Month: November 2016

How to Get Your Life Together — Fearfully Wonderfully Me

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I was having one of those nights a few weeks ago that I’m sure you can relate to. My homework was strewn all over the floor, my nails were chewed up, and all I could think about was all of the things I needed to get done. And of course, all of the things that I…

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Living in a Bubble

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I completed a book I had been stalling for some years now. I don’t know why I stalled so long but the book turned out to be a very good read. It took me away from my current realities into this blissful state where I’d be staring at the characters, knowing what each was thinking and patiently waiting to see the end. I was quickly reminded about the limitations of TV and movies. In a movie, Tom Cruise is the same as I see him and as you do. But in books, a character can be viewed in different ways by different people reading the same book. Read the rest of this entry »

Unveiling the Think-Thank Challenge 2016

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Two years ago, we had our first think-thank challenge. This evolved over the course of the years and last year, it took the shape of thanking God using all the letters of the English Alphabet for 26 days in December. It was a huge success, (although only carried out on our social media) and a winner emerged in a very close tie. 😀

For this year, I’ll actively be posting my thanksgiving list each day of the challenge and all interested participants can comment with their list as well.

The idea behind the #TTC2016 is to think about all that happened year-round and thank God per the letters of the alphabets. E.g. for letter A, I’m thankful for AIR.

It’s a fun and exciting way to thank God for all He has done. Yes, you may not have gotten everything you wished for. It may seem as a terrible year so far. But sitting down to think of the good things including the beautiful sunshine every day will make you realize it wasn’t such a bad year after all. There’s so much to be thankful for!

The Think-Thank Challenge 2016 kicks off from the 1st-26th of December!!!! I’m so excited about this year and I hope to have all of you join in!

How to follow the Challenge:

  1. You can comment with your thanksgiving list on each blog post for the duration of the challenge
  2. You can tweet @writersbrain with the things you are thankful for each day of the challenge
  3. You can post your thanksgiving list on the Facebook page Dainty M each day of the challenge
  4. If you’re an interested blogger, you can carry out the challenge on your blog and drop your link in the comment box for us to follow

 

Rules of the Challenge

  1. Post at least five (5) items you’re thankful for, for each letter of the alphabet.
  2. For social media posts, please use the hashtag #TTC2016
  3. You don’t have to post on all channels. Use either twitter or Facebook or just comment on the blog
  4. Consistency pays! he who endures to the end shall obtain a prize! 😉

Quick Tip:

You can compile a complete A-Z thanksgiving list and just copy and paste in the comment section each day of the challenge as it applies.

*Please feel free to ask any questions! *

I officially nominate you for the Think-Thank Challenge 2016! 😀

© Mfon Etuk, 2016

Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last. – Lawrence Welk

The Ghost of Death

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The hair on her neck prickled, she got a feeling that there was something hovering, weighing on her. She shook it off-she was NOT superstitious, forget she grew up under a superstitious mother. Still doing the dishes, she began to whistle a happy tune and bob her head from side to side.

Instantly startled by the heavy pounding on her apartment door, just behind her, she dropped the dish she was holding. For some reason, her heart pounded and the banging on her door persisted, a tiny voice whimpering ‘please, please, help me!! He’s coming’

She turned, heart pounding, frozen. But a force pulled her towards the door-what if, what if she could actually help? What if she put herself in danger? As thoughts raced in her head, she heard it again, a sob, a whimper, just against the door, please help….

She just got into action and unbolted the door; a small, disheveled girl pushed past her but that wasn’t the scary part, she was covered in red. She turned to stare at her, to ask the questions if her lips could utter them and the girl cried ‘he’s coming, he’s coming’

If only she knew then, what she knew now, she would have bolted out the door, herself, leaving the girl behind. She wouldn’t be staring at the hard unforgiving lid of a coffin. The clawing certainty she was going to die.

‘Who-o-o?’ she asked. There wasn’t need for an answer, the hair on the back of her neck prickled. This time, she didn’t feel a presence hovering. This time, the hot, sticky, heavy breath behind her neck was real.

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I’m sharing this post written by my friend who entered for a competition. Please vote for her by clicking here. 

