You don't like yourself today

You’re sitting in a small call booth in your office this slow Wednesday afternoon, where you’ve dreamed about going to my bed than anything else.

You’re reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming, following the ebb and flow of her life growing up as a disciplined and ambitious young girl from the South Side of Chicago, to eventually becoming the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Hers is a life made great by the culmination of a series of small, good, responsible choices. Hers is a life anchored on her parents sacrifice and her own dogged determination to be the best at whatever is thrust upon her. She somehow manages to excel even at things she doesn’t like. You’re jealous of that ability.

You see yourself in Michelle Obama.

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God and Money - 5 Things the Bible says about Wealth

To be honest, I have always struggled with managing my finances, despite trying and trying for years. A good friend once said to me- in every harvest, there is both a seed and food. Don’t eat your seed, plant it. Don’t plant your food, enjoy it. This liberated me quite a bit. But it still took me quite a bit of time to remember to save my seed for planting, and to truly enjoy the financial blessings and resources that God continues to bless me with -- without feeling guilty. And while I continue to learn and grow, it’s been increasingly important for me to really sit and learn about money. How to use it, how to grow and steward it, and how to make it work for me.

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When you're blessed with a really big problem

I was just listening to a sermon from a preacher I’ve come to like and respect very much. Her name is Rev Laurie Idahosa, and she has a very unique testimony.

Rev Laurie is an American, born and raised by her own evangelical Christian preacher parents, and is married to Bishop FEB Idahosa, the only biological son of Arch-Bishop Benson Idahosa, arguably the father of pentecostalism in West Africa.

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My One Secret for Spiritual Growth In 2019

Yes, yes, I’m back to writing and blogging. It’s been a long hiatus, one I wish I never took, but God has come and has visited me, and I believe that His grace upon my life is fresher and even stronger now.

So, let’s get to business. I believe that I am learning the single most important lesson of my Christian life… and if I were to tell you the ONE SECRET that you need to grow in your relationship with God this year, it would this-

You cannot rush intimacy with God.

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Growth is Painful

One wonderful morning in February, after having a beautiful time in devotion and talking to the Lord, I had an interesting thought. I said to the Holy Spirit: “wow, Holy Spirit, I wonder how it would be like if you had a university. What would the courses be like? What would the classes be? How would the students look and what would be the school culture?” To crown it all, I said "Holy Spirit, please teach me something." True to God, everytime I've said that prayer, there's been a major event in my life that has caused a huge shift or change.

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Currently Learning- Creating and Sustaining Boundaries

I just came back from the most amazing weekend trip. I attended a conference at the Revival City Church somewhere in London. Somewhere in between screaming at the top of my lungs in prayer, weeping in worship, and listening to the Word of God, I was reminded of who I am. Over the past one year, so much has happened in my transition to Dublin and life as an adult that I’ve sometimes felt very out of sync with my heart, and with the things that I honestly love and that my heart beats for.

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New Year, New Mantra

It’s been a while since I last wrote anything longer than a long email. But as it’s a few days past my 24th birthday, I thought it would be incredibly important for me to take stock of how far the Lord has brought me. I have been meditating on Psalm 16 a whole lot. And that’s what I want to share today. With a lot of things that have happened in my life recently, Psalm 16 has become a daily prayer for me. For perseverance, for counsel, for God to show me the way of life. For Him to bring His plans for my life to fruition.

The one thing I’m most grateful to God for this new year is the gift of joy.

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Home after Four Years

The last time I set foot in my parents’ home, I was fresh out of my first year in university in America. I got my flight ticket to go home, and as I was doing an internship with Coca-Cola in Lagos, I was home for only a few weeks. In that week plus and something odd days, both my parents traveled at different times, so I was home with my sister and cousin for some time. I only saw one of my brothers for one to two nights- as he popped by home to say hello to me and return to boarding school. You get the picture, I didn’t spend quality time with my family, and as I didn’t know that I wasn’t going to be home for the next few years, it didn’t bother me much. But the years have flown by, I’m now a college graduate, and have a full-time job. And I have many, many milestones to count, especially in my walk with God. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, then you know the story.

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A Strong Girl

I miss my poetry days, because when this title came to me, I imagined writing a beautiful poem that would describe a strong girl, without really naming her. You get what I mean? Beautiful fiction and poetry describes a situation or a person, and then lets you state what they are. In other words, you’re conversing with the artist, where they’re saying exactly what you’re thinking. I miss writing.

Anyway, this is a perfect segue into today’s post.

I had a really bad dream last night, actually, I had a series of bad dreams last night. Usually, when such annoying things happen, I wake up angry and roaring like a lion. But because I’m not in the best place, I woke up in a daze. I was sad and upset, but I felt powerless and defeated. So I sat on my couch and started perusing the world wide web.

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Still Standing, Standing Still

2017 has been the best year of my life. I know, I know, I say that at the end of every year, but it is not because I merely feel like it, but because it is true. Before 2017, 2016 was the best year of my life. This year was better than 2016, as was 2016 better than 2015, and so on. And guess what, 2018 is going to be an even better year for me. And for you, if you would believe.

Over the past few weeks, Psalm 65 has appeared and reappeared in my personal bible studied (which I’ve been very bad at.)

First, I was praying to God to hit my targets at work, and I was praying Psalm 65:2, which says “O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.”

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My world needs you

Hello everyone, It’s a cold day here in Dublin, but I’m happy and grateful for life, despite being a little more tired than usual for a Tuesday.

Today I have a song to share. It’s not a new song, and I’ve heard it quite a few times, but this afternoon, as I was thinking and asking God for grace over all aspects of my life, the song took on a new depth for me.

The song is called My World Needs You, by Kirk Franklin, and a few other artistes.

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Streams and The Spirit

Hello everyone! First, apologies on not responding to comments individually as I liked to do in the past. Now I literally blog while I have time during the work day, so I post and vanish till the next time I want to post. But I read every comment, and I’m deeply grateful for your love and support.

Over the weekend, I read a scripture that moved me immensely. I was lying on my bed talking to God, telling Him that I feel a little thirsty in my spirit. Like, I was longing to spend time with Him, but I had been so tired, and making unwise choices (like watching late night movies haha) so I hadn’t been able to wake up and spend time with Him in the morning, as I love to.

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Tricky, tricky, summertime

If you’re giving up, please don’t. Jesus sees you and He heard your heart’s cry. He will pull you out and He will come to your comfort. Today I have joy in my heart that is bubbling and literally keeping me up all night studying the word of God and pressing further into Jesus. That can be your story, too. This can be your reality. Jesus has promised that all those who come to Him, He will in no wise cast out. Give your heart to Him today and watch Him transform your life.

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A heartfelt note to all my friends

I want you to know that I fight with you, on my knees, in fasting, and in prayer. I want you to know that even when I may not call you, it's only because I don’t have the right words to say, and I don’t know how to be a friend to you in this season. But please rest assured that I am waging war for you and alongside you.

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What do you see?

All those are answered, and somehow, God has come through to show me that in all things, it’s only He that matters. We can attain perfection in the eyes of the world, but if Jesus is not exalted above all things, nothing really matters.

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