For His glory

glory

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the son of God may be glorified by it.”-John 11:4 NASB.

Insight

Any trial a believer faces can ultimately bring glory to GOD because He can bring good out any seemingly bad situation.

Challenge

When trouble comes, do you grumble and blame GOD, or do you see problems as opportunities to honour Him?

Memory verse

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.-Genesis 50:20 NASB.

Your thought, your prayer

thoughts

Someone special said to me the other day, “the things you think about are silent prayers said to God, and whether you’d like to admit it or not, they get answered” (Rephrased). Now, that’s the most powerful thing I’ve heard in a while; and I’d like to expand just a bit, having giving it much thought. Anyone can have a head-knowledge about anything, but how many actually use that knowledge? #rhetorical question to keep in mind as you read this.

Have you ever found yourself constantly thinking about something or imagining a certain situation, only to have such a thing or something just like it eventually happen? If I were to be honest, and you should too, then my answer would be yes, countless times. Regardless of your beliefs, this is true for everyone. What this tells me then, is that I can, to a great extent, control the events that occur in my life. I hear you ask how? Well, by being conscious of the way I think and what I think. When you change the way you think, you change your life, for good or bad. We all know that there’s no action taken or word spoken without a thought.

Besides the words we speak, which have a tremendous effect on our lives and the lives of those around us, the thoughts we entertain will determine the quality of our individual lives. What are you constantly thinking about and calling into existence without even knowing it? I agree it can be challenging to think the right thoughts, sometimes. Our thoughts may wander but we have to power to bring them back and when they drift away from what’s good and proper, we have the ability to get them to align again.

Knowing this truth is not half as important as making it yours. You make it yours by putting it to good use, for yourself and for others. What is the quality of your thoughts? What you’re thinking presently is a prayer sent out to the universe, a request from God and good or bad, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Remember this and use it, and you’ll be just fine.

 

Judge not

judge not

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”-John 8:7 NASB

Insight

This is a significant statement about judging others. JESUS upheld the legal penalty for adultery, stoning, and therefore could not be accused of being against the law. But by saying that only a sinless person could throw the first stone, HE highlighted the importance of compassion and forgiveness.

Challenge

When others are caught in sin, are you quick to judge? To do so is to act as though you never sinned. It is GOD’s role to judge, not ours. Our role is to show forgiveness and compassion.

Memory verse

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.-Colossians 3:12-13 NASB.

 

The wonders of laughter

laughter

Laughter is the best medicine, we’ve all heard that phrase, I presume; but how many people actually take advantage of laughter and its numerous benefits? I still find it amazing, that laughter can do so much good to the human psyche. Often times, we take life too seriously, get so engrossed in daily routines and activities and forget to relax and laugh. Is it any wonder that many find it hard to laugh at themselves or tackle seemingly daunting challenges with a smile? I’m not any less guilty and I certainly hope that I can take my own advice. As funny as it sounds, I literally catch myself frowning or keeping such a straight face sometimes, I have to consciously make an effort to smile and even crack myself up. It’s such a wonderful feeling to able to laugh at oneself and life’s situations no matter how dreary. It relieves tension for one and gives you a whole different outlook on life.

I admire those who can make a joke out of any situation; they may seem unserious and even irresponsible but they are the ones who really live, not letting the cares and troubles of the world make them grumpy. There’s nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour. It may require that you take some time out to watch one or two pieces of comedy or simply hang around those who have a natural tendency to make you laugh but it’s worth it, I dare say. Whatever you do and no matter your struggles, laugh and be happy. It may sound like a task if you’re used to being serious all the time but it’ll do you a lot of good to try and find a balance. Ease off stress, boost your immune system, relax your muscles, be happy and let others share in your happiness. Laugh as much as possible. It’s good medicine after all.

 

Right to sonship

sonship

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.-John 1:12-13 NASB.

Insight

All who welcome JESUS CHRIST as LORD of their lives are reborn spiritually, receiving new life from GOD. Through faith in JESUS CHRIST, this new birth changes us from the inside out and realigns our attitudes, desires and motives with HIS will. Being born makes you physically alive and places you in a family. Being born of GOD makes you spiritually alive and puts you in GOD’S family.

Challenge

Have you asked JESUS CHRIST to make you a new person? This fresh start in life is available now to all who believe in JESUS CHRIST.

Memory verse

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.-Ephesians 1:5 NASB.

 

Oral hygiene: Tips to keeping your teeth clean and your breath fresh

teeth

Who doesn’t want clean teeth and fresh breath right? This isn’t just about hygiene; having clean teeth and fresh breath makes you more attractive and can boost your confidence. The fact is everyone suffers bad breath at one point or another, this is largely dependent on the kinds of food you eat and how often you clean your teeth, gums and tongue. Also, you may have a plague which is a film of bacteria that covers your teeth if you don’t brush them properly. Outlined below are simple tips to help keep your mouth clean and healthy.

