The Wisdom of Fear Not.

How didn’t I know that being a child of God is equal to being fearless?

Never really thought of it that way, I may have embraced fear as a motivating factor, there was a time I would read just because of the fear of not writing anything in the exam hall and then I would get an A. Without knowing it, I welcomed fear. Realized today fear has no place here. Not even a tiny space.

I decided I was going to write on fear, earlier today I listened to a message that had the bullet point: Fear Not. It caught my attention.

But before I go into that, something about opportunities also caught my attention, Here’s what Pastor Victor said:

Most often opportunities presents itself as a problem in disguise, therefore embrace it.
When God wants to make you a showcase He presents a case before you. The giants of the scriptures were men and women that understood opportunity. They recognized and embraced it.
David, Daniel, Joseph, Esther… (Ask how)
Every opposition ahead of you is to affirm your upward position.
“Opportunity lost is blessing transferred.”
Don’t lose your opportunity.

Wisdom of Living: Wisdom of Fear Not

“Fear Not”

Whatever you are afraid of would happen.
If you are afraid of tomorrow, your fear would happen.
It’s not an emotional or psychological state, Fear is a spirit.
How do we know this?
2 Timothy 1:7, God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
Fear is a spirit of bondage.
Don’t be afraid of what is coming ahead of you.
What is coming ahead of you is not bigger than you.
Fear not.
First people who became afraid? Adam and Eve.
♦ Fear erodes mentality.
You do things you wouldn’t do normally.
♦ It afflicts your confidence.
♦ It abuses personality.
♦ It loses identity. You can’t talk/stand where others are talking, easily intimidated…
♦ It reduces authority.
Job 3:25- “The thing I was afraid of answered.”
The thing you are afraid of the most would happen.
Fear is as powerful as faith.
Leave it to God and let life play it out.
Never be afraid.
Fear not was said 365 TIMES – One for each day. 
Balance your life.
Never be afraid of anything cause it is most dangerous and most destructive.
Fear not.
Enjoy God.
Don’t bother on tomorrow.
Celebrate your today.
Face your assignments with all your strength today, make a new name today.
Do it in an extra way-better today. Be a better person
Give it your best.
Maximize opportunities of today. And see how God would decorate your life.

The answer to the spirit of fear is the spirit of Faith. How is the spirit of faith manifested? I believe, therefore I speak. Speak life to your tomorrow. ♥ 

And She Laughs With No Fear of the Future….

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The Unbeatable Offer

Hey Guys, So I stumbled on this post by Unshakable Demi on Facebook and I was so inspired. All week I’ve been fretting a little about “What next?” especially since the next I made plans for seems unsure. Sometimes I have this pressure that comes with joining the real world “rat race” but in these few days I learnt new things.

I met a guy who has his plans going well quite a substantial amount of acquired wealth I would guess but he doesn’t believe in religion. I then asked myself would I rather be here pondering on what next but knowing that God reigns in my affairs or  where he is. I decided I would rather be like here, there’s something about knowing the Almighty. “He gives you a peace that surpasses all understanding” but when the devil thinks “hey! let me put people in her path that are achieving the things she had planned” and it seems that your peace is wavering. Just go back to the altar. Jesus has the victory. He said “…I have overcome the world”.

It came to me to thank and not to ask. And it was confirmed by a message. “Rather than asking for His gifts and His miracles. Seek Him. If you have God you have his miracles. If you have God you have more.”

Jeremiah 29:13 “Then you will seek Me, inquire for and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Paul said in Philippians 3:10 “… that I may know Him.. and the power of His resurrection..” when you know Him you have His power. The power to succeed. You have victory over anything that is not of Him. He said,”No good thing shall I withhold from those who walk uprightly.” “All thing works together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

All will be well 🙂

Here is the Unbeatable Offer written by Unshakable Demi :

Wanna be the best in your field?

Wanna ace all your courses and be the best in class?

Wanna live an anxiety-free life?

Wanna have foresight?

Wanna have all your hopes and aspirations fall in place at the right time?

Wanna be guided by someone who is experienced in your field?

