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Biblical Responses to Masturbation (Originally Posted on Pen Strokes)

Hey there!

Am truly excited about sharing this post today. It has some profound truth that needs to be spread all over the world. I heard the pleasure of sitting and listening to him share from his heart (on another sermon) and I was blessed. So here is a recording that spoke to me of PastorErnest Wamboye, an author of Pen Strokes, a Christian blog run by the Wamboyes.

I trust you will like more of his posts!!

Be blessed!!

What Would You Tell Your Sixteen Year Old Self?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™ƒ

Once upon a time, in a small village in the countryside, there lived a girl called Eglyne Esther. She very much enjoyed indoor activities as her personality was more of a quiet and shy one. Her parents adored her as she was not so much trouble raising as a child. Eglyne grew up as a God fearing young lady who always kept her parents, three brothers and sister in much prayer. How do I know all this? Well, I know her.

So, I happened to meet Eglyne last week to just catch up about life. We had not had a girl talk for quite some time and I had really longed for one with her๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ. She shared how much she is grateful for the far that the Lord has brought her. Her birthday was actually on the day before we met. So the curious me poked this lost friend of mine to open up of what resolutions she set herself now that she was one year older. It was amazing to listen to her share of what she would have done differently in her life instead of the future plans I inquired about. To be precise, she talked of what advise she would give her younger self…a sixteen year old Eglyne Esther?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค— She would tell her have her always remember Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25 โ€œTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?28 โ€œAnd why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe youโ€” you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, โ€˜What shall we eat?โ€™ or โ€˜What shall we drink?โ€™ or โ€˜What shall we wear?โ€™ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Wow!! I starred with amazement as she beamed, her eyes twinkling with pride, her mouth moving with utmost confidence. “This must definitely be out of experience given such vigour and assurance of the word”, I thought to myself. Whom am I kidding? My poking self could not just keep calm and so I gave into the temptation of asking to hear more of the inspirational sharing๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰!! As she opened I realized how much she focused on verse twenty nine that says Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these”. It really struck me that Solomon with all the wealth he had was not as beautifully dressed as the lilies of the field. I hope we are all on the same page of how wealthy Solomon was. Or do we need to do a lifestyle audit?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Oops, seem to be digressing here. I know my countrymen understand ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‰!!

Okay now going back to the man who asked God for wisdom when He handed him a blank cheque. The Bible says in 1Kings 10:21, All King Solomonโ€™s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomonโ€™s days“. 1Kings 10:23 also says, “King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth”. Did you also know that during his time, silver was common in Jerusalem as stones?๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿฅˆ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿค‘. Come read 1 Kings 10:27, “The king made silver common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.” I guess we now all know. Forbes would have definitely loved this guy๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ!!

Eglyne (whom I call Queen Esther) really got me thinking. Isn’t God just amazing? What is impossible with Him? Nothing, absolutely nothing ๐Ÿ™…. He has everything under control. Eglyne wishes her younger self would not have wasted so much time worrying about how things would turn out. Rather she would have purposed to fix her eyes on things above, be at peace and enjoy life in Christ. Anxiety and worry just bursts the fun out of the life balloon. Nearly three decades on this earth has taught her that if she surrenders control to her creator, the giver of all things, then she is certain of God’s will being fulfilled in her life. Some answers to prayers may not turn out exactly how she wanted, but then time proved that truly God’s ways were better than hers. Not as easy as it sounds, and that is where the Helper comes in, the Holy Spirit. To teach us all things.

So what would you tell your sixteen year old self today?๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’

It is obvious that it is only after time passes by that some things start to make sense. You get to understand and appreciate the crooked turns and bends, the mountains and the valleys of your past life. But most of all God’s faithfulness. This is my personal testimony. That I serve the God of Abraham (Covenant keeping God, the God of Isaac (God of Impossibilities) and the God of Jacob (God of change/transformation). Amen and Amen and Amen!! So what would your advise be to your younger self?

See you next week Friday and God bless!!!๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™

#Hopeforyouandme #UnchangeableGod #QueenEsther #Eglyne

Does Your Family Lineage Really Matter ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘ด ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค”?

