Hate the haters

What a hell is hate!
I hate the haters;
I truly hate to hate;
But what irony,
That I hate haters
When I hate hate;
And hate to hate,
And hate to be hated.
If you hate to hate,
You hate;
If you love to hate,
You hate;
What a hell!
I hate to feel bitter;
The feelings of rancour,
I detest.
I simply hate to hate;
And to see hate feeding fat
On the content of human heart.
What a hell is hate doing
In your heart!
Hi haters! Speak!
I hate the haters;
Who you should hate;
Are the haters;
Hate the haters.

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A father’s Father’s Day

Messages, messages!
They keep pouring in;
Making me more and more confused;
For sure,
It is Father’s Day;
And I am a father,
But hardly did I know
What my eyes see;
I never expected a down pour;
You know what I mean;
Truly, I never did;
Didn’t know anyone cared;
Are you a father?
And does anyone care;
That you are a father?
I am highly impressed;
And deeply.touched;
To see someone cares;
No one but many people care;
Care is the word;
It’s so profound;
I know what their bosom has;
What my progeny has in their hearts;
Such tender words
That touch my heart;
Yes, we do the best we can;
But are we always understood?
Thank God when you are;
Yes, I am happy;
Thank you for making my day;
A happy father, indeed.
That’s my Father’s Day.
A fathers Father’s Day.

Why so much hate?

What is happening
In the world?
What is happening
In my country?
What is happening
In America?
What is really happening?
Yes, what is happening?
People are angry?
People are rioting?
People are protesting;
People are fighting;
People are killing one another;
What is happening?
What is actually happening?
Why are we fighting
And killing ourselves?
Shall we wipe humanity
Off the face of the earth?
Who can really tell me?
Can’t we live in peace?
Why don’t we love one another?
Where’s all the hatred from?
Why so much hate?

God’s Glorious Creation

Women are God’s glorious creation who fit perfectly into His grand plan. She expands His temple by giving birth and training her family to live adult, productive lives. How incredibly valuable mothers are to the Lord! But this nurturing reality didn’t exist for women in biblical times.

When God created Adam and Eve, he gave them equal reign of the earth. But as the forbidden fruit was eaten, so too, was the woman’s rights to help dominate the land. As the Judaism religion developed, they overplayed this scene – women had no rights. Their primary purpose in life was to give birth, raise children in the Jewish faith, and attend to all the needs within the home and for her husband. She was never to be seen outside socializing with others, nor within the temple walls.

However, under Mosaic Law, Israeli women enjoyed an honorable status, and men recognized their rights. Though husbands were head of the household, the wife could freely express her religion and work a job.

So, who made the world change their view of women? Jesus loved the female genus, and He highly respected them. He healed their ailments, allowed them to travel with Him, and made disciples of a few. To express their importance to Jesus, He even chose a woman to bear witness to his resurrection (Mary Magdalene).

Proverbs 31: 25-30 expresses God’s deep love for mothers:

God also gave guidelines to husbands and children:

“Honor your marriage; keep it pure by remaining true to your wife in every way.” Hebrews 13:4

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect…” 1 Peter 3:7

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 6:20

Mothers mold their offspring with love and integrity. In moments of illness, strife, or despair, their children remain foremost in their thoughts. They adorn their families with our lasting memories. Mothers, the Lord chose YOU to rear His creations and to love them as you love His Word. You are truly a gift.

To all the mothers who grow God’s kingdom, may you have a blessed and Happy Mother’s Day! Know you are so special and loved!

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My faithful friends

Faithful friends I have;
I love my faithful friends;
For they are the ones
I so much value;
Who keep me going,
All year long;
In darkness and in light;
When I am happy
And when I,in sadness swim;
I can’t say
What I would have been
Without them.
They are my treasure,
They are my gold;
I count on them for much;
And they never fail me;
Even when the going is hard,
They are there for me;
Fidelity, the stock in trade
Above everything else.
Sweet lovely friends;
So much I love my faithful friends.
My heart will always
Go for you.

