Dada… Papa… Daddy… Dad… Father

Father’s Day a time not only to acknowledge our biological father, husband and brothers.

We must also remember “the Father from whom all fatherhood derives it’s name” (Ephesians 3:15). To appreciate God as our Father everyday is something we can learn to do — even if your relationship with your father was painful for you.

“Abba” is Hebrew for Papa and it’s the first word that a little boy or girl says. It’s a wonderful, affectionate name for God and we could use it in our prayers. To know that the Almighty God is our dear Papa is such a blessing!

Mark 10:13-16 tells the story of Jesus receiving little children into his arms to bless them. Jesus not only loved these little ones he fought for them, rebuking his disciples who tried to shoo them away because Jesus was busy.

You may have lost touch with it, but you have a child part of you inside. There’s a little and vulnerable part of you that longs for your Heavenly Father to lift you up in his arms with joy!

There’s a void in you and in me that only Abba can fill. But we cling to people. We try to impress people. We rush around and strive to succeed. We worry. We accumulate more and more stuff. We seek new experiences. We escape into entertainments or alcohol. We hold onto old wounds, especially from our fathers.

O, my friends, Jesus shows us the Abba Father love of God that we yearn for! Nothing else will fill the void in you and in me.

Happy Fathers Day to all my male-folk who are fathers, uncles, god fathers and for the mothers who play a double role, hold on to the balance wheel “Jesus” seek his counsel and his wisdom as you mold these lives. Teach your sons to love and serve God, how to honour commitments, how to respect women and choose a virtuous woman. Let your life be an example, your daughters must know what or who a good god fearing man is so she can choose wisely in the future. Have a wonderful day!!!

Koma2013

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Stone Throwing

Casting the First Stone: There are enough people with stones in their hands ready to hurl away. Let us adopt the example of Jesus who, at every occasion, seeks to wrap the individual in love and calls them to a life of holiness.— from Jesus the Evangelist

Even if you don’t want to take it on a spiritual level, what sense does it make casting stones if you know very well you aren’t ready for or cannot present any form of glory.

What do I mean when I speak of glory in a nonspiritual manner; the following words should assist: acclaim, accolade, applause, credit, distinction, honor, kudos, laurels, props [slang]. By glory I mean the outcome of passion, hard work, persistence, determination and endurance. While some of us work towards this glory, others work towards knocking us of the path with their missiles of stone.

Stay strong to your cause and trot on my friends. Stay strong in your mind, strong in your heart and strong in your spirit. Don’t let the enemy take away your joy.

LIFE… Love… Inspiration… Faith… Empowerment… 

Koma2013… 🙂 L.I.F.E

 

 

I’m gonna be an Artist ;)

It’s been burning in me all the while… I always tell myself “I don’t have it in me” 😦 

I think it’s time to let it out… I think it’s time to let my imagination and creativity shout. 😀

So… What is Art?

Art

We tend to think of visual art as decoration or collectibles, yet it serves many functions.

Art teaches us to see. Art helps define who we are and what we stand for. Art is an invitation to have a conversation.

Images communicate more powerfully than words and have a language of their own. Hence the saying “A picture paints a thousand words.” Coined by David Gates in the opening line of the song If, written in 1971. They are inherently rich in metaphor and symbolism.

Visualizing information helps us see patterns, make connections, think metaphorically, decipher complexity, discern emerging futures and create shared visions.

The images we create illustrate how differently we see things, and help us appreciate that many points of view contribute to the whole.

Its function is to express meaning – in our relationship with ourselves, with each other, the world we live in, and with God.

The arts lead us to wisdom and truth.

 Art in its essence embodies creativity, imagination and originality.

If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.

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Creativity?

Creativity can be defined as the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of an idea.

“Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being…creativity requires passion and commitment. Out of the creative act is born symbols and myths. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness–ecstasy.
— Rollo May, The Courage to Create

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Imagination?

     Imagination is the ability to mentally visualize images and create things that are unique. It is illustrated through universal myth and the dreams of individuals.

    The concept of imagination has been defined as the capacity to think of things in terms of possibilities, and is a conscious and intentional act of mind as well as the source of new and useful ideas and things in a particular context or discipline (Egan:43). 

Without imagination to inspire us, evolution and development would cease to be, both in the Arts and how we live in this world. 

Egan, Kieran (1992)  A Very Short History of Imagination in Imagination in Teaching and Learning, London, Ontario, Althause Press.

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Originality?

Originality is the aspect of created or invented works as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. The term “originality” is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers.

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Compiled for a research project a few years ago and it has inspired me ever since but I’ve only been using my imagination. Gonna start using my creativity now.

 

N’koma 

Attitude

I found this to be a very interesting read… Especially as I changed my attitude towards “Worry”

An excerpt from
Attitude is Everything
by Vicki Hitzges
I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could deplete to pay the hospital bills.

A comedian once said, “I tried to drown my worries with gin, but my worries are equipped with flotation devices.” While not a drinker, I certainly could identify! My worries could swim, jump and pole vault!

To get some perspective, I visited a well known, Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, “Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry.”

As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn’t admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone—even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!

“I decided that I would wait to worry!” he explained. “I decided that I’d wait until I actually had a reason to worry—something that was happening, not just something that might happen—before I worried.”

“When I’m tempted to get alarmed,” he confided, “I tell myself, ‘Fred, you’ve got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don’t worry.’ And I don’t. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry.”

Fred possessed a quick mind and a gift for gab. As such, he became a captivating public speaker. “I frequently ask audiences what they were worried about this time last year. I get a lot of laughs,” he said, “because most people can’t remember. Then I ask if they have a current worry—you see nods from everybody. Then I remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient—only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true.”

Charles Spurgeon said it best. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.”