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To Those Who Are Facing Heavy Challenges

IMFP97How hopeless is your situation? Do you feel that you at stuck in life, going round and round in circles? There is hope for you.

To Those Who Have Been Disappointed

Accept that you were frustrated or hurt by what transpired. There may be need to seek help in form of counselling, prayer or just someone to let things off your chest. Put up a plan to move out of the frustrated state. Do not team up with other frustrated people who continually mourn about how badly they were treated. But instead surround yourself with positive people, people who say that ‘no matter what happened you can make it.’ Remember that many people have been frustrated in life, some did not make it but others made it. Most of those who made it used the negative situation as a motivation for their success. Put up another plan for your live. Remember disappointments and frustrations are test and trails, the essential ingredients to build the right stamina for success.

To Those Facing The Challenge Of Unemployment

Take yourself as someone waiting for a job. You may not have a job but you have time, lots of it. Do not waste it because you may never have such abundance of time. Use the time to explore and discover your major talents and develop them. Develop your hobby instead of looking at what you do not have. In some cases the hobbies and talents people discovered in times of unemployment proved to be their calling. Some never looked for a job again. Concentration on your passion, talents and hobbies relieves you from the temptation to get sad and depressed. Study and develop new skills. Keep up to date with the trends in your career and industry. Develop a good network, not just to get a job, but for strategic reasons, and fun. Remember you do not just want to get a job but you want to stay on it and become one of the best. Do not be short sighted. So keep the bigger picture in mind.

To The ‘Stay At Home’ Mom Or Dad

Some of you are called to raise your family. This is one of the most noble callings. First embrace your calling and seek to be an expert. For your information stay at home parents have invaded a number of things and some of them ended developing businesses around this first calling. Have a clear plan of where you want to take the family and home. Get training in the respective skills you need like home economics (this includes budgeting, cooking, home décor, etc,) that is, how to run a home in an economic way, raising children, gardening, building management, marriage, etc. Remember there is also the extended family. It is not about cleaning and feeding people but it is about making an impact and being a blessing to your family and beyond.

To Those Who Failed At School or College Or At Work.

Many people did not make the pass grades at school. Some had to leave college or work due to poor performance.

I read the book ‘Millionaire Mind’ by Dr Thomas J Stanley who also wrote ‘The Millionaire Next Door’ few years ago. His books and papers are based on surveys of over 1,200 millionaires studied over 20 year period. Now, according to his studies most millionaires, that is, economic successful people, come from average students and many of them failed or were not accepted at colleges on first attempt. One of the stories I read is about Dane, a deca-millionaire. He graduated with a degree in marketing. He was fire from his first job two year later due to under performance. Well, by the time he was interviewed by Dr Stanley he had been fire from 7 jobs due to not meeting targets or under performance, and from 2 jobs because the companies were closing. On his 10th job the position was in marketing consulting. This job involved planning, analysing customers and making deals. Within few weeks he turned out to be the best performer.  And he ended up owning the company. In all these 9 jobs he was fired they involved talking to customers, but Dane was not a talking type. He was an analytical person who is excellent at preparing a deal. He was a ‘deal maker’ and that’s how he finally became a deca-millionaire. A little turn in his career changed everything.

The fact that you failed in one or two things does not mean you cannot do anything! Why worry about 1 or 2 things you cannot do well when there are 149 things you are excellent at. Find what went wrong and repeat. If you cannot make it again, trust yourself and your inner voice. At times change things around until you find your way.

There Are Four Types of Work Situations

There are four types of jobs/work situation; the work we enjoy and the work we do not enjoy. The work we are naturally talented at and the work we are not so talented at.

If you do work that you; enjoy and are good at it this is the ideal perfect situation. We can call it situation A. If you enjoy your work but not talented at it, we can call it situation B. If you are talented at your work but do not enjoy it, we can call it situation C. If you are not talented at you work and you do not enjoy it, we can call it situation D.

 

 

Not Good At

 

 

B

 

D

 

Good At

 

 

A

 

C

 

 

 

 

Enjoy

 

Not Enjoy

 

Find out where you are, in situation A, B, C or D. Finding out what you enjoy and discovering your talent is the most critical ingredient for your success. Start drifting towards your most the ideal situation.

Do not give up hope, because you were made for a purpose. Just discover it. Sometimes it takes more time than others. But if you seek you will find.

Finally

Remember that old Kenyan man who went to primary school when he was over 60 years old. Well, he made history, but more over his story was so inspiring that a British organisation had to make a movie based on this story. And the movie got awards in 2010.

