And that’s a wrap!

As many of you already know, I had an interview this week for a position as a Corporate Flight Attendant based in West Africa.  I knew that if I was successful, I would need to re-think this blog, as the nature of the work is pretty similar to what I was doing before when I was based in Saudi Arabia as a VVIP Flight Attendant.

I have been thinking long and hard over this past week about The Arnie Diaries and The French Corner.  When I started The French Corner back in 2012, it went as unclassified.  By the time 2014 rolled around, what it had essentially turned into was an online diary – and therefore, in January of this year, I kicked off with The Arnie Diaries.

I was successful at my interview on Tuesday and started work the same day.  Praise God!  If I could have written down the specs for the perfect job, I would have only listed half of what I have just been offered.  It is more than I could ever have hoped or wished for.  And now I look back and realise what the last two years of blogging have been about – it was my faith journey through a critical challenge that I got to share publicly.

This new season of my life would make for much more interesting reading for most of you, I am sure.  But I am no longer in a position to share my life so openly being contracted to such a high-profile person.  Within the next couple of days, I am going to be setting all my public profiles to private and discontinuing with most of them.  In short, this will be the last post on this blog.  I know it is abrupt, but this has really been a testimony of God’s faithfulness  - and He has proven true to His Word.

One of my fave songs during these past two years was One Thing Remains by Bethel Music from their The Loft Sessions album:

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing… Remains [repeat]

[Chorus:]
Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me [3x]

On and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains

[Bridge:]
In death, In life, I’m confident and
covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can
separate my heart from Your great love…

Thank you for taking this journey with me!

xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

 

Proof of Address

Perhaps I am not telling any of you anything new here, but I was surprised that I was unaware of the requirement that one had to offer ‘proof of address’ when exchanging ZAR into foreign currency at the airport here in South Africa.  Considering the amount of travelling I do, HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?!  How long has this been a requirement and how come I have never run into this issue before?

First of all, I do not have any form of ‘proof of address’.  I actually went through the list online of what is considered valid ‘proof of address’ – and I am not able to meet one of those requirements.  Which means I cannot change any local currency to US$.

Sigh.

My nearly maxed out credit cards will have to do.

I know that once before when I needed to exchange Chinese RMB into ZAR, they also required ‘proof of address’, but all I had was my Chinese Residence Permit in my passport which they accepted as me not having to provide ‘proof of address’.  But that expired in December.

All I am saying is pack in an electricity account, cell phone account – or any other acceptable piece of paper next time you travel abroad and require foreign currency.

Email-only followers

Hey ya’ll – I can’t seem to figure out the settings on my blog where I only publish certain posts to my email-only followers.  As a result, I have deleted a few posts that were published on the net this week.  For now, I am going to export my email-followers list to my email account and keep you abreast that way.  I know that some of you have had a hard time signing-up on this particular blog – so many of you have said that you are not able to sign-up in spite of numerous attempts.  If that is you and if you still would like to follow the more sensitive stuff that unfolds in my day-to-day life, please email me and I will add you to a group email list.

Happy Sunday!

xxx

David

I am busy with a study of David at the moment.  I don’t know about y’all, but he is one of my fave Bible characters.  I love him!  He has a multifaceted personality and I can laugh or cry with him.  He just seems REAL to me.  He delights and disappoints – sometimes I want to be JUST like him – and at other times not.  Even though I have.  I guess what I am trying to say is that I can relate to his heart really well.

Anyway.

This morning 1 Samuel 24: 6 really stood out to me:

He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord‘s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord‘s anointed.”

David resisted revenge after all Saul had done to him!

But look at the preceding verse in 1 Samuel 24: 5:

And afterwards David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

David’s standard for measuring sin was not the wickedness of Saul, it was the holiness of God.

And it got me wondering about how I measure my own behaviour.  Do I minimise some of my own poor behaviour because someone else’s behaviour seems so much worse than mine?  Or do I measure my actions against what is pleasing / displeasing to God?

Ouch!

Woodlands Eatery

Yesterday I had a handful of deliveries and clients to meet in Town, so thought to schedule them late to make the most of First Thursdays.  I have never been to one and last week’s was rescheduled for this week because last Thursday was a public holiday.  First Thursdays are when the Mother City comes alive at night, with loads of art galleries and stores keeping their doors open until 21h00.

But it didn’t happen because of the rain.

The event happened as it always does – rain or shine.

But it didn’t happen for us because of it, so we sought shelter at Woodlands Eatery instead.  I mean, what better way to spend an introductory winter’s night in Cape Town, right? – Up on the side of the mountain in a quaint eatery – drinking red wine and eating pizza – sitting near gas heaters and wrapped in blankets.  Awesome!  And while I am a pizza person, my Mom isn’t – but she said this was the BEST pizza she has ever had.

Woodlands Eatery is located at 2 Deer Park Drive, Deer Park, Vredehoek.

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