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Hope you had a blessed and fruitful week indeed! Well I thank God for my life even as I spent most of this week unwell and had to take time off work. The headache still present as I type this but I know my God is faithful. I guess that is what is called encouraging yourself in the Lord ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‰!! So here we go! Karibu sana (You are welcome in Swahili)

As I finished the Book of Ezra in my personal reading, I felt the Spirit move me to proceed to the New Testament instead of the next book of Nehemiah. It was a push to help me also appreciate the life of Jesus on earth just as I have done with the kings and events in the Old Testament. So obedience was a virtue that needed to rise to the occasion ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜Š!!

Did you know that there were 42 generations from Abraham to Jesus? Distinctively, there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to Christ…Matthew 1:17.The first chapter of Matthew clearly details them by name. Moving to chapter two and three only made me more curious and thus took me back to chapter one, specifically to the genealogy of Jesus. There should be some significance to this list as it begins the history of a new era. A new dispensation of the impact of the Son of God here on earth ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™!!

It was quite conspicuous to me that the end of each set of fourteen generations, began and ended with such a significant happening or descendant. The first set began with Abraham, the Father of Faith and ended with Jesse, the father of King David who was the man after God’s own heart. The second set began with David and ended with Josiah at the time of the exile to Babylon. Remember King Josiah was the one stated in 2 Chronicles 35:18 as: The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem. He was key to many reforms in his time and the Book of the Law given through Moses was found during his time. The third and final set began with Jeconiah (Jehoiachin), son of Josiah and ended with Jesus Christ.

It is without a doubt that God orchestrated this list for His glory. Yes, it does point out that God is in control of our lives and He knew us before being created in our mother’s womb but what else does the list show us? That God’s ways are better than ours. Yes, what else? That He is the Creator and Giver of all things; that He is mindful of man despite our failures; He still works out a plan for our salvation. That it was never a mistake that we were born in the family lineage we currently come from, whether evil or good, whether rich or poor, whether famous or unknown, whether religious or not. Rahab was the prostitute in Jericho who aided Joshua’s spies to bring down its walls and she became the great great grandmother of David. Am sure you heard a preaching of Rahab by now but that is not entirely my focus in this post.

What is the message that the word of God exactly trying to pass across by deliberately listing down the family lineage of Jesus Christ even before it details his birth and life? After reading this post, it confirmed my thinking that genealogies were important to Hebrews as it served as identification for them as Jews and the related inheritance of their specific tribes. I now recall Ezra 2:61-63
61 And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim.

Yes, it was that serious then ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š!! What of today? Do we know our ancestors past our grandparents names’? Of what importance would it be to know your family lineage? It is vital to note that the ancestry line of Jesus was not full of perfect people. Not all of them had their lives detailed past the mention of their names. Your family lineage does not have to be perfect, for me it matters that it is a line. That is what stands out for me. Let the line of history exist whether of good people or not. As long as I am confident in God’s wisdom in placing me in that specific lineage, then I choose to remain hopeful. Hopeful for significant happenings in my lineage. Hopeful of the future. Since I have no control of my ancestor’s actions, my heart believes in hope for my descendants.

God is my witness of the number of times I have prayed for my generation who will come before me one after another until the day Jesus comes. That is how far my faith and my eyes see. I see my descendants being used of God way after my death and the lineage will never be cut even after the last trumpet call ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™!! My purpose in life will transcend from generation to generation, all the to the glory of the Author and Finisher of my faith. My purpose needs therefore be combined with actions to keep this hope alive. Tragedies will come for sure but the victories will definitely override the pain and loss๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ!! What do you desire for your descendants?

Am amazed at how much grace has been released for me as I type this on my bed this Friday morning. Read a Biography on Queen Victoria and Lee Kuan Yew, great leader in Singapore yesterday and I guess their resilience is rubbing on me. It may also be my current reading of the expeditions of Alexander, the Great of Macedonia which inspired me so very much this morning. Hope to write a post once am done. Was actually tempted to repost a previous post or share another blogger’s post but God is faithful!! Thank you Jehovah Rapha for your healing over my body. Am grateful for you are ever watching me to ensure your word that you sent fulfills its purpose in my life. You have brought me from this far, my Ebenezer and greater is my future in you Oh Lord. Thank you for being my Heavenly Father who never gives me a stone when I ask for bread or a snake when I ask for fish. After all is said and done you still remain to be God.

Am a lover of tea and need I mention the main ingredient of milk is vitalโ˜•๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š!! So the kitchen is where am heading next after clicking “Publish Now” on this post. Thank you for your time. God bless and see you next week Friday๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡!!

