December 03, 2018 by Kgalalelo
The last month of the year has begun and soon people will be making new year’s resolutions; whether they have followed through with the ones they made this year is another thing. I hardly make resolutions for the new year except setting goals that I really intend to achieve. When I began this blog, it was something that I intended to do in the beginning of 2016 and I did just that. I have more things I intend to fulfil in the new year but as for giving up my love for coffee and resolving to go to the gym are things I cannot manage. Besides, I paid for the gym in the past and only went for a couple of months and so wasted money. I will stick to what I think I will do for certain if it was part of my goals.
My children finished writing exams as well on Friday, 30th November and this is the first week of their holidays. The schools will reopen next year on the 9th January. They would have had a full month at home and a few days too. I will begin my leave only a day before Christmas and go back to work when the schools reopen. The traffic in the city has also decreased as a result of the school holidays though the official last day of school is the 12th December. We can only collect the results on that day. Some of the people are preparing to go on holiday or are already on the way. The South African roads are usually congested during this time of the year as people travel to the coast especially the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal province. Most people especially in the inland provinces prefer the warm beaches of Durban, Margate, Umhlanga, Amanzimtoti and the like during the festive season. I also love that part of the country and it is usually our family holiday destination.
This is an exciting season though temperatures can go up to 40°C in the country but I appreciate summer more than winter as my part of the country can be very cold in the winter. Funny how the body also becomes fatigued during this time of the year as most of us anticipate the holidays. Most businesses will probably close in the middle of the month as well and resume normal in the second week of the new year. It is amazing how time flies, just months ago we were in the heart of winter, it seemed like it would never end as it was extremely cold but now that it is summer, I just love the fruits that are in season currently, the watermelon, pawpaw and pineapples. We are enjoying them plentifully in Bloemfontein especially the watermelon but we still need more rain so that more can be produced. With climate changes, however, one will never know.
I was sitting with my journal on Saturday, 1 December and thought deeply about ways to finish this month with a high note. We need to finish with a bang because soon 2018 would be over and never to return again. There can only be one December of 2018 which will not repeat itself. I began jotting things I wanted to achieve as if I had already achieved them. I wrote everything in the past tense, taking control of my month and creating it just the way I wanted it to be. It required me to think deeply and be certain abut what I wanted to see as if I had already achieved it and what I desired God to do for me as if He had already accomplished it. I wrote a to do list comprising activities for each day and things I desired and how they had to unfold and so far, this is the morning of the third day of the month and the past two days had been accomplished to my liking and heart’s desires.
I had the circus as the first activity on the list for Saturday, 1 December at 15:00 and this was fulfilled. My husband and I had promised the kids that the next time the circus came to town, we would take them. We had been postponing for some time and this seemed like the best time for a trip to the McLarens circus in the beginning of the last month of the year. The timing was just perfect. McLarens gave us the best performance. It was the first time that my children had been to the circus and my second and it was spectacular. My parents took me to the circus when I was six years old and I could remember vividly clowns on circus bikes. Every circus is different and I didn’t expect anything except what I did experience myself when I was little and what I have seen on television and I aimed to please and my girls were very pleased. I ticked the bucket list when I arrived home that evening. We had received two full hours of fun, laughter and awe and will certainly go again the next time the circus visits our town and I anticipate another remarkable and yet different show full of hilarious antics.
Yesterday was the second day of the month and it being Sunday, the intention was to go to church and be at home at a certain time and the heavens heard as the church finished at the time I had estimated. I arrived home at just the right time having had the opportunity to go shopping immediately after church for the things required today. Everything worked out and there was a perfect flow and harmony to the day. I expect this day to harmonise perfectly too and the next until the last day of this month when I will have a handshake for one and say “well done” to myself and kneel down to thank God for making all of it possible. Nothing can be apart from God for Jesus said “All things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). When you use your faith then everything will fall into place in the most perfect way.
Romans 4:17 says that God calls those things that are not as though they were. God has given us the authority and power to do the same too, to call things into being and be co-creators. He calls things into being and we too can. He sets the order of things and being God’s children, we can mimic our Father. Jesus said "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does” (John 5:19). He says further in John 10:30 “I and the Father are one". Jesus knew who He was, He was sure of Himself and He encourages us to be like Him, knowing who we are and what God can accomplish through us. There is so much we can do in our lives and what God has ordained but we hardly use the power and the authority effectively. We second guess ourselves instead of partnering with God. As a result, we always feel sorry for ourselves and pray ineffective prayer, pleading instead of giving thanks, believing that whatever we ask for, it is the Father’s delight to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:13).
End this year celebrating the goodness of the Lord knowing that whatever you ask for, you have received, attune yourself and focus. Stop looking at what your neighbour is having and concentrate on your own life and what God is doing in your life. Jesus said "My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). This grace is available for all of us.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
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