In your Father’s image

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.-Gen 1:26-27

Four times.Four times, in two verses of the Bible,it is mentioned that we are God’s creation. Four times.We were not only created, but we were created in “His Likeness” .We were created with a purpose.Our purpose was to rule over every other living organism For God.

How often do we go to the Ministry of Home Affairs for a Birth certificate or identity document and are given these documents with a pre-planned instruction? Never. How often do we walk into a new school or a new job knowing exactly what purpose and what role we are to take during our time there? Never.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”-Jeremiah 29:11


Even before  the famous scripture in Jeremiah (29:11) had the Lord already made known His purpose for our lives.The story of Jeremiah was just a reminder. He had a vision for what He wanted mankind to be and a blueprint for how we should live.

Why then do we not fulfill the purpose for which we were created?

Firstly because we do not live like we are God’s special creation. No other verse in the Bible emphasizes the creation of all the other organisms like the creation of human beings. Four times God mentions how he created us. Four times He reminded us that we are His special creation.Four times…yet we do not believe that we are His special creation and because of that Four times we deny God. If we do not honor the creator we will never be able to live up to the potential  with which we were created.

Secondly ,because we deny the magnificence and miracle of creation we are unable to grasp what it truly means to be created in His likeness. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Likeness as a copy, portrait,semblance or further explains Likeness as the quality or state of being like something or someone.It is important to grasp the power within that statement.To be created in the likeness of God means to be a “carbon copy ” of God.It means that we were not only created in His image,but we were created  with His character,with His persona, with His quality and most of all with His ability. We are mirror images of God on this earth.We were created just below the angels.

It is because of this reason why we find  that we don’t progress physically or Spiritually.We don’t know the power that lies within us and therefore we are unable to recognise and use that power.We are equipped,yet we have know idea how to use even the most basic tools.

So today…sit back,reflect and ask yourself where you would have been if you just BELIEVED.





Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.” Esther 2:12 (NIV)

This morning I read a particularly interesting peace from one of my daily devotions.The devotion shared more about our fragrance or our essence as people.It shared on the type of fragrance we give off around the people around us, the fragrance we give off when we worship God and lastly the type  of fragrance you share together with God.Is the fragrance pleasant or not?

When I read this devotion it immediately reminded me about Queen Esther and the ritual involving fragrant oils and perfume that she had to immerse herself in for 12 months before entering the King’s chambers. This ritual was part of her preparation to become Queen.

Upon reflection on this verse i realized that this particular piece of scripture is not necessarily  just about beauty and cosmetics,its based on character. I have been told so many times before that i have a calming effect on people around me ,especially some of my friends(they can be pretty wild).At other times I am told that i am easy to talk and have a trusting presence.After a while I came to realize that this is the fragrance I give off to the world.It is a fragrance that invites and engulfs the restless,broken and down-hearted to just sit a while with me and allow God to touch them through me.Its a wonder feeling to realize that God has bestowed that kind of gift upon my life and use it wisely.

A gift however,is freely bestowed upon us by God.What about the fragrances that we have to work for?The type of fragrance that needs to be pressed out of us and then needs to be nurtured so that it has a long-term effect. What about the 12 month fragrance…the fragrance of holiness?

As we have read earlier in the scriptures we understand that Esther had to bathe in oils and perfumes daily for 12 months before she came before the King for the first time.By the time that she engaged with the King face-to-face she had already adopted the smell of that beautiful fragrance.It became a part of who she was.I choose to believe that even after she married the King, she continued with the ritual for two reasons.Firstly that the fragrance was pleasing to the King and secondly because it became her second nature.

In the same manner we have to bathe in Holiness on a daily basis so that our fragrance may be pleasing to the King of Kings.It needs to become a culture, a ritual , a way of life for us,if we want to become His bride one day.

So remember the next time that your Pastor asks you to live a Holy Life,that it is not just a request,but an instruction from the Most High.



What is your deficit?

Esther 2:10 “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do”. (NIV)

What is that 1 thing in your life that you choose not to reveal?

