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"Therefore take up the whole amor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
 
And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints -"
 
Ephesians 6:13-19 NKJV
 

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As most of you guys know, and the golfing world are aware, 2018 has been a real battle for me. Struggling mainly with the golf swing, has been the real reason for my lack of consistency and performance. 

A quick recap of my year (to bore no one with the facts) I had to finish real strong to still have playing privileges in Asia for 2019 (a place where I have really excelled in the last few years). I needed a Godly intervention, to put it mildly. 

Practicing between 6-8 hours daily almost just made it worse. I had a pastor and various other friends and family pray for me, my hands, my eyes and my heart. Faith is all I had. 

A glimpse of hope at The Sun City challenge on the 6th of June, shooting 64 and beating the field by 7 shots, was proof (even only to myself) that the capability is and was still there. It makes me think of Olive Oil (weird enough) where the crushing process is necessary to get the product of oil. Even with all the potential inside, it’s worthless if you can’t turn it into oil. 

Looking back in hindsight, you can see the glimpses of hope that was dangled in front of me, just enough to keep me going. With no form, no real confidence and lack of any consistent performance, I was armed with Ephesians 3:20 coming into my last 3 events of the year.

To summarize, I only had my 2 small fishes and a few loaves of bread but I was sure that God could feed a whole crowd with it. 

On the Wednesday before AfrAsia Mauritian Open, it was an idea that manifested itself in my mind, that was so real, it gave me chills. It was like God opened the heavens for the sun to shine through a year tormented by thunder storms. That thought, the Lord Himself, guided me through 3 great events.

I believe that moment was much bigger than only 3 good events. I believe, that raw competitive nature, was reignited in a single moment, breaking chain after chain that held that olive captive for such a long time. 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I pray that this short testimony will fill someone with hope and perseverance. 

Have a blessed 2019.

Thanks to the people supporting me and those who keep believing in me. A massive thanks to my sponsors Titleist South Africa Swagg Lifestyle Serengeti Estates.

 

 

 

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