Tuesday, 30 October 2012


Whether virility or ovary issues keep you awake at night (for all the wrong reasons!), the following foods should have you eating your way to a better level of fertility in no time.

Fertility food for thought ...

With conception numbers dropping and adoption rates on the rise, you might think the chances of making a baby these days are lower than the modern man’s sperm count. Scientific research paints a fairly grim picture, as sperm and ova abnormalities continue to surge, whilst stress, overwork and alcohol are all held accountable. So, is there anything we can do to prevent the painful cycle of frustration brought on by miscarriages and weakened sperm? Thankfully, the answer is yes.

Eating healthily can play a big part in boosting the fertility levels of men and women alike. Whether you suffer from poor potency, hormonal imbalance, or slow egg production, there are a number of foods which can redress the problems faced by many people ...

Fertile foods for women ...

  • Red meat — Iron-packed red meat can seriously lower the risk of infertility arising in the ovulating process. Iron helps boost red blood cells whilst reducing the threat posed by anemia. Red meat also offers a great source of zinc, supporting ovulation and maintaining efficient cell division.
  • Nuts — If you’re looking to go nuts in the bedroom, almonds and walnuts could offer a tasty solution. Their high Vitamin E content heightens the female sex drive, whilst simultaneously protecting embryos from miscarriages.
  • Oysters — The thought of eating oysters may seem unappealing to some, but it’s certainly worth enduring their acquired taste if you want to boost your fertility. Oysters offer a fine source of zinc which can prove vital for healthy ovulation and steady egg production. And even if you can’t afford to shell out on seafood, traces of zinc can be found in eggs, beans and nuts.
  • Baked potatoes — Baked potatoes are high in Vitamin B — perfect for sprightly lovemaking. The reserves of Vitamins B and E found in these foods also enhance cell division, increasing the likelihood of healthy ova being produced.
Fertile foods for men ...

  • Fresh fruit — Fresh fruit is a great option for men looking to add a little lead to their pencils. With high levels of Vitamin C, it can really help prevent sperm from bunching together — ensuring that potency and sperm quality improve. If you’re desperate to be free of sperm abnormalities, it might be an idea to get a daily supply of kiwi, mango, strawberries or grapefruit. If nothing else, at least it’ll provide a tasty option.
  • Brazil nuts — We’re nut joking, brazil nuts really can help improve your sperm count. Offering a rich source of selenium, brazil nuts have been known to increase the numbers of active sperm in the body whilst developing their mobility. Selenium is also responsible for boosting testosterone and potency. So maybe it's time you ate some brazils, to improve the performance of your nuts!

  • Garlic — Although more traditionally associated with the slaying of vampires, an occasional dose of garlic could seriously improve your fertility. Someone tell Dracula ...

  • Oily fish — The likes of salmon, mackerel and sardines are really helpful if you’re looking to become fit and fertile. Oily fish contains Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) which help to improve blood circulation around the reproductive system and boost sperm quality in the process. It may not be the sexiest of dinners, but an EFA-rich fish supper could be just what you need to perk up those flagging swimmers.
  • Chilli — Feeling chili? Eating a spicy chili dish might really give you a lift, in more ways than one! By speeding up the flow of blood to key reproductive areas, chillis could really boost potency to get you firing on all cylinders.

How To Fold A Pocket Square

(scroll down for “how to” guide w/ illustrations)
It’s a simple piece of cloth that can elevate your style from bland to stylish. If worn well, at the appropriate times, it will speak volumes about your fashion sense. Like the tie, it is one of those small details a man has to add accent and personality to his outfit.
Some of you may be thinking…
Pocket square!? Why would I ever wear a pocket square?
Here’s the thing: just because you don’t normally wear a pocket square doesn’t mean there aren’t occasions where your outfit could supremely benefit from one. If pocket squares are a new thing for you, take a chance and try it out. The next time you’re wearing a suit, a blazer, try adding a quiet color/pattern pocket square with a subtle fold like the Flat Pocket Square Fold.
People will notice. Women will notice.
(If you own a suit and don’t own a pocket square, go pick one up at the suit/tie section of any department store.

You don’t necessarily have to be wearing a suit to wear a pocket square. You don’t need a tie to wear a square. They’re more versatile than you think and definitely essential to every man’s wardrobe.)
Now, given that many men out there don’t even wear pocket squares, it follows that many are lost when it comes to folding one. Here are a few of my favorites folds:

» Flat Pocket Square Fold
(see above picture)
The square fold is the simplest fold of them all. It’s also the most versatile and subtle way to wear a pocket square. To fold, simply fold into quarters and insert into your jacket pocket.

» Puff Pocket Square Fold
This is another common fold that allows the square to “puff out” of the pocket. Here is a step-by-step illustration of how this “puff” is achieved:
Step 1: Lay your pocket square flat with the two top corners horizontal. Pinch the middle of the pocket square and pick it up.

Step 2: As you pick up the pocket square, tuck the sides in as in the diagram.

Step 3: With one hand firmly holding the pocket square, use your other hand to gently gather it closed.

Step 4: Now gracefully gather up the bottom of the pocket square

Step 5: Tuck as needed and place your pocket square in your jacket pocket

Now for one that’s a bit more complicated:

» Dunaway Pocket Square Fold
For the first part, follow Steps 1, 2, & 3 of the Puff Pocket fold. From there, this is where it gets fun:
Step 4: Now gracefully roll the top of the pocket square in the direction of the arrow.

Step 5: Carefully lift the bottom points up.

Step 6: Flatten the points.

Step 7: Tuck as needed and place your pocket square in your jacket pocket

» Three Stairs Pocket Square Fold
The next one is rather complex, reminiscent of origami. However, the end result is a subtle, yet elegant look.
Step 1: Lay your pocket square flat with one corner facing up and one corner facing down.

Step 2: Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top corner

Step 3: Fold the front fold partially down so that it goes past the bottom of the pocket square.

Step 4: Now take the same fold and fold it back up towards the top of the pocket square.

Step 5: Now fold back towards the bottom of the pocket square. Be sure and keep your folds neat.

Step 6: Fold a small fold twards the top of the pocket square.

Step 7: Pause, and take a look at your pocket square folds so far. It should look basically like the illustration

Step 8: Now this is a little tricky: fold the right half of the pocket square behind the left side. If done correctly, you will still see the folds.

Step 9: Now rotate the righthand corner of the pocket square 90 degrees. Then fold the left side to the right.

Step 10: fold the right side to the left and we are done.

Step 11: Tuck as need and place your pocket square in your jacket pocket.

If you really want to peacock
, here’s something you won’t find at your local department store…
» The Shibori Pocket Square.

