Anticipation Killers

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If you remember my previous post about some bunch of novels I bought at a good bargain several weeks ago- My New Novels. I remember I was excited and was filled with so much anticipation of what I was going to discover, the new words I was going to learn, etc. Well, I read the first one Danielle Steel “Best Laid Plans”, and, I finished it within 3 days. But, I didn’t enjoy it; it doused all my excitement about the others, I was really disappointed with the novel and it was a bit of a let down for me. And this is why.

Firstly, it was a novel that depended heavily on Zodiac signs, all the zodiac signs checked were all correctly predicted so to speak. It turned me off completely. I managed to finish the novel out of curiosity than zeal. I don’t believe in those signs, we don’t need them. In my opinion, it’s a subtle deception that promotes man’s independence from God and all that pertains to God. It robs us of the need to trust God knowing that whatever comes my way during the day, God will take care of me. It robs us of been content with God. It removes our eyes from the Word of God. It’s anti-God. God is the Creator of the universe and all that is within it, it’s foolhardy and idolatry to abandon the Creator and instead worship the creatures He made. It was a novel that was trying to shove into the reader the belief of Zodiac signs (that was how I felt). Everything about our lifes is written in God’s Word; if we search it, we will find it. We don’t zodiac signs to predict tomorrow. (Psalms 139, Jer 29:12, Psalms 40:7, Psalms 119:105)

Secondly, how it ended was anticlimactic in my opinion and more so was obviously trying to denigrate and malign Christianity. Someone as usual, was committing a series of crime and we were led to believe it was a particular character. Now, the climax would be that the perpetrator is punished for his crimes. Instead, the true perpetrator of the crime was a true christian character who was portrayed as been devout and happily married with children. Yes I know, in most thriller stories, looks and appearances can be deceptive. I’ve watched many thrillers and crime stories (mind you, that’s my favourite). This was a bit different for me in its style and presentation. So after reading it, I didn’t have that emotional closure you get at the end of a story. It still felt as if something was missing, as if another chapter was needed. It didn’t give me a WOW feeling. It really felt anticlimactic.

Due to this, I lost my eagerness to read the remaining 7 novels. I will read them at some point, but at the moment, I’m not ready for another disappointing tale. It was an anticipation killer and I’m still recovering.

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You Put A Spell On Me

You put a spell on me,
Like one in a trance,
Eyes burrow into my thoughts,
Words burn within,
Spellbound- unfathomable love!
In a daze I open my life,
In a jiffy You dethrone my old heart-
Waterworks, in buckets,
Droplets of joy, ruined mascara…
Lies and lustful manipulations,
All gone!
Good riddance! Bad rubbish!
Divine metamorphosis!
Absolute transformation!
A new heart! A new life!
Saved… Changed… I am!

Daily Prompt: Trance

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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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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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Do You Know Joni?

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Do you know who she is?

As a regular teenager in 1967,
She went out with friends,
Dived into a swimming pool,
A shallow swimming pool,
And broke her spine-
She became paraplegic, and
It drastically changed her life;
But… she met God,
And, He gave her a reason
To live, to love, to dream, to believe,
To share her faith and her story;
To rise above her pain,
And be a channel of blessings,
In every disability,
There’s a hidden ability,
We can use to glorify God.

Today, she’s a motivational speaker,
A wife, a painter, a true believer,
An inspiration to everyone.
I am amazed on how she paints,
With the brush on her mouth-
She’s just unstoppable!

Do you know who she is?
She is Joni Eareckson Tada

Daily Prompt: Toothbrush

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The Real Neat Blog Award

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I have been nominated Adventures Of A Busy Mom for the Real Neat Blog Award! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please go ahead and do so. She is such an amazing writer, a very creative and devoted Christian mum and wife, with a cheerful, charming and charismatic personality. I always enjoy reading her posts.

Thank you very much for your nomination and I also thank everyone who has been reading, commenting, following, and supporting my blog. God bless you all immensely in every way.

Here are the rules for the “Real Neat Blog Award
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc).
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions.

These are questions I was asked:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
I started blogging because I love writing, I’m in love with words. And I’d love nothing more but to share my faith and inspire others through my words.

2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
My forgetfulness. I forget a lot. If I don’t set a reminder, then be assured, I’ll forget it. From forgotten appointments to burnt foods, I’ve learnt to constantly use my phone reminder.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
Been a mother. Despite health challenges, having my two beautiful boys is the best thing God could ever give me.

