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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The taming of Peter


I recently once more became aware of how well our Father knows me when He revealed His insight into my character through an inconsequential incident. I love this about God. He manages to use each of us despite ourselves, turning our apparent weaknesses into strengths when it comes to our ministry. He did the same with Peter, the hot-headed disciple Jesus called to build His Church upon. But first, He had to tame Peter just a little to make those characteristics work towards good, rather than evil.
Peter was a man who lived his life in exaggerations, in hyperbole, if you wish. He was fast to act and quick to speak. When Jesus would wash His disciples' feet, Peter would have none of it. This went against his grain. He uses hyperbole to express himself when he tells Jesus that he would NEVER allow it. Jesus then tells Peter that if it didn't happen this way, then Peter would have no part of Him. Peter makes an immediate about turn, telling Jesus that he not only wanted Him to wash his feet, but also his hands and face. See John 13 for more details.
Still with the disciples are all gathered around the table with Jesus, He informs them that one of them would betray Him. It is Peter who insists on having a name placed upon the culprit-to-be, indicating to John to ask for more information. When Jesus informs Peter that he himself would betray Jesus, he again uses exaggerated speech to deny the accusation, saying he would rather die, than to betray Jesus. (Still John 13).
Later on, Jesus is arrested and Peter responds by chopping off the ear of one of the men in the party. Again, he follows his own head, instead of waiting for direction from Jesus. When later confronted by others about being part of Jesus' entourage, Peter denies it not once, but three times! (See John 18).
In John 20 we read that when Mary Magdalene brings the news that she could not find the body of Jesus, Peter and John both RUN towards the grave. It is Peter who goes inside first, venturing in where others hold back. He is the one to discover the discarded burial cloths.
In the final chapter of John, we see that it is Peter who suggests that they, him and the other disciples with him, go fishing. At this stage, Jesus had already appeared to them, but they had no clear indication of what to do next. The others would simply wait around, but Peter was a man of action. He would do what he had always done before Jesus entered into his life, he would go fishing. The others agree to this suggestion. It must have made perfect sense to these seasoned fishermen.
I had recently had the privilege of spending an extended period of time in a fishing village. I had a clear view of the harbour, and every morning I would come out to see if the fisher boats had taken to sea. Later on, I would saunter down to the seaside where I would fall into conversation with the fishermen hanging around there. They would look at the waves, the wind and the weather and be able to tell me what sort of fishing day it would be. They could tell when it would be a waste of time to go out, or even what types of fish could be expected in this particular weather. To me, who was born and raised inland, this was a real eye-opener.
I suspect it must have been much the same for Peter and his group. They must have cast an eye on the weather and assessed the waves and winds, before deciding to brave the sea at night. Still, for all of their combined experience, they caught nothing. When approaching the land again in the morning, they saw a man, who would shortly be revealed to be Jesus, on the shore. He told them to cast the net out once more on the right side of the boat. Suddenly the barren sea became alive with fish, to the point of threatening to sink the boat.
Peter jumped out of the boat and immediately swam to shore, leaving his mates to struggle alone with the catch. Only when Jesus told him to return to tend the catch, did he do so. Hot-headed Peter was still acting on whim! Now, for all their trouble, it seemed there was no purpose to going out after all, for Jesus had no need of their catch. He had already cooked some fish and bread for them on the fire! What a lesson there is in this! We are all guilty of this. We fool ourselves into believing that we need to take care of these important survival matters, when Jesus has a widely different perspective on things. He said He would take care of us, the same way He tends to the fields and the birds. As long as we are in God's will, things will work out for us. When we follow our own heads, we might find we have wasted a good night's sleep out on a fishing boat, for no good reason at all, our combined experience aside!
It was this moment that Jesus chose to reaffirm Peter's calling. Three times He asks Peter to confirm his love for Him, every time entrusting Peter with the care of His Church. And then He tells Peter that as much as he had been following his own whims all his life, the time would come when others would lead him where he did not wish to go, but that it was all part of God's plan for his life. This was indication of how Peter would die. The hot-headed Peter was exactly who God needed to establish and take care of His church, but it had to be a Peter who was willing to ultimately submit to God's will, even if this led to death.
I know obstinacy. Those who know me well, consider me one of the most obstinate people they've ever met. And this is a good thing. God has often found good use for my obstinacy in the advancement of His Kingdom. However, not unlike Peter, I too had to learn to submit my will to that of our Father's. I want to invite you to try this and note the difference it makes in your own life, as well as those of others. And yes, even though I am an experienced fisherman, I no longer fish unless our Father tells me to do so. The fish and bread has always been waiting on the shore for me. Take God at His word. He will not fail you.

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Agter geslote deure


Wanneer woorde faal
en stilte draal
is dit dalk tyd
om die oë te sluit,
en dinge na ons God te bring
wat in ons woordeskat indring.

