CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!

Tis’ definitely a season to be jolly to be jolly!!. Inspired Pens witnesses its first Christmas. To this effect, we present to you a special edition for this wonderful season. Ever wondered what all those decorations you only display this period actually mean? It will interest you to know that they are even mentioned in the Holy Bible. As you read about them, it is advisable to meditate on their significance both in our lives and our relationship with t our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Enjoy….

 

HOLLY: Holly is an extremely hardy shrub that can be grown in all fifty states of the United States, making it one of the few plants that can withstand temperatures from 110°F- 40°F. The four hundred species of holly, ranging from dwarf holly plants six inches high to huge holly trees seventy feet tall, are native to all the continents except Antarctica and Australia. Holly plants are noted for their attractive red berries and glossy, sharp-toothed green leaves which remain on the plant year round. Tesents immortalip, a trait that God has given to each human being. We are all destined to live forever, either with the Lord or separated from Him. The sharp-toothed edge of the holly leaf reminds Christians of the crown of thorns with which the soldiers mocked Our Lord during His Passion. They laughingly hailed Him as king, never realizing that He is, indeed, King of the universe. As a Christmas symbol, the red holly berry represents Christ’s blood, shed for all people including those who reject him.

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GIFTS: For many people, gifts define Christmas. They focus on the giving and receiving of gifts instead of on our greatest Gift Jesus Who gave Himself to us at Christmas. The wise men who brought their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to honor the infant King in Bethlehem’s manger have inspired the concept of gift giving at Christmas. God also gives us the gifts of the Holy Spirit which help us to follow God’s direction in our lives. The seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Piety, Fortitude, and Fear of the Lord (Awe of God’s Greatness and Power).

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FRUIT: People give fruit baskets as gifts. Cranberry sauce is part of many Christmas meals. At the turn of the last century, good children would receive their only orange of the year as a Christmas gift. As a Christmas symbol, fruit recalls the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits result from the activity of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit are:

 

Charity (Love), Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity (Kindness), Goodness, Long-Suffering (Patiently Bearing Suffering over a Long Period of Time), Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency (Purity), Chastity.

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MISTLETOE: Mistletoe is an aerial parasite that has no roots of its own. It lives off the tree to which it attaches itself and, without that tree, it would die. Mistletoe is a Christmas symbol of our love which derives from and exists only because God loves us. God, who is Love, created us in love and caused us to be able to love. Christians are humbled before these words of St. John the Evangelist: “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him” (1 Jn. 4:16). Just as mistletoe may not acknowledge the tree which sustains it, so people may not acknowledge that the love of God sustains them. But if mistletoe were taken from the tree and any person removed from God’s love, both would die.

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EVERGREENS: In cool climates, many plants are deciduous. That is, they lose their leaves in the fall, remain dead-looking all winter, and begin to sprout new growth in the spring. Evergreens are, broadly speaking, any type of plant that retains its green leaves or needles all year round. As Christian Christmas symbols, evergreens symbolise perseverance and resiliency to adversity.  They remind us of Jesus’ words, “The ones who persevere to the end shall be saved.”

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CHRISTMAS TREE: Many pagan cultures worshipped evergreens, saw them as symbols of immortality, and used them to ward off evil spirits. In the early 700’s, Saint Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, demolished the Oak of Thor, the mighty sacred tree worshipped by the Saxons. From its roots grew a fir tree which Boniface took as a sign of the Christian faith. In the 11th century, Paradise plays portrayed the tree of Paradise, decorated with red apples. During the 15th century, the faithful began to erect trees in their homes on December 24, the feast day of Adam and Eve. About the year 1500, Martin Luther, inspired by a snow covered fir tree, brought a small tree indoors and decorated it with candles in honour of Christ’s birth. By the 18th century, the custom of decorating a Christmas tree was well established in France, Germany, and Austria. Thus, the Christmas tree represents the original Tree of Paradise, the burning bush which spoke to Moses, the branch of Jesse from which Jesus was born, the life-giving tree of the cross of Christ, and the tree which St. John the Apostle saw in the Book of Revelations whose leaves have medicine for the people and which yields fruit each month for the healing of the nations. Because it is green year-round, the evergreen tree represents hope. Its needles and its narrow crest point upward, turning our thoughts to heaven. Because the tree is cut down and then erected again, it is a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.