You must be thinking… what’s so great about a wrinkled pocket square?
Exhibit A:

The Word for today -UCB

God Will Do Whatever It Takes
'Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.' Romans 5:20
Paul writes, '...I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it' (Galatians 1:13 NIV). Clearly, Paul had no thoughts of becoming a Christian. As a Jew, he was obsessed with the law. As an intellectual, he could debate the finest minds. Articulate and educated, he was committed to the tenets of his faith. Yet he hated Christians! He watched as Stephen, the first martyr, was stoned to death. And while he didn't personally participate, he held the coats of those who did (Acts 7:57-59). Paul never dreamed that one day he'd switch sides. But when God has a plan for your life He will do whatever it takes to fulfil it. By the time He places the hook in your jaw, He's already begun to work out His purpose for you. Even while Paul held the coats of Stephen's executioners, God had plans to use him. Just as He had plans for you when you were out partying, doing your own thing, going from relationship to relationship, or thinking only of making money. None of that stopped God because, 'Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.' Had Paul known God planned to meet him that day on the Damascus Road, he might have taken a different route. But 'He was...dazed by a blinding flash...As he fell to the ground' (Acts 9:3-4 TM). This proud Pharisee had an appointment with God that wasn't in his diary, one that knocked him off his high horse. And to bring you into submission with His will, God will do whatever it takes. So be warned! God won't permit your stubbornness to subvert His plans for your life!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The word for today-UCB

Praying with the Right Mindset
'You...do not receive, because you ask amiss.' James 4:3
Sometimes in our prayers we are 'me' centred and see God as a genie to be conjured up to fulfil our every wish. Then when we don't get what we want we think He doesn't hear, doesn't care, or maybe doesn't exist. James says, 'You...do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.' Selfishness is at the root of many unanswered prayers. The first petition in the Lord's Prayer is 'Hallowed be Your name', the second 'Your Kingdom come' and the third, 'Your will be done' (Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV). Note, our first concern in prayer should be what God wants, not what we want. So here are some suggestions for praying with the right mindset: 1) Ask God to slay your sinful nature. As new creatures in Christ we wrestle daily with our old nature. And as long as that nature has the upper hand, our prayers will be hindered. 2) Ask Him to cleanse you with His blood. You can't come into God's presence tainted by sin; you must confess it and ask Him to forgive you. 3) Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of God's Spirit enables you to overcome temptation and live according to His will. 4) Ask Him to guard and guide your steps. God's plan for our lives is always better than anything we could ever devise. 5) Ask Him to use you for His glory. Make yourself available as a servant with a willing heart to do whatever He asks. Bottom line: when you pray with the right mindset you'll get answers you never imagined possible.

Smokie Norful-Where would I be

Saturday, 27 October 2012

The word for today-UCB

William Wilberforce (2)
'Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.' Mark 10:43
William Wilberforce's biographer, Eric Metaxas, points out that the abolition of the British slave trade had even greater implications: 'We had suddenly entered a world in which we would never again ask whether it was our responsibility as a society to help the poor and suffering. We would only quibble about how...Once this idea was loosed upon the world, the world changed. Slavery and the slave trade would soon be largely abolished, but many lesser social evils would be abolished too. For the first time in history, groups sprang up for every possible social cause.' That's why Metaxas calls Wilberforce 'The greatest social reformer in the history of the world.' Metaxas goes on to say: 'The world he was born into in 1759 and the world he departed in 1833 were as different as lead and gold. Wilberforce presided over a social earthquake that rearranged the continents, and whose magnitude we are only now beginning to fully appreciate.' During his first years in Parliament, Wilberforce wined and dined each night and was touted as the 'the wittiest man in all of England.' Looking back on it he wrote, 'For the first years I was in Parliament I did nothing-nothing of any purpose.' But in committing to Christ he discovered his life's purpose. It was not about achieving personal greatness, but about serving others. Today, go out of your way to help, bless and serve someone. If you do, when you get to the end of the day you'll feel good about yourself. And God will feel good about you too!

Friday, 26 October 2012

"Sometimes I cant help, but remember the past and SIGH, But then I look forward and SMILE because I know, the best is yet to come"-ELLY


Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
But you know wat?
quotes about Being Single
Remember To.....
Because in the End.....

Ellys Thoughts....

Do you imagine how people, can say something and yet mean another,
Want someone and yet pretend to act indifferently,
Ignore their wrongs and yet seat on the judgment seat of others,
See whats true and yet water it down with lame excuses,
Hope for the best, when the best is dependent on you to turn that
dire situation into the best experience,
Consider normal what is absolutely abnormal,
Forgetting that Normal is an Illusion,
And what is normal for the spider,
Is actually Chaos for the fly
And I just sum up within me, that you can only do what you can,
you can only give, what is ready to be received,
And no matter how hard we try, we can only tolerate to a certain degree,
But in all, I must do good, no matter how difficult, no matter
How many times I fail, No matter how unlovable people may be,
Because I am developing me, and theres no stopping---Elly

Passion! Passion! and More Passion

Why Passion Is So Attractive

Think back to a time when you were talking passionately about something to your friends. Did you notice that all of them gave you their full attention? Recall how you not only commanded attention but you probably spoke confidently, articulately, and with self-assurance in your voice.
As image consultants, we spend a lot of time figuring out what makes an individual attractive, charismatic, and influential. Our goal is not just to give you the latest fashion tips, but to give you an honest and holistic picture of what really matters when it comes to self-expression.
We’ve found that one of the greatest ways to have a magnetic and attractive personality is to be passionate about something.
What is Passion?
Simply put, it’s what you love.
It’s not what society says you should love. It’s not what your friends or family say you should care about. It’s what you, at the deepest and most honest part of yourself, love.
For example, what I love more than anything is studying style, social dynamics, and the human potential. I’m constantly questioning and testing ways to reach new levels of success in each area, and sharing what I learn with as many people as I can. Almost everything I love to do and talk about has to do with getting me closer to understanding these areas.

My Passionate Friend…
One of my close friends lives with more passion than anybody I know. He simply follows whatever he loves, and doesn’t mind whether it’s popular or not. He likes bands I’ve never heard of, reads books that I would have never picked up, and his favorite dishes are things I didn’t even know were served at restaurants. He always has strong opinions about everything, but isn’t stubborn about them either.
People are always eager to hear him talk because if you spend just one day with this guy you’ll feel like you’ve met fifteen people at once. This is what makes him so fun to hang around, because it’s so rare to meet someone who’s passionate in their own ways.
Whenever someone is passionate about something, doesn’t their confidence almost sell you on whatever it is they are talking about?

Why Passionate People Are So Attractive
We tend to gravitate towards people who seem to have taken the time to become certain on things that we are uncertain about.
Passionate people usually come off as having a lot of self-assurance and certainty in the things they say. They seem so clear on all their values and goals, and where they stand on the issues that are important to them.
Have you ever listened to someone speak passionately about something and you became totally unaware of what was going on around you, lost track of time, and became absorbed by their presence?
For example, take a guy like Tom Cruise. He seems to get a lot of bad press over the scientology stuff, but I don’t pay attention to that. What I admire about him is that he always seems to act authentically through what he truly loves and believes in.
When he was proclaiming his passion for Katie Holmes by jumping on Oprah’s couch, he told her “I’m not going to pretend, this is how I really feel.” He was totally expressing himself without holding anything back. If you ever saw clips of that episode, the entire crowd of females went into an uncontrollable frenzy of excitement as he captivated the room with his raw and uncut passion.

