Category Daily Inspiration

What do you choose?

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Some weeks ago, as @thelafamily studied the book of 1 Kings 13, we read the story of the old prophet and the young prophet. The young prophet received clear instructions from God yet he disobeyed because he had a good reason to. He disobeyed because the older prophet whom he likely respected and looked up to offered him a contrary opinion. The older prophet said to the younger one, “I too am a prophet as you are…” The prophet did not receive a reprimand from God and it was his sons that picked up the young prophet’s corpse for burial after he was destroyed for his disobedience. That got me thinking very seriously about what informs my choices. Am I depending on my intelligence vs...

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I lied…

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I lied

Sometime ago, I was in a meeting, somewhat of a negotiation type, it was going so well and somewhere towards the end of the conversation, I told a lie. It didn’t start out as a blatant lie; it was a misstatement and I could tell from the way the other party to the conversation understood and responded that it was a lie. At that point, I could feel the Holy Spirit nudging me to correct the misstatement but I just didn’t at the time. Delayed obedience is same as disobedience, so I  was disobeying in addition to telling a lie.  I headed home. On my way home, I thought to place a call to address it but it was quite late at the time.

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My heart was so heavy, why did I tell that lie? Yes it appeared to give me a little advantage but it was a lie regardless making me lose my peace...

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God CAN! God WILL!!

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 Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and outstretched arm; and there is nothing too hard for Thee. Jer. 32:17

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? Jer. 37:27

My friend’s husband has always typically done something really special for his wife on her birthday and tagged us all along year after year and trust me, the look on her face has always been worth the trouble. This year, we all wondered what he would do and how he would pull it off especially after the amazing surprise he pulled off last year...

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My Love Letter to God

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Letter to God

Some weeks ago, I got an opportunity to write a Love Letter to God on Tomi Akibo’s blog. Thank you Tomi.

I have taken the liberty of reproducing it here for those of us that haven’t read it already.

http://www.arikearts.com/2014/02/deargodloveletters-eloho.html

Dear God, Father,

Oh, how privileged I am to reach out and call you Father and not in a perfunctory sense, I say it with a deep sense of knowing, with an experiential sense of having walked the path with you as a father.

How do I begin?  For days on end, I have considered how to begin this letter to you and what to say. Every song I’ve sang has again inspired me to say more and thank you for more. I am so blessed to have you, especially because you loved me first.  Eternity is not enough for me to respond to the depth of your love...

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Recognising the new

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For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts ( Isaiah 55:8-9; KJV).

I recently heard a dad talk about his 8-month old baby. How that she loves being bottle-fed and would jump at the teat of the bottle, but as soon as you put the same formula in a plate and try to spoon-feed her, she totally revolts. Now, this is the same formula she totally loves in the bottle, but simply because the presentation is different from what she is accustomed to, she has no interest and literally has to be force-fed.

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We are like that 8-month old baby; we make God a man and try to wrap Him around what we understand, like the baby understands the bottle...

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But Daniel…

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It was my birthday two days ago and I’d like to thank everyone who reached out to me. WOW!!! I am overwhelmed by the show of love and truly feel underserving. I am immensely blessed to have you all celebrate the ‘Stupendous Grace’ of God and the gift of life with me. Thank you!!!

‘But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would  not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself’ (Daniel 1:8)

I am sure we are mostly familiar with the above text, but let us look at how we can apply it into our lives...

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Be an example…

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Be an example

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” 1Timothy 4:12

I have come to the conclusion that being an example radiates from our very being.  It’s who we are, what we believe in, and how we act. There is good in everyone.  Even though our beliefs may differ, we all radiate something. What is it that you radiate?  What conviction shows forth from you that says “I AM AN EXAMPLE”?  Can Christ depend on you to communicate a message? Is your life an epistle to be read of all men? Sometimes, these things sound far fetched, but they actually are not.

Every day, there are things that test our faith, small tests of integrity, sincerity, honesty and faithfulness; there is a cloud of witnesses wat...

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Make it Count

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Make-It-Count

He would not permit anyone to carry any household equipment through the temple enclosure [thus making the temple area a short-cut traffic lane].” – Mark 11:16 (AMP)

The text speaks about what Jesus did after He “Cleaned House” at the Temple. He sent home the people at the temple who were ‘robbing,’ and also did something that we all need to pay attention to; He made sure that others would not use the courts of the Temple as a “short-cut traffic lane” anymore. “He would not permit anyone to carry any household equipment through the temple enclosure [thus making the temple area a short-cut traffic lane]”. The temple had a much higher impact and purpose.

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Just like the temple story, in life there are so many paths that you can take to achieve something...

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The Oil of Encouragement

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Let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” – Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

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I’ve been in some really down places in my life and cannot over emphasize the importance of encouragement. Honestly, I would have fallen flat on my face if I did not have family and friends willing to encourage me. However, my thought today is that the act of encouragement is far from passive, it is an active process. Little wonder the word says “A man who has friends must himself be friendly” (Proverbs 18:24). It’s called “taking the initiative.”  The text above encourages us to encourage one another and to do even more as we see the Day approaching. Do we really see the Day approaching? Are we encouraging one another?

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Encouragement is the ability to come alongside someone else and c...

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Worry Not!

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Worry not

By temperament, I am dominantly Phlegmatic, and one of the downsides is that I am a natural worrier. I tend to worry about the minutest things. Every day, one of the ways I know God is at work in me is that He brings my worry weakness under control. As I write I remember how I worried as a university student several years ago that I never seemed to put on weight. So worried was I that it came up in a conversation with my mentor. His response to me was, ‘Eloho, you must learn not to worry about things you cannot change’. That was very instrumental to me as it gave me a basis to initiate behavioral changes. I am still unable to add on any weight now, but my attitude is much different. I have however gone ahead to modify his advice a little, ‘Eloho, you must not worry at all’...

