A Special Mother’s Day Post

Come Sunday, Americans will treat their mothers specially, it is indeed Mother’s Day. Well, as an aspiring mother, I will celebrate them, my geographical location notwithstanding.

There’s this interview excerpt with a woman I admire so much, she’s a young mum and through her, the HolySpirit is starting a revival amongst women, her name is Pastor Tolu’ Odukoya-Ijogun.

Here’s something to wet your appetite:

YMR: As a pastor, mum and wife and fulfilling your purpose. How do you bring it all together?

PT: Honestly it is all the grace of God; sometimes I wonder how it’s all possible but when you rely on Gods strength you break barriers of impossibilities

YMR: There are a lot of things competing for our attention as mums, working in a full/part time job, being a mum and a loving wife. How do you strike a balance?

 PT: I have always believed that there is a 20% that brings about the 80% result but what most of us do is that we focus on the 80% that brings about the 20% result. I know that I am (as Tolu Odukoya-Ijogun) very inadequate when it comes to all these things so I always focus on Gods strength to be the best steward I can in the lives of my husband and children because I realise every day that they are truly Gifts from God and since he gave me these gifts he know exactly what I need to do. In my place of work or business, I am the example of my father Jesus Christ so I ask him to help me represent him well, with the help of the Holy Spirit influence lives around me and do the best I can. and as a Pastor to reach as many souls as possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. To finish the assignment and purpose I was created for and to set as many lives on fire for our lord Jesus Christ.

Click here to read the full interviewHappy mother

No more Drama!

It’s the last day in April and I will like to share what has been on my mind since the last half of this month. It’s the salvation story that took place 2017 years ago, when Jesus Christ died for my sins and yours too.

 I noticed that the whole crucifixion was full of drama, this drama was unprecedented, and the people of that time should have suspected that something was up, this was beyond one man hanging on the tree. God proved that He was Omniscient when He died for our sins. The devil got served, got shown who is the boss. The devil should have suspected, but he was greedy and eager to see the son of God ridiculed, disgraced and killed that he didn’t see the bigger picture.

When Jesus made this statement; the disciples should have been alert that something major was about to happen:

“You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.”- Luke 22: 14-16

There are some things that are noteworthy in the drama of Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice:

  1. He was betrayed (heartbroken): He was betrayed by one of His own- Judas betrayed Him with a kiss; this was someone He dined and wined with, shared kingdom stories, the treasurer of the lot. God allowed Judas Iscariot to betray Him- with that silly kiss of his, cause him the heartbreak/heartache so that your heart can be whole again. Jesus suffered heartache so that you, the redeemed of the Lord, can overcome any form of heartaches- emotional, financial, career. Jesus has paid the price of any form of heartache. All you need to do is speak to yourself and tell yourself- God’s Got This!
  2. He was denied because of fear: Imagine having your trusted friend, the one who you will readily choose as your next of kin deny you, out of fear of what could happen to him if he spoke out that he was associated with you; you will be pretty bumped right? Peter, who Jesus Christ and foreseen and said upon you I will build my church, who so loved Jesus that he sliced one of the ears of the arresters in the presence of Jesus- denied Jesus three times. Peter’s denial was out of fear, of what could happen to Him. Jesus let it happen so that you and I can be bold in Him. Our confidence stems from knowing that Christ has overcome and He has risen above every limitation, that’s why the bible tells us not to be anxious (it’s a synonym of fear):

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].- Philippians  4: 6-7

3. Two enemies became friends: Herod and the Pilate were enemies, they avoided eachother, they couldn’t stand eachother, but Jesus Christ’s sake they became friends and crucified Him. God permitted this to happen, this is to ensure that all that is being plotted against you by your enemies will come to nought. God is aware that surely they will gather, surely they will agree to work together to pull you down, but rest assured that God has already paid for this

GOD will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.”- Deuteronomy 28:7 MSG

All you need to do is tap into this scripture because surely they will gather but the Lord will sort you out.

