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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Enemy

The current state of insecurity normally doesn't disturb me that much in Nigeria...until today.

Today, I was told that I'm someone's enemy. That person happens to be the night security man in my compound. :o Yes, :o

I looked up the definition of enemy:

 a person who is hostile to and wishes or tries to harm another

(According to dictionary.com )

This really threw me for a loop today mentally.
Today was supposed to be my day to shine but I feel scared and broken. But I will not allow him to steal my joy or make me afraid.

Good night.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

So....I've been praying and fasting since Monday.  Today is day 2 or 21 days.  I've got a long ways to go but I know I will get there.  Why?  Because God is with me...  He wants to see me succeed just as much as I do. 

Last week when I asked Mummy to pray for a successful prayer and fast for me that I was about to embark on, she asked me,"Why are you fasting?"...and..."is it a church thing?"  As in, am I doing it on my own volition or is the church leading it?  I answered, "Yes, it's a church thing but it was something I had wanted to do anyways, and doing in conjunction with church will assist me in supporting my fast and help me in building my faith."  She asked what my goals were and I told her.  I'm not willing to share them here as they are quite private but my goals are quite focused and I know that I will have success. 


I have so much to say in this post... I will try my best to express myself.


This weekend I made a big feast on Sunday for my girlfriends so that I would have some food to eat when it was time to break my fast throughout the beginning of the week.  This weekend, I was not doing so well because a lot of my world and the world around me is in limbo.  Literally, everything is in limbo and it had me unsettled.  I was anxious and unsettled for the first time in a LONG time.  My love life is in limbo, my School/Work is in limbo, Nigeria is in limbo, everything around me is in limbo.  But on Monday, once I began my fast, even though everything is still in limbo, I was calm and still today, I am calm.  Why?  Because I have faith.  God is with me.  I know that with God all things are possible.  So I am chillaxin.  I know that my love life will sort itself out.  I know that we will find the right people to hire in the school.  I know that we will figure out what to do with school fee's and everything else once we see what happens in Nigeria.  I know that there will be resolution in Nigeria with this fuel subsidy removal.  Why?  Because God is with me.  God has NOT failed me yet, so why would I think he'd begin to now?  Because he WON'T!


I must admit, just like the holidays, this fast has not been easy.  Why?  Both the holidays and the fast are for the same reason.  Loneliness.  I miss the kids and miss being busy with work.  For those of you who know me personally, you all know I LOVE LOVE food!  I mean, they say that men think about sex like every 4 seconds or something.  Well, as sad as it is to admit, that's me and food.  I think about food constantly.  And it's even worse when I am all alone all day long with just me and my thoughts!  But I've made it two days...  I know I will make it the remaining ones...


Even with all the wahala in Nigeria, I know all will work out in due time.  In my humble opinion, the fuel subsidy removal, in theory, is a great idea, in a perfect democratic society.  But as we all know, there's no such thing as a perfect democratic society.  I mean, the fuel subsidy removal wouldn't even work out well in the United States where we have a social welfare system and public transportation system in place.  Why?  Because even in the US we have subsidies on almost everything to make the economy work for the people...  It's true.  I just pray that everything works out well in the end and that corruption decreases.  I'm not sure the fuel subsidy is the step in that direction.  I have a lot to say on this topic but it tends to raise my blood pressure.  As I've mentioned on this blog in the past (years ago now) I no longer enjoy talking politics.  It does NOT bring joy to my world and therefore is not important. 


I do have this to say...  Abuja is quiet.  My life is quiet.  And I'm catching up on my rest.  I'm safe.  I'm enjoying my fast and my time at church every night.  I find myself longing and looking forward to the message I will receive each night.  Family Worship Centre is blessing me with the word of God and I am thankful.


I begin Yoga classes next week.  I'm doing 2 nights a week because I don't have time for any more, although, Annie, the instructor says 3 is ideal.  Already by doing 2 might cause me to miss Friday night prayer meetings.  However, I really do need to be doing more exercise and I give most of the other nights of the week to Church and God.  So... I am doing Tuesdays and Fridays for some exercise... 


This week is a week of reflection and I've learned so much in such a short period of time.  I've learned to have high expectations, to have faith that everything will be well, and to be hopeful, and I've learned to continue to be prayerful and always ask God to grant me grace in all I do.  I've also learned that I really have learned to surround myself with good people and through that God has given me so much goodness. 


I am so blessed. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hash Canceled

The Abuja Hash House Harriers are CANCELING tomorrow, Saturday 7 January 2012 hash due to security risks.

Sorry o!

On on!!!
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Life gets a lil sweeter everyday

Life in Abuja gets a lil easier (sometimes) everyday. I'm working (as in on my laptop)at the Bunna Cafe on the couch in Silverbird and drinking a pumpkin spice latte. This is a little taste of home. :)

Abuja Hash this Saturday

There will be a hash this Saturday January 7, 2012.

Meet up: 3sharp!
Riverplate/Durban Park off Ahmadu bello way, opposite Abia House. Either in the park parking lot, if space allows and if not, the street/road.

Cost:
hash only naira 1000
Hash and Chop naira 3000
at Cityview Restaurant (zone 4 on capetown st off ibb way, next to the library)

The pic above is of their chicken burger! Yum.

On on!

New Year's Eve

So this topic is a bit of a double entendre.  I saw the film, New Year's Eve recently and loved loved loved it.  I highly recommend it.  Go and  see it!

Also, this New Year's Eve I did something new.  I went to church at 9pm for Crossover.  This is very common and normal in Nigeria.  We had an amazing firework display, lots of songs in Nigerian languages, and of course prayers, praise and worship.  There was also a bonfire. 

A few hours before hand, the President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in many areas/states/local government areas in Nigeria.  So many people were not planning on going out or going to church due to the recent attacks.  However, nothing was going to stop me from going to church.  I really enjoyed myself.  Security was high at church, but this is a good thing. 

So far my 2012 has been very quiet but that's okay. 

How's your year going so far???

Jesus Loves Me

I was recently telling someone a story about when I was small.  I wore the same 2 t-shirts over and over throughout the week almost for 3 years, or so I recall.  One shirt was of Mickey Mouse and the other was baby blue and it said "Jesus Loves Me."  Also, at that time my mom was friend's with a Christian singer called, Penny Lee.  I'd listen to her records over and over and over and sing the songs at the top of my lungs.  My dad can attest to this...  At that point in my life, I loved loved loved Jesus.  But within a few years, even though, I have faith more than most people, I stopped really believing in God.  Going to 'catechism' classes really messed up my faith and understanding of religion...  I probably would have been better off just reading the bible stories at home and having discussions with my mom instead of going to the catechism classes.  They just ruined it for me...

Anyways, thanks to a very special person, I found myself back to Jesus.  In this past year, I've been so blessed.  I have had so many testimonies.  I know that God is with me...

This year one of my resolutions is to make my daily prayers and devotions stronger, better and more meaningful...

What are some of your resolutions?

Cherry Plus bakery

I went to Cherry Plus last week. I highly recommend this bakery. Most of the cakes are around N550 a slice. They are located in Zone 4 just near the Sheraton by the money changers. Just ask the moneychangers for the bakery and they can direct you. It's just past oasis bakery and mr. Biggs.

Monday, January 2, 2012

ModFam

I hope very much that my readers watch Modern Family, my 2nd fave TV show.

Anyways, does anyone wonder why we've never seen Gloria have a girlfriend over??? It's strange.

#foodforthought
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