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Friday, 23 October 2015

What does the rest of 2015 hold in store for us?



The answers to this question is well written in the Bible. Find out with daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reading by meditating on the word of God in the bible.

I know some people believe in Horoscope but I believe in the Word of God because the Word of God is active and it never fails.

It is only through the reading of the bible that we can see that 2015has being a year of welfare and not for evil. Count your blessing or watch the Daily News, then you will see how blessed or fortunate you are.  

I believe that when we daily seek God in the remaining 69 days left in 2015, all those things (money, job, good health, husband, wife, child, house and prosperity) will be added on to us. However, let us be careful because the heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Do not boost in yourself and say, today or tomorrow I will travel to this town or that country and spend ............... yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. Instead you ought to say, If the Lord wills, I will live and do this or that.

Simply put your trust in the Lord because our systems is failing, wait on God as I am waiting on Him and I believe He shall renew your strength; we shall mount up with wings like eagles; we shall run and not be weary; we shall walk and not faint.
In Jesus name Amen!
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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Love your neighbour:Whose feet are U washing today?

Love your neighbour as you love yourself (Mark 12:31)

But we always ignore this first part of the verse and work hard to accomplish the” loving ourselves part “am not trying to attack anyone, just stating the facts. How many of us really know the people that live around us? It does not matter whether you live in a posh area, shared apartment, and town or in the village. Christian or no Christian, how many of us take the time to say Hi? Hello?  Or ask their neighbour how they are? Some people will claim they are conservative that is why they mind their own business. 

Friends we live in a selfish fast paced world where everything is about us-what do I want? Where do I want to live? How much money do I want to earn? How many kids do I want to have? What’s in it for me! I am sorry to say this-we have become too busy pursuing happiness and making money and getting Qualification’s after qualification’s but forget how to live life to the fullest!

Some people go to work in their posh cars with tinted windows, close themselves in their glass windowed office, ride back home in the evening to enjoy the comfort of our houses without as much as a hello to the gateman that opens your gate every morning, or a smile to the checkout assistance who scan and bag your goods when you went to the supermarket on your way home from work.

Some of us are so busy with life that we have no time for our own families, we are just “chasing the pounds “as my friends would call it. We go from one promotion to the next trying to beat everyone climbing the corporate ladder, but for what? So that you can seem better than other people? You want to be richer than the rest of your friend or family?

Oh, I don't live this kind of lifestyle, ok, I hear you, but even in that small flat of yours how many times have you passed your neighbour or neighbours kids without as much as a smile on their way, do you even know their names ?? Yet you call them neighbour… when I started living on my own, all I want was a room to call my own, so I work hard and get it and its exciting and beautiful, but after sometime I wanted something more because I just don't want to share toilet with anyone, I just want to live comfortable, so I started wishing for two bedroomed that I don't really need. I always told God that if he would give me a bigger place I would make it a place where people could come and feel at home and sheltered and cared for. God gave me my wish but I failed to keep this promises and God took it away from me to teach me lesson on (Giver 109) stuffs that will make me to see many good days. Friends the reason why we don't get much is because we don’t give much.

I see depressed people everyday chasing dreams getting frustrated with God. They pray, fast and calling the name of the Lord yet the answer He gave them 10 years ago is still there waiting to be acted upon, giving of your time, of your money, of your possessions, of yourself….next time before you pray and ask God how comes your life is messed up, serve other people and see the difference it makes in your life when you humble yourself by giving people your love, support and your time. The thing is; we live in a society where it’s more easier and acceptable to receive than to give.

I read a story about somebody who is getting married, but the partner did not know that the other person he/she is marrying is HIV positive; the dreadful part of it was that; there is someone close to both couple who knew one of them is HIV positive but she is not ready to tell because she feels it’s not her place to do so? One thing I know is that when two are joined together no one should separate but this two are not joined together yet, however, we find this kind /types of cases around us all the time and we decides to keep our mouths shut, not to interfere, we always claims its not in our places to tell or afraid of being the bad person…..please tell me when did we start handing over death sentences to people? When did we lose our moral responsibilities, when did we stop caring? When did we begin to give up on the human race forgetting that we are actually giving up on ourselves?? It’s always about me, yet your neighbour is about to faces death as you watch, yet their kids engage in sex and alcohol as you watch, yet life slips away from them as you watch….

This piece is especially for the ladies who live on their own…..too busy working, too busy with the ups and downs of life competing with so and so, to acquire this and that, I've asked myself this question- if I was living alone and I was to die in my sleep today who will find me first? People from work will call of course, my sister might think something is up but she wouldn't rush to my place first because she lives in Africa and I live in Europe,……my neighbour would go on with their lives until they discover that something is not smelling right……people let us not be selfish with our time, our money, our possessions….don't live life on the fast lane to acquire earthly goods that have no heavenly use, let’s not forget the greatest commandment of all, whether you are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or catholic….Love your neighbour as you love yourself. The greatest example we see of service and love is when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples…..so whose feet are you washing today??



