Vyf Minute

Dit gebeur so gereeld dat die lewe net aangaan. Ek dink vanoggend daaraan. Daar was al so baie seer in my lewe en net so baie oomblikke van absolute geluk. Met elke sekonde is U daar, en ek beweeg aan.

Vanoggend is ek haastig, ek het afsprake, ‘n kind en gaan Israel toe Vrydag. Israel, ‘n geskenk van U!

Ek tik my eposse vinnig, vergeet om te kyk of ek reg spel, maar my kop is al op die volgende . Ek draai net weg om op te staan weg van my rekenaar, toe ek die liedjie hoor.

“Vyf minute Linda,”Hoor ek sag.”Vyf minute saam met My.”

Ek ken U my Jesus, en allehoewel ek U al so goed ken, vergeet ek mensekind ook net te maklik hoe nodig ek U aanraking elke dag het. En ek het gesit vir daardie vyf minute. Daardie vyf minute het twentig geraak en ek het toegelaat dat U liefde my hart kom vul.

U woord het die laaste twee weke my lewe so gevorm. En vandag wil ek net aan U sê:

“Ek sit.”

Lief vir U en baie dankie vir my besige lewe.

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He is a Father…

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The biggest buzz at this moment in the South African Christian world is that the very controversial pastor from America, Steven Anderson, was banned from coming to South Africa.I followed the story, but quickly got bored with all bickering and went on with my day.

Today marked the day that my boy started to walk confidently. I posted about this event just two weeks ago, but a week after David took his first steps, he just stopped. I could not fathom why and google was at a loss with all my endless questions as to why he stopped walking. Finally, I just gave up and let him be, and what do you know, he starts walking confidently all by himself.

While I was outside with my boy walking away, I suddenly felt the presence of God. Peace came around me and mister waddle in front of me. Through all the giggles of my little who is discovering the world at an alarmingly fast pace, I was vaguely aware of His Presence. It was as if God was walking with me and both Him and I were astonished at the beauty of this boy and his innocence.

I took note of this and went of with my day.

I hurt my Achilles tendon through who knows what and was on my way to the physiotherapist this afternoon when I sensed God again. This time, just riding with me in my car, soaking up the glorious sunshine. My upcoming trip to Israel is two weeks away and the timing of this injury is just not ideal. I chatted to Him about it, but just received a calm reassurance that all will be ok.

As I pulled up at the practice, I heard Him say: “You are a beautiful woman.”  As He said it, I was right at the door of the practice that had a mirror in . I looked at my reflection and saw the bandage around my ankle and my very sweaty face, but I felt His adoration and lifted my head in confidence.

This evening we went to the beach and once again God came with. My dogs actually behaved themselves and allowed a little boy to pat them without jumping up against him. My husband was processing his day with me and again, I heard God’s voice: ” He is My beloved son.”

Only now, it dawned on me, I think Mr Steven Anderson has not tasted the love of this Father yet. He knows God but missed the heart of the Father. Only orphan thinking would wish doom on a country when he has been banned from it. Only orphans will point fingers filled with wrath at how lost our nation is .  A true son will take responsibility and step up to the plate. Like the One true Son did so many years ago. The One that was without sin, became sin for us to walk free. My prayer now for this man is that he will receive such a revelation of God’s Father heart.

He is a Father in our everyday lives and He is absolutely besotted with us. He is not ashamed to be seen with us. His Love is proud to be seen with me. He does not give His heart in pieces, He gave it wholly. His Love is a fire burning bright for me. His love is not passive and it is never disengaged. His love hangs on every word He says.

 

love

 

Selah.

 

An insider’s guide to unspeakable joy

These last couple of weeks, I started to notice a trend again: Performance. It is such a big part of our world. We perform for recognition, for self-gain, to become the best. We strive to be the best versions of ourselves and deliver without any weakness or fault. We step up to plate, keep the standard high and do anything in our power to not lose face.

It is a sneaky disease, easily disguised as excellence and professional, but in the core rotten. Why? Because you are it’s centre and you have to keep it in balance and it requires everything from you.

Performance has a hidden agenda of jealousy and competition. Smiling outwardly because, let’s face it, what people think of you is vital, but on the inside, we are so critical on others and mostly on ourselves.

This little disease crawled into my world through my son. David is now 13 months old and he still crawls. When he turned one, I anxiously started to wait for those first steps. But it never came. I then started with my explanation mantra to calm myself by saying: Crawling is good for him, he must crawl as long as possible. But my heart cringed when he came in contact with other walking kids and because he is still crawling away, they did not see him or treated him as still a baby by taking away his toys. This mother’s heart almost lost it!

