Saved to Serve

Let me introduce you to Tosin Yemi-Sanni nee Oke, she’s a full-time God lover and a part-time banker. Tosin believes that as Christians you should be the spitting image of God and living with that consciousness with the help of the HolySpirit should guide your actions.

Here’s her #VesselUntoHonour story, I pray it blesses you as it did me:

One morning in August 2013, I sat with a heavy heart in the backseat of a cab on my way to work. The burden in my heart was so heavy that I started to cry. I cried uncontrollably as I seemed to be unable to point out the cause of my feelings. After a while, the HolySpirit took over and I began to pray in tongues. As I prayed in tongues, God began to speak to my heart. He told me He had saved me so that I could serve Him. He had gone the extra mile and reached deep down into the pit of life where I was and had brought me out so that I could share the tales of His goodness and amazing grace with others. In that moment, I dedicated my life and my all to Jesus afresh. It was only after this encounter that my burden lifted.

Whatever we do, and in whatever profession we find ourselves, we must always remember that we’re saved to serve. We didn’t choose Him, He chose us to be vessels unto honour written by Billy Graham or watch a message by Kenneth Hagin. For them, we are the Christ. I have realised that there are people in our spheres of influence that will never read a book w they know and see. God has placed us in specific organisations and environments so that people can know the love and grace of Jesus through us. He calls us to be vessels, set apart for His use. The great thing about being a vessel is that you get to be filled first, you get to be a first partaker of His goodness, love and grace and then you begin to pour out all you have been filled with.

As a professional, this means that my office is my pulpit. This for me, is not just about telling the cleaner who labours much to send her kids to school about the love of Christ; it’s not in showing that I’m the most spiritual person and that I can quote Bible verses; it is also about extending to her, the love and grace that Christ has shown me. It is in the way we give, smile, care and listens. This is what draws them to the God we claim to serve!

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I have certainly been tempted many times to react in ways contrary to how a “vessel of honour” would. Right before I began my career, I thought I was one of the most patient and forgiving persons on earth. I soon realised that my patience hadn’t really been tested before I started working. I used to tease my colleagues that they brought out the aggressive lady in me. I however soon learnt that as God’s leading lady, I needed to pursue peace and have a gentle and quiet spirit. I still face situations in which I must decide whether to snap, roll my eyes and hiss or simply smile and hold my peace. Thank God for the Holy Spirit that reminds me of who I am in Him! I’m born of God; a spitting image of my Father! I’m a vessel, fit for honourable uses and this is who God helps me to be daily!

 I pray that God helps us to truly be vessels that are useful for honourable and noble purposes and that our lives are truly a reflection of the Master’s love!

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All or Nothing

With the weekend around the corner, I felt this is the perfect time for this Entrepreneur to talk about her being a #VesselUntoHonour. Her name is Oluwakemi Samuel– in her words, she’s the creative director of Icing ‘n’ Drapes, she bakes cakes and is into event decor. Reading what she wrote, taught me a lot about being a Christian, an Entrepreneur…it taught me to let go and let God. I hope it blesses you as it did me.

People wonder why I refer to myself as Creative Director of my business and not CEO; well that’s because that is who I am- A Director! Jesus is my CEO. Sounds funny right? Well, I’ve chosen to give him his space, if He the Chief Executive Officer of my life why not every area of my life… my business inclusive.

A lot of people have different opinions about God, a school of thought believe that whatever you can do by yourself do it and do not involve God, another school of thought (which I belong) believe that even in little areas of your life you must get God involved…I involve God in everything no matter how little it is. I pray when I get to the office in the morning; apart from praying for open doors:

•  I sanctify the place with the blood of Jesus,

•  I pray against accidents,

•    I pray for every job/order received,

•    I pray for my customers to have money, pray for God’s provision for them especially those who have shown interest and not paid

•    Before I start any cake, I pray for ideas,

•    When I finish I pray because you even have to pray that the cake gets to the destination in one piece and I pray that the client will love the cake/décor…I pray for virtually everything.

Even when I’m on the job, you could catch me say “HolySpirit” at intervals, I realised that calling the HolySpirit in is like a prayer and He has never failed to provide the right answer to all situations. Sometimes when a job goes wrong, I say maybe because I forgot to pray or didn’t listen to a particular leading from the Holy Spirit. Here’s a snapshot of my daily office prayer:

IMG_20170702_214227Putting God first in my business is not just about praying but also treating my employees and customers right according to God’s principles. As a Christian, I don’t want to behave in a way that will have people turn and say “And she says she is a Christian.” I have over time learnt to seek God’s wisdom to keep me from making bad decisions and to also trust God for uncertain profits.