Our Teen’s Unique Needs for Love

Guest Post from Carol Evenson

Our Teen’s Unique Needs for Love

Teenagers require a unique form of love from their families and their friends. Their needs in many instances can present challenges for many parents.

Sometimes it seems that their children rely on them one day, but then they want nothing to do with them the following day.

Teens need a parents’ love, even though it may seem that they reject love when it’s given to them freely. They want your attention, but troubled teens often do not make good decisions when trying to do so. So what is it that they really want?

Teenagers are transitioning from childhood into adulthood and their own feelings are often jumbled and messy. What they need might not be clear to them, but it’s clear to you.

Teens Require Love That Allows them to Make Mistakes.

Your teen needs you to let them makes mistakes. It is never easy to sit back and watch your teen make mistakes.

As his or her parent your immediate reaction is to jump in and solve their problems for them so they avoid hurt and upset.

Your teen always needs to know you’re there for him or her when challenges happen, but they need to learn for themselves.

You are showing your love for your teen by allowing him or her to experience something that teaches life skills they can put to use throughout life. Although it may seem difficult as a parent, teenagers will learn and grow from the mistakes they make and their challenging experiences.

Teens Need Love Through Parenting Rather Than Friendship.

If there is one thing that people need to be careful of with their kids, it’s their own desire to be a child’s best friend.

There is a proper time for this. Your child will eventually become your best friend when they grow into an adult, but being only a best friend while forgetting to be a parent when they are children can pose problems.

They need guiding mentors and loving role models to teach them important lessons and principles.

Although this will cause you to implement more discipline, they will still need to feel your love for them.

Teens Need You to Recognize Their Abilities.

Some kids are exceptional athletes, and some kids are studious and book smart. Others are creative minds who are neither particularly athletic or interested in education, but their creative abilities are off the charts.

Your teen needs you to recognize his or her natural abilities rather than attempting to force him or her to be good at something they’re not or something they simply don’t enjoy.

Your recognition of natural abilities is a bold statement to your teen that you’re proud of who they are as a person. That’s the kind of love, support, and praise they need.

Teens Need Actions On Top of Words.

You can tell your teen all day long you love him or her, but you can’t say it if you’re not showing it.

If your actions aren’t speaking louder than your words, your child is not getting what he or she needs from you.

Be sure you’re able to back up your love with appropriate action so teens see and feel the truth in your words.

You can say you love them all the time, and you shouldn’t stop there; you should also show it.

This can be as simple as listening intently when they talk, spending quality time with them, and really being there for them whether you’re going through treatment from drug addiction or a divorce, your kids need proof of your love through your actions.

Teens seem so complicated and difficult at times, and they really are. At the end of the day, however, teens are just people who are no longer children but not yet adults who need your love and affection. This is the time in their lives they discover who they are and who they want to be.

It’s their choice, but it’s a more positive choice when they have the love and support of their parents backing them up with every breath.

Let your teens know you love them, but do it in a way they will understand and motivate them to grow.

About the author

The author, Carol Evenson, is an entrepreneur and professional consultant specializing in C-level training and business growth. She currently works with organizations across the globe assisting CEOs with their expansion strategies. Carol also works as a real estate agent when she has the time.

Her twitter handle :

@carolevenson5

An Eternal Flame

I wake in deep thought… dear God, save me as my life is riddled with missing parts. An eternal flame burns for my father whose life was cut short, fifty-five years ago today, by carelessness. Though I am a product of divorced parents, no one can take the place of your biological Father.

I think of all those special moments in life I wasn’t afforded the luxury of my father. We couldn’t build a model together, fly a kite, or throw a ball. He couldn’t teach me to hunt or fish. He never taught me to drive, yet it I became the chauffeur to his own loving mom and dad. My dad never experienced my graduation day, though I pray he looked down upon me from heaven. He didn’t meet my important first date. Late at night, I cried myself to sleep for the many times I missed his love.

