Dear Woman!

Don’t let the beauty and glamour of a beautiful ring confuse you, take time to pray!

The Virtuous Spirit

Hey there,

I want to speak a little on transiting from single to newly wed.

I have been online a lot. A little too much according to my own judgements. It has also made me think a lot. I’m seeing a lot of single Christian women getting married lately and I’m hoping with all my heart that they are making the right choice. Im hoping they are marrying men after God’s heart. I’m hoping that they are, like I was getting married. I’m anxious because I know how far a bad marriage can wreck her entire life. I’m anxious because forever with a strange man is too long a time to be unhappy.

It also made me take inventory of my life. I’m still waiting on God for a partner and so far, I haven’t been praying much. Two days ago, in fact, God summed it up. He said, ‘it’s…

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Performance Review II

Hello People,

Happy New Month!

 

How has the year been so far? Today’s service? Regardless of how good or otherwise the year has been, one thing is certain:

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side….then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snares of the fowlers. The snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth”- Psalm 124:1,4-8

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What’s more? We have escaped! We have seen November, we will surely see December!

Let’s get down to today’s post.

 

Read. Sing. Meditate. Enjoy.

 

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

 

Count.. your blessings name them one by one;

Count your blessings, see what God hath done

Count.. your blessings, name them one by one;

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

 

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy, you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.

 

When you look at others with their land and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;

Count your many blessings wealth can never buy

Your reward in heaven or your home on high

 

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,

Do not be disheartened, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

 

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There is something about pessimists that gets to me. I believe everybody on the surface of the earth has a challenge or the other. If I ask ten people randomly how the year has been, the answers will surprise even me, I’m sure. The negative things in this world will always be there. When we dwell on the positive things in our lives and magnify them, the negatives seem so small and eventually fizzles out. Count your blessings and appreciate God!

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I wrote a post in February titled, ‘Performance Review‘.  Ten Months have gone and January seem just like yesterday. You know how everyone is at the beginning of the year, high hopes and all. Then somewhere in the middle of the year, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, we lose it.

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Sometimes we just become complacent and leave everything to fate. Some of us even pray and fast and hold on to our ‘faith’. Well my dear, remember this verse, ‘Faith without works is dead?’ It certainly is.  You must do something. Don’t get me wrong, God does not need us to do what he will do, He is God. He will also not do what He has empowered us to do. So next time you sit down and hug your faith close to your chest expecting life to happen just like that, remember your faith is for you not God, it does not move Him. Faith does not move God, it moves mountains. God does not need to move, He is God all by Himself. Faith does not affect God’s giving, it helps us to receive. So when we have faith, it does not mean we should sit down idly and be expectant, it means we should do whatever needs to be done and be free of worry because we know we will receive what we have asked. Don’t just ask for the rain, bring out your buckets, be ready to receive in abundance. Be prepared even for the mud.

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I’m laying emphasis on this today because many a soul have blamed God for not doing what he has said he will do. Take for instance, God tells me I will be a medical doctor, then I opt out of school and pick up my bell to announce to the whole world what the Lord has done. Well, I rest my case.

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Where are the resolutions for 2014? what and what have you been able to achieve? What proposed heights have you attained? You know where you planned to be by the end of 2014, how far have you come? You know the beautiful thing about reviews? It tells you how effective your strategy is. If you’ve not done much, it’s not time for pity-party darling, it’s time to change strategy! It’s not enough to have faith and wear the cloak of piousness, we must arise and do something!

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I know some people have done everything humanly possible but still experience delay. Or what do we say about Daniel and the prince of Persia? Daniel prayed and did everything he could, yet he was delayed for 21 days. The good news however is if you have done ALL, God will not leave you stranded. God cannot be mocked. Everyone knows when they have done ALL.

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Delay in life can be caused by God, the devil and we humans. Sometimes, God allows some things to happen to us because he wants us to learn and grow in Him. Maturity does not come easy. In situations like these, we know all things are working together for our good.

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Delays caused by the devil are everywhere. The good news however is if we choose to focus on God and do His will, we will come out victorious. We shall reap the fruits, if we do not faint.

