Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life, People

21 Quotes you will like:

Which one is your favourite?

1) “The world does not need more Christian writers — it needs more good writers and composers who are Christians.” — C. S. Lewis

2) Nice guys may appear to finish last, but usually they are running in a different race. – Ken Blanchard

3) “No vital Christianity is possible unless at least three aspects of it are developed. These are the inner life of devotion, the outer life of service, and the intellectual life of rationality.” — Elton Trueblood

4) You find no difficulty in trusting the Lord with the management of the universe and all the outward creation, and can your case be any more complex or difficult than these, that you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of it? – Hannah Whitall Smith

5) There are ten strong things.
Iron is strong, but fire melts it.
Fire is strong, but water quenches it.
Water is strong, but the clouds evaporate it.
Clouds are strong, but wind drives them away.
Man is strong, but fears cast him down.
Fear is strong, but sleep overcomes it.
Sleep is strong, yet death is stronger.
But loving kindness survives death.

The Talmud

6) “You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.”

7) “I learned that life is not just a destination but a journey. While the expedition can be long and arduous, it can be full of beauty and pleasure as well.” — Wayne Holmes

8) “There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.” From Goodreads

9) “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott

10) “Be faithful in the little practices of love which will build in you the life of holiness and make you Christlike.” — Mother Teresa

11) “I believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent.”
Unknown

12) “Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?” Elisabeth Elliot

13) “Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it.” Augustine

14) “A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”

15) “Our new cultural postmodern credo for avoiding sin is, “Hurt no one and do what you please.” … I much prefer Augustine’s credo for avoiding sin: “Love God and do what you please.”” — Calvin Miller

16) “We write in response to what we read and learn; and in the end we write out of our deepest selves.” Andrea Barrett

17) “Make the most of the present moment. No occasion is unworthy of our best efforts. God often uses the humble occasions and little things to shape the course of a man’s life.” — James Garfield

18) “I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.” Margaret Atwood

19) “For the Christian, nothing less than the presence of the Spirit is enough to explain the marvelous changes worked in human lives. Call it grace; call it providence; call it the result of Bible study … just so we understand that in and behind any or all the instruments is the presence and work of the Spirit who seeks and finds and transforms.” — Jim McGuiggan (I get this. Live for this!)

20) “Does God indeed need to rest? Of course not! But did God choose to rest? Yes. Why? Because God subjected creation to a rhythm of rest and work that He revealed by observing the rhythm Himself, as a precedent for everyone else. In this way, He showed us a key to order in our private worlds.” — Gordon McDonald

21) “”The Word became flesh,” John said … He was touchable, approachable, reachable. And, what’s more, he was ordinary. If he were here today you probably wouldn’t notice him as he walked through a shopping mall. He wouldn’t turn heads by the clothes he wore or the jewelry he flashed. “Just call me Jesus,” you can almost hear him say.” — Max Lucado

My top 3 from this list are: 2, 9 & 11.

AND WHILE I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION:
Here are some good articles to check out…

  1. The Comeback
  2. Less sex… is the world turning?  A change of direction…

FOR THE NON-SENSITIVE VIEWER:

This next video DOES have swearing.  But can you put up with it for the brilliant message through it?  I would love to show something like this in church (although, sadly it would not be allowed.)  But I think God could wake up a few people with a clip like this:

From God’s perspective:

 

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Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

The Story about the possessed electric toothbrush

I have to share the funniest story ever. So about 2am in the morning I hear my electric tooth brush going on in the bathroom.

I go there.  Thinking wth! Switch it off.

Back to bed. Then it switches on again. Then I’m freaked out.

Thinking is there a ghost in this cottage.  Haha.

Then I take the electrical toothbrush and lay it next to my bedside.

It switches on again. I jump up. Thinking what the heck! Must be a battery fault. But how do I stop it… nothing to open up on the brush.

So I decide…

To throw the whole brush out my window once I’ve switched it off. Lying outside. On the grass. It switches on again.

I feel so embarrassed at this point. I’m hoping sharon and steve (the people I am staying with) are seriously deep sleepers.

So I actually get out of my bed. Unlock the main door to the cottage.

Go outside to fetch the stupid brush.

I decided to go to the car park and just toss it behind my car. It’s still going off… but now at 3am I seriously can’t go find a brick or something to smash this electrical tooth brush.

