Rust- Word a Week Challenge

Every week Sue dips into her Oxford English dictionary and comes up with a word which becomes our challenge… this week it is Rust…

Can do Rust…

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Rusty old lantern helped on a bit by Photoscape editing…

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Rusty old tractor seat…

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Grandpa’s dream car…

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Was it Rihanna who sang about junk in her trunk?

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Like Sue’s example- long time no sea…

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There might be a spot of rust on this Rat Bike… I can’t even see what it was originally…

Our Good Book says that Moth and Rust will be taking it’s toll on everything (Matthew 6: 19 in the Bible), so we must rather invest in things that can last forever- like faith and love, and meaningful relationships…

 

 

Word Riders trip to Marken

The past two days I had two beautiful days at the office!  First I had to do a Bible study

Photo: So hou ons Bybelstudie in die Bosveld!

at our own church- we went through the second letter of John. This is how I looked during the Bible Study- might be a bit hard to take for more conservative church members…

Afterwards we met a small group coming from the Bible Society in Kempton Park for brunch at a local Coffee Shop. Then we saddled up, and rode the scenic 210 km to Marken, a VERY small town in the Limpopo Bushveld.  It is ironic how distances work in our country- this town is further away than Johannesburg from us (just the biggest city in Africa…) but we do have a lot of contact with the pastor and people of Marken. It is a very small town. We were invited by the local church and 8 of the rural schools to bring bibles to the Grade 7 learners.

And so we went.

IMG_1119In front of the church building in Marken.  We stayed over  at a bush camp, part of the local pastor (a friend)’s farm- he is in part time ministry in the region where he was born…  This pastor’s sister in law now also lives here- she grew up in Minnesota in the USA- maybe the coldest place in the States, and came here, to one of the hottest parts of our country- their winter is usually on a Tuesday every year.

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It was extremely hot in this part of the world- we rode through temperatures of 37 degrees Celcius, and the sun burnt us a lot. But is was so good to visit these schools, far, far away from civilization…

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Motorbikes, Bibles, Children… It was such fun!

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My BMW underneath a Boabab tree…

IMG_1146Good friends, scenic routes, mountain passes…

This is the stuff life is all about! I had a good two days at the office!

The love for a word… (Daily Prompt)

Daily Prompt: Unconventional Love

by michelle w. on May 14, 2013

Over the weekend, we explored different ways to love. Today, tell us about the most unconventional love in your life.

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I am no good doing anything with my hands. The things that I try to build, have an extremely short lifespan. When I weld, I get arc-eyes. When I grind, I get iron in my eyes.  When I do woodwork, I cut myself with the saw. When I change a lightbulb, I get shocked…  I do not love DIY like some of my friends. I build nothing that my grandkids can show their children and tell them what a genius I was…

I knew that from a very young age. My father always chased me away when I tried to help him, repairing the cars, or maintaining the house… He said he always have double the amount of work if I help- to undo what I did, and then to do the job at hand properly.

So, from a very young age, I fell in love with words… Books became my best friends. They were always there for me when I could not connect with other people.

Since the primary school, I have had this love of reading words.  I sometimes have difficulty in relating to real-life people.  Relationships with human beings still, to this day, is very hard work for me. I am the classical introvert, in a job that requires a lot of interaction with other people…

The words that stay with me came from the movie Dead Poets Society. A student was caught stealing a book. THe teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), saw the theft, and followed the student to his room to confront him. The room was full of stolen books. And when Robin Wiliiams asked the student why- he said this immortal words, quoting his father: “We read  to know that we are not alone…

I think this defines my unusual love. The love for words. It is still extremely hard for me to actually go to someone’s house, visit them, and keep a good conversation going.  Maybe I think too slowly in situations like these. But when I read, another world opens up for me. That is why I am so hooked on blogging. In your blogs, dear readers, whatever you write about, I see a piece of your heart. Be it travelling, cooking, books, motorbikes, cars, nature, photography-  when I see somebody’s heart shining through on their blog, I click a “Follow” button really quick. I like to see what you think. I like to read your words, giving meaning to your life, in your specific set of circumstances….  I love your words!

My blog also gives me great joy. This is the one medium in which I can express myself as I am, as I enjoy life, as I look at the things and happening around me. And some people actually dare to read it… that amazes me!  I think the greatest show of respect is when somebody hear your words! When they actually listen, and get the meaning of what you are trying to say. So yes- my blog has an unconventional place of love in my life. It is more than just a piece of writing, it is a part of me. .

I also became a pastor, out of love of God’s Word.  It is my experience that God loves us, that He told us that we are precious to Him. His word tells me that life does have meaning. His word gives me hope. The second most beautiful word in my life is the word “Grace”.  In spite of all my weaknesses and pain, God keeps on loving me, healing me. That is Grace!  I am always welcome in His presence- that is Grace. Why does He do it? The most beautiful word in the Bible- the word Love. That is the most important concept in my life. The true meaning of the word Love, more than just a fleeting moment of emotion. Love that conquers every obstacle in it’s way. Love that wants to give every person life in abundance (John 10:10) .  Love that fills us with Joy (John 15:11). Love that leads to peace.

So there you have a small glimpse into my unconventional love- the love for words. The Word of God, telling me about love and peace. The words of others in their blogs, showing me more of the wonder of life in different place and points of view. The love to express my words, which sometimes touches other people’s hearts.

Words are a vehicle for love. Thank you for your words in my life!