Something so dark or embarrassing that you are afraid to reveal it, for the fear of losing your credibility. Something that has the power to break you as women. It is something you hold so close to you, because you fear that if it accidentally slips out, it may be the end of you.

I call that “thing” a deficit.

A deficit is defined as a shortage of something (whatever that thing is in your life). A deficit robs you of living your full potential. It robs you of being you.

When you think of Queen Esther, you think of perfection. You think of someone exemplary, someone young girls can look up to. She is the image of a Godly woman for so many Christian women out there. You would never think that Esther may have a deficit in her life, but she did. In Esther 2:10 Mordecai advises Esther not to make know to her King that she is of Jewish Heritage he reasons behind this request were of a great magnitude, as Esther had the fate of a an entire nation in her hands. We all know that she had to keep that part of her life a secret for a greater purpose. If we were to look into the life of Esther on a daily basis, what would we see? Maybe Esther would avoid certain foods because she was not allowed to eat it because of religious restrictions on food? What if she was not allowed to speak her own language? Perhaps she had to avoid friends and family (even within the castle) so as to not give away her heritage? What about her husband? The most intimate relationship on this earth is between a husband and wife. Your intimacy escalates to a point where you can read each other’s behavior. You need what your partner needs and sometimes even feel what they feel. How hard must it have been for Esther to keep such a secret from her husband? We don’t really know, as the Bible does not share those finer details.

Deficits in one’s life may serve a purpose. It may be to protect others around you or even to protect yourself. A good deficit would be something that could save another’s life. A bad deficit would be something that can cause you harm. This harm does not need to be physical; oftentimes it is more emotional and psychological of nature.

I struggled with a certain deficit in my life for many years. I have a problem with smell. I tend to sweat a lot which makes other parts of my body a little stinky. As a result I avoid people. I avoid coming to close to others and I basically avoid having close intimate relationships with friends or acquaintances. I keep people at a distance. It is my way of protecting myself against the pain of someone holding their nose when I am around or someone secretly laughing at me or avoiding me. The easiest way to not get hurt is to stay away. If I find myself in situations where I am part of the crowd, I prefer to focus my eyes on something else. If I can’t see it, I can’t feel it. I am your typical Ostrich. Because of this problem I face I feel a certain sense of loneliness. I am unable to live comfortably outside of my house. I am unable to relax, because I always wonder whether I am poisoning someone’s breathing space. So I live day-to-day with the fear and pain of exposure. Unfortunately I also miss out on many opportunities to make new friends, acquaintances and even enter love relationships. This deficit has prevented me from truly living a full life.

I hope and pray that one day I will be free of this torture .I hope  that maybe there is a purpose behind all this and that I may be able to help another person who maybe going through the same type of problem. Rejection is a very painful experience and I will share more about that another time. I just hope and pray that the Lord will help me carry this load until a time where I have made it through the test. I choose to remain positive. I hope that you will do so too.

May the Lord be with you.


Dankbaarheid is God se wil

Thoughts on being grateful

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Dankbaarheid is God se wil – deur Gary Kieswetter

Ons moet nie net in elke omstandigheid dankbaar wees nie, ons moet ook dankbaar wees vir die omstandighede.

“Dankie” is ? baie klein woordjie, maar dit beteken baie. Ons word van kleins af geleer om “dankie” te sê, dis iets wat gekultiveer moet word. Om dankbaar te wees maak die lewe vir ons baie makliker. Ondankbare mense is gewoonlik mense wat nie ? verhouding met God het nie – of wat net God se goedheid en genade as vanselfsprekend aanvaar. Ondankbare mense glo dat God en die wêreld hulle iets skuld. Ondankbaarheid het die vermoë om ons arrogant te maak sodat ons nie die gesindheid van Christus openbaar nie. Ondankbaarheid is ongelukkig ook ? houding onder baie Christene.

Dankbaarheid gebeur nie vanself nie, dit moet aangeleer en beoefen word. Om dankbaar te wees teenoor God beteken dat jy bereid is om…

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Authentic worship

A disciple's study

Authentic worship always involves obedience and sacrifice. It involves obedience because God desires worship from us, and such worship involves sacrifice because it is the subjective, expressive, and spiritual attitude that demonstrates our willingness to approach and encounter our Infinite-Creator-Redeemer God.

