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anthony.jpgLast week a friend complained to me about her generator and how the technician who had been handling its maintenance had been cheating her. I wasted no time in recommending the technician who had been maintaining my generator for years. I told her of two reasons why he is extremely recommendable and seemingly, my only choice.

Firstly, the guy is extremelysincere. He would never tell you lies about faults detected or give you outrageous prices of the spare parts that he needs to replace. Hence, I hardly beat down his service charge. Secondly, he was extremely good at his job. He hardly gambles. So, it boiled down to the fact that he was my choice because of his rare PERSONALITY. Rare, because greed and make-belief have taken over the world of business. What are common are people who are so eager to make ungodly money at the…

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My Best Christmas Gifts: The Inventive Blogger Award and The Blog Of The year 2013 Award…

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There are all sorts of Christmas gifts. Getting awards as a blogger is indeed a special one because it gives me the opportunity to share it with all the wonderful people from 100 countries (as at the time of doing this post) across the world who have taken out time and resources to visit, read, comment, follow, reblog and make useful criticisms of my blog/posts. I really appreciate you all 🙂 Thus, I am dedicating my gifts/awards, The Inventive Blogger Award and The Blog Of The year 2013 Award to you all. Thanks a lot for the inspiration and encouragement 🙂

Thus, my friend DON CHARISMA, has, indeed, given me my most appreciated Christmas gifts. Thanks a lot Don. I really appreciate the gifts and wonderful/thoughtful gesture 🙂

As part of the instructions for accepting The Inventive Blogger Award, I am supposed to state 5 things I enjoy about blogging. Here I go….

1. It has provided me a platform to do what I have wanted to do for long, and that is to write for a large audience, in this case, using an e-magazine

2. My blog/posts have been a source of blessing (in countless ways) to its visitors.

3. People now know me in 100 countries (as at the time of doing this post) 🙂 This is quite interesting to 🙂 It further portrays the power of the internet.

4. I have made a lot of friends and come across a lot of people from diverse background, one of which is a gentleman, DON CHARISMA, who have deemed me fit to be awarded this Christmas gifts of THE INVENTIVE BLOGGER AWARD and THE BLOG OF THE YEAR 2013 AWARD 🙂

5. For me, writing over 150 posts (so far) has been a very good mental exercise. You can only understand by joining us in blogging 🙂

MY AWARDEES

As required I am also expected to name my own awardees for these awards. In no particular order, my awardees for The Inventive Blogger Award and THE BLOG OF THE YEAR 2013 AWARD are as follows:-

http://doncharisma.org/about/

http://touchtheworldtoday.wordpress.com/about/

http://spiritbath.com/about/

http://alanamunroauthor.com/contact-alana/

http://opinionateher.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/still-alive/

http://womenmakingstrides.com/about-women-making-strides/

http://kirstenstok.wordpress.com/about-me/

http://throughthecrackedwindow.wordpress.com/about/

http://jslettodesigns.wordpress.com/contactme/

http://hodgepodge4thesoul.wordpress.com/me/

http://myprose.wordpress.com/about/

http://nancyloderick.com/about/

http://allaboutmanners.wordpress.com/about/

http://dcardiff.wordpress.com/about/

http://uchmorg.wordpress.com/about/

http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/about/

http://untanglingthetangles.wordpress.com/about/

http://www.ulawyss.com/about-me/

http://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/about/

http://keyquotess.wordpress.com/about-me/

http://mittsandmeasures.com/about/

http://jimmy2hats.com/2013/07/03/this-weeks-blogging-advice/

http://jadereyner.com/about-2/

http://www.kristinschronicles.com/about-me/

http://karinasussanto.wordpress.com/about/

http://josephrathjen.wordpress.com/about/

http://workwithtanner.com/about-tanner/

http://kathunsworth.com/about/

http://inspiringevolution.wordpress.com/about/

http://letsreachsuccess.com/1022-2/

http://chrismartinwrites.com/contact/

http://ericalagan.net/ericalagan/

http://johnwhowell.com/about/

http://faith1stministries.com/about/

http://scottsholar.com/about/

http://poeticparfait.com/about/

http://becomingthebestme.com/my-goals/

http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com/about/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/about/

