December 17, 2007

December 3, 2007

November 30, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 30

Wow! What a month!!

I thought of tagging people for this month... months ago... I was waiting eagerly for November to come to do this again and then when it came I felt like maybe I shouldnt do it... because I didnt necessarily get the response I was expecting... but I thought to myself... no one else should affect my plans in such a way as to discard them...

I really appreciate everyone that took the time out to participate in this tag... the tag officially ends today but of course being Thankful continues beyond the scope of this blog/tag. I tried to read everyone's post... not sure if I missed any...

remain blessed
Ms D

*********************************

I started day 1 with a poem by an unknown author and today Im ending it with one from Oracle (from day 24) which was simply wonderful...

***********************************

I really don’t know how to start thanking you
Because you know everything I’m going through
Your power makes the earth tremble
Day and night, I’m in your temple
The birds sing sweet melody of praise
The blood in my veins is evidence of your Grace
I was designed to praise your name
My Life has never been the same

You’ve given me so much to be thankful for
Through my path of destiny, you are the door
Even when i think I want more
I’ve got more than i bargained for
I have only you to thank

A thousand tongues, not enough to thank you
Your works and wonders can never be repaid
You delivered me from the lethal claws of death
I cannot but dedicate my being to you.

I’ve search for the sweetest words
The finest poetry
To express my appreciation to you,
But none can truly express my innermost feelings
My true desire to love you like you’ve loved me
I just have to tell you somehow,
that i recognise your supremacy
I’m subject to your Sovereignty.

You are more than who we think you are
You are bigger than I ever imagined
Ever Loving, ever faithful father and friend
Your works are too wonderful to be ignored

Time would never be enough to describe you
Words can never really tell of your Greatness
But the little we can express and show our Love

and appreciation to you, we would
You are higher than the highest mountain,
Deeper than the deepest ocean
I do not only thank you, but I praise you.

Your mighty acts cannot go unappreciated.
You are the creator of the universe
The maker of my soul
You are GOD.

You are most richly appreciated
“Dalu Chim” (Thank you God)
All I wanna say is thank you Lord.

************************************

I just want to say a Big Thank You to everyone that participated and grew this chain...

Certainly it doesnt end today... I challenge everyone to find something to be thankful for everyday. Distractions will come... Fear is always lurking... but in Everything give Thanks... stand firm in the word of God that says the plans he has for you are great... plans to prosper you... tears will come... but so will the laughter... disappointment/failures are lessons of life that prepare us for the success that is sure to follow...

A lot has happened... especially with me the past couple of days... I'll probably share later.. but I just want to continue to Thank God for my future... it is secure in Him... I know... I confess it in Jesus' name.... Amen and I thank You God

Have a great weekend people

********************************

November 24, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 24 ( by my sister)

My sister Shay, doesnt have a blog... but I asked her to write a Thankful post so that I could put it up here... I think that it's wonderful that in the midst of not so good news... you can still thank God... so Please join her in thanking God today...

*********************************


This is my own thankful post. I almost thot I wouldnt be able to write about thanksgiving... especially today. Howev
er, I choose to be thankful. There's a lot I am thankful for. First will be for my family. I could not pick a better family to be a part of; their support & continual love have carried me thru out life. In good times and difficult times, I know that talking to a member of my family will mean me getting prayer, advise, encouragement and an opportunity to laugh (we laugh a lot in my family )

I thank God for my lovely sister, Diamond. I always wanted a younger sister, and God couldn't have blessed me with a better sister. She's also my friend and a great one at that! She's the most generous person I know and she has given me so much throughout the years. I am thankful that I can talk to her about whatever and she gives a listening ear. She challenges me and encourages me. She's lovely, beautiful in every way and I'm very blessed because I can call her MY SISTER....all mine!!!!


I am thankful for my mum. There's too much to say about this incredible woman but all I can say is I would be doing extremely well if I become a mother like her. She has never ceased to give an encouraging word. I KNOW she prays for me. She's my friend and another laughing partner (I told you we laugh in this family... heheheee).

Now, for the man that God has blessed me with; he's my friend, boyfriend, fiancé, husband-to-be (very soon), confidante, my dance partner..... I thank God for how He orchestrated our meeting; how He is guiding and strengthening our relationship every single day. I thank God for all the moments we have shared and that we can always look back to and smile or laugh. I thank God for our future together and the great and wonderful plans God has set in place.


I thank God for who He is- my Provider, my Father, my all. The One without whom there's no point existing. You have ALWAYS made a way for me.... ALWAYS! You've never left me on my lonesome; You've comforted me with your presence. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that leads and guides; your Spirit that comforts me when I am down. Thank you for your word that lifts me and assures me that ALL IS WELL! You're simply AMAZING. No one compares to You and I love you. Thank you for your patience with me; your constant grace and mercy. I am nothing without You.

Thanks again, Diamond, for challenging me to be thankful today. I love you!


*********************************

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY
*********************************

Who else is thankful...

Day 22: Omosewa, Rinsola, Darkelcee, Daddy's Girl,

Day 23: Ex-School Nerd, Sparkle, Solomonsydelle, FantasyQueen, Disgodkidd, Pastor Emmanuel, Afrobabe, OrientatedNaijaBabe,

Day 24: Oracle,

p.s. if I've missed anyone, please let me know...

November 22, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness - Day 22

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.

-E.P. Powell



Happy Thanksgiving
much Love
Ms. D


:-)

Psalm 150:6 > Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY

Who's Thankful so far...

Day 18: Ted (2nd guy... yyaaaaayyyy!!!)

Day 19: Street Preacher, LondonBuki, Uzo, Bold n Beautiful, Zena, 30+

Day 20: Kokoletta, Aijay, Mommy, Olawunmi(3rd guy!!!),

Day 21: Princesa, WriteFreak, CatWalq, Ejura, Olamild, Allied, Olawunmi (again),

Day 22(today): JayBabe,

will continue to update....

November 19, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 19 [by UZO]

Uzo was tagged by both me and 36inches some days ago, and yesterday by TLK for today and here goes her post!!!


*************

I find it strange to be doing a thankful post especially because i am thankful for everything in my life.....

