Can you embrace seasons?

In 2017, I was involved in a terrible accident with my immediate sister and we spent that whole year between hospital and home.

It was January and graduation fever was in the air. My sister was unwell so mother asked me to go with her to Makerere University so she would go through the clearing process. For anyone who has been to Makerere university, you know it’s hilly and within no time, my sister was tired and we had to go back home. We took a boda boda, used the northern bypass to get to Busega and that’s where the accident happened. Our boda guy collided with a car or the other way round. I don`t remember the details to this day.

All I remember is being taken to Mulago hospital and later transferred to Mengo where we attained our treatment. My right leg was badly injured, the leg turned right or out (no pun intended). For anyone who touched it, I felt pain. My sister`s right leg was severely damaged. She was also pregnant but didn`t lose the baby- story for another day. Long story short, we went through the process of treatment, physiotherapy and encouragement. Our doctor, a one Dr. Okello was a constant point of encouragement in that trying time.

It was such a dark season for I as one and for the entire family. I was in-between places emotionally.

Some of the people who visited us in hospital kept on saying, “We can’t wait for your blogs in this season. They’re going to be deep.” Because depth of words is found when the soul is in a dark place. The irony!!

I was on pressure to write and measure up to these expectations. I penned down a few things but I eventually gave up on this endeavor.

We all go through seasons; summer, winter, autumn and spring and Jesus is the maker of them all. Therefore, we need to learn to enjoy each season because we know Who is with us.

In my winter season, only God sustained me. I was mad at God but that never stopped Him from being God. I saw His sustenance through friends who visited us in hospital and at home, bought us food and drinks, friends who gave money, prayed, called in and made sure we laughed.

Enjoying where you`re at is a valuable lesson I learnt during the winter season. Don’t be on pressure to run away from the season, the pain. Find out what God is saying to you. There are lessons in all seasons, find them. A new side of you is revealed, meet her/him. In short, choose your focus.

Even in this season of the Corona virus, it’s a winter season for so many individuals and nations at large. Do what the doctors have said. Keep away from news and conversations that will cause you panic attacks. Rest in God.

This too shall pass.

Taking Stock Two

Making: Time to love people practically. I am part of a ladies mentoring programme and in February, our mentor challenged us to show love practically to people. The stories were amazing.

Eating: healthier meals because we have health goals to achieve.

Drinking: millet porridge. Do we drink porridge or we eat it?

Reading: Buy the Future: Learning to Negotiate For a Future Better than Your Present by Mensa Otabil (March read). My February reads included Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Good Morning, Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn.

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Wanting: Money to fall on me because I`m a money magnet.

Playing: music because music is good for the soul. I can`t stress that enough.

Wasting: no time with and on certain people.

Creating: content about products and services I have used before.

Wishing: for 2020 to overwhelm me with money, books, travel and every good thing.

Wondering: about my March.

Hoping: for good news.

Marveling: at how unique God has made us. A friend recently told me what he does and I was amazed at his brilliance. God has created each one of us for a unique purpose.

Smelling: a set up because I see the signs.

Wearing: my hair out.

Following: God`s leading or at least trying.

Noticing: how God is opening doors for me.

Knowing: that God was good to me in February especially amidst the storms.

Bookmarking: Articles from Rabbi Daniel Malinga`s Facebook page https://web.facebook.com/rabbidanielmalinga/

Feeling: Excited.

Happy new month.

Dwell in the secret place of the Most High,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

Taking Stock One

Making: Time to pray and read fiction books by African writers.

Eating: avocado. I always have an excuse to eat avocado.

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Drinking: Tea with ginger and cinnamon

Reading: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. One of my  friends said, this book is good because Jennifer knows how to gossip properly,like a Ugandan. She is simply brilliant and touches on key issues in the book. Read it when you can this year.

Wanting:more of God. Like  Sinach said in her song,More of You,' The more I know You is the more I want to know you,Jesus More of You....``

Playing:music because it`s good for the soul.Boom play allows me to create my own playlists. How cool is that?

Wasting:no time.

Creating: 2020 blog content .

Wishing: for 2020 to overwhelm me with money, books, travel and every good thing.

Wondering: about the plan for the Ugandan weather-its undecided lately.

Hoping:for good news.

Marveling: at authors who are brilliant writers.

Smelling: hopes and dreams.

