everything was normal. The world didn’t end. The sun rose. Life went on.

20 October 2013 was the one year anniversary of my D&C. I was 8 weeks pregnant but it as a blighted ovum. When we found out that we were going to have a baby it was very exciting and unexpected.

17 October 2012

I went to the doctor for my 8 week checkup. There is only an almost empty sack on the sonar. The Doctor tells me it might be a blighted ovum but I must come back on 20 October  at 7 Am and then if there is no heartbeat he would have to do a D&C.

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We pray a lot and I negotiated a lot with God. It was two of the most intense days of my life.

20 October 2012

7 AM the doctor says that it is definitely a blighted ovum and he needs to do a D&C.   I was crying so much as they took me into theater that I had to hold my breath just to get anesthesia.

This event in my life taught me so much. Firstly it opened my eyes to women all around me that have experienced miscarriage and how it effects their daily lives. I was never even aware of this “world”. When I share my story a lot of women replies that it has happened to them too. Some have recovered and some haven’t. This have created a lot of ministry opportunities for me to share the love of Jesus. When I was at University we had long debates about when life starts etc. Today I know that it starts from the first seconds.

On this day 20 October 2014 I feel better than 20 October 2013. I still feel sad when I think about the baby that was never born. The one that I never knew but I know that he or she is safe with Jesus.  At least I don’t think the world is going to end because of this anymore. But I do remember the events sometimes at the weirdest of times like for example when I had to have the operation on my arm I remembered those moments when I went into theater that moment so vividly that I started crying. That was the last flashback I had of this events.

I see it now as a blessing because I could take care of a baby for a few weeks. I also see it as a blessing because I can have more empathy with the women around me.

Thanks for reading this. I needed to record this event in my life.

Stay blessed!

 

 

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Day 19: Blessing #19 God gave you a talent as a blessing

God gave everyone  a talent. There is no-one without a talent on earth. You might feel that you don’t have a talent but You do! How do I know that? I know that because God made you and He is the giver of talents.

 

There is something that you are good at! You just need to discover it.

 

How do you discover your talents?

Below are some suggestions:

  • What do you like doing? Do you like playing the piano, drawing, writing, baking, doing wood work? Sometimes your talent is something that you already do but you haven’t thought of it that way.
  • Ask your family and friends what they think your talents are.
  • Try something new. You might discover a hidden talent!
  • Pray about it. Ask God to show you what your talents are.

 

I would like to do a post about the talents of  the readers of this blog. Below I have showcased two of my talents as an example of what you could do. You can write something in the comments about your talents or you can make a blog post about it and add the link to that post in the comments section. On Friday I will do a post with all the links so that I can share all your awesome talents with EVERYONE. We need to celebrate the gifts that God has given us to His glory.

 

My talents:

I enjoy painting and crocheting. After the accident with my arm I thought that I’d never be able to do this again but by the grace of God he helped me through it.

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This scarf is the first article that I completed after the accident with my arm.
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I was so thankful to be able to complete this.

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Day 15 Blessing #15 You are able to overcome anything through His guidance and your belief in Him.

You are able to overcome anything through His guidance and your belief in Him.

 

All things are possible for those who believe in Him.

 

In my life I’ve seen many times that I am able to overcome anything I must just keep my eyes on Jesus.

 

These three songs are always an inspiration to me in times of need and hopelessness:

 

 

 

The more hopeless I feel the closer I try to be to God. I always think about Ps 100 in times like these.

 

What do you do when you feel hopeless?

 

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Day 14: Blessing #14 He wants what is best for you.

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Jesus knew you before you were born. He has a plan for your life.

Jesus knew me before I was born too. He knew what challenges I will face.

He prepared me and guided me always. And Jesus encouraged me. The story of Esther is very close to my heart especially Esther 4:14. esther414

I always ask myself what is my purpose in life or in this situation?

 

I resigned from my current teaching job today to pursue a new post from January 2015. This is both exciting and scary. I will miss my kids next year but there will be a whole new bunch next year. In this situation I need to ask myself:

  • What is my role at my current school for the next two months?
  • How do I prepare for my new job?

I don’t have answers to these questions at this very moment but I know that Jesus is already there and He knew me even before I was born. Why wouldn’t he be with me now?

Do you know that Jesus knew you even from before you were born?

 

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Day 7: Our dogs are a blessing (Michelle’s weekly pet challenge)

Our dogs are a blessing to us. We have two pups Butch and Nastia and we love them very much!.

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They bring a lot of joy to my life (as well as a few gray hairs lol) Butch and Nastia are both just over two years so they are very busy and always up to something.

They keep me on my toes and are great company when I’m at home alone. We don’t have children yet so they are our guinea pigs to practice our parenting styles to a certain extent. I wish that everyone on earth can have an opportunity to be loved by a dog.

 

Read more about our dogs here, here and here.

 

This post is part of the 31 days of 5 minute free writes challenge I’m also linking it up with Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge for this week. For more info about the challenge please go to Michelle’s weekly pet challenge page for more posts about amazing pets.

 

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Day 1: It is my wedding anniversary today and I am blessed to be married.

Day 2: I am blessed with an AMAZING family.

Day 3: My mom is a blessing.

Day 4: My sister is a blessing (sometimes in disguise lol)

Day 5: My grandma was a blessing

Day 6: My brother and his wife is a blessing

Day 7: Our dogs are a blessing

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Day 6: My brother and his wife is a blessing

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My brother is the baby in the family (or so I’d like to think) He is four years younger than me so it is ok for me to think so I think?
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Karin, Hawie and me

Today he is a grown  man and he has a lovely wife. He decided to go to South Korea and there he found a lovely girl and they fell in love. So now we are blessed with a sister from across the ocean.

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At the airport on their way to America
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Hawie and Lindsay making Tacos
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Lindsay makes the best tacos ever!
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Hawie, me and Pieter

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Even though he is always on another continent (I’m not exaggerating read their blog) we still have regular contact. They visited us earlier this year and we hope to see them soon. Hopefully they will settle here who knows?

 

 

This post is part of the 31 days of 5 minute free writes challenge.

Day 1: It is my wedding anniversary today and I am blessed to be married.

Day 2: I am blessed with an AMAZING family.

Day 3: My mom is a blessing.

Day 4: My sister is a blessing (sometimes in disguise lol)

Day 5: My grandma was a blessing

Day 6: My brother and his wife is a blessing

Please click here for a list of posts about Blessings. Please like my Facebook page to stay informed.

31 Blessings