Time is of the Essence

So what does time mean to you? The last couple of weeks I have seen how time flies, how precious time is and that time has a way to show us what really matters in life.

So let me explain my three epiphanies of time to you. Firstly how time flies – my baby boy is almost 14 weeks. I spent every second of every day with him thus far and I cannot believe what little miracle he is and that God just knows exactly what He is doing and that actually blows my mind. Our boy is such a great blessing in our lives and if I had the opportunity to turn back time I would not for one second, because I cannot think of a day without him. My maternity leave is almost over – it feels like just yesterday that he was born – and it breaks my heart to think that I have to leave this little man of ours in a nursery school. I do believe that they will do an excellent job but I’m so afraid to miss anything. It’s time that you will never get back. Sometimes I think that it’s such a waste of time and I would rather be at home with him to see him grow up and then I think that how else we will look after him if I just give up everything. But I also believe that if our parents could that (and we turned out good enough) I’m sure he will be just fine.

Secondly I would like to talk about how precious time is. This actually goes hand in hand with what I wrote above. Every second we spend with our loved ones should be precious. You never know what life might bring you. I have a friend whose father is really sick with cancer and every second she can spend time with him she’ll take. It is very difficult for her to see him like this every day but then she would say that she is so grateful for God’s grace and that she has time to be with him even though it gets tough. If I hear this I always think that we really have to cherish the time we have with our loved ones. I know it’s easier said than done but is it really worth it to have stupid fights and disagreements, can we not just be together and respect each other’s views and opinions even though we do not agree with them and can we all not just be. Laugh often, have fun and cherish each other. I read two quotes that really fits with my second epiphany – “Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted Time” and “Time flies, but memories last forever”.

Last but not least – that time has a way to show us what really matters in life. Once again this goes hand in hand with what I said in the two paragraphs above. Time is so precious and if we cherish every second of life it will show us exactly what matters. For me I would say that money, materialistic objects etc. does not matter but God, my husband, my baby boy, my family and friends that’s what matters. Time is more valuable than money – you cannot buy back any lost time because you were chasing anything except quality time with your loved ones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t chase your dreams, because I still do this on a daily basis but what I’m saying is that do not miss the time you could spend with your loved ones because your dreams might be more important. I always say that you will never know when is the last day with any of your loved ones – so choose wisely. I thank God every day that I’m the type of person who would rather spend time with my family and friends than be alone. I would rather make time for them than for myself, and yes sometimes I pull at the short end of the stick but at the end of the day it will always be worth it.

I’m going to conclude today’s blog with this quote: “Life and Time are the two best teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time and time teaches us the value of life”.

May God bless you all!!

Tammy

Unforeseen Miracles

I know it’s been a while that I have written something. But the last couple of weeks especially the last few days was hectic and my life changed in a heartbeat.

The last word “my life changed in a heartbeat” has a very interesting ring to my story. So on Saturday 12 August 2017 our baby boy was born with an emergency c-section – 4 weeks too early. While i was lying on the operation table completely numb the anesthetist lifted my head and said “look they going to take out your baby boy”. As they took him out of my tummy I instantly started crying, tears of joy of course, that this little bundle of joy is ours. A Gift from God so that we can look after him on behalf of God and his Empire.

How is it that when you hear that first cry when they take your baby out that you instantly fall in love with this little human you’ve been carrying around for months in your body. That’s where I come in with the phrase “my life changed in a heartbeat”. Not necessarily mine but the heartbeat of my boy. At that moment I knew that my husband and my life has changed instantly and all for good, the greater good. Wow what a little miracle he his.

The day I was discharged they told us that our boy has Jaundice and we need to keep him on phototherapy for 48 hours. I know that it’s quite common in babies who was born too early or through c-section but at that moment I broke down in tears. I knew that it was not going to be easy to see him like that and that we need to do everything in our power to make him healthy again. The responsibility was ours now and that scared me. But needless to say after a tough 48 hours he was cleared and we could go back to normal. We prayed and thanked God for every little goal we had to achieve and achieved in these 48 hours. If you put your mind to something I really do believe that you can achieve your goals in anyway.