Wearing: my hair in a protective style and warm clothing everywhere because Ugandan weather is here to rain,lol!!

Following: God`s leading or at least trying.

Noticing: how by doing something daily, a habit is formed.

Knowing: that I have a clean slate to make new memories on.

Bookmarking: Testimonies from the Worship Harvest Praise & Testimonies group on Facebook. https://web.facebook.com/groups/338577706870222/?ref=nf_target&fref=nf

Feeling: HAPPY

Happy new month.

Love in February,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

Day 4 of #BOTY2019

As a lover of books,I will spend time pouring over a good book. I love fiction-a good story created by a genius. Although,this is true,there are non fiction books that will not be ignored.Here is one a friend recommended.

Strength of Character by Joseph Kabuleeta

We all need character to survive in this world. The author spoke to my heart,gave me reasons to understand why people (and myself included) do what they do. He also gives the hows to grow character ,esteem and so much more.He shares from his personal life experiences and adds a biblical perspective to each topic,which is the icing on the cake.

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What non fiction book have you read this year that deserves a mention? I need to grow my list of non fiction books.

SURRENDERED

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Life had her through a tunnel,
She breathed the cold air in
Small, uncertain steps.
Through a bend
The bend of a new season
A season of red
She wanted to walk away from it all
She looked to the left,
Saw promise, a springing forth but held back

The season beckoned
Yet she stood
The season dressed her
Yet she stood
Unwavering,
In need of something more
Too many disappointments registered
Accusations,
Logical discussions

Colored leaves everywhere
With a promise of a new dawn
A dawn of a new era
She perceived it not
Yet the bible she believes
Knows that all creation groans and waits for the manifestation of the true sons of God

But her pain was at the centre
The new season could wait
Let go, a whisper is heard in the wind
Who is that? She demands
All things work together for your good…surrender, more whispers
Let go

Her back straightens
Her face lights up
Color retraces her steps into her life
Color marks her
She is surrendered
Ready to give in, lean in

The weight of her pain fell off
She turns the other cheek.

Pick me up Bible verses

Hello wonderful people,

Welcome back to this street.

Today I want to share with y’all some Bible verses that have been encouraging me since January.

Depending on the season I am going through, I find encouragement in each and every scripture.

+Psalm16:6

“The Lines fallen to me in pleasant places;Yes,I have a good inheritance.’

+Psalm30:5

`Weeping may endure for a night,But joy comes in the morning.’

+2 Peter 1:3

`As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.’

+Romans 8:32

`And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’

+Daniel 11:32b

`but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.’

+Numbers 23:19

`God is not a man,that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?’

 

Ps: Writing this post has been therapeutic and re-energizing.

Do share a Bible verse that has gotten you through a season this year.

Mother’s Day special

Mother’s day is here and I am excited to write something about my mum.

My siblings and I came up with a list of lessons our mum has passed on to us over the years.Here goes the list and it’s in no particular order:

+Family is the strongest bond. We are a close knit family and share everything. My mum’s siblings are the best and my jaja takes the award for the best jaja in the entire world.

+Listen to your children.What they say is important . My mum listens to us all and it’s humbling. In turn we have learnt to listen to each other even if what we hear we don’t agree with.

+Apologize when in wrong. My mum apologizes to us. I know the notion that African parents don’t apologize to their kids but my mum does and it’s humbling😊😊.

+How you talk to people is important. She always says, ba nembaaza.

+Heritage. We speak our languages well and where we don’t know, we consult her and she will explain. We know where we come from and what forms our identity.

+Be patient. There is a time for everything. Don’t be in a rush.

+Put yourself out there because in the process you meet new people,explore new environments and land opportunities that will never leave you the same.

+Listen to your elders and follow their counsel.

+Give yourself time. Things eventually fall into place.

+Be happy always.

+Hard work is a great virtue. She always says, ‘atakora talya” directly translated he who doesn’t work doesn’t eat😂😂.

+Discipline yourself. Is there anything that can be achieved without discipline?

+When dating, otemarayo 😂😂.

+As you work, save some cash and better yourself.

+Never settle for less. Mum always pushes us to do better, desire more and aim for the very best.

What lessons has your mother or guardian passed on to you?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. You are awesome.

