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"I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself." - CS Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Rage Of Nature...

I love water,and i marvel at its intelligence to stay within its bounds, the wave hits the shores and recedes just as fast. But then like humans have become daring in the face of God's grace, the waters have dared Him and gone bold, extending beyond their bounds and causing untold havoc.
Some states in Nigeria have been flooded. But I'll focus on Benue, because it's my home.
River Benue was probably one of  the only cool thing about growing up in Benue, i could say we had the famous river Benue when people tried to act like Benue was a lame state.
Whenever i go over the bridge, i stare at the water, looking all calm and harmless.
But today, it's a monster... It's been transformed to a raging destroyer.
Makurdi is flooded.
                                         
My mum says it's bad.
Thank God our home isn't anywhere near the flood, but it is uncomfortably too close to home, because homes of people i know have been drowned.
Familiar places have been covered up.
Homes have been destroyed, businesses have been ruined, and farmlands have been washed away. This is beyond punishment for those who wrongly built at the bank of the river, it's more than that. It's creeping in on those who respected the rules.
 
                                  

The cause? Have you ever heard of Lake Nyos in Cameroon?(google it to get more light on this) It sits on an active volcano, and it's supported by a natural dam which has weakened from erosion and landslides, meaning, the walls of the dam is about to collapse and when it does, the effect would be much worse than what we're experiencing. It's scary stuff. But i refuse to be scared, I want to believe that it'll get better and not worse.
Hippopotamus:This was seen in a compound. People have seen crocs and snakes in the waters.
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land
And so i pray. Yeah, roll your eyes and mumble about getting all religious, but when you're helpless, all you can do is pray. And so i pray, because i feel helpless and I'm worried and i believe in the power of prayers.
The authorities expect it to get worse, especially if the wall collapses.




I refuse to dwell on the aftermath, the epidemic that is likely to follow.
I refuse to think of how incompetent our system is in such situations.
I refuse to think of how low the society is, when one of the temporal camps for the displaced people was invaded by armed robbers who were stupid enough to think the cash donation made to the camp was kept there. Thus people who lost homes, livelihoods and their dignity, a part of their lives to nature, had to deal with loosing their phones, and little valuables to heartless human beings.
                                 
I got the pictures from various websites and facebook pages. The pictures don't give a clear picture, it's worse than it looks. I'm going back in two weeks and I can't imagine what it'd look like.
                               
Please pray for Benue and all the states affected by the floods (Taraba, Kogi, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River,  Anambra and other Niger Delta states) and for wisdom to those in authority to handle this right.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Be A Donor...

I put this up as my bbm personal message "Sign up as an organ donor today, give your heart to Jesus"
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You may ask why? Well this is just one of the reasons; His body piercing and sacrifice saved your life...


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Another one of the many reasons is John 3:3. The kingdom of God isn't limited to when you die and go to heaven. There's heaven here on earth when you live for God and an even better one when you die in Him...

Oh no, just before you start trying to literally tear your heart out, He already shed His blood for you, there's no need to get all bloody again(now that'd be some messy sight) . It's just as easy as saying a few words and meaning it from the bottom of your heart...
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So, did you give up your heart? Then congratulation!!! Your transplant is successful. I promise you, it's the best decision you'll ever make. There'll be high times and low times, times you feel like you functioned better when you had your heart to yourself, times you even begin to doubt God's plans... but through it all there'll never be a time when He'll leave you or forsake you or take His love away from you. Here's something to hold on to through it all...There's a  joy that comes with being in a renewed fellowship with your God, and that joy is your strength through every challenge, every victory, every doubt and every fear.
God bless you. Mwahhhh!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

She's Eight Today...

My second niece Gabby, turned eight today. She's what you call an old soul. Wise beyond her age, her kind heart never ceases to amaze me, and a whole bunch of warmth defines her...
Oh, she's silly when she wants to be, and thank God for that, cos she gives us laughs for days.
She's such a special, beautiful, adorable child.
I love her so much, more than numbers... and I'm proud of her.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Be A Repeat Offender, Re-rock That Outfit.


