Dreams

 

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I remember a chat with an acquaintance of my flatmate who came on visit some years back. I mentioned a certain dream and she whined, “You have stolen my dream, I have the same dream.” I just smiled.

Well, the kind of dream you have is not peculiar to you, many people have similar dreams. And that doesn’t mean they steal it from you. Think about it self, how can a person you don’t know from Adam steal your dream?

But as each person is unique so is his dream even if it is similar to another’s. You want to be a renown songwriter? So many others have that vision too or are already. You want to speak around the world? You are not alone in that thought. Just know that no matter how many similar dreams there are, the content of each dream is unique.


©2016, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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This Man That I Know

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He is a Priest,
He is a King,
And He is the Lord,
This man that I know.

He made a big sacrifice for the whole world,
With His own flesh and blood,
So that sin will no longer have a hold
On as many who accept Him,
And so that they may be made right with God
And become His children.

He is a warrior who never loses any battle.
He breaks heads and fills lands with corpses.
He fights for the cause of His own,
And yes, He will rule and reign forever–
This man that I know.


©2016, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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BE YOU

Be You

Don’t strive to be who you are not just to please people. You will eventually get enervated from pretending and ache to return to you. Why, because it hurts to not be you.

Look at it this way, whether you are you or not, some people will still form hurtful opinions about you, cook up stories about you and choose not to see whatever good you do. So why not just be you instead of going though the hell (yes, it is hell) of being who you are not?

Being you might gore some poeople’s ox, but that won’t be your problem but theirs so far you is not a sin. Anyone affected by your being yourself has issues and should deal with it. Be you.

PS: The you here is not condoning personal issues you need to work on.


©2016, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Speak Life Over Your Children

I just now remember told us about a wife of one of her older cousins, Iya Segun. Iya Segun used to sing for her son, Boda Segun, when he was a toddler like this:

“Segun a di lawyer lola o.
“Segun a di doctor lola o.”
“Segun will become a lawyer tomorrow.
“Segun will become a doctor tomorrow”

Boda Segun did not grow up to become a lawyer or a doctor, but he grew up to be a success in his chosen field. Will I even recognise the *boda if I see him today? I might, and might not. It’s been so long I saw him last.

My point? Parents, speak life over your children, even if they could frustrate sometimes. Bless them and do not curse. Speak life over them, you’ll see the dividends of those words eventually.

*Boda–a corrupt way of saying brother in Yoruba.


©2016, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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ZEPH 3:17

Sing for me, Father,
Your sweet sweet melody.
Calm me down, dear Lord,
With Your pure pure love.
Sing for me, sweet Father,
And calm me down with Your love.

Dance for me, Father,
I know You dance too.
I want to see Your matchless steps,
The ones the best of dancers cannot beat.
Dance, Father, dance,
You are the Lord of the dance.

©2016, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Above The Storm

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Like an eagle,
I am rising above the storm,
My youth is being renewed
‘Cause I’m shedding old feathers for new ones.
I am pressed but not crushed,
Persecuted but not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed.
I am sure that now it will be said of me,
“See what Yahweh has done.”


©2016, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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A Word For Dads

Have you ever wondered why there are countless songs, poems and articles praising mothers while you barely find for fathers. I remember two or three years ago when I was helping someone search for songs suitable for Fathers’ Day. It was a Herculean task for me as it was not easy finding a song about fathers.

Most people all over the world hold their mums dearer to their hearts than they do their dads. The reason is obvious: mothers are the ones that sacrifice more, most of the time. They are more visible in their children’s lives; they understand more (or seem to), love more and care more. Many fathers claim they care too, and love their children as much as their mothers, but because they have to run around for money, they are not able to show their love. Well, that is not an excuse because love is a doing word, an action word. Your children can cherish you as much as they do their mum if you will simply get much much more involved.

Think about it, you most likely yourself hold your mum dearer and you don’t joke with her, compared to your dad. Would you then allow the cycle repeat itself in your own time as a dad? Carve out time for those kids! Play with them, laugh with them, do their assignments with them. Let them be free with you. Don’t be the type of father your children have to do series of rehearsals and do the cross sign before they talk to. You can be a disciplinarian and still be friends with them, it’s all about striking a balance.

Try sir, and very soon, they will be reading you poems they specially write for you. And who knows, your son or daughter might someday release a hit song that we all can score for Fathers’ Day every year, just because you choose to be an active and exceptional father.


©2017, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Keep The Picture

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Picture a mansion under construction. Imagine the look before it is completed. It looks ugly and unpromising. But wait till the house is ready when its beauty comes forth and everyone marvels at it….
So do not worry if you do not look like that beautiful picture yet. Never let go of it. Don’t stop doing your own part (for the Lord is surely doing His own part). Keep on confessing God’s promises for your life, keep on living for and following Him. You will be what He says you will be. That picture will soon manifest.

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Do You Have A Complaint?

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When we have a grouse about something/someone, the first inclination is usually to complain to someone close by or to oneself. But what peace we will cultivate when we start talking it out with Jesus first and letting Him calm us down.

Prayer: Lord, this is not easy for me, but I know You have put your seed in me and I can do it. I trust in Your grace so that when I am irked, I always make You the first stop, reporting it all to You and letting You quieten me with Your love.


©2017, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Recipe For A Hellish Marriage

The fear of dying an old spinster
And
The fear of what people will say
Are the recipe for a hellish marriage.

Many women, seeing red flags in their relationships and knowing they should quit had gone ahead to their own detriment. They were afraid no other guy would come and they would end up being single all their lives.

