If You Are In Your 20s or 30s, This Is For You!

2-34pm

I remember watching Andy Stanley’s series on Time and one of the things he remarked on, is that when you get to late 40s early 50s, you suddenly wake up to the great insight of the rapid passing of time. If I have to capture the panic of the moment it would be in this phrase: “Time is running out!” No longer are we on the up and coming side of life, we are on the slippery down and going slide of life! It’s a strange shift from collecting stuff to trying to get rid of stuff….from building a home, to trying scale down. I have had flashbacks to my younger years and a wished that I appreciated them more! In digging deep to think back to those times, for most of it, I did appreciate them. In the same way, I suddenly woke up to the fact, that in 30 years time, when I am 80, I will look back at 50 and wish I had appreciated these years more!

If you are in your 20s or 30s, this is for you!

Yesterday afternoon, it all came together in crystal clear clarity….so  much so that I scribbled it down and put it in my Bible. The truth be told, regardless of any uncertainty about the future…

As good as it gets

It’s being grateful for what you have and not what you don’t have. It’s an appreciation of NOW, today, it’s counting your blessings this moment. It’s capturing each day and thanking God for all He has done for you, because everything we have comes from Him. Focus on the good, leave the bad. That’s why I like photos so much is because you don’t take photographs of bad stuff – of people crying or people dying. You take photos of happy stuff – of family together and friends laughing. Photography captures the blessings of life….Mike and I just married, leaving our wedding on honeymoon…(August 1986)

Leaving on honeymoonOne year later, 5 months pregnant with Stacey…nursing graduation dinner.

Nursing graduation dinner - pregnant with StaceyDecember 1987…Stacey’s first photo…she was 4 days old…can you believe it? It took FOUR DAYS to take a photo! How grateful I am that we did…

Staceys first pictureYes, my life is rich!

Count your blessings. Don’t let a day go by that you don’t. You want to get to 50 and be grateful. I want to get to 60 and be jubilant. I want to get to 70 and be ecstatic. I want to get to 80 and be overwhelmed with gratitude towards God for 4 score years of blessings. God is faithful. Trust Him with all your heart. He’ll never let you down.

Psalm 36:5

“Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.”

In the light of the  death of Phillip Hughes in a cricket accident, living life to the full takes on a whole new meaning. Life is fragile. Live this life as if you will reach 100. Give it all you’ve got. Take care of yourself, body, mind and spirit. If you end up ‘dying’ sooner, you’ll have just reached your ultimate destination earlier and with heaven in your sights, that’s not a bad thing at all. Live life intentionally!

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…I was going through my phone’s camera deleting photos. Some of them I couldn’t delete because they gave me pleasure….this was one…

Protea

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Why Divorce Is Not The End Of The World

8-06am

Mike & I have been married for 28 and a half years. It’s been an incredibly happy union of two people who are hugely different. Mike, 13 years (and 8 months) older than I, conservative, introvert, perfectionist, hard-working, non-people person. Enter Helga – young (I was 20 when we started dating – he was 34!), risk-taker, experimenter of hopeless business initiatives, extrovert, complete opposite of perfectionist – (whatever that is)…pretty laid back (working on not being lazy!) and a big people person. I was like (in my mind) a crazy, young filly that needed reigning in….I was chomping at the bit, ready to race in any wild direction, filled with mental ideas. Mike was completely dependable. Steady. Steadfast. Feet on the ground. Reliable. He was the ideal trainer for this young horse! No one told him, “she’s young, she’ll need patience, support her ridiculous ideas, let her mature a bit.” He just was patient, got behind me and just let me mature a bit. And I did.

I’ve always claimed that the way to a lasting marriage is when you both put God first, the other second and yourself third. A long marriage is going to mean sacrifice for a man and his bride.  I stand by that. But notice that I’ve said, ‘lasting’ marriage and not necessarily happy!

There are so many dynamics going on when it comes to marriage. I absolutely don’t claim to have all the answers.

Many times, I think it is hit and miss when love strikes and lasts.

If all Christians were happily married, I would claim that knowing Jesus is the answer to all good unions, but unfortunately, we are sinners. Jesus remains God and He makes the difference in our lives and relationships – if we let Him. Most times when things start unraveling, it’s because one of us (or both)  have taken back control, put our own feelings first, gone outside the Biblical boundaries for marriage and refused to put God first, the other second and ourselves third.  Sometimes there is a complete stalemate.