Then came google: “By when must your baby walk?” then came the accusing questions to my ever chill husband: ” By when did you walk? He must be like you! ” { Mind you , I started walking at 14 months.}

Then came the flat out lie covered in fear: ” He is lazy/ scared / something is wrong.”

I then by God’s grace read somewhere that for him to gain confidence, I must act like a clown and pretend to fall for him to see that it is ok to fall. In other words, I have to pretend like walking can be painful and real but still full of fun, just like life. I have to break the performance mindset.

So this morning, I decided to do it. I put him down and helped him to stand. He looked nervously at me, and I tried to explain to him that all will be ok, when the next moment, it sounded like a party erupted in my house. My nanny, Memory, the golden angel, walked into the room at that exact moment, saw him standing all by himself and burst out in a joyful sound and started dancing like crazy because this boy was just standing!

Then the miracle happened: He got so excited about this celebration, he started to walk!!!

I was at a loss for words and just burst out into a  song and started clapping my hands in celebration of my beautiful boy, joining in on their little party! For the next hour, it sounded like the circus was in town. Memory and I laughed and clapped and pretended to fall, while David giggled himself silly while standing and taking small steps towards us trying to join in on the fun!

I looked at Memory in absolute wonder because yet again, she was the man of the hour.

So this post is dedicated to this remarkable woman and the lessons I have learned from her through observing her in my life. She is joyful, yet her whole life gave her enough reason not to be. She is from Zimbabwe and like many of her fellow countrymen, in order to have a future for her, she left her family and came and settled here in South Africa. Here she met another Zimbabwean man, Ronnie, and they got married. Both are incredible people to whom I am ever grateful.

But this is how Memory lives and my insiders guide to unspeakable joy:

God is her everything. I have not met a person more committed to serving Him. Her life is that of Worship. She arrives every morning with music in her ears and often asks me to leave worship music on as she works.

She lives prayerfully. She brings everything to God and leaves it there.

She knows how to celebrate. The example of David is just one tale of how Memory celebrates people. She has met so many of my friends and I always tell her their story when they leave. She is always so in awe of who they are and remembers to ask me how they are doing if I say that we must pray for them.

One day she asked me for prayer because it was her first time at a conference. I was confused because two weeks prior to this request, I remember her telling me that she attended a conference. That Monday after the weekend, she came to work with a smile on her face and told me with so much joy that it went well. Confused I asked her why this conference needed special prayer in comparison to the others? Turns out that she was the main speaker at the conference of about 3000 attendees. I was stunned!

She walks in humility and has a healthy fear for her living God and this all adds to one very joyful woman that I share my house with.

My last tip to help you break the mould of performance is to learn to laugh at yourself.

I did this morning and my boy now walks! 😉

 

 

Standing like those before me

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Yesterday, while driving back from a weekend away with family, I looked out of the window of the car and saw the signs of spring. It was a cold, windy day and although the temperatures indicated that spring is still a distant hope, the budding flowers on the trees were evidence that this is not the case.

I stared in wonder at the textures, the dark grey cloudy sky, the green fynbos, the beautiful pink flowers and yellow canola fields. Peace overcame my heart and I just realised, live goes on in the middle of it all. Seasons start and seasons pass, yet through it all He is faithful.

Last night we experienced a thunderstorm, something that is not common here in the Cape. It was loud and both my husband and I woke up to the thunder. We looked into our baby boy and saw him sound asleep. The wonder of his peace  in the middle of the storm, made me look at Jesus. All these things just bring me to my knees. He is a God far above my understanding and expression.

Last week I felt a prompting to read the crucifixion. I finally feel bold enough to type this: If Christianity seems  legalistic and full judgement to you, I can now honestly say, as someone that finally embraced His Grace in my life, you believe the wrong gospel. Just reading through Mathew made me realise this God is a consuming fire of love. I don’t read judgement, I read sacrifice all out of a pure heart of LOVE:

[Mat 27:45-54 NKJV] 45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard [that], said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled [it] with sour wine and put [it] on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. 49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Imagine just the absolute shock of the soldiers when they realised that they indeed did crucify the Son of God!

See, here is the thing, we all fall short of the glory of God. We are all enemies of God. Maybe that self-righteous Christian caused you to stop believing in Him. If this is true, I am so sorry that you experienced such judgement, but I can tell you it is not God.

See moments before Jesus died and all these miracles happened at His death, just proving that He is indeed the son of God, He prayed: “Father, forgive them as they do not know what they do. ”

In this prayer, one can see His heart. In His darkest hour, He forgave and still gave up His life to buy us free. Our fight is not against flesh and blood. It is not against the person who judges, persecutes or even maliciously hurts you. It is the devil who had a right to our lives. His right was to kill, steal and destroy. And here is the shocker. We gave him that right. At the sin Fall, we chose the lie of the enemy above the truth of our Maker and through this, we became enemies of Him.