If you are in an unhealthy relationship, even if tomorrow is the D-day, you still have the chance to quit before the vows. Don’t go into hell with your eyes wide open, hoping you will pray and change things. Grown-ups are like okporoko, they cannot bend, and you may pray for years and see no result. Why shoot yourself in the foot?

Quitting might not be easy. You might even tell yourself you have gone too far. But hey, courage is not the absence of fear. It is looking your fears in the face and daring them. It is not too late. No matter how complicated that relationship is, you can still end it. If it is not healthy, it is not healthy. Don’t settle for less. You may offend some people you deeply respect, but it is your life, not theirs. They won’t bear the brunts of your poor choices with you. You deserve the best. Come on, do it.

©2017, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Mama Sarah

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From my little knowledge of the Bible, I know these about Good Ol’ Mama Sarah:


•Her birth name was Sarai.

•She was Papa Abraham’s half sister and later got married to him.

•One day, God called to Abraham and asked him to leave his country to a place He would show him. Papa told Mama about it, and Mama despite not understanding like Papa, agreed to follow her husband wherever God would be leading them because she trusted Him who spoke to her husband.

•Mama was stunningly beautiful, so that even at 65 and later at 90, Papa was scared stiff of losing his head to Pharaoh and Abimelech respectively for her sake.

•When Papa Abraham was sore afraid of losing his life because of Mama’s striking beauty, he begged her to corroborate his half truth (half lie) that she was only his sister. Mama agreed and covered up Papa’s lie.

•God eventually delivered Sarah from Pharaoh’s and Abimelech’s clutches.

•God changed her name to Sarah.

•Mama stood on Papa’s neck until he went in to sleep with Hagar, her maid.

•When Hagar knew she was pregnant while her mistress was still barren, she began to disrespect Sarah. Sarah did not keep quiet about it. She confronted her husband. Abraham in response told her to do whatever she liked with her maid. Sarah showed Hagar pepper until she fled from her.

•She laughed in unbelief when God said she would become a mother the following year. When confronted with it, she denied it.

•She had Isaac between 90 and 91.

•After Isaac was born, Mama saw Ishmael, Hagar’s son mocking Isaac. She was distraught and nagged Abraham to send Hagar and her son out of her home.

“The son of the slavewoman will not share inheritance with my son.” She pointed, fiercely. Papa was confused.

“This Sarah sef,” he grunted when he was all by himself, “she harrassed me for a long time to sleep with her maid, now she is commanding me to get rid of her and my son, my first son.” He scratched his head and paused, almost tearing up.

“Is it not all her fault?” He lifted his eyes to heaven as if expecting God to say something. But God supported Sarah. He told Papa to listen to her. Pappy had no choice again.

•She referred to Abraham as her lord.

•She died at 127.

•Apostle Peter advised Christian women to emulate her in submitting to their husbands.


Sarah is the heroine of submission. She called her hubby lord, even Apostle Peter applauded her and commanded all Christian wives to be like her.

But let’s go through her life again. The same woman that called her husband lord was the same woman who called him out when Hagar started to despise her. It was this same woman that insisted Hagar and her son be sent away from Isaac (and glory to God, He supported her!). Note that she didn’t suggest, she commanded. You can go back to your Bible to read the story again. Whereas she it was initially who made Abraham go in to Hagar.

Sarah had her own opinions and her own voice. We hear her voice, clearly and unmuffled,  throughout their story. Her voice was not hidden in Abraham’s and Abraham respected it. She was the kind of woman some men today will call stubborn. She was not a yes-woman. She had her own mind. But yet, Peter used her life to explain submission.

Yes, she also followed her husband to lie, twice. This is the part some (wo)men use to cover up their idea of how a woman should bow and scrape to her husband even if he is leading her into a furnace. The Bible does not in anyway indicate that Abraham coerced Sarah into supporting his lies or half-truths. He begged her and she accepted, most likely because she loved him and did not want to lose him. Now, that is not enough reason to preach that a woman obeys her husband to hell. To me, it showed their humanity, and it wasn’t even about submission (or the popular definition of submission). It doesn’t mean what they agreed to do was right even though God did eventually come to their rescue in both cases. If you still insist a woman ought to agree with her husband in everything then Sapphira should have been spared from destruction. After all, like Sarah, she also agreed with her husband to lie, only this time, it was to the Holy Spirit.

Finally brethren and sisthren, can you please  place your definition of submission side by side with the life of Sarah, is what you call submission really submission? Remember to consider her life from start to finish.


Bible References:

Genesis 12, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, and 23; 1 Peter 3:1-7


©2017, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Come, Dearest, Come

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Some of us are so sure we love Jesus and never ever imagine ourselves falling away from Him. Just like Peter, we are so certain we will be with Him to the end, whatever comes our way. But then, life happens, you become vulnerable and then you stumble, and plish plosh, you are inside the mud. You wonder how you get to this point, how you never knew this could happen to you. And like Peter again, you burst into hot tears, grieved that you have disappointed Him, the One Who first loved you….

Dear brother, dear sister, don’t be like Judas, return to Him and repent. He is waiting for you with open arms to return. He is right where you left Him. He loves you more than you will ever know. He will restore you like He did Peter. His arms are open wide.

“Come, dearest, come.” He says.


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TO BE ME

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Just want to be me,
Nothing more.

(To be like the beautiful flower
Which just blossoms
without beefing the next flower.
Like the star which keeps shining in its own unique glory
Amidst other stars,
Happy and contented that its Maker knows and calls it by name.)

That is all I want,
To be and remain me.


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