6 June 2022

Geoff survives another medical emergency.

Yep, another very serious medical emergency almost took Geoff out this time. Sudden onset Cardio pulmonary oedema, basically life threatening heart attack with heart failure following in the footsteps and masive water retention after that, very debilitating.
I'll try to explainn what happened, very briefly.
It was the middle of the night and I was getting ready for bed, my daughter had just left for the United states and I was tired. I was sitting on the bed when I felt this pain in my chest, I knew what it was, a heart attack, but I also knew that with a bit of relaxation and rest it would pass. Well it went on for a short while then dissipated as expected. What I wasn't expecting was what came next, there was this uncomfortable pain, also in my chest, but it didn't feel like a heart attack, just uncomfortable. Well this also dissipated after a short while and so I went to sleep. The next morning my whole life came to an abrupt halt.
When I finally woke the next morning I couldn't move. Taking three steps was out of the question. I had absolutely no energy at all. Just switching my computer on was way out of my ability, everything came to a crashing halt.
Anyway, after months of trying to work out what was going on, struggling all the while, I finally got to see a doctor and from there things were sorted out, sort of, and I escaped the hospital on Saturday evening. So back to work, again sort of, today on monday and this blog post is the first thing I'm attending to, to let you know that I'm still alive.
There is so much I want to tell you about but that will have to wait for the next post.
Blessings from Geoff in Johannesburg in South africa.


5 January 2022

An Accomplished day I'm not ashamed of.



Today was a good day.Thank you Lord, I love you.

Nothing really spectacular happened but compared to yesterday? I'd say It was quite good.

I missed a post, two so far this year, not really a good start on this "A blog post a day" goal I've set myself for the year but that's okay it should pick up in due course.

Jesus is very good to me and today he gave me an accomplished day I'm not ashamed of. All I did was move stuff to the new home and organise what I'm going to be moving tomorrow, sort of got my head into this new phase of the whole process.

My daughter and her husband will be out of here by the end of January and I have to be out of here in about a week or so to give them time to sort out whatever has to be sorted out.

This whole process started over a year ago and the renovations and alterations have been leading up to this time so things are in the final stages right now. Every step of the process as been accomplished by treating each aspect as a different phase, it's how I cope, if that makes sense. No stress, this is what the Lord has brought about, Bless You Lord. 



I must admit that I had, among a whole lot of other tablets (actually all vitamins), a vitamin B capsule this morning. Vitamin B has a profound effect on me, I become super motivated and pretty much work my arse off the whole day and then cannot for the life of me fall asleep at night leaving the following day a disaster. No motivation at all to get anything done, completely exhausted and having no desire to do anything but sleep. But tonight I had a little red wine, hey come on! South Africa has one of the finest wine making industries in the world, let me indulge now and then, ;) Anyway, hopefully I'll sleep tonight. 

Yesterday I didn't have any vitamin B and I only got one load moved and lost motivation. Don't you hate it when that happens? I had all these things planned and only accomplished one. So sad.

I will try to take some photographs tomorrow but recently I have been rather more focused on moving than taking photos, I'll change that and make a priority of both. 

This post I will update tomorrow evening, wish me luck.

Blessings from Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.




3 January 2022

No New Resolution, Just carrying on regardless.

 



This year I'm hoping to write more blog posts than I did last year, only 22. That's an average "time space" between posts of about 16 days, or more than two weeks. Not very good at all. 

Since I've dedicated this blog to talking about God's love, His kindness, His faithfulness and everything He's done for me, I'm going to try to write a post a day in honour of my God this year. We'll see how it goes.

Who is this God I call "My God?" you may ask. That would be the Lord God almighty, the Father of Jeshua otherwise known as the Son of God. He has many names, Jahweh, Elohim and a number of others.

His son Jeshua, who came to reveal the truth to all who seek Him also has many names, I Am, Messiah, Lord and so on. The Son of God and the son of man was raised from the dead after living His whole life according to God's law and being judged worthy of ruling over God's creation. In Him I put my trust. Trusted by the Creator, trusted by Geoff.

I'm an old man now. I also have Asperger's syndrome so my social abilities are rather useless so you can imagine what kind of abuse I've endured over those many many years. 

I was reading last night in the book of Matthew 24 verse 9-14.