Daar is so baie wat ons hoor
en mense kry die wind van voor,
maar ons Vader weet
van al ons leed
en te midde van onveiligheid,
bly Sy wil steeds onverstuit.

Petrus se deure was gesluit
met planke voor die ope ruit
waar hy die Jode wou ontvlug,
maar ook sy Goddelike plig,
toe Jesus daar aan hom verskyn
en maan om nie net te verdwyn.

Ons kan nie dat ons vrees ons keer
om God se woorde te probeer;
wanneer Hy sê dat Hy sal sorg,
is dit 'n beduidende waarborg,
en dan kan ons dit na buite waag,
want in Hom sal ons planne slaag.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur 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.
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Prayer warrior


There was nothing frail about her;
clad in the armour of a warrior,
as she lay propped up in her bed,
her cheeks all flushed and ruby red.

She called them up, one by one
as she put them all before the Son
Who gave His life to set them free
so they could live life fearlessly.

She mentioned sickness, pain and strife
as she pleaded for abundant life
for those she held dear in her heart
though their lives were torn apart.

She called temptation by its name
and begged that it be put to shame,
asked for wisdom in its place
for those who met it face to face.

This grey old girl, her body small
stood in her prayers erect and tall,
for she knew her Father’s loving care
would keep the ones mentioned in prayer.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur 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.
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Vir wie soek jy?


