Monthly Archives: January 2014

Prisoners of Promise

January is almost over. I’ve not decided exactly how I feel about that. On the one hand, my ‘break’ is coming to an end and I can finally start off with what the rest of 2014 holds (all the planning can finally start coming together) and that’s a good thing, but on the other hand, I’ll have to get out of my comfort zone and basically start from scratch with a lot of things… Ouch! I mentioned before that I took January off work but it hasn’t exactly being a lazy month. I’m moving on to a new phase of my life that has me both excited and scared and I wanted a ‘chill period’ in between. Surprisingly, I’ve been quite busy but I’ve loved (almost) every minute of it.
You know how at the beginning of the year a lot of people spend time with God getting direction for the year ahead, some take a fast and what not. Well, I’m one of those who is super excited about all that my Abba has promised me in 2014. I generally try not to get too excited about things so if it doesn’t work out, I don’t get disappointed. With 2014 however, I can’t help myself. I’m super psyched to see these promises come to pass.
A few days ago, I ‘accidentally’ found myself in a meeting and the teacher was talking about the need for perseverance. Now, that’s one message a lot of Christians these days do not want to hear. We like the ‘feel-good’ messages, and the slap-happy ‘easy-believism’. And yes, God has promised us a lot of good and perfect things but we refuse to see that these often come with trials.
Psalm 105 16-22 “16 He called for a famine on the land of Canaan,
cutting off its food supply. 17 Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them—
Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 18 They bruised his feet with fetters
and placed his neck in an iron collar. 19 Until the time came to fulfil his dreams,
the LORD tested Joseph’s character. 20 Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free;
the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. 21 Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household;
he became ruler over all the king’s possessions. 22 He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased
and teach the king’s advisers.”

Joseph had been given a dream (a promise) of greatness. God had shown him a beautiful picture of the future. But the process sure didn’t look beautiful. Look at verse 19, it was the Lord who tested Joseph’s character until the time for the fulfilment came. King James Version puts it this way:  “Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.”
It is true that the Lord has promised you wonderful things but be rest assured that promise will attract problems. The journey between where you are now and the fulfilment of that promise will not be without problems. The fact that God promised a thing doesn’t guarantee smooth sail to the final destination. There will be nights, but morning WILL come. These challenges are there to build character in you. “To your faith, add patience”. Your faith is incomplete without endurance. Let it do it’s work!

James 1:2-4 “2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

Most of the time when these trials come, we want to pray our way out of it as quickly as possible. When that doesn’t seem to be working, our faith starts to waiver. We begin to question the things that God has said to us. We become unsure and allow depression kick in. One translation of James 1:4 says, “don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do it’s work…” Don’t be quick to say God has abandoned you. Let the challenge do it’s work!
As you patiently (and joyfully) go through these not so pleasant experiences, remember that God hasn’t abandoned you.
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”(NLT)
“Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.” (THE MESSAGE)
Habakkuk 2:3 “3 This vision is for a future time.
It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place.
It will not be delayed.”

So maybe you’re still basking in the euphoria of His promises, excited and eagerly anticipating, or maybe you’ve already come down from the ‘high’ and you’re already being knocked about on every side… Be encouraged. You’re a prisoner of His promise. At the appointed time, it will show forth. ENJOY the process.
2Peter 1:5-8 “5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Okay, sermon over *phew*. Lol! Pastors try o. We hear these things all the time though, why is it so easy for us to forget when the trials come?! No more, Amen? Hehe.

Peace & light,

P.S. If you have any specific requests for 2014 (or whatever) and you’d like someone to join faith with you in prayer, I’d love to. Please leave a comment here or send me an email.



*Of nonsensical jumble of words…

I haven’t been able to write for sometime now. I could have a subject of interest. Subjects. I could also have the words, but only in my head. And there seems to be a disconnect between that place where the words are stored, and the fingers that should eventually transform them to actual, readable work. The ton of unfinished poetry sitting quietly in my drafts, do not count.
I have however taken to reading instead. As many things as I can lay my hands on. Books. Blogs. Magazines. Oh, I’ve also become addicted to Tumblr. Words. Pictures. Random ideas. It’s just beautiful. The goal is to read at least a hundred books this year. Possible, if I read at least two books a week. I’m currently on my sixth.
*NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, is my favourite so far. It’s funny without even trying to be. And the humour doesn’t take away from the seriousness of it. It was quite a lovely read.

Making music is such a beautiful thing. I really hope I do not screw it up at some point. Someone asked me yesterday if my music was ‘marketable’. I think what he meant, really, was that Nigerians only listened to one genre of music. And as a music-loving Nigerian, I was slightly offended. Only slightly though, because in reality…. I’d rather not go there. I’ve shared my music with only a handful and well… I guess those who will love it, will. It’s impossible to make music (or anything really) for everyone.

