5 Tips On How To Accomplish Your Goals

Teens and young adults have a lot of energy and hormones raging in their systems. For many, the only outlet is a party! Unfortunately, this is never productive nor progressive. It’s a waste of time, energy and resources.

Let me tell you that there is a better party that is productive, progressive and brings greater fulfillment. Let me breakdown this party for you: P.A.R.T.Y.

PLAN

Plan your day, plan your life! Many times we put of the essential task of planning because it is mentally demanding, yet it is the most critical task we need to do.

So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.

2 Chronicles 27:6

Greatness is planned. Greatness will not fall in your laps, you have to plan for it. To be honest with you, planning is not as tedious and boring as people say it is. It can actually be a fun event.  Throw a planning party and invite your friends. You may not get as large a crowd as with other parties but party on anyway.  Group your progressive friends together and have a “life board meeting”. Help each other make executable plans that will propel you to greatness. Set goals that will be your roadmap to success.

ACCURACY

Be accurate in executing your goals. Practice the art and skill of precision in life. Don’t be shoddy or haphazard in the execution of your plans. David had 5 smooth stones to kill Goliath with, but he knew he only had one shot at it.

He had to be precise.

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3 Tips For Raising Generous Children

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It was a beautiful Sunday morning. With joy in our hearts and songs on our lips, we were getting ready to go to church.

Really?

Yes. Africans are a singing people. We sing while working, when we are sad and of course when we are happy.

That’s why I love church in Africa. It’s a vibrant, colourful gathering of all the saints and one can’t but help looking forward to the church services.

Hold on. Perhaps you are wondering who I am and why you should even listen to me. I get it. Let me give you a bit of my story.

My name is Katopeka Nkhoma, but to keep it simple just call me Kato.

I am a missionary serving in one of the villages of a small Southern African nation called Botswana.

A Zambian raised in Zimbabwe, I crossed the borders into Botswana at the age of 23. The villages in this sub Saharan part of the world needed the gospel desperately, and the labourers were few. I decided to answer the call and venture into the unknown.

Ten years later, married to a native, we continue to transform this nation one soul at a time. A nation whose economy is being slowed by HIV; one of the highest in the world. Child headed families have become the norm, with the eldest child sometimes forfeiting school in order to work for the family.

For these reasons the gospel has become an urgent need here.

And so the final custom before leaving for church is always the most important for me; giving our two children their offering. For me, this is an important lesson on its own. A lesson on the value of generosity.

As I handed them the usual coins, my daughter’s demeanour suddenly changed.

“What’s wrong dear?” My mind was already racing with the possible answers. Stomach-ache? The water hadn’t been its usual colour that week. Or could it be the flu that was doing its seasonal rounds?

Her answer a few thoughtful seconds later knocked me to the ground.

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BLOGGING: BUSINESS SENSE OR BUSINESS NONSENSE?

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Is your business blogging?

We are living in a digital age. Anything analogue is left out of the dialogue. And, my good friend, dialogue is what drives every business. If people are not talking about your business:

1. You lose out on free marketing
2. People can’t trust your brand
3. Your product is ignored

What does all this have to do with blogging?

Everything.

A well-maintained blog solves all the above problems and more. Let me elaborate. Here are 10 reasons your business needs a blog (no matter the industry).

1. A great way to market your business

With the advent of the smartphone, traditional advertising is fast becoming redundant. This is because information about everything is right at our fingertips, thanks to Google.
The infographic below shows the increase in internet usage globally.

This is where blogging becomes a powerful marketing tool. A well written, SEO optimised and maintained blog will put you on Google’s front page. Simply put, a blog has the power to put your business in front of 3773 billion people.

2. Builds authority and influence

One ingredient that drives sales more than others is trust. People buy products they trust and trust is a by product of authority. That is what a blog does for a brand; it builds authority.

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How To Be A Christian Blogger: 6 Great Tips

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So you want to be a Christian blogger?

Great!

In the predominantly degenerate cyberspace, sanity and morality need to be restored by Christian bloggers. These are Christ-driven bloggers who influence the largely unchurched “Cyber Junkies.”

