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Cattle on a Thousand Hills

 

Day after day;

Night after night

Dark Knights on wild horses chasing rights;

Privileges already sceptred upon

Desires buried in fragmented pleasures,

We race as one face to face with life’s terrifying phase

Losing the Midas touch of grace

Paranoid about the past, confused about the present, doubtful about the morrow

We groan in sorrows, hide under the guise of living in a happy furrow.

We are pained.

Ashamed to tell a tale of two cities of disappointments,

Ashamed to hear the very truth that heals the heart of lament

We don’t care. Let’s just go ahead.

And there, here, I mean right there…

We halt at the final stop we thought had a concrete existence

We thought we’ve honed possession, we’ve acquired wealth

We’ve lorded a herd of cattle, a tent filled with spoils and goodies

I guess we were wrong.

They were all but void ― a glorified form

All that was done felt undone

All that was finished seemed unfinished

We were stacking up possessions whose baskets were really filled

We ran, yes we did. We raced, oh how we did!

We raced, ran, sped, but on a treadmill

We chased and faced phases but in the end were drained

Yes drained,

Drained of the possession we thought we hulled

Drained off the emptiness that fills our self-inflicted void

We stopped racing, paused to think to review, to see

See beyond the limits, mortality.

Everything was nothing without Him

At that moment, in a bitter-sweet tasteful experience

We gave in.

Gave in to our inner strength, the omni-present pre-eminence

The essence of our existence who spun all that there’ll be into reality

The Creator of the multiverses

The Supreme Being who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.

So why worry? What’s with the fear and uncertainty?

Why run as though the earth will never see the sun?

For the cattle on a thousand hills belongs to Him.

William

(c)2017

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‘I See You’ – God

My neighbours’ son is five years old and very adorable. On first blush, he seems very quiet and reserved but we all know he weaves mischief every now and then. Not the worrisome or ‘dennis the menace’ kind of mischief but the ‘lol…smh’ kind.

His front door is about 15 seconds (measured in five-year-old strides) away from ours and on a good day when he is not at school, he walks to our front door and raps on it twice then he runs away. His idea? Someone comes to the door after hearing his knock only to find no one there.

The first time he did this, my sister and I observed his silhouette through the frosty glass door as he knocked and ran off quickly. We peeped through the blinds and saw a happy boy running and beaming with a triumphant smile. We sure had a good laugh

That was the first of his many trips to our front door. And often when we see his 3-ft silhouette coming to the door we shake our heads and try not to rain on his parade by letting him know We See Him.

There’s God…and…There’s you.

And it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, who you are or what you’ve done.

He sees you.

No frosty doors to make a blur of your image. No angled mirrors to throw your image around. And because of Jesus the wall of partition that once existed has been pulled down forever.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility  by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace…

Ephesians 2:13-15)

He sees you.

When you feel like you’ve given your all to parenting, to that job, to your career, or that project and yet, no one is giving you a medal or a badge of honour for a job well done

When you feel like the ‘he’ or ‘she’ you truly really love doesn’t see you,

When you feel high and dry in the middle of what you are 100% sure God called you to do,

When you’ve got a challenge that’s too much of an unspoken broken to share with another

Or when you hear that echoing silence masquerading itself as God being silent.

He Sees You

And for all its worth, don’t get the image of a sitting-God with an extra-large size of the globe just observing you…

He sees you and He is causing things to work together for your good

Only don’t give up. Don’t compromise. Keep faithing, keep trusting, keep doing good, and keep doing what God has called you to do.

In due time, your reward will come and you’ll remember how this challenge was once upon a time, only a prayer request.

He sees you, He loves you and He cares

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PS: For stopping by to read this post, I see you and I appreciate you.

❤ ❤ ❤

Yeside

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Preeminence

Across the mountain ranges of the Himalayas

Stretched between the Atlantic and pacific

Stuck between the poles of north and south

Firmly fitted at its waistline by the imaginary belt without a buckle

Oh look! It revolves!

Encompassing the elements; time and day included,

It circles under the omni-vision of the Omni God

Yet, the omni God does not fail to include a replica of himself

A masterpiece he invented

A state-of-the-heavenly-art he invented: moulded, shaped, and trimmed

The finishing touches were incomplete

Till..

His breath, as soothing as a comparison that doesn’t exist,

Filled the emptiness that occupied the piece

Reforming the piece into an extraordinary being.

Oh what wonder! What greatness! What undisputed presence!

That sits uncontended at the seat of preeminence

And on the sixth day……..

