Charity begins at home

After having a really amazing heart to heart with a close friend, we both realised that people around us whether intentionally or unintentionally have killed or scarred a lot of thing within us from a young age. some of these comments or actions we have carried them into adulthood. These things stemming from our past are as easy and hurtful as, ‘ You have gained some weight, you are still young why don’t you loose it’. Really people? Is this the Christian way? Why would you say these things to children? Many people hide behind saying such as ‘ tough love is the best love’. I’m sorry but in what scripture does it say this exactly?Ephesians 4:29 ESV Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

We need to be careful about what we are exposing the younger generation too. Hatred, being mean, racism and bullying are all learned behaviours. These words are not kind, the motive behind them is not to build but to destroy so whose team are you playing on? I spoke about it briefly in one of my posts about being fearfully and wonderfully made.

Romans 8:1-39 ESV

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …

This scripture is the scripture that set me free about a lot of insecurities and doubts I had about myself. I struggled to see myself as being someone who can love and be loved. Yes I am small, yes I am petite and yes above all I talk a lot….annnddd? What you are telling me are facts, but for some reason people make you feel bad about who you are and what you look like as if you created yourself. My maker made me without mistake, he planned me and loves me as I am,

Psalm 139:13-14  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Children are the purest and most innocent form we can be in our humans lives. I don’t understand why you would want to take away their joy just because you’ve had it tough. Adult or not, hurting or not, parent or not, we all have a role to play to teach the young ones how to love themselves the way God created them so they are able to love others and accept them as. With words we destroy more than we build, even in the church, its true we have brought many to the church through the message but many are leaving just as quickly because of the things we say and do. We need to reflect, build each other up and LOVE the way Christ loves us. The building that you go to is not the church, but the people inside it are what make the church. By being mean spirited we are driving people away to find and seek love in the wrong places, this also includes the youth. Our youth are driven away from churches because there are no role models, people to help or relate to issues they feel they are dealing with alone, my message is BE THAT PERSON to help and lend a hand. image

Speak life. Be encouraging. life and death are in the power of the tongue


Nasi Goreng

i wanna try this …


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I am going to feature dishes from various Asian countries on Veggie Zest. The reason behind it is nothing more than my personal liking for Asian food. Of course some countries have more vegetarian friendly food to offer than others…but I will try to either pick a vegetarian dish or alter a regular dish and make it vegetarian. Today’s recipe is Nasi Goreng – a very famous street food dish from Indonesia.

This recipe is very similar to a fried rice but with some different sauces and flavors. Its a super duper quick recipe and is best enjoyed as soon as your a done making it. Nasi Goreng is generally made with seafood but I am sure if in Indonesia or at an Indonesian restaurant you could request them to skip any kind of meat or seafood. While making your own at home you can totally add whatever veggies you like…

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Sometimes we pray for wisdom, patience, humility, knowledge, and even faith like Job!!. We pray with the expectation that you will wake up the next morning wise, humble, patient and with strengthened faith….However…we need to understand that God will present us with opportunities to gain those attributes. For example ,He will not throw wisdom at you..He will present opportunities for you to gain wisdom. Sometimes those opportunities are not what we expect and we often run from them like Jonah. Stay blessed.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to mankind 1 Corinthians 10:13

How can I do it?

Genesis 39:7-12
How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Genesis 39:9. – {CC 75.1}

It is always a critical period in a young man’s life when he is separated from home influences and wise counsels and enters upon new scenes and trying tests. But if he does not of his own accord place himself in these positions of danger and remove himself from parental restraint; if, without will or choice of his own, he is placed in dangerous positions and relies upon God for strength—cherishing the love of God in his heart—he will be kept from yielding to temptation by the power of God who placed him in that trying position. God will protect him from being corrupted by the fierce temptation. God was with Joseph in his new home. He was in the path of duty, suffering wrong but not doing wrong. He therefore had the love and protection of God for he carried his religious principle into everything he undertook. [13] – {CC 75.2}

Joseph’s faith and integrity were to be tested by fiery trials. His master’s wife endeavored to entice the young man to transgress the law of God. Heretofore he had remained untainted by the corruption teeming in that heathen land; but this temptation, so sudden, so strong, so seductive—how should it be met? Joseph knew well what would be the consequence of resistance. On the one hand were concealment, favor, and rewards; on the other, disgrace, imprisonment, perhaps death. His whole future life depended upon the decision of the moment. Would principle triumph? Would Joseph still be true to God? With inexpressible anxiety, angels looked upon the scene. – {CC 75.3}

Joseph’s answer reveals the power of religious principle. He would not betray the confidence of his master on earth, and, whatever the consequences, he would be true to his Master in heaven. Under the inspecting eye of God and holy angels many take liberties of which they would not be guilty in the presence of their fellow men, but Joseph’s first thought was of God. “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” he said. – {CC 75.4}

If we were to cherish an habitual impression that God sees and hears all that we do and say and keeps a faithful record of our words and actions, and that we must meet it all, we would fear to sin. [14] – {CC 75.5}

Stay strong in any situation you enter or get “placed” in and know God has given you the power to overcome.

