Thursday, September 30, 2010

Before 1st

When i learnt to love
I learnt to love Nigeria, my family, the folks that matter
I learnt to love my best friends both male and female
I learnt to love unfettered not all people equally
I love everyone with the love of God

But i open up me and my emotions only to my
family and friends
Everyone else can only have the surface me
I decide who is worth knowing enough to...

Funny thing is that i decided that Nigeria is worth is
cos SHE is my motherland
and i am proud to be Nigerian
Because God chose me to be a Nigerian
Even though i was born somewhere in Europe
I have no feelings whatsoever for that European country
except for it literary value

What am i saying?
I know many Nigerians b**ch about Nigeria a lot
I am different
Even before i was born again, before my rebirth
I already loved Nigeria
I just did not know it, i never wanted to live anywhere else
I still don't want to live anywhere else
I want to live in Nigeria all my life
I'll visit any other country but Nigeria it is for me

I still love Nigeria
She's stuck with me and i am committed to making her work
by contribution
by changing the world around me
Tis pretty difficult
I might not be as determined to change HER as in 2008
but i have not given up
I am not going to.

I love the cities in Nigeria
the ones i have been to more
Benin, Kaduna, Ondo, Lagos more...

What can i say, i love the Abuja i have only seen vicariously
through friends
For me i am a naija babe, or a naija chic
i just love Nigeria.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I love this...

(A friend gave me this, i call it a 'title deed'. This pix reminds me of this verse in the bible. It says, "The path of the righteous is as a shining light, shining ever brighter until the perfect day" Can you see the light rays peeking through, very soon it will be shining so bright, no shadows will be seen. The difference is clear between the shining light and the one that is shining brighter and i want to be the brighter light and i want to be able to pay the price too.).

I know everyone is wondering “Has ‘Tisha’ gone fanatic on us?” well, its funny se, but this is me so bite me! I am good; there is peace and calm home and abroad. Every challenge meets its supply as need arises. I am growing, I think, still love God, I just don’t know how far I am willing to go.

I was at home when it came to me, you must be wondering what? My mind has been on the cross lately and I was wondering ‘The cross is my beginning!’ why shouldn’t I think of it and my mind was wondering about that other guy who was the first to partake of the grace and the favour of God.

It must have been a day like this one, maybe the sun was rising slowly or maybe not, whichever the case, three men had been nailed on a cross and sentenced to die. They knew what would happen to them. What was special about this crucifixion? They had a crowd of people following, many were following the man Jesus and they were saying stuff, people were saying the man ‘Jesus’ could do amazing things, he had raised the dead and opened blind eyes, unstopped deaf ears and cast out devils, he had fed thousands, in fact anyone that came across him got changed in one way or another.

Two men were with him on the cross and as they waited to die on the cross, one was scornful and one was humble. One scorned Jesus while the other spoke with him, even defended him. The one asked Jesus to save himself while the other rebuked him saying This man has done nothing deserving of death but we have sinned, we deserve this death on the cross”.

Guess what? The man wasn’t expecting to receive anything, he just knew that he deserved to die but Jesus was innocent and he declared it with his mouth. What did Jesus say? He turned and looked at him and said, “Today you will be with me in paradise”. 

I have always wondered what the guy said that separated him from the other guy who obviously went to hell that day because he wouldn’t make right choices. He saw Jesus and rejected him while the other guy by his words was saved (speak right words based on the word of God always no matter what you see)
Well, Romans 10:17 hadn’t been written yet but this man confessed that Jesus was Lord and that he was an innocent man dying on the cross while the robbers were deserving of death. This man asked Jesus for help and Jesus granted him passage to heaven just like that. It is even now I see the mercies of God so clearly. This man wasn’t a ‘goodie goodie’ but howbeit his heart was in the right place, he could receive from Jesus…

Guess what? When Jesus said he would be with him in paradise today he believed. I choose to have the heart that this man had and to believe Jesus no matter what He says and not be afraid to ask cos Jesus is so good he would look beyond this man’s criminal act and invite him to paradise on the day this robber was fortunate to be crucified next to Christ. 

Favour just aint fair…

Hi y'll

Monday, September 6, 2010

I am 'that man'

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

I know I am blessed because I am in Christ. I make sure I check the counsel I get is passed through the word of God to be sure that it is godly counsel. I try to check my actions and be certain I am not giving bad example to the ones who are coming after me. I am not a scorner, have never been a scorner and never plan to become one (Maybe because I was called a witch and a wizard at the age of 7) It helped me know that just because people say things sometimes, it does not mean it is true so I give everyone a chance.

But His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

I love the word of God. Yes it set me free. Yes from time to time, I get light bulb moments that I live my life by. Yes I keep the word in my heart so that I don’t sin. But the reason I crave the word of God so much is because it is my ‘oxygen’, it is my life provider and preserver. I love the word of God and I live by it.
And he shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruits in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

This gives me joy because it lets me know that I prosper, I was created to prosper. I was not created to try to prosper. I was created to prosper. The word is my guarantee. I was not created to wither but to prosper, to increase, to multiply.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the winds drive away.

This helps me know that anyone who is godless is like chaff blown away so easily because they have no anchor, they have nothing to stay themselves or to hold onto. They don’t have the word of God, which is why I have to preach the gospel.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

This lets me know that there is a congregation of the righteous and I know that I am a part of them no matter what anyone says. It is up to me. I cannot be manipulated or discouraged. The best: I cannot be disadvantaged because I have the spirit of God inside me.  I am blessed beyond a curse.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The lord knows the righteous and Ephesians tells me that I am blessed beyond a curse and the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 

(The above is psalm 1) 

If i walk with this and i hit a stone, i just revert to 2 Cor 8: 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be made rich.
I just know that God is taking care of me.

I also know that whatever happens God is with me.