Then God sends His son, while we were still enemies of God, and set us free from the curse we brought upon ourselves. He made a new covenant with us that doesn’t have to be sustained by us, but by His perfect grace in us. This is all Love.

Not one of us has a foot to stand on. We don’t have a wagging finger to show, we only have the grace that was freely given and I pray that you, hurting due to all the judgement, may see this.

You are not you, without Him.

When I think about all of this, I am truly humbled. Really, my life is glorious, but I do know it is really not because I was acting gloriously. I do too struggle, yet every time He comes and restores. I am completely baffled.

My prayer is that one day my boy may know this God and follow Him.

Like so many others before me, I now stand in absolute awe of Him.

“Saam met engele wil ek ook nou iets bring, my woorde is min, maar hier moet ek begin want U is Alles vir my.” -Retief Burger.

 

 

You’ve changed.

Today marks 4 months without my personal Facebook. The only reason I know this, is because I just counted the months before I started writing this blog.

Last night I thought of my upcoming , solo me, Arniston Spa weekend. Hubby is spoiling me by sending me off to go and relax. A friend from that area,who I haven’t seen in the last 5 months, heard that I am on my way to that side of the world and asked me to meet up for some coffee. It has been 5 months since we last chatted and I am excited to hear how he is doing.

I don’t know about you, but I do think about these kuiers. I play them out in my head, wondering what I will answer when this is asked or that is asked. I want to be honest, but not overshare, so to me, my words must carry just the right amount of weight.

Last night when I was making tea, I went over this question: “So, how are you?” And with all honesty I could say, I am doing extremely well. Nothing majorly changed. I did not get a new house, or a better car . But I did stop going onto Facebook. And it absolutely amazes me the fruit that came out of it.

The best thing is other people are starting to notice the changes as well. One specific couple who I never thought know about me, came up to me the other day and asked what is my secret? I really only can answer no Facebook, but can’t word why exactly Facebook dragged me down.

Maybe it is the constant subtle comparison, maybe it is the lack of bad news that bombards me daily or maybe it is the free time that I have now. What I do know, I am engaged with my life.

Thinking of leaving Facebook?

Here are some tips:

  • I have business pages so I do need a personal profile that can manage those pages. I created another profile and added that profile as administrator to all my business pages. I then deleted my original account and only use this alter ego profile to manage those pages. You have to have some friends in order for Facebook not harass you with ” finish your profile” reminders,so I added businesses that use a personal account for their businesses.
  • I have a twitter account but never go on there. Only reason why I still keep the twitter account is because of my business that is linked to the account.
  • I am active on Instagram. I LOVE Instagram mostly because it is in a picture format. I rarely read  what people write under it. Only if a picture really interest me, do I read about it. I have two profiles, one for business and one for personal use and I keep them separate. I don’t want to follow photographers on my personal account. I follow them on my business account. My personal account is private and this helps me to control who follow me. I found that Facebook became a very public platform, where with Instagram there is still a measure of privacy with regards to people sharing only the beautiful enriching ideas in pictures on there.No political headlines and anti-anything movements. Just peace, calm and serenity! 😉
  • Read a real book. Try it.
  • Get a new hobby. Scrolling on your phone and building your online persona is for some a hobby that requires so much time. Find something else to do in that time. I am writing a book at the moment.
  • Go “old school ” again, by using text messages to communicate or to say happy birthday!

Anyway, let me know how it is going.

To end this post, I will be extremely ironic and share it on Facebook, because let’s face it, you have to choose your crowd! 😉

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A Random picture of a fish I took on my recent trip to the aquarium .

There is not a greater call than to lay it all down for You.

We owe the world an encounter with Jesus.

Many years ago during my biggest battle for my health, there was a moment when everything that we believe in was challenged. We believe in miracles, we believe in healing, we believe in the goodness of God. But at that moment, in that uncertainty , we doubted.

It was literally a milli-second that doubt entered our minds. Maybe everything that we believed was a hoax. Maybe all the miracles we saw was just an act. Here I am, fighting to stay alive and so many people were praying for me, and hope was very fragile. My husband took my hand and said to me that it doesn’t matter what the cost, he will fly the world to find a cure. He will knock down the doors of major healing evangelist just for me to get healed. It reminded me of the story of the man that was lowered through the roof to get healed by Jesus.

