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Looking Back in Thankfulness

the 30 life Principles is where it all really began for Nasieinspirasie (afrikaans: inspiration for the nation). it was the year of my 30th birthday and I celebrate I would share the life lessons and cuts I experienced thus far... these principles are so precious to me as I believe it not only builds us (through God's Word and God's Spirit), but it PROTECTS us (our hearts) from the nagging, unnecessary leaks of life. Hence the name; WATERPROOF Principles. 

After the Principles were completed, I did not want to stop writing and thought I would start interviewing people... My first ever interview is one I will never forget and that was the interview with Willie, The Fudge Man. He has been selling his Fudge at the traffic light/road in our neighbourhood. Each bag he sells has a printed bible verse included with the fudge which he says is his baking powder... He really had an inspiring story and I felt greatly encouraged to share and keep sharing other people's storie…

Sthopper Movie Review : Leading Lady

Leading Lady : Film Review
Directed by : Henk Pretorius (Fanie’s labolla, Bakgat) Cast: Katie McGrath, Bok van Blerk, Gil Bellows, Brumulda van Rensburg, Craig Palm, Mary Tswala, Eduan Van Jaarsveldt , Andre Stolz, Ilze du Plooy, Jana Strydom Music by: Benjamin Willem Produced by: Dark Matter Genre:  Romantic comedy Jodi Rutherford is a British teacher (McGrath) aspiring to be an actress. In her preparing for a role in a major film she approach Kobus Willemse (van Blerk) a boer from Brandfordt to help her preparing for this role as an Afrikaans war heroine. In return she needs to arrange and direct the annual concert on the Willemse farm.
This film was filled with cross culture humor and funny antics of the local community and main characters. Although the film’s story line was predictable the wonderful cast, excellent acting and the most beautiful scenes/ery overshadowed the predictable storyline and making it a big success. A very well written, funny and sassy dialog that keeps the audienc…

Confessions of a Teenager

Hi there NasieInspirasie Readers! This month NasieInspirasie interviewed two Teenagers; kind enough to share their hearts and thoughts during this busy time with their end year exams!
Now I don't know if you remember what it was like being a teenager...sometimes misunderstood not only by those you were surrounded with, but also soaking in the season of discovering and understanding who you were!
So Here Goes!

                  UMYA CROUKAMP
Q1: What would you say are the challenges teenagers face today? (Christian and non-christian teenagers - all teenagers) 
"I personally think some of the biggest challenges a teenager faces is getting mixed up with the wrong friends that have a bad influence on you. This can lead you to dangerous activities for example the use of drugs and alcohol...maybe having a boyfriend and not acting your age in the relationship. Also the pressures of trying to fit in and trying to be popular."
Q2: How do you as a christian teenager cope or counter-act t…

Love and Colour with Creative Cookie

Mari Williams resides in Dana bay in the Western Cape. Happily married and mother of two boys. She started baking and creating just for the love of it and soon neighbors and friends started ordering her beautiful and very tasty creations!
This month she is sharing her YUM red velvet recipe with us! Stay connected by liking her Page on Facebook; Creative Cookie

Va-Va Velvet!
Red Velvet is one of those cakes that you either love or hate.  Originally, Red Velvet Cake got its red colour from the juice of boiled beets, yuck!  Personally, I don’t much care for the taste of the beetroot in the cake, so I use red food colouring. But that is my personal opinion; they say that the beetroot juice adds to the moistness of the cake.  Just for fun, I have also made Green velvet and Blue velvet.  I am seriously considering doing orange next….
I made some cuppies for an order recently and thought to share my recipe with you.
Ingredients: 1 ½ Cup Suga…

Risk to Live. Risk to Love

“He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag. (Luke 19:26 MSG)
We only have today We only have now What is it about now that you HAVE? Would you give it away...?
That precious thing The heart of all you are
When we are young we tend to love foolishly. all over the place. no boundaries or caution in sight.
a Few knocks and drops; some of us bent INTO shape  others bent and broken OUT of shape...
Trust Wins.
God is the only safe refuge for a broken heart. All other hands will drop it, break it, damage that unprotected, foolish heart.
When we accept that we are Loved. There. in Him. we are free to love the brokenness around us. Love it all back to health.
If each heart on this planet loved from a place of The Trusted Refuge God is...this would be a better place.
I loved Life But was very disappointed by the loss of it. if you've lost loved ones through death or separation you'll understand this
At my lowest God gave me a …

