Thursday, 28 December 2017

THANK YOU

Sisi Alero is saying a big thank you to everyone who featured on www.isparklenow.com in the year 2017.

It was not easy and it has been difficult getting our African families to come out to tell their stories on how they live with one disability or another.

For the amazing ones who shared their lives and stories with us; and also those who inspired us with their hard work and achievements, i say a big THANK YOU.

Sisi Alero loves you all so much.

Looking forward to a New Year filled with so many dreams and visions.

It is going to be an awesome 2018.



Be thankful for life and keep your hopes up.

Keep Sparkling.

WELCOME TO 2018 PEOPLE

As we begin a new year, Don't reflect on the things you still have not achieved, but rather focus on achieving your dreams and goals.

It does not matter if others you know have gone past you or if you have failed a few times.
As Dr Edwin Land said- 'An essential part of creativity is, not being afraid to fail'
Failure does not mean it's the end. Keep pushing, don't give up.

Let us go into the New Year with hopes, dreams, great visions. Believing in ourselves and what we intend to achieve.

I have had a few people mock me and try to make me feel bad in regards to my blog. Rather than feel bad, i cut myself off from them.

Take note: You do not need any negative person/s around you. You do not need anyone who puts you down. Rather, move with those who encourage and inspire you. People who have your best interest at heart. Positive minded people.

2018 will certainly come with loads of transformations for me. I am already celebrating.





Join me, let's make this New Year the best one ever.

Stay Sparkling.




Saturday, 23 December 2017

SEASONS GREETINGS





As the year comes to an end and we prepare to celebrate Christmas in 2days, let us remember to show love to all around us.

Do something you have never done for someone this Christmas. It could be for one child, one man, one woman or a family.


Sisi Alero is wishing you a very Merry Christmas and an Amazing New Year in Advance.

Remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

                                                Stay Sparkling.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

HAPPINESS.

How can one define happiness?

Happiness can be said to be a state of high spirits, jubilation, a place of contentment.

My friend Elizabeth asked me to write on happiness a while ago, i started to write but couldn't think of what to say because of how i felt mentally and emotionally at that point. I just couldn't reach my happy place.But today i feel i can say i feel good enough to write on it.

What really defines happiness? For some, it's being married, having kids, having loads of money, being popular.

As human beings, we tend to strive to achieve goals, desires, our dreams. A happy life is seen as one that's meaningful. A life filled with something to show who we think or feel we are. Almost like a competition with those around us.

But, do these material things define happiness? Will having lots of money bring true happiness?

Growing up, i pictured myself having an awesome job with fantastic pay, a gorgeous family with my twin boys. Living "the life". Years and years later, I am nowhere near those dreams. But today, i have come to realise that all of those dreams would not guarantee my happiness but rather, are things i achieve on my road to happiness.

Now, i have come to understand that the most important thing in my life right now is my health (now that is a story for another day).
I am learning to love me for me and take things easy. Take life a day at a time.

Today, if i am asked to define happiness. I would say happiness is me being at peace with myself.

Whatever decisions i make, i make for me and not just to please people around me.

If you want to find true happiness, put yourself first. Be at peace in your heart in all you do.

Do not try to please people around you and end up displeasing yourself.


As the year rolls to an end, do all you can to be at peace with yourself.

Relax, take life easy. forgive those who have hurt you. Smile.

Most importantly, stay Sparkling no matter what.





Tuesday, 5 December 2017

KEEP PUSHING

There are days we all just want to give up,  let go.
We get so frustrated and cannot seem to understand why things are not working as planned.
Why we just cannot have a normal life like the next person.

We feel lost, all alone. You say to yourself, there is nobody who truly cares or understands.
One thing is certain,  everyone is going through one trial or another.

Some may have more burden than others, but no one is free from trials/problems.
How we handle it when we go through such trials is what makes us who we are and who we become.
For those who know me, they know I have a PhD in worrying.  I worry about simple things, I worry about difficult things.

So far, I haven't been able to solve anything from my worrying.
Now, I'm learning to relax, it's hard though I must say. Especially because I like to plan things ahead and want things to be in a certain kind of way. When I don't have it that way, it becomes really frustrating.

So, as the year draws closer to an end, let us take the time to slow down; relax.  Be thankful for the little things as well as the big things we have been able to achieve.
Do not complain or get angry that you did not achieve your goals or desires. Remember,  some who begun the race in January did not make it this far. 
Some who made it,  are stuck in hospital beds or have been told they have a short time to live.

You, my dear friend; you're still alive and well.  Which means you still have the time, energy and opportunity to pursue your dreams, desires and aspirations.

Be thankful to God for all He has done and trust that He will see you through to attain all of your dreams and visions.

Whatever you have not achieved, look ahead.  2018 will surely bring you good tidings.

Keep rejoicing, keep pushing and stay Sparkling.




Friday, 1 December 2017

AFTER THE STORM

 I  am a woman with a story and would like to share my story here to inspire someone.