Cracked marriage egg

While God hates divorce and it’s not His best option for us, He allows it, never rejects us and loves us unconditionally, regardless of our marital status.

I’ve watched from the sidelines while a number of Christian marriages have crumbled and burned. It’s ugly and depressing. You can’t control people. You can only control your own response to people. You can choose to take offence or you can choose to disregard toxic comments.

Because I am happily married, I know people look at me and shake their heads and say, ‘you just don’t understand!’ They’re right. I don’t. 

But what I have seen over the last decade particularly, as I have watched people go through horrible divorces, is this: I’ve seen extremely hurt people, who need God’s love and healing more than ever before. Circumstances may not have turned out the way you expected; the way you dreamed; but there is one thing that remains the same regardless of how much your life disintegrates – God’s love for you does not change.

Here’s what I know for sure:

  • Your marital status does not define God’s love for you.
  • He wants you to be happy and fulfilled, married or not.
  • He wants a relationship with you.
  • He wants you to follow Him and do life the way He designed it.
  • His guidelines for life are found in the Bible.

This all applies, if you are happily married, if you are unhappily married, if you are single, if you are divorced, if you are gay.

You may feel the world and Christians  judge you. The only Person you need to be accountable to is God. Live your life as an open book before Him. Let Him be your moral Guide. See what happens.

Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.

You may feel your marriage is in tatters. This is not permission to get divorced. Do everything in your power to save your marriage, but if you have done everything and nothing has worked and  divorce happens, it’s not the end of the road.

God has more for you. When the tough times come, there is a verse that often comes to my mind:

Psalm 63:8

I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Whatever you are going through, God loves you and wants what’s best for you.

Keep the smile going!

Talking of marriage, Aldyth asked me to write a piece for the Beauty for Ashes website – it’s on things I have done that improved my marriage.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…I’ve grown up…

1988 – Mike, Helga & Stacey (aged 1)

Helga Mike Stacey 1988

2014

Mike and Helga 28th wedding anniversary

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Do This And It Will Change Your Life

2-32pm

25th November means Christmas is a month today. It’s difficult to get my head around this. For me, 2014 has been a spectacular year of adjustment….an interest journey of unwrapping a few of my outer layers to discover a bit more of what’s under there. Forgive me for harping on (again) about my leaving CCFm, but it flowed through my veins. I used to sit and ponder sometimes (a couple of years ago) as to how I would extract myself from CCFm. I was so ingrained there….part of the furniture…I couldn’t figure out how I could ever leave, so now to find myself  having left 6 months ago, sometimes I have to pinch myself. How did I do that? God’s grace! I’m so grateful to be so happy. I am relaxed, content and walking a new journey of self discovery.

When I was on air and getting up super early to pray (3-35am!!!!!! Gasp!), I used to promote starting the day with God so that I would be strengthened for this super important ministry in which I as involved.  I did also say that whether you were a president or a pauper, or anywhere in between,  to cope with life in the best possible way, get up earlier and meet with God. Well,  I’ve had 6 months of opportunity to ‘put my money where my mouth is.’ My super important job for these past few months included cleaning toilets, sanding woodwork, and other interesting activities!

Me in Mike's overalls

Cleaning the cottage before Dustin arrived – rejoicing over fitting into Mike’s overalls

I’ve had time to prove that, regardless of my station in life, to live life to the absolute fullest, happiest and most rewarding, connecting with my Creator before the day unfolds is the best way to go! I no longer have to get up at 3-35am. Most morning the alarm goes off at 4-50am.

And so one month before Christmas and just over 5 weeks until 2015 rings in, it’s time to do some planning. Here’s a challenge for you….to get up half an hour earlier, pray and  read through the entire Bible in one year.

Bible reading plan

Click on the link above and pick the One Year Bible reading plan. It takes about 15 minutes a day. I remember when I first started this. A lot of the Old Testament didn’t make too much sense. This year is the 8th year that I’ve read through the Bible in a year and I’m beginning to see how it all fits together…ok ok, I’m a slow learner!!! The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is that I get something out of reading the Bible EVERY SINGLE DAY. And every year I find verses that “I’ve never seen before!” I’ve read them before, but never picked up on some amazing truth that they hold.  It is my goal, by God’s grace, to read through the Bible every year until I die!

For many years, I used the reading plan from the website above, but now I used a specially designed Bible, that my brother bought for me.

