Prayer Letter

Followers of Christ, we in for the long run. Love the Lord!
It’s about how good God is! Its not about how good the Church is!
We are family .Whether Guilty or not of whatever transgression, I love you, pray for you, sing for you, Wage war in the heavenly realms for you. Trusting that in all things, God will work all things together for the good of those called according to His purpose.

We have a wonderful councilor a prince of peace at our side. Use HIS 24 hour support. Download his Grace install it in your inner most being. Let it go viral transforming your entire being! From time to time scan all your memory the only way to security is every thought in captivity.

Network,benchmark, share strengths and weaknesses. Bring Hope to one another, Share testimonies of Gods goodness, Love one another. Let the children follow you as You follow God and turn their eyes towards Jesus so even if you loose your way they know who to follow.
Tire not of repentance God’s discipline is so close to His love sometimes I can’t tell them apart.

Fall into His everlasting arms and let Him wrap you up in True Love Healing and Pick you up and teach you what the Good Life is all about.

You may loose sight of the Main frame and get lost in hand held devices and their distractions and many apps. Stop! Take time to let business be your servant rather than your master. Then take time to be a servant to the least to get the slightest understanding of what Christ has done us.

Pray! never stop! keep your eyes open! God is busy. Be busy there with Him doing only what he says you must do. Don’t be a servant of what you think you should do. Do the word obey the Spirit Incline your heart in whatever you do to pleasing God.

Then even when we do it wrong an miss the Joy God planned for us. God will choose to ignore the wrong we did and attribute the attitude of our Heart as worship in Spirit and Truth. And the fruit will be there in and out of season because the Root is deep the connection is guaranteed nothing can SEPARATE US FROM HIS LOVE

SIGNED

your novice servant
Neil

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Every Little Thing to The Glory of the One who made me

I will start with a Steven Curtis Chapman quote & End with one:

” I want to Love you with my Life”

This song I have sung many times & always has memories of the Central Baptist Singing group we had when I was in High school.

I have been on a journey discovering what this means ever since I first sung it from my Heart.

At times it seemed easier to do in a “Church” environment and at one stage in Matric I was convinced God would deliver me from the Secular world to serve Him “Full Time”

Instead I found he lead me to:

Sing  and Play music in Bars & Clubs.

Be a Husband & Father of 4 Boys

Pursue a Career as a CA(SA) in a  Family Audit Firm

Be a Financial Manager in the Food Wholesale environment

And now for the New Chapter at Bidvest Steiner.

But it was not what I did that mattered.

On many occasions I wondered why am I doing this or that? 

Till instead I started asking Lord can you show me how I can do whatever task at hand in a way as to bring You Glory!

I found this very meaningful and it turned the normally mundane tasks into something beautiful.

And I end with the second SCC quote:

“As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you,
To do
Every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

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Pressing on towards the prize

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Empty Cup

 

The reason to rise early

The cause to decipline

The object of desire

That presses them to win

The hope before the vision

The glory of the day

 Raise it up

Shiny empty cup

 

Chorus

Is it enough

Shiny empty cup

A great story

Oh the Glory

Was our work in vain

What will remain of glory & fame

Who can fill it up

Empty cup empty cup

 

Verse 2

Those endless wasted weekends

Those celebrations missed

Can you even comprehend?

The cost of the silverware you kissed

Your focus was enough

Your vision it was clear

It’s just the emptiness of loneliness

That’s ringing in your ear

Bridge

In the end these things remain

Faith Hope and Love

Yes this is enough

To fill an empty cup

To make it overflow

To make a different story

For a greater glory

Yes I know

His overflow

 

Final chorus

Yes there’s enough

To fill a Shiny empty cup

The overflow is His story

Oh the Glory

No our work is not in vain

It’s in His name

Lord won’t you fill it up

This Empty cup, this empty cup

Make it more than enough

A vessel of your LOVE

 

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Depression Lesson

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FAITH HOPE & LOVE

 

I have always felt that Hope was the message God had given me to share. I wrote my Hope Poem in 1994 shortly after leaving school when I surrendered to Gods leading me to Study accounting even though I told Him I’d be a great Youth leader.

Some 20 years later I read the same poem & ponder at the path I have walked since.

Surely my boundaries have fallen in pleasant places. But I often ponder those few years. Honours was the worst 3years of my life. Failure, tiredness and depression were emotions I expressed to extremes.

What was it about? Have I learn’t my Lesson? What were they?

I still haven’t a clue but after loosing my Job, hurting my wife, having to return with her to living a  dependent on my Mom & Dad & still not achieving my CA(SA). All I have to offer is the resounding words of those who loved me:

My Grandmother:

One thing I do know, God never changes, He does exist and He does care

My Father:

Sink into your deepest fears and know even when you in your deepest despair underneath you are God’s everlasting Arms

My Wife

I don’t care what I have to do I just want you well again

My Mom:

This I know nothing no nothing can separate you from the Love of God

God:

Neil you are no one’s Big disappointment. You are my project and I never Fail  

When His Love breaks through you know the past is the past the present is in His presence perfect No matter what you put your hands to. The future is full of Hope & Love will see you through whatever curve ball’s this world can throw at you.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

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OCFD (Obsessive Compulsive Fishing Disorder)

Of Fishing and its benefits

 

The tackle tied the bait prepared; I go to sleep anticipating an early start with fisherman Tai.

What is fishing all about?