So, you see, your situation has opportunities in it. Look for them.

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The Top High Schools In Zimbabwe – 2013

The Top High Schools In Zimbabwe - 2013Despite having the highest literacy rate in Africa, Zimbabwe is still battling with huge challenges in its’ public education system. This is mainly due to a lack of funds thus causing problems such as deteriorating buildings, lack of supplies and a shortage of resources in general.

The latest economic downturn in the past decade compromised the public education system. This resulted in many schoolchildren temporarily dropping out of school, and teachers leaving the country for greener pastures.

These negative effects have been counterbalanced by the recent massive funding in public education by UNICEF, the International donor community and the Government of Zimbabwe. This was made possible through the Educational Transition Fund (ETF) and The Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM).

The worst seems to be over as Zimbabwe’s education is on the way to recovery. Bold steps are being taken to improve the basic education.

The ranking below is in terms of 2013 academic achievements posted on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org). Ordinary Levels pass means getting grades (A-C) and Advanced Levels (grades A-E).

Here is the rank Position, Name of School, Candidature and % Pass Rat.

Advanced Level Schools Ranking 

Rank Position Name Of School Candidature % Pass Rate

1

Nyanga High School 67 100
2 Goromonzi High School 89 100
3 ST Ignatius College 74 100
4 Serima Secondary School 84 100
5 ST Francis Xavier’s Kutama 83 100
6 Monte Cassino Secondary School 59 100
7 Regina Mundi Secondary School 99 100
8 Mazowe High School 50 100
9 ST Johns Secondary School 89 100
10 Nyazura Adventist High 61 100
11 Kanongovere Secondary School 25 100
12 ST Davids Bonda Secondary School 89 100
13 ST Albert’s Secondary School 80 100
14 Langham Secondary School 37 100
15 Kriste Mambo Secondary School 91 100
16 Chemhanza Secondary School 51 100
17 Mutema Secondary School 21 100
18 Pambe Secondary School 26 100
19 Muzondo High School 32 100
20 Kushingirira High School 20 100
21 Gokomere High School 125 99.20
22 ST Faith’s Secondary School 99 98.99
23 Pamushana Secondary School 95 98.95
24 ST Augustine’s Penhalonga 93 98.92
25 Marange High School 83 98.80
26 Mutendi High School 71 98.59
27 Zimbabwe Republic Police 67 98.51
28 MT Selinda High School 65 98.46
29 Dadaya High School 64 98.44
30 Makumbe High School 63 98.41
31 Chibi High School 60 98.33
32 Sanyati Baptist Secondary School 55 98.18
33 Roosevelt Girls High School 102 98.04
34 ST Mark’s Secondary School 48 97.92
35 Mpopoma High School 138 97.83
36 Rusununguko High School 88 97.73
37 Nemakonde High 86 97.67
38 Jichidza High School 41 97.56
39 Wadddilove High School 81 97.53
40 Murewa high School 80 97.50
41 Uzumba Secondary School 40 97.50
42 Howard High School 75 97.33
43 Zimuto Secondary School 112 97.32
44 Tapudzai Secondary School 37 97.30
45 Shungu High School 71 97.18
46 ST Michael’s High School 35 97.14
47 Mufakose 1 High School 139 97.12
48 Mucheke No 2 Ndarama Secondary 67 97.01
49 Ngezi Secondary School 66 96.97
50 Hama Secondary School 66 96.97
51 ST Francis of Assisi High School 64 96.88
52 Marondera High School 94 96.81
53 Nyahuni Secondary School 62 96.77
54 Nagle House 92 96.74
55 Odzi High School 30 96.67
56 Mukore Secondary School 30 96.67
57 Bradley Secondary School 58 96.55
58 Gomorefu Secondary School 28 96.43
59 Tugwale Secondary School 26 96.15
60 Zengeza High School 99 95.96
61 ST Dominic’s High School 74 95.95
62 Mutero High School 49 95.92
63 Nyashanu Secondary School 72 95.83
64 Queen Elizabeth School 47 95.74
65 Sandringham Secondary School 90 95.56
66 MT ST Mary’s Secondary School 45 95.56
67 Mutare Girls High School 45 95.56
68 Pangai Secondary School 22 95.45
69 Cheziya Gokwe High School 88 95.45
70 Birivenge High School 22 95.45
71 ST Benedict’s Secondary School 43 95.35
72 Magwenya Secondary School 43 95.35
73 Nyamuzuwe Secondary School 64 96.31
74 Makumbi High School 85 96.29
75 Chatikobo High School 21 95.24
76 Emmanuel Secondary School 60 95.00
77 Kudadisa Secondary School 20 95.00
78 Msengezi High School 40 95.00
79 Mweyamutsvene Sec School 40 95.00
80 Chemhondoro Secondary School 60 95.00
81 Mutonhori High School 20 95.00
82 Rushinga High School 20 95.00
83 Nyava High School 20 95.00
84 Presbyterian Secondary School 39 94.87
85 Colleen Bawn Secondary 36 94.44
86 Chipindura High School 155 94.19
87 ST Marys Secondary Sch 86 94.19
88 Dewure High School 102 94.12
89 Anderson Secondary Sch 34 94.12
90 Rusere High School 34 94.12
91 ST Anthony’s Secondary School 98 93.88
92 Pumula High School 49 93.88
93 Highfiled High School 112 93.75
94 Chinhoyi High School 125 93.60
95 Berejena Secondary School 61 93.44
96 Loreto Secondary Sch 76 93.42
97 Moleli High Sch 60 93.33
98 Swazi Secondary Sch 30 93.33
99 ST Mary Magdalene’s Secondary 60 93.33
100 Chiwara Secondary School 30 93.33