Wanna avoid the pitfalls that may people face?

Wanna have unlimited joy and live a fulfilled life?

All these and many more…..

On one condition:

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added(Matt 6:33)

Many of us have come across this scripture before, have probably recited it innumerable times but the truth is we don’t practice it….(I inclusive)

We are all so caught up in the vicissitudes of life that we fail to acknowledge the giver of life…we keep running helter skelter to make ends meet, to achieve that goal…but we forget that if we add the God factor, not only would we achieve those dreams, it’ll also be with less stress and other benefits added

The usual excuse is..”Oh I’m so busy”(work, uni etc)….but imagine if God says “oh I’m too busy with the other 6 billion people in the world…and I don’t have time to ensure that you’re alive tomorrow?”

The recent events happening around the world today has re-inforced how transient life is….

Decide to change today, for there may never be a tomorrow…..

About A Queen

It’s been a while since I wrote anything.

Sitting here I’m overwhelmed with a feeling. I’ll call it love. I’ll call it admiration. I’ll call it gratitude.

Not for just anybody but for the woman God gave me to watch over me, protect and to love me. My Role model, my own personal virtuous woman, a woman I’m privileged to call my mother.

She carried me for nine months, fed me, bathe me, although I may not remember my first years I know my mum was always there for me.

From the stories I know she went through a lot to ensure I had the best of everything even when everything seemed to be working against her. My beautiful dress with red that I wear in the pictures, my mum bought it paying twice just so I would look beautiful, mum made clothes from her scarves, took care of my hair so well that I always got compliments.

I remember Corona days; my mum in her red Toyota Starlet would drive us to school (playing that medley tape that has “God never fails”, “It’s about the time to go home…but the faithful one has given us assurance that everything’s gonna be good” and other songs.) every other morning early and looking presentable. Mum would buy snacks from the woman who owned the kiosk across the school whose nickname was “YES-YES” not because she had to but so we would be happy.  Best times were during exams, mum would park her car behind the school and ask us questions so we wouldn’t fail, she gave her time to my brother and I, gave us her best. Mum knew the teachers and my friends. I remember how she would take me to birthday parties I was invited to and my friend’s house to play, sometimes she would wait, other times she would come back to get me.

She trained us and brought us up in the way of the lord. She beat bad habits and stubbornness away. There were times when I felt I was adopted and imagined I was switched at birth; little did I know that it was for my own good. She prayed for us and prayed with us.  I remember when mum would travel, she wouldn’t tell us when she was coming back, we would come back from school and find everything we wished for on our beds laid out ever so nicely, I would scream in joy and start looking for my angel who would be in the balcony lying down for fresh air.

My mum’s presence in a place made and still makes me feel comforted; I knew no one could mess with me once she was around because no one can mess with my mum- my own personal superhero! When she would drop me off with an adult to stay for a bit or to make my hair I would be quiet and feel timid but when my come comes around everywhere becomes lively, making jokes or saying something sarcastic. Yup. My mum is the coolest.

I remember…

“I remember my 10th birthday when we went shopping for my party pack in yaba and I had a lovely party in ikoyi club. I remember you took us there every Friday after school and paid for swimming lessons. I remember how you would lie down and let me play with your hair. I remember year 2000 in London. I remember advising you when you were unhappy, crying as you cried. I remember all the new clothes. I remember shopping for school bag and school shoes. I remember waiting you waiting as I wrote entrance exams. I remember…”

A proverbs 31 woman, she’s the most hardworking person I know. If I didn’t know before I know that now, I’m old enough to take care of the house when she travels and from that I know it is not easy! Far from it! For 23 years, on Sundays she wakes up as early as 4am to make the perfect English breakfast, my friends who have slept over would confirm the perfection ^_^. Every other day she wakes up early to get my sister ready for school, these past few days I haven’t slept well doing all that…

