HE LIFTS US UP: God Has a Plan


Many times in life, decisions are made on the spur of the moment… split-second decisions that may negatively impact our lives.  What we fail to realize is that God has already been working on a plan for each of us. His plans are for our good. He never plans harm. Though we may take a wrong path whether of our own choosing or the destructive plans of others, God is always there waiting for us to find Him and reach for the future that He has planned for each of us. May we all find His plan for us…

Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

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Zimbabwe: Tales of a Broken Government

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Zimbabwe’s current reputation as one of the most corrupt countries in the world is somewhat unsurprising when you consider their history. Like Botswana, Zimbabwe was used and abused early on by Cecil Rhodes and the British South Africa Company (BSAC). After acquiring the mineral rights of the country, the British launched an attack (based off mistaken intel) and killed the king. Although this move was supposedly accidental, Britain and BSAC profited highly from it, and Britain assumed control of the country, renaming it Southern Rhodesia (after Cecil Rhodes). Between 1895 and 1914 about 25,000 Europeans emigrated to modern-day Zimbabwe.

It was the 1922 referendum with whites choosing to become a self-governing colony that caused the largest racial conflicts to date, and the Land Appointment Act in 1930, giving whites the best farmland, didn’t help.

The war for independence began in 1964, with guerrilla warfare and farm raids caused many whites…

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Traveling Through Zambia & Zimbabwe

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As the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls pulls millions of visitors from around the world and is the most visited site in Southern Africa. No doubt the falls are impressive. The largest waterfall on the planet and the seventh wonder of the world, Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya,” the smoke that thunders) is hidden behind a veil of mist after the rainy season when the Zambezi River is full. For better or for worse, we arrived to the town of Livingstone, Zambia during the dry season, at a time when the falls are at their lowest. However this period is also the only window during the year that people are allowed to swim in the outrageously scary Devil’s Pool, a pool that is directly at the edge of the falls.

We crossed the border to Zimbabwe the next day, to the town of Victoria Falls, where the view of…

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Malawi: A Rough Past and a Pretty Rough Present

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Writing these histories is an exercise in monotonous masochism. Each country sounds the same and it’s always bad. Malawi, of course, is no different. Like every country in Africa (except Ethiopia), it was colonized, this time by the British. Like all Southern African countries, Cecil Rhodes came in and fucked it up. 

Malawi gained its independence in the 1960s (the year is vague because the Brits sort of stopped caring), and resistance leader Hastings Banda was released from prison and was made president. He quickly assumed the role of an African president, declaring himself “president for life,” forcing those who opposed him into exile, banning alternative political parties, foreign press, women’s trousers and long hair on men. He also gave support to the apartheid state of South Africa. What a guy.

Malawi did gain some democracy, and a multiparty system was set up in 1994, and Banda was voted out, dying…

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Traveling Through Malawi

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Malawi was never meant to be a part of my trip. In fact I had very little desire to go there, and ended up going half out of necessity and half out of going with the flow. My group of travelers was heading that way and I knew I wasn’t ready to leave them. Also, I knew I would need to cross into Malawi to get into Tanzania, since you cannot cross the border between Mozambique and Tanzania, which was my original plan. 

Malawi ended up being one of the major highlights of my trip, not just for the beautiful lakeside scenery, but for a myriad of reasons I will discuss in this post. The trouble with Malawi is not the country itself, but the brutal journey to get there from Zimbabwe, which means crossing the Tete corridor in Mozambique. On paper, this is a simple, straightforward thing. The Tete…

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Traveling Through Nowhere, Namibia

Oh, what an inspiring and a terrifying odyssey! Good luck Adam.

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Namibia is, in a word, empty. I used to think Wyoming was empty, but this place gives new meaning to the word. We’ve driven approximately 600 kilometers across Namibia and have literally seen zero towns, except for about 20 huts on the border.

Namibia is a country meant to be road-tripped across. There’s virtually zero public transport outside of the cities, so we’ve rented (against all advice) a two wheel drive Ford Fiesta.

Our first stop in this rugged country was the Fish River Canyon in Ais Ais.

This is the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The Fish River formed via tectonic movement, unlike the Grand Canyon which was formed completely by erosion from the Colorado River. Namibia is currently in a pretty brutal drought, and the Fish River is currently dry, save for a couple pools of water, and hiking into the canyon…

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Native American Gardening: Buffalobird-Woman’s Guide to Traditional Methods, by Gilbert L. Wilson

Great Resource!

Blogging for a Good Book

NativeAmericanGardeningNative American Gardening: Buffalobird-Woman’s Guide to Traditional Methods was first published in 1917 as Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians: An Indian Interpretation and has been reprinted in numerous editions (and with slightly varying titles) in the following hundred years. This is not surprising because Buffalobird-Woman’s comments, interpretations and knowledge of organic gardening are just as relevant today as they were a hundred years ago.

I originally searched for this book because I had read that it was a great way to learn about organic gardening methods but I found myself fascinated by Buffalobird-Woman’s strong personality as she talked about the history of her tribe and the lives of northern Native Americans. Buffalobird-Woman, or Maxi’diwiac, was born around 1839, two years after smallpox nearly completely wiped out her tribe of Hidatsas. When she was interviewed by anthropolgist Gilbert L. Wilson in 1912, she had never learned to speak English, so her memories were translated…

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It’s Hard To Forgive

When we forgive those who hurt us, we take away their power!

The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel

Forgiveness is not easy… in fact, sometimes it seems impossible. However, we have to remember that forgiveness does not mean forgetting. It just means trusting God to take care of us and all that comes against us in this life. He is our Key. He is our Judge. He is our Vindicator. He is our Everything. We just have to trust Him and hold onto Him alone…

Many are wounded…
by the actions of others.
And it’s hard to forgive…
  as it’s pain just smothers.
But God sees it all…
and He wants us to know…
that He’s in control…
so just let it go.
He clearly tells us…
“Vengeance is Mine; I will repay”
So please trust His Word…
and begin to forgive today.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2014.

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