Never Judge a Person…

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She walked into room in a grand gait
And all eyes turned…
Her eyes drew you in like quicksand
Her eyelashes fluttered like fairies’ wings
Her lips glowed hot with crimson
Her skin was smooth like Shea butter
Her hair curled like lazy metal springs
Her slender hands crowned with a well manicured nails
Her figure beautifully shaped like the goddess of beauty
Then she sat down, next to me!
What a ravishing lush view!
I was uneasy with excitement!
I was completely taken in!
I’m not a ladies’ man but,
I am a man who loves style
I thought up a line about the weather
(That one always works with the ladies)
I opened up a converse
I smiled genuinely … or sheepishly?
I introduced myself
Then,
She opened her mouth-
A potpourri of curses and swear words!
She spewed them out without care or restraint!
She had so much going on inside!
And pop! My bubbly bubble popped!
I looked down at her with my self-righteousness
Suddenly, she broke down in tears
My heart melted with pity and compassion…
I learned an important lesson that day-
Never judge a person by the look of their face

Daily Prompt: Lush

“There is no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. -“William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

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Originally published in February 2017

In Love With… Words

 

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Looking back, I realise that somehow my preference, natural inclination and love for certain subjects was preparing me towards writing.

In secondary school, I loved English language. I made more effort to pass my English than my mathematics, and somehow I found it easier and more fun. I remember standing in front of my mum’s full size mirror, reading my scribbles or “lecture notes” as I used to call them, pretending to be some dignitary at a very important function, wowing the audience with my exceptional English. 😀😀Even up till now, I still love English language, both spoken and written.
Although English is not my first language, when I hear someone speak a terrible bad English or another making murderous grammatical errors, it drives me insane honestly. I can’t stand bad English. My love for this language is such that either you speak it well or not at all. But then, I’ve relaxed a bit because nobody including me, is perfect, except the Queen perhaps.

Another subject I loved extremely and passionately was literature. Oh, how I loved, memorised, and soliloquised those wonderfully phrased words and sentences especially in poetry and drama. I always gulped them down like a thirsty fish out of water. In school, we read Macbeth, 12th Night, Merchant of Venice, Things Fall Apart, Oliver Twist, Trials of Brother Jero, Great Expectations and a lot more I’ve forgotten. We studied a lot of poems by Christopher Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, and many others. I loved and loved reading many of these poems. In my GCSE I had an A in literature. Literature was like my Walls vanilla ice cream. It never bored me.

Then as a student, during the holidays, I was always indoors, either in our church library or curled up at home reading some novel. I read a lot of James Hardley Chase, Grace Livingston Hills, John Grisham, etc. I read all the readable fiction and Christian novels in our church library then. For some reason, I never read Mills and Boon. I tried it once but didn’t finish it. It was all too girly and very predictable.

On the contrary, I do find mathematics and calculations quite an unwarranted headache. And to think that at some point in my life I wanted to be an accountant… Phew!! What was I thinking?? I’m glad I listened to myself, discovered what I was good at and hence ended up studying law.

Looking back, I’ve come to realise I always preferred words to calculations. It’s no secret, I am in love with words.

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Lost & Found

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Crouched at the altar, tears of profound joy streamed down her cheeks. Surreal emotions coursed through her veins. Folded in her sweaty hands was her little brother’s picture.

He went missing during the war. She never stopped praying. She never stopped believing. She never stopped hoping.

In gratitude she looked up and whispered in a husky tired voice, “Thank You, Father, we have found him, alive.”

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Celebrating Mum at 70

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Today I’m not writing a poem, but I’m excited to say-
I celebrate my mum who turned 70yrs this month. Having lost my dad at an early age, she became a single mum and raised us (me and my siblings) to the best of her ability. I want celebrate her humility, her soft spoken nature, her godliness, her prayerfulness, her loveliness, perseverance, etc. As a parent, she mastered the art of been stern and sweet over the years.

Today I celebrate all the mums and dads doing an amazing job for their families, working round the clock trying to secure a future for their family.

Today, I celebrate all the single mums and single dads who are just alone in it all, trying to work out and balance everything all by themselves.

Today I celebrate parenthood, brotherhood, sisterhood.

Today I celebrate family.

Happy 70th Birthday My Dear Mother.

Below are two poems I’ve previously written in honour of my Mum.

My Dearest Mother
How Much Is Your Mother?

What Natural Harmony!

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Snowdonia, Wales

You drew me into you
I’m hypnotised,
And completely swayed;
How beautiful!
How enchanting!
What a magnificent view!
You swept me off my feet,
I succumbed;
Your natural props dipped
In sensory hues;
The sweet scents of fresh green leaves,
Hills so alive with colours,
Such blossoming splendour!
Such natural harmony!
What have you done to me?
You took my breath away!
Immersed in your bosom
I forgot time,
Though I’d say
Every moment was worthwhile,
If only I could take you home,
Nevertheless, on fire you are
Within my heart,
Every second I spent with you
I will treasure always;

But I do wonder,
As you bask in the admiration
Of many tourists and awe-struck admirers,
Will you remember me?

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Picture Credit: Pininterest 

Peace At The Crossroads

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Lost.
Confused.
Uncertainty looms.
Uncertain of what I want.
Uncertain of what You want, Lord.

Guide me.
Lead me.
Show me,
Your way.

You ask,
“What do you want?”
I say,
“Whatever You want, that I want,
You know me better.”
You say,
“Peace.
I give you My peace.
My peace, shall guide you, into My will.”

Peace.

Poet’s notes:
Some weeks ago, out of excitement and some great confidence in myself I took a bold step of faith and ventured into something new. It is what I want but, if it pulls through, the opportunity costs are high.
Now, I’m asking myself whether I am willing to make the sacrifice it demands. I’m really wondering what I’m doing, honestly I’m not sure. I prayed asking God for directions, to know His will and purpose concerning it. God assured my heart that I will find peace in His will. And this is truth through all the ages: when we find ourselves at crossroads, we must always remember that His peace and that unwavering deep assurance beyond understanding guards and guides us into His purpose for our lives. Amen.
#Shalom

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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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Heroes’ Homecoming

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Colourful smokes jetted from synchronised aerobatic displays,
As the whole town cheered on in excitement
Everyone waved and welcomed the tired soldiers home,
Their sons, husbands, brothers, uncles, nephews…
Their beloved gallant heroes
Some had no injuries, others were crippled, maimed, blind,
Or had some form of injuries and wounds…
But, all were alive,
Alive to tell their own side of the story…

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All these heroes could come back home
Because somewhere in a distant battleground
Some other valiant men, boys, husbands, nephews, fathers…
Heroes in their own rights, sacrificed themselves,
Though unwillingly, and paid the ultimate price
For the freedom of all

Daily Prompt: Synchronize

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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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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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