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

Why We Should Pray Often

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When I go for my evening exercises to my hometown of Kiserian, I usually make an effort of walking uprightly and of thinking positively. I also try to observe as much as I can along the way. Last Thursday but one, I passed by the lifeless body of a kitten. It had obviously been ran over by a moving car or motorbike as it strolled on the road.

On my way back home that same Thursday evening, I saw another kitten - this time a living one - on the road leading to our home. The kitten looked desperate for company given the way it was meowing audibly. When I got near it, I hunkered down and stroked it affectionately, something that made it warm to me and start following me after I stood up to walk.

Afraid that the kitten might follow me all the way home, I did what I maintain was the right thing to do: I kicked it with one of my feet. That made it stop loping behind me. It stood still and began meowing again. As I walked away from it, I sympathized with its loneliness and wished it well.

Later on in the evening of that day when I remembered the kitten I had seen lying dead on the road, I prayed for the kitten I had kicked with my foot. I asked God to protect it from the danger of being hit by a moving vehicle as it desperately sought company of passersby.

My prayer set in motion a series of thoughts in my mind about the danger we humans also encounter as we go about our daily life. I remembered the stories I have read about the calamities that have befallen on people who were lucky, healthy and blessed. Two accidents in particular stood out in my memory.

One was a plane crash which happened in 1996 and which killed Ron Brown, the then United States Secretary of Commerce. I read about that plane crash in the endearing memoir of Bill Clinton under whose administration Ron Brown was serving. Clinton reported in his memoir that less than two weeks before the plane crashed, his wife and daughter had flown in it with some of the same cabin crew members who perished in its crash.

I shudder to think how Bill Clinton would have felt and reacted if the plane had crashed while carrying his immediate family. He just has to thank his lucky stars that his wife and daughter weren't in the plane during that ill-fated flight when it crashed in Europe, killing everyone onboard, including Ron Brown who was eulogized as the best Secretary of Commerce that America ever had.

The other accident that I remembered reading about was another plane crash that happened in the Andes Mountains of South America. I had read about that plane crash in an old Reader's Digest magazine. According to the narrator of the story in the magazine, those who survived the crash had to eat the flesh of their dead colleagues as they got stranded high up in the Andes Mountains for about two weeks before they were found and rescued.

As I read the story, which was told with speed and punch, I could hardly believe that right-thinking human beings could feast on dead human bodies. I wondered whether such human flesh could be delicious when eaten cold. But come to think of it, I now find it plausible that people can actually eat corpses when faced with the threat of dying through starvation.

It is such accidents which have befallen on lucky, healthy and blessed individuals that make me pray often for my family, for my closest relatives and for my true friends. Every day, I ask God to preserve them in danger and to prosper them in all things good. Oh boy, haven't I come to enjoy praying!

I have discovered that praying is like reading and exercising; it's not something you wake up one morning and decide to do daily. Rather, it's something you grow into. You at first try praying once in a while with a lot of effort and discipline, and gradually more often and with ease until it becomes a deeply ingrained habit.

My beloved reader, I beseech you to also get into the habit of praying regularly. Pray for yourself and for your loved ones because there is so much that can go wrong in this fallen world that is full of pain, suffering and disappointments. Pray, pray and pray until praying becomes your lifestyle. That's all I am saying.

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed this story on why we should pray often, you might also enjoy another one on "How God Answered My Prayer" that I wrote four years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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Stopping the Lying Habit

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As I have written before on this lovely blog of mine, I used to be an inveterate liar. I would lie to bolster my fragile self-esteem, to get accepted by others, to make others think highly of me or to get what I wanted. Sometimes I would even lie to score highly in the examinations I sat for in my schooling days.

It all began in the '90s when I was a small boy in primary school. I remember walking home at the end of one school term, feeling embarrassed of my class position in the examinations we had done for that term. Not wanting my family to see my pitiable class ranking, I fiddled my school report form before I reached home.

I carried on with lying well into adulthood. One morning in April 2007 for instance, I met a high school classmate named Wilson Chira. Both Chira and I had just received decision letters from the American colleges we had applied for admission. When I informed Chira that I had been rejected by all the four colleges where I had dropped my applications, he apprised me that he had been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), an Ivy League institution.

Because I desired to make Chira think highly of me, I lied to him that I had been rejected by the colleges in spite of scoring 2250 marks on the SAT. He, in turn, told me that he had been accepted at UPenn despite scoring a mere 1940 in those days when the SAT exam was out of 2400 marks. I am not sure if Chira believed my lie that I had outperformed him on the SAT by a wide margin. What he didn't get to know was that I had sat for the exam twice and never scored marks as good as his.

Later on in December 2007, I uttered another lie; this time to my immediate elder Paddy. Well, I had joined a choir at All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi where I heard someone solo the wonderful, old hymn "You Are My Hiding Place". Touched by the hymn, I belted out to Paddy the beginning of that hymn as we swapped stories at home. The beginning of the hymn went like this: "When the spirit of the Lord..." And that's all I could sing.

Even though the beginning of that hymn was all I could sing, I lied to Paddy that I had soloed the hymn during a church service at All Saints' Cathedral. Paddy didn't say anything about my false claim. But I tend to think that he discerned I was lying; it's just that he was kind enough not to hurt my pride.

With all the lies I grew up telling, it's no wonder that when I took up writing as a hobby in December 2010, I weaved lies in the stories I penned and shared with friends. Sometime back while lying in bed waiting for sleep to catch me, I counted more than 30 lies that I told in the stories I wrote between 2010 and 2015.

One thing I have discovered about lying is that when done on several occasions, it can become a habit. And like any bad habit, it takes effort to overcome the tendency to lie. In my case, I had to summon a substantial amount of willpower to overcome my lying habit in 2016 when I became a true Christian (or, as a Jew would say, a godly man).

I can now proudly report that I haven't told a lie in the conversations I have had with people over the past six years. Neither have I weaved lies in the stories I have posted on this blog since I rebranded it to what it looks like now. And if there is anything I have learnt about the art of nonfiction writing, it is that one needs a well-developed imagination to craft riveting stories that are devoid of lies and exaggerations.

It seems I have not been the only one with a lying problem. Recently, I came across an article in an old Reader's Digest magazine that gave tips on how to detect lies. That article made me realize that people lie a lot. They boast about wealth they don't have, about conversing with prominent people they haven't met and about visiting places they have never been to.

My beloved reader, I implore you to avoid lying. As the Catholic Bible counsels in the book of Sirach, "refuse to tell lie after lie, for it never results in good". You can still be a likable, attractive and fascinating person by telling the truth. Let's heed the piece of advice that the renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson gave: "Hope for good things and be honest." Adieu!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed this story on stopping the habit of lying, you might also enjoy another one on "Telling the Truth" that I wrote more than three years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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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."


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)