The Awesome And Privileged Gift Of A New Day

Its a new day. A new opportunity to right our wrongs of past days. Its another day added to our life  Today, we have hopes that our sweet dreams and unanswered prayers will yield shouts of joy. This has been the case from the day of our birth till this morning – day in day out.

Sadly, not all those who slept yesterday woke up this morning. They cannot do or hope for anything any more. All hopes have been dashed. They peacefully slept their last sleep.

One thing is certain – we are not enjoying the fruits of our good deeds. Neither is the security we have put around us responsible. The truth is that God just decided to shower us with His amazing grace and mercies, for reasons best known to Him. Why? I am not bothered. I don’t think you are too. But I would rather chose to say thanks a lot to God almighty for His AWESOME MAGNANIMITY towards me, my family, my friends and you….

What about you ?….

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First Impression In Business

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Few days ago, I needed to have a hair cut. I was so reluctant to use my regular barber. He is popular in my neighborhood because his cut is the cheapest. I did not want to go him because, even though his services were the cheapest, his customer relations was very poor. He always carried himself as if he was doing his customer a favour rather than the reverse being the case.

And so, I decided to try out the new guy in the hood. As soon as I entered, I could feel an atmosphere of “customer appreciation.” I was greeted with a warm welcome spiced up with a smile and visible respect for my person. He even helped me fix myself properly on the seat – something the other guy would never do.

He asked me the style I wanted; I told him and he got to work. All through the cut, he treated me with maximum respect and care. He even cared to ask if the clipper was hurting me. He gave extra attention to every detail involved in the cut.

The summary of my experience is that he was conscious of the fact in business “the consumer is king” and should be treated as such. He treated me like “if I don’t use this oportunity well, he might not come back.” As if he read my mind. My going there was actually a test. He passed big time.

Guess what? He’s now my first choice. I don’t find myself going back to the other guy again. I prefer a place where I will not only get value for my money, but also find an ambience of “excellent customer relations.” Nobody wants to go to a place of busines where the owner wears a facial expression that makes you go “is he/she annoyed that I came?” I would not like a place where I would be afraid to ask questions or to touch something.

There can never be two first impressions in business. The first impression I get goes a long way in telling me what to expect in future. It comes only once. It is either used for or against the business.

I leave you to draw your conclusions and make your deductions.

Thanks for your time.

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When Darkness Overtakes The Godly, Light Will Come Bursting In

PrayerEveryone goes through seasons of difficulty or times when things just seem dark. During these challenging times, know that you are not alone. God has a plan to drive out the darkness. He will flood you with His light! “When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in”(Psalm 112:4, NLT).

Notice that the word of God not say, “the light will come trickling in.” No, it says that the “light will come bursting in!” That means, suddenly, you will see God’s goodness. Suddenly, you’ll be promoted. Suddenly, the answer will come! Suddenly you will see yourself behind the red sea. Suddenly, what you thought was impossible becomes a testimony. Suddenly, your oppressor comes to kneel before you to beg for forgiveness.

Suddenly, your oppressor comes to kneel before you to beg for forgiveness. Suddenly, you will get to see to see that I am extremely sane when I say that GOD IS STILL GOD !!!

If you’ve been going through a difficult time, get ready for the goodness of God in a new way. Know that His light is about to come bursting in! Get ready for breakthroughs. Get ready for promotion. Get ready for restoration.

You may have had that problem for a long time, but today could be the day that your testimony will come. Suddenly, things will change! God wants His glory to be seen on you. He wants you to stand out in the crowd. He wants you to be so blessed that everyone around you can see His goodness on you! So keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep declaring His Word because His light is going to come bursting in; because “when darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in” (Psalm 112:4, NLT).

However, you have to stay connected to him. Staying connected to him is like a child staying close to the parents when he is playing . He has a feeling of security. His parents watch over him and quickly come to his aid whenever he needs them. His parents constantly check on him to ensure that it is well with him. However, when the child leaves the presence of his parents to go and play, anything can happen. If earthly parents can provide such care and concern, what do you expect from God.

One way of staying connected is through PRAYERS. It is the best armor against ALL trials and difficult times. I have had my own fair share of “darkness.” But it is heart-warming to say that PRAYER REALLY WORKS !.Just keep on praying. Pray until something happens. God says : “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessa 5:17). Pray until light bursts in and consumes the “darkness” in your life(if any).

I look forward to reading your testimonies, cos when darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in……from GOD.

God bless us all, and may He encourage us to pray and pray and pray, in Jesus name, AMEN !.

 

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Business Start up : Step By Step Tips

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I once heard a friend say he needed money to start up a business. To him, starting a business simply involved having a fat bank account and hiring people to work for him. But experience over time has proved that notion to be “quite easier said than done.”

