New Year Things…

Happy New year good people! I know it’s the 29th day of the year but hey…those of you who are like me, want to hang on to the newness for as long as we can. I am a sucker for clean slates and crispy new pages.I hope your year is off to a great start. If it isn’t, there is no need to fret. You’ve got 336 days left. The possibilities are endless!

My heart is so full this morning. I am back to work from a two month leave which was super refreshing! Ok…at this point I feel like I am at the brink of writing that composition “What I did in my December Holidays.” Ha! I really am thankful though ,for the time I got to spend at home and all the travelling I got to do! I bonded with my family and got to re-connect with many of my friends. Also, I started a business. I never ever deemed myself entrepreneurial but I guess I would never have found out if I never tried. It’s so fun; I love selling! This made me think of all the unexplored things we are. Imagine if Michael Angelo never sculpted or if our very own Lupita Nyong’o never gave performance a try. Man! I am deeply inspired by her. Made me resolve to try out as many things as I can. You just never know!

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My heart is full also because I have seen many prayers I have made answered in ways I never thought possible. Our God is so faithful. I have seen healing and restoration where there was emotional and physical infirmity in the lives of those around me. I have seen growth in wisdom and stature. I have seen opportunities explored, burdens cast down and freedom stepped into….

Still, there are areas that I would love to see better progress this year. Among these are first, on a personal place, to finish writing the book (devotional for teen girls) I began last year and develop my mentorship program a little more. I am trusting God to use “Gems for Girls ” which he placed on my heart last year and for growth in leaps and bounds.

On the public front,  I really desire that every single person be content with this season of their life. Especially us ladies.  We have made an idol out of marriage/having a man and I think it is growing by the day. I know this seems “out of the blue” but the level of discontentment among single women is so alarming. It has been the butt of many, many jokes, which though hilarious, point to a deep seated issue.

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My friend and I were wondering out loud when exactly it became so urgent for women to settle down. (we have wondered too many times :P). The pressure, both inward and outward is crazy. It is true that the number one need of every woman is affection but is it so bad that it leads to ugly desperation and making wrong choices? None of us is immune to discontentment but when it creeps in, the decision to feed it or starve it, remains our own. This recent, tiny-bit-cheesy movie, that I loved very much, was a refreshing story of single and searching with an obvious happy ending. So much eyecandy going on and I love Paula Patton’s role. She’s so sweet! 🙂

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If you are single and have been for a while, you’ve probably heard the words “waiting”, “patience”, “timing” too many times. What I think/have found useful is shifting your mind from this as a focus. Do not let it consume you. I have come to a place where I am convinced that some things are sweeter when they come slower. 🙂 It just is what it is!

Ps: social media is glucose for discontentment.

If you find yourself overcome by a sense of urgency concerning this, make a deliberate choice to focus on the Lord and build a strong relationship with him now- if only because you have the priceless gift of time! Explore your world! Explore your limits! Build lasting friendships. You may have only 2 years left before you start a journey toward “till death do us part.” Maybe a couple of months now or even just a week! Maximize on this precious chance. Give yourself passionately to everything on your lap right now. Again, it’s only a matter of time.

Watch: Dr. Myles Munroe- Singleness

“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.”

1 Timothy 6:6

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Loud and Proud.

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I love being Kenyan and the awareness of my patriotism has been heightened by the happenings of the past week with the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi between the 21st and 24th of September 2013. My country has braved many other acts of terror and violence in different parts yet the Kenyan Spirit remains so resilient. We are a peculiar people. Optimistic, tenacious, courageous and ONE.

It is my prayer that the sense of oneness that is seen in the face of tragedy remains even in times where our interests compete. Let the love, the sense of brotherhood,compassion and generosity continue regardless of whom is hit by tragedy. May the families who have lost dear ones receive a peace and comfort they have never known. May the sick and wounded get back on their feet in no time.

Most of all, may our hope, trust and dependence in God be CONSTANT in the good times and the bad times. May we always be vigilant and fervent in praying for our nation.

We Are One. We Are Loved.

My Land is Kenya- Sang by the Moipei Quartet

You only got one mama, You only got one pa
You only got one life to live, no matter who you are
You can go the whole world over, every city has its dawn
But everybody living has one place where he was born
And mine is Kenya, so warm and wild and free
You’ll always stay with me here in my heart
My land is Kenya, right from the highlands to the sea
You’ll always stay with me here in my heart, here in my heart.
You only got one childhood And the memories that spring
When you see your house, the tree you climbed And all those precious things
The faces of the friends I had, the images that flow
When I close my eyes in the land I love
The land where I was born..
My land is Kenya, so warm and wild and free
You’ll always stay with me here in my heart
My land is Kenya, right from the highlands to the sea
You’ll always stay with me here in my heart, here in my heart
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There Is Hope Yet.

“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn.’ ” – C.S. Lewis

My heart is heavy this morning. Sometimes you look around and there’s so much pain…the world just isn’t alright. I went to sleep last night super tired after blending lots of fruits and veggies for a lady who just found out she has liver cancer. I remember going to see her earlier in the year when she was recovering from chemotherapy treatment-from breast cancer. She is still the most positive, cheery cancer patient I’ve ever met. When I went to see her she was bopping her head to Joyous Celebration Choir DvDs happy as can be despite the fact that she was having side effects from treatment. Now she is sick again. With a different cancer. She is too weak to begin chemo again yet when we went to see her in hospital, the first thing she said was; “God is so good- despite challenges, he is so good.” Hers is not the first cancer diagnosis I have heard in the past few weeks. A friend of mine also lost a loved one who was in and out of hospital for so long.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” – 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9

God made me an optimist and I believe it is one of the greatest gifts he gave me. I am a glass half full person and I often believe the best of situations, of people and of outcomes. This has cushioned me and carried me through some dark times but because of this mind set, I usually have a hard time wrapping my mind around pain and suffering which is reality. I am not a realist. As I go on in life though, I believe that one of the greatest lessons God is teaching me is to embrace pain and difficulty and not to try and seek all the answers. Some things, I think, we will only come to understand when we meet God face to face. Before then,  it would help a lot to rest in the fact that he is as merciful as he is sovereign and that he will never give us more than we can bear.

I have learnt also that in the midst of suffering that God comes very close to us and we are able to see him more clearly and receive his comfort and his peace that he says is not fragile.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” -Psalms 34:18

Suffering refines us and looking back, many attest to having their lives completely changed through painful ordeals and situations. If you are going through a hard time, know that nothing lasts forever but be sure to draw strength from the truest Source. His grace is more than enough to carry you when you feel you cannot go on. Look to him. Cry to him. Learn his heart but whatever you do, do not lose hope.

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“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4