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Count my blessings

The first real smile that lifted my puffy cheeks
It took the night breeze to do that
I felt really glad to sleep outside just in that moment
Almost immediately, my chest gripped tight
Goosebumps broke out on my skin
What was happening?…..

The night sky was so perfect

The stars were beautifully fitted into the sky

Shining so bright, my lantern seemed almost useless

Why was the sky so perfect yet my life a jumbled mess?

Tears formed in my eyes and I shut them tightly

No one needed to know my hurt, to see my tears

I felt the cool breeze caress my cheek

And I smiled….

That was the most love I had felt in a while

The first real smile that lifted my puffy cheeks

It took the night breeze to do that

I felt really glad to sleep outside just in that moment

Almost immediately, my chest gripped tight

Goosebumps broke out on my skin

What was happening?

It was like I was suddenly thrust in a mountain of snow

Flashes of how I was saved from armed robbers crossed my mind

Something was caught in my throat

I could not swallow

Flashes of the kind lady who insisted on feeding me three meals a day reflected so vividly

I grabbed hard at the grass

Flashes of the kind driver who dropped me at my work every morning without charge came in mind too

My head felt like exploding into a million pieces

I had clothes on my back

I was never ill

I did not struggle for food

The images of how blessed I in fact was, came rushing into my mind

I let the tears that initially wanted to come out flow freely

But this time, I cried in thanksgiving

My body shook with sobs

My ungratefulness would have been the death of me

I got on my knees and screamed

I WOULD COUNT MY BLESSINGS

I screamed

NO MORE UNGRATEFULNESS

I screamed

THANK YOU AWESOME FATHER

I screamed and screamed till I could scream no more

Till today, I unfriended and unfollowed ungratefulness

Thanksgiving is my new bestie

And screaming out in gratitude, no matter the circumstances, is my new hobby

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REVIVED

She so loved working for her saviour

It gave her joy and happiness and peace

In His presence was the only place she felt at home

After all, that was how it should be

But then she snapped

She used to love going to church early

Cleaning the chairs,

Sweeping the floors and doing the decor

Not a Sunday went by without her lovely presence

Having graced the small building where fellowship took place

She went from cleaning to protocol

Making sure all went well in church.

First timers and new converts were carefully attended to

Everyone present felt comfortable

And nothing bypassed her watchful eyes

She so loved working for her saviour

It gave her joy and happiness and peace

In His presence was the only place she felt at home

After all, that was how it should be

But then she snapped

Being taken away from her comfort zone

Away from the only place she felt she could serve

Tore something out of her.

Of course she still went to church

But this time, was in a hurry to leave

She stopped cleaning chairs and sweeping floors

She just sat there and watched others do that

She watched others enjoy the blessings

Yet was not moved to partake in her previous joy

Sure she loved the services and the song ministrations

But there was something missing

She knew because it was the first time she felt that way

Then she figured it out

Kingdom stewardship

That was supposed to feel her with joy yeah?

But no, it did not

Rather, it made things worse than ever

There was no pull to engage

She tried, she started

But there was still something missing

She could not figure it out.

She spent day after day listening to her saviour’s inspired songs

Hour after hour

Still nothing

The thought of giving up crossed her mind

But her spirit would not let her

She would not suffer eternal damnation

It was not her destiny

But then she could not go to church anymore

She began to feel unworthy in His presence

Guilt and depression flooded her soul

She would feel so empty

No one to talk to about it all

No one perfectly understood her except Him

Yet, His voice could she hear no more

So, she tried to do it by her own might

Sadly forgetting that it is not and will never be

By her own might or power

But by His Spirit, which she still had but did not feel anymore

So she dived into spiritual books

Finding understanding but not quite knowing how to engage

Then one day

One Sunday morning, like the ones she had now

She did not go to church

But had a somewhat strange inspiration

To read a book in the Holy book

A book she had always intentionally skipped

For reasons only known to her

She did read

And read

And read

And then she found it

Revelations 2:4-5

It was like her saviour was talking to her

And so she listened,

And understood

Happiness flooded her soul

She prayed and finally knew

The last piece that was missing

And vowed to put it into work

To make sure she will never lose her connection

Her connection to her saviour again

For to her, it was a terrible thing

And she promises to remember her first love

And from where she fell

And to do her first works

So that first bond broken by her carelessness

Would hopefully be restored

And she can have her eternal peace, joy and happiness.

 

 

 

The reality of God

Listening to the radio on the way to work today,
The presenter says, “Hey, do you guys think there’s someone up there controlling things down here?”
And I go like, “Huh?”
Hahahahaha!!!

Listening to the radio on the way to work today,

The presenter says, “Hey, do you guys think there’s someone up there controlling things down here?”

And I go like, “Huh?”