9) "You will then be handed over for punish-

ment and execution; and men of all nations

will hate you for your allegiance to me. 10) Many

will fall from their faith; they will betray

one another and hate one another. 11) Many

false prophets will arise, and will mislead

many; 12)  and as lawlessness spreads, men's love

for one another will grow cold. 13) But the man

who holds out to the end will be saved. 14) And

this gospel of the Kingdom will be pro-

claimed throughout the earth as a testimony

to all nations; and then the end will come.

When I read that it made me think about how difficult my time in this world has been, how many times I've been belittled for my belief in Jesus, how many times I've been beaten up, how many times I've had to endure unspeakable abuse, well despite all of that I've remained loyal and have endured. I've held out. Strangely people seem to respect and admire my faithfulness for some reason.

Today the onslaught on people of faith has become not only obvious but it seems to have escalated to an insane degree. Clinging to the word of God written in the Bible, praying to someone you really believe in and trust is essential. 

You have a choice; Do you choose life or do you choose death? Choose life. 

This life we are experiencing isn't for ever, only a time and then it will come to and end. After that there are only two destinations and I know where I want to land up. The other place isn't at all pleasant.

Our souls do live for ever, one way or another.

The Bible is the truth, where else do you think you are going to find truth if you dismiss the Author of truth, where are you going to go if you "Give Up?" What do you think will happen if you turn your back on God and forget about Him? Do you think God will care about you when all hell breaks loose? or do you think it would probably be best to be faithful and loyal so He can care about you?

Men have turned their backs on God and forgotten Him, not a good idea. Don't be one of those, hang in there and don't ever forget that God the father and His Son both love you like no one else ever could.

It's been worth it. Where else can I go to find what this world has no interest in revealing. If I wrote about the innumerable times Jesus has stepped in and changed a very difficult situation I've landed up in to my favour, I would be writing for ever.



So today is the third of January and I've started moving boxes and the small stuff over to my new home, it's quite cool if you think about it, a new year, a new home and a new start for Geoff, lets see what the Lord has in store for the rest of the year. It's going to be interesting, of that much I'm sure

Bless you Lord, may You have a fantastic year.

Blessings to all. Geoff.





2 January 2022

Happy New Year, be blessed.



Happy new year everyone, may the Lord god almighty take note of your faithfulness and loyalty and may He bless you for it this year. May you see His hand in your life every day for the whole year long and may you lay your head down each evening with a heart filled with love and peace.

The lord Jesus loves you and will take you through the year no matter what happens. His word says so, it's His promise.

Blessings to everyone in the name of Jesus from Geoff in Johannesburg, South Africa.





24 December 2021

Old men on Christmas eve. What do they do?

 


Over the past year or so I've been trying to create a home for myself, It's been a very busy time for me. But tomorrow is Christmas day and I have recognise just how hard I've been working on getting presents ready for whoever is coming tomorrow for Christmas lunch. So far I've only bought one gift, all the rest I've made in the last three days. It's been a very pleasant change from the daily grind of working on the cottage. 

I don't have any money and I've been told you need money to buy stuff, strange I know, but it seems to be true. Who would have thunk of such a thing, not me, I just went ahead and sanded some pieces of beautiful African Blackwood, all of them off cuts from my kitchen counter tops and turned them into hard wood kitchen cutting boards. Two of them are thicker than the others, they are my favourites. 


Something else I've done is to cut all the small off cuts into blocks of lots of different shapes and sizes for a very smart little boy who's also coming to our Christmas lunch, a whole container of building blocks. Time for him and dad to start having fun together, dad's getting a cutting board for himself, apparently he really enjoys cooking. Good for him.


I've been so busy with everything going on that I've not had time to take many pictures, neither the cottage progress nor the cutting boards, but will take a whole lot of pictures on Boxing day. I'll do an update on everything that has happened over the last year and post them for you to see. It's been an interesting year wouldn't you say.

For now though, I still have presents to wrap, coconut ice to make and a loaf of onion and cheese bread to bake. The bread can wait till the morning though.


From Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa I would like to wish you all a very blessed day tomorrow and may you recognise the blessings when they come.

Blessings from Geoff.


And that's what has been keeping me so busy for so long. 
I'll be moving in early next year. 
What do you think?

14 December 2021

When I landed up in hell.



 Hi.

So, I've been asked to describe hell. Well firstly let me advise you  that I don't really know much about 'Hell." But I did go there once. The best I can do in this post is describe only what the experience was for me, what I saw, what the atmosphere was like and so on. Forgive me if I don't align with other writers and their descriptions. This is what it was like for me.

