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Refocus

I realized last week that I have such a problem with asserting myself and speaking up. It’s not quite full-blown glossophobia though. Put me in front of a crowd or hand me a pen and paper and I’m great – i’ll spill my guts. Give me authority, and I’ll run with it. Ask for my opinion and i’ll give it – because I always have one. But when I have to take authority? When I’m in a board room or at a table of people I don’t know, and I have to speak up? I feel totally overwhelmed. Maybe these feelings stem from my Ghanaian upbringing, where we were told our opinions did not matter unless we were asked for them (and we never were). Maybe my inability to speak up comes from the torture of my siblings, who at 6-7 years older than me would wait patiently for me to finish…

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The Day Grace Was Born

Every year, I get very reflective once Easter rolls around. Seriously – from Palm Sunday all the way to the Resurrection Sunday that follows, I find myself in an way overly reflective mood lol. This year, what stood out most in all my pondering was that the point of having Easter as a holiday is not just to celebrate Christ and his resurrection – Easter is also the story of Grace: forgiveness, mercy, freedom and life, all packaged into one beautiful gift, secured on a cross just for you and me. If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled to understand Grace. It is one of those things we say we believe in, but find difficult to accept in our own lives. It’s easy to know you have access to, but hard to allow yourself to take hold of – to actually be a recipient of Grace, from God and even…

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Hiding Behind Fig Leaves

  How hard is it to be vulnerable? This is probably a rhetorical question since we live in a world where being vulnerable is not only nearly impossible but actually frowned upon. Not only does no one not want to know about your problems, chances are they don’t even really care! And so we have just become accustomed to keeping our problems and struggles to ourselves. Personally I have always had an issue with vulnerability. I don’t know whether this stems from the fact that I grew up in a family dynamic that didn’t bode for much communication, or because I’m from a culture where sharing personal issues is downright taboo and depression is considered fictional. Or maybe it was because I grew up in an environment where there was already so much going on with everyone else that I just always felt like being vulnerable with people would only add more…

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Confessions of a Commitment-Phobe

It's that time of year again when everything turns red and we are bombarded with messaging telling us that the key to happiness is a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers from the person we love. Of course, if happiness had a physical manifestation, I couldn't imagine it BEING anything other than chocolate and flowers, so I'll let Consumerism have this one. Being single, I'd love to jump on the 'I hate Valentine's Day' train, but that would be a lie. I love Val's day. While all the red and pink does kind of make my head spin, I do not remotely hate the idea of having a day where someone I love goes out of their way to treat me extra special. I am actually a sucker for chocolate - and don't even get me started on flowers. I love all the mushy, gushy, emo stuff (though you'd probably...Continue reading
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Take the Limits Off

When it comes to personalities, I am a Planner, and being a Planner means a lot of things frustrate me. Slow people, for one. Like when you’re in a hurry somewhere to do something, or late for something, and everyone around you seems to be taking their leisurely time with strolling – I literally can’t deal! The sinner in me literally has to stop herself from going ape-crazy and just shoving people out of my way lol. And what about interruptions??? Yes, there have always been 24 hours in a day, and we are constantly building new contraptions to make more and more of it available for other things – but let’s face it, very few of us can say we have the time for unwanted interruptions. There’s just so much more to do: deadlines to meet and errands to run, and I personally hate to waste a second if…

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Clique-ish

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector [a superintendent to whom others reported], and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, but he could not see because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran on ahead [of the crowd] and climbed up in a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus reached the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So Zaccheus hurried and came down, and welcomed Jesus with joy. When the people saw it, they all began muttering [in discontent], “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a [notorious] sinner.” Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “See, Lord, I am [now] giving half of my…

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Keep Fit

I went to an all-girls boarding school in Cape Coast, Ghana. During the first academic term of every year, we’d have sports season, and the entire school would go into training mode, regardless of whether you were an athlete or not. We called it ‘Keep Fit’. Conveniently (but not so conveniently for me) my school was located right on top of a hill. Every morning, girls were required to wake up at 4:30am, throw on their running shoes and gym kit, and run down the hill and back before laying their bed, taking a shower or doing any chores. Now, personally, I have never been a sportive person. I always joke that I have the hand-to-eye coordination of a bat… except what people scarcely realize is that it is no joke. Lol. Sports are not my thing. And I have always accepted that. The exercise of running up and down…

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HIStory

It’s that time of year where everyone’s doing a lot of reflection – and my own brain is in complete overdrive. I think one of the biggest hurdles I had to jump this year was recognizing that my life was more than about just me. That in order for God to use me I had to be willing not to just live the life I wanted to live, but the life He had set out for me – a life that encompassed all my dreams and heart’s desires, and yet at the same time was so much bigger and better than any version of life I could have dreamt up for myself. It was really a case of me having to come to an oh-so-difficult-to-grasp truth: God needs your story to make HIStory. It’s a scary thought: having to surrender everything you’ve ever dreamt up for yourself and trust Him…

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