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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Fear vs. Trust


Father, today is like a brand new stage
with a brand new war that I must wage,
but my mind keeps racing to and fro
between the things that I don’t know.

My faith seems weak and frail to me,
as if I’m not loved especially
by the One who made the earth
and is still present at each new birth.

Why do I doubt and fail to believe
as if you had, or could ever deceive
even one of Your children for a single day,
Oh! why can I not keep my fears at bay?

I will choose not to trust how I feel
but rather make one more desperate appeal
that You should hear my frantic plea
and that You’d rush over to assist me.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

God came to my bed


During the night God came to my bed
and when He came the illness fled,
the cough that had me up at night
sped away at God’s healing might.

God also came to heal my head
and do the things that He had said,
for somehow I had stopped believing,
given in to thoughts that were deceiving.

He also tended to my tumultuous soul
for contact with others had taken its toll
and He knew how cruel mankind could be,
and had responded to my desperate plea.

God tended to my bruised human shell
with water from His life-giving well
and restored me to who He had made
unwilling to simply let me fade.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Friday, 21 July 2017

Eensgesindheid


Wat is die bewys wat hierdie wêrekd het dat ons kinders van God is? Watter bewys het ons dat ons 'n Goddelike mandaat of opdrag het? Waaraan sal hulle weet dat ons God ken, en deur God geken word? Jesus het hierdie vrae so effektief geantwoord toe Hy vir Sy dissipels gebid het in die Tuin van Getsemane. Tog het Hy nie net vir Sy dissipels gebid nie - Hy het ook vir elke gelowige wat sou kom gebid. Johannes 17:20 maak dit duidelik dat ek en jy ook by hierdie gebed ingesluit is:
"Ek bid egter nie net vir hulle nie, maar ook vir diè wat deur hulle woorde tot geloof in My sal kom."
So, wat is die antwoord op die vrae? Verse 21-23 maak dit duidelik.
"Ek bid dat hulle almal een mag wees, net soos U, Vader, in My is en Ek in U, dat hulle ook in Ons mag wees, sodat die wêreld kan glo dat U my gestuur het."
Hier staan dus dat ons eensgesindheid onder mekaar, en met die Vader en Jesus, as bewys dien vir die wêreld dat Jesus van God kom, met 'n reddingsboodskap en -plan wat van God kom, en dat Hy nie net nog 'n selfgepromoveerde bedrieër en 'con artist' was/is nie. Ek het oor die afgelope paar maande baie te doen gekry met die onenigheid tussen die musikante (en ander gemeentelede) van 'n kerk hier in die omgewing. Hierdie vers het my laat skrik. Effektief, beteken dit dat hierdie onenigheid wat tussen die gemeentelede bestaan, die bewyse vernietig wat die wêreld het dat die Vader vir Jesus gestuur het. Ons struwelinge en argumente met mekaar maak dit vir mense moeilik (onmoontlik?) om te glo in Jesus! Kom ons lees verder.
"Die heerlikheid wat U My gegee het, het Ek ook aan hulle gegee, sodat hulle een kan wees net soos Ons Een is: Ek in hulle en U in My, sodat hulle volkome een kan wees, sodat die wêreld kan weet dat U My gestuur het en hulle liefhet net soos U My liefhet."
Hoe is dit moontlik om eengesind met God die Vader en Jesus Christus te leef, as ons nie eensgesind met mekaar kan leef nie? Hoe kan die wêreld glo in God se liefde, as ons nie eens liefde teenoor mekaar kan demonstreer nie? Die Vader het Jesus na die wêreld toe gestuur sodat Hy vir ons 'n voorbeeld kon stel van wat dit behels om in liefde met mekaar saam te leef. Sy voorbeeld het behels dat Hy Homself gekruisig het sodat ons almal kan lewe.
Ons word so gereeld touwys gemaak dat dit belangrik is om vir Nr. 1 uit te kyk, maar dis nie die voorbeeld wat Jesus gestel het nie. Hy het nie Homself verneder omdat Hy gedink het iemand anders het meerdere kennis, 'n meerdere posisie, meer aansien, meer geld, meer mag, meer charisme, of enige iets anders nie. In al hierdie dinge was Jesus die meerdere, of kon dit wees as Hy dit so sou kies. Nee, Hy het Homself gekruisig/afgelê omdat dit is wat liefde doen. Liefde offer homself op vir diegene vir wie hy omgee. Liefde stel ander bo homself. Liefde wil sien dat ander uitstyg en meer word as wat hulle is. Liefde soek die beste vir mekaar.
Lees gerus weer Paulus se beskrywing van wat liefde is in 1 Korintiërs 13. Let ook op na wat liefde nie is nie.
Laat my weer terugkom na my oorspronklike vrae rakende bewyse. As ek en jy in 'n laboratorium gewerk het waar bewyse hanteer is wat voor die hof gelê moes word, hoe sou ons werksetiek daar uitsien? Sou hulle bevind dat ons met omsigtigheid met die bewyse omgaan, en sorg dat dit sterk is? Of sou hulle vind dat ek en jy besig is om die bewyse van die waarheid rondom Jesus te vernietig, omdat ons so ingestel is daarop om onsself te laat geld en ons eie sin te kry, dat Jesus se getuienis tweede plek ingeneem het teenoor ons eie belange? Kom ons lees ten slotte die laaste vers in Johannes 17:
"Ek het U Naam aan hulle bekend gemaak, en Ek sal dit verder bekend maak, sodat die liefde wat U aan My bewys het, in hulle kan wees en Ek ook in hulle."
Sonder liefde is dit moeilik om enige iemand, hetsy in die wêreld of 'n mede-gelowige, te oortuig dat ons enige deel het aan Jesus.