One year Bible

It’s divided into days of the year and each day contains the readings for that day.

Bible open to 25th NovemberI’ve been using this for 3 years and it’s my plan to continue through 2015. Reading the Bible like this keeps me grounded. It feeds my soul. It reminds me of how to live right.

Are you up for the challenge?

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Just do it!

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…a reunion of my wonderful friends from Tuesday morning Breaking Free.

Tuesday morning Breaking Free group

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There Has To Be Some Self-Control

12-57pm

It doesn’t matter what kind of lifestyle you try to embrace, be it Banting or calorie counting or any type of weight-loss diet, there has to be some sort of self-control. I generally could be considered queen of food temptation. I would fall at the first hurdle. Put liquorice or chocolate inLiquorice-Twists-150g- my path and I struggle to resist it. This is at the forefront of my mind because last night Mike came home ‘with a surprise’…one of my biggest ‘dangerous’ weaknesses Woolworths liquorice.

I would have eaten all 5, except Mike had one. I gobbled them down, showing no signs of vague hesitation or restraint. Boom! Gone! And then I had the entire night to regret my lack of self-control. Every time I woke up, I tasted sugar in my mouth…my veins had to be full of it!

The interesting thing with me about carbs and sugar is that I don’t lose weight when I’m avoiding  them and I don’t gain weight when I am eating them.

BUT, I have to admit that when I am off them, I feel so much better. I think there are a few things to do to help with self-control.

1. Move the sugar from out of the house. When you get rid of all the junk food in your house such as biscuits, crackers, chips and cooldrink, you are removing temptation from your way. You can’t eat what’s not there, so get rid of it.

Biscuits crossed out2. Substitute good for bad. As Christmas approaches and the temptation rises to eat more treats, it’s time to get serious about substituting healthy ingredients for bad. If you have to make biscuits, use xylitol in place of sugar and almond flour in place of sugar. That will immediately improve the nutritional value of the treat.

3. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Get with the programme in keeping in tune with what your stomach says. Eat foods that will satisfy you, such as eggs and avocados. When you are full stop. This particular applies to ‘snacking’ kind of foods such as almonds….

Almonds

 

It’s easy to wolf down the whole packet!

4. Be aware of what you are eating. Even if you are Banting, calories count. Eating High Fat Low Carb is not a broad licence to over eat tons of cream, eggs and meat. A 300g steak has 750 calories. One avocado has 322 calories (and 17g carbs). Add 80 calories for a quarter cup of feta cheese and your avo and feta salad with a steak = 1000 calories on one meal. If you are not losing weight while Banting, it could be you are eating too many calories.

5. Get out and get moving. There has to be self-control in getting exercise as well. Instead of being a couch potato, start working those muscles. Exercise is not only about burning calories, it’s about strengthening muscles, loosening joints and stretching ligaments.

Find the balance in life. Enjoy a treat, but don’t go overboard. Have a ‘slack-attack’  but don’t make it a lifestyle. Aim for 80% self-control and 20% relaxing the rules a bit. And when you stumble, just get up the next day and start again!

Philippians 4:5

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;

Be reasonable!

Good reminder.

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…Red cappuccino with a friend…

Red cappuccino

 

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Sommer Blomme

1-52pm

It was unexpectedly cloudy and cool in Cape Town this morning. The to-do list was a walk up the mountain, but the cloud was low and this meant that all the lookout points would be in misty conditions. We went out for breakfast with this as the view…

Breakfast view Ellies DeliAnd then regardless of the cloud, we went up to Silvermine Reservoir and began a bit of a walk….

Start of the walk over the Silvermine reservoir bridgeThe plan was that we would walk to the point looking out over Noordhoek and then come back down again. It was quite misty and when we got to the turnoff, I just kept walking and we ended up doing the whole circuit…

Map my fitness routeIt was very misty, which meant there were no distant views, but it was perfect  overcast weather to take photos of the fynbos…there is so much of it and an amazing variety…it is quite funny, because I have very little knowledge of what all these flowers and plants are, so they get referred to by colour…yellow…so todays photos become, ‘sommer blomme’  – which I think I am translating the slang ‘some’  as ‘just’ flowers or maybe even a version of ‘summer’ flowers…I am open to (Hanno’s) correction! :-)  I’ll change it if it is supposed to be some other spelling!

