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Sunday, March 31, 2013

HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL









Monday, March 25, 2013

BARACK OBAMA : A MAN WHO BRINGS THE HOPE OF CHANGE AND PEACE



Regardless of your political persuasion, you must acknowledge  the power of Barack Obama's personal brand. He broke huge barriers by becoming the first African-American U.S President. He rose to his position as a relatively young man known for his intellect, his public speaking prowess, and his persistence in the face of what other people considered to be impossible. His brand was founded on hope, change, and progress.

In 2009, President Obama won the Nobel Peace prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people. The world celebrated his brand: that of a man who brings the hope of change and peace.

Reference: Chritton  Susan,(2012), Personal Branding for  Dummies, Wiley and Sons,Canada.

BODY CONFIDENCE TIPS

                               Source: Google

Tips to help  you be confident with your body, love your body more and be happy.



  • Dress to impress, wear clothes that makes you feel beautiful, without being provocative, find clothes that fit well and compliment your body.

  • Love your skin and colour, don't try to use cosmetics to whitening your skin. You can look good without  changing the colour of your skin.    

  • Focus on today, enjoy who you are now not how you used to be.

  • Remember you are not in competition with other women, every one is unique, beautiful in his own ways.

  • Accepting and loving your body will make you happy confident and more beautiful.


                             

Saturday, March 23, 2013

KNOWING JESUS CHRIST(Philippians 3:1-11)




This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD.
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By Sam E. Stone
This month’s lessons are all taken from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. His message to them centered in Jesus Christ, just as his other letters did. Evidently some false teachers were afoot in Philippi, as well as in Galatia (Galatians 3:1-5).
They were causing some believers to have misplaced confidence. They taught that salvation could come from whatthey could do—not by depending on God. We see similar errors today. Paul reaffirmed his previous message to them.

Put Your Confidence in ChristPhilippians 3:1-6After once more commanding them to rejoice in the Lord, Paul cautioned his readers about the dangerous false teachers who threatened the church. People like the Judaizers placed all their confidence in keeping every Old Testament command, such as circumcision. While Paul affirmed the practice of circumcision, they were making it into something different (compare Galatians 5:12). It is far more important that one be part of the true circumcision. Elsewhere Paul explained this is “circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code” (Romans 2:29).
To quiet his opponents, he listed all the things he could brag about if he wanted to: the right procedure—circumcision; the right time—the eighth day; the right race—Hebrew; the right tribe—Benjamin; the right friends—Pharisees; the right ambition—zealous; the right action—faultless. With all of this, Paul was saying, “I don’t place my confidence in those things now!” If any person might have been saved by his works, it would be Paul; but on the Damascus Road he met Jesus Christ. Then he discovered that all the good things he had done had not brought him a step closer to Heaven. Only when we admit our need and turn to Christ can we be saved. Now the apostle could say, I . . .
boast in Christ Jesus, and . . . put no confidence in the flesh
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Count All Loss for ChristPhilippians 3:7-9Paul’s value system changed completely. He traded wealth for poverty, good clothes for prison rags, and protection as a Roman citizen for physical abuse as a citizen of Heaven. Things men count valuable no longer mattered to him.Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. He learned that all our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). His life answered the question Jesus posed, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). James Nicholson sang, “I give up myself and whatever I know; Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Knowing Jesus is what matters. Nothing else. No one but God can provide what is necessary for a person’s salvation. Some people think if they do enough good things, they will get into Heaven. They are wrong. Everyone, no matter how good, still has failures and sins that must be punished. The only way by which one can stand forgiven before God is if the death of Jesus on the cross atones for his sins (see Romans 3:9-31). God imputes Christ’s righteousness for ours.