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Now, here is the part I’m really interested in; delays caused by humans. Isn’t it funny really? Why on earth will I choose to delay myself? I know where I am going, I know what I need to get there, so why slow myself down? Sounds pretty easy but when we allow laziness and indiscipline to become the order of the day, we are causing ourselves delay. You know for some of us, all we need is discipline and the results will change rapidly.

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For those who feel they are no longer on the right path, I would say, the fact that you know there is a right and wrong path and you acknowledge that you are on the wrong path means a whole lot. Now, all you have to do is retrace your steps, ask the Holy Spirit for help and He will help you. He is our HELP!

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Think about it this way, we still have roughly two months before the end of this year, 8 weeks, 59 days, 1416 hours, 84960 minutes and 5097600 seconds approximately. You might say there is no time left, I say there is always time to do the right thing. No matter how little small an achievement is, it is way better than failure. To do something is always better than to do nothing.

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Let go of the fear and doubt, do the seemingly impossible things. Pick up your dreams and plan, make yourself proud, make your God proud, let people see you in the remaining days of this year and glorify God in heaven. I want someone to look back come December and thank God for the things they were able to do between November and December.

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It’s your life anyway, why settle for less?

May your ways be beautiful this November.

Happy New Month People!

Blessings.

Rejoice!

Beautifulllll People!

How have you been?

It’s been forever!
Yeah, I know too. Big hugs to everyone who checked up on me one way or the other while I was away. I love you all and I can’t tell you how grateful and thankful I am to have you in my life. God bless you more than you could ever ask or think.

Ah, the year is almost gone. We have roughly 10 more weeks to go. Has God been good or what? I don’t know about you but I’ve got loads of testimonies. God is indeed a good God. He is too faithful to fail!

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Let’s get down to this.

Read. Sing. Meditate. Enjoy.

BE GLAD

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
And ye that have made him your choice,
Bid sadness and sorrow depart.

Rejoice!…Rejoice!….
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!…
Rejoice!…Rejoice!….
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!..

Be joyful, for He is the Lord,
On earth and in heaven supreme;
He fashions and rules by His word;
The “Mighty” and “strong” to redeem.

What though in the conflict for right
Your enemies almost prevail!
God’s armies just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.

Though darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in song;
With harp and with organ and voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong!

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws. Those who belong to Christ have nailed their natural evil desires to His cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Then we won’t need to look for honors and popularity, which lead to jealousy and hard feelings.” – Galatians 5:22-26 (NLT)

Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about the fruit of the Spirit. For this write-up, I’ll dwell on JOY. I’ll define Joy as a source of happiness. Happiness is the emotion experienced when in a state of well being.

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‘Joy is that emotion that tickles your tickle box or makes your eyes bright and gleaming. Joy springs assurance in your being when your circumstances look bleak. Joy is the excitement of Jesus swelling up in your heart when there is no earthly reason to be excited. Joy is the confirmation in your soul that, whatever happens in life, Jesus is right beside you-giving you the strength you need for the journey. So when you begin to fret and cry, catch the joy!’ – Thelma Wells

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I  am dominantly melancholy by temperament. I find it difficult to pick a melancholic trait that i do not or did not exhibit at some point. I think the major weakness of a melancholy is the mood swings. One minute I can be happy and excited and ready to take on the world and the next, I just want to be all by myself. It’s not something melancholies can explain really. It’s just what it is. Sometimes this dark side can lead to depression. I mean this feeling of going down in a ditch and being helpless. When I was younger, I used to lay the blame on whoever was close  by. If anyone dared to talk about me negatively, it would become their fault if I chose to be angry and bitter and go without food for days.

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Years down the line, I’m a changed person. Christ is the difference between who I am and who I used to be. Do I still have mood swings? Yep. I’ve come a long way from where I was but I still go down to that ugly place. I still slip. I still struggle. You see, one mistake we make as Christians is to assume everything will be fine once we become born again. Knowledge is not power, knowledge utilized is. I can be a fire-spitting, tongue-speaking Christian and the devil will still be able to take me for a ride. The enemy will always use what you don’t know against you.

