THANK YOU…

It’s been an awesome Journey of 28 days. My appreciation goes to God almighty for his strength and grace; and to all the special People who contributed to the success of this Challenge, I say a big THANK YOU…your feedback, suggestions & words of encouragement meant so much…I couldn’t have made it without them. My heartfelt desire is that more lives will be enriched through this medium.

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Here’s a recap of the 28-DAYS CHALLENGE:

  1. THE ADVANTAGE OF REFLECTIONS
  2. THE REALTESTAMENT
  3. THE WAITING SYNDROME
  4. A LESSON FROM THE WARD
  5. TO QUIT OR NOT TO QUIT?
  6. BALANCE
  7. PATIENCE IN FAITH
  8. “THE PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN”
  9. LE VOYAGE…
  10. NAUGHTINESS IN RETROSPECT
  11. ‘STOP BEING UNGRATEFUL’
  12. KINGDOM PEOPLE
  13. THE INNER STRUGGLE
  14. COMMITMENTPHOBIA
  15. …MORE LOVE
  16. PRIORITY SCALE
  17. “I STILL LOVE YOU”
  18. THE POWER OF POSITIVE CONFESSIONS.
  19. ZIBQUILLIYEREXA’S WORLD…
  20. QUESTION 101: GOD! WHY DO YOU FORSAKE?
  21. MY FATHER’S INSTRUCTION..
  22. HIS PLANS OVERRULE YOURS…
  23. READY YET?
  24. HOW HOT ARE YOU?
  25. WHAT LIES AHEAD?
  26. ESSENCE…
  27. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF
  28. THE BENEFIT OF OBSERVATION!

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SO WHAT’S NEXT?

There are still a number of pending articles from some amazing contributors that I hope to share. What I want to do is to publish at least two (2) of those new articles every weekend in March. I hope you’ll keep checking on this blog.

Remain blessed.

– Requ1ne.

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DAY 28: THE BENEFIT OF OBSERVATION!

You know ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree‘. This post is by my amazing Momma. She has been a great Teacher & Friend. Today she shares one of the ‘high-yield’ keys to success. Have a meaningful read.

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Have you ever fiddled with maybe your bunch of just three keys on a door keyhole or locked padlock for a seeming eternity in an effort to open a door without first attempting to pair a key with the keyhole shape or a key with the padlock name? Or have you ever bought a new gadget and instead of taking out the instruction manual and carefully going through it to learn how to use your gadget, you just go headlong and fiddle with the new gadget in trial and error until you get it right or even at times cause some damage to it? You are not alone! We all go through so much stress at times because we refuse to employ the power of observation in our daily living. I always wondered at the volume of stress I could save myself from if I learn to observe the people and things around me with keenness. I have come to realize that making a conscious effort to observe the world around me could give me a whole new outlook on life itself and also afford me a richer life experience .

What is observation anyway?
Observation is more than looking and seeing with the eyes. It involves the use of all our five senses of sight, taste, smell, hearing, touch and even more! It involves keeping all of our senses tuned up without failing to register what we perceive. It also involves directing questions to people or to our own minds.

Observation is required in all facets of human existence, be it research studies and investigations, or in human relationships and ordinary daily living. Just imagine this: time and again that my neighbor’s son had greeted me, I had to look askance because I never bothered to observe and register his face the first time I met him. Or how often have I stumbled on my feet because I did not take note of the small stone on my pathway?
God even told Joshua to observe to do all that is written in the Law. Hence without being careful enough to observe what the word of God says, we cannot even obey Him! Without careful observation, a surgeon will severe a most critical blood vessel and put his patient’s life in jeopardy! Readers, we must learn the art of keen observation!

How do we improve on our ability to observe?

1) Firstly, we must learn to look at people and things without the fear of being branded as ‘Mr. or Mrs. Lukman’, and that is even at the ordinary people and things in life.

2) One should always (whenever possible) ask other people or him/herself questions.

3) Be open minded, without bias against other people and their ideas.

4) Be open to new experiences and ideas with a sense of adventure and a willingness to learn the right thing.

