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.

©2016, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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This Man That I Know


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

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


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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The Best Story Rewriter

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.

Embrace Him and embrace life (John1:4).

©2015, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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The fight was intense. The giantess was not going to let go of Eni-Ide. How daring he was to attempt to escape from her secure grasp, she thought.

“No way!” She roared fiercely. “You are my prey forever, you dare not leave my presence.”

However, Eni-Ide had been pushed to the wall. He was tired of this punishment for a debt he knew nothing about. The giantess had constantly goaded him about a great debt he owed her which she was sure he could never pay. Every time she heckled him like this, she would reveal her mighty brass teeth and laugh hard until the whole forest shook and a thunder roared.

But today, Eni-Ide broke free. He wouldn’t give up fighting for his freedom. He remembered he had been redeemed by a price nothing in the whole universe could match. How come he had suffered this long when he knew that his Redeemer is strong and would always champion his cause? He used this knowledge as a leverage and fought hard against the giantess. In the twinkling of an eye, his chains broke.

He took to his heels and ran while his enemy bounded after him. But before she could catch up, Eni-Ide met a carriage on the road ahead of him and hopped in. The carriage sped off. But his enemy wouldn’t relent. She increased her speed and pursued on. She had a long chain in her hand which she launched forward to capture Eni-Ide and the carriage and she would have succeeded but for a lightening that struck and sent her to her death. She collapsed to the ground with a loud thud. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

©2019, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Chuks: (Checking news feed on his Facebook home page) Let me see what’s up on Facebook today.
Nawa o, this girl done go o! Omo, see likes! A whole 600 likes on a post?! And she doesn’t even have up to the number of friends I have on Facebook. Let me go make one nasty comment on her post. Is she the only one?
We both write inspirational stuff. Why does she have more likes and comments on her posts than I do?

Holy Spirit: Stay in your lane, Chuks. Everyone has his own track. Celebrate others for who they are and their achievements. Jealousy is evil. It can lead to the sin of murder. Remember Cain.

Chuks: Lord, I’m sorry for the thoughts that projected into words. I got carried away, I did not even know I was already getting jealous. Please deliver me from this sin and help me to rather celebrate this lady. She is actually a great person. Do help me also to stay in my lane.

Holy Spirit: Sure! I will help you. It gladdens my heart that you were not rebellious to my prodding. I love that! Remember I love you and will never leave nor forsake you. But, be careful not to grieve my heart. I love you son.

Chuks: I love you too, my darling Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit: Okay. So, have you read your Bible today?

Chuks: That’s true, Lord. I rushed out of my house this morning and said some rush-rush prayers. Can you give me a few moments, Lord? I need to quickly read through my Facebook messages. (Moments turn to hours and he falls asleep with his phone beside him on the sofa. Wakes up in the morning and realises he went to bed without reading his Bible and praying.)

Chuks: Father, I’m sorry. Please forgive me. You reminded me but I did not heed your nudge.

Holy Spirit: (quietly) You do this always, son. The only thing I can make of this is that you value your phone more than you do me. I am not pleased with you at all. The excuse you give sometimes is that your posts on social media are propagating the gospel. Agreed. But, I called you first to be with me. You cannot win people to my Kingdom with a messy personal relationship with me. I did not provide this phone for you as an alternative to me. Repent and return to me! You can use your phone without hurting me. It is all about priorities. Set them right, son!

Chuks: I am guilty as charged Lord. Please have mercy. I repent in dust and ashes. Help me! Help me that this repentance will be genuine. I’ve said it a lot of time.

