Flowerly Maua

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I smile recklessly and I love excessively. I live today knowing I have no other day until tomorrow. Now is my moment. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a mystery, but today, today is my gift (present).

Friday, 29 February 2008

Weird relationships

I got into a bus the other day, and I had no book with me, which is unusual. I guess I do most of my reading in the buses and trains. That's how I kill boredom.

I looked around and picked up this magazine, and came across this funny article. I laughed like mad, in the bus, by myself. It felt like blogging.

Help me and work out these relationships?

Two men met at a bus stop and struck up a conversation. One of them kept complaining of family problems. Finally the other man said:

"You think you have family problems? Now you listen to my situation."

"A few years ago, I met a young widow with a grown up daughter and we got married.

Later my father married my stepdaughter
That made my stepdaughter my stepmother
My father became my stepson
My wife became mother-in-law of her father-in-law
Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother, had a son
This boy was my half-bother because he was my father's son
but he was the son of my wife's daughter which made him my wife's grandson
That made me the grandfather of my half brother

This was nothing until my wife and I had a son
Now the half sister of my son
my stepmother, is also the grandmother
This makes my father the brother-in-law of my child
whose stepsister is my father's wife
I'm my stepmother's brother-in-law
My wife is her own child's aunt
My son is my father's nephew
And, I'm my own grandfather.

"And you think you have family problems!"


Did you know that people born on 29th February get to celebrate their birthdays once every 4 years?

On sunday is Mother's Day and I wish all the blogging mothers a very HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY. Mujienjoy to the maximum.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

'Our Father who art in heaven' .

"Our Father, Who Art In Heaven.


Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.

But -- you called ME!

Called you? No! , I didn't call you. I'm praying.
Our Father who art in Heaven.

There -- you did it again!

Did what?

Called ME. You said, 'Our Father who art in Heaven'Well, here I am. What's on your mind?

But I didn't mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good, Kind of like fulfilling a duty.

Well, all right. Go on.

Okay, Hallowed be thy name.

Hold it right there. What do you mean by that?

By what?

By 'Hallowed be thy name'

It means, it means . . Good grief, I don't know what it means. How in the world should I know? It's just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?

It means honored, holy, wonderful.

Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before. Thanks. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven.

Do you really mean that?

Sure, why not?

What are you doing about it?

Doing? Why, nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control, Of everything down here like you have up there. We're kinda in a mess down here you know.

Yes, I know; But, have I got control of you?

Well, I go to church.

That isn't what I asked you. What about your bad temper? You've really got a problem there, you know. And then there's the way you spend your money -- All on yourself.
And what about the kind of books you read?

Now hold on just! A minute! Stop picking on me! I'm just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!

Excuse ME. I thought you were praying, For my will to be done. If that is to happen,
It will have to start with the ones who are praying for it. Like you -- for example.

Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.

So could I

I haven't thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things. I would like to, you know, be really free.

Good. Now we're getting somewhere. We'll work together -- You and ME. I'm proud of You.

Look, Lord, if you don't mind, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. Give us this day, our daily bread.

You need to cut out the bread. You're overweight as it is. In your bank account, in your house,

Hey, wait a minute! What is this? Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.

Praying is a dangerous thing. You just might get what you ask for. Remember, you called ME -- and here I am. It's too late to stop now. Keep praying. ( . . pause . . ) Well, go on.

I'm scared to.

Scared? Of what?

I know what you'll say.

Try ME.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

What about Ann?

See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why, Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories. She never paid back the money she owes me. I've sworn to get even with her!

But -- your prayer -- What about your prayer?

I didn't -- mean it.

Well, at least you're honest, But, it's quite a load carrying around all that bitterness and resentment isn't it?

Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even with her. Boy, have I got some plans for her. She'll wish she had never been born.

No, you won't feel any better. You'll feel worse. Revenge isn't sweet. You know how unhappy you are --, Well, I can change that.

You can? How?

Forgive Ann. Then, I'll forgive you; And the hate and the sin, will be Ann's problem -- not yours. You will have settled the problem as far as you are concerned.

Oh, you know, you're right. You always are. And more than I want revenge,
I want to be right with You . . (sigh. All right all right. I forgive her. There now!

Wonderful! How do you feel?

Hmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all! In fact, I feel pretty great! You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight tonight. I haven't been getting much rest, you know.

Yeah, I know. But, you're not through with your prayer are you? Go on.

Oh, all right. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Good! Good! I'll do that. Just don't put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.

What do you mean by that?

You know what I mean.

Yeah. I know. Okay!.

Go ahead. Finish your prayer.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.

Do you know what would bring me glory -- What would really make me happy?

No, but I'd like to know. I want to please you now. I've really made a mess of things. I want to truly follow you. I can see now how great that would be. So, tell me . . .How do I make you happy?

YOU just did."

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Nearly There Syndrome

I know it's a little late for this, but I was reflecting on a few things in regard to the New Year. But instead, I found myself referring to 2007, the many things I purposed to do. Some are half way done, and others are still being birthed. I thought of the effort I’d put, the time I spent trying to make them be, and just why they never became.

Most things I start, they nearly get to the finishing point. Very few get there. I made a short trip to my walk with God, my contribution in my church, and the many activities I participate in. And like wise, I feel I’m half way there.

In a silent prayer, I asked God, “Why do I suffer from a Nearly There Syndrome? Why do you allow this to happen?”

In a silent voice, I heard God talking to me. He asked me, ’how much tithe have you robbed me in the last year? You nearly get to almost giving me your tithe, but you give me part of it, some Sundays you forget your purse and cheque book at home, and you end up giving me loose change from your pocket. You busy yourself on Saturday evenings, get home late and tired and you sometimes do not go to church or get there late and don’t get to do some things you purpose to do. But you nearly get to do them, but you do not. If you do them, you do them half way. Likewise, I nearly get to blessing you. I nearly get to finish those projects for you. But if you will commit yourself fully, in every area, then I will commit to playing my part, and I will surely get there for you’.

I knelt down and asked for forgiveness, for I am guilty, and I have sinned. But I know that the blood of Jesus will wash me clean, and I can start again, because God is a God of 2nd chances. I trust Him, that when He says, He will.