Vandag wil ek met 'n opgestane Jesus se woorde voor jou kom staan en vir jou vra: "Vir wie soek jy?" Oorspronklik was hierdie woorde aan Maria Magdalena gerig toe sy Jesus se liggaam by die graf gaan soek het en nie gevind het waarna sy soek nie. Maria was ontsteld. Waarom sou enige iemand 'n lyk uit 'n graf verwyder - en dit boonop oor die paasnaweek? Sy het haar van die graf af gehaas om Johannes en Petrus te gaan roep. Haar God was weg en moes gevind word.
Johannes en Petrus het ook by die leë graf aangekom. Hul het egter tyd geneem om 'n paar dinge te observeer. Die doeke waarmee die lyk toegedraai was, was steeds in die graf. Dis agergelaat. So al asof dit nie meer 'n doel gehad het om te dien nie. Dat iemand die liggaam sou verwyder was alreeds vergesog, maar om dit eers te stroop van die doeke, was totaal ongehoord! Behalwe as jy dit in verband bring met Jesus se uitsprake voor Sy dood waar Hy hulle meegedeel het dat Hy uit die dood sou opstaan. Ons lees in Johannes 20:8 dat Johannes die doeke gesien het en geglo het. Daarna is hy en Petrus terug huistoe.
Maar Maria het buite by die graf bly staan en huil. Johannes 20:11
Twee engele verskyn toe aan haar en vra haar:
"Mevrou, waarom huil jy?" Johannes 20:13
Haar woorde is baie onthullend; Hulle (wie dit ook al mag wees) het my God weggevat van my en ek kan Hom nie opspoor nie (ad lib). Sy het van die engele af weggedraai om Jesus agter haar te sien staan. Sy het Hom nie herken nie. Kom ek maak dit duideliker. Ten spyte daarvan dat Hy die een was na wie sy gesoek het, het sy Hom steeds nie herken nie. Die omstandigehede het haar verblind vir Wie Jesus is.
Jesus vra haar toe: "Mevrou, waarom huil jy? Vir wie soek jy?" Johannes 20:15
Maria se verwarring oor God se identiteit is duidelik wanneer sy hom vir die tuinier aansien en vra of hy dalk die liggaam weggesteek het. Dis eers toe Jesus haar op haar naam aanspreek, dat sy besef met Wie sy te doen het. Sy antwoord Hom en spreek Hom aan as Leermeester. Ek dink nie dis 'n toevallige term nie, want in daardie oomblik van herkenning leer Maria iets omtrent haar God wat sy nooit besef het nie. Maria leer dat haar God, Jesus, nie onder mense se beheer is nie. Sy leer dat Jesus die stand van sake bepaal, en dat selfs die dood aan Hom ondergeskik is. Maria leer dat Jesus se mag verder as die dood strek. Maria leer dat Jesus leef.
Waarom deel ek hierdie bekende gedeelte vandag? Ek doen dit omdat ek diep bekommerd is. Ek doen dit omdat ek, soos Jesus, vir my mede-gelowiges wil vra: Vir wie soek jy?
Ons bevind ons vandag in 'n land waar die politiese, ekonomiese en sosiale probleme ons oorweldig. Ons leiers is dit net in naam en bied wynig oplossings. Goeie argumente kan ingebring word om die teendeel te bewys. Ons voel magteloos, moedeloos en sonder hoop. Vrees, angs en woede kenmerk die gemiddelde landsburger. Ons leef agter geslote deure, diefwering voor elke huis-opening, outomatiese ligte, alarms en kameras, buurtwagte, versekering en meer. Ons betaal belasting en sien geen goed daaruit vloei nie. Ons sien daagliks hoe mense om ons verarm en ons kan ons eie sente nie meer rek om al die gate te vul nie. Ek weet dit. Ek ken dit. Ek voel dit. Ek het empatie. Maar ek leef dit nie.
Wanneer ek die sosiale media blaaie oopmaak, getuig dit van vrees, angs, woede en depressie. Ek kyk na die name van die mense wat die posts share en like en ek sien dis my mede-gelowiges, dis mense wat Jesus ken en bely. En ek word bekommerd, want dit voel vir my asof hulle langs die graf staan en huil, soekend na Jesus. Hy is nie daar nie. Kyk langs die graf. Hy't opgestaan! Hy het oorwin. Daarna het Hy Sy Heilige Gees oor die gelowiges uitgestort en aan die regterhand van ons Vader gaan sit, om as Koning te regeer. God leef nou in jou en in my.
Waarom staan jy moedeloos langs 'n graf en soek 'n dooie God as Jesus opgestaan het en Sy Gees in jou geplaas het? Leef in God se oorwinning. As jy oor die sake van die dag praat, doen dit in gebed teenoor God, waar jou woorde wel 'n verskil kan maak. En los dit dan by Hom!
Jesus het nie gesterf dat jy in vrees, angs en woede moet leef nie. Hy het jou ook nie gestuur om die slegte nuus te versprei en mense daarvan bewus te maak nie. Inteendeel. Lees so 'n bietjie verder saam met my in Johannes 20:19
Alhoewel die deure gesluit was, omdat hulle bang was...
Klink dit bekend? Maar let op die woord alhoewel. Dit beteken ten spyte daarvan dat die deure gesluit was, het iets gebeur. In ons scenario vandag, dink ons oombliklik aan oortreders wat inkom, alhoewel die deure gesluit was, omdat ons bang is. Dis nie wat hier gebeur het nie. hier gaan die vers aan om so te lees:
... het Jesus gekom en tussen hulle gaan staan en vir hulle gesê: "Vrede vir julle!"
'n Soortgelyke insident het agt dae later weer plaasgevind onder dieselfde omstandighede en word aan ons vertel in vers 26. Ek weet jy's bang. Ek weet jou deure is gelsuit. Waarom het Jesus aan sy volgelinge verskyn agter geslote deure? Hy wou hê hulle moes weer hulle gesigte in die openbaar vertoon. Hy stuur hulle uit, soos wat die Vader Hom ook gestuur het. Was dit gevaarlik vir Jesus? Ja, hulle het Hom gekruisig. Het dit Hom gekeer om te doen wat die Vader van Hom verwag? Nee. En daarom is daar vir ons oorwinning. Daarom is daar vir ons lewe. Daarom is daar vir ons hoop. Daarom is daar vir ons genesing.
Daarom is ons toegerus met God se Heilige Gees.
Gaan dan nou uit, sluit oop jou deure, maak jou hart oop vir mense en gaan verkondig die goeie nuus van Jesus se opstanding uit die dood en Sy oorwinning aan die kruis. Moenie langer by die graf staan en huil nie. Vir wie soek jy? 'n Dooie God wie se liggaam deur mense rondgekarwy word, of 'n opgestane God wat jou nooi om vreesloos te leef, soos Hy self ook gedoen het?
Kyk na die opdrag in verse 22 en 23. Gaan vergewe mense se sonde en spreek hulle vry. Of roep hulle tot verantwoording. Dis wat God ook doen. Diegene wat hulle bekeer en hulle voor God verootmoedig, word vrygespreek en die res word tot verantwoording geroep. Hierdie is 'n geestelike saak. Jesus het nooit in 'n fisiese skermutseling betrokke geraak of die reg van die dag in eie hande geneem nie, ten spyte daarvan dat baie van Sy volgelinge gedink het dis presies wat Hy gekom het om te doen. Neem mense na Jesus en ons Vader in gebed. En leef in die oorwinning wat Jesus ten duurste vir jou aan die kruis bewerkstellig het.
... want God het ons nie 'n gees van vreesagtigheid gegee nie, maar van krag en liefde en selfbeheersing. (2 Timoteus 1:7)
En die vrede van God wat alle verstand te bowe gaan, sal oor julle harte en gedagtes die wag hou in Christus Jesus. (Filippense 4:7) 
Vrede laat Ek vir julle na; my vrede gee Ek vir julle. Die vrede wat Ek vir julle gee, is nie die soort wat die wêreld gee nie. Julle moet nie ontsteld wees nie, en julle moenie bang wees nie. (Johannes 14:27)
Moenie soos Tomas daarop aandring om eers te vat en te sien voor jy Jesus glo nie (Johannes 20:25). Jesus het nog nooit iemand in die steek gelaat nie. Hy gaan nie by jou begin nie. Vertrou Hom.

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.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

The question


There seems to be no time to dwell
on whether there’s a heaven or a hell,
we simply rush from here to there,
with no time left for God to spare.