4. He was silent: Jesus was quizzed severally, asked different difficult questions with the aim to incriminate Him but He was silent in all. God permitted that. When He was quizzed by Herod, He kept quiet:

And he questioned Him at some length, but Jesus made no reply.- Luke 23:9

He did this so that no situation will be able to silence you as a believer. Are you stuck in a position, look at the difficult situation that wants to silence you and proclaim that you are the redeemed of the Lord and Jesus Christ has suffered in silence so that no situation can silence you! Difficult situations have been crucified on the cross so that you can be free and free indeed.

5. He was replaced by a criminal- Barabbas: Jesus Christ, who had no sin, was replaced by a hardened criminal who disturbed the peace of the city and murdered! What other sins can be more disturbing in the world’s standard than taking one’s life? God ensured that He got all the sins covered so that this line – “I’m the worst sinner of all” can no longer hold. He became sin itself so that through Him you can be the righteousness of God. You have no excuse, your sin has been paid for- Full price, no debt whatsoever, just choose Him!

6. He was beaten, disgraced, mocked: A crown of thorns, a drink of Vinegar, a bespoke whip, a mocking crowd, a heavy tree shaped as a cross! Gosh, all these so that you have no excuse for being sick, disgraced or under bondage. What sickness ails you? Is your case the first of its kind? God had that covered, when He permitted the use of bespoke whips to be used on His son, the bespoke crown of thorns so that you can reign over difficult situations, a cross so heavy so that you don’t have to carry your burdens on your own. He outrightly said- cast all your burdens on me! What are you waiting for? Cast all your worries to Him, He has paid the price already.

Death could not hold Him down. Devil ensured Jesus Christ had a torturous death, he didn’t see the plot twist of Jesus Christ rising from the dead. 

What God did is similar to what we do with our grocery list, He checked and ticked all the sinful and disgraceful boxes just so you can be free and free indeed and Jesus paid all these just for you!

Happy Salvation!

Your Support System

The last week in March proved very stressful and challenging for me, I had to push and use up my reserve strength (forgive me, now I’m just coasting).

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I am currently doing a diploma in Marketing Communications, it’s been an enlightening journey but a very demanding one I must add, it reminded me of how deep I had to dig for Operational Research (OR) back when I was writing my CIPM exams phew! So the deadline for this module was April 1 and as at March 28th I was nowhere near ready to submit my coursework- Marketing & Consumer Behaviour looked like a mountain I wasn’t fit enough to surmount, I was ready to waste the money and defer, didn’t have the emotional strength to start rushing.

So I mentioned this decision to defer to my friends (sister included) and I got the best support system anybody could wish for:

  1. One said you said no, don’t be lazy, you can do it, don’t complicate things, it’s easy, it’s just that you complicate things sometimes. Do the draft, send the work for me to proofread. Your ban on coffee has been lifted burn the night candles, you have it in you, she said I’m not having any of this crap, do your work and rest later!
  2. A friend said to me, you can’t waste money oh, this course you paid in Pounds and with the current situation in Nigeria.
  3. Another said come let’s crack this together what exactly is the problem there, a respected friend of mine said No, Tayo you can do this, she brought materials for me to use (talk about backing her words with actions).
  4. A friend of mine and classmate of mine (who had an idea of the pressure) was like, you can do this TemiTee, where is the challenge, I was too embarrassed to tell her how far behind but did and she pushed me, gave me some tips and quick wins, kept checking on me, it seemed everyone but me believed in me
  5. I dragged my sister (@youngmumsreverie), into this, a pure science professional, took it upon herself to read materials to help with this assignment, she kept apologising for the delay in getting back to me, she even dragged her hubs to help out.

In the midst of this madness, I realised I hadn’t done the first thing I should have done- I hadn’t committed this assignment to God’s hands. So in one of my late nights, I took time out to tell God about my frustrations.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.- James 1:5-8

In truth, I wasn’t going to worry my prayers.

So this experience had me thinking, that I have a really solid support system and a God who doesn’t need any form of back-up.

Your support system is your life’s UPS, they are the ones who charge you up when you are down and under and need a boost, who do you surround yourself with?

Are they people who will give you that boost or just drain the rest of your batteries? Are they people who will remind you and guide you to return to the light and the ultimate power source- God. Take a conscious step to surround yourself with the right people today. When the tables are turned, are you someone’s solid support system, do people look to you for that boost when they are low?