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Now I know having mood swings is as good as saying something along the lines of, ‘Hi Devil, kindly take the wheel, I’ll go wherever you go.’ Of course nobody will say that literally but when you refuse to take a hold of your emotions, you are saying just that. Happiness is a choice. Being joyful is a choice. It is allowing the spring within you to overflow. I may find myself in places I’d rather not be but ultimately, the choice to remain there is all mine. I can choose to remain there and enjoy my pity-party and I can choose to do something about the situation.

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Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.’ – Matt 12:33

We’ve all been in a place we’d rather not be, done things we’d rather not do. Here are two points that helped me. I know they can help anyone. I label them #HighlyRecommended. These are just mine, feel free to drop yours in the comment box. Let’s see how we can help one anothrr.

1)  Dig deep. Search the scriptures. Call it whatever you may. Just get hold of your bible and find out what it has to say about the situation.

* Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. Again, I will say, rejoice!- Philippians 4:4

I’m sure Paul and Timothy knew one or two people who were not always joyful in Philippi before they wrote this letter to the Philippians. Even when all around you seem dark and gloomy, rejoice!

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* ‘Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
and the fields yield no food;Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls- Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.’- Habakkuk 3:17-18

Did you get that? I will be joyful, regardless of my situation.

* ‘Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart….’-Deuteronomy 28:47

You either serve God or you don’t. If you must serve Him, you must be glad, doing it.

* ‘...Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’- Nehemiah 8:10

One of the downsides of mood swings is instability. One minute I’m full of passion and zeal, the next, I’m almost lifeless without fervor. I just lose interest in everything including things I love to do. The reason is not far-fetched. Our strength comes from the joy of the Lord, in us! When joy leaves, strength flees with it.

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Our Help In Ages Past.

 

 

 

 

Yayyynesss!!!

Hello People,

Ah, how have you been? Been a while here o, fault is all mine I know. Thank you for not giving up on me. This is for you, I saw it and couldn’t resist. Beautiful isn’t it?

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Yes, it’s another beautiful day in the awesome August. By the way, How has the month been? Trust me, there is always a reason to give thanks, if we care to look hard enough.

Let’s get down to it. I should warn you though, it promises to be a long ride. So grab a seat and some munchies wouldn’t be a bad idea too.

Read. Sing. Meditate. Enjoy.

 

Our Help In Ages Past

 

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.

 

Under the shadow of thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.

 

Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting thou art God,

To endless years the same.

 

A thousand ages in thy sight,

Are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.

 

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.

 

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Be thou our guard while life shall last,

And our eternal home.

 

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures, we might have hope.”- Romans 15:4

 

This topic has been on my mind for months now, I’ve just been too lazy to do something about it. Lately, I’ve been going through a lot of stuffs that to be sane through it all, I knew I had to look back at things God had done before, just to be sure he still got my back. I mean, it’s just a very thin line between faith and doubt. There are so many unanswered questions, so many what if’s, so many reasons to allow ourselves drown in unbelief. You know how you’ll be spitting scriptures one minute and the next you are thinking of a plan B, just in case. There are even times that plan B refuses to show up and we just worry rather than trust in the One who delights in wowing us.

The beautiful thing is even if you look back at your own life and think you’ve come this far all by yourself, I’m sure there’s yet a life that can convince you that there is a power, a force greater than life itself, greater than us. This ‘force’ is God. He is more than a power, He is more than a force, He is the only true and wise God, He is immortal, and invisible. I could go on and on but….I digress.

 

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So I’ve been dragging this particular issue for months now with my dad and really, I threw in the towel at a point. I mean why is it difficult for him to see things from my point of view too? My dad can be very difficult like that and yes, I can be very stubborn too, so you could call it, ‘clash of titans’. My mum (that woman ehn…) sat back and in my opinion, did nothing (Wasn’t she supposed to scream down her husband’s throat if it’ll make him see reason?) but advise me to pray. She would call me and start with the song, ‘I know my Redeemer lives’. I was always so angry. Whatever happened to ‘the violent taketh it by force?’ This dragged on for months and still I didn’t budge, neither did my dad. In the midst of all these, I couldn’t find a way to put it all into words and send a word of prayer up without feeling a tad guilty. I sulked, cried, gave him a piece of my mind etc

 

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“..In quietness and confidence shall be your strength..”-Isaiah 30:15

 

I’m learning.