Taking Stock Eight

Making: more time for prayer, music and reading

Eating: whatever is before me

Drinking: water with tamarind, it has a nice taste

Reading: Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

Wanting: to travel

Playing: dress up

Wasting: no time in complimenting people and giving because I am wealthy and generous

Creating: content for various projects

Wishing: I had all the money in the world

Enjoying: a new pair of earrings and denim dungares from Unique Liz (follow her on FB:Unique Liz, Twitter :UniqueLiz5, Instagram :uniqueliz_ug). She is your downtown hook up for all unique and elegant pieces.

Wondering: whether we support our friends and their initiatives

Loving: ME❤️

Hoping: for better days

Marvelling: at the importance of social capital

Smelling: Nude by Rihanna(this perfume is life)

Wearing: my hair in some threaded style and loving it

Following: Anne and Gabes Deku on YouTube

Noticing: how we reap what we sow

Knowing: that the low moments won’t last

Bookmarking: Quotes from Vi Keeland novels

Opening: up to buying clothes in darker shades

Giggling: about nothing in particular

Feeling:good about my friends, they are amazing

Happy April,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

Photo by : Manzi Roland

Makeup: Joy Alice (FB page: T & J Glamour)

©Racheal Kizza 2019

Taking Stock Seven

Making: more time for my thoughts

Eating: All manner of things but I tried out this yogurt at Yogusserie two days ago and I loved it.

Drinking: Chai mukalu with no sugar. Real mukalu😂 because I like it like that.

Reading: All Louise Bay novels. Though now that March is here, I am getting off this adrenaline rush.

Wanting:To attend Royal sisterhood at Worship Harvest Naalya. Some of the speakers are Moses Mukisa, Beatrice Byemanzi & wait for it, Eunice Adubango.

Playing: wide as the sky, a song by Matt Redman

Wasting: no time in pity parties.

Creating:content that makes me happy

Wishing: for Lebanese food. As I read I am Mathob, she spoke of Lebanese food as being so delicious and how every must try it out. Being a foodie , I put it on my to do list(recommend places in Ug)

Enjoying: reading books more than ever

Wondering: about Zambia. I want to go there for no reason.

Loving:my reading momentum. I have read over 10 books this month alone

Hoping: March brings me God’s very best

Marvelling: at how we think we are insignificant simply because we are focusing on people we feel are ‘significant’ because they have 1000 or a million plus likes on social media.

Smelling: oranges because I got the flue bug and oranges do the trick.

Wearing: my natural hair out

Following: Sarah Jakes Roberts, this lady is on a mission and her shine gives me light to shine.

Noticing: how we reap what we sow.

Knowing: that my besties and I will meet up in March(S and V this is me saying, I’mma hunt you down😂😂😂)

Bookmarking: quotes from I am Mathob by Mahtob Mahmoody (a must read for everyone)

Opening: up to memories from the past. Trying to understand them and me now. Is there a connection? 🤔🤔

Giggling: about my nephew’s reactions to being denied things he wants.

Feeling:happy, extremely happy. I need to learn contentment in March.

Happy March,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

©Racheal Kizza 2019

Twenty Nineteen 🍾🍾

We are 29 days into the new year. Already??!!! I feel like I am in the fast lane, so much has happened in my life in these 29 days and in the world. Look at the Riverside attack in Kenya, DRC’s elections where the opposition actually won, Andrew Kabuura and Flavia tied the knot, Bad black and her hilarious videos, , Father Lokodo and his ideas…. I could go on and on.

Since we are left with just two days to the end of January, 2019. I have a few tips to help you actualize your goals or new years resolutions.

1. Set Smart goals. Smart (Specific, Measurable,Realistic and put a time line)

2. Don’t do too much. Know what you are able to do and maximize on that. Do it well in the process.

My baby sister, Joy is a make up artist. She is committed to grow her craft

3. Get an accountability partner. These are life savers. Share your goals with them and let them hold you to your word. Allow them into your space. For example, I have an AP for my health and financial goals, things I struggled with last year. And so far soo good, they always ask questions on how far I have gone with my monthly plans. I set goals monthly, that way I don’t bite more than I can chew.

4. Be committed. No one will do the hard work for you. These are your goals, go hard on them.

5. Find people who inspire you and follow them on social media, read their Content, ask them questions and learn all you can from them.

6. Allow yourself to dream and achieve every dream/goal you’ve set for yourself.

7. Pray for and about everything.

Enjoy 2019

Thank you for reading thus far.

What goals have you set this year?