Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Hey friend, if you are reading this, please forgive my omission, after going through this mail, I promise to be a true friend in words and deed.
Enjoy this piece;
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)all you just to say "HI!"
(D)on't give up on you.
(E)nvision the whole of you (even the unfinished parts).
(F)orgive your mistakes.
(I)nvite you over
(J)ust to "be" with you.
(K)eep you close at heart.
(L)oves you for who you are.
(M)akes a difference in your life.
(P)icks you up,
(Q)uiets your fears,
(R)aises your spirit,
(S)ays nice things about you,
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it,
(W)alks beside you,
(X)-plains thing you don't understand,
(Y)ells when you won't listen, and
(Z)aps you back.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
What do you desire? Success, financial breakthrough, good health, healing, good job, freedom from oppression, children, marriage, love? Your desire for any of these must be so great for you to have them, because no substitute or stand-in can take the place of desire. It is either you want it or you don’t. You must know what you want, and then you must want what you want with a passion so intense and so strong that failure or defeat remains an unavailable option. When you know this and practice it, then the sky is the limit for what you can achieve with the power of desire behind you.
I once read somewhere that no amount of adversity can hold back a success-conscious individual, the same, as one cannot prop up a failure-conscious individual. You win or lose because you commit to one or the other.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
A young boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible and loudly exclaiming his praise to God. "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!" he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not. Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy. "Hey" asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, "Don't you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle."
The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the "realities" of the miracles of the Bible. "That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across."
The boy was shocked. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible opened on his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened the poor, naive boy to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before.
The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.
“ Wow!” exclaimed the boy happily, "God is greater than I even thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10-inches of water!"
ooh ho, he could not have been more fervent.
Monday, November 05, 2007
An old fellow had been in the north woods for weeks by himself, camping out. Each night at dusk he built a campfire, boiled water for coffee, and took out his skillet to fry up some bacon for dinner. As he was sitting by the fire one night, the water boiling and the bacon sizzling, he heard a tremendous racket in the brush. The sound was like a roaring freight train, and as trees fell over and branches snapped, the biggest bear he’d ever seen lumbered into the clearing. On the bear’s back was a tough-looking hombre holding a seven-foot live rattlesnake in his hands.
The man shouted and screamed as he brought the bear to a skidding halt, bit the head off the rattlesnake, and flung it into the brush. Then he slid off the bear’s back, turned, and hit him between the eyes, knocking him unconscious. The camper was speechless as this wild-eyed renegade walked over to the fire, tossed the boiling coffee down his throat, drank the hot grease from the skillet, and ate all of the bacon in one bite. As he wiped his hands with poison ivy and slapped the bear back to consciousness, he turned to the camper and said, “Partner, I’m sorry I can’t stay around and visit with you a while, but I have got to keep moving ‘cause a real bad dude is chasing me!”
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In our times of darkness, children are the ones who will brighten us up. No matter what ordeals we have to endure in our daily lives, we know that we can overcome them the moment we set eyes on children. Their innocence and purity in them will always give us a sense of peacefulness and calm that is beyond words. And it goes without saying that life would be meaningless without seeing them smile, hearing them laugh and cry, and feeling their small and flawlessly gentle hands that want to reach out to us.Yet, there are some who show no empathy and sensitivity towards these beautiful souls. Worse still, they would dunk themselves into physical violence and cruelty towards the children without even thinking twice. Such acts can deem someone to be worse than an animal, because even an animal has compassion and love for its young.
Please take this time to read this special message from us, and show your utmost support and sympathy towards the family of the late Nurin Jazlin, who passed away tragically and brutally at the age of only eight. Little Nurin Jazlin’s body was discovered in a gym bag on 17th September, one month after she was abducted. Upon the discovery, she was seen to be in the most horrifying state ever. Her hair was short and curled up, when it was originally straight and long. Her body was pale and badly bruised from head to toe, and there were traces of foreign objects like brinjal and cucumber found in the virginal area of her body.
This was the result of an outrage of modesty (See Picture On The Right) caused by a man of age between 35 and 40, who was thought to be someone who enjoyed torturing people, particularly children. Along with him was a 23-year-old lady, who was apparently his partner in crime. The lady had been found and called for questioning by the Malaysian authorities, whereas the man has yet to be found. Hence, we are urging all of you here to play your part in finding this serial killer cum sexual offender and ensuring that justice is served to the deceased and her family.
