But I’m Short…

That was what I told my dad when I was about to resume University for the first time. I believed I was too short and people would look down on me. I thought my stature would deprive me of certain things and opportunities. But his reply that day blew my mind and motivated me.  He said, “Stop thinking you’re short. You might be small in stature but you’re small but mighty“. I held on to this so tight and even when people came with their very many annoying comments and questions about why I’m so short or what my height is in cm, I kept on telling myself, you’re small but
mighty.

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I came to understand a little later that it wasn’t just about the words. The truth is that the greater one dwells on my inside (1John 4:4) and that automatically makes me mighty. Jesus was not just a mere man and the Bible makes us understand that as He is, so are we in this world(1John 4:17 ). There’s no stopping me. 
There’s no stopping us, guys. 
So no matter how you look or feel about yourself, no matter your ‘imperfections’ (we all have those), know that God, your creator doesn’t think you are imperfect.  He looks at you and  thinks you’re very good. He thinks you’re worth dying for. (Psalm 139:14, Genesis 1:31, John 3:16). He’s continuously whispering to you, “You’re all together beautiful,my darling.There is no flaw in you” (Songs of Solomon 4:7).

What I’ve come to understand is that there’s no too small, too tall, too big,  too old, too weak or unqualified in God’s dictionary(1 Cor 1:27-28). In Christ Jesus, you’ve been empowered to do all things (Phil 4:13).
So please,  stop having those thoughts.

The maker of the skies, stars, seas and every beautiful thing made you and thinks you’re good enough.
You’re the Object of affection of the creator of the Universe.
You’re the Child of the Most High King and He loves you so much (Jer 31:3, Rom 8:38-39).

Songspiration

1. Daughter Of The King – Jamie Grace ft Morgan Harper Nichols.

2.Reckless Love – Steffany Gretzinger.

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Seven Important Lessons I Learnt in 2017

Compliments of the season, guys.  Its the last day in the year 2017. Whoop Whoop!!!  I’m so excited to see all that this new year has to offer. I hope you are too.

So these last few days got me really thinking about the last 365 days and all the lessons I learnt ( and I’m still learning) and I thought I should share.

1. BE SLOW TO SPEAK AND QUICK TO LISTEN (JAMES 1:19).
This was actually one of the hardest lessons I learnt. I used to give myself award for the best listener of the century up until some things started happening to me. It was like everything was testing my so-called “listening skill”. I had to learn to listen more than I speak and even before speaking to always ask the Holy Spirit for the reply to give.

2. LOVE IS ACTION
Love is more than the feelings.
Love is an exercise in grace,  forgiveness, patience and mercy.

3. BELIEVING IS SEEING
This is contrary to the belief that Seeing is Believing. In the school of faith,  believing is actually seeing ( Mark 11:23). Until you start believing that you have a particular thing,  it won’t happen for you.  And that is why in the kingdom of God, we are not moved by what we see or hear.  We are moved ONLY by the word of God. The things happening around us might not look like what we want,  but we keep on believing because Faith brings the Victory.

4. GOD IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF MY JOY
I had to teach the children in my church about JOY one Sunday and while studying, it hit me that my knowledge of God being my only source of joy was mostly just head-knowledge. I then had to sit with God at that point to teach me first about the entire thing. I learnt that happiness is transient and depends on circumstances but Joy is permanent and everlasting.

5. KEEP YOUR JOY LEVEL UP
Because the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh 8:10), the enemy tries all he can to go after our strength and Joy. He knows that once your strength is less/gone, you have nothing.  You lose your drive and desire for everything including spending time with God.  He tries to bring offence (anger) your way from every angle. Having a knowledge of this helped me become more intentional with the help of the Holy Spirit. Phil 4:4 and 1st Thes 5:16-18 also helped a lot.

6. WHEN ANGRY;
A fool vents all his feelings,  but a wise man holds them back ( Prov 29:11)

7. PROCESS IS IMPORTANT
No matter how long it takes, wait.  Enjoy your ‘here and now’ in preparation for where you are going/what you are expecting.

I’m glad I learnt these things this year and I hope you learnt something from them.
Would love to hear about some of the important lessons you learnt too. But until then, see you in 2018😉😁

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No More Excuses

*Opens Door, Peeps In then walks in, sweeps off the ‘gazillion’ Cobwebs and dusts* *Clears Throat*

Hello there,

Don’t mind my being overly dramatic but really, I can’t even say it’s been a while ‘coz it’s been about 10 long months since I last posted something here. 🙈🙈🙈
Please accept my apologies.

These past ‘few’ months have been something o but we thank God. I’ve been learning a lot of things, thanks to my friends and the Holy Spirit himself
He didn’t let me rest until I started doing the ‘needful’ and I’m just so grateful for his grace and the little nudges in my heart here and there.

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So I titled this ‘No More Excuses’ because that’s what the Holy Spirit has been repeating in my heart for the past few days. It’s hard getting anything done when all we do is give excuses and procastinate.
Personally, if I can’t get some things done at the time I’m supposed to, I just start dashing myself excuses for not doing them .”There’s no time jare”, “I’m too tired today”, “I slept off and sleep is good for the body”, “I don’t know what to write/say  joor”, “my brain needs to relax so I’ll do it after this one episode of Chicago Med” . I keep going on and on like that until nothing gets done eventually.

A lot of times, God lays something upon our hearts and we know we should actually start doing it promptly but we make excuses .
It could be writing an article (like me), calling, visiting or sending a message to a friend, studying the word, starting up that business, reading that book, giving to a person in need or anything at all but then due to whatever reasons, we start cooking up a thousand and one excuses. We start saying things like ” I have some exams coming up jare”, ” I don’t think I’m good enough for that post” ,” When my baby grows up a little more, I’ll start”, “I’ll start when I’m on holiday or when I graduate”, “I’m still young” and on and on we go with the excuses.