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TINSEL: Tinsel are the thin, metallic strands that are used in Christmas decorations. A legend tells of a poor, faithful family who wished to decorate a Christmas tree in honor of the Christ Child but who had no money for decorations. In the night, spiders came and spun webs across the tree. Then the Christ Child, honouring the family’s faith, turned the threads into silver. When we want to give our all to Christ, but we think that we have nothing of value to give, God gives value to our offerings. God does not measure worth by worldly standards but by spiritual ones. Give Christ your all and He will consider it more precious than gold.

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CANDLES AND CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: In the Advent wreath, a purple (for penance) candle is lit for the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent and a pink (for joy) one for the third Sunday of Advent. On Christmas Day, a white (for the purity of Christ) candle is lit in the centre of the wreath. Before electricity, people used candles to light their homes and to decorate their Christmas trees. Today electric lights have replaced candles. Candles and Christmas lights represent Christ, the Light of the World. “I am the light of the world. No follower of mine shall ever walk in darkness; no, he shall possess the light of life” (John 8:12). “The light shines on in the darkness, a darkness that did not overcome it” (John 1:5). Candles and Christmas lights also remind us that we are to be light to others, to show them the way to Christ.

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BELLS: Bells were part of the Jewish high priest’s garb. God gave these instructions to Moses: The robe of the ephod you shall make entirely of violet material. It shall have an opening for the head in the centre, and around this opening there shall be a selvage, woven as at the opening of a shirt, to keep it from being torn. All around the hem at the bottom you shall make pomegranates, woven of violet, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen twined, with gold bells between them; first a gold bell, then a pomegranate, and thus alternating all around the hem of the robe. Aaron shall wear it when ministering, that its tinkling may be heard as he enters and leaves the LORD’S presence in the sanctuary; else he will die. (Exodus 28:31-35). Christmas bells not only symbolise the joy of Christmas; they also remind us that Christ is the High Priest. Those priests were many because they were prevented by death from remaining in office, but he [Jesus], because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away. Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens. He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself. (Hebrews 7:23-27).

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CANDY CANE: The candy cane is shaped like a shepherd’s crook, reminding us that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came into our world at Christmas. The red stripe symbolises Christ’s sacrifice and the white background His purity. The candy cane reminds us of Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering servant who was led like a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7) and by his stripes you were healed (Isaiah 53:5). Candy canes have a peppermint flavor, reminiscent of hyssop which had medicinal purposes. The Psalmist prayed, Lord, cleanse me with hyssop that I may be clean (Psalm 51:9). Jesus came to heal our ills and to purge us of sin. The peppermint flavor reminds us that our healing came at the price of Christ’s life. When Jesus was crucified, a bystander stuck a wine-filled sponge on a branch of hyssop to give Jesus a drink. After tasting the wine, Jesus said, “Now it is finished,” and died (John 19:29-30). The candy cane is meant to be broken and shared, just as Jesus’ Body is broken and shared at every Eucharist.

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GINGERBREAD MAN: The gingerbread man does not create himself but rather is created. Gingerbread people remind us of God’s creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden, and God’s creation of each of us. Spices, reminiscent of those mentioned in the Old Testament, make the gingerbread man the colour of earth (Adam was created from the dust of the earth). Like us, gingerbread people are not immortal. They are destined to be eaten and thus to unite with their creators. God does not eat us (rather we consume His Body and Blood in the Eucharist), but our mortal bodies, like that of the gingerbread man’s, will not live forever. God created us for eternal union with Him after we die. Gingerbread people remind us to look beyond ourselves to our Creator with whom we will one day be united.

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SANTA CLAUS: Santa Claus is a corruption of Saint Nicholas, fourth Bishop of Myra (located in modern Turkey) whose feast day is December 6. He is also called Saint Nicholas of Bari after his relics were taken to Bari, Italy, in 1087. Saint Nicholas was known for taking to heart Jesus’ words about alms giving. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your alms giving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:3-4) Saint Nicholas was very generous to the poor, but most often anonymously. The most famous story concerns three young women whose destitute father was going to force them into prostitution in order to survive. To prevent this heinous crime, Nicholas, on three different nights, anonymously went to their father’s house and threw a bag of gold though an open window.  The bishop’s mitre and fur trimmed red winter garments were corrupted into Santa’s outfit, while Saint Nicholas’s generosity was transferred to the “jolly old man” who delivers gifts anonymously on Christmas Eve.