Some time ago I had a huge fight with the Lord God Almighty. 

I gave up after having just come back from the worst nightmare set build I had ever done. The build had taken place in the Transkei, part of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. 

Anyway, I came back from the build where I had been very viciously victimised for the past eight weeks, to find that the person who I had employed to "House sit" had done just that, sit. Everything was falling apart right around me. I was very upset about what had happened in the Transkei to come home to mayhem, even my dogs were in on it, they had made themselves a nest of my bed and as we lived on a farm and it was rainy season, well you can imagine. Mud everywhere.

I think I only got back to  the farm late in the afternoon and then spent the night lying in my mud filled bed. Not really, I stripped the sheet and duvet off the bed and slept on the mattress and had a miserable night. 

The next day was raining again and my house was a complete mess. Oh there are so many stories I can tell about that time but some of those stories will have to wait for another time.

Anyway, I had a bottle of brandy that day and landed up drinking the whole lot, got very drunk. Had a huge fight with God and went to bed. 

Some time in the middle of the night I awoke in somewhere not here on earth, I had landed up lying face up in the palm of someone else's hand being supported above the surface of what appeared to be a body of water, but it wasn't water, it was something else but see through like water.

I couldn't see who's hand it was that was supporting me. All I could see seemed to be in some rather large black dome, like outer space without the stars, sort of like a dome of black mist. In front of me , sort of looking past my feet direction I could see a pair of red eyes. The eyes weren't glowing but very red and staring straight at me with a very unpleasant demeanour.

I was lying on my back so don't know how I could see below me but somehow I could see things going on below the surface of whatever I was hovering over. When I say hovering over I mean with my back actually in the water like substance.

Below me I could see tentacle like things and people impaled on these tentacle like things. The tentacles were in appearance like octopus tentacles but not as slimy, no suckers with a sharp pointed cap type thing at the end. A bit like a thick war javelin but also flexible like an octopus tentacle. These tentacles were piercing the people below me, coming up from below, through their backs and coming out their fronts. They were in agony and writhing and screaming. It was terrifying and I was terrified out of my wits.

It was very dark everywhere, above the water as well as below but I could still see. The air was dark and thick and as I was looking at what was going on below me I saw one of the javelin tentacles coming up below me. I'm not sure whether or not it reached me but I cried out "JESUS HELP"  and woke up in my bed.  

The effect that excursion had on me was how this blog came about and has changed my life in so many ways. 

There is one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty; God is real as is Heaven. Hell, also real. You definitely don't want to pay that place a visit, it's horrible, terrifying and permanent. 


Through the love and faithfulness of God, His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit I have, over the past dozen or so years, come to cling to the promises written about in the Bible. No one else has ever said, "I will rescue you even from the very gates of hell" and then done exactly that for me. No one. 

Well I think that's it for a description of an unpleasant place known as hell. Yep, I've been tested and sifted continually, I've also been looked after by God almighty but most of all, I am loved by God the father and His son Jesus even though I'm so so unworthy.

Blessings to everyone from Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.



 

I had another "Near Death' Experience this morning and I'm okay.

 This morning I got up and started doing the usual morning business like going to the bathroom, having a headache powder, some water to wash it down with and so on, but this morning it was different. 

I was standing at the kitchen sink looking out of the window at the beautiful sunshine, we've had a lot of rain lately and for a long time so seeing sunshine was fantastic. Even the clouds were beautiful, sort of puffy with wisps of higher clouds, sunshine all around. 

I stood there marvelling at the beauty and thanking the Lord. I had already taken the headache powder and lifted the glass to my mouth, took a sip and all sorts of pain broke forth in my throat. I swallowed the water but it wouldn't go down, like there was an air-block or something and I started to black out. 

This is something that has happened before, a few times actually, and I know that I have about three seconds to get on the floor and lie down. Not doing this will result in me falling to the floor anyway, so why get injured by a fall. 

I got on the floor immediately and lay down.

I knew I was passing out and what usually happens is I go black for a couple of seconds then start recovering while shaking uncontrollably. But not today.

I found myself in a field with yellow flowers and grasses about as high a a kitchen counter. There were children playing with each other sort of in front of me and in the distance, what seemed to be a farm house structure with trees in front of it. There were no clouds in the sky which was a clear blue colour, there was sunshine but I couldn't see the sun just the early morning sunny atmosphere all around.

