The Grind Stone

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the grind stone

When I was much younger, my family was friends with a family with whom we visited often. They had a daughter who was close in age to my sister and I so we did house chores together very often. Imagine us doing the dishes for instance, whilst singing and harmonizing our favourite songs.

However, this family had a different background/ orientation from ours and one of these was using the traditional grind stone to mill fresh food items. At our home, when there was no power to use the blender, our mum would have us use the grater or a small traditional mortar in which we simply pounded. Our interaction with this family was frequent and somehow not being able to use a grind stone began to make us feel inadequate...

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His mercy endures forever!

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I remember how excited I was when National Common Entrance results were published many years ago and I had scored above the cut off mark. It was quite a high threshold so I was really glad the preparations paid off especially because of how invested my parents were in the preparation. That is probably my earliest memory of the lasting joy and thrill of success after hardwork. After that, it was time to gain admission into the university and after that time to get a Masters degree and then write qualifying professional exams and then get a job. Each of those landmarks was exciting but the thrill of it did not last forever, something else always came up. Today there is new stuff I need to do and what lies behind me is not as exciting anymore...

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When the dust settles…

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The Miracle of Dammam II

Ehis doubled his pace and walked briskly from after school lessons towards the barracks where he lived with his parents. He recalled the NTA announcement that the match would be aired at 6pm. That’s all he talked about during the day. It was the U-20 match between Nigeria and Russia at the 1989 World Youth Championship held in Saudi Arabia. He had spoken to Chinedu his neighbour, they were the only ones that had a coloured TV in the block and it was fun to watch matches there. Also, Mr. Obi, Chinedu’s dad was legendary when it came to match analysis. He rushed quickly home, dropped his bag and hurried towards Chinedu’s house. He recalled that Chinedu’s mum always made really nice puff puff too, something to look forward to.

The match began and the first half was bloody...

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Being Witnesses…

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The more I think about Abba’s heart for his lost sheep, the more I realize that nothing about that ‘me, myself and I on the way to heaven life’ I once craved is really going to be possible if I let God. What God really wants is for me and you through our lives to bring an authenticity to Him that people cannot ignore. He wants us to be generous with our lives. When He asks us to be witnesses, what does He mean? You know how the signatures of witnesses bring  validity to a document or their presence affirms a narrative, He wants us to be that for the gospel. Witnesses that bring an authenticity to what the bible says.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept...

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A Father’s Joy

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As a child, I sometimes thought my parents were taskmasters. LOL!!! You know how you hear your name all the way in your bedroom from the living room and it’s to pass them the remote  which by the way is sitting next to them or to come open the door for a guest when they are right there in the living room. Yeah,  African parents must have a script they act out inadvertently because they literally all act the same way.

My dad was the one that took me to all my common entrance exams and he always waited with snacks and lunch in the car to ask me ‘how did it go?’ We went the whole 9 yards from the National Common Entrance to the entrance for then military schools and when my brother and I got admitted to boarding school far away from home, he drove over 400km to drop, pick or visit us...

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Relationships…

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This story is about a couple and how their actions inspired me greatly to be more. For me, they are #goals in this regard

So, I was at the residence of Mr and Mrs A on Saturday and realized they were planning a party. Not a very big party but they hired a caterer, there were rented seats and tables and music. When I inquired, they said it was for their support staff; people that work in and around their home. When I saw the scale though, I remember wondering at the scale. How many domestic staff could they possibly have?

And then, the people started arriving with their families, and the party began.  There was such a ‘joie de vivre’ in the air and everyone was having a nice time. At some point Mr A began to speak and what he said inspired this post...

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The PT I know…

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It’s amazing, the realisation that PT is 60!!!

I remember when it struck me fully in the first half of 2016 that he was knocking on 60’s door, I could not believe myself. Suddenly, all I could see was a man who chose to be impactful regardless of the generation. So I am here to share a few things about the Pastor Tony Rapu (PT) I know.

He is one of those people one would have been jealous of as a sibling or class mate. The very simple reason is that he has what I call a midas touch. Anything PT touches, he does well. He is a man of excellence. It is not only what he preaches, it is what He lives. Embedded in PT is an unwavering commitment to order...