August came and I was still bitter. I began to give God FYI prayer points. I was bitter and nothing happened. Why was it so difficult to then look up to the one with the answers? I really do not know. Then one day, something happened. I don’t know what it is but I started praying. First Sunday in church, I was crying while writing my prayer points but I wrote anyway and prayed. I started talking to God about the situation, I didn’t even pray the ‘let down the roof’ kind of prayers. It was just conversations. I knew what God wanted me to do and I did it and looked on. Somehow, I looked down memory lane and knew I was in for yet another surprise. Let me share some of them with you.

I remember being in the hospital for the first six months of my life, as skinny as they come (as told by mum), I remember having this leg injury that could have cost me a foot in Primary five, I think, I was in school for just four days in the whole term and still came 4th in the class. I remember my secondary school days, how God saw myself and my siblings through as Dear ma had to borrow money here and there to pay the fees. I remember making all my papers at once with enviable grades and then came admission into University which was drama all the way. I remember writing post Jamb, only to be told I scored zero because I didn’t fill a form so well. Did I cry that night or what? My aunty wouldn’t let me be though, she dragged me to Church that same night. You know God has a way of teaching us lessons in life but in the end, He comes through for us. I was not used to failure and that was a huge blow but the year after, I got admitted without itches. Don’t even get me started on my Uni days. I remember a particular day in my final year though, I had a minor issue with a Professor and she promised me I was not graduating that year. She told whoever cared to listen. I cried, pleaded and when nothing happened, I went home. I prayed for a while and when there was no strength left for prayer, I switched to Byron Cage’s ‘He is able to turn the table in my favour, He remains faithful to believe’. I sang it all through the night and even while preparing for school the next day. This same Professor came to meet me and told me I could go ahead with my project defence. Ah, tis a day I cannot forget. I could go on and on and on and I really want to but the conclusion remains the same, He is a faithful God!

 

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Like I mentioned earlier, even if you find it difficult to look in retrospect, take a look at the next person to you. It might be difficult to believe but trust me sugar, you aren’t going through something someone hasn’t gone through before.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it.”-1 Corinthians 10:13 The Message

 

Now, I know we may think ‘pushed past your limit’ as used above is relative. But if God does not know what you can take, then who does? If he cannot understand, who can? He formed you after all, He moulded you and gave you life, He knows you even better than you know yourself. He can do whatever He wishes, to and with you.

 

“…but the jar that he was forming didn’t turn out as he wished, so he kneaded it into a lump and started again. Then the Lord said: O Israel (Insert your name here) can’t I do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the  potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.”-Jeremiah 18:4-6 The Living Bible

 

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You know how they say, ‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have?’ Well, that’s to tell you you’ve not reached your limit yet, He will always make a way, He will always come through. The above verse in KJV says, ‘…He will also make a way of escape’. You know sometimes when things happen to us and we are talking about it later, we’ll say, ‘It happened, just like that.’ Well, I think that’s God’s way of saying, ‘you’ve reached your limit, this is my way of escape’.

“I knew you before you were formed within your mother’s womb, before you were born I sanctified you and appointed you as my spokesman to the world”-Jeremiah 1:8 The Living Bible

Here’s the beautiful part, whatever you are going through is for a larger purpose- A spokesman to the world!

 

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Haven’t we heard of couples that had a child after 20 or more years of marriage? I know one or two personally. Haven’t we read of students who stood for God, didn’t write a particular paper and came out with an A in the course? Haven’t we heard of women who got married after 50 years of age and still had issues post menopause? Don’t we all know a child born by a mother who was told would never have a child? Didn’t we read about Bartimaeus? Have we forgotten the woman with the issue of blood? You still remember the 5000 men that were fed? Enoch? Abraham? Abraham! What kind of man would serve a God who promised something only to fulfil it 25 years after?? 25 long years if you ask me. Abraham did. Little wonder God blessed him so much so that generations after, we all still want to be associated with Father Abraham. To think he was willing to sacrifice that same child just because God said so is something I find difficult to comprehend. Hannah? Joseph? Moses? The list is endless.

