Out of Darkness…

A world with darkness is a world without faith. The Bible in John 1:5 highlights that when light shines, darkness cannot comprehend it. It is good to understand Jesus’ light when we invite him to remove the darkness in and surrounding us.

God through His Word encourage us, inspires us and motivates us to be light in a dark world. Being a light is being true and honest in whatever we see and talk.

Darkness is a state of confusion and deception and ill truth. When we come out of darkness, we experience things miraculously and happily as much as darkness will at times fall on us. We come to being light when we testify what we see and feel is God’s doing.

When we choose to follow God’s commands and reject darkness, others notice the light. When you’ve held to truth your light will shine. It may not be everyone that will come to us or respond positively but there will always be some that will be drawn in by that light.

At times we face a lot of problems and loose focus on Christ. For a moment, we take our eyes off the savior, we are tempted to slip into darkness. We should set our eyes, minds, souls and hearts towards the redeemer, the light. Moving out of darkness into his light is proclaiming the Lord and walking in his light. Being in obedience and ready to change a situation.

In 1 John 1:5-7, the Bible says that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. We should put ourselves out there and let our light shine before men. We ought to live a life that depicts that God lives in us.

A light gives us visual in what we cannot see in darkness. We should serve others gladly and with a willing heart. From darkness to light is coming out of a situation to change a situation. Believing in oneself and what we can do for others.

Into the light we should be obedient and putting ourselves out as witnesses. When we are called into light, we are trusted in a position we can change to sett up example for others and rescuing those in the dark.

When your bright light starts to fade, fire up your lighter. Be the best and trust in Jesus.

All You Need; Money

They say that love is more important than money, but have you ever tried to pay your bills with a hug?

While love is important for a healthy relationship, some will love you for who you are and some will love you for your finances. They say, love is a gift but sometimes money is needed to accomplish some love goals in a relationship.

Notably, research has shown that many couples argue over money. It is surprising that when they argue, it brings issues that are more than a few shillings.

Many have let money lead their love believing that a partner proves they care about the other only if they spending on them. Many are divorcees, widows and widowers, single parent children and even worse, orphans. Irrational and biased decisions have been made because of money effect in relationships

Money in a relationship is all about what people or a couple will value and prioritize. We all have different plans with what we have and sometimes it maybe expenses or personal pleasure.

Money, despite what many of us wants to believe about love, really matters when you’re in a relationship. Standards, expectations and goals set by the couple is often times skewed to money matters. Thus, financial priorities become relationship financial priorities.

While it is very okay to spend on your own, knowing exactly what both partners should contribute to a relationship is important. No one should feel exploited or out of breath. It is more than okay to support your partner in trying times and have them do the same for you. Things happen; people loose jobs, huge bills need to be paid, and in those times, one discovers relationship is a financial partnership.

Money is important for long-term plans and engagements. That is, where one spends will bring out how you live and how to achieve goals together. Yes! Relationship will need money. It is therefore important for couples to have an open conversation about finances. This helps in understanding and appreciation one another in that relationship.

Communication and attitude is everything when it comes to money and it makes conversations around finances very easy while building on trust and safety of the relationship.

Tough Times

I know am not the best, but I’m going to fight my whole life trying to treat you better than anything else because I just don’t want to loose you.

Life has in someway not been like i wished it was. It has put me at a different position I would not want. I have put my trust and dignity on people I thought they were worth it. Sometimes I became stubborn since I have a different life to live. But everyday comes with a new sunshine with new hopes and new promises. It’s just life.

No moment is ever permanent. They come to give lessons in life and to help us appreciate the good times better. The bad can always change to good if we never forget to keep faith in ourselves and our abilities to win.

However the situation may seem, we should remember that we are the only persons that can help us out. We have different gifts and abilities that can turn a situation around if we just believe in what we do.

We may not be the best to express ourselves but we try to take it easy. Sometimes in a rough road, it can seem impossible to get to the other side, but the effort of the driver will move the car. If it seems rough, it’s good to keep calm and know how to get to the other side.