I took January off work. Best. Decision. Ever.

The greatest thing about 2014 for me, is the promise of laughter. Just you wait and see.

I love my church for many reasons, one of which is the opportunity given to everyone to use their talents. And if for some reason you’re not exactly sure what it is, the ‘trial and error’ friendly policy works in your favour. How else would I have known that I could work in video production? Or actually enjoy being in front of a camera? Motion camera. Or love editing and publication? Endless possibilities.

Haaaaayyy! I finally learned to drive stick. I still hate it though… But at least now when I’m asked if I know how to drive, I can say yes without having to worry about Efe’s voice in my head saying driving automatic cars isn’t really driving. In related news, I also learned how to beg an agbero… Errrm something about a major dent on a commercial bus, and a missing headlight from my mother’s Mercedes. Long story.

I should put an end to this rambling. And pray that the writing comes back. In the meantime, enjoy what’s available.

I just looked up from this screen to find the guitar staring back at me. Hmmm… Someone will be getting a Voicenote tonight.

Peace, love, and laughter,

Update (Of Sorts)… Heart Of The Matter.

I’ve grown accustomed to the sound of my laughter. Isn’t that a funny thing to say? But I have. I hear it so often now, it warms my soul. I can’t see much of a difference between then and now. It’s the type of joy that I can’t explain. I guess it’s a heart thing. For the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost…
The endless giggling and continuous smiling, even when I don’t have reason to… Especially when I don’t have reason to. D had to look through my phone searching for the source of my ‘entertainment’. He pronounced joy wrong. And you won’t find it there, Sir, it’s a heart thing.
Recent decisions have brought on serious questioning, and in some cases, chastising… Are you out of your mind?! I believe I am. Out of the mind I’ve allowed myself believe was mine, because that’s what was expected of me. And in the midst of the craziness, I laugh. You wonder why? Darling, it’s a heart thing.
I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. I no longer want to make sense of it. It’s here, it’s now. For the fruit of the Spirit is… joy…
I delight myself in Him who grants the desires of my heart. Even when I don’t see it. Because, my friend, it truly is a heart thing.

Dear God… Because You Bid Me Come.

*Prayer for 2014…

Dear Abba,
Here I am, literally at ground-zero… I understand that this is the best place to start. I come to You with nothing but a heart that wants to love You, eyes that long to see You, hands that yearn to feel You. I come with nothing but my faith and a willingness to go wherever You lead. An enthusiasm to walk on water, not because I have the ability to float, but simply because You bid me come. A desire to say yes to whatever You will. I come to You with all that I have, all that is me.
Eternally Yours,

Promises For 2014

Happy New Year!! (Better late than never :-))
As the new year unfolds, I am reminded of some of the lessons Abba taught me in 2013 that I plan to hold on to in 2014…

  • Count it all joy… (James 1:2). It’s best to accept now that hard times will come, there will be trials, it will get rough. It’s also wise to know before hand that the process is for my own good. I can rejoice in it. I can look forward to its building and developing me into the person Abba wants me to be.
    “2. Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” – James 1:2-4
  • Consider the lilies… (Luke 12:27). And when it begins to feel like I can’t catch a break, or like He’s abandoned me, or like I’m not making any headway… When I can’t stop my mind from worrying, or I’m beginning to lose faith, I will consider the lilies.
    “22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
    26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
    27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
    28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
    29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.
    31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
    32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
    33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.
    34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
  • Luke 12:22-34

  • To whom would I go… (John 6:68). No matter how turbulent it gets, I’ve made up my mind already, I am stuck to Him. Really, where would I go? To whom would I turn? Who’s a better option? And when my heart is overwhelmed, it is to Him I would run.
    “Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.” John 6:68
  • As sure as the dawn… (Hosea 6:3). Though the manifestation of His promises may tarry, I will wait for Him. He will show forth, as sure as the dawn. If He promised it, He will fulfil it. He watches over His word to perform it. Therein lies my confidence.
    1 “Come, let us return to the LORD.
    He has torn us to pieces;
    now he will heal us.
    He has injured us;
    now he will bandage our wounds. 2 In just a short time he will restore us,
    so that we may live in his presence. 3 Oh, that we might know the LORD!
    Let us press on to know him.
    He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
    or the coming of rains in early spring.”
    Hosea 6:1-3
  • Customised pathway… (Psalm 32:8). I trust Him to direct me along the best pathway for my life in 2014. If He says, “this is the way”, I will not hesitate to walk in it. Abba knows best. He leads me along the pathway He specifically customised just for me. Whoop!
     The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
    I will advise you and watch over you.”
    Psalm 32:8
  • Anyone excited about 2014 yet? With promises like these, why wouldn’t I be? 😀