Why Good Friday is ‘Good’

10-53am

Last night Mike & I went to see the new movie Son of God. Many films have been made about the the death of Jesus, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, released exactly 10 years ago, being the most watched.  This latest, Son of God, is a view through the eyes of the Apostle John, who lived to a very old age and died on the isle of Patmos. He was the only disciple to not die a martyr’s death.

Produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, both Christians, Son of God. keeps an almost accurate Biblical account of the birth of Jesus, His life on earth, His death and resurrection. I’m a firm believer in that if you are going to make a Biblical production of something, you must be as accurate as possible. So, the little things that didn’t follow the true Biblical dialogue irritated me just a bit. I just wanted to know ‘why?’ Why change it. The main one was the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. The Bible clearly says Jesus said, “Lazarus come out” but this movie depicts Jesus going into the tomb and blowing life into him. Then Jesus follows him out of the tomb. That was the main stray that I found from the text.

Son of GodFor the rest, Focus on the Family’s Unplugged Movie Review website has a comprehensive review…

http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/son-of-god.aspx

You can be a little critical as I have been, or else you can scrap the criticism, as I am now doing, and look at the real reason for the film. To document again that Jesus died for us and to show in graphic detail of the suffering He incurred on our behalf. Today being the day we remember Christ’s death makes it entirely appropriate to go and see it. It’s somber and it’s heart-breaking, but it’s called Good Friday because ultimately the good for all mankind came out of this day.

Justin Holcomb puts it like this:  “Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good”.

Christ was victorious over the cross.

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit…

God bless you significantly on this special day.

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic. I loved Hillsong Cape Town’s Facebook page…

Hillsong Church Cape Town photo of Table Mountain

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Blog From A Bed…

9-45am

Now that I’ve got all the feeling back, I’ve got an idea of the full extent of the pain. Embrace the pain, baby, embrace the pain! In the light of having a baby, this pain is not nearly as bad. It twinges to about a 5/10, but mainly it hovers around 3/10, going down to a massive “stitch in your side” kind of pain. But today, I am gratefully hopeful that I will be able to go walking soon, albeit not at my normal brisk pace.

So this is a blog from a bed…with this the view…

Blog from a bedCould be a lot worse!

So one of the things I have managed to do while having this time off is look at a retirement investment I decided to make with a certain finance company that said they would light my way to financial prosperity.

FinancialSo, I’ve been putting money into this ‘portfolio’ for the last 12 years. 12 x 12 = 144 months at an average of R400 a month = R57 600 altogether. Right now, it’s worth R66 000, so over 12 years, I’ve made less than R10 000. Now if I was one of the men in the Bible who got the talents and invested them, I don’t think I would have been the one who did a good job. It’s time to cut my losses and move on. The penalty? R6000. Ouch!  I will take my R60 000 and move it to a more profitable place! I wrote to my financial adviser and asked him if he had anything he could switch it to that would bring me 15% return without a R6000 penalty. I haven’t heard back from him. When you know better, you do better.

Yesterday Victor and Miranda visited me. Vic has had an inguinal hernia op and we compared notes, which was very helpful. Sue popped in. David came and Riana bought a quiche. Do you know how blessed I felt?  Miranda bought me this little card…

God gives us confidence in the next stepMiranda is an amazing person. I’ve often said, ‘it’s the little things’  that count. In her well years, Granny had never met Miranda. When shut-in, Miranda used to come up to see Granny and bring her a flower and a Bible verse. When I got home, Gran always showed me the things Miranda had bought. There is much to be said for a person who does things for others with no thought of them being able to do things in return. Miranda is that kind of person!

So it is Easter and this morning my Bible reading included Luke 18. Sometimes it is not for us to know. As Jesus was heading towards Jerusalem and His crucifixion , He explained to the disciples what was going to happen to Him. Speaking in the 3rd person, in Luke 18 vss 31-34, we read these words of Jesus:

” ‘We are going up to Jerusalem and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him, insult Him, spit on Him, flog Him and kill Him. On the third day, He will rise again.’ The disciples did not understand any of this. It’s meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what He was talking about.”

