Book Review 10

Book : Coffee and Love Chats

Author: Lorraine Onyango

Pages: 123

ISBN:978 9966 1891 03

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The author beautifully opens the love chats with her own love story detailing her own journey;the how she met her husband and her worries of a long distance relationship to the engagement. She further reveals the “why” for putting the book together-to change the conversation on marriage as portrayed in the media that marriages are doomed to fail.

She intricately weaves her web with a vast majority of couples who clearly show that marriage is not doomed to fail,it can work out with God at the center. Some couples reveal they got married immediately after university while others met in a matatu, bank hall and struck up conversations and one thing led to another. Each story is unique and the people are diverse and the constant in their stories is -God.

The common questions discussed include expectations about the spouse, parenting, finances,investment, children or the lack thereof, employment choices/career, health and involvement of family and friends. The couples answer the questions with an open vulnerability helping the reader to fully understand the gist of marriage and how our upbringing forms our perceptions on marriage. One of the couples reveals that,“ marriage is not for people who are unprepared..” It calls for a certain level of maturity and dying to self by God`s grace in order to be the spouse God desires you to be.

It is evident from the answers the couples give that, upbringing plays at vital role in marriage.One couple in particular,the lady(Turi Wamboye) shares how she was getting ready to prepare her husband tea in the same sufuria they had used to cook meat.He(Ernest Wamboye) stopped her and said where he was raised,each dish had its own sufuria.Imagine that!!! They had to purchase another sufuria.

Some questions begot answers that were left hanging or incomplete as you read the book .For example; One of the ladies says her husband stopped pursuing her. She didn’t`t further break it down for one to understand what pursuing meant to her since it is evident, we all view things differently based on our upbringing and many other factors.

Most of the couples revealed the importance of pre-marital counselling and its vitality during the whole dating/courting affair .

I recommend this book to the singles, those dating and are preparing to be married and also the marrieds. It gives a fresh christian perspective on the whole marriage affair.This can be used as a guide for asking hard but vital questions . The warmth as each page is opened is undeniable.

It’s a conversation starter.

Get your coffee and enjoy the love chats.

For enquiries,bookings or correspondence :

email :majestypublishing@gmail.com

Racheal Kizza © 2017

Tick-tock 

The year is coming to an end and no it’s not the rapture(atleast not yet).
We will usher in a new year a few hours from now and I am super excited; new year ,new beginnings, fresh page to re-write my history.

I spent my afternoon watching London has fallen ,such a great movie I must say with Michael protecting the president of the United States of America with utmost loyalty and bravery.

He assured him,he would die protecting him.and better yet, he wouldn’t let him die on his watch.

What sort of bravery and loyalty school did he attend??

The movie reminded me of two things;

1.God’s undying love for us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.one may ask why however its more about the attitude of the giver than the receiver.

As you go into 2017 be reminded of God’s undying,unchanging, constant lOVE.He loves you and will always choose you.

2.The promises of God which are yes in Christ.

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God(NIV)”
God is not a son of man to lie,whatever He has promised He will do.

Believe on and in Him as you approach the new year because He is still faithful and will do what He has said He will do.

#Happy 2017

#challenge yourself to grow

#Trust in God.

Reckless in God

God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn`t.”-C.S.Lewis

Cliff Jumping into the Ocean at Sunset, Summer Fun Lifestyle

I attended  bible study last Thursday with the Disciples Youth Fellowship at Bugolobi Church of The Resurrection,Church of Uganda-an amazing fellowship with the greatest people in the world.

“Realities in the Spirit ” was our topic in the bible study and it sought to enable us understand what intimacy with God is. The reality (ies) in the spirit are not merely based on how much we know about God (knowledge) but how much we know Him (trust).

My favorite question from the bible study guide was on the challenges we face in understanding spiritual things. The group I was in made bible study worth attending each month. Most of us agreed, our greatest challenge was “t-r-u-s-t”. We all shared on how trusting God was no easy task, at least its easy in speech and not in doing.

One of my group members stated, `its hard being reckless in life,” (that statement sparked this article off).

Reckless means having or showing no regard for danger or consequences or marked by proper caution. I define it as exercising your faith , trusting God through each situation; knowing He has got your back even when it doesn`t feel like it.

God has required of me to trust Him with careless abandon in this season. I must confess its not as easy as it rolls off the tongue. To exercise my faith in every sense has been difficult, most of the time, I wanted to worry because I felt God was taking long to deal with my affairs. But the bible is clear in Matthew 6: 25-26 (NKJV)

25`Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink nor about your body,what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

26“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap or gather into barns: yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

Embrace the bird mentality, rely on God without restraint because you are valuable to Him In this season, God has reminded me to recklessly abandon myself in His care.

I am uncertain about many things but My God isn`t, He is perfectly aware of my future because He plans and holds it together.

Remember, it is hard to be reckless in God when your focus is on everything else except HIM.

Be careless in God`s care…..

Happy new month.

 

 

A beckoning

With each tingling tag my emotions are awakened

Awakened to a beckoning –

A beckoning so sweet that if it stopped I would yield anyway

Yield to the beckoning as I desire to taste and see His goodness

A beckoning that expects no `oohs’ and `aaahhs’ but a YES Lord like Isaiah

In Isaiah 5:8 -9, “ whom shall I send and he replies, ` Here am I!”Send me(NKJV)

A meaningful surrender to the author of all times

One not ready to use your vulnerability against you but FOR YOU.

Yield to the beckoning  with a yes, Lord; Yes, Lord!!!!