The problem with this rushing is,
that when we do not bend our knees,
we seem to reach the end too quickly,
because we make our own selves sickly.

When in that bed we finally lie,
lucky to have respite before we die,
the question we’d avoided all the while
needs to be retrieved from its buried file.

It’s not if you are ready to die, my friend,
this is not the question at the end,
but now that you have so little left to give
are you finally ready to truly live?

'n Oorspronklike gedig deur 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.
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Monday, 9 October 2017

God gee rigting


Vandag se dag bring ek na U,
want ek ken nie die plek nie,
ek’t 'n nuwe pad wat ek moet loop
wat my so effe van my moed stroop.

Dus gee ek dit maar aan U oor,
wetend dat U my altyd hoor,
nog nooit het U my ooit gefaal,
of uit ellende my nie uitgehaal.

Solank U weet waarheen ons gaan,
gee ek nie om hoe loop die baan,
U’s in beheer en U moet lei,
want in U wil is waar ek wil bly.

Dus, Vader, gebruik dan hierdie ook
solank dit met U eie wil strook
en wys my wat U wil hê van my,
dan sal ek my selfs in my vrees verbly.

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.
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Knowing God and being known by God


I have a Father and a Friend
Who will love me to the very end,
a God Whose mercy does not cease,
my Source of happiness and peace.

At my birth He knew me well,
and oh, what stories He could tell
of the person I’d grow up to be,
for He knew what He’d vested in me.

He watched me grow and stood at hand
to help me where I struggled to stand,
though I typically would blame Him there,
accusing Him of being unfair.

When time had passed and I looked back,
I had to admit to a more personal lack,
for my Father had never been to blame,
recalling my words brought me to shame.

The years passed by and my faith matured
as I learned that I could trust His word,
and as I learned to trust God more,
I got to know Him like never before.

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.
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Because Your're You


When I think about Your love for me,
of how it sets me free to be
more than I could ever hope -
Your knowledge have enlarged my scope.

If I think of all that You have done,
how carefully You made us, everyone,
then I need to sing Your praise some more,
You’ve made life better than it was before.

Your words and actions are so kind
that it brings a fondness to my mind
Yet, I love You not for what You do,
but simply because my Lord, You’re You.

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.
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

God's goodness


My heart is filled with joy today,
there is so much that I must say,
I’ll start off then by thanking You
for all the wondrous things You do.

You give me rest, and light and food,
and every breath I breathe is good,
but more than that, You give me peace,
and joy and love that will not cease.

My thoughts and words and actions too
testify of the goodness found in You,
for what else is there for me to say
when You walk with me throughout the day?

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.
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Monday, 2 October 2017

Lesse by Dawid geleer


Dawid

Is daar iets by Dawid te leer,
die man wat leeu en beer verskeur,
wat 'n reus met net 'n klip benader,
wat onwrikbaar glo in God, sy Vader.

Aan moed het dit hom nooit ontbreek,
hy’t telkens gewys wat in hom steek,
nie eens vir die Filistyne was hy bang,
of vir die koning wat hom wou vang.

Maar soveel moed maak jou arrogant,
en dit bedreig jou geestestoestand,
want Dawid kon net mooi alles kry,
maar sekere goed moes hy liewer vermy.

Batseba was 'n ander ou se vrou,
maar Dawid wou konsuis met haar trou,
al kos dit ook dan haar man se dood,
gee hy nie om – sy ego was groot.

As dit die einde van die verhaal moes wees,
sou ons vinniger oor Dawid se storie lees,
maar daar’s soveel meer om uit te sonder
oor hierdie man wat ons bewonder.

Gekonfronteer met sy sonde, het Dawid bely
en vir dae lank kon jy hom nie kry.
Hy’t gebid, gepleit en trane gestort,
in die proses 'n beter mens geword.

Arrogansie het in nederigheid omgekeer,
en dis die ding wat ons hieruit kan leer -
as ons sonde bely, en voor God ons verlaag,
sal Hy ons ophef soos dit Hom behaag.

'n Oorspronklike gedig deur 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, 1 October 2017

Nog lesse uit Job


Ek het my plegtig verbind om nie na 'n meisie te kyk en haar te begeer nie. (Job 31:1 NAV)
I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman? (Job 31:1 NKJV)

Oogkontak

Ek wonder is daar nog 'n mens
wat met sy eie oog betoog
dit duidelik maak aan hierdie lens
dat hy van rondkyk hom moet soog.

'n Man soos Job, van toentertyd
wat op sy vrou gefokus het -
met doelgerigte standvastigheid
sy oog van rondkyk belet het.

Job moes 'n man van wysheid wees
om teen algmene gebruik te verset,
want as 'n mens bietjie wyer lees,
sien jy bigamie was nie belet.

Nou vra ek myself so in die loop
of ek my drange kan bedwing,
my van my eie belange stroop
om te bly by my gekose enkeling.