I am thankful for my very existence. I am not greater or better than the people that passed on early on in their lives, or my age mates that have passed on. I am thankful that God sees fit to have me wakeup each and everyday to live life - to make mistakes, to laugh, to cry, to love, to fight, to work, to make choices...just for being here - i am thankful

I am thankful for EVERYONE in my life. I dont like people very much because i am impatient and have little time for pettiness and nonsense. But the fact that i have to interact with people everyday has taught me to be more patient, more intuitive about people, to be able to read body language, to know those that my spirit rejects and those to pull close. Every moment spent in the company of another person is a chance for me to learn and build my character

I am thankful for my inquisitive nature. My constant questions and need to know nature have done more than inform me.It has meant that ignorance is not mine. It means that i have the ability to see things from broader perspectives than other. It means that i dont follow blindly. I thank God for this because in this day and age of falseness everywhere, i can make informed decisions and not follow blindly.

Of course I am thankful for my family. For they set the foundation for who i am....Being thankful for family is a given so i wont dwell on that.

I am thankful for that extra something about me. I dont know what to call it....I find myself playing a caretaker role to people. I find that virtual strangers find it easy to talk to me, to confide in me and to take the words i say seriously. I am thankful to God for deeming it fit that i should be there for people - even when it seems unwanted. I am thankful that God has shown me that this extra something will shape the works of my hands in the years to come. I am thankful for the words that God allows me to speak at the right time and to the right people....

I am thankful for all the "mistakes" i have made in my life. I choose not to call them mistakes but rather lessons. They have been hard and so tough but i know now that they happened for a reason. See, i believe that my God is not a cruel God, nor does he take delight in my pain. Therefore, He makes things happen for a reason. So how can i call them mistakes or missteps?

I am thankful for my future. I know that God has plans for me. Big plans. Sometimes, i get so excited that i want to get into my future quickly so i can bask in the wonderfulness that is in store for me and my family. But it is a journey....

>>>>I would like everyone to listen to this song: Martha Munizzi - Plan for you<<<
[will place song on here when we find it or if anyone has it... please share!!!]

********************

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY???

The following people were thankful on...

on Day 10: Ms.Opeke
on Day 17: Red Puree, 36 inches of Brown legs,
on Day 18: me!, TLK (he's the first guy to do it!!!! :-) ),

follow the chain...


*********************

Have a blessed week ahead... start dieting and exercising... Thanksgiving day is almost upon us!!!!

November 18, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 18

I was tagged by Red Puree

Ha! Didnt think I'd be tagged lol.. it's all good

I am thankful to God that Im alive today... for security... for health....
because I know there are so many steps that I could have taken that would have led to my demise... so many adverse actions... Thank you God!!! For His Grace... for His healing power.. for his mercy... for his favor... HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!! Glory to God

I am thankful to God for my mother
who is always encouraging... always praying for me... I miss her so much and I just pray that God will allow me to continue on and be a blessing to her as she has been to me. The strength of a woman is epitomized in the form & character of my mom... she is a beautiful woman... an inspiration... one of integrity... one who has taught me how to stand in the face of adversity... how to get up after a fall... she's never given up on me...

I am thankful to God for my sister
my sister is getting married very very soon and Im quadruply excited. I love that Im able to be there for her through this journey. Love that I was a part of the beginning. Wish I could be where she was right now. What a person... so soft spoken and so firm in her beliefs. So many laughters through the years... we're always laughing... I love her being my sister... I love her sooooooo much... God couldnt have given me a better sister... seriously SHAY... you're my number one... xoxo

I am thankful for my BlogFamily
I went to london earlier this year and my trip wouldnt have gone as great if not for LondonBuki and NubianSoul. They adopted me and took the time to make my stay wonderful. It had to have been predestined... even londonbuki and I shared a connection that we didnt realize until later... it's a truly small world. My TERC family... Bijou, Jaycee, Life of a stranger... these girl are just wonderful.... Take four strangers and put them together on a phone call... I am blessed to call them friends. Ebony and her relationship perspective.... definitely gave me food for thought... I just wanted to reach out and hug you... to my friend BADA for being really helpful in different times and once again what a small world.... to everyone else... **mmuuuaaaahhhhhh** you are all wonderful!

I am thankful to God for my job
in the times where you hear of mass layoffs... all I hear and all im claiming is promotion promotion promotion!!! Thank you Jesus!!! A couple of months ago we had to change our schedules around at work and they got mines wrong... and I immediately brought it to the attention of my superiors but they compromised and told me to see how it went. I just felt like it happened for a reason.. and boy was I right... I wouldnt be where I am now... if not for that unplanned move.. and Im looking forward to greater things God has in store for me

*****

I am thankful to God for my husband, my marriage, for my beautiful and healthy and respectful and loving children, for all my promotions... for the elevation, for my family... for my future... for good health, sound mind and prosperous living... for my 50th birthday... for my 75th birthday... for my grandchildren, for my bloodline.... for a wonderfully supportive network of family and friends... there are so many things to thank God for... things in the past... things in the present and certainly things that are yet to come.... Thank you Father... Thank you for the Blood... Thank you God... I can have a thousand tongues and yet it wouldnt be enough... you are worthy to praised... Glory and Honor be on to your name... Thank you God that no matter what... You are God... and that's really all there is to it... YOU. ARE. GOD

******

thank you Red Puree for tagging me....
for Day 19, I tag StreetPreacher and LondonBuki

November 17, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 17

Im at a loss of words...
Im thanking God for being able to wake up this morning... Im thanking God for his healing power in my life

[Deuteronomy 7: 14 - 15
14. I will be blessed above all the nations of the earth; I will not be barren, not even my cattle
15. And the Lord will take away all my sickness and will not let me suffer any of the diseases of Egypt; He will give them all to my enemies
I am healed in Jesus' Name. Amen]

Im just thankful that Im here today... I woke up early this morning and somehow found myself doing a search for "thankful" and I found a couple of blogs that are on similar themes...
here are the links
Rebecca Writes ::: Carla Rolfe ::: Season of Gratitude :::

if you find any "thankful" list dont hesitate to share...