Hahahahaha!!!

And then I was reminded of this piece I’ve been working on

I think it was a sign from God to post it😊

Anyways……. here we go

Why God?

The feeling that there’s something out there that controls the universe

That the “thing” controls who gets what

Who fails, who succeeds?

Having the very evidence of God yet failing to call it as it is

Believing in the wind which we can’t see

Yet see the evidence of its existence through the waves of destruction in its wake

Or its gentle caress on the tenderness of our skin

Why the various controversies about a God we can’t see either?

Yet the evidences of His existence are mind-blowing

The healings, the breakthroughs, the miracles….?

What’s the difference?

You know, you can actually be so close to Him in your relationship with God

That sometimes you feel His presence around you,

Sooo intimately… mmmmm

Just like when you feel the wind brush past you.

Knowing there’s a gap in your soul that needs filling

Yet refusing to believe in the very thing you already acknowledge.

There’s nothing bigger out there than God

There’s a God. Period.

There’s a mystery to it, yes

But so is everything in this world

Acknowledging something and believing it are two different things

God is God

Alpha, Omega, Beginning, End….

He’s it all.

I sought for more insight from great minds too

Here’s what they have to say

Pastor George Babafemi, Founder of BacktoBaze.

There are different levels of understanding by different people. Some believe in the truth of science, others believe in being born again forever. Some are confused because of certain mysteries the Bible did not unravel completely. But here’s the thing: God allows man to think whatever they want to. There is no vacuum in the mind; you either believe in God, or the devil fills up your mind for you. Most people attribute God to faith or not seeing Him. And so because He is not seen, it is difficult to believe in His existence.

Collins Harry Chamba, Author

This subject has been encapsulated in scriptures, as part of the end time prophecy, where people will be ashamed of the gospel and not want to acknowledge God but attribute the goodness of life to something somewhere. I categorize these people in three parts:

⁃ Celebrity authorities : These ones are stuck in the middle, not wanting to be attached to religion for the fact that it could affect their fan base or audience ratings may decline. It is still however an outright denial of Jesus. They are carnal Christians.

⁃ Secular people: Outright refusal to acknowledge Jesus so as not to lose popularity or “respect “

⁃ Evil people: These live for the devil and his kingdom.

All these notwithstanding, God will judge them. This subject however, is scriptural confirmation of happenings in the end time.

Mr and Mrs Babatunde

Winners Chapel International, Nigeria

Such people can be a variance of atheists who probably have an inability to see that the goodness of life is in fact the Hand of God. They are blind to the personality of God and have not been brought to His revelation. An encounter with God is something never to be forgotten so perhaps such people are yet to experience it, or are proud, ignorant or just ashamed. You cannot serve a God you do not know. Our advice is to pray for people like that for their eyes of understanding to be opened to the reality of God.

These are the thoughts of some great minds, both of the young and younger generation, lol.

Please comment your thoughts on this much talked about subject.

Cries of an African Mother: Breast Cancer Awareness.

Her beautiful boy would be denied the chance
Of suckling at his mother’s breasts
How unfair this dilemma is

Salty tears flooded her eyes

And came rushing down her cheeks

Her vision was blurred

As she listened to the evil-looking doctor

To her, he just became her enemy

Breaking such devastating news to her at such a time

“Breast cancer?? No!”, she screamed.

Not to me, not to me”, she cried in pain

“Not physical pain, but with all emotion she could gather.

Her beautiful boy would be denied the chance

Of suckling at his mother’s breasts

How unfair this dilemma is

She looks down at the baby in her arms

Overwhelmed with sorrow at the news

But filled with extreme joy at the wonderful gift

Cuddled in her plump arms

She started to sing

A song that will forever be remembered by her beautiful boy

“Baby little boy don’t cry,

Baby little boy don’t cry,

I love you, you love me,

Baby little boy don’t cry.”

She kissed his forehead and her tears fell on his face

He felt the trickle on his face and let out a cute yawn

He opened his big eyes and smiled a toothless smile

Oblivious to what was going on with her

It pulled on the heart strings of his mother

And gave her all the strength she needed to fight this enemy

She won’t give up, for her beautiful boy’s sake.

This piece is dedicated to all women out there battling with breast cancer and families of women with breast cancer who have to deal with the emotional and physical pain of this disease. There’s a God out there who is our Physician, our Healer and who is committed to our total healing and health.

“For the sake of His great name, the Lord will not reject you, because He was pleased to make you His own”

— 1 Samuel 12:22

“I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway!

I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips.

May they have abundant peace, both near and far,”

says the lord, who heals them.”

— Isaiah 57:18-19

“I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be strong and May your heart be stout; wait on the Lord.”

