Dreams

 

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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

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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.”


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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).


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How To Be Concerned About Single People

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If you are indeed concerned about a single somebody around you, who by societal standard is due for marriage, below are ways to show you are genuinely interested in their well-being:

• While this might not be common, be certain the person you are concerned about is interested in ever getting married. There is no point getting worried over someone who is not interested in marriage. Mark you, everyone doesn’t have to be married in this world.

• If whatever you want to say to a single person on maritals is out of pity, bite your tongue and choke back the words. No one likes to be pitied plus being single is not a disease.

• Don’t advise single people to just look for someone and marry. Did you just marry anyone? And if you did, everyone else doesn’t have to follow your footstep so please keep that opinion to yourself.
A woman once advised a person close to me to just find any man and marry, she reasoned that since this person is educated, she can fend for her family even if the husband is irresponsible. Quite appalling, right? The so called adviser also has a daughter that is much younger and I am sure she would never wish her such.

• Don’t assume that the reason a single friend or acquaintance is yet unmarried is because (s)he is too picky. This is one of the assumptions that get single people piqued at CCMs (CCM stands for Concerned Committee Member). It is actually easy to make unreasonable conclusions and assumptions about others. Maybe you should try to step into their shoes to see if indeed they are being picky or not. You see, we all have this silly tendency to think we can wear other people’s shoes better than they are doing, forgetting that our shoe sizes differ.

• Keep your go-and-marry jokes and teasing to your self. If you are not someone’s personal person, I mean close pal, some jokes are inconvenient. It’s a different case if single people crack such jokes among themselves or involves a married person who is a friend (and who has not being a pain in the buttocks trying to pressure them into marrying).

• Before you open your mouth to say anything to a single person, out of concern, about getting married, check to see how you will feel being told such a thing if you are in the person’s shoes.

• Don’t give a suggestion you will never give your own children (or won’t be pleased when others do) to another person’s son or daughter just because in your own estimate, they are late for marriage.
Unfortunately though, some parents also push and pressure their children into entering hellish marriages. If you are such a parent, today is the day of salvation. It is high time you repented and stop being your child(ren)’s enemy via your actions.

• Don’t be a jerk and a monitoring spirit, mind your own business. Someone posted a flier for a program, bearing her picture and two other guys’ somewhere, an older CCM called to ask what she was still doing on marriage and if any of the guys on the flier hasn’t proposed to her. Can you imagine?

• If a single person tells you (s)he would rather not have a discussion with you on marriage, please respect their wish. Don’t push it. Otherwise, you are being a pest.

• Don’t advise a single person to pretend to be what they are not so they could attract a partner. For instance, “counseling” an outspoken single lady to pretend to be reserved because men don’t like “lousy” women or telling an intelligent lady to tone down her brilliance so she can attract a man. Like really? When you do that, it shows that you are really not concerned but an enemy. Do you know what you are trying to do? Teaching the person to be deceitful and thereby destroying them! A pretender will attract a partner who wants someone with the same personality (s)he is trying to affect. We all know that pretense can only last for a while.

• If your favourite hobby is matchmaking singles, do well to seek the consent of the people you want to matchmake before distributing their contact details around. Not everyone is interested in being matchmade, so be sure your intended good doesn’t end up being interpreted as evil. Má lọ kanra ẹ lábùkù lọ́dọ̀ àwọn èèyàn. Don’t end up making yourself an object of contempt because you refuse to balance your zeal to see people marry with knowledge.

• If you have a troubled marriage, don’t stylishly advise single people to prepare for the kind of adversity you are experiencing in your marriage. If you are truly concerned, you will try all your possible best to warn and guide them so they don’t end up like you.

• Don’t pester single people with who-is-the-lucky-guy-or-lady kind of questions. If they think you deserve to know who they are marrying, they will let you know when it happens. Don’t be pesky, it is exasperating.

• Don’t assume a person is yet to marry because (s)he has not been praying well or has not visited certain prayer mountains. How do you know that, are you God? By the way, some people never prayed any serious prayer, yet they are very happily married and will continue to be till death do them part. So, stop being like Job’s friends in the Bible who opinionated that their friend’s troubles were because he sinned.

• Genuinely care for other areas of the lives of singles you know. Life isn’t all about getting married, having children and dying. Encourage them to maximise their potentials and be the best versions of themselves. Be a spur to them in pursuing their God-given goals and dreams.

• Pray! Pray!! Pray!!! The best way to be truly anxious for eligible bachelors and bachelorettes around you is to intercede. If you claim to be bothered a person close to you is yet to marry and you don’t ever pray for him/her, I don’t think you are really concerned, because if you truly are, you will pray for them.


©2019, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Because You Love Him

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The reason why you will step on lions and vipers and not get harmed is because the Lord rescues and protects you. He rescues you because you love Him. It’s not like we have the strength to love God but He provides the strength by first loving us. He gave us Jesus even while His enemies we were.
Have you received God’s love through Jesus? Do you love Him in response to this matchless love? He longs for you to love Him through the strength He supplies. Remember His promise that can be counted on: “Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.” Psalms 91:14 GW


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Ask For Rain

“Ask for rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain. It is the Lord who makes the thunder clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field to everyone.” ZECHARIAH 10:1 AMP

It just clicked now, reading this verse again that I am being told to ask the Lord for rain at the time of the spring rain. One might be tempted to say, “But it is the season and God knows He should normally send it, so why ask?”

Well, I am encouraged to ask even if it is the season and ask I will. I want to believe that God delights in us asking Him for our needs and wants in prayer. He loves to see us talk to Him out of trust.

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He knows everything we need and want. He knows every desire of our hearts even before it is voiced, yet He commands us to ask (Matthew 7:7-8). It is those who ask that receive. So, get to it, sweetie, ask away until your joy is full.


©2019, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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The Lightning

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“ASK OF the Lord rain in the time of the latter or spring rain. It is the Lord Who makes lightnings which usher in the rain and give men showers, and grass to everyone in the field.”
Zechariah 10:1 AMPC

Lightning ushers in the rain. It is electrically charged, hot and powerful. It sets forests on fire and could strike people dead. When it appears in the sky accompanied by its twin brother, the thunder, we all tremble.

I see the lightning symbolising the Holy Spirit here. The Spirit of God ushers in the rain just like He was seen brooding over the chaotic earth at the beginning before God spoke forth light. For everything God does in our lives, the Holy Spirit ushers it in. He must be involved.

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Blaze, Spirit, blaze.
Burn with Your fire
All that should be consumed.

Blow, Spirit, blow.
Shake the heavens,
Shake the earth.

Rule, Spirit, rule.
Take charge of our lives
So You will be glorified.

Rain, Spirit, rain.
Refresh our lives,
Bring our dead back to life.

Shine, Spirit, shine.
You glow in the darkness
And it cannot comprehend You.


©2019, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde

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Redeemed

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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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THIS GIRL DONE GO O! (A PLAY)

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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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FRIENDS INDEED (A PLAY)

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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]


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