When swamped with problems, it’s so easy to become narrow-sighted focusing on our issues alone and forgetting every good thing God has done for us. It’s so easy to become like the Israelites in the wilderness and to begin questioning God and asking if our prayers are ever heard; it’s so easy to give the … Continue reading Count your blessings
Let me start by saying: Money comes into our lives to fulfill a purpose. The mistake we make is by thinking money is all about us, that is, for our enjoyment and benefit. Money is spiritual, money is power and it is given to those who have said yes to a specific assignment here on … Continue reading Money isn’t just for you…the wealth you seek isn’t all about you
Your talent is like a flame, you can use it to destroy lives, create new things or keep others warm. Till you know why you are gifted, however, you will be all over the place, confused and often depressed to say the least. You see, what you do with your talent doesn’t matter as much … Continue reading What’s your purpose as a creative?
Picture this, a person is $22 million in debt and their business is bleeding after a bad year. Then one day a friend thought about them and gave them $5000 after hearing their issues. A client also made a payment of $2 million days after into their bank account. My question to you is, should … Continue reading Gratitude in the midst of storms
There is nothing more frustrating than praying for months, years or even days for one thing in hope, only to be left feeling crushed and without an answer. I recall a moment when I attended a three day church program, to fast and pray about my business amongst other prayers. I was trusting God for … Continue reading Hope Deferred: when nothing seems to be working
Earlier this month, I designed a Mother's Day card for family, friends and clients. It was symbolic in nature—a mother in red surrounded by her kids, depicting the hen-like protection a mother gives to her young. Hills and valleys in the background depicting the low times and high times when she has to be with … Continue reading What makes a good father?
I check my social media accounts everyday and many people have a wise saying or two, some, if you read deeply between the lines are birthed out of hate, sadness or a difficult moment. Some also in trying to get their daily fix of joy, post an image and hope the comments and likes can liven them up. We all know or can relate because we have either lived through this or know a friend who has.
After the release of my book, The End of Abuse, I felt led to interview certain individuals who had either experienced abuse and been healed from the trauma; or were in the occupation of caring for abuse victims one way or the other. The reason is, people truly are in need of answers; and it's … Continue reading Interview with BAABA DADZIE (on Abuse, Counselling and Mental health)
Whenever many people hear about abuse of boys and men, they simply think of the times they read news items about young boys being molested by older men or how men have been abused by others. This, however, isn’t all there is to the subject. I dare say a lot of guys have been abused and don’t even know it. This is because of their narrow perception of what abuse is. The saddest part about this side of male abuse I will like to share is, that many men are told to be strong and act tough about a lot of things they go through. From childhood, they are taught to be gangster, tough, hard, you name it. In some cases, some are ‘‘praised’’ even whiles being abused. Let me share some personal experiences with you, so you better understand what I mean.
I accidentally damaged my phone some time ago. It slipped out of my hands and cracked upon hitting the ground. To my dismay, it became unresponsive. The only thing I could pretty much do was receive incoming calls via an earpiece. This unfortunate incident helped me assess the use of my phone. For the past few years, WhatsApp as well as other social media platforms has become my default mode of communication; a development which I believe appeals to other phone users as social media platforms provides easy and convenient ways for correspondence. How was I going to survive with a damaged phone whose only use was to receive calls?
At 21, you have no clue what your future could possibly hold. You don’t have the slightest idea that you will discover your gifts and purpose in life through the most bizarre circumstances seven years later. Dela, you might have never thought that you will inspire and influence people through your works as an artist, designer and an advocate for purpose. Perhaps, you didn’t think that someday you will be sharing your faith in God with the world and the many miracles He’s done in your life.
The journey of faith, or what many prefer to call Christianity, is in itself one of the biggest battles that a person will ever live through. It’s no wonder that Paul the Apostle made reference to it by telling Timothy (his son in faith) to fight the good fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight … Continue reading The good fight of faith
A couple of months back during a spontaneous worship session I wrote the words below. Through it all, the pain and hurt/ When I am low and covered in dirt/ I will sing your praise/ For I know you are with me/ With me even when I can't feel you/ With me even when I … Continue reading When darkness falls
Have you ever wondered why people visit zoos? Think about it. Is it just to admire works of nature or to marvel at God’s handiwork? Do we go to the zoo just to hear lions roar and to see monkeys swing from tree to tree? Yes! That’s exactly what we do…but why? There is the … Continue reading Running with the wolves
The topic of sin is very broad—simply because there are a host of sins—and truly whenever many hear it preached, they think about the quintessential "bad boy or girl" who sins greatly. Most often, people who engage in freshly professions like prostitution and so forth come to mind as well. The topic of sin, however, … Continue reading Hidden Sins and Temptations
I will never forget the fall of 2014. Alone in my car and heart broken I turned up Chris Brown's song "X" as I drove out of a friend's house. I was angry and felt I had had enough of everything a certain girl was doing. With a grin on my face and anger in … Continue reading Moving on with God
At the climax of any emotional hurt—the point where we can no longer bear the memories of pain that a person has placed us through—twisted fantasies and dark vengeful thoughts erupt within our minds. Alone by ourselves, we visualise the gratification we would receive by watching the people who hurt us crumble under the weight … Continue reading Unquenchable vengeance
After posting my article titled "scientific proof of God", I got a comment from a man I will simply like to call Mr Atheist. This new post you are about to read is my response to his comment below. OMG! do you realize how condescending you are being? I’m sorry, but you need to stop … Continue reading Open response to Mr Atheist
Over the past couple of months I have been asking a lot of Christians this question. And I must say, the responses have been nothing but amazing: a blend of spiritual anecdotes, awkward moments and bible discussions. I did realise, however, that the common responses I received were conclusions these people had made after receiving … Continue reading Why do you believe in God?