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SUGAR AND CHRISTMAS CANDY: Everyone loves Christmas treats, most often sweetened with sugar. Sugar isn’t found in Scripture and, for centuries, only the wealthy used it. The lower classes used honey or molasses as sweeteners. References to honey are found frequently in Scripture. God promised Abraham that he would bring his people to a “land of milk and honey,” that is a rich and fertile homeland. The manna in the desert tasted “like wafers made with honey,” a foretaste of the Eucharist which, although not sweetened with honey, is sweet to us spiritually because it is the Body of Christ. Isaiah prophesied concerning the Messiah, “the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good.” Since curds and honey were abundant in a prosperous, peaceful land, they indicate that the virgin’s son will bring peace. Curds and honey also refer to the “land of milk and honey” promised to Abraham. John the Baptist, who prepared Israel for the coming of Christ, lived on “locusts and wild honey.” In the Book of Revelation, the little scroll “tasted like honey” in the Evangelist’s mouth but turned bitter in his stomach, meaning that his call to prophecy seemed joyful at first but brought rejection later as commonly happens with prophets. The sweets we consume at Christmas remind us of the sweetness of God’s Presence, come into the world on Christmas.

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Wow!!!! Who knew Christmas was sooo significant. Well, we hope you enjoy what this year’s celebration has to offer. Merry Christmas!!

Leave your comments and questions below.

AFOMA and ODDIE.

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ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!

Christmas is a religious practice as well as a worldwide cultural phenomenon. For a very long period of time, people all over the world have been observing Christmas with traditions and practices that are both religious and worldly. Christians celebrate Christmas as a day that their Lord Jesus was born-December 25th. They set it aside to celebrate His unique birth and entrance into the world and it is followed by various practices that have been in the system for decades. They include exchanging gifts, setting up the Christmas tree, attending church, helping the needs, spending time with family and friends and waiting for SANTA CLAUS.

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of Jesus (before Christ), early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many people rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them.

In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire and feast till the log burned out.

The end of December was a perfect time for celebration in most areas of Europe. At that time of the year, most cattle were slaughtered. For many, it was the only time of the year when they had a supply of fresh meat. In addition, most wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking.

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus Christ was not celebrated in the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the bible does not mention the exact date. Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds be herding in the middle of winter?). Pope Julius 1 chose December 25. It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. It was first called the feast of Nativity. By the end of the 8th century, the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia. Today, in the orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day.

 

  • Christmas Tree

Just as early as Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, so worshippers of the Asheira cult and its offshoots were recruited by the church sanctioning ‘Christmas trees’. Pagans had long worshipped trees in the forest, or brought them into their homes and decorated them, and this observance was adopted and painted with a Christian veneer by the church.

  • Mistletoe

Norse mythology recounts how the god Balder was killed using a mistletoe arrow by his rival god Hoder while fighting for the female Nanna. Druid rituals use mistletoe to poison their human sacrificial victim. The Christian custom of ‘kissing under the mistletoe’ is a later synthesis of the sexual license of Saturnalia with the Druidic sacrificial cult.

  • Christmas presents

In pre-Christian Rome, the emperors compelled their most despised citizens to bring offerings and gifts during the Saturnalia and Kalends. Later, this ritual expanded to include gift-giving among the general populace.

 

This is just a view to what people see as the origin of Christmas. Comment and share your own view. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AFOMA and ODDIE. 

JINGLE BELLS🎄🎊

Hey loves, it’s christmas!!!🎄🎄🎄. I’m so sorry for being out for a while. I had some things to take care of. But I’m back and better lol. Anyhoo. Since its christmas why don’t I show you some outfit ideas i styled. It’ll be helpful if you’re having a hard time choosing something to wear. You could go with similar concepts. Christmas screams red!!! So we have to incorporate some red in there. Either the main outfit or an accessory or even make up.

