Archive | June 2014

In Christ Alone.

Hello Dawleens,

It’s been what? 2 weeks? 3?

I’m not gonna bore you with details or give excuses.

One thing is certain though, I’m glad to be here!

How have you been too?

It’s the beginning of another great week, the end of a beautiful month, the end of the second quarter of the year, the end of the first half of the year. If you are not grateful, you should have a re-think. It’s been God all the way, I tell you!

The hymn for today is one we all know.

Read. Sing. Meditate. Enjoy.

In Christ Alone

“For there is hope for a tree-if it’s cut down, it sprouts again, and grows tender, new branches. Though it’s roots have grown old in the earth and its stump decays, it may sprout and bud again at the touch of water, like a new seedling.”-Job 14:7

 

In Christ alone, my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All,

Here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

 

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,

Fullness of God in helpless babe!

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save.

Till on that cross, as Jesus died,

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid;

Here in the death of Christ I live.

 

 

There in the ground, His body lay,

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious Day

Up from the grave He rose again.

And as He stands in victory

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

 

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me.

From life’s first cry, to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand;

Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!!!

 

 

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”-1 Cor 15:19

 

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A lot, when I say a lot, I mean a whole lot has happened. Have we forgotten our girls so soon? have we? Oh, how we used to see the hash tag, bringbackourgirls everywhere on twitter, how we used to see dp’s on the same issues, how we used to read/ write on this, how we used to pray!! What happened people? It’s been how many days?? 76 days of agony for some families. I sit in the comfort of my bedroom to type, and I wonder what it must feel like to have a sister or daughter somewhere in one deep forest with strangers. I mean, the thought alone is killing. Some of us resorted to prayers, afterall, God is omnipresent, He alone knows where these girls are but even the zeal for this particular prayer point is diminishing. Our strength is waning. Where is our hope? What has happened to our faith? And who do we blame really? Even the Bible puts it this way,

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.”

Ah, how I wish this was just about the chibok girls, but really, it isn’t. This is about Nigeria, this is about the world, this is about everything going wrong; leaders extorting the people, A Government that seem not to have the ability to empathize with those in pain, democracy becoming, ‘Government of the political parties, by the parties and for the parties”, citizens who have no idea what rights they have, mediocre and fearful Christians, bomb blasts everywhere, hike in prices of commodities, deteriorating economy etc.

 

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“We are praying too, that you will be filled with His mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going, no matter what happens. -always full of the joy of the Lord.”-Col 1:11

 

Oh for strength to forge ahead in times like this.

I think in times like this, there is a need for us to arise as a body. Remember Deborah? Esther? Nehemiah? People who stood for what they believed in. These people rose up and did what needed to be done. This is not the time to be lackadaisical. Does it not concern you? Even if all you can do is pray, please make sure you do it diligently. Someone said these things are signs of the end-time, they are bound to happen. I agree, totally. But I still say what do we do then, while we await the return of Christ? fold our arms and feign ignorance or helplessness? I don’t think so. This is not a time for rest or timidity, it is a time to put on the whole armour of God!

 

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”- 2 Tim 1:7

 

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.”-Rom 8:5

Beyond our prayers, I think this is a time to have a commitment with God. A commitment to have an all-time run with our maker. A commitment that 10 years from now, 20 years, 50 years and even 100 years from now, if the Lord tarries, we’ll still stand. A promise that no matter what happens, whenever He comes, He’ll still find us in faith. A promise that no matter what the 2nd half of 2014 brings or how dark the night may be, we’ll trust in His promise of a beautiful morning. We cannot boast of our love for Him, because He loved us first, but like  lovers, we can boldly declare, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”

 

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“We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; His perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what He might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what He might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that He loves us. So you see, our love for Him comes as a result of His loving us first.”-1 John 5:18-19

 

Truth is the things going on right now are enough to shake anyone’s faith, so many questions, very little answers. But we are not without hope,

 

“For I know that my Redeemer lives and He shall stand at last on the earth.”-Job 19:25

 

We have been empowered to reign as Kings on earth and reign with Him in heaven. Really, there are no excuses. Strive to be the best wherever you are, be an agent of positive change. Don’t just sit down and complain all day, the change we seek begins with us.