Sunday, 1 February 2015

Dear February

 

With God by my side I take a step of faith into the unknown, a new month, a new canvas and a new exploits. I know I am a vessel to be used in this month, so as I enter into February with Grace, Favour and Mercy, I pray for strength, courage and obedience to keep the commands of the Lord in Jesus name. Amen!

So here are 20 things to know about me as we begin this new journey.

#1. If I were a time of day, I'd be evening; between 9pm-12 midnight I have a thing about late night calls, saying i love you and good night to those who melt my heart (like my sister)
#2. If I were a day of the week, I'd be Sunday eagerly waiting for the church second service and to catch up with friends in the evening at cells group, then later top it with a movie marathon on YouTube till the wee hours of Monday morning, it always sad to say goodbye to Sunday. 
#3. If I were a month, I'd be February because I was born in February; I always feel love, something new and fresh in this month and it so unique out of all the 12 month in the year because month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years. I am blessed and I know it.
#4. If I was a piece of furniture I would be a bed, I love my sleep, reading my bible and some interesting books  in the comfort of my big bed, knowing that that’s my space… spend most of my time there, dreaming, praying, chatting,  writing, planning and crying.
#5. If I were a direction I'd be south - western, if you live in Lagos then the lagoons and creeks are to die for, so relaxing, refreshing. I love my country.
#6. If I were a tree, I’d be two trees timber and aloe Vera. Timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the tree.  Aloe Vera is also called the miracle plant which can survive for years through stormy weather…the story of my life.
#7. If I were a musical instrument, I'd be the saxophone, for that’s how I would love to be loved and handled.
#8. If I were a kind of weather, I'd be the sunny weather after the rains; the cloud clears; the sun brightens the day which is a sign of hope.
#9. If I were a Colour, I'd be red, orange  and yellow always lighting up the room with my smile, giving hope to those in a storm that one day it will all be in the past, forgotten, forgiven, a clean slate, a new love, something new and flourishing.
#10. If I were an emotion I'd be compassion. It’s something beyond my control.
#11. If I were a sound, I’d be the sound of the bongo because I love to dance rumba.
#12. If I were a flower, I'd be a rose so delicate and protective with its thorns, I believe such is a love of a man to a woman. A rose is low in price and yet so rare to receive, I want my rose today not on my birthday or Valentine’s Day.
#13. If I were a fruit, I'd be a pineapple, Satsuma and strawberry.
#14. If I were a place, I'd be Paris, its rich culture, friendly people and quality cheese and food to die for !
#15. If I were a room in a house, I’d be the bathroom/toilet. It’s the only place I can run from the world and no one would follow me. In the bathroom, I do have my own quiet moment; I sing new song to my heavenly Lord especially when I am having my bath, I laugh at situation and talk to my heart. 
#16. If I were a scent, I'd be the smell of the earth when the raindrops hit the ground…its beautiful.
#17. If I were a body part, I’d be the heart, for through my heart I seek my God, feel all things and touches all things.
#18. If I were a song, I'd be Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) -It is a reminder to continue trusting THE LORD no matter what may come in life and we can always know that HE is watching over us.
#19. If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be gorgeous 4 inches stilettoes to show off my beautiful and wonderful made cat walking legs.
#20. If I were a story, I’d be a story of Love; For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish but have eternal life.

Happy New Month to all my blog readers. xx

Alaba Saliu 

Friday, 30 January 2015

You Came To My Rescue (Your love came down)


Glory to God in the highest for His love endures for ever (Psalm 107:1) I thank God for giving me the understanding and the ability to grasp this song that was sang by Christy Nockels.

I'm forever grateful to God for His love over my life. I join the Psalmist to sing, I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live….(116:1).”

If It hadn't been for His love and mercy, what would have become of me? If you and I can think deeply of what He has done, stilling doing and many more that shall be done-we all will exalt Him deeply (Phil 4:6).

Verse 1
Freedom is a song I sing, I can't contain the joy You bring, 
All because of Your great love, Now I live
I was dead, but now I breathe, Awaken to Your grace so free, 
In the power of Your cross, Now I live

Pre-Chorus
Salvation, my freedom, You gave Your all for me, 
Forever You made a way for me

Chorus
And You came to my rescue, You came to my rescue Calling on Your name,
Calling on Your name, Love came down, You came to my rescue, You came to my rescue, Calling on Your name, Calling on Your name, Love came down, Your love came down, Your love came down, Your love came down

 Verse 2
 You're the light in the darkest night, You lead me through the storm and fire
 When all around my hope gives way, You're my rock
 You taught me how to sing Your song, You've overwhelmed me with Your love
 You set my feet to dancing now,You're my God

Do you ever feel like nobody likes you or really cares



                     


Do you ever feel like nobody likes you? I feel that way sometimes, too. I think it's natural to want people to like you. I mean, who doesn't want friends? But I struggle with wanting everyone to like me. And when they don't, it's easy for me to feel bad about myself.

