Depending on the Wind

Summer is here in South Africa and at the Retreat Center it also means the wind is here. I’m not just talking about a summer breeze blowing gently off the ocean, but a sand-blowing, building-shaking kind of wind. In fact, it was blowing so hard the other night I thought Oceans Retreat Center was going […]

My Friends-the Prophets

Do you have any friends who are prophets? If you don’t I would strongly suggest you find a few. I have been spending a lot of time lately with my prophet friends. They are a unique breed for sure, not always easy to make friends with. Most of them are extreme introverts and struggle with […]

Gratitude & More of God!

Written by Patty Spykstra: Who would have thought that RT Kendall would join us for dinner? Yes, author of More of God is a regular guest as we listen to his book online. I was struck by Kendall’s words “if we desire more of God we need a spirit of thankfulness.” With honesty he addresses […]

Room 47 – Repentance & the Voice of God!

  Written by Mike Verkaik: This past Sunday we followed a new devotional pattern started by my son, Chad. On the weekends we read from Tim’s new book, Stepping into the Lord’s Prayer. As Chad was leading us through chapter 4, I began to hear the theme of this blog when he read, “ We […]

The Blessing Challenge!

The song birthed out of of the Covid-19 pandemic “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes has been a grace to many around the world. Straight out of the Priestly Blessing of Numbers 6:22-27 and directly from the heart of the Father these words shine forth God’s deep love over His children. Sunday as […]

Look for the Water Spouts!

June through October is whale season here in South Africa. The Southern Right Whales come near the shore during this season to birth their calves. During the first few months of the visitors passing by local folk would ask me if I saw the whales in the bay. It seemed like everyone was seeing these […]