This creation would go on to replicate His excellence

 

William

(c) 2017

 

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GRACE: THE PARTY POOPER

I was filled with emptiness

When a familiar thought glided through my mind and left me clueless

When after so much hard work the result was nothing but zilch

That sudden intimacy that confidence has with fear

That fine silk thread that separates fate and faith

Oh how foolish can wisdom be when it comes forth from the crevices of the earth

In my vain thinking, trying to surmount obstacles with mortal strength…..

Somewhere in the unlikeliest of places, failure was suiting up for the grand finale

Fear had given him a VIP ticket at the front row of the show

And of course! There was the best man in all his tux, Shame.

Perhaps, it is little wonder the occasion was tagged ‘hall of shame’.

Suddenly, an unexpected guest arrives the occasion.

He walked with a description that undoubtedly matched his name

He was the party pooper!

He grabbed me by the arm

Stole me out my foolishness

And delivered me into the waiting arms of divine strength

Now I can boast of confidence in His overwhelming presence

Where Faith is strengthened, Peace unending, Love unwavering….

Wisdom that supersedes the highest level of human understanding

I boast in GRACE…

William

(c)2017

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Rejoice With Others, You’ll lose a few things.

She just got engaged and you barely have a dude whose  pings and messages  keep you smiling at your phone every other time. It’s really not the fact that she’s engaged that you resent (may be that’s too strong a word but you can relate, right?) but the fact that the engagement was, in your angry opinion, over-dramatic and ‘louding’ it on social media is just faux pas. OK, I think we should draw a line on what should or should not be uploaded on social media sites.

He just bagged a masters degree from an Ivy-league and you are just half-way through your 3rd year of 6 years in a Nigerian strike-prone university.

She was your seatmate in school and is already making the front page of popular magazines and featuring on notable websites and blogs. Her life and accomplishment make you wonder if your life has a destination at all. And if God has already given you a blueprint the temptation to ‘review’ His plans set in. ‘Was it really God?’, you ask.

Whether it is marital, financial, academic, career-related, ministry-related, the point is, there’s that person who seemingly has what you don’t have YET. 

Often, it’s easier to celebrate someone else’s accomplishment(s) when you’ve had your own fair share of the accomplishment in your life. For instance, In Africa where the ‘biological clock’ is a priced relic, it’s easier to celebrate someone who has just had a baby when you already had yours and of course at the right ‘African time’.

It’s true that some things take longer time to achieve than others and your life is just as unique as your fingerprints are. Frankly, that should guide you to realize that good things aren’t exclusive to a set of people and no two lives are the same.

And if you ever nursed the idea that the reason some people have a seemingly more awesome life than other people is because God loves some people more than He loves others (you inclusive), come let’s go and wash your head in the river (Mississippi should be perfect) because if after reading, reciting, chewing John 3:16  and the relatively less-popularized Romans 8:32, you believe that lie, then some thing must be wrong somewhere.

 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy],

and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].

Romans 12:15 (AMP)

As with every investment – financial, spiritual, academic, career, relationship- every one asks the risk question in one way or another. So the question here is, what essentially do you stand to lose when you rejoice with others?

Don’t worry, it’s not about to become a boring lecture… :-*

  • You lose the risk or chance of falling into depression or its’ second cousin, self-pity
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  • Your heart becomes hostile to hatred, envy and strife

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Love is the reason we are saved and it’s the reason we are called God’s children (1 John 4:7-8). Doing otherwise is an alien attribute as God’s children. So if we must do anything it must be love-initiated.

Rejoicing with others is a way to show love in action — not indifference

We don’t just say it; we DO it. 

Love is a Verb

Experts were once beginners and no success story starts and ends in a day. Nothing just happens. The same way envy doesn’t just happen.

There’s always a process.Thank God for your own ‘process’ understanding that your process is unique and is going to produce a beautiful story. By appreciating the process you develop a healthy mindset, one that rejoices with those who rejoice and share the griefs of others with ease.

IT’S CHRISTMAS!

REJOICE…..AGAIN I SAY REJOICE….

EVEN WHEN IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS !

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Merry CHRISTmas, Dear Reader

❤ ❤ ❤

Yeside

 

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The verdict is in! “Sorry” is the hardest word…

Honestly, we won’t choke on swallowing pride. I promise ❤ 🙂

Grace and Truth

My two year old boy is learning new words everyday.  I’ve been teaching him to say “please” and “thank you” and “good morning”…and yes, we’ve also practiced “sorry”.  He struggles immensely with that one.  It is quite mind-blowing.  How does he know that he doesn’t mean it…and so doesn’t want to say it?

Some argue that children don’t know the meanings of words they say.  However, I think he knows exactly what it means, just like he knows what “thank you” means.  He loves to say “thank you”, and he is deliciously cute when he does.  Maybe because when he does, people go “aaah… how well mannered!”  But he is only ever prompted to say “sorry” when he has done something he knows is bad, and is running away from discipline.