(Imagine someone coming out seeing a guy in his pjs smashing his toothbrush with a brick? I surely would have been sent to the loony bin…)

So I’m hoping the battery runs out on itself.

The most bizarre occurence in my life ever.
Back in bed… I swear I still hear it going off in the distance…

Is Jesus playing tricks on me? Haha!

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life, People

UN-BLOGGING

30 August 2014

 

You and I need a little chat, dear cyber world and community?  I have some questions for you.  And I hope I don’t leave this conversation answerless.

 

I’ve been wearing my heart of my sleeve for a while now before you and your friends.

But I wonder where these words go?  On who do they fall?

 And would God, use them, in even just a little way.

 

Tell me how this blogging thing works?

I’ve tried to find one thing… to write about…

Maybe then I would get more followers?

 

But my topics vary a fair bit.  It’s just the way my head spins from topic to topic.

 Yet without fail, after each post I get more followers.

 These rather ANNOYING lifeless companies (that have used WordPress) to spam me; and probably you too?

 

From book stores, to cosmetic companies, to some random bands I’ve never ever heard of.

They’ve set up some automated “search” and wangle their way to my blog “pretending” they’re really interested in me…

 LIARS!!!

 

I never follow them back… Because they don’t feel like real people. 

 

Hello, are you out there?

I read about this girl who posts her poetry and how she has 5000 followers!

How on earth?

 

What shall I do, that will woo you?  Get your attention…

Get you waiting, with baited breath for my next post?

I’m not amazing at photography.  I’m not a travel writer.  (Although I would love to do that.)

 

Maybe I should put over 20 tags per post.  Hmm, let me thinking what I could do for this blog?  Would these help:

Blogging, blog, online community, cyber space, questions, spam, liars, WordPress, words, writing, followers, topic, oddity, humour, God, useless tag, hmm?

 Did I get to twenty there? Okay, that was 17.

 

Are you still reading this?  Surely, I have wasted your time?

 

I have linked my blog to twitter and to WordPress… so I know my friends and “followers” are notified of when I post something.

 And I will keep writing.  With this hope.

 

That a perspective, I write about; gets even just one person thinking differently about life.

Or when I shed a little light on God… it would help someone.

Or when I share good music that the lyrics would sing over the life of at least one other person.

 

So I really do wonder who ever comes visiting here; my mere little blog on WordPress.

 If you’ve SHARED a post… thank you.

 If you keep coming back, you’re brave.  THANK YOU!

 

PS. I will keep writing. Because I have fallen in love with words and stories.  So I will keep telling…

 

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

Comforting breasts

Yes I made you look! haha!

Season Chicken Breasts (Medium)

I really hope you see the humour in this. “And if you don’t; what am I supposed to do? ;)” (said in a Dave Matthew’s accent)

So this morning I went to an induction service at a local school.
The head boy had the duty of reading the passage: Isaiah 66: 7 – 14
And a duty is what it seemed to be.
But I had to chuckle to myself when he got to verse 11:

“For you will feed and be satisfied at her comforting breasts.”

Because all the way up to this point, he really read lacklustre.
Then it was as if he paused after that phrase: “comforting breasts.”

Did no one else spot the humour in this? (Because no one in the chapel, chuckled)
Or being one of those “proper” schools, perhaps laughing needs to be left at the entrance?

Why did this young man pause at this point?

Either; he was adding dramatic affect. (Good timing, my friend!)
Or he had a quick thought to himself: “Hang on, did I just read what I think I read?” “Maybe I should read more of this Bible book?”

Haha! Too funny!
What a great humourous way to start off my day.
To see the passage in its CONTEXT do click HERE

Posted in Music

Clapping Hands

On saturday at that Bastille concert I found myself clapping hands.

I then paused and chuckled to myself…
Clapping hands “seemed” so out of place.
As if you can only do that in church. (Haha)

So I claimed it back then. I clapped along for a bit till I was weird’ed out by it…

And got back to go ol’ dancing along to Bastille.
That never let’s you down…

We as people, we do, do strange things.
Clapping and raising hands can sometimes are odd actions… Come to think of it…

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Posted in People

How to get the girl

 

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How to Get the Girl

By Darrel Hofland

(Disclaimer:  This will probably be one of the most bizarre piece of literature you have ever stumbled upon.  No apologies given.  But do not attempt building nations with this knowledge.)