Jesus knew His fate. He knew what was ahead. Tough to know how bad things will be and still go through with it. But sometimes it is not for us to know about things that God is about to do in our lives. He works in mysterious ways, completely outside the realm of our understanding, sometimes blinding our eyes to what He has ahead. That’s why we are called to have faith. If there is something going on in your life that you just cannot fathom, hang on. Keep trusting God & walking closely with Him. He will reveal His plan in due course.

God bless you abundantly this Easter.

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…Granny has a new body in heaven, but here on earth, the cross-stitch of her 1944 photograph is coming to life…what an enormous amount of pleasure I have had from doing this….

Granny coming to life

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Helga’s Hospital Experience

8-21am

Yesterday all went as planned. I pitched up at the hospital and went to the day ward….got issued with the finest hospital wear out and settled in to wait for my turn….cross-stitch to keep me busy…

Cross-stitching while waitingA very nice anaesthetist came to see me pre-op – a Dr. Moodley. I had been to  pre-admission last week to expedite hospital admission and was interested in all the forms and consents I had to sign. On leaving pre-admission last week, I pondered how many people took in their own forms. I imagined typing up a simple form and asking the nursing staff, anaesthetist and surgeon to sign it. It would say,

“I Dr/Sister/ENA/Staff Nurse (circle applicable) ………………………………………      (full name in print) promise to keep to the oath I made when I qualified into the medical profession and take care of you in the capacity in which I am trained, to the best of my ability.”

And then their signature.  Even on admission to the hospital there were more forms to sign. I probably signed in about 10 places altogether. So one signature from a nursing staff member, the surgeon and the anaesthetist wouldn’t be too much to ask, would it?

Well of course, I THOUGHT that was a good idea but I didn’t carry it out. I did, however, ask Dr. Moodley if anyone had done that. He said ‘no’ and reminded me that he had sworn the Hippocratic oath.  I said I know he has, but they have so many patients, it’s easy to become a bit blasé and people become numbers. He agreed that sometimes the medical profession need reminding! This was at the forefront of my mind, because when I arrived at the Day Ward, I was not greeted….no eye contact…just another patient requiring more work! Then I ‘fell through the cracks’ as far as the hospital day ward admission was concerned and while I was being wheeled off to the theatre, they were still filling in the final forms! Oops!

People are important. It’s so easy to get swallowed up in a job and not notice them. It’s something I have to remember as well. Each and every listener and blog reader is important! Overall the experience was positive in that the nursing staff (when they discovered I hadn’t been fully admitted) introduced themselves by name and thanked me profusely for going to pre-admission a few days ago! And  Dr. Moodley hauled them over the coals for letting me fall through the cracks! So he gets 10/10 for a good bedside manner, taking a full interest in me, defending my cause, and looking after me while I was in surgery.

My last recollection of before the op was having a mask put over my mouth and Dr Moodley saying, “Okay Mrs van Niekerk I’m going to give you something that puts you into a nice sleep” And that was that. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery with the nurse calling my name. I was so sleepy, I felt I could hardly respond. I was taken back to the ward, had dinner (it was chicken), dozed on and off. Was put in a wheelchair;  fell asleep on the way out & snoozed all the way home. Like helping a drunk, Mike helped me hobble up the stairs (I remember him telling me it reminded him of helping Granny!). I got into my nightie and went to bed. I vaguely heard my saint of a husband return from taking the CCFm keys to the studio (I had forgotten to leave them there!) and the next thing I knew it was midnight. I got up, went to the loo, took pain pills and went back to sleep until 4am. THEN I woke up! And was fully awake. I got up, hobbled downstairs, very very slowly, made tea, got my Bible and hobbled back up again. At about 5am, I went back to sleep, only to wake up at 6am and take more pain pills.”Every six hours pain or not”, they said.  Mike woke up at about 7am and made me breakfast in bed…

Breakfast in bedMike, meanwhile has gone off to have surgery of his own…

Mikes wartThis big cyst has been growing by the week. (He’s just called to say the deed is done and it wasn’t a wart as we thought!)

And I am sitting contently in bed watching the sunbirds scavenging for any leftover grapes on the vine. Poor little things…I wish I’d put up the bird feeder.