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Inner voice


In this life we have a choice
to listen to that inner voice,
or to ignore its wisdom randomly
and follow our hearts more freely.

Yet, that voice will not be still,
not when its message is God’s will,
so we may as well pay more attention
to the things that this voice mentions.

The heart doesn’t always comprehend
the dangers lurking around the bend,
but would merrily go along its way
if the mind fails to make it stay.

That inner voice appeals to the mind,
reminding it of things that bind,
of niceties with immense charm
that covers its deceitful harm.

It’s better to listen to that dialogue,
to let it clear the mental fog,
to take direction and advice,
before we pay too steep a price.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Sparrow


I have not used this blog to review a book before, yet I have recently read one that forces me to do so. When my brother, Stephan Uys, told me that he was writing a story, it did not surprise me. Since we were kids, visiting the library together, we have both been fond of reading and have often shared our dreams for publishing our own books 'some day'. I simply assumed that 'some day' had finally come for Stephan. When the book was finished, Stephan gave me the proof copy to read and do a final edit. I was blown away. Stephan had always maintained that the book HAD to be written, that it was a story that HAD to be told, and that the message HAD to get out there. He was right. Let me tell you why.
The Sparrow is set against the backdrop of the gospels. This means that every so often a character from these Biblical accounts crosses into the story. However, at its heart, The Sparrow is a fictional storybook. What makes the book an unmissable read, is the fact that is so jam-packed with information that opens up the time and culture of the setting. The reader can not help but walk away from the book with a deeper and clearer understanding of the world of the gospels. But there is so much more to it than simply factual information shared in a fun-to-read fictional novel.
What makes The Sparrow a true literary gem is the tender way in which it brings the message of the New Testament in line with that of the Old. Through subtle nuances, clever rhetoric and believable character growth, the author manages to explain the shift from an Old Testament religion of sacrifice to a New Testament relationship of love. A hint of this is captured in the title of the book, but I would be giving too much of the plot away if I said any more about this, and I do not want to be spoilsport.
In a modern era where I encounter Christians way too often who are grabbing hold of the Old Testament, reintroducing the Mosaic Law, and advocating a Judaic lifestyle, this book comes as a timely answer to many a prayer. It was not written to do so, yet it very effectively explains why we are no longer subject to the law. What makes it brilliant, is the fact that it does so in a very readable story.
If you are interested in purchasing the book in paperback format, you can contact Stephan Uys directly by email isuys.stephan@gmail.com. If you prefer an ebook copy, you can buy it on Amazon by simply clicking on the link for ebook. People not living in South Africa may wish to purchase the paperback version via Amazon as well. You can click on paperback to be directed to the link.
Let me leave you with the summary from the back of the book as well as a short bio of the author:
The Sparrow is a fictional novel set against the backdrop of the Gospels. The story revolves around the lives of two unlikely friends who need to carve out a living for themselves amidst political oppression, religious discord, and flagrant racism. Love and friendship are put to the test when murder sends one friend on a desperate flight to save his own life, only to end up in a situation even more dire than the one he was fleeing.
Readers who love intrigue and suspense will enjoy reading The Sparrow. Prepare to meet a number of Biblical characters in a way you have not done before.
About the author:
Stephan Uys was born in South Africa, where he lives with his family in Benoni, Gauteng. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Mariaan, and God has blessed their marriage with three wonderful children. Stephan is an ordained pastor with the Apostolic Faith Mission Church of South Africa, and holds an honours degree in Theology. He is a practical and systematic preacher with a knack for teaching people how incorporate theological theory into practical living. He has a way of making the Bible come alive to his audience. His first novel reveals that he has a similar skill when writing.