We Invest in Bait, tackle & then our time for what? The hope of an edible fish? I don’t even particularly enjoy eating fish though Fresh Shad, Perch or Salmon cooked in batter on the skottle the day it’s taken out the water is something I have learnt to enjoy .

I had never been a real keen fisherman till Keith Langton & Alan Mitchell had shown us how. They have the gift. In one weekend at St Lucia under Alan’s guidance, and careful selection of fishing spots I caught 24 fish my personal record (If 5 were edible it was a lot)It included 2 grunter just under pan size of 400mm. In an Oribi holiday I took younger cuzzies fishing & was proud to see Nathan Langton catch his first fish. And will never forget hooking a 3 pound Bass even while Matt Langton was splashing in the water at Syd’s windmill dam. The next day Keith Langton showed up and showed us how to do it properly! 24 bass were transferred from Syd’s to Geoff’s dam that day in just a few hours of fishing.

 

Before Tai’s birth I had not fished for 7 years only broken by a 1hour session off the rocks at Leisure bay where Shad literally hooked themselves & after catching 2 in 4 casts I decided I’d caught more than I could eat. Tai is a born fisherman thanks to Keith teaching him at 3 to catch his first fish, a record bettered by Stephen who hooked his first at 2.

At First fishing for me was about :

1)      Quality time with my boys

Snaggles & Tackle lost on rocks never seems to bring despair. No there is always hope. No matter how much we stink when we return there is always Love when we return. Joy at the showing of the tiny catch caught. And patience for the story telling of well the one that got away. And oh what stories they are! I wish people would still teach the skill of telling stories well the Colin Langton way

2)      A most relaxing sport

As I watch the tide come in and out and the sun slowly rise in the distance, I am in awe of the Creator and the beauty of His creation. I start singing and well could’t really care if the fish bite or not.

3)      A most awesome way of meeting people

I have met people I never would have crossed paths with were it not for fishing. Mike Bruno & Kevin helped me catch my biggest fish, a Salmon off the rocks in front of the South coast casino. Ryan Richmond shared his love of Fishing & next thing we were sharing a weekend in Salt rock with his lovely family. The Big one got away so alas he did not win the competition, but I got to share the love of fishing using his left over bonito Tuna as bait with every kid who cared to enquire. Tiny hooks and tiny fish, but oh the Joy and excitement and what a fun Fathers day Sunday.

Well it would seem sometimes the side effects justify the investment.

Stories, Memories, Beauty are some of these. And if in the end we, like Peter, catch nothing for all our trying. There is always the HOPE!

 

That Jesus will show up and teach us something new, we would never have thought of trying: Like casting nets on the other side. Then what abundance and what grace we’ll experience. Topped off only by abandoning our boat full of fish (that which we thought we desired) to sit and share a simple meal with Jesus (God’s ultimate plan relationship restored)

 

And as we sit and talk and listen & eat. Who know maybe we’ll catch just a glimpse of the plan He has for us & the love He has for simple fishermen & all mankind

 

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Casting my burdens

What a week last week was:

Highlights:

Aaron came to me Thusday 27/6 and said “Dad last night I was washing my hands and on my way to bed I prayed and gave my heart to Jesus. I climbed in bed and slept so well”

There was a party in heaven & I missed it but I’m still celebrating the after partya!

He proceeded to sit next to his brother Stephen & share His testimony and offer to lead His brother to the Lord in prayer, with warnings not to peep during the prayer. What a prayer it was too. Wow what I would have done for a camera or a recorder or video camera.

Composing 3 awesome songs in 3 weeks .

 

Low Lights

Been told by my boss when I returned from Holiday club: “ What happened to you! Why you so late! Don’t tell me you sent me the wrong dates. I would never have approved your involvement if I knew it was this week!” We have yearend & Internal Auditors till 5th July

Having my wife phone me Friday, in protest at my over focus with other things, and neglect of loving her during a week where I am guilty as charged.

 

And now I sit signing a million rands worth of recons off for payments due today, knowing once again I have left my wife to wake alone in bed and have the risk of kids waking too early if they see the little light on. I know full well year end was yesterday & my work begins now more than ever.

My Hope: a weekend away at Leisure bay before me.

The Highlights & Low lights of last week behind me

I hear the voice of Lee Morgan singing at my 30th: “With perseverance and endurance He’ll complete the race and see Gods face”

What a prophetic Woman

So I take out my fishing rod of faith. Put on a big sinker & Hook attach all my worries & cares bind them loosely as possible. Take a big stride and cast them as far as I can into the See of Gods Grace set the rod on the stand. Leave it there as long as I can & trust that God will do what he can so that when I reel it in at the end of a challenging week. I will find something that brings Him Glory attached to the end. JOY! Oh what Joy!.

But now I must sneak back to bed and hope my wife only finds out I was up by reading this blog

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X Factor Theme Song

Wecome to the Planet

Today is your day

It’s time to Play

It’s wired in in Your DNA

Forget the Billboards

Forget the Lies they Sell

I tell you whats true

You meant to be perfectly U

 

X Factor the makers Design

X Factor Just wait in His time

X Factor You gonna Shine

X factor take it to Xtremes

X factor follow His dreams

X Factor you Know what I mean

 

They Say you need to change

Go ahead tell them they strange

Who needs another clone

When you a brand of your own

Let them see

You & your testimony

 

I’ll Like you on Facebook

I May even Comment

What a Beauty

 

But it’s not about what I Say

God Loves you all the way

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