So, when he has done the wrong thing, and he can see in my face that I am not…

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Crossing Over To The Other Side

Hi there!

Thank you for taking out time to read this. I’m confident you’ll be blessed.

Today’s post is about new feats and cold feet, the courage to start or step into the miles and being at peace when the rough episodes come.

Are you right at the point where you feel like throwing in the towel ? Do you sometimes wonder if you really heard God speak about what you are involved in? Or are you at the take-off point wondering why on earth you are there or what lies ahead?—too scared to move. Then it’s time to learn at the feet of The Master.

Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.  But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.  And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.  And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.  And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 

Luke  8:22-26 (KJV)

Points to Note:

1. The Call
Jesus said let us go over to the other side
There was a large sea between where they stood and their destination. It was common practice to cross a sea in those days because it was the usual means of transport. There was no shilly-shallying or fretting. The call was familiar.
So Jesus said ‘let us cross over’.
Confident and sure words!

God’s call may be as familiar as The Last Commandment( Matthew 28:18-20) or as strange as wanting you to do something bigger than your mind can comprehend

2. The Launch
They obeyed and launched into the sea, following Him to the other side.

3. The rest after ‘the creation’
Because Jesus knew His words went out with power, as far as His words had gone out, they reached the other side immediately He said ‘let us crossover to the other side’. Hence, He could catch a few winks as they  sailed to the other side.

It sounds like the creation story all over again. He spoke everything into being and when He was done, He rested! Because what he had created was good….(What he had said was done!)

4. Trouble Came.
The sea became tumultuous. The winds blew hard against their boat. The sea got into the boat and they began to sink. But the Prince of peace had a peaceful nap, because He knew what He had said was done.
…but doubts and fears took the best of them.

When doubts, fears and negativity get into ‘your boat’, it often starts with the boat tilting off balance. And until you find your rightful place in The Word, you might as well start writing the script for Titanic III.

5. The Alarm!
So they woke him up and shouted, ‘Master, Master we perish!’

But could Jesus have been in a boat that was perishing? Could Jesus have perished? Could His words have returned void somewhere along the seas? On all counts, NO!

6. The Rebuke
Here He rebukes the wind and the raging water and then faces His disciples for the real scolding ‘Where is your faith?’ Didn’t I say to crossover? Would a storm ruffle your feathers when I have said ‘glide across on the wings of faith?’

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7. The Physical Arrival
…..and they arrived at the country of Gadarenes.

When God wants to take us to someplace new, or to a destination in mind, He simply means ‘Follow me. Trust me. It may get a little stormy but trust me to take you there safely’.
This words should comfort us when we begin to get wobbly feet and uncertain. He never fails!
If He has said ‘let us crossover’, just go right ahead and crossover WITH HIM!

Fear, worry and anxiety have no place where The King resides, because he hasn’t given you the spirit of fear, but [the Spirit] of Love, power and a sound mind.

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Against all odds, you have already won!

❤ ❤ ❤

Yeside

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How Can We Not Worship?

In December 2015, I needed a JumpStart to my thanksgiving vibes. Overwhelmed by the things I didn’t get the chance to tick off my 2015 request list, I simply turned off the praise radar and folded my arms.

But God wasn’t going to leave me that way.

Early one Sunday morning, I felt a strong desire to fellowship at a church I had heard so much about on campus as opposed to attending the joint campus fellowship in the evening. I really didn’t feel like church that morning but somehow I found myself getting dressed, heading down to the bus stop, and waiting for the shuttle at 10am.

You know how we ought to go to God’s house with an expectation? I sure didn’t have any that morning —Observing the Sabbath, maybe. But nothing else.

So, fast forward, I’m sitting in this Church where everyone is nicely dressed with beaming faces that I could only interpret as ‘I gat no problems, sister. Everything is fine in my little corner of the world’. I knew better, but I didn’t understand why I couldn’t smile the way they did.

‘Let me be real’, I thought, ‘everything isn’t fine and I’m not going to pretend all is well’.

Moments later, the wonderful choir ministers in Deitrick Haddon’s ‘We Owe you Praise’, and I’m thinking ‘God, I can’t even say ‘praise’ with all the troubles on my back. How am I to praise You at all?’ Then I realised my being there was more than a strong desire. God led me there to hear a thing or two about real worship.

1. I Was Made to Worship

Funny how I’ve sung this line in many songs and never really got it to permeate my mind in concert with my purpose here on earth. But thank God for insight.

