marriage is under trial

Allowing fiery trials to define your marriage, not destroy it. 27/6/2016 Have you ever felt like your marriage is going through a fire? What does it really mean to lay down your life for your spouse? At weddings we all hear the bride or groom say their vows, for better or worse, in sickness and in health. On the day they are just words and you never really think that one day you might need to live them out. I know for me, on my wedding day I was so excited to marry my wife Tammie that I didn’t even think twice about our vows. She looked so beautiful and she was such a babe, who thinks about the sickness and in health, or the richer or poorer stuff at that … Read More

Testimonies of a Good God by Byron van der Merwe UCB2 This is my Story interview

Hey all I hope it’s been a great start to 2019 and you have already set some goals and plans in place for the year ahead. This week, Tammie and I were given the opportunity to be interviewed on the Ruth O’Reilly Smith show on UCB2 radio. What a great privilege and opportunity it was to share our story of God’s goodness with her and her listeners. If you want to take a listen to the interview, here is the link. Blessings Byron and Tammie  

Psalm 23 study

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Psalm 23 study, part 1 of 3   Psalm 23 study video by Byron van der Merwe Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known Psalms in the Bible. Being only 6 verses you would think there isn’t to much to study in Psalm 23. Yet this psalm is filled with a wealth of wisdom and knowledge. In this Psalm 23 study, Byron breaks down verse by verse and gives insight into how this scripture practically applies in today’s world. So, get out your notebook and Bible and come and spend the next 15 minutes in the word of God.   In this video, Byron looks at verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 23. God is our Sheppard and when we follow Him we will never be in lack. Biblical shepherds are different to the … Read More

So it’s been a year

14 December 2016 So today it’s been a year since the start of the most intense physical battle for my health I have ever been in. A year in the greater scheme of life may not seem like a lot, but when you have to live with something for 365 days night and day, a year can feel like a really long time. What started out as a swimming injury that should have taken a few weeks to heal has turned into a whole year of immense pain, mystery and at times doubt as to whether I have what it takes to walk through this. Looking back over this year I’ve been admitted to hospital twice including spending a night in the intensive care unit. There have also been three … Read More

Sometimes we just need to be real.

Is social media a reflection of real life? Now don’t get me wrong I like social media as much as the next person. It’s a great place to catch up with people you would otherwise have lost contact with and is also a good central platform to communicate with those you would normally catch up with on a regular basis. But with all the plus sides to social media , I think there can also be a few negatives. In general, people only ever post the “high light reel” of their lives. The best, filtered pictures, in the perfect location with the perfect lighting. Some people even become obsessed with portraying the image that they are living the perfect life. The trophy wife, the best behaved kids, the new bigger … Read More

Testimonies of God’s Goodness

Hi everyone I am  pleased to announce the start of a brand new blog series called “Testimonies of God’s Goodness”. The series is inspired by my book “Testimonies of a Good God” and the idea is to get people sharing their stories of God’s goodness in their lives. This week’s story is from a good friend Izzi Stock. She is an amazing lady and has such a great testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness. I know you are going to be blessed by it. Ps- Be in touch if you have a testimony of God’s goodness that you want to share, I would love more people to be a part of this series. Blessings Byron I was 11 years old when I prayed a prayer. Mrs Williamson, our P7 teacher, … Read More

Don’t Despise the Day of Small Beginnings

don't despise the day of small beginnings

Don’t despise the day of small beginnings   We all want to live big lives of significance that change the world in some way. Perhaps you feel like you have a product, a ministry or a business in you that can help change the world in some way. Well, we were all made for greatness in some form or another and God has great plans for all of our lives. 1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us that what no eye has seen nor what any ear has heard the great things God has in store for those who love him. However, greatness starts off small. No significant work started off huge. Everything in life starts off as a seed. Jesus told us in Mark 4 that everything in the Kingdom of God … Read More

God knows your name.

God knows your name, God knows you, you are known by God

God knows your name. Did you know that God really knows you? In the world today with all its hustle and bustle, it’s easy to feel like you are forgotten or unknown. However, God really and truly knows you. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. God knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. He knows when you get up and when you go to sleep. He even knows the thoughts you are going to think before you think them. He knows everything about you (see Psalm 139). You are not forgotten, in fact, you are God’s handiwork and you were made for the purpose that God has prepared for you. He has good works already set up for you to do (see Ephesians 2:10). The Bible says … Read More

Testimonies of a Good God first four chapters free

 testimonies-of-a-good-god-first-4-chapters download link    or Purchase the book on Amazon  About the book This is the amazing true story of God's goodness,grace and miracles. Byron speaks simply and openly of how God has shown His goodness through some really tough circumstances. Through the death of his sister, the near death of his brother, a heartbreak after a failed relationship, attempted shootings, car wrecks, bad medical reports and many trials, Byron testifies of the goodness and grace of God even when life just didn't make sense. But this book is not just about trials, it's about faith, hope and victory in Jesus. It's about the amazing victory Byron and his wife Tammie have experienced in Jesus as they stood on His word, even through times that seemed impossible. Finishing the book you are left ... Read More