— Psalm 57:13-14

Struck by lyrics

So many times I’ve sang this song
So many times I’ve been moved to tears by its lyrics
You know the feeling? Yeah, that exact one, hahaha.
Yet today, something seemed off

Tasha Cobbs

“For your glory

I would do anything

Just to see you

To behold you as my King

I wanna be where you are”

So many times I’ve sang this song

So many times I’ve been moved to tears by its lyrics

You know the feeling? Yeah, that exact one, hahaha.

Yet today, something seemed off

I wasn’t even listening to it

The song just dropped in my spirit and I was humming

All of a sudden, I felt judged

No no, not by the song

But by my very conscience

“I would do anything for Your glory”??

Oh jeez!

Like how many times have I flatly disobeyed God?

How many times have I had a mental debate:

“Nah it wasn’t God speaking to me,

I just thought about it myself”.

How many times have I retreated out of fear?

Out of no love? Or in the name of I don’t have?

No! Those lyrics have been a lie in my life.

But have they?

Could they be me affirming to myself

That I would try to do anything for His glory?

I’ve no idea

But this came to me for a reason

And I believe it was to prompt me to put in more action

Live out on a limp

Doing anything and everything for His glory

Have you ever heard that song?

Sang it yourself?

Were you lying or affirming?

Is it time to take action?

I’m hopping on the action train

The “For His Glory” train

Let’s go??

Grace: Price or Prize?

What if grace came with a price?
Do good + act right = grace abundant!

Looking down on my phone screen,

I was excitedly replying a WhatsApp message.

My excitement did not last too long

As I heard a string of insults being hurled at someone.

I lifted my head in shock, temporarily startled.

No one should be called such words.

I had lifted my head just in time

To see the author of those less than appropriate words

It was the conductor of the bus I was in.

Oh jeez! I rubbed my temples as I felt a headache coming in

Apparently, it was one of those near collisions that occur in traffic.

Probably he thought hurling insults was the best way to go.

I was saddened by his reaction to the other driver.

As I looked on, the subject of grace dropped in my heart

I imagined a scenario where this man

Could have been slain the minute those words rolled out

Or that our bus could have crashed,

In response to his verbal abuse which was uncalled for.

Then I was immediately calmed in my spirit

With the thought that our actions do not guarantee the grace of God on our lives.

It’s not by our might or our power that we live

It’s by His spirit

It’s by His grace

Romans 3:20 For no one can ever be made right with God,

By doing what the law commands.

The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

Romans 3:22 We are made right with God,

By placing our faith in Jesus Christ.

And this is true for everyone who believes,

No matter who we are.

God’s grace is free and undeserved

God’s grace builds us up

God’s grace gives freedom

But then I contemplated, this should not be a cause to take our actions for granted.

As children of God, Grace comes as a prize

It’s sort of comes with our newness in Christ

What if grace came with a price?

Do good + act right = grace abundant!

Would there be as many crimes as there are now?

Would people hurt others like they do now?

Would mistakes be made intentionally in the name of grace?

I wondered at this

But that’s not what Jesus came for

He paid the ultimate price, through death.

I believe accepting and respecting that fact

With a sense of repentance and humility

Harnesses the bad in our nature.

Working towards a reflection of Christ,

Honors the prize of grace in our lives,

Whilst acknowledging the price that was paid.

Basking in the abundance of His grace

Live, speak, act right, based on His standards

As evidence of love and appreciation

It’s about all we can do.

First Day at Work- National Service

For those who have no idea what national service is
It is a year that every university graduate dedicates
To contributing his or her quota to Mother Ghana
And mine happened to begin yesterday
2nd of September 2019

For those who have no idea what national service is

It is a year that every university graduate dedicates

To contributing his or her quota of knowledge to Mother Ghana

And mine happened to begin yesterday

2nd of September 2019

A memorable day indeed.

So, the night before that, my nerves were skyrocketing

I was pacing up and down, trying to calm down

A dear friend called and “tried” to calm me down

It worked a little…..

Fast forward, Monday morning

Up by 4:30am and out of the house by 5:45am

Got to work by 7:20am and prayed

“Lord, please let this day go awesomely awesome.”

And trust me, it was!

The whole day was great

Nice colleagues, very interesting, I must say.

Got conversant with the whole work schedule

And my boss is the best, always smiling and very friendly

God answered me!

Fast forward to close of the day.

I was out of the office by 6pm.

And the highlight of the evening,

I made a new friend in the weirdest way.

I hardly talk to people in a bus, owing to my introverted nature

But one this particular occasion, I had to.