#Hopeforyouandme #FamilyLineage #Geneology #Abraham #David #Jesus #Abraham#UnchangeableGod

When The Power Of Your Mind Plays Its Part!!

Around two weeks ago, I stumbled upon a 2017 documentary by Nike and National Geographic whose aim was to showcase an attempt to break the Marathon’s two-hour barrier. This project was actually began by Nike in 2014, named Breaking 2 and it involved Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa after screening of various athletes. The 26.2 miles race took place at the Monza Formula 1 racetrack, near Milan, Italy which was notably not open to the public.

It was truly interesting to see the preparations of around two years that involved scientists who worked intensely on the various dynamics to get the three athletes to run below two hours. So there was the aspect of nutrition, weather, recovery and genetics. There was also an attempt before the main race that helped all involved parties to improve further on the details of the preparations.

Image by Nike

Just to make it clear, the aim of this post is not to promote any product. However, much appreciation is definitely from the insides of me for the much effort, time and finances put into the thought, preparation and actual deliberate attempt to overcome the barrier. I, for one, was not even aware of the great fear that people had concerning this subject matter. That it is extremely impossible to achieve๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿ™‰!!

Before watching this video, I had been in a season of my life that needed much confession and visualization of my heart’s desires to become a better person. To be more precise, I would literally take a few minutes every now and then or when my mind reminded me of this commitment (Oops๐Ÿ˜‡!!) to just think through the day’s events which led to thinking of my life. This visualization topic was truly nailed in my brain when I listened to a certain preacher on TV who I also stumbled upon….cannot remember her name to be honest but the message stuck with me. I must point out that the little research on this topic on the internet led me to a lot of promotion of material prosperity gospel which is not really my aim ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿค—!!

My focus of late has been to tame my thoughts from overrunning, so, that has often forced me to literally lock myself in my room and stay silent after the end of an eventful day. The process of filtering my emotions and finding the root cause has been a deliberate process of loving me. This also allows me to be true to myself to firstly improve the relationship with the inner me through better understanding and evaluation.

Now back to Breaking 2, my highlight of the documentary was Eliud Kipchoge. Not because he won the race with a 2:00:25 eecord and neither is it because he is Kenyan and a great legend in world athletics. But simply because of the state of mind he portrayed throughout. The confessions of his mouth were truly inspiring to me. They were not filled with pride of his own abilities or experiences but more of humility. Even the scientists working alongside him could note the same trait. He oozed out confidence in how he handled himself!! You cannot truly understand what am saying until you watch this video.

To be honest, just thinking about it, reminds me of Jesus….you know the movies of him walking with a gentle spirit teaching, feeding, and encouraging all those around him. But despite that lowly appearance, within him lied great power๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜Š!! And he did great miracles and wonders with the same personality. Oh how far am I from this perfection but I choose to be inspired and encouraged to press on this journey!!

Hope you get motivated and encouraged as I was when you read and watch the video. God bless and see you next week Friday๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‰!!

#Breaking2 #Hopeforyouandme #Lawofvisualization

Three Ways On How To Set The Right Resolutions!!

In about a month’s time or so, the year 2018 will surely be half spent. A reader of my previous post felt confident to comment on her expectation that was not met. She expected that I suggest a book that would to guide in setting right resolutions. The post she was referring to is “What are your Big Four…?? based on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s state of the nation address on 2nd May 2018.

Personally, I have been in a very anxious place in my life that has seemed to perfect my impatient tendency. Even as I led a home-based Bible Study session this past Monday, picking out Phil 4:4-9 was in a selfish aim to get help from the larger body of Christ. I was glad to know am not the only one as the devil would want me believe.

So to answer my beloved reader, let me attempt to give successful methods to ensure we fulfill our plans and resolutions from this book that I read. Well this book has been severally referenced by so many great and successful people in this world. So here goes, a few points that I managed to pick out! Just to point out that this is definitely not the exhaustive list.

