2013 – post Olympic year

So we a few days into the new year, 2013 and yes the world has carried on with no predictions of it ending as yet. Just over a year ago as we went into 2012 it was a year that promised much, an Olympic year. I can’t believe that it is over, Michael Phelps became the greatest Olympian of all time, “new” athletes broke onto the world stage, I got a promotion within TuksSport to a post I never thought I stood a chance of getting, leaving a sport that I love so much and that has been good to me and my family, namely swimming.

I have been blessed over the last year to have a family that I do. Robyn has been my true inspiration. How she raises our daughter, Zoe, whom has been an absolute blessing to our family and many people that she comes into contact with – the absolute character that she is – makes me love Robyn more every day. During this last year Robyn had to deal with the aggressive cancer and untimely passing of her mom, the trips to the US with Zoe, to organizing the matters of my mom-in-law in SA. She has a strength that she only can receive from The Lord our God. I love these two ladies so much.

My family has been a blessing to me, Robyn and Zoe. My parents, brother (grateful for his new work in 2012) and grans – thank you and love you more than you realize.

So now we moved into this new year. To all my family, friends, colleagues, our church -Eastside – may 2013 be a special year filled with special blessings. I look forward to a year of family, as Robyn, Zoe and I grow as a family, attempting to honor God continuously. I look forward to the new challenges in my new role and job within TuksSport as we challenge the systems and aim for even greater sporting performances, which is going to be tough after the Golden year 2012 was. I look forward to see my dad, after what will be almost 45 years of service to Spoornet, retire at the end of August, with my prayer that him and my mom will be able to spend time together traveling and at home, growing in there relationship with one another and God. I look forward to Zoe turning 2 in June and what characteristics will develop in her personality. I look forward to Robyn and my relationship growing in strength. And ultimately I look forward to trying to honor God in everything we do during this year.

On New Years even Riaan, our senior Pastor, shared from Psalm 40, as a prayer for Eastside and all of us in 2013. I have included it below as I truly believe that these words are apt for us also as a family as we enter this new year. God Bless. Steven

I waited patiently for the Lord ; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord , who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord , as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord ; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, Lord ; come quickly, Lord , to help me. May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:1-17 NIV).

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