©2015, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Wuraola: Chioma, did you make this?
Chioma: (looking in Wuraola’s direction) You mean the artwork on the wall? Yes, I did.
Wuraola: And you made your hair bow yourself as well, all your beaded jewelries and your dresses. Not only that, Chioma, you also sing beautifully and write better than a professor. Wow, my friend, you are really talented! I do envy you, my sister, not in a bad way, I wish I had all the gifts you had also. As it is, I can’t think of anything I am good at. I think I am giftless.
Chioma: (she moves closer to give her friend a hug) Thanks for the compliment dear. But you don’t need to wish to be like me. You are created to be uniquely unique, not like me or any other person. We all have at least a gift, God did not create anyone without one talent or the other.
Wuraola: But I have no gift, I am so certain about that!
Chioma: Nope! You do. You are my friend and I know you. Number one, you are a very beautiful girl…
Wuraola: (cuts in) So are you.
Chioma: I know I am beautiful, but I don’t have your kind of pointed nose and my hair has refused to grow beyond the back of my head, despite all the treatments I give it, while your thick hair reaches your back. Those are some gifts, you know?
Wuraola: (Nods) Hmm.
Chioma: Have you forgotten how you always scored the highest in Maths when we were in secondary school? Even till now, courses with a lot of calculations are never a problem for you.
Wuraola: (bewildered) Oh dear, I never saw it that way!
Chioma: You are also a great cook, always putting a different touch to every dish. You always have new ideas brimming in your pretty head about cooking. And you have such a pleasant smile too. Everyone always ohs and ahs about how warm your smiles are. I will stop here, I guess you can now think deeply about the things that make you different.
Wuraola: Thank you so much, Chioma. You are a friend indeed for a friend brings out the best in her friend. (They hug) I have more than I think I do. I will prayerfully do more soul searching.
Chioma: You are welcome, darling. One more thing, the sum total of the gift(s) God gives each of us equals 100%. What do you think that implies?
Wuraola: (pauses to ponder) Hmm! That’s so serious! It means a person with only one gift has 100% and a person with 20 gifts has 100% also. So, God expects us to put our different gifts to the best use so that we can make profits with them.
Chioma: Exactly!
Wuraola: And that reminds me of the parable of the talents that Jesus gave in the Bible. The servant with one talent thought one talent was too small and insignificant, so he refused to work on it. Those with two and five went to work immediately and they gained an extra two and five.
Chioma: Wow, Wuraola, you are such a great teacher and preacher too. I am enjoying your exposition.
Wuraola: Thank you. The way I see it, a person with just one gift has more time and some advantage over someone with many gifts, because he has only one talent to focus all his energy on. But, on the contrary, as seen in the story of the talents, people with less gifts always tend to look down on what they have, which God gave to them based on their ability. Rather, they keep wishing they have what others have, they think their fulfillment lies in what they don’t have. This makes them neglect their own giftings. I was like that a few moments ago, until you opened my eyes. Thank you once again.
Chioma: You are welcome once again. (They both burst into laughter)
[Curtain closes]

©2015, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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The Dungeon

He dug a dungeon,
Padded it and made it comfortable.
Then he dropped me inside,
I was unsuspecting, didn’t know I was in a trap.
Then he locked the door, carefully.
I saw him hack the key into pieces,
I watched as he flung the pieces away.
In his mind, I was forever his captive.
The well-detailed conspiracy had perfectly worked out,
His finest manipulations had not failed him.
He guffawed in glee and nodded his head, satisfied.


But I cried out to my God,
I called on Him in my distress.
I confessed my foolishness,
How I had used my own legs to walk into this pit
And how I was sorry.
My Father, my Lord,
The One who does not need a key to unlock a door,
Òun gangan ni the Way, Òun gangan ni the Key.
He came and he opened the door,
He reached out His mighty arm and drew me out;
Bearing me in His powerful but tender arms.
He kept patting me on the back to reassure me of His love,
To comfort me for I was as frightened as a mouse.
He brought me out and restored me,
Washed me clean and made me whole again.
How can I forget this much that He did for me?
But for His mercies!

©2018, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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On Submission


Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as [a service] to the Lord.


It is good to observe the note on this verse, according to the Amplified version (check the attached image). A woman is neither inferior to men in general nor to her husband. She should not be subject to men in general but to her own husband as a service to the Lord.

Now, submission is not something to be taken advantage of by the husband so that he sees his wife as his inferior and slave and treats her thus. No. She is not inferior to him neither is she his slave. Submission means honouring, respecting and deferring to her husband even though she knows she is equal to him. And this she does as a service to the Lord, who has so structured the family such that the husband is the head (the leader) of the wife, albeit they are both equal in His sight.

Thus, a Christian woman who wants to always please her Lord seeks God’s help to submit to her husband even when it is not convenient. She will not always feel like it, but her love for her Master is her spur.

Is submission a reason for a woman to sin against her Lord? No. A service unto the Lord should be pure and holy (Romans 12:1-2). Therefore, if a husband expects his wife to submit to him by corroborating his sinful intention at one point or the other, her submission to Christ supersedes. She will submit to Christ and not fulfill the evil desire(s) of her husband. She will have to honourably make it clear to him that her loyalty to Christ is first and supreme, thus she will not wrongly submit to him and violate her fellowship with her Lord by compromising her Christian ethics.

Someone might want to give the example of Sarah’s agreeing to cover Abraham’s half truth (half lie) before Pharaoh and Abimelech as a reason for a woman to submit to her husband even when he is pushing her to sin against God. You get it wrong. Abraham and Sarah were wrong on these two occasions and we shouldn’t emulate those actions of theirs at all. Yes God fought for them and didn’t allow the two monarchs to touch Sarah. But it still doesn’t make what they did right.

Remember Sapphira. She also agreed with her husband to lie, only this time to the Holy Spirit, and she got destroyed with her husband. Also recall how Sarah stood fiercely and demanded that Abraham sent Hagar and her son away from her son, Isaac. What does that tell you? To me, it means that submission does not mean a wife’s voice is lost in her husband’s, it doesn’t mean she is voiceless neither does it mean she doesn’t have a say in the affairs of her marriage.