The Current State of Passion in the World
Many people don’t live, but merely exist. They follow the trends and live reactively to their environment, instead of taking the time to really connect with what they truly want. They get so caught up in trying to be accepted that they miss tuning into who they really are inside.
For example a man may want to proclaim his passion for his girlfriend or his wife just like Tom Cruise, but instead chooses to act stoic and aloof, thinking that’s what is more attractive. He may feel like freely singing and dancing, but holds back because he thinks he should “act more his age.”
Most people lock their passions up in a box, letting only a little bit out when the environment seems safe to do so. We live in a society that is so far from true passion that people release their tension by screaming into their pillows at night, and locking their room doors to dance where nobody can see them. People work at jobs they hate, staying there only for the money to buy things they don’t really need, hang out with people they don’t really like, and to do things they don’t really like to do. It’s amazing, and they continue to follow the rest of the crowd, and it’s almost the blind leading the blind.
This may be an extreme case, but every one of us still holds back on many of the positive things we truly desire.
Women don’t want a man like this, they would do anything to meet a man who knows what he wants and does whatever it takes to get it.
We are all unique individuals, but most of us let the world tell us what we should like and enjoy, what we should buy and believe. Most of the time we don’t even realize this is happening to us.
Deep inside we want to express all our unique desires fearlessly, and as we move through the world we lose connection with our hearts and trust in our intuition.
This doesn’t mean that we should deliberately go against what is popular. It’s just about finding what you love and being true to yourself – if that means enjoying the same things as other people, great, but it has to be coming from a genuine place.
Passion is something you can’t fake, so it doesn’t serve you at all to pretend to care about something you don’t. Even someone with the smallest amount of intuition can sense a lack of authenticity in someone.
If you go out with your friends to eat at a restaurant and you really didn’t like the food, don’t tell them it was good, be honest. If you absolutely loved a movie but your friends hated it, don’t restrain yourself from expressing that joy, express what you really feel. If you find a woman attractive, don’t act like you don’t, because she can probably already sense it through your non-verbals. Just express how you feel. “You look fantastic today.”
If you really want to learn something, start a business, become an actor, then you should move towards nothing else except what your heart yearns for. Everything else is a distraction.
All the most charismatic and magnetic type of people live by following their deep passion.

Everyone has passion within them, but most of the time you have to dig to find it.
In a café that I frequent, many people will come in and start complaining to the baristas how they hate their job, or their spouse, or all of life in general.
There seems to be no passion at all there, they seem to be sucked dry, lifeless and dead. There seems to be nothing real to them, no foundation of unique personality. But I realized that everyone has passion within them, it’s just sometimes buried underneath a lot of junk.
For example, you may know someone who usually complains about life, acting helpless about their situations. We all know how unattractive these people can be, but have you ever seen them talk about something in a positively passionate way? It’s like the clouds of darkness split for a moment and you see a ray of hope.
Sometimes I’ll be talking to a depressing person and once they talk from that passionate and pure place in their hearts, their mannerisms sharpen, they speak with more certainty and clarity, and exude a positive energy that captures my attention. They seem so at ease and confident in who they are in that moment. They become magnetic.
The most attractive people are those who practice coming from this place all the time.

flickr photo: by fares_VETO
Being passionate is when you express your feelings, ideas, and values without restraint. I’ve found that this is the key to living passionately.
Those who aren’t living passionately and authentically are like the walking dead. Anything else we do that isn’t on the path towards our passions are lies.
When we were young, we lived passionately and fearlessly, until we started to compare ourselves with other people and started to hold back on things we wanted to say or do.
Through our years, passionate relationships may have ended in suffering, and risks that were taken with passion may have burned us. Passionate ideas may have been shut down, and values may have been ridiculed. The razor sharp edges of our character that cut through life become dulled. We stay safe, comfortable, careful not to offend anyone. We slowly become more lifeless, and uninteresting.
But the most charismatic people are those who practice acting positively in line with their true intentions, with child-like enthusiasm. They’re able to tap into that passionate enthusiasm and imbue every moment with it.
For example, a non-passionate man will see a beautiful woman walking towards him on the street, and what he really wants to do in that moment is to meet her, tell her how fantastic she looks, and ask her out. But he won’t, because he’s afraid she may have a boyfriend or be married, or she might get angry and tell him to get lost. He chokes the true desires of his heart, and in that moment, his soul dies a little.
A man who lives passionately will positively express his feelings for a woman right when they surface, and not apologize for it. This is the secret of the great natural seducers out there. They delight in the presence of all women and directly let them know how they feel about them. They do not lie, manipulate, or try to take anything from them by pretending to be someone they’re not.
When you act through your true passion, you become highly attractive to women. Even if you compliment a woman and she says she has a boyfriend, she’ll still find it refreshing that have met a guy who isn’t afraid to be honest. Try it next and you’ll see that your confidence will rise, and you’ll attract more women into your life.
Women want men who are confident, and you will never reach your highest level of confidence unless you are acting authentically and in tune from a place of unbridled passion.
There are some guys who will talk to a girl about a whole bunch of things they care very little about, thinking that it will impress the girl. They will try to create commonalities with a woman that aren’t really there, pretending to enjoy similar music, theater, and art. Women will get bored of these men quickly, they will always sense that there is nothing real about them to hold onto, and so they feel like they are not dating a real man but a lifeless casing of a man.
What’s attractive is not what you do specifically, but your level of passion in the doing of it.

How often is it that when you’re talking to a girl, you’re thinking about what they think of you, instead of simply expressing what you truly love in this life?

flickr photo: by Beangirl
How to Live with Passion
Are you tapping into that passionate part of yourself? It may be deep down, under all the junk that inevitably gets piled up on it. Sometimes we have to stop and remember to brush off all the false stories that hold us back, and get back to that raw and pure form of expression.
Inside each and every one of us, is one, true authentic swing, something he was born with. Something that is ours, and ours alone, something that can’t be taught to you, or learned, something that got to be remembered. Over time, the world can rob us of that swing, and it can get buried under all our would-haves, and could- haves, and should-haves. Some folk even forget what their swing was like.” – Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance
Passion isn’t something that just happens to you one day. It’s something that you have to continuously dig to connect with. It’s like a never ending well that has life-giving water, which will never run out until you stop lowering the bucket to draw from it.
The easiest way to stay connected with it is to ask yourself, “What is everything I love, and what is everything I hate?” All you have to do is do whatever it takes to move towards everything you truly love, and cut yourself off from anything that you don’t. Everything else will fall into place.
Everyday I ask myself if what I’m doing is what I truly want to be doing, and if the answer is no for too many days, then I know that I’m off course.
Passion is especially important when it comes to our careers, which is huge part of our daily lives. You have to be devoted to something you love and enjoy — something you believe in. Everyone has heard that you should be doing something you love, but this is true for all areas of life. The longer your true passions are suppressed and ignored, the more you forget the way back to them.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs [Stanford Speech 2005]
In our society, we tend to identify people through external things such as their age, their job, the clothes they wear, the car they drive, etc., but while our outer appearance is important, an external casing becomes irrelevant if there isn’t much value underneath.