 

 

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“Do you see what this means-all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running-and never qui! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed-that exhilarating finish in and with God-he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”- Hebrews 12:1-3 The Message

 

These things do not happen so we can gather with the people and rejoice with them alone. No! These things happen so the day you find yourself in a similar situation, you’ll be reminded of the God that did it then and be encouraged that He can do yours as well. These people are our great cloud of witnesses. They are there to cheer us on. If God has done it before, He can definitely do it again.

 

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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”-Hebrews 13:8

 

 

Whenever you are tempted to consider the size of the problem and see if God can actually do it, throw in a word of faith. Do not focus on how big your problem is, rather focus on how big your God is. Remember Peter? Yep, the same Peter in Matthew 14. Dude was so sure of himself, after all, he was a disciple, a follower. He knew Jesus so well. He told Jesus to command him to walk on water and the master did. I can imagine him taking a step at a time with his gaze fixed on Jesus. As he took the first step and realised that contrary to popular opinion, it was possible to walk on water, he took the second step with his gaze still on Jesus. Then the wind came and the guy doubted Jesus’ ability. Who wouldn’t? We are talking about a storm when the guy was on water! He looked at something else other than Jesus and that minute fear crept in. That same minute, he began to sink.

 

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Truth is in life, things will always happen that will threaten our faith, things will happen that will cause of to entertain fear and doubt. The good part is when we find ourselves sinking, we can always cry out just like Peter did, ‘Lord, save me!’

“..And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on water. So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous (stormy, violent, strong, noisy), he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ and immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat., the wind ceased.”-Matthew 14:28-32

 

Jesus did not promise us a smooth ride without storms but we know with Him in the boat, we cannot sink. If you are walking toward Him to the best of your ability, He will see you through life’s unpredictable waters-but you must risk launching the boat. Just ask Peter! He will never leave us stranded, He is God, He cannot lie!

 

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In Hebrews 11, we are told that faith in God is being sure of what we hope for. That is the reality of the Christian life. We know whom we have believed in, even though we have never seen Him. Our hope is in Christ and because of that, it is a sure thing, a done deal.

Hope on its own has no power. I can hope to wake up one morning and be an American with all the attributes, but that hope would not serve me well. Hope depends on what it is linked to. Our hope in Christ is surer than anything we can see and experience on this earth and we arrive at that place through faith. Faith is a living thing, it is our lifestyle. It is a commitment to walk in the footsteps of Christ, not knowing what lies ahead, but knowing that He is with us, therefore we can take the next step. Our walk with Christ sometimes takes us through dark places where it seems as if the sun will never shine again, and we may feel abandoned. Faith calls us to live above what we feel to what we know to be true. Christ staked His life on the cross so we can walk as those before us and blaze a trail for those to come.

 

Oh, did I mention that my dad has calmed down? and when I thought it will be difficult to take a day off work to attend to some stuufs, our MD himself put a stop to the meeting that usually holds that day, I took the day off, did all I needed to do and guess what? The week after, we started the meeting again. So I can say God used the MD for me without me asking. It would have been really difficult getting the approval to be away but God just had to show me that he’s always before me, making ways even before I get there. Now, isn’t this God just sweet?

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?”-Jeremiah 32:27 KJV

 

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home!

 

Have a wonderful week people.

May the remaining days of August be awesome for you!

Lots of ♥♥♥

 

PS: I’m planning to start a new category, should be a weekly post titled: Tales of a soon-to-be-married Christian lady. Yeah, you guessed right. So, if you are like me and you feel the need to share some stuffs,  please inbox me at okunolabukky@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

Blessings all the way!

 

 

 

 

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

                                                                        

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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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