It’s been said of the Hof; that some people refer to him as “Doctor Love.”  It’s also been said that he can melt hearts of many ladies with just three words.  No one knows exactly what those three words are; but once you have heard them, you most certainly fall under the spell of his charm.

In a very rare moment; recently, I managed to corner the Hof.  Yes it was a corner. And this time he had no way of escaping my probing questions.  I admit I did have two rather large and muscular (they must always have muscles) bodyguards with me.  He whispered those three words into one of their ears, and ashamedly that one bodyguard crumbled to his charm.  Thankfully, my driver is pretty buff and I summoned rather quickly to step in for this faltering man that sat mesmerized throughout the interview.

I placed a pint of ale before the Hof and that seemed to do the trick.  He decided he would give me eight tactics to “get the girl.” He stopped at eight because, he said if we over that, he would have to charge me for his profound wisdom.  The cash in my wallet was rather depleted so I settled for these eight pearls of wisdom.  (Well, they’re not really pearl pearls.  Because if they were actual pearls; I would probably have put them in a necklace and given it to my girlfriend and I am most certain that would be more than enough to woo her.  Never mind the so called “Doctor Love’s knowledge on the matter…) Hof also admitted he could not just convey five tips because then he would come across as an amateur.  And he is far from that he declared.

One more thing before we start.  The Hof is not related to me, the author this piece.  He does not resemble David Hasselhoff.  That lifeguard, in fact, has no game at all; according to the Hof.  I questioned him about his animosity towards that hunk from Baywatch.  Hof did assure me he was not jealous.  I decided to rest the matter.

Okay at this conjunction; I am going to add another disclaimer; because I really just wanted to write the word disclaimer (oops, I did it again) again.  No, but on a serious note: If you by any chance try these methods and you succeed, I implore you to contact me and I can give you my bank details.  You can show me your gratitude that way.  Okay, now that the business is out of the way, here are eight ways to get the girl.

1)     Comment on her hoodie

If she doesn’t have a hoodie.  Then sorry, my friend; you’re out of luck.

“Hey that looks like a red hot chili pepper’s top” I said.

“Um, what, who?” she nervously replied.

I think to myself.  “Darn, did I mumble again?”

You see dear readers (seeking the greatest advice), all people love a compliment.  They all love to be noticed.  So yes, in trying to ‘get the girl’, comment on her hoodie.

In this case, the logo on her hoodie was not the RHCP logo.  Oh well, it did spark the interest.

2)     Question her profusely and joke about it being “an interview”

How does anyone get to know a person?  Talk to them.  Listen to them.  Duh!  Seriously, how is this one of the eight points of expert advice, I wonder as I jot this down? (The Hof, is this guy for real?)

The Hof declared once in meeting a girl, he questioned her loads.  He really was interested.  But he forgot to let her question him.  In a moment of brilliance; he paused and said to the girl:

“This obviously seems like an interview?”

She laughed.

One step closer to getting the girl. Laughter an obvious sign.

3)     Make up a nickname for her

This seems to be a very big South African thing.  South Africans always make up nicknames for each other.  Now in trying to get the girl, if you give her a nickname; she is happy, because you have shown her interest.  But don’t make the nickname “sweet.”

That’s just lame!

In this case, this is how her nickname came about:

Walking past the conversation, he overheard her struggle after going on a wine tasting tour.  She had not expected her response to the tour in that way.

He latched onto the moment with a little chuckle and a smirk and said, “I think I should call you Miss Four Sips”

“Why?” she asked.

“Because clearly you can’t handle your wine tasting.”

4)      Ask her to tell you a “secret” that she hasn’t told the others.

You need to get to the next level.  So simply in conversation.  Ask her simply to tell you something she hasn’t told others before.  Obviously don’t do this at “At point two” (see above).  That’s way too early for this approach.

Because in sharing a secret.  There a connection begins.

Because you see, when in a large group of people who don’t really know each other that well.  We all chit chat.  We all share the surface stuff.  We’re bound by the common knowledge of each other.  So to take another step in getting the girl, the question of her secret is helpful.

5)     Tell her you are writing a book about getting a girl.

Actually as I write this down while interviewing the Hof I am flabbergasted at how on earth he got away with some of this stuff.  Does this really work?

Every book needs subject material.

People who write books often interview people to develop characters and built history and plot.