Everybody's got their issues 'man': maybe a loved one is disrespecting them; maybe a boyfriend messed up or just got another girl pregnant; maybe they are broke and are about to be evicted or maybe, their cat just died and they can't get over the pain. People have got their issues and no matter how … Continue reading Sharing your problems
Think about it! You go to church on Sunday, go through the whole week indulging in your own secret sins and forgetting practically everything the preacher said—except the jokes; and come back the next week to listen to another sermon you will forget weeks later. Truth be told, this does happen to a lot of … Continue reading What’s the point of Christianity?
I never realised how much bearing grudges could really screw me up, till doing so left me reminiscing and regretting my actions. Little did I know till I wrote this, that one act of unforgivingness can lead to a chain reaction of problems: and many sour friendships. Till God finally got—or rather grabbed—my attention, I … Continue reading Unforgivingness
Sometimes life really sucks, and when I say really sucks, I mean really sucks: you know, those moments when you mess up things so bad that you wish you could just turn back the hands of time. Yep! That's what I am talking about. So I went through one of those moments—I have actually been … Continue reading Even before you were born
Every single day, over a thousand debates and conversations take place around the world: many of which are centred on the tangibility and evidence of God. During such conversations-two of which I was recently a part of-you usually have a group of people who ask for scientific proofs or hard facts of His existence; and/or … Continue reading “Scientific” proof of God
Hey Akua, thanks for asking such a great question. What I have realised about God is that besides answering our prayers in His own time, He many a times gives us a different answer to the question(s) we asked Him; but since we are usually so bent on hearing a particular answer, we fail to … Continue reading Why does God answer prayers in His own time?
It was the last day of the semester, my first year in university—a rather wretched semester I must say; the hallways were overrun with students, most of whom had showed up for a friend's Dionysian cocktail hosted in his room. I was feeling a bit under the weather that evening: I had a terrible chesty … Continue reading In memory of you
A lot of people have heard about what goes down at Atemuda after hours. But very few people know the true lives or alter egos if you will, of the folk who hang around this "drinking spot" till morning; or the cocottes who sometimes, literally run at moving cars screaming out licentious words in the … Continue reading Atemuda
“What’s the time?” I muttered to myself, as I tossed my pillow and frantically groped my bed in search of my phone. The moonlight filtered through my windows. I flipped my bedcover and fumbled the mattress beneath it. Then I found my phone. The time was 5:12am. The sky, however, was still murky and as … Continue reading Insomnia
It was about four o'clock pm, school was over and everyone was heading home. It was supposed to be a typical stress free day. That, however, changed when a sizzling blow to my gut sent me falling down on my knees. As I lay helplessly on the ground with tears in my eyes and dust all over … Continue reading Demasking
"Nobody is perfect!" These are the words uttered by a lot of people, whenever they are haunted by their past mistakes, or pricked in their conscience after indulging in an act they in hindsight regret. But as modest as this may sound, it's a statement of defeat that keeps us from attaining our ultimate … Continue reading The Darkest Valley
On that first day I stepped into my kindergarten class, I had no idea that the world was going to be how I see it now. All I saw on that day, was a bunch of frisky kids and a teacher who had a desire to impact our lives in a tremendous way—which she did. Today I … Continue reading A teenager’s heart
Many years ago, as history would have us know, a man called Jesus Christ walked this earth. To some, He was a god, to others a prophet, and to the chosen ones, He was the embodiment of the very God who created the Heavens and the earth. Over the years, however, things have changed; the … Continue reading The Jesus you never knew
Have you ever felt as though you've been covered with a thick slimy mass of sin? Have you ever felt dirty (devalued) after falling into temptation? I have! This usually occurs whenever we indulge in an act our conscience opposes, for the first time. The end result of our indulgence is a feeling that parallels … Continue reading Falling Again