December 25, 2008

Season's greetings!

Not Only Christmas Day

Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.

And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You've done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day

-- Mary Fairchild

E ku odun / Ekelere m gi maka Keresimesi na ubochi izizi afo ozo / barka dà Kirsìmatì
to you and yours

much love, Diamond

December 19, 2008

Feeling hot hot HOT!!!

I dont recall Lagos being this hot. My theory is that the ever increasing population on top of the overpopulation is the cause of this. There are too many people occupying space... taking some of the wind that's meant for me away.... too many shops... EVERYBODY has a shop... everywhere you look... it's either you see a restaurant or a bank.

I've been here for a week and I now take at least two baths a day... cold! After the initial shock of the cold water, it's all good. I dont even bother putting on lotion. It'd be hard to be ashy when all you're doing is sweating. I dont know if this is something that one can get used to

I havent taken much pictures. Frankly I've gotten over the urge to take so many pictures especially if I'm not going to print them or it's something that I'm going to look at months from now and not care about. There's one picture I wanted to take but my boyfriend's windshield wasnt allowing for a clear picture. I do need to take more pictures with people.. but seriously my hair is a mess... as in... I can curl it up in the morning and it falls flat every time cuz I'm sweating so much... Thank God I thought enough to get a perm before I got here...

Ope o... as I'm typing this... Power has been restored. I'd love to have the generator on all day long but it's just not a practical thing. We'd be spending $100 a day on petrol and diesel, which is ridiculous. There's a schedule here... Power is restored for about an hour from 12noon... Then it's out for about 4-6 hours.. .then restored again until midnight. I try to hold out... I really do... but yesterday morning... I woke up... and after working out I put on the generator straight! I just couldnt take the heat. I mean even without working out I was sweating already. When exactly does winter (Hamattan) occur in Nigeria... I thought this was the season for it

Anyways I'm grateful to God for everything and everyone. People really are wonderful. I am thinking of relocating but when I think of all the inconveniences... really Im not motivated. I told my uncle my salary requirement and he just laughed and told me if I found/he gave me a postion earning N2mil less than what I was looking for I better accept it. He told me to give him my CV in the new year... the only thing is I havent served and I DONT WANT TO. Is there a way to bypass it?

anyways enough of that
I had suya my first night... I've finally tried this ofada rice everyone raves about... my thought on it... kini big deal?... Maybe it's because I'm not a rice-y person... as in I can go months without touching rice... but I love meat.. chicken... I went to Nandos... tried out Chicken Republic... paid the obligatory visit to Mr Biggs, Big Treat... infact all I've done is eat eat eat... to my mom's annoyance... Junk Food... that's what she calls all of it... I'm like... why is rice and chicken junk food? LOL Although, it would be nice for people to have more baked chicken... than fried

How has your week been? How are you preparing for Christmas?
If you want to get me a gift... I just want a Walmart giftcard... with money loaded on it o... not the card by itself... I'm always shopping there...

[if anyone in Lagos reading this knows of a place I can print out a small publication... within the next week, at a reasonable price.... approx 100-200 copies, please email me the details]

Have a blessed weekend everyone

December 12, 2008

GMN: Good Morning Nigeria

I am home! I havent been here in a couple of years and I heard a lot of things have changed. This trip has been a long time coming for very very many reasons. My aunt who visited about a month ago stated that Lagos was much cleaner. hmmmm. I'm really looking forward to experiencing all of the good things that Lagos has to offer. I am not looking forward to the traffic. I am looking forward to eating some isi-ewu and some solid Nigerian food. I don't really eat so much Nigerian food at home... and I dont cook so often so it'll be nice to experience mommy's cooking. I'm looking forward to showing off some of my recipes and learning a few. I'm thinking of hosting a small dinner party... I'll see how that goes. There are many things I'd like to do and people I'd like to meet/get reacquainted with while I'm here and I pray for God's Grace and Favor and Strength and Protection... to see me through them all.

Have a blessed Friday and a wonderful weekend ahead.
much love,
Ms. D

December 6, 2008

I believe in God

There was a tag that was to start on December 1 which I was to be a part of but I didnt do it. I planned to do it but time somehow ran away from me. I really need to be better at time management... instead of facebooking during my free time!

When it was suggested, this is the statement of faith that came to mind: I believe in 1 God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of Heaven & earth, & of all that is seen & unseen.

I believe in God because He is

Jehovah-Rophe - The Lord who heals: When I was a kid, I woke up one day with a fierce temperature. I was very sick. I believed that if you prayed in water and you drank it that all would be well. I believe either my mom or dad prayed in water for me, I drank it, went back to sleep and I woke up feeling much better. I remember that time with so much fondness. When I believed so much... when nothing could shake it because I knew that God was in control... ooo... to have the faith of a child once moreo.

Jehovah-Jireh - The Lord will provide: Oh Yes! He does this quite well. I've blogged previously on my experience in college and not having parental support to pay for it. One day I went to the finanacial aid office... and the head guy awarded me enough money to pay up my debt and even overflow into the next school year

Jehovah-Shalom -The Lord our peace: He grants the peace that surpasses all understanding. I remember years ago I had a bad manager. Goodness... I dont think you can escape having a bad manager. I didnt like her demeanor and her I felt she was an ineffective manager. One day at church... it's weird how it happened. I just felt this burden lifted... and I was just at peace with it all. Just like that it went away. She was soon removed as a manager in my department but it didnt make a difference because I was at peace with everything.

Jehovah-Gaden Milchamah - Mighty in Battle and Jehovah-Ganan - The Lord is our defence: Yes. Yes. Yes. God is the ultimate defender. I can tell you that this last half of the year, I have seen some highs and some lows and sometimes I just felt like I wanted to run away from it all but I realized that God's plan is to grow me. If he brought me to it... He will surely see me through it.

Jehovah-Shammah- The Lord is there... here!: My God is here to dwell wherever I am... to govern... to defend... to prosper... What comes to mind is "Relax... God is in control"... He is the Alpha and the Omega... He that began a good work in me... with me absolutely faithful to complete it as long as I remain faithful and steadfast in my walk with Him.

These are a few reasons I believe in God...

What about you? What is your testimony? Why do you believe in God?

These are a few others that believe in God

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