My Name is Fazia

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I am a Syrian child,
I am a casualty of war,
My name is Fazia.

You go to school and sing nursery rhymes,
I hide in corners at the sound of bomb shells;
You hug your siblings and say “good night”,
I hurdle with my sister on a mat in utter terror;
You go to sleep with a story read to you,
I go to bed praying it wouldn’t be my last night;
You stroll into town waving at trams,
I run on lonely paths away from fighter jets;
You decorate your house with pictures and flowers,
My house decorations are shrapnels and bullets holes;
You walk on paved streets, with street lights shining,
I walk on streets littered with dead bodies, sometimes in the dark;
Your world is surrounded by beautiful houses,
Mine is surrounded by ravaged and collapsed buildings;
You are surrounded by your mama, papa, and family,
I only have my grandma, my parents died from airstrikes;
You eat breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks, dinner, supper,
Well, I eat when I find food, if I find food;
Your best friends are Sally, Tom and Tim,
My daily companions are hunger, fear, poverty and pain
You buried your loved one and it makes you sad
I’ve buried my friends and families, it hurts everyday;
You cry sometimes, throw tantrums and act silly
I cry all the time, I hurt all the time, I’m getting tired of life;
I didn’t chose my family, I didn’t choose my home,
If I had a choice…, I wish I had a choice…,
I know, I just want to have a normal childhood.

I am a Syrian child,
I am a casualty of war.
My name is Fazia and it means successful.
What an irony!

Daily Prompt: Successful, Devastation

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My New Novels

I’m so excited. I bought 7/8 new novels from a display table inside a bank. Novels for sale? In a bank?? I know. Unbelievably fantastic! The sales from the books goes to charity, such a venture with mutual benefit, even though I think I benefited more. I’m so livid with excitement, I can’t wait to start reading them. I said they are 7/8 because one of them is a 2 in 1 novel. How cool! Genre wise, there are 6 crime thrillers and 2 love stories. Personally, I enjoy crime, espionage and law court novels more than anything else.
I’ve been reading the Biography of Sir Maurice Oldfield, former head of MI6. It’s a bit dull at the beginning, the spicy espionage covert missions which I love is towards the middle but I don’t like jumping pages.

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Sir Maurice “was the eldest of eleven children born to Joseph and Ada Annie Oldfield…” “He was born at the village of Over Haddon, near Bakewell, Derbyshire on 16th November, 1915. As the eldest son, a great deal of responsibility fell on Maurice at an early age. He not only took his turn in keeping a watchful eye on his brothers and sisters as they came into the world,but helped on the farm in all manner of ways.”
“At night, his younger brothers and sisters had to be seen into bed before young Maurice could begin to study by the light of oil or candle, for neither gas nor electricity had come to the village at that time.” – Excerpts from ‘C’ – A Biography of Sir Maurice Oldfield, Head of MI6 by Richard Deacon. I’m amazed at such a man that didn’t let his meagre beginnings deter him from achieving something meaningful with his life. Life is not about how you start but about how you make the best of what you have and finish well.

Anyway, I will keep this book for now and start off on these my beauties. I’m thinking of starting with Sidney Sheldon, I’ve not read any of her novels before but I think she’s a good writer. Oh well, we shall find out in due course.

So here are my latest addition…

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Beautiful Day

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This beautiful day,
Even more beautiful,
This bride, my wife,
Refreshing, this day,
Even more refreshing
The downpours, this rain,
Sending showers of blessings,
Sealing our day
With overflowing abundance
Of fresh scented love,
Marital fulfilment,
And unspeakable joy;
We found each other,
We found love;

And, the bridegroom
Smiles from his heart,
Looks towards the heavens,
As it rains its tender drops,
He smiles again,
Knowing he has found his soul mate,
His sweet gentle soul mate,
On this beautiful day.

To be married is not a willy-nilly decision made on the whims of emotions. It’s a decision which should be made on the bedrocks of unflinching commitment, unconditional love and unreserved friendship.