The reality of our situation then was we were in desperate need for the Kingdom of God to be all that He says it is. And we were not disappointed. God did show and He did deliver. He delivered through people, His Spirit and the medical world. I am healthy today .

But that was not the only moment that I needed God to be God. Ever since then we have gone through major events where our outcries were silent to the world but heard by God. And He delivered.

In the middle of an unfaithful world, He was faithful…

He has proven Himself to us over and over again, and this is what really gets me, He doesn’t have to . He is God. I am human. I was created by Him.Without His powerful Grace, this world won’t exists. Yes, it is true. Doesn’t matter what you believe about Him or even if you don’t believe in Him, it doesn’t change who He is. He is the King of Kings, the Creator of all things, The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the END. He holds the universe in the palm of His hand. And this magnificent God, laid down His life for us.

The King of the Universe, exchanged His thrown to become a mortal human, all for us to be set free. Talk about game of thrones.

With every song of worship, it became more and more clear to me. God is not blessed because I worship Him, I am blessed because I worship Him. He has proven Himself faithful to me, little old me. He has been my biggest encourager, my most Gentle advisor, my most loyal Friend and my biggest deliverer.

With every worship song, and I listen to it daily, I have become more and more undone. Till finally I came to this place in my life where I understand why David became undignified because the arc was back with him. David had the Presence back in his life.I have come to this place where Him and all that He stands for, has become the reason why I am alive.

Yes, to your naked eye , I might be unconventional, I might be a weirdo and I might even ruffle your feathers, I do want to apologise if I made you feel that way. But I am not going to stop worshipping my God.

You see, I am going for the more. I am going for all of Him because what I have now, is still not enough. Wether I sink,or swim,makes no difference, I am beautifully in over my head. { a line out of one of my favourite songs.}

I want to encourage you, for just one second, try not to enter His presence with a way that you want Him to look like that won’t ruffle your feathers. Honour Him enough to allow Him to be Him.

That moment when we doubted, became the moment we have been set free from the fear of man. We passed the prejudice stage and went right into a desperate place of “Oh God anything from You will do.”

He is not finished with us, and we will not stop following Him.

The beauty of it all, His Love is proud to be seen with me.

 

Have a blessed day.

 

Prophetic word for June/July 2016 for the church

It is not often that I type the Prophetic words God give me. Weekly have a chat with God about what is going on in the nations and what He wants to say to the nations. I then pray through the words and release them with God. I then follow well known prophets to see if they hear the same thing, and am always so extremely excited that right across the world , God is speaking the same thing.

This will be my first word that I release out of my own accord but had me shaken to the core and so excited for what is ahead.

End of June I busy with a jog early in the morning when God spoke to me. I came around a bend with music in my ears just as the sun was rising. The sun was so bright that I had to stop to shield my eyes. Immediately the atmosphere changed to that of victory. I could sense that a great battle was fought and won.

I sensed Daddy God say the following:

” My glory is about to shine so brightly that the lost will be blinded by it. My glory will bring the believers into true worship and as they stand to worship Me, their shadow formed by my Light of Glory will cast over the lost and the lost will be able to look up and not be blinded by my Glory. They will then see Me and also turn to worship. My church has entered the time to shine, my Church will not fade away but will now more than ever before shine brightly.”

I sensed the victory of His church and sensed that He will not allow His bride to suffer any longer under false accusations.

I believe as we as believers turn to Him in true worship, He will be seen by those who cannot see Him yet.

Have a blessed week.

 

Linda

I said goodbye to the “world” aka Facebook

It has been a very long time since I posted anything on here. So many reasons as to why, but just to keep you in the loop, I decided after 9 years of being an active Facebooker, to leave that platform. I opened an “alter ego” ,my dream girl persona, to manage my business pages , that is why you can read this on Farriah, but I closed my personal account and this morning I checked and saw that Facebook finally deleted my account. It took them two weeks.

So no more social Linda with the perfect life on Facebook.

This morning as I was driving to do some grocery shopping I looked around me. I have found what I was looking for: a real life intertwined with a living God. No more performance or a need to say my opinion in order to count.I became just me surrounded with real authentic life in the form of the ouma in front of me in my grocery line, the young man with his bakkie next to me in the parking lot and the mom with toddler in the stroller and dog on a leash that insists on pulling the opposite direction. I found my peaceful coastal town to be stimulating enough. I don’t miss Facebook at all. That says a lot since I was mrs Facebook active.

As a daughter of the One most High, I realised that my heart yearns for authentic relationships. I need to be heard and seen. That is what really meets my heart’s desire. Not the “Oh look at me and what I have reached” mentality that I slowly slipped into  on Facebook. Since leaving Facebook I started to have time. Time to listen to my God and my husband, to chat to my incredible nanny, friends and family, and to watch my son grow. I treasure these moments dearly.