http://rispainstyle.wordpress.com/about/

http://lisaelskerarvid.wordpress.com/om/

http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/about/

http://tiarisingoutoftheashes.wordpress.com/aboutm/

http://thenomadicsoliloquist.wordpress.com/about/

http://audrina1759.wordpress.com/about/

http://testimonyandprayer.wordpress.com/blog-posts/

http://kerrichronicles.com/about/

http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/about/

http://barbarastanley.net/about/

http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/about/

http://walterbright.org/contact-me/

http://highheelgourmet.com/about/

http://businessplaze.wordpress.com/about-me-and-my-blog/

http://wanderlustryramblings.wordpress.com/about/

http://patinspire.org/patinspire/

http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/about-2/

CONGRATULATIONS and season’s greetings to you all. Thanks a lot for appreciating my over 140 posts of 2013.

Once more, thanks a lot to all non-bloggers who supported this  blog and the sister-blog, http://businessplaze.wordpress.com . Thanks a lot 🙂 Please be rest assured of more inspiring, educating, informative and valuable posts in the days and years ahead.

Wishing you a blissful 2014 in advance 🙂

Thank you 🙂

 

NOTE TO AWARDEES: Please follow the following instructions to accept the awards –

A. THE INVENTIVE BLOGGER AWARD

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve The Inventive Blogger Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2013/12/24/christmas-awards-the-inventive-blogger-award

6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.

 B. THE BLOG OF THE YEAR 2013 AWARD

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

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Keep Your Head Up….Breakthrough Lies Ahead

IMG_20131227_113138 (1)Have you ever found yourself in a very difficult situation, where you find yourself in deep thoughts enmeshed in hopelessness and a feeling that seems to scream “GIVE UP. IT’S NO USE?” As such times, it seems as if it is all over. You don’t seem to see any light at the end of the tunnel. It seems you are the worst sinner on earth who is probably suffering for his/her sins. In extreme cases, you may have thought of doing some nasty things. And as such times, all you feel like doing is to put you head down, with or without you hand providing support and soak yourself in a feat of worry. Well, if you have, you are not alone because I have found myself in similar situations a number of times 🙂

I do not know where I got it from – I have a “die-hard” kind of attitude. My son also has this “daddy I can do it” attitude 🙂 I always believe that I am very close to my goal…my target…a solution to my problems or an answer to a nagging question. I am always afraid that I may later discover, painfully, that an option or action I shunned was actually my joker. Even though it is natural to worry, I have discovered over time, that worrying itself, is a monster on its own, which can destroy one, if one is not very careful. Many cases of hypertension have been traced to worrying and mental stress. Doctors said my mother died of complications arising from hypertension. This occurred after the death of my dad. How sad.

As I speak, I have some underachieved targets in life. One fact no can take away from me is that every problem under heaven, has a solution. I only need to look for it. In looking for it, I have discovered that obstacles have one mission; and that is, to live up to the meaning of the word itself – to prevent me from reaching my goals. I have also discovered that ALL obstacles can, have been and will always be surmountable. So, rather that brood over problems, I have developed an attitude which makes me to constantly search for “bridges” that will take me to my targets, my goals, my sweet dream and my happiness 🙂  As I do this, I am not oblivious of the fact that I can NEVER make good success without GOD’s help. His words provide me loads of hope.

My journey through life has shown that a lot of people have achieved huge successes in their endeavous mainly because they stayed on…they refused to give up….they believed in themselves….they believed that success and overcoming challenges usually require staying focused and excessively determined to follow the paths that will lead to breakthroughs.

