March 22, 2009

Music Im Feeling: Michael W Smith - Draw me close

Happy Sunday. Just got back from church...
Happy Mother's day to the moms in Nigeria/UK... just found out it's based on the 4th sunday in Lent... didnt know that... unlike in the States... it's always in May

I'm feeling this song today. God truly is what I want and ALL that I need!!!

Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I'm your friend
You are my desire
No one else will do
Cause nothing else could take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace
Help me find the way bring me back to You

You're all I want
You're all I ever needed
You're all want
Help me know You are near.

Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that i'm your friend
You are my desire
No one else will do
Cause nothing else could take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace
Help me find the way bring me back to You

You're all I want
You're all I I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know You are near (2x)

Help me know You are near (2x)

March 19, 2009

Nigerian Trivia

I'm glad today is thursday... because my weekend starts early... Here's a little something to brighten up your day

Nigerian Trivia:

When did Nigeria become a republic?
a. 1960 b. 1961 c. 1963 d. 1962

For the answer please watch the video below!

and dont forget about TERC tomorrow

March 8, 2009

Bus Connection

Taking the greyhound from down south to up north is not a trip I’d like to repeat any time soon. It takes at least 24 hours. 24 hours stuck in a bus full of strangers with varying backgrounds and varying degrees of smell. Anytime I had to take Greyhound, I always tried to arrive early and get to the front of the line so that I could sit up front closer to the driver, as far away from the back of the bus that housed the toilet. I just didn’t want to sit next to the toilet. I also tried to get a seat to myself by placing my backpack in the space next to me and putting on my headphones. Between the south and the north, there were sooooooo many stops, the drive soooooo long that I started to get numb. I don’t remember the exact day but I remember this trip. It happened after my first year in college. I met a girl. A blonde-haired chic, slim and of average height. I believe she may have had some colored streaks in her hair.

I just so happened to be sitting close to the back on this particular bus and she was either in front of me or next to me on the adjacent row. She was young just like me and maybe that’s where the first connection came. I think she was sitting next to a guy that she was a bit too friendly with, which caused me to wonder, but then my memory is not perfect. I just remember us connecting. Hers was an interesting tale. I wonder now if it was true. It rang true and she had no reason to lie. She was on her way to see her father or mother… one of them. She had lived for so long with one parent, never really having any contact with the other and now after soooooooooo many years, she’d gotten a ticket to go visit. I think it was her father. She seemed pretty happy about it. My thought was that all wasn’t well with wherever she had come from. I felt she was running away from a problem... Maybe she came from a dysfunctional family... who doesnt?

With such a long trip, greyhound makes food stops. At one of these stops we got off, bought some food and just kept talking. I don’t know what either of us talked about but we talked and we just sort of connected. I cant explain it. Maybe two lonely souls sorta recognized each other. I’m not sure what it was. I come from a big family but I’ve always felt like I really don’t. I don’t feel close to a lot of the family members no matter my efforts and no one seems to care or bother. That’s just the way the dice rolls I guess.

Her stop was before mine. The strangest thing happened. We looked at each other like we didn’t want to part and I teared up. We gave each other a hug. A real hug. The one where you can feel the weight of the persons arms as they squeeze you tight. We said our goodbyes. I wish there was some way for us to have kept in touch. As the bus pulled away she stood on the side and I looked out the window... and we both waved to each other. I wonder where she is now. I wonder if she ended up staying with the parent she went to go visit. I wonder how her life is. I wonder if she even remembers that day on the bus. I don’t know why I remember it but I do. And as I remember, I smile. Sometimes you've just got to wonder about the things you remember... about the different connections you make each day and how each connection can alter the events of your life. Did our less than 24hour friendship mean anything? Did it change us or have any impact in our lives? Maybe... Maybe the hug was all that was needed at the time. I dont know... or maybe there was no change... or impact... hard to say... I doubt we’d recognize each other in passing today and certainly my days of travelling long distance by Greyhound is over... Thank you Jesus!

But as I remember her today, I hope she’s living and that she's happy and I pray that God’s favor, blessing and mercy be manifested in her life.

March 3, 2009

Secrets to a successful marriage

I've been caught up recently in so many relationship things... I found a new fascination with all things relationshp/wedding related. I love to plan things naturally... people say I'd be a good events coordinator. It's something that I may look in to eventually. It probably has to do with my attention to the tiniest detail. Anyways I was recently reading an article that gave the recipe for a successful marriage... so I thought I'd share

Secrets to a successful marriage:

- Meeting through friends
- Marrying after three-and-a-half years of courtship
- Walking the aisle at age 31 for the groom and age 29 for the bride
- Keeping the spark alive with 3 calls, e-mails or texts during each workday
- Saying the L-word at least once a day
- Sex 3 times a week
- 4 Kisses a day

This conclusion was reached after surveying 3000 couples. click HERE for the article

I would add God to the mix... not trying to overspiritualize it but I think that having a close relationship with God is key. Im working on that... sortof! God help me! :-)

are you in a relationship? Do you want to be in one if you aren't? Do you know what your love language is? A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to host a TERC session that talked about love and relationships and in it, I mentioned the bestselling book by Dr. Gary Chapman... The 5 Love Languages. I havent read the entire book but I will... hopefully... at some point. But there's a short quiz you can take... that will give you the results

click HERE to take the quiz.
My primary Love language is Receiving gifts. The least of it is Words of Affirmation. The thing about this is that it can apply to any relationship... even friendship. I love receiving gifts especially ones that have some thought put into it..

What's yours? Do share! :-)

Want to know what the five love languages are? click HERE