 

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“There remains a rest for the people of God. For He who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall…”-Hebrews 4:9-11

 

Here is my prayer for you this 2nd quarter of the year,

 

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“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous love and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep and how wide His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last, you will be filled up with God himself.”- Ephesians 3:17-19

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Till He returns or calls me home,

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!!!

Have a beautiful week/month/2nd quarter people.

Cheers!

EROS’ ERRORS!

We all need real meals to survive.

KINGDOM COME

                                                                        

I absolutely love romance! Oh, the sheer magic of it! I wonder about my love for it sometimes since it’s gotten me a lot of flak from the wife recently for allowing the madness of Lagos to dry up my creative juices. But there is no denying that it is so beautiful and heartwarming. Anytime I remember Sabrina being serenaded by the musical group hired by Jason before he proposed in “jumping the broom” a sweet incandescent fire lights up within my heart and gently spreads through every fiber of my being. I can watch that scene a gazillion times. What about great romantic stories woven around it like that of Cupid and Psyche, totally engrossing! I guess if I were an ancient Greek heathen, I would have bred swans in honor of Aphrodite, the mother of Eros (Cupid), the Greek god of romantic love and desire.

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Feast of Fire

With the Spirit comes power!!!

The Z Channel

There were mad men in Jerusalem

At least that was the rumor flying about. It started with Angus, the goldsmith, who was on his way to the temple for the feast of Shavuot, the second of the three major festivals commanded by God to the Jews. It takes place seven Sabbaths after the feast of Passover, just at the onset of the harvest season.

It was around nine am in the morning and the priest was just about finishing with the sacrifices and then it would be time to bless the worshippers following the sprinkling of the blood of atonement.

He had heard a noise coming from the direction of the upper room. He had always wondered about the occupants of the house. From the little information he had heard, they were the disciples of Jesus, the Nazarene, who had been killed at the feast of Passover by the romans…

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The Real Power Couples

When purpose meets purpose…

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I find myself writing about relationships and marriages mostly on Fridays and I wonder why. Maybe I should turn Fridays to Friday frank relationship talks just like Monday’s inspirational drive yeah? Yes.
And how are you all doing? Week was great too? Thank God.

So I saw Kanayo Dike’s picture on Instagram during the week. She captioned it #purpose meets purpose. I think the guy’s her Bobo. I am not sure though but that’s not what I want to talk about, something else struck me…

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BLANK SHEET

The source of all inspiration. It’s all about you!!!

EYES TOUCHED BY DEW

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It usually starts with a blank sheet. Forgive me, let me put that right – it always starts with a blank sheet. A sheet that is so blank and so dry, that it stretches out like a desert with no oasis. This blank sheet I face never bears any hope for creation, bare as it is. It only reminds me that the only hope I have is found somewhere within myself, stored within the fecund wells of my mind. So I search deep within myself to draw out words to unblank the sheet, to create something from nothing. I take that bold and precarious step of trying to create.

Precarious, yes, because it is a journey whose end I cannot guess, whose map is only found at the end of it. It is a journey that like all other journeys requires courage and a heart to contain shocks and surprises…

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May, Liebster & The Phenomenal Woman.

 

So it’s a new day and everything seem beautiful and sane  at least till 11:00 am, when I have to rush out for a meeting. The fact that I can write after how many days? or weeks? gives me sheer joy.

 

Yay!!! I’ve got so much on my mind and I’m so excited.

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”-Maya Angelou

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Here’s to the phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou, thank you for living your life, thank you for giving to the Lord. Mine is a life that was changed by your words. Okay, before I start famzing and acting like I know Maya personally, lemme just confess. I only got to know this woman was still alive a couple of Months ago. You know, when her name pops up in my head or when I ponder on two of her quotes, that happen to be my favourite, I think of Shakespeare *coversface*. Okay, maybe not Shakespeare but do you get the drift?