As I am typing this , I realised that I might have been an Facebook addict or more harshly said an validation addict. I wanted people to notice me, my opinions and my life. The thing is, it got so big that with the praise came the criticism as well.. and since I was sharing pearls, I started to feel pressure to be perfect. Comparison set in and the “what if that person says this” fear started to rule my life. Together with all the negative news about this country, my day was filled with gloom all because of what I saw on Facebook. Too many people had access to my life who wasn’t suppose to be there and I gave them that access.

So I stopped, walked away and am on this new journey of absolute delight and freedom.

Enjoy your day.

Linda

xXx

 

 

He is your Saviour

Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV – 28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Yesterday I was once again in our mommy bible study group.We are watching a DVD series at this moment and afterwards have a big chat about what we learned.

Yesterday however, we spoke about Motherhood. We are a young moms, with children between the ages of a couple of weeks and 4 years. We do know that we do not know it all, but for the sake of our children we fight to know it all in order to protect them and our families.

A couple of us are also businesswomen in busy industries. As I looked around me, I saw tired moms. Happy moms, happy that we have the lives we live, that we do have adorable little kids, that we do have careers that stimulate us. But tired. I looked at them and saw all of us standing like guard angels over our children and families.

There is no solution for love. To love someone is a place of vulnerability. In this world and day and age, being vulnerable is a scary thing. a Thousand thoughts run through your mind on a daily basis all beginning with “What if?” And then the next day your fear in the what if becomes a reality for someone else. It is tiresome to keep that guard up, to protect and give your all.

As I looked at my friends and myself included, I heart my Saviour say: “Come to me.” And that precise second, my shoulders relaxed and I climbed onto Daddy’s lap.

We are not asked by God to stop caring. We think to stress less, we must care less. Just don’t allow it to affect you like this.The truth is you are a emotional being and things close to your heart, forming the who in you, will affect you. We have been called to give it to Jesus.

How does one do it?

By starting to believe that God is as good as He says He is. Because when you do, you will know that His love is pure. You will taste His love and know that you can trust Him. You will start to believe that you can trust Him with what is dear to your heart. You can trust Him with your vulnerability.

He is our Saviour everyday.

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Living with Grace in your business

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Photo Credit: Ilze Louw Photography

It has been along time since I wrote something. My full time job is that of a wedding photographer and wedding season is in full bloom. {Facebook page HERE and website http://www.lindafourie.com }

There was also a personal/business matter that I had to work through and felt in no way encouraging to type my normal upbeat, God is good posts.

On Monday, I told the story to a dear and close friend and her first reaction was that not only that what happened to me,sad, it was also a big injustice done towards me. My heart leaped, I never thought of it that way. I always thought I was just a bad business woman, but never did it cross my mind that I was the victim of someone else’s injustice.

It made me think. The ancient Greeks had a thinking called dualism. Basically the thinking is when people separate the spiritual from the natural. This thinking have crept into the church world today. We started to believe that we cannot apply christian principles in the business world, because it has no place.

I was taught to have a Kingdom mindset. To know that wherever I go, He goes with me and change happens. My business is just another outlet for God to show off.

Until this situation I was in. I am a loyal person and believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive. And so I gave and soon {not to the surprise of those who are known for their amazing business skills} it came to bite me in the butt. First I was angry, how could this happen after all I did?  { as if my giving came with prerequisites } then I started to work really hard in order to show them who stole that no matter what you do, I can do it better. Then came total unbelief and the sad truth that I have to face facts, I cannot be myself in my business. My morals cannot be applied less I get hurt again.

But, you see, the cross happened not for the church only. It happened for the world. And the church was born on that cross as the significant bride of Christ. This means that His laws trump all natural laws and all man made laws. And it is His Grace that empowers us to live according to His domain.According to His truth.

What does that mean to me as a business owner? It means that my business has access to unlimited resources. It means that I can dream big and trust God for favour. It means that when someone steals, that God restores hundred fold. It also means that I have unlimited wisdom to steward my business to the best of its capabilities.

But the opposite is also true, it says that those who live by the sword will die by the sword. In another words, if corruption and injustice is your way of doing business, then it will only be a matter of time before corruption and injustice captures your business.

Today, I had a time with a close knit group of women. Business owners, moms and in my eyes, superheroes. While they were speaking, it dawned on me: As Christians, we already have a place of victory. We already operate out of favour and grace.. what is to stop us?

I came to the conclusion that true business is not build in your product, service delivery or client contact.. it is build in your mind. Change your perspective and your business will follow suit.

Have a blessed day!