I made up two outfits. A casual yet chic look. And a more sophisticated one. You could go for casual during the day and glam up at night.
During the day. You should play it soft. Messy bun. Soft make up look. Cute sweaters. You could play around with a bucket purse or a back pack. Dark wash denim pants and a pair of boots.

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Then switch up your look. With the fleeky make up, glittery eye makeup, body con dress, trench

imagecoat or a duster and some boots.
Share your opinions and thoughts on the outfit. ❤️❤️. I hope this helps in picking your perfect Christmas outfit.
One last thing, may your Christmas be decorated with cheer and filled with love. Merry Christmas loves🎄❤️

BY TEMII.

KNOW YOUR RACE!!!!!!

Ever wondered what your race is or the what Race is all about? Well, look no further because we have got your answers right here. This article is intended on helping you discover your race or classification. Or if you have, why you are categorised at that. First things first, let’s understand the concept of “A Race”.

Race is the classification of humans into groups based on physical traits, ancestry, genetics or social relations, or the relations between them. First used to refer to speakers of a common language and then to denote national affiliations, by the 17th century race began to refer to physical (i.e phenotypical) traits. The term was often used in a general biological taxonomic sense starting from the 19th century, to denote generally differentiated  human populations defined by phenotype.
Generally speaking, the spatial distribution and concentration of these races is—Caucasians in Europe, Mongoloids in Asia and Negroids in Africa. But these races are not limited, in spatial extent, to these areas only. For instance, the Caucasian race is also found along the northern belt of Africa, Turkey and from Iran to Baluchistan and India.

The Mongoloid race is mainly found in the central, eastern and south-eastern parts of Asia and the western parts of the Americas (Red Indians etc.), Arctic region (Eskimos in Canada, Greenland and Yakuts in Siberia).In other words, the Mongoloids are clustered around the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans.

The Negroids are mainly concentrated in the south of Sahara desert in Africa, but they are also found in Indonesia (pygmy group), Papua New Guinea and Melanesia. The Australoids, a mixture of Negroids and Dravidians (south India), are largely concentrated in Australia, especially in the north and west.

1. Caucasoid (European)

2. Negroid (African)

3. Mongoloid (Asiatic or Oriental).

4. Australoid (Australian aboriginal)

NEGROID
Negroid (also known as Congoid) is a grouping of human beings historically regarded as a biological taxon .The term has been used by many forensic and physical anthropologists to refer to individuals and populations that share certain morphological  and skeletal traits that are frequent among most populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. First introduced in early racial science and anthropometry, Negroid denoted one of the three purported major races of humankind (alongside Caucasoid and Mongoloid).Negroid describes features that typify skulls of black people. These include a broad and round nasal cavity; no dam or nasal sill; nasal bones; notable facial projection in the jaw and mouth area (prognathous); a rectangular-shaped palate; a square or rectangular eye orbit shape;a large interorbital distance; a more undulating supra orbital ridge; and large, megadontic teeth
According to George W.Gill and other modern forensic anthropologists, physical traits of Negroid crania are generally distinct from those of the Caucasoid races. They assert that they can identify a Negroid skull with an accuracy of up to 95%.

Afro-textured hair is tightly coiled, kinky hair. It is a ubiquitous trait among Negroid populations. By consequence, the presence of looser, frizzly hair texture in other populations has often been considered an indication of possible admixture with Negroid peoples.

Skin pigmentation in Negroid populations varies from very dark brown to light brown.As  dark skin is also relatively common in human groups that have historically not been defined as “Negroid”, including many populations in both Africa and Asia, it is only when present with other typical Negroid physical traits such as broad facial features, Negroid cranial and dental characteristics, prognathism, afro-textured hair and neoteny, that it has been used in Negroid classification. Populations with frequently dark skin yet on the whole lacking the suite of Negroid physical traits were thus usually not regarded as “Negroid”, but instead as either “dark Caucasoid” or “Australoid” depending on their other salient physical attributes.

