Happy Women’s Equality Day

As a woman, nobody prevented you from getting University education, even bagging several degrees. You came out during the last elections to vote, freely and happily. You can even run for political office! You are free to write and be published. You chose, or are free to choose, your spouse by yourself. Let me ask you some questions.
 
The people who fought for these rights for you (and if you do not know they were hard won, perhaps you should read more), do you think they were monsters or they were “trying to be men”?
 
The people who cast their votes AGAINST these rights you now enjoy and even take for granted, do you think they and their kind have disappeared?
 
Don’t deceive yourself. Wake up, and stay woke!
 
Happy Women’s Equality Day.
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A Morning in the Life of an Owl in a Lark’s World

I loved Osemhen’s post, The 3 Types of Morning, and when I said so, she asked me to write a similar one. I’m an owl and I had to train myself to wake up early: the battle is ongoing. Here are my 3 types of mornings:

 

The Perfect Morning

  1. Wake at 5:00 a.m.
  2. Tiptoe out of bedroom leaving in bed husband and sometimes toddler who toddled in an hour ago.
  3. Praise and worship. God’fessions. Prayer. Read Bible using LA Family devotional.
  4. At 5:45 a.m. Sit at dining table, turn on laptop and start proofreading Connect Nigeria articles in Drafts. Schedule for publishing.
  5. At 6:45 a.m., change into tank top and yoga pants
  6. Go for one-hour power-walk listening to a sermon or music.
  7. 7:50, shower, pamper skin, dress, all the while playing loud music
  8. 8:10 a.m., cuddle freshly bathed toddler (God bless my assistant!), fix breakfast for everyone, eat, kiss hubby bye.
  9. 8:45 a.m., dodge toddler, lock guest room door* and start writing articles or editing client’s book.

 

The Imperfect Morning.

  1. Snooze alarm till 6:00 a.m.
  2. Tiptoe out of bedroom leaving in bed husband and sometimes toddler who toddled in two hours ago.
  3. Sing just one song, skip Bible reading and do only God’fessions and quick prayers.
  4. 6: 30 a.m., sit at dining table, turn on laptop and start proofreading Connect Nigeria articles in Drafts and publishing immediately.
  5. 7:30 a.m., change into tank top and yoga pants
  6. Go for one-hour power-walk listening to a sermon or music.
  7. 8:35 a.m., back home, find hubby has fixed breakfast for himself. Feel bad (he does his own everything, it’s one of the few things I do for him 😦 ). Head to shower, pamper skin, dress.
  8. 8:55 a.m., quick cuddle for toddler. “Where is daddy?” “He has gone”. Pick phone to harass hubby along the lines of “you’re owing me my hug and my kiss!”
  9. 9:00 a.m., dodge toddler, lock guest room door and start writing articles or editing client’s book.

 

The OMG-what-have-I-done Morning.

  1. Wake at 8:00 a.m.! Why oh why did I stay up late reading that novel? When did I turn off the alarm? Can’t remember.
  2. Fly out of bed without noticing who is where.
  3. Skip praise and worship, God’fessions, prayer and devotional completely. Mutter arrow prayers while putting on laptop. “Thank you Jesus.” “Bless my day, Father.”
  4. Find that Connect Nigeria did not wait for me and some urgent articles have been published with errors. Feel horrible and unprofessional. Start revise editing.
  5. Skip power-walk. Sit at dining table proofreading.
  6. 9:00 a.m., find hubby has eaten breakfast he fixed for himself. Want to die. Guiltily collect kiss still sitting at dining.
  7. 10 a.m, still at dining table in night gown, writing articles or editing client’s book until “professional conscience” is assuaged an hour and half later.
  8. 11:30 a.m., shower, rush skincare, dress and resume editing at dining table, lamenting forfeited prayer time, Bible reading and power-walk, generally feeling crappy and unable to redeem the day.

 

*I work from home. The guest room is my “office”.

 

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses is a book by Chris Bruno that highlights 16 key Bible passages that are pivotal in the Bible’s story line—enabling readers to see God’s incredible plan to redeem his people and glorify his name from Genesis to Revelation:

Part 1: The Time Is Coming
1. Creation (Genesis 1:31)
2. Human Beings (Genesis 1:26-27)
3. The Fall (Genesis 3:6-7)
4. Redemption Promised (Genesis 3:15)
5. Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3)
6. Judah the King (Genesis 49:10)
7. The Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:23)
8. King David (2 Samuel 7:12-13)
9. The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53:6)
10. Resurrection Promised (Ezekiel 37:3-5)
11. New Creation (Isaiah 65:17)

Part 2: The Time Has Come
12. Fulfillment! (Mark 1:14-15)
13. The Cross (John 19:30)
14. Resurrection (Romans 1:3-4)
15. Justification (Romans 3:21-26)
16. Glory (Revelation 21:1-4)

My friend Ugo and I are starting a three-month Bible study, and we’re starting with these 16 verses (we don’t have the book so we’re reading the verses from our Bibles and discussing), which form what I call our “spine”. From there we’ll go on to the “skeleton” by God’s grace. I’ll tell you all about it in my next post!