Then there’s God, the ULTIMATE light, He alone is responsible for ensuring you don’t breakdown in this race called life. He had outrightly said it:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.- Matthew 11: 28-30

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I’m glad to inform you that I met the deadline and submitted my assignment.

Meet and Greet: 3/18/17

Reading this just made me remember when God in the reminded Elijah that he had 7000 prophets who hadn’t bent their knees to Baal- and here was Elijah thinking he was the only one 😱😭🤣🤣 so! This is me reaching out to Christian bloggers, let’s meet; remember to follow the rules 😉

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!  Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!  

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  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

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#ThatFaithMatter

It’s been almost a month since I last posted here, please bear with me, it’s quite lengthy.

“… for we know not how to pray as we should, but the HolySpirit intercedes for us…” 

This verse in the bible just helps me, it lets me know that I don’t have to be anxious about offering my prayers to God; through the HolySpirit I understand that I am praying in accordance to God’s will.

Very recently I had been praying and expecting a particular result, infact I was so sure that when I get the feedback, it will be in a certain way, so I was praying from a place of thanksgiving. I was particularly sure that God will answer my prayers, so I planned from a place of answered prayers.

I got a NO!

Sometimes you get a “hold on” or a “no” from God on something you are entirely sure you had faith in. You can tell that your faith that God will do it was bigger than a mustard seed, but for some odd reason God didn’t do it, you will definitely be crushed! At this point, you need to have faith in God and His timing, have that absolute faith that God has done the best for you, bigger than your wildest imagination.

O God forgive the poverty of our prayers. Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need (1)

So what happens when you pray ‘God’s will” through the HolySpirit, and the answers don’t come?

Absolute trust that God has a bigger plan for you is what you need.

Faith is absolute-no-plan B dependency on God. Faith is what Jesus had, He trusted God to bring Lazarus from the dead, He trusted God to raise Him up from the dead after 3 days.

The way some people are “some-college” are you “some-faith”? Have you only put some of your eggs in God’s basket and some in world defined basket?

On the flipside, what if it’s not God’s will but your intense desire?

As human beings we tend to pray selfish prayers, often our prayers are moved, not by our belief in God, but our present circumstances. We are pained by what has happened to us, what we wish to have, and seem out of reach- we long for perishable items like earthly things and pray to God our provider to make it happen- sincerely we believe that He will.

Our “faith” that God will answer it our way is so real that we begin to see it as God’s will when in truth it isn’t, we are blinded by our desires

O God forgive the poverty of our prayers. Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need
This quote brings to fore the case of a wealthy man stealing from himself or hoarding his own goods; when in fact, He owns everything, why would you ask God, the owner of everything for something so little? Why would you expend all your energy praying for things you already have

God knows what the flesh does, Jesus had been there, He – at a point in Gethsemane while praying wished the cup will pass but He, being God, understood the bigger picture and said above all, let Your will be done.

One of the attributes of faith is, trusting God and His timing, trusting God that no matter the result He sees beyond your want and gives you what you need.

It is trusting God beyond your short sightedness now and always. I pray that we are patient through it all and God’s grace will indeed be with us in Jesus name

Check yourself today, what’s your faith metre reading? 

God and I

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  1. Sunset at the beach
  2. The rainbow after a downpour
  3. The look couples share during their vows and their first dance
  4. Poetry and paintings

All these things try to express what my relationship with God is like. I met God as a child; I was about 7 years old, I met Him in the place of worship and have refused to leave that place. I was introduced to Him through the Holy Spirit. It was love at first meet.

We met that night on my mum’s bed, my leg was on the wall; I was singing different worship songs I had learnt in the church. I had heard so much about God, I was eager to meet Him. Then while singing I was hand-held by the Holy Spirit and taken directly to His presence (that was my first time speaking in tongues) and what I felt and still feel about Him are the things I listed above…and more.

Sunset at the beach is one of the best views of nature in the world, I’m not sure I have seen anything else that is more beautiful than that; this explains how beautiful God is to me. Seeing a rainbow in the sky after the heavy downpour reminds me that God is a faithful lover who remembers his lover’s birthday even after a huge fight, the serene beauty of a rainbow on a grey sky reminds me that God is big on details.