Truth is we’ll never end up doing it with the number of excuses popping up in our heads everyday. The time will never come because as soon as the set time draws closer, we start looking for yet another excuse to run away again and then the cycle keeps going on and on.

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Making excuses will only slow us down.
In our own eyes we’re enjoying the free time or energy we would have used to do what the Lord has told us to do or what we’re actually supposed to do. But in God’s eyes, hmmmnn, you are delaying yourself from enjoying the wonderful things he has planned out for you.

Lets be careful how we make excuses. Moses kept on bringing up one excuse after another when God gave him a job. After each excuse, God kept on reassuring him that he would help him through it and be his strength but no, Moses felt he wasn’t good enough for the job (Exodus 4:1-14). The Bible says God got angry with him and gave the ‘speaking job’ to his brother, Aaron.

I wouldn’t like it if God gave a job I was supposed to do to my brother or my friend. It would only mean I’ve proven myself to be incapable of the duty assigned to me even in the midst of abundant strength that I have in Christ Jesus (Phillipians 4:13).

I had to learn (and I’m still learning) not to be too comfortable with where I  am right now knowing fully well that I have GREATER WORKS to do for HIM. We can’t allow our excuses hinder us from going about our father’s business and glorifying His name.

Let’s make up our minds to avoid making excuses and start acting promptly. Let’s also talk to God about this our ‘making excuses of a thing’ because we can only truly change with HIS help alone.

And remember, The whole creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed (Romans 8:19 NIV). We are those sons (or daughters) of God that the world is waiting for and not just the Pastors and Bishops that we look up to.
We’ve been called into a place of sonship because we’ve been adopted into God’s own family through the finished work of Christ (Romans 8:15, Ephesians 1:5).

It’s time to wake up. We’ve got to do our father’s work and even our every day activities diligently with all our might (Ecclesiastes 9:10) and with the help of the Holy Spirit.
We have to make Abba Father proud!!!

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A Love Letter from Jesus

My child, don’t let this world cause you to lose sight of me. I see you, I made you, I know the thoughts that I think towards you (Jeremiah 29:11). I want to bless you, but I need you to follow and…

Source: A Love Letter from Jesus

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8 Ways to Create More Time in Your Day

We are all leading busy lives and everyone needs more time. I hope these tips will help you find it !

Source: 8 Ways to Create More Time in Your Day

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

SUCCESS COMES IN CANS, NOT CAN’TS.          – ANONYMOUS

Hi there!
As we go through this week and even the rest of March, I hope that we remember this quote. I’d also want us to meditate daily on the words in Phillipians 3:14 “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me” (NKJV). 
Have a splendid and strength filled  week.

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Free From Fear

Fear is a spiritual force that begins inside us. It is totally destructive and It’s the primary weapon of the devil. God moves in response to faith but the devil moves in response to fear. In Matthew 14:24-31, Jesus told Peter to walk with him on water and he did. At first, it was very easy for Peter to do this because he had faith in Jesus but gradually as he kept walking and following he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet and the wind blowing heavily.
This sight scared Peter, fear started creeping in and gradually all his faith was lost. The moment this happened, the bible records that Peter began to sink. Peter looked at his circumstances, gave in to fear and the result was defeat.
Fear paralyzes us. It restrains us and steals the quality of life that Jesus wants us to have. The word of God tells us that we are  joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) , a chosen generation, royalty (I Peter 2:9),  the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21) but when we allow fear to come in and reside in our hearts, all God’s wonderful promises for us become ineffective. Till we resist the spirit of fear, we would continue to sink or even drown.
So how do we resist the spirit of fear? We can resist fear through faith i.e Believing. Having faith in the Most High God, The Father. We have to believe in Him and believe His word as well. The bible, which is God’s word is filled with solutions to any and every kind of problem that we come across. Instead of getting overwhelmed with these many problems, we should learn to go to the Living Word and believe what it says.

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Love is also another answer. We must learn to love ourselves and see ourselves the way Christ sees us. The more you love yourself, the less effect fear has on you. We should live our lives remembering 2 Tim 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline” (ESV). As Children of the King we shouldn’t even be saying things like ” Oh, I’m shy. I don’t think I can do it”.

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How do we develop this Faith?
Faith is developed by meditating on  God’s Word Daily , day and night(Joshua 1:8) and every hour of every day. It doesn’t have to be a very hard thing for us. It should be easy if we ask God for help, grace and guidance. We have to read the word, understand it, speak it out to our own hearing. The bible says “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). The more we hear and meditate, the stronger our faith grows.
It is very easy to meditate on the lies of the devil. He comes in and reminds you of how many giant looking textbooks, notes or slides you have to read before an exam coming up soon or how you failed the last time. He tells you you are no good and your present project is going to be a flop just like the previous ones and then we start worrying and grumbling and we feel dejected.

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We worry all the time and its almost human nature now. We worry about exams, money and many other things. The devil is happy when we worry because it means he has succeeded in distracting us from the important things we need to do.
We need to believe that God is able no matter our present circumstance and he is ready to help us just as he did for Peter. In fact what we fail to realise is that he has given us all that we need: Prayer (the Key), The bible, The words of our mouth, Our pastors, Our brothers and sisters in Christ (for fellowship) and above all the holy spirit (our teacher, helper, comforter and friend) and all we need to do is discover them and use them.
Begin to speak words of faith today and start seeing every fear depart from you.

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