Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hi my luvs. It's been a minute hasn't it? Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you. Hope everyone had a lovely christmas. I had a good one actually spending it with lots of friends and family and plenty food. Except I didn't eat much food, all the naija food it seemed caught up with me and my stomach was in gas shambles. I've been chugging pepto bismol. This is how I am reminded I am getting older cuz Lord knows I often brag about how strong a stomach I have, except as I get older it seems to get weaker.

Naija has been okay, big difference this year is I haven't gone out as much as I usually do and it's been more of hanging out (again my age dey show hehe). The traffic this year seems to be hella terrible and way worse than previous years, wonder what's different this time. Anyways, just thought to say hi to you guys and to wish you the very best of the holiday season.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Try

Y'all already know how much I love Pink. I've listened to her song 'Try' so many times this week. Guess you can say it's my song of the week.


Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame, someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, try, try, try




Have a wonderful week ahead guys!

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Shack

My friend recommended a book called The Shack by William P Young to me. It's a book that talks about faith and our relationship with God. I have only heard extremes about this book, either people hated it or loved it. Once I had it on the elevator and these two women commented on it. The first lady said "oh i loved this book" and the other lady said " she couldn't stand it". Another friend of mine said she just couldn't get pas the few pages. I didn't hate or love it but it had some quotables I liked that I'll share. The premise of the book is about a man who was born to an alcoholic dad who beat up his mom. He ran away from home met a good woman who had strong faith in God. They had 4 kids and were relatively okay till something big happened to their family.

These quotes are from where the man receives a letter to come hang with "Papa" - who is God. God happens to be a big black woman, the Holy Spirit- Sarayu who is Asian and Jesus- who is a Hispanic man that's well Jesus. They spend time with the man to help him deal with his hurt, questions, faith etc. Below are some quotes I found interesting.


"Relationships[any kind] are never about power and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself  - to serve. Humans often do this - in touching the infirm an sick, in serving the ones whose minds have left to wander, in relating to the poor, in loving the very old and the very young or in even caring for the other who has assumed a position of power over them"

After the man makes a comment about being confused how the Holy Spirit fits in and what the chain of command is between God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit:

"We have no concept of final authority among us, only unity. We are in a circle of relationship, not a chain of command or 'great chain of being' as your ancestors termed it. What you're seeing here is relationship without an overlay of power. We don't need power over the other because we are always looking out for the best. Hierarchy would make no sense among us. Actually, this is your problem, not ours"

Jesus tells the man to do something but it was difficult for him. Jesus says, tell me what you are afraid of. He lists a bunch of things and Jesus says:

"You imagine. Such a powerful ability, the imagination. Without wisdom, imagination is a cruel task master"

The man says: I spend a big piece in the past, but most for the rest of the time, I am trying to figure out the future. Jesus says:

"When I dwell with you, I do so in the present. I live in the present. Not the past, although much can be remembered and learned by looking back, but only for a visit, not an extended stay. Do you realize that your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely, if ever pictures me there with you?" ( I don't know about you guys but the bolded part is so me)

The man asks: Why do i have so much fear in my life? God says:

"Because you don't believe. You don't know that we love you. The person who lives by their fears will not find freedom in my love. To the degrees that those fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it, you talk about it, but you don't know it"

Jesus said "To force my will on you is exactly what love does not do. Genuine relationships are marked by submission even when your choices are not helpful or healthy"

The man asked "You're not too fond of religion and institutions?"

Jesus said : "I don't create institutions - never have, never will". The man says "What about the institution of marriage?" Jesus says " Marriage is not an institution. It's a relationship. Like I said, I don't create institutions, that's an occupation for those who want to play God. So no, I'm not too big on religion and not very fond of politics or economics either and why should I be? They are the man-created trinity of terrors that ravages the earth and deceives those I care about"

This is the last quote and my favorite:

"Remember those who know me are the ones who free to live and love without any agenda". Man says, "Is that what it means to be Christian?" and God says "Who said anything about being a Christian, I'm not a Christian" - Absolutely loved this.

Anyways, I won't bore you with any more. Did you have any opinions on any of the quotes? or have you read the book? If you have let me know what you think. Have a wonderful week!