As for this chain.. so far...

I tagged Life of a Stranger for Day 14, who tagged TemmyTayo and Believer for Day 15

TemmyTayo tagged Bimbylads and Believer tagged Ebony and Allied for Day 16

and the chain keeps growing......

Be sure to check out their posts

p.s. if you've been tagged, provide a link to the person who tagged you and provide a link to the two people that you're tagging for the next day and dont forget to title your post in a similar fashion... :-)

you know what... so often we focus on the negatives... we let fear rule us... or rather I sometimes do... fear immobilizes you.... but it is important to refocus our energy on the more positives... to take courage... act/move forward inspite of our fears

I planned a team potluck for today... our thanksgiving potluck and yours truly is making the cornbread.. Jiffy anyone??? :-).. I am thankful for that... that the food will nourish our bodies and no one will get sick... thankful that we are all able to gather together at a time like this... thankful that people are actually participating....

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY

November 15, 2007

dance dance dance :-)

Everytime I hear this song I just want to jump up and dance all around. I was at a singles thing where three girls did an impressive interpretive dance... I just wanted to go up and join them....

I love the part that states "cant you see him working on the outside, i can see him moving on the inside"

God is doing a great thing in me!!!!!

In church last sunday, the guest preacher states the best praise you can give is what you havent planned... one that's not orchestrated...

so let loose...




im excited today... just because Im here and the devil is a liar and so is his mother in law!!!!!!!!

November 14, 2007

Achmed, the dead terrorist

November 13, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 13

Happy Tuesday....

I just woke up... and my sister calls me... she and her family and coming to spend christmas with me. Should be interesting. We're not very close but hopefully we'll be good this christmas. She has kids... so I asked her what's on their christmas list so that I can start saving/shopping... She puts her son on the phone... and this is just a few things I could understand from his list.

He wants: an elf that he can play with, santa's phone number, a fake bible????, a Thomas train with a 1 on the back... very big so that he can ride it, he wants a picture with his friends, he wants a picture with santa and his parents...

I was like okay? me and my big mouth... Where will I find an elf? lol.... I asked right? Being an aunt is quite expensive sometimes. The other day one little one called me... "Aunty Diamond, can you make a donation for blah blah blah"... Im like gosh... these schools really know how to work it... How will I say No... especially when they sound so cute and they look so cute and innocent... it's a trap i tell you.. so you have to buy the magazines, the cookies and whatever else they're selling so they can win whatever it is the think is soooooo important or they can attain whatever position/goal that has been set....

But all in all I have to say I am thankful for Family. I love the hugs and kisses that come with that. I love being a part of the kids' lives and just watching them grow and knowing that I have some kind of impact on them... hopefully it's positive... I love knowing that Im someone they know they can always come to... even when I do get strict with them when they're misbehaving... and for the adults... even when we dont see each other... I love the fact that they'll call me to make sure Im doing okay... I love the love they display.... and I have no doubt that they would be there for me in whatever situation... Everyone has their quirks... but it's all good... ..

What are you thankful for today... Im tagging Uzo and Life of a stranger for tomorrow!!!!

p.s. here are a couple of videos that made me laugh... check them out

This first one... Excited to be married is hilarious...

video video

November 9, 2007

TGIF - quick update

hola!!!!
what's poppin people?

These two things are my new phrases... I dont know how it started... Im always saying Hola! What's poppin...

Continuing with the Thankfulness chain....

the rules:
  1. Each tagged person should complete the purpose of the tag on the assigned day
  2. Title the post similar to this (i.e. 30 days of thankfulness 2: day ????) but with the right day (e.g. november 10 would be day 10)
  3. Tag at least two other people for the next day and let them know why they're being tagged
  4. Kindly provide a link to the person that tagged you previously and Let us know who you're tagging next so we can follow the chain
  5. repost the rules i guess...

yesterday, KAFO was thankful... check out her entry HERE

and for today she tagged Jaycee and KM, check out their entries HERE and HERE respectively

.... wonder who will be next on the chain

TERC was wonderful today.. if you missed it... plan to be there next week.. you will be truly blessed. But you can also check out the TERC blog to read up on some of our past sessions..

on monday... I've tapped on LondonBuki's shoulder to do a Thankful Post for Day 12.. so be sure to check out Mommy Monday then

ciao people... have a great weekend!

p.s. Ijoba Orun mp3
:-)

November 8, 2007

Many thanks to NaijaBloke for the translation

Ijoba Orun - Lara George The kingdom of God(Heaven)

Ijoba Orun lere (ni ere) oni gbagbo o 2x
Heaven is the utmost reward for all believers

Ma je kin kuna o baba
Don’t let me miss it or fall on the way

Mu mi de ile o
Help me get home/there repeat

Owo ti mo ni, ko le mu mi de ile o
My money cannot take me home/there


Moto ti mo ri ra, ko le wa mi de ile o
My cars cannot take me home/there

Ore ti mo ni, ko le sin mi de ile o
My friends cannot take me home

Gbogbo iwe ti mo ri ka, wan o le gbe mire ile o
My education cannot take me home/there

Ma je kin kuna baba
Don’t let me miss it or fall on the way
Mu mi de ile o
Help me get home/there

Kin ma ku si ajo bi efin
Don’t let me die in this world like smoke
Mu mi de ile o
Help me get home/there

Aiye loja, orun ni ile
This world is a market/journey, heaven is home
Mu mi de ile o
Help me get home/there repeat

Mu mi de ile o 8x
Help me get home/there

Ma ma je kin kuna
Don’t let me miss it or fall on the way

Mu mi de ile o... repeats
Help me get home/there

Ile ogo , Ile ayo, Ile ayo , Ile alafia 2x
Home of glory, home of joy and peace

Ijoba Orun lere (ni ere) oni gbagbo o 2x
Heaven is the utmost reward for all believers

Ma je kin kuna o
Don’t let me miss it or fall on the way

November 7, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 7

7... the number of completion..

