Positive Quote For Today

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."— Maya Angelou


The Word of God

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Do you enjoy eating as much as I do? Yes, I enjoy eating. Just thinking about what I will have for the next meal fills me with the same delight a soccer player feels when he scores an equalizer. I consider the desire to eat to be one of the best emotions that God bestowed on us. And no blessing is greater than having an appetite for food.

My favorite meal for breakfast is tea or porridge together with slices of bread lined with honey. For lunch and supper, my favorites are ugali taken together with cooked spinach or chapatis with lentils stew. I also take pleasure in feasting on omelettes and fruits such as avocados, bananas, mangoes and pineapples. And I find pineapples to be so sweet that I have come to think of them as cakes prepared and baked by Mother Nature.

As I partake my meals, I strive to savor every morsel of food that I take into my mouth. And because I fear putting on weight these days, I always eat in moderation and follow up my eating with physical exercises so as to burn any excess fat that might be accumulating in my fearfully and wonderfully made body.

My mother, who I am currently staying with here at home, also enjoys eating like I do. But unlike me, she eats like a horse - something that worries me since she hardly ever exercises due to a stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body. So much does Mum enjoy eating that she often asks me what we are having for the next meal.

The other day when she woke up in the morning for instance, she called out my name and asked me what we would have for lunch. When I answered her question, she proceeded to ask me what we would eat for supper. After replying to her second question, I immediately remembered what Jesus told the Devil as He was being tempted in the desert: that man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

I have taken to heart those words of Jesus to an extent of developing a passion for reading and meditating on the Word of God as it is presented to us in the Holy Bible. Believe you me, I take as much delight in studying God's Word as I do in eating chapatis with lentils stew. Sometimes when I am traveling, I carry a Bible with me for reading during any idle moments that might arise.

There was a time in 2018 when I entered into a bookshop in Nairobi to buy a book. I went through all the shelves in the bookshop, trying to assess which book I should purchase. In the end, I settled on buying a Bible which turned out to be of the same version as the one I had at home. That I chose to purchase a Bible, and not a novel or a self-help book, shows how passionate I am about reading God's Word.

Of all the books in the Bible, my favorites are the books of Psalms, Proverbs, Sirach and Matthew. (The book of Sirach, also known as the book of Ecclesiasticus, is found only in the Catholic Bible; it's really inspiring.) I also have a strong affinity for the epistles of St. Paul.

From the Bible, I have learnt to have faith in God; to pray without ceasing; to practise kindness and gratitude; to cast my cares to God for He cares about me; to avoid worrying; to always speak the truth because God hates lies; to honor my parents so that all may go well with me; to refrain from anger; to say 'no' without feeling mean or selfish; to encourage other people instead of putting them down; to value knowledge, wisdom and understanding; and to not steal other people's property.

Perhaps most importantly, I have learnt from the Bible to be a man of good courage. Because the Bible talks of courage 365 times, it has a message of courage for each day of the year. And I find that message helpful since courage is one of the most important virtues. Without courage, it is impossible to practise other virtues with consistency. We can't, for example, tell the truth without courage; I have discovered most people tell lies because they lack the courage to speak the truth.

There is a lot more to be gleaned from the Bible, especially if we read from a variety of versions. After much of what I have learnt from the Bible which I find pertinent to what we go through in life, I now agree with Norman Vincent Peale that the Bible is not something piously stuffy and boring, but a scientific procedure for successful living. So I have resolved to keep on delighting in studying God's Word as I do in eating. Ciao!

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Demolition in my Neighborhood

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This is the Good Samaritan Church in my neighborhood. More about it in the story below.

My family relocated to my home-area of Kiserian in 1986, about a year or two before I was born. They built on a piece of land in the area a wooden house which resembled the log cabin that Abraham Lincoln grew up in. And that wooden house was my home for many years before my senior brothers built a new brick mansion in 2015.

I have vivid memories of how our home-area looked like in the early '90s when I was growing up. The land to the east of our home was covered with wild Savannah grasslands. Sometimes when going to Kiserian Town, I would criss-cross those grasslands instead of following the main road so that I could reach my destination in less time.

One evening in 1994, the wild Savannah grasslands caught fire. I never got to know what started the fire since I was just a small boy back then. All I remember was my neighbors being called to assist in putting out the fire. They succeeded in extinguishing the fire before it escalated into a damaging conflagration.