PS: I dedicated the Fiction Friday Posts in November to my friends who wrote for the competition. Please be kind and vote for the stories you like. ❤

Thank you! 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend!

~M.

The kingdom of God is for everyone!

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY

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“After this I looked and a vast host appeared which no one could 

count, [gathered out] of every nation, from all tribes and peoples 

and languages. These stood before the throne and before the Lamb;

they were attired in white robes, with palm branches in their

hands.”

Revelation 7:9

I love this verse. There is a truth here that I would like to share

with you.

John got an opportunity to see a vision of heaven and that is one

of the amazing things he saw.

He saw a great host of people from every nation, from all

tribes and peoples and languages!

The truth is this,

The kingdom of God is for everyone!

It’s not reserved for a certain color,

it’s not only for the rich,

it’s not only for the poor,

it’s not only for the learner- ed (if that’s even…

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Need For Speed

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If my life were a game, it’d probably be ‘Need for Speed’. I like being on the fast lane. I absolutely hate being stuck in traffic (who doesn’t?). I like fast food. I hate having to wait for stuffs to be done. I always ask, ‘Can we speed up this process?’ I walk fast. I have a feeling my wedding song will be upbeat so I quickly march to the altar and get it over with (LOL). I believe slow internet connection is worse than a zombie take over! And having a slow system almost gets me nuts!

The world is on a fast lane. People are hurrying. Books are getting smaller (get to the point already). Technology changes every day! New trends emerge. Fashion is on a runway. We’re all moving so fast and it’s getting harder to catch up!

Is this limited to millennials who didn’t have to use a pen to patiently rewind a cassette tape or wait for the cable TV to come on at a particular time in black and white? Not really. Even the older ones who saw those things have joined the fast lane. Tryna keep up with trends as if they were the Kardashians.

When was the last time you allowed a photographer take your picture at a studio and wait for the printed copy? (Why do that when you can just take a selfie in a split second?)  

Where are we rushing to? Are we just hurrying to the grave?

Everything God made has its times and seasons. The earth isn’t rotating faster than it should. We do not have less than 365 days in a year or less than 24 hours a day. A woman still stays pregnant for 9 months. Nature isn’t in a hurry, so why the rush? We rush through different seasons of our lives. We rush through childhood, anxious for teenage hood. We rush through that as well to adulthood. We rush through school-years to get jobs and we also rush from one job to the next. Where are we rushing to?

Truth is, the fast lane will keep going on but you don’t always have to be on it. Sometimes you just need to pause. Rewind. Reflect. Notice the butterfly as it pollinates flowers. Notice the fly trying to escape from a spider’s web. Notice your wife’s new hairstyle and your husband’s new interest. Notice your children’s new friends. Notice the poor in need of your help. Notice the hurt behind your friend’s smiles.

Slow down and enjoy every moment. You’ll never have the lost time so make the best use of it. Reduce the regrets of not doing the things that really matter. Make a proper three course home meal and enjoy with your loved ones. Take photographs and have them printed. Travel and explore the vast world. Hold up on the instant messages and have long conversations. Write handwritten notes. Be kind to people you meet. Spend time with God. Smile genuinely and be fully present in every moment! 

 We’re all gonna die someday, so why hurry to the grave?

©Mfon Etuk, 2016.

Getting to Know You

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Hey Guys!

I’m so grateful to God for the wonderful blogging year so far! Y’all have been patient with me and  committed to checking out my posts. May the good Lord bless you immensely! ❤

The best part of blogging for me is making new friends! What’s the use of the internet if you’re not gonna have internet friends? 😉

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So, for today’s weekend extra, I’d like to get to know more about you! 😀  gettting

Here are a few questions I’d like you to answer in the comment section below. Please don’t shy away.

Questions:

  1. What’s your first name?
  2. What country are you from?
  3. What’s your favourite food?
  4. Movies or books?
  5. Current favourite song
  6. What one word best describes your life right now?
  7. What do you like about this blog?

Looking forward to your replies! Thank you!

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Have an amazing weekend!

Lots of love,

~M.