Dear Love,

What comes to your mind when the word “love” is mentioned?

Is it, Rainbows? World peace? Perhaps it’s Someone? I don’t know what it is but I am pretty sure something comes to your mind – you can’t possibly draw up blanks when it comes to love.

I stumbled on a love letter I wrote on my blog some years back (2013) and I realised that I still feel as strongly towards God as I did back then…I can comfortably say that I am still in love with God:

Dear Love,

I was going to be all artistic and start with the colour of the rainbow reflecting the different shades that could come out of the sun or the rains with its different intensity expression the depth and strength of your love, I was even thinking as far as the countries with exciting weather change (Summer, Spring, Autumn or even Winter) describing the various degrees of your love…was thinking so much, how I can express my love for you- sounding like those really poetic people, or great artists or even musicians. I realised they must have experienced you in different ways and expressed their love in a way unique to them yet acceptable to all; so this is me, in my basic imagination, telling you how much I love you.

I really don’t know how other people wake up, but I love how you wake me up, there are days when I wake up in an instant (like a jolt of black coffee), there are other times I wake up or more like I ease into waking up- like savoring the aroma of a cooking meal), in all there’s that uniqueness that warms my heart. I love you for being there for me even before I ever imagined that I needed you, and just like Eric McDaniel, J. Hairston and Minon Bolton, I am saying- I AM GRATEFUL.

I have often wondered how I can accurately describe how much I know you love me, I end up with a headache’s shadow, so I am content with loving you and knowing how to express it. Expressing my love for you and gratitude is like singing unsung melodies, better pouring out my heart by speaking in tongues, you definitely understand. I was alright with life…you loved, I was broken hearted…you still loved, I was ill and going crazy…you still loved me- desperately, I neglected you, did things I am not entirely proud of- you did not love me less, I was feeling high and Pharisee-like….you still loved me.

I may not have the best of words or the most touching lyrics, or the best artwork expressing how much I love you, I have come to realize that you would accept the love, not because you are desperate, but you love me so much that my feeble attempts in showing how much I love you touches you. Here I am cap-in-hand, saying I love you beyond my imagination can let me for now, I love for every time I err you correct me in your way (in the way that works at the time), I love that you love me too much to give me too much. I love you and I intend to be more expressive. I am desperately in love with you Lord that I am going to attempt to be artistic in my words, but words could be cheap.

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I am going to work at being more expressive; here is my attempt: My love for you is like the sunset over the seas, it’s not orange, it’s not purple, it could be described but I am going to attempt to be artistic in my words, but words could be cheap, I am going to work at being more expressive; here is my attempt: My love for you is like the sunset over the seas, it’s not orange, it’s not purple, it could be described but better-experienced…as beautiful as that is, it comes to naught compared to your love for me. I was taught to look before I leap, but with you I will leap and still not look, my love for you enables me to trust you absolutely, even when it’s against the norm There are times when my love for you brings butterflies to my belly, other times it brings clarity, I love that I am not helpless, love that you let me fall in love with you and not force me to love you even though its within your capacity.

I was taught to look before I leap, but with You I will leap and still not look, my love for you enables me to trust you absolutely, even when it’s against the norm There are times when my love for you brings butterflies to my belly, other times it brings clarity, I love that I am not helpless, love that you let me fall in love with You and not force me to love you even though it’s within your capacity. Concluding this entry, I have come to realise that I cannot express my love for you without talking about your love for me, the truth is; you first love me. I wish I had an artist who can paint what I feel inside, I wish I had a camera that can capture how much I love you, I wish I had a lyricist to describe how much I love you and how much I want to love you, Lord.

The truth is; you know how much I love you because you are all those things I wished I had to express my true feelings; now I am content, knowing that even more than I have admitted to myself, you know my true feelings…that’s one more thing I love about you. With you, I am not in love with the idea of being in love; I know that I am in love with you.

Yours Sincerely

Taemytayo (the one who loves you).

I have tried to express my love for God but I keep running in circles, take a break from your busy or laid back schedule and express your love for your creator; it helps put things in perspective.

Here’s the love letter I wrote to God, “I love you ” could be mere words, what other ways can you use to express your love for and to God?

Remember: He first loved you!

Love and Its Interpretation

Happy New Month

It’s February!!! The month that brings out the poet in us.

meanwhile for poems on love, I think you need to check out @poetolu on Instagram, his poems takes my breath away. LOL


Sighs! we are in February, in Nigeria we have #Nigeriadecides; it’s our election month, I have personally decided not to comment/campaign for anyone here on this platform.

So this month, like everyone else, i will be talking about love.

Love is kind, love is patient, love does not envy, love does not boast…1 Corinthians 13:4-8. The word love means a lot of things to different people in the bible:

  • To Esther: It meant defying the odds and saving her people.

  • To Rebecca: It meant helping her beloved son JACOB gets blessed and staying alive (she helped him escape Esau’s wrath).

  • To Jacob: It meant working as a slave, being cheated into marrying another wife, just to marry his beloved Rachael.

  • To Jonathan: It meant transferring his birthright to David and a wholehearted friendship.

