Confidence

‘confidence’ is Googled around 2 million times per month globally. After having gained eligibility, by joining the Cameroonian military, to compete for military training at one of the top academies in the United States, I was in the running. The first level of screening for the competition was a simple wall line-up…

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Traffic

‘driving in africa’ is Googled approximately 22,000 times per month globally. Wrecks were common in Cameroon and there was no such thing as a simple fender bender. Every wreck is a tragedy, and a direct result of the overall craziness that characterizes a toxic mix of modernity and stupidity. In…

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Bravery

‘how to be brave’ is Googled approximately 5 million times per month globally. For the most part, my brothers and sisters looked up to me for being so brave to leave all that we had known as comforts in the village—childhood friends, food from the farm, parents, grandparents and extended…

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Landscaping on NO Budget

‘cheap landscaping’ is Googled around 6,000 times per month.                                  TRANSPLANTING GRASS BEFORE                                        AFTER So, last week I posted that I cleaned up the area next to my house, planted a foundation shrub and that I was disappointed with the results.  Well, once again, I decided to try to spruce it…

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Gardening-Kinda Sorta.

UPDATE: I left the planter outside yesterday (oops) and the hot sun was too much for the babies, so they wilted and died. There are still, however, a few resilient ones. Hopefully they will survive. So, I spent all day digging up grass, weeds and whatever else–trying to level up…

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Christian Vs. Secular Music

   VS. Even the title to this post doesn’t seem to resonate with many. But I could spend a few months writing about the complexity of this angst between what we as Christians like to label as Christian, and what we as Christians like to label as secular. Right now,…

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International Adoption Paperwork

‘adoption application’ is Googled around 10,000 times per month globally. I was really offended the other day when my husband complimented me by saying I was awesome at filling out paperwork.  Do I really want my legacy to be “paperwork guru?”  Even if that’s what it takes at times to make it to the next seemingly impossible level. …

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Eating Chicken

So, I’ve lamented before about how I’m NOT one of the “health nut” bloggers who is really cool and can kick some health nut butt. But I am a very moody person who can stick to a new idea for a week or two just for the creative fun of it. Here’s…

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What is Worship?

What is worship?  Without looking it up on Dictionary.com or Wikipedia, and without going to the Psalms to discover what worship really means.  What is worship?  In my own little human mind that isn’t trying to rely on what others ascribe as being worship.  What is worship?  In the village…

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Why I Don’t Like American Idol

‘American idol’ is Googled approximately FIVE MILLION times per month globally. I have this really pitiful love/hate relationship with talent shows.  For American Idol in particular, it just happens to be that I’ve more than slightly passed the age limit to audition.  Was I ever really seriously considering auditioning?  If…

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The Branded Me

‘branding strategies’ is Googled approximately 25 million times per month globally. In finally creating a blog, I realized that in order to “stand out,” I needed to brand myself.  It seems like for ANYTHING to be successful now-a-days, it needs an angle, a unique approach, a special identity, a catchy…

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I’m not Fun

‘how to be fun’ is Googled approximately 45 million times per month globally.  Hmmm….maybe I’m not the only one who’s NOT FUN!  There are fun people and then there are people who are not so fun.  I would really love to be classified as a fun, fun lovin’ person, but I’m…

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Schizophrenic Christian

What stops me from sharing is that I’m unsure. Today, I’m very comfortable sharing my fundamental beliefs about Christianity. Today my faith feels very real. Tomorrow, I need to put my hands through Jesus’ sides to believe. And if I’m to believe, I need Jesus to visit my house like…

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The God Thing

I grew up in the church. I have no shortage of experience with doing “The God Thing.” My dad was and still is an Independent Baptist Bible Believing Minister who has been faithful to God and the church for forty long years. I’ve seen the ups and downs of his…

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52 Sundays in a Year

‘church attendance’ is Googled 22,200 times per month. There are 52, sometimes 53 Sundays in a year. Assuming our average church service lasts one hour (for purposes of simple math), this means the regular church-goer spends around 52 hours per year in the sanctuary. Just for the fun of it,…

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My Blankie

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 Today was another rough morning.  I had all the best…

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Push Yourself Up with Praise

In Psalm 13, David says “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and  every day have sorrow in my heart?”  In stark contrast, at the very end  of that same chapter with only 6 verses in all, David says “I will sing  to the Lord, for he has been…

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