4. Who inspires you?
First, Christ inspires me and my daily prayer is to be more like Him.
Secondly, my husband. He’s so mature and much more cool headed than I am.

5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
Architecture. I love drawing, designing and I love arts.

6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
To publish my first book.

7. Share with us your favorite quote?
Not a quote but 2 scripture verses: “Nothing is impossible with God”, “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined”.

My nominees are:
Frank Morelli
Words in the Light
Fearless
Tachispeaks
Christina Apociask
Benjamin Lessard
Dronstad Blog

My questions for the nominees are:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
4. Who inspires you?
5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
7. Share with us your favorite quote?

God bless you all. Shalom. 🌺🌺💝💝

Angels In Disguise

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Soft whispers to God,
“Teach me to read, to write,
To understand the wonders
Of Your creation”,
He answered my prayer-
He sent me an angel in disguise,
He gave me a teacher.

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Poet’s Notes:
I have to find patience and wisdom everyday to manage 2 children. So I sincerely applaud those who have to manage 30 children every day, 5 days a week. Teachers really do amazing jobs both in teaching and in role modelling.

Roger Federer- “I believed…”

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“I guess it’s believe that I can achieve such heights… I believed that I could maybe come back. If you believe, you can go really far in life. I think I did that and I’m happy. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today…” said the 8th time Wimbledon winner.

If you believe it, it’s possible, it can’t be done and it can be achieved. You just have to work hard and keep dreaming, keep believing.

Congratulations Roger, savour the moment, it’s truly a well deserved title.

“To him that believes, anything is possible” – Mark 9:23

Daily Prompt: Savor

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The Big Wheel

Riding high up in the sky
Watching “little” people strolling by
In tad acrophobia
We watched in silent awe
Inside the Manchester Big Wheel
What a nervy ride!

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This is me, feeling cool.😊😎

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Looking down into Market Street, with Santander on the left and then Halifax and Debenhams on the right. The structure in the middle is a tram stop.

During summer in 2013, my husband and I with our then 4yr old son went for a ride on the Manchester Big Wheel in Piccadilly Gardens. It was really fun as that was my first time so high up. I manned up courage during the ride but realised I didn’t need it- I wasn’t scared. It was lovely looking down into Piccadilly Gardens/Market street from a different view. My son loved the ride as well and was not scared at all, as for my husband that was a different story altogether.

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In 2014, we went to Blackpool Pier and went on the Big Wheel. I felt very confident with myself as asual but…Oh boy!!! That was way high, higher than the one in Manchester (I think), and I was very scared! I wasn’t screaming but I wasn’t taking pictures. And when I’m not taking pictures, then something is wrong. You can imagine my relief when my two feet touched the ground. We truly had a wonderful family in Blackpool, but I don’t think I would be willing to go on their Big Wheel again.

Daily Prompt: Wheel

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Lovely Blog Award

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Thanks to Adoption- Happiness is egg shaped for this beautiful award. I’ve been quite busy of late hence, I’ve not had time to do this.

Please if for those nominated, the rules are on the featured picture.

7 Facts About Myself: 

1. My name is Obioma pronounced /oabeeurma/. It means good heart or kind heart.
2. I love writing, drawing, reading and watching movies. I enjoy espionage and thriller novels/movies.
3. My favourite sports are Formula 1 Racing and I support Mercedes #teamhamiltonbottas and athletics.
4. I became a believer on the 23rd November, 1996. And have not regretted knowing Christ ever since.
5. I am from Nigeria, from the Eastern part or the Igbo tribe.
6. My name is Obioma pronounced /oabeeurma/. It means good heart or kind heart.
7. I live in the U.K and work with adults with learning disabilities, autism and dementia.

My nominees are:

1. https://adventuresofabusymom.com/
2. Dronstad
3. https://galen911.net/
4. https://criesfromanunkemptgarden.wordpress.com/
5. https://fearlessinjesuschrist.wordpress.com/
6. https://pipersadventures.blog/
7. https://frankmorelliwrites.com/
8.
https://heyhillaryjane.wordpress.com/
9. https://issuesfromtheheart.com/
10. https://pureglory.net/
11. https://onestoneaway.com/
12. 
https://notestowomen.wordpress.com/
13. 
https://justbrittanymoments.wordpress.com/

The blogging community is a wonderful place to be and glad to be part of it. God bless you all.

