Monthly Archives: February 2016

Cappuccino

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All coffee lovers, understand the sweetness of the beverage especially if it comes in different flavors. The sweetness of coffee will leave you mesmerized. Coffee comes in different varieties depending on your preference. You can have a latte, espresso Latte macchiato, caffè macchiato and the good old plain coffee

 

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Some of us have assumptions concerning coffee and usually it’s on the negative end. Some belief coffee causes cancer and heart diseases of which its just a myth. Yes there are some side effects to coffee, but there is also some good about it.

 

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It increases the speed of your metabolism and the oxidation of fatty acids hence burning fats in your body at a faster rate.

 

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Since coffee boosts the functioning of your nervous system, it can cure your headache faster. Also, coffee contains some dose of vitamins that your body requires on a daily basis.

 

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And good news ladies, according to a study that was done by Harvard University, Coffee reduces 20% of depression in women.

 

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There is nothing like good coffee with a friend. We all know that is another reliever or blocker of depression.

 

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I love Cappuccino, and it always tastes better in the company of a good friend and sweet cake.

 

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It becomes more of food for the soul. It’s like getting a lot of gifts wrapped in one basket. Good advice, Cappuccino and cake. We all need good friends, and we should choose them wisely, just like the flavours of coffee.

 

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Espresso is delicious to the fans but too much of it on a daily basis can be detrimental to your health, or even taking it at a go can be unbearable to some. But when 25 ml of espresso coffee is mixed with 85 ml of fresh milk and the foaming action it creates good healthy cappuccino. Furthermore, when taken in right measures, it becomes a beautiful song in your daily life. Same case with friendships, we need a balanced equation in our lives. Friendships that are not toxic to bring you down daily but that which uplifts you when you are down and leads you in the right direction when you’ve strayed

Try a mug of Cappuccino with a good friend you will enjoy.

Cheers!!!

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Jungle Moments

There is nothing as beautiful and astonishing as nature -The beautiful animals which beautify the wild. It’s like a rose in a flower Garden. It brings the very essence of beauty into our yearning eyes. I love nature. Among every other thing I love most, I think this takes number two best thing I adore in life. Nature calms you, relaxes your mind and takes away most of the stress one has. When I see nature I see beauty and think of the magnificence of the one who made it.

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This is one animal I admire, not my favorite but it warrants my admiration. Kinda like the Proverbs 31 woman. The lioness helps the male in marking the territory, and she is the primary hunter. I once saw in a documentary where a lioness hunted for food and then left the male to eat first. I mean wooow!!! She really makes me admire her, not many of us can do that. You think we have a lesson to learn from the lioness or not? She also takes care of the young ones….. My goodness, she really has her hands full.

 

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Just chill-axing in the wild. Roaring to mark her territory.

 

received_10153269185210877Growing up being a fan of story books, I read and heard so many bad stories about the hyena. Aside from grandma fables and all, secretly, I think I liked the animal. I remember the first time I saw it, was overly excited and too quick to take its photo. Either way here is something interesting I learnt about this mysterious creature. Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta): Africa’s second largest carnivore (after lions) is also one of the lion’s greatest competitors for prey.

 

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The world’s largest terrestrial mammal in the world. Very fascinating. There are only two species, that is, the Asian elephant and the African. This one specifically is from Tanzania.

 

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Have you ever wondered how the feet of the elephant can accommodate all that weight, and manage it in a lifespan of up to 70 years? Well wonder no more, this big one has a spongy pad foot with four or five toes and toenails. The pad acts as a cushion with each step, absorbing the impact and taking some strain off the leg.

 

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The African Buffalo remains quite an enigma with its ancestry remaining unclear. Contrary to people’s belief it is not an ancestor of the domestic cattle. It is only distantly related to other larger bovines.

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This large animal has never been domesticated unlike the water buffalo. Owing to its unpredictable nature it is highly dangerous to humans.

 

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The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant in the world. I just love the pattern on the skin of this creature.