It’s your level of passion that leaves your unique thumbprint on the hearts of others.
Don’t you ever find yourself remembering others by their passions?
Oh yeah John, he’s the guy who loves to travel the world and immerse himself in different cultures. He has some crazy stories about his travels. I wonder where he is right now…”
Oh Tom, this guy lives to party. He’s so much fun. We have to call him out this weekend…”
What moves you, excites you, keeps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning? What are some things you can’t stop thinking about, daydreaming about? Deep down inside, what do you truly want for yourself? If you had all the money, time, and resources you needed, how would you live your life? What would you stand for?
Block off some time this week to reassess if you’re living in full congruency with your passion.
If you’re doing anything right now that’s not in line with what you truly want, you are not living with passion. Without passion, you’ll never be your most charismatic, attractive, and influential self, living a life you enjoy and being someone that others enjoy being around.
So stand for what you believe in. Express the things you love, and what you hate – if the time calls for it. Be clear on what you want, and what your values are. Don’t compromise, and never settle. Say what needs to be said, sing when you feel like singing, dance when you feel like dancing. Don’t apologize for it either. This is your birthright.
As you live passionately, you unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
You can’t be truly attractive, unless you express what you are truly attracted to.
And for anybody that’s coming up with excuses, it’s never too late to start living passionately:

The word for today-UCB

William Wilberforce (1)
'Do it with the strength God provides.' 1 Peter 4:11
William Wilberforce grew up as a child of privilege, attending Cambridge University. Two weeks after his twenty-first birthday he was elected to Parliament where he became a brilliant orator and politician. Then he met John Newton, author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace.' A former slave ship captain, Newton had found Christ, repented of his old life and become a minister. Upon meeting Newton, seeds were sown in Wilberforce's heart that were destined to change history. In 1787, Wilberforce initiated a campaign to make Great Britain aware of the atrocities of slavery and vote for its abolition. It was a fierce fight. Besides politicians and industrialists, religious leaders who had their own slaves opposed him. From his deathbed John Wesley wrote to Wilberforce: 'If God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O, be not weary in well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.' Wilberforce persevered because he knew what was at stake: the lives of millions of people. Finally, on February 23, 1807, the Slave Trade Act outlawing traffic in slaves was passed in the House of Commons by a vote of 283 to 16. Twenty-six years later, near the end of Wilberforce's life, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. Shortly thereafter, it was abolished in the United States. How did it happen? Because one man decided to live by the principle, '...through love serve one another' (Galatians 5:13 NKJV).

Thursday, 25 October 2012

The word for today-UCB

If God Says You're Qualified, You Are!
'Don't let anyone look down on you.' 1 Timothy 4:12
You shouldn't be overlooked because of your age, your gender, your nationality, your education or your financial status. People will try to put you down, but if you trust God He will lift you up. Timothy started preaching in his teens. He became Paul's travelling companion, which was no small honour. But in those days society said you didn't come into maturity until you were thirty, therefore Timothy wasn't qualified for leadership. Since Timothy was facing criticism, Paul wrote, 'Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young.' With God it's not the length of your life that qualifies you, but the depth of it. Look at Timothy's credentials: 'From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures' (2Timothy 3:15 NKJV). Timothy was nurtured in God's Word and grounded in the truth. 'When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also' (2Timothy 1:5 NKJV). So Paul writes to the Philippian church and says: 'I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly...For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel' (Philippians 2:19-22 NKJV). The right to work in God's service is not determined by your years on earth, but by your experience with God, your growth in grace and in His Word.


Yes most times fashion tends to be a topic for the ladies and some men give this air of indifference to their outlook. However no matter how hard  gentlemen try to make us believe that vanity is our last name, it all boils down to the same conclusion which is: Regardless of the gender everyone loves to look good and everyone appreciates a good looking/stylish individual. There has been a sudden downturn in trend however because trust me these days less is better, from make up to accessories to the colours et all. On doing my research by this wonderful time of the day (1:30am),  when my grey matter seems to be more active lol! I stumbled on this and felt I just had to share this.
Enjoy your read gentleman!

Here are 15 Quick Fashion tips:
1. Fit is King – The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure everything fits impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too large. Make sure everything you wear is almost hugging the shape of your body – without being tight. Bad fit is an epidemic, cure yourself.
2. Keep it simple – You want a wardrobe that looks great on you, but don’t overdo it. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Don’t dress like a rock star unless you’re in a band. If you want to be flashy, a simpler but stylish look would be sporting a black striped dress shirt with a white blazer, a dark pair of jeans, a dressy belt, and your sharpest dress shoes. You could also add a flashy watch or a simple accessory like an interesting necklace, but nothing more.
3. Change the way you see casual – casual doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun with collared shirts, or take some inspiration from those who approach casual a bit differently.
4. Pay attention to your supporting pieces - Some sweaters are lean and others are big and chunky. The first rule of thumb is that your top and bottom halves need to match. If you’re wearing a big, chunky, rugged fisherman knit sweater, your bottom needs to be rugged, too. Don’t wear a fisherman’s sweater with a beautiful silk-and-wool suit pant. Instead, wear it with something as casual as cargos or jeans, or dress it up with a Harris tweed blazer.
5. Never go shopping alone – Most of the time, it’s tough to trust the sales people because they usually work for commission. Shop with a friend who will give you their honest opinion. Also, read about shopping on a budget.
6. Stay a notch above – Don’t overdo it to a fault, but dare to take some risks. It’s always better to be a little bit overdressed than underdressed in any setting. All you have to do is think about where and who you’re going to be with and just step it up one notch. But make sure you’re not better dressed than someone who is more important in a certain setting, like your boss.