To reiterate, submission is honouring and deferring to the authority of a person even if he/she is your equal. It is also yielding to someone who is not an authority in your life and letting them win as seen in Ephesians 5:21. We all have had class reps and governors in school. They were in the same class with us and we were equals, yet we respected them and yielded to them without losing our own unique and individual voices.

©2018, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Full-time Ministers


The concept of full-time and part-time ministry is somehow to me. We are all full-time ministers of God. We should represent Jesus wherever we are and shine our light in our little corners. Being a child of God is a full-time business. I don’t have to be a conventional “pastor” or go to the seminary to be a full-time minister of God. I am one already by the virtue of being born again.

I remember telling a younger acquaintance how God has called everyone who has come to Him through Jesus Christ. We are all His special possessions, a kingdom of priests, a chosen people so that we might declare His excellencies anywhere and everywhere (Exodus 19:5-6, 1 Peter 2:9). Every child of God has the call of God on his life, and it is to live for Him. Now, that call is valid and active whether God will have you serve Him as a writer, as a singer, at the pulpit, in a classroom, in a hospital, on a mine, on an oil rig or anywhere else.

It is expected of you to be faithful wherever God positions you. If every child of God is a conventional pastor, who is going to reach out to those who need the gospel in the schools? How will those who don’t know Him at the hospitals hear about His love? How will the workers on oil rigs be illuminated with His light?

We all need to change our mindsets. God looks to get fruits from you right where you are, sis! You are the light of the world, bro! You are supposed to be the salt where you are, seasoning up the place! What has gone wrong with us all? How did we get to the point of limiting God’s ways only to being pastors, going to seminaries or Bible school? No wonder fellow brethren are quick to tag any sister or brother who is sound in God pastor’s wife or pastor. I do always say this, if you let what people label you as lead you into taking steps you ought not to take, you are on your own.

If because everyone calls you pastor and “prophesies” it into your life you assume you have to go to the seminary, when God does not say so, it is your umbrella, iwo lo mo o, na you sabi. And if because people have told you your brand of women end up marrying pastors and so go and say yes to that guy because he is a pastor, when you have no witness in your spirit to do so, you will have yourself to blame.

If you are born again, you are a full-time minister. It doesn’t matter whether you work in a church as a pastor or something else or not. Every child of God should desire and pursue depth and soundness in Christ, we all have the same access to Him. Therefore seek genuinely to know Him and get rooted in Him through His word and prayers.  Stephen was an “ordinary” disciple, not among the “special” apostles, yet he was described as being full of faith, of the Holy Ghost, of grace and of power (Acts 6:5 and 8). Phillip was just a deacon but he did great exploits in Samaria, raised four sexually pure daughters who were prophetesses. You can also do great exploits where you are, as an “ordinary” child of God. You can win souls to the kingdom, we are all meant to tell others about our Lord (Matthew 28:19-20). You can heal the sick and raise the dead, yes! He gave us all the promise in Mark 16:17-18.

Exploits are not the exclusive rights of pastors or any other ordained minister in God’s house. His word says THOSE who KNOW their God shall be strong and do exploits, not pastors who know their God. This is a call to sensitise you to who you are in Christ, brethren. Wake up to your responsibilities. Take your place in Christ. If you are not called to be a pastor, you are called to declare and show forth His excellence in your tiny little corner.


Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine.

And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God]. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites.
Exodus 19:5‭-‬6‭, ‬32 AMPC

But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will speak of you as the ministers of our God.
Isaiah 61:6a AMPC

…but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].
Daniel 11:32 AMPC

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. [Exod. 19:5, 6.]
1 Peter 2:9 AMPC

And formed us into a kingdom (a royal race), priests to His God and Father–to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion throughout the ages and forever and ever. Amen (so be it). [Exod. 19:6; Isa. 61:6.]
Revelation 1:6 AMPC

And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth! [Exod. 19:6; Isa. 61:6.]
Revelation 5:10 AMPC


©2018, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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The Rock of Rocks

Deuteronomy 32:4

He is the Rock, not a rock but the Rock. Rocks generally are susceptible to weathering and could metamorphose over time, but the Rock of rocks can neither weather nor change in form. He is unchangeable and immovable. No earthquake can uproot or swallow Him.

Who else is the best to rely on if not this Rock? I may not understand a lot of things right now, but I can trust in the Rock who changes not. There is no shadow of turning with Him. Everything He does is perfect and He cares for me.

All His ways are just. He is faithful. Faithful means loyal, consistent, constant, unswerving, dependable, unwavering, true, devoted etc. Think about all those words, I bet you God is more than all that. I am sure they are all understatement when it comes to describing Him. He is upright too and there is no wickedness in Him. Selah!

©2018, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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