And once this blog is posted, I will reach for my cross-stitch and quietly do some more! At this rate, it will be finished sooner than I thought.

In my Bible reading this morning, I read about Caleb. He and Joshua were two of the 12 men sent into the Promised Land by Moses to go and check it out. They were the only two who came back with positive reports. Caleb was 40 when he went as a spy to check out the land of Canaan. By the time he gets into the land of Israel with Joshua and they are beginning to defeat their attackers, Caleb is (wait for it!) 85!  Joshua 14: 10b-11

“So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”

Ta daa! Attitude is everything! Life begins for you (and me) TODAY, regardless of our age. If you’re 85, life begins for you today! Use your vigour to go out and live in obedience to God!

God bless you loads!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude/Happiness pic….roof painted…Truffles approves…

Truffles inspecting the newly painted roof

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Off for an Op…

11am

Going for an operation is like flying in an aeroplane. You know that 99% of the time all will go well  but there is a little chance you won’t come out alive! That’s the same with an anaesthetic, the one big different being is that you are on the ground and in the safest place possible if things go wrong. I’m not expecting things to go wrong. I have had a few general anaesthetics (wisdom teeth and appendix) come to mind).

So I will spend the afternoon chilling in a hospital bed before the op, then they will do the op, then I will recover from the op, then I will come home. This time tonight I will be fast asleep in my own bed! So happy about that!  I have nothing to fear…

Exodus 23:20

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”

Yesterday, our roof was cleaned but you don’t get a clean roof without getting a really dirty garden, including the vine which is now covered with grey dirt…

Dirty vineThe roof is nice and clean…

Clean RoofBut by the time we get home this evening, it will have changed colour as right now it is being painted. Truffles does not do all these funny noises on the roof, so she has pottered across the road to the neighbour’s house where she can observe all the activity from a safe distance…

Truffles looking on from a distanceClever cat!  For those interested the entire roof was cleaned for just over R4700. They quoted us R4950 and gave a 5% discount for cash, so we paid them cash.

I am now on leave until 29th April! How about that!? Amazing!

God bless you loads!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic…our family home since 1st May 1989 (although it didn’t look like this then…there was no double garage or upstairs or bay window. We’ve extended quite a bit.

Before

 

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Stay in the Yard

3-33pm

Such a thought provoking Andy Stanley DVD the other day. We watched the introduction to a series on the Ten Commandments. He said that the rules of God are not a condition of His love but a sign of His love.  He added that you can tell a lot about a person by the rules they set and to whom they give the rules. The 10 Commandments give you insight into what is valuable. When God starts with, “I am the Lord YOUR God…” that’s relationship! When God saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He came to them, not to be a law-giver, but to be a Saviour. All they (and us) have to do is trust Him. We are not on this earth to establish a relationship with God – we already have one.  Rules never establish a relationship. Rules without relationship results in rebellion. Jesus is asking, Will You Trust Me? It was such a great message. He ended it with an illustration. If your dog gets out your yard and goes running off round the neighbourhood, and a neighbour sees him and phones you and says, ‘your dog is at my house.’ You’re not going to reply “If he’s not at my house, he’s not my dog!’  No! Your dog is your dog whether he is in your yard or out. The commands that God gives are like an The Sinai Codeinvisible fence that surround us. We are His. Living in obedience to Him is where I want to be and when I do, I am inside the fence. When I start living outside of the boundaries of the Word of God, that’s when I’m outside the fence. I’m still God’s child, but I’m not living in accordance to His rules…I may be out of relationship with Him – in rebellion. If that’s the case, the consequences will be dangerous. It’s an excellent series, called The Sinai Code…look out for it.

Today, I had a conversation that will change my life. It was a massive ‘step of faith’ conversation. More details will be revealed in time, but just for my own records – today 14-4-14, I stood up in the boat and will soon  be stepping out of it! I got home and made myself a big, strong cup of coffee and then I sat, almost in shock, and thought about it. From the age of 14, I have been trusting God. It’s a well known couple of Bible verses but they have proven true year in and year out… Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

I’m trusting God!