7. Never underestimate the power of details – The last thing on is usually the first thing noticed. So mind the details instead of throwing together the main parts of your outfit. “Details” can include a scarf, a subtle pocket square, or the way you tie your tie knot.
8. Invest in a superb pair of shoes – If it’s one thing that women will notice, it’s your shoes. Especially how clean and sharp they look. It’s easy to wash and press the rest of your clothes to keep them looking new, but most guys disregard their shoes. Show that you’re a man of taste by getting a great pair of shoes and keeping them in pristine condition.
9. Fashion Tees with logos – When you’re going around with a big logo on your shirt, you risk looking like a walking billboard. Lose the lame Coca-Cola shirt and go for a classic v-neck tee or something artsy (check out threadless.com).
10. Disregard trends – Beware of buying something just because it’s “in” right now – stick to what you truly like. A lot of people rush to get in on the latest trend and end up with a bunch of clothes they don’t wear. It’s better to learn to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe first – then bring in your own twists with some of the new fashion. This one tip will save you so much money!
11. Don’t be a sucker for brand names – Don’t be a Patrick Bateman. Before you decide to purchase an item, ask yourself if you are buying it simply because of the brand name or because you love the quality and style. Ask yourself, “Would I buy this if there was no logo on it?”
12. Continually cultivate your image – Invest more time and money into your image. Cultivate your fashion sense. Your style is a huge mode of communication, and is worth caring for as much as your education, career, and relationships. Oscar Schoffler, longtime fashion editor of Esquire once said, “Never underestimate the power of what you wear. After all, there’s just a small bit of yourself sticking out at the collar and cuff. The rest of the world sees what you drape on your frame.”
13. Ask for real feedback - Most of your friends and family aren’t going to go out of their way to tell you what looks bad. You have to ask for it. In fact, ask anyone and everyone you trust to tell you the truth. Ask your hairstylist, ask your best friend, ask your mother! If you think they might be too nice, send me an e-mail (jae@kinowear.com), I have no problem giving out real feedback.
14. Upgrade your shave - Even if your fashion is golden, an unkempt beard can be an attraction killer. Achieve a perfect shave by trying a shave brush & old-fashioned double-edged razor.
15. Experiment with style – The only way you’ll really learn, is if you go out there and try new things. I make an effort to try something completely out of my comfort zone whenever I’m at a store – many times you’ll end up loving something you never thought you would. If you make mistakes, life goes on. So many guys are afraid to express themselves through their style, don’t be one of them.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The 9 dirtiest spots @ the gym: Yes we might actually be getting more than the flat abs and strong arms we bargained for ouch!!

You could be getting more than you bargained for on your next gym visit © RexGyms are hotbeds of germ activity, researchers say. Norovirus, which causes stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhoea, can survive for a month on the surface of exercise machines. The fungi responsible for foot infections multiply at a blinding pace in the shower. And microbes like MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can lead to dangerous skin infections, lurk in the locker room. To help you stay safe, FITNESS asked top experts to ID the biggest danger zones in the gym and to share the best germ-beating strategies.

Hot spot 1: Free weights, weight machines, exercise balls
Germ meter = High
Because so many people handle it, this equipment is rife with bugs and viruses that can lead to colds and other infections. "I've even found MRSA on an exercise ball in a gym," says Philip Tierno Jr., PhD, a clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU Medical School and the author of The Secret Life of Germs.

Germ warfare
Wipe equipment with disinfectant before and after you use it. No spray at your gym? Carry antibacterial gel and rub it on your hands before and after your workout.

Hot spot 2: Locker room
Germ meter = High
The sweaty, humid locker room is the perfect petri dish for nasty buggers such as staph, strep, and MRSA, Tierno says. The danger starts at ground level. From outdoors, trainers and other shoes track in faecal matter (eew!), which harbours organisms that can give you stomach flu and hepatitis A. And before you sit on the bench naked, consider this: Tierno's studies have detected traces of vaginal yeast there, which can put you at risk for an infection.

Germ warfare
Always wear flip-flops in the locker room and shower; avoid sitting on the bench unclothed.

Hot spot 3: Exercise mat
Germ meter = High
As you stretch, strike a yoga pose, or take a group exercise class, you could be lying in a slew of microbes that can cause skin infections, athlete's foot, colds and flu, and hepatitis A.

Germ warfare
Bring your own mat and don't share it. After each use, clean the mat with a bleach-based wipe or a 60 percent alcohol disinfectant spray and let it air-dry.

Hot spot 4: Gym bag
Germ meter = High
While most of the germs in your gym bag are your own, and therefore harmless to you, disease-causing microbes can latch on every time you place it on a bench, in a locker, or on the floor. The most common critters to hitch a ride: staph, salmonella, E. coli, and pseudomonas, which can cause eye infections, says Charles Gerba, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona.

Germ warfare
Choose vinyl or plastic gym bags. Germs and bacteria are less likely to adhere to these materials, says Elaine L. Larson, PhD, the associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing. Keep dirty clothes and trainers in a separate compartment or stash them in a plastic bag. At home, swab your gym bag inside and out with disinfectant wipes. If you use a canvas or cloth tote, toss it in the washing machine once a week. Use hot water and a bleach or peroxide-based detergent and then put the bag in the dryer for 45 minutes.

Hot spot 5: Towel
Germ Meter = High
You grab a "clean" towel from the pile at the gym. What you can't see is that the fibres may be teeming with E. coli or MRSA. "Most gyms use the same hamper to transport dirty towels and clean ones," Tierno says.

Germ warfare
Bring your own towel, marked with an X on one side with a permanent marker, Tierno advises; only that side should make contact with gym machines. Use the unmarked side to wipe sweat off yourself. Bring a separate towel if you're showering at the gym. Try an antimicrobial one, available at sport shops, to reduce your risk for infection.

Hot spot 6: Water bottle
Germ meter = Medium
When you take a sip of H2O during your workout, germs move into your bottle from the rim, and they reproduce quickly. Hundreds of thousands of bacteria can lurk at the bottom; using the bottle after just a few days of not washing it can be the equivalent of drinking from a public swimming pool, Larson says.

Germ warfare
Avoid bottles with a pull-up spout or a built-in straw. Instead, choose a widemouthed bottle with a screw cap. Wash it in the dishwasher daily and store it in the fridge, Larson suggests. Germs are more likely to form when the bottle is warm.

Hot spot 7: Cardio machines
Germ meter = Medium
Sweaty treadmills, ellipticals, and spinning bikes are more likely to get wiped down after use than free weights are, experts say, but that doesn't mean these machines are clean. In a study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 63 per cent of machines that had been disinfected still had traces of rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. And Tierno's research found staph, fungi, and yeast on gym bike seats.

Germ warfare
Wipe down machines and seats thoroughly with disinfectant before and after you use them.

Hot spot 8: Pool
Germ meter = High
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 62 percent of pool-related diarrhoea outbreaks are the result of the chlorine-resistant pathogen cryptosporidium, which is spread by contaminated faecal matter. In addition, bacteria, such as pseudomonas, can cause ear and eye infections, says Elizabeth Scott, PhD, a codirector of the Simmons College Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community in Boston.

Germ warfare
Your gym should post data on the pH testing and cleaning of the pool, which is supposed to be done throughout the day. If that info isn't available, let your nose be your guide: Because chlorine releases its distinct smell as it reacts with microorganisms, the stronger the chlorine scent, the dirtier the pool. Always wear goggles and a swimming cap or earplugs in the water.

Hot spot 9: Shower
Germ meter = High
The gym shower stall is riddled with fungi and organisms that can cause infections, like athlete's foot, ringworm, and warts.