I’ve seen some of her works and sayings and I’m in awe. Indeed, this is a phenomenal woman. A woman who lived her life, in and out, who touched millions of hearts. I read what Fred Hammond wrote about her on FB and I see a woman who lived what she preached. This is one woman I wish I had met. This is not a tribute of some sort, I don’t even know what it is. But as the Phenomenal woman said herself, “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.”. Here’s hoping you check out the life she lived and be reminded of your life’s mission.

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style”-Maya Angelou

Here are two of her quotes that I referred to as my fav’s. One of them is one of the reasons I started my blog, the other tells me I haven’t started anything yet. I must let the story out.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

 

 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”

 

Some others are:

“I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.”

“We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!”

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels”

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

“A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”

“I love the melodies in the Old Testament, how preachers highlight them when they read from the Scripture. But I was influenced forever by the New Testament. I love the Beatitudes, informing us that the meek shall inherit the earth.”

“My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.”

“All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy – but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that’s how I am guided”.

“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”

“When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, ‘Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.”

“Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, ‘I’m not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.’ Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, ‘Yes, I deserve it.’”

 

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To be happy is to live a full life, give your all and die empty. Maya Angelou sure did. Rest on ma’am.

And here’s to the rest of Us. May we live our lives phenomenally, not just passing through but leaving our footprints on the sand of time.

 

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So Itunu of Glowingscenes  passed on the Liebster Awards to me. Thanks babes. I promised I was gonna do this a long time ago but I couldn’t get down to it. So, here’s how it works: I say ten things about me, answer some questions and pass the award to some amazing writers.

 

Okay, let’s do this.

Ten things about me

 

1  I LOVE READING/WRITING- I just had to write that in upper case. It is my forte, my safe haven. I can be alone for weeks and I won’t be lonely, as long as I have books around me. I’ve been alone in my house for two weeks now, I have books everywhere in my room, I always do anyway. I can’t even tell you the number of books I have. Books, Magazines, Novels, Newspapers, Bibles (different versions), etc. I just love to lie on my bed or on the sofa, curled up with a good book and good music. I started writing stories in primary school. I remember I used to write and sell short stories for N5 when I was in JSS. I love writing, scribbling, whatever, I just love the feel of pen on paper, or hands on keyboard as the case may be. I totally agree it’s not the easiest thing in the world though.

 

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2   I like laughing- I really do. Forget about the analysis on the number of muscles it takes to laugh or frown, I just like laughing hard.

 

3   I love WATERMELON!- I find it difficult to believe that I hated it at a point in my life. Now, as long as I have cold watermelon, I don’t care about food. I’m not even sure you can visit me and not take it o. You won’t understand my point till you try it someday. Cold/chilled watermelon makes my day, any day!

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4   I love KJV- I love reading the bible, I really do. Of all translations, KJV is still my favourite. Don’t get me wrong, MSG, NLT, AMPLIFIED and some other translations take the message straight home but for me ehn, I just love coming across all the “Draw nigh to me’s”, and “cometh’s” of King James.

5  I’m the 2nd born in my family and first of four girls. I have trIplet siblings that I looovvvveee to brag about. I mean, the whole, “your mum has triplets? really? wow!!” scenario never tires me. In fact, I look forward to it in most cases so I mention it intentionally, like I’m doing now.

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6  I love nature. I like to just behold the rising and falling of tides, the rising and setting of the sun, green trees, blowing wind, the appearance and disappearance of rainbow, etc. It’s not something I can explain really.

7  I love drawing/designing. I can draw almost anything, if you don’t mind it not been perfect. I’m not an artist, I just like making use of a pencil and paper. I remember my days in school, a boring lecture usually births cloth designs. I will just shut down and start drawing. I love colours. (When I saw this on Itunu’s post, I was just like no wonder I like this girl) Chai. One of the reasons I love designing is the fact that I can actually play with colours. I don’t even have a best colour or something.