Yesterday I went to work... just busy doing stuff... and then my team mates and I got called into the exec room for a meeting. I knew something bad had happened. The last time something like that happened, one of my team mates had passed away... and this was no different... one of our own had died the night before. Very shocking... Because he was young... had to be early twenties or so. He looked healthy... Very well dressed, nice spoken.. person.. I talked to him a couple of times.. nothing major... but it was just sad to hear it... The mood changed of course in the office. everyone silently reflecting on that... or other things... some people crying... some people went home...

It got me thinking... really what is it worth? The grudge you're holding with someone else... What is it worth... The smile that you didnt give to someone just because of something they may know nothing about... The malice you're keeping... what is it all worth... When someone dies we mourn their loss but really what did we do with them when they were alive. I was thinking about that yesterday.... we're one less... one less smile... one less conversation... one less phone call... one less person.... I pray for the soul of the departed... that it rest in peace... pray for our soul here... that it lives in peace....

Today I am ever so thankful for Life... It may sometimes not be what I want but I am still thankful for it. Each moment is precious. When I talk to my parents... I dont miss a chance to tell them I Love You... after most of our conversations anyways... What are you doing with your life right now...


Im sure there a few bloggers that are thankful...

let's see who... Ive tapped on Kafo and Olawunmi's shoulder for tomorrow...
so be sure to check out their blogs for Day 8... number of new beginnings... :-)

What are you thankful for today?


by the way the TERC blog has been updated... check it out

November 5, 2007

30 Days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 5

5... the number of Grace
what I am thankful for today? Im not quite sure. It's easy to say Im thankful for my life... Im very grateful for that no doubt but more and more this psalm is what Im focused on. It's the psalm of David... Ive posted it before... tearfully prayed it to God today... Im thanking God for His forgiveness. The things Ive done or said... or thought... that I shouldnt have.. and more and more I just pray that God doesnt take His HolySpirit away from me. see the psalm on a previous post HERE

Yesterday I was at this small church... for a singles fellowship thing... I got lost trying to get there. I had directions o... but I printed out what I thought would be the correct directions and MY directions got me lost... the original directions given to me would have taken me to the right place without wasting fuel... isnt that just like us though... We have a manual (the bible), we have directions but we go do our own thing and when that doesnt work, we return back to the original... and finally get to the destination we were meant to get to...

At the church yesterday, I was wondering how anyone would find this church... it's one of those old baptist churches... well my friend that invited me found it somehow... so I guess there's always a connection somehow... but I just remembered an incident that happened a couple of years ago.

A friend and I were invited by another friend to her church. There was this lady there from another state by way of Nigeria I think... It was a week long event and we decided we'd go for this particular event. The lady started talking and I felt veryyyyyyyyyy uncomfortable. As in... I felt something was not right... naturally Im a suspicious person and I just knew this lady was going to call on me and I was praying that she wouldnt call on me... infact I tried not to make any kind of eye contact... but alas... she called me even when I tried to deflect... she was like YOU IN THE HOOPS or I think she said Big Earrings... lol... she then proceeded to pray for me and what not... honestly I dont know what she said anymore... but she was asking me how I felt and I was like "I feel good"... not sure if that was the answer she was looking for.. but anyways the thing continues o... she starts calling on people... meanwhile Im back in my seat and Im praying over myself and my two other friends... the lady starts saying stuff... like she called this guy out and said his mom went to a Herbal Doctor to get him or something... the mother was in the audience o... She now called the mother and asked where she took the son... the mother said NOWHERE... this woman said YOU'VE FORGOTTEN!!! LOL... How will she forget such a thing.. and then she started praying over this little boy...

Unbeknownst to me, my friends felt the same way o... that something wasnt right and they too had been praying... and when she laid hands on that little boy... meeennnn my friend was firing away some attacking prayers o... as in just covering that boy in Jesus' Name... my friend said that may have been the purpose of us going.. just for that little boy... soon after we left... keep in mind neither of us knew that each of us felt the way we did or that we were each praying or anything... we didnt talk about it until we got to the car... we went straight to my friends house and told them what happened... men... see prayers over us... my friends mom.... her uncle(also my cousin)... men we all prayed over us o... I called my mom in Naija to tell her. We were warned not to attend churches just like that... especially small churches... not saying there's anything against small churches... cuz Im sure such does happen in bigger churches... the whole thing was that we shouldnt just be going to anyone's church just like that... and dont just let anyone be touching your head and your stomach anyhow... she didnt touch me there sha... we thank God for that... but if she tried to deposit anything in me it failed.

Also my friend had tested her... she was like if she's the real deal let her confirm something... as in she said this in her prayers... so they were calling everyone up to pray for them... and the lady was given them a word... but when it came to this my friend all she could say is God Bless You...

The next day, this friend that invited us came over to visit and brought the tapes of the service... that we left early and the pastor wanted us to have it.... it went straight into the trash! as in one of my friends didnt even hide it.. she just threw it in there... so when I threw mine out, I made sure it was hidden in there so this friend that invited us wouldnt see it or get offended...

Be careful out there... lots of sheep clothing going around

Happy Monday...
what are you thankful for today?
my tagging thing is partially working...NOT... lol... so I decided to just continue it on my own... will randomly tag people along the way if they wanna do it!

*****************

HEYYYYYYYYYY
take a moment to check out the TERC blog... it will be updated shortly.... take some time to check out some of our previous posts... we're also featuring a few tracks by Lara George!!! Thanks to Uzo for introducing this wonderful artist's music to me :-)

November 1, 2007

30 days of Thankfulness 2 - Day 1

aaaahhhh... it's november again... Thanksgiving time. It's amazing how this year as flown by. So many things have happened... good... some stuff Im still trying to decide if they're good or bad...... but all in all I am grateful to God for seeing another year.

Last year I started this 30day of thankfulness... I wanted to put into the atmosphere something that I wanted... I didnt just want to pray that I would get it... I wanted to act like I already had it by giving Thanks for it... and if you read my blog, you'll realize that it came to fruition.. [check out november 2006 archives]

Anyways this year I thought Id do a chain of thanksgiving type thing... where I'd start off... tag two people for the next day... who would in turn tag two people each for the next day and so on... but not sure how that will work out... I may have to tag people myself and just share it on my blog... we'll see how it goes...