If you know of the culprits’ whereabouts, keep us informed immediately, or directly inform her uncle, Jasni Abdul Jalil, via his blog, which he had specially created as a form of dedication to her.
Over the years, we have heard of children’s lives being taken away due to the evil doings of heartless adults. Nurin’s death was one of the most gruesome and tragic deaths that made many of us shocked, despaired and furious. Do you want more children to die in the hands of these sadistic people? Do you still wish to hear such saddening news of child abuse?Then let us do our part right away! Together we can make this world a better place for the little ones. Let us all join hand in hand and put a stop to such cruelty towards them once and for all! Fight against child abuse today.We have created a logo to show our support towards the fight against child abuse. If you would like to join in this movement, please copy and paste this article in your site and place the logo. After displaying this article, leave us a comment and we will add your link in our list of bloggers who have voluntarily helped us in this movement.
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Friday, October 26, 2007
Got this interesting article from a friend. Have a nice read.
Everyone knows that life is already unmercifully short; here today, gone tomorrow is a fact of life sooner or later, it is a reality that each of us must face.
How and where we spend our time should be a matter of serious urgency because tomorrow is a day that never comes. And there is no guarantee that you will live to see another tomorrow.
Tomorrow is a day that all of us should live in and enjoy this very moment. We should strive to enjoy this day. And this day should be considered the greatest day of your life. You were taught, early on, not to put off until tomorrow what can and should be done today.
This means dreams must be lived in the now; truth must be told today, love, sharing, caring and serving must be done today. Unattended obligations must be completed today and forgiveness must begin this very moment. Both justice and friendship must be implemented and maintained right now, not tomorrow or next month.
It is foolish and very unwise to wait for the right moment or the right opportunity before you take action to embrace the totality of life. Consider every moment to be the right moment and also the right opportunity. Time is the one constant in all life; it never slows or speeds up but is continuous and unrelenting.
Presidents, potentates, kings and queens, and all manner of high-ranking movers and shakers may die, come and go, but time is no respecter of person, title or position. All of us have equal access to the same amount of time. Rich people have no more or less time than people who are not rich. Somehow, they seem to make better use of their time.
For sure, they are both times conscious as well as value-conscious. You dont get rich or achieve outstanding success by misusing time. Most successful people do things that add to, not take away from their success. They value their time, and also the time of other time-conscious individuals.
With time being a decisive factor in all life, there is no room for plea-bargaining; all excuses, reasonable or unreasonable, are unacceptable. With or without you, time marches on, which is why you must get busy maximizing every available moment. A do-it-now attitude must be reflected in your spirit, in your actions as well as in your deeds. A can't wait; do-it-now mentality must become the new order of the day.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Since my return I’ve been bombarded with all sorts of mail, some of which are extremely funny and some just too hilarious for words. I guess my friend who’s been sending me jokes after jokes just want me to forget the gloom of the past weeks. Thanks for this friend, I had quite a laugh.
Hope you all enjoy it also.
Home For The Holidays!
An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says,
"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says.
"We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this,
so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her," and he hangs up.
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.
"Like hell they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take
care of this." She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at
the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single
thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back,
and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a
thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone, too, and turns to his wife.
"Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving. Now what
do we tell them for Christmas?"
Jake was on his deathbed. His wife, Susan, was maintaining a vigil by
his side. As she held his fragile hand, tears ran down her face. Her praying
roused him from his slumber. He looked up and his pale lips began to move
"My darling Susan," he whispered. "Hush, my love," she said.
"Rest. Shhh. Don't talk." He was insistent.
"Susan," he said in his tired voice. "I have something I must confess to you."
"There's nothing to confess," replied the weeping Susan. "Everything's all right, go to sleep."
"No, no. I must die in peace, Susan. I slept with your sister, your best friend, and your mother."
"I know," she replied. "That's why I poisoned you."
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Can’t help but try to lighten the mood of this blog a bit. Everyone needs a good laugh once in a while.
Here’s the story of three men who died and went to heaven. At heavens orientation ceremony, each of them were asked,
When you were in your casket and friends and family were mourning you, what would you have loved to hear them say about you?
The first man said, "I would have loved to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man."
The second guy says, "I would have loved to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow."
