Celebrate Your Friends

Today is a special day. It is one of my friend’s birthday and I’m so excited as if it’s my own birthday. I’ve always loved the joy that birthdays bring. For many years, I didn’t always feel celebrated on my birthday. I would cry instead of celebrating. I would sit and ponder on what kind of friends I had in my life. It wasn’t until one sudden day a thought came to mind and it goes like this “When you learn to celebrate yourself, you don’t wait for others to celebrate you.” The Holy Spirit has many ways of reminding us of things. I must admit, it isn’t always easy when my birthday comes around because for years, my close friends forgot my birthday and when I expressed my thoughts to them in the nicest way possible, it seemed like every year I was repeating myself on the same matter. I just got tired. I could be petty and never wish them a happy birthday on their special day but it’s just not my character. I’m grateful for all the ones who take the time to say happy birthday. Some people may think it’s not a big deal whether someone says happy birthday or not, but to me, it matters. Someone didn’t make it to see another day. You have every reason to rejoice and celebrate. I understand that not everyone is good with remembering dates but at the same time, it’s no excuse to forget your friend’s/loved ones birthday. I do believe that if someone is important to you, you will take the time to write down their birthdays or things that matters to them. It is very annoying when people have to constantly repeat the same things over and over. It hurts when you are not remembered. It’s painful when your the one pouring into people all the time. If you can’t remember your friend’s birthday, write it down on your calendar section of your phone or jot it down in your journal. Birthdays are special. Your mother only gave birth to you once, so I believe that when it’s your birthday you are a King/Queen. You are a King/Queen everyday. Don’t let anyone take your crown away from you. When it’s your loved ones birthday, remember them. Take time to wish them a happy birthday. You may not have money to purchase them any gift and that is okay. When you do have the money and you want to purchase them something, feel free to do so. I love celebrating people. It’s an amazing feeling to see the joy on their faces. Many times, we may think it’s a female thing when it comes to being celebrated on their birthday. While in college, a male friend of mine shared how hard it is when people forget his birthday. So with this in mind, celebrate people while you can. Today, I celebrate a King. I celebrate a friend. Distance apart but close at heart. For everyone celebrating their birthdays on this special day, September 15th, 2018, God bless you. May this day be a glorious time of celebration. May God keep you and may His will concerning your life come to pass. You are loved. You are appreciated. You are a blessing.

 

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Update: Time With God Challenge

At the beginning of August, I shared a blog post in regards to a challenge that was laid upon my heart. The challenge consisted of not going on any social media handles. I mean absolutely nothing. Some of the social media handles include YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest and etc. This challenge has been so interesting by far. So the month of August is coming to an end, so I just wanted to update you guys on how this challenge has been for me.

At the start of the challenge, I felt that it would be difficult for me since I was including YouTube in this challenge. Everything else for the most part was not as difficult as YouTube. Weeks have passed by and I’m so glad to say that this challenge has been going great. It’s been a time well spent in the presence of God. A time of refreshing looking at the clouds, listening to the birds chirp, writing, listening to worship music on Spotify since YouTube is not allowed in this challenge. This challenge is doable, I promise you. When I started this challenge, I only told one of my friends. Though this challenge is about to be over, you are still welcomed to partake in this blessing. I pray that you are blessed. This challenge may seem difficult because you are so used to being on social media, but I promise you that you can do it. There’s a time for everything. There’s nothing that is impossible with God.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3

PODCASTS TO TUNE INTO ❤️

Happy Monday. Welcome to another week in August. I hope that you are all doing well. If not, I pray that things get better for you. God is with you. In today’s blog post, I have created a list of podcasts that I personally listen to throughout the week. Let’s be honest, I can’t listen to each podcast everyday but these are the ones I listen to for the most part. They have been a blessing unto me. I pray that they will be a blessing unto you. If you have an IPhone, there’s an app that comes with the phone titled podcasts. There, you can search for all these amazing podcasts. If you have an Android, you can search to see if these podcasts are available. You can listen to some of these podcasts on YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and etc. May you learn and take away something from these podcasts I have enlisted for you all. Feel free to share any on the comment section or leave a comment if you do take the time to listen to any of these podcasts. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a blessed week. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 🙏🏿😊

My Verse of the week:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time With God Challenge

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August I see you. You have arrived quicker than quick. Seven whole months have passed by the grace of God. God has seen us through these past months. Only the living can praise God. What an Awesome God we serve. In this month of August, I want to challenge you to go off all social media handles which includes Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter and etc. Let this month be you and God. If you want to listen to music, you can download it on your phone or use Pandora or Spotify. You can watch shows but honestly if you can go without it, feel free to do so. If you do watch shows, let it be glorifying to God. Yes, we are on the third day of the month but you can still partake in this challenge.

