Hey everyone. Hope all is well. I recently went to Paris for a little get away at the end of June. I will be put be putting the pictures up very soon. This outfit is what I wore when I came back and took a stroll to my local shopping centre. When I came back, the heat wave in England had begun. I am loving this weather. I have been complaining, I will not deny it. Some days have apparently been hotter than Accra & Lagos, that is crazy! At least there air con is in most places. I just detest, the ‘sweat and the thirsty look’ as I call it. It is not a good look! It is essential in this heat to be carrying a bottle of water and some spray. Anyway, let me stop complaining because I would definitely not like it if started to rain. Hey ho, the UK hardly gets this kind of weather so I am going to appreciate it. It gives me a chance to wear all my colourful and patterned clothing. I was hoping for the sun to come this summer and I got more than I wanted.
Monochrome trend is a hot look for Summer 2013. The best thing about the look it can be versatile-so you can go for a edgy or a classic look. One of the best ways to achieve the Monochrome look is to go for polka dots, colour blocking or stripes. I chose to clash a small polka dotted top with striped white and black jeans.
Here are some pictures:
What I was wearing:
Polka dot top- Old top (cannot remember where it is from)
The Money Machine is a great read for those who want to know how the city works. Phillip Coggan, a leading financial journalist has worked for the Financial Times and is now working for The Economist. He explains how the city works in a easy read without no jargon. You know when you are reading a book and you have to stop because there is so much gibberish in there. You will not find this here. Coggan describes the basics of the financial world by defining what loans and bonds are for example. Additionally, he gives an helpful explaining he differences between banks and building societies. What are shares? What does the Bank of England do? Who are borrowers? Coggan explains it all and analyses it very well. At the centre of his explanation, Coggan points out to Credit Crunch and how it has affected the city.
It is a great introduction to how financial institutions work in the country. I highly recommend it. Whether you are in the city or aspiring to have a career in the city go and get it!
The word of this week for me is Forgiveness. Forgiveness is the act of forgiving or being forgiven. To forgive means to grant pardon, to cease resentment or to cancel a debt. Sometimes we may harbour grudges against other people. The reason for this could be because they hurt us, caused us great pain or heartbreak. This is likely to result in bitterness which can allow spirits of jealously and envy to creep in. For instance your ex broke your heart and because of this you hold feelings of hatred against him or her. The ex moves on and does well in life, you continue to resent and hate everything he or she does. He or she has a partner you become jealous of their relationship and subconsciously you wish ill against them. Many of us do not realise the resentment we may have is likely to hurt us instead. The time. The thoughts. The tears. The pain. The heartbreak. This is hurting you, he or she is not crying the tears, you are!
You may say yeah I have forgiven him or her. However if we are still thinking about what they have done, then we have not truly forgiven them. The phrase ‘Forgive and Forget’,works hand in hand. You cannot truly forgive without not also forgetting what they have done. Yes, it would be hard to forget but it should not be a constant memory in our minds.
This is how I think of forgiveness. Jesus came down from heaven down to earth. He saved us from our sins, gave us a new chance and a new life with him. He gave us a chance for a new slate. His blood gave us a new day and a new season. If Jesus can forgive, Why can’t we? Who are we to hold bitter feelings and thoughts against others? Jesus talked about the importance of forgiveness and how we should be merciful. In Matthew ch 5, Jesus said those who are merciful are blessed and they will also receive mercy.
The Bible also teaches that if we do forgive, God will forgive us. I do not know about you, but I do not wish to be thinking about the pain that someone has caused. I would rather have a forgiving heart where I can bury the hatchet, show mercy, love and keep it moving. Aint nobody got time to sit down and cry because Harry and Jane, Abena or Ayo did something to you and me. Life is too short to hold onto grudges and to be resentful. Smile and be happy that God has forgiven you and I. This means we can also forgive too. Kiss and make up, let bygones be bygones and laugh it off.
Here are some bible verses on forgiveness:
Matthew 6: 14-15 (NIV)-For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Hebrews 10:17 (NIV)-Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.
Daniel 9:9 (NIV)-The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him
Matthew 5: 22-24 (NIV)- But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sisterwill be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NIV)- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Ephesians 4: 31-32 (NIV)- Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 2 Corinthians 2: 5-8 (NIV)-If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely.The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient.Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
Micah 7:18-19 (NIV)-Who is a God like you,who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
A good friend of mine introduced me to the word of the week. This word could be something that you chose or felt the need to pray and mediate on. Even though we may have our own individual daily prayer schedule it is good to have a focused prayer often.
For this week, my word is holiness. On Sunday, my pastor preached on holiness and the importance of leading a holy life. Holiness is not necessarily the way you dress-you can wear a long skirt, long sleeve shirt and still be promiscuous. It is not necessarily the way you style your hair- you can be a ‘non-wearing weave girl’ and be sleeping around. Holiness means to be morally blameless before God. This means that you are clean and pure before God. Holiness does not only include sexual morality, it is the way we talk, the way we treat others and conduct our lives. It does not mean that we will not sin, but we should try our very best to lead a Christ like life so our relationship with God is strong. This is because if we allow sin to come in, it puts a barrier between God and ourselves. This then puts our relationship with God in jeopardy and then we become distant with God.
I do not want to be far from God. So, my word of the week is holiness so I can lead a life that is pleasing to God.
Here are some Bible verses on holiness:
1 Thessalonians 4:7- For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. (NIV)
Leviticus 20:26- You are to be holy because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own. (NIV)
Philippians 4:8- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. (NIV)
1 Peter 1 15-16- But just as he called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy”. (NIV)
Romans 12:1- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this your true and proper worship. (NIV)
1 Thessalonians 3:13-May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (NIV)
I am now getting back into my reading groove. I have a pile of books that are waiting for me to read. Lol, you should see my Amazon ‘wish list’- it is full of books that I want to buy.
‘The Bottom Billion’ is a book that I am currently reading. It is such an interesting read. Paul Collier gives unconventional views on global poverty and aid. It will definitely change your view on why there is constant poverty in the world. He develops the notion of the ‘conflict trap’ which means a State’s economic problems can make the country prone to civil war and once a conflict has started there is a trap which is hard to get out from. However he explains that this idea does not fully explain global poverty . He gives four reasons to why there is poverty such as corruption and political instability. Collier suggests that the solution to this cannot just be the ‘West’ giving aid but there must be a change within these failing states. This change cannot be imposed but rather tools such as military interventions and trade policies he suggests will strengthen reformers in failing states.
‘The Bottom Billion’ is a must read book. If you’re interested in why the ‘Geldof’ types of aid never works, this is the book to read!