Daily Prompt: Willy-nilly

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Life Can Be A Tough Cookie

Life can be a prickle; life can be a tough cookie,…

It can be hard to believe when all around you, your circumstances look contrary. To believe becomes a matter of your obstinate will and dogged determination. Hope against hope… hoping in God.

You have to find a will somewhere, somehow, within you, to keep trying to believe that one day your story will change for the better… that the longing and the desire in your heart will be met.

So you keep on believing, for that’s the only way for you not to sink into the abysmal depths of despair and unbelief.

I will keep believing. I will keep believing in God. I will keep believing in myself.
I may not have the answer I so desire now, nevertheless I will not lose my faith, instead I will shield it. For if I lose my faith, what have I gained at the end?

After all, my faith is all I have now, so, I will keep on believing.
Contemplations from a desperate heart.

And with these heartfelt words, the Season of Hope series comes to an end. Due to privacy issues, I’m sorry I’m not at liberty to share with you the details behind this writeups, but I’m glad I shared it this way. I have been able to use words to search deep into my soul, and to hope in God.

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Editable Life

No matter how hard I try sometimes,
To perfect my path, to organise my life…
I try to edit, delete, format, cut…
But, it never stays perfect;
So in irony,
As much as I strive for perfection,…
I accept my imperfections, infallibility,…
And leave my life teachable, editable;…
Corrections-
Journey to perfection.

Daily Prompt: Organized

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Our Effectual Delivery Man

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Letters ain’t missing,
Words ain’t lost,
God has them,
Tears ain’t forgotten,
Hearts ain’t broken,
God heard them,
Prayer-
Our delivery man.
Effectual. Efficacious.
Next day delivery?
Immediate delivery.

Daily Prompt: Delivery

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U – Understanding

Understand your strength, understand your abilities. Know your limits, don’t ignore your shortcomings. You are not perfect, you can’t do everything. No one is perfect and no one can do everything all by themselves. Many times we take on too many things, some which are way beyond our natural abilities and gifts.

I strongly believe that all things are possible but it’s not a blind belief. It’s a belief
-according to how God made us,
-according to what we are disposed of,
-according to our gifts and talents, and
-according to our natural inclinations.
No matter how a man loves children and believes he can get pregnant, it would only be a failed venture or one that “may” succeed amidst diverse unnecessary complications and problems. This is because nature did not bestow in him the natural prerequisites for a pregnancy, most importantly a womb. Pregnancy and childbearing is for women because that’s our natural dispositions and strengths. That’s how God made us.

When we channel our energies into our strengths and abilities, we will discover many projects and dreams we can actually accomplish under that particular canopy.
For. e.g. Personally I love singing and I love writing. I don’t have a very strong singing voice but I have a strong inclination towards words. It would be foolhardy for me to start dreaming that one day I could be the world’s best singer, going on tours and been famous. I may achieve that but it will be hassled with troubles and fits. In doing that I would have abandoned writing which I find easier to flow in. But if I follow my gifts, I will, in time, discover that there are many inexhaustible wonderful opportunities open to writers, authors and poets.

Understand your specific role as it relates to your dreams. Focus on what you do best and just do that. In writing for instance, some are good in prose, others in poems, some others in script writing, others in real life issues, wild life, thrillers, sci-fi, everyday events, etc., etc. You can dabble in any of these, once in a while, when the inspiration comes but don’t forget to major on your strengths. Don’t forget to do what you do best. This principle applies in every area of life. If your dream is to study law, teaching, engineering, pharmacy, etc. your first question will be- which area should I focus on based on my strengths and natural inclinations?
Your strength is the real you and that’s what people will love; not the one you are trying to be.

Understand your responsibilities and delegate what you are unable to do or not gifted in. It never hurts to ask for help; in fact, it’s arrogance to try and do everything by yourself when there are people who can and are willing to share the load. Give others the privilege and the joy of helping you. Don’t shut people out when they want to help you. Include them in your plans and let them enjoy being a part of you and your plans. At the end of the day, you’re not overworked yet the job gets done by some happy willing friends, families and/or colleagues. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.