Daar is soveel hier rondom my
wat glo eie geluk neem eerste plek,
dat hul maklik 'n ander maat afvry
en na hul selfbelang uitstrek.

Job sou nie gesê het wat hy het
as daar nie ook versoekings was,
maar hy het sy eie oog belet
en van begeertes af verkas.

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, 30 September 2017

Lessons from Job


Is there a lesson to learn from Job,
the man who seemed to have no hope,
the man who was riddled with despair,
whose bad luck followed him everywhere?

He lost his kids and income in an instant,
but his pursuer was still insistent
that this was not yet quite enough -
this adversary proved too tough.

He would make Job cringe in pain
so life would no longer hold any gain,
and then his wife would start to swear,
making his burden still harder to bear.

He would curse the day he was born,
sickness had left him ravaged and worn,
yet in God He placed unshakable trust,
even if his whole world had gone bust.

His friends gathered close, but failed him too,
telling him what he should and shouldn’t do,
listening to evil spirits in the night,
trying to make sense of Job’s senseless plight.

Job did not heed man, woman or beast,
he could not be bothered by them in the least -
he took his problems straight to his God
from Whom he was determined not to depart.

His rantings and ravings did not make sense,
but he was looking at things through a clouded lens,
he was searching for answers he did not know,
wondering why he had been brought so low.

When God finally answered, it fell into place -
He had deliberately been hiding His face,
so that all who would suffer in times yet to be,
would know God rewards those who stay faithfully.

Job was healed and restored in good time,
but before I conclude this narrative rhyme,
take note that he needed to pray for his friend
whose faith was tested when Job met his end.

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.
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Friday, 29 September 2017

God still talks to us


Why would God not talk to me,
be less than He, as God, could be?
Did He not send His Holy Spirit
to stay, and not to merely visit?
With God alive inside this temple,
I’d imagine talking should be ample,
for is this not what He’s always done,
from creation right through to His Son?
If you examine the gifts of the Ghost,
you’ll find that talking occurs the most;
knowledge, wisdom and prophecy
are all meant for communication, you see.

When you love someone the way He does you,
you should not be surprised when they talk to you.

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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Thursday, 28 September 2017

A bouquet of people


I picked a bouquet of people
along my route today,
I gave them to our Father
without knowing what to say.
I told Him that I loved them,
was worried about their care,
that this was why I brought them
and wanted to leave them there.
Our Father took them from me,
looked at each one in their turn,
when He smiled and held them close,
asked what I wanted in return.
I told Him I’d like nothing more
than His Fatherly embrace,
so each one of these friends of mine
could look upon His face.

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, 27 September 2017

God se woord staan vas


Die son in my gesig
en my rug op die wind,
weet ek verseker
ek’s die Koning se kind.
Soos ek stap deur die veld
sien ek die blomme juig -
veelkleurige bloeisels
wat van God getuig.

'n Jan Groentjie roep,
'n duif sit en koer,
'n akkedis skarrel weg,
sit my uit die bos en beloer.
Die branders breek rustig
die aard’ gaan sy gang
al sedert die Skepping
gebeur dit soos God verlang.

'n Oorspronklike gedig deur 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.
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