My reason being this:

I was in a hurry home, trying to safely cross the road

Not doing a very good job at it

This person was so kind to me

And helped me cross the road

Little did we know, we were headed to the same bus

And lived in the same area of the next town

I rushed to the bus and fortunately took the last seat

I looked back and saw that he was headed to the same bus

I was crushed, yet glued to my seat

Fortunately, the bus conductor gave him his seat

I felt guilty and relieved at the same time

He nearly lost his seat which he could have saved

If only he didn’t help me cross the road

So I did something out of my comfort zone

I said hello, thanked him for helping me out

And apologized for taking his seat

He shot me a wide smile and said not to worry

I was glad.

We struck up a lovely conversation

Exchanged contact information

And let’s just say

I hope we become good friends

My day was great, and I’m glad

For someone who likes to be indoors a lot

My first day outside my comfort work zone was good!

For my fellow service personnel who had bad first days

Cheer up! You can change the rest of the year

Speak positively into your day

Keep a smile on as much as possible

And serve wherever you are, wholeheartedly!

My friendship testimony

I made a unique request to Father
“Daddy God”, I prayed
“Please send the kind of friends You want me to have, my way”
“I need them”.

At the end of last year

I was a mess

With my friendships especially

I had people around me

To laugh with and chill with and more

But something was missing

No offense to all the amazing people I know

I just knew I was missing out on more

No, it wasn’t closeness

It wasn’t more friends

And it definitely wasn’t the people to hang out with

So at the crossover night at church

Getting set for the year of DOMINION

I made a unique request to Father

“Daddy God”, I prayed

“Please send the kind of friends You want me to have, my way”

“I need them”.

And then somewhere in June

I realized Daddy God had answered my prayer

I had come across some people who have been a blessing

Not just any kind of blessing

But they filled in what I had felt I was missing out on

I felt love like never before

I felt truth and transparency

I found in them motivators

People who could see in me what I couldn’t

People who were totally blunt with my faults

Yet lent a shoulder to cry on, as I tackled those faults

People who understood my mistakes and helped me through

People who laughed and cried and celebrated with me

People who never judged me

I’ve never felt “less than” with them

I’ve never felt insignificant to them

And that glorious day I realized this

I shed tears in thanksgiving to Daddy God

And I vowed to love these people even more

And now my prayer for you

Is that you encounter such people in your life

People who complement you undeniably

People who make you feel more

And people who drive you towards Jesus

That’s the most important one of all

And just to remind you

If you feel the same way I did last year

Concerning your friendships and relationships

Nothing is too insignificant for God about you

He cares about your friendships

Take it to Him in prayer

And He will surprise you like He did me.

And whilst you wait for such people to come your way

Learn to be a selfless friend too

After all, as the saying goes

You attract what or who you are.

The Blame Syndrome

No doubt most of us have been battling this syndrome for years
Why aren’t doctors looking to cure it, I wonder
Should it be left to pastors and prophets, I ponder
I laugh at the irony

No doubt most of us have been battling this syndrome for years

Why aren’t doctors looking to cure it, I wonder

Should it be left to pastors and prophets, I ponder

I laugh at the irony

A syndrome with no cure

No records of billions being poured into research

Seemingly, no one is actually bothered by it

I wonder why

Then I’m triggered to find that out

As far back as the time of creation

Grandpa Adam and Grandma Eve

Dabbled in the game of blame

With the devil as the game runner

The creation story is mostly spun around

With the mission of relaying the entry of sin into a perfect world

What of the entry of the blame syndrome?

It is vastly overlooked and in most cases, grossly ignored!

Children blame parents for their ugly attitudes

When the Bible commands to honor them

Parents blame children for disrespectful behavior

When the Bible states “spare the rod and spoil the child”

Wives blame husbands for their insubordination

When the Bible clearly states it is they who must be submissive

Husbands blame wives for their own love exhaustion

When the Bible commands them to love, with no expiry date

Employees blame employers for job stagnation

When the Bible says diligence in business will cause you to stand before presidents

Oh come on!

The blame syndrome is everywhere!

Starts at a young age and when not checked, sticks with humans like a bad case of cold

We are responsible for our own actions in case we forget

Just like Grandpa Adam and Grandma Eve

They took responsibility for their actions

A syndrome is a pattern of symptoms resulting in a disease

Let’s take a look at what happens when blame is coupled with anger

And then with envy and jealousy and malice

Blame is siblings with the results of our sinful nature

Galatians 5:19-21 lines them up

Oops…. getting the picture?

Now let’s take inventory

Who are you blaming for your failures?

Who are you blaming for your stagnation?

Who are you blaming for your unpleasant situation?

Who is at the mercy of your blameful tongue?

Let’s think about this to cure our blameful minds

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil”

2 Corinthians 5:10

Not forgetting that….

“For each will have to bear his own load” Galatians 6:5

Let’s endeavor, very consciously, not to take part in this blame game

Because the end thereof is…….?

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