My mum’s personality is one of a kind. She is caring in her actions, not always with words. Mum points out what you are doing wrong and she wouldn’t hesitate to tell you what’s on her mind. She doesn’t keep things inside and resent you secretly. She tells you straight up and if you’re wise enough you will obey. Although, she says it’s rude to say an adult is shouting or yelling, mum can yell you into the ground. She has a good heart and loves to give. My mum is a God lover, God is her whole world and He’s been faithful. Doing things of God makes my mum happy, that and watching Mount Zion movies, let’s not forget talking on the phone (I’m so sure she’s Airtel’s best customer and she has been with them since they were called Econet, she bought her sim card for about 37k I think). Have I mentioned she’s beautiful inside and out, loves fashion- started with selling laces, now she has a boutique where she sells the most elegant of clothes. She dresses chief judges, pastors, bankers and other great women. Her style is simple yet elegant and for a 51 year old woman my mum is smoking hot!!!

Mum and I argue often because she thinks I’m lazy and I like to do things at my own time. I think the only true part is the latter, everyone is lazy sometimes- can’t always be pro-active. But I think I’m so much like my mum who also likes things done at her time. But my own time and hers are totally different.  Well, she’s the mother.

I’ll stop here, I could write a book if I’m to speak on my mum which I may do someday to inspire young people especially girls.

She didn’t have much then but she gave me her all.

She once said “I don’t have much but I have Jesus. And it’s this Jesus I have to give to you.”

My mum’s story is a beautiful one. It gives me hope and makes me know that all things really do work out for the good of those who love God.

Proverbs 31:28 says her children arise and call her blessed. This is a way of arising and declaring that my mum is the best in the whole world and indeed blessed. Many mothers have done virtuously, nobly and well but you excel them all.

Just a piece to let you know I love you. I may not be able to mention all you have done for us but I want to let you I remember every bit and I’m grateful for it.

My prayer is that we wouldn’t let you down and your efforts would not be in vain.

You gave us your all. And the fruit of your labour would show forth.

I will make you proud. I promise.

You said to send a mail of things I need but I realized you’ve provided so much that I couldn’t even think of one thing I seriously need. I have all I want. Indeed I’m not just lucky but blessed and I thank God for you.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. In every prayer of mine I always make my entreaty and petition for you all with joy” – Philippians 1:3-4

Not to say we won’t have our differences most times. But to acknowledge you and let you know, you are loved, great woman. I’m very sure you touch lives even as you’ve touch my own.

I Love You

Olamide Wilson.

Hey There…

So it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, well I’ve tried writing but I always end up saving it on my notepad & in the write-up folder. It either comes off to deep and confusing, cause that’s what I’ve been about for a while now.

Out of uni.now, graduated on the 27th of June. I went to NYSC camp for 3 weeks ( the experience was bad and good- everyday had its highs and lows). Serving my country for a year, that’s what my year is going to be about, well that and getting into grad. school. And… getting all the plans I wrote down for this year on the big orange paper behind my door done (Sneak Peek ? “Read 50 books” Lol I’m really going to try. This year is for me☺️. Starting work at a high school soon (Yh that’s how I’m to serve my nation, giving back to the youth). I’ll do that for bit till I get a word from God on what/where next. I was thinking of working at a company that’ll prepare me for grad. school. Trying to figure out everything on my own didn’t work out so well.

I can’t run ahead of God. Tried, Failed. He knows best.

Okay. I went to to beach today, I had fun ^_^. It had been a while since I visited a beach about 2 years ago. Today was Ibukun’s birthday get-together, I was so glad it was at the beach. I was telling Bubba the other day how I hadn’t been to one in forever and I really wanted to. I made him come. Bubba’s real name is H-man. Lol no really, it’s Harold. He’s my best buddy & y’know he’s Bubba     . We always have fun together- we’re both really silly, well he’s serious but I bring out the silly in him. Funniest thing happened on the way back, we tried to beat traffic but ended up not really beating traffic and my mum got upset because she didn’t see the reason why I took “a ship to get to London rather than a plane” ( I don’t really mean London, ship or plane.. but you get the logic don’t you ?) You see we are the good guys but we always seem to be the bad guys in the parent’s eyes. And stuff like this happens every-time ! .  Oh well if you’re going to get in trouble (not trouble trouble.. I mean i’m 21, I forgot to tell you this bit)  make sure the time was worth it. It always is.