Success stories abound everywhere – in all sectors and in all strata of life. Aside from those who inherit success/wealth from parents or other sources, all success stories are similar – loads of hard work, determination, refusal to accept failure and always keeping heads up when failure or challenges force heads down in order to avoid worrying into permanent failure. This is the path I have “planted” myself. So, when trouble, failure, problems or challenges force my head down, I put it up again and again 🙂 We can see clearer, hear better and think better with our heads up.  It takes courage, resilience and guts to stare problems in the face and mutter  “it shall come to pass” as I am used to muttering.

In all of this, problems and challenges are determined to stay with us for as long as we unable to do the right things to eliminate them. So, let’s keep our heads up….fight problems and challenges……and we shall overcome, by the grace of God 🙂

God bless and direct us all, amen.

Thanks for your time 🙂

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As 2013 Slowly Fades Away…

d-best-is-yet-to-com.jpgCount down to the end of 2013…..It might not be as rosy as I would have loved it to be, but I refuse to be an INGRATE. I refuse to close my eyes and heart to ALL that the King of Kings has done for me and my family, especially my lovely kids. Tanks a lot Daddy.I am eternally grateful and will forever be. As you live, we cross over to a BLISSFUL 2014 in Jesus name, AMEN !!!

Farewell Nelson “Madiba” Mandela

And finally, Nelson Madiba Mandela goes to a place of ETERNAL PEACE  and REST….where great and exceptional men/women go to after doing so much to bless other people…after sacrificing their own well being and comfort to create a good life for their fellow human beings…. after giving priority to their community, state and nation over their own preferences….after living a life of service to mankind and God almighty…and after living a life that gives a true definition of what true leadership is all about.

No doubt, Madiba lived  a fulfilled life. His life was a source of inspiration to millions across the world. His shoes are too big for anyone to fill. His achievements are very uncommon, especially in this days when leadership is all about ME, MYSELF AND I. Even at 95, people, including my humble self,  still wanted him to live on.  The truth is that there is never a ripe age to lose a loved one, especially someone of Madiba’s stature.  But….

There is a time for everything, 

and a season for every activity under the heavens: 

a time to be born and a time to die,

– Eccle 3:1-2

Farewell, Mandela. I grew up knowing you. I grew up learning about your service to mankind and to God. I grew up learning about your sacrifice for your people and humanity. Its really amazing to know that you spent 27 years in jail just to prove that….

“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done,

but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought,

because of my conscience.” (1962)

And that…

Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”  

– August – 1970

You also gave this food for thought for us all, especially leaders at all levels across the world….

Living isn’t just about doing for yourself, but what you do for others as well. 

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains,

but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Painfully, I have to say farewell Madiba. May your soul continually rest peacefully in the presence of the most high God. May He also give your family and loved ones, the heart to bear this huge loss. I only hope that your life and the reactions to your death will serve as a strong food for thought for leaders across the world, and indeed everyone.

Adieu….farewell…rest in peace….Madiba.

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Be Thankful

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My mates are getting married.
My mates are getting good jobs.
My mates are succeeding.
My mates are living overseas.
My mates are buying cars.
My mates are building houses.
My mates are this……my mates are that……

It is a pity you literally forgot about your mates in the mortuary, your mates in the psychiatric homes, your mates that are roaming the streets, your mates that are jobless, hungry, blind, deaf……….

Be thankful.

Only 46 days is left and we would be saying bye bye to 2013. Some slept yesterday and didn’t wake up today. We’re sinners but GOD has been showing us mercy. God still has plans for you and I before the year ends. Some people are in jail without committing any crime, but you are reading my post via a computer or smartphone. That means your senses are intact. You ate last night but some didn’t or couldn’t. You and I are not alive because we are faithful or because we have never sinned before, but it is the MERCY and GRACE of God that has kept us alive.

INDEED GOD LOVES YOU.

Be thankful…..

