Christmas Day 2011…How It Was For Me…

 

24th December 2011late afternoon found me on my way to the office. Well, there I was headed to work, while my mind was imagining what I would be missing in the evening…The Christmas Eve Experience 2011…hours was dragging by, and to make matters worse, I was down with terrible headache which seemed to be getting worse by the minute and was feeling quite sickly…How can I fall sickly on a whole Christmas Eve whereas I have been well all year through?? At some point, I took a break, to pray that I get well, as to make it through the night. He’s Jehovah Rapha, who knows the exact diagnosis and how to fix it…Thankfully I felt better…

At clicking in of Christmas Day I was at work…the clock ticked on, couldn’t wait for morning to come…soon it was dawn, it was so refreshing to see the night sky lighting up through the window…Got busy winding up work for the night duty praying that nothing comes up that would delay me at the office past my shift time…

Thankfully, my colleague taking over shift got to the office early. Leaving the office, I hoped to catch a PSV as fast so that I could get home early…Well, I was working over night and the sensible thing to do was to go rest, but I wasn’t thinking of anything like that…rather, mind was on how I would go prepare myself and head to Church for Christmas Service, which I couldn’t imagine missing…having missed the Christmas Eve Concert.

As I went to Church, my prayer was that I would stay fully alert…you know there comes time try as one might to stay alert one fails…

Going to Church was the right thing for me to do, I got there long before service began and it was exciting right from the moment I got there, a beautiful day…and with all the ‘Merry Christmas’ salutations…

Service was so enjoyable right from the start… I didn’t even slightly doze …I just couldn’t afford that! After service, it was time to briefly meet a few of my Church friends before going back to the house…

There was lunch to be served at Church, but just couldn’t wait…I had to get home soonest, catch some sleep for soon it would be time to go to the office for me…

I got home at around 13:30hrs…and the only thing I could do was sleep….15:30hrs was to find me waking up to prepare to go to work…given the distance I have to travel to the office…

I got to the office a short while before 18hrs and that’s the time I made some tea and had it with some bread…as breakfast, cum lunch since I hadn’t had anything to eat all day…

…Work could now begin…another long night ahead…Christmas day Night at the office…

That is how my Christmas day was…

Despite all that, I’ve been so glad, I think this was the best Christmas for me…with assurance that the reason for the season is with me, I’m good…

Just me and my Lord…enough reason to be joyful…

**To you reading this, I hope you had a Merry Christmas, the way you like it…God bless you**

©Felicity

Family Fun Sunday…Winning Team…!

 

Fun is enjoying yourself/ves and being rewarded for it…That’s what happens at PBC family fun Sunday…Participation in every way is points awarded…be it in being in the field, or cheering your team…points are earned on how you do it…points are lost by lack of participation…

After all the competitive games, came the rewarding session…there were various categories of awards for the families…some making sense others…’funny’ sounding…leaving the audience with ‘what’s that supposed to mean?’ kind of questions…all the same…the cheering went on…before the ultimate Year’s winner was announced

Bethel, my family was awarded for being the NOISIEST family for the entire Family Month …. Muhahaha!

With eager anticipation, the announcement of the overall winning family was awaited…the person to do this announcement has really mastered the art of keeping people in suspense and going round and round before making the final announcement…

He read the points earned by a number of families in the tune of millions and repeated it enough times for us to get the numbers right!!! Yet, the ultimate winners were yet to be announced! Interesting as it can be…it can get to a point of irritating the audience…

The moment came that the winning team was announced as BETHEL!!!! The song and dance that we broke  into, as members from our family flocked the center field to get the trophy…Oh my!!!! …and as soon as that happened the rest was history…Fact…BETHEL carried the day!

Oh, how wonderful it is to be in the winning team!! I remember last year I was in  the Red Family : Beryth which emerged winners then…

I thank God for the Family Month; Family Week; culminating with the Family Fun Sunday.

Blessings and Big ups to the organizing team of the events. Grateful for Parklands Baptist Church Family at large…Awesome

©Felicity

Family Fun Sunday…The Day…!