MONGOLOID
Mongoloid is a term for people indigenous to  East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Siberia or North Asia, Northern Europe, the Arctic, the Americans, parts of the Pacific Islands, parts of  Africa(Madagascar), and South Asia. Individuals within these populations often share certain associated phenotypic traits, such as  epicanthic folds  (epicanthus), sinodonty, and neoteny.
The vast majority have straight, black hair and dark brown almond-shaped eyes, and most have broad, relatively flat faces as well.

Traits more controversially ascribed to Mongoloids include high intelligence and a stoic, taciturn, unaggressive demeanour. The extent to which individual psychological makeup is a social construct, rather than a matter of biology, remains a matter of debate.

Mongoloids” have femurs with more curvature and more twisting at the neck than the femurs of both “whites” and “blacks“. Whites have femurs that are “intermediate in both curvature and twisting” between Mongoloids and blacks. Blacks have femurs with less curvature and less twisting at the head or neck than the femurs of both whites and Mongoloids.

Mongoloid teeth are larger than Caucasoid and Negroid teeth. Mongoloids have mandibles that are “robust”, and Mongoloids have mandibles that are “similar” to the mandibles of Negroids in respect to the chins of Mongoloids and Negroids not being as prominent as the chins of Caucasoids and in respect to the chins of Mongoloids and Negroids being “median” while the Caucasoid chin is “bilateral”.Mongoloids generally have big incisors, big canines, big molars and small premolars.

Mongoloids have the smallest eyeballs, Negroids have eyeballs of medium size, and Caucasoids have the largest eyeballs. This eyeball size pattern is different for the size of the eye sockets in which the eyeballs reside, however, since Negroids have the smallest eye sockets, Caucasoids have eye sockets of medium size, and Mongoloids have the largest eye sockets.The “straight” or “low waves” hair of the mongoloids is striking indeed.

Mongoloid have thick skin cuticle and an abundance of carotene (yellow pigment). Mongoloid males have “little or no facial or body hair”. Mongoloid hair is coarse, straight, blue-black and weighs the most out of the races.The size of the average Mongoloid hair is 0.0051 square millimetres (7.9×10−6 sq in) based on samples from Chinese, Thais etc. Mongoloid hair whether it be Sioux , Ifuago or Japanese has the thickest diameter out of all human hair.

AUSTRALOID
The Australoid broad racial classification used to refer to people indigenous to Southeast Asia, South Asia and so on. Australoid peoples often mixed with other races (mostly Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid.

Australoids are usually dolichocephalic; their hair is usually silky, black and wavy. They usually have large, heavy jaws and their skin is the colour of chocolate and the irises are dark brown or black.

CAUCASOID
The Caucasian race (also Caucasoid or Europid) is a grouping of human beings historically regarded as a biological taxon, including some or all of the populations of Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa,Western Asia, Central Asia and South Asia. The term has been used in a biological anthropology  for many people from these regions, without regard necessarily to skin tone.
Caucasoid traits were recognised as: thin nasal aperture (“nose narrow”), a small mouth, facial angle of 100°–90°.
Other physical characteristics of Caucasoids include hair texture that varies from straight to curly, with wavy (cymotrichous) hair most typical on average according to Coon (1962), in contrast to the Negroid and mongoloid races. Individual hairs are also rarely as sparsely distributed and coarse as found in Mongoloids.
Skin colour amongst Caucasoids ranges greatly, from pale, reddish-white, olive, through to dark brown tones.

Regardless, knowing our race does not take away the fact that we are human beings and should respect each other. Be open minded and eager to learn new things rather than discriminate based on race.

AFOMA and ODDIE. 

DECEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is a new month people and we sure do need to be really thankful. Tell me, why exactly are people dying and we are still living? Are we that righteous? Or that good? Or that charitable? Or are we the best set of Christians there is? No no no! God’s unfailing love has kept us because He has a purpose for our lives and we need to fulfil it to the glory of His holy name.

No doubt, some people are 100% assured that there’s nothing to be thankful for. Some people are sure that there is no God. Some people are sure that even if God exists, He is very wicked. Some people believe in their own powers without regard to anything or anyone. Well can we blame them? Some things that happen definitely show the opposite of who God is. I know I know. We have heard these bants one too many times eh? Too bad. There is no limit at all to how we talk about God’s wonders and His mighty works.