“Vengeance Is Mine…” Saith The Lord

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Have you ever been hurt, cheated or oppressed by someone older, more privileged or superior to you in position…and you feel like fighting back…or you feel like holding and strangulating the person or doing something evil to him/her? If yes, then you are not alone on this.

A number of times, I have had to deal with this acts of wickedness and man’s inhumanity to man. I do not know how you handled or used to handle such ungodly and arrogant display of power. For me, I have learnt from experience, that the best approach was to “fight back” with a power that CANNOT be subdued…a power that is above EVERY other power…a power that sent a “Goliath” down to the ground after so much boasting and arrogance (1 Sam 17)…a power that turned lions into friends of a child of God (Daniel 6)…a power that slaughtered thousands of Egyptians without a fight (Exodus 14)…a power that split the mighty red sea into two without any physical contact(Exodus 14) ….a power that brought down a mighty wall with just singing (Joshua 6)….a power that made a ninety year old woman to become a mother (Gen 21)…a power that did all I have shared on my blog including keeping the heart of my younger brother beating without blood in his body for days !!! That power is the unfailing, fearsome and superior POWER OF GOD through PRAYERS!!!

Prayer works dear friend. Man will forever think and act like one. God knows everything and everyone better. He knows the best approach to handle every oppression and acts of wickedness. He does not make mistakes. He knows our oppressors more than we do. There are no regrets whenever He is involved in our affairs.

So, rather than pay evil for evil or fight a fight you do not know how it would end or which you may not be able to win….report the matter to GOD in prayer and fasting. God has a beautiful way of humbling those who chose to ignore the fact that power comes from God (Psda 75:6-7). He knows the best “punishnent” your oppressor deserves.

So, go to Him in fasting and prayers. Safe yourself the stress of crying and being in sorrow. Safe yourself from wasting energy…..

“So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD;

they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the LORD….

Thus says the Lord to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude,

for the battle is not yours but God’s   

– 2 Chronicles 20:15

For the Lord Himself has said…..

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves,

but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written,

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

– Romans 12:19

And……

“He(Goliath) said to David, “Come here. I’ll feed your body to the birds of the air and the wild animals!” 

But David said to him, “You come to me using a sword and two spears.

But I come to you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful,

the God of the armies of Israel! You have spoken against him….

So David defeated the Philistine with only a sling and a stone.

– 1 Sam 17

May the hand of God continue to guide us in all our decision making in Jesus name, amen !

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Unwanted And Rejected Pregnancies: The Days After…

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There is this pastor. A very strong one at that. He is married, but does not have a child yet. Then suddenly, he falls for the persuasive powers of the devil. First, he impregnates the first daughter of the General Overseer of the church he pastors. Not done, he impregnates the second daughter. Still, seemingly unaware of the gimmicks of the devil, he impregnates a member of the church. In a bid to hide his atrocities, he takes the younger daughter for abortion. She dies in the process. The elder daughter, in a bid to remove the unwanted pregnancy, drinks a concoction given to her by her friends. Bad news…the womb is completely destroyed in the process and had to be removed. The parents of the girls get to know. Hell is let loose….

While he was still being ”burnt in hell,” the other church member tells the pastors wife about the pregnancy. By now I am sure you can imagine the rest of the story…..

In another case, a guy professes “love” to his girlfriend using all sorts of “sweet lies.” Just like all irresponsible guys, he had a mission. He accomplishes it and she gets pregnant. Then reality stares the girl in the face. What she taught was love was just similar to the gimmicks the serpent used to tempt Eve at the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) and bring sin and suffering into the world. As expected, he rejects the pregnancy, becomes unfriendly, then very aggressive and asks the girl to go and abort the pregnancy. She does and dies in the process. The guy took to his heels and the family of the now deceased girl are thrown into sorrow and mourning.

There are so many of this kind of sad stories of deceit and wickedness ending on a very fatal note. Unwanted or rejected pregnancies are common in all societies. The major reason being the decay in moral standards caused, in part, by societal and peer pressure, modernization, parental failure, and the desire to do what every other person is doing.