Back in the '90s, the road leading to our home (which was later christened Church Road) had sisal bushes growing along its sides. Gangsters would sometimes hide in those sisal bushes, waiting to pounce on anyone passing by. On one early night in 1993 for instance, some gangsters emerged from those sisal bushes and attacked my father while he was heading home. The gangsters broke my father's left arm as he tried to defend himself from them.

As the '90s rolled on, the owner of the land to the east of our home sold it. And the people who bought the land have built stately houses which they have fenced with neat kei-apple plants. Among those who have built stately homes in my neighborhood is Dr. Titus Naikuni, the former CEO of Kenya Airways. Thanks to those developments, our home-area now resembles one of those leafy suburbs for the rich.

Perhaps not wanting to be left behind by the developments in my home-area, an Anglican church in my neighborhood called Good Samaritan Church has built a big church (see photo above). One-storey and spacious, the church must be the biggest of its kind in my county. I once overheard my younger brother Symo tell Dad that the construction of the church has raised the value of land in our home-area.

As for me, I came to think that the construction of the Good Samaritan Church was a bad idea because the road leading to it (Church Road) is only wide enough for one car to pass through. Motorists driving on the road have to stop and park on the side when they spot another car approaching in the opposite direction. The situation gets worse on Sundays when Good Samaritan Church attenders are departing from a morning service while others are arriving for the next service.

About three months ago, I came across a notice glued on one of my neighbor's gates. The notice said that surveyors would survey our home-area to find out which home-owners had encroached on Church Road. That got me worried as I feared our home would be affected and we would thus be forced to pull down our fence that my Dad struggled to make secure with kei-apple plants in the '90s.

A week or two later when I heard from Dad that our home wasn't among those that had encroached on Church Road, I breathed a sigh of relief and thanked God for sparing us the agony of tearing down our fence. I truly was thankful.

It has turned out that the home-owners who encroached on Church Road are the folks who bought the land to the east of our home, the land that had wild Savannah grasslands in the early '90s. The home-owners are now pulling down the fences and felling down the trees they had planted along Church Road. They are also demolishing houses next to the road and erecting new fences. And goodness knows how long it will take for kei-apple plants and trees to grow along their new fences if they decide to plant them.

The worst affected home-owner is Dr. Titus Naikuni who has done a lot of demolition and felling down of trees. There is also another affluent neighbor who is being forced to demolish a 3-storey structure that he built next to Church Road. The demolition of the structure, which doubles as a servants' quarters and water tanks holder, began yesterday.

Stressful though the demolitions must be for the home-owners, the Good Samaritan Church attenders will be the biggest beneficiaries once Church Road is expanded as there will be no more traffic gridlock on Sundays. And if it is the Good Samaritan Church that complained to authorities about Church Road being too narrow to accommodate two cars, then our good and loving God heard its prayers. Adieu!

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Bible Quote

"Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do... Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand."

~Phillipians 4:4-7 (TLB)

About the Author

Name: Thuita J. Maina
Nationality: Kenyan
Lives in: Kiserian, Rift Valley, Kenya
Mission: To inspire the world to godly living, one person at a time.

Just For Laughs

There was this drunkard named Azoge who loved drinking at Josiah's Bar. On being told a certain Hon. Nanga was flying to America to be conferred a law degree so that he could be admitted to the bar, Azoge replied, "Why fly all the way to America to be admitted to the bar while you can get into Josiah's Bar any time?"



The 7 Deadly Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Envy
  3. Gluttony
  4. Lust
  5. Anger
  6. Greed
  7. Sloth

Author's Note

I am learning to treat life as a journey, not a destination. So I am trying to enjoy each day as I anticipate to fulfill my dreams especially meeting my soulmate and traveling abroad. Tomorrow may never be mine.

Fun Facts

  1. The fear of having no cell-phone service, running out of battery, or losing sight of your phone is called Nomophobia, reportedly affecting 66% of people.
  2. A single Google search needs more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the moon. The Apollo computer was less equipped than a modern toaster.
  3. Besides being some of the biggest names in the tech industry, HP, Apple, Google and Microsoft share another commonality. They all started in garages.
~Extracted from Codingforums.com

Health Tip

So many of us take for granted the wonderful construction of the human body and the workings of its various parts. Some of us even expect it to function efficiently with less than the minimum care and attention. Learn the much you can about your body and how the care of it can help to give you that greatest blessing of all - good health.


