On the Lies I’ve Believed and the Truth He’s Giving

On the Lies I’ve Believed and the Truth He’s Giving

Beautiful!

Hope Unyielding

“The eye is the lamp of the body,” Jesus said. “If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”

My eyes have been bad for so long, viewing dirt as gold and being blind to the treasure before me. I run after cheap copies of the real thing, then scream at God in desperation when he keeps them out of reach.

I am like the idol-maker Isaiah speaks of in chapter 44 verse 20: “Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”Hand, Fist, Dust, Black And White, Grip, Dirt, Dirty

I’ve been telling myself lies about God for years. He’s good, of course, but he’s not really good to me. He loved me enough to give me eternal life, but not enough…

View original post 1,610 more words

Advertisements
Sister of My Heart- by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Sister of My Heart- by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Really interesting book we read!

Awolaryea

sister of my heart

Sister of My Heart is a story which tells of love, loyalty, suffering, crushed expectations, family, strength in unity, the power of women among other themes. The story revolves around the lives of two cousins- Anju and Sudha. Divakaruni allows us to grow with them from childhood, through their teens up until they get married. In the alternating style that Divakaruni chooses Anju and Sudha allow us a glimpse into their lives each telling the story from their perspective. These wonderful story-tellers teach us lessons about Indian oral traditions, rituals, food, marital arrangements among others.

Although the challenges that Anju and Sudha’s family face are commonplace, they are relatable. One clear theme that resonated with me as I read the novel was crushed hopes and dreams. I was nostalgic as I read about their dreams and hopes about the future which they shared with each other with so much certainty…

View original post 279 more words

Our strength -at rest

Our strength -at rest

Beautiful!

Awolaryea

May God deal with us as he did with Joshua son of Nun. I know the Israelites had to fight several physical battles in their quest to take over the promise-land. However, I absolutely love the account in Joshua 5:1. It tells of the wondrous things that God did for the Israelites as Joshua led them into the promise-land, specifically how He stopped the Jordan so they could cross on dry land.

The mighty acts of God put so much fear in the hearts of those who were arming themselves for battle against the Israelites that they lost all their courage. Joshua 5:1 “Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they[a] had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the…

View original post 77 more words

Eustace Clarence Scrubb: Changed by the Power of Aslan

Eustace Clarence Scrubb: Changed by the Power of Aslan

Beautiful thoughts about the transformation of Eustace Scrubb in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and how that relates to Christian life in general.

Faith, Folk and Charity

As we remember C.S. Lewis fifty years after his death – and today, which would have 001862ba95bf951f_largebeen his 115th birthday – I post the second in my 2006 Lent series on characters from the Narnia stories and what they can teach us about following Jesus.

Please note that this sermon is based on the book, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, not the movie!

C.S. Lewis begins his Narnia story The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with these words: ‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb – and he almost deserved it’. What follows is a wonderful story that works on at least two levels. On the surface, we have a classic tale about a sea voyage and the adventures the sailors go through along the way. On a deeper level, though, we have a story about the transformation of Eustace Clarence Scrubb from a thoroughly self-centred and…

View original post 2,420 more words

Reflections on applying for a Small Grant

Reflections on applying for a Small Grant

Great thoughts about writing for grants

queerlinglang

I recently found out that a bid I’d made for a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant had been successful. I tweeted about this and said I’d be happy to share what I’d learnt in the process of making my application – particularly because I’d had a rejected one in the past and I know what I did differently this time around. There was some interest in me sharing my reflections…so here they are! The amount funded by these awards is very small (only up to £10,000), yet the amount of work that goes into writing an application is huge – so hopefully this will be helpful to others.

I’m definitely not an expert in winning funding bids – far from it! – and I want that to be really clear. There are many resources out there from people with far, far more experience and insight to offer than me –…

View original post 1,486 more words

INTERVIEW WITH THE KUSASI CHIEF IN BAWKU

INTERVIEW WITH THE KUSASI CHIEF IN BAWKU

amazing stuff about the Kusasis….my people

Chaka Orleans Heritage Foundation

Chief,Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoko II

The Team left from Bawku Central to the palace of the Kusasi Chief Naba Asigri Abugrago AzokoII,some of his elders who were seated gave us a little tit bit about the manner in which they greet their chief; upon arrival of the chief, all men rise up whiles ladies sit.

View original post 486 more words

My rendition of Katy Perry’s “roar”

My rendition of Katy Perry’s “roar”

So Katy Perry’s roar is a pretty awesome song. I like the wordplay and the artistic nature of it all. It’s pretty amazing.

In terms of the meaning, I love the thought of taking your life into your own hands, overcoming your fears and becoming all you can be.

A few thoughts came to mind when I watched the video. So recently, a daily Dynamic Catholic message was about how Jesus turns your life upside down in order to have it right side up. (https://dynamiccatholic.com) Paul and other evangelists were described as the people who have turned the world upside down.

During the Advent/Christmas season each year, we read Isaiah’s (Isaiah 11) message about the world being turned upside down with the advent of the Messiah such that the wolf will live with the lamb and other previously sworn enemies will dwell together. Amazingly beautiful thoughts!

So how does that tie in with Katy Perry’s “roar”? Well, Satan is the abuser who keeps us in bondage and we become tigers and lions (bold) only when we make the decision for Christ. That’s when our lives are turned upside down such that they are right side up because it is only in Christ that we discover our true selves: we are made in God’s own image and likeness and are empowered to live holy and right lives.

May we live the bold “tigerous” life worthy of our calling as Christians, overcoming temptation and snatching souls from hell by proclaiming God’s word to them. Peace!

Please blame Ekow Boakye, I had no idea about this. 🙂

Angela Azumah Alu, 4/08/18

Check out the video for the song: https://www.google.com.gh/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DCevxZvSJLk8&ved=0ahUKEwjFutTWmtTcAhULBcAKHd6nBDgQo7QBCCIwAA&usg=AOvVaw3eZ5wP5Y-sMTaU3-n5RFzS