God will come through


Perhaps you are holding on to a Godly dream, and have been doing so for years, but you are starting to loose hope that you will ever see this realized. Perhaps you are starting to doubt that this has ever been God's will for your life. Perhaps you are starting to manipulate the circumstances of your life so that you can see the realization of this dream, buying into the untruth that God will only help those who help themselves. Perhaps your disappointment is so great that you are loosing faith in God. Perhaps you think there was some small thing you did, some inconsequential wrong decision you made, that has forever altered the course of your life, so that you will now no longer see that Godly dream realized. If any of the above scenarios is true of you, then you should read today's blog.
Let us first examine what a Godly dream is. A Godly dream is an idea born from God. This could be the result of prophecy that has been confirmed by more than one person, as well by God Himself in your own heart. It can be the result of a Godly vision or prophetic dream. It can be the result of a conversation (prayer) you've had with God. There are probably a myriad other ways a Godly dream can come to you that I can't think of right now. The important thing is to know that it is some plan that God has for your life. This can be long term, or short, small scale, or large, it doesn't matter. The point is that it is inspired by God.
We see such an example of a Godly dream in the Biblical story of Abraham and Sarah, when God promises them a son. They probably wished for this when they were much younger, but by now the ideal had vanished. They were too old. It was no longer a dream they had for their own lives. Not that it would be unwanted, they had simply resolved to be content without children. Then God makes this promise... and nothing happens. Sarah does not fall pregnant. This is when Abraham decides that he needs to step up to the plate to ensure that God's word will come true. Today, much too frequently, I hear people say the words 'God only helps those who help themselves.' Not so! All Abraham had to do, was to wait upon God to do EVERYTHING. When he intervened with his own manipulating schemes, it did not change God's plan an iota. God did not alter His plan. He did not accept Abraham's compromise solutions. God simply did what He said He would do, when He was ready to do so, with complete disregard for even the laws of nature! Not even Sarah's inability to reproduce at her ripe age, could stand in God's way. Does God need your help to make true on His promises? No! Sit back, relax, trust God, and let Him do what He does best - which is to keep His word.
Can you, or someone else, do something to derail God's plans for your life? No! Let's look at the story of Joseph. He gets a godly dream, confirmed by a second, about his family honouring him by bowing to him. His brothers take offence. It gets so bad that they plot to kill him, but at the last moment they sell him to traveling tradesmen. He is then sold into slavery and all hope seems to be lost that he will ever see his family again, never mind them honoring him in any way. We are all of us familiar with his stint in prison and being released and raised to a position of honour, which is where his family did find him eventually, bowing down to him, exactly as God said it would happen. Joseph probably lost hope. He probably gave up on the dream altogether. There must have been a time when he couldn't be bothered less about anybody honouring him, he simply wanted to make it through the day alive and unscathed. Nothing that he, nor his brothers, nor his scheming accuser, not the slave traders or anyone else did, could alter God's word. Now think about the two guys with the dreams in prison. One was put to death and the other released. Joseph asked him to remind the officials about his own plight once the man was released, hoping to exonerate himself. The man forgot! He never did this. This is important to take note of, for this whole argument has a flip side. There is nothing anyone can neglect to do, that will change God's word either! Relax, trust God, and see His word come true in your life!
Is there a mountain standing in the way of God's will being fulfilled in your life? Is it casting such a long shadow that you can't even see the light of God reflected on the other side of the mountain anymore? Then I want to remind you of this passage:
Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:18-22 NIV)
This passage sums it up so beautifully. That fig tree was not doing what it ought to have been doing for Jesus to do God's will. Jesus needed sustenance. The tree was useless and Jesus removed it from His way. Even nature has to bend to God's will! That mountain standing in your way, pray about it! Have faith! Trust God. No mountain can stand in God's way. If He said something, He will make it come true. Are your mountains any bigger than the ones Abraham or Joseph faced? Perhaps not bigger, only different. Nothing is impossible with God. Pray. Believe. Watch God move the mountains for you.
Now you may be asking yourself how you could grow in faith. Let me share this thought with you. I was sitting on a sand dune, peering out over the ocean, when God started sharing the ideas for this blog with me. He asked me to think of something sturdy and immovable. A great tree with an intricate root system came to mind. God told me that it would be nothing for Him to uproot that tree. I immediately felt a pang of regret over such a beautiful tree as the one I had imagined being uprooted. God knew my thoughts and called me on them. He told me that I saw the tree as dead and dying once it had been uprooted. That is simply a human perspective. God can pull that tree out of the ground and replant it somewhere else and it will flourish. It was only afterwards that I remembered a similar passage in the Bible:
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. (Luke 17:5-6 NIV)
Still on the dune, God told me to find another example of something immovable. I searched my surrounds and noticed the line of dunes hugging the coast. He asked me what it would take to move those dunes. As they were busy with road works in town, I immediately started thinking about the heavy earth moving machinery that would be required to flatten those dunes, the teams of men involved, the availability of fuel where we were in the remote Northern Cape, 100 km from the nearest town and a thousand km from the closest city. I thought about the logistics of getting enough food and water for all those workers to eat, drink and bathe in. I thought about how they would be removed from their families for long stretches of time. Then I started thinking of the unions and all the issues that always seem to arise from this quarter. I have to admit that the whole task seemed daunting. That's when God told me that He could do it in less than an hour. It was on the tip of my tongue to ask Him how He would do it, when suddenly the wind picked up in strength, lifting the sand around me, before quieting down again. Pictures of sand storms in the desert suddenly came to mind and I knew that He was right. No cost, no effort, no organizing of logistical issues, no politics or human effort would be required. If God wanted to move those dunes, they would be gone in less time than it took me to write this article.
This was when God started talking to me about mobility issues. We are so concerned about being in the right place, at the right time, about getting things just right, so that we don't miss God's big plan for our lives. We should stop fretting so much. We focus on things that are established and fixed and try to plan around them. We should stop fretting so much. We consider words pliable and mountains fixed, when with God it is the other way around. Mountains are mobile. God's word is fixed. Stop fretting so much.
"God said it. I believe it. That settles it." Faith is the only action required from you to see God's word fulfilled in your life.

