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The Reason

Chapter 5
The Reason

As she walked towards the front door, Kate wondered why she kept on doing this. Yesterday was a nightmare. She cried herself to sleep last night. At first, this was just for the money, but now it was so much more. No longer was the money a reason. She had enough saved to pay off her bills so she did not need to continue. Still she did. Why?

Walking in, she went into the room where he sat. He did not acknowledge her presence. It felt like she was not in the room with him. Her heart broke again. Each day began the same way and ended the same way. She decided to sit opposite him and let him continue with what he was doing. Oh, how she loved him. It broke her heart every time she left him and went home. But she knew she couldn’t stay. She had her own life to live.

Lost in her thoughts she didn’t notice that he had turned his attention to her. He called at her the only way he knew how, but she did not respond. He called again. Still she did not respond. So he did the one thing he felt would get her attention.

He spat at her.

Shocked Kate turned and looked at him. Then she remembered the instructions she had been following with him for the past year. She got up, avoided eye contact and took up a wipe. Gently she wiped herself and then walked up to him and wiped his mouth. She looked at what he was doing and saw the painting he was making. She wanted to tell him she was sorry. She had not intentionally ignored him, that the finger painting was beautiful. However, if she did that, it would mean she was condoning his behavior.

It was so hard. Deciding which to follow; the instructions of the doctor or the tugging’s of her heart. She knew what she had to do. She ignored him and went about looking for another alternative to redirect his attention. She had to stay neutral, less he feeds off her reaction.
Immediately she turned from him, he started pinching her. He wanted her attention now and she wasn’t giving him. She knew he was acting out in frustration. Therefore, she did what the doctor had told her. In a calm, monotonous voice devoid of any emotion, she said;

“Tony hands down. No pinching.”

He stopped immediately and looked directly into her eyes.

Kate wanted to hug him and tell him she understood why he was agitated. However, she could not; for to do so will go against all that they were trying to teach him. Consistency was the key otherwise; he would start getting mixed message. Picking up a lollipop from the table, she opened it and gave to him. He gulped it in delight forgetting completely the reason he had thrown a fit a few seconds earlier.

And so the day began for both of them; the nanny and her ward. As the hours progressed, each one filled with trials and triumphs, Kate reveled in the beauty of the child’s innocence and gained strength from the joy she saw in his eyes every time he got something right and communicated his requests without throwing tantrums.

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Finally, his mother came back from work and it was time for her to leave. She bent down to buckle her sandals. He ran up to her and placed a wet, sloppy kiss on her cheeks, then ran back to his mother to seek her attention.

Kate smiled as his mother whispered the words ‘thank you’ to her. His mother then held Tony’s hands; the hands of her non-verbal, five years old autistic son and walked into the kitchen.

This was it. The ritual he did each day when she was about to leave was the reason she had not stopped. His appreciation and love shown the only way he knew how to. His kiss.

At day’s end, when her body ached and she relaxed for a night rest, Kate remembered why she went back each day, a child’s love.

Excerpt from Timeless Love: 15 Flash Fiction Stories by Edith Edremoda

HAPPY VALENTINE EVERYONE!!!!

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God The Perfect Father

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A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all circumstances, said: “My king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes!”

One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty losing a finger.

Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman said “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger.” The slave replied: “My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows “why” of all these things. What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!” Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.

Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who made human sacrifices. In the altar, ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages found that the victim had not one of his fingers, so he was released. According to them, it was not so complete to be offered to the gods.

Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave that he received very affectionately. “My dear, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?”

The slave replied: “My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger, therefore, remember everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong.”

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Often we complain about life, and negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose. Every morning, offer your day to God, don’t be in a rush. God is the perfect father.

Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong! You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because he never makes mistakes. He is the perfect father and He uses imperfect people.

The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. He is the way of all those who trust in Him.

Source: http://www.turnbacktogod.com/

How Strange It Is…

How strange it is…

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We wish to earn loads of money, but we have the best of times only when we have just 10 bucks in our pocket..

We wish to wear high brands, but we feel most comfortable in dirty pyjama pants…

We wish to sit in taj and marriot with elite people, but we enjoy roadside vendor food with friends the most..

We wish to own big cars and go on long drives yet we talk our heart out only while walking down a long road..

Life is indeed simple..

Why make it complex by running after what never gives us joy..

Love life.. Take note of small things…

For when you achieve the bigger ones, you can smile and say..

‘I have lived it all’

Source: http://www.sumitrochlani.com/2011/04/how-strange-it-is.html

The Mirror Has Two Faces…..

When you look in a mirror, what do you see?
Do you see the imperfect nose, the ugly dimples or do you see the beautiful dimples and the perfect nose?
People say the mirror has two faces, for me though, it has one.

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When I look in the mirror, I see me and only me. No deception.
I see the girl with the big nose and protruding forehead. That’s what I see and I love it.

Ist Peter 2:9: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people………” KJV

I am a peculiar person. God has made me peculiar. Of the billions of people who have lived and died before me and the billions of people who will live and die after me, no one can be ME.