I got the inspiration to write this post after witnessing the “collapse” of a business that was barely six months old. What could have gone wrong?

A number of factors could be responsible for business failure at early days of existence. In most, if not all the cases, owners of such businesses did not take some basic start-up issues into consideration.

The first thing in business start-up should be identifying a need to satisfy. This is compulsory as the main purpose of setting up a business is to make money; and to make money you need to sell goods and/or services that people are willing to buy. So, there must be a need. Where you chose to sell what is not needed by the consumers, it would take a lot of effort to attract people.

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg said  when he lunched “Thefacebook,” that “everyone’s been talking a lot about a universal face book within Harvard.” He also stated his intention to create a universal website that can contact people around the university.

Zuckerberg was able to identify a need which had to be filled. Today, Facebook has over one billion members !

Once this is settled, the next question should be “can I fix this need? Do I have the ability and skills to fill this need? So many businesses have collapsed simply because their owners were mediocres in their chosen line of businesses. Most successful businesses are those whose owners are producing/rendering high quality goods/services to the consumers, because they have the skills and expertise to do so. Zuckerberg (and many orhers) did not stop at seeing a need; he had the skills and also gathered capable hands to work with him. Blackberry, Nokia, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, LG, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Honda,  Facebook, Tweeter, Yahoo, Google, Forbes, CNN, BBC, MTN, Globacom, Etisalat…… These and many more have consistently retained customer loyalty, and hence remained on top, for being synonymous with TOP QUALITY products.

With the twin issues of need identification and ability to deliver settled, it is very compulsory to find out the feasibility of the venture. It is necessary to find out the viability of the business. It would not be worth putting so much money, time and energy into a business that would be profitable only in the short-run ; or a business that will take “forever” to recoup the start-up capital. A critical analysis of the proposed business is necessary here. A lot of research is compulsory. This must be thorough as wrong decisions and steps taken could be far-reaching.

In order to have a business identity, it is necessary to have a business name and register it too. Care must be taken when choosing a name. Apart from not choosing an already existing name, it is good to choose a simple

ts: savings, loans from financial institutions, disposal of properties and many more. For a new business, the options are not as many as existing businesses. Capital will also be dependent on the scale the owner wants to start off – small, medium or large.

Another crucial factor to consider is the location of the business. Businesses have to be located where its customers can easily find them. By extension, some businesses are not suited for some areas. For example, locating a school in a very busy area might not be a good idea; while it will be suitable for a cyber cafe, dry cleaning or trading business. A wrongly located business is like having a very beautiful garden on the last floor of a high rise building that people hardly go to. It’s as good as the garden does not exist at all. In this circumstance, the owner(s) of the business have a lot to do in terms of creating awareness for both the business and its products, using a lot of advertising and personal selling.

Once a suitable location has been found, the next thing would certainly be to put the place in order. Office furniture, electronics, equipment and fittings speaks a lot about you and your business. They give a first impression about you and the business. In fact, it might determine the economic class of customers that would eventually be patronising you later. The rich love going to shops and offices which match their economic status. So, do not be surprised if they prefer the shop or office of a competitor if yours is of low standards. The poor get intimidated by an expensive-looking shop/office. But everyone loves a decent place of business. So the choice is yours.

For a business that is in the service industry, you are good to go. The issue of hiring someone or not is entirely up to you to decide. However, for a medium sized business, you might need to hire someone to reduce your work load. Be careful here because a lot of businesses today are either facing serious problems or have collapsed because of the choice of staff they employed.

For a trading business, it is time to get your supplies and start business. Care must be exercised here too to ensure that you chose reliable suppliers – in terms of quality and timing of supplies.

To cap it all, aggressive promotional efforts is needed at this stage. Advertising, sales promotion, personal selling and public relations activities are needed to :

* Create awareness for the new business and your products

* Win and build up customer loyalty

* Grab and build a share of the market

* Give competitors an early fight

* Impress everyone that has something to do with your business (stakeholders)

A lot of options are available for each promotional effort. Choice is dependent on funds available, nature of product, competitors’ activities, among others.

In the coming days of the business everything has to be done to build up a customer base as well as customer loyalty. It is also necessary to be conscious of practices capable of causing business stagnation and collapse.

However all of these require a lot of patience, determination, resilience, foresight, planning, guts, tolerance, wisdom, and like I always add …..prayers. I cannot do (or advice anyone) anything without God’s direction, involvement and assistance.

In Michael Jackson’s words, “…all is possible, if GOD is on my side…”- (Speechless, Dangerous album)

Good luck to you and thanks for your time.