Wonders of the Modern World

  1. The Simplon Tunnel
  2. The Sky-scrapers of New York
  3. The Boulder Dam of Colorado
  4. The Panama Canal
  5. The Golden Gate Bridge
  6. The Taj Mahal at Agra in India
  7. The North Sea Oil Drilling Rigs

Great Example for Politicians

"My life in politics was a joy. I loved campaigns and I loved governing. I always tried to keep things moving in the right direction, to give more people a chance to live their dreams, to lift people's spirits, and to bring them together. That's the way I kept score."

~Bill Clinton

Scientific Marvels

  1. Space travel
  2. Heart surgery
  3. Fibre-optics communication
  4. Concorde
  5. Computers & Radios
  6. Anesthetics
  7. The atom bomb

My Supreme Desire

Although I'd like to be rich and famous, my supreme desire is to be radiant: to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and goodwill. I wish to live without hate, guilt, worry, jealousy, cynicism and envy. I wish to be honest, natural, confident, clean in mind and body - ready to say "I do not know" if it be so and to treat all men with kindness - to meet any loss, failure, criticism and rejection unabashed and unafraid.



Greatest American Presidents

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. George Washington
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. Franklin Roosevelt
  5. Theodore Roosevelt
  6. Woodrow Wilson
  7. Andrew Jackson

Making Peace With the Past

"Dwell not on your past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."

~Eileen Caddy

Toughest Colleges to Get Into

  1. MIT
  2. Princeton
  3. Harvard
  4. Yale
  5. Stanford
  6. Brown
  7. Columbia

Why You Should Trust God

"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities and pour out peace."

~Ezra Taft Benson

The 7 Greatest Scientists

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Isaac Newton
  3. Galileo Galilei
  4. Nikola Tesla
  5. Aristotle
  6. Archimedes
  7. Charles Darwin

You Matter

"Always be yourself. Never try to hide who you are. The only shame is to have shame. Always stand up for what you believe in. Always question what other people tell you. Never regret the past; it's a waste of time. There's a reason for everything. Every mistake, every moment of weakness, every terrible thing that has happened to you, grow from it. The only way you can ever get the respect of others is when you show them that you respect yourself and most importantly, do your thing and never apologize for being you."

~Unknown

The Most Industrialized Nations

  1. The United States
  2. Japan
  3. Germany
  4. France
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Italy
  7. Canada

Keys to Success

"...in his effort to withstand temptation, to economize, to exercise thrift, to disregard the superficial for the real - the shadow for the substance; to be great yet small, in his effort to be patient in the laying of a firm foundation; to so grow in skill and knowledge that he shall place his services in demand by reason of his intrinsic and superior worth. This is the key that unlocks every door of opportunity, and all others fail."

~Booker T. Washington

The 7 Social Sins

  1. Politics without principle
  2. Wealth without work
  3. Pleasure without conscience
  4. Knowledge without character
  5. Commerce without morality
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Science without humanity

Cherish What You Love

"Cherish your visions, cherish your ideals, cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts - for out of them will grow all heavenly environment, of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built."~James Allen

The World's Largest Cities

  1. London in England
  2. New York in the United States
  3. Tokyo in Japan
  4. Berlin in Germany
  5. Chicago in the United States
  6. Shanghai in China
  7. Paris in France

Benefits of Optimism

"In terms of success, optimistic people out perform their pessimistic colleagues. Research shows that they are consistently promoted higher and make more money while working fewer hours than those who think pessimistically. Optimists also contribute more significantly to social progress. It is the optimists who start and run successful companies, who win elections and carry out reforms, and who make breakthroughs in the realms of science and technology."

~Pepe Minambo

The World's Greatest Lakes

  1. Caspian Sea in the Commonwealth of Independent States, C.I.S. (formerly U.S.S.R)
  2. Lake Superior in North America
  3. Victoria Nyanza in Central Africa
  4. Aral Sea in C.I.S.
  5. Lake Huron in North America
  6. Lake Michigan in North America

Demonstrating His Love

"Take your communication for instance - the way you address others. It ought to be with loving, gracious and edifying words. Never talk people down. Never use words that hurt and demean people. Communicate excellently with others without destroying their self-image or making them feel sorry for themselves. Talk to people in a way that they never forget the excellence of your words, the love and grace of Christ that you communicated. It's how God wants us to love."

~Dr. Chris Oyakhilome

World's Longest Rivers

  1. Missouri-Mississipi (U.S.)
  2. Amazon (Brazil)
  3. Nile (Egypt)
  4. Yangtse (China)
  5. Lena (Russia)
  6. Zaire (Central Africa)
  7. Niger (West Africa)