Album Review- Sounds of Revival II

I don’t normally do reviews of songs or albums (or books) but this one really had to be done!

I hope you like it…  For subsequent reviews, I would try to make sure I have the songs or at least a download link available… but that depends a lot on your thoughts on this one… so Please, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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It’s really rare to find an album where EVERY SONG is a HIT…

I have albums where I’ve loved a few songs or maybe even just one and could only listen to others once or per season but Sounds of Revival II by Pastor William McDowell is an album for everyone, in every season!

It’s not just singing like most albums, it’s church! By the time I was through the first five songs, I was deep in worship! Screaming at the top of my voice and worshipping with all my being! It was like there was no one else around! I felt like God gave me a hug today! I could touch His Presence!

I don’t normally like worship albums… not because I don’t like to worship but because I always feel like they’re just doing ‘their thing’… Sounds of Revival II made me feel like I was right there! With Pastor William and his choir! Worshiping in the moment!

A few of my favorite tracks include… well every track on the album!

I particularly liked his short ‘sermons’ in the songs… he spoke of how in some countries, people aren’t allowed to say the name of Jesus! I know as believers in countries where there’s at least a semblance of freedom of religion, we tend to forget that the Jesus we use and abuse here is a sanction for death in some places. So he said to say the name of Jesus for those who need the strength of our voices, those who can’t do say It for fear of persecution.

I also liked “Falling on My Knees”… my favorite line – “somethings I can’t see/understand until I bow down”.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to kneel down and settle in the spirit what troubles my reality! Thank you Jesus for divine understanding! Thank you for insight! For knowing that persecution and troubles precede a great move!

All the featured artists too… on point!!

I know this is an album for EVERYONE! But don’t take my word for it! It’s on iTunes!

P.S. No, I can’t send it to you… my phone won’t let me… sorry! But it’s totally worth every dollar!

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Cheers!

Freda Fred-Addo
IG+ Twitter- @el_freedah

Morning Motivation 3- Dear Diary

Good morning,
I woke up this morning feeling the urge to share one of my unconventional write ups… The ones that won’t normally make the cut. Not cuz they’re not good or nothing but simply because I wrote them specifically for myself…

Few weeks ago (maybe even months now) my friend who’s very dear to me texted me for one of our usual rant sessions… We’re really close and she’s such an amazing person! That kind of friend that you’d pray for even more than you’d pray for yourself sometimes. She’s extremely awesome!!
Every time she comes to mind and I imagine her in my future, I always picture her with this amazing man by her side!! The kind of man that you’d say ‘deserves’ her. But the boy she’s seeing now is ‘scoin scoin’… Everyone says she could do better and it’s not the kind of ‘you can do better’ that we’d say behind her back, we actually say it to her face! That’s how confident we are that she could aim higher… But you how love can be naa…

Anyway. One day we were talking about one of his ‘misbehaviors’ and I remembered something I’d written to myself a while back… I have these ‘reminder/pick me up’ messages I leave myself… I feel like everyone should do these… It really helps! I set alarms on my phone to remind me to check them once a while and they really help with my decision making process…

I shared this one with her and it helped a lot… I hope it helps you too! Feel free to share!

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Cheers!
Freda Fred-Addo
IG+Twitter- @el_freedah

THE ROSE IN SHARON

Yesterday, I lost a sister… I don’t think it’s right to call her a friend, because she meant more to me. When I first started this blog, Sharon would call me to pray with me, encourage me and tell me what I was doing was a good thing! She was an amazing person and will forever be in my heart!
I didn’t get to spend much time with her because of the age difference and the fact that she was always a few steps ahead of me in life! But we share a few memories!
When I first got to high school in JS1, she was in SS3! And that always worked to my favor. We aren’t related by blood but she cared for me the same way she did her younger sisters who were in our school too.
My favorite memory of Sharon is of one Friday in school when we had ‘labor’! For my foreign readers and those who attended day school, labor was a weekly school activity that required the students to clean the school environment. There was always a labor prefect to supervise along with other prefects and SS3 students.
Obviously, this was nobody’s favorite activity! And at the top of the list of people who hated it were Freda and Mofi (Sharon’s Sister and my best friend). Mofi and I would say almost anything to get out of labor, and that Friday, Sharon decided to break the rules for us. So we were dodging labor in Sharon’s room. It was almost the end of the term so we were all very broke but Sharon had 200 Naira and that was her last! She gave it to us and asked us to go to the bakery and buy bread… in her words, “We can manage it for the next few days”… I don’t remember clearly where Sharon went but by the time she came back, Mofi and I had consumed a whole loaf of bread… EACH!!
When Sharon came into the room she had this really shocked look on her face… we had braced ourselves for the shouting, but she turned it into a joke and started calling us ‘bread’! Today, I’ve got high school teachers that still call me ‘bread’!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Sharon angry to the extent of yelling! She was so peaceful and cheerful and loving. There truly was a “ROSE” in Sharon!
It’s sad that her life was so brief but I’m convinced she’s in a better place! What saddens me most is the fact that I never got to tell her how dear she was to me… I guess that will have to wait till we meet in heaven!

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Many times, we don’t get to appreciate the people around us for the love they’ve shown us! I’ve learnt my lesson and I refuse to lose people before they know their importance. We have no idea how far nice, comforting words can go. Sharon knew I loved her… I just wish I said it more!
Don’t let the people in your life die or walk away without knowing they were loved! Say “I LOVE YOU” a little more often!

Please leave comments and condolences for the Arowolo Family and remember to add them in your prayers!
God bless you, and thank you for reading.
@El_freedah