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Jesus has a tattoo!

Jesus has a tattoo!

I like reading the book of Isaiah — it’s full of passion and word-pictures; but some sections are quite mysterious. For example, Isaiah 33:1 says, “Woe to you, destroyer,you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you, betrayer, you who have not been betrayed! When […]

Culture part 1: What is culture shock really?

Culture part 1: What is culture shock really?

     Don’t talk to me!      I cannot believe they eat that stuff!      I made a mistake in coming to live here … It feels like you are in a bad dream, but you are awake. And, it is not going to end soon. […]

How to do devotional scrapbooking

How to do devotional scrapbooking

Christ is my reward, and all of my devotion. Now there’s nothing in this world that could ever satisfy. (‘Christ is enough’, by Hillsong) In John 15:4 Jesus says, ‘Remain in me, as I also remain in you‘. Some translations use the word ‘abide’. The […]

Why I pray

Why I pray

Talking to God. Waiting on God. Thinking deeply about spiritual things – that’s meditating. Asking God. Telling Him things He might not know – yeah right! Pleading with God. Practising to be a warrior and not a worrier. Wayne Grudem defines prayer as “personal communication […]

My five food rules for a happier life

My five food rules for a happier life

Disclaimer: The following observations and rules are not based on scientific evidence or sound dietary advice. It is based on confusion. Eater beware. My extensive experience of eating food for the last 59 years, and my keen observation of food and health trends, has made […]

Flowers in the desert

Flowers in the desert

Weaving through traffic, following the GPS’s instructions like a slave, almost automatically. “At the next stop turn left.” I turn left, without even thinking about it. The GPS’s way is not the way I would have taken, but I follow without thinking. Why is it […]

You are there — you do something

You are there — you do something

The strange thing about silhouettes is that you can see what is going on, but you cannot see the detail. Especially when it is hazy too. Almost surreal, like a scene out of a movie. The sun was almost down. The air was thick with […]

I’m rude now — and loving it!

I’m rude now — and loving it!

Having to carry buckets of water for washing was just one custom we had to adapt to when we moved from our home country to live with the Iso people in Africa. Culture shock and subsequent culture stress are well-known phenomena for people who live […]

How to pluck a chicken, and other egg stories

How to pluck a chicken, and other egg stories

Living in an Iso village for years — with mostly beans and rice as your daily grub  — forced me to think out of the box. Decided to build a chicken coop, raise chickens, so we could have chickens AND eggs to eat. Great idea. […]

Broken but Beautiful

Broken but Beautiful

The sun was shining through the hundreds pieces of glass, making rainbows of colour. Diamonds, rubies, sparkles of a thousand different gems. The different shapes and sizes formed an elaborate and modern piece of art. Amazing. Almost forgot where I was. Not in an art […]