I had coffee with Truffles….

Truffles and my coffeeIn this photo she is looking somewhat unsettled. When I took the photo, the ‘painter’ was here cleaning the roof ahead of tomorrow’s paint. He had just started and the noise and unfamiliarity was freaking her out a bit. Eventually, I let her out the window and she gapped it to a neighbour’s house where she could watch proceedings from a safe distance! No doubt, she’ll be home as soon as his van drives away!

God bless you loads!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude Pic….oh oh! Hands up those who are so so happy the heat of the weekend has passed….cool, drizzly, cloudy day – yes please!

Rainy day

 

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Cape Town’s Heat Wave…

2pm

Sunday in Cape Town and the heat wave the Mother City continues and although there is a slight reprieve tomorrow, generally the warmth continues throughout the coming week…

Weather for the weekSo much for winter weather! But just be pleased you are not in Vredendal today…

Weather in VredendalThere is a lot to be said of those who don’t complain when it is so hot. We all respond in different ways. Some head for the beach, spend the day in the pool, turn up the air conditioner or just lie in the shade of a big ol’ tree, hopefully in a breeze and sleep! In this weather, running for cover is the right thing to do.

And so it is when life get’s a bit too hot to handle. We have to run for cover. I was speaking to someone recently who is going through an extremely difficult time. She has God as her refuge. And yet, from within her despair, she told me that this dark place is but a moment in the light of eternity. We have to be eternity thinkers.

The Bible is full of reminders of the Lord being a shelter when life is difficult. Psalm 91 vss 1-7

1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

God is faithful. He will hold and protect you. He will shelter you and comfort you. And He will bring you through the heat or the storm. Be an eternity thinker. This life maybe 70 years or 80, if God allows, but the life ahead is eternal – it never ends and it is GOOD! Today, in church, Pastor Neil Smith spoke about the Transfiguration and the Glory of God. One amazing verse that stuck out for me came from Luke 9 vs 30 “Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus.”

And that is our future. We who believe in Jesus will one day appear before Him “in glorious splendour!”

YEAH!

God bless you today!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude/Happiness Pic…oh dear, I’ve spent hundreds of rands on sunglasses recently. Two pairs of Bondi-blu just snapped within weeks of buying them. The lady at the shop said I could take them back, but to find the receipt and then find the time, I never got round to it. I thank the Lord for a husband who can do surgery on broken sunglasses…(amazing what you can do with cable ties and superglue)

Sunglasses in stitchesVoila…

Fixed sunglasses

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PJ’s Getting Married!!!

3-21pm

Those of you who have listened to the Rise and Shine show for years, will remember PJ who presented with me on Thursday mornings! He left more than a year ago to work in Johannesburg! A year ago, he unexpectedly arrived at CCFm one morning with a beautiful blonde on his arm. He was smitten. Nadine had captured his heart! <3  They got engaged in December…

PJ and Nadine(Photo: Facebook)

….and in two weeks time they get married! I feel so extremely privileged to be invited to their wedding. Today was Nadine’s Bridal shower and it was at the spectacular Vergelegen n Somerset West. It was a wonderful celebration and it was great to meet friends and family of both Paul and Nadine. Nadine is such a lovely person and she is the perfect match for PJ. I’m just so happy for them! Here’s Nadine with the other women in PJ’s life…his Mom, sister and aunts…

Bride to be with Pauls familyI chose eggs benedict for breakfast…

Eggs benedictEverything was beautifully decorated with proteas on the table and a gift at each setting…

GiftVergelegen is magnificent and is a lovely place to visit to walk and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings….

Path through the farmIt’s well known for its historic trees…

Cinnamon Camphora trees…and here they are…

The treesI definitely will return one day to mooch a little longer…perhaps to visit the rose garden…

Rose TerraceOne of the best places to visit is the Manor House and these three photos are my ‘gratitude’ pic…I love it…a long path takes you from a pedestrian gate through an old wall. Beautifully manicured lawns on either side, with a splendid array of flowers & trees to guide you on your way…

Manor house from the gateA little closer…

Manor house from the pathAnd at the entrance…

Manor house close upThe manor house is open to the public and houses some of the original furniture. I will definitely return with friends and family!