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, at least twice daily, using fluoride toothpaste.
  • If you can’t brush and floss your teeth after eating, simply drinking water, using a mouth wash or chewing sugar-free gum would also do the trick.
  • Take note that eating certain spices such as garlic and onions can cause bad breath for up to 72 hours after eating them as the proteins in them circulate in the bloodstream after digestion and are carried in the lungs, then expelled in your breath until they leave your system. You may want to avoid or minimize your ingestion of them.
  • Drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to keep your mouth moist as dry mouth fosters bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco. Besides being harmful to your health, they make your mouth dry and cause bad breath.
  • Periodic visits to the dentist for cleanings and exams would help to prevent gum disease that causes bad breath.

Some medical conditions such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbances, liver or kidney ailments, chronic bronchitis, respiratory tract infection, postnasal drip and chronic sinusitis could be the cause of bad breath. In any of such cases, you would need to see a general physician or specialist.

Read for more on how to floss and brush your teeth properly.

Persisting in prayer

persistent prayer

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.- Luke 18:1 NASB.

Insight

To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. It means keeping our requests before GOD while living for HIM; being in constant communication with the Holy Spirit and believing that HE hears and answers us.

Challenge

Living by faith helps us not to give up. Answers from GOD may seem delayed sometimes, but the seeming delays are always for our good. As we persist in prayer, we grow in character, faith and hope.

Memory verse

Pray without ceasing.-1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB.

Common cold: symptoms and remedies.

common cold

You’d agree that most people suffer a cold more than once a year. At the moment, I know quite a number who are either beginning to show symptoms or are just recovering. Read on to learn more about the symptoms and remedies for a cold.

A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. Occurring more frequently than other maladies, it is the most common reason for visits to the doctor with most cases occurring in children rather than adults. Major symptoms include;

  • Cough.
  • Blocked or runny nose.
  • Sneezing.
  • Sore throat.

Headaches, muscle aches and fever are more severe symptoms that may be experienced; although they are often indicative of the flu

There’s no cure for a cold other than taking care of oneself by

  • Resting adequately.
  • Taking a lot of fluid.
  • Eating healthy.
  • Using decongestant sprays or tablets to relieve nasal congestion.
  • Taking OTC drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to curb any fever or discomfort.
  • Gargling salt water.
  • Taking menthol sweets.

There has been a suggestion that vitamin C, zinc and garlic supplements could help decrease the risk of catching a cold; however, there’s not enough strong evidence to ascertain this yet.

For babies, younger children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses or taking other medications, it is advisable that you consult a physician and get a prescription before taking any OTC drugs.

Symptoms would normally clear on their own within a week or two, so there’s usually no need to see a physician. You should however, see a physician if any of the following occur;

  • Your symptoms persist for more than three weeks.
  • Your symptoms suddenly get worse.
  • You have difficulty breathing.
  • You develop chest pain or cough up blood-stained mucus.

Common cold is caused by viruses and can spread quite easily. Therefore the following steps should be taken to prevent its spread;

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Wipe surfaces regularly to keep them germ-free.
  • Cough into a tissue or handkerchief if you’re infected, to keep from infecting others.
  • Use your own cutlery and kitchen utensils.
  • Do not share objects such as towels or toys for children.

 

The narrow door

 

door

By Alfred Saforo (alforo@gmail.com)

“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from’.-Luke 13: 24-25 NASB.

Insight

Finding salvation requires more concentrated effort than most people are willing to put forth. Obviously, we cannot save ourselves and there is no way we can work ourselves into GOD’S favour.

Challenge

The effort we must put out “to enter through the narrow door” is earnestly desiring to know JESUS CHRIST and diligently striving to follow HIM, whatever the cost. We dare not put off making this important decision because the door will not stay open forever.

Memory Verse

They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household”-Acts 16: 31 NASB.

 

Creative ways to knot a tie

tieLooking for fresh inspiration and cool ways to knot your tie? Shana to the rescue! I’m not big on knotting ties but I discovered some new, creative and exciting knots anyone would love. Whether knotting a tie for work or a function, these are a breath of fresh air, quite different from your conventional knots. Just a little reminder though, this post is not for the guys alone, ladies wear ties nowadays too. If you’re a lady and do not wear ties however, you might want to lend a hand sometime, to your husband, friend, brother or whoever as the case may be! Find three creative ways to knot a tie below. You can thank me later *wink*.

THE CAPE KNOT

THE ONASSIS KNOT

THE CHRISTENSEN KNOT

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