God called me into ministry on the 21st of November, 2002, and He told me to break the yoke of marital delay that keeps women single against their desire and prepare them spiritually, emotionally, mentally, financially, physically and socially for a glorious marriage. This is not an assignment for a divorced person. I could not afford to make a mistake of marrying outside of the perfect will of God, but I did and after going through emotional, verbal and physical abuse, my marriage was suddenly over. And I knew what that meant; I would no longer be able to continue with the assignment that God had placed in my hand. I had failed. I could no longer speak in churches or at women or youth conferences as I had done prior to getting married. As a matter of fact, many people in the church saw me as unsaved, and it was evident in the way that they spoke to me, and it still happens till this moment, but I have learnt to live with it. I do not seek validation from anyone but God.

My assignment from God was very important to me, and so I was ready to endure an abusive marriage so I could carry out that task. But when he sued for divorce, so he could be with his lover, my entire world crashed. Not because I loved him and couldn’t live without him but because I had messed up my marriage and with it my ministry. On the day I received the notice from the court, I asked God for direction, and He instructed me to pack my things and return to my late father’s house. I obeyed because I knew it was all over. It was the end of the road not just for marriage but also for ministry. Back at my dad’s house, another instruction came for me to go to Bible school and again I obeyed. While I was at Bible school studying towards an Associate Degree in Theology and Deliverance, I realized that God might not be through with me, but I really didn’t see how I was going to carry on with the ministry.


With a year left to finish my course, I began to write the story of my failed marriage. This was to heal the pain I felt on the inside, but when the story was finished, I had two options before me. I could hand it over to an established magazine, or I could begin a magazine of my own. I chose the latter, and that led to the birth of DOZ (Daughters of Zion) Magazine. For close to a year DOZ Magazine made an impact, but I shut down the operations at the end of 2009 because of numerous challenges at the time which overwhelmed me. I thought DOZ was over, but when people continued to ask for it year after year, I began to think that perhaps I should pick it up again. But when God specifically spoke to me about it, I obeyed, and the DOZ True Story Magazine has returned as a novel series named DOZ Chronicles with four titles currently published and sold on Amazon. And in September 2016, DOZ Regular Magazine returned as a digital magazine.


Today I understand that DOZ is my ministry. Looking back now I can see exactly what God did and how He gave me victory. When my marriage failed I thought my ministry was over, I could no longer hold a Bible study and prayer meetings as I had done in the past, I could no longer speak in churches, but God gave me another medium for the messages that He put inside of me and DOZ Magazine was that medium. And with DOZ Magazine I was able to reach a wider audience. So rather than destroy my ministry, my divorce actually birth my ministry. That is the victory and God alone made it possible. My ministry has grown; as a matter of fact, not only has the ministry grown but the initial vision has also broadened. I am not only called to work with single women preparing for marriage but to work with single and married women to help them walk in their God-given purpose and marriage is just a small part of that. Following my divorce, I began with DOZ Magazine and moved to DOZ Chronicles, DOZ Devotional, DOZ Network (the fellowship arm) and now DOZ (talk) Show. Through my writing I have been able to touch lives in places I may never visit in my lifetime. I have also become a better version of myself. I have moved from a mindset of it is over to a mindset of it is just beginning and it is amazing how that mindset has affected everything I do.


The reason I have shared my story is this; you do not have to remain in an abusive relationship. I was willing to remain, but God caused the man to send me away, PRAISE THE LORD! I probably would be dead today. I remained because I thought ministry would be over with my marriage. And perhaps you think you need to remain because of the children or whatever reason you may have, but if you trust God, you will discover that He specializes in taking your pain and working it for your gain. He takes your messes and makes powerful messages out of them.
My closing remarks to anyone reading this who is in an abusive relationship is this; ask yourself a very important question, is this love or is this lust? Are you unsure? Let’s look at a story, quickly shall we? In Genesis 34:1-4, the Bible says, “And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel. And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.”


Anyone reading the story above will conclude that the man in question loved Dinah. But did he really? Carefully consider the words used to describe their first meeting; saw, took, lay, defiled. He literally raped her! Do you call that love? Does this connote love? Consider also the words of Dinah’s brothers, in verse 31 of the same chapter. They said, “Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?” In the eyes of Dinah’s family and those who were closest to her, he had treated her like a harlot. How is a harlot treated? A harlot is used for sex. She exists only to provide sexual pleasure. Now think again of the words; saw, took, lay, defiled. Do you now think that the young man used Dinah for sex? I, certainly do.


The reason I am bringing this up is that too many times, women confuse lust for love. And for this reason, they remain in abusive relationships, believing that the man loves them. One major difference between love and lust is that love gives, and lust takes. God loved the world, and He gave (John 3:16 paraphrased). A man who loves you seeks to add to you. He seeks to make your life better. He seeks to make you an honourable woman and not a laughing stock amongst family and friends. A man who is lusting after you seeks to take. When he looks at you, all he thinks of is what to take from you. Your money, your body, and yes even your time. You are an object to be used so he will have no problem sleeping with you one minute and hitting you the next. Be wise. Discern.

If he is physically, emotionally, or verbally abusive, he does not love you. When a man says he loves us, we are quick to believe him, especially when we are love hungry. But the truth is, if we would sit back and block out his words and observe his actions, we may see the same words- "saw, took, lay, defiled", being acted out. And if these are the words we see then it is not loved but lust.
Ladies, no man will love you more than you love yourself. And if you do not love yourself enough to exit the abusive relationship, do not expect the abuser to love you enough to stop the abuse.


             My name is Eturuvie Erebor, i  Sparkle through Jesus Christ.                                              
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