Why is the newly wedded man called groom and the woman called bride? A friend of mine got tired of his wife just about six months after wedding. He complained bitterly to me about her and told me that he has concluded to break up with her; he went on to say that he was sure that he made a mistake. I did not respond immediately because I knew I must tell him that right thing, so I went home. And that is
what birth this message. Many men have broken up with their wives because they end up not being the wife that they have dreamt of. But they have forgotten that on their wedding day was when the man was commissioned for the new task.Nobody calls the woman wife on her wedding day but bride,because it is the man that will groom his bride to become the wife.That is why the man is called ‘bridegroom or groom’ and the word grooming has to do with patiently nurturing, teaching, tending and helping someone to become what he or she should be.It is therefore believed that a man that takes a woman to the altar of marriage is matured enough to patiently groom his bride to become the wife. The man is not supposed to just expect the bride to automatically become the wife, she must be groomed. It is clear that many of us men have unnecessary expectations when we were getting married, we want some magic to happen to our wives, we want them to become what we have had in mind about who we want our wives to be; not considering the fact that the woman does not know what is on your mind except you teach her.
Our expectations are often too unrealistic, because we don’t remember that change takes time and we can only expect something from someone that knows what we want. So before you think of breaking up, have you groomed her? Have you given her time to understand you? Hope you realize that a turtle will never become a hawk? God often brings people that are opposites of each other together in marriage so that they can help each other in their place of weaknesses. If your wife is weak where you are weak, then where will you get the strength that is needed? The problem with many of us is that we don’t accept people before attempting to change them. Of course, our wives are not from our backgrounds, so it will take time for them to adjust. Stop trying to change her, accept her, love her, teach her and be patient with her; that is what grooming is all about. She is going to be your wife but she is your bride now, so groom her. Stop complaining about her, she may be a turtle and you a hawk, she cannot fly so be patient with her. I don’t believe that your marriage can’t work, be patient and allow God to help you.

Inside Life: Endangered Teens – RAPE

I was sleeping when i started hearing shouts of “don’t touch my breast! Don’t touch my breast!!” I thought it was a dream till I started hearing more shouts of “leave me I will my tell my mummy, don’t touch my breast” that was when I opened my eyes, I could recognise the voice, it was my neighbour’s 12year old daughter. I quickly juumped up from the floor i was sleeping, wearing only boxers I ran to the backyard as the shout increased.

As I reached the flat were the shout was coming from I could see 12year old Mirabel struggling to open the net door as a strong male hand kept pulling her back. She fell to the floor as I tried to pry the door open, that was when she saw me and started screaming my name for help, the man in his 30’s sighted me and released the little girl trying to compose himself and act like nothing was happening.

Mirabel opened the door and ran into my arms as she was shedding tears, two other neighbours had come out by this time to observe.

Apparently Mirabel’s mum had called the plumber to fix their sink, she left Mirabel at home to watch the plumber and took her last daughter to the market.

The plumber seeing he was alone with little Mirabel decided to let his raging hormones override his brain, trying to rape a 12year old girl.
Maybe jungle justice is good but we beat the shit out of the plumber, beat the life out of him.

Credit: Elias Alex Ifeanyichukwu

Are you Religious? Spiritual? or Both?

The word religion is one of those words that we tend to use all the time without pausing to consider its actual meaning. Most of us use the term to mean a particular set of beliefs. If you are Catholic or Protestant or Buddhist or Muslim or Hindu, then that is your religion. But a religion is more than a set of beliefs. I may believe that Elvis is still alive, or that alien creatures built the pyramids. But that’s not religion.

So does religion refer to our beliefs about God? Not necessarily. I could be an atheist who believes God does not exist. That is a belief about God, but not a religion. I could believe God is a flying spaghetti monster. That doesn’t make me a religious person. I could believe in a “clock-maker” God who set the laws of the universe in motion and has had a hands-off approach ever since. This is a belief about God, but it is not a religion because it makes no personal demands upon me. It does not require me to live my life any certain way. And therein lies the difference.

The word religion comes from the Latin word religare, which means “to bind.” It is related to the Latin word regula, which referred to a measuring stick, and is the root of our English word rule. A religion, therefore, is not merely a set of beliefs, but a set of beliefs that bind the believer. Religion imposes a kind of rule or regulation upon the believer’s life.

In other words, religion is a belief that requires a response. In light of what we believe to be true, religious observers understand that we must behave a certain way; that there will be certain limits on our lifestyle.

Spiritual v. Religious

This has implications. For one, it means that the term “organized religion” is redundant. We often hear people say they are critical of organized religion (as if disorganized religion would be any better). But if a religion is not ordered (organized) then it’s not really a religion at all, as it does not expect its practitioners to live according to any rule. Indeed, they can hardly be considered “practitioners” if there is nothing for them to practice. They are merely “believers” at that point; those whom we might call spiritual, but not religious.

I’ve often heard that phrase criticized as being code for, “I like to think of myself as a spiritual person, but don’t actually do anything about it.” Which may be true, as far as it goes. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an accurate description. Someone who is spiritual is aware of certain spiritual realities. They believe that there is more to this world than the material. But being spiritual alone doesn’t make any demands on us. It is when our spiritual beliefs motivate us to live in a certain way that spirituality becomes religious.