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Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (MSG)

2. He is Still God Anyway

It doesn’t matter how many things aren’t looking up yet, God is as much God in the ‘good times’ as He is in the ‘bad times’. And the confidence to rejoice when it feels so tempting to do otherwise is found in one of His Spirit-inspired love letters to us:

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their(our) labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those(us;) who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (parentheses mine)

Romans 8:26-28 (AMP)

3. What Do You See?

My attention was drawn to a song popularly sung in our local churches. ‘…..in my life Lord, I see what you are doing’. I couldn’t help but agree that I didn’t always stay true to that line of the song, because on the days when I felt God had taken a walk and left me all alone to my troubles, I sure wasn’t seeing past the tip of my nose.

To see what God is doing in the larger scheme of things is to hold fast the profession of faith that all may fail, but Jesus never! We see through the eyes of the spirit and rejoice against all odds. We understand that even though our troubles are obvious to the human senses, we have a more sure Word of prophecy.

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Worship is not about the songs or the hymns we chant, Worship is, in fact, our essence! It stopped being about us or how we feel right from the beginning.

With every breath we breathe, every feat we achieve, every tear we cry, every step we take, for every time we put our cards in the ATM and it reads ‘insufficient funds’, for all the in-between moments…we owe Him praise!

So, HOW CAN WE NOT WORSHIP? 😉

❤ …. ❤ … ❤

Yeside

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Grace Makes it all Beautiful

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Grace makes me emotional!

I say emotional for lack of a better word to aptly express how I truly feel thinking on grace. But while emotions are only momentary, I believe this feeling is the start of something new and permanent for me on how I should relate with other people especially unbelievers and my fellow christians still struggling with sin.

Growing up in a Christian home, attending everything church whether it was a grand revival service or a “mere” church cleaning activity, being a goody-two-shoes and everything expected of a good child; I carved a “safe” niche for myself in my saintly world. And as i grew older and made new friends, I began to live the ‘holier than thee’ life. In fewer words I became what I dreaded- a Pharisee!

If I met someone who was a Christian, great! We’ll be best of friends. But woe betide such a person if he/she had a flaw; say an addiction, a questionable lifestyle or a delinquent behaviour, then our relationship instantly became long distance (if you know what I mean 😉 ). As far as I was concerned, I wasn’t going to let their Evil communication (in any form whatsoever) corrupt  my good manners.

Indeed… And I wasn’t squeaky clean o!
Oh, the beauty of grace, I would have been a veteran Pharisee!

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Growing wiser, however, i stumbled on the profound truth that neither church nor Christian family could justify me as saved. And just like that, it hit me:
If I didn’t find God myself, I was headed for hell at supersonic speed, because just being good wasn’t coming forth to carry me home at all!

As I grew into the airs of independence and the freedom to make my own decisions, I soon realised the struggle to keep in the faith. And oh boy, was it a struggle! I got ‘my own share’ of the battles never-talk-to-them folks faced. It became clear to me how morality took the best of me and concealed grace. The short but bitter truth stared me in the face: Morality could NOT help me with my battles!

Soon as I got on the Truth about grace, I knew it was only going to get better.

For a while, my pastor has had his WhatsApp status read,

I love grace. Grace found me…..and grace is keeping me

And I couldn’t agree any less.

My walk of faith in the last few years has made me value the finished work of grace so that while I’m basking in it, I know to be patient with others who haven’t got the insight into it yet.
And I think we should all do same.

Someone rightly said that the Church should be like a hospital, where the broken and lost are received with tender hearts and loving arms. A place where they get healed

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And while they are getting the knowledge of salvation to saturate their mind in recovery; having walked the roads they have just left, we lovingly wait and mentor them, walking those wobbly steps with them just like our mentors did for us till they stand on both feet!

Peter got hold of this truth when he said,

“So why are you now trying to out-god God, loading these new believers down with rules that crushed our ancestors and crushed us, too? Don’t we believe that we are saved because the Master Jesus amazingly and out of sheer generosity moved to save us just as he did those from beyond our nation? So what are we arguing about?”  Acts 15:10-11(MSG)

Jesus loved (and loves) everyone including sinners. Let’s do it the way He will- Unconditionally!

PS: Vic’s story says a lot about one of the ways God’s grace rejuvenates. I think you should take a peek here
You’ll be glad you did.

Stay inspired by God’s Love.

My love as always :-),
Yeside

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Early Bird

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This morning I read 1 Corinthians 1. I specifically enjoyed verses 26-31. It got me thinking about the grace that God has made available for us.
These days, you need one kind of qualification or the other to get anything; and qualification in this case is much more than papers. I’m talking state of origin, skin color, looks, intelligence etc. The world we live in gives us the impression that we have to be someone to get the good out of it.
Thank God for Grace! That passage told me that I don’t have to have anything; I don’t have to be someone; I don’t even have to know anyone. The only qualification I need is Him. His standard of qualification is not the same as the world’s. So I don’t have to be perfect in your eyes, as long as He sees me as perfect. And the best part…

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