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Welcome to 2017

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Happy New Year Y’all,

I’m so glad we made it through 2016.

One thing that has been on my mind is to start  ‘doing what I know.’ Often times, we know so much and do so little. For me, this is the time to stop accumulating more knowledge without application especially because I know the power is in applied knowledge. So for a start, I’m making a decision to be more deliberate about documenting my journey in 2017. I already know what Habbakuk 2:2 says (And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables…) I have applied it in part previously as regards my goals. Now, I will be more deliberate and consistent about writing it all down. I will be more deliberate about praising through it all too.

There is something about writing it down and here I am not speaking...

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Do You Know Him?

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If you know me, you will know that I have a huge thing for Zaria based pastors, from Chris Delvan to Chingtok Ishaku and Joshua Selman. I listened to Pastor Chingtok Ishaku teach recently, and he shared a story that interested me.

A few years ago Pastor Chingtok was trying to make his way to Abuja to preach after a service at his church in Zaria. At the time he did not have a travel worthy car so his wife dropped him off at the park. As he boarded the taxi, he pulled out his Blackberry phone (t’was in the hey days of BB’s), with Pastor Chingtok labeled across the messenger. A conversation started.

Him: Wow, I really like Pastor Chingtok

CI: Really? Do you know him?

Him: Very much (he goes on to describe the powerful meetings and ministry and how Pastor Chingtok is his favorite pastor i...

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Legacy vs. Inheritance

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A few days ago I was reading a piece by Sam Chand and here is an excerpt:

“People get those things confused. So I want to clarify it for you today. Inheritance is what you leave behind. Legacy is who you leave behind. Inheritance you can buy. Legacy you cannot purchase. For me to leave a good inheritance I just need some money. I can leave houses, cars, lands, stocks, bonds, insurance policies that is inheritance. Legacy is, who will be there because I invested in their life. Who will be there that will say ‘if it had not been for Sam Chand,’ that is legacy.”

As I read through, I thought about David and his life of legacy. I share a few of my thoughts here.

After David’s life had been threatened by Saul in 1 Samuel 21, he ran away, and later became a captain of 400 discontent men.

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#LOUDIT: Trusting His Heart

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You know how you watch a friend journey through life and share somewhat in the highs and lows so much so that you feel like you could write an Oscar winning script out of it? That’s exactly how I feel about my friend Pearl and the amazing story God is writing with her life.

I met Pearl a while ago. She is one of those people who are extremely passionate so she’s impossible to ignore.

Pearl worked as a banker in Nigeria but had always nursed the dream of living and working in a multinational company in the US. For this dream to happen, she knew she had to go to school in the US. Back then, she and God had one of those relationships where she only went to Him when she needed a breakthrough. So when it was time to resign her job and head to school, she again went to God...

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What’s on your dashboard?

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I was driving over the past weekend and my dashboard lights came on showing ‘Low Tyre pressure.’ I am able to drive several miles with the warning light on until I get to a vulcanizer. Usually, when I get to one, they have to gauge all the tyres to discover which exact one is low on pressure. Depending on how low the pressure is, they either pump the tyre or try to figure out why and fix same. On Saturday, they found a long nail in one of my rear tyres and then they fixed it.

As I thought about the low tyre pressure warning, I realised we all get those warnings as we journey through life. If we attend to them quickly, we can avoid the ‘flat’ tyre and all the inconvenience and sometimes embarrassment that comes with it...

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Choose to enjoy your transition…

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Some of you are experiencing an extremely dampened pace in your lives right now, and it may be an uncomfortable, even painful switch from the life you’re used to. I am not sure what it is for you, maybe God has led you into a place you thought would be booming with fruitfulness…only instead of what you expected, now your steps have ground to a near halt. If you are one of those people who has always had things plain easy and now have to deal with a slow season, it’s plain difficult to stay stable in the face of a slow transition. The year just crossed into the second half and you cannot seem to find God in your circumstance. Instead you are burdened by the apparent time lapse in the delivery of your blessings...

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Want a better credit score? Pay your ‘router bill.’

