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Happy Holiday Hop

Hi there!

Today I’m participating in the Happy Holiday Hop hosted by Sweet Blog Hops.

I’ve been married a while now and I’ve made new Christmas memories with my family. My kids and I always bake cookies the day before, we always watch Disney parade and we wear our Pjs all day long. My hubby indulges me and watched romantic holiday movies with me all day.

However my childhood memories of Christmas are also fantastic. We spent a lot of time in church and visiting family. I do miss those big family moments. My parents live in Nigeria and my siblings live far and wide, so we’ve not been all in the same place at the same time in over 20 years. That was until 2013, I’ll always cherish that particular Christmas.

It is important to remember that Christmas is not always a happy time for everyone. For varying reasons. And we should make a special effort to be compassionate. Such was the case for my heroine in The Christmas Ultimatum.

happy holidays!

Synopsis:

Freelance journalist, Olanma Obinze, just landed the interview of a lifetime. She didn’t like the commercialism of Christmas, so the trip to Dubai was the perfect destination and it was happening at the perfect time. She’d get to escape the Christmas hoopla; and the big paycheck once the article was sold would ensure she didn’t have to go crawling back to her father for money.
Abayomi Rice was in charge of scheduling interviews for his grandfather, but would only grant Olanma’s request if she accepted his ultimatum—a trip half way across the world to Cape Town, South Africa.
Olanma wasn’t falling for the charm of a recovering playboy and a rich one at that. But with her plans going up in smoke before her eyes, Olanma must decide whether to give in to the ultimatum or leave empty handed. Who said it was the season to be merry?

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Blessing

Unoma

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Lessons From The CrockPot

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Good Monday morning folks! It’s been quite a while I ‘talked’ to you. A lot of things have pulled me in so many directions and I was trying to take a little break as well before my whirlwind started. And what a whirlwind it has been, tiring but in everything I give thanks to God. I’ll tell you about it in my next post.

To help me through this crazy time I developed a new craze for slow cooking. I didn’t slow cook at all, the way I was taught you cook all the major sauces and soups in bulk on the weekend and plan meals around them for the week. So slow cooking is something I had to warm up to. The kids liked some of the meals not all but it was a breeze for me but not at first. There were a few meals that didn’t come out right because I was not patient enough to follow the instructions properly. Or afraid something will happen so I stopped the process before hand. Sue me, it takes me a while to warm up to something..:-)

But then I did..I get the idea of what I want to have for dinner and put in all in the slow cooker in the morning. We are then off, I drop the kids in camp and head to work. At work I’m not worried that my house would burn down or something will spill over because I followed the directions on the package to a ‘T’. And also, I trust that the manufacturers of the crock pot knew what they were doing when they made it so it should work just as they said. So for my long 8 to 9 hour day I go about my business with the belief that when I get home I will have a nicely prepared meal. And I did. It’s convenient, healthy and the clean up is easy.

Okay if you know me you know I’m about to make this into an analogy right? Good. So here is it…anything that is worth having, with all the added benefits take time. You have to step out on faith and be willing to take a chance believing that your harvest will come in in due time. The microwave is a HUGE convenience but the quality of the meals that come from it or the fast food joint can’t be compared to those cooked meals. But getting to those delicious healthy meals is a journey that cannot be rushed… when I was a child and my mother would be in the kitchen preparing the meals and we would complain on the time it’s taking, my mom would answer, “Do you want me to put my hand in the pot? It’s cooking.”  Then I would roll my eyes (when she isn’t looking of course) but I say that to my kids today. Yes good things take time and we have to be willing to do the job we’ve been assigned from heaven diligently, without complaining about the process.

Just as I trust the HUMAN that made the crock-pot with HUMAN hands that the pot will work according to the instructions. I will be crazy not to TRUST A GOD who made heaven and earth, not to do what HE says HE would do. He has given you the vision/purpose be willing to walk in FAITH according to the instructions He has given you and believe that HE is not a man that HE should lie. HE will do what He says He will do. Your job is to keep putting one foot in front of the other everyday for though it tarrys,wait for it, for it will surely come to pass.

Remember..Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. ~Psalm 27:14

Be Blessed

Unoma

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2015 My Writing

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Did you make or write any resolutions down? You know those promises we make to ourselves that become a distant memory by the time February rolls around. LOL. I never did resolutions, truth be told I never even did goals until I became intentional about walking in my purpose. But now that I think of it, why do we put our hope in a failed system (resolutions).

Writing is my passion, my books are my platform and my purpose is to spread the good news of salvation through Christ Jesus. For those of you who are not familiar with my books or writings, a common theme that flows through them is hope, grace, reconciliation and surrender to His will.

So in order to make sure I am doing what I’ve been called to do I have to set goals, actions that would be the road map to a pre-determined end. That end is to hear Him say “Well done.” In reading In Pursuit of Purpose by the late Dr. Myles Munroe…I’ve been enlightened that goals should “create your priorities, determine your decisions, dictate companions and predict your choices” So everything I do should be centered around my purpose and mission.

I’m not a vision board kinda girl…well maybe I’d be if I had the patience to cut out pictures and stuff. I’m more like a writing the vision down kinda girl. I strongly believe in Habukkuk 2:2…write the vision down, make it plain…so I always write down my goals in writing and other areas of my life.

I’ll share the writing goals but for good measure I’ll also share some other aspects of your life where goals are important.

1. Spiritual Goals

2. Personal Goals( About YOU)

3. Family Goals

4. Business Goals( Writing for me)

This is what I plan to do but I firmly stand on Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”

1. Publish A Scoop of Love (Book 1 Sons of Ishmael)

2. Write Anchored By Love( Book 2 Sons of Ishmael)

3. Write Unamed novella

4. Begin work on a collaboration project.

In everything I do, my prayer is that there is less of me and more of Him because to Him belongs all GLORY!!!

Share what you have planned this year?

Blessing

Unoma

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Giving Thanks for My Readers

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Thank you for giving me a chance. Thank you for reading and sharing my work.Thank you for your reviews. Thank you for your likes, comments and shares on Facebook. Thank you for your tweets, favorites and retweets on Twitter. Thank you for your words of encouragement.Thank you for your emails and comments on my blog. Thank you for being a part of this ride. I am living on purpose and thankful that you are sharing this journey with me.

Without you, my books will just be another on the proverbial shelf. May God bless you and all that concerns you. Once again Thank you!