About Renate

Hey. Welcome to my blog.

I’m Renate, a fourth year med student in South Africa, writing about the things that I see and the things that I think about and the things I feel.

This blog was silent for almost a year while I battled with depression and wondered about my future. It was tough. Very tough.

I almost failed third year medicine.

I’m still afraid that I will sink back into the depression. That fourth year will be harder than third year was.

And yet, I also look forward with hope. Because my depression has taught me to cling to God for strength. To cast my fears and my worries on Him, and trust Him to carry them for me.

These pages are a record of His faithfulness in my life. How God is taking a weak and afraid med student and molding her into the doctor… and Christian that He wants her to be.


13 thoughts on “About Renate

  1. Renate, I love your blog. The cosmos is beautiful and I know that there is an abundance of it around about this time of the year.

    Have a happy birthday and a blessed Easter.

    God longs for the fruit of the spirit to be evident on our lives, not religious nuts πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Renate,
    Thank you for stopping by our blog!
    I’ve been going through some of your posts – the sailing looks such fun and the medical ones are very interesting!

    I’ll be visiting your blog often. πŸ™‚

    God bless you.

  3. “I’m a first year medical student. A lot of my life seems to revolve around this statement at the moment.

    I’m a child of God. I want all of my life to revolve around this statement.”

    Love it!!


  4. Lovely blog Renate. It’s wonderful that you are this upfront about your religion. πŸ™‚ It says a lot about a person.

    Good luck with being a medical student. It tends to take over your whole life!
    πŸ™‚ Chin up and breathe though. First year’s great, lol. Did you do Chemistry and Organic Chemistry? Physics at the far end of the campus? LOl. I miss those days.

  5. Yup, we did indeed do Chemistry and Physics! Chemistry practical was pretty awesome…

    Physics was always so far away! Then we got to the medical campus and figured out how lucky we were to have had the opportunity to actually walk around between classes. Now we have all our classes in one lecture hall, and if you go for a walk, you lose your seat!

    The grass is always greener on the other side.

    Thanks for visiting!

  6. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for linking me!

    Regarding the categorisation, alongside Tyrell is probably quite accurate, seeing as he is linked to my church. I’m still at the stage of figuring out what all those big words mean, and where I stand… πŸ™‚


  7. Would LOVE for you to write for me!! Send me your email and I’ll forward you the email everyone got for their series w/questions & instructions!

  8. Hey there Renate,

    How you doing? Are you excited about the Rezolution Conference this year? Are you supporting it? Would you write an article about it or any of the speakers that will be on it? Want more information? You go to BBC right? Doug or Christo could give you more info.

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