 

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Zebra, this was my mama’s favorite, usually wonder what she saw in them, that is from the perspective of a person who loves Tigers, feisty stuff. But I think it is their beauty. I mean who wouldn’t admire that pattern on them. Beautiful! I think God must have been very satisfied after creating such.

 

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So, they say we came from this creature… Really! Whoever came up with that, really!!!! But these unique creatures have a bare ass that gives them a good surface to sit on. Another thing I find fascinating is that the red ass of the baboon is also a swelling that occurs in females around ovulation when they are most fertile. With a redder and more swollen ass, the males can tell that a female is ready to reproduce. The females with redder ass get’s picked more by the males. You see it wasn’t all bad, apparently it’s their beauty spot. I now believe that the fallacy of beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Again who said we came from…. Ok, I think you had your reasons.

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Looks so keen, as if it is listening to some conversation or something. I still don’t buy the story that we came from these interesting creatures. Them being our ancestors doesn’t sit very well with me.

 

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This little one decided to come and see what the humans were up to. Got a little curious, maybe it heard that someone somewhere was talking about us being his cousins. Maybe it wanted to confirm if our noses look like his or maybe we did have a tail like his.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed! And loved this side of nature.

The Fathers love

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February is the month of love, and I thought of jotting this down before it ends. When it boils down to love, I think of the very person I love most in the world, and He loves me infinity times infinity more than I could ever love Him. Many have had the experience of a father’s love, whether he is “functional” or the opposite according to your grading. You’ve felt the uniqueness of a father’s love.

While some were MIA or went to see the Big Man before we could feel the love, I lack words to finish up on that one… but I know there was a father figure whether an uncle or a stepdad or a big bro, etc.- On my part I never had the privilege of being brought up with my biological father due to MIA reasons. But God was gracious that I experienced a step dad’s love in almost a decade. In the brief moment, I knew a father’s love was precious, and it doesn’t go away no matter what we do. I know some have bad stepfather moments, but I thank God mine wasn’t the case.

The other day I was chatting with a friend about church and how I missed church, and she briefed me on how it went so that I could feel I was there. As we conversed, she told me of how she never feels worthy of being in God’s presence after missing the mark or doing something that is not according to God’s ways.

I felt sad because I used to feel condemned and would shy off from going to church or even making a prayer when I did ungodly things. Am not saying am perfect, in fact, when it comes to sinners I think am chief of them all, but His grace is sufficient enough. He offers forgiveness when I ask for it and helps me in my weaknesses. Kinda makes me think of Paul’s prayer.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

We are all not perfect but imagine the situation of an earthly father with his children. When they go wrong, he doesn’t disown them and cast them away from his presence. Yes, he will be mad, but never will he chase you away or disown you. How much more our God? Yes, we sin we fall short of His glory, but He is a better father than the earthly one. Numbers can’t even be used to compare His love to his children.

Someone once told me, no matter how far I fall I make sure I fall still holding on to God and acknowledging Him in my life. That’s the only way to ensure protection from Satan’s dangerous traps. When we fall and stay away from God, we open doors for satan to come and have a field day. It’s the devil who wants us to feel condemned and shy off.

We are humans and perfection is far from us. (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 ) All we can do is ask God for grace to sin no more and repent for every commission of sin. But let us not shy away from God because He is the only one who can give us the grace to overcome the flesh.

I have a weakness with my temper, mostly called a no-nonsense due to my tolerance capacity to some behaviours… My psychology says it’s due to my body size! Mmmm! The one who came up with that might be right. But when I get the opportunity to attend church, I find am not irritable as before. I know that the word plus His presence keeps me calm and adjusts my temperament issues. I can’t shy away from His presence no matter what I do because it’s the air that sustains my very being. Without it am dead.

God is the only person who can take away your weaknesses and make you a better person. When you are sick, the only option is to see a physician and the best place to be in is a hospital. When you keep off, you are risking the chance of being healthy and you might die. When we are sick spiritual wise the best place to be in is church, otherwise, you are heading slowly but surely into the tomb of spiritual death.