Have you ever attended weddings, have you seen the look couples share when saying their vows or having their first dance? There’s this sincere, I can’t wait to do life with you, look they share, that’s what comes to mind when I think about God and me- I am doing life with God and I am loving it.

The feelings when it comes to God and I is one of a frustrated artist, I would really love to express what we have on a canvas, it’s soothing, trusting, with dashes of humour, a good dose of berating and heavy on romance. God is indeed my romantic lover.

I have had to look through my life and all I can see is that I met God as a 7 years old girl, I have been in a relationship with Him since then and I must say, He has shown me in several ways that He loves me beyond my imaginative mind can comprehend and all I’d give him in return is love Him with my life.

So if you see me making a big deal about God is ‘cos it’s a promise to my lover to love Him with everything in my life.

What’s your God love story like? I’d say, take time out to find your love story with God you’d be shocked how intimately loving God is.

Table for Two

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There’s no avoiding it, it’s Valentine’s day; so here’s me wishing you a Happy Valentine’s day, do enjoy your day and make the best of it.

Which will you prefer when you are with your significant other?

Would you prefer a dining hall style feeding, where everyone is there eating, not everybody knows why they are there, people are eating their way through the food pile, random conversations. All these taking away the attention of your significant other, infact your significant other doesn’t the get the aloneness he craves with you- the “gbo gbo ero” kind of style.

Or would you prefer a private dining room, a table for two, candlelit dinner, with no pretence, no hiding, good food, lovely drink and great conversation, where your significant other know they’ve got you all for themselves?

Which would you choose?

I’d go for option 2, I’d rather have a moment alone with the one I love than thousands of crowded moment with some unknown people…yes, I love that way.

I’d like us to liken these scenarios to our walk with God and our lives. What style of worship are you giving God, what sort of worship are you giving God? The gbo gbo ero kind of worship or are you giving him the table for two kind-of-worship. What is the ‘gbo gbo ero’ kind of worship you may ask? It is the time out with God that is only gathering based, the one that has to wait till Sunday mornings, or weekday services before you lift Him up as your God.

Relationships thrive when there is intimacy, intimacy isn’t sex based, intimacy is when you take time out to seek your significant other, you see each other’s weakness and see them through, you see their best time and you share it with them. Intimacy is what makes a relationship, intimacy is when you come clean with each other, intimacy is what God wants from us.

God is constantly telling us to be intimate with Him, we can’t get that sort of intimacy in the congregation, you only get that with long conversations, long walks and unreserved worship. You only get that sort of intimacy when you take out time to be alone with God. You know you can be in a crowded place and still be intimate with God, yes that’s possible. Look at Mary with the expensive perfume-

 Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house. – John 12: 1-3

God isn’t telling you to clean up yourself before coming to Him, He wants you to make the mistake but still trust Him to love you and wipe you clean through His son’s blood. He’s dropped this hint in His love letters.

It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.- John 4:24

Today, I’d like you to make a decision to make your worship with God as intimate as you can fathom. If you don’t know how to do this, ask the help of the HolySpirit

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.- James 1: 5-8

Worship God with your life, after all, His son gave His life so you can have one, let worship be your lifeblood, your every waking moment.

God wants to be intimate with you, He’s always looking for a one-on-one time with you:

“Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
    This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
    they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
    they’ll be like wool.-  Isaiah 1:18

He is telling you to argue it out with Him, let Him know your view point, and give Him the room to tell you why things are the way it is.

So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet- James 4:7-10

Avoid the rush and the gbo gbo ero blessings, be intentional, live that table for two type of intimate worship. Ask for help, no one knows what God wants better than the HolySpirit.

P.S: Gbo Gbo Ero is a Nigerian Yoruba statement that means: “Every Tom, Dick, and Harry”

 

 

The News and My Faith

Watching the news, reading papers, hearing economic gist these days can be discouraging; not reading or watching the news doesn’t make the challenging times we are living in go away- so we watch anyways. 

How has this affected my faith- It will definitely affect ones faith, but you need to ask yourself should these happenings reduce your level of faith in God or strengthen it? 

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” –Psalms‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Inner joy, the one that comes from your absolute confidence in God, the one that comes from within, the one that comes from absolute trust in God despite what is happening around you, the one that comes from a sure and firm foundation and not man-made foundation. 