Know the Power of ChristPhilippians 3:10-11I want to know Christ, Paul affirmed. For the Greek, knowledge was seen as intellectual and detached. For the Jew, it was direct and experiential. It is the difference in knowing about and knowing. Paul wanted to experience having Jesus as his Lord. This is the great need in the church today. Seth Wilson once bemoaned those who flock to church on Easter “to sing about a Lord they will not serve, think about a cross they will not bear, to find a Heaven they will not know.” The apostle’s strongest desire was to really know Christ. This includes the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings.
Scripture teaches that believers appropriate this power by faith at the time of their baptism. That moment pictures our sharing in Christ’s death and resurrection (Colossians 2:12, 13; Romans 6:3-5). The same power that raised Jesus from the garden tomb will one day raise us. William Barclay wrote, “To know Christ is to become so one with him that we share his every experience. It means that we share the way he walked; that we share the cross he bore; that we share the death he died; and that finally we share the life he lives forevermore.”

Monday, March 18, 2013

WHY SELF DEFENSE IS IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN?

                    



             

Self defense is the act of  defending yourself  by use of physical force against attack. Violence is everywhere in the world, and women are good candidates to become victims of violent crime most of the time according to experience. Women  need to know how to protect themselves  against rape, domestic violence, kidnapping, etc.

Taking a self defense class is a good idea for women especially those who work late at night, live or work in a rough neighborhood, or who have violent partners. You have to know that self defense is not about fighting but to prevent your attacker get close enough to you  so that you can buy time to escape, this means that self defense is not 100%  guarantee.  Sometimes if you can avoid  confrontation or get away, by handing over your valuables they want  is better rather  than fight , your life is worth than anything else. If violence is avoidable for example rape or  someone wants to kill you need to defend yourself  and fight back.

So women it is better to take self defense class and learn how to defend yourself to further your safety and protection. If you are interested you can google and learn more about self defense for women.










Saturday, March 16, 2013

HOW TO FACE FEAR: BIBLE VERSES TO INSPIRE COURAGE


     Source: beliefnet.com

How to Face Fear: 10 Bible Verses To Inspire Courage
Everyone feels afraid at some point -- whether it's a gnawing, anxious feeling or a paralyzing phobia. Any change, even positive changes like marriage or a promotion, can prompt feelings of fear. The Bible offers powerful alternatives to those voices, reminding readers repeatedly, "Do not be afraid." Click through this gallery to find Bible verses to help you overcome fears and anxieties in your life.




I Will Fear No Evil

How to Face Fear: 10 Bible Verses To Inspire Courage
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)




I Will Help You

How to Face Fear: 10 Bible Verses To Inspire Courage
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)





You Will See The Deliverance

How to Face Fear: 10 Bible Verses To Inspire Courage
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again." (Exodus 14:13)



Be Strong and Courageous

How to Face Fear: 10 Bible Verses To Inspire Courage
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)





Friday, March 15, 2013

THE NEW RULES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Posted by: Eunice Mahundi
March 15, 2013




'The New Rules Of  Entrepreneurship' is the book by Rob Yeung, this book is about the spirit of entrepreneurship, the staff that truly distinguishes successful entrepreneurs from wannabes and failures.

This book can help you find the concept for your business, it will show how to grow your idea into full-blown business and raise your game to become a self-made entrepreneur.

I like to show you some of the topics discussed in this book such as;

  • Thinking like an entrepreneur
  • Nurturing your idea
  • Planning and funding your business
  • Selling and making money
  • Hiring people
  • Evolving and advancing the business 
These and other topics will help you to learn and be able to think and act like an entrepreneur.

This book is the guide for ordinary people who want to become  entrepreneurs, it will help you understand that entrepreneurship is not about experience or special training, it's about using your brain, motivating yourself, and building relationship with the right people.       So, yes anyone can do it.

Friday, March 8, 2013

MAMA AFRICA


Miriam Makeba

Posted by  on Dec 22, 2011 in Female Trailblazers | 0 comments
Miriam Makeba
Since childhood I grew up with the music of Miriam Makeba and I loved singing her songs. She was a fierce fighter for human rights and was banned from South Africa during the apartheid years. Not only that, the South African government of that time stripped her of her citizenship of her own birthland.
Despite this hardship, she not only became famous and the symbol of “Mama Africa” but she continued right until her death to fight for justice and freedom for all people.
Women in Africa frequently walk singing in groups and meetings are started with or ended with group singing. No-one can stay untouched by it, and everyone is always warmly invited to sing along.  Miriam’s music is therefore  not only true reflection of authentic African voices with their lovely lilts and vocalizing, but she also helped to reinvent African music and open up the market to other African artists.
Her story is a true inspiration of overcoming struggle and creating a message of hope and joy.

HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY

POSTED: by Eunice Mahundi
                  March 8, 2013
                   




On women’s day what can I wish for, but the very best for you! Happy Women’s Day.

                                  

Monday, March 4, 2013

KILLED BY A KISS


Killed by a kiss: Two-month-old baby boy dies after his father infects him with the cold sore virus

  • Kaiden McCormick died of multiple organ failure after catching herpes virus
  • Father Carl Maclaren's heart 'broke in two' when told what killed his son
  • Mother Marrie-Claire McCormick: 'He is distraught. But I never blamed Carl'
  • Couple urging government to raise awareness of the dangers of cold sores
  • Marrie-Claire, who is pregnant again, said: 'No baby should die from a kiss'

A premature baby died from multiple organ failure after being kissed by his doting father, his heartbroken mother has revealed.
Kaiden McCormick's tiny body shut down after catching a cold sore virus from Carl Maclaren.
He spent six weeks on a life-support machine, but doctors were unable to save him and he died aged just two months.
Kiss of death: Baby Kaiden McCormick died after contracting a cold virus which he caught when he was given a loving kiss by his father Carl Maclaren (right), his mother Marrie-Claire McCormick (left) has revealed
Kiss of death: Baby Kaiden McCormick died after contracting a cold virus which he caught when he was given a loving kiss by his father Carl Maclaren (right), his mother Marrie-Claire McCormick (left) has revealed
'His heart broke in two': Carl and Marrie-Claire were devastated to find out that their baby had been struck down by a virus from his father's kiss
'His heart broke in two': Carl and Marrie-Claire were devastated to find out that their baby had been struck down by a virus from his father's kiss
His parents were shocked to discover their baby had been struck down with the herpes simplex virus, a disease carried by most of the population, but usually lies dormant.
Mother Marrie-Claire McCormick, 28, said: 'I asked how it was possible for a baby to have herpes?
'When he said it was transmitted via the cold sore virus I looked at Carl and he instinctively touched his lip. In that moment I saw his heart break in two.
'Carl just broke down. He was totally distraught and kept saying he blamed himself. 
'But I never once blamed Carl. All he had ever done was shower our baby with love and affection. He had been the perfect father. I hated seeing him punish himself.'
'Distraught': Carl feels that if he had never gone near his son 'he'd still be here today'
'Distraught': Carl feels that if he had never gone near his son 'he'd still be here today'
Vulnerable: Kaiden was born five weeks premature on March 28
Vulnerable: Kaiden was born five weeks premature on March 28
Carl, 34, a painter and decorator from Bootle, Merseyside, said: 'I blame myself but I had no idea. 
'Obviously if I had I wouldn't have gone near him and he'd still be here today.'
Marrie-Claire was thrilled to discover she was expecting a son in August 2011.
Kaiden was born five weeks prematurely on March 28 last year.
Marrie-Claire said: ‘We were smitten with him. He looked the image of his daddy with a shock of dark hair and blue eyes. 
'It was our dream come true to be home together as a family.’
They doted on Kaiden and each night after his bath would spend time kissing and cuddling him before laying him down to sleep in his moses basket next to their bed where Marrie-Claire would sing him off to sleep.
Heartbreaking: Kaiden spent six weeks on a life-support machine, but doctors were unable to save him
Heartbreaking: Kaiden spent six weeks on a life-support machine, but doctors were unable to save him
Claire McCormick with Kaiden
Marrie-Claire who is now expecting again
Campaigning: Marrie-Claire, pictured (left) with Kaiden in hospital and is expecting again (right), is calling on the government to raise more awareness of the dangers of cold sores for babies