In the past, blogging used to be a simple way for people to journal their lives but that has radically changed over the years. Blogs have evolved into living magazines that impact thousands of lives.

As with all things technological though, Christians are lagging behind. Even though Christian blogs do exist, they are heavily outnumbered. Here’s the good news: there’s an online revival taking place where more and more Christian bloggers are emerging and commanding huge followings.

Who knows, you could be the next agent of revival through your upcoming blog.

I hope I have tickled your ears and ignited a spark in your heart to be part of this revival. The question, however, is how do you become a Christian blogger? I’ll give you 6 great tips.

1) Have a Vision for Your Blog

Before you sign up for WordPress, Wix or whatever platform you prefer, write down a vision for your blog. What do you ultimately want to achieve with your blog?

  • Is it a way to journal your experiences and the lessons you learn? One Christian who decided to share her spiritual journey is Carol Hind. She posts regularly about the lessons she learns in life and shares other people’s inspirational stories.
  • Perhaps you want to be a cyber missionary and spark a viral revival like Christian Media Magazine. Cyber missionaries are a noble breed that reach the seemingly hard to reach people online.
  • Or maybe you want it to be an ethical, moral and Christ-centred money making machine. I know a Christian blogger or two who fit that description. If you resonate with this idea, check out Brandon Cox, a pastor, entrepreneur and serial blogger running 30+ (yes, 30+) websites. Bob Lotich is another Christian blogger worth checking out if you’re more into the financial dimension of blogging.
    With these examples in mind, I am sure you’re well equipped to come up with a clear vision for your blog.

    2) Map Out a Strategy

To be relevant, you need to determine how you’ll fulfill your vision. You need to strategize.

Vision deals with the future or outcome of your blog. Strategy has to do with the practical steps you will take to get there.

To map out your strategy, it’s essential that you ask yourself a few questions:

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Finding Perfect Peace In A Perfect Storm

I submitted the article below for publication on a blog called faithfuldevotions some time ago. Little did I know I was sending myself comfort into the future. It got published a few hours before I lost my father in law to cancer.
I don’t know what storm is raging around you, but may you find perfect peace in your storm

FINDING PERFECT PEACE IN A PERFECT STORM

His marriage was going through a massive storm. Financially, well, let’s just say he was living by faith. Did I mention that he had just buried a teenage daughter? But every time I met him, he was smiling from ear to ear. I was confused. I knew what he was going through. He wasn’t supposed to be smiling. If anything, he had the right to be bitter at the world. He was entitled, dare I say, to be angry at God. But he wasn’t. And that’s what  baffled me.

The Secret to Perfect Peace

I just had to ask. And so I did. I wanted to know his secret, the secret to perfect peace in the midst of such turmoil.
His answer?

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
I was still  perplexed. So he explained it to me as a father teaches a child the basic elements of life.

#1 Have a Steadfast Mind

Perfect peace comes from a steadfast mind. A mind that is always focused on the ultimate and not the immediate. A mind that is concerned about the eternal outcome and not the temporary distractions.

A steadfast mind is focused on the immutable word of God.

A steadfast mind understands that the storm is around me, not in me.

5 Tips For Getting Through The Dreaded Teenage Phase

 

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The Dreaded Teenage Years.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. It’s an inevitable moment on the journey of parenthood. A moment that comes too soon for many a parent, finding them ill-equipped to handle the drastic changes that come with it.

Yes. You got It right. I’m talking about the terrible teenager stage. Science attributes it to hormones and growth, but I think it’s a conspiracy theory. I think the teens gather in the middle of the night and conspire to test our love for them.

Whatever the logical (or outlandish) reason for your little angel mutating into a pain in the rear end, it is possible for you as a parent to prevent or cure it. This article is a prescription for parents who are ready to take the battle behind enemy lines.

Ready? Here goes.

#1. Cut Them Some Slack

I remember it as if it were yesterday. It was a sunny day and the water was glistening as it reflected the sun’s rays. Well not really, the water was muddy but that’s beside the point.

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