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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


Electrical Problems

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I don't know what's amiss with Kenya Power Company because we have been having frequent electrical problems here at home in Kiserian. Sometimes the electrical power is not strong enough to run some appliances. At other times, there is a complete power outage. And about two years ago, we had a power surge that damaged several light bulbs and a TV-guard gadget.

Just last Saturday, I was lying in my bed at around 9.30pm, waiting for sleep to sweep over me, when I heard sparks outside our mansion. Dad, who was in the living room, called out my name and told me the TV had developed some issues. I informed him it was probably due to the sparks I had heard.

The following day, which was a Sunday, the electrical fault persisted. Light bulbs in our mansion were flickering and the TV-guard gadget that Dad bought about two years ago malfunctioned. By noon, electricity at our home was unreliable. I had to bathe with water in a basin instead of taking a shower as I usually do.

At night, Dad observed that we seemed to be the only ones in our area without electricity since our neighbour's lights were on. I told him that the neighbours, who are rich, were probably relying on solar power. But Dad became convinced they were using electricity.

Later on in the night, I was disappointed to hear that our farmhand had seen sparks on electrical wires on a post outside our mansion. It therefore appeared the electrical fault had affected our home. The reason I was disappointed was because the smaller an area that is affected by power outage is, the longer it takes Kenya Power Company to rectify the outage.

As I normally do when confronted with problems, I approached God in prayer and asked Him to expedite the return of electricity to our home. Dad, who was equally concerned about the power outage, sent a message to Kenya Power Company via X (formerly Twitter), informing it about the electrical fault at home.

When I woke up before dawn on Monday morning, there was still no electricity at home. I had to do everything with the aid of a torch as I prepared to travel to Nairobi to produce a hymn at the music studio of my friend Sylvester Otieno.

While at the music studio, I informed Sylvester that we had had no electricity at home for more than a day. After I told him that the power outage was caused by sparks on a power line near our mansion, he remarked that such sparks can damage appliances.

Sylvester's remark got me worried. Could our modem and refrigerator have been damaged by the electrical fault the way the TV-guard was? But I cast all my cares to God, requesting Him to spare our treasured modem and refrigerator from damage.

On arriving back home from Sylvester's studio on Monday afternoon, I was further disappointed to find there was still no electricity at home. I had to exercise patience as some Kenya Power electricians kept promising Dad that they would come to fix the issue.

The electricians finally came at around 5.30pm, after keeping us waiting for more than four hours. And they rectified the issue in less than five minutes.

Like the way a mother forgets her labour pains on seeing her newborn baby, I thought no more about the worries and disappointments that had plagued me and was instead glad to see electricity back at home. I was even happier to note that our modem and refrigerator were functioning well. And I thanked God for answering my prayers.

Electricity has become a very important amenity in the 21st century. Anyone without access to it at home must be living in abject poverty. And for those with electricity, frequent power outages can be frustrating.

It is such frustrations with electrical problems that prompted one Kenyan to joke that he wished Kenya Power was managed by Kenya Breweries, for we don't have alcohol shortages the way we have frequent power outages.

My beloved reader, I'd love to hear from you, especially if you live in such developed countries like Canada, Germany and the United States, whether you experience as frequent power outages in your home as we do here in Kiserian. Over to you!

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NEW! NEW! NEW! If you missed my social media update three days ago, let me take this opportunity to inform you that I have produced a new hymn titled "O Master". Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the hymn.

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Using a Washing Machine

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This is me at home posing for a picture with our washing machine. More about the machine in the story below.

Sometime last year, my younger brother Symo, who lives in the British island of Bermuda, had the property he owned before he emigrated to Bermuda brought to our home here in Kiserian. Among the things that were brought were a refrigerator, a microwave, a gas cooker, an electric kettle and a washing machine.

Those appliances have been of immense help to my parents and I. They have raised our standards of living. For today, let me talk about the washing machine.

When the washing machine was brought home, I was eager to learn how it is operated. At first, I thought using the machine was as easy as running a microwave. I just needed to plug it to electricity and it would do the washing.

But alas! My sister-in-law Alice surprised me when she informed us on one Sunday evening that in addition to plugging it to electricity, the washing machine needed to be connected to water pipes by a trained plumber.

A few weeks later, my older brothers hired a plumber to connect the washing machine to water pipes. The plumber did a fine job. About the only thing he didn't do was fix an electrical socket for the washing machine. We had to use his own extension wire to test if the machine was working as it should.

That night the plumber tested the washing machine while teaching me how it is operated, I felt joyful at the prospect of learning something new. I asked him a battery of questions with a niggling fear that I could irritate him with my never-ending inquiries.

Well, the washing machine gave us a bit of trouble. First, water was not flowing into it. And when water finally began flowing, the sweater we had put into the chamber of the machine was not spinning as it should. That got me praying, of course silently.

My prayers helped because a moment later, the sweater started spinning. As the washing machine spun the sweater, I couldn't help thinking, like an African villager would, that the white man must be a witch for him to have invented such a sophisticated machine.

Since the plumber was in a hurry to go, he didn't teach much. And he himself didn't seem well acquainted with how the washing machine works. Besides telling me which buttons to press, the little he taught me about the machine was that detergents are sprinkled inside the chamber where clothes are put.

Late last month, Dad hired some electricians to fix an electrical socket for the washing machine. After the socket was in place, I picked my sweater and bedsheets for washing with the machine. Worrying that the machine would give me trouble as it had that night the plumber tried to teach me how it operates, I prayed for supernatural guidance on how to use it.

I put my sweater and bedsheets into the washing machine. And wow! Water easily flowed into the machine when I turned on both the socket and the water tap. Sooner than later, the sweater and the bedsheets began spinning. The only action the machine didn't do was get rid of the dirty water in its chamber. I had to use a plastic container and a towel to remove the water.

The following day, I washed Mum's clothes using the machine. And the task seemed even simpler to carry out than I had anticipated. Actually, operating the washing machine is not rocket science.

It turns out there are special detergents made for use in washing machines. And in the case of our washing machine, there is a slot in it for putting the special detergents. The plumber had misled me by informing me that detergents are sprinkled into the chamber in the machine where clothes are put.

What's more, the washing machine has a method of draining water from its chamber. So there was no need for me to use a plastic cup and a towel to remove water from the chamber.

Learning to use the washing machine has civilized me, much in the same way learning how to play the piano refined me when I was growing up in the '90s. Or in the same way learning to create computer programs brightened me during my late teenage years.

The washing machine has also eased my life. No longer will I be struggling to wash my sweaters and bedsheets with my bare hands. I will just be inserting them into the machine, rotate its knob, press a few buttons and bingo! The sweaters and bedsheets will be cleaned better that I could with my bare hands. How civilized!

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RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on me using a washing machine, you might also enjoy another one on "How I Learnt to Play the Piano" which I wrote several 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."

~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)