  • To David: It meant writing sheets upon sheets of words declaring his love to God.

  • To Daniel: It meant not defying himself.

  • To the 3 Hebrew men: It meant standing firm in God and not bowing to another.

  • To Israel: It meant strong words of prayer.

  • To Mary: It meant accepting to be used; defying all form of ridicule associated with being pregnant and unwed.

  • To God: It meant giving up his one and only begotten son for the sins of the world.

  • To Jesus: It meant giving up his life, feeling our pain, being nailed on the cross repeatedly and yet pleading for mercy.

Do you love or do you think you love?

Prayer as a relationship is probably your best indicator about the health of your love relationship with God. If your prayer life has been slack, your love relationship has grown cold. – John Piper

This month, while we celebrate love, while we think outside the box on how to express our love for one another; while we try to out-do our loved ones; let’s think on these things.

As Christians, we should indeed love our neighbor; Jesus Christ loves the sinner but hates the sin, so why do we segregate? Why do we look down at the “sinner”? Why do we prejudge them? Let’s do something that reflects Christ each day of the month and rest of the year-

  • Help someone out today (You may be helping angels)
  • Don’t hold grudges 
  • Don’t condemn, give an alternative advice
  • Don’t hold back.

Let’s try to work and walk in love, what does love mean to you?

Happy birthday to FUNMISH and February Celebrants

Is your God private?

2014 is just a breath away, I was wondering how many of us had our heart desires fulfilled in this great year. A lot of people died; simply put, a lot of young people died in this great year of 2013, it was like the old people were spared….so here I am thanking God for sparing my family, friends and I.

 

On November 3rd, there was a partial solar eclipse at my end, it was also my birthday (yeah thanks, happy birthday to me); I expected fanfare, cakes, visits, gifts etc.; but I got none. I was a bit annoyed to be sincere, one thing that was constant was the amount of prayers I got that day; GOSH!!! It more than made up for the disappointment.

 

How many times have we expected stuff from God and gotten disappointed or delayed; how many times have we seemingly waited for that miracle and gotten our hopes dashed? I have been in such situations, though while in them, I am prickly, frustrated and somewhat angry, once the phase has passed, I am grateful for the lessons in the storm. My advice for this coming year is to learn to walk with God’s plan, be patient with what he has in stock for you and ask God for the lessons in the storm and the message in the silence.

 

One question: “Is your love for God private?”

 

Please do not be in a haste to answer the questions until you consider some of the pointers to your answer.

 

As Christians how do we behave outside, do we show love or do we show indifference? Are we bothered when we see things that are not Godly? Are we passionate about who we claim to love? According to the bible, when Jesus came to earth to live his exemplary life, he was passionate about his father’s house and kingdom, he refused to be intimidated by his birthing circumstances or the wealthy Pharisees and Sadducees, he simply expressed his love for God. He could have said I was born to a carpenter, to a mother who was pregnant before she got married, he didn’t slow down when His supposed forerunner asked if He was the one expected. No, He continued sharing his love for his father. We sometimes try to conceal our light from the world, sometimes you may feel that talking about God and your love for him in some settings is inappropriate e.g. talking about God in the office, in the bus, on outings, on team bonding’s etc. is setting-inappropriate but we are not scared to argue politics, play lewd music or send broadcasted messages advertising one business or the other.

 

I have seen creative advertisement and innovative business ideas, for some reasons, the creativity ends when it comes to advertising Christ, whose business should you be passionate about? in a love letter named “Matthew” Jesus himself mentioned that we should invest our treasure in heaven. When you are a stakeholder in any organization, their profit is your profit, you would definitely like to encourage people/friends to investing into a profitable business. I enjoin you that in this 2014 coming up tomorrow, you go crazy!!! Get creative and advertise Christ and the kingdom of heaven like no other year.

 

Reflect God in:

·         Your speech

·         Your dressing

·         Your thinking

·         Showing Love

·         Your music

 

God is your business, think up ideas that will move the kingdom of God forward, you’d be surprised how creative you can be.

 

Don’t be like the man who claims he loves his girlfriend but refuses to show her to the world or make a honest woman out of her.

Don’t claim to love God and do nothing. If he thought you are worth fighting for (the size of the fight is measured by the price to be won), then for him to have died for you shows that he believes in you and what he has deposited in you.

