Archive for May, 2008

May 31, 2008

Are you the winning frog


Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition.

The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants….

The race began…. and honestly:

No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.

You heard statements such as:

‘Oh, WAAAAAAAAAYYYY too difficult!!’

‘They will NEVER make it to the top.’

or:

‘Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!’
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one….

Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher…

The crowd continued to yell, ‘It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!’

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up….

But ONE continued higher and higher and higher…. this one wouldn’t give up!
At the end everyone else had QUIT climbing the tower.

Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

It turned out…. That this tiny frog….was DEAF!!!!
The wisdom of this story is:

Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative…. because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you — the ones you have in your heart! (They might be trying to protect you or trying to make themselves feel better – it doesn’t matter, do NOT listen!)

Always think of the power words have. (There’s life and death in the power of the tongue – Proverbs 18:21.)

Everything you hear and read will affect your actions!

Therefore: ALWAYS be….POSITIVE! For the sake of yourself AND for others!

And above all: Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!

I got this courtesy of Carrie Wilkerson the Barefoot Executive.

Check out Carrie’s Boss movie at http://www.thebossmovie.com

May 31, 2008

Cafe Chat



What are some lies out in the world (secular views) today about women that contradict what God says in His word about how women should be/act? Diving a little deeper…What are some lies that are still out there in our Christian circles about women? (Feel free to talk from a single woman’s point of view or a married woman’s point of view)

This is my first participation in the cafe chat meme. From a single woman’s point of view (and one who is engaged to be married), it’s pretty straightforward – sex. The lie about sex ‘out there’ is the everybody is doing it lie.

My mum taught me that having sex without the benefit of a wedding band was fornication and wrong. When I got into university I was made to understand that what was wrong was having sex without a steady boyfriend, once one was in a serious relationship then it was ok to have sex. ?????

Then it was taken a step further…if you are going to get married to this person, it doesn’t make sense that you don’t have sex with him. How are you going to test your compatibility? (This one I could not understand cos it would have meant several ‘compatibility testings’ and who could guarantee I would eventually find a ‘compatible’ partner?)

So I did some research on the word fornication and this is what I came up with:

‘Fornication’ is sex between persons who are unmarried. (WikiAnswers.com); to have sex with someone who you are not married to (Cambridge online Dictionary)

OK. That is pretty explicit. I then went Bible Resources to find out what God had to say about fornication and it was endless!

  • 1 Corinthians 6:18 says to flee fornication;
  • 1Corinthians 7:2 – to avoid fornication;
  • Ephesians 5:3 – But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saint;
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3 abstain from fornication.

It’s simple really, there’s no gray area in this one; I don’t think the Bible can be any more direct about this. It is very clear….no sex before marriage.

But what happens to those who have already had sex before marriage? The Bible says that the Lord will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness – if we repent that is.

I’ve already been accused of being too far right on this blog. I know this is a controversial area and I thought a lot before I decided to post on it. I don’t claim to have all the answers and I’m aware that my parents don’t know all there is to know about God and His word. But no one has yet given me a contrary Biblical interpretation of this, so I hold on to what I’ve been taught.

May 31, 2008

Living Up to my name


For some reason I just checked the meaning of my name on WikiAnswers.com and here’s what I got…

Sharon is a name of Hebrew origin meaning ” princess; the one who laughs” has a glowing personality, is contented with her life and one who inspires others to succeed.

What is in a name?????????

May 31, 2008

When you have a choice…


I was going through some of my past journals (the old fashioned, pen and notebook kind of journal) and saw this poem I copied. I think it is even more relevant now than it was then…

It raises some very interesting questions. I’ve alway suspected that despite the popular maxim that says not to reinvent the wheel, greatness is to be found in the path less traveled.

There’s an ad campaign being run by a popular bank in my country – Bank PHB; one of the captions is:

If it’s never been done, you’re lucky. Go invent it!

So below is the poem. For you poetry lovers, it is without doubt a beautiful poem. If you are not really into poetry, just be patient as still read it. You’ll find the message a worthy one – if you were in his shoes, which path would you have taken?

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads unto way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost (1916).

May 30, 2008

From my window


I wasn’t going to put up any more posts today but then I looked out my window from my work station and the view was …..WOW! So I want to share with you the view from my window. God’s world is indeed beautiful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The window

This is the window….

Aren’t the clouds so…heavenly! I love gazing at them.

OK. I added this glimpse of the other side so you don’t think I live in the jungle. LOL

May 30, 2008

my green eyes


I often find myself gripped by the green eyed monster, a.k.a envy. My acquaintance with envy started as far back as I can remember…………. I am the only girl in a family with 3 children. And I wanted to be a boy. I wanted to be a boy soooo bad! It took me awhile to realise that it didn’t matter how much faster I ran, or how high up a tree I climbed; and woe upon woe, it didn’t even matter if I climbed all the rocks and mountains around my home or if I could skid a pebble over water better than my brothers…I would ALWAYS be a girl! You can imagine the shock. So I began to envy my brothers because they were boys – even though there was hardly anything they did that I could not do I even played football (that’s soccer to my American friends, lol).

Of course it did not end there. I got envious over this or that, many times totally irrelevant things like my best friend’s straight legs or my other best friend’s energy. I was blessed however because I did not get consumed by envy. I had received good instruction from my mum.

I’m writing this because my fiancee and I talked about it a few days ago…how some people could get really consumed with envy. Envy is bad, no doubt about it. But I don’t believe there are many people who go through life without feeling a tiny bit of the green streak (if you have do please let me know how you do it!).

Ok, so we all get envious every now and then…what about it? I think the major issue is not the envy per se, but how we choose to deal with it. I mean really, no one is perfect, the grass is always greener at the other side of the fence …so on and so on but there are 3 ways most people handle envy:

  1. Pretend they’re not envious at all;
  2. Admit they are envious and stew in it;
  3. Admit they are envious and ask for help.

I prefer the 3rd option. Matter of fact that is what I use. I run to God and start mumbling. Lord its happening again; I’m jealous cos she has this and I don’t. Help me realise that what I have is just perfect for me. Please, please, please, i don’t wanna be envious – I really don’t! But I can’t help the way I’m feeling…

It’s no joke. I don’t beat around the bush with this. Other stuff I might get into denial about but not envy. It could give birth to so many possible disasters that I don’t even want to imagine it incubating inside of me. But that’s just me. I’m almost entirely dependent when it comes to handling my negative feelings.