I believe firmly that following God’s directions will bring success (Remember what happened when Peter let Jesus in his boat?)

God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business. Proverbs 16:11 MSG

cakeIt’s only God that move one forward from the level of “barely-making-it to “having-more-than-enough.  He is the only one that can open doors in a supernatural way.  He can position one’s name with the right people, in the right places and at the right time. So why leave Him out?

In all this,  as Christians, we should be Christ-like in our ways and exhibit Christ-like traits like – honesty, quality service (whatever you find your hands doing, do it well), the right attitude, perspective (give everyone a chance), uniqueness, creativity, professionalism and integrity.

Never mind those who tell you to leave God out of your business, your business is your life and your life is God’s business.

Step Away from the Closet

My first writer is Oluyinka Sado nee Awobiyi. Yinka is an MBA student in Foster School of Business, Seatle Washington, she’s currently interning with Amazon and she’s carrying the light of Jesus everywhere she goes. Here’s what she has to say about being a #VesselUntoHonour in her field, both as a student and a professional. I hope it inspires you as it did me.

I want to start with saying thank you to Taemytayo for the opportunity to write about my journey as a Christian in the workplace; I’m proud of the woman you have become, with a deep love for God and a passion by which you share that love with the world.

Now to the topic, being a vessel of honour, I can only ever claim to be one because it has been bestowed upon me. Not because I have always made the right choices, or always walked the straight and narrow way, but because he said of me, I have made you righteous because you have accepted the salvation I offered.

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That’s the foundation of who I am and is how I like to start every introduction of myself to people in my professional life. No, I don’t quote 2nd Cor to them…that would be weird, lol; but I find a way to mention it early that I am Christian one way or the other. A perfect example of how I do that was in September 2016, the first week of my MBA program, we were asked to bring an artefact to the class that can be said to represent our core values. People brought all sorts, frankly, I was shocked by some of the things. One guy brought his mountain climbing shoes, saying “they are sturdy, rugged and have been through some really tough terrains. They remind me of my life’s story and represent who I am”; another brought a bowl of Jambalaya (a meal that looks like tuwo*), for her, this is her favourite family meal and her family defines who she is. You can be sure I brought my Bible, explaining that I am a born again Christian and this book is the instruction manual by which I live my life. That was that I had announced myself as a follower of Christ and the pressure is on to live up to that announcement.

More recently, I resumed as an MBA intern at Amazon in Seattle Washington. When asked what I do on weekends by my new colleagues, I was sure to mention Sunday mornings are for church, a subtle but clear message- I am a Christian! This may seem really silly, but it is important to say who you are especially when you live in one of the most unchurched states in the United States. And guess what, when you say you are a Christian here, people begin to associate you with some very un-Christ-like stereotypes. Christians here are believed to be intolerant, judgmental, homophobes, anti-abortion/pro-women suppression, and so many things that would surprise you as a real Christian. I have met Christians here who tell me they feel like they need to hide their identity from their colleagues because they don’t want people to associate them with those things. However, I tell my fellow Christians that even though Christians look bad here, we should not be in the closet about our Christianity, to the contrary, we should show them what real Christianity is.

Yes, I am anti-homosexuality, I believe it is a sin, but that does not make me a homophobe. I am also pro-life (i love babies and believe God has a plan for every life conceived by a woman), but I also believe women should be empowered to make their own choices; even our Father in heaven gave us free will immediately after he created us. I have standards, but I have compassion and love for people of all races, colour and creed. Yes, I am a Christian but slay at my job, I’m fun to hang out with, I try to exercise, and also to have a well-balanced life. I want the same things normal people want in life and yes, I’m working on it every day.

Finally, I will like to say success is the biggest bait for the gospel. As the old saying goes success has many friends. When you are good at what you do and make great strides in your career by God’s grace, people want to know how you did it.  This is your chance to let them know you had some help from above. Tell them about the Holy Spirit promised to everyone who believes in Jesus, give examples of how He has practically helped you and give them a chance to try it out for themselves.

This is how I represent Christ in my professional life, I hope you can too.

Tuwo*: it is a type of Nigerian cuisine from the northern part of Nigeria. It is a thick pudding prepared from rice flour and is usually served with different types of soups

 

Vessels Unto Honour

There’s this prayer I pray, the HolySpirit inspired that prayer in me, it’s:

Lord, let my life be an advertisement for you, let me be a billboard for you.

I read somewhere that if you have to convince people that you are a Christian then you are doing something wrong, remember that the name “Christian” came from observations – they observed that the Apostle’s behaviour was mirrored after Christ.