We have wanted things to work out fast. Feeling impatient and lonely. It’s good to accept stages and time. We can have alot on our plate but with time we believe it’s going to be okay. Whatever the situation is, do not blame yourself.
We are never responsible for our outcomes of life.

There is something good awaiting behind everything that is bad. We should forgive our moments and always looking up believing it will change. Mistakes are made, and hardships come every time, but when we go through we become stronger in life. Appreciating each other and appreciating tough moments.

Being brave is being strong in all odds. We can only be strong if we motivate ourselves, meditate and realize our inner selves. Tough times will come and go but we should never forget the lessons.

We should fight battles for ourselves and our people. It will make life beautiful. Fighting even if we are not the best but hoping unlike the rest. Believing we can change the situation

The Caterpillar!

Change is painful in the beginning but worth it in the end.

A caterpillar’s life is like the life we all live just as part of it’s name, “pillar”. It may sound sweet and may look a bit weired but after morphine to a butterfly it would make sense.

Sometimes only a butterfly will motivate the caterpillar, telling him everything will be okay. Life has suppressed us in many ways. We are left with broken hearts, bloodshed tears, mental health, cancers and depressions, pandemic, economy, among many other challenges.

The metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is miraculous. It’s never easy or simple to be at your best to reach to your greatness. From crawling and being fragile to attack into being an airborne fairy. There is always room for change, escape, success and improvement.

While a caterpillar is living each day digesting plants, it will take in whatever good thing it finds from that plant. Obtaining all kinds of nutrients. Similarly, we may be low and troubled, but we are meant to change phases and digest in positivity and goals, keeping true to our dreams, believing it will change some day.

Whatever we go through, motivation should be our propeller taking us right into our destiny.

I know most people have only seen when it is a full butterfly. Yes! Caterpillars feed while they are silent and secretive. For in their secret lives, they focuses on growth.

In life’s process, we might expect growth and development, gradually from infant, to child, then to adulthood. When a caterpillar has eaten much, it comes to a complete change. From worm-like larvae to large winged adult.

Focus and motivation, feeding on the right food to create a better personality, are the nutrients our life needs. We are primed to be something from birth, not just humans working on their own, but accomplishing a task. Caterpillars are primed to become beautiful butterflies right from birth.

As we take in motivation and positivity, our strengths and beliefs grow and develop. We become hard and susceptive to disappointments, failures and flustrations. We should always believe in a beautiful future.

It may not always be easy down here, crawling and feeding, but once we grow wings, we will discover it was to our advantage.

‘Love Me’ At a Cost

Relationships cost men

Love is a set of emotions and behaviors characterized by intimacy, passion, and commitment. It involves care, closeness, protectiveness, attraction, affection, and trust. Love can vary in intensity and can change over time. It is associated with a range of positive emotions, including happiness, excitement, life satisfaction, and euphoria, but it can also result in negative emotions such as jealousy and stress.

Love is characterized by intimacy, passion, and commitment and is shown through emotions and behaviors. This could also mean that love is one of the most intense emotions known to human beings. Notably, different kinds of love exist, but many people express it in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner (or partners). For these individuals, romantic relationships comprise one of the most meaningful aspects of life, and are a source of deep fulfillment.

However, human connection proves to be innate, that is, the ability to form healthy, loving relationships is learned. At this point, it is worth noting an example of a child’s earliest experiences with a caregiver who reliably meets the infant’s basic needs; food, care, warmth, protection, stimulation, and social contact. Such relationships are not destiny, but they are theorized to establish deeply ingrained patterns of relating to others

Similarly, some women feel as if real men don’t exist while some men see themselves in the real man situation. Real men will behave different from other flirty men who only need company and not acting accordingly.

Although being in a relationship seems fun, it is good to know that nothing is really free. Relationships will definitely cost you a lot as a man. He will put most of their focus, love, money and attention on a woman’s beauty which is found in her sensibilities and personality.

Relationships take hard work to propel. A man will need to give in all their time and affection for a full commitment. A man risks a lot proving love, which is okay for anyone who is ready to share a life with someone. A man being the masculine, will be needed to protect his partner both physically and emotionally. However, one tends to think deeply before acting, to prevent creating conflicts while defending his woman.

