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Afraid? Of What?


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Afraid? Of What?
me with my new peace bracelet from Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa

I don’t have many apps on my phone, but one of them is “Daily Devotionals”. I received this devotional today and fell in love with the words because my grandmother has just passed. She joins my father in Heaven. I loved the author’s passion and I truly relate to it. God gives me such peace. Reblogged from this awesome website, Happy Sunday.

Never have I been so glad that I had faith as when my husband died.
Oh, the comfort, the blessing, the peace in the hour of trial that those of us who believe can draw on. Many of the condolence cards that I received had messages based on this Bible verse: “We sorrow not as those that have no hope”—and that is so true!
When I was visiting my husband in the hospital, I talked with people who had no faith, who were standing by the bedsides of dying loved ones without any consolation or hope. I thank God for His wonderful plan of redemption that makes me know that I’m going to meet my husband again in a better place—a plan that was worked out in God’s mind from the foundation of the world, that though we die, we shall live again. I thank God, too, for the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and the third day arose so that we could do likewise. God gives a special dispensation of grace when we need it. We don’t have it beforehand, but when we come right up against what would otherwise be a time of severe heartbreak, there He is.
When my husband was sick, I would often sing to him, standing by his bed. I don’t have a beautiful voice, but the hymns were beautiful, and his favorite was a verse of “How Firm a Foundation.”

Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
And when through deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow.

How God upheld me! I’ve seen that promise from His Word proven true once again. I came to deep water, but it did not overflow me.
You know, life isn’t complete without faith in God. He says that He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. How true that is! It’s such an abundant life when we have faith.
When going through my husband’s things, I found this poem that he kept in his Bible.

Afraid?
Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Brief darkness—Light— O heaven’s art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To enter into heaven’s rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that?
—E. H. Hamilton

My dear husband wasn’t afraid to move on, and if you have received Jesus as your Savior you won’t be afraid either, because you’ll know that He will be with you. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He says, “I will be with you.” He will be there to comfort you.
Never has God’s love proved so great, never His mercy so sure and His grace so abundant as during the week after my loss. I praise Him with all my heart for fulfilling His Word and for His faithfulness.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

John 11:25-26 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

1 Corinthians 15:4 (NIV) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

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Scriptures on Healing


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Scripture on Healing
Me at Marble Arch, London. A very peaceful place
Exodus 23:25 And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.
Psalms 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;
Psalms 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, said the LORD; because they called you an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeks after.
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give.
Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.
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Switch On Your Spiritual Self


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Meet Siphokazi Mata. She’s an entrepreneur in Grahamstown and runs a beauty salon called Ubuhle.

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Hi Everyone, I’m Siphokazi! Originally I come from Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, but since 2007 I have created a home in Grahamstown where I do business, study and spend most of my week. My interests include the field of study I have chosen – politics, philosophy and economics- all centred around the idea of humanity and women empowerment! I also have what Xhosa people would call ‘inyawo lemfene’ (a monkey’s foot), the strong urge to be on the road. I travel as often and as far as I can! Well, in fact, I enjoy spending time out of the house interacting with people and all things beautiful. In my spare time I design garments for fuller figured beauts and am intending on soon launching my own label. I am the daughter of a single parent mom and she is the inspiration behind all I do because she has groomed me into the strong willed woman that I am,  fulfilling my purpose and knowing which direction and path are mine to follow.
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I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful- collecting these shards of spirituality-that we may be helping to bring about a healing.

– Leonard Nimoy

To speak of spirituality is not to express a complex concept described by a foreign language and words that are beyond anyone’s grasp and understanding. It is not to formulate a philosophical argument and create a debate! It is, rather, to tap into the well of one’s own experience and to look into a place which is deep within oneself to make sense of life. To live as a spiritual being, understanding spirituality’s essence to one’s self, we ought to understand the creator of one. We should constantly remember that the life we live was bestowed upon us by a greater being that had an intention for us. Nothing that happens to us is by chance and luck. Therefore nothing we do should be based on the two, either. God has a purpose for each individual whom he created according to his image and no two have the same destiny. It is for that reason that we carry an attached value to who we are. Switching on our spiritual self affords us the opportunity to experience and appreciate that value fully. Living life with the remembrance of the greatness passed down to us by grace and love means we, too, push towards living a full and ‘greatness-filled’ life where there is a deep rooting rather than a shallow ‘go with the flow’ attitude through life. As Newton would suggest, every action has a reaction. This means that there is a lot to be encountered and dealt with along the way, including that force which causes destruction and distraction to the purpose. There can sometimes be a derailing of the path and a change of direction. Switching on’ therefore arms, guides, protects and heals the wounds as we collect the shards of life experiences and walk to our destiny. Everything happens for a reason. And everyone’s destiny is as unique to them as their own fingerprint.  Let arming yourself with the knowledge that there is a higher power guiding your life, protecting you and moving you towards what is ultimately for your greater good, give you peace. Don’t be scared to go into battle with the world this year! Be an adventurer, be daring and live outside your comfort zone! Take bold steps and don’t be afraid to take risks. You may get ‘de-railed’ at times along the way, but you can take on anything with a bigger greatness within you than anything man-made outside of you. Take moments to spend on your own to meditate and to pray. When you do this you will find a clearer direction of what your creator wants of you; needs of you. Let that guidance then give you the positive motivation and inspiration to move forward and be fearless! To ultimately make a difference.

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Quotes To Live By


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We can learn a lot from the saucy Coco Chanel. Hers make up a large portion of my favourite sayings to date. Here are just a few of my favourite quotations:

  • “If two past lovers can remain friends, it’s either they are still in love, or never were.”-Coco Chanel
  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”-Coco Chanel
  • I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise to fly…”-Rihanna
  • “My haters are my motivators.”-Nicki Minaj
  • “The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning” – Charlie Sheen
  • “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move onto something that’s more productive.” – Donald Trump
  • “I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.” – Lady Gaga
  • “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”- Jay Z
  • “A sense of humour… is needed armour. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person deep down has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey
  • “The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!”-Coco Chanel
  • “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga
  • “The best way to become boring is to say everything.”-Voltaire
  • “Do something worth remembering.”- Elvis Presley
  • “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel
  • “Take it easy baby, take it as it comes – specialize in having fun!” – Jim Morrision