The void I tried to fill was grander than a canyon. Nothing can fill the shoes left behind of my six-foot-two, father. This morning, an eternal flame still burns inside me, and I memorialize the father, I did without, in my entire life.

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Seeking God, I know it is He that connects the bridges of all the days of our lives. My time on earth is limited, too, as I look at my own son and ask God to watch over him. Someday, maybe, he will understand the meaning of picking up the phone and giving his dad a ring. Our moments are too short to waste on regrets.

I listen to the busy world as it is getting underway, but I feel the warmth from the Son shining down from heaven. It is God who has saved me in all my lonely days. Many children grow up in a happy home, and I, too, wish I could claim the same.

The sun is now covered by a swirling storm system. Still, an eternal flame for my father will forever endure whatever weather arrives today. I pray God grants me the moment I can stand by my Father again someday. I’ll give him a hug, he so richly deserves, for making me the son I became in his honor.

It was once said, “You can’t miss something you never had.” I strongly disagree! You can’t imagine what it’s like to walk a mile carrying your own father’s shoes. Yet here I am… throughout my life, without him here, beside me.

“God, my Father, I so pray Your holy hands will guide me all the rest of my weary days alone. Never lead me astray. I pray that not another child will experience the pain I’ve suffered and endured by the loss of my Father. Lord, let me be an example of Your love to other children who has had a parent pass to be with You. Hear my thoughts, on this day of memorial, and tell my father I said hello.”

I love you, Pop. May you rest in peace till the day we will walk in God’s light together.

Sixth Sense

My Cockatoo parrot lays his head on my shoulders and even gives me the best little kisses. He severely injured his foot a year ago during our move. Covered in blood and crying from the pain, he allowed me to cut the string off that severed into his bone and tendons. Since the incident, I have become his best friend, his “mate,” if you will. I pondered our body’s faculties – the sense of touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. They send information to the brain to help us understand and perceive the world. But I know God gave us a sixth sense, which began at the beginning of time.

If we go to the Book of Genesis, God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden. But soon after that, He recognized man was incomplete and needed a mate. Eve solved the problem. Do you know what God realized was missing for Adam? It’s a sixth sense….

I believe every living creature on earth has not only five senses, but a sixth sense called LOVE. Love floods the brain with chemicals and hormones, producing pleasure, obsession, and attachment. However, the emotion of love sets in after we sense the endorphins. God knew Adam needed to love, just as He loves us. Jesus walked the earth to explain the innate love born into each person. Men couldn’t characterize it at the start of time, but love always existed, just as it does now.

Love is a sense of the inner spirit and a force of nature. It is unpredictable, irrefutable, and radiates independently of our fears and desires. So, if God formed all His creations with love as a sixth sense, how then could it not apply to animals too?

As we see on social media, mammals can show humans, love. Millions of caretakers of dogs and cats I’m sure will agree with me. They slurp kisses on our face and sleep in bed with us. But particular creatures, like fowl, are instinctively non-receptive to people. Their nature is to fly from danger… or is it?

I am happy to report that birds, too, are born with a sense of love. How did I reach this epiphany? By a bird – yes, by my parrots! We can’t teach our feathered friends to hug or give us a kiss. Instead, they sense (the sixth sense) when they are loved and protected. They reciprocate in a language only they can understand.

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Now to test my experiment on the outdoor birds. Each morning, I throw tiny seed on the ground, and then take a seat on the deck. Almost immediately, the small birds gather in the nearby trees. I call them, and they flock down to the grass to feed and greet me. Some even venture onto the deck and handrails and chirp. They feel protected and sense love.

