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This is my first blogpost.  Officially. And I don’t have a clue what to write about… But I have this space that needs to be filled and I cannot use lorum ipsum, it must make sense. I’m not sure where’s the boundaries about what you share and don’t share on blogs.

I wanted to mention something about my friends back in South Africa – how being overseas, away from my them – really makes you realize that friends really makes life so much easier.

Then I could write about the differences between the US and SA. (That one is coming..) Really – the US need to do something about their logo designs – I will not mention names out of fear of being sued, but just check out the general department stores… Eish… And then everyone drive so SLOW here. Shucks, how am I going to drive when we visit Johannesburg again.. I was so good at nicking the spot in the next lane –  in front of the passing fancy BMW that wasn’t going to give it to me even though I’ve had my indicator on for half an hour. (I once had to “out drive” – at high speed – two minibus taxi’s that tried to force me into the lanes of the oncoming traffic. If I didn’t pay proper attention in the Born Identities I wouldn’t have managed to get away before one – after finally getting me off the road – tried to crack my windshield with a spanner.  I didn’t hoot at taxi’s again after that…)

There’s a whole bunch of other differences too, so will have to do proper write up. (The fruit here is AMAZING, the area makes Cape Town look like Namaqualand…  I walk twice a day…)

But then (think I have enough words now to start ending this) I think I’ll write about the whole transition of getting here, settling in and finding ourselves in a different hemisphere, and the one thought that summaries the experience is: Being in a relationship with Jesus has never been so powerful.

Wow, there has been tough patches, fights I’ve had with Him about making the bumps smoother, and then it would get three or four times harder.  Surprises – three weeks after we got here we found out the main investor of Derick’s company was being investigated for fraud (turned out he ran a pontzi scheme) and we weren’t sure if we will get to use all of the lovely IKEA furniture we handpicked in Portland…

But the amazing thing is, the harder it got, the more I was astounded with what God started doing in my heart. Felt for the first time in years like I was really living again.  God’s close companionship, whispers of encouragement.. helping me to hold on to Him with everything I’ve got when doubt and circumstances wanted to grab my attention and consume me. It made everything we had to work through so valuable. I’m learning that I’m in a rock solid relationship with Him, and He can’t let me go, doesn’t matter how I feel, how things look. I’m learning that my existence is not money, things or rosy future outlooks of guaranteed happiness, it’s HIM. And that I can spend time with Him, pour out my heart in front of Him and leave – a changed person. (And is everything perfect and sorted out now? Naaaa, not 100%…) But we’re doing SO WELL.

And that concludes my first post! Now I need to figure out how often this gets done. Every week, three weeks, month?  Or can I just do a desktop wallpaper as post… Mmmmmm

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  1. June 30, 2011

    Yeh! Dis super-cool! Dis nou jou blog, so jy kan post net wat jy voor lus is 🙂

  2. June 30, 2011

    Dala, what a great post. It was encouraging to read of the way God has been close to you through a challenging time! I’m looking forward to reading more!

  3. July 1, 2011

    Can’t wait to read more!

  4. Genny #
    July 1, 2011

    I wish there was a like button. 🙂 Can’t wait to read more.

  5. July 13, 2011

    God’s close companionship is the only substance that can truly satisfy the human soul! Couldn’t agree more. Looking forward to more posts in the future! 🙂

  6. July 13, 2011

    you guys just know how to make me feel amazing! thank you so much!

  7. Nicky Morris #
    September 11, 2011

    Sondag oggend in Aggeneys en die dorpie slaap nog. Ek ontdek jou blog en met elke woord wat ek lees val die myle en oseane weg en dink ek terug aan die Lornex straat dae en inloer met kunswerke en liedjies wat jy en Ettiene ‘bou’ en vir my sing. En so word ons woestynkinders groot en gaan oorwin die wereld en elke plek waar ons as Koningskindersons voete sit. Your words inspire and encourage, looking forward to more posts!
    Liefde Nicky

    • September 11, 2011

      So Baie Baie Dankie Nicky! Dit Beteken so verskriklik baie vir my! Xxx

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