 

Ordinary Level School Ranking

Rank Position Name Of School Candidature % Pass Rate
1 Monte Cassino Secondary School 82 100.00
2 Anderson Secondary School 69 97.10
3 Zimbabwe Republic Police 117 96.58
4 John Tallach Secondary School 130 96.15
5 Nyanga High School 100 96.00
6 St Ignatius College 74 95.95
7 Nyazura Adventist School 149 94.63
8 Regina Mundi Secondary School 144 93.75
9 St Dominics (Chishawasha) 89 93.26
10 Kriste Mambo Secondary School 104 92.30
11 Moleli High School 117 92.30
12 Langham Secondary School 88 92.05
13 St Faith’s Secondary School 124 91.94
14 St Augustine’s Penhalonga 136 91.91
15 Sandringham Secondary 194 89.18
16 Chikwingwizha Secondary School 42 88.10
17 Marist Brothers Secondary School 126 87.30
18 St Davids Bonda Secondary School 196 86.73
19 St Antony’s High School 185 86.49
20 Alpha College 42 85.71
21 Ruya Adventist Secondary 107 85.05
22 Serima Secondary 140 85.00
23 Hama Secondary School 88 84.09
24 Goromonzi High School 191 83.77
25 St Francis of Assisi High School 147 83.67
26 St Francis Xavier’s Kutama 157 83.44
27 Howard High School 184 83.15
28 Nyadire Secondary School 128 82.81
29 Bernard Mizeki College 63 82.54
30 Bradley Secondary School 139 82.01
31 MT ST Mary’s Secondary School 129 81.40
32 St Dominic’s High School 260 81.15
33 ST Columba’s High School 167 80.84
34 Gokomere High School 241 80.50
35 Marange High School 189 80.42
36 Marondera High School 166 79.52
37 Hartzell High School 174 79.31
38 Shungu High School 82 79.27
39 Sanyati Baptist Secondary School 151 78.81
40 Pamushana Secondary School 195 78.46
41 Mazowe High School 120 78.33
42 Waddilove High School 202 76.73
43 Lundi Secondary School 106 75.47
44 ST Anne’s Goto Secondary School 98 74.49
45 Mandedza High School 133 74.44
46 Rusununguko High School 211 74.41
47 Mukaro High School 159 74.21
48 Nyahuni (Makunde) Secondary school 155 73.55
49 Chibi High School 184 72.83
50 ST Patrick’s Secondary School 184 72.37
51 Nhowe Secondary School 130 72.31
52 Zimuto Secondary School 187 72.19
53 Dadaya Secondary School 150 72.00
54 ST Albert’s Secondary School 133 71.43
55 Berejena Secondary School 103 70.87
56 Makumbe High School 113 70.80
57 Maranatha Adventist Secondary School 147 69.86
58 Hanke Adventist Secondary School 88 69.32
59 Mutendi high School 104 68.27
60 Daramombe Secondary School 153 67.97
61 ST Peters (Mbare Secondary School 78 67.95
62 ST Paul’s Musami 177 67.80
63 Nyashanu Secondary School 152 67.76
64 David Livingstone Secondary School 104 67.31
65 All Souls High School 118 66.95
66 Emmanuel Secondary School 133 66.95
67 Murewa High School 266 66.92
68 Usher Secondary School 133 66.92
69 Green Gables High School 38 65.79
70 Minda Secondary School 97 64.95
71 ST Johns Secondary School 131 64.89
72 Presbyterian Secondary School 91 64.84
73 Silveira Secondary School 167 64.67
74 Nagle House 113 64.60
75 Queen Elizabeth School 175 62.86
76 Holy Cross Secondary School 102 62.75
77 ST KIlian’s Secondary School 81 61.73
78 Adventist Secondary School 106 61.32
79 Msthabezi Secondary School 198 61.11
80 Mutare Girls High School 143 60.84
81 ST Michaels’ High School 108 58.97
82 Mt Selinda High School 156 58.97
83 St Benedict’s Secondary School 95 58.95
84 St Joseph’s 151 58.94
85 Makumbi High School 177 58.76
86 Kwenda Secondary School 152 58.55
87 Pakame Secondary School 130 58.46
88 Chindunduma No 2 Secondary 119 57.98
89 Loreto Secondary School 130 57.69
90 Msengezi High School 143 57.34
91 Thekwane High School 126 57.14
92 Chemhanza Secondary School 140 57.14
93 Mashoko Secondary School 104 56.73
94 Jameson High School 120 56.67
95 Ngezi Secondary 203 56.65
96 Inyathi Secondary 87 56.32
97 Lydia Chimonyo Secondary 116 56.03
98 St John’s High School 61 55.74
99 Mucheke No 2 Ndarama School 229 55.46
100 St Mathias Tsonzo Secondary 150 55.33