The matters of the heart… JUST WAIT.

Jeremiah 17:9  King James Version

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

How many times have you heard the saying ‘Follow your heart’? Do what makes you happy and everything else will follow? But it is this very advice that leas us to pits of despair when in come to matters of the heart. Our heart and ‘feelings’ often mislead us and sometimes they lead us to our very own destruction. We trust our own judgement when it comes to this matters and don’t really meditate on the consequences of these actions. Look at what happened to Cain and Abel in the Bible all because you want to do what you ‘feel’ is right and what you want. But then when it doesn’t turn out to work in our favour our hearts are broken, we are angry, we ask God why?

This is the question God asked Cain, “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Gen 6-7 (NIV) 

The fact that the verse is saying ‘Desperately wicked”  is the reason why you get quotes that say things like ‘ the brain is an amazing organ, it works 24/7 and 365 days a year right from your birth until you fall in love.’ Lets be real, you know that guy right there is not for you, yes he’s nice looking, yes he gives you attention, yes he likes you back, yes,yes,yes. You end up in a conversation with yourself trying to talk yourself into how wonderful the idea of a relationship would be. This is typical teenagers or even young adult. you break your own rules to please someone else and then… the inevitable heartbreak.


Wait for him to find you. Wait for God to lead him to YOU.

Proverbs 18:22 (KJV)

22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

Waiting doesn’t mean at the moment no one wants you. In your singleness God requires you undivided attention, where you get to know him by yourself, you build a relationship enveloped in love and you are forever reading the love story He wrote just for you. In this story you will find your self and get lost in His love because its unconditional and whole and build you up. This is what God did with Adam and Eve at Creation. Adam was created first and built a relationship with God and walked with God. When God made Eve, Adam was put to sleep, Eve knew God before she knew Adam. This will be the same for you. The key is waiting. God doesn’t need your help finding a mate. God to Him and He will provide as He sees fit.

Friendship, Love & Pain

the insightful Miss Mapesa. this was deep


2014 taught me that a lot of people will call you their friend or sister but in time of need they will be no where to be seen, they will probably be the same people who will hurt you or watch you get hurt and even turn their backs on you or pretend they dont know you in public but they love you in private or vice versa,  that’s not the kind of friendship I desire to have but such happens. I know I have got a lot flaws and I know that I may not be the best person to be around or live with, I make mistakes, I may be a little insecure but I genuinely appreciate those who have learnt to love me for who I am and continue to encourage me to push on until change or the best of me is seen. The most amazing…

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The Gospel Writers

PowerPoint Background using 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The four Gospels all share the same theme with each other, and that is Christ, his journey and ministry, incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension to heaven. But each disciple paints a unique picture of Christ’s mission on earth.

Matthew wrote for a specific audience which were the Jewish Christians. He wanted to convince them that Jesus was the Son that had been prophesied to come from the line of Abraham and the King of Israel David, the promised Messiah. This book depicts Christ as the Great Teacher and how he fits the prophecy in Jewish history. So he encourages them to look at the Old Testament Jewish prophecies that would have not been understood by the Gentile reader in those days.

Mark’s audience appears to be the Romans as the were awed and impressed by wonder working power, he emphasised his book on miracles. Mark wrote events in this book from Peter’s accounts of them as Mark did not bear witness to any of the events. He explains Jewish customs such as Passover to his non-Jewish audience just in case they are not familiar with them

Luke studied history and was physician. He focused on the lineage of Christ from Genesis – Adam and emphasised Christ ancestry to Abraham. Whilst Matthew wrote for the Jews , Luke wrote about how Christ interacted with the Gentiles and Roman citizens. We learn about Christ’s birth and ministry in Perea from him.

John was the youngest of the disciples and also a theologian, he was wrote from first hand eye-witness accounts of Christ early ministry in Judea and His early work with Jewish leaders. (1 John1:1-3). He is the only one who documented Christ’s early work and records the controversies in the Temple instead of the miracles. He sees and points to the Father in the plan of Salvation by repeatedly quoting Jesus saying “He that sent Me” and presents Christ as the Creator and Saviour of the world who gave His life for us on the cross. His book is aimed at Christians

“The Creator of all ideas may impress different minds with the same thought, but each may express it in a different way, yet without contradiction. The fact tha this difference exists should perplex or confuse us. It is seldom that two persons will view and express truth in the very same way. each dwells on particular points which his constitution and education have fitted him to appreciate. The sunlight falling upon different objects gives those objects a different hue.” – Ellen White

Inspired by the Jesus Daily Devotional by David Metzler.