The last guy replies, " would have loved to hear them say... LOOK, HE'S MOVING!!!!!"
A young vicar, who was so nervous at his first mass that he could hardly speak, asked a senior vicar’s advice on how he could relax. The senior vicar told him: "Next week it may help if you put some Vodka in the water pitcher. After a few sips everything should go smoothly." The following Sunday the new vicar put the suggestion into practice and was able to talk up a storm and did just great. Upon returning to the rectory, he found the following message on a note from the senior vicar:
- Next time, sip rather than gulp.
- There are 10 commandments, not 12.
- There are 12 disciples not 10.
- David slew Goliath; he did not kick his ass.
- WE do not refer to our savior Jesus Christ and his apostles as "J.C. and the boys."
- Next week there is a taffy-pulling contest at St. Peters, not a peter pulling contest at St. Taffy's.
- We do not refer to the cross as the "The Big T."
- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are not referred to as "Big Daddy, Junior, and the Spook."
- The recommended Grace before meals is not "Rub-A-Dub, thanks for the grub, Yo God!"
- Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.
- Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.
- When David was hit by a rock and knocked off his donkey, don't say he was stoned off his ass.
- When Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper he said, "Take this and eat it, for it is my body", he did not say, "Eat me."
Monday, October 15, 2007
Death is one word that when some people hear it they shrink, some have nasty shivers running up their spine, some just believe it will come when it will come. In African, Nigeria to be precise, it is a believe that the ember months comes with series of unpalatable happenings and when death of loved ones occurred during this period, people easily attribute it to the said SeptEMBER, octoBER, novEMBER, decEMBER.
I quite disagree with this believe, death is a reality that people have to face, regardless of where, when and how it occurs. Dying itself is not a problem, but what happens to people after death? Where do they go? What do they do? What sort of life exists after death? Lots of questions though, but believe me, they are very necessary as death does not give warning signals, it does not give you time to prepare, it does not give you time to put your house in order or write a will, it catches you at whatever you are doing and before the person knows what, he/she is on the other side, it comes just like a thief in the night.
On the other side, I don’t want to start an argument here, everyone to their own believe, and according to the word of God written in the book of life, the bible, it has been appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Heb 9:27). Surely everyone will die, though at different times and in different circumstances, but then,
where is your other side?
Where will you like to go after death?
What preparations are you making towards death?
Will you be happy when death knocks on your door or be afraid of the unknown?
I don’t have a general answer to all this questions, but I am confident in the words of Rom 8:1- there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And, Rom 14:7 - For none of us liveth to himself, and no man died to himself. For whether I live, I live unto the Lord; and whether I die, I die unto the Lord: whether I live therefore, or die, I am the Lord's.
I lost two good friends recently, a man and a woman, the man’s aged father also died suddenly as a result of the shock of losing his only son. We are seriously praying for the aged mother of the deceased, please, join us to pray for her also. They were both too young to die.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I think the time as finally come for me to confess that I need some time off. I have been physically strong to say the least, and posting that used to be so much fun for me has become something I have been struggling with; I now need to summon all my willpower to complete a post.
Please, bear with me. Will be back as soon as I’m able to. Meanwhile, I will continue to visit my favourite blogs and read updates from all my subscriptions when I can.
Peace an Love,
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Got tagged yesterday by Channelofhealing, I must say this is a new but fascinating concept, like this meme though.
