Friday, 13 May 2016

7 Chrisitan Songs for Workouts

We all know the benefit of a great workout. Fitness just does that for us! You finish up on a high with sweat rolling and endorphin's running wild. Let's face it... it's an amazing feeling. 

Yet, I know how much of a struggle it can be to really get into the mindset of working out when the music you're listening to doesn't settle with your soul. A playlist can either lift you up or drive you into the ground! For me, a playlist is more than just a sick beat. The words being heard need to feed my spirit as the exercise feeds my body.

I'll be honest with y'all. I haven't been working out like I should lately! But, with my new schedule at work and all the waiting we're doing, I figured it's a great time to get our families fitness back on track!

I knew I needed a Christian playlist to keep my heart in line! I needed some music that would motivate and cleanse me! I'm sure you can relate!

So, here is my playlist for a wholesome 30 minutes!

7 Christian Songs for a 30 Minute Walk

1) Thrive- Casting Crowns
2) 10,000 Reasons- Matt Redman
3) Let It Rise- Big Daddy Weave
4) Two Weeks in Africa- Caedman's Call
5) Shout Your Fame- Hillsong
6) He Reigns- Newsboys
7) Mercy Came Running- Phillips, Craig & Dean

Call to Action: For the next 19 days, I encourage you to move! For 30 minutes a day, listen to the playlist and move. Whether you go for a walk, do some calf raises or stretch, just get your body moving! Tell us what song inspires and motivates you the most, even if it's not on this playlist!

Side bar: A new fitness challenge will be coming up the end of the month. So if you're like me and have been slacking a bit, use the 19 days to re-train your body and mind for movement! ;-)

Shana Danae

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Slow Cooker Lamb and Vegetable Soup

We all have those recipes that are just our go-to meals. I’m especially like this! I have my “never fail” recipes. These are most successful in the slow-cooker. I think it’s the whole idea of dumping everything in and going.

It’s getting to be winter here, so obviously soup, chili and stew have moved to the top of the list! And now with the boys being home in the afternoons, instead of at school, I find the slow-cooker to be my saving grace!

I have these wonderful winter memories with Hubby and the family of throwing a soup together and then the family gathering around that evening with a big plate of bread or vet koek! There is just something about a good soup that seemed to bring the family together and the laughter and conversation just takes over.

Here is a great, simple, dump and go recipe for a delicious soup sure to fill the family! Combining the rich flavor of lamb with local, fresh, organic vegetables makes for the perfect dinner on a cool, winter's night!

Slow Cooker Lamb and Vegetable Soup
Prep time: 30 minutes                   Cook time: 4 ½- 6 ½ hours

Serves: 8

500 g Lamb Stew Cuts
3 cups chopped carrots
3 cups chopped potatoes
1 ½ cup chopped broccoli
1 ½ cup chopped cauliflower
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup chopped spinach
2 cups pre-soaked red beans
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped leaks
½ cup chopped turnips
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1/8 cup chopped fresh garlic chives
1 large onion diced
1-1/2 L water
2 packets dry soup mix (Knoor Mutton & vegetable)
2 tsp garlic salt
Salt & pepper to taste
1) Dump everything in a slow-cooker, except the soup mix.
2) Cover with foil and place lid on.
3) Turn on high for 4-6 hours
4) Mix soup mix with water to form paste. Add 30 minutes before serving and turn to low.
5) Season with salt and pepper to desired strength. 

Alternatively, you can prep this in the morning before work and cook for 8 hours on slow. When you get home, through in your soup mix and get ready to dish up!

Recipe for Slow Cooker Lamb and Vegetable Soup
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It’s that simple! I prefer my food a little salty so I always end up adding a little more salt in my bowl! For me, the key to a great soup is getting the freshest vegetables possible! I always purchase my vegetables fresh that morning and throw the soup in around lunch time. What’s great is when I need to work full day or have the kids and their friends over, this keeps me out of the kitchen!

Shana Danae

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

My Children Know Me Best

Hi, y'all! Thanks for stopping in at May's The Kids Behind the Blog linkup! You can find all the details with Stephanie over at Wife Mommy Me. You can find the details in this post! But basically every second Wednesday of the month there is a link-up of questions you've asked your littles! It's a great way to see the faces and hearts behind what inspires so many of us Mommy's! 
Toddler boys posing with Dad for an interview to get to know each other
My children really do know their Mom better than anyone!

This month I decided to interview both my kids! It was all about Mommy since it was Mother's Day this week! Their answers are truly precious! It's amazing to understand they see through the outside and actually really do know me quite well! I'd say my children know me best, even if some of the answers weren't what I wanted to hear! 
  1. What is something I always say to you?
Lil Mister: Play outside. Listen. Don’t fight. I love you.
LJ: Love you too
  1. What makes Mommy happy?
Lil Mister: When we are good and help in the house.
LJ: Cheese
  1. How do I make you laugh?
Lil Mister: If you tickle me.
LJ: Making silly faces
  1. What do you enjoy doing with me?
Lil Mister: Sunday drives and walking to get lucky packets. And swinging. Ice cream dates.
LJ: Playing and picking flowers
  1. What is my favorite thing to do? 
Lil Mister: Cleaning the house and cuddling.
LJ: Buying me lucky packets

Call to action: Join us in the Kids Behind the Blog link-up! Let me know in my comments you linked up and I'll be sure to visit your post!