Let’s take an illustration. Mr Epe is a wealthy doctor, happily married with two kids. He is a devoted catholic and his faith is deeply rooted. His wife as well as his children are also devoted Catholics. Mr Epe goes out one Sunday afternoon to look for the less privileged to help and take into his NGO like he does every Sunday. Then he gets a distressed call from his wife that their first son suddenly, mysteriously is down with a fever. He insists that he finishes his work before coming in and in the main time that he should be appropriately taken care of. He gets back in the night and hears that his son passed away few minutes ago. Oouch. I will feel betrayed by God, wouldn’t you? But does God betray His own? Then comes the grief of the Epe family and then another disaster strikes. His wife and second child die in a dastardly accident. When he was told, he smiled. He smiled not a smile of sorrow but a smile of joy. And he was asked why? He replied I am sure that my wife and two kids made it to heaven and since that is our purpose of coming into this world, he is more than happy. Mr Epe continued his act of charity, being a devoted catholic and he continued living like nothing happened waiting for the day he will be in heaven with his family and God.

If it was me, let me not lie. I can’t do that and then one individual will say ‘God has a reason’. I will slap that person o. But dear sisters and brothers, God does have a reason for everything He does. Absolutely everything. His eyes never shut and he doesn’t sleep nor slumber. The question is how do you manage to see through the pain and keep looking unto God for help? I must say, it is not easy at all. It is not easy in any way but remember that God won’t take you anywhere His grace cannot protect you. Let’s believe this wholeheartedly. Why do we need to thank God? Thank him for waking you up. For this life we see as mere, some people are battling for it. Let’s not desist from thanking God, the same way His steadfast love never ceases. Let us not try to understand HIS ways, you might end up having migraines. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

These things you refer to as bants are things you cannot do without. Let’s embrace them now. As we go through the course of this month, let’s remember these things. Let’s keep trusting HIM. I pray that GOD almighty helps us.

The following are bible verses that should help us in trusting God

  • Genesis 15:6-10
  • Galatians 3:6-9
  • 2 Kings 5:13-15
  • Luke 12:8-10
  • John 12:37-43
  • Romans 1: 18-20

 

Please let’s try to look up the above verses. Stay blessed!!

AFOMA.

DELICACIES AROUND THE GLOBE

Your mom cooks the best food ever in the universe. We know that. But if one day you want to try food which (would never be better of course) would be different from your mother’s, then this article is for you.

When you are out of country, you need some hints not to get lost in the variety of tastes and flavors. We will give you a list of stories not only about best destinations for food, but also about how to understand what is on your plate. What are the must-eats and must-drinks? And what you should avoid not to get into awkward situations…

Which are the Best Countries in the World for Food? Let’s start! Don’t get overexcited though, this list is not a rating- it’s just a collection of delicious destinations!

Vietnam

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The main ingredients of Vietnamese food include shrimp paste, fish sauce, rice, herbs, Thai basil, fruits and vegetables. But at the same time, unlike other Asian countries, Vietnam has one of the healthiest foods in this region.

Greece

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There are many things in general you can try, from salads to hot dishes, from sweets to soups. But if you want something traditional, cheap and fast – it`s definitely souvlaki. The iconic dish of Greece is a fast food that you usually can find anywhere on the streets, in the bars, in small take-out shops and cafes. You will see souvlaki over the whole country. And if you are lucky enough to be invited to a house party of Greek people – ask for Moussaka. It is the best when it`s homemade.

ITALY

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It’s hard to speak about Italian food, it’s better to enjoy it. The traditional colours of Italian cuisine – red, green and yellow always create a great mixture of flavor and taste. Usually all the dishes are based on tomato, bread and olive oil. The secret of the cuisine is not in a sophisticated preparation process, it is more in the freshness of the products.

PAKISTAN

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Pakistanis, being Muslims, don’t consume pork and alcohol, they rather concentrate on beef, chicken, fish and vegetables. They also use a lot of flavors, you will see these in majority of dishes: chilli powder, ginger, curry, coriander, paprika, cinnamon and garlic.

PHILIPPINES

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Filipino cuisine is based on a mixture of different traditional foods of India, Spain, China and America.