Germ warfare
Shower at home as soon as you get in the door, Tierno advises. Hanging out in sweaty workout clothes may lead to breakouts. If you do shower at the gym, use antimicrobial soap. Never shave there, because bugs can enter your body through tiny nicks. Blow-dry your feet to make sure they're moisture-free.

How to be germ-free:

Follow this quick checklist to stay healthy while you work out.

• Cover any cuts or broken skin with a bandage before you go to the gym.
• Wash your hands before and after your workout.
• Wipe down machines before and after use.
• Bring your own water bottle, towels, and exercise mat.
• Never share your towels.
• Don't sit on the locker-room bench naked.
• Always wear flip-flops in the locker room and shower.
• Don't shave at the gym or immediately before going there.
• Whenever possible, shower at home after your workout.
• Keep dirty clothes and sneakers in separate gym bag compartments or place sweaty duds in a plastic bag.
• Wipe down your gym bag with a disinfectant spray and wash gym clothes after each use.
• Examine your skin weekly. If you find a painful red spot or a bump, see a doc. It could be a MRSA infection, which needs immediate treatment.

Rhema for today

Gen 49:!8-- I wait for your deliverance O Lord (NIV)

The word for today-UCB

Have You Found Your Place Yet?
'To prepare God's people for works of service.' Ephesians 4:12
The story's told of a pastor who went to the railroad station every night to watch the express train roar through town. His congregation wondered why. When suspicions arose a deacon followed him, watched him, and asked what he was doing. He replied, 'This train is the only thing that comes through this town that I don't have to push!' God hasn't called your pastor to do everything in church, He's called them 'to prepare [you] for works of service.' So, have you found your area of service yet? Are you functioning in it? Paul writes: 'Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ's body...God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, then prophesy whenever you can, as often as your faith is strong enough to receive a message from God. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons are strong and helpful. If God has given you money, be generous in helping others with it. If God has given you administrative ability and put you in charge of the work of others, take the responsibility seriously. Those who offer comfort to the sorrowing should do so with Christian cheer' (Romans 12:4-8 TLB). C. S. Lewis said, 'Joy bursts in on our lives when we go about doing the good at hand, and not trying to manipulate things and times to achieve joy.'

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Third Presidential Debate 2012: Obama and Romney: Attack on Israel, Atta...

The final battle for the presidential seat!!

The word for today-UCB

'Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.' Romans 12:21
People are at their worst when they treat each other as less than human, or box people off into categories of 'not really human'. We've all noticed it in society. Ignoring the elderly and shutting them in care homes, disregarding the homeless, prejudicing against other races and being carefree with the lives of unborn babies - it's all from the same root. When we notice that same attitude crop up in ourselves, it's easy to get disheartened. Maybe we overlook the class weirdo, or don't make time for our neighbours when we meet them on the street. Maybe we even notice an uncomfortable tendency towards devaluing people through racism or homophobia in ourselves. Even though we know that prejudicing against others is wrong, a little bit can slip through the net here and there. Firstly, there is forgiveness. Secondly, that evil will always be present in this life, but we can defeat it. God gives us the means to be genuinely decent and kind people. In the Bible, He says, 'Don't just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honouring each other... When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow...Don't try to act big. Don't try to get into the good graces of important people, but enjoy the company of ordinary folks. And don't think you know it all! Never pay back evil for evil. Do things in such a way that everyone will see you are honest clear through. Don't quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible... never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said that He will repay those who deserve it... Don't let evil get the upper hand but conquer evil by doing good' (Romans 12 v. 9:21 TLB). What now? Does this sound passage sound like you? Read Romans 12 v. 9-21 in another Bible version, and see how your character measures up to it.

Monday, 22 October 2012

The word for today-UCB

You're Forgiven (2)
'Bless the Lord...who forgives all your [sins].' Psalm 103:2-3
We tend to forgive others more easily than we forgive ourselves. This is especially so when we fail in a major area like a marriage or career, or our actions have hurt others, or our habits have hurt us, or we know we are not doing what we should. So what should you do? 1) Acknowledge it. Don't be afraid to confess what you've done. You're not unique. You're not the first, and you won't be the last to fail. Once you've obtained God's forgiveness, get the support of a trusted friend. 'Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much' (James 5:16 NKJV). 2) Delete it. Often it's not the offence itself, but the guilt and stress associated with remembering our actions that make us feel bad. Our reaction is the problem! Continually revisiting our failures doesn't help at all, and it disappoints God. So catch yourself doing it-and hit the delete button! Focus on the fact that God has forgiven you, then put it behind you. 'In Him we have...the forgiveness of sins...' (Ephesians 1:7 NKJV). 3) Replace it. Instead of guilt, choose gratitude. That's not hard to do; just begin to reflect on God's goodness. That's what David did: 'Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies' (Psalm 103:2-4 NKJV). When you start to look for them, you'll find lots of things to thank God for.


Your attitude during your tribulations determines your altitude thereafter.  Doing good/pursuing a just cause is never easy especially when the results are not in view. Little wonder Jesus encouraged His followers not to be weary of doing good, for in due course, they will reap the reward if they do not faint.(Gal 6:9)
From Gen chapter 37-41, we read the account of how Joseph had the revelation of greatness on several occassions, however the more he revealed the dream to his family, the more it stirred up hatred. That did not deter him however, he held on to his vision and believed that the One who revealed it to him, is able to bring it to pass. Do you have a dream/vision/plan to undertake any project/business/career/ministry? Who are you sharing this dream with? If you constantly share your dreams with pessimist then you can be sure to see nothing but gloom in your future. Show me your friends/people who inspire you, and I will show you to a large extent how far you will reach your destination.

No matter how sure Joseph was of his dreams, there still came the test. Hehehe! If your not ready for the test, then your invariably not ready for the testimony. A man who believed in God, prayed to God and obeyed God, was now being sold into slavery. I dont recall that part of the dream you might say but that is where patience and all the virtues you have cultivated come into play and this is when your mettle is tested. If you only pray when your in TROUBLE, then your really in TROUBLE! If you have not developed yourself before the tribulation, its difficult to pass through the tribulations victoriously. Because in tribulations, the core of your being is brought to light. You dont learn lessons during tribulations, lessons are learnt after tribulations.
It only takes a man who has disciplined himself tenaciously to turn down the sultry advances of one of the most important women of the times, known as Potiphars wife.This is because he was thinking longterm and not quick fix procedures.

However doing the right thing dosent always mean getting the right result, Yes! Sometimes it even takes you to prison. Does that however mean we stop doing what is right?? NO. Keep sowing the right seed, the harvest is on its way. Always remember that your attitude however will surely determine your altitude.
Tell me about having the right attitude while doing a low paying job, where your efforts are not being appreciated? Yes I ve been there as a postgraduate student in the UK, I did jobs I will never imagine doing, I not only did these jobs, but I did them well and guess what the promotion always came from places I never imagined.
Tell me about unemployment/been made redundant, I have been there and guess what? For every job I lost I got a better job, in places I could never imagine amongst people I never imagined. Promotion is sure when we have the right attitude and we serve the Almighty God.