So like I said, I omitted from the “what I’ve been up to” part of my piece that I was 21 on 1st August. I had  little get-together at my house. You’ve got to be grateful for family and friends, they’re important. My mum made Jollof rice and chicken, she got drinks too,I went out to get pizza and the cake. The presents ! My favorite part  , Bubba got me a Nikon camera, Doyin (sistuur-in-love) got me a new little black dress (I was happy- I cut my last one in a failed attempt to be creative, every girl should have a little black dress), Magbe got me a journal, Favour got me a diva book, Biola Baby got me cupcakes, Oyinda gave me a beautiful pearl necklace, Aunty gave me money $_$, Mum got me two dresses too beautiful to wear to just anywhere, Segunfunmi gave me love, gist and support, a family friend got me a bar soap and Dad got me a Laptop. The calls, voicenotes, texts, pings- I felt like a princess. Feel free to add anything else, my 21 doesn’t run out till 2015. Especially Ope.

Tired. Bye-Bye.

New Things. #Repost from Soulcaste.wordpress.com. Written By Me.

When Life Was Moving,
As Time Went By I Grew Up,
I Didn’t Realize I Had,
Until My Different Reactions To The Things Around Me Told Me I Had.

They Said I Was “dead”
I Smiled As I Remembered
Colossians 3:3
“…For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God”
Little Did They Know How Dead I Was.

They Said I Wasn’t Pretty Anymore
Psalm 139:14
“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful and I know that full well”
I Didn’t Mind Them,
His Works Are Wonderful, I Knew That Fully Well.

They Asked Why My Situation Had Changed,
I Had So Much To Tell Them,
This God I Serve Is Awesome,
Making All Tests, Testimonies.
“He makes all things beautiful in His time”

They Mocked, “His time ke ? Since, When Oh? “
How Could I Explain This Faith ?
Romans 8:28?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him…”
Jeremiah 29:11 ?
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you a hope and a Future”
Deuteronomy 31:8 ?
“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you Nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
I Sighed,
Isaiah 55:8-9
Guys
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Knowing Fully Well
Number 23:19
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor son of man that He should change His mind. Does He Speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfil?”

They mocked “Ehn Ehn… This girl that used to do this, that, blah… ?”
Oh well,
1 Corinthians 5:17
“Behold, If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

I Had Stopped Caring About The Opinions Of Others,
I Knew Who I Was,
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light”
I Was No Longer Afraid Of The Future. Confident,
Philippians 1:6
“…being confident of this, that He who has began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ”

They Said Lots Of Other Things & I Had Answers 🙂

P.S.
Just Sharing One Of My Favorite Verses With You.
Deutoronmy 30:19-20
“This day I call Heaven and Earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you Life and Death, Blessings and Curses. Now Choose Life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God , listen to His voice and hold fast to Him. For the LORD is your life and he will give you many years in the land he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

He said “Choose Life” Guys. You Should 🙂

 

10 Things Jesus Never Said

1. You’re too far gone to be saved.
2. I’m so disappointed in you.
3. This wouldn’t be happening if you were a better Christian.
4. It’s okay not to love certain people.
5. Everyone should believe and act like you do.
6. It’s all up to you.
7. You don’t have to forgive someone who really hurts you.
8. You missed my will for your life.
9. I’ve given up on you.
10. This is a cross you must bear.

 

Here I Stand

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Young, Dark skin, brown contact eyed girl walked into School on the first day,
Wary yet excited,
Both for the 4 years to come,
Why did it have to be here ?
Who were all these people ?
How do I survive ?
She stepped into a whole new world in a blink of an eye.
New faces,
New responsibilities,
A whirlwind of events over the four years,
Events that caused hurts,
Ones that made her whole again,
There were good and bad times,
Both from which lessons were drawn,
They say people always leave and some did,
Unfortunate circumstances ripped friends away
But that is life.
It’s nothing without leaving or moving on,
It’s something we all have to deal with,
Words would never be enough to describe these years,
Maybe I will try next time.