 

Have a glorious 2014, talk with you soon *winks*

I am definitely back  

Scribbled Lessons from the Love Textbook

I have nothing major to write but I have a lot on my mind. I was approached by one of my readers after reading my January entry, he said and I quote: “Tayo, you seem to talk so much about love; it would be interesting for you to write about love one day.” Well my friend, your request has been answered; I am writing about love this month in a rather unconventional way though.
Happy birthday to Olorunnimbe Aduragbemi(aka: Creame Gigi- someone who has shown great maturity)Funmi Solarin (Funsolz: she’s one of the most gracious people i know), Afopefoluwa Osewa (one of the most cheerful peeople i know), Ademola Owolabi (one voice i can’t get over), Jide Charles (someone that thinks outside the box ALWAYS), Arinola Olumogba and Allwell (keys *winks*) Obi (my musical maestro) {notice the trend}and to all my February readers; the Lord will indeed cause his grace to shine upon you. I hope I didn’t miss out any name this month o. Whitney Houston is dead (age 48 is quite young sha). Happy 16thanniversary to Y.D.I (Young Disciple International) it’s been a joyful journey so far and I’m grateful to God for opening me up to be blessed by this great ministry.
This book is a MUST-HAVE, something to learn from. i have learnt a great deal and i am sure you will
Since February’s edition spilled over to March I would like to start this month by saying a big happy birthday to one of God’s walking companion, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, who has showed me that there’s no level of pride the Almighty God cannot humble. He is seventy (70) years old and he doesn’t look it……one bit.
Reading the news paper daily has become more of a bitter pill to swallow than usual, with the happenings and all other weird things going on around the world, little wonder why I don’t discourage my baby brother from watching nickelodeon or Disney channel; call that escape, I call it peace of mind. I would like us to take a minute or more as your gracious heart can take and pray for Nigeria and the world at large, ending it with: God bless Nigeria and God bless the world.
St Valentine’s Day has come and gone, a day where people consciously or subconsciously identify as the day of love, well the origin is quite twisted so I am part of the subconsciously parties. Jesus came and died for my sins in an unprecedented and unrepeated style and I am yet to get over that. If you are old and grey; and you forget everything else, don’t forget that what God did for you is a textbook (authentic) definition of love and all other forms are counterfeits.
Some define love as: a sandal where without the other one it’s not complete (sincerely I have seen very weird definitions of love in this my short life). I believe that love is everything you make of it within the boundaries of first Corinthians thirteen (1Cor 13). In my opinion that chapter coupled with 1 John 3 is the ideal textbook of love.

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A lot of things happen in life and some of the biggest excuse we hear or give is that I did it out of my love for you! if you are in a relationship now, I want you to take time out and think about why you are in that relationship, are you there for material things? For the lust disguised as love? Are you there out of pity because after all said and done when all fades away, what makes you stay is the immaterial thing you noticed in the first place.
God loves us so much that he put so much thought in making us that he had to call a meeting on how we should be created; after he was done, he put his stamp of approval that we are HIS’ by giving us his breath. This was different because he didn’t do that for other animals or anything he created; rather he spake the word and created the world: this struck me that “love” is not for the saying (that is why there’s no clear definition of love even in the bible), “love” is always backed up by doing. Let’s check out some biblical evidences:
God: in the story of creation, God said: “let us MAKE man in our image….” And God also breathe into us before we could be complete.
Mordecai and Esther: for the love of the Jews acted rather declared; Mordecai mourning physically rather than say “I will mourn” and Esther risking her life to go to the king uninvited rather than saying I will wait and see what I can say.
Mary: she could have very well said she can’t face the ridicule of being pregnant before marriage and risk not being the carrier of the savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus: He could have he wasn’t going to die for the people that didn’t care about the significance of his coming not to talk of His death and eventual ressurection.
There are more biblical evidences of the word “love” but I will stop here. Love can be said to be a feeling that produces outward/physical evidences.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes shall not perish but have everlasting life”
“What greater love than this, that you laid down your life for me” – Rachael Lampa
God loves you so much; he cares less about your past, don’t be in a race to outdo God’s love for you because that is just mission impossible; all you need to do is love him the best way you can humanly do.
Here are some little things I noted from my love text book (1 john):
 1 John 1:9: he is faithful and just to forgive our sins
1 John 1:5: but if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.
1 John 3:16: this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
1 John 3:18: Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
That said; I was made to understand with the help of the Holy Spirit that: lightness can be likened to love (don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about your skin complexion). I remember when I realized that I was in love with Ayodele Akingbulu; people commented that I was glowing; how much more will your life enjoy the experience of having your whole system glow/lighted. There is something about love that brings out your inner beauty and makes the light focus on you alone.
Here’s my little love equation:
Man ≠ loveÞMan (product) of God’s loveÞLove = lightÞGod = LightÞHence, God = light ÞMan + love God = Man lightened.
You can’t say you are in love with your fellow human if you don’t love God; because God himself is love, I am telling you this because until I loved God whole heartedly, I didn’t know what it felt like to love and to be in love with anybody.
*singing* love will never end,
Broken hearts will mend again,
 Yesterday has been replaced,
 Now we have another chance;
 To save someone who’s lost,
 Give them hope no matter the cost,
 Stand together come what may………..
This month March is looking great, key into God’s love, love him desperately and watch him go about boasting about you. Writing on this has thought me to let go and forgive easily; to you my close friend who didn’t think she offended me….i let you go.
Life Inspiring Stories Volume two is out in stores now; it is a book that gives you a tales-by-moonlight experience with Pastor E.A. Adeboye with biblical promise reminderrs. simply put…… i just can’t seem to get enough of it. For more information on how to get a copy, in Nigeria and beyond please leave a comment. E.book is #1,000 naira and hard copy is #700 naira, go and get your copy…..