We trust that this list will guide you in making a better decision for your loved ones.

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How Most People Get Into Deep Debt

How Most People Get Into Deep DebtDebt is the slavery of the free! – Publilius Syrus

Debt is defined as ‘A sum of money that is owed or due’ [Oxford Dictionaries]. It is created by the difference between income and expense.  There are two types of debt; good debt and bad debt.

Good debt is an investment that will grow in value or generate long-term income. They include; mortgage, student or study loan, business loan etc.

Bad debt is debt incurred to purchase things that quickly lose their value and do not generate long-term income. These consumables include; clothing account, car loan, furniture, appliances, luxury items, flashy lifestyle, store credit cards, credit cards, holiday loan, restaurant meals etc.

Whether it is good debt or bad debt, debt must be managed. People get into extreme debt as a result of many reasons. Some of them are avoidable and others unavoidable. Here is a list of some of the explanations.

Avoidable Debt

Avoidable is preventable and unnecessary. It is created by choice and mostly because of lack of discipline, pride, lack of financial wisdom, poor judgement and poor decision making. This type of debt can be prevented by getting the knowledge and ability to make better decisions.

  • Keeping up appearance. Many have fallen into the debt trap trying to “Keep Up” with an image. This is prevalent amongst recent graduates and younger families.
  • Poor investment decisions. When you borrow money to invest, be prepared to lose it, therefore seek good solid advice before engaging in any business activity.
  • Poor financial management by failing to plan and control personal finance well. Inability to resist impulse purchases and lack of knowledge on how to buy goods and services effectively. Disciple is needed.
  • Gambling, alcoholism, drugs and other addictive habits cause financial ruin.
  • Little savings and lack of or absence of reserve funds for emergency. You need to build a reserve to use when disasters like accidents, death or sickness strikes.
  • Unmonitored credit card and over draft usage. Note that financial institutions are not friends. They are businesses. Their aim is not to protect you, but to protect themselves at your expense.
  • Short-term loans or payday loans. They will say to you ‘You can take it. Just pay me when you get paid.’ First check your budget to see if you can afford it, if not, let it pass. Many people buy unnecessary things just because they were told ‘pay when you get paid.’

Unavoidable Debt

This type of debt is caused by crisis beyond our control. However when disaster strikes, it calls for us to make the best financial decisions so that lose is minimised.

  • Medical Expenses and ill health. Sickness, especially chronic illness, can attack anyone at any time. When not covered by a medical aid, it can drain all the finances and leave people in debt struggling to make ends meet.
  • Underemployment and lose of employment causes a sudden cute of income. This can be mitigated by a corresponding reduction in expenditure. In general aim to create 3 months cash reserve.
  • Divorce or separation also causes sudden loss of income and huge legal fees. During family conflicts difference of opinions normally spill into financial discipline.
  • Reduced Income. Distressed companies can cut salaries to stay afloat during hard economic times.
  • Inflation and interest rate increase. Mortgages and loans are at the mercy of fluctuating interest rates. This causes increase in repayment rates amounts. On the other hand inflation causes increase in prices of goods and services.