5) Lastly but not the least, we must learn to be attentive and good listeners.

I will conclude by adding that ‘the ability to observe in addition to man’s unending imagination constitute the main basis for every human progress and man’s technological advancement’. The human baby starts learning from the cradle first by observation and then imitation. Isaac Newton discovered the laws of gravity by the observation of the ordinary fall of an ordinary apple from an ordinary apple tree. Determine to be a keen observer of your surroundings today!

God bless you!

Mary.

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Thank you for reading!

And that marks the end of this 28-day Journey. It’s been both Challenging & Amazing. Kudos to all the contributors, friends & readers. The ultimate Gratitude goes to God.

DAY 27: ENCOURAGE YOURSELF

Apostle as he is fondly called, is my wonderful friend and brother…one of the few people who makes SVG feel like home. In today’s post, he shares the touching story of ‘Bode’ & ‘Becky’. Read and be encouraged.

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*Yawn* It’s morning again! Mtcheww.. As he stretches his arms and gets out of bed, Bode tries to think back on when this chronic aversion and dislike for mornings began. Starting out as a young graduate, he had such bright hopes and dreams for the future. One way or the other those bright hopes had given way to depression and pessimism. His time-line of achievements was still drawn out and pasted on the wall in front of his bed. Once upon a time in what now seemed to be a million years ago, that time-line was a source of motivation but now it had become a sore reminder of how badly he was doing in life.
Church Is quite full today!” Becky thinks to herself while leading the congregation in worship, ” well, its thanksgiving Sunday, I hope these same people will be here when we start our monthly prayer and fasting“. Becky had been the worship leader at her local parish for the past 2 years and a member of the choir for as long as she could remember, dating back to her undergraduate years.
On her way home after service, she suddenly realized her birthday was in two weeks time. “27 years!, kai!” Her life was meant to be up and running by now, she would have imagined herself as a happily married career woman with at least one bowl of energy running around and sapping the little strength she had left after a day’s work. Instead she seemed to be spending most of her time in church nowadays as it seemed like the only other purposeful thing she could do apart from her ‘barely thriving’ bakery business. To think that she was a computer science graduate, one of those everyone was expecting great things out of while she was in school.
School was where she met Bode, an energetic funny and ambitious guy at the time, who swept her off her feet. It’s sad how he had become a symbol of all things depressing nowadays. 6 years without a job was beginning to have a full-blown effect on him and who is to say it wasn’t having an effect on her too!
Well I’m alive and healthy!” she blurted out, “God is not done with me yet, it’s only a matter of time, He is bringing me to an expected end, my expectations won’t be cut short!”. A smile suddenly begins to gain way from the sides of her mouth, the words continue to flow and all of a sudden, she isn’t depressed anymore. Who knew Pastor’s words about encouraging one’s self with God’s word would have such immediate application. And to think that she was dozing off at the early periods of the sermon. Thank God pastor’s wife didn’t notice, a few minutes of explanation thankfully avoided.
Bode knotted his tie, reluctantly picked up his office folder and headed out for the day while thanking his mum for breakfast. Still living with his parents at age 30 was not something he would wish for anyone talk less of himself. “God bless that woman for not getting tired of me“. His mum and Becky were the few sources of strength he had left at this stage and he needed all the strength he could get.
On leaving the compound, Bode tried to make a mental list of the places he wanted to drop his “C.V” after attending the interview at the accounting firm. In between all that, he was going to have to buy something for Becky’s birthday. “What to buy, what to buy, what to buy…where is the money gaan sef?” His loan requests to his mum were getting all too frequent. “Well, God will provide” he thought to himself. “He will supply my every need, the cattle upon a thousand hills is His, so He is wealthy enough to take care of me” Hmmnn“.. so what Becky said was true, he was suddenly feeling hopeful again for the first time in a long, long while. “This interview is gonna be the one!”.
Heb 11:3 describes how God created the world through His word (Jesus). Words are powerful tools given to use profit with. They can however be used negatively if not properly observed and guided and this is most often the case.
Isaiah 55:11 talks about how God’s word is an achiever that does not come back void. If we put it to use, it will always have an effect in our lives and in the lives of others. David found this out and was able to encourage himself in the Lord.
My simple word of encouragement to you is to speak not out of your situation but out of your position in Christ…It is written ” I believed, therefore I have spoken“. 2 cor 4:13

Zoe.