So I ask myself, why would I want to be someone else, look like someone else, live like someone else? Why?

Now, this here is the biggie!

I have asked myself over and over again this question especially at times when, society is demanding I conform and my self will seems to be dwindle. It has happened many times in the past and will happen many times in the future.
I am asked to change, sometimes forcefully or sometimes sublimely, in my writing, in my life, in simple things as my dress sense. It is what the society expects of me. The images and media circulating, constantly bombarding my senses makes it difficult for me at times to decide who I am. But then, I remember that scripture. ..
Oh! I remember that I am a peculiar person, there can only be one, Me.

Just as there is only one me, there can only be one you.
Be who God wants you to be, YOURSELF.
For each man has a destiny. Find yourself in His word and He will surely direct your path.
Edith.

A Man died…

A man died…

When he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.

Dialog between God and Dead Man:

God: Alright son, it’s time to go

Man: So soon? I had a lot of plans…

God: I am sorry but, it’s time to go

Man: What do you have in that suitcase?

God: Your belongings

Man: My belongings? You mean my things… Clothes… money…

God: Those things were never yours, they belong to the Earth

Man: Is it my memories?

God: No. They belong to Time

Man: Is it my talent?

God: No. They belong to Circumstance

Man: Is it my friends and family?

God: No son. They belong to the Path you travelled

Man: Is it my wife and children?

God: No. they belong to your Heart

Man: Then it must be my body

God: No No… It belongs to Dust

Man: Then surely it must be my Soul!

God: You are sadly mistaken son. Your Soul belongs to me.

Man with tears in his eyes and full of fear took the suitcase from the God’s hand and opened it…

EMPTY!!

With heartbroken and tears down his cheek he asks God…

Man: I never owned anything?

God: That’s Right. You never owned anything.

Man: Then? What was mine?

God: your MOMENTS.
Every moment you lived was yours.

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Life is just a Moment.������

LIVE IT.
LOVE IT.
ENJOY IT.

Source: http://www.sumitrochlani.com

Let This Be The Night

The temple gate opens,
My heart embraces the restorative power of the first rains of Your grace,
My tears flow without ceasing – not from pain but from joy,
I realize that in You is where I must be.
Into my heart Your word enters,
Darkness within me is dispelled and light is brought forth,
I cast myself down at Your feet.
As I seek Your presence and restoring grace,
My soul cries out – Let this be the night oh Lord! Let this be the night.

The loneliness within me is ousted,
Rancor is replaced with love,
The malice that consumes me becomes kindness,
I praise and adore You from the depths of my heart.
As I marvel in awe at Your awesome might,
My soul cries out- Let this be the night oh Lord! Let this be the night.

I realize that You are bigger than what people say,
I acknowledge You in all my ways,
My fear about tomorrow is expelled,
And hope is renewed within me.
I see the road before me as a path towards my beginning,
I see You in the loses I have and will receive,
I know that my weeping will only endure a while.
As I realize that my joy is near,
My soul cries out – Let this be the night oh Lord! Let this be the night.

I seek only to trust You – relying not on my understanding,
But on the wisdom that comes from the One who created the heavens and the earth,
I am no longer consumed with hate,
Vengeance is replaced with forgiveness,
I am moved from this valley of despair to a mountain top of peace.
As I realize that it is the peace only You can give,
My soul cries out – Let this be the night oh Lord! Let this be the night.

I will tarry from midnight to the break of dawn,
I wait upon You oh Lord,
For there is no path I wish to take – except to walk in Your loving presence.
I seek solace and redemption – for no more can I go on.
As I stand still and look up to the heavens,
My soul cries out words that my heart conceives,
“Only You Lord can save me. Let this be the night oh Lord I surrender all! Let this be the night.”

By Edith Edremoda

A Lamp For My Feet

“I interpret as I should, following the command of Christ: ‘Search the Scriptures,’ and ‘Seek and you shall find.’ For if, as Paul says, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, and if the man who does not know Scripture does not know the power and wisdom of God, then ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” St Jerome

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In two earlier posts, we talked about Love and Forgiveness as expressions of true christian spirituality. In this post, I want to talk about The Word of God as another expression.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For us believers, the Word is everything to us, because the Word is God. It is the reason we are who we are. We can discuss the word of God using different scriptures but I would rather focus on one scripture for this post.

The Psalmist sang; “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”

Each day of our lives, we walk on paths that either leads us closer to God or further away. There are times when darkness settles around us; times when it seems like it is about to consume us. The word of God at such moments flares up within us and becomes a flaming torch to the path we choose to take. A torch that helps dispels that darkness.

When we study the Word of God written in the Holy bible and in the process allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the right path to follow in our daily lives, we express one of the forms of true Christian spirituality. It is only through reading and reflecting on the Word can we truly be able to differentiate between right and wrong. Only then can we truly know the heart of our Father.

I know how difficult it is sometimes to pick up the Bible and read it.

Trust me I know.