If an earthly father would want you close even after you sin, how much more our God. So whenever you’ve had a wild weekend, and you feel condemned the only person who can help you is God. You are not a hypocrite by being in His presence, you are just coming bare to Him so that He can make you whole again. Remember how the tax collector went home justified by God. He knew his weaknesses, Instead of shying away he went bare before God (Luke 18:9-14)

Stop staying away, if there is anyone who can embrace you and make you well, it is Him. That’s how abounding and unconditional His love is. That why He shared the story of the Prodigal son. Hope you will not forsake God’s presence next time you don’t feel worthy.

The Hand of Time

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It’s so sad when things don’t work while we had anticipated them to do so. The feeling itself brings with it such a foggy feeling in our heart. We can almost taste despair and loss of hope knocking at the door. What to do, what to do…

 

In such instances, what happened doesn’t really matter more than what happens. What you do is more important than what you did. In essence, I am trying to say what your next step is. Your next step is more important than your previous one.

 

Imagine this, when it clocks 0000hrs or as most call it 12.00am, we are stepping into another day. 0001hrs means nature has already taken its course; a day has begun and as the clock ticks, it goes clockwise rather than anti-clockwise.

 

More often than not we find ourselves dwelling in the past. The past mistakes, “what ifs” and “had I knowns”. These thoughts are the common hypothesis we like to associate with in our lives on what ought to have been. Have you ever tried to imagine if you had not taken that path you wouldn’t have come out wiser?

 

Just like the clock goes clockwise rather than anticlockwise, attempt to move with time. You can never change the hand of time. There is no day 21.02.2016 0800hrs will ever repeat itself. So don’t let your thoughts be stolen by the anticlockwise pirate of negativity. Like a blooming flower, bloom to the expected possibilities of life. Good awaits in the future.

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Regrets are the worst kind of feelings or momentary soliloquy I don’t like having. I avoid them like a plague on my face in front of a runway stage. These things are depressants, and I don’t like them. What I don’t like I eliminate. Not that they don’t come dancing on the door of my ears or the windows of my heart- They do but I flood them with what I can do to make things better.

 

Have you ever read the quote of Lord help me to change the things that I can and accept the things I cannot. Well, though I don’t agree with the last bit of the quote, I have a motor which I adhere to like the law of the land. When am stressed about an issue, I try to change it if I can. I will think of ways and means and won’t settle until I find a way. Then I set on doing it, and that is done. When I see it’s beyond my means, and it can only take an immortal being to accomplish it, I tell God to help me, and that is that.

 

Ok! Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t say it doesn’t disturb me every few second, but I try to flush it out. Convince me of my inability to do it except God. I do that consistently, muse and meditate upon it and once my mind is settled, stress is kicked away like Yego throwing a javelin through over 92.72 meters and more.

 

Try it today. Don’t stress yourself over things that would have been or the gone yester years. You are in the now and only a living man/woman has a chance to get what they want. You are better than a man with grand dreams in the grave. Take a step into what you want. Face the fears you have in your life and try flushing the regrets down the sewage of disappointments.

Morning rituals

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Do you wake up feeling sluggishness, stressed, sleep deprived, weak, having mental fogginess? Warm Lemon water is the solution for you. It gives the immune system support by replenishing the body’s hydration levels

Most of us have a ritual of what we eat when we wake up. How you start your day really matters, and it all comes down to what you take first in the morning.

One well known morning ritual to consider is a glass of Warm lemon water which is used to energize your internal body and mind. A regular old fashion size mug of warm water and the juice of half of a lemon, every morning is all you need to start the day off.

Benefits to the body

Immune System Booster

Lemons are filled with high levels of Vitamin C and Potassium. The two elements help to boost the immune system. Vitamin C is known to help the body fight off colds and other diseases and potassium is popular for regulating blood pressure. Potassium also aids in stimulating nerve and brain functions. The ascorbic acid from lemons act as an anti-inflammatory and helps the body absorb iron better. Iron is essential to the immune system’s functionality.

