Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Slapped me back to life

"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him" - Proverbs 22:15 (KJV).

In my early years of adolescence, I was that stubborn kid but it was very subtle. I was the kid that will be telling you no with a smiling face and you wouldn't even realise I've just said no. As a result, a lot of people didn't notice this trait. I think I have changed now-  something in my heart tells me so and I believe it.




Anyhoo, I digress.
I will never forget one scenario that made me think twice about this stubbornness issue; in fact I had to sit the stubbornness down and ask it "how market"?

It was one Saturday like that, I was in SS1 (Grade 10 for all my abroad folks) I think and I was just at home chilaxxing and savouring my new found love in romance novels (don't judge me). I was on my own oh, not looking for anyone's trouble when my elder sister remembered that the wick for the kerosene stove have finished and it was me that was going to buy it. Naturally, I sweetly told her that I wasn't going to buy it as I hadn't taken my bath yet and besides I was reading my novel.
My sister then told me that she was waiting for me as she needed it to cook food for my mum.
I was like "na so, come and remove my legs let me see".

Anyway, let's say like 30 minutes later, my mum started calling my name. Let me put it at this point that I had been giving her trouble this whole week and I had been going scot-free. However, that day was the day of judgement.

When I got to where my mum was, she was like - Why haven't you gone to buy the wick? She said it so calmly, I should have known something was wrong.
However, my mind didn't even go there, I just started ranting...
"Mummy I haven't taken my bath so I cannot go out and ...."

My brethren, after that first line, the next place I saw myself was were they sold the stove wick. Till today, I don't know how I got to the place and came back in record time but something in my mind tells me it was the slap that landed on my face. Jesus, I'm not even kidding you, that was the first time my mum slapped me and trust me that was the last time because teleportation is not something you want to be experiencing everyday. When I came back was when I noticed water running down my cheeks, I hadn't even realized the slap made me cry.

I think the slap removed the stubbornness to a great deal. They didn't even call me two times from that day on. Once I just hear the first syllable of my name, I'm already there.

Side note: If you are an African kid and your parents are angry with you, don't let them get close to you. Run. It's a trap...

Happy New year folks.
Hugs & kisses. 
Xoxo Betty :)

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Reflections!!!

Hello... 
It's me...

FYI : I cut my hair for those who have been sleeping on a rock

There is something therapeutic about writing things, I don't know what it is, or maybe it's just me... Does anyone in the house feel that way too about writing? As I was close to finishing my finals and I thought about blogging something, there was this wave of excitement that filled my heart.
Let me tell you a secret guys; I first noticed this thing because of a pastor that came to visit our church once. Whenever you feel you have a problem you don't feel like talking to anyone about, try writing down a letter to God... I'm being serious here, just address the letter to God; that is you are praying now but it is in form of a letter.. It works like mad.
Is anyone getting my point? 


Erm, I digress. Where did we stop the last time? Blog readers ohhh, where did we stop??
Before I proceed, 

Is it too late now to say sorry
Yeah I know that I let you down
Is it too late to say I'm sorry now?  (Singing in my best voice)

Monday, 14 September 2015

3 Scriptures - September 2015

Hey everyone
The last time I blogged about Scriptures in August (missed it? not to worry. click here), I promised I was going to make it a regular feature. So here is the scripture for September.

Scripture 1 - Romans 8:33-38
The Apostle Paul should be one of my favorite Bible person. Whenever I read any of his letters, he comes across to me as someone with high intellect and knowledge. But this is not about Paul, I digress.

I love this passage because it reminds me of the steadfastness of God's love in every situation. This scripture comes across to me as a challenge from God; something like "oya tell me what you want to mention now that you think can separate us that I did not list here.."
Common, they even listed life and death....
So cheer up people, nothing, I repeat, nothing can separate us from God's love.



Scripture 2 : Romans 8:28
Romans 8 should be one of my favorite scriptures so sorry that all my scriptures for this month is culled from there.
Erm, this scripture is one of my favorite ones because it is a source of comfort. Have something ever happened to you and you were like "how? But God that was not in the plan!"
Now don't get me wrong; there are times that things go wrong and we must pray because prayer is a vital too; don't underestimate that and say "all things work together".

But whatever happens to you, just know it is working for a greater good. I've seen this happen first hand in my life so I know what I'm saying.




Scripture 3 - Romans 8:14,16

I love this scripture especially the second verse and I'll tell you why.
If you came from a Christian family just like me, chances are you probably responded to your first altar call when you were a child, maybe around 8-9 years.
I wish it was all it took and we could have been okay, but that wasn't all.
You saw yourself going back to that altar when next a guest minister comes to church and makes an altar call that touches your heart. You repent again and the cycle continues probably into teenage.

You get where I'm going? For people like me, we needed that conviction that we are children of God. I was tired of the altar call cycle. I needed one last real experience. And trust me, when I first stumbled upon this scripture, I was like Halleluyah.
I don't know when the final "altar call" happened, but I know that when it did, I had that conviction that I am now a child of God, and this time, it was for real...
I never doubted it again.


Yeah, so there you have it.
3 scriptures for September.
Which one do you relate to the most? 
Hugs and kisses.
Xoxo.

Friday, 11 September 2015

1 year blogaversary

Hip Hip Hip.....
Hurray....
Sometime last year in my little room, I was at the edge of boredom and didn't know what to do about it.  The only thing that came to my mind then was blogging, and most people who know my impulsive nature will know I didn't even think twice. I just headed straight into it.

One year later, I must confess I'm no longer bored hence the frequency of my posts has reduced.. Having a blog have made me realize that to be a successful blogger, you must be talkative in nature... Or else how can you explain having to write new things on a daily basis?
I am just trying to give excuses for not posting more, but today is not a day of excuses. I am grateful to all my readers and everyone who has supported this blog in one way or the other.



So on my anniversary I am presenting to you some of my blog stats
In the past year, I've published a total of 64 posts this one inclusive. If I should add those I abandoned in the drafts section and those that never got published, that number would be closer to 80

Blog Hit.
We are just a few numbers short of 10,000 hits. I know it is not a lot, but given the fact that I don't blog often and I have not really advertised the page, it's a starting point. 10,000 hits is not rice and beans with moin-moin jor.

Top five Countries most viewed
The top five countries that viewed my blog the most were
1. Canada
2. United States (it closely pursues Canada)
3. Nigeria
4. United Kingdom
5. Netherlands ( I don't know anyone here ohh, but whoever you are, keep up the good work)

Top 5 posts.
The blog posts you guys read the most are
1. Meet Faith - sixty pairs
2. Meet Stella : Miss Eyebrows
3. Grateful, Thankful, Hopeful!!!
4. Happy weekend/who wore it better
5. Ermm, everybody submit

Yeah, so those are the stats.
I want to thank anyone who have left a comment or encouraged me.
You might wonder if I have new blog resolutions, well, my earnest desire is to blog more : So help me God.
Maybe I'll just create a schedule and stick to it, what do you think?

 So today I really want to hear your honest opinions
How do you think I can improve the blog in the coming year?
What features would you like to see?
What do you think I am doing wrong? (and how do you think it can be made right)
What do you want continued?
I am really open to suggestions and "constructive" criticism so fire away..

And please do me a favor; if you haven't liked the facebook page yet, Go ahead and do so.. That way, you won't ever miss a post...


Till the next post comes your way, happy anniversary and long live bored betty's musings.
Hugs and kisses.
Xoxo