Ava and Alexis McClure at NYFW

The McClure twins recently made their debut at the New York fashion Week and suffice to say that they were as delightful as ever.

They modelled purple sweat suits for Air Jordan at the Rookie USA collection presentation along with other kids. Ava and Alexis are seen holding hands, Alexis smiling broadly at the cameras at the end of the runway as Ava tries to pull her away.

Know God

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant. Psalm 25:14 NASB.

Insight

“The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him”. God offers intimate and lasting friendship to those who revere Him, who hold Him in highest honour.

Challenge

What relationship could ever compare with having the Lord of all creation for a friend? Your relationship with God will grow as you revere and walk with Him.

Memory verse

But the people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b NASB.

Bridesmaid duties

This past weekend was one of the best ones I’ve had in a while and I owe it all to surprising myself and well, stepping out of my comfort zone; the feeling of satisfaction is all the gratification I need and I’m glad for it. If we’re friends on any social media platform then You probably know by now that I attended a wedding over the weekend and was one of the bridesmaids.

Rewind to about two months ago, I was told I’d be on the train, not directly but through my Mum who is close friends with the aunt  of the bride and don’t get me wrong, but at first I had mixed feelings, firstly because the last time I was a bridesmaid was some five years ago and secondly because I felt “I know the bride but it’s not like we’re that close, why would I be a bridesmaid for a bride I don’t know that well?” As you’d already imagine, I figured well, let’s make everyone happy and considering I’m a little rusty in the bridesmaid department, this might be an opportunity to get reacquainted.

Then came the time to fit our dresses and I can be socially awkward but my first real encounter with the bride just didn’t cut it for me. Call me overly optimistic but I thought it’d be a good time to bond only to have a not-so-pleasant experience that left me feeling like I’d somehow offended her without meaning to. I was a little late to our meeting but c’mon that can be overlooked, can’t it? Let’s just say I asked her in the meekest way I could and realised like I’d suspected that it was just “wedding pressure mood” (if there’s anything like that).

I had my misgivings but I must say that pretty much everything after then was good. From meeting the other maids to the surprise bridal shower and everyone working together, it was fun. I even got to know the bride better and realised what a sweet person she is, and oh the wedding was plain beautiful. The make-up was flawless, hair slayed and our dresses were just stunning. We had the privilege of picking out the style and I must say we did a darn good job.

For the first time in a long while, I felt free and a lot like myself. I made friends and learned a thing or two from them some of which I couldn’t possibly say here lol. One thing I learned though is that your parents can accept that you’ll be a bridesmaid on your behalf then inform you afterwards, at least a bridesmaid admitted that had been her experience, much like mine.

I danced, ate and had good fun; certainly not an experience I’d forget in a hurry and I guess you can say that I’m now more open to being a bridesmaid and definitely looking forward to my own wedding. So I’ve been little bride and flower girl countless times as a kid, and bridesmaid, twice now, not a bad CV if you ask me….lol

AirBar

innovationLooking to transform your laptop from regular to touchscreen with no hassle? Try AirBar! Attach with the magnetic strip and plug into a USB port and you’re good.

AirBar works with virtually anything, fingers, gloves, brush… you name it, and you don’t need to worry about glare or battery drain; just swipe, pinch, zoom and scroll away!

Source: air.bar

Photo credit: Google

 

Aliens and sojourners

land

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with me.-Leviticus 25:23 NASB.

Insight

God was saying that the people would one day possess land in Canaan, but in God’s plan, only God’s ownership was absolute. He wanted His people to avoid greed and materialism.

Challenge

If you have the attitude that you are taking care of the Lord’s property, you will make what you have more available to others. This is difficult to do if you have an attitude of ownership. Think of yourself s a manager of all that is under your care, not as an owner.

This Year have the mindset that you’re managing God’s property; while doing that make it available to others as well.

Memory verse

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.-Genesis 2:15 NASB.

Protect your peace

We often think that it’s up to others to make us feel at ease or have a sense of peace when in fact it is we who determine our own peace. We cannot control others or the vibes they give off but we can choose how they affect us and we owe it to ourselves to protect our peace and preserve our sanity.

It is not an easy task or we’d all be full of peace and thriving and there would be no need to read this. It can be really difficult to maintain a balance while trying to keep up with our experiences and daily interactions. We may find ourselves going back and forth, often oscillating between tranquillity and unrest and many times we tend to go in the direction of the emotions we sense in others.

It takes practice to come to a place of calm that’s unaffected by what goes on around us. I have learned that what you constantly let into your mind will define your outlook and dominate your life. The environment in which you place yourself and the things you choose to hear, see or read, whether consciously or unconsciously, have a huge impact on your state of mind.

If we’re so affected by all the things that surround us even when we aren’t conscious of them then we ought to make a conscious effort to sift what we let our minds feed off of. It may require that we walk away from situations or people who threaten our peace with their words or actions, or we may have to cut down on the junk we watch and read that over time may begin to affect our peace.

We alone can protect our peace. We have the power to create enabling environments for ourselves by letting our minds dwell on the good, spending time with those who resonate with the way we want to feel and focusing on what produces peace. There will always be situations that try to stifle our peace but we can choose to remove ourselves from them and if we cannot completely avoid them, we can counter them with positivity.

Peace is contagious and we must protect our own peace, by so doing we can help to protect the peace of others. Everyone deserves a sound mind and think how much we can achieve individually and collectively when we’re at peace. There’s no greater feeling in the world.

 

Faux locs

Faux locs are a cool trend this season. What better way to protect your hair while looking bomb?

Good thing they now come already done so you can easily install them like you would a weave.

They also come in beautiful colours and can be worn in different lengths which is great if you like to switch things up a bit or add a little bit of an edge.

For the win!

Photo credit: Instagram/Ronke Raji & google