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All things new

I'm wondering where to start from. Everything is so different around me. New city, new home, new writing position. At the moment, my dining table seems to be a good place, but I am considering a certain corner in my new room. I think the newness of everything brings its own excitement. Tomorrow I’ll resume my new assignment and I will be the new member in an existing team – the new kid on the block. LOL. I wonder how that will be. So many things are changing around me but I’m glad I still have my family and my God. At this time in my life, I rejoice in the fact that my...

6th Sense

On the average day, I am a pros and cons superstar. I delight in checking out, weighing, and evaluating options so that I can eventually make an informed decision. This works on most occasions, however, there are times when there’s more to it than you can naturally sense. Then you need a sixth sense to help you judge accurately. I’ve also come to realize that one of the greatest adversaries of this pros and cons process is fear; fear in the heart of the person who needs to do the evaluation. Fear just shuts down the whole process and before you know it, you’re facing the consequences of a bad decision you made...

VICTORIOUS

Without warning, everything changed for Daniel, his cousins and friends. They were young; they had their whole future ahead of them and they often dreamed of occupying positions of influence and making a mark when their time came. This was a natural expectation for him and the other descendants of King Hezekiah. But without warning, everything changed and they went from being royalty in their homeland to being slaves in Babylon; all because of a wrong move King Hezekiah made years before. Daniel could have spent his days in Babylon having pity parties, letting everyone know he used to be royalty, and finishing each session with a recap of how King Hezekiah brought...

Extra Milers

This weekend something interesting happened. We were at a hotel in Eket and for the fun of it, my husband was assessing them. From how quickly we were checked in, to how polite the staff were, to the speed with which they prepared the food we ordered, to the presentation and taste of the food they served…. He just went on. Oh! Did I mention the part where he took off 0.5 stars each time they didn’t measure up? He would go… ‘that’s minus 0.5 stars for them’. Then at the time the first match of the Barclay’s English Premier League was to air, the staff responsible for changing channels went out and...

War of Words

Have you ever wondered why a lot of wrestlers make a speech against their opponent before the match begins? What we want to see is the fight, right? Or could it be this verbal engagement is also part of it? Well, it might interest you to know that this is an age old tradition. There’s even an account of David’s encounter with Goliath thousands of years ago and this rule of engagement still exists today. Unfortunately, as we go through life, most people choose to be quiet. Even when things are going wrong all around them, they say nothing. Could it be that most of us don’t even realize that life is an...

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Once upon a time, we prayed about everything and trusted God for direction. Then someone said God gave us brains for a purpose, we should stop bothering Him with the little details of our lives. So we began to pray only about the serious issues – finding a life partner, bearing children, getting employed, starting a business. We relied on our intellects, our training, our experience, advice from loved ones and mentors, and on google for those other decisions. Now we’re just like everyone else – nothing excellent, unique, profound, impactful, convincing or transformational about us. Is this really how we were meant to be? Wonder about how He takes time to number the hair on our...

Time Test

It's been quite a day – from the worship service to a baby dedication reception, then to a thanksgiving party, then a graduation party and finally a birthday party. This day’s been truly packed. At first I was concerned about timing and wanted to move quickly through all the events, but I later decided to relax a little and enjoy the moment. While enjoying the moment, we drove past some beautiful houses and one of them looked out of place. The paint on it didn't only look old, it was peeling off the wall. I had passed by that house some months back and it looked really nice, so I wondered about the...

Empty Nests

Every now and then, I hear couples talk about having all their birds away from the nest. All of a sudden, the kids go off to boarding school or become independent and move away from home to start life on their own. The nest empties out and mum and dad are left alone. I had a foretaste of this when my kids went to their aunt’s for the weekend. Imagine having a great portion of those children related details removed from your conversation, and having no one else demanding your time and attention. Homework and school projects will no longer be in your way and there’ll be no squeals, screams or fights to...