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  1. Trust The Soldier In You….๐Ÿ’ช!! How do you view yourself as you pen down your plans? Do you feel honestly feel capable of achieving your new year resolutions? Or are you writing just to conform to the pattern of this world…the trend? Your self image plays a very critical in the quality of plans that you will write down leave alone working towards achieving them. Meaning the desires of an ant can never be compared to those of an elephant. These two differ mainly in their views and perspectives of the world. You are much more than you give your credit to be..๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿค”. You need to remind yourself of who you really are. This should not be based on your previous or current circumstances but on the hope of a better future life. This forms a great foundation to success or failure in achieving your goals as it feeds directly into the next stages.
  2. You Need To Up Your Spying Skills..๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿ•ต!! Yeah I know, we need James Bond’s contact for some tips..๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜Š!! There is definitely need to find more insight in a narrowed perspective of the specific interest you would want to pump your efforts/time, finances, relationships/family/networks into. One thing to consider here is the quality and quantity of information sufficient to assist you make vital decisions.
  3. What Do You Have In Your Hands…๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท?? What are you good at? What is your skill/financial capability/time availability/commitment? Am sure we have heard this bit before. However, my focus today is opening our eyes to what we may not think we are capable of achieving. Personally, for a larger part of my life, I thought I loved numbers until I found more satisfaction in writing. You can find out more about yourself by what other people compliment you on that you have ignored all these years. There is also the sure way of prayer ๐Ÿ™ The choice is yours! Whose report you will believe?

The above three points are just the first part of ways that can guide you in setting your resolutions. And yes, I know I have not shared the book till now and this might be out of the selfishness creeping into me. So what I would do is promise to give you the title and author of the book in my next post which will focus on the ways to achieve your resolutions.

My reason mainly is to give you time to think through the above points and honestly evaluate where you stand with all your answers to the questions above. Then hopefully we can continue to the next stage of actual implementation. So God willing, see you next week Friday!! God bless ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™‚ !!

#HappyNewYear #Resolution

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What Are Your “Big Four”?…๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‡

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta delivered his State of Nation address to a joint session of the Senate and the National Assembly. He expressed his dream of transforming Kenya through the Big Four Agenda that includes Universal Healthcare, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Food Security. This comes as a priority in his second term in office.

In the same way companies, whether private or public, set objectives aligned with time deadlines that would go along way in meeting their goals of success. This is mostly done at the start of a financial year or specific projects. Coming a bit closer to the aim of this post is the existence of the common trend of setting resolutions for individuals and even families which often occurs in the beginning of a time period like the calendar year. This is quite similar to the objectives set in an annual staff performance appraisal in the workplace.

In a few months I will be turning one year older and I must admit the address by the President stirred my thinking….all political inclinations aside!! My bedroom has plenty of sticky notes with things I desire God to fulfill in my life. A bit more of such reminders are in the living room and kitchen too…๐Ÿ˜Š.

For those now thinking, this post’s aim is to emphasise the need to focus on what you could do for God instead of vice versa, well, please lower your expectations….though not to diminish the vitality of this aspect in anyone’s life. So, the focus today is really to narrow down on the individual’s goals to those that can help one grow to a better version of themselves….sort of a self-help theme!

In the spirit of leading by example, my “Big Four” agenda as I look forward to my birthday include:

  1. Love Me More. Yes, I want to love myself more. One way I plan to do this is to actively filter my thoughts. I desire to see more positivity in my thinking pattern. In addition, increase my answers to NO if I truly feel that is the right and true answer…All the best to me๐Ÿ˜€.
  2. Show The Real Me. Many people truly think am an extrovert because of my talkativeness and sometimes loud personality. This has been a coping mechanism to the outside world that has been perfected over so many years. I often go home feeling very tired of the smiling and laughing and especially the talking. I recall watching a movie once years back of Sandra Bullock where she worked indoors throughout. Can’t recall its name but I remember wishing for such a job where I would not have to meet people and do much talking. Life has not allowed me to do so and hence the adjustment ๐Ÿ˜Š.
  3. Forgive More Often and Quickly. Yes, this holding grudge business tends to take a toll on someone. My greatest concern has been on my spiritual walk and my desire to grow even more. The more need to shed this off me for the greater purpose of my life.
  4. Take Things Easy. Those who have watched my videos or heard me speak, do know that am a fast talker. Sometimes too slow for the speed of my thoughts. Yes, my thoughts tend to outrun my words leading to my assumptions sometimes that I have actually spoken what is in my mind in the midst of a conversation. Other times, I proceed to speak the second sentence in my mind assuming that I already spoke the first one…Oops! Been trying to get control of this if I am to become a good public speaker. This definitely has to be under better control.