The question I am asking today is: Is your life an advertisement for Christ?

As a professional, is Jesus evident in your life? Is it visible that you put God first in everything you do? Or do you put him on the back burner when it comes to your career? Or are you a Christian living for judgement day only, living each day as they come, and waiting for the rapture to happen? Either way, it’s important to always put God first in all you do while you make waves for good while here on earth….guess what, the whole world is waiting for your manifestation

For [even the whole] creation [all nature] waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed.- Romans 8:19

Clays have always fascinated me, it is interesting how different creations a potter can create with just clay…fascinating sculptures, plates and even vessels, each with their variations. God is the ultimate potter, and He took time creating different people with the same clay. You were not moulded and given life for you to do nothing, you were moulded to be a vessel…a Vessel Unto Honour.

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In May I was at a concert and the HolySpirit dropped the word: “Vessels Unto Honour”, that was my next assignment, which was to gather unashamed Christian professionals from different works of life, to write about their lives and how God is very involved in their lives. I didn’t know where to start, with the help of the HolySpirit I compiled a list.

Every Wednesday and Friday starting from the month of July, I will be posting write-ups from professionals from different works of life, expressing themselves as #VesselsUntoHonour, please follow me on this journey as they write about how involved God is in their lives. These professionals are doing well in their field and they are unashamed of Christ. This dispels the myth that to be successful in this world you have to put Christ on the back burner.

As a professional, how do I bring Jesus to my job? While pastors preach on the pulpit and talk about God and his faithfulness, I realised that my pulpit is my life, my office and my professional space is my mission field. I don’t need to wear “Jesus Girl” T-shirt before I get people’s attention, my character should shout God’s fame. The way I respond to emails, the way I relate to my colleagues, the decisions I make when no one is around is very important should shout Christ-like. Some of my colleagues will not step into a church to hear my pastor preach about God’s faithfulness and His love, but they should come in contact with the salvation message through my life, what version will I be if I am read? Will I be the rejected translation or the Christ-like translation? These are the thoughts that are constantly running through my head.

I pray their stories blesses you as they have been blessing me.

Happy New Half of the year *winks*

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!

Listen…He Speaks!

This May, 5 years ago, I partook in the assessment centre of the organisation I currently work with. I remember every bit of this assessment centre, not because I got the job, but because of the peculiarity of the event of that day.

I remember when I got the email that I had been shortlisted for the assessment centre, I was excited and afraid. You see, I had applied to a couple of companies, written several recruitment exams, and attended a couple of interviews, but I had been unsuccessful. This time around I was like no more rejection, and this time around I did something different.

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results– Albert Einstein

This time around, I applied the gift of a best friend Jesus left me when He was ascending to Heaven- The HolySpirit. So when I got the email for the assessment centre, I read the mail to the HolySpirit and asked that He takes control from then…He did that!

He directed me to a long time friend who unknown to me was working in the recruitment company, she also loves fashion, she gave me dressing directions. I remember she said, dress the part. I wore a skirt suit with a neck scarf…Hahaha

The HolySpirit directed me to the right group, where I was the group lead, when it was time for the one-on-one interview, the first thing the interviewer said was- I love your look, see me beaming (I’m like HolySpirit, I see you there).

I was asked a particular question, I gave a strange explanation to the scenario painted; I still don’t know where the Solomon kind of answer came (the kind of wisdom King Solomon used to judge who the real mother of the child in the bible was), He gave me the confidence to defend my strange answer, even the interviewer smiled and said that’s different. When I got out, I told my other group members, they had the awkward silence like that’s not the expected answer. Looking back, I remember my mum exclaiming that I had answered it wrongly…indeed He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty- 1Corinthians 1:27

When it came to the individual Powerpoint presentation, the examiners were answering the questions for me, helping me out…who does that? That’s how I aced the assessment and got the job!

All through the process, I remember the HolySpirit will tell me- say this, gesticulate like this, look at this person…every seeming unthoughtful action was carefully orchestrated by God!

Pursue a relationship with the HolySpirit, He is as real as the skin on your bones, He speaks, learn to hear Him, don’t take His leading as a fleeting thought, the repercussions are mostly painful. I have had times where I wished I listened and didn’t argue with the HolySpirit. Remember, His ways are higher than ur ways and thoughts higher than our thoughts.

the christian makeupAs humans we have instincts or intuitions that guide our move, as Christians- joint heirs with Jesus Christ, your spirit intertwines with the HolySpirit and your “instincts” gets an Omniscient and Omnipresent boost; it’s always there, you can choose to use it or not…the choice is yours!

I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants- Deuteronomy 30:19

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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