I want to conclude my blog today that my husband and I prayed daily for this little boy of ours and we know now that Miracles do happen. So whatever burden you are going through, whether it’s big or small God is in control and that miracles do happen. He will give it to you in the way He thinks is best for you. 

Just keep on praying – never stop. 

Tammy

The Peace Within

The peace within – this is such a difficult term for me to grasp and when you do to even try and live by it. What exactly does it mean – “The Peace within”?

I would have to say that it has to do with the true understanding of yourself. That you understand that your dreams, your desires, your beliefs, your moral values and your goals are in true alignment of each other. And when all of this is aligned, you feel at peace – thus “the Peace within”.

I do believe that to grasp the concept is one of the most difficult things to do. How on earth do we do that? When I started thinking of the “How” the below bible verse crossed my path and it made me think this is actually all we need….TRUST IN GOD!!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27

To trust in God promotes peace, which then in essences helps you to get into that mind-set that will by the end of the day assist you to get that inner peace and to get that inner peace all you need to do is align your mind, body and your soul.

Once you find your inner peace you can go out into the world and become peacemakers of the world and try to make the world a better place. And if we have faith and trust in GOD, every step we take to make the world a better place, He will be right beside us.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

I’m concluding this blog with the below bible verse that puts all of the above together for me:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

May God bless you all.

Tammy

A Thankful Recognition

The last couple of days a lot happened that made me appreciate my life so much. Over the weekend we had our baby shower for our little boy. There I realised with how many people we are blessed with in our lives and how they already love this little bundle of joy that’s growing in my tummy without even meeting or seeing him. He was so spoiled and we are absolutely grateful for all the love that was spread out over this day for our little guy.

Then in the week following our little guy’s baby shower, it was my husband’s and my wedding anniversary. 3 years married and 8 years together in total. It does not seem that long but for us it feels like a lifetime…haha just joking. I have to say I cannot wait for the next 50+ years together and our journey that’s ahead of us is going awesome and I’m really excited because if we walk our journey with God by our side we have nothing to lose. I’m so grateful for my husband. Sometimes I realize that I take my husband for granted (even on the smallest of things) and that I’m absolutely grateful that I do not have any issues regarding our relationship and the way we treat each other and the love we have for each other and just live our lives together. Inside me a new profound appreciation wakes up and I realize that what I have is absolutely perfect for me and I wouldn’t change anything because I know that God chose my husband for me and that is the most wonderful thought that crosses my mind. Once again if God is for us who will ever be against us.

We have such great role models in our lives when it comes to marriage that we cannot fail and it’s thanks to God that we have these people in our lives to show us what to do and not to do in a marriage. Yes we will always stumble and fall but it’s the way we get up and move on that makes or breaks the relationship. That’s the only way we will learn and grow stronger together.

There’s so much we actually take for granted and once again I appreciate what I have. There’s so many people out there in the world that’s suffering. Whether it’s financial, heart break, religion, relationships, food, housing, friends, your kids, and family – you name it. And then I look back at my life and I think you have nothing to worry about, your worries is so small compared to anybody else. And then once again I realize that what I have all comes from God and it might not be what I want now but I have to believe and have faith that in time I will understand why it happened the way it did.

I appreciate you all for reading my blog and for following it. Thanks to you all and may God bless you. I’m going to conclude my post with the below quote I found:

“Always show appreciation. What’s taken for granted will eventually be taken away. Then you end up missing most what you least appreciated.”

Family = Priceless

Sometimes it’s really hard to find inspiration on what to write about and your mind feels completely blank. But then you look around yourself and you see the heart-breaking poverty, or the beautiful day that God has given, babies, loving families anything you can think of whether it’s good or bad. So I was thinking to myself what was different this week than any other week and it popped up into mind that over this weekend we celebrated Father’s day. I thought, well that would be a great thing to share to you guys, my parents. I did not have this blog when we celebrated Mother’s day so I decided I will talk about both my parents.