Digestion Assistance

The juice of lemons helps flush out unwanted toxins in the body. Lemon juice behaves like saliva and hydrochloric acid assisting the liver to produce bile for digestive purposes. The high levels of vitamins and minerals in lemons also loosen the toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. Women will appreciate the added relief of bloating and heartburn thanks to the digestive properties in lemon juice. Since warm lemon water is such an effective digestive aid, the American Cancer Society recommends it for cancer patients to help with their bowel movements.

The Balance of pH Levels

Too much acid in the body can be unhealthy and cause conditions such as kidney stones. Lemons, though acidic, also contain alkaline once in the body. Once metabolized in the system, the lemon juice helps to reduce the acidity in the body and replaces lost alkaline in the blood.

Detoxifies the Body

Lemon water detoxifies the body by flushing toxins through urine. This process helps to improve the health of the urinary tract. The citric acid from the lemon also maximizes the enzyme functions, thereby helping the liver work better.

Skin Improvement

The detoxification process that occurs from the lemon water not only cleans the toxins in the body, but it will also clear your skin through flushing out all the free radicals and bacteria that cause acne. You may take lemons and rub them on your face to get rid of dark spots, wrinkles and blemishes, but the work of the lemon water will do it from the inside out.

Weight Loss Assistance

The high levels of pectin fiber in lemons help to curb cravings. A more alkaline filled diet will encourage weight loss.

Healing Power

The abundance of Vitamin C in lemons helps the body heal itself faster. Wounds heal at a more rapid speed than without a significant amount of Vitamin C in the blood. Vitamin C also helps the connective tissue, healthy bones and cartilage.

Energetic Ability

The simple smell of lemons can energize the brain and help enhance a person’s mood. Any food we eat either gives us energy or takes it away. The negative charged enzymes in lemon juice will provide the body with a boost of energy.

The Father’s Love Letter

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Do you know your first love? We all have our first love, who will love us unconditionally despite the things we do or have done- the mess and shame we bring to Him or how much we resist Him.

That is our daddy… Yeah, not the birth father but the Heavenly Father. No matter how far gone we are, how much we fail and how dirty we are with sin, He is the person who will never forsake us. He knew us from the very foundation of the world, thought of us and planned for us. We all received emails, texts and what have yous on Valentines. Now it is time to receive a letter from Him.

 

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My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28

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I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13

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And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1

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Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11

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For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17

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For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18

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And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10

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I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

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Valentine Aroma

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“I loved you first: but afterwards your love”

Poca favilla gran fiamma seconda. – Dante
Ogni altra cosa, ogni pensier va fore,
E sol ivi con voi rimansi amore. – Petrarca

I loved you first: but afterwards your love
    Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
    Which owes the other most? my love was long,
    And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you construed me
And loved me for what might or might not be –
    Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.
For verily love knows not ‘mine’ or ‘thine;’
    With separate ‘I’ and ‘thou’ free love has done,
         For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine;’
         Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.
By Christina Rossetti

There is an aroma in the air, a magnificent therapy of love,
An aroma that hypnotises even the mighty and strong.
It is hard to resist, and blinding as it comes,
It doesn’t knock the door to seek permission to enter the gates of your heart, Neither does it warn you it hovers around peeping through the windows of your soul nor show the domineering effects it has in your mind.

 

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Every decision made on accounts of love. Not to hurt but protect at all cost. To guide as the light of a candle would through the darkness. The immense emotion cannot compare to anything.

Whether it is the love for a lover, a friend, sister, brother, parents or any significant person, let it shine. Let it illuminate in your heart and permeate from your very being into the life of the other. Love is a treasure, a life that can awaken the dead soul. A force that dethrones the King to enthrone him into the crowns of your heart.

 

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A candle lit dinner, romantic getaway, or just movies in the house or the traditional ways in which you couples keep the fire burning. Make it happen to spice up the day.

