I remember a chat with an acquaintance of my flatmate who came on a visit some years back. I mentioned a certain dream of mine 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 line of thought. Just know that no matter how many similar dreams there are, the content of each dream is unique.
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.
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.
I just now remember how my mum 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.
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.”
Something about history is it is not partial. It tells your story just as it is. Hope people will not wince and curse the memory of you when they read about you in the annals. There is always an opportunity to rewrite your story so far you still have breath in your nostrils.
I know someone who is the best story rewriter. He specializes in giving people new beginnings, if they will trust Him with their lives and follow Him. He is Jesus Christ, the Righteous.
The desires of different men over the women they fancy:
The Healthy Desire
I want to win her heart. I want her to know that I deeply care about her. I want to cover and protect her. Like a gardener, I want to groom her and bring out the best in her. Oh, how I long to see her soar and be a better version of herself! I will be her springboard so she can jump to any height she wants. I want to always be proud of her. I desire to see her happy all the time. Oh how I love this girl, oh how I want her to be mine! I really hope this feeling is mutual and she will let me love her. I will respectfully tell her how I feel about her but won’t push it if she doesn’t feel the same way.
The Unhealthy One
This lady is wow and intimidates me! But I am going for her still and will conquer her. I will do everything to ensure she falls for me. If it means I have to call her every waking hour, I will do so. She has to accept my proposal though. Doesn’t she know she is lucky to have a man like me ask for her hand in marriage?
I know she is intelligent but I expect her to say yes to me everytime. Yes, I’m a man, I’m a man and will be the man in her life, so why not? I will make her do all I want and clip her wings. I can then boast to my friends and everyone that cares to listen that I am a great hunter and no animal I want escapes from me.
She is beautiful and smart, but she will only be kept for me. I will ensure she doesn’t work at all but stays at home when I marry her. She must not make money not even online. I am enough for her. She will have to depend on me for all she needs so I can always be in control. She can’t ever have it better than me, I will always ensure I keep her under me. I am the head, after all. She must always be subdued so she doesn’t become proud and disrespect me.
Hello brother, which of the desires above describes you?
Do you know what the Valley of Baca or the Valley of Tears is? Well, I’ve been there and I’m still there. But I have learned over time to convert it to the Place of Springs as I pass through. I have learned while in the valley how much my Father cares. I have literally seen His arms bear me up and work for me in the midst of the valley. I have learned patience. I have received healing from wounds I thought had long healed. It’s paradoxical, right, that in the midst of a difficult time you experience healing and learn to trust Him more? I have experienced quick answers to my prayers. Oh, I have seen Him.
I look forward to the end of this season, indeed I can see the mountain peaks quite close by. But the processes He has taken me through while here I will never recover from. I am stronger, wiser, better and more conformed to His image. Thank God for the tears and for the springs I made out of them. Thank God for His joy in the night time, for peace that passes all understanding in a season I should be depressed and agitated.
Yes, I went through the depression stage, but He brought me out of it. He was with me through it all, He held me when I cried. He understood when I lost interest in everything, When all the things I enjoyed doing became bland and meaningless. I couldn’t dance for a long time, I couldn’t write much. My warm smile faded and my laughter lost its ring. I couldn’t bring myself to take selfies of me as it used to be. My quirks vanished into thin air. It was also easy for me to snap and grouch. I was sad, oh, I was. But He held me through it all, His everlasting arms were underneath all along, still are and will ever be. And still, in all, I am persuaded He makes all things work together for my good, for my entire good.
“and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” Hebrews 5:9
Our eternal salvation in Christ depends on if we stay within the boundary of obedience to Him. He is the author of eternal salvation only to those who obey (not obeyed) Him. Being eternally saved is not a license to live anyhow. That’s folly, indeed. Jesus didn’t die so we could live anyhow, He died to restore us to God’s image and God is righteous. He died and became sin on our behalves so in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Let me leave you with this:
If you know you are eternally saved, you won’t live your life anyhow and embrace every value that is in vogue.
So tonight, I laughed. And it was a good laugh, a good belly laugh. I imagined myself taking out trash to the nearby dumpsite. There is power outage in the area and I am currently a sight, doused in calamine lotion. In short, I look like Ojuju Calabar and the glimpse of me in darkness could cause commotion as someone might out of fear run into an oncoming vehicle, God forbid, or enter gutter.
I laughed and remembered how I cried four nights ago. Now, I can laugh heartily, laugh at myself. I am happy and grateful. Praise the Lord.
I bent down to pick an onion so I could cut and slice for rice but realised I was weak, weak and had better forget about cooking. I rose up, placed my hairy head on the wall and burst into tears.
“I’m weak, Father, I am.”
I cried because I wanted to cook but couldn’t because of weakness. I wished someone was with me to take care of me, but then, if that person had never had cp before, wouldn’t she catch it from me? Now I understand why little De cried the other time. I didn’t know I’d cry too because I’m 36. But I did, like a baby, like De.
I cried for my mummy. I wish she was still here. I would have called her even if she would be miles away, but her comfort would have gone a long way. I cried for him. I wish he had come for me already. He would have driven all the way from his abode if he dwelled in my city and brought drugs for me. And would have called over and over to check on me and boost my morale if he lived in another city or country. But he is yet to manifest.
Call me a crybaby if you like. Do you think I care? This time, I don’t want to be strong, I just want to be cared for. I can say I am a strong woman but I deserve to be cared for and there is nothing wrong in me crying for it.
I eventually put a call through to Auntie M and she will be bringing me food tomorrow. My mum may no longer be here and I may be far away from home But God has given me a beautiful family hither, people who care for me and love me. I also got calls and texts from my sisters, biological and otherwise.
