Not ashamed

The word

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.-Acts 5:40-42 NASB.

Insight

Peter and John were warned repeatedly not to preach, but they continued in spite of the threats. We, too, should live as JESUS CHRIST has asked us to, sharing our faith no matter the cost.

Challenge

We may not be beaten or thrown in jail, but we may be ridiculed, ostracized, or slandered. To what extent are you willing to suffer for the sake of sharing the gospel with others?

Memory verse

For God has given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.-2 Timothy 1:7-8 NASB.

Free of expectations

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When you get to the point where you can live free of the opinions of others, that’s when you walk into freedom. I have come to realize this truth and the more I live in the consciousness, the fuller my life becomes. It is obvious that today’s world is one that seeks to compete and impress, a world in which people are taught to be anything but themselves; what this does is make you live others people’s lives, wearing yourself out because you’re out to meet the unrealistic expectations of those around you. How sad it is to see the majority of people suffer under the unbearably heavy burden of living according to what’s in vogue or trying so desperately to be who society tells them to be. We’re taught to always put up a tough front or act like life is perfect, be loud enough to get ourselves noticed, to be extroverted even if we’re not naturally so, because then, we’ll not only get the admiration of others but the best out of life in general; what a lie!

There’s a sense of peace and happiness that stems from living to please no one, being comfortable in one’s own skin; being different and embracing one’s own uniqueness which encompasses our traits, strengths and weaknesses. No one has the right to tell anyone that they are less simply because they choose to live free of the norms and trends of society. It is an issue that has eaten so deep, it seems irreparable but generations to come will bless or curse us for whatever choices we make today. I hope that they can live free and limitless, beating the odds and being the people they were made to be because we made the decision to lay a true foundation, not bending and bowing to expectations but being the best version of ourselves.

The Good News

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By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”- Romans 10: 15 NASB.

Insight

We must take GOD’S great message of salvation to others so that they can respond to the Good News. How can your loved ones and neighbours hear it unless someone tells them? Is God calling you to take part in making HIS message known in your community?

Challenge

Think of one person who needs to hear the Good News, then think of something you can do to make that possible, as led. Sometimes you can preach the Gospel by your actions; your life is an epistle.

Memory verse

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.- Mark 16:15 NASB.

Remedies for cracked feet, corns and calluses.

images-2The appearance of your feet speaks volumes about your personality and lifestyle and if you’re like most people, then you’ve probably had to battle corns, calluses or cracked feet at one point or another.

Although often described together, corns and calluses are two different conditions. While corns are patches of dead, thickened skin with thin plugs of skin in the centre found mostly are the tops and sides of the toes, calluses refer to dry, hard and rough skin found on areas of the feet constantly exposed to pressure or friction. Cracked feet are dry, peeling areas of the feet resulting from a loss of moisture. If you’re looking to get your feet soft and supple, here are a few tips to get you there.

  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Use a moisturing lotion, baby oil or petroleum jelly; rub a generous amount on your feet after taking a bath.
  • Do not walk around barefoot.
  • Wear stockings to help trap moisture and keep feet soft.
  • Do not take long, hot baths as this may draw moisture from your feet
  • Avoid using harsh soaps and scrubbing too much.
  • Avoiding wearing tight shoes.
  • Do not wear shoes with high heels for long periods at a time.

If you’ve got calluses, you could try any of the following;

  • Add some distilled white vinegar or lemon juice to warm water and soak your feet in for about 45 minutes, the acidic properties of the solution will help get rid of the dead skin on your feet.
  • Pour some baking powder (2 spoons) in a bowl of warm water (5 cups) and soak your feet in for about 15 minutes then scrub with a pumice stone. The idea is to get your feet soft enough to scrub away the dead skin.

Get pretty feet and save up on spas!

 

 

Forgiven and free!

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By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the law of Moses.-Acts 13:38-39 NASB.

Insight

This is the Good News of the Gospel; that forgiveness of sins and freedom from guilt are available through faith in JESUS CHRIST, to all people including you.

Challenge

Have you received this forgiveness? Are you refreshed by it daily?

Memory verse

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.-Ephesians 1:7 NASB.

Understanding allergies

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Not everyone has allergies but a good number suffer debilitating effects from exposure to certain things which their system recognises as potentially harmful. Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance which wouldn’t necessarily cause a reaction in other people. These substances may include;

  • Food
  • Medicines
  • Dust particles.
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander.
  • Insect stings.
  • Mold spores.

To better understand; think of your immune system, trying to fight off germs by building up defenses in the form of antibodies, causing an inflammation for example, in reaction to an infection. In the case of allergies, however, they are false alarms that initiate a response in the system, to substances that are not actually harmful to you. Factors such as environment and genes contribute to one’s predisposition to allergies.