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Thank you for reading!

FINALLY, tomorrow (DAY 28) marks the end of this amazing Journey. And it’s a great honor to have my Mum share with us: THE BENEFIT OF OBSERVATION. Please do not miss it.

DAY 26: ESSENCE…

As usual, Dr. Mosope’s article is concise. Your ESSENCE is You. You may need to have your dictionary handy though…lol. Have a great read!

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It is time to use the lexicon. It always is good to know the meaning of words. I checked for the meaning of the word Essence and was pleasantly disappointed. I used to think that Essence is the reason for a thing or person existing, it turns out I was wrong. Essence is the thing (or Person) itself, the core part of it.

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I especially love one of the explanations I found, it says: Essence is the concentrated part of a plant or drug, the active part of it. Your essence is not the reason why you live, it is you living. Most times we fail to either realize or remember that everything we need for life is not around us but inside us. There is no need elucidating this one; If you have ever set a great goal and you achieved it, know that a greater thing lies inside of you. If you set a small one and achieved it, know that a greater thing lies inside You, even if you have never ventured to set a goal before, a greater thing still lies within. We have been wired so graciously that we can bring out something better than the last time, that is who we are.
It’s often said, and rightly too,that each of us has a genius in him. Our ingenuity is such that if we change our beliefs for good or bad, we can go all the way and be great in either direction. However, integral to any one’s success is the intrapersonal genius; the deep realization of who we are and are meant to be. An eagle ceases to live with hens the day it realizes who it is; a lion stops flocking with dogs just by coming to terms with its nature. Many challenges we have are just struggles against who we should be. Someone said that “simplicity is making peace with your complexity”. We have been made so that we can not achieve much apart from ourselves, apart from who we are meant to be. So, let us start the process of self realization this way, we were made for great and positive things; believe me this process is life long.

Here is my essence:I am Mosopé…

PS: In case you haven’t, kindly read his previous post: BALANCE

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Thank you for reading!

Please don’t miss tomorrow’s post (DAY 27) as Zoe shares the story of ‘Bode’ & ‘Becky’ in ENCOURAGE YOURSELF. See you then.

DAY 25: WHAT LIES AHEAD?

It’s IBK again in the house. In case you missed his previous article, kindly read https://eunicesmiles.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/day-2-the-realtestament/.

Today’s post is about Faith, Hope & the Future ahead of us. To have Hope is to have an expectation; To have Faith is to receive the Manifestation. Be blessed as you read.

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The end of one journey is always the beginning of another. It is never enough to achieve one goal and be satisfied when there are more plains to acquire. Change is painful. It always comes with a cost. It hurts to bear those costs but we can’t allow that to sway us. Tomorrow is a mystery. One which we must face with resolve and strength. We move forward, always forward and into the future. The moments left are to live and to hope… In Jesus, we have faith that the days ahead will be better than the days behind.

Many times when we seek from God, we do so on the basis of hope rather than faith. And that’s where we’re wrong. At first glance, we get the idea that that faith and hope are synonymous, but if we go deeper, we see the big difference. HOPE deals with things that are yet to come but FAITH is about what we’ve already received. Faith is proof. It is evidence and It is substance. It is The reality of the unseen. Hope says ‘I believe I’ll receive it someday but Faith says ‘Whoa! I have received it’. In hope, we may still retain a seed of doubt but with faith, we believe to the core that our very desire has already prevailed.

‘Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for…’ (Heb 11:1)

DEYEMI OLORIN.

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To get more from DEYEMI OLORIN, please visit http://www.reverbnation.com/deyemiolorin or like his Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/IbukunStringsAdeyemi.

Thank you for reading!

PS: Tomorrow’s post  (DAY 26) is again by someone I like to refer to as my Mentor…pls do not miss the Article on ESSENCE by Dr. Mosope.