The rules are as follows:
1. Copy and paste the story below, and the rules, on your blog.2. Find out whom you’re going to tag. (2-3 people, or more, if you wish)3. Write one or two sentences to continue the story, and use the titles of the blogs you’re tagging or any word(s) associated with them as keywords in the links you include in your part of the story.4. Remember to tell your tagged that you’ve tagged them!5. Feel free to use this and start your own viral link story. I’d very much appreciate a link back to Mother’s Home! if you do. (Or a tag, if you prefer!)Here it goes;
Mother’s Home! the cave troll yelled. I have been out all day strangling chickens like CRAZY! for the evil Empress. All i want now is a MOment to myself, but i keep getting Linda talking Drivel, but that is better than a certain someone Mooing. Then suddenly what should appear but the NOT evil Empress and all her strangled chickens and Mags cooked them all up and made us a lovely cake to eat. Gracie wanted all the cake for herself but the NOT evil Empress was able to hack off a good sized slab for herself!!! Ha ha ha, Gracie belched loudly after eating all the scrumptious cake that Mags had baked and watched Callie scrappin’ with Sarge about who was gonna win Big Brother 8. Sarge started humming “Dixie,” and almost choked on the bite of cake in his mouth! So he got some coffee to go to wash down the cake. The coffee helped a bit but he had to vocalize before he started singing again so he began, “Mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi…”…who heard him all the way from Bloggingham Palace and said, “Where is that awful noise coming from? Is there a sick wailing Wacky Mom loose in the woods?” She said, “I’ll bet Songbird can teach him to sing!” but she was busy BONDing in the desert with Kathleen who sat writing heresy in her diary. She was absolutely no help. So Mi-Mi asked Kat to put him on the PP&P list to save his sorry soul. Alas, Ralph the Airhead made a new batch but the Patti-cakes fell in Polliwog’s Pond and nobody got to eat cake after all! It was all Bee’s fault (somehow). Feeling sorry for herself, she pranced over to Odat’s for a dance but she only heard strange mumbling…That mumbling, however, resulted from The Alien Next Door trying to clone Justin Stanely’s Weblog. The meticulous and risky cloning occurred throughout several millennia, past, present, and future. Or so it seemed; no one could keep count. It was just too much. The mind-numbing years had finally sublimed the earth into a pristine Bobbarama. All well and good, said Bob, but whatever happened to the rules? Before anyone got hurt, however, enough stars fell and crashed to alert Sci-Fi Girl, who grabbed her laptop and returned to the woods, where Mimi’s Dating Profile popped up, allowing a lion to lie happily next to a lamb…Now, the insane writer burst into the forest, kissing the dogwood and sat on the lion, spinning tales about sci-fi girl’s boyfriend, sci-fi guy, who had his eye on [her] DNA, which he was hoping to sell for anything goes. But just then the mad goat lady and the drowsey monkey pranced into the forest and sang a truly quiet symphony, which annoyed the insane writer.“What’s that funky sound?” screamed sci-fi guy.“Well, it sure isn’t a raspberry-latte!” grumbled the insane writer. “Get a grip, sci-fi guy! You’re my main character! I expect you to know how to split an atom! Ignore that woman and her indolent pet! Now, go and do your dastardly thing!”Kissing the dogwood had been a lure, a trap set by the Mighty Morgan to take control of the BlogWood. Those petulant witches disguised as writers must be eradicated, them and their man slaves. She stuck her talons into the lion with A Twist and a Skewer till it rolled over and laughingly pleaded to go back to Neverland where it had been extremely happy. Her faithful followers, the Gargons grouped around her skirt folds, drooling and kissing her hem in adoration. “Here, take this poison” she commanded, “why? (asked) paisley“, the only rebel in the camp. “To blight their computers my little friends, it’s a special potion A Bit of This and a Dash of the Other“…she smiled mysteriously in her best Mae West accent and set off in search of the Englebert Humperdink Fan Club.As she dashed off little did she know that Sherrell disguised in a SpeedCat Hollydale costume was hiding under the swing over at Rplayground, “Don’t worry”, she whispered aloud to herself, “That witch will never get away with this!” and proceeded towards the Gargons that had for a moment turned there backs on the posion left by the witch Mighty Morgan .Just as Sherrell was about to grab the poison and save the Blogwood she was tackled by Denny the Backwoods Drifter who happened to be hunting SpeedCat Hollydales. The commotion alerted the gargons who with the lightning speed of ole Mother Home descended upon Sherrell and Denny. Sherrell sighed and said "drat that Mighty Morgan, if only Channel were here, she'd know what to do."
finally... fear not Channel arrives at the scene alongside with her three angels bola, Deb, and Brooke fully charged with the blood of Jesus Christ , this made me remember when Mike said Awanabe washed too, before long we heard a big shout Isaiah son of the "Jesus Christ" the conqueror of that evil Spirit that possessed Mighty Morgan said All I need is Justawitness that suzyqt and Hummie are not in anyway endangered by the poison for I know that Anna must have been watching from afar to see what Sherrel would do, but saw Nada afar off whispering words of inspiration into Bola’s hear and I asked myself why LFXT had to be left out of this great discovery when Manchild had already gotten his own share of the booty brought in by SantaClaus.
You are next am waiting....