Authentic worship is not about satisfying specific generational likes and fixations on individual want. Authentic worship is about finite beings entering into the presence of the Infinite, it is about created beings encountering their Creator-Redeemer, and it is about a corporate community of professing believers who participate in expressing their feelings and celebrating the triune God in both Spirit/spirit and truth regularly.

…authentic worship is not a commodity; it is not a preoccupation with luring people into our service; and it is not a preoccupation with satisfying or appeasing generational likes and dislikes. Authentic worship is first and foremost about God.

Authentic Worship by Herbert Bateman…

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Faith in retrospect

What is faith? No, who is faith?

The Bible says all you need is faith as small as a mustard seed.Why this small?Is it so easily achievable? Or is it because it is so small that it is such a big task?

Nowadays I find it so hard to have faith in the things of God.We see things happen in churches.We see how the body of God is at war,instead of standing in unity.It becomes truly difficult to believe each other,to stand by one another and to help build eachother.You know,sometimes,it feels as though we are wondering in and on a journey of nowhereness.Everybody has a direction they are pointing to,but which of these many paths will you follow.

Back in Esther’s day,she had an uncle Mordecai,who cared and loved for her as a father should love his daughter.Even though she was in the enemy’s camp he looked after her from outside.He gave her wise counsel and she listened.She obeyed and trusted him.She had a reference,more so,she had a God in which she trusted.You know,we may look at Esther ,as this Biblical Cinderella story,but if you put yourself in her position and think about what she had to go through on a day to day basis ,then you might have second thoughts.

When Esther walked into the castle as one the beautiful Virgins,she didn’t know she was going to be Queen.She was most probably afraid and didn’t know what to do or what to expect.But she held on,because her Uncle told her too and she believed God would see her through.That’s faith.Faith stems and is driven by love.She had love for her “parent” and she had love for her God.This Faith that she would be OK,made her brave.

How many of us walk into situations,not knowing what to expect.When we walk into an absolute darkness,do we know when and where the light is going to come our way.Yet we keep walking,because often there is someone cheering us on to make it through the darkness.This cheerer is often Jesus through the word of God,through people,through worship,through His blood that sets us free,through the Holy Spirit.You know you have the do it for Him,because of the love you have for Him.But Most of all you often do it because you do not want God to be disappointed in you.I mean,what kind of Christian would you be,if you didn’t succeed? Success alone comes through the grace of God.

So remember the next time you go through darkness that your faith needs to direct you to God and that the same faith you have in Him drives you to success.Contrary to popular belief,Esther didn’t make it on her own.She had a shepherd and she had a Father whom she loved and they were the one’s to guide her.

In faith

The Esther Mission

What would I achieve if I couldn’t bring God into the equation? Where would I be if it were not for God? And how do I make it to the throne room without prayer, without counsel and without dedication and commitment. How do I…?

You may be wondering why I named this blog Lady Esther. Well,as you may know Queen Esther in the Bible is a true Legend and example for us living in the modern era. She is a Queen worthy of her crown. She is brave, humble , obedient and she knows how to stand up for her rights. She is bold. Queen Esther is the epitome of grace and elegance. She is dignified and her background did not dictate her future. In fact her background uplifted or fueled her to reach her God-given purpose in life. In many ways, she is my hero.
But if you look back at Esther’s life there is one thing that stands out. Queen Esther never wavered in her faith and dared to tread in the counsel of men of another faith in order to stand –up for her God and to stand up for her people. Do you even find women like that these days? Yes, you do, but they are few.
So I created this blog as a means of directing women to becoming Esther. A woman who stands up for her nation, without throwing or shoving aside her God. We will discuss topics such as being bold in faith, righteousness, sex and even the Christian journey to everlasting life. We are geared to meet our king soon,but are you worthy of your crown?
Be warned though that at times, things may become a little sensitive.