 I even took my “love” hypothesis to Wal-Mart. As I walked down an aisle, I encountered many service dogs. We made eye contact, and they too broke and ran to me for a pat on the head. You see, God communicates with animals. He led the animals to Noah’s ark.  Scripture tells us that the breath of life resides within them; therefore, they have a sense of love too.

“Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.”  Genesis 7:15

Love is the sixth sense inside all creations that share God’s spirit. It is the connection between all the universal languages. Humanity and animals do not have to be created alike to have the same compassion and love derived from God. He so loved the world first so that all His creations have the ability and instinct to love others.

“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.”  Psalm 50:10-11


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Today’s daily prayer to reap the fruits of Lent 71

Here we are in Lent,
You O Lord are ever great;
You are ever so great;
Ever so great and mighty
Are you, O king;
O heavenly King;
Mighty is your holy name;
No name can ever be
To yours compared;
Your works are ever good;
Miraculous and great;
We will sing praise to you
All the days of our lives;
We will go on our knees
And adore you;
We will glorify your name;
From morning till night,
We will praise your name;
For forty days, we will
Remember, in a special way
Our Lord and saviour
Jesus christ,
His suffering on the road
To Calvary,
Under the weight of a heavy cross;
We shall see him suffer;
We shall see him fall and rise;
We shall see him beaten;
We shall see him sweat blood;
All for our sake,
Moved by love;
May you help us O Lord,
To accompany our Saviour
On this painful journey
In deeper prayer than we have
Ever before prayed;
Help us to learn from him
To love others
As he has loved us;
To be strong in prayer;
So that we will reap
The fruits of this Lent,
For the greater glory
Of his holy name;
We make our prayer
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen!

Is the fire of love in your marriage still burning?

Dearest friend, if you are married, this post is specifically for you. However, if you are not married, don’t stop reading. It will still be very useful to you on two counts:

  1. It will help you tomorrow if you become married.
  2. You can use it to help someone who is married and whose marriage has lost steam.

We are talking here about rekindling steam in your marriage; reigniting romance in your marriage; refueling the fire of love to keep burning in your marriage. I have two questions for you:

  1. How hot is the fire of love in your relationship?
  2. At this moment, are you stronger or weaker in your marital love?

Marriage is a relationship. Every relationship has its ups and downs, agreements and disagreements, good days and bad days.

When two people from different backgrounds come together as husband and wife, no one can expect them to have the same ideas, the same feelings and the same expectations. Don’t expect them to think and act the same way. There will always be differences.

Some differences may affect your marriage in a big way. Others may affect it in a small way.

Some marriages have big problems which are hard to solve. Others have small problems which may just make the marriage stale or no longer interesting. In which case, the excitement in it has burnt out.

Perhaps, the excitement that was very strong in your marriage at the start has disappeared or has faded.

If that is the case, you have to bring it back. If you are no longer having the fun that you used to have, bring it back. Your marriage needs fun. In fact, your marriage should be fun. Marriage is meant to be fun; to be enjoyed.

Marriage is not supposed to bring you misery; to make you unhappy. You got married to be happy.

However, don’t expect happiness to come on its own just because you are married. It will not come unless you work for it. Here are a few realities about marriage to take note of:

  1. You have to work every day for happiness to be in your marriage.
  2. It’s the same like you have to work everyday to succeed in your marriage.
  3. If you stop working for success, success will turn its back on you and failure will invade you.
  4. If you stop working for happiness in your marriage, happiness will turn its back on you and sadness will take over control.
  5. In life, success and happiness behave like a woman.
  6. You have to woo a woman before you win her.
  7. You must woo success and happiness, and actually run after it before you get it.
  8. Failure, on the other hand, doesn’t wait to be invited. It comes on its own except you stop it with firmness.

If the thrill that you had in you marriage just when you got married has disappeared, make sure you bring it back.

In the next series of posts on marriage, I would like that together we see how we can rekindle romance in our marriage. How can we bring back that original joy that we had? How can we make our love burn again like fire?

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