Hey Lovelies! You are all in for a real treat today! I cannot wait to introduce you to my guest, Lusanda Dhlamini.
I first met Lusanda through Instagram where I was instantly hooked by her heart for Jesus and her passion to equip women to enable them to live lives that glorify God.
Lusanda heads up Women of Reverence, a platform birthed in South Africa to serve the nations giving expression to God’s beautiful daughters.
She is wife to Joseph Dhlamini and together they are blessed with four daughters. As a family they reside in Edenglen, East of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Joseph and Lusanda are the Lead Pastors at Gateway City Church, Alexandra Township, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Lusanda speaks and preaches at various women’s events, churches, conferences, corporate companies and NGO’s. She speaks with passion, authority and most importantly, with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. With a Bible in her hand and a God-given message in her heart, she is unstoppable!
Her heart is to see all women from diverse cultures, races, and generations united in supporting one another, building each other up, and equipped to walk into the fullness of who God created them to be.
I said YES to my PERFECT husband to be!
What a bold statement right? You’re probably asking, “Who is this chick?”
I am not scared to say that ‘coz His name is Jesus! Which husband did you think I was talking about?
Jesus officially got my BIG yes in January 2006 – twice! He visited me in my room, I sensed His presence and I could only worship and say “I love you, Lord Jesus!” I gave my life to him again a few weeks later at a local church. I really meant it…..haha!
You might wonder why I took so long to finally say YES! I was the problem, not HIM; He is ever ready to embrace and love you perfectly.
‘The Good Life’
He pursued me for so many years and I kept on saying a big, fat NO! I just focused on the earthly pursuit! I wanted to enjoy my life here on earth and did not think of what will happen after my death.
In my pursuit of my so-called “good life”, I got pregnant at the tender age of 18 years old. What a mess I had made for myself. The only great result of this was my precious daughter who is now 26 years old. I was in my matric year, doing well in my academics with a dream of pursuing my Marketing and or Communications studies. However, my NO to Jesus led me to repeat my matric in 1994, and become a mom before I was emotionally mature enough to be one. In His mercy, Jesus carried me through that season.
Although I did not have a relationship with the Lord, He still looked upon me with a heart full of mercy.
The Bible promises that our children (even if they are not followers of the Lord) have been set apart. I thank God that my mom and grandmother were followers of Jesus and prayed so fervently for me.
I became a single mother in every sense of the word. God became the father to my daughter. Many prayers were sent up to heaven for my salvation but I still hardened my heart.
My “NO” to Jesus led to more unwise, immature decisions and wrong choices! I moved in with a man against my mom’s advice and warning. He proposed after two months of being together and I was so excited that I forgot about the family values that had been instilled in me. I was so blinded by what seemed to be the “perfect” love. He asked my uncle and my brothers for my hand in marriage, but this was all in vain. He married someone else… another child out-of-wedlock! Yet again, I became a single mom without any emotional or financial assistance.
I was so embarrassed. I felt stupid, angry and bitter. A path no one wants to navigate but I have no one to blame but myself. God gives us a choice of free will and I had made mine! I needed to “woman-up” and walk out the consequences of my choices and decisions.
This meant getting my car repossessed (I was paying into his business account and the bank was not getting the money), moving out to a new place, losing all furniture and basically starting from scratch.
Well like any reckless life, it needed the reckless love of Jesus for it to be restored.
I Said YES!
While pregnant with my second daughter I finally said A BIG FAT YES!!!!! I got water baptised and filled with Holy Spirit while pregnant.
Like any relationship we have had our honeymoon season and our times of wrestling, but now we have been going for 14 years strong! Our relationship still has its ups and downs coming from my side. But He washes me clean when I humble myself at His feet, repent and ask for His forgiveness.
God desires to see us live a life of abundance here on earth too. He wants us to walk with HIM faithfully, in close intimacy with the Holy Spirit daily. The enemy is here to steal, kill and destroy!
God restored me and blessed me with my own earthly husband, Joseph Dhlamini. I call him my dark, tall and handsome Zimbabwean chocolate man! We married on the 29th of October 2011 and we are blessed with four girls between the ages of 29 and 5yrs old – quite a ride if you ask me! Two are biologically mine; Joseph came with one daughter and together we have one daughter. Talk about a God smoothie! We belong to Him, created by Him for His glory.
Just say a BIG, FAT YES!
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