Life didn’t turn out the way that she imagined. The ferocious hardships....
‘If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way’ - Eugene Peterson. The Message version of Lamentations 3:32 ‘...hope does not put us to shame...’ Romans 5:5 (ESV) On the 17th of December 1927, while surfacing from … Continue reading Episode 12: I.s. T.h.e.r.e. A.n.y. H.o.p.e?
‘You make beautiful things. You make beautiful things out of the dust… You make beautiful things out of us.’ - Gungor Look Sticks and Stones by Chris Garner, Darwin, Australia Sticks and Stones is a digital painting done with brushes and textures within Photoshop over many layers. The process of layering this image combines … Continue reading Episode 11: Sticks and Stones
Listen with headphones while you read. 'Old Days' Written by friend and singer/songwriter Jennifer Eaves. Soundscapes and strings arranged by Nathan Gernetzky. For more about this song and Jennifer's artist info, scroll to the end of episode 10. ‘We must remember throughout our lives that in God’s sight there are no little people and no … Continue reading Episode 10: God of the Command-Z
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:4–5 (ESV) ‘And my heart is yours. And what … Continue reading Episode 9: Back to the beginning
‘It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant … Continue reading Episode 8: I thought we were going to change the world?
Listen with headphones while you read. 'East of here' composed by Nathan Gernetzky ‘Unless God has raised you up for this very thing you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils.’ John Wesley to William Wilberforce, 1791 ‘Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk … Continue reading Episode 7: There is a place east of here
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15 “Christopher?” Pooh said, looking up at Christopher as they walked hand in hand. “You aren’t coming back, are you?” A.A. Milne My body hit the reef hard as I was rolled over and over by the surging ocean. The ten-foot … Continue reading Episode 6: Home
“Lord, help us to see in Your crucifixion and resurrection an example of how to endure and seemingly to die in the agony and conflict of daily life, so that we may live more fully and creatively.” Mother Teresa Alan and Matt arrived, early in the morning, at our home in Noordhoek. The icy morning … Continue reading Episode 5: The Great Wave
‘Love’s as hard as nails, Love is nails: Blunt, thick, hammered through the medial nerves of one who, having made us, knew the thing he had done, seeing (with all that is) our cross, and His’ From the poem ‘Love’s as warm as tears’ by C.S. Lewis The day finally arrived when my dad picked me … Continue reading Episode 4: My first surfboard was a Lightning Bolt
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tzu, The Art of … Continue reading Episode 3: Just like the Karate Kid
Geography always plays a part in our stories. Sometimes places are the hero. Your place could feel like the antagonists right now. Sometimes places are just that... places. Attached to them are experiences and memories - all forming the fabric of our lives. Tapestries of grace if you keep reminding yourself- ‘God placed me here to find Him.’
This is the excerpt from the first release