 

On Family Fun Sunday, we have Church on open grounds, with each Family at their tents decorated with the family’s color. The whole place screams out festival!! It’s a day of fun, games and lots of cheer.

I set off early for the grounds where the event was being held, looking the part head to toe….and ready to take part and be part of the occasion…that’s just me…all clad in my Family Color of choice for this year- Green: Bethel Family

First things first; I got into assisting put up décor at Bethel’s Family section…when it gets to this kind of activity, extra hands are always very welcome…you can never be so many…everyone available is welcome to participate…after all, it’s said ‘many hands make light work’…plus it’s fun doing things together as a family…making suggestions here and there hence contributing to the final outcome…

By 10 a.m, we were in time all set for the official start off of the event…just a few touch ups…

Looking around, the whole place was a hub of activity, the media team busy with the Cameras capturing moments and recording every moment right from that early start, children were at their area having their play time…the band busy doing the mixes…

Praise and Worship session was right off the hook, the beats, the music set the entire fields a boom…

Soon it was time for the day’s Word, on this  day, our Senior Pastor, Pastor Ambrose keeps it short and sweet…the rest of the day is for many in line activities…fun competitive games, lots of song and dance…but before then…there’s lunch…

Each family usually have their caterers, food and drinks are in plenty…However, one’s doesn’t necessarily have to serve at their family’s station…you know…at times, food looks sweeter in the other’s pots/plates…and so, one may be tempted to go there..

After Lunch it was time for sports, games and all…for the rest of the afternoon…that calls for lots of cheering of one’s team…Cheering takes some  of us to days gone, in High School Tournaments and Sports days when we’d go wild in cheering…memories come live…redoing it again…some things can never be forgotten…like the cheering songs….

The Emcees for the day really did a good job keeping the audience all interested hence setting a great mood through and through…tired as one may get, the psyching up keeps one active…

What an afternoon it was…!! Awesome, wonderful times are made of such…At some point, I just posed to whisper a thanksgiving prayer that I belong to Parklands Baptist Church fraternity…where such a season and days like this happen…

Then came the day’s Climax….to continue

©FlicShis

Family Fun Sunday….

 

I woke up to Sunday 11th December- Last Sunday; a day very much looked forward to. My high spirits at waking up moment were put off, as I put off the switch and there was no power! What a morning!  A whole Sunday morning, no electricity…you surely can guess what that means, with all the confusion that comes with power outage on an early morning…

My moods definitely threatened to sulk, but I couldn’t allow that to happen, not on that day! It was the culmination of Family Month festivities at Parklands Baptist Church, the Family Fun Sunday.

I got busy preparing myself for the day…but with no electricity, there was definitely a problem…that is not what one can term as a pleasant day’s start…despite that I had to get ready for the day…

The event was set to officially start at 10am but before that time, family members are asked to be early to assist in setting up the place with décor.

‘A day such as this, is once in a year…’ I reminded me…’…and the best thing to do is be part of the occasion from start of day in every way…’ so I thought

…to continue

©Felicity

Ladies Annual Breakfast…The Day…

 

It’s a day/morning eagerly looked forward to. This year, the day turned to be Sunday 27th November… The event set to happen at one of the best land mark hotels in the city, the Sarova Panafric Hotel.

The day dawned,
The D day..
Early I arose,
Well I prepared,
All very excited,
For the day ahead

…I set out for the Hotel as we agreed to meet early, a while before the function began, just to ensure all was well…before the guests arrived…

The venue was beautifully put up, warm and inviting décor all around saying volumes…

As soon as attendees settled, breakfast started being served as early as before 8a.m, and everything was in plenty…Fruits, Juices, Beverages, Cakes, Breads, Cakes, Meats …all in their varieties…They kept flowing for the entire morning as the function progressed…

The moment came, the prime time for our speaker of the day, a renowned Woman of God. The Word she spoke was the message of the day, meant for such a time like this…

All went as planned. Soon it was guest leaving at their own pleasure..