How is your debt situation? If not good seek help. For some trick to get out of debt see my articles Stop Debt 1 and Stop Debt 2.

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Find Your Purpose in the Word

Living on Purpose

A number of times I have been asked what the Bible says about ‘finding your purpose’. In short, if your purpose line up with God’s purpose for you, you become unstoppable. If your will get synchronised with God’s will than you become indestructible, because you now carry a supernatural mandate!

Here is what the Bible says about your purpose;

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. – Prov 15:22 [KJV]

Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. – Prov 19:21 [AMP]

And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross. – Col 1:20 [AMP]

Purposes {and} plans are established by counsel; and [only] with good advice make {or} carry on war. – Prov 20:18 [AMP]

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over {and} above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]– Eph 3:20 [AMP]

But for this very purpose have I let you live, that I might show you My power, and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth. – Ex 9:16 [AMP]

The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: – Isaiah 14:24 [AKJV]

O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things, even purposes planned of old [and fulfilled] in faithfulness and truth. – Isaiah 25:1 [AMP]

For I know the thoughts {and} plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts {and} plans for welfare {and} peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. – Jer 29:11 [AMP]

Let this same attitude {and} purpose {and} [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] – Phil 2:5 [AMP]

For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will {and} purpose but to do the will {and} purpose of Him Who sent Me. – John 6:38 [AMP]

For this is My Father’s will {and} His purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in {and} cleaves to {and} trusts in {and} relies on Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day. – John 6:40 [AMP]

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Rom 8:28 [AKJV]

You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have tried me, and shall find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. – Ps 17:3 [AKJV]

I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf {and} rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]! – Ps 57:2 [AMP]

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: – Eccl 3:1 [AKJV]

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts {and} minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. – Eccl 3:11 [AMP]

I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. – Eccl 3:17 [AKJV]

Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. – Prov 4:25 [AKJV]

The thoughts {and} purposes of the [consistently] righteous are honest {and} reliable, but the counsels {and} designs of the wicked are treacherous. – Prov 12:5 [AMP]

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully {and} worthily {and} accurately, not as the unwise {and} witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), – Eph 5:15 [AMP]

Declaring the end {and} the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure {and} purpose, – Isaiah 46:10 [AMP]

For who has known {or} understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide {and} instruct Him {and} give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) {and} do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. – 1 Cor 2:16 [AMP]

And the world passes away {and} disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever. – 1 John 2:17 [AMP]

Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would hold to the Lord. – Acts 11:23 [AKJV]

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In Your Dark Moments

Hope

It is a fact that in life we all go through tough times, times when all seems not to make sense; when the walls around us seems to be falling down. There are times when we have questions; questions no one is able to answer. But the good thing is that, in ALL these situations, there is someone who knows; and that we have the most powerful God on our side. And as we look to Him the situations start to fade and the questions become irrelevant. Our hope and faith is renewed and we are able to face the future. ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?

In those deep dark moments of despair, the power of God is made known. Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil. Because our Father is the biggest thing in the valley! ‘Shadows of death’ don’t kill! They are just shadows. We bring the armour of light against the feelings of confusion, depression, hopelessness, desperation, lack and fear.

Keep taking small steps of change day by day. And as you do this, never underestimate the power of starting small. Rome was not built in a day. Life is not a sprint were everything is about speed. Life is a marathon! Speed is not the issue but it is about strategy, endurance, discipline and joy.

You have to rise above the ordinary mind-set and win the psychological warfare that says you are inferior. Remember that every exit is actually an entrance into something. It all depends on how you see and how quickly you adapt. Embrace your new environment and put up steps to take advantage of it. Ask God to enable you to see the new opportunities around you.

So enjoy your present and use it as a foundation for your great future. The devil thinks that he is burying you, but God is using him to set your future, because from this valley God is taking you to the top. You are on the right track!

With 226 days left in the year, 2014 is still your year, to rise up and take what belongs to you. Pick up the pieces and go. Pick up your weapon and slay the giant. It’s not over until it’s over! Just look to Jesus!

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Gods Purpose in You

You Purpose

It’s very simple. Your purpose is summed up in one sentence, ‘What does God want me to do, especially NOW?’ In short, that’s your purpose! Ask what God want you to do, and do it! [Deut 28:1-2].

You Can Never Fully Fulfill Your Purpose Apart From God.