 

My parents are basically my inspiration mainly because of what they had to go throughout their lives for my sister and me. They basically bended over backwards for us just to make sure that we have the best education, a degree behind our names so that we can get a proper jobs and so that we can look after ourselves. I really wish that I could be like my parents one day, bring up my kids the way they did us because we really learnt so much from them. We learnt what to do and what not do, how we should treat people older than even people younger than us, one of my favourite things “respect is earned and not just given”, always be truthful to yourself and others, never take anything or anyone for granted – there’s so many things I can actually write a book about this.

 

So basically what I want to say is that I thank God every day for my parents and for the type of person I am (there is a bit of tweaking that should happen…haha) because I grew up in the best environment that God chose for me and every day I can take my past experiences and what I have learnt from parents and use it to my daily life.

 

There are so many other “peers/parents” that inspired me. My aunts and uncles played a huge role in my life they were and will always be my other parents. We grew up in a big family and the family was and still are in each other’s business – and I mean this in a good way – and we are all so close and would not change them for anything.

 

And lastly but not the least my in laws. They are both an inspiration to me, just because of my husband I knew that they are great people with the best morals and values and that they were the best teachers because if I look at my husband I can just thank them daily because of the person he is. So caring, loving and his heart is big and is aim is always set on God.

 

I finish this post with one of my favourite quotes: “Family is where life begins and love never ends”

 

Please share your stories.

 

Thank you for following my blog and God bless.

Prayer Moves Mountains

In the last week I have realized again what awesome affect prayer has and whatever you pray for whether it’s big or small, you prayers can come to reality. What I also realized is that if more than one person prays for the same thing whether it’s to heal a person, or to assist financially, or whatever the situation is that your chance for your prayer to become a reality is even bigger. It makes me think of the verse Matthew 18:19 – “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

I have a couple of friends/family members who have asked in the last year or so for prayers concerning the situation they are in. I’m not going to tell you their story as I think that they will do it way better so I’ll chat to them and ask them to send me their testimonies. But what I will do is tell you my side of the story for now and how I experienced each of their situations. But before I do that I’ll just chat about the random obstacles we encounter every day that is keeping us from our daily prayers.

What I can tell you is that prayer has the most incredible way of working in our lives. I know that I do not pray enough at all and my most horrible excuse “I’m too tired in the evenings” or “we are too busy and don’t have the time” – am I right? Eventually after a long day when we get to bed we just pass out because of exhaustion. Exhaustion because we are over worked and under payed, or busy running the household, making sure the kids are in the bed after a long day of taking them to school, then it’s sport practice after school, then at home there’s homework or studying for tests etc. and after they are in bed you need to clean up after EVERYBODY. I’m sure you guys would agree with the above-mentioned statement.

So the last week or so one of my friends sent out a prayer chain request to A LOT of people for the situation that she and her family was staring at in front of them. All I can say that I do not know how many people prayed for her and her family but the family was blessed with great news and that all went well and that all the people’s prayers together just absolutely made a miracle happen. I know that they still have a long journey in front of them but what I can say is that the fight for them is so much easier because the way the journey started by all the prayers and because of their faith. How incredible is that. Another verse pops up in my head from Matthew 17:20 – “Because you have so little faith.” He answered. “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

For me faith and prayer walks hand in hand. Yes you can pray daily but if you do not have faith and you do not believe that God will listen to your prayers and that He will grant you your prayer to become a reality in the way He thinks best, then quite frankly what is the point. I absolutely believe that your faith and hope in every situation, in every prayer is so important.

In my life prayer changed so many situations and obstacles for the best. Yes it did not always work out the way I prayed for it but it worked out the way God thought was best. Whether it was a “not now” or a “Yes” or a “no – because there’s something better coming my way” I truly can thank God for the ability to understand that and that I have the faith to move forward and keep on praying for what I need and not losing hope at all in any of my situations I’m going through because I keep my faith in tact and my eye on God.

I want to finish this post with one of my favourite bible verses which has come a long way through my life which I absolutely try to live up to every day:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

May GOD bless you abundantly and remember keep on praying no matter how big or small.

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