A statement I sometimes use as well as you is "After all I have done for her/him/them". We say these words over and over again and yet fail to learn the lessons. Joseph interpreted the dreams of the cup bearer and the baker and yes when the cup bearer was restored to his position, he forgot all about Joseph. Yes! "The arm of flesh will surely fail" because promotion comes from God and not man. Ant the more you depend on people to help you, the more you will live in strife.

In all, have the right attitude during the tribulation  because you never know victory might just be a step away. Remember no situation is forever, it cant rain for ever, the austerity measures wont be forever at least not in every life and you can choose to be among the few, that come out successfully.
And when you succeed, you will be celebrated because success has many FRIENDS but failure is an ORPHAN.


Tangerines protect your heart

Wow just stumbled on this actually on a mens heatlh magazine.Never knew these little wonders had such huge health benefits. For me its tangerines all the way lol!
Tangerines protect your heart

Add these little wonders to your superfoods list right away.
They’re as feisty as Charlie Adam and Ian Holloway combined and will help protect against obesity, heart attack and stroke.
In a University of Western Ontario study researchers found that tangerines contain the highest fruit concentrations of the flavonol nobiletin. In tests this reduced cholesterol and insulin levels, decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
That’s strength in depth – and with absolutely no prospect of relegation.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Complete Second Presidential Town Hall Debate 2012: Barack Obama vs. Mit...


You are the architect of your own misfortune or destiny be it good/bad. Are you sowing or your sitting complacently waiting for others to do it, Remember if others sow, others will also Reap.
Gossip and idleness are for two sets of people.
The first set are children who dont understand that the future will come with its radical changes when the individual becomes fully responsible for every action, and the second group are foolish elderly individual, who have not achieved anything and have resigned their faith to talk about the failures/successes of others which you have to listen to with a pinch of salt.
However the future is in your hands, the sky is too wide for two birds to clash. Engage your mind in challenging ideas and again Sow! Sow! and Sow!
Sow love! Sow hardwork! Sow patience and all that is good and in no distant time you will be reaping the rewards.
And in all you do, *THINK LONGTERM*


The word for today

You're Forgiven (1)
'In Him we have...the forgiveness of sins.' Ephesians 1:7
When God forgives you but you refuse to forgive yourself, you're spurning His grace and choosing to be miserable. When you do that: 1) Your loved ones are at risk. It's not just about you. When you wallow in guilt you tend to be more withdrawn and critical, and less open and affectionate. So your spouse, children, parents, co-workers, friends, and even your pets suffer along with you. 2) Your health is at risk. Your mind affects your body. Doctors say bitterness generates chemicals that affect your vital organs. They increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, disrupt your digestion, tense your muscles, dump cholesterol into your bloodstream, and reduce your ability to think clearly. Each time you rehearse the past those bad feelings deliver more corrosive chemicals. Science is now confirming what God has said; namely, that those who don't forgive themselves, and others, are more prone to heart attacks, depression, hypertension and other serious illnesses. 3) Your future is at risk. The Bible says, 'You will again have compassion on us... you will...hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea' (Micah 7:19 NIV). Stop dredging up what God has buried. Start looking ahead; otherwise you'll get mired in a bog of your own making. The Bible says, 'He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding' (Ephesians 1:7-8 NLT). With God's forgiveness comes the wisdom and understanding to not only survive your past, but grow stronger as a result of it.


Men are driven by who they are, what they do, and how much they make.
No matter if a man is a CEO, a CON or both, everything he does is filtered through his title
(who he is), how he gets that title(what he does), and the reward he gets for the effort(how much he makes). These three things make up the basic DNA of manhood-the three accomplishments every man must achieve before he feels like hes truly fulfilled his destiny as a man. And until hes achieved his goal in those three areas, the man you are dating, committed to, or married to will be too busy to FOCUS on you.

And if these are on his mind, and he hasnt lined up the who he is, the what he does, and how much he makes in the way that he sees fit, he cant  possibly be to you what he wants to be. Which means that you cant really have the man you want. He cant sit around talking with you, or dream about marriage and family, if his mind is on how to make money, how to get a better position, how to be the kind of man he needs to be for you.

However nothing on this earth can compare with a womans love-it is kind and compassionate, patient and nuturing, generous and sweet and unconditional. pure.
If you are her man, she will talk to you until there arent any more words left to say, encourage you when you are at rock bottom and think there just isnt any way out, hold you in her arms when you are sick, and laugh with you when you are up. And if you are her man and that woman loves you-I mean really loves you? she will shine you up when you are dusty, encourage you when you are down, defend you even when shes not sure you were right, and hang on your every word,even when your not saying anything worth listening to. And no matter what you do, no matter how many times her friends tell her you are no good, no matter how many times you slam the door on the relaionship, she will give you her very best and then some, and keep right on trying to win over your heart, even when you act like everything shes done to convince you shes "THE ONE", just isnt good enough.
Thats a womans love -it stands the test of time, logic and all circumstance.

Excerpt from; Act Like A Lady! Think Like A Man--Steve Harvey

Saturday, 20 October 2012


My life is in your hands - Kirk Franklin


"God will always give what is right to his people who cry out to him day and night, and He will not be slow to answer them. Lk 18:7"

Why does God wait until the money is gone? Why does He wait until the sickness has lingered? Why does He choose to wait until the other side of the grave to answer the prayers for healing?

I dont know. I only know His timing is always right. I can only say He will do what is best......
Though you hear nothing, He is acting. With God there are no accidents. Every accident is intended to bring us closer to Him.
It beats my imagination when humans with our myopic view dare to venture into plans for the future without consulting the One who is already in the future, then when we our poor decisions bring us into a financial upheaval, or broken homes/marriages or we become unfulfilled in the careers we have chosen, the countries we have chosen to live in, we cry out and say God why!why!why me? sounds like you? But the good news is that theres always a second chance. And as you wait patiently for your change to come, cultivate the character that will enable you handle the victory victoriously!

Because from experience its easier losing success than achieving it! *Think Long-term*

When you are willing to go without food and take the time to seek God with all your heart.....

