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Baby girl, Look at you at twenty-five: thankful, loved, working, resting, eating cake and also tired all the time, with little money, crying a lot …Twenty-five
This year has been a year of absolute growth for me. There were really low days and extremely high days. The beauty of growth is that it doesn’t come without some discomfort. Growth certainly takes you out of your comfort zone and I believe each one of us felt a degree of discomfort this year. At the beginning of the year , we were all so positive of what could be. Never in a million years did I think I’d feel uncomfortable around people who are NOT in masks ! 😂 What??? At a point, I had a tiny belief in the “by June dierh” movement (A group of people in Ghana who believed that by June , we’d have all died) 😂. A tiny bit of me actually believed we all wouldn’t make it to the end of the year. With all the horrendous predictions from “great” people on how Africa was not going survive, how could one not fret?Personally, I believe we Africans are the least affected by the pandemic because of the Grace of God. I don’t think anything else saved us.
Let me not deviate from the main reason for this post. I just want to share twenty things I’ve learnt and experienced this year and the growth that has taken place in my life.
1. Life is hard but we must enjoy every single second.
2. Don’t be scared to let people go.
3. You are stronger than you can imagine.
4. Make peace with all, even yourself.
5. Love like your life depends on it.
6. Life is short.
7. Give wholeheartedly.
8. It’s okay to ask for help and get help.
9. I am addicted to my phone which is a pretty bad thing.
10. Social media hiatus is necessary for my mental health.
11. I love my family deeply.
12. No one is allowed to stress me except my boss.
13. Take action, don’t just plan.
14. I haven’t been there for my friends this year. I apologize but I needed to be there for myself first.
15. COVID-19 is real, stay safe.
16. I had the chance to take part in a project to educate people on breast cancer and donating money to some breast cancer patients. This was extremely fulfilling.
17. The blessing of being part of a family is one of the best things you could ever get.
18. My best friend is a lawyer😩🎉
19. If I die today, I want to be remembered for my love for God, my kindness and the positive impact I made on all to make their lives a tiny bit better.
20. God is good. Our experiences do not define Him. In good times and in bad , He remains good.
Thank you for reading. Please share your thoughts as well in the comment section.
I hope we all live to see a better 2021. Cheers 🥂
Dear friends, never in my life did I ever imagine the entire would have to celebrate this day in their homes and not congregate in our churches. In these times I am grateful for technology which helps us to connect with the entire world in celebrating the passion of Christ from our various homes.
Good Friday! This day that marks the salvation of humanity. There would have been no resurrection Sunday if Jesus had not died on Good Friday. We can find no greater proof of God’s love for us than the willing sacrifice of his Son on the cross.
Rupert of Deutz (1075-1129), a Benedictine abbot and theologian, wrote: “The cross of Christ is the door to heaven, the key to paradise, the downfall of the devil, the uplifting of mankind, the consolation of our imprisonment, the prize for our freedom.” The cross brings us face to face with Jesus’ suffering. He was alone – all his disciples had deserted him except for his mother and three women along with John, the beloved disciple. And his death was agonizing and humiliating.
As I reflected on the stations of the cross today, I noticed how three of the stations have been dedicated to the falling of Jesus. Each time Jesus fell, He got up and moved on with this painful and torturous journey. This is to tell us that no matter how many times we fall in sin, the Grace of God is made available in abundance to help us back on our feet. It is up to us to realize our sinful state, in humility ask for pardon and then continue with our divine assignment on earth. Never should we stay in our sins. Beloved God loves you, He is calling you today to rise above your sins. He is an arms reach away to help you up on your feet.