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Op 'n sandduin


Neergesit op 'n hoë sandduin,
het ek gewens om te verdwyn,
om in die sandkors weg te raak
tot waar die lewe nie meer traak.

Tog wou die sand net nie meegee
al het ek dit om my weggevee;
uiteindelik was ek te uitgeput
en het moedeloos net daar bly sit.

Toe kom 'n wind en begin so waai
dat hy alles om my met sand besaai,
maar toe die wind uiteindelik bedaar,
kon ek alleen in verwondering staar.

Die wêreld om my het anders gelyk
en ek moes dit van nuuts af bekyk,
versteek onder die sand, was 'n rots
en hierteen het ek elke keer gebots.

Het jy gesnap die wind was die Gees
en die sand was my eie ek gewees,
en Jesus self was die ewige rots,
waarteen ek elke keer moes bots?

My eie gespook het my moeg gemaak
en ek moes eers my gespartel staak,
voor die Gees my van myself kon stroop
om my te wys Wie is die bron van hoop.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

In God se sorg


Ek wens ek kon sien uit God se oë
dan was dit dalk maklik om te glo
en dan het ek ook presies geweet
wat is die doel van pyn en leed

Maar 'n kind het selde die wyse insig
om te verstaan wat sy lewe ontwrig,
hy weet maar net dat dinge gebeur
wat sy bestaan se ritme versteur

Die ding wat kind van grootmens skei
is die verantwoordelikhede wat hy kry
om met die grootmenslewe om te gaan
en selfstandig sy eie weg te baan

Daar is dinge wat ek en jy moet doen
en daarmee moet ons onsself versoen,
maar vir ander goed het ons geen raad
en dit moet ons eerder by ons Vader laat

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

It's not good for a man to be alone


Shall we take a step back into paradise,
neither date nor place, I know precise,
but it is where man’s story has begun
and where he and his wife became one

God made the man and he was good
then He gave him all the plants as food
He brought the animals by for him to see
if any could possibly serve as company

Adam had great fun giving each a name
and some of them even became quite tame,
still, none of them seemed to challenge his mind
they quite simply were not of the same kind

This was when God decided to put man to rest
to fashion him someone who would suit him best
This one would not be made from earth’s dust,
but would be sourced from that which man could trust

God took a rib from near the man’s heart
to make him a wife, the same, yet apart
and when man saw the woman God had made,
he recognized her to be a true friend and aid

This was the beginning of true romance
and today we are still given this same chance
to meet the one who’d fit us perfectly
if only we’d be willing to wait patiently

God still has a perfect mate for you today
with whom He would like for you to stay,
but if you don’t trust the roll of the dice,
you should prayerfully ask for God’s advice

There may be a rocky journey in store for you
but God has always proven Himself true,
so the sooner you learn to trust in His will,
the quicker He’d be able to fill your bill

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Renewal


I wonder if You would take my hand
and pull me up so I can stand,
and not let go, but keep Your hold
lest I should crumble down or fold.

While You’re at it, why not take my voice,
fill my mouth with words of Your choice
and take hold of my tempestuous tongue
so I can stop saying the things that are wrong.

Perhaps You’d be kind enough to take my heart
and cleanse it from things with which I can’t part
Would You then mind filling it up again
with the things that You care to maintain?

Perhaps Lord, You should simply take me whole,
to keep my wayward parts under Your control
and renew the thought patterns in my mind
so I will learn to love and to be kind.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Comfort Zones


Today I was reminded of the fact that God sometimes expects us to move out of our comfort zones in order to do His will. In fact, we might even be required to deny our very nature in order to do so. It was certainly not in the nature of tempestuous winds to quiet down at Jesus' command. Nor was it in the nature of the sea to turn into a surface that a person could walk on. Which begs the question; have we truly laid ourselves at God's altar? How much are we still tightly holding back, because we consider this aspect of ourselves too sacred to sacrifice? Do we trust God enough to truly believe that we can only find ourselves in Him, that we truly have to give Him control of every aspect of our being; our nature, personality, intellect, dreams, etc.?

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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