Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October Fourth

So we celebrated our seven years of marriage October fourth. And I think after reflecting on our journey thus far, it has been to say the least quite adventurous. So much has happened, but we press on trusting that God in His infinite wisdom will never give us what we cannot handle. We have experienced great losses and great joys. Sometimes I say wow! How did we survive all those difficult times? The only answer, is Christ in our lives and all our wonderful friends and families. I have grown in ways I never thought possible. I have matured in many ways, but I know there is more maturing that needs to take place. I am optimistic, and I am most grateful to my husband who has been an amazing partner through the years. I want to be accountable , so I will share some areas in which I pray that God helps me with. I truly want to be a better wife to my husband, a better Mom to our son and also a better friend. My focus is to be gracious, humble, and try to take a deep breath before acting or responding to situations that are not in my control. God has blessed me with so much, and I want to bless others too, so Lord help me to be a better follower of your word... Amen.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blessed Mother Teresa

Today I read a bit about mother Teresa, and I an pressed to say that she was certainly a remarkable person. I am so moved as to say that in her life of devoted service to the poorest of the poor, and not feeling the presence of God, is a testament of her faith. As a convert to Catholic Christianity, I felt deeply like I understood her dryness in my own little way. I may not quite understand everything about being a follower of Christ, but I know that I believe. And even when I don't know, my faith carries on, unwavering , trusting that God IS. And will always be, ever present. So thank you mother Teresa, for your deep faith and trust even as you felt dry. And was steadfast till the end in doing the work you were called to do. All glory be to God now and forever...Amen  

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saying good bye

These past couple of weeks have been hectic, a lot has happened that really puts things into perspective for me. Two friends from my church family have been called to the banquet table of our Lord, and saying good bye is not easy. As we celebrate the lives of our friends by remembering them, it not easy to accept that we Will not see them again here on earth. Times like this bring back memories of family who have been gone but never forgotten. I am not sure that anyone will ever understand, but knowing that we serve a living God helps to ease the burden of pain that is felt after such a great loss.

So today I can try to be better, love better, help better, listen better, play better and let things that I can not make better be a reminder to me that somethings will be better ONLY at the banquet table of our Lord... Amen

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stand firm in your faith!

Yes! We must stand firm in our faith regardless of our life situations. We just attended the Catholic charismatic renewal at Anaheim and the experience as always is up lifting and spirit filled. My spirit is renewed and I am so blessed to have God in my life. There is no other way to have joy, God is the one that makes our joy complete. There is a lot to be done, we have to rise up and not become lukewarm in our walk with God. Like it or not, apart from God we can do nothing.Take a good look around and see all that God Has made possible. Every breathe we take reflects God's gift to us. May we take time to be grateful today. And be just a little kinder to those we meet.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dr. Laura and the N-- word!

I have listened to Dr. Laura for many years, though I appreciate a lot of her advice, I find her to be grossly insensitive and incompassionate most of the time. She seem to deal with people as if they are robots and in my opinion has a holier than thou attitude about herself. All that been said, I do not think she is racist. Just my opinion. I listened to the call that has caused all the upset, and her saying she is quitting her show. I just think it was about time for her to leave the airways anyway. Overtime she had become predictable so I am sure she will not be missed that much. Back to my point on her using the n-word 11 times on the call. I think she was just trying to make a point and got in over head because she was getting frustrated with the caller. At the end of the call, when she was trying to clarify herself, one can sense that she felt bad, but cannot take back the way she had responded to the caller. In my opinion, she should have just apologized to the caller, and thought a little more of what was been said to her, but in her arrogance and lack of sensitivity, she crushed herself to the ground ouch! I personally was not offended by the whole call, but Dr. Laura came across as unprofessional and defensive. Her pride got in the way and she ended up looking like the crazy one at the end of that call.

As an African American, I have to try to just listen to people and try not to be overly sensitive about race issues. After becoming an American citizen, I do not want to allow every racial issue to cloud my love for people . In my life experience in Africa, race was never something I had to worry about, but I can also appreciate that our country has had some really bad past history concerning race and still does. My life today is to focus on celebrating with those who value me as a person of character and integrity. And if that is not good enough, 1000 angels trying to convience those who do not value me will never make a difference. So I have no time for such people and could care less about their miserable opinions of me. You are only afraid of others you do not know because you have a warped sense of yourself . I was not raised to fear people, but to learn to understand them and find a common ground with them. Thanks be to God that we are different, because I will be the first to say hey Lord how about some variety...He he! Now go take on your life!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Life's abundance

Today was a special day to me, just because of the grace of God in my life. I have been reading a book The heart of abundance , though these are words I have already read and quite aware of, this time it just gave new meaning to every word. I believe in true generosity, life is not worth much if we only care about ourselves alone. So as I was driving and reflecting on what I had just read, I became acutely aware of how awesome and great God is and how magnificent He is to all. We are sons and daughters of the Most high, who has given us everything we can ever hope for. My contentment in life, is knowing this fact and believing in it. God Has made it so that all the greatest gifts are giving equally to all. The hours of the day, the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, the ocean and it's vastness, the air we breathe and the sky above, just to mention a few . Wow! Ears have not heard, eyes has not seen, what God Has ready for those who love Him. I love these words from the Bible, if we have this beautiful earth as our home, how much more we have to look froward to. Lord, I thank you for the grace of knowing you. Help us to be content everyday knowing that we have all that we need ,and worry not about anything. May we strive to be generous like you Lord, giving of what is most important to everyone we meet...Amen

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mannequins in Africa

It has been awhile since my last entry, blame it on the boogie! I guess it is high time I get off my silk box and write on issues that really make the world a much better place. Thank God for those who make a difference everyday.

So I recently went home to Africa and spent sometime with my friends and family, I have to say that it is very refreshing to be around such wonderful people. I got to do a lot with Christopher and my niece and nephews. It was a fun time. As we went about our daily lives, I was
Of course being more observant of my sorroundings more so than I have done before. I was truly focussed on taking everything in, especially because I want Christopher to really value his African heritage and love it.

It was this experience that really makes me appreciate so much where I come from. It was funny at first, but as I reflected on the incident, I only feel so much more confident of who I am and my heritage. So my cousin and I who love shopping, we were doing what we love most and as we went from plaza to plaza checking out the fashions, I had to stop and ask. Why are all the mannequins in the shops white?
I actually asked one manager and he was surprised at my question. He told me that is what they had so that is what they use with absolutely no qualms. Of course for someone like me who is from America, it was a shock. Especially when Nigeria is predominantly Africans who are dark in complexion. There was no shadow of concern in their minds about it. I was actually happy to see how the color of the mannequin was irrelevant to them. They were just happy to show case their merchandise and that was all that mattered to them. I shopped as many shops as possible and all the mannequins were the same. I just had to mention this, because who we are as people should be to uphold one another and never be so focussed only on the color. So I find myself giving thanks for such an experience, because it makes me feel so confident and proud of who I am as an African American.

I just had to share this, and I hope that anyone who reads this will also see the beauty in the experience with me.