Saturday, 29 September 2012

An Ephiphany

(Ephiphany:  A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden realization)

Have you ever woken up in the morning and just wondered where you would find the strength to do all you had to do that day?

Well, that was me on Wednesday............

After five hours sleep, I woke up to a new morning and my whole body ACHED. Believe me, I didn't need an Anatomy textbook to tell me where every bone and joint was ....because EVERY bone and joint ached from  tiredness. What made it even worse was the realisation that:

Hubby was out of town............
I had a day long programme to deliver to a new client;
I had one child to pick up from a rugby tournament after school;
The two other children were to be picked up from another location after school;
Three lots of homework had to be supervised after work;
And a work-related deadline of Friday was also looming.......

To top it all, we were throwing a birthday party for my last son on Saturday (29th). Somehow, somehow that cute brown chocolate of a boy had got us to agree to throw a party for 15 kids AT HOME.... !! and just two days to the day...I hadn't bought a single thing !!!! *sigh* 

After my morning prayers, I gave myself a pep talk and faced the day - handing everything over to God. My God did not fail me as that day went very well .......

I then decided to do most of the party shopping on Thursday so I would have Friday free to tie up work-related issues. Hubby was also due back Thursday so I knew he would take over anything that was left over. 

Anyone who knows me, knows I hate shopping so as I entered the first shop on Thursday, I was already muttering:
         'Na who send me this kind wahala, I for just beg this pickin make im do party next year !!!  (Why did I get myself into this? I should have just begged my son to have his party next year instead)

However, as soon as I got to the toy shop and started looking around for his 'perfect' present, my son's face came to mind and I imagined his delight and excitement at receiving gifts; having his friends round and generally being made to feel special for ONE whole day.

At that moment, something spoke to me and said 'If you were preparing for a funeral....wouldnt you still be doing all this running around? Is it not a blessing that you are running around for a joyful celebration?'

I then recalled the Bible passage Ecclessiastes 3 (1-9):
 There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens............
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance.........................
Believe me, at that moment, my whole body was energised and I shopped and planned like a woman possessed. The mental picture of my happy son was enough for me to ignore any aches and pain. All I wanted was for him to have the happiest birthday because no matter what happens, this birthday will never come again.

When hubby arrived, I shared my 'epiphany' with him and he loved it so I wanted to share it with you all.

I'm happy to say we had a wonderful day and even the weather was beautiful. Thanks be to God.

I know life can be so trying sometimes that we forget that every tribulation is temporary. Every situation is transient. No condition is permanent.

That is why whenever we are blessed and lucky enough to celebrate and laugh, we should do so with all our heart and might. There is a time for everything. Celebrate like its your wedding; Dance like its your last ever party and laugh like you have won the lottery.

Why? Because you can.......................someone somewhere  cant.

God bless you all...........and happy birthday to all September babies out there
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

PS - I'm off to sleep now. My body still aches LOL


56 comments:

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    1. LOL @ if I update regularly....
      I wish I could BUT .........
      Thanks for dropping by my blog
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  2. My dear, we have so much to be thankful for. I had a similar experience today: I realized that when we leave this earth, we shall be at the same level. Whether we were rich or poor while on earth.

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    1. True words
      Thanks for dropping by again
      Hope all is well with you

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  3. I missed you NIL. Happy belated birthday to little chocolate coloured boy! He will continue to grow up with Christ's mind and in in the same stature. He will not just do wonders in his generation, he will be a wonder in Jesus name. Amen

    My dear, when life gets that way for me, I ask myself one question?

    Bola, only the living deal with stuff, the only way to totally get away from it is to be dead. So would you rather be dead right now?

    I am sure you know the answer. Like you I become supernaturally recharged.......and go my way thanking God sef.

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    1. Thanks for the belated bday wishes

      I loved 'supernaturally charged' Praise His Name
      xxxx

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  4. Happy birthday to your son.
    Indeed, it is a blessing to celebrate life than death.
    Please take plenty paracetamol oo :D
    Take care.

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    1. Thanks my sister
      LOL @ 'paracetamol'
      Na wine I take instead LOL
      Hope all is well with you
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  5. I'm number 4, yay!!
    Happy belated birthday to your son. I sincerely hope that I start having positive epiphanies from now on sha. Especially the ones needed for studying for board exams and stuff. Lol thanks for sharing this...really inspiring!

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    1. LOL @ no 4 ....:)

      May God grant you your on epiphany.
      I wish you the best with your exams
      xxxxxxx

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  6. Happy Birthday to your son, its so great to be able to celebrate each day and each yr. because so many people can't but God's mercy is always upon us :)

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    1. Thanks so much
      Yes oh....we need to celebrate whatever, whenever
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  7. Awwww. Thanks for sharing this.
    Happy birthday to your son and give him a hug from me..lool.
    Please rest well and take good care of yourself nil :)

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  8. Awww...Happy birthday to Cute Brown Chocolate. Glad you all had a great day. A colleague and I was talking about this just a few days ago: how do working parents find enough hours in the day to do it all? Focusing on priorities helps for sure. Have a lovely Sunday/Week.

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    1. Thanks Adura
      'Focusing on priorities' is key as you said
      Hope all is well
      xxxxx

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  9. happy belated birthday to Cute Brown Chocolate...good to know you had a great day. Like the saying goes, we only live once.