Posted by Bola at Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Mesh was not like any other married woman; she was a beauty, slim with all the right curves in the right places. She was the envy of her women friends and many of her husband’s friends do praise the proud husband for having such a beautiful woman for a wife. You need to know her to appreciate the work God did on her, after three children she is still able to glow and radiate such beauty. Mesh has a sister who is not as beautiful as she is and when people refer to the differences in their looks she always answered that her sister took after their father’s side of the family. When they were younger, a sort of rivalry does exist between them, Mesh is quiet, intelligent and easygoing christain, people loved her, while her sister Rate is quite the opposite and was always jealous of the attention she received whenever they were together. After her graduation from the university, Mesh decided to settle down with her heartthrob, God blessed them and they were able to live comfortably well in their own apartment. When Rate also graduated from college, Mesh asked her to come live with her and her family, they all got along so well that people do think that Rate is Mesh’s sister in law instead of her sister because she was so close to the husband, Jack. Both were always seen strolling together in the neighbourhood, holding hands and so on. People started to pass side comments and insinuate all sorts of things and even asking Mesh to confirm the true relationship between Rate and herself. Mesh refused to listen to all this simply because she did not think there is anything bad in her sister and her husband being so close. She still did not think that there was anything going on even when the oldest of her three children asked her why daddy and auntie Rate sometimes locked themselves in auntie Rate’s room when mummy was not at home.
The matter finally came to a head when she had to come back home early from a trip to find her husband’s car parked in their garage when he was supposed to be at work. She entered the house with trepidation, thinking the husband has been sick and had to come home from work. Upon entering their living room, she got the shock of her life and she instantly wished she had paid attention to all those insinuations from friends and neighbours alike. It was not easy for her to discover that all this while her sister has been having illicit affair with her husband right under her nose. The husband and sister she trusted and loved so much, her question was;
If her husband could do it, why should her sister, her own flesh and blood?
If her husband had to be unfaithful, why does it have to be with her sister?
How long has her husband been cheating on her behind her back?
What does she do now? (She does not believe in divorce and she loved the man so much, BUT HER OWN SISTER!)
Please note that the names mentioned here are not actual names of persons.
Friday, September 14, 2007
A hearty thank you, and more grease to your elbows as you review more bloggers.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn't. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back. The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing this man waste good fish. "Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?" he asked.The inexperienced fisherman replied, "I only have a small frying pan." Sometimes, like that fisherman, we throw back the big plans, big dreams, big jobs, big opportunities that God gives us. Our faith is too small. We laugh at that fisherman who didn't figure out that all he needed was a bigger frying pan; yet how ready are we to increase the size of our faith?Whether it's a problem or a possibility, God will never give you anything bigger than you can handle. That means we can confidently walk into anything God brings our way.You can do all things through Christ - He'll give you the strength. (Philippians 4:13).Nothing is too big for God. Stop telling God you've got big problems, but instead tell your problems to a big God!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
This is a reference to Channelofhealing’s God Is Always In Control... so don't worry about a thing!
You see often times some of us found ourselves being victims of circumstances beyond our control, some of these things happen and we wish we could have prevented it (the bad ones) and some happen that we welcome with open arms (the good things) even though, the occurrence is not of our own making. One of the former is the situation of one of my neighbours. He’s been a good friend to my family, which made it possible for me to know a few things about him. I learnt sometimes back that he lost his job and till date he has not been able to secure a new job. I guess he must have tried so many times and when there was no luck decided to resign to his faith. The most frustrating thing is that his extended family members do not want to understand that he presently does not have any means to support himself. I think they believe that if he can still afford to pay rent on a nice flat in a choice location, then he has money and the wife is probably prevailing on him not to assist his family financially. All through this, he and the wife have been praying and sometimes hold all night vigil. Whenever the man complains, our advice is God is still in control of the situation, praying that one of these days God will remove every obstacle on the road to their opportunity.