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Excellent Credit Score

A friend shared a story with me. She recently completed her graduate studies in the U. S and upon graduation moved out of her apartment. She was supposed to return a router to the cable company so she called them several times to pick up but they never did whilst she was there. She left the country but returned after a while to work and life appeared to be just great.  Some years later, she wanted to apply for a credit card that offered better terms than the one she had and then she noticed that she was being charged for the router still although she was completely unaware. Those unpaid charges for the router had been accumulating on her credit record leaving her with a low credit score.

Guess what? She was upset. After all she had called them to come pick up and they never did...

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Alero

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It was the end of her fellowship and Alero smiled as she unpacked her gifts. Uncle Lawrence, her godfather, definitely knew how to surprise her. She got a new Macbook, she remembered mentioning needing a new one once in a conversation. She also got a lovely selfie stick and a note saying ‘go see the world’ and a cruise ticket for a Transatlantic cruise over the summer break. She was so thrilled by his generosity but more by his thoughtfulness.

Uncle Lawrence. Together they shared a special bond which only grew stronger as she aged, she thought.  Alero had Uncle Lawrence on speed dial, from Facebook to Twitter, Twitter to Skype, His PA knew that Alero’s calls were not to be ignored and their relationship made Uncle Lawrence the savvy tech guy amongst his peers...

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Rest!!!

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Find rest my soul

A friend spoke to me about how she was feeling yesterday. She had prayed, fasted and trusted God and it seemed nothing was happening. God gave me a word for her and I am sharing it with everyone who may feel like her right now.

I have been studying the story of Genesis and the story of Joseph stuck with me. He suffered pain many times; rejection when his brothers sold him into slavery and the arduous journey to Egypt for starters. Then he found peace at the home of the Potiphar’s but only for a while. He obeyed God and chose not to have an affair with Mrs. Potiphar and instead of that to bring him rest, it sent Him to prison.

Hmm… but the bible says that the presence of God was with Joseph and he prospered. He was a slave in Egypt, from being a favored son, and yet he prospered...

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Letter to Hauwa…

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My dear Hauwa,

I think this is a good time to share with you how I’m learning to wait on the Lord. I trust that it will help you as you journey through 2016.

As a single adult waiting on God for a mate amongst other things, I certainly have learned what it means to wait and for this reason  Isaiah 40:31 rings true, especially for me; “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

I used to dread waiting but God has shown me that waiting can be a good thing...

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Embrace Change

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Happy New Year!!! Welcome to my blog. Thank you all for reading , commenting and sharing my life’s lessons. I’m always so glad to know they bless you in spite of me. In 2016, by God’s grace we will update more regularly and make some changes so watch out!

I have an adorable cousin who has a lovely mane in every sense of the word. She has a rich fulllllll head of hair. Those types that you absolutely admire which more often than not give the owners pure grief at the thought of taking out braids or having the hair made. She would cry at the pain and your heart would almost break. She’s had this hair challenge since she was a child and people like her are the reason I think relaxers were introduced for women of color. I tell you! We shall call her Vi...

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#WarRoom

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The War Room

Hello everyone.

#Spoiler Alert. I hate to be a movie spoiler but I’m sharing a few lessons from the WarRoom movie. I am also writing this so I can read it again and again and also in the hope that it would encourage someone.

  • Prayer is about relating with God and it is not a chore but it helps if we document our relationship. Create a prayer room like the bible encourages (something about a dedicated space and a journal) that makes prayer and meditation a commitment. I am learning to go back to deliberate date nights with God, hearing Him, speaking back to Him and tracking my requests so I can ‘LOUD IT’ when He comes through.

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  • The gospel is an impact message and I don’t require a title to share it. Everywhere I am/go is a pulpit. It was amazing how Ms...
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One BIG Lesson

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2015 was a year of so many lessons. I would like to share one BIG lesson that was reiterated in my life this year; but first, a background story.

Mr. Robin had an excited little dog, Chloe. She wore her leash and was left around the yard to play. After a while, she started circling a tree, getting herself encumbered. Mr. Robin told her to stop, as she needed to retrace her steps in order to disentangle herself; he knew because he could see the entire picture. Chloe, however, probably felt it was a game or that she was fine all by herself (you know that independent place). After all, there was still more room along the leash, she must have thought. She continued circling the tree until she was totally roped in and almost choking. Only then did she begin whimpering and crying out for help...

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