My Father on Pride

4 minutes If you’ve ever wondered where strife comes from, Prov. 13:10 states that “where there is strife, there is pride.” Strife therefore comes from being prideful. All foolishness and foolery come from pride as well, as per Proverbs 14:3 “a fool lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protects them.” When we are prideful, we feel we know everything, that we don’t need to seek counsel, that our way is the only right way and we can handle it all by ourselves. It’s called -having a made-up-mind. Here’s what God’s word has to say about that all-knowing, self-reliant,…

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My Father’s Battle Strategy on Slander

4 minutes My friend of two decades, Vanessa, reminds me often that when God reveals someone’s flaws to us, or an area that they are struggling in, God does that for the sole purpose and with the main intention that we pray and intercede for such a one. Life is sometimes full of unpleasantries, hurtful things. No one likes it when others speak badly about them. It hurts when what’s said is the truth, and it’s heartbreaking when it’s an untruth, an exaggeration, or an outright lie. To slander means to utter a misrepresentation which defames and damages another’s reputation. And Oh,…

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NYC to Philly: A Sojourner’s Take

5 minutes Today was quite the adventure; the task at hand consisted of finding my way from New York City to Philly airport for my Amsterdam flight tonight. Knowing it was going to be a challenge, I gave myself plenty of time for this adventure which I undertook with stamina and great gusto. Armed with a single suitcase, I left home at 11am and made my way to 125th to catch the train to Penn Station on 34th street. For some reason, New Yorker don’t say ‘subway’, they say ‘train’. I swiped my metro card only once 😉 and pushed the barrier…

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Attending the NYC TexWorld

5 minutes Hi everyone! I hope you’re all keeping well? I am doing amazing. Jan is somewhere off in the world touring while I stayed here in the US watching the summer unfold, and so far so good. A good childhood friend, Liz, went away on vacation to Europe for summer and you’ll never guess what -she gave me the keys to her Manhattan penthouse, rooftop and all, which is where this blog is coming to you from. She and I stayed up all day and all night chatting into the wee hours. Now she’s boarded her 747 Boeing flight to and…

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My Father’s Battle Strategy on Quarrels

6 minutes This one plagues so many of us, and I certainly haven’t been exempt. Often, there seems to be no way to get around it, no way to sidestep it, no way to quell it… Psychology says it’s normal, even healthy to argue. Countless books have been written on how to fight fair, the right way to argue, etc. As with everything else, the answer is found in life’s manual, the Bible, hidden in plain sight. And it’s not what psychology proposes. It’s quite radical when you think about it, but it’s also highly effective in curbing quarrels and arguments. God’s…

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Location, Location, Location

4 minutes I have many dreams for myself and my son. My Father is awakening many previously buried desires within me, desires my now-just-concluded life would not have allowed me to think about. With every new chapter in life comes new opportunities; with every loss, gain. I feel lucky in that -in my humble and probably flawed opinion- my gains appear to overshadow my loss. I used to dream of things that I had no hope of fulfilling until now that my circumstances have changed. As things stand, my son and I were given 90 days to move out of our home,…

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Birthday Musings

3 minutes I had my birthday this past week. Ideally, it should translate to me being wiser. It is desirable that the words older and wiser go hand in hand, sort of like a horse and chariot, or love and marriage -to quote Sinatra. In any case, my birthday was a quiet one, celebrated by my son, my mama and my siblings. I was on the job so I took myself out to a quiet lone dinner and treated myself to a sumptuous meal. I got offered a phone number or two but I really just wanted to eat by myself and…

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My Father’s Battle Strategy as Defender

5 minutes Hi Fam, I hope you’re all keeping well, enjoying the favorable weather we’ve been blessed with. It’s been sweltering hot on some days and I’m absolutely loving it. My son got back from Tokyo and Kyoto and we have been spending some lovely time together; I tend to take him with me to work often as it’s easy to cross over from The Netherlands to Belgium to our old life there. My Father has been training me for battle and it’s been the strangest most unusual set of tactics and stratagem He’s had me employ. “He trains my hands for…

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Solo London Days

3 minutes Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing fine enjoying the sunshine and this fine gift of life that we’re all so very lucky to have. It’s Friday and I’m in my hotel room in Kensington London, warm and cozy in my gown, cup of tea by my side as I type out this blogpost. It’s been a whirlwind of a visit and I have had such a lovely time browsing around the shops and cafés in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Yesterday I met up with Sonya, who I first met back in 2016 through my friend…

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To All the Men I’ve Loved Before

6 minutes Happy Sunday everyone! I’m still out and about, away from home for the month, galavanting from continent to continent, state to state, from family to friends; so many happy people to visit, but so little time. I am cherishing this precious time I have to myself to travel around and visit everyone, paying my dues and doing my part in nurturing these vital relationships in my life. With my son in Tokyo and my husband gone, I have no obligation to be home, which means the world becomes my playground, literally. I landed back from my weekly Amsterdam trip and…

