Passport….stressful.

The queue is rather  long

Oh no! not again

Will I ever be able to get one today?

The almighty Passport

With so much stress attached

So many officials “illegal”

waiting to get a cut from distress citizen

After much ado, the long process is over

Now I have my passport

Andrea got to check out

To find a greener pasture

Though they say, the land is green here

I got to find a greener option

With my PASSPORT.

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30 days of Gratitude November.

Hello Everyone, it great to be back here on WordPress. What a way to get my blogging groove back, sharing my gratitude for each day. I saw something that caught my fancy earlier today on Facebook and decided to use it as my writing inspiration- 30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE.

DAY 1: WHAT SMELL ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am grateful for the smell of my children. I am a proud mother of two high-energy boys,who never let an opportunity of play slip by. When they go out to play and come home with sweat flowing off them like it raising to reach the mountain,off course they wipe the sweat with what ? Their clothes.That smell is a sign of their ability to run around,exercise  and a blessing of Motherhood.

They say you can tell much about a person by their smell because there  are many factors that affect how you smell at a given time- The gift of being alive and active on the playground is a great smell that I will forever be grateful for ?

May I ask you this same question , “what smell are you grateful for? I will be delighted to read your thoughts too.

 

 

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The smell of sweat , the sweat of smell.

 

I am grateful for the blessing of smell.

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Weary Wanderer.

Life is a journey and on that journey, there are those who just wander around.

Individuals  who just go through the motions, through the cycles of life, without asking questions about life in itself. They seem to see no purpose in life beyond enduring the day to day living. Just getting at the slightest chance life gives.

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To them things just happenned , no clue, no plan, no enthusiam, Nothing!

Trust me, I was once like that, clueless about why I am here, no excited about anything, because there was nothing to be excited about. (So I thought)!

Until I got to the point where I became dissatisfied about everything around me, and within me.There must be more to this Life!

I remember this old hymnal from back in the days whose first line goes like this; “weary wanderer, stop and listen!, I can’t remember the other part of the Hymn, but this first line as remained with me for as long as I can remember.

As I began to listen more, I found out , and I am still discovering  that I am made of more, in service to God and fellow Human beings, I am beginning to give full expressions to the “more’ that has been inputed in my DNA even before time began.

I began to embrace and love life more, and to be thankful and grateful for each passing moment for it a rare gift. Maintaining a positive attitude in the face of confronting low self esteem,and lack of confidence is not an easy task.  The story’s changed from ” once-upon-a-time-weary-wanderer ‘ to a vibrant ,confident ,Godchaser in pursuit-of-purpose.

To apprehend all that for which God through Christ apprehended me.

Per adventure, there is a weary wanderer, just like I used to be, reading this right now,the voice of your creator is calling on you to stop! and listen to the plans and purpose He has for you. Jer 29:11.

Maybe you know someone, in this state, Kindly love on them, show them through your acts that in deed life is beautiful,contrary to what he/she may be going through.

Let them know that they are never alone, or forsaken in this journey,show them in love that , they have a great life ahead, so they should not settle down with “going through the motion”.

Weary Wanderer stop and listen , God’s voice is calling you to reason, to life, to purpose.

Shalom,

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Hope alive.

Keep hope alive

Let it lift up your soul

From the dungeon of despair

A ray of sunshine

In your stead

Oh child things will get better

Lift up your eyes 

To the sky

Keep hope alive.

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In response to RonovanWrites weekly haiku poetry prompt challenge Hope & Up

Aluta Continua!

Encumbered on every side

With challenges both great and small

Up today, down tomorrow

The daily struggles to get by

Hopsy tuby goes the journey

bitter,sweet tastes like honey

when you turn lemons to lemonades

The whole nine yards

A struggle still

But you hold your head up high

Not to be crumbled by happenstance

‘Cause when push comes to shove

Only the strong live to tell

The stories of their struggles

Like the songwriter says

Nobody knows the struggles I’ve seen

Well, excuse me

You are not alone

It’s a peculiar mess

Common to all

The struggle to stay afloat

when life’s billow roar

Aluta continua

Victoria ascerta

In spite of,

Despite the fact

Nevertheless in the face of the struggles

If you believe

Victory is assured

The struggles are just

To strengthen you muscles

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Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds….Heb 1:2

 

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In response to TheDaily post one-word prompt,Struggle

June 3 Challenge.

I am 2 days behind in responding to June 1-30 Challenge. I will try my best to catch on day one and day two later.

Day 3; Three things I can’t live without.

. There are more than three things that I can’t live without in this lifetime. But these 3 are at the top of my “can’t live without you” List.

  1. I can’t live without Air ;D. If there is no air to breathe I’m as good as dead.
  2.  The air I breathe cause me to be alive to be able to do life,and life will be meaningless if I don’t have a love relationship with God through Christ Jesus.  I can’t live without my faith in God.
  3. I can’t live without a sense of purpose and direction.