History made as oil prices hit negative value due to zero demand

The price of US oil has turned negative for the first time in history.

That means oil producers are paying buyers to take the commodity off their hands over fears that storage capacity could run out in May.

Demand for oil has all but dried up as lockdowns across the world have kept people inside.

As a result, oil firms have resorted to renting tankers to store the surplus supply and that has forced the price of US oil into negative territory.

The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the benchmark for US oil, fell as low as minus $37.63 a barrel.

The severe drop on Monday was driven in part by a technicality of the global oil market. Oil is traded on its future price and May futures contracts are due to expire on Tuesday. Traders were keen to offload those holdings to avoid having to take delivery of the oil and incur storage costs.

June prices for WTI were also down, but trading at above $20 per barrel. Meanwhile, Brent Crude – the benchmark used by Europe and the rest of the world – was also weaker, down more than 7% at about $26 a barrel.

The oil industry has been struggling with both tumbling demand and in-fighting among producers about reducing output.

Earlier this month, Opec members and its allies finally agreed a record deal to slash global output by about 10%. The deal was the largest cut in oil production ever to have been agreed.

But some analysts said the cuts were not big enough to make a difference.

“It hasn’t taken long for the market to recognise that the Opec deal will not, in its present form, be enough to balance oil markets,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axicorp.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro joins anti-lockdown protests

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has come under criticism for joining protesters demanding that restrictions on movement introduced to stop the spread of coronavirus be lifted.

Mr Bolsonaro has clashed in recent weeks with state governors who have imposed lockdowns, denouncing the measures as “dictatorial”.

As of Sunday, Brazil had more than 38,000 confirmed cases, the highest number in Latin America.

More than 2,400 people there have died.

President Bolsonaro addressed a crowd of a few hundred supporters outside army headquarters in the capital, Brasilia, on Sunday.

He said the protesters were “patriots” for defending individual freedoms.

Covid-19: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

Protesters have taken to the streets in states across the US, demanding that governors reopen economies shut by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Washington state took place on Sunday, following earlier protests in half a dozen states.

Agitation for easing restrictions has grown, despite the risk of a Covid-19 resurgence posed by reopening too soon.

US President Donald Trump has signalled support for the protests.

The US has become the centre of the Covid-19 crisis, with over 735,000 cases and some 40,000 deaths – but signs have emerged that it is reaching the apex of the outbreak and that infection rates are slowing in some states.

Construction of world’s biggest stadium begins in China

As lockdown restrictions in China to slow the coronavirus pandemic are slowly lifted, one Chinese soccer club aims to get back into the swing of things with aplomb.

Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have begun construction on their new 100,000-seat stadium, at an estimated cost of $1.7 billion

Guangzhou Evergrande announced that work has began on an eye-catching, 100,000-seater stadium, which would be the largest football stadium in the world.Designed in a lotus flower shape, the stadium is scheduled to cost $1.7 billion (12 billion yuan) and to be completed by the end of 2022.Work began last Thursday, with the goal to become “a world-class new landmark comparable to the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and an important symbol of Chinese football going to the world,”according to president of real estate conglomerate Evergrande, Xia Haijun. The 100,000 capacity would surpass the 99,354 capacity of Barcelona’s Camp Nou, currently the largest soccer-only stadium in the world.The design of the stadium is the work from the Shanghai-based American designer Hasan Syed, following an initial concept from the Evergrande Group chairman Xu Jiayin.The lotus flower design originates from Guangzhou’s status as the Flower City.

Lockdown lifted in Ghana, citing improved testing and ‘severe’ impact on the poor

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has lifted a three-week lockdown in two cities, citing improved coronavirus testing and the “severe” impact of the restrictions on the poor and vulnerable in the West African nation.Nonessential businesses in Accra and Kumasi, the country’s two largest cities, can re-open Monday and residents can return to work but must continue to practice social distancing, he said.In a televised address on Sunday, Akufo-Addo said the decision did not mean the government was letting its guard down, saying existing bans on public gatherings and school closure were still in place.He urged Ghanaians to wear masks when going outside and to continue adhering to social distancing measures in public places.Ghana has confirmed 1,042 cases, and nine people have died, according to Ghana’s Disease Surveillance Department on Monday.Health authorities say they tested more than 68,000 samples, and officials are awaiting test results of 18,000 samples.

Ghana is the first to lift movement restrictions among a dozen countries in Africa that have imposed such strict measures to contain the spread of the virus. Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda have announced lockdown extensions of at least two weeks as cases continue to rise.

Prosperity in Pandemonium for Farmers

There is indeed a greater future for the farmers and would be farmers if the necessary steps are being taken to make the most of the current global events. It is indeed obvious that the sit-at-home has taken a great toll on finances and food; as such, there is a tendency for mass food shortage in the coming months or years.

A diligent person at this time should be able to make a difficult and deliberate decision to plough the land and be a part of the solution to the imminent world food shortage. And there is no doubt that it is going to pay more than before the global pandemic.

For starters, if you have always considered agriculture as a “no go area”, now is the time to cash in and be a winner. Lets go green by all means. Shalom!