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    1. Yes oh...we only live once
      Thanks dear
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  10. Happy belated to Cute Brown Chocolate (ilike nickname) I'm sure he had an amazing time. After reading Mstizzle's post yesterday, I've sorta been in thankful mode too.

    God will give you strength ma'am *hugs*

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    1. Glad you liked the nickname
      I missed MsStizzle's post
      I have to catch up
      Thanks dearie

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  11. Happy belated birthday to your son. Being a mum in the UK is very hard because you cannot afford to hire a maid like back home. You cannot even afford a chauffeur aka driver.

    Jobs are mostly well done, that is why the country functions well unlike back home. You have to work very hard for every penny you earn in the UK.

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    1. Thanks
      You have described the UK to a tee
      It is not easy at all but we thank God for everything
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  12. Happy birthday to your beautiful child. We all have days like that and I am glad everything went well eventually. God bless you.

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    1. Thanks Lily
      I've popped your blog on my blogroll so I'll be visiting you again
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  13. Kai, it is not easy for you mothers at times oooo. But God will reward your efforts in future shaaa.

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    1. Yes oh...it is not easy at all
      That is why the decision to have a child should not be taken lightly
      Thanks dear
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  14. The picture of that woman up there cracked me up. Lol. Fantastic epiphany. I pray w always remember to use every and any opportunity the right way. Happy belated birthday to Cute Brown Chocolate (it's Toinlicious o)
    Xxxxxx

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    1. RE; The image....it was exactly how I felt LOL

      Thanks dear. Hope you are feeling much better?
      Take care of yourself
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  15. hmmm, I hear you! I'm thankful for everything Lord. Happy birthday to your son, trust he had a fab day and many happy returns.

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    1. Thanks dear
      He LOVED his party...:)
      Hope all is well with you
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  16. "life can be so trying sometimes that we forget that every tribulation is temporary. Every situation is transient. No condition is permanent" that was for me.
    happy birthday to the little one.

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    1. Thanks dear
      I'm glad you liked the message
      Hope all is well with you
      xxxxx

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  17. aww happy birthday to your son, and many more reasons to rejoice in Jesus name.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by
      I tried to visit your blog but a scary 'Malware Detected' sign came up. Please check what's wrong
      Stay blessed
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  18. Happy baiday to your son. There indeed is a time for everything under the sun. We shall continue to rejoice IJN. Every moment is precious and peculiar.

    Thanksgiving is the attitude of a contented person.

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    1. LOL @ 'baiday'
      Tank you my sistah

      I loved this 'thanksgiving is the attitude of a contented person'
      AMEN!!

      God bless you
      xxxxxxx

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  19. Belated birthday wishes to Cute brown Chocolate. I have a similar epiphany when the kids are being rambunctious or overeating. then i wonder if prefer them sick.....I dont. :)

    I dont know how you Moms do it, Thank God for epiphanies and renergizations!!

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    1. I love your epiphany....I totally agree with you

      Re: ' I dont know how you mums do it............Love strengthens LOL

      Hope all is well
      xxxxxx

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  20. Happy birthday in arrears to your son, and hope you are feeling better now.

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    1. Thanks Myne
      I'm feeling much better
      Hope all is well with you
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  21. This is so true. I'm currently achy with a large to do list. But your post is a reminder that I'd rather be where I am now, than were I was or in some other less opportune state.

    Thank you :)

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    1. Thanks La Reine
      Thank God for that 'To Do' list
      I bet you those who are 6 feet under wish they had a list...
      Thank you too
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  22. This is a word in due season. Happy belated birthday to your son, I can bet he had fun!

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    1. He had great fun.......at our expense LOL
      Thanks for dropping by
      xxxxxx

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  23. Happy birthday to Mr Chocolate. Interesting post indeed. Sometimes, one jut really need to see how blessed one is to get over some breaking stress. You got past yours with the epiphany. I hope I have mine soon as I am currently almost crazy as I have so many things to deal with.

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    1. Please hang in there
      Hope you are ok?
      Please stay blessed
      xxxxxxx

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    2. I am becoming better. I may get completely okay soon. I say Amen to your prayer. Do stay blessed too.

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  24. Happy birthday to choco boy...lol...wishing him a splendid year ahead,,from one of his choco aunties from around the globe!

    nice epiphany...reminds me of a song line "when you get the choice to sit it out or dance..I hope you dance...."

    God is your strength!!

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  25. I think like that a lot. Especially this year with so many deaths occurring in Nigeria (Boko H, Dana, Flooding, Fighting in Jos e.t.c). It is a gift to be around to witness our children's milestones. Happy Birthday to your son. May you and he celebrate many more even happier ones.

    On the other hand, this being busy thing is like an epidemic. I am doing so much that I sometimes go for days on end without stopping to exhale. But we must all learn to do so....so that we can be healthy to do even more.

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  27. Inspiring...thanks for sharing

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  28. Thankful mode activated.I love this!

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  29. Aww that was definitely worth sharing

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  30. awwwwwwww ... anytime i feel like arrghhh i would rather doing something else, i'll remember what you said.. especially the bit about a funeral... very true.

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