Guess who’s back? Tell a friend!

 

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I have not written in over two years! Two years people! That is way too long. Many things have happened since then, and many others have changed the one thing that hasn’t is my love for exclamations marks!

You know that song slow fade? Yes/no? There is a line in there that says, ‘it’s a slow fade when you give yourself away.’  I can confirm that that is very true. In as much as I have been telling myself that I just stopped writing and it wasn’t a slow fade for me, it truly was a slow fade. It started slow; I stopped believing in half of the things I would write about, I had doubts concerning faith, I questioned whether my writing mattered and so most days I wouldn’t be bothered to sit down and write, I got lazy and comfortable at being lazy, because you all know consistency is hard work. All this built up to me not writing at all, on this blog (as I still write offline) for a whole 2.5 years, the hell?  I slowly drifted from writing.

But now I am back!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been wondering if this name still kicks, nina’s purple diary mmmh. What do you all think? By the way are you still there? Do people still read blogs or has instagram and snapchat taken over the web space?

I have made promise to myself that I won’t write if I am not ready to be authentic and honest, because what would be the need. So I will bare my soul online hahaha and see where that goes, hopefully it means one or two people or thousands will connect, get encouraged, laugh, find truth from the stuff I will write.

Catch you soon!

Love,

Me.

You’ve got this

I wonder how life would be if we all knew that we were stronger than we would ever know, to know that we have been called to great things. That God has given us unending grace to accomplish all that he has called us to do.

Dear love: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, believe it its true. Do not limit yourself, do not look at past failures as a limitation to the future but as lessons learned. Progress, charge forward. YOU’VE GOT THIS.

Stay there, remain persistent, change strategy if you need to but keep doing what you need to do eventually you will reach your destination. I promise.

It will involve work, pain, little victories, discouragement, smiles, tears; a roller coaster. Just keep moving.


Here’s whats up, for the month of october I will be linking up with kate in a challenge is to write a blog post  (for only 5 minutes) every day in the month of October.  I skipped day 5 of the October writing fest but I am back. Cheers to day 6 (up above) and day 7 which will follow later in the day. So far so good.

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A strangers embrace

It was a long drive, a journey that should have taken two hours took three and a half instead. The traffic flow was slow, the sun was blazing hot and the open car windows weren’t helping much in letting any cool air in. There was nothing particularly interesting to look at outside, other than one or two people going about their business. 

She sat next to me we did not say a word to each time other the whole way except for the pleasantries exchanged at the onset of our journey. I didn’t bother to start up a conversation, I wanted some downtime.  This changed when we got to our destination and got off the bus. We were headed in the same direct

ion, I can’t remember who started the conversation but we begun talking. She told me she was a student I told her I wasn’t. We discussed the traffic and the longevity of our journey, housing, hospitals, work. I think we are both fast talkers because all that was covered in ten minutes.

When we  got to the junction at which we had to part ways, I lifted my hand to wave goodbye but to my surprise she stretched both her hands and hugged me instead. We then each went our separate ways. That memory is now one of my highlights for the year: an embrace by a stranger.

Catch me if you can

There are things that can’t be captured in a photo, like how hard your friend had made you laugh right before you posed for that selfie. Or how the different flavours on that salad dressing which is now on your instagram feed were so tantalizing you asked for it’s recipe from the waitress. Or the scent of that beautiful flower you held in your hand.

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It smelled nasty just in case you’re wondering. I gave it to my friend with whom I was walking with. A few minutes later this little girl saw it and started crying because she wanted it even though it was already wilted.

Such moments can be experienced and relived in memories and stories.  It’s the back end stories make the pictures worth looking at over and over again.

#day 3

Jesus knows us by name

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I’ve been reading through the book of John for about 2 months now and I’m blown away by Jesus. His way of going about ministry was and still is astounding. The one thing that I have been noticing mainly is how he calls people by name. When he met Simon Peter for the first time he addressed him by his name. When he raised Lazarus back to life, he called out for him by name. He calls Martha by name too and in Luke he calls Zacchaeus by name as well.

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Names are specific to their owners, that’s what sets one person apart from another in a crowd. There’s a difference in when you address a person generally or by calling out their name. Jesus acknowledges that we are different, he does not view us as a bunch of people on earth but as beloved children. He knows each and everyone of us by name and when he calls us, he does so by name. It’s assuring to know that the God I serve cares to know me as an individual that he calls me to attention by name.

Stop.

#Day 1

October writing Fest

This month I will be linking up with the Five minute Friday Fam in writing for 5 minutes a day for 31 days straight!

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Now, I know i haven’t been consistent in writing lately so this is going to be a REAL challenge. I can not promise to write everyday but, I will write on most days 🙂 25% probably.

Below are the prompt words for the month, I am pretty excited about this 🙂 I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

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Let me fix you

I’ma try fix you and hopefully somehow i will fix myself too. Maybe I will find a savior on my way to Damascus, but the Christians you know, they never come this way. And when they do they are not looking for an encounter with someone like me, they really are headed to Damascus, fox in sheep’s clothing. That’s a better choice compared to a sheep in fox clothing, no one would ever chooses the fox except on a browser.

Lets go round in circles, there’s nothing wrong with confusion. If the confused can stand up straight never mind on the other side of truth. After all what matters most is who approves, the more the number the better, lets just stay politically correct. Even though there’s no room in the chronicles for  those who are not extra-ordinary.

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So lets seat here and wonder as we act like we are okay, maybe one day pardon will find us and hopefully then, we wont be plugged in. Hopefully, we wont be busy tapping away on our touch screen devices, listening to words of other people’s meditations. Zoned out to our own thoughts and lacking sensitivity to warmth, the kind that makes a body shiver as it evicts chills.

Never knocking, never seeking, never finding anything that lasts longer than the next big thing. Never knowing, never wanting, never yearning blinded by the worldly. Never understanding, never caring other than for whats currently trending. The waves carrying us in any direction the current wishes, thirsty in the midst salty water, thirsty in the midst of plenty, convinced we have it all.

The embracing of empty cisterns, holes so small to be seen, but that doesn’t make them any less of holes. Perforated hearts that leak love, re-branding all that is false as gospel truth. We can fix each other or at least try to before we crash, we are headed toward the edge at full speed. We gained momentum when we changed direction thinking we were going uphill yet we were walking in reverse.

There’s hope, there always will be, it’s still not the end of time.