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I Will Walk With You


I will walk with you, in the dark of night

I will walk with you, in the sunshine

I will walk with you, in the rain

I will walk with you.

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I will walk with you, even when you don’t see me

I will walk with you, when you cannot see

I will walk with you, in the wind

I will walk with you.

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I will walk with you, through the tears

I will walk with you, through the pain

I will walk with you, through the loneliness

I will walk with you.

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I will walk with you, without shame

I will walk with you, without judgement

I will walk with you, without

I will walk with you.

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I will walk with you, when solitary

I will walk with you, in the family

I will walk with you, in the nation

I will walk with you.

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I will walk with you, because I love you

I will walk with you, because I believe in you

I will walk with you, because I have a plan for you

I will walk with you.

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I will walk with you, and watch over you

I will walk with you, and guide you in truth

I will walk with you, and shine my light

I will walk with you.

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Come my child, tell me what ails you.


For once I didn’t have to sugar-coat anything. I didn’t have to say something I didn’t mean. I didn’t have to hide the sadness and fear in my heart. I laid my head on my Father’s chest and cried my heart out. It had been years since I let go like this. It was even longer since I trusted anyone with the full truth of me. It had been the one thing I longed to do but knew no one who would take me fully as I was.

It was the very first time I had been honest with God without fear of retaliation. Yes, I said retaliation.

I always knew He was a just God, a consuming fire, a righteous judge, the King, the Lord, the One who couldn’t stand sin so how could I ever tell Him my sinful truth. If I told Him wouldn’t He just judge me and cast me aside as His people were so fond of doing? Wouldn’t He just walk away in dismay because I hadn’t met the bar? Wouldn’t it just be a repeat of the life I had always lived?

Yet this time I couldn’t help it and I didn’t care.

I poured out my heart to Him bawling like a baby. I laid bare every thought I had hidden, every fear I had harboured, all the anger and frustration that had blinded me, the loneliness and sadness that crippled me, the regret that bound me, the anger that fuelled my behaviour, the sense of entitlement to His miracles, the weight that engulfed my soul and threatened to sink me like a milling stone around my neck in a pool of water.

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I laid it all down about the anger of how He had left me alone and forgotten me leaving me to suffer unwarranted pain and loss; the fear that my life was a failure, a lost cause, a cess pit never to be recovered or redeemed; the frustration of living according to the rules and finding nothing but emptiness. I cried for the lost hope, dreams, faith, grace, joy; I cried for my broken heart and spirit, I cried for the loss of my life as I knew it. I cried until I had nothing left within me but silent tears falling from my eyes and then fell into an exhausted sleep.

HE changed it all.

He cried with me, He held me close and in my sleep I felt my heart begin to heal and my spirit begin to calm. The tears ceased, the brokenness and loneliness faded, the anger subsided, the peace I could not understand descended.  

I didn’t know much, but I knew Papa loves me!!! That was enough

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Will You Walk With Me?


Can today be the day something happens to my life?

Can today be the day the proof of you comes?

Can today be the day I know you for sure?

Will you walk with me?

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If there is any faithfulness in me for you,

If there is a sacrifice I have made,

If there is a memorial of You in me…

Will you walk with me?

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Could You today draw me into You?

Could You today trigger my love for You?

Could You today visit in power?

Could You today come and rest on me?

Will you walk with me?

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Is it possible to escape the corruption?

Is it possible the incorruptible may be found in me?

Is it possible I am truly Yours and You are mine?

Will you walk with me?

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Will you walk with me and make me whole?

Will you walk with me and strengthen my feet?

Will you walk with me and deepen my love?

Will you walk with me?

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In my Sister’s Words

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Will You Stand?


Do you remember when Moses went up the mountain to get the laws from God? He was up there for a looooooonnnnnggg time until the children of Israel got impatient and pestered Aaron to make them an god to worship. How did they move from this God who came to their rescue with signs and wonders to asking for an idol? How did Aaron even entertain their madness when he knew God or so I though? Aaron was convinced by the people that Moses wasn’t coming back soon and he took the gold the people had and fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a moulded calf. (Gen 32:4).

They were so happy that the set up a festival to worship this idol they had seen cast from the hand of man as god. It didn’t even make sense to me that after all the miracle they had just seen including the parting of the Red sea and water from the rock, they still gave up on Moses and God so fast. Notwithstanding that, Aaron has my focus right now. It doesn’t surprise me that the people hadn’t caught on how great God was but it surprised me that Aaron had missed out so much.

He was sent to Moses as a helper when Moses wasn’t able to speak. He was by Moses side when all the miracles were done. He literally had a front row seat to the hand of God. It is also likely that he did a commendable job for a while but alas, he didn’t keep on track to the end. How could it be that one who walked so close to the man of God didn’t even know the truth of this God? How did he think a lie would get past God and his servant Moses?

Aaron must have thought God was an idiot to even articulate the situation that way or he didn’t really understand the magnitude of this all knowing God who had seen his intention from the start. Walking alongside Moses hadn’t connected Aaron with God. It hadn’t convinced him of God’s power and majesty. It didn’t even set him up for consistent relationship with God. It didn’t give him a personal grounding.

Am I like Aaron? Are you? Have I been around faith and people of faith for long yet never developed a faith all my own? What would happen if my pillars were unavailable would I be able to stand? What if I moved away from my network, would my faith still be solid or would it falter?

We have been around the faith or people of faith and on the surface we look deep with God but when push comes to shove; there is nothing there. How many of us wait for the leaders to seek God and tell us what He is saying like the Israelites? We keep going to the pastor, bishop, life group leader, mother, father etc. for prayer and advice but could it be that we are doing ourselves a disservice? We give people power that isn’t theirs.

