It's a lie o...but I'm really on a vacation (in Nigeria), till January. I'll miss you guys and my ever so faithful writings for God. God has been good to my family and friends, and I can't wait to give lots and lots of testimonies when I get back. He's always there for all of us, through the good times and even more so through the not-so-good times. Sometimes He carries us so we don't have to do the walking, but at other times He just lets us walk through the burning sands with our own two feet, so that we can emerge as powerful unconquerable warriors at the end of the day.
I promise to be back with more...
Stay tuned and read other posts on The Lamp even during this vacation...
Have a blessed christmas and an exciting new year...lol.
Strangely, God has created certain "weird" things in each of us that we have to embrace. See, He is such a brilliant architect! If we were all the same, where would the fun be?
Seven weird things about me...
I like dancing in front of the mirror. It is soooo weird. After a shower or after brushing my teeth, coming in front of the mirror is simply sheer bliss. The mirror is one of my best friends. It is soooo much fun, and I usually don't think I'm crazy while I'm doing it. But some minutes after, I start asking myself what I just did. I don't just dance, I sing songs as well in front of the mirror. Lol. It makes me happy.
I like shopping alone. If I decide to go shopping with my girlfriends (which is usually fun as well), it still cannot surpass the absolute joy of shopping lavishly ALONE. You see, when I shop alone, it gives me all the time in the world to day-dream and fantasize! I can make sure I go into every single shop in the mall and not be too selective about the specific shop and specific shopping time frame. Shopping is one of my pastimes and I need to thoroughly enjoy the moment. I enjoy breezing into Abercrombie and Fitch and fantasizing I'm surfing on the beach, or going into Victoria Secret and feeling like a victoria secret model (while cat-walking down the perfume section). I don't like rushing when I'm shopping. And I don't think I need to buy stuff from every shop, but it would just be nice to enter the shop at least (why else would I be in the mall?) You see, you never know what treasure you will come across while on a treasure hunt, right? Lol.
I laugh a lot. Up to the extent that if I'm not laughing my friends will think there's something wrong with me. Although, there may be nothing wrong with me when I'm not laughing, its just that the environment may not be conducive for laughing! That's why I like people who can make me laugh. If you're a very good jokes star, you have a very strong probability of becoming a laughing pal.
Starbucks is my inspirational spot. Up to the extent that I have become a laughing stock by friends. What's their business now? Alright, whatever! I accept that I'm weird. Loll...the first day I stepped into starbucks was one of the best days of my life. I walked in, and as soon as I heard the soft romantic jazzy music in the background, I fell in love with the place (talk about falling in love with inanimate objects!). Anyways, tasting the sweet caramel frappucino and black bottom cupcakes obviously did not help either, as I saw myself slowly falling very deeply in love with mr. Starbucks. Day after day turned into month after month. The weirdest thing is that I actually started writing poetry and other things in starbucks. I would go there, listen to the music, then the writer in me would come out and I'll take out one of my secret journals, smile to myself and begin writing random stuff. I apologize to those who thought I was probably studying.
When I was 8 yrs old I had a book series called 'Amanda.' Talk abt being a weirdo. Ok, first Amanda was I and my sister's paper doll. We had real dolls, but it didn't matter...it was obviously more creative to make dolls out of paper. Oh, those were beautiful times. Plus we used to make fancy clothes for the paper doll as well. Then when my mum came home, we would hide the doll and all the paper houses and cars under the living room furniture, and my mum would find them and shout. Anyways, so I had big dreams for Amanda. I started writing about her and her family. I wrote about how her and her brothers solved a mystery once (think 'Famous Five' type story). So their father was a lawyer and someone was trying to blackmail him, so they rode on their bicycles at the middle of the night and decided to solve the mystery on their own, and they did. Smart kids, Amanda and her siblings! I still have some copies left.
I've always loved historical and epic stories. Anything heroic, majestic, or impressively great. Long stories of old, passed down from grandparents to their children. I loved and still love the old classic movie, "Till We meet again." I love the Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) type stuff. Oh, Lord of the rings was a classic. I love stories where the knight rescues the beautiful princess, which is why I fell in love with that movie line in Pretty woman where he says, "and what happens when the knight rescues the princess?" and she goes like, "she rescues him right back!" :)
I save all my birthday cards, valentine day cards e.t.c. I mean, how can people throw them away? Those are great treasures! Especially if it is a blank card where the card-giver writes their own special sentiments. How precious! Oh, I loveeeee "funny" cards, usually from crazy people. And I give out a lot of funny cards to people as well. It's just fun! Lollll...
"May your friday be blessed. Let ALL that is within you begin to burst out into praise, because in the presence of God, there is really a fullness of joy. Experience it."
Psalm 84:5 "Blessed is the man whose strength is in You (God), whose heart is set on pilgrimage."
Oh, how I admire your strength! Look at how strong you are. Do you think everyone in the world is a survivor like you? Do you know that the average suicide rate in the world today is 100,000 people per year? You are stronger than you even think. You swam through the storms all through this year, 2007, until the very end. Those things that tried to barricade you did not expect that you will emerge stronger than you were before. But you held on, and God sustained you, and you're still alive today.
Oh, how I admire your thirst! You thirsted for God like a deer pants for water, which is why you maintained the zeal to delve into the word of God, and to even want more each day. Yes, you keep coming back for more. More of His presence. More of His love. More of His realness!
Oh, how I admire your beauty!. Beauty that radiates from the inside out. Yes, people tell you that you're beautiful on the outside, but you're working on the inside daily! Little do you know that this emerging beauty on the inside is what makes you even more beautiful as you wake up each morning.
Oh, how I admire your boldness! There were certain wrong decisions you may have made this year, but you didn't stay down, you pushed through and made some right decisions, which is why you are where you are today.
Lastly, I admire your confidence! You may still have some problems kicking your toes right now, but yet as you read my letter you still manage to smile. Keep on keeping on. Let God continue to strengthen you as you break forth into the year 2008. Your future will be better than your past.
"He has made the earth by His power,
He has established the world by His wisdom,
And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion..."
Please consider such Power, Wisdom, and Discretion...