DAY 24: HOW HOT ARE YOU?

Today’s post is by someone I have much admiration for. To put it simply, she writes with grace. It’s a great honor to have her share with us. Read & be blessed.

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I’m not a fan of cold mornings, especially when I have to get up early, like on weekdays, Sundays too. A cold Saturday morning? Perfect. I can snuggle under my blanket and cuddle my pillow as I catch a few more winks. However, I digress.

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Lately, there has been a lot of cold mornings. This morning is no exception. It’s been raining almost through out the night and I can still hear the intermittent ‘pitter-patter’ of rain drops on the roof.
Rolling out of bed is a chore all by itself. The blanket has refused to unwrap itself from my body. To make matters worse, I discover that one of my nostrils is “blocked”.
I shake the chill out of my bones and barely drag my semi-awake, stuffy-nosed, still-wrapped-in-a-blanket self, to the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee. I change my mind and decide to make a cup of honey and lemon tea instead.
So, I boil some water and pour it into a mug. I take one look at all the steam dancing from the mug, and I know the water is too hot to drink. Since I have no interest whatsoever in cooking my tongue, I add some cold water to the mug and carefully take a sip.
Next thing, I know is that I’m spraying water from my mouth into the sink. The water’s so lukewarm, it’s nauseating. I can’t remember tasting anything so confused in my life. Plus it tasted a little ‘funny’ too.
“Oho! Now you know what it’s like”, a voice in my head goes as I experience a “light bulb” moment. The portion of the bible that talks about Jesus “spewing” people out of His mouth because they are lukewarm flashes before my mind’s eye.
Well, well, well, talk about being convicted by a cup of (almost) tea.
I note it down mentally. Later in the day I consult my YouVersion bible app to do a little study. So here’s a little something I’d like to share. I’ll try not to make it boring I promise. Thanks.
In Revelations 3, from the 14th verse, God writes to the Church in Laodicea.
“14 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Laodicea write:These are the words of the Amen, the trusty and faithful and true Witness, the Origin and Beginning and Author of God’s creation:
15 I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!
16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth! (AMP)”
After reading that passage, I had to ask myself, “Young lady, How ‘hot’ are you?” Oh! the horror of being “spewed” because one is lukewarm. The hooooorrrror!
We may be talking fluent “christain-ese” and all. You know, talkin’ the church talk and doin’ the church walk. But we know it ain’t about that.
Who is a lukewarm christian? We hear church lingo like ” bring on fire/ burning/ ablaze for God”. What do these terms mean? How come the lukewarm Christians are the ones that get to be spewed? How about the cold Christians?
C. S. Lewis said, “A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither”
According to Francis Chan, here’s a check list to know if you’re a Lukewarm christian. (http://chrismarlow.me/2008/06/are-you-a-lukewarm-christian/).

However, there is something I’d like to lay a little emphasis on. It hit me Bam! In the (metaphorical) face when it was explained to me.
Here’s what verse 15-17 looks like in The Message translation
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“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.
You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.”
I just like that translation. So back to The King James Version:
“V16- So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
V17- Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Did you see why Jesus was going to spew them too? Because they said……(Vs 17)
So! The lukewarm Christians are also those who think they are all that. In other words, self righteous Christians.
Yes, we may have good works, and are actively working in God’s vineyard (more church lingo). But when we become satisfied with that and even begin to brag about it… what we do is dilute all that ‘hotness’ with some self-righteousness and voila…we turn into lukewarm, spewable christians.
I was reminded again that, “For by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Want to turn up the heat? Here’s how to. Jesus says, “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:18)

I’ll just end with this quote from Eric M. Pazdziora
“There’s hope. Jesus counts even the “lukewarm” people among “those whom I love”; otherwise He wouldn’t take the trouble to correct them. It’s never too late to repent and open the door to friendship with Christ. If you let Jesus sit down with you at your table, He’ll let you sit down with Him on His throne.”

Jemima.

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Thank you for reading!

Tomorrow’s post (DAY 25) is by my friend DEYEMI OLORIN…who you’ve also previously met, he’ll be sharing ”WHAT LIES AHEAD?” Pls do not miss it.