THAILAND

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Like many other Asian cuisines, Thai cooking uses rice as a basic ingredient for the majority of dishes. The word “food” in Thai language means literally “to eat rice”. Furthermore, it has 5 main tastes, which you may meet in almost every dish. These are: sour lime, savoury fish sauce, hot chilli, salt and sweetness (usually added by palm tree).

JAPAN

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Japanese food is one of a kind. You will never mistake it. Sushi, Sashimi, Unagi, and sake… we all know this. But this cuisine is not only about products and recipes, here a lot is about their indigenous culture and traditions. It is not surprising then that they made the whole world eat with chopsticks instead of knives and forks.

UKRAINE

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It’s all about enormously tasty foods. Various pastries, soups, meat dishes and unexpected mixture of tastes – you may find all these in Ukrainian cuisine.
The famous Russian beetroot soup, borsch/borscht, actually comes from Ukrainian cuisine. Ukrainian borsch is a little bit different than the Russian one, but you will hardly notice. Anyways – it rocks.

CHINA

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It is not a coincidence that you will find Chinese food pretty much everywhere. But remember, there are 2 types of Chinese cuisine – authentic and fake. How to identify the first type? Easy. If you are in China – it’s all over. If you are in your city’s Chinese restaurant – choose the place where customers are Chinese, not tourists.

INDIA

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As we remember, the cow is a sacred animal here and the majority of Indians are vegetarians. Traditional Indian food uses many different spices and is slathered with  flavourful sauce. They are also big fans of Indian homemade white cheese, called Panir. Every dish is traditionally accompanied by naan bread. Of course, rice is one of the basic products of Indian cuisine as well.
Concerning alcohol – you would not find it anywhere in India, almost nowhere. Only Goa is famous for parties and drinks, because there is no alcohol tax here, unlike all other states of India.

SPAIN

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With a huge variety of dining: from the simple street food to gorgeous restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, which was ranked first in the The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2015, Spain has a lot to offer for a foodie traveller.

FRANCE

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We all know France for being a gourmet capital. Well, seems like it deserves this title. Croissant with a little cup of coffee in the morning – it’s a must do in France.
All the food best-sellers come from here: baguettes, macaroni, praline, Madeleines, pain au chocolat, raisin brioche bread… The list is enormous. Onion cake and fish soup sound weird, but the French know how to make it delicious as well.

MEXICO

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Warm, sunny, blue sea and litres of tequila – this is the ideal picture of Mexico. Actually, this is not only positive, but also true and realistic. Add to this corn, beans, tomato and chilli peppers, and you would get there.

SWITZERLAND

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Switzerland is country where 3 different cultures intersect: Italian, French and German. This is why it is sometimes hard to identify the characteristic of Swiss food. But apart from chocolate and cheese, they still have something to be proud of.

PORTUGAL

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The Portuguese cuisine might be characterised by one short sentence from my friend Solene, she is French and spend half a year in Portugal, she says: “The cuisine is amazing, but be ready to gain 5 kilos in 6 months”. Mmm, let’s risk it and go for it.

KOREA

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Rice, vegetables and meats are the main ingredients of this cuisine. In addition to that you will also find a variety of all flavors in Korean dishes – sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and fermented red chilli paste.

SWEDEN

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Thanks to IKEA, we all know that Sweden is famous for meatballs with cream sauce and mashed potato, served with pickles. Historically, they also cooked reindeer meat. Usually, Swedish food is simple with contrasting flavors.

MONTENEGRO

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Montenegrin cuisine has an Italian flavour, Russian-sized dishes and French quantity of various pastries. Montenegro is well-known for cheese-making, wine and spirits, different soups and meat dishes. This cuisine is made to delight your preferences and to warm you during  cold seasons.

AUSTRALIA

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This cuisine will surprise you. Although Aussies don’t have a strong history of culinary traditions, they do have some unexpected features in food habits. Apart from multicultural food from all over the world, you will find here some local specialities, such as kangaroo, possum, ostrich and crocodile meat.

USA

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Probably the best food destination to exist. Not because of strong American culinary traditions, but more because New York City gathers all of the cuisines mentioned before. Here you can find anything you want. But of course, NY City American cuisine. Tempting burgers and succulent steaks – these are the best sellers in New York.

AFOMA AND ODDIE.