Positive Quote For Today

"The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself."— C. JoyBell C.

Mum: Our Unsung Heroine

Thuita's photo
These are my parents and I together with my brothers and their families when they visited us on last year's Boxing Day. It would be our last time as a family to be with Mum.

Over the past five years, I had worried about how I would handle the death of a close family member. The thought of seeing a loved one's coffin being lowered into a grave made me shudder with fear. Such fear is what made me wish to be the first one in my present family to die.

When Mum passed away about six weeks ago, God instilled me with strength to endure the loss - strength I didn't know I had. On the day she died, I spent the whole night without going to sleep, death's twin brother. And it's not that I was sad or something. I was just enjoying my flow of thoughts.

Earlier on that day Mum died, I ransacked the places she kept her money. All I found were coins amounting to Ksh. 80. I also took her smartphone which had Ksh. 19 in her MPESA account. So at the time of her death, Mum was only ksh. 99 rich.

Despite dying with little money, Mum had no outstanding debt with any bank, individual or organization. And she left five handsome sons as her legacy. She therefore died a richly blessed woman.

Since we laid her to rest, I have reflected on the impact she had on the lives of my brothers and I. And I have come to the conclusion that even though she didn't bring us up in a lovely environment, she did the best she could to give us a good life.

She encouraged us to work hard in our studies so that we could lead meaningful lives. And together with Dad, she provided a home for us - a home where she welcomed us when life in the outside world became unbearable.

Perhaps most importantly, she worked hard to ensure we had our basic needs: food, water, shelter and clothing. Always the queen of her world, she ran her own businesses; first as a tailor, then as a farmer and a shopkeeper.

At one time in 1997, she ventured into poultry business. She converted a bedroom at home into an aviary where she fastidiously reared about a hundred chickens. Unfortunately, the business floundered, leaving her with regrets.

Though not much educated, Mum had a knack for organizing stuff. Whenever there were upcoming family events, she'd ensure everything went swimmingly. In addition to phoning invited people to confirm their attendance, she'd have workers clean our home and prepare meals.

I came to appreciate Mum's organizational skills so much that I often prayed she'd live to see me get married and take part in my marriage arrangement ceremonies. Too bad that she passed on before I realized my dream.

Before she died, Mum was fond of phoning my brothers to beg them for money. On noting that my brothers often came to her aid, I would ask her, with tongue in cheek, whether she wished she had borne more children. She would tell me that one has just to be satisfied with what God blessed them with.

Another thing I noted about Mum was that whenever she felt hale and hearty, she liked calling me "John" instead of "Thuita". How I loved hearing her call me "John" which she pronounced as "Joni"!

Because I am a firm believer in the Bible and its promise of resurrection, I believe I will one day be reunited with Mum in heaven. I have an inkling that when I die and my soul ascends to heaven, it's her voice I will first hear welcoming me to my heavenly abode.

While I have little clue to what life in heaven will be like, I know Mum will be the woman she used to be in the '90s: lean, beautiful, with all her set of teeth and able to walk uprightly and work with both hands. What a joy it shall be to see her in that nature!

As I continue with my earthly life, I will strive to emulate Mum's positive qualities: her humour, her entrepreneurial spirit and her organizational skills. I will also strive to be as social as she was.

By the way, I have resolved to keep the coins and smartphone that Mum possessed at the time she died. They will serve as my souvenir to remember the woman who gave me life and loved me with all her heart. Shalom!

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Thuita's Rule of Behaving

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With permission, I have extracted this picture-quote from the website of Corowa Presbyterian Church. All rights reserved worldwide.

Before leaving home for my evening exercises last Sunday, I dashed to our latrine to urinate only to find it occupied by one of the workers doing construction work at home. I then decided to pee into a hole in our mansion's indoor toilet that was under construction. You see, I don't pee outside since that is beneath my dignity.

Guess what! On emerging from the toilet, I was gripped with a fear of being reproached by workers for using a toilet that was still under construction. Fortunately, none of the workers who might have seen me use the toilet said anything to me. But what I had done made me feel so guilty that it disturbed my peace as I went for my evening exercises.

Disconcerting though the guilt was, it got me reflecting on how I ought to behave in the future. And from my reflections, I came up with what I call "Thuita's Rule of Behaving" which states as follows:
If what you are doing or wearing makes you feel afraid of being seen in it, then it's wrong. Stop doing or wearing it!
That rule has made me resolve to never do anything I don't want others to find out or wear clothes I am embarrassed to be seen in. It has also made me glad that I overcame my addiction to viewing adult content on the internet.

Trust me, I always felt afraid of being caught watching adult films, whether at home or in a cyber-cafe. Prior to indulging in the addiction at home, I'd ensure I had locked the door of my room and pulled the curtain. And whenever someone picked my smartphone, I'd fear he might stumble upon the adult websites I had visited.

Now that I have ceased viewing adult content on the internet, I am no longer afraid of other people touching my laptop or smartphone. Which makes me wonder why I became addicted to watching something I was ashamed of.

Another sin I struggled with was in the kind of music I listened to. I used to love any music that had a funky rhythm because it made me want to dance. So I would find myself listening to secular songs whose singers were full of pride and vulgarities.

My love for such secular songs had me worried about what I would do if my phone accidentally blared out the songs during a church service. It would have been a very embarrassing moment for me.

Besides loving music with a funky rhythm, I was also attracted to songs with beautiful melodies and inspiring lyrics. I therefore listened to such wonderful hymns as "How Great Thou Art" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

One evening in 2012 as I was walking home while listening to music on my phone using earphones, I spotted Mrs. Nyagah, a neighbor who is my mother's age and who loves Christ as her personal Savior. I crossed the road to greet her. Then in order to give her my full attention, I unplugged my earphones from my phone, unaware that the phone would keep on playing the music aloud.

Luckily, I was listening to some edifying hymns that evening. So when my phone continued playing them aloud after I unplugged my earphones, Mrs. Nyagah commended me for listening to such godly music. I will from now henceforth be listening to godly music only because in my case, doing that is in line with "Thuita's Rule of Behaving".

As for my resolution to never wear clothes I am embarrassed to be seen in, it has dawned on me that I have had a tendency to continue wearing socks after they are torn. Even though putting on torn socks has never bothered me since nobody can see the torn patches when I am clad in decent shoes, I sometimes worried what I would do if I visited someone who required me to remove my shoes before entering his house. That would have been another embarrassing moment for me if my socks were badly torn.

Last Sunday after I came up with "Thuita's Rule of Behaving", I discarded all my torn socks. And I have made up my mind to never again continue putting on socks after they wear out. I will be disposing of them as soon as they become tattered.

My beloved reader, I beseech you to also observe "Thuita's Rule of Behaving". Don't do or wear anything you don't want others to see you in. If you are a woman for instance, don't keep sex toys in your room if you are afraid others might find them. That's all I am saying.

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on my rule of behaving, you might also enjoy another one on "Obeying God's Laws" which I wrote last year. 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)