With so many “good stuff” on TV, Radio Stations and Internet to watch and listen to, it becomes a major battle for one to read just a simple verse in the bible daily.
There was a time in my life when I didn’t even know where my Bible was in my house.

When I did finally get back the desire to read it, I just couldn’t motivate myself enough.

Want to know what I did?

I went straight for the book of the bible that would hold my interest first. My desire was to start from there and then build up my interest with the help of the Holy Spirit.

I am a true romantic so you can just guess the book I started with. Ruth! of course…

As crazy as it sounds, from that one book, I ended up reading all the books of the bible.

Now my friends, I can’t say I have a theology degree but I can say that I do know the Word. I know the Word enough, that I can allow it be the light unto the part I am taking right now.

A path that has led me to the point where I am blogging about the WORD.

Ooh Child, Forgive..

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Have you ever said to someone who offends or hurts you, “There is no way I am going to forgive you for what you did.” or maybe “I forgive you but i just can’t forget what you did.”

There are so many times I have been hurt by those I love and even mere acquaintances that I know how difficult it is to forgive the person and let go of all the pains and bad memories. The fact remains that as a Christian it is one of the things I must learn to embrace and do.

Based on my first post expressions of true christian spirituality, I am going to write on the next form of expression- Forgiveness.

“forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us….”

A portion of the Lord’s prayer we all struggle to embrace. But we have to. We must. It is part of who we are as Christians. I know how difficult it is to forgive and forget. I know because I have been hurt so many times by those I love and trust. sometimes, I feel there is just no way I can let go of the pain and even if I could I would not be able to forget the bad memories. Days and months pass and I realize that I have let go of the hurt and memories.

How was I able to do it?
Simple, I asked for help from the Holy Spirit and also confronted those who hurt me.

There is a saying, “It is better to debate a problem without settling it than to settle a problem without a debate.”

Talking to the person who has hurt you in instances where you can reach the person is a therapeutic way of confronting your hurt. It allows you the opportunity to let go of anger and resentment.

Another way is to just look forward to the next day. Look forward to the future and see beyond the pain however difficult it may seem at that moment. I achieve this by simply listening to songs that minister to the pain. There are many out there if you search and I find that they take me to a place far away from my anger and pain to the point I just forget.

Here is one of such songs,

THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS- OOH CHILD

Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll get it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna be easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get be brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna be easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get be brighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll get it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll get it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Right now, right now

Remember, forgiveness is a gradual healing process and with time and God’s grace you will find yourself free of its hold and limitations.

Expressions of True Christian Spirituality

Hello,
Over the next series of post, I want to share some of the things I learnt a few months back on true Christian Spirituality. I hope they inspire you just as they did me.

Simply defined, Spirituality is the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters.

Christian Spirituality is the life-long journey through which a person comes to discover Self in relationship to God and to God’s creation i.e. family, the Christian community, humanity, and the world.(Timothy W. Brock)

One of such expressions of true Christian Spirituality is LOVE

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Love is a language everyone understands. Every race, tribe and tongue understands the language of love. As a Christian, it is what makes us unique, our ability to love without limits. Our ability to look at the cross and see the greatest expression of love and then apply that love in our day-to-day lives. From our homes, to the streets to our offices to the church, each place offers an opportunity for us to show and express what Christianity is to us. Let us face it. Christianity is all about love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son..John 3:16”. It is the reason we are who we are. It is the reason we are called Christians.

I will leave you with some quotes by one person who in her lifetime personified this expression of true Christianity, Mother Teresa.

“Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within reach of every hand.

There is a terrible hunger for love.
We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness.
We must have the courage to recognize it.
The poor you may have right in your own family.
Find them.
Love them.

Speak tenderly to them.
Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting.
Always have a cheerful smile.
Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.

I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus,
“Love one another as I have loved you.”
Ask yourself “How has he loved me?
Do I really love others in the same way?”
Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love.
Work without love is slavery.

– Mother Teresa

When God Speaks

Most times as Believers we ask ourselves this question.

Does God speak
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I have asked myself that question many times especially at times when I am at a crossroad and indecisive as to which path to take. I have devoured through the holy book and after a recent preaching titled ‘When God Speaks’ I heard from a Pastor, I can confidently say:

Yes God truly Speaks.

God speaks but he is not a talkative.(Ezekiel 12:25)

When God Speaks his words can be an appeal. Isaiah 43: 18-19

When God Speaks his word does not agree with common sense. Isaiah 55:8

When God Speaks his words are creative. (Genesis 1:3)

When God Speaks his word can be a warning.

When God Speaks his words can be a blessing, a curse or an answer to your request.Numbers 23:19;Luke 8:24

When God Speaks there will be restoration John 11:43 Luke 7:12

When God Speaks darkness disappears and light is brought forth.

I can write many more instances where God speaks but I will stop at these few. For anyone reading this please know that God speaks to every situation we are going through. Read His word, you will hear His voice. Be still and you will Know that He is God.

Remain Blessed,

Edith