COLD SORE VIRUS MOST LETHAL IN FIRST SIX WEEKS OF LIFE

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is carried by most people, but usually lies dormant.
It can be caught through physical contact, such as kissing or even breastfeeding. 
While most adults carry the virus without any health risks, it can be fatal for babies because of their poor immunity.
Those in the first six weeks of life are most at risk.
While the virus can be notoriously hard to detect, early signs include a baby not feeding, drowsiness, fever, floppiness and unusual crying. 
The Royal College of Midwives recommends that anyone with a cold sore or symptoms of an impending outbreak should avoid kissing a baby as HSV is most virulent when the skin is broken.
But when he just over two weeks old, he sent his parents into blind panic when he suddenly turned blue after refusing to take his bottle.
Marrie-Claire said: 'I wasn’t too worried at first, but when I tried again later he grizzled and moaned so I kept a close eye on him.’
She’d just noticed a slight temperature when suddenly Kaiden turned blue and stopped breathing.
'Pure panic hit, I just  screamed at Carl to call an ambulance,’ she says.
Paramedics arrived within minutes and rushed the family to Alder Hay Hospital in Liverpool where Kaiden was taken straight into resuscitation.
Marrie-Claire said: 'There were doctors everywhere all frantically working on him. I kept asking them what was wrong, what had happened to my baby? But nobody knew.
'When they took me to see him he was on a ventilator covered in tubes and wires and I just broke down.
'He looked so tiny. I couldn’t believe this had happened so quickly, he’d been fine the night before. I kept thinking it was an awful nightmare and that I’d wake up.’ 
The parents kept vigil at his bedside but just 48 hours later consultants warned he was unlikely to survive and urged them to consider switching of the ventilator.
'A consultant told us his brain was that swollen he was unlikely to pull through. I went into shock. It didn’t make sense that I’d given birth to a perfect baby and now I was being told to let him go before I even knew what was wrong with him.’
Desperate: Carl pleaded with doctors to do everything they could, but after six weeks on life-support Kaiden started to suffer seizures and his parents were gently asked to consider switching the machine off
Desperate: Carl pleaded with doctors to do everything they could, but after six weeks on life-support Kaiden started to suffer seizures and his parents were gently asked to consider switching the machine off
Carl said: ' I pleaded with them to do something else, he was only two weeks old. We couldn’t give up.’ 
After six weeks in hospital Kaiden still couldn't breathe for himself and when he started suffering seizures Marrie-Claire and Carl were gently asked to consider having the machine switched off.
She said: ‘ We were told there was no hope and as a mother you want to protect your baby from suffering so we made the hardest decision of our lives. 
'We gave permission for the permission to be switched off so he could go to sleep. He was handed to me and I cuddled him and held him as he slipped away. 
'I kissed him and told him how much I loved him and how good it felt to hold him in my arms again as he fell asleep for the last time.’
Kaiden was just eight weeks old when he slipped away on May 24th last year. 
The hospital was obliged to inform the police the illness was unexplained. But no charges were brought after the death was confirmed as a tragic accident.
They wrote to the health secretary calling for more information to be given to expectant mums and started an e petition for hospitals to include facts about the virus on leaflets given to new parents.
Now Marrie-Claire is eight months pregnant and due to give birth to a baby girl next month. 
She said: 'She is our reason to live again. But I will never get over losing my son Kaiden. 
'He would have been a fantastic big brother if he hadn’t been taken by a kiss. No baby should ever die because of a kiss.'
To sign the e petition visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38809



TIPS FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE


7 tips for a happy marriage

By Joanna Bounds |
7 tips for a happy marriage
Even though we all hope our marriage will last forever, a third of marriages end in divorce, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “Tough spots will always occur - one partner might get sick, get the sack, or need to attend to a dying parent,” says psychologist Meredith Fuller, explaining that every union will go through happy and hard times. A long-lasting marriage needs commitment, good communication and a good dose of love and affection. Try these seven tips for a happy marriage:

Create your own rituals

It could be as simple as making your husband a coffee in the morning while he lets you lie in at the weekend. Whatever you choose, a ‘couples’ ritual is a way to connect with your partner in the madness of a busy life. “The comfort of little rituals are trust giving, safety maintaining, and love enhancing – these things help us get through the day in the outside world,” says Meredith. “If your partner says they love you and demonstrates that with consistent gestures, you can believe it.”

