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Go Fish!

I have never gone fishing. Not only because I’ve never had the opportunity, but because I think I’d be horrible at it. I’m told the key to being a good fisherman is to have patience (I got this mainly from one of Papa Pope’s well-executed rants, so correct me if you’re a skilled fisherman and I’m wrong lol), and as I’ve said before, I have the patience of a 4-year old. Can’t wait, don’t want to, won’t do it. And then there’s the process of cleaning the fish after you’ve caught it. Growing up as the youngest daughter in a Ghanaian household, you know I had to learn how to clean fish – and boy did I hate it. Getting off all the scales and pulling out all the disgusting innards and blood and guck everywhere – ick. It was such a painstaking, time-consuming, and gut-wrenching process. Needless to say, I like my…

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in Qs & As

Can I say i’m so jealous of you and your life? In fact I’m jealous of anyone who has their life put together. Here I am with a sad life. Friends always rush to tell me good news, like I’m genuinely happy for them every time But when I’m alone all I do is cry. I used to be the smartest person in class receiving awards and now I can’t even get a job, not even Mickey d’s replied me. And all my parents do is nag, ‘we didn’t pay all this tuition for you to turn out like this’. I feel like God doesn’t exist :(

Darling, Don’t be fooled by outward appearances. A lot of people who ‘seem’ to have their lives together are struggling with the best of us. No one’s life is all ‘put together’, not even mine. If you judge and measure your own success or happiness by others’ outward appearances, you’ll live believing a running lie. Don’t do it! What you see here, what you see in my life in particular? It’s not perfection. It’s not having everything together. What I have is Stubborn Joy. Stubborn Joy says, even though everything is not going the way I planned it, even though I am not where I want to be (which I think I mention quite a bit), I trust and understand that there is a purpose. I understand that every season serves a purpose. I trust that if I have banged on every door and nothing has availed, it’s because where…

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in Dear Diary

The Build-A-Man Workshop

Welcome, Ladies, to the Build-A-Man Workshop – where you can create your Perfect Man simply with the click of a few buttons! Let me tell you how it works: First,  our state-of-the-art Man Generator will ask you a series of questions to ascertain what it is you want your Man to look like. Green eyes? Long hair? Maybe you’re into man buns? Beards? Do you want him six-foot-four, athletic build, and with a dashing smile? We’ve got you covered!  Next, tell us what attributes you want in a man – you name it, we can make it. Faithfulness and Kindness are our top picks, but we also offer Generosity, Sense of Humor, Passion, Confidence (with a dash of Cockiness), Dependability, among many, many others.  Of course, what would your Perfect Man be without his accessories? A six-figure job, a 2016 Porsche, a royal lineage, and good taste in clothing are just a few…

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in Devotions, Faith

Heart Check!

But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. (Matthew 15: 18 & 19) The story of Jonah is one of those Bible stories that will be embedded in my brain for all of eternity. It’s one of those stories you’re told over and over again in Sunday School – and I low-key think it’s used to scare children into obedience: obey God or you’ll get swallowed by a big fish! I know I was definitely on my guard after hearing it lol.  It’s an important lesson though: how running away from God will, essentially, get you nowhere. But that’s not the part of the story I want to talk about today.  No, today, I want to talk about what happened after Jonah got OUT of the big…

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in Faith

How To Get Eternal Life 101

 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. Matthew 10:39 Over this past week I’ve found myself hearing and teaching this recurring theme of giving – giving to others and to God – so it was no surprise that my study for the day found me in Matthew 19.  The Bible tells us Jesus is just walking on his way to somewhere (like he usually is), when a man stops him out of the blue and asks: …  “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”  Jesus said, “Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.” The man asked, “What in particular?” Jesus said, “Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father…

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in Nuggets

I just had a thought.

Life without God is meaningless. And someone might think, well I don’t believe in any god, and I have a meaningful life. But it’s not quite true. If you think hard enough, there is ALWAYS something in your life that serves as a god – I know there are things in my life that do even though I do believe in Him. There will always be those things on which you focus your attention and find value and satisfaction in and that guide your path and decisions: careers, money, the desire for more things. Sometimes you have to take a close look at your life and determine your gods – the things you derive meaning from – and figure out how healthy they are/aren’t, and perhaps get rid of some of them.

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in Faith

A Call to Service

Back in high school my friend Yasmin and I wrote a play for our Founder’s Day called Mission Impossible: A Call to Service about our Founder’s being called by God to become missionaries, and sent to Cape Coast, Ghana to build and steward an all-girls boarding school. Think a cross between Charlie’s Angels, Mission Impossible, and TBN – needless to say it was hilarious and we had the whole school in stitches. Totally besides the point, but today I remembered that play because I was thinking about how important service is, and by extension, how every Christian needs to be planted in a Church.  What do I mean by planted?  Being planted in a church is more than just attending a meeting and signing some papers and being handed a membership card that you can whip out to prove you’re a Christian. It’s more than just joining Bible study groups and fellowships, though…

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in Devotions, Faith

Acting on Faith

I was talking to a friend this past weekend about how I’ve always had difficulty balancing waiting with moving.  That is, do I ‘Be still and know that He is God’, or do I start commanding mountains to move in the faith that they budge?  “But what if I move and it’s not God’s time? Or what if it’s not God’s will?” I ask. “Or what if I just move and nothing happens?”  So 9 times out of 10 I find myself with one foot through the door and the other still stuck inside not sure what to do.  And yet, as I searched the Bible, I couldn’t find one instance where faith was unaccompanied by action. In fact Hebrews 11 alone outlines 14 times where faith was expressed through action.  When Moses reached the Red Sea, not knowing how or when God would deliver them, kept staff raised in faith that…

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