YellowDusty Pink Ball flowers…

Fabulous pinkDelicate pink…

Pretty pinkFields of white…

Fields of whitePretty purple…

PurpleBeautiful blue…

Cornflower blueAha!!! One I DO know: SPECTACULAR PROTEAS!

Perfect proteas

A number of things struck me as we walked. So many times in the past, I have not taken photos of the flora because I’ve been so interested in the view…how high we are and how far we are. As a result I have missed all that is going on right in front of me.  With all the mist today, the flowers became a focal point. I was also wide-eyed at the variety…all so different, so beautiful and so unique….just like each of us. And, all made by God for OUR pleasure!

Luke 12:27 (Jesus speaking)…

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”

It was quite a magnificent display. We enjoyed the walk back down the mountain through the cloud…

Road through the cloud

And got back just before it rained.

I had put meat in the slow cooker and so our Sunday lunch was ready on our return. Now lunch is over, the Davis cup is on and in a short while, I’ll take my brother to the airport and he’ll head back to Johannesburg. Another fabulous weekend comes to an end.

Grand new week begins.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…there is my favourite photo of the morning…stark beauty in old age…

King proteas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avocado and Bacon Salad

10-30am

My Saturday Banting recipe has only a few ingredients, is uber easy, very quick and delicious! I saw this recipe in a magazine, but didn’t have all their suggested ingredients so I adapted it and it turned out pretty darn good!

Ingredients:

  • 250g bacon, chopped
  • 2 avocado pears
  • 1/4 cup of garlic wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Method:

  • Chop and fry the bacon in butter, until cooked.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add the garlic wine vinegar and olive oil to the bacon.
  • Quarter the avocado pear and add to the bacon mixture.
  • Leave it to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Blending avo and baconSprinkle a quarter of a cup of shredded coconut over the top with ground pepper.
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce.

Complete with coconut and ground pepperIt was REALLY good and REALLY easy!

Win-Win!

Genesis 1:29

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

And they still are!

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic … as we cruise towards the end of my birthday month, I’m still enjoying a few little treats…1964 was a GOOD YEAR!

The Hussar Grill

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Trouble with Truffles

3-18pm

My dear Truffles!

Truffles inspecting the newly painted roof

She has been a bit poorly of late. She has lost weight and she has been acting suspiciously. She has been strangely thirsty and very clingy. Most nights she sleeps very close to me. She has to have some contact, so she will sleep on my back if I’m lying on my stomach. If I roll over (and she falls off), she’ll climb on my hip and go back to sleep! And worst of all, she has been eating between a third and half of what she usually eats. Yesterday, I had lunch with good friends Trish and Bevan…

Trish and Bevan

Trish has much experience with cats. When I told her I was worried about Truffs, she asked me a few questions and I found myself saying, ‘yes’ to all of them. Truffles is of the age now, where she could develop some kidney issues. She seemed to have all the right symptoms. Right there and then, I called the vet and made an appointment! This morning, Truffles skipped breakfast and snuggled up in my bed and stayed there until about 8-20am. Our appointment was at 8-40am. She went downstairs and was about to head out the window, when I grabbed her…”not so fast”….I put her in her box and off we went to the vet, with her meowing piteously…

VetThe vet examined her and tried to get some urine out of her, but Truffles wouldn’t co-operate. After hearing all her symptoms, she decided to keep her for blood tests, so that’s what she did. After 12, I received the call to say that the good news is that Truffles does NOT have kidney disease…that she can pick up anyway, but it seems she has a bit of a virus. She gave her a Vitamin B injection and de-flea’ed her and dewormed her. She was very happy to see me…and looked a lot brighter….

Truffles take me homeAs soon as we got home, I fed her and she almost ate all her food. Then she hopped over the wall and tried to rub the defleaing stuff off…

Truffles rollingAnd that’s where she probably has stayed. Happy to be home. I’m happy she’s okay. I’ll definitely keep a close eye on her.

My brother comes this evening for the weekend, so I have a few activities planned.

This morning, I was reminded of Psalm 29:10-11

“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.”

What wonderful words. Sometimes in life things happen that are entirely out of your control – perhaps your house gets burgled or your car stolen; perhaps someone drive into your car or you get sick (or your cat does), or maybe the weather goes crazy and your home is flooded out. Things all around you may seem to be falling apart BUT GOD has not abandoned you. He has not lost control. He sits enthroned over the flood. He has His hand on all that is happening in your life. He is enthroned as King forever. You may not understand why things are going wrong or why God is allowing things to happen, but you keep trusting Him. He gives strength to His people and that’s YOU! Through all the trials of life, through all the storms and unexpected interruptions, not only will God give you strength but He will bless His people with strength. 

