Word from the kitchen — suffering

I love the Rocky movies, all of them! They have strong life lessons and amazing quotes, one of my favorites — “Ain’t nothing gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done”

Life can sure throw punches. Sometimes they hit you right in your core, leaving you breathless and stunned. We can have all the support of friends and family and that is no small thing, believe me, but there is a sense in which you and you alone will have to take the step, make the decision and live life. No one can do that for you.

I hate to wish bad things on my children, but I hope they get the privilege someday of having no one to lean on but God. It changes a person. It sure changed me.

It was on my long journey through many struggles that I one day came to the end of my road. The end of my preconceived ideas, the end of my resources.

It was on that road that I exchanged the God I wanted for the God who is. He didn’t offer me any quick fixes or easy steps, in fact there wasn’t any immediate relief.

He held out His hand, He offered Himself. I walked with Him,  I talked and listened to Him and my suffering turned into endurance. I learned about character and faith and pretty soon it produced hope. I now know that no amount of suffering can ever take that hope from me!


Word from the kitchen — poem

afvlerk kind

gekneus gebreek verbind
die afvlerk kind
donker swart nagte
‘n uitgerekte reenlose vlakte
daar hoor ek Jou stem
daar fluister ek Jou Naam