Learn to communicate

If you or your hubby is a poor communicator, don’t just put up with it, says Meredith - being able to talk openly with your partner is a sign of a strong marriage. “Develop your skills – go to classes, read books, observe good communicators and interview them about technique, ask for feedback, practice,” she advises. “Communication skills enhance all areas of your life – home and work. Get cracking – no excuses.”

Money matters

We usually handle money in the same way as our family did, and often assume our way is best. Not so, says Meredith, who advises discussing your views on paying bills, saving and credit cards before you tie the knot. “You need to come up with the new blended way you both will do things. It’s easy to have a major joint account where you both must tell each other what you do, and a slush fund minor private account each where you can be yourself without having to justify what you spend.”

Respect and affection are deal breakers

Small gestures matter - if you want your marriage to last, keep reminding each other that you love each other and nurture your relationship with kind words. “You need to treat each other preciously – not for granted,” says Meredith. “Some people say ‘I love you’, and some people will show ‘I love you’ – make sure that your partner understands your message, and work out what you both need then try to accommodate each other.”

Adultery and jealousy are different things

No matter how hard a marriage may seem at times, and while having affair might be exciting, almost everyone involved - children included – are destined to be harmed. “Either you are in or out – never humiliate your partner by duplicity,” says Meredith. “On the other hand, if your partner is jealous, and there is no reason for this, nip it in the bud. It is not cute or sweet, it is inappropriate, and can lead to violence. Get help. See a counsellor, and explore the past and work on this.”

Make room for sex

If you and your hubby’s libidos are matched evenly, don’t worry if sex takes a back seat on having kids. If one wants more nookie than the other, however, Meredith advises making room for sex in a busy schedule. “That might mean getting enough rest and sleep the night before, cancelling any other commitments, getting the kids minded, turning off your phones and computers, and doing nice things to each other,” she says. “Think about what the other person wants, not just what you feel like giving. So, ask them, take it in turns and take your time.” She adds that it’s perfectly normal for sex to fall of the menu when kids come into the mix. “Sometimes you just have to hang in there because one of you is dog tired. It wont be dreadful forever - but if the drought goes on for too long, seek some assistance.”

Put your marriage first

Meredith adds that having a happy marriage means being prepared to take turns with life’s stages. “You can still work towards your goals, but maybe they will take longer to achieve, because right now you choose to help your husband study for a post grad course, or delay moving interstate so he can care for his elderly father.” And, for those bored with their partner, she says slow and steady beats the highs and lows of an anxious passion anytime. “There are two aspects that glue lovers together in the long term: like and respect.”

Saturday, March 2, 2013

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT LOVE


                                    (www.biblestudytools.com)

Quotes about Love - Read verses that provide guidance on topics relating to love, such as relationships, marriage, family, children, strength, and love of others. Read scripture from the Holy Bible about love in relation to God, Jesus Christ, and the Christian faith.


1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.





Mark 12:31

The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."



Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.



1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Ephesians 5:33

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.



John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her


1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.


1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.











Friday, March 1, 2013

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY




“There are only two days in the year

that nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and
the other is called tomorrow,
so today is the right day to love,
believe, do and mostly live.” 

~ The Dalai Lama



“There comes a time in your life,

when you walk away from all the drama
and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people
who make you laugh.
Forget the bad, and focus on the good.
Love the people who treat you right,
pray for the ones who don’t.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is a part of life,
getting back up is living.”

~ Author Unknown




“When all the trees have been cut down,

when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”




“Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.”




“Keep climbing. If you can’t fly, run.

If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl.
But by all means, keep moving!”