DAY 23: READY YET?

Another great post from my brother Oluwaseun, this time around he admonishes us to patiently wait on God to give us the go-ahead before taking that very important step. In short, we are not ready until God says we are. Be blessed as you read.

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Why the cry? I asked Lynda, and in return she gasped with raindrops of tears rolling down her eyes as she looked into my eyes wanting to give her reasons after much pestering. She was disappointed, humiliated and heart-broken by a fellow “Christian” brother and I captioned from her many words of anguish; “I thought he was a Christian, I thought he was spiritual, I thought God wanted me not to be yoked with unbelievers, was it wrong to give my all to a child of God?”, these amidst all that happened she narrated to me as I compassionately sat down to give her my ears.

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All she told me was quite similar to my own experience too, you wanna know? Oops! I really don’t have all that time now, perhaps some other time or if you place a request on that (smiles). Jokes apart, I also had a recent experience and here’s the summary…we both thought we had come of age and were now spiritual enough to present to God what I call a ‘budget partner’ (someone we got attracted to one way or the other) and seek his face for approval. Then we started getting close to such person, giving him/her access to our lives and calling them “hopefuls” or perhaps our ”inamorato/inamorata”, if you say you’ve not been there, well I have! *winks*.

Anyway back to the matter, I calmed Lynda down and shared with her the counsel ‘The COMFORTER’ gave me during my own crisis. I will like to share similar thoughts with you.

We are humans and at a point or the other in our lives we tend to have different needs, one of which is the need of being loved by ‘Homo sapiens’ like ourselves and most especially by a “special” opposite sex. We have and will still listen to sermons on choosing the right partner, many of which (and will) clearly state out- 2 Cor 6:14 “be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers…”, meaning, whoever wants the right partner must choose a fellow believer; In reaction to that we have this notion that the lucky one must be a Christian, hence we watch out for the brother or sister of our dreams within the Christian group at different meetings waiting to hear from God and at the slightest glimpse of one that gets our attention, we tend to start asking God if he/she is the messiah we’ve being hoping for or if we are to wait for another. We forget the scriptures at such moments and get carried away by emotions as we start getting intimate with the brother/sister in question. We get heart-broken when this person disappoints us or misbehaves, we feel foolish too and at other times cast aspersions on God…with all other allegations, disregarding our flaws of disobedience, impatience and lust. We are allowed to be disappointed by God because of these subtle reasons.

Are you in a relationship? Take a mental break and query yourself with this question, what led me into this relationship in the first place? Was it God, friends, compulsion, lust or impatience?

We want the best but are often unwilling to follow the best way of getting it. Hear the ‘lover-boy’ in the bible suggesting the best way: oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem, don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe and you are ready”. Songs of Solomon 8:4 (MSG).

So, be patient bro, calm down sis…till you are ready! Stop being in haste about this matter. Did I just hear you say “I will be 28 this year, I am getting old, I have a degree, a good job, I have listened to tapes, read books and gone for several seminars on marriage, therefore I am ready my friend”? Wrong! You don’t determine your readiness, God does. Until you are ready for God’s directives/instructions you are not ready for a marital relationship. That life-partner of your dreams is a gift only God can give you.

So dear friend, stop trying to help God, stop trying to fast forward the show, spend your now learning how to hear from God and, how to obey him promptly, for this is the actual readiness needed for the game of love you are craving. Stop giving God a ‘budget partner’ and start giving God your attention because until God gets your attention he will not speak to you. Choose today to be ready first.

Shalom.

Abegunde Oluwaseun Samuel

www.facebook.com/barrysome

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Thank you for reading!

PS: In case you missed his previous post, kindly check>>> https://eunicesmiles.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/day-3-the-waiting-syndrome/

Tomorrow’s post (DAY 24) will feature another awesome blogger I have much admiration for –> JEMIMA, in the article: HOW HOT ARE YOU? Pls do not miss it.