Families , and friends and loved ones will come and go, The things I acquire and accumulate through will also disappear- I will still be able to live life  with or without life’s acquisitions. But the above 3 lists are my inevitables!

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In response to Kathleenduncan’s June 1-30 Challenge.

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3 Questions To Consider in Finding Purpose

When we live a life that ‘s rich in purpose. Every action feels right, every intention feels true. Every time we love what we do and do what we love, its leaves with such feeling that is as deep as the oceans.

But how we get there?

 

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Purpose is a three-dimensional phenomenon which embraces the following:

Who you are?

What is needed in your world?

What moves you?- which is often called Passion?

A purpose is the cultivation of our natural faculties to their highest degree. Having said that, then what we need to consider in the pursuit of purpose  is

Can you be (among) the best at what you do? Being the best at what you do is not equivalent to making money. In other words, it is not about ,I can be the best at something so that I can make lots of money. Money is a nice side effect of purpose, but it is not the cause of Purpose.

To be the best at something means we have fully mastered  a discipline, an art or science especially one that we are naturally disposed to. That gives a sense of mastery!

Which of your “bests” benefits others? we all might have more than one talent or abilities. The specifics don’t really matter. We all agree that no all of these talents will benefit others. The second greatest question of purpose  now is which ones are going to be of great benefit to people.

It is not about the greatest good for the greatest number. The purpose is not about crowd pleasing. Purpose is not what pleases people , but it about what challenges, or provokes or propel or even defies others and that’s how they benefit from it-Purpose

I mean no one find a purpose by making crowd-pleasing stuff, do they? Let’s ask the Steve Jobs ,they were not on purpose to please the world-Their mission was to change the world in the best way they possibly can.

It is isn’t about being all things to all men because that right there is a purpose -killer. So ‘does it really benefit people” is not about placating or satisfying them, but it about expanding the people to the very highest degree- Even if it a few people,such that they feel much more alive as a result of what we do.

The third question to consider with respect to finding our purpose is Does it move you? It’s rather unfortunate to find many of doing things, working jobs that don’t move us in the slightest bit! In answering this question we have to be ruthless and honest with ourselves. Forgetting what parents, friends, spouse thinks  you should be doing.

It is about looking for themes and pointers of life, and that is an individual thing. What moves is not a question of fads and trends,because the truth of the matter is that trends and fads come and go. what moves you shouldn’t be a fling but something that lasts a lifetime.

What really moves me? when we ask this question we ate ready to go deeper into ourselves, searching for depth, looking for themes and point of life,not style and expressions of the moment.

Be honest with yourself, maybe you come from a line of Doctors or Engineers,but when you come across cutting edge designs or art, or you hear a music, there is a gush of electric that runs through your veins, your heart palpitates,your eyes go wide,you are like, ‘now that’s what I’m talking about”. That’s the sense you’re looking for,and we all feel it over and over in our lifetime. It is finding the courage to hold on to it that is needed now.

The truth is when we are honest in answering these questions or the other variants, Purpose finds us! The purpose will find you when you know who you are, what the world around you need,and what moves you.

When that happens,the seed is already  sowed, what is needed is watering the soil on a constant basis for the Purpose to manifest!

 

Shalom.

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A Letter To The Writer(in me/you).

 

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My darling writer,

The time will never be favourable

The stories will always be unfinished

Sometimes the ideas will fly away before you even capture it on paper.

No matter what it is, keep this in mind

You are the CEO of your own story

The keeper of your own narratives

Don’t be afraid because you don’t speak others language.

Pick up your courage

Write through your joy and pain

Write through the pleasant memories and the unpleasant ones.

Let your pen bleed on the paper

As you write your heart out

Never you bother

On who reads or doesn’t read

Just write and write and write

You are the carrier  of the messages

Formed as a result of your experiences

You have a lifetime ahead of you 

Write on, dear writer!

My hear is inditing a good matter,as a recite my verse before the king. My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

 

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Sharing my story.

Anyone who has ever written something either for fun, passion,validation or even to express themselves has wrestled with insecurity and doubt at one point or the other.

I am not left out of this group of people, whether as a singer, writer or on speaking platforms. On one hand there is the negative,’you can’t do it,?  who will will listen to you?,and on the other hand, the voice telling you to keep writing , keep singing, keep doing what you are doing. It will pay of in the end!

You are familiar with what I am saying, right?  We all have a story to tell on way on another, we must tell it, so that somebody out there can hear it, and who knows, what you have to talk about is the clue to what the other person is looking for!

In an effort to better find a way to share my voice, I had a meeting with one of the persons regarded as a social media expert and PR  consultant  for creative artist like me. You see over the years I have been asking a lot of questions as regards my ‘Brand’ in its totality.