Two things I noticed in all rejected or unwanted pregnancies that I know are, firstly, the worst hit is usually the girls/ladies. Secondly, such relationships ALWAYS start on a sweet note and continue like that until the “bad news” is announced – “I am pregnant!!!” I told my kid sister that NO MAN WILL EVER TELL YOU THINGS THAT WILL SCARE YOU AWAY!!! So, she should expect sweet and reassuring words like : “my life is incomplete without you”; you look so sweet“; “I love you so much”; “I can never hurt you”; “you won’t get pregnant”; “if you get pregnant I will marry you”…… In some cases, beneath those sweet and reassuring words is a mission. A mission similar to that of the devil at the Garden of Eden. A mission with sorrow and so much tears waiting to come to fruition.

If you ask me, caution, wisdom, continuous prayers and a lot of parental guidance can abort these missions. Parents have a lot to do to avert the impending doom. It’s very sad to know that some parents have shelved their responsibilities all in the name of modernization and making enough money for the family. One thing that has come to stay is the unrelenting and unrepenting global society that is not interested and does not care about what happens to our children. It’s more like a self-centered trend. But since we care (do we have a choice?), we have to guide our children, especially the girls in issues related to dating, sex and relationships. Outsiders will only guide them to their (outsider’s) own advantage. We cannot afford to be tired. We cannot afford to look away. We cannot afford to move with global trends that have tears and sorrow as the likely outcomes. The best and most trust-worthy teachers and counselor a child can have is the parents!

SAVE SOMEONE FROM UNWANTED/REJECTED PREGNANCY TODAY. This post is one of my own efforts.

Thanks for your time.

Food for thought….

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous

than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”

– Martin Luther King Jr

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Keep Your Head Up. You Will Soon Become A Mother/Father !!!

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Image ccourtesy of David Castillo Dominici/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I  got married in September 2007. By July 24, 2008, God, by His amazing grace, blessed me with a son. As an advocate of child-spacing, my second child, a lovely angelic princess of God’s Kingdom, arrived July last year.

My testimony is the type many couples would love to share after marriage. Sadly, for some, it is not so – months have turned into years, in an experience that only those who are going through it can really tell how it hurts.

Waiting on God for a child could really be a horrible experience, especially when months turns into years. It has destroyed a lot of marriages and has pushed a lot of couples, who, in their desperation, have ended up seeking help from ”man” who ”gave” them children that later turned out to be objects of pain, sorrow and regrets.

The society too, is not helpful. Childless couples, especially the women, are looked down upon and they are usually subjects of gossips. Parents of the couple, especially the husband, become restless and suggestive. The height of these apprehension is the suggestion by the parents of the man that he should take another wife. Interestingly, the mood is usually so disturbing that such suggestions come without actually finding out the cause of the problem.

I do not know why the inspiration to do this post became my priority today, because I already have 15 other topics on the queue which I have not yet had the time to develop. It is obvious there is somebody out there that GOD really wants to say KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. YOU WILL SOON BECOME A MOTHER/FATHER !!!

The good news is that I know of people who patiently, though painfully, waited on God for the fruit of the womb and are today very happy couples. Specifically, I know of three, ten and sixteen years of waiting that ended up in HALLELUJAHHH !!!   I also know of this very inspiring and interesting story in the Bible…..

“Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart,

Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old?

and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” (Gen 17:17)

“Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, 

After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh,

saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Gen 18:12-13)  

“And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said,

and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age,

at the set time of which God had spoken to him.” (Gen 21:1-2)

GOD IS STILL GOD !!! Have you been waiting on God for your own baby? Are you tired?  Just hold on…..a little while…..a little while…..keep praying…..keep praying…..keep putting Him in remembrance. KEEP YOUR  HEAD UP. YOU WILL CARRY YOUR BABY SOON, in the mighty name of Jesus, amen !!!!