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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (12) and Angelee (9) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. Our faithful Great Restorer has graciously blessed us with one more son, Gabriel, who has just recently made his grand entry into this big wide world of wonder. We are all so in love with him already! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

About the Journey

Life is certainly a remarkable adventure! You just never quite know what's around that next corner! I am a 36 year old wife and mommy to 4 amazing children. When I started this blog a few years ago I had no idea just how much I would learn about the depths of God's love in the years ahead! Back then I was a mommy of two little girls. In September 2011 we were given the greatest privilege to become proud parents to a very special little boy called Zac, our "lion heart". We were entrusted to carry him in pregnancy in an amazing walk of faith, because he would only be ours this side of Heaven for 21 and a half hours after birth. Our precious heart baby has taught us more about the reality of Heaven and the truly important matters of the heart in his short journey in our lives than a lifespan of living could have taught us. He continues to be our pointer to Jesus in remarkable ways. "Love in Action" has become our incredible journey through grief to live lives filled with grace, strength, increasing joy and purpose as we continue to heal and grow in God's amazing love as a family. Just a few weeks ago we welcomed our second son, Gabriel into this amazing big-wide-world-of-wonder! We are overcome with joy as the Great Restorer is faithfully at work in our lives! Please come and join me on my adventure. I'm one of those people who wears my heart on my sleeve. I'm a firm believer of living my life out in the open as I continue to pursue a life lived in truth and freedom. I am exploring the depths of God's personal love for us, and I have to say that life is far more colourful lived in His love. I would like to live my life having experienced rich friendships - both new and old and most certainly having loved and laughed my way through most of it. I welcome you to share your thoughts and comments with me. At the end of each blog entry, click on "comments" to add your thoughts. I can't wait to hear from you! Here's to life God's way ... RICH and FULL in Jesus Christ's overflowing love for us!

19 November 2013

A Lesson from a Sweet Mamma Bird

A few weeks ago, a fellow blog friend and I were writing back and forth about the wonder of seeing how applicable the Bible still is in speaking so directly into our every day life situations. God's Words of life are so specific! They are alive and carry the weight of wisdom and freedom for anything that we will ever face. A few days ago, God graciously played out the most precious demonstration of His Word for us as a family to witness. He is after all the very best story teller I know and He paints His words of life into the most precious pictures in our every day lives if we have eyes to see and take notice. Here's the passage ...
"That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" Matthew 6:25-27
It all started the morning after a very stormy night. The wind had been howling and the rain had pelted down hard. As the girls walked through the garden the next day, they discovered a little baby bird who had fallen in the storm. Amazingly, during the night, my eldest had dreamed that she would find a little bird. In the past when we have found these little tiny birds, we have always taken them to the vet or to a friend of ours who has a special soft-spot for nurturing little birds back to health, but it was the weekend. The vet was closed and our friend was sick. It was us and the bird ;0) To be honest ... we haven't always had "happy endings" when trying to rescue these tiny creatures, but the girls were super excited to look after our new addition. We learned that this particular bird is a little meat eater called a 'butcher bird' so off we went to the shops to find some mince. After what felt like ages and a whole lot of encouragement, we finally got the little bird to eat a little. Seeing the girls determined care for this little bird, I couldn't help but plead my case with our Heavenly Father to somehow keep this little bird alive through the night. It would have crushed their hearts if it never made it. As faithful as He always is, we all woke up at something past five in the morning to the hungry cries of our little bird. As the morning wore on, Tianna walked outside with the bird cradled in her hands. Later in the day my sweet mom who is staying with us came running inside to call us. She had been in her room when she heard the frantic cries of a rather persistent and undeterred mamma bird seeking out her baby! It all seemed too good to be true. This amazing momma bird had heard the cries of her baby and was flying back and forth searching for it. And so we decided to make a little nest and put the baby bird out to see if she would come and find her baby. 
Within seconds, as we all stood back, she swooped down and found her baby! 
She relentlessly flew back and forth with little worms in her beak feeding her long-lost baby!!! 
Over the following week, she faithfully warded off any person or bird coming anywhere near her baby and continued to feed it and reassure it when it called for help. I even got a glimpse of it's little siblings coming to give it a visit! It was so incredible watching these little ones learning to fly. She watched over that little baby until it was strong enough to fly off and fend for itself. This privileged demonstration of God's love in action through His creation has so deeply touched my heart. 
Watching God's heart and care through this devoted mamma bird has made God's word come alive to me once again. Why should I walk around carrying the cares of this world on my shoulders when God is infinitely more devoted to watching, caring and providing for us as His children than even that faithful momma bird was. He too sees all we are going through with an incredible perspective. He sees things from the beginning to the end. He sends precious ones along the way to be His arms and feet ... to be those bearers of His love. Just as He prompted Tianna to be on the lookout for a fallen little bird, could it be that He too moves on our hearts to be an extension of His heart to those around us every day who may just need a temporary set of arms to bestow kindness and practical care in times of need? This little mamma bird has given me much to think about and once again I stand amazed at just how deep the love of God is to take the time to unveil another simple, yet powerful truth to me to inspire me on my journey of learning to live a life of love in action.
All my love xxx
Janine 

2 comments:

Lori,  Tuesday, November 19, 2013  

Always love your heartfelt and inspiring testimonies via your blog, Janine! Sweet baby bird--and sweet girls too!

Lelia Schott Wednesday, November 20, 2013  

Beautiful thank you Jan for sharing.

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