Once again, all the best to me on my agenda ๐Ÿ™. So what are yours? What is it that the inner you needs to improve on? If you desire some guidance on how to come up with yours, I believe the Fruit Of The Holy Spirit will do. Please note it is not the fruits but rather the fruit!!
Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

All the best in drafting yours and many more wishes of grace in their achievements. God bless and see you next week Friday!๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š

#BigFourAgenda

#Hopeforyouandme

What If The World Had No Rules?

As I watched the evening traffic of Nairobi inhabitants and automobiles, I contemplated on a discussion I had with some of my colleagues on how mankind would behave on a universe with no laws to abide by. I pondered through the conclusion that without a doubt, it would be a place of chaos. I mean there is already so much confusion and disorder as it is, even with all countries’ long-standing laws, to imagine such a scenario was truly horrifying!

Image by Spenser via Unsplash

Since God is truly our Creator, is it possible that He did not know the full extent of our mischief? What would make Him create beings that deliberately look to bring disaster upon themselves and those around them? That, despite knowing our days and having them written down before the formation in our mothers’ wombs, He is still compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Who does that???

I mean, what is the use of having people that you refer to as your children and they do not even pick up your calls to hear from you? What is the need of having children who go out of their way to prove that you do not exist as their parent? Why would any parent want to have children who seek to physically destroy the beautiful home the parent took time and effort to build?

There is a trend going round in the social media circles aimed at pointing out what parents need to correct as per “children’s’ perspectives. I wonder what the parents think of these children in the first place. If parents chose otherwise, would they be in existence today to speak as they do? How does God view all of us whether parents or children, men and women, boys and girls…cause we are all His creation, His Children?

I do not purport to have the complete answers to any of the questions raised above. My observations, however, include that of a mother going back to the labour ward despite previous delivery pains. That of God allowing more and more of such occurrences in this world despite the fighting amongst ourselves and daily devious seeking for worldly power.

If any of us was given a minute to sit on God’s throne, would you have the patience to tolerate any of us? If neighbour to neighbour, family to family, country to country, we detest each other so? What if you had the power to destroy the whole world at the sound of your voice? How much more would you be capable of?

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It is definitely a reality that it is a daily struggle to love each other whether, parent to child, between spouses, amongst coworkers, neighbouring countries and in all continents. But what is the ultimate solution to this problem?

Well, the answer is simple. Love your Creator and He will be the guide to loving everyone else. He is willing to be your guide and even create a clean heart in you, if only you let Him. This is one of my greatest inner motives and no matter how many times I fail in the greatest of all commandments, there I boldly go back to Him for help. Remembering that He knows me better than I know myself and He has utmost good thoughts towards me.

This love shouldn’t be based on the Victory that He guarantees to His children as discussed in the previous post, but rather on the basis of who He is, The Great I am…our Heavenly Father. He deserves all praise, honor and glory. He deserves all our worship and we need to let Him in so that He can reveal His true self to us…The King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!

God bless. See you next week Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‡

#Lawlessworld

#Hopeforyouandme

Has Your Heart Ever Flooded..Is There Hope?

Last week in this country, we observed several areas experiencing heavy rainfall as predicted by the Kenya Meteorological Department. This led to flooding that destroyed property and loss of lives.

My sincere condolences goes to the family of the bereaved during this time and I pray for grace and restoration for those that lost their property.

Even as the heavy rains fall on our land, I think of the times our lives have felt flooded by life experiences. Just like the water filling those houses, you feel suffocated by the experiences in your life.

Just like the vehicles getting crushed by the weakened trees, you also feel the burden of the previously strong anchors in your life that are now weighing you down. Just like the property in the homes getting carried away, you also feel helplessly swayed by every painful occurrence in your life.

Rains are normally welcomed by those practising farming as they are glad that their efforts in planting will bear much fruit during harvest. Without the water, most farmers incur great losses and that is when we hear of increased food importation in the country.

However, when this same eagerly awaited season arrives and the water is too much, then such losses are experienced as a country…yeah a double edge sword indeed!

When the trials in our lives are too much for us to bear, we tend to hear of suicidal incidents, family members killing one another, adultery, too much debt financing, some resorting to sorcery and witchcraft, some to drug abuse, all in an effort to find solutions to their flooded lives.

Is there a way as a country we could have avoided the losses? If yes, why haven’t we? Are there other countries in the world we can emulate in such related disaster management?

Before we can point our fingers to the Government, what about our own personal lives? For the current “flood” in your life, was there a small chance the damage could have been avoided? Is there a possibility that you could have made that decision differently?