Initially, I was suppose to partake in this challenge in July but I was too busy posting verses that were laid upon my heart and other materials on social media. It’s a blessing to pour into people but there comes a time when we have to make room for the Holy Spirit to pour into us. There are so many distractions in this world. There are so many things vying for our attention but we must learn to fix our eyes on Jesus. This challenge was laid upon my heart for the month of July but I have started this challenge this month. It’s been refreshing. It was a bit hard because I’m so used to going on YouTube to watch shows like Skinny Girls In Transit & Rumour Has It. I spend most times listening to praise and worship for the most part but I wasn’t ready for this challenge. I was ready and excited to deactivate everything else but Youtube was a tough one. For now, I don’t mind using Spotify to listen to music but many times, it takes time before the song you want to listen to even plays but it’s not been a problem since I started the challenge. I’m not worried about what worship song plays first. I am ready to praise the Living God. This is a personal challenge for myself but I shared it with a friend and she said she’ll be partaking in it too. Feel free to partake in this challenge. This will not be my last time doing this challenge. It’s actually the first of many to come. I’ve titled it “Time With God Challenge”

The challenge consists of you reading your Bible every day. You can meditate on a verse each week. You can start a devotional in the Holy Bible App by yourself or with a friend. You can only listen to praise and worship. For myself, this is not hard but for some people, it can be difficult. Pray about it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. Start studying a book in the Bible. Have a notebook to take down notes . Pray before you start each study. You can also purchase a journal where you can write prayers to God. You can also buy a book for the month. I am currently reading Lead Me, Holy Spirit by Stormie Omartian. I have been reading this book since May 8th. 2018. It’s a book I’ll highly recommend. It’s not a book to be rushed. There’s so much to learn from the Holy Spirit. Remember this is your time with God. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of you seeking God. Feel free to ask your friends to partake in this challenge. We are currently on Day 3 of our challenge and it has been a blessing. I pray that as you partake in this challenge that God will reveal Himself to you in a new and special way. I pray that you will grow deeper in your relationship with God and that you will hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I pray that you were blessed. Continue to abide and stay rooted in Christ. Jesus loves you 😊

Happy Independence Ghana

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Happy Independence Day to all my Ghanaians all around the world. I hope all of you are enjoying this day. There is so many things I love about Ghana. In this blog post, I will share some thing I love/dislike about Ghana. First off, I love the hospitality of my people. People are very friendly and helpful for the most part. Second, I love our culture/food. Let’s not even start with all the finger licking foods. You will eat and be licking your fingers. The taste of fufu and fresh light soup with chicken on the side. Some waakye with stew/boiled eggs/fiend plantains/talia and shito (pepper). Of course some jollof rice with rich salad/chicken. When it comes to the food, hands down yummy to the yummy. You won’t get tired of trying new delicacies. When it comes to what I don’t like about Ghana from visitation, the gutters and the government. The smell of the gutters is displeasing. You can be walking about 10 minutes and you can smell the gutters from afar. Yes, every country has it’s own issues but this is something that can be fixed. There is no reason why feces/urine should be thrown into the gutters. This is all part of sanitation but I don’t blame them much because it’s due to lack of education. You won’t go to another country and do that but when you return to your own land, you don’t apply what you learned because your accustomed to that behavior. When it comes to the government , there’s so many things that can be done. It saddens me to see student complete University but yet still can’t find a job. The rich are getting richer and the poor are selling peanuts on the roadside to make ends meet. Ghana is a beautiful country. Inasmuch as there’s improvement that needs to be made, it’s still a peaceful country. It brought be so much joy to simply see children walk around the block having fun. People are struggling but the joy they have is so unexplainable. Home sweet Home. Oh how did I forget about the blazing heat? Chai, it’s so hot in Ghana. Charle it’s no joke at all. If you have air condition in your house, you are blessed. The heat will have you taking a shower at least three times. Pants sticking to your thighs, sweat upon sweat after walking a long while. Besides that, Ghana is sweet. You will enjoy it. If you can go to Ghana this year, go. There is so much to experience in one trip.

Akan Names

Sunday: Kwesi, Siisi, Akwasi, Kosi;
Akosi, Akosiwa, Así, Esi, Kwasiba.

Monday: Kwadwó, Adwoa, Kodjó, Kojo, Jojo, Cudjoe;
Adjua, Ajwoba, Adjoa, Adjowa

Tuesday: Kwabená, Abena, Komlá, Komlã, Komlan, Kabenla Kobby, Ebo, Kobi, Kobina

Wednesday: Koku, Kokou, Kweku, kaku, Kuuku;
Akú, Ekua, Akua, Kwaku

Thursday: Yaw, Yao, Yaba, Yawo, Ekow, Kow, Kwaw;
Ayawa, Baaba, Yaaba, Aba, Yaa

Friday: Kofí, Afua, Koffi, Fiifi, Yoofi

Saturday: Ato, Kwami, Kuwame, Kwamena, Kwamina, Komi;
Ame, Ami, Amba, Ameyo, Kwame, Ama, Amma

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Until next time, stay lovely 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Essentials 102

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Right back at it. Today’s focus will be on the Bedroom/living room area/miscellaneous parts of our homes.