In Christ - with Charl van der Walt

In ChristMy wish for everyone that will read this blog post is that they would receive a fresh perspective of what it means to be united with Abba Father.The mystery that was hidden for ages or the meaning of life which is the so called fountain of youth or Eldorado (city of gold) has been discovered. The answer is… you and the entire cosmos is mystically united with God in Christ. You are loved and accepted just the way you are. Nothing that you can or can’t do can undo what Love made possible on a ‘tree’.  Your thoughts, actions and feelings do not determine the answer and the answer is not determined by your efforts. The answer is and forever will be… available to all. You can stop searching for the purpose of life (whatever that may look like for you) for the mystery or ‘secret’ is that you don’t have to do anything to unite yourself with the Creator. The Creator did everything to unite Himself with humanity. Mankind is united with God. Grace is the beauty of the Gospel (Good news…

Finding Voice

We all, at one point or another, overstep some boundaries in search of ourselves. When you're on a quest finding your way in this upside down system/world we live in, and you do overstep here and there ~ life will quickly knock you back into place. This is our time to find Voice. To take a time-out and re-asses the way we have been going about. Either you were wrong or the current world system (or whatever you have put your trust in) has failed you (or both :) whichever way your cookie crumbled...this is a good place to stop and find Voice.

We are not a people accidentally banged (the big bang...) into being...look at nature. Perfectly designed and created. As are we.

When we were kids, we knew exactly what we wanted and when we wanted it. We weren't afraid to say it, live it, or dream it. Nothing was impossible. We live in a society of conformity and tradition and all that makes us feel safe and comfortable. Creatures of habit.

Dreams go beyond the borders of safety...


Sthopper Bookreview

The Judas Goat How to deal with false friendships, betrayals and the temptation not to forgive By Perry Stone bestselling author and international Evangelist
It is a strange title to for a book but seen in the light of our spiritual Hebrew roots it’s  a very just and suitable title. This is a thought provoking book about the enemy’s strategies to destroy relationships in your personal life and the Body of Christ by false friendships and betrayals and not to forgive harms you more than the person that causes the pain and betrayal. It’s explained in the book that a Judas goat is a real goat that exist and he practically lives with sheep and at the end he is used to lead the sheep to the slaughterhouse. The book equips you to make the link between how to identify the Judas goats and deal with them and the hurt they caused. I personally like the writer’s vast knowledge of Jewish traditions and language. Throughout the book he explains what words mean in Hebrew and sometimes in Greek. It opens up…

DIY with Creative Cookie

Great Crates
I have two busy boys and as with all kids, loads of “stuff” is always accumulated.  Some things are just plain junk, but then there are other things that will always have value in our house.  One of those things is books.  The need arose for some sort of bookshelf, the one we had been using up to now, was becoming cramped and the books were suffering because of it J
So instead of going out and just buying a bookshelf, I wanted to use something different, something recycled and most importantly, something the boys could help with. 
I was able to buy old wooden cold drink crates from a second-hand shop and then the fun began….
They were full of cobwebs so we gave them a wash and put in the sun to dry.....then we sanded them all over, every nook and cranny.  We then painted 2 coats of white paint, sanding in-between each coat to ensure a smooth finish.  Finally, they got 1 coat of colour.  Once dry we sanded over the colour letting the white paint on the bottom show through…

In His Rest

Welcome to NasieInspirasie!
The goal is to inspire through the seemingly little. God saw a King in David when his brothers and family saw a pip-squeeck,  a nobody... God looks at the heart.
The word in James teaches us that  a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire! NasieInspirasie is about bringing what you have, bring what you have been given, and keep the fire burning.
This month we have a special guest, Louise. She is delving into and exploring the topic of God's Rest.
Be Blessed, Be Inspired!

Dear friend,
The Word of God is full of hidden treasures.  We must learn to understand the keys to give us a clear  understanding of the Word of God. Proverbs 25:2 tells us
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the  honor of kings is to search out a matter.
Before we can go any further we have to realize that every  Word in His Word has a special message and  that every word has a ‘mother word’ from which it originates.  For example, the word David in Hebrew means  ‘beloved…

with Love from Kenya

Live a grateful life
One can soon forget what it means to be healthy, until one day when you really feel under the weather. Soon we forget the needy or even how it felt when we were in that same situation, when we have more than enough. Sometimes we even take the meal we are about to eat for granted. Clean drinkable water James 1:17 reminds us “Every good gift and every perfect (free,large,full) gift  is from above, it comes down from the Father of all light,  in Whom there can be no variation of shadow cast by his turning.” Not one thing we receive comes from any place else than God himself.
We sometimes forget that.
Yes, we all have different situations, but that doesn’t mean  we don’t need to be grateful even if we feel we are in a bad spot  or have a bad day, or endure a great deal of pain somewhere in our body. You are alive! Forever! And that is a great way to start your day.  To live by 2 Corinthians 9:15 “Now thanks be to God for His gift, beyond telling  (His indescribable, inexpressible fre…