I thought about what I wanted to be thankful for. My life is one of them. Ive had some scary moments that I havent shared with anyone but God and my mom... and so far so good... each day is a blessing. Anyways, I started to think about christmas... this year my family is flying in to spend it with me... and the local ones will also be around... my father ordained it... and I thought about my dad and how our relationship as evolved over the years

Growing up... I was daddy's girl hands down. I loved my daddy.. He was my hero. Whenever he would travel he would come back through Amsterdam to get my cheese.... And then things changed. I swear I hated my dad. I just thought he was the meanest father on earth... such a strict man... I was used to a free life living with my mom... and here I was in the actual land of the free and I felt caged. I was full of so much resentment over a lot of things. I would cry myself to sleep, my older brother would try to console me... I would cry so that no one would hear... I would wish vile things and then immediately become remorseful... I even went as far as trying to falsely accuse my dad of.... well let's just say that God is good and my head is mostly correct... There are things that I wish would... could... should have been done differently... but alas I cannot change the past... I cant even change some of the stuff that's happening... but I can learn from everything... forge a better path... look to the future..

Today.. I am thankful for my father. I am thankful that he is alive and will walk me down the aisle and bounce all my beautiful healthy children on his knee and indulge them in a way only a grandparent can... I am thankful for the healthier relationship we now have... I am thankful that each person as they get older has recognized the need to continue to express love. You realize as each day passes that tomorrow is not guaranteed so why waste the present....

What are you thankful for today

For day 2, I tag: Pea and Ugo
be sure to check out their blogs tomorrow!!!

Rules.
  • Each tagged person should complete the purpose of the tag on the assigned day
  • Title the post similar to this but with the right day (e.g. november 10 would be day 10)
  • Tag at least two other people for the next day and let them know why they're being tagged
  • Kindly provide a link to the person that tagged you previously and Let us know who you're tagging next so we can follow the chain
  • repost the rules i guess...
  • I'll tag people if others dont... I want to see if I can find at least 30 people on blogger that are thankful for something

so we'll see how this goes....

Happy November people...

Here's something I found on being thankful

************************

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

October 18, 2007

Music Im Feeling: Bryan Adams - When you love someone



Bryan Adams is amazing.
I love alot of his songs... when I got ready to this post... I wasnt sure what to choose.
It all started this morning. I was thinking about stuff.. being with that special person and what not... just being with that person really. And the song Have you ever really loved a woman came to mind. Then I remembered Straight from the Heart... which reminded me of the Raypower show on saturday mornings in Nigeria.. and then I stumbled on this song... dont know why Ive never heard this one before... but I love it!

but gosh... maybe i should rename myself LonelyGirl26 yeah? Ive been with my boyfriend for a while and it's not easy... and lately im feeling a bit lonely... which is kinda weird for me... I guess I can now understand when women get older and get almost desperate to get married... I can even understand older men in their quest for love and companionship staking out younger ladies... just hoping to find that person that will ward away feelings of loneliness. I guess we all go through stages. I never thought Id be here... and sometimes I wonder if it's because my sister is leaving the single life behind that im now thinking more about my own situation... I just want to throw all caution to the wind sometimes and see what happens when I do something free... something without necessarily thinking... my boyfriend tells me not to give up yet... after all these years of investing... dont give up just when you're about to see the return... but its getting harder especially when there are other interesting investment prospects out there yeah? lol... This life... so interesting... when you love someone

if you're feeling this from Bryan Adams... check out the rest of his Unplugged songs... such as I'll Always be right there, heaven, a little love...

October 15, 2007

Faith is an abstract noun...

We all get flashbacks...
a funny story from our childhood, a hurtful memory... a "why" incident... and I just remembered a story.

I went to a military school and the nature of my mother's job required her to travel a bit... so from time to time, I was left home with "care-takers". On this particular occasion my uncle J stayed home with me and would drop me off in the mornings and would pick me up after school if I chose not to stay for after-school lessons. If I did, then my uncle A would come get me.

Well the very first day, I decided to stay after school... so the deal was that Uncle A would come get me. The lessons I believe were over by 4 o'clock or so... not quite sure but it was late in the afternoon. Well I waited under the tree for hours after school and no one came to get me. The whole place was almost deserted. Once in a while a car would drive by looking for someone... One of my friends Christy was with me as well. She'd been forgotten. It was getting pretty late. So I decided to walk to the front of the barracks to attempt maybe take public transportation... the problem was I didnt know how to... wouldnt even know which way to go. I walked back to campus and again waited. I was getting a little tired. It just seemed there was no hope. I then decided Id walk to a different entrance of the baracks which was on the opposite end of the first entrance and also closer to the airport.

It was a very long walk. Thank goodness I still remembered the way to maneuver through the different houses and roads to get to the front. I made it out and started to walk in the direction of the local airport. My uncle A worked close to it. Im telling you it is far. If you're ever in Nigeria and you're driving to the international airport... guage the distance from the local airport to the Airforce base... FAR!!!... I would look in the distance and mentally reduce the distance to the airport. Kept telling myself that I was almost there... It was getting really late. the clouds had darkened... but I remained steadfast on my goal which to was to get to where Uncle A worked... Hoping maybe he'd be at work

Since it was late and I still wasnt home... Alarms were being raised. WHERE WAS DIAMOND. What would they tell my mother if I went missing... her baby. My Uncle J drove to school to look for me.. but I was nowhere... Uncle A was called.. and he had no idea that he had to pick me up... wonderful!

Meanwhile I was still walking... trudging on... very very tired... Id had no water or food for the past couple of hours... I was just weak... I was about 11 years old. I finally got to my destination... it was really dark by now... The military guys in front stopped me to ask me where I was going and I just started crying... They were a little soft with me seeing as I was just a young girl. Through my tears I managed to tell them my destination... They took me to the office and radioed Uncle A that someone was looking for him. I was just relieved to be somewhere... not outside... so I sat in a nice air conditioned room and the office staff waited on me... which was nice. I just waited... knowing that soon I would get home.. knowing that uncle A would come get me.

What is the point of this story?