A man in a relationship makes decisions and will seek to understand his woman’s views to factor in his decisions. Additionally, a man’s life has enough going on to keep them busy. It is really a challenge to balance work and relationship hence risking much of his time to be available for his partner. Commitment is a decision.

Sometimes, because of some decisions, a woman will tend to think that her man do not need her or value her ideas, support and praise her. This man also wants to be treated in a way that doesn’t diminish his ego or make him feel not useful. This calls for a mutuality.

To be in a successful relationship, partners need to understand themselves first before engaging in different levels of love.

Mother they borrowed again

This poem describes the agony that citizens feels of a government that goes for loans severally without having plans on how to spend. A government that wakes up one morning and increases prices to basic commodities. A government that misuses or allows powerful individuals to run away with huge sums of money leaving citizens to payback for the borrowed and unaccounted loans.

Mother they borrowed again
Under your name they sign
Mother they don’t have plan
To manage but use for fun.

Our brother mother said
Will permit price increased
To pay public debt
That we never perceive onset.

Mother you said we buy clothes
But changed the plan for others
Who could spend and squander
All the money they borrowed.

Mother we remain devastated and duped
As we pay all debts we never used
And remain with same attires
As money remain theirs.

Mother from funds they bought locomotives
Theirs, for friends and relatives
We stay in poverty but we pay anyway
As We have no other way to weigh.

Celebration in Suffering

Book Review; Going Down River Road

“Don’t oppress, don’t accept to be oppressed and you will live free.” – Auliq Ice

The novel Going Down River Road was authored by Meja Mwangi. This author is a Kenyan and has impacted the literature world for quite a long time. Mwangi has won several awards including Jomo Kenyatta Prize, Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and Lotus Prize for Literature. He has also been able to author over twenty literature books.

In the novel Going Down River Road, he clearly depicts the daily suffering that the poor goes through, raging from, lack of basic needs; clothing, food and shelter, poor enumeration and even a sort of ‘colonialism’. This is a catchy nice that clearly brings out a very good ability of the author as it highlights the unfortunate situations though hysterically.

This novel tells the story of Ben Wakira, a young Kenyan struggling with life. He had been an army officer. While in the army, he is approached by a man called Mbugua, who wants him to steal a mortar and some shells for him. Literally, to carry out a bank robbery. Ben, who is in charge of a mortar unit, initially refuses but then, he is offered a large bribe and he accepts.

With the help of his small troop, they pretend to lose the mortar, which Mbugua and his gang ‘find’. Mbugua’s plan goes drastically wrong as he and his men do not know how to use the mortar. Mbugua and six of his men end up dead. An investigation is carried out and though it cannot be proved that Ben and his men deliberately lost the mortar, as the key witnesses are now all dead, they are all dishonourably discharged from the army.

Later, Ben manages to find a job in an insurance company but, when they learn of his past, he is summarily fired. The day he is fired, he goes to a bar to drown his sorrows in style with his last pay. Into his celebrations, he meets a gorgeous prostitute, a secretarial students, Wini. She is a mother to a four year old son. Wini is a funny lady and when they meet in Ben’s house, they playfully talk about cockroaches.

As Ben wondered around and claiming that he is lucky, he lands a job at a construction site and he then moved in with Wini. Wini caters for everything and Ben is not bothered even if he drinks with all his money. At a construction site, they drink karara and smoke bhang, despite earning little that cannot satisfy a decent meal. Ocholla is best Ben’s friend.

Wini promises to get him a good job and Ben lamely thinks of getting married to her. To Ben’s unexpected turn around, Wini leaves him and run away with a white boss, Mr. Caldwell. Ben adopts a baby and doesn’t look at women in the right perspective. Ben approves to be protective to the baby and foots every bill to this baby.

In the meantime, Ocholla and Ben have agreed to be best friends for life and Ocholla shares his hut with Ben and the baby. It worsens when Ocholla’s family is pictured. Ocholla has two wives and several children who are staying in the hut. This ordeal puts Ben to raping Ocholla’s daughters.

