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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

A Second Testimony

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Sometime in 2011 or 2012, I opened a customized email account with Gmail. I say my email was customized since it didn't have an "@gmail.com" extension. Instead, its address was "thuitamaina@thuitamaina.com". A couple of years later, I opened another customized email account whose address was "no-reply@thuitamaina.com".

I came to love my customized email addresses not only because I had access to Google's excellent email services but also because they would leave people wondering how on Earth I was able to have such addresses. Even my immediate elder brother Paddy once remarked that my email address would make my potential employers think I was a tech-savvy chap.

And would you believe me if I told you I had opened the customized email accounts for free? Yes, they were free, just like those with "@gmail.com" extension.

A few months ago, I started receiving emails from Google informing me that Google had upgraded my email services to what they called Google Workspace. The emails went on to say that after a while, Google would begin charging me for its services.

At first, I ignored those emails from Google. But about three weeks ago when I received an email notifying me that I had 21 days to set up billing info, I started getting worried that I would be parting with some money to continue using my customized email accounts.

Earlier this week when I received an email that reminded me I had only 3 days to set up billing info, I decided not to act on it to see whether I would continue receiving emails. You see, Google offers dozens of services besides email and the only service I needed from them was email.

Come Wednesday evening after the deadline of setting up billing info expired, I was taken aback to find out that I had been blocked from accessing my two customized email accounts. And when I keyed in my billing info, I was flabbergasted to learn that in order to continue using my two email accounts, I would be paying $3.80 every month for the first one year and $6 afterwards.

I had been using one of my customized email address for over a decade and the other for almost six years and I had never paid anything for them, which made me wonder why Google had suddenly decided to charge me $3.80 every month for operating the two email accounts - an amount that is more than what I pay for this blog's hosting services. Anyway, I went ahead and agreed to be paying the amount to Google.

The following day (Thursday), the issue of where I would be getting money to pay $3.80 every month to Google weighed heavily on my mind. Even though my blog ranking on search engines has steadily improved over the last 3 months, the amount of money I am making from the adverts on this blog would not be sufficient to pay what Google was charging me for its email services.

To solve the issue, I contemplated deleting my two customized email accounts and create a free email address that ends with the "@gmail.com" suffix. But when I remembered the important information I have saved in my customized email accounts and the websites I sign in with them, I ruled out the idea of deleting my customized email addresses.

Then I contemplated approaching my younger brother Symo and request him to be helping me settle the fee Google was charging me. I mentally rehearsed how I would pitch my suggestion to Symo the next time he flew back to Kenya from Bermuda where he plies his trade.

On Thursday evening, still worried about where I would be getting money to pay for my email services, I canceled my Google payment subscription to see whether I could access my email on my smartphone. And lo! Google swiftly blocked access to my email via my smartphone.

But something delighting happened when I tried to subscribe again to Google's services: I saw a message that alerted me that if I was using my email accounts for personal matters, I could continue using a no-cost subscription service. The message delighted me for shizzle.

Guess what! After clicking the button that notified Google I was using my email accounts for personal matters, I was still unable to access my two email accounts. Instead, I got a message that said, "We are sorry, but you do not have access to Gmail. Please log in to your Admin Console to enable Gmail."

I did log into my Admin Console and saw that Gmail was already enabled. Because I was feeling dog-tired, I decided to work on the hitch the following day (Friday). And before retiring to bed, I prayed about the hitch and promised God that if He helped me solve it, I'd thank Him and write a testimony about His guidance.

When I woke up on Friday to a beautiful morning, I resumed working on the email hitch before I took my breakfast. But try as I might, I still couldn't access my emails. I searched for solutions on Google but none of the advice I got through it helped. And I couldn't contact Google employees since Google required that I upgrade to a paid subscription in order to get customer-care support.

While trying to trace the source of the hitch like a blindman finding his way on a busy street, I landed on a certain Google page and spotted a button that could switch on a service whose details I can't recall. I clicked the button - and bingo! - I was instantly able to access my two customized email accounts, and for free!

Accessing the emails filled me with so much joy that I jumped around my room, punching the air in triumph. Then I fell on my knees and thanked God for His supernatural guidance. And as I had promised Him, I have written this story to share a testimony on how He once again came to my aid. Truly, God is good all the time.

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A Glitch That Frustrated ME

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There was a time my father used to be one of my harshest critics. He would at times castigate me for my scruffy dressing and complain to my elder siblings about my weird behavior. But he has long since changed. These days, he respects me, especially for my prowess in matters concerning technology. Whenever he gets stuck with something in his laptop or smartphone, I am always his go-to guy.

I am often delighted to assist my father when he calls me to his home office to help him out with a problem. It has been my way of paying him back for all that he has done for me - from educating me to meeting my needs. With the exception of Mum, he is the only person to whom I offer free advice and services these days.

Last Wednesday, Dad phoned me from Nairobi in the morning to inform me that he had had trouble accessing the internet with his laptop the previous night. He then requested me to check what was wrong with it before he came back home. Since I was in the thick of editing a story I had written for this blog, I promised him that I would look into the issue later on in the day.

Once I was done sharing my blog story on all my social media accounts at around 11.30am on that Wednesday morning, I went to Dad's home office to check what was amiss with his laptop, something I thought would be a breeze for me. Upon logging into his laptop, I saw it had Wifi connection but its browser (Microsoft Edge) was not accessing the internet.

At first, I couldn't tell what the problem was. But on trying to open several websites with Microsoft Edge, the browser told me that it couldn't access the internet because it was being blocked by Windows Firewall. In an attempt to fix the problem, I played around with several program settings but that didn't help. Then I restarted the laptop - and wa! - the glitch got worse since the laptop didn't have Wifi connection.

Being the tech-savvy chap that I am, I managed to reconnect the laptop to Wifi internet, a success that made me joyful. But my joy was short-lived after receiving an alert that Microsoft Edge still couldn't access the internet because it was being blocked by Windows Firewall. I contemplated turning off Windows Firewall but on second thought, I decided not to do so as that would put Dad's expensive laptop at risk of being attacked by viruses and malware from the internet.

Still determined to solve the glitch, I followed the steps that Microsoft Edge was recommending in order to reconnect it to the internet. But try as I could, the browser was still not loading website pages. Not even adding it to the list of applications allowed through Windows Firewall helped solve the hitch.

As the frustrations of solving the glitch with Dad's laptop welled up in me, I was tempted to entertain lustful thoughts in my mind. But then, I remembered what I wrote recently about seeking God's help in times of challenge. So I turned to God for relief and guidance. I asked Him in prayer to assist me rectify the hitch that was troubling me. And I kept praying that every action I took would miraculously reconnect Dad's laptop to the internet.

Under what I believe was God's guidance, I at last checked if Internet Explorer was installed in the laptop. When I found it was installed, I opened it and managed to access the internet through it. But Windows operating system was recommending that I use Microsoft Edge instead of Internet Explorer.

Since Microsoft Edge was blocked by Firewall, I used Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome, one of the most popular browsers. I was delighted when I downloaded Google Chrome successfully, and even more so when I accessed the internet through it.

Although I was a little elated when I accessed the internet via Google Chrome, I was on the whole feeling frazzled by the time I was done solving the internet glitch on Dad's laptop. The glitch, which I had thought would be a breeze for me, ended up wasting about two hours of my time. It made me skip playing the piano on Wednesday afternoon.

As I settled down on my desk still feeling frazzled, I missed the happiness I often feel after sharing a riveting story on this blog. Truly, author Maxim Gorky had it right when he wrote, "Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is." 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."


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)