Achieving Your Dreams- A to Z

This week I fulfilled 2 of my target weight loss goals. To register in a gym and secondly to run the 5K distance on the treadmill. I have achieved it!!! Talk about dreams, desires and achieving your dreams. And I must say I was inspired by Urban Mile and her blogs.

 

It felt so so good;  I was livid with excitement and it gave my weight loss program a buff. I decided to take a picture of my running data but in my excitement, my hands mistakenly hit the emergency stop when the distance remained 0.10km. I lost all my data- pace, calories burnt, etc. I felt a tad sad. That was my first ever 5K run. I wanted to treasure and preserve the moment with a picture.

Even though it was on a treadmill, I’m happy I tackled it and achieved it. But on a brighter note, I’m still registered in the gym so I know there will be lots of 5K runs, jogs and walks many days from now.

On that note, from the month of June I will be undertaking a project. It’s called the A to Z of fulfilling your dreams. This is just a fun way to highlight simple steps we can take to achieve anactualise our dynamic aspirations.

Maybe you have reached the pinnacle of your dreams, please pop in and give us an insightful comment from your wealth of knowledge and experience. Maybe you are still gathering momentum like me, to do all the wonderful ideas popping and bubbling in your head, then stop by every other day and see what’s up.

Remember, the dreams you desire can be achieved. And by dreams I mean, every good intention in our heart to make our lifes better and to bless others in the process.

A- Ask Questions

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It Only Takes One Tiny Seed

Sow in the morning, sow at night, sow at noon, sow all the time
Scatter your seeds in many ventures, scatter them far and near
Don’t look at the clouds, or the rains; if you do, you won’t move
Every minute is always the right time, to take those decision and sow
Some may wither or eaten by birds, others may flourish at every branch
You never know which seeds would detonate and explode with goodness,
In abundance, in blessings, in great harvests, in opportunities of a lifetime
That would catapult your life into a new zone or curve you cannot recover from
And all your dreams, aspirations and fairytale wishes would come true
It only takes one seed that is sown, at the right place, at the right time,
It only takes one tiny seed that is sown for your dreams to come true
But if you don’t scatter and keep sowing, how would this even happen?

Daily Prompt: Detonate

Author’s notes:
Late Sir Roger Moore was acting but the world did not know him till he acted as James Bond. And who knew late Ian Fleming if not for the same Bond movies.
Chimamnda Adiche was writing novels but the world did not know her till she wrote Half of A Yellow Sun
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John Grisham was writing novels but the world did not know him till he wrote Pelican Brief.
J K Rowlings was writing novels but the world did not know her till she wrote the Harry Potter Series.
Tom Cruise was acting but the world did not know him until he acted in Mission Impossible.
etc. etc. etc. etc
.

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Questions From an Inquisitive Mind

The first time you saw me
What was your first impression?
Then, you heard me speak
Did your impressions evolve?
As we danced cautiously with words,
In courteous hellos and casual talks
What impressions did you have?
Did you like what you saw in me?
Or did you concoct that exit line?
As we said our farewells
You gave me a brief glance
What were your thoughts?
What was your impressions about me?
Did I make a sweet impression in your heart?
Or was I just some strange encounter
You would rather forget with haste?
Now that we are friends
What is your impression about me?
The same as before? Or different?
Good different? Or not-so-good different?
If only I have the gift of reading people’s thoughts

Can one day with someone give you
A total impression about who they really are?

Questions from the Inquisitive Mind in every man

Daily Prompt: Impression

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Do You Have A Happy Place?

Do u have a happy place?
I have a happy place, a peaceful corner, my quiet hour with the Lord.
Sometimes I go in with a heavy mind, with all my worries, frets and struggles.

Do you know what happens in there?
Let me tell you what happens in there-
I lay all my fears and doubts in there.
I lay all my frustrations and shortcomings in there.
I entrust all my plans and hopes in His care.
I entrust all my visions and passions in His care.
I listen for His still small voice in there.
I listen for His instructions and corrections in there.
I embrace His forgiveness and mercy in there.
I embrace His grace and peace in there.

Do u have a happy place?
Do you have a happy place, a peaceful corner, a quiet hour with the Lord?
When I come out, I’m happy as a bunny, as light as a feather, no qualms.