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…small things…I got a pair of tackies from Heidi for R50…

TackiesWin!

 

 

 

 

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Fish Hoek Fire Pictures

11-05am

Yesterday, a blaze of note swept across the Fish Hoek mountain side. It began in Glencairn and with a stiff south-easterly wind blowing, it moved over the mountain towards the top row of Fish Hoek houses. It always amazes me that something so pretty and seemingly innocuous….

Candle….can become so destructive…

Photo by Rene Maritz

Photo by Rene Maritz

From all over the valley, the scene looked devastating…

Photo by David van Niekerk

Photo by David van Niekerk

The heroes of the day had to be the Fish Hoek (and Cape Town) fire service. Apparently there were more than 200 firefighters and 3 helicopters. Some had come straight from fighting another fire in the District 6 area. As you can see from this photo, the fire came down the mountain threatening homes and scaring residents.

Don Sayers

Photo by Don Sayers

Homeowners and tenants were warned to remove any valuables, evacuating homes and removing pets…

Heroes - photo from Neil Smith

Photo by Neil Smith

The helicopters were hard at work…

Photo by Heidi Straw

Photo by Heidi Straw

Backwards and forwards they went…collecting water to dump on the flames…

Photo by Rene Maritz

Photo by Rene Maritz

Flying through smokey conditions…

Photo from Ingrid Kilgour

Photo by Rene Maritz

Which looked both spectacular and dangerous…

Photo by Aly Ison

Photo by Aly Ison

Their job was effective…

Rene Martiz fire photo 6

Photo by Rene Maritz

And of course, the helicopters had to refuel…this is at the Glencairn fields…

Photo from Keith Robbertze

Photo from Keith Robbertze

The fire was devastating razing thousands of square metres of land, causing great plumes of black smoke to descend over the valley, bring with it showers of ash…

Photo from Alison Kleinhans

Photo from Alison Kleinhans

The flames were high and fierce…

Photo by Rene Maritz

Photo by Rene Maritz

Charred remains left behind …

Photo by Rene Maritz

Photo by Rene Maritz

Fire sweeping up the mountain…

Photo by Valerie-Gail Markowski

Photo by Valerie-Gail Markowski

This morning, the helicopters were out again by about 6am. The fire had burned throughout the night, but it seems no houses were in danger. I notice there is still smoke pouring off one part of the mountain, but it doesn’t seem near a residential area. Every now and again, we hear a siren or helicopter, but it appears that the fire is under control.

The heroes of the day have to be the helicopter pilots and their ground team…

Cape Town fire and rescue

Photo by Rene Maritz

Thanks to all the fabulous Fish Hoek photographers for capturing some amazing pictures.

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

I hope we have seen the back of it.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic….Mike had a check up this morning…this was his sms…

Mike's all clear screen shot

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Everyday Goals

3-37pm

Gearing up for the next 25 years! There is a saying that goes, ‘I do today what others won’t, so I can do tomorrow what others can’t.’  It’s easy to be afraid of the future and to delay focusing on the distant future due to its uncertainty. I have decided to focus far. Let me be 75 right now and look back at what 50 looked like. As a 75 year old, what would I like to have done at 50 that will benefit me today, aged 75?  What can I do today that will benefit me in 25 years time? Everyday, I can try and do something that will benefit my future.

1. Spiritually

Pray! Read the Bible. Keep in touch with God. Meet with like-minded people. Spur one another on. I will be an ‘eternity thinker’. I’ll focus on what really matters.

My Bible

2. Physically

Exercise. There is a line between doing too much and doing too little exercise. The idea is to find a happy middle road, where I keep active every day and exercise properly a few times a week. Stretch, walk, remain flexible, keep strong.

Rest. Get enough sleep, but be disciplined enough to get up and get moving!

Eat. Focus on what is healthy. The right food for the long haul. But don’t be ridiculous. Food is one of life’s big enjoyments. Treats are okay, as long as they are just that: treats – from time to time, not from hour to hour!

Drink. Water is the elixir of life. 8 glasses a day is good!

