Top 5 ideas for Lent 2017

Is Easter not more special? We often spend so much energy and money on Christmas that we sort of fall into Easter without spending time prior to this beautiful event, contemplating, preparing our hearts and been mindful.

Do you celebrate Lent every year, the season that leads up to Easter? Are you looking for the perfect ideas for Lent? Then you have the right article for this.

Lent is a period of sober reflection, self-examination, repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and end on the Saturday before Easter.

Here are a few perfect lent ideas for you and your family:

1.Say nice things and spend more time with your family:

Trust me this isn’t as easy as you may think it is, but try saying things that aren’t the normal “Thanks” or “You look nice.” Try to say important words to your partner or kids, words like “I love how you always help with the kids.” or “I love how you work hard on your homework, even when it is tough.”  Remember your words form the inner voice of your children as they grow older and we only have a few years to really be present in the lives of our loved ones.  Let’s spend these years wisely, treat your partner to a delightful evening of great buffet meal at Protea Hotel or a dream holiday at La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort.

2.Replace TV time with extra minutes of Devotion and Prayer:

Read a devotional or bible story with your family and have a discussion about it at least once a day. Even the young kids can get involved in this. These are perfect times for you and the members of family to reflect on vital issue and retrace your steps where needed.

3.Do not buy anything you do not need:

If you can live without it, then you don’t need it.  Put the money the money you would have spent on that pretty new dress into an account and you will be surprised at how quickly you build up your savings.  
Look at the amount you have managed to save for 40 days and donate a certain percentage to the needy.

4.Give out 40 things for 40 days:

Declutter your home during lent. Collect 40 things you can donate every day as you walk around your house. By doing this, you create a routine of cleaning and decluttering guide that lasts even after lent. You can start by choosing one room in the house, reorganizing it, avoid building up junks and giving out to people who need these things instead.

5.Clean Eating:

Most people habitually take sodas daily, so I can imagine how hard it is to abstain for these carbonated drinks. You can replace your cravings with frozen yoghurts or smoothies as these are healthier. Eat and drink like the poor for 40 days, then donate the money saved on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways.


Happy Eid Al Fitr Ghana

Eid Al Fitr 2016 in Ghana is just days away, you might either be thrilled about the upcoming holidays or getting prepared to be bored out of your wits!
The Eid Al Fitr (also known as Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is a joyous occasion best experienced with family and friends. Beginning at the start of the month of Shawwal, Eid Al Fitr is the celebration that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.
The devout Muslim starts his day by listening to sermons (khutba) at the communal gathering to pray. Having a giving heart is a popular sermon during this period; Muslims are enjoined to give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr. In Ghana Zakat al-fitr is a form of charity consisting of a variety of local food or its monetary value.
Muslims travel to different parts of Ghana to participate in festivities organized by prominent Muslim communities in Tamale and Accra.
Some people spend the day feasting till they pass out, while other invest their time in fun activities. We’ve listed below a few suggestions on things to do in Ghana this Eid Al Fitr holiday.

1. Go shopping and stay entertained
The major shopping malls in Accra are usually packed with a never ending trail of shoppers, seeking to buy a gift for their loved ones. The various shops give out last minutes discounts to increase, making it the merrier for even non-Muslims. Just before going shopping couples usually hang out at the Cinemas to catch a movie.


How not to enjoy Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is of significance to both Muslims and non-Muslims in Ghana. It is an experience like no other, it has that feeling of being exactly where you ought to be. I’ve spent the Ramadan period abroad with a stench of nostalgia and emotions; the period had me reminiscing  childhood memories of me and my siblings gathering around the Television for our favorite show, dancing, playing in the streets until it is time to break the fast with our families and mum doing a great job of preparing the best dishes.

Ramadan is the best opportunity for colleagues, old school friends and distant family members we don't get to see often to catch up by having Iftar and Suhoor time together.

My typical Ramadan day starts quite dry, cranky, lacking focus and sleepy at the same time with the inability to console myself with some caffeine I usually need.

While that is a reason behind being counter product and lazy, it's the indiscipline while fasting that costs us the the most; we over compensate for the fast by overeating usually through the night, we stay up watching TV instead of having a good night rest and eventually drag ourselves to work to perform poorly, funny enough that’s the routine on most weekdays.

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