Psalm 16 vss 5-6

The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

It was a beautiful morning with wonderful company and a love filled celebration. Really looking forward to the wedding!

And now I’m off to 9 holes of golf with my husband. Hernia’s being fixed on Tuesday. Although I can always feel it, it hasn’t been too sore today! I’ll take it easy!

God bless you loads!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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The Noah Film…

3-13pm

Oh, oh, sometimes I say things on air that I wish I could cut and paste back into my mouth! And that applies to the recently released “Noah” movie. Having not seen the movie, I only had feedback from friends to go by. People were shouting through the social media “Don’t go and see it!” So, that’s what I said on air! But not everyone agreed! And I got calls saying, “Helga it’s a really great movie for sparking conversation. People should see it and take their unchurched friends!” So that’s what I said on air! So then I got a call saying, “NO!! People will be confused – deurmekaar they said!”

NoahListening quietly to this crazy dialogue unfolding on the airwaves was Will, who sat down and wrote to me. And what he said was the most balanced view out…

Hi Helga

I went to see the Noah movie last Saturday and I really enjoyed it! I
didn’t think it was disrespectful to the Genesis text – it was quite
obviously a fantasy interpretation and the below articles I think indicate that Christians do not need to avoid it completely. If you do avoid it you will miss an opportunity to engage society in an informed manner.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/noah.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/february/noah-five-negative-features-about-this-film.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/genesis-of-noah.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/darren-aronofsky-interview-noah.html

Focus on the family also apparently gave it a neutral review as shown on
the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_(2014_film) site.

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly stated that: “[*Noah*] is a creative interpretation of the scriptural account that allows us to imagine the deep struggles Noah may have wrestled with as he answered God?s call on his life. This cinematic vision of Noah?s story gives Christians a great opportunity to engage our culture with the biblical Noah, and to have conversations with friends and family about matters of eternal significance.” [58]<http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Noah_(2014_film)#cite_note-58>

So that should give you more perspective of the movie. I think I had better go and see it! For the Biblical account of Noah, flip to the first book of the Bible and read Genesis 5:32-10:1.

Key verse of Genesis 6:8

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Surgeon update – it’s an inguinal hernia…surgery Tuesday afternoon. In and out, no sleep over! Yay! But I will be off for the rest of the week and then after Easter, I’m taking leave as well, so I’ll have plenty of time to rest!

God bless you loads!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Happiness/Gratitude Pic…when I thought back over the last 24 hours over what I have really enjoyed, the US Masters came to mind…watching Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus playing in the Par 3 competition. It was so entertaining…photo by Darron Cummings…

Gary Player at the masters by Darron Cummings

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The Amazing Influence YOU Have

2-02pm

Today, an interesting thing happened. I went to visit a friend and to get to her house, you have to go through security and fill in your name and phone number on a sheet of paper. Usually, I just scribble my name, half my phone number and a rough signature. But today, as I took the clipboard, I noticed that the person who had gone before me had written in perfectly legible neat handwriting, automatically enhancing the look of the page. Without thinking, I immediately followed suit. Carefully and deliberately I neatly wrote out all my details and signed my name. As I drove on, I suddenly realised what I had done. I had been influenced! The person who had entered before me did not follow the example of the person before them, who had rushed through the entry. He/she is probably a perfectionist and neatness comes naturally. I copied their example. That is the power of influence.

When visiting my friend, who has recently been in hospital, she mentioned how lovely the nurses were. “They were so friendly,” she exclaimed, “that it really made a difference to my stay.” The attitude of the nursing staff influenced how she felt about being in hospital, making a far more positive experience than it could have been. That is the power of influence. Well done nurses  at Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital!

CBMHWhen we were overseas last year, my brother travelled with us up to Rome, then flew back to Johannesburg via Munich. He was hoping for a good seat on the Munich-Joburg leg, but landed with the absolute worst…stuck in the middle of the middle row, with people all around! When I asked him how his flight had been and he recounted his experience, he told me that the plane was packed and he had a terrible seat, “but,” he said, “the SAA air hostesses were so friendly and patient. They really made a difference to the flight, so it wasn’t SAA planethat bad!” Amazing!  That flight could have been dreadful if the air hostesses had been moody, impatient and unhelpful. The power of influence. Well done SAA air hostesses who flew on the overnight flight back from Munich on Saturday 9th November 2013!

