By Marian Fitz-Gibbon

2020 will be a year that will go down in history that’s not too dissimilar to that of some of the world wars that others have lived through.

When we share our stories of what we’ve been through this year and count the numbers of those that have made it through and survived the countless hours in lockdown, in small apartments in tiny shacks in mindless conditions praying and hoping that food supplies will last until the end of the month and praying yet again for more food supply. Remembering the generous public who stepped into the breech to feed those who would have but been in the number of those passed in 2020.  Reflecting on the thousands that stood in food lines for a mere morsel of rations to go home to cold and stark structures whilst being commanded to wear your mask!  All the while we were grateful for the tireless hours of dedication and grit of all frontline workers and those that remained alert to pray and support the font liners and those battling the virus. Mothers took on tasks that stretched them to capacities they never believed they were destined for, to them it is a well-done Mums. Businesses closed and markets took a thrashing. PPE’s were the new talk of the day. Did we stop and ask, ‘where did the children play?’’  All the while the COVID-19 virus information was translated into graphs which tugged at the heart of faith vs fear. The media either hit the target until the public learnt speak up, pray up and many a time stir up on the various platforms.  


Sundays came zooming in and church broke out of the walls! Holy Spirit moved over the airwaves as God’s people became bold and took time to hear Father’s voice for others.  This was connecting the people at a different level; nothing was going to stop God’s people no no nothing. From zoom to zoom across the nations we all connected, and hope rose.


We can only but say by the grace of God we have made it this far. Obviously on the medical front and the scientific front the full verdict is not yet out, and the debate is still on the table.  The economic implications as to whether we have a total lockdown as we had before or only a regional one is under debate according to Professor Alex van den Heever who is the Chairperson of social security systems Management studies at Wits . The one reason for this is to lesson economic disruption.  Even though the Pfizer vaccine is available in the UK it was not clear whether South Africa has the funding, process or final decision on how, when and to whom SA the roll out of the vaccine in South Africa in 2021 will take place. Professor Shabir Madhi | South African Medical Research Council indicated that the upcoming holiday season with reference to the Eastern Cape and Western Cape there was an expectation for a rise in the Covid19 due to large social gatherings.


The One thing for sure we can hold onto that which is solid and the fact that the Lord is the same yesterday today and forever.  As Paul tells us in Corinthians – anyone who is in Christ he is a new creation – you may not feel as if you are one but you are, the old has passed away and behold the new has come it’s no longer you that lives but it is Christ who lives in you and the life that you now live in the flesh you live by faith in the son of God who loved you so much that he gave himself for you and when you consider that you and I as Christians we are a Royal priesthood we are a holy nation the people for his own position that you may proclaim the excellencies of him he called out of darkness into this marvellous light quite a contrast to what we’ve lived in around us and that yet this is our hope and we are called to bring others into this this wonderful family this wonderful understanding and He gives old the right to become children of God not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind but by testing that you might discern what is the will of God what is good and acceptable and perfect.


 I know and you and I got affected by the virus and the USA elections by some manner or means and it got nasty. My exhortation now from all of this is we are to guard our hearts.  All kinds of movements arose with all kinds of hashtags some necessary someone could debate as being unnecessary but I think at the end of the day the word of God is our standard if you are a Christian and God is given us very graciously means of communications which we must be diligent and wise in our to use whilst it is still available He says whilst there is still daylight use it.

  Look into the Mirror of the Lord.


Proverbs 18.20 says that  life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit and  again in Proverbs 15.28  The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. I believe that the Lord is raising up prophetic voices in the writing areas, in journalism and in the public forums where your voice will be heard in clarity as was the case with Jeremiah.  For those of you feeling uncertain, the Lord will give you revelation and direction as to what to write and the favour, it will be for the healing of the nations as spoken of in Amos 3 and Rev 22

You will deliver words that will be like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.  (Proverbs 16.24)


Like Jeremiah ask the Lord what His perspective for a strong one themed and an illustration that the reader or listener can identify with.  God intention is to change the heart of people with a love approach on a situation before you begin.  Keeping your communication clear & simple. Jeremiah had eyes of faith and it was that in the in the middle of a winter season he was able to see that there was an almond tree blossoming and he was able to decree and to declare that the almond tree would blossom.  He saw things from Gods perspective.  It requires putting aside one’s own perspective regardless of how much intellect or education you may have.  Listening to God requires having the heart of God.  Drawing close to the Holy Spirit and asking what’s on Fathers heart.  There will be times when you feel the Holy Spirit says hold back and don’t say anything for it is better to be prudent.


In summary, regardless of the reports and the situation around us we need to hear from GOD.   I believe that the new breed of writers and speakers that will be filled with wisdom so when they speak their words will be as the writer of Proverbs says deliverers of ‘words fitly spoken will be like apples of gold in a setting of silver’ (Proverbs 25.11)

Finally, I believe there will be new communication platforms, apps and writing academies and companies to encourage prophetic writers and speakers to step into that which God has in this next season.

God Bless You All

Marian Fitz-Gibbon

Mothers Day with a Difference

By Marian Fitz-Gibbon

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all our Gateway readers worldwide.  May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, be gracious to you and grant you great favour.

Mother’s Day has become traditional with a special meal and a reflection on how marvellous mum is, a bunch of flowers, some hand creams her favourite perfume and some chocolates to top it all.  Whilst some may argue its just a commercial drive, we as mums wait with great anticipation to read the cards and share the chocolates whist watching an afternoon movie. This year is no doubt going to be very very different.

How has life been with covid19 and our special women?

Artists help capture the message of motherhood.  Her value, her economic contribution the educational support the emotional and spiritual underpinning in her family. With the recent closure of some of the long-standing women’s magazines will leave an even greater opportunity for women to become the positive voice in our children’s lives. Women are to be honoured and I asked well known South African artist and art teacher Rona Zwarts how women and art link up?

“Working with women especially with the visual arts, I’ve seen them become free of fear and work with colour shape and form. Women are inclined to beautify her surroundings  whether it’s her house , herself her cooking her clothing, they tend to make things beautiful and whenever you are in a creative space concerning the visual arts  you escape the mundane and in escaping that you go into a higher level away from your fears and you become like a child again and in that space that you usually connect with the Holy Spirit and its very freeing.  You get touched very deeply.”

Karen Harkema (early student of Rhona) captured the heart and times of her darling mother using colour to bridge the times.

Mum the teacher

My thoughts went straight to something my eldest daughter mentioned about having little ones away from school for so long.  Martie Du Plessis from Dynamis Empowering Parents gave some good sound advice:

“Parents are not the teachers; they are the 1st educators. They are the ones from whom the child learns communication, love and the goodness of God. The values and principles are learned in meal preparation and around the table eating.”   She referred to the fact that parents should impart the knowledge and skills that the parents have to the children. 

Motherhood is a constant classroom from the moment the little ones open their eyes till the last prayer is said.

The balance of play

Photo by Any Lane on Pexels.com

Keeping Sunday as a playday and ensuring that everyone is included is a challenge that the Stavero’s have managed to navigate.  They play Bingo, Croque, All-in – Art & dance your music choice just as start. Little Zoe puts on her ballet outfit and dances daily to a TV show. It all sounds such fun and well thought out. Helen, the mom says they are using things around them to keep busy.  Everything needs to be age appropriate.   She has also understood that she does not have to play with her children all the time.  She is relaxed and present but not controlling.

A strong woman knows she has the potential to shine in this world,

 but true strength lies in her ability to lay down her life so that God can shine through her.   

Darlene Schacht


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