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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (15) and Angelee (12) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

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27 April 2010

Inspiring Testimony

Just the other day, a dear new friend of mine sent me the following testimony. It spoke so much to my heart that I asked her if I could share it with you. Here is Seantele's amazing encounter ...

"I read your post from the other day about love and living as Jesus did...putting ourselves in the path of others...etc. I had to share an amazing experience that happened a couple of weeks ago. Over the last year or so, I have really been taking a look at my life and how I am or am not impacting others and showing love. I think often of that song..."If we are the body….why aren't his hands healing...." So, I'm out running errands and had to wait to go back and pick up my dog from the groomer because it's too far from home to not just stay in that area. I go into a Starbucks and decide to stay a while and prepare some things I had to mail. I had a little Bible because I needed to reference a couple of scriptures I was including with something I was mailing. When I walked in I noticed a man in a corner and knew there would be some encounter with him. He was staring into space and did not even respond when his order came up...sitting there for another 10+ min; I sensed he was in great pain and needed the touch of God in his life desperately. He was an older gentleman...I went to the restroom and when I came out, he had moved closer to where I was sitting. I began praying for him silently to myself and wondered "God...what is going on..." Then John 10:10 came to me and I sensed again I would be talking to this man. He was still staring off and behaving quite strangely. I got up to move closer to the window and he looked at me...at my Bible, and then asked if I had a moment. He started talking and he was saying things that sounded crazy...yet I knew at the same time he was coherent. He said something vulgar/sexual and behaved like a typical pervert. I told him he was inappropriate and dismissed myself. When I got to my car, however, as I turned the key...I could not leave. I was filled with compassion and knew that he needed deliverance...that his soul was more important than my being offended by his behavior. I got out of the car & went back and he was sitting outside at this point. I went up to him and I said...."Douglas, do you know Jesus?...Where is your heart?" I told him he was very inappropriate, but that I did not believe that was the real Douglas and that I sensed he was a man in great pain and that God wanted to change his life forever." I prayed with him...he took my hand and I led him in prayer...and prayed that he would begin living in the abundance God had for him...for his mind...the clutter to be gone...that he would be instrumental in leading many others to Christ because of what God was doing in his life that day. He did not say one more perverted thing....his demeanor changed....and I watched Jesus touch his life that day. I don't know where he is Janine...but the love and power of God flooded that corner that day and I believe Douglas will never be the same. When we as Christians look beyond those that we feel we have a right to move away from because of the things they say/do…because they seem like they are just so far gone…because they offend us….or because it requires we move out of our comfort zone… or whatever; and we truly walk in the same love/compassion Jesus did we will begin to see amazing things happen. In the last months I have had a couple of other opportunities….we don’t have to look far…they are all around us. When I saw your post I couldn’t agree more and thought I would share. J God did something for Douglas and for me that day."

May you and I also keep our eyes open to see the opportunities He has laid before us to be a witness of His life, light and freedom!

All my love,

Janine

25 April 2010

Getting Practical

Last post I shared my heart about "getting our hands dirty" when it comes to being a witness for Christ. Well today, as a family we jumped in boots and all as they say :) Here in Port Elizabeth, our city hosts the annual "Iron Man" event. It's an extreme sporting event run world wide for tri-athletes. Talk about a race of endurance!!! It requires a 3.8 km swim in the ocean followed by a 180 km cycle and ends off with a 42 km run. Can you even wrap your brain around that?! Quite a few of our friends in our church family are Iron man athletes who competed again today. This year our church family decided to get pro active and host a prayer event just prior to the event for any athletes needing prayer and encouragement and on race day (today) we set up a "cheering station" in one of the deadest parts of the race to encourage the athletes on. We pitched up as families with posters with words of encouragement from the Bible, Christian music blaring, glow in the dark torches, shakers and loud voices to cheer the athletes on. I was so blessed to see my two little girls holding up their banner declaring "You can do all things through Jesus who strengthens you!" and encouraging these men and woman in their race. What a privilege to pray for those who stopped along the way asking us to pray them through their injuries and pain. Oh man!!! Nothing beats stepping out of your comfort zone and asking Jesus to make you shine for Him. Today showed me that any day holds a wonderful opportunity to be a witness of His love and encouragement. 
Much love,
Janine

24 April 2010

Do I look like Him?

I've been thinking about why I started this blog and what I want to accomplish by continuing it. When I started this blog, the phrase "love in action"  was loud and clear in my heart. As a Christian of  28 years I have been assessing what it really means to be called and known as a follower of Christ. Do I love Him - yes!! Has He changed my heart and life forever - yes!! Do I know Him - well ... the more I get to know Him, the more I realise how much more there is to know and love about Him. I have also come to realise that to really know Him is to have my heart turned inside out with compassion. This I am still learning so much about. Jesus is love. Everything He does is motivated by love. How can I represent Him as a Christian and not be compelled to love? This is making me take a closer look into my own heart. Does my hand reach out to touch the untouchables like His does? Do my arms gather the little children that were so drawn to Him? Do sinners flock around me seeking to be set free and embrace truth as Jesus always does? Does truth mixed with love come out of my mouth? I am certainly on a journey with Jesus and have so much to learn, and I want this blog to be a place that encourages and inspired to put His love into action and reach out around us to represent Jesus well by taking action! I would love to hear what the Lord has spoken to your heart about in how to touch and reach out in your community or even further a field. May we all encourage one another to action and be true followers of Christ!
All my Love,
Janine    

13 April 2010

Grieving

Today my heart is grieving. As a mother, I cannot imagine the heart break of losing a child. No matter how old or young the child - the pain must be indescribable. From the moment that baby is placed in your womb, a connection is made for life. Today I got an sms from a family that I grew up with, very dear friends - friends that I call family to announce that their sweet little boy who was born 12 weeks prematurely went to be with Jesus. This precious miracle lived for just over a week and touched so many hearts in his lifetime. As I called my friends overseas, I had no words. What can one possibly say in the face of such loss? I realize that loving is not only about the words that we say. Love will point to the source of love. In situations like these, it can only take Jesus to heal a broken parents heart, or a grieving grandparent or aunt or uncle. Jesus is love personified. He gave us the Comforter - the Holy Spirit who is able to soothe our broken hearts and in time, repair what seems beyond repair. Today I am allowing my thoughts to be focussed on Him when I think of this precious family. His love gives all the comfort, understanding and strength one needs for each day. Oh Jesus - how could I possibly live one day without your strength. 

The song below is the best version I could find of Michael W Smith's song "Live Forever" which spoke to my heart. Sorry about the typed lyrics in another language. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3C1j3ClRsY

07 April 2010

Take me away :)

Brett and I are currently away with the girls in Natal for a week. It has been the best week ever!! I honestly do not remember when we went away as a family alone for a holiday (our holidays are usually going away to or with extended family which we love), so this has been such a fun adventure for all of us! I do not know how we are going to get in the car to begin the journey home on Friday!
When I get home, I will write a post with pictures (having a few networking problems out here) ... but my thought today is simply about making time for the ones we love ... to do new things together ... to laugh together ... to experience new adventures and to keep growing together. I am so aware of how quickly my girls are growing up. I want to make the most of these simple years with them.
One of the things that touched my heart this week was watching my firstborn in the waves with her daddy. Just as I did with my dad at her age, this holiday she has fallen in love with doing "unders and overs" in the waves with her daddy. All of a sudden she is so brave in the sea with her daddy right there lifting her over those big breakers. I remember tender moments with my dad at that age too. She looks for every moment to drag him back out there. What wonderful memories they have made this week - simply because we had time for one another!
Thank you precious Jesus for giving us this opportunity to have this time together.