Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Free2bme Bellville 27-29 July 2018

Please note that the dates of this weekend changed - my apologies should the change have caused any inconvenience

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Celebrating... the next open door!

After 7 years of hard work, many late nights and a fair amount of labour pains it is just amazing for me to be able to give thanks to Jesus for amazing news today.  I have been celebrating all afternoon!

I am convinced that Christian Counsellors can benefit so much from the perspective on personality, Christian character, maturity and the relationship dynamics as a result of our gifts of grace, that I decided to take a leap of faith and apply for a CPD allocation with CPSC. 

I am absolutely delighted to let you know that Free2bme and Free2beface-to-face was allocated an amount of 2 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points each from the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC formerly SAAP) for personal development.

We are still in the beginning phase of this new direction that we believe Father showed us to take Free2Celebrate in, but we are already seeing progress.  In practice this means that Pastoral and other Christian counsellors will be able to earn in total 4 CPD points towards their annual amount of required CPD points when they attend a Free2bme and a Free2bface-to-face seminar. 

I love new opportunities, new challenges and new open doors.  We are deeply thankful... profusely celebrating and giving all Honour and Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ for opening this new door!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2018 - Live fearless - and with purpose

Every year I ask the Lord for a scripture or a message that He wants me to carry with me all year.  This year my experience is that His Word for me is a fairly short sentence.  Only a few words but I suspect and have an expectation that He will unpack it in the year to come in more detail.  I believe this encouragement is packed with meaning and significance that will unfold in a myriad of different aspects of my life, and it will prove to have a far-reaching impact in my spirit as He will unfold it in the coming months. 
The sentence I hear in my spirit is:
"Live fearless - and with purpose"
A number of scenarios from scripture came to mind recently:   
  • Think about Daniel and his three friends for example.  They were God-fearing and living righteously, yet they were subjected to going into exile because of the national sin of God's people. They must have had other dreams for their lives than to have ended up in service of the Babylonian king?  They must have had their dreams shattered and their fears amplified in a time like that - YET - they managed to find courage and purpose to continue living in faith.   
  • What about Joshua and Caleb?  They had to live through 40 years of continuous desert experience without it being their fault - they were the only ones who were ready to take in the promised land and yet because of the lack of faith of the people they ended up seeing every single one of their family and friends over the age of 20 die in the desert before they could take in the promised land.
...and so we can continue to gather scenario after scenario in scripture where God's people were faced with times where they had to focus on their purpose and live it out in a whole different set of circumstances that they may not have foreseen or planned.  However their purpose did not disappear in those times, they just had to find a way to still live it out within a new set of circumstances that they did not bargain on. 
"Live fearless - and with purpose"  it is a short sentence - but it is packed with challenges and treasures alike.  May 2018 be a year where we will discover the treasures that God has placed inside of us before the foundation of the earth specifically to live fearless and with purpose, in faith and trust that He who is able to do far more than what we can even dream will develop in us every kind of treasure needed to fulfil it in every way He wants us to.
May 2018 be filled with blessings from the Father's hand.
Enjoy this video from Casting Crowns - it so underlines this message for me...

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Where is Wisdom?

One of the things the Holy Spirit spoke to me about recently is to continue to be very deliberate and intentional in supporting other ministries in a number of different ways.  In some cases I experienced that we have to support a ministry by building a platform of success under them, even if their vision is not part of the vision God gave us at Free 2 Celebrate. In other cases the support was of a financial nature, and in yet another way the Holy Spirit has led us to attend other courses, seminars, Bible studies, or to read outside of our field of interest.

I believe one of the moments the Holy Spirit spoke to me about this was when He gave one of our prayer walk team members an image of a heart.  A healthy heart has 4 chambers and it “receives” de-oxygenated blood from the body and “gives” it to the lungs.  Then it “receives” the oxygenated blood from the lungs and “gives” it to the body.   In the event where a baby is born with a heart where both these systems work properly on their own – but do not work together – the baby will die (unless there is medical intervention to rectify the problem).  In other words, the heart must be able to give and receive to function in such a way that it can sustain life for the whole body.

This was a profound revelation to me since I have more than once experienced  how something in the spirit dies because ministries in the body of Christ cannot give and receive from each other.  We are supposed to be one body with one Head – Christ- but also with only one heart.  We should be working together in His Kingdom.  However, we often are so focussed on our own visions that we cannot give and receive oxygen from each other.  And… it is a condition of the heart…. and it causes the whole body to suffer and die. 

And so it happened on one of the occasions where I attended another ministry’s meeting that the Holy Spirit gave me the following scripture… it is from Proverbs 8.  Please read the whole chapter but I am only going to quote the beginning and the end of the chapter:

Verse 1-3

Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:

And verse 32-36: 

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favour from the Lord;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”

Whoever finds Me finds LIFE…  Where is wisdom to be found?  In this scripture Wisdom stands at the high places, where the paths meet and at the city gates, entrances and doors…. It is great Wisdom when we stay teachable, when we give and receive at the crossroads where we meet other travellers within the body of Christ.  It is the Holy Spirit’s Wisdom when we make sure that Jesus is enthroned in the high places of our lives (our minds), and when we allow Him to infuse us with the oxygen of His truth through the gates, entrances and doors of our lives.  When Wisdom is enthroned in her rightful places of authority the body can give and receive life from each other without fear, without foolishness and without trying to function in isolation.

Where is Wisdom?  Is Wisdom enthroned in her rightful place?  In my life?  In your life?  In our city?  In our church?  Where is Wisdom?  It is time to repent of dethroning Wisdom and enthroning our own wisdom by closing our borders in pride, fear, arrogance or through being unteachable, not wanting to either give and/or receive from the rest of the Body of Christ… let us step across that border and reach out to the rest of the body enthroning Wisdom as The Gatekeeper, guarding the heights, gates and doors, receiving His guidance at the crossroads of life. 

 © November 2016 Gerda Venter - Author and Picture