I have been writing this post in my head every weekend for the last couple of weeks. Because this is the time I am reminded of this continuing battle in the heart and mind of every parent and child caregiver – Do I prioritise My Child or The Public?
A couple of years ago, my husband and I attended a Parenting Class by the legendary Dr. Stanley Mukolwe. At the time we were pregnant with our second child and were excited and eager to learn everything we could on how to raise them up well. Unfortunately while still undertaking the Parenting Class we lost our son Thayu Kiheo through a miscarriage. We however decided to continue with the class to completion.
During this class we learnt maaany things from how our upbringing greatly influences our parenting to disciplining the children. One word from my encounter with Dr. Mukolwe however has been seared into my mind and I always refer to it in my parenting : EXTRAPOLATE
Seminar Highlights/ Objectives
The world seems to embrace entertainment and comedy more than any other time in History. It is becoming harder to gather the youth to listen to anything without a measure of entertainment. While the liberals find no harm in excess entertainment, the conservatives condemn even any slightest sense of humor. These two extremes cause unhealthy tension in the modern Church. This seminar therefore, seeks to draw the balance between the intemperance.
The session could seek to explore what the bible says in regard to entertainment, Highlight the excesses on each side while suggesting a good middle ground backed up by scripture. Dangers and negative effects of each side could be explored. Provide a biblical response to the current state of affairs especially where worship and praise tends towards sensual and somehow promoting immorality.
We are just starting the recovery process from the Royal Wedding over the weekend. The reviews and critics are coming in fast and furious on everything. I am most interested in the ones regarding the sermon and the preacher for obvious reasons 😉 😉 😉
In this account we are told about a fig tree that has been tended for three years but hasn’t borne any fruit. So the garden owner is completely done with it and asks the gardener to cut it down. But guess what, the gardener asks for more time. Yes, he asks to tend it for another year and see if it will turn around.
Matthew 15:21-28 – the account of the Syro-Phoenician woman interacting with Jesus
In my mother tongue we have a proverb – “a child is its mother”. I just wish I could translate it better to communicate the depth of this saying. Bottom line the child belongs to the mother in life and in death, in good times and in bad times, through thick and thin; a mother would debase herself, do anything so long as her child benefits as a result.
34 years ago today, I was born!
A year ago on a day like this, I was not as excited as I am today. I was feeling lost, feeling like I was just existing and flowing through life without any impact. Well, what do you know God my Father my friend came in and gave me reassurance that slowly wiped any doubt I had about my existence and purpose: Isn’t He kind? He spoke to me very clearly and let me know that He was doing something new in my life; I have a testimony that He has done and continues to do exactly that.
Today, I am excited! I am happy to be alive. I am content with what I am and where I am at: Contentment
16 Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings out chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18 Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
19 I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:16-19)
2017 didn’t begin so bright for me but it did get brighter and brighter as the year progressed. And the promise of God doing a new thing was one that I saw fulfilled over and over throughout the year.
I started blogging. Wrote my first series on the blog. The series turned into a book. First launched on Amazon Kindle then as a hardcopy. Met some wonderful people in the process of my writing and publishing. Did a couple of TV and Radio Interviews, got my story published in a newspaper and a leading magazine. A year of very many, many firsts for me – “I am doing a new thing . . .”
During the year 2017, I also learnt alot. Learnt on the job quite literally and made my share of mistakes as well. One of the mistakes I made is aptly summarized by the image below:
I spent a lot of time running around like a headless chicken, trying to take all the new things in. Trying to fit in and follow what everyone who I though was successful in blogging and publishing was doing. Lot of time and energy was wasted. Lots of lessons as well learned along the way. All leading back to the path the Lord would desire that I walk in.
So at the end of the year, I took stock and prayerfully made a few decisions that I am excited about for the new year 2018.
When I envisioned this series ‘A-Z Praying For Your Children’ I was very excited. My main aim was to work on my children’s faith and Christian walk. 😁😁😁😁 Little did I know, it was to be a double journey.
His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”