 

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For those of us, whose loved ones are far away, make a call or do something special. Most of us view Valentine’s like a day when you specifically have to be in a relationship otherwise it’s a downer for you. It doesn’t have to be that way. Remember life is about perception and attitudes. Your attitude and perception about a matter will determine how well you handle it or how poorly you manage it.

I always make it a point to love me and show myself love in every significant opportunity I have. I always make sure I give myself the best birthday gift better than any gift am given. Treat myself for Valentine’s when there is no one around to do so and men… this seems creepy but yes I have bought myself a rose on Valentine’s before- to be honest, it made me feel better than sulking all day. It’s called loving yourself. Don’t let a day define who you are. Brace yourself and compensate for the little that society says you don’t have.

Love you because as they say, you can’t expect people to love you when you don’t love yourself. If you don’t have a significant other, gather up your single friend and make it girls out or boys out. Treat yourselves, have fun. If you don’t have single friends do you a favour, don’t stay in the house in self-pity, take you out and get to know the man or woman inside. Either way, make sure you are spreading the love, if not to others its a high time you give yourself the aromatherapy of love.

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Living Hope

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…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31 New International Version

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 King James Version

We all need to hope in our God because it is the only key to our going through hard times and coming out a winner. It is hard to hold onto faith when we are in trouble, when all seems lost and everything is not turning out the way we want despite all of our efforts.

Despair is inevitable when hope is not alive in our hearts. When I know, i’ve done all I can to change a situation, and it’s not working, I live it to God. When I have no power over an issue, I take it to the Lord. It’s never a mighty big earth shaking prayer its just simple. Either -God help me, or I know I can’t do it, but there is nothing impossible with you, so do it, Lord.

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Hope is all we have to keep our hearts from being troubled. When we hope in the Lord, we assure Him that we trust Him to deliver what He promised us. He says he is not a man to lie neither a son of man to repent (Numbers 23:19). Hence, Whatever He says He will do, He will surely see it come to pass.

 

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He has exalted His word above all His name (Psalms 138:2), so, He will surely see His word come to pass. When you see a delay in your way don’t be weary and think God has forgotten you. Behind the curtains, He is working. I know when things are happening too fast, and our need is demanding of us, we tend to think God has forsaken us. No matter how many times He has been there to get us out of trouble, we still doubt. What can we say we are human.

 

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When you despair, and your hope is lost, pray that God renews it. Tell Him to give you strength and peace. (Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3), He promises you peace when you trust in Him.

 

Who doesn’t want peace, just to sleep easy knowing that everything is ok? Children do that. That is why the Bible admonishes us to be like them. Be like a child, they don’t worry about food or anything. For they know as long as the parent is there, they will get it. God is a perfect father; He doesn’t need lessons to beat the best dad in our world. So if a parent can provide well for the child, how much more our God?

The East African Beauty

There are different types of Antelopes in East Africa, nearly 90 species in Africa. Their diversity is not only in the different sizes but also their beautiful head gear. These grassland and bush beauties give a captivating sight. I have five types of them for you to enjoy.

 

Impala

 

 

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The impala inhabits savanna grasslands and woodlands in close proximity to water sources. It has elegance that exceeds most of its species. Only the male having horns.

 

Thompsons Gazel

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Being the Cheetah’s favourite dinner, it has thin, short horns, long legs and a brilliant ability to change direction often and abruptly to try and remain safe from being a meal to its hunter.

 

Topi

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A subspecies of the tsessebe, an African antelope, they are a highly social and fast antelope species of the genus Damaliscus. It has a fascinating look of a goat like animal that has a size of an ass.

 

Common Eland

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It is the second largest antelope on African soil, and one of the best looking too.

Grants Gazelle

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The Grant’s gazelle is found in East Africa and lives in open grass plains and is frequently found in shrub-lands; it avoids areas with high grass where the visibility of predators is compromised. They also occur in semiarid areas and are relatively well adapted to dry areas. They can subsist on vegetation in water-less, semiarid areas, where they face little competition.

8 Glasses a day- Is it true?

 

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How much water do you need?

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.

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What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?

Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be re-framed as: “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.