Selah moment, bananagrams and the waterfront

3/22/11

Sunday -Tuesday
8:37pm SA
1:37pm AL

I am thankful that our pace has slowed down from 5th to 3rd gear.  When I think about writing it wearies me but I am so thankful that God allowed me the grace to do so during this trip.  I am thankful that Jeff and Trudy McFarland not only encouraged me to do so, but challenged me.

Sunday morning we got up and headed for church.  Tim was prepared to preach and I was prepared to PAINT.  Yup, on March 1 God put a picture in my heart to paint during the church service.  I really do not like/enjoy painting in front of people and, quite frankly, resist doing that at every turn.  I didn’t want to do it Sunday and told peter that he could just place the easel on ground level.  That did not suit him so I ended up on the platform.  As if that wasn’t difficult enough, they brought a camera up and focused it on my canvas even before I began. I knew that I “had the picture” but doing this in church in front of such a LARGE congregation had me a bit flustered.

Peter explained what I was going to do: paint a prophetic picture… he suggested that if anyone heard from the Lord during the painting, to please come and tell him.  The music began and Tim looked at me and said, “Well, are ya going?”  I scooted on up the ramp that led to the stage and the Holy Spirit told me to get on my knees and pray.  I did so, out of the view of everyone. (I think.)  And then I painted away with freedom.  It was a rather odd picture (from my point of view) and something that I would not likely paint.  (I will post the picture on facebook later.)  A good handful of people told Peter that the Lord had spoken to them through the painting, which was very encouraging.  I hope and pray that seeds of worshipping through visual arts will be planted here and experience great growth in the years to come.

I had a neat thing happened when I left to go wash my hands (immediately after I finished my painting but still during worship).  I had to go out the doors by the stage.  You have to go up a set of stairs, and then thru the double doors and then up some more and then down some, down the hall and to the bathroom.  When I came back up the steps (and before I went back thru the double doors into the sanctuary) I heard a lone male voice speaking a foreign language. I quickly realized that he was speaking in tongues. Alone.   This man was up the other set of stairs and was praying for the church service.  I just sat down on the steps where I was and pondered the POWER of ONE person’s prayers. THAT was his role.  THAT is what HE was called to do and he was doing it with all his might.  It was a spectacular and powerful “selah” moment for me!

Then Tim preached on guarding against distractions.  It was timely and very encouraging.  He preached without a TIE and, I must say, I rather liked it. (Hint, hint)

After the service we had many hugs to give and receive as this would be the last time we would see many of our newfound friends.  We feel so blessed to have been a part of the Lighthouse portion of the Body of Christ for this season.  What a joy!

After the service, the Snyman’s had to take John (Charlotte’s brother) to the airport so Asher stayed with us and we snuck over to the local mall and found a restaurant (Ziggy’s) to eat in.  It was delicious and we enjoyed spending one on one time with Asher.  As an extra bonus, Walter and Colleen strolled by and we were able to should salutations from the balcony to them below!  (Yes, I even got a pic of that….)

Tim and I squeezed in a quick nap and  then Peter and Charlotte came in, gave us our normal “2-minute warning” and then the four of us were OFF again.  This time we visited Kirchenbosch (SP?) Botanical Gardens!  In order NOT to hachet this unique fun fact, I have taken the liberty to cut and paste it off of a South African website:

Some 10% of the world’s flowering species are found in South Africa, the only country in the world with an entire plant kingdom inside its borders: the Cape Floristic Kingdom, which contains 8,600 species, 68% of them endemic. The Cape Peninsula alone boasts more plant species than the whole of Great Britain. (http://www.southafrica.info/about/animals/flora.htm)

We hardly were able to go thru 1/3 of the gardens and most of the flowers were not blooming (fall is JUST beginning here) but I honestly don’t think I closed my dropping jaw the entire time.  It was stunning, beautiful, breathtaking and amazing.  Our wonderful creator had SO much fun in THIS plant kingdom.  It was astounding.

We did manage to squeeze in some coffee and treats (Tim and I split a grill-warmed cinnamon bun) and enjoyed the face time with Peter and Charlotte.

We then went to church to hear Kobus Theron do his final teaching on Spiritual Warfare.  It was so good and we were thankful that we chose to go.  I will Google him later and get some of his info.  He is an anointed and gifted teacher.

Then HOME where I taught David, Peter, Alyssa and Asher (and his friends Andrew, Whelan, and Kyle) how to play Bananagrams.  Charlotte joined in when she finished baking 2 carrot cakes (I think this is the 3rd time she has made those things since we have been here!)  Tim was a party pooper and opted for television…the first time I think that he has watched an entire show in 6 weeks!