You’ve saved up for ages and bought the dress that teased you from the window display of a high end shop. It’s now yours… you’ve looked at it, held it up, tried it on and stood in front of the mirror admiring how beautiful you look in it… You’ve hung it back up and had sleepless nights, eager to wear it for that event, the one event you’ve been looking forward to. The dress will glam you up and give you that priceless look; it’s going to give you the X-factor. 

Life is good as you step out looking exquisite. The cameras flash on the red carpet, and you flash a smile right back at them. The dress has introduced you into the night. Everyone compliments you… everyone!!! The night is a huge success, and you go home feeling fulfilled, a huge smile on your face as you sleep… even a flash of it's price tag in your head can’t dampen the mood. You sleep in peace.

Fast-forward to a couple of months later, there’s another event that you have to be at. While others wonder what to wear, and scramble at saving for a new dress, you remember your gorgeous jewel of a dress and your mind is at rest, but as soon as you mention the dress as your preferred choice for the evening, all the girlfriends turn on you like a pack of mad wolves on a poor old cat.
“Are you serious?”  “with all the papers/magazines that got you in that dress?” “It’s the old collection, you’ve got to be style, get something from the new collection” “ You want them to mock you? you’ll ruin your reputation… why in the world would you rerock?

Like seriously, you spent all that cash and emotions, talk less of the time you zoned off daydreaming about that dress and now you’re not allowed the luxury of rocking it as much as you want? So what, if you choose to wear it for every other event you’re invited to. Who made the rules? Who services your account to dictate that you’re to bow to the pressure of conformity, that your hard earned money should be wasted on a one time wear? Who died and made them fashion gods?
Last season and this season makes no difference to you, the price still stands… it doesn’t change the fact that you paid $XXX for it.

God is the ancient of days, yet He’s never out of style. He may be vintage, but he’s always in season, never old fashioned. The couture gown of salvation was specially prepared for us to rock all day, everyday. It’s too high a price that was paid for it to discard it after a season. Don’t let anyone make you drop it like another fashion piece that isn't in vogue. 

"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." Isaiah 61:10

Isn’t it funny that its okay for us to re-rock a pair of jeans, flip flops, sneakers or something we get so cheap but when it comes to the really expensive stuff, we’re scorned. I can wear my cheap high street brand jeans everyday and no one cares, but the moment I repeat the designer brands, there’s always a raised eyebrow… “is that the only pair she’s got?” You're tagged a 'repeat offender' for not being stupid about fashion.
Oh, i still get conscious when repeating a really fabulous dress... I wonder what they think when they see me in it again and again. Facebook, twitter, instagram and the whole social network doesn't help matters as you find pictures of you in same dress and different events splashed all over the place... takes away your 'cool factor'.

No one raises an eyebrow when you repeatedly wear the cheap outfits of life. Its okay to be drunk evey other evening, it’s okay to sleep around and do whatever it is you do. But once you put on the priceless garment of righteouness, everyone raises an eyebrow… everyone wonders “didn’t you wear that outfit last Sunday?" Its reserved to be rocked only on Sundays or once every year, at Christmas or new year. You're allowed the sunday religious tweets and fb post, but when it goes beyond that, you're just a nuisance.
No one got your salvation for you... you went through the process, don't let them dictate how you wear it. Re-rock that outfit real good.

Two days ago, I got a lovely high-end dress from a thrift shop for the most ridiculous price. Fact that I got it for cheap doesn’t change the fact that it’s really expensive in the original shop and the designers handbook. It doesn't matter if you get your salvation from a large crusade, or in a dump yard, it doesn't matter if you get it from your facebook timeline or a blog... the location you find grace doesn't limit it's power and it's worth in your life. Once you dress in God's salvation and grace, it really doesn't matter  how you got it, but you got it and you rock it real good, all day and every day. Get to the top of the repeat offenders list... not even Joan Rivers fashion police crew should daunt you. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Big 10...