Four years now,
A young woman stands slightly lighter but dark all the same,
no brown contacts rather wisdom and understanding.
Stronger,
Wiser,
Having access to the keys of success in life
Here I stand again,
Moving on to the unknown yet knowing the greatness that awaits.
Thankful for the years gone by in what seems like a flash of time,
Grateful for the people met along the way,
People whom may never cross path with till eternity,
Others that have become life-long friends,
Grateful for the circumstances that led me to Covenant University.
And Forever thankful for the man who had the vision, Bishop David Oyedepo.

Thank You Jesus.
It’s Onward and Upwards from here.
Butterflies in my tummy as I go into the real world out of the confinment of the walls of this
institution, into the big world where good and bad prosper, wicked men at war with good every other day.

Here I stand smiling in these days, trusting the maker of my soul. He who has begun a good work is faithful and just to bring it to completion.

At that point in life when you stop and wonder;
“What Comes Next ?”
There are many of such points in life,
When you are graduating from high school,
Then the proper graduation from University,
When you’re done with NYSC,
When you’ve been working in a place for about 5 years,
When you are ready to make that life-long commitment to another,
When you ready to start having children,
You should not wait till the very point before you ask yourself, “What Comes Next ?” I believe you plan ahead so these important moments in life would not take you by surprise. A wise man said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Having a vision (knowing where you going, who you want to be, what impact you want to make) is key.

The list goes on and on.

It’s funny how when you’re in grade school your teachers tell you “you haven’t seen nothing yet”, then you get to high school and they say, “wait till you get to the university”,
Unlike some others who have probably experienced a bit of the real world, I found myself in a Christian University and you know what that means- No freedom and you hear people telling you every other day what happens in “real” universities.
Well, it did not only potray “Lack of Freedom” for me, it did way more than that;

In the beginning I felt I didn’t quite fit in for one reason or the other but along the line I learnt to adapt, adapting gave me an oppurtunity to meet and understand people around me. I had never met people who lived outside Lagos, Abuja or Kaduna before. Silly as it sounds, I thought every other states had bushes, few concrete houses and poor roads and uncivilized humans. I met people who lived in Warri, Bauchi, Jos and so on. One of the main reason I did not want to school in Nigeria was so I could meet people from different countries and continents of the world but schooling here made me realize I did not even know my own fellow Nigerians. I’ve met people with unique personlaities e.g. My enthusiastic Urhobo friend.
I’m more of a “learn from experience” kind of person and being here helped me not to make the dumb choices I know I would have made otherwise. It also brought me closer to God. I would always say the best decision I ever made was giving Him my all, it’s been onwards and upwards since then.

So you’re at that point and it seems like you are moving towards the unknown feeling anxious and excited about the future, knowing things are never going to be the same again because that is life, you will never see some people again, hoping things would go your way and the road would be smooth- money, love, cars and “Boom!” you are made.
I realized life is not always that straight forward, it’s rather unfair;
Ask the girl who moved to New York City to become a ballerina and is working as a waitress in Brooklyn,
Or the man who was an NBA star before a ghastly accident took away his ablity to walk.

Some would say they probably did not have God on their side and scream a “God Forbid” but these things happen not only to unbelievers but also believers. The word says rain falls on both the righteous and the unrighteous. Speaking about unfortunate situations someone said, “These things happen to the best of us.”, we just have to get up and show these situations that we are the best and they picked the wrong star to mess with.
Although we may go through trails and troubles, life should not have your back on the ground,
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” because that is what success is. Do not let the troubles you go through keep you down.

The beautiful thing about being a child of God is learning to dance in the storms, praising in the storm because you just know, you know that all thing will work together for your good because you love God. How many things ? All things. There are just too many scriptures to back up the success of a God lover knowing fully well that God is not man that He should lie and His promises are Yes and Amen.

As we go into the world to shine because “duh!” we are stars, remember the word is life.It is real, it works.

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Happy Easter 🙂 . The life, death and resurrection of Jesus is the reason for this season not Easter bunnies and colorful eggs. x