Inner strength and glow, the one that makes others wonder what makes you tick (Jesus makes me tick and tock), the one that comes from an understanding that I can also walk on water, I can go to the bank with God’s promise cos He is the never-defaulting guarantor, theone that   Hebrews 11 explained- 

 1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1-2‬ MSG)

It’s Wednesday and another time for a blog flashback, I pray you are as encouraged as I was re-reading it: 

“Have you read the papers do you hear what they say? Rising UNEMPLOYMENT cost of living everyday is getting high……… But I realize that there is something about praise, I shouldn’t only come when all is seemingly okay, so when we start to cry that our life is a mess, don’t be scared don’t be discouraged it is only a test ………………… I still choose to worship you” – Cobhams Asuquo… Click here to read the full story 

Please read, be blessed and share 😘 

Customized Worship 

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Welcome to the maiden edition of #Lyricsandme

As explained in my last post, I will be reviewing gospel songs and how it ministered to me, please feel free to drop your comments or share your insights:

Nathaniel Bassey Feat Unwana Bassey Jumoke Oshoboke:

like a symphony

all in harmony

we will raise you a sound
it’s a sound of love

for no other one

but the one we adore
like a symphony

all in harmony

we will raise you a sound

it’s a sound of love

for no other one

but the one we adore
Yahweh Yahweh

the most High God

the most High God

Yahweh Yahweh

the most High God

the most High God

Have you ever seen a fully formed rainbow? Or sunset at the beach, it looks so beautifully pure it inspires the inner artist in you, you want to worship God in a different kind of way, singing Yahweh, Yahweh, the most High God.

The more I listened to the song, the more I realized that this can’t be sung except you have a personal relationship with the most High, it speaks of a lover who is telling his/her partner how special they are to them. In today’s world where there’s custom gowns, custom rings, custom designs, custom shoe, custom house etc, Nathaniel Bassey offered to God something different- He offered God a custom Worship. The line-

we will raise you a sound

it’s a sound of love

for no other one

but the one we adore

This reminds me to wake up and seek God, know Him and personally- your personal Yahweh, to Nathaniel Bassey, he expressed his worship the way he knows best – through songs. 

Work on your relationship with God, you know when in a relationship with your significant other, after a while, you get to know their love language, what makes them happy, what they love from you. So Nathaniel Bassey has given us a hint of how beautiful customized worship is, let’s give God our customized worship, worship God with what talent you have, in words, in singing, in jokes, in painting. Whatever you do, ensure you give God a customized worship, after all He took time out to make you differently from others.

Thanks for reading, been blessed? Read, Comment and Share till next Friday on #Lyricsandme

Lyrics and Me!

musicnmeIt’s a new month and I am super stoked. The devil has got nothing on me, I had a drama filled morning but nothing can stop my joy #JustSaying

I love music- that’s a fact; I am yet to hear a genre I don’t love. Ranging from metallic rock to smooth jazz and everything in between, I love ’em all.

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For a while; I have been toying with the idea of sharing my love for music and good lyrics with you (my dear readers) and it’s just the perfect time. A lot of thought goes into writing a song, these days.

Have you listened to some songs that just takes you straight to the throne room where you talk to God, others have you speak in tongues, praising God for who He is and His awesomeness, some lyrics just opens the floodgates because what you feel from the song can’t be fully expressed.

I will be sharing lyrics of Christian songs (from all around the world) and my interpretation with you, what area in my/your life the song can address. So introducing (drumroll)- the #Lyricsandme category on my blog, this will be posted every Friday, make it a date.

Do you know any Christian song that you’d like me to review (not critic), please feel free to mention in the comment section or send me an email.

This Friday, stay tuned as I review this song by Nathaniel Bassey Feat Unwana Bassey Jumoke Oshoboke:

like a symphony
all in harmony
we will raise you a sound

it’s a sound of love
for no other one
but the one we adore

like a symphony
all in harmony
we will raise you a sound
it’s a sound of love
for no other one
but the one we adore

Yahweh Yahweh
the most High God
the most High God

Yahweh Yahweh
the most High God
the most High God

To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying.- 2 Corinthians 2:15

In all we do, may our praises be as a sweet smelling savour to God. #Lyricsandme