Understanding is key if we must fulfill our dreams and aspirations.
#Shalom

Previous: T – Trials and Tests

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Compliment

Someone wrote:
Compliments go a long way
To cheer and endear,
And that’s the truth!
Compliments adorns the receiver
With a velvety regal outfit
Eliciting goodwill,
Releasing endorphins,

Let’s ditch the spicy words,
Let our compliments flow,
Like an endless river,
Of pure enriched goodness.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29 NLT

Daily Prompt: Spicy

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Creatures Of Habit

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Ain’t we all like carousels?
Doing the same things,
Again, again, and again…
Sleeping,… waking,…
And all there is in between…
Bubbly excitement-
I am alive!
Masters of schedules,
Creatures of habit.

Daily Prompt: Carousel

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The People’s Hero… And A Villain?

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On that starless night, on a well-lit stadium that was packed full with expectant supporters, the crowd was agog with excitement, as they cheered their hero to his final run to glory.

But alas!… he did not win the race!… a wave of shock, surprise and bewildered silence swept across the arena.

Painful sadness, silent tears and outbursts of angry boos felt justified; for their beloved hero was beaten in the race by none other but a two-time drug cheat villain… what an anticlimactic event they all wished they could all forget!!

#Three Line Tales

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Even If – MercyMe

I was listening to my favourite gospel radio station Star 88.3 this morning, when, this beautiful song immediately caught my attention. I searched for the lyrics on YouTube and found it. It’s truly inspiring. It seems as if God is preparing my heart, in accordance to the prayer I posted some days ago on Season of Hope: Down the Foggy Road.

Please listen to it, its very reassuring. Share it with someone and encourage them that no matter what, God is always on our side.

They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now, right now I’m losing bad
I’ve stood on this stage night after night
Reminding the broken it’ll be alright
But right now, oh right now I just can’t

It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul

Chorus
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You’re able
I know You can

(Chorus)

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

T – Trials and Tests

Tests, trials, and setbacks may try to discourage you. Don’t be disheartened but instead, celebrate how far you’ve come. You’re may not be there yet but you have sure come a long way. Try not to dwell on what could have and many would haves, that’s the road to a pity party no one wants to come to. Instead, let the stumbling blocks be your stepping stones to something bigger and better.

For every dream and aspirations you have, there will always be wars to win and battles to fight. As they say, not every battle is for you. Choose the battles to fight but win the war. Choose the setbacks to respond to and carry on with your plans victoriously when it’s all over.

If it’s a waiting period, use it to reflect and learn the wonderful art of patience and perseverance. Use the waiting period to develop your inner character and stamina. Develop a thick skin and learn from your setbacks. Learn to smile and wave at the storm. In each test, there’s always a testimony, search deep and find yours.

At the moment, I’m also experiencing a setback in two goals I’m working on. It’s not a good place to be in but I’m also learning patience and trusting God that when it’s all over, something good and wonderful will come out of it.
#Shalom

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Season Of Hope: Down The Foggy Road

Unsure steps,
Unclear path,
A winding foggy course,
Wait! A light!
A glimmer of hope?
Sadly, not so!

It may not be Your will,
I’m guessing Your answer is “No”
“I need Your strength,Lord”
To receive Your will, to move on,
And to accept Your choice for me,
Whatever it turns out to be”,

“I know that when You say, “No”,
You always have something better planned”

Daily Prompt: Foggy

Notes:
To understand the import of this poem, take a look at my other poems on Seasons of Hope. These seasons are glimpse of my current experience with God. If you are going through seasons, I pray we will all find the strength in God to remain faithful in Him and shine through Him. Amen.

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Undaunted By Prompts

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Yesterday’s daily word was
Toothbrush!
What an odd word! Unlikely!
But then,
To the writer, every word
Is like a match that strikes up
The lights of imagination and
Innate poetic creativity;
Whether it’s toothbrush,
Blanket, Aimless or Murmuration,
A true scribe at heart
Remains undaunted by the prompts,
He is never short of ideas.

Daily Prompt: Toothbrush

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