Christ calls us to come close and build relationship with Him without human intermediaries. He expects us to come for ourselves and build a deep connection that will outlive all challenges and blessings. He wants to know us, love us, heal us, lead us, grow us and be our all. He needs us to understand that He is in al, sees all, knows all…He is everything if we allow Him to be.

Draw near and HE will draw near to you. I am on the way in…hope you will join me.

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I Asked God…


Is it possible for man to love You?

Is it possible that the only thing that flows out a man is Gods love?

Can I be an epitome of Your love?

Can I love You till nothing else matters?

Is it possible for humanity to experience this?

His love suffers long 

His love is kind;

His love does not envy;

His love does not parade itself,

His love is not puffed up; 

His love does not behave rudely, 

His love does not seek its own,

His love is not provoked,

His love thinks no evil;

His love does not rejoice in iniquity,

His love rejoices in the truth; 

His love bears all things,

His love believes all things,

His love hopes all things,

His love endures all things.

His love never fails

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In my sister’s words

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When Will You Arise & Become?


There are conversations going on around that have puzzled me. I am aware that there are challenges in the world, on my continent and in my nation. I am aware that greed, selfishness, self-absorption and many other behaviours are at an all time high. I am also aware that there are people starving and dying of hunger in nations that can feed themselves if they decide to do so. I look abroad and see how things function and then I look around Africa and listen to the conversations and get so tired of hearing lame excuses being used as reasons for these challenges that begin with or include statements like:

  • ‘You know how things are around here…you have to need to facilitate the process.’
  •  ‘We are just like that…(tunakuwanga hivo)’
  •  ‘What makes you think it will be different for you? Everybody does it this way.’
  • ‘What can I do I am only one person.’
  • ‘Sisi ni waafrika…(We are Africans)’
  • ‘This is just the way it is, we have always done it like this.’

The last few are the worst of all in my books.

Every time I hear them I want to throttle the person speaking or box them between their ears. These are allegedly ‘reasons’ why people are stuck in the place they are in but when you think about them in-depth, they are simply excuses for sloppy, careless behaviour and laziness. Just because your ancestors did something a certain way doesn’t mean it is still the best way to do things. Just because your mother told you something doesn’t make it gospel truth today or even the way you need to go. Just because no one else has done something about a situation doesn’t mean that no one ever should. If we are honest that we want to leave a better life for our children and enable them to be successful we can no longer remain the same just because our ancestors did or didn’t do something one way or the other.

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One of my ancestors was a long distance trader and herbalist. He travelled for months on end from the inlands to the coast and back trading different items and learning from the people he travelled through how to treat different ailments using different herbal concoctions. He wasn’t always welcome in the village because of his eclectic life but for those whose needs he met he was an answer.

Another was a teacher, chief and community mobiliser who shifted the community by educating as many as possible and creating opportunities for the people to earn more from their coffee through the cooperatives movement. From the trader came a third and then a fourth generation of well-educated professions many with multiple degrees and professional careers taught to think and ask questions and though many accepted the ways of the past it was after interrogation.

However, not everyone in the lineage turned out the same. To each one opportunity was given but the outcome was as varied as there were people. Some say it was luck that one line turned out well and another didn’t and others say it had nothing to do with luck but hard work and commitment. I dare say that each set of people chose a few deliberate steps that produced specific results because every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

For a long time, I was just like everyone but it stopped making sense to me so I set my own questions and sought answers to them. I challenged everything I was taught, I found things I didn’t need and even if they are long held traditions I walked away. It cost me a lot to look intently at everything I had believed and become independent minded and it still costs me. I refuse to be anything or just accept a position because many think it is right; it has to be right for me and align to who I am or it isn’t useful. In the end, I have unapologetically developed my personal belief system.

Comfort, convenience and complacency don’t lead anywhere.

What makes you think that the complacent heart and lazy mind that cannot see around the next task will ever create the needed room you need to get to the next level with God? What makes you think you can sit pretty and wait for God to drop that miracle into your lap? When will you develop your faith based on your personal interactions with God that are beyond what your pastor taught you? When will you become like the Bereans* who listened to the apostles and went back to God and scripture to confirm that the teaching was accurate? When will your life tell the story of God and His goodness without you having to speak?

It takes deliberate focus to know and remain close to God. It takes choices and commitment to remain faithful to the calling no matter what so what makes you think that saying that is how I am will cut it? It takes a determined effort to rise to the top of your game or industry. It takes the choice to be different and be yourself to become ALL God said about you.

Arise and be counted as one who BECAME. Arise because the world is depending on the sons of God.

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*Acts 17:11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. NIV

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Why don’t you tell me?


You say you are my Father but

But You don’t tell me all

You say You love me

But I don’t feel it

You say You have a plan for me

Yet I can’t see or hear anything

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Your daughter says You have a plan

Why don’t You tell me?

She says it is all good

Why don’t You tell me?

She says I am growing

Why don’t You tell me?

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Have I done something to you?

Is there something I need to do?

Who do you need me to become so You can speak?

What is the plan God?

Why don’t You tell me?

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How am I supposed to walk with You if you are silent?

How do I become who You say I am if I don’t know?

How do I know my people if You don’t say?

When will this all pass or work?

Why don’t You tell me?

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I want to grow and become better

I want to know You like others do

I want to understand why I am here

I want to make You happy God

Why don’t You tell me how?

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She says it’s not about jumping through hoops

She says You speak often and clearly

She says You can be trusted

She says You are the best friend

Why don’t You show me how?

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Have I done something wrong?

Have I failed to hear?

Have I ignored Your prompts?

Have I missed Your word?

Why didn’t You show me how?

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