Thoughts to Share…

Helloooo! Happy Sunday! Hope you were able to catch a breath today after all the hustle and bustle of the long weekend. Well, tomorrow is Monday, and it’s back to work. A portal of possibilities opened… Take advantage of it! 
Tonight, I have a few things that stuck out for me in the course of the day and I thought to share with you. Do let me know what you think. Thanks. 
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Last Wednesday, the Eid celebrations were to commence the next day, and thanks to all the festivities in town, there was lots of traffic. I was out and trying to make my way back home. The journey had been almost uneventful until I got to the last park where I was to board the last taxi for my homeward trip. I was about to enter when the driver said “Aunty, it’s #70”. I was amazed! This is a trip that usually costs #50. I asked him the reason for the sudden hike in taxi fare. His retort “It’s Sallah break, we must increase the fares”. I was both sad and angry. 
You might ask why. What difference exactly does #20 make, abi? A lot! In a nation where a large number of people are battling with unemployment, salaries are still unpaid in some states, lots of people live on less than a dollar a day… #20 is a big deal!
I am privileged many times to hear people talk about Nigeria’s anti graft war. Most people blame the leadership and politicians for the high level of corruption in the country. Lots of finger pointing and name calling is done. Every time I get the chance, I ask people, “what have YOU done to fight it?” 
The change mantra is almost stale. People are tired of hearing it. I will keep saying it, leadership is but a reflection of the society. If you cannot put the Nigerian interest above your personal interest within your little sphere of influence, you shouldn’t complain about the state of things. 
I’ll leave you with the words of Barrack Obama “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.”
Have a lovely new week! Stay blessed!

Thoughts to Share…

Hello lovely people. I do hope your day went well. Thankfully, I had a full day as well as a fun day! Its almost bedtime but I just thought to share one or two things I learnt and ‘relearnt’ today that I hope will be immense blessings to you. There’s love in sharing right? So, here goes…
Tara Fela-Durotoye was one of the Speakers at a women’s conference I attended today and one of the things that she said and I held on to was balancing her life. Like her, I’m someone that believes it is possible to have it all. That tongue-talking, demon-chasing Daughter of Zion that excels in her business or career and ministry as well as on the home front.
Lots of times, society questions this and asks you to play safe, don’t aspire too much. If you are so so and so, you cannot successfully keep a home or have a career. Thankfully, one of the things she spoke about was eliminating limiting beliefs and mindsets (that alone is plenty gist for another day).
Back to what I was saying, her answer on tips on how to balance life was pretty insightful for me. First off, she acknowledged that everything she has achieved is due to the help of God.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ NKJV)

All things, including living a balanced life. She also stated that it’s very important to carry friends and family along and make them involved, give them a sense of belonging while we take our journey to destiny. People are the ultimate investment. Without people, purpose will not make sense.
I hope you have been able to glean a thing or two. Stay blessed!

Introducing #ThankfulThursday #TestimonyThursday

Hello people! Hope you had a great day. It’s the middle of the month…time flies mehn! 24 hours feels like the blink of an eye at times.

Anyways, a while ago, I decided to take my writing more seriously and be on here more often. To do that, I realized that consistency was the only key to making that happen. To that end, I decided to start off one or two segments on here that would require me to write every week. (So help me God!) 
The first thing that came to my mind was a testimony column. Nothing boosts your faith more than hearing what mighty things God has done in the life of someone. Knowing that awesome things happen in our days, not just in Bible times is really very encouraging. He’s the same God! Hasn’t changed. 

I wrote the bulk of this post two days ago and was just going to leave it as an introduction without necessarily sharing anything I’m grateful for or giving a testimony, but trust God to give me a testimony I cannot but share today! More than one sef. 

I just want to thank God for safety and protection. I’ve had car issues for a while. Fix this one today, fix that one tomorrow. Been annoying at times! Anyways, I was meant to take my immediate younger brother shopping for sewing supplies. We set off and the journey was not so bad at first. Along the way, the car stopped getting into gear right there in the middle of the road! I managed to maneuver it to the side of the road to try and figure out a way to make it work. Trust Nigerians. Hehehe. Raining all sorts of abuses. Chai! In the hot sun again. But I thank God. I was able to at least get it to gear one and take it to the mechanics. They did some first aid, identified what was wrong, but there wasn’t much they could do to fix it on the spot. Talk about reorganizing my day for me! Thankfully, the market was just a stone throw from the mechanics. My brother and I did some quick shopping. Thank God the trip wasn’t wasted eventually. Dad decided we should bring the car home. Here is where the testimony lies for me… I drove for almost 1 hour 45 minutes at a speed of less than 20kmph on the main road!!! This was on traffic free roads, so you can imagine the distance from the market home. I’m so thankful that throughout the ordeal, I didn’t hit anyone and no one hit me. God brought us home safe! Somebody praise The Lord!!!!!

So, I’m inviting you all to head on here every Thursday. Let’s declare and proclaim the goodness of The Lord our God to the ends of the Earth. 

P.S. I’ll like you to listen to Tye Tribbet’s Same God. I can’t do downloads from this device so I don’t think I can share a download link but please be kind enough to drop the link in the comments section if you can. Thanks.

WITNESS

 
Walks in. *clears cobwebs* there’s soooo much dust in here. *sneezes* Hello lovely people! Happy new month! (It’s just day 3, not too late :D) It’s been forever and a day! At this point, even I think “sorry” doesn’t quite cut it. But sincerely, I’m sorry for pulling a disappearing act. A big thank you to those who came by here while I was away. Special shout out to Temitope Banks 😀 
You know that feeling you get when you haven’t seen a dear friend in a loooooong while and there’s lots of gist to share and you don’t even know where to start? That’s the feeling I have now. Let me start from the most recent. I hope today’s post is a blessing to you. And don’t forget to leave a comment. :). Thanks 
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Yesterday, I decided to ditch the ride and take public transport to finish up my work for the day. As I got to the gate of my estate, a bike man came by and I hopped on for the ride to work. As we went on, I had a prodding to speak to him about Christ. I was like, really??! How am I supposed to have a conversation on a bike? The wind and noise will make it difficult. The list of excuses I tendered before the Holy Spirit grew. I got to work, paid him, and he zoomed off. My heart sank as I realized something. I just threw away an opportunity to be a witness. I apologized and asked for a second chance. I felt really bad. 
In the evening on my way from work another chance came. I hopped on another bike from work to church for mid week service. This time, I opened my mouth and had a conversation with the man. I didn’t quite get to ‘outright preaching’ but this time I spoke up. 
I decided to ask people about their own experience(s) sharing the gospel in a commercial vehicle, on a bike or in a ‘keke napep’. So I put up the question on facebook and twitter. The responses were very encouraging!

   
 Contrary to what lots of people think, I’m actually quite shy. Opening my mouth at times is quite a task. *covers face* At times I tell myself that my life can be a witness, a message to the gospel of Christ and Gods saving grace. Let your light so shine, right? Truth is, people need to see as well as hear!
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth. 

‭Acts‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬ AMP
A witness is someone who makes a statement about what he or she knows or has seen. If you have felt the love and power of God and know it, what’s stopping you from making that statement about it? I urge you to not just joy in the fact that you know God, but as cliche as it sounds, share the love. Witnessing to the ends of the earth means at every single place. Work, school, at the market, anywhere and everywhere! Let’s get going people!