For every test, there’s a testimony…Share Yours!

It sure feels like a decade since i last blogged.It’s been manic to say the least. Trying to balance work, motherhood and life in general.It seems like when you promise yourself that you’re going to be consistent with something, thats when things get busy in your life and your mind conveniently gets a bit of what we famously call, the writer’s block.

For the past 2 years, i had this fire within me to continue with my blogs and to keep posting regularly. And its funny because since then, i have had so much going on in life that could even make up a book. Literally a number one seller.You would think that having a smart phone would be a motivator because i could blog as i go… but even the time to put the notes together wasn’t there. Maybe it was the lack of words to put the events together as things got intense. I became afraid of my own shadow. Afraid of exposing my life and I lived in fear that people would judge me.

 The good news is that since then, I have grown mentally and have realised that sometimes God puts us through certain tests so that we can be a testimony and help others. And that is what I am learning to do daily. To use my experiences to teach others and to inspire and change other people’s perspective on life.Many are the times that I felt I had a story to tell. A story that would encourage someone or uplift someone or maybe even make someone else feel like their life ain’t so bad. Sometimes maybe just a story that would be a good read, while I channelled my thoughts into writing.

The lesson to learn in this is that we should always create time for the things that we love and we should handle everything with courage even when it comes to sharing stories to bless someone else.

I cannot be certain that I will be posting everyday or every week, but one thing is for sure, that i will try my best not to let an interesting story or a valuable lesson pass by…
#Blossom

Poem of the day…

Came across this beautiful poem and it spoke volumes to me so i thought i should share it.
It’s an everyday life… An eye opener…

‘HARLEM’
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

By Langston Hughes.

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Kenya Turns 50

Kenya Turns 50

I pay respect and honour all those freedom fighters that fought for our rights and our land. All the blood that was shed in pain and misery with the goal to save our country. I pay tribute to the souls lost. But i am thankful that i was born in an independent, greater and richer Kenya. So for that, Dedan Kimathi, Waiyaki Hinga among others i raise my hat and bow. We are thankful to God for the freedom, but we are also indebted to your loyalty as our forefathers and former leaders.
So as Kenyans, we celebrate half a century of self-rule, but what have we learnt so far?
Hitting 50 years as Kenyans should awaken our senses and help us realize that we are one regardless of the tribes we are from or the languages we speak. Kenya originally means ‘The abode of God’…So lets humble ourselves and walk from 12/12/13 in peace knowing we are a chosen nation and we ought to be each other’s keepers. Like our president said “let us reflect on the significance of the colours of our flag and the words of our National Anthem. Let us also dedicate ourselves to the National Values inscribed in our new Constitution”.

Happy Jamhuri day to my kenyan family. Happy mashujaa day to all our freedom fighters. God bless Kenya.

Leukemia…Its a race against time…Be The Match!!!

The past few months have taught me a major lesson. I have learnt that a lifetime isn’t very long and that there are only so many tomorrows.
I learnt that when you think you have all the time in the world and you are busy taking your life and health for granted, some people are desperately fighting for theirs.

 
About 2 years ago, a friend of mine was diagnosed with leukemia and that was a life changing ordeal for him.
 After a fight for his life and constant support and prayers from his family and friends, he was given the all clear earlier this year. Unfortunately, on his road to recovery, he has recently suffered a relapse and is now back in hospital for further treatment.
During a recent chat with his doctors, they told him that he needs a bone marrow transplant for his survival.
 
Some of us would ask…..BUT WHAT IS LEUKEMIA?
 
Leukemia is a form of blood cancer where the white blood cells multiply abnormally and circulate throughout the body. This abnormal white blood cells are called leukemia cells. As learnt in biology, white blood cells help to fight infections in the body. but in a person with leukemia, if they are in large numbers, they deposit in the body tissues, crowding out the normal white cells, red cells and platelets and this makes it hard for the normal blood cells to function, hence causing damage.
 
It so happened that i was on the net one time gathering more information about being a marrow donor and as i surfed along, i came across a recent health Article on the BBC which showed that black people are three times more likely to need a transplant than the general population. This is because of the higher genetic disposition to illnesses. 
Moreover, only 1% of donors are from the black community. 
 
I personally think this is a sad situation as it means that the black people who need a matching donor have to be in the list for a long time and some eventually loose their battle during this wait.
 
As a registered donor myself, i want to add my voice and encourage people to become part of the solution and understand that this predicament can happen to anyone. You are fortunate enough to be healthy. Infact, you are blessed…
But unfortunately it is not so for everyone else. How would you feel if you were to find out you were a match to someone but you didn’t do anything about it? 
This is a humble plea coming straight from my heart, asking you guys to join the Anthony Nolan register(link below) for bone marrow donation.
I am of course passionate about this charity and about this cause because of my friend, but also because it gives me much joy to know that i am potentially able to save someone’s life.
 