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, 23 September 2017

The marvel of being human


Today, as I was walking along the beach, peering into rock crevices and searching tidal pools for signs of life, I marveled at man's ability to think and reason. I love being human. It means I get to fantasize about things like dwarfs and fairies, while at the same time contemplating such weighty matters as the importance of the Pentateuch in the modern Christian's life. What is even more marvelous than the mere fact that the mind is capable of such great leaps, is the fact that it understands so completely that both ideas do not enjoy equal importance and should not be approached with the same level of seriousness. And all the while, this same brain, philosophizing the ridiculous along with the serious, is capable of regulating and adjusting steps and weight distribution to keep me balanced and moving forward over the rocks, without missing a beat on taking in the surrounds of the beautiful scenery, or keeping a watchful eye on the dogs running free around me. Phenomenal! And then I am supposed to believe that all this is due to some accidental explosion aeons ago? No! At last we have found something too great for my mind to grasp. All honour to God, our Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. He truly has created life to be marvelous.

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, 22 September 2017

Grafted, or rooted


So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7 NIV)
The other day, as I was walking through the veld, I was reminded of this passage in the Bible that tells us that we ought to live lives which are rooted in Christ Jesus. When a branch is rooted in a plant, it takes on the character of that plant. It looks like, tastes like, smells like the real thing, the source of origin. This is not the same for a branch that has been grafted onto a plant.
A grafted branch takes its nourishment from the rooted plant, but it retains its own character. It is dependent on the rooted plant for sustenance and survival, but it will bear its own fruit, have its own taste, feel, aroma, and appearance. It never takes the character of the plant which it is grafted onto.
When we read Paul's words to the congregation of Colossians, we see that he clearly tells us that we should live lives that are rooted in Christ. We should build our lives to look like Christ, take on the appearance of Christ, sound like Him. This will build our faith so that we become more firm in proclaiming what we believe and Who we believe in. The natural outflow of such a life is one of thankfulness. The reason for this is that the more firmly rooted in Christ you become, the more secure you become in the knowledge of your dependency upon Him. You know the source of your life, your words, your actions, and are no longer taking credit for it yourself.
There are popular buzz words flying around society today. Words such as self-actualization, 'being the best you you can be,' etc. Neither these words, nor these concepts can be found in the Bible. The Bible teaches the contrary. It teaches that we should deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. It teaches us that we should not try to preserve our lives, but follow the example of Christ. It teaches that we should strive to be more like Christ, to take on the image of Christ. This is the direct opposite of self-actualization. This is Christ-actualization. A Christ-actualized life is one worth living.
Have we then not been created to be the best version of ourselves we can be? The answer is not a simple yes or no. Initially the answer would have to be a solid NO. No, do not be your natural self. Do not follow your natural instincts. Do not follow your natural urges. Deny yourself. You can flourish as a Christian/Believer in Christ when you are grafted on Christ. This is possible. You can even live a wonderfully good life that impresses people both inside as well as outside the church (with church referring to the global community of believers in Christ Jesus). However, this will never be the best version of you that you could ever be.
That ideal of being the best version of ourselves, can only be achieved when we are rooted in Christ. But remember, being rooted in Christ means that we take on His characteristics, resemble Him. We loose ourselves, only to find ourselves in Christ. Only when we do this, do we become the best version of ourselves that we were created to be. We find our purpose in Christ. We find our identity in Christ. We become more than we would have been outside of Christ, a better version of ourselves than we would ever be able to be outside of Christ Jesus.
Paul did not end his exhortation to the Colossians there. He carried on and it is well worth reading the whole of his letter. However, for purposes of this discussion, I will restrict myself to only one more verse.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. (v.8)
This is the danger to our faith when we are not rooted in Christ. This is when we lend our ears out to human philosophy, cultural dictates, and humanitarianism. All of those buzz words I referred to above, sounds great on the surface. It sounds as if it is something we should strive towards achieving. It is only when we shed the illuminating light of God's word on it, that we realize that it is in contrast to the instructions and guidelines given to us in the Bible.
Do not be deceived by human philosophy and traditions. Do not be misled by elemental spiritual forces which holds forth that we all have some version of the truth. The truth does not have different versions. There is the correct version, and then there are the distortions.
I am finding it increasingly harder to use the words I believe any longer. I do, because those are really the only ones afforded to me by society's rules. However, I feel that my rootedness in Christ has transcended belief. I now know. It is not longer a matter of trusting in something I can not detect with my five senses. My relationship with our Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, has become more intimate than this.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)
  I am not trying to sound boastful. As a matter of fact, I heard Angus Buchan say the same thing the other day on television, when He laid claim to the fact that Christ was more real to him than the animate objects in his surrounds. This is what I am talking about. I do not believe in Jesus, I know Him. I talk to Him, I walk with Him, and I hear Him when He speaks to me in an inaudible voice. I have often given testimony to this in these blogs, such as when He awoke me to go to someone who was going to commit suicide one day, with the clear instructions to do just that and with the reason given. You can read this testimony in a blog called Wake up! God needs you. More recently, I told you the story of the Five worms from God. There are many more of these testimonies which I can give. As a matter of fact, the origin of this blog is the result of a conversation I had with God.
You too can have this kind of living relationship with God. The question is control. Do you wish to live a grafted life, where you retain your own identity and characteristics and make your own choices, or are you willing to surrender everything and to become rooted in Christ? The best you you can be, can only be realized when you are rooted in Christ 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, 21 September 2017

Stofpad


Soos 'n voël sonder 'n veer,
lyk die pad sonder sy teer,
met gate wat soos poele lyk,
voos gery en opgebruik.