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Where is your limp?

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….And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.(Gen 32:25- 28)

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Sometimes, I think many of us desire a gospel that is way too pretty. It seems like no one today really wants the battle scars and wounds that often come along with having victory in Christ. Many of us desire to go through life unscathed and untouched; void of any evidence that we have been in a fight...

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Confident Trust

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@TheLAfamily and I have been studying the New Testament. Today, while studying Hebrews 9 and 10 the following verses stood out for me.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise (Heb. 10:23)

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!  Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do Gods will. Then you will receive all that he has promised (Heb. 10:35-36)

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Have you ever been in company of a guide in the middle of what appeared to be nowhere and next thing, you find out that, thanks to your guide, you actually arrived where you were initially headed even if it didn’t appear like you were headed there? You probably just stood in awe at the proficiency of...

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Push that Button!

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push that button

Welcome to 2014! This is my first post of the year and I would like to thank everyone  for reading my posts in 2013. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and read, commented, subscribed and kept visiting. Y’all give me the impetus to put pen to paper even when I’m too overwhelmed to.

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I got into the elevator, was glad that I was alone as I needed the quiet to just reflect as I made my way to my destination, or at least until someone else joined in. I was headed to the top floor and for a split second I leaned against the wall of the elevator and shut my eyes willing the elevator to commence its ascent. You have no idea how shocked I was when the elevator took me all the way down, not just down to the ground floor, but down to the basement parking...

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Journey Management

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Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed. Proverbs 15:22

Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts. Proverbs 24:3-4

A few weeks ago, I went to Houston to visit with my dear friend and sister @earthenvessel. I had looked forward to that trip as we had a few things planned ahead, one of which was a Sunday visit to Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church. The Saturday before, @earthenvessel said to me that she had previously attended a service at Lakewood. She didn’t drive, but accompanied a friend who drove. And so for our Sunday trip, she initiated what she called ‘Journey Management’...

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“How are you doing?”

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“Hello, how are you doing?” That is often a conversation opener or something we say when we meet people at first and for many of us, one question we generally do not expect a response to.

Well, that assumes that we are beginning a conversation in the first place and not barging in on them like some do with a PING on BBM instead of hello to get one’s attention (that irks me to no end) and I have an aunt who does it just for that reason. I love you auntie :-) Anyway, back to the main gist, it takes other forms such as, howdy, which also means, ‘how are you doing?’

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My pastor once told a story of how at a service, you know how you are encouraged to exchange pleasantries with the person next to you and smile and make them welcome just before the service begins or in the course of the ser...

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The Catwalk

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Not too long ago, along with my @thelafamily on Twitter, I studied the book of Esther and over the weekend, the story came to me again. Yes, we know it’s a story of an orphan who against all odds became queen to a pagan king and the characteristic power of God to deliver His children from the hands of their enemies like He did the Jews from Haman. It’s a story of God’s ability to cause our helpers to remember us as He did stir up Ahasuerus in the middle of the night to remember and reward Mordecai. Great! But that’s not my direction today.  I am sharing inspired by insight which God brought back to my remembrance over the weekend, thanks to a message preached many months ago by Mrs. Nkoyo Rapu (whom I totally love. It’s no secret that I would love to be like her when I grow up).

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‘Stupendous Grace Fragrance’

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Amazing how profundity often bursts out of simplicity. A few days ago, my lovely buddy @signetseal came up with an expression for my presence on Twitter, she simply called it ‘Stupendous Grace Fragrance’ (SGF) and it was inspired by www. stupendousgrace.com. It evolved from mere friendly banter between good friends and inspired the post below.

2 Cor. 2:15 says Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

When I was younger, I had an uncle who used to smoke English tobacco via a pipe; he also wore a very exotic perfume.  Over time, the mix of those fragrances became etched in my subconscious as his distinct fragrance. When he visited and left, his fragrance would remain for hours...

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My Cold Shower

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I love me a hot bath, to be honest, that’s something that will come up if I had to write a list of ten things I love. I cannot endure a cold shower.  I remember when I was in boarding school, I was one of those who needed to psych herself up to take those cold baths. I would sing, count from 1 to 10, just do something to get me to receive the baptism of cold water. Infact, those 2 or so minutes were subtly included in my bath time estimate (I chuckle).  My dad could never understand how after all that time in boarding school, I would still come home and refuse a cold shower.  According to him, I should have acquired the habit; well, I never did.  So, in the many years post boarding school,  I have stayed away from cold showers, far far away...

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Choices

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A few months ago, I was chatting with a colleague in his mid-thirties, let us simply refer to him as ‘Mr.X’. Mr. X has two young children aged 8 and 10 whom he regards very fondly. He is a professional banker who does well on his job. However, he’s featured in my story today because he had his ear lobe pierced as a teen. I remember with laughter how he tried to explain that away to his kids every time they asked. He has never been able to convince them he said and so they keep asking. How does he explain that in youthful exuberance he had his ear lobe pierced but would not want his son to do same? He says that it feels so pedestrian now, almost 20 years afterwards ...

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Teachability

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I grew up in a town in southern Nigeria and made plans to go visit with my family over the Sallah holidays. Last week, as I talked about my impending trip home, one of my younger colleagues asked me about the bats. Bats? I looked at him a little confused and stunned. Then he said to me that there were bats around the city centre where the traditional ruler’s palace was located. Okay, there was a defensive part of me that was looking to challenge him and rebut what he said, after all I grew up there and felt I knew the town...

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