Shana Danae

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Waiting on the Lord

Tweet: And I will wait on the Lord who hides His face from the house of Jacob And I will hope in Him Is 8:17 I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him.
Isaiah 8:17

My life in general is a testimony to how the Lord continuously comes through to stand in the divide. He never fails to follow through and despite countless risks, flying half way across the world to someone I barely knew, providing work, housing, a car, ect. He continues to prove His desire for our lives.

In the beginning of December, I planned a week long holiday to the Valley with the boys. Hubby had been staying here with his brother for two months already while the boys and I remained behind in Jo-burg with our Ma. We knew the Lord had called us back to the Valley; why or how was yet to be answered.

Dutifully though, Hubby took up work and made the sacrifice to only see us every second weekend during this time. Financially, it wasn’t proving to be of any benefit but we pushed through with the Lord.

So as LJ’s birthday came near, we decided to spend some time with our family and friends. The original trip was to be a week, then through the encouragement of friends and the financial logic, we extended our trip through Lil Misters birthday at the beginning of January.

I prayed earnestly as I felt stuck between a rock and a hard place. I couldn’t get work in the Valley without being here and there was no reasonable way to be here without work. Yet, the Lord made a way and here I was in a perfect capacity to seek out employment. In my first 3 days visiting, the Lord came through as He always does.

I was contacted by our Pastor in the Valley letting me know a secretary position had opened within the church and it was mine if I accepted. The only downfall to this is the salary was much lower than we had been budgeting on as it was only a part-time position. We prayed and ultimately trusted in the Lord as the Spirit told me to take the job.

The Spirit assured us that in taking up this ministry, the Lord would provide; given that I saw it as that, a ministry not a job. I made the arrangements and we moved into a one-bedroom flat with our boys, as a family once again. I began the first week in January at the church and wonderfully the Lord provided more. That Sunday I was again approached by members of the church that were in need of a financial administrator. By the following Wednesday, I had two part-time jobs making up more than the planned budget and working within each others time needs.

It was a blessing beyond measure for us.

A few weeks ago, I was let go by the secondary job. The needs had been met and financially it was not possible for the company to continue to carry someone only in a financial ability. Knowing that I would not be willing to give up my position in the church, the company needed someone full time.

My three months with this company had been a blessing and I spent these past weeks searching out the blessing of being down to only one job. Of course, the primary fear was that I would have to leave the church in the end to take up full time employment.

But, we’ve decided to wait… on and in the Lord. Hubby and I have prayed constantly these past few days and the Spirit says that the Lord knew our needs in January and He knows our needs now. He gave me a ministry, not a job, with the church and if He feeds the birds of the air how much more will He do for His children. I received further confirmation of this decision through a close sister in the Lord as well as our Pastor self.

I want to stress the importance of confirmation in these radical decisions. When you feel the Spirit speaking to you in a radical way, i.e. quitting your job, moving far away, donating a large amount of money, pray earnestly and share this with others mature in their spiritual walk. Ask that they pray and await confirmation. The Spirit will confirm God’s will to those around you.

Tweet: We are waiting on the Lord He provided, provides and will provide. I waited patiently 4 the Lord n He inclined to me n heard my cry Ps 40:1, we are waiting on the Lord. He provided, He provides and He will provide.
I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined to me; and heard my cry;
Psalm 40:1

The Lord will not forsake His children. In this week, I have had so much devotional time. Times of peace in His presence, times of sorrow, times of worry and times of joy. I have cleaned my house beautifully, caught up on washing and ironing and completed homework and activities with the boys in peace and fulfillment for them and I.

I’ve been blessed with full nights’ rest without numbers racing through my mind, with coffee dates with friends, and afternoon walks with the Lord. I got to sit with the Tannie we rent our flat from as she poured her heart out over her husband’s cancer diagnosis, without worrying about having to be somewhere at a certain time. I spent time researching recipes to help her with the new diet the Oom is on.

I have not only meal planned but also meal prepped! I even was blessed with some time just with Hubby as the kids spent a few nights with Ouma. I have been blessed and I continue to wait patiently as we pray for the financial needs of our family.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint
Isaiah 40:31

Tweet: Is there something you’re anticipating, planning, losing sleep over, or over analyzing? there something you’re anticipating, planning, losing sleep over, or over analyzing? I encourage you today, pick up your Bible and wait on the Lord. Silence your spirit to hear His Spirit and hand it over to Him. His timing is incomparably perfect.

Call to action: Share with us in the comments how we can start praying for you today! Alternatively, you can drop us an email at if you’d like your prayer request to stay private.

Shana Danae



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