8  I studied Sciences in School, I love Arts and right now, I’m on the Commercial side of life. I used to think I am confusion personified but now I know better. If you ever need some explanation on Romans 8:28, “ALL THINGS work together for good for those that love God…” you should talk to me, I’ll just tell you my story.

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9  I’m one of those people who like to think they can sing, but in reality, reverse is the case. I love music o, like seriously. I can even back up with soprano, alto and even tenor but please don’t ask me to sing alone. I was in a concert recently and I was recording a particular performance. I was singing along, and in my mind, I was doing a great job. Till I got home and played the thing. The rest as they say is history

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10 I love God. I love the way He fathers me. I love the way He loves me. I love the fact that He called me out of darkness into His marvellous light. In Him I live and move and have my being. I can’t reiterate it enough, I just love HIM!

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WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF MY BLOG?

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I started my blog basically for ladies. The reasons are below:

To be a shinning light in this dark world.

To be a sister to a sister I probably will never meet.

To help lift a feeble hand up.

As an extraordinary child of an extraordinary God, I intend to continually talk about this extraordinary God.

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WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?

Ah, I had to think hard on this one o. I had to really search/check. My most prized possession is my faith mehn, my salvation. I really don’t care how that sounds, it’s the truth. I can lose anything and my faith will still keep me, but without it, who am I? Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s, “I never lost my praise” is a song that I can relate with.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT GLOWINGSCENES?

I love glowingscenes, if she hadn’t passed Liebster Award to me, I would have passed it on to her anyways. I love the fact that she’s a storyteller. I love love the fact that are stories are centered on God. The catch for me is that she writes everyday stories and still preaches through them. I love the way her mind works. The girls tells great stories abeg. Beyond all these, I love and admire this babe’s commitment to writing. She has like two stories on, Dear Diary and Switched and she meets deadlines. Every week. In between, she still manages to write articles and her opinions. You go girl, I respect you. Little wonder I call you bestie on blogville.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?

Right in the centre of His purpose for me!

WHO’S YOUR ROLE MODEL IN/OUT OF BLOGVILLE?

Joyce Meyer- For her courage and strength, she is never afraid to tell her story.

Francine Rivers-The woman has a heart yielded to God, you only need to read her stories to know. Redeeming Love and Atonement Child are my fav’s so far. Evergreen stories.

Kenneth Hagin-Even in death, he remains a teacher of the word.

(I can’t help but fall for people, particularly women who walk with God, work for God and are passionate about purpose)

 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE SENTENCE

Extraordinary child of an extraordinary God.

 

IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH ONE PERSON IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Maya Angelou, Kenneth Hagin and Francine Rivers.

Yeah, I know Maya and Kennneth are out so it’s Francine. I have loads of questions for her.

 

WHAT’S THE FAVOURITE POST YOU’VE WRITTEN? (WITH THE LINK)

I would say “When a loved one leaves.” There’s something about death that gets to me. It was the first post I wrote on this blog and I still read it  over and over again.

 

WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL IN LIFE?

To live life fully; give my all and die empty. Make heaven and take as many people as I can with me.

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WHICH HUMAN HAS THE LARGEST PART OF YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW

Boolicious. Who else biko?

 

Unveiling the new award winners:

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Joshua of  LordJosh Writes. Even if you don’t read any other thing on Joshua’s blog, Demons on Church Street is worth checking out.

Topazo of Zaphnathpaaneah. Topazo recently passed on the writing process blog tour to me as my little something. His name was already on my list for Liebster though so, here we go.

Itunu of VirtuousSpirit

Kwasisei of Eyes Touched by Dew

Ijeoma of Olorungemstone

 

Amazing, amazing writers!

 

To the birthdays.

 

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Happy belated birthday to Me and to all May celebrants. May the good Lord bless and keep us all. May the rest of our days be the best of our days.

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Thank you all for birthday messages and wishes.

 

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Happy new month people, Joy all the way in June.

Cheers!

 

PS: I started this post on May 31st, could not publish. It was supposed to go out in May, but as it is, that wasn’t possible. I’m sure you will see one or two things pointing to that fact in the write up.