Daily Prompt: Qualm

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…And That’s What We Are Fighting For

“I can’t do this anymore, Sam” Frodo Baggins said, and with a despondent and crestfallen countenance Frodo dropped his sword.
Sam looked at him and gave him an inspirational speech about how good trumps evil. He then finished the speech with the phrase, “That’s what they are holding unto”.
“What are we holding unto Sam?” asked Frodo looking intently at Sam and desperately in need of an encouraging answer.
“There is still some good left in this world, and that’s what we are fighting for“, replied his faithful friend, comrade and companion Samwise. (Scene from Lord Of The Rings: Two Tower)

There’s still some good left in this life
That’s why I keep my hopes alive
There’s still some good left in a man
No matter the extent of evil he may plan
There’s still some good left in any sad event
No matter how dismal things may appear

It’s not over until it’s over so
It’s not over until God says so
That’s the reason Christ saved us
That’s the reason Christ came for us
To show that good always trumps evil
To show that grace always trumps guilt

And that’s what we are fighting for. For if we stop fighting, if we stop believing that God’s Word is ultimate, we are simply handing the victory to the dark side. And I know that will never make things better.

Daily Prompt: Better

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My Name is My Root

Warning: This video contains graphic images which some viewers might find very distressing.

“I’m Kunta Kinte the son of Omorro” replied Kunta Kinte.
THWACK!!! Wallace flogged Kunta with a whip which had piercing iron-hooks at the tip.
“Your name is Toby, now tell me your name!!!” demanded Wallace.
“I’m Kunta Kinte”.
“That’s not your name!!!”
THWACK!!!! Another whipping!
“Toby is your name. Now what is your name?” demanded Wallace
“Kunta Kinte” Kunta replied again in defiance.
THWACK!!!….

Everyone from the plantation gathered around and watched with somber faces. Fiddler whispered to Kunta, eagerly urging him, “Say it boy, just say it, say it…”

“Toby is your name. Now what is your name?” demanded Wallace,
“Kunta Kinte”
THWACK!!!….
Say it!!!!
THWACK!!!!
Say it!!!!
THWACK!!!!!
The floggings, the screamings, the defiance and the demands continued until… the bruised, battered and exhausted Kunta Kinte said, “Toby”.

Fiddler ran to Wallace as he entreated, “He said it, Massa Wallace he said it”.
“Say it again, say it louder!!” demanded Wallace,
“Toby” Kunta Kinte painfully and faintly said.
Then the flogging stopped.

Fiddler untied him and cradled his hurting bruised body as he told him, “It doesn’t matter what massa call you. You keep your true name inside…” (Culled from the series Roots 2017– an epic and award winning movie on slavery).

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Why did the young man Kunta Kinte choose to suffer pain and affliction rather than change his name?
Throughout the series, one thing was clear- he tenaciously held on to his name and passed it on to his children.
What’s in a name? What’s in your name? What’s in my name?

My name is my identity.
Your name is who you are.
My name tells a story.
Your name tells me your journey.
My name shows you my family.
Your name shows me your roots.
My name is my root.
Your name is your root.

It doesn’t matter what people call you- dumb, good for nothing, stupid, hopeless, failure, a mistake, etc. You know who you are. A success, an achiever, beautiful, the best there is, a blessing. That’s who you are. Be that person you call yourself and walk in it.

Daily Prompt: Roots

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Greener Grasses

It’s Spring and his neighbour just cut her grass. In comparison to his own garden, hers looked a lot greener, fresher and healthier. Instead of comparing the two with a pouted mouth and green monster placard, he decided to find out from her the secret to her gardening.

When the grass is actually greener on the other side, how do we handle it?

Unhealthy comparisons does the heart no good. Sometimes out of spite and jealousy, spiky comments are made.  If we work hard, someday and somehow, we will also achieve what we envied in others.

When we get to that pinnacle of achievement, it’s always great to know we can share our story with others who would then be envying us. Thus, helping them to overcome their envying and most importantly, to pass on the baton to those who also envy them…

Daily Prompt: Spike

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Two Lovebirds

On a bed of tanned soft sandy shores
Under the starless opaque clouds
Sat two lovebirds in a honeymoon snug
Closely, silently, an affectionate hug
Watching the setting sun wave goodbye
While the restless murmuring sea
Hummed in a low non-rhythmic key
Immersed in the tranquil untroubled
No words uttered, none was needed

Daily Prompt: Opaque

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