This may be difficult for him and others like him to believe, but everyone has a story and no one is immune to problems, and for as many as believe God for an opportunity to breakthrough, it should be at the back of their minds that there would always be obstacles on the way, but through it all God is in control. Life is not a bed of roses, if it were; Joseph would not have had to go through all that trouble. Remember, he had a dream, which he shared with his brothers who hated him with all the passion in their body, they sold him into slavery, and as a slave in Egypt, his master’s wife framed him for something he did not do. He was instantly thrown into prison, where his gift of interpretation of dreams came to light. And because God was in control of his situation, he removed the obstacle in his way by allowing him be the only man that could interpret Pharaoh’s dream.(God did this when he thought the time was right ,in his own time)
What do you think of that, know it that troubles may be lasting, but it is not everlasting and if you can be patient, your day will come, when your light will have no other choice than to SHINE fort for all to see.
Please be happy.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Read about a young man who got into marriage without thinking or counting the cost involved. He was unable to pay the dowry demanded by his inlaws, but he was permitted to go ahead and marry with the promise that he will pay later. After paying some instalment, he was unable to pay the balance even after several years of marriage. He could not even meet up with the many obligations that had come up. He obviously was ignorant of the responsibilities that come with marriage. He did not count the cost, forgetting that every crown has its own cost.
You don't just run into something because it feels good or sounds good or looks good. Before you go ahead , you have to sit down and ask yourself, how will this affect my family? My reputation? How will this affect my health? The other commitments I've already made?
What could this cost me financially? How is it going to affect my time with God? What temptations is this going to throw me into? What am I sacrificing to do this? Can I really live with what this might cost me?
Remember; whatever cost you nothing will add up to nothing in your life.
Counting the cost is important in any decision making.
Have a blessed day.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Today, I remember one of my aunties, not that she’s dead, but she just vanished and there have been rumours from people who claimed to have seen her someplace. Her trauma started at the age of twenty-one or thereabout. She was a staunch christain, who love to worship God. But she was always so secretive; no one can guess what is going through her mind, not even my mum who is her older sister. She is the type that believes everybody is her enemy, especially her relatives. Back then I used to wonder why she was staying with us if she did not trust any of us enough to confide in us, even when is sick.
One day she decided to relocate to another city (Lagos), after a few months there she called my mum to inform her that the man she wanted to marry will be coming down home with her for introduction in a few days time. Then their father was still alive and my mum told her that while their aged father is still alive, she cannot make decisions on his behalf, that it will be better if she can come home first to discuss with their father and let him fix a date for the young man’s visit. She refused and she eventually had her way. About two weeks after that, she came back to inform the family of her marriage which was already fixed for two weeks from the day of her visit. Then every body in the family warned her about the consequences of marrying a man whose relatives were not known, that according to our culture, when the man was coming for the introduction, he should have come with some of his family members, he did not and that was overlooked simply because of the way she tried to hurry everyone into the ceremony. What transpired that day I can never forget, she bluntly told everyone that her husband to be is a pastor who does not need his family’s consent to be married. On the day of the wedding, no member of his family was present, only his church members.
Few months after the wedding, we were told of their transfer to a remote village for pastoral work. Mind you, she was about four months pregnant then. Communication between us after their transfer was almost non-existent, as we kept writing letters upon letters without getting replies. Around the time we suspected that she must have been delivered, we wrote again, but still no reply, then we started getting worried and had to go to Lagos in search of their old friends who told us a very shocking story; she said the man had left the ministry that sent him on transfer, and that means they also left that village, they moved to port-Harcourt, his hometown. But that before they left the former village, the pregnancy (twin baby) disappeared. On getting to port- Harcourt, she suffered a mental illness as a result of the pregnancy’s disappearance and the husband left her there to move back to Lagos to start a new life. We heard all these precisely seven years after their wedding. Nobody knew where to look for her; we set people to look for him, but all to no avail.
My mum called me one day to tell me that, this woman just walked into our house one day out of the blue, saying all sorts of incomprehensible things, it was immediately clear that she was stark raving mad.
We all gathered round to look for solutions. We took her to all the mental homes we could think of for treatment, even churches, but no way, at a time she seems to be getting better but one day she just plain disappeared, and since then we have not set eyes on her. My mum and other relations did all they could to find her, the only thing we heard from people who claimed to have seen her was that she said she was going to look for her husband and children.
Since this incidence, I have series of unanswered questions, one of which is how it was possible for a matured pregnancy to disappeared, no miscarriage, nothing.
Then how is it possible that when our parents advise us on love matters we always turn deaf ears? Believing we know better, also forgetting that what an old man sees sitting down, a child cannot glimpse while standing. Agreed they could not tell us who to marry or not to marry, but then there are some advice they could give that may be useful in ensuring the success of the union.
