Hi there! I am an South African expat, living in the lovely Kent countryside in the UK.
I love everything meaningful and beautiful - so I try my hand at photography, painting, embroidery, needlework, cooking and writing.
My inspiration for all of this: the people that I love,
and the love that God has for me.
I started on my birthday, 9 February 2016, with a challenge to produce one miniature painting per day for a year...
Our beautiful, talented youngest daughter’s wedding took place in August 2015.
The challenge that had come my way was to be creative and come up with a stunning ring cushion.
I often find that I work really hard to look good outwardly – working out at the gym regularly, dressing properly in order to make a good impression. But I so easily forget that God isn’t blinded by my manners or impressed by my correct conversations because He knows that the not so healthy thoughts that I foster in my heart WILL some or other time pop out of my mouth, or even explode into inexplicable actions.
Every morning, the last touch on my newly-made bed is the two handfuls of ornamental hearts that remind me to pray for my children and grandchildren – that God would keep them safe and that their lives would glorify his Name, whether in their relationships, their work or play.
When I go through life tagging along my emotional baggage neatly stuffed into a hip “trolley suitcase”, I will find it very hard to trust God.
When baking, one should follow the recipe to the T – and I do that. But, when making risotto, I tend to hop along happily, improvising, tasting, adapting and … enjoying.
So, here is my secret recipe:
Mark Yaconelli says: Like an orphan, our prayer often waits to be noticed and held within our anger, our depression, our loneliness, and unmet longing. These broken places within us are irresistible to God, Why not place your hand over your heart and ask, “Heart, what is your prayer?” Then, without judgement, listen.
Zettie – we share a few very special experiences, one of the nice ones an adventure in Crete. What fun to be wife and mum on top of being an accomplished professional woman and an inspiring friend for many.