I yield my will, emotions, uncertainty, purpose, baggage, pain & heartache………..all of it

I yield in total surrender.

 

Mirror ,mirror on the wall

Girls are constantly reminded that a mirror is a must have in your bag, room, rest rooms and every where else. The mirror is major job is to reflect images and that has never changed. As I watched snow white and the hunts man, the evil queen`s mirror sparked off this piece.

I loved the classic snow white and the 7 dwarfs story and my young mind could not comprehend her beauty. What sort of beauty was this that made her top the queen`s list of most wanted people? I wonder who Elle or Marie Claire magazine would       compare to Snow white among the Hollywood celebrities or even our own Ugandan   celebrities.... I know many girls today would kill to be on the evil queen`s list with a tagline, ``wanted for being more beautiful than the queen.'*loool* 

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The current re-make of snow white and the 7 dwarfs is “snow white and the huntsman.” Forget the fact that the huntsman is  Chris Hemsworth ; the movie is quite thrilling and had me hooked and here is why…..
The evil queen has a mirror  and constantly asks the mirror just one question.
“mirror,mirror on the wall.Who is the fairest of them all?”Image result for the evil queen and magic mirror

The  mirror always said, “you my queen are the fairest of them all ” queen is obsessed with her beauty that she believed no one should be fairer than her as if that is even possible, with the tagline that the beautiful ones are not yet born, hehehe. The queen was cursed to be this way-vanity just like the book of Ecclesiastes says. On one occasion, the mirror told her another is fairer than her, the evil queen decided in her heart to kill snow white.

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Many of us like the evil queen  are constantly probing and seeking for validation from mirrors in our lives.Mirrors are just a representation of  people,achievements,careers,marriages,education, sense of style,etc that validate us. We attach identity to them yet they are perishable and  when they don`t fill that emptiness, we feel lost and empty.

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The need to be validated by people, social media, academic papers, marriage, etc can be frustrating and leaves one with a void.Our validation should  come from the holy book as we flip each page . It reflects our true self to us as we behold our maker. The holy book is the only mirror that reflects your true self back at you. It seeks to reveal you to who you are-who your maker says you and not what Aunt Lala or John say you are.

Behold the word of God each day, let it transform you as it reveals you to who you are without frustrating you. It fills you and covers your emptiness. Delve deeper into the word and watch you meet you because a mirror reflects you.

There is no way around growing and functioning in your identity apart from God. Go deeper each day.

#Which mirror are you viewing yourself  through today?

I-d-e-n-t-i-t-y

Jungle book has fascinated me as I shared in my previous blog post Peace rock on the God facets embedded therein.

This week i am sharing the God facet two on identity. Knowing who you are answers an important question of `who am i? which when answered gives the reason for why we exist.

Mowgli was raised by the wolves and knew he was a wolf (can you believe that??); he was clearly a man cub however his identity sprung from wolves. He recited the wolf creed like they did and he believed in it. What have you believed about who you are that is a veil to who you truly are?

Now this is the Law of the Jungle —
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
When Shere Khan wages way on the wolves (after he kills Akelah), Mowgli comes back to revenge though he had run away in an act of salvation. He sought to save the wolves from Shere Khan.
The war lines are drawn and all animals stand behind Mowgli and recite the wolf creed and Shere Khan is furious that they have stood with the man cub who will later kill them.

Peace rock

Jungle book 

Cartoons are one of the things I like watching because they are hilarious and they bring out my childish self. So I enjoy them with my 4 year old nephew -Joze over the weekends. This weekend we watched  a classic-Jungle Book.

I am certain a multitude of us have watched this amazing story and as children ; it was simply fascinating how this young boy communed with animals let alone be raised by the fierce animals of the jungle.

On watching it this time around, “my mind was alert and my heart was receptive ”, I couldn`t help but notice the bible facets embedded in the story line (not sure if the script writers know this or intended it  so) Let me indulge you in facet 1-Peace rock.

During the dry season, all the animals in the jungle gather at the Peace Rock to drink the water that remains, as part of the Water Truce, abiding by the “Law of the Land” to not attack or devour one another.

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Peace rock

 The Peace rock analogy reminded me of God, who welcomes all without finding fault, don`t have to be perfect to drink from His well. He says, come as you are.'' He says, I don`t condemn you.''

His word is clear in Romans 8:1, “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the the flesh, but according  to the Spirit.”(NKJV)

Psalm 18:2“ The Lord is my rock…” (NKJV)

All these are simple notes etched on /in our peace rock .

Shere Khan fumes fear and terror among the rest of the jungle dwellers but he also respects the water truce while at Peace rock and promises Akela (pack leader ) that the ,“ waters will rise again and their will be no need for a truce and then he will come for the human and devour him.”

Do these words sound familiar? Have you believed the devil`s lies, allowed fear to be instilled in you? forgotten who and whose you are?

Akela is a representation of Jesus ,who shields us from the devil`s trap to remind us that He is our shield and strength. He drapes us in strength for the new day.

Psalm 18:32,“ It is our God who arms me with strength ,And makes my way perfect.” (NKJV)

Akela

Shere Khan symbolizes the devil himself, who is out to get you. He grips you with fear and makes you forget,`whom you have believed in-Your deliverer, shield, rock, fortress, portion and strong tower.''

Shere Khan

Be reminded that, He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world (1 John 4:4) in spite of the Shere Khans of this world.

Like Paul, boldly declare, “…for I know whom I  have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”2 Timothy 1: 12

Keep at and in our PEACE ROCK.