Allergies vary is symptoms from mild to severe and may include runny rose, itching, swelling, rashes, asthma or anaphylaxis. Skin or blood tests can be done to diagnose allergies and though they cannot be cured, certain medicines such as allergy shots can be given to allay the symptoms. Generally, sufferers are advised to avoid the things that cause their allergies. A diary can help you keep track and keep away from the things that may trigger your allergies.

Read to learn more about different symptoms that exist for specific types of allergies.

Do not hesitate to visit a physician for tests and medication if you’re worried about having allergies.

 

In His time

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By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.-Acts 1:6-7 NASB.

Insight

Like other Jews, the disciples chafed under their Roman rulers. They wanted JESUS CHRIST to free Israel and become their KING. JESUS CHRIST’s reply was that GOD the FATHER sets the timetable for all events.

Challenge

Does it seem like time is running out on you? Whatever your desires, don’t become impatient with GOD. Instead, trust His timetable for your life.

Memory verse

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.-Ecclesiastes 3:11 NASB.

The scarlet thread

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I could not wait to review this book and I’ve got mostly praises for the author; my admiration and respect for her cannot be disguised. In truth, its effect pales when compared with the likes of “redeeming love” and “lineage of grace” but I’d still call it a good one.

It tells of a woman like any other, striving to hold her home and mainly herself, together, in the face of big changes. Struggling to adapt and letting her resentment build, she finds herself pushing away that which she most desires. The master story-teller that she is, Francine weaves a similar story in, connecting the main character’s life with that of a matriarch long gone.

The scarlet thread is a powerful story of love which endures, of tenacity and a will to stand alone, rather than conform. It is a story for the man as well as the woman who aspires to nurture a marriage relationship, first by accepting God’s love and forgiveness. Surrendering to a higher authority and stepping aside in order that a greater purpose might be achieved; loving in spite of, and refusing to quit no matter the cost.

The emotional highs and lows left me sore. I could see myself in Sierra as she finally yielded to a greater power and higher calling. Her meticulous, homely, creative and sometimes, stubborn disposition made her the perfect character drawing in Alex, yet repelling him at times. Most women and men would relate to this story of God, love and family.

I did not particularly enjoy the ending but considering the build-up of events leading to the last chapter, anyone could quite easily guess the rest of the story. All in all, good play out, with just enough suspense to interest the reader. I’d recommend “the scarlet thread” to anyone who loves a good story with the capacity to touch the very soul.

Love

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By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.-John 13:34 NASB.

Insight

To love others is not a new commandment; however, loving others just as JESUS CHRIST did is revolutionary.

Challenge

We are to love others based on JESUS CHRIST’S sacrificial love for us. Such love will not only bring unbelievers to JESUS CHRIST, it will also keep believers strong and united in a world hostile to GOD. JESUS CHRIST was a living example of GOD’S love, as we are to be living examples of JESUS’ love.

Memory verse

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.-Romans 13:10 NASB.

 

 

Stylish for the rainy day

imagesUsually the rains are on the ebb around this time, in this part of the world. For some reason however (and I would think global warming, seeing as that takes the fall for whatever weather situation these days), the rains have all but given us a reason to believe the rainy season is coming to an end, especially with it raining non-stop for days. So I would think we still have a lot more rainy days to go before it’s harmattan season. Here’s a little something to help up your game in the style department for the foreseen wet days ahead.

 

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Umbrella: Well, does it surprise you that this is the first on our list?! There’s nothing as nice as a good ol’ umbrella on a rainy day; you’re confident moving around when there’s need for it without the fear of being wet and ruining your clothes, hair or make-up, as the case maybe. Invest in a solid one that’s big enough and you’re good to go!

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Shoes: Brogues are excellent shoes for work during the rainy season, for both sexes. If you’re looking to hang out casually, sneakers or loafers will do just fine. Clogs and platforms are good choices for the ladies. Metallic shoes, faux animal textures and snakeskin are also wonderful for the rains, as are rubber soled shoes.

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Sweater: As it doesn’t get too cold during the rainy season here, sweaters are more preferable to coats. Whether pull-overs or long sleeves, sweaters do the job of keeping you warm and dry especially if they aren’t too thick. I personally love the knitted sweaters and turtle necks. Whatever works for you is fine.

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Clothes: From office pants to jeans, leggings and skirts; wearing clothes that are well above the ground is a good idea for the rainy days; better still, wear shoes that help to keep your clothes above the ground (i.e. high soles) and enjoy the day, moving around without worrying about the edges of your clothes getting wet.

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