You can never fully fulfill your purpose apart from God. In the process the ability to clearly hear God’s voice makes a big difference. God is speaking to each person every time and moment, but people normally choose to ignore. Actually they seek God only when they are in trouble. As a result they partially fulfill their purpose. However God understands and he always re-route us, or show us the next best route to his purpose. Just like a GPS, each re-routing result in a) extended time of arrival, b) longer distance and c) a more complex route. This will not be the best route. So do not ignore God’s direction. You will do it at your own expense.

Your Purpose Is Not A Destination But A Way of Living

Your purpose is not a destination but a way of living; to do certain things and at certain times. Actually it’s for your own and God’s pleasure [Psalm 18:19 and Psalm 35:27]. Can you know the whole purpose right from the beginning, possibly not. God’s idea is that through the journey you fellowship with Him, that is, as you talk to each other along the way, you get to know each other. So why does He not tell us everything from the beginning? Well, if you know everything, you will not need Him! God want to be close to you. He wants to be your closest friend.

It’s like me helping my daughter with her primary school homework, cutting & sticking pictures etc. If I do it myself it will we great work but she won’t learn anything. If she do the work by herself, it will be not so good. But if we do it together, we have fun, she learns and the project will be just okay.

Think About This

You may ask ‘what about unbelievers?’ How do they know their purpose? Mostly by experience, try and error and by partially hearing from God.  You can also get an idea of your purpose from your gifts, talent and passions, but revelation from God clear up things, especially as you follow God day by day.

What about as a couple? God is big and awesome. I mean it! You can never fully understand how he works, but I will try to explain. You know there is 1 dimensions, 2 dimensions and 3D. With God there are 6D, 100D, 10000D, million dimensions etc, that is, for God there is no limit to anything!

It is like comparing planet earth to the size of the galaxy or universe. The earth is like a grain of sand. This is how great and complex God is.

Another example that tries to explain God’s greatness is this. You now about the smallest thing in existence, I mean at nano, nano, nano, nano, nano, nano meter size! That thing is God. Yes God is the smallest thing ever! On the other hand, you know about huge things, bigger than the planets. Bigger than the universe we know. That thing is God! He is the biggest thing ever but yet the smallest ever. That’s why it says he is the alpha and omega. It’s not just a statement. That’s what it is. Last year scientist discovered the smallest particle, and coincidentally truthfully, I believe, they called it the ‘God particle.’ This is how complex God is, smallest and yet biggest.

Now your purpose is just a tiny little thing but yet so significant to him.

Know What To Do Now

Many people want to know the end before they know what is right before them. God want you to know the end, yes, but he wants you to know what’s before you first, what to do now! And trust him for the future. After all if you obey now your good future will just come to you.

When facing challenges many people want to know ‘why me’, but the smartest question God want you to ask is ‘how can I get out?’ ‘Why me’ is mostly associated with doubt, but ‘how’ is a faith question.

Most people want to believe God for ‘things they do not see’ but doubt what they see right in front of them. You cannot believe, receive and enjoy the future if you cannot believe the present and the past. You have to believe that God was with you, that God is with you, before believing that he will be with you. You have to believe Gods past purpose before you believe his futuristic purpose.

Finally, Have Peace With Who You Are.

Have peace with who you are. Have peace with where God has placed. Believe that God has put you here, now for a purpose. You family, social, economic etc set up was designed by God long before the foundation of the world. Accept your family, you gender, your race, your looks and your town or village. God made you like that and placed you there for a purpose. If you accept and believe this, then you will see you future unfold right before you. If you do not believe that your past life was designed by God, then you won’t believe the future either.

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An Overview of Education In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Education

Zimbabwe’s literacy rate is ranked highly in Africa, perhaps due to the rigorous education system in place. In this post, with the assistance from Mike Mureyani, we will look closely at some of the system and processes of Zimbabwean education. The post Top High Schools in Zimbabwe generated an overwhelming response such that we had to do a follow up article to provide additional information and clarity.

In Zimbabwe, a child starts off at Early Childhood Development (ECD) also known as pre-school or crèche. The child normally spends two to three years depending on the time they enroll. Enrollment for Grade 1 is done when the child is six years old, although most schools are not strict on age.

For a child to be enrolled at ECD, the schools would normally look at catchment zones, where children are encouraged to enroll at schools nearer to their places of residence so as to manage attendance and collection of children when their day ends. This normally takes place at schools located within residential areas. Affluent schools will normally enroll based on the parents’ capacity to afford school fees. The parents’ pay slips as well as the companies that they work for are critical to be enrolled at such schools.

