plans for 2019


Christmas has come and gone, and if you are Christian, the last few days may have, or may not have taken on some significance. As we come to the end of the year, I have to admit that I am not too happy with what I did with my 2018. I broke one of my rules … not waiting for the next year to make plans. As we go into 2019, I remember the things we have achieved, but I can’t shake the feeling that there was more to give. I’ve been working on my own planner but have ended up buying one just so I can stay on top of my planning. I have struggled to use one this past year, but I am hoping that I will go back to my usual form this coming year.

I have been reflecting on the things I want in a planner and because I couldn’t find a suitable organiser type planner, and have tried different planning methods, I have come to the conclusion that I prefer simple layout binder planners where I can keep everything from my work schedules, blog posts, to reading and cleaning lists. So I set out on a quest to make my own planner and even that has been a learning experience for me. This coming year, I will be using an Otto binder planner, with some of the inserts that I think I need. I want to be productive, and this is how my mind works best to achieve this … My attention span is so short lately, I can’t use my phone because of the many distractions it comes with, This is not a new years resolution, just an attempt at sanity.

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Luse lwa ba Lesa


I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself lately and while watching a woman talking on Facebook, heard this song. Haven’t heard it in a while but it reminds me of God’s good grace and even as I am typing this, I find myself unable to contain my smile. It’s a song from the Bemba language, one of the many in Zambia, and a huge part of my heritage. When translated it says, “when you see me dancing, singing, rejoicing and carrying on, I am doing it for God because He has brought me this far, because of  His “luse.” The word Uluse or ‘luse encompasses different English words. It speaks of mercy, compassion, grace and in some instances forgiveness; it is used when we feel sorry for someone, or when we ask for forgiveness or mercy. God’s mercies are undying; he waits on us patiently and His compassion has always been my rock. Our standing is based totally and wholly on His mercy. The song talks about a difference that should be seen in us Christians, that despite our circumstances, we should exude joy. The singer talks about people wondering about what His secret is because when others lack, God provides for him, and when tragedy befalls him, he is still joyful. So when you see me smiling, dancing or carrying on, know I have much to be grateful for and it is all by His grace. Hope it blesses you as you dance to it 🙂