How you act influences others. So go off into your world with a spring in your step, a smile on your face and a great attitude. It makes a difference…

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Meanwhile, I looked up Femoral Hernia online and found this…

Femoral hernia splurbI realised this morning that is far more painful after I’ve eaten, so I moved my surgeon visit ahead to this afternoon. Straight after I’ve posted this blog, I will leave.

God bless you loads!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Happiness/Gratitude pic…the easiness of eggs in a cup. Two eggs, whisked with a fork, a knob of butter and a crumble of feta cheese. Microwave for 1 minute, stir and microwave again for 30 seconds…. Egg in a cup

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My Medical Issue…

1-30pm

The other day I spoke to a surgeon who operates on women who have breast cancer. What grabbed my attention was what she said about the risks of breast cancer. Without even knowing that my mother had breast cancer, she said explained that there are 2 primary risks for  getting breast cancer & I have both. While I listened intently, she said, to be at increased risk for breast cancer you have be female and getting older! The older you get the higher the risk. Wow! It is that simple and there’s nothing I can do about it! Add to that my familial history and my risk increases. It was a sobering thought. So what can be done about it?

Prevention of breast cancer starts with a healthy lifestyle. Don’t smoke, don’t over-drink or over-eat. Keep your weight in a normal range, so that your BMI is normal. Exercise regularly.

Get to know your breasts. Regardless of how young you are, after your period, each month, examine them for any changes. Someone once described a lump as finding a marble amidst rice. Some women have ‘lumpy’ breasts. If that’s you, have them checked and then keep checking them each month for any changes. Don’t be afraid to check for lumps. This is a simple, free, non invasive, painless,  potentially life-saving procedure that you can do. I don’t know why women don’t!

And following on with that, when you arrive at the absolutely Mammo machinemarvellous age of 40, go for a mammogram. I have had 4 mammograms in my 40s. Some say that you should have one annually from 40. I didn’t do that, but I will be having an annual mammogram from now on. I turn 50 in November!! (I feel so mature now! I’ve grown up, at last!! :-D )

Don’t be freaked out by the idea of breast cancer. I would love to find a new way of saying “breast cancer” without using those words. It seems that they are a frightening label that make people want to feel sorry for you.  A “Mammary Malady” could be an option! :-D Take it seriously, but play it down. It’s not a death sentence if detected & treated early. (Ha! Someone suggested a “Boob boo-boo!”)

April is a great month to have all the ‘girlie check-ups’. You can remember it because you don’t want to be an April fool and not go. Otherwise wait for ‘Medical May’ and do them then. I had a pap smear this week which has returned normal, so I only need another in 2 years time. But there was a medical issue which is taking me to see a surgeon next week! I have had a niggling pain in my left groin for about 9 month! It came and went as if it was a muscle pain. It flared up after exercise and then settled. Sometimes exercise helped it and it would be gone for a few days. I can’t remember it being a problem when we went overseas last year. But since the golf caddying began and I have been dragging Mike’s golf cart uphill, it’s gotten worse. So when I went to the doctor the other day, she examined it and prodded it and I jumped. Her diagnosis – a femoral hernia! Because it is constantly sore and the pain is getting worse, I need to have it seen by a surgeon. So, that’s ahead! Meantime, Mike has to pull the cart up the hills! I’m fine on the flats. I’ll have to go easy at gym as well.

Beautiful autumn days in Cape Town, don’t you think? I went into the City Centre today and stopped at a traffic light long enough to get this amazing reminder of our spectacular city!

Table Mountain

Just so reminds me of Psalm 121 – I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from. My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth!

Yep! He made the mountain and it reminds us where our help comes from!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

Gratitude/Happiness Pic…speaking of God’s amazing creation. I’ve been admiring His artwork from my balcony…

Monday sunset…

Monday night sunsetTuesday sunset…

Tuesday sunset

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