Birthday Season Gratitude


Family is one of the best gifts you can ask for! You don’t choose your family, you may not even like them but eventually most people come to tolerate them – I love my family especially during what we like to call ‘Birthday Season’.

You see it starts in November with my dad’s birthday and then early December, my sister’s. Jesus does late December and the first half of birthday season is complete. Then since its a new year and all, we decided to make it a family thing for early January (like we had a choice!) and so my brother features late January. I’m next kicking off early February and my mum closes birthday season late February. Yup, that’s how it goes down here – so today I’m grateful for family, cake, ice cream and everything sweet that comes with birthdays and Christmas.

What are you grateful for this Saturday morning?

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P.S. It’s 22 days to official #GratitudeAttitude!!! Share the word, let’s storm the world … Operation revive gratitude and reflect on the year!!!

Much love,

Moi! ❤

One month to go …


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This is the image I’ve been trying to upload for a while now. Anyway its 12 days NOT 31 days of GratitudeAttitude and its from the 13th of December to the 24th as we count down to Christmas. share the image as we begin our countdown to HashtagGratitudeAttitude!!! One month to go ganaija fam!

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Love,

Moi 🙂 ❤

5 days more …


The A to Z of Love Part 1

These are just a few random thoughts from A to M in my ‘love’ly opinion (bad pun I know :p). So in the spirit of love one-four, enjoy!

Love One-Four

A             Appreciates – Every single effort made and acknowledges the little things too!

B             Believes – In the abilities and potential that is present in each of them.

C             Cheers – You always have your back covered; a steady support syystem.

D             Disciplines – Correction in love so that the loved does not self-destruct!

E              Endures – Through thick and thin, good times and bad!!!

F              Forgives – And does not keep bringing it back on the table once its over.

G             Gives – Always giving gets tiring so love should be a give and take street.

H             Honours – The loved is a treasured possession; Speech, thoughts and deeds portray them                                highly esteemed.

I               Inspires – Love is a creative force … It births new things!

J              Judges not –  Not based on what you hear at first but gives room for mistakes.

L              Listens –  It’s never all about just you!

M            Motivates – Encourages the other party to achieve their goals and attain greater heights!

So these are a few Love Words 🙂 Watch out for part 2 Hehehe! It’s just 5 days to go 😀

6 days more :)


Today I’ll give you a sneak peek into what ‘Love One-Four’ has to offer …

Call it attention, a loving kiss, a moment in the park, a spare shirt on, a few more coins, an extra ration of food, or a father’s voice, I call it love.

– Jed

On that Thursday morning, the sun was shining, the flowers were looking bright, birds were singing love songs. I saw a young man hand flowers to a lady;
Later in the afternoon a couple were having lunch at The Choicest Restaurant. There was even a party at the senator’s house where everyone ate, drank and exchanged presents. “It was really valentine’s day”, I had thought.

– Engiee

Guys, gals – Different points of view on love. Does love exist? Does it suck? Is it too hard? Is there any point? Send in your views to bondess007@ymail.com or drop a comment right here. There’s also the facebook page Ganaija and you can follow on twitter @Ghanaijachic.

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All I want for Christmas 3


Hey everyone! I know Christmas day’s over and all but in the spirit of Christmas (and due to technical difficulties from my end), I’ll be posting the remaining ‘All I want for Christmas’ posts over the next couple of days.
Today I want to introduce you to a very dear mentor of mine. 😀 She’s awesome, God fearing and loves God with all she is! (Notice I said ‘is’ and not ‘has’). She’s one of the few people who have shown me that Christianity does not mean ‘boring’ or ‘suffering’ but setting standards for the world to follow in ALL aspects of life and she blogs here. Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to sit back and enjoy this piece on Self control by Miss Nana Fatima Daudu!

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Self control …. Two words that have determined the rise and fall of men, families and nations. It is a very important virtue that every man must develop if he hopes to succeed in life.

Self control is discipline. It is the ability to live above your desires and cravings. It refers to being a master rather than a slave to yourself. Self-control is the true meaning of freedom. Often people feel that to be free means to be able to do as you wish or a life with no restrictions. The truth however is that freedom is the ability to live a disciplined life ( in other words a life characterized by self control). It is ability to do not what you want but what you ought. A person who lacks discipline is a man who is free but one who is a slave, a slave to his own desires. He is no better than an animal who is controlled by instinct and impulse.

Self control is key if you desire to not just attain success but remain successful. Getting to the top is never as difficult as staying on top. The difference more often than not between those who get to the top and those who stay there is self control. Without self control or discipline any success you attain is short lived. The bible says puts it perfectly when it says ” a man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls” (Proverbs 25:28 ESV). A life led without self control is a disaster waiting to happen. There are many examples of individuals and nations whose lack of discipline has resulted in their plunge from grace to grass. Nigeria is classic example. The indiscipline of her leaders and citizens has resulted in her non existent movement towards development and stunted growth. The world’s economic crisis can be traced to the indiscipline of a men in the pursuit of profit. The likes of Lindsay Lohan living a life of self gratification show just how indiscipline can ruin your life and talent.

Marriages have ended because someone couldn’t show discipline. Marriage requires commitment and commitment requires discipline. Let me elaborate. When you get married, you don’t become blind. Getting married will not stop me from finding good looking men attractive or my husband from finding good looking women attractive. Who you find attractive is instinctive. ( If you find Thor or Kim Kardashian attractive, getting married will not change that). However, what matters is what you do with the attraction. Do you as a married person, pursue another person because you are attracted to them or do you discipline yourself remembering your commitment to one you married? Some couples are unfaithful not because they do not love their partners but because they lacked self control and acted on a passing instinctive attraction to another person. This is just an instance of one of the many areas of life that indiscipline can destroy.

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Mastering oneself is d greatest achievement in life. “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still”(wise saying). As a christian self control is what keeps you from sinning and gratifying as the bible puts it the desires of the flesh. God has created us for a purpose and the truth is that we cannot achieve that destiny if we don’t discipline ourselves. We must learn to do the right thing at the right time. We must learn to say no to ourselves. We as believers must be controlled only by the spirit of God. When we lack self control, it means we are slaves to ourselves and thus we have become a god to ourselves. In other words we replaced God in our lives.

Self control is a virtue of necessity  It gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through. It is an important requirement for the attainment of any objective. It leads to the development of self esteem, confidence and inner strength all of which make you a better individual. Self control is not self denial but mastery of your desires and passions. There is saying “I am indeed a king because I know how to rule myself” A sign of an intelligent man is self control and discipline.

The true key to conquering the world is conquering yourself. As a saying goes “Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.”
And in life “Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
If you refuse to learn self control, your life will inadvertently be filled with a truck load of regrets.

Self control isn’t easy. It is developed in pain. It is built over time through determination and will power. It has to be strengthened through training and practice. It is not an easy thing to possess but it definitely useful. The holy spirit can help you develop this virtue. It is a conscious decision to live a life of discipline. It is choice you make every day, every hour, every second. The benefits make it worth the effort.

Cheers
Chocoholic girl

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And so we’ve heard it. Self-control is the key to staying successful. Read all the self help books you like to get there but ultimately can you stay there? One thing I’ve decided is that as the year ends its time to choose – Discipline or Regret!!!