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June was an Ending

2 minutes Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well in this lovely spring time. Later this month summer begins and it only gets better from here. My son, Jan, has been home for the holidays, but only for a week. Yesterday morning he left for Tokyo for all of June; and just like that, I’m back to being alone again. I’ve gotten quite used to it and have learnt to appreciate the solitude, even embrace it. When I’m off at work, the thought of coming home to what I’ve come to regard as my sanctuary entices me as I plan all…

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My Father’s Voice

8 minutes Hi fam, I am learning that God deeply desires to communicate with us humans and that through the ages He has always found a way to speak to us. I’ll confess that I have always had reservations about people who walk around proclaiming loudly and with a straight face: ‘God spoke to me’. The nerve -just preposterous. And yet, alas, my father has been speaking to me, thereby inducting me into the ludicrous God-spoke-to-me group. Bear with me as I explain. I didn’t know just how deeply the father longs to communicate with us. As I continue to feast on…

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My Father’s Love

5 minutes Hi Family, I hope you’re all keeping as well as I am, May has started off well for me. I have a light schedule this month with only 4 planned trips to Amsterdam, and all weekends off; I could not have planned it better myself. My Father continues to supply all my needs according to his riches in glory. Deep joy abounds within my heart and I know peace like no other. I’m falling in love more and more each day as my Father reveals to me what true love looks like. My heart is captivated by his goodness as…

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The Father’s Beckoning

4 minutes Hi Fam! I didn’t want April to end without giving an update of my beautiful journey walking along with my Father as I learn to trust him, to count on Him, to turn to Him for my every need… I’m amazed at the amount of grace I have shunned in the past while living a life fashioned along a path of my own understanding. I’m comforted that all the answers I sought were always right there in the Bible, hidden in plain sight! Funny thing is I’d often quote those answers without realizing the real-time living power behind the very…

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Journey to the Father 

3 minutes Hello Fam! Permit me to share the joy in my heart as I journey to the Father. It’s been a long time coming as he’s been drawing me nigh for as long as I can remember. With my spirit lulled into a false sense of security, I’ve walked with him casually for many years. Inevitably, he declared it was time to come up higher. And when I didn’t hear his gentle whisper, he dropped the brick. Not once, but twice. The first time was in 2014. Wounded and brokenhearted, I ran away and hid from him, fearing I’d let him…

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My Father’s Heart

3 minutes Hello Fam! What an amazing month March has been! I’ve undergone a huge spiritual transformation that I can’t even begin to explain how deep it runs. I’ve been enjoying some quiet time of growth and my walk has gotten so much easier. My love of writing has drawn me out of my ‘secret place’ to share of myself and connect with you all because community is everything; nothing and nobody grows in isolation. Like the African proverb goes, if you want to go quickly, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together. Journey with me to the…

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My Quiet Place

3 minutes It’s wee hours early Monday morning. I’m back home, currently sitting on my beloved orange couch, sipping tea. I’ve been up since 5am, I have finally unpacked my bags, done some laundry, cleaned the dishes and tidied up some. It’s quiet day. I’m in my quiet place. I come here when I’m deeply distressed or highly content; your guess is as good as mine as to what I might be this time around. This marks my first blogpost of 2019. I’m a little confused as to what the year will bring so I’m not sure how to open this post.…

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Serendipity

3 minutes Serendipity: the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something truly wonderful, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated -let it find you.  I’m often inspired by my husband’s story, how he saw a picture of me and by faith got on a plane to fly from the US to Belgium to court me -the audacity of such an act! He says it was a Hail Mary move, and I love him the more for it. His valiancy was in coming to ‘get’ me and my act of valiance was in giving up my rather comfortable life to follow him…

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Writing as a cathartic exercise

4 minutes I’ve been journaling my whole life. I’ve kept a diary as far back as I can remember. I clear my mind by writing. I unravel mysteries the same way. I grow the same way. I learn and retain better through writing. I write when I’m upset, equally so when I’m happy. I heal by writing. It’s how I make sense of life. Conversely, I enjoy reading well written pieces. I have been known to note names of excellent journalists and notable columnists on my iPad notebook so I never miss a column they write or any of their works -such…

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Seek to Serve 

4 minutes Find a way to serve, and you’ll have found happiness ~ Helena Grey. I’m not sure how I came to this realization. It must be something I read that triggered this quote. Yet the more I think about it, while this concept might be new to me, it has been extolled from many a pews –I just happened to miss it until now. I guess sometimes we have to learn some things in our own time when we are ready to do so. My younger sister started a YouTube channel titled Chris plus Joe. Her motivation was to help others…