Remember that wisdoms is to lay hold of God's ways and to operate at God’s frequency. It means applying the right measure for every pressure measure.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Dieting is now the in-thing among my female friends. I guess we all want to look trendy and gorgeous regardless of our age. But one thing I have found with dieting is that it improves the appetite. For me, I keep saying I want to stay off this and that, but it never worked. One thing I thought I was going to miss most is coca-cola, I love it to a fault, the chillier the better and since I have started the diet program I have decided to stay off because of the sugar content, until a friend introduced me to Coke zero.Real taste, zero sugar, it is simply Life as it should be. Now I have no more worries about the downside effect of coke on my dieting program, because it has no effect whatsoever.
Posted by Bola at Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Things sometimes happen in our lives that, we may not be able to explain why it happened or the purpose for which it happened. I have heard many stories of how God uses someone to prevent something bad happening to another person. It has happened series of time, as I have heard stories like; I was supposed to be in that bus, but I had to go back home at the last minute to pick up something I forgot and that was how I escaped being a victim. One of my cousins was in a bus travelling from his state of residence to another and not quite twenty minutes into the journey, the bus somersaulted three times and fifteen out of the eighteen passengers died. He was lucky to be one of the three survivors. After regaining consciousness, he said he was thankful to God for giving him a second chance at life. I liked what he said because despite the pains from the injuries he sustained he believed that his being in that bus was not a mistake.
Sometimes back I read the story of someone also traveling in a bus to a far distance. Two hours into the trip, an argument ensued between two of the passengers, their quarrel forced the driver to stop and they were delayed for about thirty minutes, meanwhile the other passengers were very angry at the delay. After the matter was settled, they proceeded on their journey and about an hour later, came across several human corpses. A bus had been robbed thirty minutes earlier, and all the passengers concluded that the argument that delayed them was for a good cause.
There is also the story of a pastor that was working late; he decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00pm, but his wife didn't answer the phone. He let the phone ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn't answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn't answered before, and she said that it hadn't rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways. The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he'd used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he'd called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn't figure out what the man was talking about. Then the man said, "It rang and rang, but I didn't answer." The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he'd intended to call his wife. The man said, "That's, OK. Let me tell you my story. ”You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, 'God if you're there, and you don't want me to do this, give me a sign now.' At that point my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, 'Almighty God'. I was afraid to answer!" The reason why it showed on the man's caller ID that the call came from "Almighty God" is because the church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle!!
Let’s encourage ourselves with these thoughts, that whatever happen to us, happens for a purpose. God’s purpose for our lives will never go unfulfilled.He is a present help in times of need.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Are you drunken with success? Is the knowledge that you have it all intoxicating you? If it is then you need to know that when you've really won big, it's easy to let down, get overconfident, or just get careless. When you've been the champion for a while, you tend to coast, and suddenly you're not the champion anymore. That doesn't just happen in sports, it happens in life. In fact, it has happened many times in the Bible; like what happened to the Jewish king Uzziah (II Chr. 26). We can conclude from that story that a season of success in your life may actually be the most dangerous season of all. Uzziah led his nation to new levels of economic prosperity, military dominance, and international respect. The Bible says, "As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success”. Notice, God gave him success; success is not your achievement. It's God's gift.
If you read down the chapter, you will see that Uzziah’s fame spread far and wide; he was greatly helped until he became powerful. But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall." What follows is the tragic account of a king who becomes arrogant, self-willed, a man who starts doing it His way, not God's way; and ultimately a man who dies the horrible death of leprosy.
This story is, unfortunately, not unique. The truth is that very few of us are able to handle success. If you're experiencing a time of success and pretty smooth sailing right now, it's important to realize that you may be in the spiritual danger zone. When you're flying high, it's all too easy to forget how you got there. Or, more importantly, who got you there. The ancient Jews were given a solemn warning from God when they went from the wilderness to the wealth of the Promised Land: "Be careful that you do not forget the Lord." And, sure enough, they did.
So if this is a good season of your life, don't ruin it by getting careless. Have you allowed your success to inflate you?
Are you thinking, "Hey, I'm really something" instead of "He's really something"?
Have you moved from the desperate praying of the hard times to less frequent, less fervent prayers now that you're in the good times?