Dear friend, reflect on the beautiful words of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D)
“As they were looking on, so we too gaze on his wounds as he hangs. We see his blood as he dies. We see the price offered by the redeemer, touch the scars of his resurrection. He bows his head, as if to kiss you. His heart is made bare open, as it were, in love to you. His arms are extended that he may embrace you. His whole body is displayed for your redemption. Ponder how great these things are. Let all this be rightly weighed in your mind: as he was once fixed to the cross in every part of his body for you, so he may now be fixed in every part of your soul.” (GMI 248)
This beautiful hymn is one that touches my heart deeply. Please take time to listen to it and reflect on it’s beautiful and powerful words https://music.apple.com/gh/album/when-i-survey-the-wondrous-cross/558495646?i=558495652
May God look with favor on humanity and heal us by His precious blood. May we be healed from greed, pride, laziness, selfishness, diseases (especially Coronavirus) and all infirmities. Amen
Hello lovely readers 🤗
It’s been a long long while and its good to finally get the energy to post something. I probably should have posted this on the 1st of May but I’ve been quite busy and somehow lazy 🙃.
May is a magical month for me not just because it’s my birth month but because over the years super awesome stuff happen to me in May. My 2 best friends are May borns too and so many lovely people I know are May borns. I’m quite excited about this particular May because I’ll be finishing with my university education. It’s been a beautiful trip with so many exciting memories. Ups and downs but mostly ups and I really don’t regret anything. I’m so grateful to God for this wonderful experience. And I’ve learnt so much to last me a life time. I could go on and on about my lessons but let’s save that for another blog post.
I’m just here to tell you that whatever you do, do not lose your girlfriends / squad / tribe!! Get a support system. My 2 girlfriends have been amazing and I really don’t know what I’d have done without them. Aseye and Yayra I’m so thankful to God for you guys.
Life’s never been easy but when you surround yourself with people you love and love you right back, people who bring out the very best in you and want to see you grow , then life becomes a lot more bearable. Get a support system who will pray for you and with you and always make you see the brighter side of life.
I’ve come to love and cherish my family more. And by family, I mean my support system. The funny thing is some of these people don’t always have to do anything to make me happy, their existence alone inspires me to push harder. There so many people I’d want to credit but I’ll just mention a few. Thank you to my parents who have been amazing parents to me! My parents show me love that I really cannot fathom. Thank you to be siblings for being my siblings, annoying and sweethearts at the same time😂. Thank you to all my friends especially Aseye and Yayra💓💓. You guys are simply the best. Thanks for always seeing the best in me and being my everything. Your friendship has made it a lot easier for me to move on with life. Thank you for all the long talks and listening to me when I was breaking. And also thank you Paa for everything 💜.
In this beautiful month of May I resolve to be happy and stay close to my support system. Even though I have exams coming up and project to work on, I’m going to take it all in slowly and allow God to be King. I suggest you do same too.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how brave we are as humans. It’s amazing how we take the risk each day to live. Despite the fact that we know we could die any day, by any means and at any time , we still choose to live.
And we don’t just live, we live to achieve something. We make plans , work so hard , go through hell just for tomorrow when we know very well tomorrow isn’t even assured. Aren’t we just brave ?
We take the risk to walk, eat , breath , talk , sleep …each day we live is just a scary risk.
Our basic architecture has an inbuilt design for continuity. Every single cell in its complex structure and even more complex collaborations with other cells have an ingenious design of simplicity which is continuity. Isn’t that amazing !
Even after all our body encounters everyday, not only do our cells battle and conquer all the trauma of insults from the outside, but they still have the power and will to keep their internal environment intact and prime enough to keep their one purpose in tandem: Continuity.
I am certainly proud of us .
You’re a survivor and you’re brave.
Do not ever belittle yourself.
To live life each day is an achievement and you can even achieve so much more once you set your mind to it. You’re capable of more,than you can ever imagine.
Be proud of yourself and hold your head up high because you are brave.
Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a prosperous New year. May you receive all the good things life has to offer .
My dear friend, you may never know how your flickering light gave enough hope to me while I was searching the night sky. I’m certain it also gave hope to others.
Your smiles , your words of encouragement each day , your calls , your photos , in fact being yourself alone has brought me hope.
I have had some tough times which you may never had known about but you encouraged me unknowingly. And that’s the beauty of it all. It’s about the little things.
You are one of the most amazing friends I think I don’t deserve. I have never appreciated You enough because we mostly do not know what to do with kind-hearted people like you. You are so special and have got the heart of an angel.
