Friday, November 22, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Our favourite qualities about God become the most prominent qualities in us. We become what we behold. What scares us the most defines our limitations. The things we fear define us because fear is such an intense emotion we allow it too much access over our lives. Love is as intense, our loves define us. We are what we fear and what we love the most.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Jesus, my life made perfect.
Jesus, my every perfect thing.
Jesus, when I look at You my very broken and imperfect world is made perfectly whole.
Jesus when I look at You it is so hard not believe. Faith is. I don't have to create it or stir it up.
Jesus, Life, Resurrection, Light, Way, Truth, Great Shepherd, humble Lamb, Invincible Lion.
Jesus - my whole world, my whole life, my everything, my happiness, my victory, my healing, my forgiveness, my greatest gift, my resurrection, my absolute everything magnificent. You're so brilliant You make me look good by just walking next to You.
Jesus - my addiction, my obsession, my passion, my devoted friend, my brother, my Lord, My King, My Eternal Lover, My Messiah...
Monday, October 28, 2013
The joy of being content in weakness is for those who know the secret powers of His sufficient grace. The joy of suffering is for those who live in the one who calls Himself Resurrection. Thus we rejoice always in weakness or in suffering. We rejoice always in Christ Jesus.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I am from expected surprises
I am from daily prayers sung into the night
Caught by God and returned as sunshine in the morning
I am from introduction to ancestors at birth
I am from style and creativity
I am from stories. I am from unending dreams and endless hopes.
Monday, September 30, 2013
I love this verse....
The Amplified Bible breaks down this love-verse most beautifully.
Fear has to do with punishment.
That means that there is no punishment in love. There is nothing to dread. There is no reason to fear we will step out of line. There is complete freedom and safety in this love. This is the love found through the knowledge of Jesus!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
(painting by me also - called the warrior's smile)
Laughter - is joy set on fire.
Sometimes you just have to let it burn. We must let all the negativity that tries to influence us burn away. We just sometimes need all the responsibilities that weigh us down burn away and be children sitting on Abba's lap where we can just play with Him.
Laughter is joy set alight. Sometimes we just have to forget it all and remember only one thing, the One we adore, the One whose face we love. He has the whole world in His hands, nothing is going to happen that God cannot manage. Laughter cleanses.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Today I woke up so full of joy.
I woke feeling so much lighter in a while not that I have been feeling particularly burdened. Yet there was a particular lightness and joy this morning.
Someone told me that today is the day of atonement. This day according to the Bible a priest would pray for the nation of Israel by placing all the sins of the people over a goat without defect. The word atonement means to "cover" or "covering". This means that people's sins are covered and forgiven. According to Leviticus 16 the goat that is a sin offering would be released outside of the city. It would be cast out. This is where the term scapegoat comes from.
I remember one day a few years ago, I said to the Lord: "Lord, I don't want to ask for forgiveness all the time. I don't want to make you my scapegoat." The Lord surprised me and interrupted my talk while the words had hardly left my mouth.
The Lord said to me: "But I AM your scapegoat."
I had not done any intense study of the old testament then. The old laws hardly made sense to me then. I also knew that my understanding of His grace was not fantastic at that time. One thing I immediately realised was...I didn't know the word "scapegoat" was a Biblical term. I knew what the Lord was telling me.
Our sins were placed upon Jesus Christ and He was used as a scapegoat for all our sins and was crucified outside of the city gates. Our sins have been atoned for. He is our scapegoat and we are free from our sins because the Son has set us free from all sin if we believe.
What joy I felt. What joy I feel now. This must be the reason I woke up full of joy. When your sins are no more all the weight if it is gone and the joy of living is revealed. The fountain of life causes life to flow out of our bellies.
"Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."
Thank you Lord!
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
am a black woman
tall as a cypress
beyond all definition still
on me and be
I Am A Black Woman by Mari Evans
I love this poem so much.
