Thursday, 15 March 2018

Animations by DD

I love and cherish creativity and like to encourage budding talents. Enjoy these animations from the next Walt disney :)

Monday, 5 March 2018

Re: A Work of Art

I recently came across a great post I wrote a while ago and it reminded me of God's amazing plans for our lives. It's a really refreshing piece and I'll like to share it with you, again. It's easy to lose sight of who we are and who we are created to be according to God's divine plan, when we focus on the challenges of just going through our lives, daily. I pray this piece helps you step back and remember that the Potter is not done with his masterpiece and that piece is you. Please read: HER Sides: A Work of Art

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Sparrow Story

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 (NKJV)

As a child, I often heard the story about the little sparrows and how they neither worked nor worried about anything. I grew up reading the Bible verse about God caring so much about what happened to these little birds and how, if God cared for things so small and seemingly insignificant, He cared about me. It was always a good story to tell little kids, which is why, last night, we read the same passage from the Bible to our kids. I found myself telling the story just as I was told as a child. I talked about how God cared so much for us and how our lives are worth so much to Him.

In the middle of my story, my son asked, “What does a sparrow look like?”.  I reminded him that he had seen sparrows before “You know those little birds that live in Grandpa’s trees?” I said. He nodded and said “Oh, yes!”, his eyes wild with excitement. He remembered, and as he did, the message of the story came clearer to me. For the first time, this wasn’t just a story I had heard as a child or a Bible verse that I had read growing up—I could relate to the passage.

I have seen sparrows around me for so long that I no longer give any thought to them. They became part of the fixtures at my childhood home. When I walked around the garden, they were there in the trees, just being, living for free—free food, free home, free air—and not giving any thought to their existence. As I remembered the sparrows, the message of the passage sank deep into my soul: If God cares enough to look out for those little birds that don’t work, plan, or worry, how much more does He go out of his way to look out for me?

I turned to my son and said, “Whenever you feel alone, scared, or worried, remember the sparrows in Grandpa’s trees. If God cares enough to look out for them, then he is surely looking out for you”.

And for you too.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Come alive again

In the rush of living, in these fast-paced times that we live in, it’s very easy to forget who you are, or—even worse—to lose yourself in order to conform to a norm or to achieve some grand ambition. So, here are a few tips to help you remain you or to find yourself again.

Focus on your life, your lane, your fight. Have you ever seen an athlete in the middle of the race looking left and right to admire the race another athlete is running? Of course not; all athletes know that in order to win, they need to be focused on their lane. Keep your eyes off what others are doing and how they are trying to live out their days on Earth. Focus on your life and what you were born to do, and build your temple according to the plan given to you by your creator.

Faith is hope for the things to come. You can’t afford to lose faith in God or in his word concerning your life. It’s something I have seen in life; you naturally attract what you hope for. So, if you want something, you have to keep believing. Losing faith is simply throwing in the towel. I read somewhere that the Bible is filled with over 3000 promises from God. The great thing about God is that he never breaks a promise. So, if you can find it in his word, you can believe it.

“Forge ahead” is one of the phrases I really love. It’s simply saying, “Keep on moving. Press on. Don’t give up.” It is sometimes very hard to do, though, especially when you have come to the end of yourself and have used up all your energy, and things are still not working as planned. In moments like this, it’s natural to just give up, but you shouldn’t. Just press on and keep at it. Keep going because in life, it’s all about timing and chance. If you are keeping at it, your time will come, and the opportunity will open up. If you let go, you’ll miss out on the opportunity when it finally comes. Forge ahead—don’t give up.

Fervent is another word for passionate—in other words, “Burn baby, burn.” You can’t go through your days and your life dragging your feet and just being. You have to get your energy back. Where’s your zeal? What are you passionate about? Where is that fire in your eyes? That zest that makes you go through life with a passion to live out loud? You need to come alive again. Find the energy to do what you are doing with passion, or find something you are passionate about. You can’t just exist; you need to live and live passionately. Nothing is worth doing if you are not doing it well.

“Finish strong” is another phrase we all know quite well, I believe, but it’s more than just a phrase; it’s the truth. What’s the point of starting if you don’t plan to finish? What’s the point of working hard and passionately if, in the end, you just let it fall off and die? You need to see it through to the end and finish well.

Take stock of your life, draw up a plan for it, and start to live according to your plan. Ask God for direction and inspiration on how to live a fulfilled life. You need to focus on God and his plan for your life. You need to believe his promises concerning your life and hold on to them no matter what. You can’t give up along the way. Keep moving, keep living life with zest, and you will follow through to the very end—finish well.