“I’m really just writing a book on ‘how to get the girl’ and you happen to be my subject.’

She smiles back. “Oh, really.”

And a whole lot more conversation and cheek followed that.  So maybe this tactic, point number five actually works.  Go figure.

6)     Don’t ask her for her whole number at one time.

This is rather clever approach to getting her number.  In only asking for some of it you show that you’re interested but not over eager (keeps her on her toes) and practically it’s brilliant.  It assures more conversation.  And truth be told it’s a whole lot easier remember short numbers.  Once you’ve mastered three digits you can go for another three or four.

7)     Find a trampoline and some stars.

It has to be a trampoline.  If you can’t find one.  Then you’re stuck.  Put this article down.  Go cry to yourself in a corner.  You’ve got no game.  You’ve got not hope.

(Now for the rest of you, get your minds out the gutter!)

Oh, and to add to the mix.  Some stars are perfect too!

So ‘escape from the crowd’ and go have a ‘conversation.’

Lie on the trampoline.  Look at the stars.  What a stunning setting.  Then to seal the deal… you can get tips from my next article.  (Okay, seriously there won’t be one.  Are you out of your mind?  How come you are still reading this anyway?  Are you convinced the Hof even knows what he is talking about?)

PS.  If you’re gonna heed this advice.  Dress warmly!

In a very rare moment, Hof admitted.  ‘Darn!  Shivering while talking to the girl, is not cool!” (Weird pun here?)

8)     “Run-away” together.

Now beginners, be careful with what the Hof means here.  If you take the girl you’re interested with and literally runaway… that’s creepy!  And especially if she say’s “no” and you still runaway.  Most countries call that “kidnapping.” Awkward!

Life without adventure is boring!  If you can create an adventure with the girl you are pursuing then you’re set.  All ladies love a sense of adventure.

In this case, the Hof admitted his friends at the venue were keen on “busting him and his antics.”

He said he saw his friends all running down to “catch them out.”

Being observant and smart, he grabbed the girl’s hand and they ducked around the corner out of sight and went for a cup of coffee in the venue’s lounge.  The Hof had out smarted his friends.

This little episode was a sort of “run-away adventure.”  Spontaneous and fun.  Key ingredients.

Ending the Interview

So there you have you patient and brave readers; I can’t believe you have made it thus far.  Did these pearls of wisdom blow you over?  Has your life been altered for the better?

I feel educated.  Maybe a little concerned with the mental state of the Hof.

But he still seems like a decent enough chap.

My final words to you: “If you ever meet the Hof in person, run….”

Final Disclaimer: Can I write “haha” to show that I am laughing.  I really enjoyed writing this.  Tried expressing some of my odd humour.  Hope I succeeded in bringing it across.

Posted in Inspirational & Observations from Life

In your car and in peak traffic..

.. Its funny how you are always the better driver than all the “idiots” around you.

I noticed that today. My mom is sitting in the far next to me and I am suggesting out loud how everyone else should drive.

I say that they are breaking too early.
Or that they don’t know how to take gaps.

Gosh, how arrogant of I.

I guess its hard being perfect. Haha.

Posted in Travel & Explore

Time flies when throwing watches…

I have heard about them. But I had never flown with them.

From Cape Town to Joburg recently I flew with KULULA. What a funny and refreshing flying experience!

I once received pictures via email:

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And I was not entirely sure if I believed it… but now I got to experience it first hand.
I totally recommend flying with them. (No, they did not pay me to say this…but that would be a good idea)

Then with my Blackberry (check me out, dropping all these big names:) I took these pictures:

and one on fashion:

and then this one:

You gotta love the sense of humour!
I really liked what the Pilot said through the speaker system (or whatever the technical term for it is):
(The exact wording I may not remember, but you will get the gist of it anyway)

“There may be 8 ways to leave your lover, but only six ways to leave this plane.”

“Under your chairs are GUCCI designer life jackets”

“Don’t leave your naughty children or mother in laws behind, we’re trying to get rid of ours too.”

“Welcome to Joburg, if you thought this was Durban, you have serious problems.”

“When leaving the plane, please check the passenger next to you, they may have your belongings.”

haha so classic! And the funny thing on the way up, the lady next to me, was so grumpy…

We should all laugh a little, even when flying planes…
because times flies, when you throw your watch around…