I am sharing just to encourage you that it’s okay to cry when you need to. Cry, and don’t hold back. And don’t be afraid to talk about how you feel. There are many people that care for you, let them love you. And above all, Jesus cares most. Let Him hug you and love on you.
God writes the best love stories, the spiciest of them all. He dots all the i’s and crosses all the t’s, Adds all the dramas and puts in the suspense in perfect measures. He organises events and sparks up desire in the hearts involved.
For whatever reason, they both realise they stand out to each other, Even in the midst of tens of thousands. Each wonders what is going on and tries to shake it off. But overtime it gets confirmed and they both become sure this is what they want and what God wants.
They both have their weaknesses and are still work in progress but have no doubt they fit perfectly. Yes, they know they are different and will have to deal with that in marriage but are assured that the One who brings them together is with them and has given them the wisdom to tackle their disagreements in love. They are not afraid to learn and unlearn so they can keep being the best for each other in marriage and manage their differences….
I love love stories and I know the greatest Lover of all is writing mine. I’ll let Him write and not interfere. I know it is a beautiful story, one that blows my mind. I’ll let Him write while I watch and seek first His kingdom.
Just a quick reminder that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He did in the days of old, before He manifested in the flesh, in the Old Testament, He will and can do again today. He is good, He is kind and His mercies endure forever. Yet He is also the Consuming Fire. He is the Lamb, yet He is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In the New Testament, He, not the devil, slew Ananias and Sapphira. Why then do we take His love and graciousness for granted? Are we not afraid of God (not the kind of fear demons have of Him while remaining adamant in rebellion (James 2:19) but reverent holy fear borne out of love)?
Yes, He is merciful, but truth be told, Ananias and Sapphira knew Him to be merciful too and never imagined He would use them as scape goats. The brethren that ate the Holy Communion greedily and inappropriately in 1 Corinthians 11:20-34 understood that they were saved by grace but grace didn’t stop the Lord from disciplining them so that some became weak and sick while some died.
So, brethren, let’s live up to our reputation as saints (Romans 1:7) and God’s righteousness in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21) by letting the Holy Spirit help us (Romans 8:13-14, Galatians 5:16, Philippians 2:13). Let’s repent of taking His love and grace (Titus 2:11-12) for granted and start living as people who are loved and cherished by God, loving Him back because He first loved us (1 John 4:19, 5:3).
Just want to quickly share a truth I have been meditating on for some days with you.
Ephesians 1:23 tells us that the fullness of Jesus “fills everything in every way.” It says not “certain things” but “everything”. You and I are part of that “everything”. It thus implies, applying it to yourself, that everything Jesus is and is all about fills you up in every way. It means every part of your spirit, soul and body carries His fullness. Every area of your life — spiritual, career, academic, emotional, mental, ministerial etc. and everything you own bear His entirety. Think about all Jesus is. He is the light of the world, right? He is the healer, isn’t He? He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, right? He is wisdom personified, isn’t He?
Ponder on this and chew on it till it becomes a mindset and you walk conscious of it. You see, you and I are not ordinary people, we carry everything Jesus is. Walking in this understanding helps us to watch how we live. You can’t be aware of containing the fullness of Christ and conduct your affairs anyhow or think less of yourself. Be aware, brothers and sisters, because it’s high time we understood what and who we are as God’s people and heirs of salvation. It’s a timeout for identity-awareness. Selah!
Thank you for reading. Do have a beautiful day, beautiful people. (You should realise by now that each day also has His fullness since it’s everything He fills up and not some things.)
As believers in Christ, we have a new nature which is righteousness. God calls us His righteousness in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). If God calls us righteous, then we better believe we are. We are no longer sinners but saints. We have been called to be saints and we have to live up to our reputation (Romans 1:7). Yes, we may fall into sin sometimes but sin is no longer our nature. And when we do sin somehow, we must repent immediately so Jesus can intercede for us and restore us (1 John 2:1-2).
The onus lies on us to learn this new nature through the study of the word (Ephesians 5:26, Psalm 119:9). The gospel accounts and all the epistles highlight to us what our nature as God’s children entails and the privileges that come with it. See yourself as righteous. Think of yourself as righteous. Tell your mind again and again that you are righteous until it gets used to it.
Stop excusing traits that cannot be found in Christ as “That’s me!”. No, that’s not you! You are who God says you are, His righteousness in Christ Jesus. You are not nonsense and nonsense is not you! You are not that weakness and that weakness is not you! You have the capacity to live above that sin through the Holy Spirit in you. Use His help and walk in your true nature.
Rejoice with me, I have a most wonderful Father. I invite you to come and meet my Father. 👇👇
Padre by Yemi Alafifuni
I wanna introduce you to my Padre Padre I love to introduce you to my Padre To my Father He’s the One The Father of all of flesh The One called Love Good Good Dad The One who thought of me And broke my chains He’s the One He’s the One The One who saved my soul and made me whole Sent His Son Sent His Son The Lover of my soul He made me free I wanna introduce you to my Padre I want to introduce you to my Padre A mi padre He’s the One He sent His Comforter… Yeah The Promised One He’s our shield, our standard, our defence Now we are free He’s the One He’s the One The one who works in me to will & to do He’s the One He’s the One If you’ll give Him all your soul, He’ll make you new I want to introduce you to my Padre Ah ah uhh… I want to introduce you to my Padre A mi padre I want to introduce you to my Padre I love Him o yeah I want to introduce you to my Padre A mi padre Padre Baba mi o Baba mi o He’s my Padre Te Amo Baba mi o Baba mi o He’s my Padre Te Amo Baba mi o Baba mi o He’s my Padre Te Amo Baba mi o Baba mi o He’s my Padre Te Amo Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Say I know Him… Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him The One I know Him I know Him Do you know Him Do you know Him Really know Him Padre He’s the one