This plea also stems from the fact that i have previously lost a friend from leukemia and i didn’t know anything about transplant until later.
So i cannot be ignorant now that i know.
 
 
So i kindly ask you my friends and family, especially the black community, visit
and make a change in someone’s life.
 
Some of you reading this article may know the friend i am talking about and it should prompt you to be more motivated to take action.
And even the ones that do not know him, please help by registering on the above link in order to save, not just our friend’s life, but the life of others too. 1 donation can save up to 7 people.
 
You don’t have to lose your life to save someone else’s life, its just a simple procedure and the process doesn’t hurt. 
And whats more is that, the organisation will not contact you unless you are a match to someone.
As you ponder about what you get out of it, just know that in the long run, God will bless you and help you in your time of need.
 
Remain Blessed!!! 🙂
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This is personal…

The past few months have been one of those times you just want to forget and erase off your past memories.
As pastor Marvin says, I’ve had my share of ups and downs, mixed emotions, from happy to sad, laughter to tears. I have felt discouraged, encouraged and even tried to encourage myself, but somehow there would be that moment where there would be so much turmoil in my heart, so much hurt thinking about certain situations, or just thinking, life should be better than this.

I have lost friends, or rather people i thought were ‘friends’ and gained some valuable lessons too.

The Bible clearly states that as a man thinketh in his heart then so is he, and to be honest as much as i tried not to think about everything i was going through, i couldn’t help it.
i believed i was depressed and if i remember well, i think i confessed it to a few of my good friends, some of whom came up with the all famous sentence “don’t say that” or “depression is not your portion”. But who’s to say i took heed to their words? how could I at that time anyway? i had it all figured out in my head and no one was going to convince me otherwise.
But when you’re a child of God and you know the word of God, you will always get a conviction in your heart. I could feel the spirit telling me do not confess that, i kept on remembering Job 22:28, but that was not enough for me to start thinking positive.

Apparently i am a very negative person. that statement has come from a few people in my life. I tried to change my thoughts but it only takes me a minute and i forget and so i end up back to square one…-ve thoughts.

So just a few days ago as i searched for uplifting music on YouTube, i came across James fortune’s new album called identity. For me, that was the turn-around.

The Album blessed me in so many ways and i felt like shouting to the whole world to listen to it. If i could that is. I sent a few recommendations to a few people here and there hoping they would get blessed as i had been, but i guess people get ministered to in different ways.

From that album i learnt that As much as i go through pain and disappointment, i have to know that it could be worse. I should praise now because i am still standing. I learnt to trust God rather than question Him, because truth be told, i did alot of that over the past few months. It got to a point where i felt there was no point in praying because He wasn’t listening. (By the way if your reading this and thinking the same thing, let me tell you right now, that is a bad mentality and regardless of what happens, just know that God hasn’t given up on you.)

Nowadays i have decided to ask God to change my identity and to make me a new person who believes that everything that happens in my life worketh for my good. I have decided to trust God and to think positive…Well, i am working on that. 🙂

So this morning i want to bless you guys with this beautiful song and hope it will change your mentality and your life. Don’t be so caught up overlooking your mistakes. God cares about you. Just trust Him and believe that He will change you if you are willing. Do not be negative, no matter what the devil throws at you, God can still turn things around and give you the breakthrough you want. Do not be weary.

As i write this blog, i am actually ministering to myself aswell. I know it is easier said than done, but all you need is a little faith in the most High and all will be well.

I highly recommend a purchase of the album.

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8651157&style=mp3

God bless you for reading.
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When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?

A few months ago, on one quiet evening, I was surfing the net for inspiration and i came across this amazing story. I shared the story with my better half  and i just thought i should share it on my Blog too. I’m sure it will change someone’s perspective on life and its challenges….

ENJOY.


THE CARROT, THE EGG, AND THE COFFEE BEAN

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how
things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to
make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and
struggling.

It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother
took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed
each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she
placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she
placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty

minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and
placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a
bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning
to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the young woman replied. The mother
brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and
noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break
it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she
tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean,
mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity – BOILING WATER – but each reacted differently.


The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected
to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its
liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its
inside became hardened!

The ground coffee beans were unique, however.
After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” the mother asked her daughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a

coffee bean?”
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems

strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and
lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but
changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a
breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on
the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened
heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot
water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets
hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get
better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the
darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another
level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a
coffee bean?

Think About It…