DAY 22: HIS PLANS OVERRULE YOURS…

Today’s post is by someone who inspires me a lot. His ability to combine his creative writing skills with studying medicine is what really gave me the courage to start this blog. This is his story, and it points out that God’s plans are always superior to ours. Read and be blessed.

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I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give the future you hope for. – Jer 29:11 MSG

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Earlier this week, while going through the archives of documents I had at home, I found some very old ones that dated back to 2007, immediately post-secondary school. I saw my application for admission to Osun State University to study Medicine. I had 73% and the cut-off was 50 and was told to come for another interview after which I was denied admission.
I also found another set of documents relating to my one year sojourn and the beautiful Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) where I had also applied for Medicine and was admitted for Chemistry which I studied for one year. During my one year stay I met people I did better than in both UME and post-UME studying medicine and I was aggrieved.
At both points I wanted to be admitted for medicine in these institutions in 2007 but my efforts were frustrated. I thought I had it all, the requirements, the connections but every one of them failed. It just was not enough. The following year, 2008, the admission to the University of Ilorin for Medicine came on a platter of gold, without the sweat and efforts I had put in the previous year. I was happy to be admitted for medicine but sad to have lost a year when I could have easily been admitted in 2007 in any of the above institutions.
Six and half years down the line after intense and rigorous medical training at the “better by far” University of Ilorin, I finished my final exams 2 weeks ago and currently awaiting results. During, the course of my stay, news filtered in that some schools were having challenges with accreditation, and as such their students had experienced a delay. Thankfully University if Ilorin was not affected by this, but the 2 aforementioned schools were involved. Osun State University’s medical school has ceased to exist and had to ship out their students to Ukraine after unsuccessful attempts at obtaining accreditation. Medical students of LAUTECH have had significant delays due to accreditation, strikes and all.
It dawned on me that the time I thought I would be saving If I’d gotten admitted into any of those schools would have been lost by now. Despite my earnest desire, God had better plans for me than I did for myself. I would be nowhere close to writing my final exams if I had gotten what I wanted, in the way I wanted it.
At some points in our lives, when God seems to deny us the good things we desire, we can be sure that its not because we do not deserve them, but because His own plans overrule ours and his plans are ALWAYS perfect. Its not so easy walking in the dark with God when you can’t see where you are going and the paths are unfamiliar; at this point we should have peace that He who is holding our hands knows the end from the beginning.
Learn to trust God through the dark tunnels of your life, and at the end of the tunnel, you’ll see your beautiful destination and the storms he used the tunnel to shield you from.

I conclude with this, are you going through hard times in your academics, relationships, work or any other aspect of your life? Are your perfect plans seemingly giving way for the unexpected? If your life is totally sold out to God, just take a seat as a spectator in what God plans to fashion out of the challenges.
God doesn’t want good things for us, HE wants the best things for us!

Damilola Ogunsina

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Thank you for reading!

To read more from Dami, please visit ADROITMEDIC’S BLOG @ https://medicospiritual.wordpress.com

Tomorrow’s post (DAY 23) is by my brother, Oluwaseun who you’ve already met. Pls do not miss reading Ready yet?. Have a great Sunday!

DAY 21: MY FATHER’S INSTRUCTION..

With a plate of Jollof rice garnished with gizzard & plantain in one hand, and a cup of cold water in the other, I happily jumped into my bed. It had been a long week. Thank God for Friday nights…studying was contraindicated. My laptop was in front of me, Season 2 of ”Sister, Sister” playing via YouTube. Tia & Tamera were amazing, and I enjoyed watching the series. My phone buzzed, I had a new BBM notification. Absentmindedly, with my eyes still glued to my laptop screen, I reached for my phone. Then the inevitable happened. A collision occurred. It was a jolly mess on my favorite ‘light blue’ patterned bed-sheet. I had spilled my dinner. That was the third time that week. What was wrong with me anyway?