Off to bed and then up Monday morning.  Charlotte had scheduled some “appointments” for Tim and I…Tim got his backrub and Charlotte and I had pedicures.  (funfact: this is the first pedicure I have ever had laying down on my back…)

Since this was a National Workers Holiday here in South Africa, many places were closed.  Peter kept asking if there was something that we wanted to do, but Tim and I opted to stay home.  He wasn’t feeling well (we believe he is having some side-effects from the malaria-preventive medication) and I wanted to read.  IT actually felt good to be STILL for one of the first times on our ‘sabbatical’!

Later that evening, Zacky insisted that we teach him how to play Bananagrams.  We did and all of the fam had a great time playing together.  I finally “hit the wall” so I said my farewells to Zacky as that would be the last time I saw him.  He is in a boarding school 30 minutes away and would be leaving early Tuesday morning to return to school!

Today was Colleen (Peter’s mother’s) 70th birthday.  Peter was scheduled to photograph her riding a motorcycle (!) and he and Charlotte were going to Paarl to watch Zacky play rugby so Tim and I had the day to ourselves.

We, again, borrowed their car and, this time, headed to the waterfront at Cape Town.  Tim is doing quite well driving on the left hand side of the road.  This, in itself, is quite a feat.  But he also has had to adjust sitting on the right side of the car WITH while working the standard transmission with his left hand!  HE IS MY HERO and actually did quite well with this foreign concept!!

We ate a rather nice breakfast and then simply meandered thru town (I would say “piddled around” but “piddling” in South Africa means the same thing as “tinkling” does back in the states.)

WE purchased just a few more souvenirs and had a very relaxing time.  We got backing the car at 3:00ish to head back and pick up 12-year-old David from school.  He directed us back to the local supermarket (Tim and I decided we would cook tonight) and purchased spaghetti ingredients.  They all rolled in about 6:00 and we all ate, then Charlotte, the barista, prepared coffee for all of us and cut into her carrot cake (FINALLY!)

Tim has conked out early and Peter has left to appear on a radio talk show for teenagers form 10:00 to 11:00.  (He asked me to go, but since I hit the wall by 10:30, I declined!)

I plan on blogging at least once more before returning to the states.  (I have made a list of my favorite South African peculiarities!)  That ought to be fun!

3/22/11

Sunday -Tuesday
8:37pm SA
1:37pm AL

I am thankful that our pace has slowed down from 5th to 3rd gear.  When I think about writing it wearies me but I am so thankful that God allowed me the grace to do so during this trip.  I am thankful that Jeff and Trudy McFarland not only encouraged me to do so, but challenged me.

Sunday morning we got up and headed for church.  Tim was prepared to preach and I was prepared to PAINT.  Yup, on March 1 God put a picture in my heart to paint during the church service.  I really do not like/enjoy painting in front of people and, quite frankly, resist doing that at every turn.  I didn’t want to do it Sunday and told peter that he could just place the easel on ground level.  That did not suit him so I ended up on the platform.  As if that wasn’t difficult enough, they brought a camera up and focused it on my canvas even before I began. I knew that I “had the picture” but doing this in church in front of such a LARGE congregation had me a bit flustered.

Peter explained what I was going to do: paint a prophetic picture… he suggested that if anyone heard from the Lord during the painting, to please come and tell him.  The music began and Tim looked at me and said, “Well, are ya going?”  I scooted on up the ramp that led to the stage and the Holy Spirit told me to get on my knees and pray.  I did so, out of the view of everyone. (I think.)  And then I painted away with freedom.  It was a rather odd picture (from my point of view) and something that I would not likely paint.  (I will post the picture on facebook later.)  A good handful of people told Peter that the Lord had spoken to them through the painting, which was very encouraging.  I hope and pray that seeds of worshipping through visual arts will be planted here and experience great growth in the years to come.

I had a neat thing happened when I left to go wash my hands (immediately after I finished my painting but still during worship).  I had to go out the doors by the stage.  You have to go up a set of stairs, and then thru the double doors and then up some more and then down some, down the hall and to the bathroom.  When I came back up the steps (and before I went back thru the double doors into the sanctuary) I heard a lone male voice speaking a foreign language. I quickly realized that he was speaking in tongues. Alone.   This man was up the other set of stairs and was praying for the church service.  I just sat down on the steps where I was and pondered the POWER of ONE person’s prayers. THAT was his role.  THAT is what HE was called to do and he was doing it with all his might.  It was a spectacular and powerful “selah” moment for me!

