Opening the Year with Val, Author of Saints in Lockdown

This entry is part 12 of the series In All Things

Happy New Year!

It seems impossible that it’s a whole year since our last interview two weeks ago with Vida Li Sik!

Talking to others, I’ve found it fascinating how many people reporting that 2020 seemed more like a decade! That although the days seemed to fly past, the weeks went on forever. I was chatting on WhatsApp with my daughter in Montenegro. She said she’d been talking to her teaching colleagues the day before, and they had all said the same thing!

Isn’t it strange?

How about you? Has 2020 seemed a particularly long year for you?

So today we return to one of the last interviews with authors who participated in our boxed set, In All Things, and today we’re chatting to Val Waldeck, a multi-published author who lives in Durban, on the South Coast of South Africa.

Welcome Val!

Shirl: Great to have you here.

Val: Thanks Shirl, good to be with you.

Shirl: I love the title you chose for your book! What motivated you to choose this particular theme?

Join us in our chat with prolific South African author, Val Waldeck, author of Saints In Lockdown, a creative devotional book available in the limited edition of the boxed set of 13 e-books, In All Things. Click To Tweet

Val:  Observing the reaction of people to the lockdown in our own country (South Africa) and globally. People seemed to have a real problem coming to terms with the issues they faced and still trusting in the sovereignty and goodness of God. Yet we read in Scripture of so many Old Testament saints who stood tall as they faced and conquered their varying circumstances by focusing on the Lord.

Val, how did the book affect you?

Shirl:  Did you yourself get anything out of these devotions as you wrote them? Did you grow at all spiritually (or in any other way) while you were writing these chapters?

Val:  The faith of these Old Testament believers challenged me deeply. We have a complete Bible, access to anointed teaching, and freedom to encourage and share with one another. Yet still, we complain when things don’t go our way. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 took on new meaning for me: The Will of God is for His People to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks. Our God reigns.

Shirl:  Wow! Yes, we’re not good at any of those, are we? So tell me, what was the best thing for you about the whole process?

Val: I really enjoyed collaborating with the other authors and sharing their devotional books. It is amazing to see how many different aspects of God’s creation are shared and applied to our lives.

Working with others

Shirl:  You’re right. It’s been great seeing all the different themes come together, hasn’t it? You had to produce seven chapters on the theme, Overcomers. Were all seven easy to find? Or was there one (or more) that caused you to struggle?

 Val:  The biggest struggle was to choose only seven overcomers! The Bible is full of stories about amazing saints who believed God, no matter what. Maybe someday this book will morph into a whole year of devotionals!

Shirl:  Ooh that sounds wonderful! I’ll look out for that! Shifting topics now, the party from all accounts was a resounding success. What did you enjoy most about it? What was the biggest challenge?

Val:  The party was fun. It was amazing to chat with so many people and enjoy their slant on life. I enjoyed the openness of people and their willingness to participate and chat with us. The biggest challenge was keeping track of all those comments!

Shirl: Yes, that was a real challenge, wasn’t it? But so good to discover even when you lost your own post one of the team was happily keeping it going! I loved the entire experience.

Do you have any “last words” for our readers today, Val?

Val:  I believe “In All  Things” will be a blessing and inspiration for many years for all who get this Limited Edition of 13 books. I would invite everyone to pay it forward and buy a set for a friend (or two). This will make a wonderful gift!

Other authors in the set already interviewed:

Shirley Corder – 7 African Animals
Sunrise to Sunset- – Deryn van der Tang
What God Wants – Ashley Winter
Inspired to Worship – Ann Goodfellow
Steps of Faith – Crystal Warren
Life is Good – Yvonne Tippins
Promises to Cherish – Vida Li Sik

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Let’s close with the question I began with.
Have any of you experienced 2020 as being a long year? Tell us more. 

Shirl: Thank you so much, Val. Leave us with a few ways of connecting with you.

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31 Days to Deeper Faith



Are you deeply rooted in the scriptures? Dig into the Bible by taking a month-long devotional journey to deepen your faith. Find women in the Bible you can learn from by applying the lessons from their lives to your own today. You will have time to reflect, focus your prayers and decide on the practical action to draw you closer to God and to others.


The Bible is full of stories of men of great faith. But it is also brimming with stories of remarkable women. Few are mentioned by name, and only two have had books named after them. They were women just like us; wives, sisters, mothers, daughters, businesswomen or homemakers. They lived by faith, trusting God with the outcome of their actions. We have the benefit of time, more than 2000 years, to see how life turned out for them.

