Archive | May 2014

Empty Handed

Hello People,

Happy Sunday!! Trust today’s service was bam, being the first Sunday in May. Thank God for January, for February, for March, for April and now for May. May is a very special month I must confess. Special people can only be born in special months. Ehehehe. *irepmayborns*

God is good, He has been faithful!

Thank God for where we were, where, we are and where He is taking us to.
Thank God for things that are working and things that are not.
Thank God for Nigeria. Despite everything going on, God remains God!
Thank God for tomorrow (this is my favourite part), He is already there!!

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Ah, I’ve been away for sooo long. Life been happening o. Thank you for stopping by again. Thank you for always being there. Today’s post was inspired by something that happened to me last week. This is not a time to rest people, we must work the field of souls.

Read. Sing. Meditate. Enjoy!!!

Must I go- and empty handed?
Thus my Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet.

Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty handed go?

Not at death I shrink or falter,
For my Saviour saves me now;
But to meet Him empty handed,
Thought of that now clouds my brow.

Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty handed go?

Oh, the years of sinning wasted,
could I but recall them now,
I would give them to my Saviour,
To His will I’d gladly bow.

Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my Saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty handed go?

Up, ye saints, arouse, be earnest!
Up and work while yet ’tis day;
Ere the night of death o’ertake you, strive for souls while yet you may.

“I must work the works of He that sent me while it is day. The night comes when no man can work.”-John 9:4, NKJV

Sometime last week, i got a ping from someone I ‘ve known since I was a little girl. She’s actually like a big sis to me and she’s married with 3 children. So you can understand my shock she told me she was looking for a job and would like to submit her C.V in the organization where I work. She wanted me to do the submission and probably make some calls. I tried to explain to her that age is one of the key factors and that it will be the first point of call for the HR person in charge considering the position she wants to apply for.

Next thing my dear sis said was, ‘ehn, na to change age na’

Oh, did I mention the fact that this sister’s voice can send 10 angels packing with all the singing they do day and night? Whenever she holds the mic ehn, chai, things happen. She sings all parts and sings them well. Just try her with worship, you might not recover for  days. And that’s not a joke. She’s one of the few people that I look at and say, ‘indeed, we have this treasure in an earthen vessel.’

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Something definitely went off in my brain when I heard her comment. I was just like, ‘you too??’ Yeah, I know she is human bla bla but guess what? When God deposits some stuffs in you, you’d better tread carefully. I mean, if I didn’t know what I was doing, I could easily have made excuses for her like, ‘she really needs the job’ or ‘ God will understand na, she can always ask for forgiveness’ etc. Simply put, a sin is a sin. No excuses. No justification. A non-believer could have heard her statement and be like, ‘we are all the same after all.’ I was surprised. I was shocked. I was disappointed.

“Don’t let your ‘eating’ ruin someone for whom Christ died”- Romans 14:15b, NLT

I asked myself a question I think you should ask yourself too, ‘ what really is the price of my soul? what will it take me to leave what I know to be the right path? What will it take me to drag people down with me on the way to the broad road? A well-paying job? A fancy car? money? what is it?’

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Of course, we should look unto Jesus and not men but as far as some people are concerned, we are the Jesus they see or know. We are the bible some people will ever read.

“But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him.” -2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT

The onus lies on us as CHRISTians to right the wrongs in the world. The world is waiting for us. We just need to be careful of the way we live our lives, not as fools, but as wise people. Talent is cheap mehn, the Spirit of God in you should make a difference!

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“So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good. Don’t act thoughtlessly but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to do.”-Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT.

Of course, i did not write this post to point fingers or cast stones. I can do that only if I be without sin. The incident got me thinking and I just had to share. We cannot afford to turn back at the slightest provocation. We must take a stand. Far too many lives depend on your life and mine. For every decision we make, destinies are affected, either positively or negatively. The ripple effect will always be there.

Every new day is an opportunity to be a better person, a better you. Thankfully, it’s a new day, a new week, a new month! Opportunities abound. Decide not to go empty handed, bring someone to Christ.

“Now your attitude and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person,  holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.”- Ephesians 4:23-24, NLT

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Have a grace-loaded week/month people!

Cheers!!