I just realized something about Faith... and when I realized it, I remembered this story. The whole thing is I had to get home... I'd been waiting around with no results... I went one way and decided it was the wrong choice... so that plan failed... I went another one hoping that it would be a better choice... Basically I took action and forged a way to get home after much waiting...

I realized that Faith is an action word. It's a VERB...
read a devotional piece recently... by Dr. Frederick K Price... in it he states:
Everywhere you see faith expressed in the Bible you see action. In fact, faith is an action. It's acting on what you believe. Many people confuse belief or believing with faith. Believing is a starting point, but if you stop there, you'll wind up with nothing
.

I often use the example of a starving man being placed where food is and being asked if he believes that if he eats the food he will live. The man replies: "Do you think I am some kind of fool? Do you think I'm stupid or dumb? Certainly I believe that if I eat this food it will keep me from starving to death."

But he never lifts a hand to eat and dies on the spot. What the man believed was true. If he had eaten, it would have kept him from starving. But he died from starvation. Why? Because he never acted on what he believed. Believing is right, but it will never change the circumstances. Faith will change the circumstances.

I just always thought Faith was "believing".. and that is how the dictionary defines it... a noun... a belief system... but no.. I think that trusting in something is the belief... acting it out is the faith... so I believed I would get home... and it took faith in stepping out... if that makes sense...

anyways that's my new revelation
Faith is a VERB!!!

**********
I went to see Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married... I recommend it... apart from the fake snow on the roof.. it was all good... I cried and laughed... the cried some more... PATHETIC really... lol

also saw Michael Clayton... SUPERB!!!! go see it if you havent

**********

Happy Monday yall
I pray that we will all be favored this week in our going and our coming and in between and that God's Glory will be manifested in our lives. Amen.

October 11, 2007

Post-Birthday Notes

I.AM.TIRED.

But Im still on a high from yesterday...

A few surprises... :-)

I got home last night and made a decision to reply EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. on facebook.. which is a bit tiring especially when you're sort of out of it already but I had to acknowledge everyone that took the time to wish me a happy birthday... little things like that go a long way

Uzo... naija's own bettyboop... thank you for the special shoutout on your blog. I was surprised to see it... that went a long way to making me feel special... but em... I hope you saved my gift o... im coming to collect it next year... that and the one for my housewarming... lol... I didnt forget! now i need for you to join facebook... you and LondonBuki!!!!!!!

Nubian Soul... the thing is I started writing what you wrote... then I took it off.. ma binu... thank you thank you thank you for the birthday wishes... er.. the wishes of Peace, love and chicken grease and em... also the palm oil and fufu and eba and ewedu all served by a man with a unibrow... WHY WHY WHY... LOL

LondonBuki... you were first... you're such a beautiful person in and out... thank you mami

Allied... where's your party going to be... AMEN to your prayers... infact I think Im going to write all the prayers down and keep them..

Ugo Daniels... thanks for the birthday wish... so you would have called me eh? Hmmmmm.. wonder how you sound...

Life of a Stranger... you're such a special person to me... and yes... you reminded everyone... thanks for that... so if there was another list going... you'd be the first... still waiting on your call though to sing me happy birthday

LondonNaijaChic... thanks babe. definitely looking forward to more years of happiness...

BK... you're are like that family member you just have to love love love... gerrout jo... my sister said "se u know you're now 26... no more asking for gifts..."... you're quite right.. whatever i dont get... will automatically roll over to christmas

Daddys Girl, 36 inches, Belle, Mrs Somebody... thank you and Amen.. really appreciate you guys stopping by...

Azuka... your elder brother along w/LondonBuki's brother must be really special... beautiful, smart, charismatic, all the good things that go with being born on the most perfect day of the year...

NaijaBloke... no one can coerce me into doing what I dont want to do... lol.. but I'll have a party.. just so you can come... and I'll be sure to have enough Emu in stock just for you :-).. Amen to your prayers

Rinsola... my raspberry cake... in no way can compete with your garri cake... lol.. A BIG RESOUNDING AMEN to your prayer o... i like that... thanks babe

my lovely NaijaDude... thank you babe... and will be waiting on my dedication... thanks for covering all the bases wishing me a happy birthday... you're too much... actually... no.... YOU'RE JUST RIGHT! :-)

yes o Ebony... if you hadnt stopped by I would have had beef with you o... lol... I was like WHERE IS EBONY... but you came FINALLY!!!! LOL. How's being a new aunty coming along. Hope you're good! :-)

*P*.. you're such a wonderful person... Im glad that you are my friend. Thank you sweetie. And yes that video relays such a powerful message

JayCee... I was pleasantly surprised when you called... you're too much... I hope we meet someday... if I wasnt already excited about my birthday... I woulda been just listening to you... lol. Thank you thank you!

and to EVERYONE ELSE... thank you for your phone calls, text messages, facebook messages... I know the gifts are soon to follow abi?

my little cousin called me yesterday... she said... "happy birthday aunty Diamond" and so I started grilling her... what did you get me... she said a "gift card"... I asked to where... she said "kroger!"... Kroger?? Um no... I dont think so... I told her what I wanted... so now.. her mom has to go get it now... gotta love kids... you can use them to get to their parents... :-)

thank you once again people...

much Love,
Ms D

October 10, 2007

It's all about ME today!!!


WATCH THIS FIRST




There are many things I could say today. But all I am is Thankful. On sunday we had a big deliverance service at church and if you watched the above clip, it was reenacted during the service and I wanted to share... I feel it relays such a potent message... liberating... Im so thankful to God for seeing me through all my mess... and there's plenty of that... seeing me through some of my addictions and slowly helping me overcome them. And while I struggle to be a better person and I feel like Im sinking back into my old destructive ways... Im glad that He's always there even if sometimes I feel like He's not. That's actually what I got out of watching it... He's Always there. Im just thankful to God for letting me see another day... another year and I know that maybe Im not all that he wants me to be yet... but God Im trying and I will be better!

so really it's my birthday but it's not really about me today... it's really about God... giving God the glory... thanking Him for the physical manifestation of his Love, Jesus Christ.... gosh... so many many things I could say... things I can wish for... but it all falls short when compared to giving Glory to God....