As we sat down in the restaurant,I was accompanied by my husband who also doubles as my manager, I was ready to learn something new, to take this brand to a new dimension, not just the next level. As a believer, I know that there is power in praying and trusting God for  direction and a shift-  I also know there are certain things you will need to do on your part(rights and responsibilities) that is topic for another day.

One of the things he said that struck a chord in me was being deliberate and intentional with your content delivery, immediately  my mind went back to the first law of growth in John Maxwell’s 15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH, The law of Intentionality!

Growth doesn’t just happen.

As a writer,singer,or whoever you are, you have to be intentional in your pursuit, I have seen significant impact in my music career,and I am still thriving for more. But each time I want to put pen on paper, or sit with my laptop, I get into this battle field where it seems as if I should just forget about this whole writing thing! And I have to consciously sieve my motives for writing.

As an ardent reader,I have read about the stories of others in books,I ask myself,’ if these ones where not intentional and deliberate about their stories, I wouldn’t have come across such valuable gems. You will agree that each one of these great writers have  had cold feet at different stages of their lives and careers, but they kept at it.

this is my story.

Why is it so Important to share my story?

Over the years stories have been used to capture Histories, ideals and beliefs.

1.Sharing your story-especially through the medium of writing is an opportunity to serve for the greater good of all. whether it’s your thoughts, addressing issues, providing solutions, in whatever way you do it, it is an avenue for service to your audience, and when you are deliberate about your story, you create a connection with your audience.

2.Sharing your story humanizes your life. The story of ordinary people like you and me, matters a lot, because it has the power to  heal, uplifts, and renew. the act of writing brings clarity and exposes your core values. writing brings peace, because as you do it, you are shedding off weights and as others read and listen to you ,you help them shed weightier matters and help them come to terms with themselves.

3.Sharing your story broadens your perspectives. I can recall as many times that my point of view concerning certain issues have been broadened, giving me an open mind concerning some specifics. As I write about related stuffs, I feel the pulse of the audience. If you don’t say or share anything -your story will not be heard!

4. Sharing your story has value. You must see value in yourself to add value to others. Before you hit the ‘publish’ button. Ask yourself of what value is the message you are trying to convey to others.  When it is worth writing to you, then it will be worth reading for others.

You know I used to obsess over learning strategies to obtain followers, get more likes,or even guest post( I look forward to the latter though :D). I bet you do too. It’s not that bad to check your stats and see the number of views and be amazed at how many people stopped by. We all do seek some kind of validations from things like that.

I am realizing more and more that when I use my talent to ‘simply be a blessing’ for others even if its just one person. I honor the gift that God has bestowed on me. I also respect the art. What more validation can be better than this!

Keep  on writing, keep on blogging, keep on doing what you do to share your story.There is someone at the other end of the line waiting for what you’ve got to say.there-is-beauty-and-strength

This is my story, I will keep sharing against all odds. Hope you will share yours too.

Shalom

@OBA 2016.

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kingsoracle.

A good messenger cares for the master,the message, the receiver  and the method in that order.

I saw this line from Edmond’s  https:// gracemusing.wordpress.com. It so much resonated with me for days that I just left it in my draft. As I thought and mused about this words,and how it is helping me realize my assignment as a purpose -driven writer .(now that’s another word  I am  trying to adopt into my consciousness lately!

One of my focus in 2016 is to begin to  function more as a better writer-God’spokesperson in speaking life to the audience. To see myself as a farmer (metaphorically speaking though 🙂  according to Bob Allen , there are 4 things that farmers do.

blogging1. Cultivate the soil- which literally means learning and preparatory stage of farming- for me that will be  reading,studying,planning, organizing,envisioning. Spending time to know exactly what to write,when to write, and how to write whatever it is I am suppose to write. Play it by ear! 

2.Plant the seeds- That’s basically the creation and the distribution of our work product ,for me, my “work product ” is my words in three phases-Sing it,Say it, Write it. singing the words, speaking the words,and publishing the words- words that edifies,inspires,encourages,and most of all bring glory to God.

3.Nurturing the seeds- More or less like marketing, getting the words out there,spreading the message  through platforms like this blogosphere, recording the piece of music, podcast, Create the Youtube channel, so that more eyes can read them,see them,hear them,feel them and connect with those seeds in form of words coming out from you and I.

4. Harvest the seeds- Harvesting for me, will be getting feedback of how the things I write,sing,and speak about is transforming peoples lives all over, Gathering stories all around about the Impact of our work on other people,is something money can’t buy.

So dear friend, there are vacant fields all around us, ready to plant, The soil is perfect, people need what you’ve got to give, it does not matter how many people are doing what you are doing. No one can do it, the way you have have been wired to do it.

We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each of us….

Don’t wait till your seed is more perfect, don’t wait for the perfect timing you might end up waiting all your life. Begin to plow your field now!

 

It is better to see a crooked furrow than a field unplowed. -Paul Jewkes.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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