Then Tim preached on guarding against distractions.  It was timely and very encouraging.  He preached without a TIE and, I must say, I rather liked it. (Hint, hint)

After the service we had many hugs to give and receive as this would be the last time we would see many of our newfound friends.  We feel so blessed to have been a part of the Lighthouse portion of the Body of Christ for this season.  What a joy!

After the service, the Snyman’s had to take John (Charlotte’s brother) to the airport so Asher stayed with us and we snuck over to the local mall and found a restaurant (Ziggy’s) to eat in.  It was delicious and we enjoyed spending one on one time with Asher.  As an extra bonus, Walter and Colleen strolled by and we were able to should salutations from the balcony to them below!  (Yes, I even got a pic of that….)

Tim and I squeezed in a quick nap and  then Peter and Charlotte came in, gave us our normal “2-minute warning” and then the four of us were OFF again.  This time we visited Kirchenbosch (SP?) Botanical Gardens!  In order NOT to hachet this unique fun fact, I have taken the liberty to cut and paste it off of a South African website:

Some 10% of the world’s flowering species are found in South Africa, the only country in the world with an entire plant kingdom inside its borders: the Cape Floristic Kingdom, which contains 8,600 species, 68% of them endemic. The Cape Peninsula alone boasts more plant species than the whole of Great Britain. (http://www.southafrica.info/about/animals/flora.htm)

We hardly were able to go thru 1/3 of the gardens and most of the flowers were not blooming (fall is JUST beginning here) but I honestly don’t think I closed my dropping jaw the entire time.  It was stunning, beautiful, breathtaking and amazing.  Our wonderful creator had SO much fun in THIS plant kingdom.  It was astounding.

We did manage to squeeze in some coffee and treats (Tim and I split a grill-warmed cinnamon bun) and enjoyed the face time with Peter and Charlotte.

We then went to church to hear Kobus Theron do his final teaching on Spiritual Warfare.  It was so good and we were thankful that we chose to go.  I will Google him later and get some of his info.  He is an anointed and gifted teacher.

Then HOME where I taught David, Peter, Alyssa and Asher (and his friends Andrew, Whelan, and Kyle) how to play Bananagrams.  Charlotte joined in when she finished baking 2 carrot cakes (I think this is the 3rd time she has made those things since we have been here!)  Tim was a party pooper and opted for television…the first time I think that he has watched an entire show in 6 weeks!

Off to bed and then up Monday morning.  Charlotte had scheduled some “appointments” for Tim and I…Tim got his backrub and Charlotte and I had pedicures.  (funfact: this is the first pedicure I have ever had laying down on my back…)

Since this was a National Workers Holiday here in South Africa, many places were closed.  Peter kept asking if there was something that we wanted to do, but Tim and I opted to stay home.  He wasn’t feeling well (we believe he is having some side-effects from the malaria-preventive medication) and I wanted to read.  IT actually felt good to be STILL for one of the first times on our ‘sabbatical’!

Later that evening, Zacky insisted that we teach him how to play Bananagrams.  We did and all of the fam had a great time playing together.  I finally “hit the wall” so I said my farewells to Zacky as that would be the last time I saw him.  He is in a boarding school 30 minutes away and would be leaving early Tuesday morning to return to school!

Today was Colleen (Peter’s mother’s) 70th birthday.  Peter was scheduled to photograph her riding a motorcycle (!) and he and Charlotte were going to Paarl to watch Zacky play rugby so Tim and I had the day to ourselves.

We, again, borrowed their car and, this time, headed to the waterfront at Cape Town.  Tim is doing quite well driving on the left hand side of the road.  This, in itself, is quite a feat.  But he also has had to adjust sitting on the right side of the car WITH while working the standard transmission with his left hand!  HE IS MY HERO and actually did quite well with this foreign concept!!

We ate a rather nice breakfast and then simply meandered thru town (I would say “piddled around” but “piddling” in South Africa means the same thing as “tinkling” does back in the states.)

WE purchased just a few more souvenirs and had a very relaxing time.  We got backing the car at 3:00ish to head back and pick up 12-year-old David from school.  He directed us back to the local supermarket (Tim and I decided we would cook tonight) and purchased spaghetti ingredients.  They all rolled in about 6:00 and we all ate, then Charlotte, the barista, prepared coffee for all of us and cut into her carrot cake (FINALLY!)

Tim has conked out early and Peter has left to appear on a radio talk show for teenagers form 10:00 to 11:00.  (He asked me to go, but since I hit the wall by 10:30, I declined!)

I plan on blogging at least once more before returning to the states.  (I have made a list of my favorite South African peculiarities!)  That ought to be fun!

 

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