The last call

(goodbye)

It has been a while since I wrote anything, in the time I have been away, I have said goodbye to a dear friend and also said hello to another child. Today I want to share the lessons I learnt from the last conversation I had with my friend who has gone to be with the Lord and next time I will share my welcome news.
You see my friend and I had this relationship where we could go years without speaking, not because of any issue but because of the busyness of life. We made sure we connected on birthdays so I was surprised when I saw her ringing me a few weeks after her birthday. I couldn’t answer her call but she called again and followed with a text to say “afua ring me when you are free’. Well am I glad that I rung her as she passed away a few weeks after that phone call.

Lessons

The gift of life, when we have the opportunity to be alive, we need to celebrate everyday. After I heard of my friend’s death, I went back on my phone to read again every message we sent each other, I went through our last conversation, trying to remember it word for word. Let’s appreciate people in our lives, let’s give attention to people when they are talking to us, someday we may need to remember what they said to us.

Our telephone conversation started with us not being in agreement, my friend had some opinion that differed from mine, she had always had strong views so we disagreed on some issues but like true friends do, we ended the call on a very mutual note, we both agreed that we could do better in keeping relationships. We realised that sometimes we get so self-bsorbed and forget the world around us.

Another memory from that last call was that my friend had chosen what was most important: her relationship with her Saviour. This gives me much joy and much hope, that there is eternity after this life and where we end up after here is really what matters.

Finally my dear friend left me with this lesson that whatever we have doing, business, family, ministry, we need to start today because tomorrow may never come.
This is to you my dear friend Akua Nyarko Opoku, you lived and left your mark in our hearts. I celebrate your life and I ask that you rest well as you go on to be with your maker.

Goodbye till we meet again

For your consideration

Simplygyaps

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Reflection

Reflection/ deflection
My son is a true reflection of his dad not just in looks but in attitude too😉
This week I have been thinking about how what we believe about ourselves reflect how we relate to others.
If we were blessed to have parents and adults who instilled positive traits in us , we are Likely to grow up confident and able to see good in people. However if we have grown up with so much negativity around us and believed them, we rehearse them and eventually confess that ‘ what we feared most has come upon us. Usually someone said something unkind to us and we believed it and started saying it to ourselves, we say things like ‘Iam so forgetful, Iam so clumsy etc.

Then we have the things we hide from, our childhood fears, we start hearing people saying it about us. We use other people to express what we may be saying to our selves in secret, we become paranoid that people are judging us , they are talking about us, we start in fact to put words in peoples mouth. We keep trying to convince others that we know what they are thinking about us and we are nothing like that. This affects our attitude and our ambition which may cause us to live in mediocrity concluding that people will not receive us or take us seriously.

This can become even worse when we start pointing fingers at people to deflect attention from us, we start plotting against people because we are almost certain they have evil intentions against us. We want to get them before they get us, we suspect every one against us and we can’t trust anyone, We live in fear and sometimes in isolation.

Some of these may sound extreme and far fetched but there are things we need to confront and challenge in order to conquer them.
Sometimes we meet people who just see the good in others, they encourage us to aim for the sky, they have such positive energy around , they reflect what they believe about themselves.

Sometimes we meet others who seem so unhappy, they are suspicious of others, I remember being in a group with a particular woman, she used to say’ the people are not happy, they are saying this and that, eventually it became Apparent that her ‘they’ was her own voice.

As part of the inside out movement we are challenging ourselves to check what our private narration is, what we believe and what we rehearse about ourselves. We know this will eventually become our confession and our attitude towards our family and community.

#mosesjobsaul#

for your consideration

simplygyaps

Grandma’s green stew

My daughter loves my mum’s okro stew or as she calls it, green stew, it’s her favourite food anytime we visit her. So when She saw me trying to replicate it in my kitchen, she got very excited, even though she kept calling it grandmas. Well let’s just say she was not very impressed that mine didn’t taste exactly like grandma’s, infact it is safe to conclude that she was disappointed😐  A few weeks down the line, she tries to help her little brother with something and he says to her’ No I don’t want you to help me because you don’t know how to do it the mummy way😀. Oh that just tickled me and I felt vindicated, I also have my something.
Anyway the point Iam trying to make is that we  are all writing our  stories, leaving a legacy for our kids whether intentional or just by our deeds. When I was young I used to think the physical inheritance was the most important, what was left for us was the only thing worth having but I now know that what is left in us is even more important.
It has been a while since I wrote anything but today being Mother’s Day here in the U.K. It was only proper to write about my mummy’s green stew. The thing with legacy is that if you are not intentional about it, something will be left in your name, you may just not like it. We must as well be intentional about what we leave the next generation first in our homes and then in our community.
A father instructs but a mother teaches: happy Mother’s Day to all our uk readers.
For your consideration
simplygyaps

Frozen

Frozen
I think Disney writers are the most perspective prophetic people around😊
We all remember frozen fever and how it caught most of our kids and some of us parents’ attention.
We were mesmerized by the girl who had all that power inside and her family who didn’t quite know how to help her handle it. We enjoyed the movie for a season in and then moved  on the next thing, or did we?
In some ways we are more similar to Elsa than we care to think, most of us carry amazing supernatural blessing/abilities within us but how to use it wisely and safely is what we struggle with.
We have giftings that is designed to meet needs around us, when our talents collide with these needs, there is an explosion of joy.
However getting to this point takes a lot of moulding, this is a journey with a lot of twists and turns, a lot of resistance and challenges.
A lot of breaking and making, so we sometimes take the option of concealing it and leaving in a frozen state filled with fear . On the other hand some of us refuse the breaking and moulding and let the gift control us and hurt people around us.
So in pursuing our inner abilities, we can choose to conceal and live in fear, we can let the gift control us which leads to destruction. Or we can give in to the one who can mould and shape us to use our gifts in a way to meet the needs around us. So next time you watch frozen, see the lessons and check for similar situations maybe around you or even inside of you.
This year we choose to unfreeze and accept the challenge of being broken and then being remade.
For your consideration
Simplygyaps

Designer Labels 

Designer labels
The other week my friend was sharing with us how someone innocently asked why she has another persons name on her very nice purse. You see my friend was very proud of her designer labelled purse she had received for Christmas and she was happily  showing it off, this girl was wondering why it has someone else’s ( the designer) name on it? Of course we all laughed at the naivety of that question but it made me wonder why we so proudly carry or wear items with other people’s  names on?

Designer labels are desirable to some of us, most of them are usually out of our price range but we still admire them and of course the more distinguished the designer, the higher the price tag. These are usually people well known in their field and has gotten through a lot of  hard work and a period of exposure.

My little sister recently started exploring her love for cameras and photography, she now has her own name on the photos she takes, it just encourages me to dream that maybe there is something just waiting to have my name on it.
It reminds me of a verse in the bible which says ‘a mans gift will open doors for him. I believe that if we are willing to explore our area of love, abilities and talents, there are opportunities to grow. Then it is only a matter of time before we have our own names on a song, a book, a charity, a church , a home, some food, whatever we have been blessed with.

This new year as we go about our business may we take time out some time to ask the question ‘what is it that is waiting to have my name on?  Of course  not all of us will become labels on handbags or clothing but we can all do our little bit to make impact in our families and communities.

This is our question for you this year, has it got your name on it? We may be pursuing things that has someone else’s name on it and leaving our own labels lying fallow, so before you go any further ask yourself if it has your name on it.
For your consideration
Simplygyaps