I love it for the time within which it was written. The last three lines are the best.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
My article in the women's month edition 2013 of The Thinker journal. Not as brilliant as the one I wrote last year but it's okay.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
I am an Illustrator
I write on the grains of the earth
On the coast of the tip of Africa
I write so that words of life will be blown by the wind of the ocean
Transported to the body of the continent
I write so that the wind would whisper the identity of the child in Congo to know that she, he has worth unmeasurable
I write so that the wind will sing to the refugee looking for the hope of peace
That hope and peace is possible in a hopeless land
I draw in the sky
So that the wind will lift it up to the clouds
Let the clouds interpret it over every nation to see
To not stop until their neighbours too have their inheritance
I write at the tip of Africa
Where Mandela learnt wisdom
I let the wind blow the words
To every nation of the earth
I let the ocean carry it wherever it wishes
Washes it off like a shell
So that the old man in China
Will also pick up his pen
And tell us things
We have never before
Poem & Illustration By Siki Dlanga
Last day of the campaign
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
'Prisoner of Hope' is one of the poems in my book 'Word of Worth'
One reader of 'Word of Worth' wrote on facebook today:
"I'm reading 'Word of Worth' right about now... What a captivating and addictive book Big up's Siki Dlanga"
This was so great to read as I have four days left before my www.thundafund.com/sikidlanga campaign is over. It was just the encouragement I needed to keep going with my campaign. Just to know that it is truly going to bless someone and that it is blessing someone right now. I am thankful for that response though from time to time people have expressed those very same words from time to time.
3 more days support www.thundafund.com/sikidlanga
Thursday, August 1, 2013
"Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13
Our faith is more precious than gold, it gets tested, so we better esteem faith more than gold. Would it not be great to be known as a faith digger than a gold digger? Seeing that faith is more valuable than gold? Just a thought.
Faith - Jesus is the author and finisher/perfector of our faith.
Hope - hope gets tested in perseverance. God calls Himself the God of Hope. That tells you something about Hope. Hope is pretty big!
Love - we know that love matters because without love whatever we accomplish is burnt in the fire if it is without love, it is simply not beautiful, not acceptable, not worthy.
Thoughts on HOPE:
Romans 5 tells us that Hope is a matter of CHARACTER. I never realised that. Hope is serious. If you think about it, it takes a whole lot of character to keep your hope up! Giving up and letting go of your hope is an easier option. You quickly releave yourself from possible disappointments. Hope requires persisting in the hope, hope against hope as described by Romans 4.
"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed..." - Romans 4:18
These three remain, Faith, Hope, Love.
I wondered why faith came before hope. Faith enables you to keep your hopes up, when you have hope it means that your faith is going through the fire and it is being tested and refined and you are gaining character to keep going and keep hoping.
So let us keep our hopes UP! God enables us!
There are 9 Days left of the campaign from tomorrow. What a journey it's been! I have never experienced anything like it. You can still support me on this land mark moment
Monday, July 22, 2013
It was to shoot for the love of a man held so dear
Give my campaign some royal treatment. I only have 19 days left to make it count! www.thundafund.com/sikidlanga
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
Thank God we are alive to see it! And thank God Mandela is alive! This is officially Mandela's 95th July ever. That is just so cool. Most of us have lots of Julys to live to get to that number God-willing.
I always find that July can be a game changer. It is that time of the year where you have stepped into the second half of the year so that if you got the other half of the year wrong, this is the half to make up for it. It is also the half that makes you think seriously about the following year! I am praying that this half of the year will introduce all the things necessary for my next steps next year.
The poetry journey continues. I do not see why a brilliant poet is not earning as much as Torres. At some point in history, sport was just a game. He or she was not necessarily rich because they were good.
It is time for the poet. It has to be. This July can change things. Here is one way to make poetry count www.thundafund.com/sikidlanga
Let the games begin. This is a game changer.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Only to find out someone else already beat them to it! And so the poetry story GOES.... I have two fears! I am afraid that someone will give me a million bucks and the campaign will be over in a matter of days. Or that it won't reach as wide an audience as I would like it to. Well, while I was busy writing this blog I received a supporter that threatened to be a poetry resurrector!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The bird dances over the soothing blue and rolling white. The waiter asks whether I have been assisted.
The sun kisses the sea. Mist flutters over the distant waves, just a little above, as though for some beautiful purpose as it brushes the sandy green cliff. I look at her: "Of course I have been assisted."
