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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...

Work in Progress

I stepped carefully into a structure that appeared to be a house. The floor was covered with so much rubble, it was hard to find a good spot to place my foot as I walked. The steps on the staircase were not yet clearly defined and there were no railings in place. The rooms looked so small and all the surfaces were rough – walls and ceilings. The only consolation was that men were at work in different parts of the house. This building was clearly work in progress. Does your life ever feel like a construction site? Well, I went back to that building a few months later and this time, it looked...

Mid Year Check

I wonder why I needed a reminder this time. It didn't quite register that we're almost at the end of the first half of the year and it's time for a Mid Year Check. Well, I'm extending the reminder to you. Your Mid Year Check is due! Here are some things to check out: The wonderful things that have happened thus far - consider them and be grateful The mishaps you've experienced - be grateful again because you made it this far in spite of them. You could throw in some thoughts on what you could do differently next time to prevent such occurrences, that is, if these are issues you can control Your goals -...

Drenched – UNKNOWN 3

I made it in early that morning. I had everything planned the day before, down to my outfit, just to make sure there was no reason to be late. I really wanted to have that full hour to myself before jumping into the bustle of the day. Having the luxury of many good spots, I chose one that gave me the advantage of observing all that was going on in the parking lot without being seen by others. Minutes into my quiet time, I was interrupted by some noise on the roof of my vehicle. It had begun to rain and it wasn't the 'hello, if you don't mind, let me water the...