The child will then proceed to grade one and the above criterion is also used for selection. Parents can also transfer their children from one school to another, with great ease depending on reasons for transfer request. The child will spend the next seven years in primary school before they move to secondary school. The primary school education ends by sitting for the Grade Seven examination, critical for one to advance to secondary school. A good pass at grade seven can make your chance to get Form One place better. At primary school level pupils take about four subjects.

The number of available secondary school places is limited especially for boarding schools, which are considered to offer better education than day schools. Children will have to sit for entrance tests to be considered and normally thousands will sit for the exam in which only a few perhaps just a hundred will be accepted. The entrance test is to ensure that the best students get a place at the secondary school. The schools will charge entrance test fees and this has largely been viewed by many parents as just fund rising since the schools stand to raise thousands of dollars from prospective applicants. For example a school will invite 1,000 pupils to sit for an entrance test. They will each pay $20 each. The school will raise $20,000 and yet there are only 100 places available.

Once enrolled the students start in Form one, a four year journey of secondary school education which ends by sitting for the Ordinary Level (O’ Level) examination. Generally, students at secondary school take about eight subjects. Subjects like mathematics and English are compulsory.

After completing O’ Level the enrollment cycle is repeated again at Advance Level (A’ Level). A’ level is two years, that is, from Form 5 (also called lower sixth) and Form 6 (also called upper sixth). The number of schools offering A’ level are even fewer which makes the completion for A’ Level stiffer. An A’ level pass is the ticket for university entry. Places for A’ level boarding schools are also limited and classes are smaller. At A’ level students are expected to take at least three basic subjects and the compulsory general subject. Science subject classes can be as small at 10 pupils per class with bigger classes found in arts and commercial subjects. Transferring from another school is generally difficult at this level due to differing subject combinations. The subjects offered are not universally the same with other schools offering more subjects while others stick to just three per pupil.

The Zimbabwean schools curriculum is different from other regional and international countries such that switching to join the Zimbabwean system can be difficult for the average child. Teaching aids and learning material are also different with a lot of materials in Zimbabwe has become indigenous. The United Kingdom (UK) system is adaptable to Zimbabwe and some schools are still offering exams by the Cambridge University Examination Board for both O’ and A’ Levels. However most schools, more than 90% still use the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) ‎ for their examination. Parents who would like to bring their children into the Zimbabwean system are advised to do so but not into exam classes such as Grade 7, Form 4 and Form 6 which are examination years, otherwise other classes are fairly easy to adapt.

Some of the basic documents require to be enrolled at a school includes;

  • Copy of birth certificate of the pupil,
  • Copy of Identity Document (ID) of at least one parent or guardian,
  • Proof of residential address,
  • Pupils educational reports,
  • Past educational certificates,
  • Transfer letter, for those transferring.

These requirements may differ from school to school. It is best to contact the specific school to confirm their requirements for enrollment or transfer.

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How To Buy Presents For Your Spouse

How To Buy Presents For Your Spouse

How do you pick a present for your lover? For many people this is a difficult question. Having the genuine burning desire to please your spouse, and the thought of finding yourself unable to deliver what your feel makes one uncomfortable. As special occasions approaches a lot of people go under stress wondering where to begin.

Each Occasion Calls For A Different Type Of Gift

Each occasion calls for a different type of gift; valentine, birthday, women’s day, Father’s day, anniversary, Christmas etc. although your husband like a tool box, getting it delivered as a valentine present is questionable. Buying your wife a microwave or cooking pots for a valentine or birthday or anniversary does not sound right. But the same present on women’s day is a great gift. The gift you get for your spouse is different from what you buy for your mother or aunt or any woman for that matter. Why, because a gift carries a message.  It is a means of communication. And to the receiver, each present will always tell a story.

When should you buy your spouse a gift? My answer is ‘you do not have to wait for a special occasion, but you must at every special occasion.’ Your gifts to your spouse communicate your feelings towards him/her, so make them count.

Here Are A Few Tips

  • Make gifts and presents a lifestyle. Do not wait until something unusual happens. There is no harm in reminding your spouse about your upcoming occasions and even your birthday.
  • Avoid strife. If your spouse is not so excited about the gift, shoving it down his/her throat does not help.
  • Be creative. Inexpensive gifts that create lasting memories are great. You do not have to purchase goods, something like a massage or movie can do him/her good.
  • Know his/her love language and find the gifts around that. Make it an adventure as you try to unlock his/her heart.
  • If necessary ask for help from a friend, or you can just Google. Visit one or two marriage blogs for ideas.
  • It is recommended to stay away from essential household goods as gifts, but try to make it personal.
  • Husbands, this article ‘Gifts for her’ can help – http://www.the-generous-husband.com/2012/11/30/gifts-for-her/.