I went out late last night and got myself a little cake and candles... I've just been on this "high" .... went up and down the aisle looking for my favorite irish cream... but I didnt find any... I'll probably get some today. So many good things have happened this month... two of my friends gave birth recently... another one is due soon... October is the PERFECT MONTH... the tenth month... 10 represents perfection in divine order. Anyways... yall have a piece of this raspberry-swirl vanilla cake... and enjoy some drinks (emu, sprite, red wine or champagne) on me!!!

Biodun was first in wishing me a Happy Birthday on monday... ojoro... The lovely Jaycee called and sang me happy birthday and she sounded so lovely... . my friend *P* was the first official call I received... my room-mate, Ola send me a text message then rushed upstairs and sang me happy birthday and I wanted to cry.... and so far Ive received a couple of calls and text messages... but wait o... no gift... maybe these people didnt get my wish list....

I WANT A GUITAR AND A GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL..
haba! is that too much to ask for?
this list is way cheaper/smaller than last year's

Happy Birthday to all the beautiful people born in October... Allied on the 16th and Niyi, the great commenter a day after.... and If I remember from last year, LondonBuki's brother and NaijaBloke's cousin share this month with me.. so a special shout out to them

This is my theme song for the day It's by Hezekiah Walker and it's titled Grateful
Get this widget | Track details | eSnips Social DNA


and this is my prayer for today
Isaiah 11:2->Father, incubate me in the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord, in Jesus' Name... Amen


Thanks for stopping by... and have a wonderful day
:-)
Love, Miss D

October 5, 2007

remember the little prince?

i just clicked on a random image from play.blogger.com and saw the picture of the Little Prince... How I loved to watched this show growing up as a kid... even had to read the book in french class back in high school. If you dont remember Le Petit Prince.. here's an episode courtesy of youtube to refresh your memory




and what about Jem... anyone ladies sing along with them?

September 30, 2007

cant make it 2 church 2dy?

...Watch my church service LIVE

click HERE
(you can also to go www.newbirth.org/broadcast_schedule.asp)
[you'll see the "camera man" on the right of the screen...click the link beneath him]


sunday
7am and 10:30am
Eastern Standard Time

Enjoy

check out www.stand2007.org
************************


Street Preacher posted this "Devotion" on his blog recently and I connected with it and thought I'd share

Who would I be without Your love?
And what would I do if You were not here
How could I live if I didn’t have You?
I would be lost, a lonely wanderer
A man with no home, with no hope
Stumbling in the dark, tripping on and on
But I have You and I know it is You
It is You; You are my light, my life
My sun in the sky, the moon at night
You are my joy and my hope
You have been there all my days
It is You who see and wipe my tears
It is You who deeply, truly cares
And its You alone who banishes my fears
The assurance that I shall be and not fail
You know me, how strong, yes, how frail
You see my quiet moments of desperation
And the moments raging emotions
With You its easy to cry, laugh and be
Its amazing how much You bear, forgive
No one could ever love like you
You simply amaze me, I am spell bound
The thought of Your devotion and Love
Your commitment to me, who am I
There is nothing sweeter than Your love
Nothing more assuring than Your Word
I am bound to You, bound by Your love


September 27, 2007

JENA 6 update: Mychal Bell is FREE

... on bail
read story HERE


and Ebony aka Anon in Cali is a new aunt to God's Glory...
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
please go by her blog and celebrate with her

September 24, 2007

monday night

i want you to send me flowers... just because... on my birthday... anonymously... just to say hello... to say Im thinking about you...

i want you to dedicate a song to me... like Kem's Fascination for instance....

I want to go for a walk... I want my hands held....

I want to sit in a quiet room, tv muted... be held in your arms

I want a declaration of love... totally unexpected

I want a surprise proposal.. want to see how u create poetry

I want to see the intent... feel the intent.. savor the intent... before Im kissed

i want you to call now.. then later... say my name in many different ways :-)

i want a guitar for my birthday

and also a George foreman grill... and a trip to you... first class.... or you to me...

I want you here with me... catering to me... dancing to Quando Quando Quando even if Fuji Cabbage might be more your thing... lol

yes. you're what i want. here with me.
you... as in you

no matter the distance baby... time will be the bridge...

September 21, 2007

Nothing but the truth! / can you sue God?

Hellllllllloooooo?????
anyone there?
ive been away for a minute. hope everyone is doing well.
Today was TERC... thanks to the lovely Cherub for waking me up... very wonderful topic... will let u know when the blog is updated re: what we discussed...

**********
This week has been wonderful... lots of things happening...
on Tuesday at work we had a cookoff at work... we did it two years ago..
basically each team in the department competes for a grand prize. Yours truly created the menu and made a rum cake and a vanilla bean cake... just call me Betty Crocker. :-) Also made some shrimp with pineapples and some fried plantains. People kept teasing me that they were getting tipsy off my cake... but I hope we win... some of the judges came back to finish off the cake... and the next day I took a chocolate rum cake to work... had to clear it with my DM first... to make sure I didnt end up in HR.


what I found interesting in creating the menu was that EVERYONE said i spelled WHET wrong... that it should be WET... hmmmm... so I had to educate some people... i guess it's one of those common things that people mistake. After some pressure I actually changed the menu to "wet"... then I changed it back... why should i change it to something that I know is wrong just to please or make sure everyone understands... so whatever

*********

On sunday I went to church... some things resounded within me....

Hebrews 4:12 -13 -> you must give account to God for everything you've done.
Hmmmm.... EVERYTHING?
yes! everything!!
so what have you done today? what did you do yesterday?

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart
Ezekiel 36:26 -> Create in me a clean heart....
That's the order... first I need a new heart... then I need my spirit renewed... but first things first...
on my to-do list! Get Heart Transplant.

I am christian yeah? I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins yeah? So the life Im living now... is that what He died for?

The service ended with a clip of The Truth... I thought it was very clever... infact Im going to use this very idea for some future projects... but I thought to share it with everyone else... you know what they say about the truth.... it sets you free!

