IT’S ENUGU DAY!

Hello fine folks, yes, yes, I have been gone for a bit, but I missed you all every single day :-), I truly did.

Sooo, Today (well yesterday, Since it’s past midnight now) was ENUGU DAY and it was celebrated at the national stadium, Surulere, and seeing as it’s quite close to where I live and I am from Enugu, I decided to tag along for the view, and boy! what a view it turned out to be!

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There were dozens of colorful masquerades dancing, jumping in the air, gyrating, stamping their feet and executing all manner of fantastic ‘gymnastics’. The various age grade groups and town unions were not to be outdone and put on an equally energetic display indeed!

There were all sorts of eastern delicacies, yum, yum!
It was such a rich and colorful display of the beautiful igbo culture unrivaled by any I had ever seen before, a rich fusion of food, dance, music and traditional attires and you could feel the deep pride the good people of Enugu take in their beautiful culture. It really was a fun event.

I heard most of the masquerades and some of their followers came all the way from the east. Such effort!

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The Enugu state governor was ably represented by the commissioner for rural development.
It was fun to see ‘kinsmen’ who kept telling me “you’re now a big girl”, since they last saw me years ago.
I took plenty of pictures so I have  put up a few, forgive the quality as most of them were taken from a distance with my phone.

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I will be sure to take my children to this event someday.
Ndi Enugu kwenu ooo!! E kelem unu. 🙂

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IT’S HALLELUJAH TUESDAY! BIBLE VERSES TO RENEW YOUR SPIRIT.

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It’s hallelujah Tuesday! The life of a Christian is really about carrying our cross and following God so struggles and  challenges along the way really are a part of life and no surprise BUT seeing as we are only human, Our feet sometimes, grow weary on the journey of life, our resolve waivers and our spirits need renewing.

What better way  to get a little pick-me-up than turning to the promises of our creator? Our strength and shield whose promises are unchanging and in whom our spirits find rest from worldly woes. In Him we find strength to persevere and carry on the journey of life.  Glory!!! 
Here are some of my favorite spirit-renewing bible verses.

John 16 vs 33
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Psalm 121 vs 3
He will not let your foot slip, He who watches over you will not slumber.

John 16 vs 23
My father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Psalm 91 vs 7
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

Psalm 91 vs 4
He will cover you with his feathers and under His wings you will find refuge, His faithfulness will be your shield and your rampart.

John 5 vs 17
“My father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working”.

Psalm 91 vs 14
Because he loves me, “says the Lord, “i will rescue him, I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation”.

Psalm 91:  11-12
He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways ; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike you foot against a stone.

Psalm 40 vs 17
Yet I am poor and needy, May the Lord think of me. You are my help and deliverer; O my God, do not delay.

I would love to read some of yours.:-)

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR COPING WITH STRESS.

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Hello good friends, I hope you rocked the holidays. How do you stay positive when slammed with the challenges and ‘lows’ that are a part of life? Chip in a tip or two below please.

1.  Spend time with people that make you happy and help take your mind off worries –

Life can seem like a lot to take in sometimes, It really can get a little overwhelming. It’s times like these that you need a good friend by your side, cheering you on and encouraging you along the way. That friend that’s a laugh and a half, that can help turn any sour mood around and bring a different perspective to a seemingly bleak situation, that friend you can always turn to for a shoulder to lean on, a listening ear, some hard truths – tough love style and good advice when you need it.

2.  Do the things that cheer you up – I personally like to watch TV series (seasonal shows) and read a lot – books, magazines, newspapers, articles on the internet, blog posts – everything really. Writing is also therapeutic for me. If you’re not a voracious reader you could go see a movie at the cinema, clear your head at the beach, go clubbing , whatever works for you – just live!

3. Make a move – It is too easy to sit and brood over what could have been, Sadness is often linked to dissatisfaction with one’s life, often the feeling of disappointment lingers over shelved dreams – make an effort to achieve that dream, even if it means starting small and watch your spirit lift.

4. Stay positive – surround yourself with only friends and family members that recognize how truly awesome you are and encourage you every step of the way on the road  to maximising your potential and achieving your dreams. Do not forget to be there for them when they need you too. In life we have to give as good as we get.

5. Take it to the good Lord – Calling on God and tabling your challenges before him never gets old, hand over every issue, big and small alike to him and feel peace wash over you.

6. Live your best life – Have fun and be happy, help people when you can – the satisfaction that comes with making life a little better for someone else is great. Make an effort everyday to grow in every area of your life – grow, grow, grow! Life is too short to sit in a corner twiddling your thumbs – live, love and grow – BE HAPPY!