I love it that I'm with my nieces again, even if it's for just a few weeks.
One minute they're tiny little cute babies you're scared of picking up because they look so fragile and the next they're this stunning beauties a few inches from being taller than you are and asking for their own email and macbooks, a far cry from the peppa pig dresses and Dora the explorer toys. No more Nick Jr and so much of Disney channel, with a little poster of Justin Beiber on their bedroom wall and an even bigger crush on him in their heads.(Which I'm trying to rip off from both head and bedroom)

My niece turned 10 today...(well, it'd be today if i posted this a few hours ago) and i can't even begin to say how thankful I am to God for this goodness of His blessing us with Stephie. She's my first niece, mum's first grandchild, grandma's first great grand child and her mummy's first child... She's certainly going to go on to be the first amongst her equals.
She opened the clouds and brought in sunshine to our lives at her birth. I call her my sunshine, because in truth, she is. A little too much of me has rubbed off on her... but oh well, fabulousness rubs off easily.
Here's a happy birthday to my sunshine... If you ever get to read this baby, know that i really do love you more than numbers.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Got Water?


There’s a thirst that can only be quenched by water. Have you been in a situation where your throat is dried up and you gulp down on ice-cold coke, or a glass of juice and you’re still parched… then you get a glass of water and it just hits the spot?
I always wonder how people take a beer or tea when they’re thirsty. Does it really quench or it just sustains you till you get the real thing? It doesn’t matter if you can afford to stock your fridge up with champagne, exotic wine and spirits, if there’s no water, you’ll certainly notice the absence of that cheap but most valuable bit of liquid soon enough. Because there’s a spot down there that ten bottles of rosé can’t hit… neither can a couple of shots of vodka or ten cups of coffee/tea.

I read this comment in one of the forums on the advantage of drinking water “water is always a better thirst quencher than soda because soda gives you a little fulfillment but wears out and you’ll be even thirstier, so always go for water in a soda/water situation…”
You just can't deny how important water is. Nothing, absolutely nothing can take it's place, not even flavored water comes close to the real thing in my books. If it ain't the good old plain water, it ain't water.

There’s a thirst of the human soul, one so bad that all the things we’ve thrown down to wet it have failed to hit the spot. They wet our mouth for a bit, but then we realize the spot in our throat is still parched, and so we keep running round in circles, trying to live the ‘good life’ by downing the rosé, chasing popularity and fame and success, chasing women and buying more cars… but those are just drinks that give instant gratification, not what the soul is desperate for. What the soul needs is the living water… the one that hits that spot, quenches the thirst and gives life to the body. Jesus offers us the best thirst quencher ever, His living water ...But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." John 4:14 and how blessed we are when we realize that the ultimate satisfaction of the thirst of our soul is not in the earthly gains we chase after, but in the rest we find in Christ.
When you search for this water, you will find it and your joy will be full “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
“I have watched thousands of women try to find fulfillment without spending quality time with Jesus… and I can testify that their efforts have been in vain.” Jackie Kendall
Maybe you’ve labored for peace and joy for so long, maybe you’ve bought all the shoes, and crossed off everything on your 40 to-do by 40 list. Maybe you’ve had your baby, and gotten your promotion; maybe the car you’ve dreamed of owning for ages is now yours… Maybe you’re living the life of a super star, but still feeling empty and restless for something more. Maybe just maybe, it is your parched soul crying out for water, telling you all you’re feeding it with is not getting it hydrated. Maybe it’s time to stop downing on the superficial high class drinks and flavored water and grab at Jesus, the real deal. Kathryn Kuhlman says “…even though we possess all things, all things are nothing without God” 

Sometimes, we try to make ourselves feel good by drinking flavored water... but that wouldn't do you any good. Diluted Christianity is no Christianity. We can't compromise the taste of the water our soul desperately needs. We run to churches that preach half baked messages, and accommodate our lifestyles and tell us it's all okay to do what we do even when it's far from what is right. But we're not deceiving God, we're just punishing ourselves and torturing our souls. Remember, dehydration eventually leads to various complications which includes constant headaches, kidney failure, coma etc and eventually death.
Now is the time to grab at the Living water, especially in these days where the sun seems to be getting hotter... call it global warming or call it end times, all that matters is that you get hydrated today.

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