On the other scene, Ben finds that the building company has hired his former boss, Sergeant-Major Onesmus, as a driver. Onesmus blames Ben for what happened and the fact that he lost his job and got no money. He tries more than once to kill Ben.

In a nut shell, this novel illustrates how the people of the story compare to one another, how they react and interact with one another; and how the landscape of the story changes and revolves around them and how they are affected by that change. Moreover, much of the novel is about how a relatively ordinary man struggles and more or less manages to survive given the problems he faces, some of his own making, some because of the corrupt nature of others.

Indeed, the corruption of contemporary Kenya is a key point in the novel, as we see ordinary people being cheated by the rich and powerful. And, any process of development, be it economic or socio-political or both, that does not take the human element as its core, is a predetermined failed, unfair and unsustainable process.

Hope in Christ

Hope in Christ not hollow
We’re meant to follow
Through prayer and service
So we live life in light of inheritance
Kept for us in heaven
We’ll not perish but live to cherish even.

Hope an essential foundation to Christianity
That can lead to salvation and eternity
As the saint says Christ discipleship
Create living and holy partnership
That when we believe never fade
Hence hope in us be made.

God Himself promised
Our inheritance are guaranteed
If only our faith and hope we put in him
We will live not to blame
But to always live Christ way
Hence will receive tremendous pay.

From Christ teachings should live to endure
Through tribulations and suffering and aim to be pure
And we should always be ready to forgive
So as to keep our hope alive
As we aim to see Christ the King
We remain faithful and strong.

Let’s hold confession of hope without waver
For God’s gift and provision portrays His good character
Even when we are faithless He remains faithful
This shows His nature and deeds are wonderful
He will lead us to Himself and His promises of eternal life
And that in all these, we live to strife.

By: Timothy & Emmanuel

Depression

It is classified as a mood disorder. It may be feelings, sadness, loss or anger that interferes with a person’s activity and judgement.

J.K. Rowling, in his quote explained what really depression could be. He said,
“It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling.”

Yes! Depression may interfere with your daily work resulting in lost time and low productivity. It influences relationship and at times may come with severe health conditions.

It is important to know that being not okay is still okay. It’s a part of life, and people experience it differently. We all have sad and crushed moments that seem unfair. Without accepting tough times and changing them, depression can get worse and leave a victim even dead.

Depression will affect our mood and body. It is how people react to circumstances. For instance, men project their mood through anger, feeling empty, hopelessness and also having effect in sexual life. These signs maybe ignored because every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
In women it may show in behaviors such as withdrawing from social activities, thinking too much and having decreased energy.

Depression will affect even children and often shows their behavior such as getting in trouble at school, refusing to attend classes, difficulty in concentration, sleeping too much and loss of energy. Whoever the victim is, the symptoms may extend leaving wounds and painful memories.

There are many reasons depression may occur. Many of the common reasons are family history, childhood trauma, medical conditions, relationships and drug abuse among others.
Depression is a serious mental condition that should not be ignored. Living with depression can be difficult but handling the victim with care is what is important. Doctors have combined medical treatment and lifestyle therapy that helps to a large extent.

The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not.

Anonymous

Talking about is the most affordable way to end depression. One learns skills to cope with negative feelings. Being active most times will boost hormones that improve your mood.

Depression having being a negative thing can be avoided or eradicated by staying positive, sleeping well, eating healthy, avoiding toxic personalities and engaging in fun activities.
Depression is real and a treatable illness. Being a victim is not being weak or insane.

Having understood that depression is a brain condition, one needs to clear off his mind and seek help from trusted sources.

Poem

He Suffered, Buried and Resurrected

It is Easter holidays
We’re bound to think
Of Jesus’ ways
We remember everything without a blink.

Jesus suffered on the cross
For our own unrighteousness
It truly proves
He was son of God.

He died and was buried
On third day He resurrected
From the grave
Through this we’re save.

Easter gives us chance
To think of such importance
Blessings that never cease
Hence bound always to believe.