Net so, voel ek ook dan vandag,
wonder waar kry ek weer krag
om uit die bed uit op te staan
en met die lewe aan te gaan.

Die lewe het my platgetrap,
heen en weer oor my gestap,
my stukkend in die stof gelaat
asof my menswees niemand baat.

Maar toe almal ver verby my loop
waar ek sit van my hoop gestroop,
toe vind 'n vreemdeling my daar
waar hy my langs die pad gewaar.

Hy buk en tel my uit die stof
selfs al was ek onbeskof,
en toe ek eindelik beter word,
bly hy sy liefde oor my stort.

Ek wonder wie’s die vreemde man,
wat is sy naam en wat sy van?
In wie se huis word mens so groot
dat jy ander raaksien in hul nood?

Sy naam klink soos die van jou en my,
dit was sy van wat my bybly,
want sy Vader was my God gewees
wat ek al die jare mis wou lees.

In die storie van die Samaritaan,
was ek die weldoener op sy baan,
nooit gedink ek kan die ‘victim’ wees,
dit altyd met arrogansie gelees.

Maar die dag toe die wêreld my trap,
my vriende wye kringe om my stap,
daai dag toe stuur ons Vader Sy kind,
en dis toe ek my Vader weer vind.

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.
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Intercession


Yesterday I sang a song
of counting blessings one by one,
and as the words with me still lingers,
I found I have clean run out of fingers.

There are so many things to praise You for
that I hesitate to ask for more,
but I have some friends who seem to lack
and I promised each I had their back.

So, let me bring these friends to You
without telling You what You should do,
but simply telling You about their plight
and the constant battles which they fight.

Father, there are stories of betrayal,
of lies and deceit, that makes me wail,
stories of violence and abuse
for which I find there’s no excuse.

Some of my friends are in such pain
that it could drive one quite insane -
their bodies, minds and spirits need
for me to promptly intercede.

Father, You have always answered me
and never ignored a single plea,
so I bring them to You wholly confident
that Your intervention will be evident.

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.
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Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Vadershulp


O Vader, hoor my hart!
Nader tot my in my smart.
U ken die seer in my gemoed
en ken die bron waarop dit voed.

O Vader, hoor my hart se pyn,
en gee dat dit ook sal verdwyn.
Maak my stukkend-wees weer heel
voor dit meer van my lewe steel.

O Vader, mense hou hul doof,
dink ek praat uit ongeloof,
hul weet nie dat ek steeds nog ly
en dat hierdie my steeds onderkry.

O Vader, net U kan my help,
uit hierdie ding wat my oorstelp.
Ek weet nie hoe om aan te gaan,
maar ek weet dat U altyd verstaan.

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.
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Monday, 18 September 2017

Menslike feilbaarheid


O Heer, U bly tog so getrou
aan elkeen wat kom in berou
om van U genade af te smeek
met oë wat huil en hart wat breek.

U is so vinnig om ons te vergeef,
al gaan ons weer in sonde leef -
in liefde bly U glo en hoop
dat ons die regte pad sal loop.

Wanneer gaan U dan geduld verloor
en sê al ons kanse is nou oor,
hoe kan U elke keer weer glo
in ons menslike berou vertoë?

Ek dink nie ek sal ooit verstaan
wat in U Vadershart aangaan,
maar ek kom in diepe dankbaarheid
dat U genadig is met my swakheid.

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.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Good morning, Lord


Sometimes I wonder where to start a prayer,
should I first check if You are there,
should I greet You formally,
or praise Your name abundantly?

I guess there will be rules somewhere
to judge what’s right and what is fair,
but I’m glad that I have not found those
for their ideas might just impose.

I think I’ll put this query to my heart,
about what to say, and where to start,
as my heart beats with endless love for You
and is sure to know what I should do.

Sometimes I’ll talk as to a Friend,
or a Father whose patience has no end,
sometimes I’ll revere You like a King,
and sometimes I’ll simply start to sing.

Whatever I do, and whatever I say,
whether like this, or in another way,
as long as I continue to talk to You,
it matters little what else I do.

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.
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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Healing God


Father, I have some friends who are in fear,
desperate that should You draw near,
their bodies seem to falter and fail
and against this sickness I wish to rail.

Your Son took sickness to its death
when He breathed out His dying breath
but then He lived triumphantly,
as He rose from death to set us free.

Why should we still accept the pain
why should our bodies ache and wane?
I pray that You will heal them now,
and make their bodies whole somehow.

I praise You for all that You have done
and thank You for giving us Your Son,
for allowing Your Spirit to live in me
for letting us live triumphantly.

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.
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