For some of us, those in the organizing team, it was almost an all day event, Breakfast turned lunch and way past lunch hour…Definitely a day wonderful and well spent.

With the Ladies’ Annual breakfast happening,
It is a wrap on the ladies events for the year…

Thank You Lord for the far that you’ve seen and brought us through……
In a celebratory mood…we joyfully sung Don Moen’s ‘We’ve come to Bless Your Name’

©Felicity

Bible Study Season 9…Completed…

 

Sunday 4th September, season 9 of Women of Impact(WoI) Bible Study at Parklands Baptist Church began, after the registrations period.It would run for at least the next seven Sundays to come, as WoI B/S leaders/Moms and daughters go through the studies…

Sunday 23rd October, was the eighth(8th)Sunday, the start Sunday inclusive, when my family got to be on the last study.
Come today Sunday 30th October, we decided to do a recap of one of the study which had been covered during what we call Combined B/S Sunday, when our Patron leads B/S with all members together…It’s always nice to have a smaller group discussion/ sharing time…
With that, I could say we’ve completed the Bible Study….Thus I celebrate being a Women of Impact mother again…

We’ve had a great time over the B/S period, albeit with challenges like my daughters being late for B/S, some missing some classes…We’ve to organize for make up classes for those who missed some classes….and some having to drop out of B/S because of unavoidable circumstances.

Besides the challenges, the most important part have been the studies impacting on each one of us in various ways. I pray that that impact be to impart and impact on others…as our motto is ‘Each one, Reach One…’….Or more…do I add…

This time round, I have eight(8) daughters who’ll be on the Women of Impact Graduation list!
To God be the Glory…It is so great to be a mom…The Graduation day for my daughters is a day to look forward…can’t wait…

©Felicity

Easter;The Weekend That Was…

Come beginning of an year after the December Holidays loaded with Christmas festivities and culminating with ushering in a New Year, the next month most looked forward to by many is April. Here in Kenya, it’s in April that there are Schools holidays marking end of the first term of the year in most academic institutions. It is also a month looked forward to by most University Students, since in majority of local Universities; it marks the end of Second Semester, hence end of an academic year, with the Universities academic year commencing in August/September period, hence the long holidays before next year of study or completion of one’s University studies at various levels.

Besides all these, it’s the month that comes with Easter Holidays! The dates on which the Easter Weekend fall on being, I think, the most significant dates on the Christian Calendar….as they mark a significant occurrence in History of Christianity!

The Easter Weekend, the one assured long weekend in the calendar, is indeed something to look forward to….Sometime back, a friend confessed, ’On seeing a New Year’s calendar, the first thing I look at are the dates on which Holidays fall on, and I start with the Easter Weekend!’ I believe many will relate with this, they do the same….!

As is the case Easter long Weekend this year was looked forward to by many…starting on Friday 22nd April,  through to Easter Sunday, for those who are lucky, up to today Easter Monday which is a carry forward of Easter Sunday…

Anyway, the Weekend came and passed…it’s now the Weekend that was….I had nothing like grand plans to mark the Easter Holidays over the Easter Weekend. Thankfully, on Friday when I called my friend Jes to wish her a nice weekend, she offered to come visit me, and she was very welcome. We spent all afternoon having a good time together. I even cooked for us my favorite rice dish, Beef Pilau, and Beef Stew with mushroom gravy….I was so excited having her around…and God must have whispered to her to buy a bar of Chocolate among the goodies she brought with her. I had indeed missed Chocolate and even thought of how long it had been since I treated my self to Chocolate which is always such a delight.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t spend the night together since she was to be working on Saturday….All the same it was nice being with her…

There was an Easter Worship Experience at Church, though I hadn’t planned to attend, so I spent all evening at home with my God. Saturday, was a slow day, just in the house…and come Sunday, a busy day at Church. Got to Church long before 8a.m, and spent all day there, getting home way past 17hrs…

That’s the weekend that was….The Easter Weekend…It’s as good as over now…

©Felicity

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