Bedroom Essentials:

  1. Pillows
  2. Bed
  3. Lamp
  4. Curtains
  5. Air Refreshner
  6. Sheets/Comforter
  7. Alarm Clock
  8. Mirror
  9. Chair/Desk
  10. Hangers
  11. Mattress Pad
  12. Flashlight
  13. Extension Cord
  14. Teddy Bears
  15. Slippers
  16. Picture Frames
  17. Light Bulbs
  18. Dust Pan
  19. Carpet
  20. Floor Mat
  21. Tissue Box
  22. Telephone
  23. Television
  24. Books/Magazines
  25. Lotion

Living Room Essentials

  1. Sofa
  2. Curtains
  3. Wall Art
  4. Framed Pictures
  5. Statement Rug
  6. Cushions/Pillows
  7. Table Lamp
  8. Television/Stand
  9. DVD Players
  10. Telephone
  11. Plants
  12. Computer
  13. Coat Rack
  14. Drapes
  15. Cable Box
  16. Movies
  17. Blankets
  18. Wall Decor
  19. Candles
  20. Vacuum

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Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope this post was helpful to you. Until next time, stay blessed & lovely 🙂

 

 

 

Basic 101: Etiquette

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For starters, we will start off by defining what etiquette means. According to dictionary.com, etiquette is defined as a “conventional requirement as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion.” The purpose of etiquette isn’t to put on a show or to prove that anyone is better in any way. I believe that when someone has an understanding of basic etiquette, they won’t feel awkward when they are in a social event or even while having a conversation because they will be familiar with the topic. Etiquette starts at home. There are many things you won’t learn until your disgraced in public.

Places where etiquette can be beneficial.

  1. During an interview
  2. At dinner with your coworkers
  3. Date Night with your partner
  4. Having a conversation with your teacher
  5. Dinner With Your Girls

Social Etiquette Question:

When should you start eating?

  1. As soon as you are served
  2. After everyone is served
  3. When the waitress tells you to start eating.

What should you do with your knife and fork to signal that you have finished eating?

1. Place your utensils next to each other, on the tablecloth, above your plate.

2. Lay the knife and fork across your plate with the handles at four o’clock.

3. Position your utensils on your plate so that the knife and fork form an “X”.

Is it important to be on time for dinner, interviews, or other events? Yes or No

Though this answer is yes, many people have a problem with arriving on time for anything. Its takes 30 seconds to make an impression. Being late to important events makes you unreliable.

Basic Manners

  1. Say Please & Thank you: This may seem like common sense but not many say please or thank you these days.
  2. Learn To Apologize: When you do something to someone, say sorry. If you aren’t aware of what you did and they bring it to your attention, try to make amends with that person.
  3. Ask Questions: If you have a question concerning something, don’t be afraid. Sometimes, the question you want to ask is most likely what someone wants to also ask.
  4. Say Excuse Me: It doesn’t hurt to say excuse me when your walking and someone is standing in the way. Say it in a polite manner.
  5. Respect Yourself: If you can’t respect yourself, no one will respect you either. My mother always says “The way we carry ourselves plays a role on how people will treat us.”
  6. Listen: When someone is talking, take the time to listen. Don’t jump into conclusions. Allow them to finish. If you have an input on what they are saying, find a way to speak to them.
  7. Return Things When Borrowed: This is a very big deal especially when your friends lend you money or anything in general. Don’t take their kindness for granted.
  8. Clean Up After YourselfDon’t expect anyone to clean up after you. If you go to the bathroom, flush the toilet. Clean up the sink after brushing your teeth. Leaving toothpaste inside the sink isn’t cute. Take out the garbage. Wash your dishes. Don’t wait for anyone to do it. Always check your surroundings.
  9. Wash Your Hands: This seems like it’s common sense but not everyone wash their hands. That’s why sometimes you can’t eat from certain people because they aren’t clean. Wash your hands. I can’t stretch it enough 🙂
  10. Close Your Mouth While Eating: Lol sometimes, the food is so good but i’ve learned that no one want to see what’s inside your mouth.
  11. Open The Door For Others: Though this may seem like it’s common sense, not many people do it anymore. Yes, some people may not say thank you, but never let that stop you from opening the door when you can.
  12. Focus when people are talking: Give them your attention. Don’t be on your phone. It’s very rude. Allow them to open up to you. If you can’t give them your undivided attention, don’t that from them.
  13. Stand Up For The Elderly: If you are sitting on the bus or train and you see an elderly person, be kind in giving up your seat.
  14. Don’t Put Your Foot Everywhere: Especially when your on the bus or sitting waiting at the hospital. Keep your foot where it belongs (on the floor).
  15. Smile: 🙂

There are so many etiquettes out there, but these are just a few. I hope these were helpful to you. Have a lovely day 🙂