Thank you for visiting! My name is Ngina (pronounced ngay-na) and I believe marriages are meant to thrive!
On this blog, I provide practical actionable resources to help the newlywed and early-wed wife draw closer to God and her husband.
I believe God wants every couple to thrive and we get there through daily intentionality of habit, thought and intimacy with God.
A great marriage is a choice.
We get out of marriage what we put in it. Unfortunately most of us come into marriage expecting automatic bliss and happiness.
We are not even aware of the expectation until the the adjustments and reality of doing life with another person rocks our honeymoon cocoons.
Then we begin to wonder about our one-flesh journey; how to make it work, how it make it last a day, let alone a life-time.
I’ve been there.
Came into marriage fresh-off Singles Highway.
Filled with grand ideas and bucket-loads of expectations. Chief among them? It’s my husbands job to make me happy. I can reap maximum benefits with minimum input.
Lots of heartache, tears and tantrums later, I began to get a clue: that a great marriage is created, not served on a silver platter.
On this blog I want to encourage you, newlywed wife and wife in your early years of marriage.
To intentionally apply yourself in marriage instead of wringing your hands in despair.
I want you to know that God is on your side (you know that marriage is His idea, not yours?) and that He will help you create a marriage that will last a life time.
But you have to do your part; trust Him and do what He tells you to do.
(Hint, it will involve lots of death to “self”!)
One of my favorite quotes is by Jim Rohn
“The problem with drifting is that you cannot drift your way to the top of a mountain”
We can’t drift our way to joy, we work ourselves there.
Here I will encourage and challenge you to fall in love with God, your husband and your marriage …. deeply, intentionally, everyday.
I will invite you to work, a good kind of work, so you can enjoy marriage as God intended.
We will learn to overcome mindsets and attitudes that stop us from becoming all God created us to be.
For the older in marriage, I hope you stick around! You will find tips, insights and thoughts to refresh your marriage.
I typically share fresh insights to help your marriage 1-2 times a week.
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My story (long version)
I grew up in rural Kenya (Africa) but currently live in the United States.
I am the last born of 9 kids and I spent most of my childhood when not at school, in the grazing fields; herding goats, climbing trees and falling off cliffs, eating wild berries, referring and participating in fights and brawls (and reaping the wrath of our mum) burning charcoal, collecting firewood.
My mum was a farmer and kept our loud home humming while my dad worked in the city but commuted daily.
When not in the grazing fields or at school, we worked our farm – acres of it – by hand. Tilling, planting, harvesting, weeding, lugging manure, taking care of livestock.
From an early age, I learned the value of hard work.
But as a child I also dreamed of leaving the grind and toil of farm life to a place of lights and ease. I wanted to smell nice and to be rich.
Eventually I left the farm when I went off to college, and later started a successful career.
I would learn that dreaming about an easier life is the easy part; achievement is much harder. God took me through a process of change, showing me mindsets I had carried all my life, beliefs that were holding me back from living my full potential.
Beliefs like “God is angry and harsh and so is life”, an identity crisis. Hoping for shortcuts to success and feeling hopeless when my plans failed.
I would discover real purpose, shed-off mental and spiritual baggage, learn God is good and answers prayer.
Now I have a passion to help women overcome strongholds that stop them from living out their God-given potential. No matter how you started out, I believe God can re-write your story and give you an ending you never thought possible.
I started this website to share the lessons I have learned in life and marriage (often the hard way) as well as share our passion for changing our world. My desire is to encourage, strengthen and equip women so they can live out their calling at home and in life.
In my free time I enjoy reading books, listening to music, exploring new places with my husband and a fabulous cup of tea.
I have over ten years experience in leadership at the local church where I led women’s and couples group (together with my husband) as well as years in the corporate world where I worked in real estate.
After a successful career in the corporate world, I left employment and started two successful businesses. My husband and I relocated from Kenya to the USA in 2011.
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What I believe
I believe God created marriages to thrive. For spouses to make intentional choices that align to His Word and intention, so they can thrive as He intended.
I believe in one perfect God who exists as a three-in-one Being ; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
I believe the Bible is God’s perfect word – divinely inspired, without error and unable to fail.
I believe in Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God and Savior of man kind. He was born physically of a virgin birth, He lived a sinless life on earth, was crucified and died on a cross, was buried, and then rose again on the third day according to Scriptures and now lives at the right hand God as our great High Priest.
I believe God created mankind for fellowship with Him but sin, which entered the world through disobedience, separates us from enjoying this relationship. But through Jesus Christ, all men and women now have access to the Father when they repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
I believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, sent to guide, indwell and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
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