We finish the month ‘of love’ with this post on buying gifts for our loved ones.

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Did Your Spouse Change?

Changes in Marriage

It takes time and effort to change and it takes time for a spouse to believe that the positive change is real, and respond with his or her own changes. Whether we accept it or not change is happening, for good or for worse.

If You Have Recently Changed In A Positive Way

If you have recently changed in a positive way, it is going to take a long time for your spouse to fully, 100% know you have changed and that you will not change back. This is not (necessarily) a lack of believing you, but rather a part of human nature that is very difficult to fight. Do not take it personally, do not confront your spouse about it, and do not give up. Remember that it is you who moved forward and is ahead. But your spouse can not comprehend it. You made the change first of all for you own seek, not just to please people. Keep going, keep growing and doing what you should, and wait for your spouse to catch up.

Lack Of Quick Belief In The Change Can Discourage

Most people get discouraged by the lack of quick belief from their family and quickly give up, going back way behind where they have been. You have to fight to maintain and defend you change. The environment will not make it easy. Instead find and hang around people who believe in you, people who can motivate you when your spouse is trying to push you in the opposite direction.

If It’s Your Spouse Who Has Recently Changed

If it’s your spouse who has recently changed, not being able to fully accept him/her change is beyond your control. However, you can work to control what you do and say. Verbally appreciate the change in your spouse. If you fail, let him or her know that you are trying your best.

It Takes Time To Trust

It takes time to trust, especially after incidents of disappointments. On the other hand, blind faith is even more dangerous. If you need more evidence and time to get assured that your spouse has really changed, go ahead and make sure. But do not disappoint your spouse in the process. Remember he or she has put a lot of effort in order to be where he or she is today. What your spouse needs is support, not a critic. The fact that he or she has changed means he or she knows that he or she was in the wrong path. Reminding him or her of the past does not make things better, but worse.

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About Fathers And Their Daughters

About Fathers And Their Daughters

It has been a traditional belief, especially in many African cultures that sons are more superior than daughters. Because of this limiting belief, men who have daughters only were made to feel inferior and pressurised to the point of getting children from outside marriage in search of a son.

This is a false belief and was put in place most probably by inferior men who thought that be-littling women will make them feel better. This belief is no different from xenophobia, and results from low self-esteem and not feeling good about one’s self. In general, the source of any thought that be-little another human being is usually low self-confidence or fear.

Here are some points worth noting:

  • Before God, men and women are equal, actually every person is equal. So having a daughter or son does not matter as far a God is concerned. After all a child is a gift from God. Gal 3:28 says, ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ Gender is a physical phenomenon that is invalid spiritually. In heaven or rather in the spirit there is no gender. If you are heavenly minded, gender is not a big deal!
  • The male genes control the gender of the child, that is, the sperm carries the genes that determine whether the child will be a boy or girl. So changing women does not change your chance of having daughters.
  • Men who reject their daughters in preference of a son, not only to they deny their daughter a blessing, but by bringing an illegitimate son they also bring a curse to them self. A good lesson is Abraham. The descendant of the illegitimate son, up to today are still fighting Abraham’s descendant/seed. If you look closely most boys who came as a result of the father ‘searching for a boy’ end up having personal issues in life. It is better to have a blessed daughter than a son from a cursed relationship.
  • In life, I have discovered that everything that you do not choose is part of your calling. For example your race, family, origin, physical features etc. God made that way and put you where you are for a purpose. He gave you daughters or sons for a purpose. Who knows one of them will become the saviour of nations through her gifts. Your duty as the parent is to raise your children according to God’s instructions. God gave you daughters or sons for a purpose. Find that purpose!

So, love your children regardless of sex, abilities, disabilities, physical features, etc. Each of these was designed and put in place for a reason.

You daughter needs you. In her book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, Doctor Meg Meeker found out that the involvement of fathers in daughters’ lives, providing warmth and control results in:

  • Increase likelihood of achievement of higher academic success.
  • Daughter exhibiting less anxiety and withdrawn behaviours.
  • Less likelihood that daughters engage in premarital sex, drug use, and alcohol.
  • Significantly fewer suicide attempts and fewer instances of body dissatisfaction, depression, low
    self-esteem, substance abuse, and unhealthy weight.

Ask God to help you to see and accept what he has given you. Align your expectations with God’s plans, not what you or the society think.

Your child is special!

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