I wonder…

It’s a beautiful evening. The kind of evening that makes you happy it’s Friday. I tap my fingers on the table expectantly, wondering why he is yet to call. He had called earlier to tell me he will pick me up after work, so we can hang out. Thank God it’s Friday!

Oh, my manners!

I am Onome, and by ‘he’, i mean Remi, my love of four years. You noticed the tribe difference right? Yeah, one of the many battles we fought to be where we are today. I love Remi, no doubt about that. I met him when I was in JSS1 and we’ve been friends ever since.

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He’s the guy who saw me through Maths and Physics. He’s the guy who wrote me love letters, the guy whose language my heart understands perfectly. Even when we were not dating, i knew i was gonna marry him someday. Someday. Yeah, a lot of factors were against us. Tribe, according to my parents, was the first on the list. Age was another factor. You see, Remi is 8 years older than I am. Age is just a number right? So I’ve heard.

Today however, all these are behind us. It definitely was not easy, but we did it. Our love kept us together. That should tell me that our love can weather any storm, yes?

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I try to call him but his number does not go through. I sigh, my disappointment written all over my face. Suddenly, i hear  Natalie Grant’s ‘when God made you’. I pick up my phone and smile to myself.

“Hey babe”

“Hi sweets, you ready? I’m outside”

“I am o, be there in a minute.”

I drop the call and shut down my system. I look around, my colleagues had all left the office. In a minute, I was in his car. In another ten minutes, we are seated in a reserved corner in our favourite restaurant. I look at my love, he does not smile back at me. I notice he is avoiding my eyes. I wonder. We settle down to eat.

“Babe, what’s wrong?” I ask

He looks up at me and smile. Ah, that smile. I cannot resist, i smile back.

“Are you okay?” I ask again.

“Do you love me at all?”

Fear grips me.

“Babe you know I do”

“So, when are we getting married? I love you so much Onome, you know it. I love you, you love me, we’ ve prayed about us, so what’s stopping us? I want to spend the rest of my life with you, i want to grow old with you, i want you to be the mother of my children, I want to be your partner, I will stand by you, come what may, I will…”

He holds his head in his hands brokenly, I see a tear drop, my heart is broken.

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I try to say something but nothing comes out of my mouth. I feel the hot tears threatening to come pouring any time soon.

“I…..I…., babe you don’t understand”

He looks up and joins his hand with mine on the table.

“Then make me understand my love, we are a team, we are in this together.”

I look at his reassuring face, his lips turn up in a sad smile, he rubs his finger on my hand gently, urging me on. I open my mouth again and this time, the words come. I allow the tears to flow freely.

“I love you babe and I want to grow old with you too but I wonder. I wonder if our marriage will turn out to be like my parent’s. The thought of it alone scares me because I want a beautiful marriage. I wonder if one day, you won’t look back with regrets. I wonder if you won’t start tolerating me after a while. I wonder if you can really keep all these promises. Life happens you know, and people change. I wonder if I can be the kind of wife you need. I wonder if you can be the head of our home, physically and spiritually. I wonder if I can trust you with my future and that of my children.

I wonder if you can lead and guide me, I wonder if you can put me back on track when I seem to be wandering. I wonder if you will allow me be all God wants me to be, or you’d rather i be who you want me to be. I wonder if you won’t be intimidated by my success. I wonder if someday you won’t get tired of telling me the ‘i love you’s’ that i like to hear. I wonder if you’ll still laugh at my silly jokes after a year. I wonder if you will hold my hand as we walk down the street after three children. I wonder if you will still find me beautiful with sagging breasts. I wonder if you can be my best friend after you’ve known all there is to know about me. I know our love as stood the test of time but i wonder. I just wonder.”

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Here’s to all Christian ladies who have allowed fear of the unknown stop them from taking the leap from Miss to Mrs: PERFECT LOVE casts out fear. These guys are humans too, just like us. Stop seeking from a man what only God can give. Like a wise man said, the next time fear comes knocking, send faith to get the door. The list is endless and I could go on and on but no human being can answer these questions as a matter of fact. If God has shown you the green light, you gotta trust him to do His thing.

Happy Sunday people and happy new month! May the month of May bring good tidings your way!!

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Blessings all the way!!!