Two days ago while I worked on a photo from a writing workshop organized by my friend, I had a conversation with my brother on the process of getting the image I wanted from the raw photo which was dark and nearly useless. The picture went from drab to fab in a few minutes. Yesterday morning, I woke up with the thought that the process of getting that picture ready was a lot like life and how God arranges our lives. Continue reading →
Writing is a jealous lover.
During my time in university, I didn’t write much. Studying pharmacy was more exacting than writing and it was very quick with punishments, patience wasn’t part of its arsenal.
After leaving school and beginning my internship, the stirring for writing intensified in my heart. I began to feel as if I’d go crazy without it.
So I got a tab in August 2013 and on the 5th of September, I started this blog. In those four years, I have grown immensely as a writer, a woman and as a productive member of society. I’ve met so many amazing individuals via this blog, I’m beyond blessed to have met them and have them my life.
Today’s been pretty terrible, with what has to be the worst bout of PCOS induced wahala and a hectic day at work. All I wanted to do was sleep. Somehow I found myself on word press and saw the notification of my anniversary here.
Get lucky by Daft Punk ft Pharell is my new favourite song, I love the disco-funk fusion and the way it makes you think dancing is easy. If I didn’t know better, I’d have sworn it was by ‘Earth Wind and Fire’ or ‘The Whispers’- the smoothness of it calls them to mind. And the video! It’s so 80’s and that for me was when good music peaked and rolled over and died. I love the chorus most of all, especially the refrain ‘we’re up all night to get lucky’ that is repeated several times across the song. Continue reading →
If you think this post is about Toke’s new book, you’d be half wrong. I’m writing this post because of a certain incident that happened two years ago and because of the backlash Toke’s facing for her book- so you’re half right… Continue reading →
On Tuesday morning we made a detour on the morning ride to work because my father wanted to give someone a package at an all girls’ secondary school he’d once taught. Before my brother made the turn that took us into the school, we’d noticed the boisterous singing and drumming coming from the girls at the morning assembly. The person wasn’t around yet so my brother went to give it to someone to keep for her. Continue reading →
I love flowers! They have an ethereal beauty that draws my eyes every time. I love wild flowers most of all- yes the flowers of weeds. No one planted them, no thought or arrangement went into their being at their location, and no one considered the aesthetics or colour combinations. No one did any research into their genetic profile neither have they been carefully bred from generation to generation like the “commercial” flowers.
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The seventh chapter of the gospel of Matthew is one of my favourite chapters in the entire bible, Jesus was steady dropping it like it’s hot, steady wisdom, steady Rhema, and steady fire. Today I am focussing on the sixth verse.
“Do not give to dogs what is sacred, do not throw your pearls after pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
As I have grown older, I have come to understand this verse better, it’s like a giant billboard in my head now with flashing neon/xenon lights illuminating its message. Most times we link this verse to sexual purity but that’s just a slice of the cake, it applies to everything!
You and I are precious, we are sacred, we are awesome and most importantly we were bought at the highest price in the world- the death of Jesus on the cross. We are not to give ourselves to unhealthy situations or circumstances, we should definitely not tie ourselves to people who do not value us. Standing for ourselves and speaking out when we are being unappreciated is not a sin, actually it is imperative on us as Christians to shine our light and show our worth. I don’t understand why many Christians have low self-esteem, I don’t get it!
There is modesty and humility and there is low self-worth and we find many Christians who walk this earth without reflecting the awesome glory that is their birth right as Christians. How this must sadden our heavenly father, that in the guise of being meek (which doesn’t mean stupid by the way) we shuffle on earth without direction, without poise or presence. Being heaven conscious and not being of this world doesn’t mean that we are not to shine on earth. If it were then why on earth would Jesus charge us to be the salt of the earth? To be the light of the world, the light to be set on a hill- Matt 5:13-16
The funny thing is, we do not have any gain in living a defeated or muted life. Just like the last part of that verse says, the swine will trample on the pearls and then trample on you too. It’s the same way that we do not even get to enjoy any fruits from such a life. Living your best life possible is an act of worship, that men may see your life and worship your father in heaven. I’m not talking about money or material wealth but in giving your best in what your hands find to do and in living a life that reflects the awesomeness of Jehovah.