Have you started to rely on your gifts, your cleverness, your experience or your strength instead of what you once did - totally depending on God?
Are you becoming more self-focused?
Are you taking more things into your own hands instead of leaving them in God's hands?
Those are some of the great dangers of success. Don't make God remind you that He is the source of everything you've got, because success that costs you the blessing of your Lord is simply success that you can't afford.Remember that to be better off is not to be better.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I can't begin to count the times I've been the same way with God about something I wanted or needed. "What's taking so long, God? I want it, and I want it NOW!" Maybe there's something you've been asking and trusting God for a while, and it still hasn't come. You want it now, but there's a reason God isn't giving it to you now. It's not ready yet. And it would disappoint you if He gave it to you now.
There's a word that's one of the major keys to God's best, a word that is spelled out in our word for today from the Word of God. Psalm 37, beginning with verse 5, tells us to: "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this ... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him ... Wait for the Lord and keep His way." There's the word that often stands between you and God's best - wait. Part of committing your way to the Lord, of trusting in Him, is to wait until God says it's ready; until God says you're ready. So many people are living today in the heartache of their own impatience. They couldn't wait, so they grabbed what they could have now. And it's been much less than what God was getting ready for them.
You've been waiting for God to come through. You want to be married. You're waiting for Him to answer your prayer about having a child or raising a child. You're waiting for that job, that heart change, that breakthrough, that answer, and it hasn't come yet. Don't panic. Don't let impatience cost you the perfect will of God. Premature babies aren't as healthy as ones that are full-term. Premature solutions aren't healthy either. Wait until it's full-term. Remember the principle of Galatians 4:4, "In the fullness of time, God ..." God will bring you your answer when it's ready. So stop whimpering, stop whining, stop trying to grab it before it's ready. If you insist on having it now, you're not going to like it! NOTE:GOD makes things beautiful in His own time..........
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
There are various ladders one can climb to increase, part of which are caring for others, daring for others, giving and sharing. In other to increase we need to learn to make others happy and successful. We need to develop the habit of caring for others, taking up challenges, risks, daring for others, giving and sharing with others, not just for our relations and ourselves alone. Increase is the evidence of life; we all know that dead things don’t increase, they rotten or decay. Giving is one important factor that releases automatic blessing upon the giver. If you have it, learn to share it with others. Here is the story of a young lady waiting for a flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to while away the time. She also bought a packet of cookies to munch. She sat down in an armchair, in the VIP lounge of the airport, to rest and read in peace. Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought:
“What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!”
For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her but she did not want to cause a scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought:
“Ah... I wonder what this offensive man would do now?”
Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it into two, giving her one half. Ah! That was too much! She was much too angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed to the boarding place.
When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her purse to take out her eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there, untouched, unopened!
She felt so ashamed!! She realized that she was wrong... She had forgotten that her cookies were kept in her purse. The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling anger ...while she had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him.
When you share with others, it will be very difficult for people to stop your increase, as the power for increase does not submit to conditions or environmental pressure.
Posted by Bola at Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Why do people love to get rich quick?
Why do they have to go all out to make money?
Why do we have to be rich at the expense of others?
Why can’t we all wait for God’s appointed time?
Is patient such a terrible virtue?
If you acquire things (money, wealth, children, husband, name it) through unscrupulous means, how comfortable are you enjoying these things?
I thought that with all the negative publicity that advanced free fraud aka 419 has been receiving, that the people involved in this would look for alternative decent means of survival. The time it takes you to compose all those stupid letters and mails you send to people could have been used constructively.
I must tell you also that it takes a smart person to carry out the research involved in making the mails look and sound real.
Why don’t you divert all those intelligence into doing something good and stop giving us bad names in this country?
You drug dealers and peddlers, why don’t you realize the number of lives you have destroyed with your so-called business. Anyway the judgment that fall upon the wicked is already yours just for the sins you’re committing against humanity.
I have this word for you all, because you are lazy and look for the quickest way to get rich, your desires shall kill you; for your hands refuse to labour, (Prov. 21:25) you covet greedily what belong to others then shall your house be overthrown (Prov 14:11), Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? Wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? (Jer 12:1). If you persist in defrauding people and stripping them of what rightfully belong to them, then such are my prayers for you.
Learn to wait for God's blessing. Stop be in a hurry.