Try Fasting and Prayer 20 Oct 2012
'We fasted and entreated...God.' Ezra 8:23
Ezra's assignment was rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem, and there were moments when it felt overwhelming. So here's what he did: 'We fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.' When you are willing to go without food and take the time to seek God with all your heart, He will respond to you. So, when should you fast? Let's observe three things Ezra fasted and prayed for: 1) '...To seek from Him the right way for us...' (v. 21 NKJV). Without God's guidance you are left to the mercy of your own best thinking, and that can get you into trouble you may not get out of in a hurry. God doesn't want you travelling blindly into the future, hoping for the best. His promise to you is, 'Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come' (Jeremiah 33:3 NLT). 2) '...and [for] our little ones...' (Ezra 8:21 NKJV). Because God Himself is a father, this much is sure: when you petition Him on behalf of your children He gets involved in their lives! Samuel was moulded into one of Israel's greatest prophets by the prayers of a godly mother called Hannah. 3) '...and all our possessions' (v. 21 NKJV). If unemployment, the home foreclosure rate, and the rollercoaster we call the stock market are anything to go by, you'd be wise to consult God before you make any financial decision. 'Has God promised to bless me financially?' you ask. Yes. But only when your heart is in harmony with His will and your desire is to do what pleases Him.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Growing-and Blessing Others

Growing-and Blessing Others                                                                 19 Oct 2012

'Carry each other's burdens, and...you will fulfil the law of Christ.' Galatians 6:2
If your desire is to bless others, you must ask yourself: 1) What am I doing to invest in myself? You can't give what you don't have. Unless you're committed to personal growth you'll have nothing of worth to give others. So, '...add to your faith...knowledge' (2 Peter 1:5 NIV) and keep adding! 2) What am I doing to invest in others? Success can cause you to be self-seeking. Although you make the most of your natural talent and work hard, you can still become a schemer who asks, 'What can I get from others?' Instead you must ask, 'What can I give to others?' In the book Mother Teresa-Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, the little nun shares her thoughts with her superiors about her life and her calling to serve people. 'I don't know what the success will be...but if the Missionaries of Charity have brought joy to one unhappy home...made one innocent child from the streets keep pure for Jesus...one dying person die in peace with God...don't you think, Your Grace, it would be worthwhile offering everything...for just that one...because that would bring great joy to the heart of Jesus.' Mother Teresa inspired many of us, sat with presidents and kings, and modelled what servant-hood is to the world. Yet her dream of helping others started small, with the goal of affecting one unhappy home, one innocent child, or one dying person. The way in which you can bless the world around you is to do it-one life at a time.

Thursday, 18 October 2012


So the court today rules the verdict in favour of the gay couple and the owner of the b & b Mrs Susanne Wilkinson who runs it in her home, is to pay the couple the sum of £1800 each for damage to feelings....
However the solid foundation of God still stands.....

Gay couple turned away from B&B wait for damages verdict

Michael Black (l) and John Morgan The couple drove back home after being refused a room in the B&B


A gay couple have sued the owner of a bed and breakfast after she refused to let them stay in a room with a double bed.

Michael Black, 64, and John Morgan, 59, from Cambridgeshire, sought damages from Susanne Wilkinson, from Berkshire.

The owner of the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham said her religious beliefs dictated her decision.

Recorder Claire Moulder reserved judgment at Reading County Court for one to two weeks.

The couple, from Brampton near Huntingdon, had booked a double room for March 2010.

But when they arrived, Mrs Wilkinson made it clear she was not prepared to allow them to share a double bed, and that she would not accommodate them.

Lawyers from the human rights organisation Liberty have taken up the case.

They argued that under legal regulations it was unlawful for a person concerned with the provision of services to the public to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

Lawyers for Mrs Wilkinson argued that a person offering bed and breakfast in their own home was entitled to refuse to allow people who were not married or in a civil partnership to share a double bed.

The couple are not in a civil partnership. In these circumstances, there was no direct or indirect discrimination, the lawyers said.

The men seek a declaration they have been discriminated against and aim to claim damages.


 I just stumbled over this health tips on lifestyleuk, and thought I share it with you all. A healthy lifestyle I believe is one of the keys to a productive life, as you eat tho dont forget your exercises and please!please! please! do watch the quantity lol!

Brain boosting food 1: Oily fish

If you struggle to remember what day it is or what you had for dinner an hour ago, consider stocking up on the ultimate brain food, oily fish. Omega-3 fatty acids – found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines – are invaluable for just about every part of our body, and it seems our brains are no different. Researchers from the University of Kuopio in Finland found that eating oily fish three times a week reduces the risk of brain problems by 26 per cent and prevents against memory loss.

Brain boosting food 2: Dark, leafy greens

Dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli are packed with antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are essential to keep your body and brain in good health. They are also a good source of folate, which can help to speed up information processing and memory recall. Research results published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also indicated that the folate found in leafy green vegetables can help to protect against cognitive decline in old age.

Brain boosting food 3: Eggs

Egg yolks are nutritional powerhouses packed with many vitamins and minerals essential for good brain function. This cheap and versatile ingredient is a good source of iron, which is essential for creating red blood cells which carry oxygen to the brain, helping to keep your mental faculties sharp and to keep you alert and focused. Eggs are also a good source of vitamin B12 – a deficiency of which can lead to memory loss and confusion – and iodine, which has been shown to improve problem-solving abilities even in only mildly deficient children.

Brain boosting food 4: Green tea
As your brain is made up of around 80 per cent water, keeping it properly hydrated is vital for helping it to function at optimum levels. However, if you’re not a fan of regular water, swapping it for a cup of green tea could have added benefits for your brain. A Korean study has found that green tea can help to increase mental alertness and enhance your memory. Researchers have also found that the antioxidants found in green tea can help to protect the brain and reduce risk of dementia.

Brain boosting food 5: Chocolate

No, it’s not just wishful thinking – chocolate really is good for you! While chomping on bars of milk chocolate is unlikely to improve your IQ score, dark chocolate is rich in brain-boosting chemicals, called flavonoids, which can enhance your cognitive skills. Research has found that flavonoids induce the creation of new neurons in the brain and also improve their ability to form new memories. Studies also show that flavonoids improve blood flow to the brain. One study of adult women found that when given flavonoid-rich chocolate drinks, the blood flow to participants' brains increased within two hours and they performed better on a complex mental task
The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”
― Bob Marley



Feeling for Others (2)
'I remember you in my prayers at all times.' Romans 1:9-10
One Bible teacher writes: 'We don't look, act, or dress alike. We have different tastes in food, books, cars and music. We work at different jobs...enjoy different hobbies ...but one thing we have in common. We know what it means to hurt. Suffering is universal. Tears are the same for Jews, Muslims, Christians, white, black, brown, children, adults, and the elderly. When life hurts and dreams fade we express our anguish in different ways, but each of us knows the sting of pain, heartache, disease, disaster, trials and suffering. A great preacher of yester-year once said to a group of aspiring young ministers, Preach to the suffering and you'll never lack a congregation. There's a broken heart in every pew. Suffering is the common thread in all our garments. When Peter wrote his first letter to fellow believers scattered throughout Asia he focused on the thing that drew them all together-suffering. These people were being singed by the same flames of persecution that would take the apostle's life in just a few years. Their circumstances were the bleakest imaginable. Yet Peter didn't try to pump them up with positive thinking. Instead, he gently reached his hand to their chins and lifted their faces skyward-so they could see beyond their circumstances to their celestial calling. Some people instinctively know what to say to encourage others; they're the ones we look for when we're going through hard times. Jethro encouraged Moses (Exodus 18); Epaphroditus ministered to Paul (Philippians 2:25-30). Ask God to make you the kind of friend whose presence brings comfort and encouragement.'

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

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