Vida is a woman of God who has devoted herself to the study of these women. She has gleaned lessons from their stories that she has applied to her own life, and graciously shared with others as well. Vida is an excellent example of a woman who is striving to be all that she can be for God. My hope is that as you read the devotionals you will be inspired to be your best for God.   Irene Renton, Women’s Ministry Leader, Johannesburg


Anna – An uncommon faith 

READING: Luke 2:36-38

Take a moment and add 50 years to your current age. Think about what you would look like. Would you still have your own teeth and be able to see? How mobile would you be, where would you be living and what would you be doing? Anna became a widow when very young, after only seven years of marriage. She expressed her faith and love for God in uncommon worship (by living in the temple and worshipping day and night) for the rest of her life.

A modern example for me is Mama K who has lived a long life and was baptised into Christ at the age of 102. She was in the group of 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1956 to protest against the pass laws. She’s lived a long life and has seen many things. Yet, nothing pleases her more than to listen to God’s word and to sing songs of praise. That is truly an uncommon life. And then, there is you. There is no-one else like you. You are one-of-a-kind, an original. Your unique life experiences, strengths and weaknesses make you uncommon. Genesis 1:27 says you were made in the image of God. He is an uncommon God who:

Wants to have a relationship with what he has created.

Chose an uncommon way to reconcile us to him. He sent his only son, to die a horrible death for those who lived as his enemies.

Chose forgiveness over retribution, mercy rather than punishment and love rather than hate.

Made salvation and grace freely available to all. You don’t need to earn it.


REFLECTION: Do you believe God has chosen you to live an uncommon life? (Ephesians 5:1-2) Do you live for him rather than yourself and with passion and purpose instead of “going with the flow”? Will you show patience instead of anger, a smile instead of a frown, a word of encouragement instead of criticism? Will you bite your tongue and not say something negative, continue to care instead of withdrawing when others hurt you, set an example every day even if your reward will only come in the next life?

PRAYER FOCUS: Thank God for making you exactly the way you are.

ACTION: Take time to thank the “uncommon” women who have helped shape who you are.


A Mary-heart in a Martha-world

READING: LUKE 10:38-42

Two sisters, and two very different approaches to Jesus. With which one do you most identify?

Jesus didn’t say there was anything wrong with what Martha did. She chose to do it. Maybe she was a perfectionist striving to make sure everything was “just right”.

It is okay to ask for help, but maybe she wanted validation (“You’re doing a great job, Martha, thank you for serving, we appreciate it”). The problem was that she “was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” Then she complained. Very often, we do the same. We focus so much on what we need to do that we forget what we really need. Even our Bible study and prayer can become something to tick off the list.

In our Martha-world, is your phone the first thing you grab when you wake up?

We get so caught up with our to-do list for the day. Then we get busy and think “maybe, if I have time left over, I’ll spend time with God.” The result? Just like Martha, we get overwhelmed and then complain.

By contrast, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to and learning from him. Finding the right balance in our lives seems elusive, but maybe we’ve got our priorities all wrong.


REFLECTION: What are the worries and things that upset and stop you from “choosing what is better?” Do you offer to serve, then complain about it?

PRAYER FOCUS: Commit everything you need to do to God before you start your day. Ask God to help you serve from a position of strength, on your knees at Jesus’ feet.

ACTION: What are some practical ways to help us to “listen at the Lord’s feet” throughout the day?

Move on: Get Devotionals for Women by Vida Li Sik here

Read an interview with Vida Li Sik here



Meet Vida Li Sik – Christian Author from South Africa

This entry is part 1 of the series African Authors
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Good morning all!

How are you all today? Surviving the Lockdown or Stay Home measures in your particular country? What is the most difficult thing for you among your regulations? Please share below.

I head up a Facebook group for Christian Writers of Southern Africa (a.k.a. CWOSA – pronounced as in QUO zu).  Currently there is a book promotion of Christian Non-fiction Books titled, “For Such A Time As This.” I am proud to share that out of the 15 books available, 6 of them are from our group. I’ve decided to do a number of interviews of Christian Authors living in Southern Africa, and what better a plan than to start with the authors featured in this promotion.

Today, to kick off the series, I am interviewing Vida Li Sik who lives in Johannesburg, the epicenter of the global pandemic currently sweeping the globe.  read more