Colin's Wise Wednesday - 17th July 2019

“Hi Jesus, Colin here”…….. how do you start your prayers? Do you introduce yourself to God? Or do you come to God with formal words of praise, thanks and petition wondering if you are getting it right? Or do you approach God with familiarity, expecting to be heard? This was a topic of a recent devotion that I read. The husband’s prayer was: “God, please, please, please, please, PLEASE help us!” After praying the husband was cheerful expecting to be heard and wondering what was for breakfast while the wife praying about the same concern with her formal prayer of praise thanks and petition moped around still worried if she had got it right.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER LUKE STREET

A WEEK OF DRAMA– 12th July 2019
Welcome back to another instalment of a “Week in Pictures” at Tanda Tula Safari Camp. While we have had some heart ache over the last week due to the unfortunate loss of one of the Zebenine lionesses during an altercation with the Mayambula Pride (last weeks blog post), the Timbavati continues to provide incredible game viewing! The fantastic rains that summer brought have set the Greater Kruger on track for a good winter with the grass, still thick and full on nutrients. The trees are still holding massive amounts of foliage and those that aren’t have an ample bed of nutrients right beneath them which means the wildlife sightings have been superb!  
 
But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as He really is, offering Him the true worship that He wants.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 10th July 2019

I hear two voices. One positive the other negative. How do I react to them? Is my response the same? Do I hear God’s voice/message in both? Let me tell you my story.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF UNCERTAINTY IN PICTURES – 5th July 2019
 
The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to humanity. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.   John 1 : 4 - 5
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 3rd July 2019

Thanks Ron and Cam’ for your choice of songs on Sunday which gave me the idea for this devotion. Wow I have enjoyed putting it together. The one was the hymn “Breathe on Me Breath of God” that Ron preached on and “Draw me Close to You” was a chorus that Cam’ had chosen. On “playing” around with the titles one can easily intersperse the title of the hymn and the chorus and they fit perfectly (please try it).
 
Those who proclaim God’s message speak to people and give them help, encouragement and comfort.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF A WINTER WONDERLAND IN PICTURES
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 26th June 2019

Thud! Lyn looks up from the dressing table to see what has hit the glass sliding door in our bedroom. Nothing - that’s strange. On investigating, looking through the door she sees a dove lying on the ground, jerking as if taking its last breath.  She calls me and I can tell from her voice that she is concerned and upset. I said that I couldn’t do anything.  I didn’t want to admit that I was “scared” to go and have a look. One seems so helpless in circumstances like this and my “copout” was that human presence just heightens the birds stress.  So I left it.  About an hour later I asked Lyn what she had done with the “body”. She said nothing but the “body” was gone.  The dove must have been dazed, came around and flew off. The dove had no idea why we had placed the sliding door where we did, he could not have seen it as his journey came to an abrupt halt. The glass door did its job by keeping the dove from following a path into the house, into a maze of rooms where there would be little chance of finding his way out.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

Whilst we thought their presence in the area during the previous reporting period was good, this week was exceptional. The pride set up base in the central region of our concession and enjoyed no fewer than four kills during the course of the week. It all started last week when all sixteen members (including the two Mbiri males) were found feasting on a large kudu bull only 2kms from Tanda Tula Safari Camp. That afternoon Civilized headed out a little earlier in the afternoon to go and spend time with the pride. As it was early in the afternoon and they all had full bellies, he wasn’t expecting much action - he was wrong. After some time with the lions the four lionesses suddenly got up and stared to the west before slinking off. It wasn’t more than a couple of minutes later that pandemonium erupted as the lionesses brought down an adult zebra about 100m from their kudu kill! Civ and his guests sat and watched in amazement at the power of these lioness as they subdued the 300kg mare.  
 
God keeps His promise, and He will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 19th June 2019

Good morning!!!! Is it a good morning?  Are you a morning person? Don’t you find it changes over the years? During my running “career” early mornings were the norm.. The body and the mind got used to it and when visiting the bush those early morning drives were the ultimate. Much to the family’s displeasure morning drives were a must and they were too scared to lie-in in case Dad came back with all the “stories” of what he had seen. Some were just stories with the truth being told over breakfast.
 
Plan carefully what you do, and whatever you do will turn out right. Proverbs 4: 26
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF TREE-CLIMBING CATS IN PICTURES 14th June 2019
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 12th June 2019

Is seeking God only for the lost?  I had never given this question much thought but after reading the book “Note To Self” I realized that seeking God is for all of us, lost and found. Our entire life should be seen as seeking God. This is not necessary seeking for something that we do not know about or do not have already. God has already found us. Seeking God is a continual journey towards a closer relationship with Him. 
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF MORE STUNNING SIGHTINGS IN PICTURES - 7th June 2019
 
We know that in all things God works for good with those who love Him, those whom He has called according to His purpose. Romans 8: 28
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 5th June 2019

 “Run Forrest run”. Not quite at Forrest Gump level but Lyn and I walk 3 times a week and the other day we tried a new route. The first part of our “journey” was great all level with a few downhill’s then came the crunch….at the end a “massive” (ha ha) uphill quite unexpected.  This reminded me of life, we go along merrily and suddenly we hit an uphill.   Are we prepared for the unexpected events in our life?  I believe a daily walk with God is the best preparation for those mountains.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF THE SUPER SEVEN IN PICTURES - 31 May 2019