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Growing up in my teen years, I recall my dad stressing it repeatedly, DO NOT EAT IN THE BEDROOM.
And of all my siblings, I was the chief culprit, I couldn’t resist the temptation. Till date, my bed serves a multifunctional purpose, it’s used for sleeping, studying, praying, eating and more. I enjoy its privacy & convenience.
Eating in bed is particularly fun because I find it easy to chat, read  or watch movies at the same time. However, there is a challenge that comes with it, the risk of SPILLAGE. Nothing is as awkward as having your bed-sheet soiled with traces of sauce and other food particles. I’ve had the experience multiple times and it isn’t pleasant. Whenever it happens, I feel sober for a couple of minutes, berate myself and try to salvage the situation. Unfortunately, that doesn’t break the cycle because at the next available opportunity I’m there on my bed eating.
From such experiences, I’m reminded that simple obedience to my Father’s Instruction would prevent me from the unnecessary stress . Looking back now, I believe my dad had good reasons to ask us not to indulge in that habit. One of these days, I plan to ask him.

THE LESSON:
It is the same with many Christians today, some of us have a ‘Whatever’ attitude towards divine instructions. We often go ahead to do whatever is convenient for us without minding the outcome. It’s so easy to be slothful, to gossip, slander, grumble, and tell lies among other common vices. These all have repercussions, sometimes significant enough to leave scars that can mar our future.
Whenever God instructs us and we fail to comply, there are consequences. It is true that we can always ask for forgiveness, but ”shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1)
Like Stephen R. Covey beautifully puts it, we are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.

Requ1ne.

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Tomorrow’s post (DAY 22) is by someone I consider a model, because of him, I was able to take a bold step of faith into blogging. ‘HIS PLANS OVERRULE YOURS’ is what he’ll be sharing with us. Pls do not miss it.

DAY 20: QUESTION 101: GOD! WHY DO YOU FORSAKE?

Today’s writer is someone I’ve known and come to admire over the years. He is the author of THE OPPORTUNITY LENS…a book that inspires its readers to move from where they are to where they should be. In this write-up, he reassures us that no matter what we feel or face, God doesn’t forsake. ********************************************************* As my Savior remained glued to the cross, with his body showing gory patterns inflicted by evil lieutenants, his hands and feet voluntarily letting out blood as if from a leaky roof during a torrential downpour and garbed with a cloth that barely covered his nakedness-I spotted a transition. the cross A transition that is so easily unnoticed and I wondered: why doesn’t God just make things clear enough? As human, I’m inclined to not noticing, because spiritual things have to be REVEALED. But I noticed this.. When a certain thief who as far as we know was suffering legally asked Jesus to remember him in his kingdom, Jesus answered emphatically like a boy who knows his dad- “Today, you shall reign with me in my kingdom” He sounded full of confidence as he muttered ‘MY KINGDOM’ Not too long after that assertion, Jesus cried, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?”my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? One who was sure he had a kingdom shouldn’t be crying of neglect but Jesus did. However, God didn’t respond. Heaven was on a self imposed restraint not to interfere with history. I direly pray for such restraining ability. To be able to restrain from anger, criticizing and unnecessarily judging others. Come to think of it, if he truly knew he had a kingdom, why did he feel forsaken? The thought of that should have strengthened him I think—-it just didn’t. Sometimes, “The thought of the truth we know about God and his promises to us doesn’t stop us from thinking otherwise especially when faced with a challenge”. Perhaps you know what God says about supplying your needs yet you’re in abject lack. You just might feel forsaken like Jesus felt even though you know you have a kingdom. People say God-the father left his son because he was carrying our sins. How come he was able to faithfully and confidently promise heaven to a man like him, even in that state? Truth is, God was with him every step of the way. So, which would you rather stick to? The feeling of being forsaken or the fact that God will have it all worked out? Although felt forsaken Jesus stuck to the belief that he had a kingdom and was sure he’ll overcome despite the prevailing agony. You should choose that pal, and say like Jesus…………..Father into your hands I commit my spirit. Don’t shut out your feelings but don’t be ruled by them. You’ll overcome. God doesn’t forsake. – Ajomole Kayode ************************************************** To read more inspiring write-ups from Bishop Kay, kindly visit http://www.decounsellor.com Thank you for reading! PS: For Tomorrow’s Post (DAY 21), I will be sharing My Father’s Instruction…pls don’t miss it.