You my friend, have been a blessing just by being yourself and letting the ripples of your goodness flow. You have been nothing but a blessing to me.
Thank you for helping me realize my worth when I forget.
Thank you for helping me realize my potentials.
Thank you for encouraging me to pursue higher things.
You’re a sage, my sage and so I do not know what to say to you now , but you should know I love you dearly you’ll always have a place in my superior vena cava . Lol.
Don’t ever lose yourself and do not forget your Maker.
Let your light keep shining.
To Coco my dear friend. 💜
When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….
An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”
The lord answered, “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?
She must function in all kinds of situations.
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time.
She must have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart. She must do all this with only two hands.
She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day.”
The Angel was impressed, “Just two hands…..impossible! And this is the standard model?”
The Angel came closer and touched the woman,
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”
“Can she think?” The Angel asked.
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”
The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel.
“What’s it for?” Asked the Angel.
The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”
This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius.
You thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvelous.”
The Lord said, “Indeed she is. She has strength that amazes a man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. She holds happiness, love and opinions. She smiles when she feels like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid. She fights for what she believes in. Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life.”
The Angel asked, “So she is a perfect being?”
The lord replied, “No. She has just one flaw, she often forgets her own worth.”
Thank you God for reminding me 💜
I read a beautiful novel about four African American women who didn’t have a perfect life like others thought. They were all very unhappy about their marriages, family , work and so many other things. Up until they found out that they were responsible for their happiness, they became content and full of life and they appreciated and loved what they had. Their friendship also grew stronger.
Happiness is a decision we ought to make daily. We are human beings and so there are times we get unhappy for no apparent reason and it seems we really cannot control our emotions sometimes.
But at all other times , it’s basically up to us to make that bold decision to be and remain happy.
You are responsible for your own happiness, no one is . Dont make that mistake of making it the responsibility of others to make you happy. You are completely whole. People can only add up to your happiness when you’re able to find happiness from within.
Decide every morning that you’re in a good mood. You will be exactly happy as you decide to be.
Stay blessed . 💜
I woke up one early morning feeling all burnt out because I didn’t have a good night’s sleep and I knew I was going to have a long day. But I got out of my room ready to face the day only for me to discover the day was going to be way more stressful than I thought it’d be. Naturally, when I’m doing so many things at a time which I don’t pretty much enjoy, I easily get irritated and unnerved. My head begins to ache and I’m just not a happy person but I can assure you you might not even notice it (Gemini power 💪).
So as I was saying, this day was no different. I obviously wasn’t having the best of days. Moving from one end of campus to another , waiting for my group members for so long, waiting for our Teaching Assistant to help us out and worst of all walking through the scorching sun! That heat could kill you know.
My group was actually working on a proposal which constituted 20% of our assessment . We really didn’t want to joke with it so we put in our all to write it. Only for our Teaching Assistant to tell us how much we had deviated . And exams was in a few days. How on earth were we going to make time to finish this entire proposal. Oh my !! What a day ! My head was spinning and I just couldn’t stand it . I excused myself from the office of the TA to have some fresh air .
Now there’s a really beautiful and intelligent lady in my class called Ella. Ella is the kind of person I only exchange pleasantries with . I really admire her because despite the fact that she’s brilliant, she’s a refined lady also .
So as I walked out of the office, down the hallway , just before the entrance of the faculty, I saw Ella . Ella dashed a beautiful smile at me and asked how I was doing . I couldn’t help but smile widely in return and respond to her . We spoke for some few seconds and parted ways. You won’t believe this but the few seconds I spoke to this lady brought sunshine to my gloomy day . My headache vanished and almost immediately I felt my problems were over and that my group could actually do this proposal before the deadline . I began thinking straight and I found solutions and ideas for all the chaos in my big head. Now that’s what Ella’s honest smile did to me.
You never really know whose life you are touching with a simple smile . Your smile can completely change someone’s day. Your smile can brighten up someone’s day and give them hope to move on . Never stop smiling darling . 💜💜💜