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Valentine’s day : A bag of all sorts

 

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Hola !

Renxkyoko Iglesias here ..

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Did you let him know of your feelings , but you were rejected?

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Alright, I understand. You’re maiden’s feelings have been hurt, big time.

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Hey !  HEY ! !  You don’t  have to do that !!!!!! You crazy ?

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Okay, I don’t suggest you do that.  I take it back.  You might get sued for assault.

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I know it’s hard but get a grip on yourself, mull it over and meanwhile …….

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.Are you done ?  Well then , let’s move on, shall we ?.  We lonesome singles should stick and do stuff together.  Let’s be happy in our misery.

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Valentine’s Day : A Bag Of All Sorts

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Hii pals. Its yet another valentine’s day ! It’s a day “love” is celebrated, even though many people do not know the origin of Valentine’s day and how it should be celebrated.

Indeed, Valentine’s day is bag of all sorts.Some people who are searching for true love might eventually find one today.The world would be painted red today with beautiful red flowers, clothes and other fashion items. Restaurants, hotels and other fun spots would have a field day today. Failing or failed relationships and marriages might have a restart today and marriage vows renewed. In very extreme cases, some people might even surrender themselves totally to God Almighty in exchange for His genuine love towards them.

Inevitably and sadly too, some hearts will be broken today too. Whether we like it or not, a lot of condoms will exchange for cash today. In the process, a lot of girls will lose their most priced property – their virginity. Some will have the “seed of pregnancy’’ planted in them. Worse still, a lot of ladies will exchange their bodies for cash today. I call them Valentine Prostitutes(I am sorry if I sound harsh. I cannot think of another name for them). Sadly too, there will be many cases of adultery today.In some extreme cases, some marriages will be placed on installmental collapse today.

So, you see what I meant by Valentine’s day is bag of all sorts – the good, the bad and the ugly !!!

In a world filled with so much deceit, hypocrisy, lies, cheating, back-stabbing and money-or-gift-for-love, one would wish that EVERYONE would truly surrender their hearts to TRUE LOVE and GENUINE LOVE today. Sadly, it will not happen and may never happen in subsequent years.

However, true love still exists….in the hearts of some people and in the HEART OF GOD….Such “love bears up under anything and everything that comes; is ever ready to believe the best of every person; its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8 AMP).

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV).

This is TRUE LOVE !

This is the kind of love I wish myself, my family, my good friends and you….

Demonstrate GENUINE love to someone today
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY !

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Hi. Are you watching your weight like me? If you do, then this beautiful post should be of help to you…..

Get Fit Simply

I visited Fitocracy recently, and came across some fitness goals for 2013 that some member had posted.They were something like:

2,013 pull-ups

20,013 pushups

and so on.

I think this is an interesting way of getting yourself to work out. Such goals certainly qualify as SMART goals.

The goals are:

Specific – the exercise to be done is named

Measurable – you can count the number of reps done

Attainable – this of course depends on your personal circumstances. 2,013 pullups in a year works out to about 6 pull-ups a day, or about 39 per week. Looks do-able.

Realistic – 20,013 pushups in a year translates to about 55 per day. Can you do that? You decide.

Time-bound – the time limit for achieving the goals is already defined as this year.

One good thing about having such a goal is that it allows you the flexibility to spread…

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Never Lose Hope…

it wont rain 4 everNever lose hope, no matter the size of the mountain confronting you. Your mountain will move as long as you retain your hope in God, because He knows the foundation of every mountain, and can easily uproot them. – Pastor E. A Adeboye (General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church Of God).

His words says :” Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it (Zechariah 4:7 KJV).

Have a blessed weekend.

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Its Cheaper To Confirm Sensitive Text Messages Than To Be Scammed…

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A lady’s handbag which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet etc., was stolen.

Twenty minutes later, she called her husband, from a pay phone telling him what had happened. The husband then said, “I received your text asking about our pin number and I have replied a little while ago”.

When they rushed down to their bank, the bank staff told them that money had been withdrawn.

The Smart thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text the husband in the contact list and got hold of the pin number and within 20 minutes has withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

NOTE:
There is nothing really wrong in disclosing relationship between you and people in your contact list. I AM NOT ADVOCATING FOR OR AGAINST the use of names like home, honey, hubby, sweetheart, dad, mom, etc

What’s important here is, when sensitive information is being asked through text, “confirm” by calling back…let’s be wise and sensitive. Thank God recharge cards and call rates are more friendly and easily gotten in recent times.

Also, when you are being sent a text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that all message came from them. If you don’t reach out to them, be careful about going to places to meet “family and friends” who text you.

SHARE WITH FRIENDS BECAUSE I JUST DID.

…..it’s worth sharing

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