The first shall be last and the last shall be first, said the First and the Last , the Beginning and the End, the Author and Finisher (Perfector) of our faith. So don't worry about those who are first or richly endowed with other kinds of worldly wealth, you do your thing, finish YOUR race, sukuqalaza, don't look around. You are your competition. Don't you dare compare or you will miss the entire POINT of your life and you will live a lie. Ndiyekeni ndihambe imini iqalile magwala ndini ( allow me a bit of Xhosa poetic license)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I took this image at a moment where I was actually a little anxious because things did not turn out as I had expected. It then felt as though I wasted my time. I saw these peaceful creatures watching this mucky water. Even the mucky water and the birds somehow captured my imagination as beautiful and peaceful. This image gives me that peaceful feeling every time I look at it.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
What is any girl without beautiful friendships.
What is life without solid relationships? It is no life at all. My blog is about life as a sum of conversations. I maintain the theory that without conversations life is not life. In order for life to be meaningful it is necessary to have relationships that have been following your conversation as much as you have been following theirs. If such consistency does not exist that one's life is much like a conversion through a broken telephone. Conversations are lost and the true meaning of the original conversations is distorted and lost. Distortion is dangerous because everyone wants to be heard and acknowledged or else they do not feel a part of life.
This image represents a very significant conversation. It is a sum of something much larger than one conversation. It cannot be contained and so it continues into the future as it connects the past.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Today, my favourite poet in South Africa emailed me! In fact in the world. Yes Malika Ndlovu emailed Siki Dlanga. It's a whole other story though whether I qualify or not for what she emailed about. I still feel like a winner by virtue of having received an email from her. I feel unbelievably memorable right now because she has no real reason to remember me since she is such a busy and famous poet. When she performs her poetry, she transports you into the most beautiful dream I swear it. You never know whether you're awake or in a beautiful dream all you know is that whatever it is, it must never end. When she is done your hands are too weak to clap and your voice too awestruck to speak. She is that great.
Yes Malika Ndhlovu spoke to me today. She did!
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Here is a freedom day fact: White people don't have to fear about having less in order for blacks to have more. There is enough for everybody in this country if you take the fear factors out of it. So everybody is free to prosper and everyone is free to share in their prosperity. if you horde your wealth out of fear and not share with the poor you will probably lose it anyway. We are free and we have enough for all of us! No more fear that only perpetuates injustice in this country in one way or another. Free from pointing fingers and free from "you owe me".
We are free from all that stuff that enslave us to old mindsets that keep us from our true inheritance as a free nation. May we be a nation that is famous for giving extravagantly and sharing with one another without fear or judgment.
We are not made rich by how much more possessions we can have but by how much more of each other we can have.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Hope bubbles beneath the earth of this country like molten lava. The feet of hope-seekers burn. They find themselves dancing, demanding and burning things in the streets. They have miss-understood, misinterpreted what it's all about and so with misdirected chants and mistaken dances they burn what they are meant to rebuild. Someone tell them the truth that the burning lava beneath their feet is there to reveal to them hidden treasures. Things to build with.
Hope burns beneath the soil of this country to overturn the old dead soil, to spit out new gold and fatten the ground you dance on. Hope burns.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Today's sermon caused me to "see" what sitting around the dinner table with Father God must be like. The table is laden with designer cutlery, the greatest serves the best fish you have ever tasted, maybe lamb too? The atmosphere is freedom and the stories Daddy God tells have me hanging on every Word. The Word is alive and it is a Word Feast. It is so tasty the more you eat, the hungrier you get for more.
I'm sitting there absolutely delighted out of my mind in bliss. I am laughing with tears in my eyes and Daddy God just does it again because He just loves it when we delight in Him and so the feast never ends...
The more we enjoy the Father in the feast, the more people are drawn to come and feast with Him, with us and the food multiplies with every bite and each time you share your favourite food.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
The world is formless
No singing birds
No oceans no skies
No life no colour
No lions no galaxies
Yes it is true
The power lies
at the edge of my tongue
Where life and death reside
Even the direction and path of life
With such power is much responsibility
Thus for every careless word
We shall be judged
Since our hearts must unite with God
Our mouths with our heart
So that no lie is found
No deception lurks over our minds
Only the Truth
Only pure hearts can see God
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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