Ice water with fresh mint

3. Socially.

I’ll love and appreciate my family. I will strive to keep the ‘royal’ commandment. James 2:8

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

I’ll keep my friends and make new ones.

Friends

4. Mentally.

Make that brain work! Thank you Sporcle for many hours of tracing new neural pathways. Keep the Scrabble going. As for codewords…I will continue to love them..Last codewordWork. Whatever my hands find to do, do it with all my might.

Everyday, I will smile more than frown. I will laugh more than cry. I will be happy more than sad.

If I can achieve THESE goals, every day, what a happy life I will have.

Quite a challenge, but as a 75 year old, when I look back at 50 and have done all these things, I can imagine I’ll be healthy, fit, fabulous, friendly and happy!

I do today what others won’t, so I can do tomorrow what others can’t.

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…..Today, I’ve been out with my friend Lynda – this time to the Winelands.  A wonderful day. Yesterday, I enjoyed chai latte with my Friday friends.

Chai Latte

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Probably The Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Seen!

1-42pm

I think I could describe my experience yesterday as absolutely surreal. It was weird in the extreme, seeing what I saw in the Mariner’s Wharf car park.

It all began on a lovely sunny Monday, when I met with my friend Lynda (who I know from nursing 30 years ago!). She now lives in the US and is here on holiday, so this week I get to spend a couple of days with her! Yeah! We went to Mariner’s Wharf for lunch…it’s beautiful there…

From Mariners wharfThere is a dress code at Mariner’s Wharf….who knows what would happen if you took away the NOs…

Take away the no and who knows what will happenLOL! But that’s not my story. Lynda and I had a wonderful lunch…

Lynda and HelgaMy story is actually what happened after we left the restaurant and returned to the car park. I didn’t take any photos. If only I had a video running – that would have worked to show you the bizarre-ness of my experience.

The car park next to Mariner’s Wharf is large and in front of the sea. A lot of cars park in front of the sea. And, a lot of cars park on the other side of the car park in front of the road. When those are both full, a number of cars create a line down the middle of the car park. We were meandering back to my car. A few people were in the car park. Some arriving. Some leaving. As we approached my car, I saw a car reversing. To my astonishment, I noticed there was no driver. The car was empty, yet it was reversing in a perfect arc, as you would when you reverse out of parking spot. As it moved, the angle of the light changed and I couldn’t see through the driver’s window. “Ah, ” I thought, “perhaps this is a very short person.” The car stopped and then very slowly started moving forward. I stood and watched. It was bizarre to the extreme. Surreal, in fact. This car had just reversed and was now moving forward and on closer inspection, it was absolutely empty! There was no driver, no passengers. The car was empty and yet it had reversed and was now moving forward. All this happened in what seemed like slow motion and yet it was over in a few moments. The car moved slowly forward, did not take the bend  to exit the car park, continued straight and very gently bumped into a car 2 cars away from mine! As it did that, a lady came from the other side of where it had stopped and said, “Did you see that?” “I did!” I exclaimed, “How weird was that?” “I know,” she replied, “I thought maybe it was a left hand drive and then I saw there was no on in it!” I asked where  it had been parked. She said in the line down the middle. The man with her looked inside the car and saw the handbrake was off. We surmised that with a gust of wind, the car started rolling back. Perhaps the steering wheel had been at an angle, allowing it to ‘reverse’ in an arc. Then, just as if it was controlled remotely, it straightened up and gently rolled toward the sea side of the car park, stopping only when it hit a parked car.

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It was the STRANGEST thing….seeing this car ‘driving’ itself. I’ll never forget the feeling of that sight. It was like I was suspended in a moment of time, and my eyes were playing tricks on me.

It is strange for 2014, but it maybe a common sight in the future….if Google has its way

Such a cute car….made me think of Noddy!

And so that is my weirdo car story from yesterday! Probably the strangest thing I’ve ever seen!

I am sure that if I could ask the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel what the strangest thing is he every saw, he’d refer to his account in Ezekiel 37. God showed Ezekiel a graveyard – a vast number of human bones, old and dried out. Verse 3:

He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

God asked the question to find out how Ezekiel would reply. His answer was as filled with faith as it could be at the time. In hindsight the answer should have been, “Absolutely Lord, with You ALL things are possible!”

God will be faithful to His promises. Be excessive in your confidence in Him!

God bless you extravagantly!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…5 weeks, 2 days until Christmas…

Christmas time

 

 

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