Back to our country, now that lives and property were destroyed, how can we improve our infrastructure to be better prepared for such a calamity? Some depend on us as citizens during our property investment decisions with regards to location.

In the same way in our personal lives, we may need to learn from other people’s experiences and how else if we do not seek help? Aren’t there people you know or heard of that have gone through the same or can offer advise on your issue? If not, may God guide us to people that can hold our hands through this journey of life.

1 Corinthians:10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Did you notice that even as the houses were filled up with water, the water actually found a way out? The water cannot last forever in that house no matter how high of a level it may have reached. If it found a way in, then there is a way out!! I love this! Am actually preaching to myself. If no one gets this, at least I have ๐Ÿ˜Š

I feel it is time that I express my deep gratitude to those that stood by me when my own heart felt flooded. To those who moved closer to ensure that I did not drown or get carried away, despite not having the full details at times.

I needed to come to a place where I would not allow pride to prevent me from seeking help. I needed to find people that I could open up to and would not laugh at me, judge me or run away but rather hold my hand.

I deeply bless God for I found such people! I must confess I was in a really dark place! Did I just say “I was”? Didn’t think I could ever say that. I do not know about you, but during my flooded season, it didn’t seem the water would ever clear away.

“How many have you heard of that die because of troubles/worries unless they were killed or killed themselves?” is the voice I hear right now of what my mother once asked me. “For how long have I heard of people complaining of troubles yet they have grown to old age?”, I later thought to myself.

Recently, I shared with her how it felt like am now out of a bottle and my eyes see much further than they used to.

I am moved to recall this common quote used in times of adversity, What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. This quote was originally used by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Twilight of the Idols (1888). And for the history lovers, you will note it was quoted as a motto by the Nazis in the Hitler youth training centers in the 1920s.

With that in mind,I write this post as an encouragement to those troubled by the worries of this world, no matter how big or small they may seem.

I am writing to remind all of us of 1Corinthians 10:13 stated above. As you read this verse, may it be the last of my words and the beginning of God’s comfort and guidance to you. I hand over to you Lord from here!

#Godwillprovideawayout

#Hopeforyouandme

Hello World!

As I started typing today, I hesitated so many a times,anxiety filling up within, typing and deleting, typing,typing, deleting and typing again, trying to look for those perfect words. Various thoughts rushed through my mind for the right words as I have never done this before. The memory of encouraging words and vibrant smile of my primary school English teacher every time I did well in composition proved to form part of the backbone for this journey I have started.

He told me I could make a good journalist and there he planted a seed in my life that I can say is now sprouting despite years of no signs of germination. I hope I do not disappoint him..myself.What am I saying, this in itself is a great achievement, that I have started typing and have brought my dream into life.

For the past several years, I have been doing some soul-searching, trying to find the purpose of my life, why I was born. Well, this brought out a lot that I guess was not prepared for emotionally. I had to learn to confront my past and release all those who hurt me for me to move on with my life. I have had to forgive them and most of all forgive myself. I can say for all my life, perfection has been my goal, refusing to acknowledge that to err is human.

Mistakes from Eunice Machocho (Me) I can say were not to be heard of. I ended up beating up myself too much on so little mistakes as i looked back now. I have come to accept myself and am more peaceful within. I went ahead to cut my hair last year which was symbolic for me that I had finally found myself and looked at life so differently than I did before.

In February this year one evening after a work meeting i came to attend in Nairobi, this bulb lit in my head:to blog about hope which is Esperanza in Spanish. There is so much negativity of news in our media stations, not just Kenya. Often enough i hear my father commenting that nowadays news are the same: always bad news. I remember talk of positivism being encouraged in one of the television station at the beginning of this year when there was a discussion of news broadcast review and what changes were needed.

My dream as a result of my blogging is to see news broadcast bringing out the good in our country. Without ignoring the bad, let the media houses broadcast more stories of hope. Am yet to see the investigative stories that seem to be on the rise focusing on beautiful stories that bring hope to its viewers and listeners.

My dream is to see this replicated worldwide with each country bringing out the good in them, not for tourism, not for money, just to bring hope into other people’s lives. We would have more smiles on people’s faces, encouragement to continue with life and perhaps less suicidal incidents. This is my big dream!!

This is a piece i wrote in 2015 but finally have the courage to publish!!๐Ÿ™‚