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The Path of Fear

4 minutes Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering ~ Yoda. Quoting Star Wars is not exactly my idea of opening a blogpost but this particular quote is apt for the topic at hand -the dreaded feeling of fear. How often I’ve felt it, the tightening knot at the pit of my stomach, the ‘woosh!’ feeling in my ears as my head starts to spin… Fear is paralyzing, whether there’s clear and present perceived imminent danger, or the slow dread that build up in our hearts and minds. If…

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A Guiding Principle in God

3 minutes What’s your golden rule, your guiding principle on how you treat yourself and others? How do you find your true North amidst life’s chaos? How do you stay true to yourself? The other day while I was scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration, I came across a picture of a card titled ‘the golden rule’. I’ve always maintained that there is one God, one power, one energy, one everlasting, one creator/maker. I’ve always argued that the message is the same whatever religion one might adhere to, with the exception of Christianity claiming to be the only way, a proclamation I find…

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Walking Each Other Home – Fav 2018 Quote

3 minutes We are all just walking each other home ~ Ram Dass. No truer words have been spoken. Personally, this quote is a reminder to be kind to each other, for we are all just trying to find our way to a person, to a place, a home, however we define that home to be. I got this quote from a video of a YouTuber I follow under the name of ‘Vegan Earth & Soul’, and with that I was introduced to Ram Dass and his quotes, quips & sayings. I watched a documentary of his on Netflix and was impressed…

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Debunking Reality in the Face of Truth

4 minutes One of the marvels of the world is the sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in its hand ~ Rumi The things we don’t know kill us slowly. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (proverbs 13:12). Hope deferred -these are the things we want but don’t pursue; the dreams we have but don’t fulfil. The truths of what we really want lay in our hearts, darkened only by illusions of what we call reality. Again, reality is nothing but the total sum of our thoughts so far,…

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He Will Carry You

3 minutes These many years later, I look up and see what the Lord has done. I see how in moments of overwhelm He stepped in and moved my life forward. I see how when I couldn’t walk, he carried me. I’m finally learning to trust in the journey. Hey everyone! In my last post, I wrote how when I stumbled into my new career, I’d had to leave the oars alone and let the boat drift downstream. I talked about trying to run away from the pain of loss and, and how when I looked up one day, I had a…

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Connecting my dots

5 minutes It was a startling question because no one has ever asked me that before. I had to think about it before I answered. Sometimes, all it takes for clarity to dawn on us and have everything snap into sharp focus all at once, is for someone to ask the right question. A colleague I was chatting with on this week’s Amsterdam trip asked me if I chose my current career because I speak several languages or if I just wanted to be an air hostess -that was the startling question. Back in 2014 when I was still trapped in corporate…

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The Waiting Game

3 minutes We’re all waiting for something, aren’t we? Think about it. We’re waiting to finish school, the meet the one, to graduate, to be seen, to be heard, to relocate, to get married, to start a family, to retire, to be published, to post the blog, the edit the video, to shoot the next video, to change jobs, waiting for inspiration, for the boy to come home, for the shopping to be done. In my life, I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been waiting. Waiting for someone, waiting for something, waiting to take a flight, waiting to launch, waiting…

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The Beauty of Simplicity

3 minutes I was sitting quietly in a quiet corner of a comfy private airport lounge editing a video in Dallas Texas when a young woman and her husband walked in and settled on a couch across from me. I was mesmerized by her presence and for the better part of two hours, I tried hard not to get caught stealing glances at her whenever I could. She had a dreamy yet strong look; I marvelled at her silhouette, her profile. She posed quite a distracted from the project I was working on. I couldn’t help but notice she was exquisitely beautiful,…

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The Pursuit of Passion as a Service

4 minutes At first glance, the pursuit of passion can seem self-absorbent, selfish even –all that time spent talking about what we want, willing to do only that which interests us, fully wrapped up in our preferences, ignoring all else. Yet in reality, as self-absorbed as this search might seem, it is the highest form of service to others. Passion, as inward-focusing as it might seem, is also outward looking, benefitting those that consume the output from such an endeavour because while it’s fulfilling to the giver, it’s also of service to the recipients. It’s easy to see how some types of…

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Of Kindness

4 minutes ‘Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a battle’ is a quote most of us are familiar with. From personal experience, I believe this quote to be accurate; everyone is undergoing a hardship of sorts. The condition of living is such that no one gets out unscarred, no one escapes unscathed. Living is not for the faint-hearted, it requires tenacity; and we emerge wearing our battle scars like a badge of honour. A few years ago after a traumatic event, I concluded that what mattered in life was relationships; that and pursuing our life’s calling. That when faced with the…

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