When I was in primary school, primary six to be precise, I used to have this big group of friends, and in that group, there's one boy who hangs out mostly with the girls. Now I was raised with sisters, and I usually feel more comfortable hanging around with girls than with boys. And most of the time, girls feel comfortable hanging out with me, too. So I was starting to feel kind of hurt that the girls were hanging out with this guy and not with me because I kind of think, I am brilliant, nice, cool and fun to be with.

One day, it really started to bother me. I crawled in my bed and just started crying. I was like, "What's wrong with me? Why doesn't everyone want to be around me? Am I just not good enough? Am I just not likable?" I came up with all these reasons why people wouldn't want to hang out with me as much as I want. For instance, I have a strong personality, and I can be very passionate. I'm also very open, and I'll say what's on my mind. That's not always the best thing. Openness is good, but sometimes I'd be better off keeping my mouth shut. I figured if I changed my personality, people might like me better.

The day after my crying session, I decided I would try to be sweet and quiet—to be the girl everyone would love. But that just wasn't me.  Something is not right, And I thought, this is nonsense. It finally came to me that this whole thing wasn't about me. People want to be with who they want to be with and I can’t force people to be with me all the time. Those girlfriends of mine weren't choosing to not be around me. They didn't hate me. They were just hanging out with another person. That's the way life works and that’s the way it goes.

I guess what I've learned is that not everyone is going to love me. Not everyone is going to want to be around me all the time. It doesn't mean there's anything wrong with me. And it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with them. People are just different. Sure there are things about me that I need to work on. But I don't have to try to be everyone's best friend. I only need to be the person God made me to be.

If you are someone like me, all I can say is, please stop beating and condemning yourself, God created you and love you just the way you are. However, if you are too open and abrupt just like me, you might need to bridle your tongue at times. See what the word of God says in the book of first Timothy 2:9-15-  Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works……… 

Yes, self-control is the key. I only need to be the person God has made me to be by controlling myself (mouth, thought and action) through the help of the Holy-spirit. Yes, myself because in Christ I live, move and have my being. My life should be Christ like.

May God help us all and have a nice day!


AMS:Check Your HEART!!!


                                       
 Last year December, I was asking God for  instruction and direction on a particular situation and the question I asked God was – God what must I do for you to change this situation that stand as a stumbling block in my life? The answer was, your heart must be fixed on me.  Jeremiah 29:13 to 14 says that: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.



At the beginning of January 2014, I was discussing some stuff with one of my family friend and I asked her to pray with me. And she said check your heart! I was really angry and I though why will she say something like that to me, after all I only ask her to pray with me. Or did she think I've backslide? I took it too personal, for days I was pondering on those three words (Check your heart) and again and again the word started echoing in my ears. Just of resent I begin to understand the message she was trying to pass across to me.

In Mark 7:21-23: Jesus pointed out the fallen condition of our hearts “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.”

You see, I may not understand my own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21). Jesus “knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Based on His knowledge of the heart, God can judge righteously: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

Our heart is the core of our being, and the Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).


The woman with the issue of blood had her heart fixed on Jesus and the fountain of blood coming out of her body for years dried up during an encounter with God. She didn't mind the filthy smell that was oozing out of her, in the midst of multitude that were following Jesus-all she wanted was her healing (Mark 5:25-29). Until our heart is right with Him, we will keep attracting garbage.

In the book of Mark 10:46-52. I can hear the blind Bartimaeus said, “If I don’t get the attention of Jesus today, I may not have the opportunity again.” So he screamed, “Jesus, the son of David, have mercy on me.” On seeing his heart (Bartimaeus), Jesus stood still to change his story. When He sees your heart beat for Him, He’ll stand to reverse your case. Jesus said to him, “your faith has made you well.”

The morale of the whole story is that the heart is the spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell. This simply means wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.


May God help us by His grace to prepare our heart and to set our face like a flint, to study to show ourselves approved to God in 2015.  Amen! 

Stay blessed!
             

Thursday, 22 January 2015

AMS: Happy New Year to all my blog readers

When life gives you 100 reasons to be Worry and Cry in 2015, show life that you have 1000 reasons to be Grateful and Smile. 

Handle 2015 with Confidence and Faith. 

Keep the Faith and drop the Fear.
Happy New Year to all my blog readers!