THIS IS THE TRUTH
***********



***********

if you'd like to hear the sermon, I have it posted on my message blog. Click HERE

***********
I thought this was a joke... in very bad taste... but a senator has filed a suit against God.. read HERE and apparently "God" responds HERE

***********

will be back soon! Have a great weekend

September 6, 2007

Music Im Feeling: Alicia Keys - No One

Her new album drops on November 13... and I cant wait. Here's her new single and the words... I feel they were written just for me... about me... about the person I love.... at this time

Enjoy!



I just want you close
Where you can stay forever
You can be sure
That it will only get better
You and me together
Through the days and nights
I dont worry cause
Everythings gonna be alright
People keep talking
They can say what they like
But all I know is everything's gonna be alright

No one no one no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one no one no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you
You you
Can get in the way of what I feel for you

When the rain is pouring down
And my heart is hurting
You will always be around
This I know for certain

You and me together
Through the days and nights
I dont worry cause
Everythings gonna be alright
People keep talking
They can say what they like
But all I know is everything's gonna be alright

No one no one no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one no one no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you
You you
Can get in the way of what I feel for you

I know some people search the world
To find something like what we have
I know people will try
Try to divide
Something so real
So till the end of time
Im telling you that

No one no one no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one no one no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you
oh oh oh....


by the way: please sign the petition for the JENA 6 and SPREAD THE WORD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!
click HERE

September 5, 2007

Updates

Juanita Bynum spoke out yesterday and talked about the attack. I think she is so courageous

Here's the youtube video... (not so great)


and you can also listen to the video directly on one of our local news sites HERE

*********************

Also.. on september 20, Michael Baisden (author of God's Gift To Women... I recommend it!!!) will be hosting a march for the Jena 6 in Louisiana. If anyone in ATL or anywhere else would like to go, here are the details gotten from minglecity.com. I plan to go with a couple of friends....


The Baddest Man on radio is putting action behind his words. On September 20th Michael Baisden along with comedian George Wilborn, national celebrities, and thousands of loyal listeners will March on the Jena Courthouse to demand justice for Mychal Bell, one of the black teenagers awaiting sentencing in the Jena 6 Case. Mychal Bell could receive up to 22 years in prison for what amounted to nothing more then a fist fight between black and white high school students.Michael will need all the support he can get to show the prosecutors, the Judge, and the entire nation that we will not stand by while they steal the lives of our children. Time for talk is over, it's time to act.Details about Michael's visit to Jena on September 20, 2007:5:00am Buses meet in Alexandria, LA at Parish of Rapides Coliseum to caravan to Jena7:30am Meet in Jena, LA at LaSalle Parish Courthouse8:00am Rally & March for Peace and Justice9:00am Sentencing for student Mychal Bell

September 3, 2007

In need of a laugh???




*****

August 31, 2007

did you guys hear of this?




AN UPDATE!

August 27, 2007

say what?!?!? please watch this

goodness gracious...
i saw this on David Letterman... and it was almost too painful to watch... and then they repeated the clip.... I had to put my TV on mute... just watch!


August 24, 2007

Provoked into beating your wife

By now the news has gone round about the bishop and his wife and their "domestic" incident. My friend and I were talking about it. I said a man can be provoked to the point of beating up his wife. She contends that nothing should ever get to that stage.

The incident which is loosely being reported started with them meeting up apparently to reconcile. The Bishop left and his wife followed him to the parking lot where the scuffle occurred. Now we can all paint her to be the victim... but im saying that a man can be provoked... My friend says that's where the fear of God comes in... cuz if you feared God then it wouldnt happen...

My friend says there is no excuse... no justification... that even if the woman hits you... you should find a way to get out

Im not happy that a "bishop" is involved in this incident... but ultimately... as superhuman as we may think our preachers and co are... they are still human... but i always just feel they are subject to higher standards... kinda how we expect better things from public figures and what not...

I dont know the true details of the case and certainly all married couples go through their share of issues and Im sure most wouldnt want their personal lives splattered on TV.... radio.. print media... so I wish the bishop and his wife the best...

However I think there's a point where someone can snap...

if you are a BigBrother addict like me and caught yesterday's show... the evicted houseguest JEN... was crazy... she went and broke another houseguest's cigarettes... all four cartons... then poured bleach on them... and then got in his face when he started smoking outside... and I coulda sworn there was a beat down coming... infact I marveled at the guy's patience...

I guess they say there's always a way out... maybe running away... or something... but still... i cant get past that the guy had left and was followed before this happened...


hmmm...




read the article HERE
im a little disturbed about how the various articles have been phrased and rephrased.... since the incident occured....

August 16, 2007

the shadiness that is nigeria!!!

redomination of the naira?
come again?

Question:
how does this improve anyone's life... it doesnt make sense and I am not in support of it. This is going to be quite an expensive project. If ever we needed revalidation of our third world status.... here it is. First you change the money last year... then you want to redominate it?

If $1 is N120.... then next year as of august it will N1.20k... nothing has changed... if anything I feel the value will worsen.. basically just divide everything by 100. So N250 will now become N2.50... basically the lowest denomination will be .50kobo... which used to be N5

if someone feels obliged to help me understand this better then im all ears...
didnt we just change the money last year? and yet we're embarking on another project... I dont know that Nigeria... its citizens are ready for this...

I feel this will hurt us more than it will help... I Dont know... I need to read up more on this... I will be reading up on it... at this time this whole thing seems shady.... smells like "cow dung".

So now we will have a new denomination and BE CAREFUL not to spray anyone with it else you get arrested.

I had a conversation with someone who said the law against spraying was good because it was really demeaning. That in the old days the respectful way would be to put money in an envelope and present it to the person but it became a competition type thing... each person wanted to be a "local champion"... and that's how spraying became the thing to do... frankly I dont share that point of view...

I can tell you that when my sister got married many years ago... thanks to being sprayed I was able to change my flight ticket and leave later... I dont think anyone was in competition and have never noticed it to be so...

I think instead of trying to redenominate the currency... invest back in the country instead of siphoning funds... allow things to work.... allow the opportunity for people to progress... then it will become stronger

once again.. if anyone wants to shed any light on this for me.. im willing to learn/change my mind if it makes sense