I didn't take note of time at all, so trying to asses how long I was there isn't possible. I do know that in earthly terms it was about ten minutes which is way, way, longer than ever before.

While I was looking around at the children and the flowers and the horizon, thinking how absolutely beautiful, I realised that something was amiss. I said to myself "I'm dying."

The moment I said that to myself everything changed all around me.

I was no longer wherever I had been but was back in the kitchen on the floor. 

Trying to change from one place to another wasn't easy, wow, focus and so on, very confusing.

I felt nauseous, confused and very out of focus. Getting up off the floor was a very wobbly business.

This isn't my first "Near Death" experience.

A very long time ago I had been shown what "Hell" was, that changed my life hugely and has haunted me for the past fifteen odd years. 

This time I was shown what to look forward to, not what to dread.

I didn't see anyone but the children, unlike last time when I saw the eyes of another very dark person. This time there was no darkness at all.

I'm not sure why my time has not yet come but I would like the Lord to know that I look forward to that time and to spending the rest of Eternity in His company. 

Bless you Lord and thank you.

All my love with everything I am, Geoff. 

I'm still wobbly, six hours later, and weak too but I'm okay and taking the day easy, like a Tuesday Sabbath. 

I wish all of those reading this post to have and end of days like I had this morning, it will come sooner or later. May you be blessed for all of eternity.

Love from Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.

4 December 2021

Chin up. It's tough I know, but there is hope.

 


Coming back to blogging has proven to be rather trying. I've wanted to start writing again but, since everything seems so dark lately, I haven't really had much in the way of positive experiences to write about. I've been working on my new home pretty much five days a week, I'll show you some of the photographs, but in general life has been a little stagnant lately. 

One thing that I've been doing which has proven very helpful has been keeping the Sabbath. Some time ago I got it into my head to spend one day a week alone with the Lord in friendly conversation. I wanted a day without any disturbances, no pressing needs to be worked on and nothing to feel guilty about for not working. 

I have known about Saturday being the Sabbath and kept by the Jewish people as a holy day for many years but knew nothing about what that meant at all. Yet I somehow decided to keep Saturday as my day with  the Lord. AND I LOVE IT.

It started out with just spending the whole day talking to the Lord and resting. Saturday had become my Sunday.  

Over the next few months I came to look forward to Saturday so much that by the time Friday came around I was completely worn out. But the very next day, which actually starts at sundown on the Friday, was the Sabbath of the Lord and I was going to have a day off from work spent with the Lord Himself, so looking forward to that. 

I've come to the personal realisation that the rest of the week is pretty much just one long day, all the stresses of that particular week come together on Friday and the Sabbath is like the night, end of day, time to rest now. 

Sunday for me is a time when everyone else is having their day off so work doesn't realy happen with all the physical stuff but it does happen with my getting ready for this next day/week. I'll go round to the job, check it out and formulate some kind of "to do list" for the next few days. 

One evening, after having admitted to the Lord that I didn't know anything about the Sabbath, He led me to a website of the Seventh Day Adventist Church where I started watching videos by a pastor Steven Bohr. Link to lecture about Daniel and Revelation Prophesies.

No I'm not a Seventh Day Adventist but I do like the way he reveals the word and he surely has given me a much better understanding of the Sabbath and the scriptures in general but I do still have my own interpretations and understanding.

I'm not going to recommend changing your church affiliation but I am going to recommend keeping the Sabbath very highly. It has helped me immensely. Thank you Lord.

While I'm writing this, it's the Sabbath today. So Happy Sabbath everyone, Gods Holy Sabbath.

Lots of love, Geoff.


14 October 2021

Do you believe the Bible is the truth?

 I woke up this morning thinking about the following scripture.

John 6 verse 35

'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty But you, as I said, do not believe although you have seen'

Do you believe the Bible is the truth or do you believe the "Media" is the truth?

Come on people, start reading your Bible and stop doubting the word of God and believe. 

I haven't had money for more than six years now and yet here I am, still going and still being looked after by God Himself. No money, but fed, watered, and housed. How can I doubt the word of God, I have seen and I'm thrilled. 

Not believing is stupid.

Get real, for God's sake, and take courage. God really does love you way more than you give yourself credit for.

Blessings from Geoff to all God's people.