Month: March 2015

Some Lent Faves!

Yesterday marked the beginning of Holy Week, which for me, is a time of thorough reflection on the hallmark event in our Christian faith, Easter. Holy Week should ideally be deeply personal. We should each be filled with awe at the depth of God’s love and the sacrifice of our savior Jesus Christ. At the same time, we must each be filled with sorrow because so many people turn their backs on Jesus daily. In this spirit, I urge you to meditate and listen to the beautiful, peaceful lenten hymns I am sharing below. It really doesn’t matter your denomination (or lack thereof). A hymn can only be as powerful as you let it. Listen to the words and let them sink into your heart. Remember that Jesus died so that we may have life, and have life in abundance. He has paid the ultimate price, so that we may enjoy our heavenly inheritance with the Father, for eternity. Side note- I miss Loyola! For the past four years since I left Loyola, lent has …

When Jesus Says No

This is the final trio of quoting Pastor Adeboye. My offer still stands, in fact, it is now a plea. Send me your email address, and I will pay for you to receive Open Heavens devotional in your inbox daily.  Today’s quote is about God saying “no” to our requests. There are some requests I have made in my life that God has said “no” to. He says no in order to discipline us, teach us to look to Him for sustenance, or to teach us patience. I pray that as we continue to walk with the Lord, He will help us to discern His voice especially in the dark times, and give us patience to wait for His time. Here is Pastor Adeboye’s quote: There are times God will say “No” to a beautiful request. When this happens, the one asking feels disappointed. But to the One who has all power, there are greater things compared to what is being asked for. In spite of all the prayer efforts you have invested in certain requests, God can …

Cords that cannot be broken

Yesterday, we spoke about Enoch, the man who did not die but was taken into heaven. I too, am wondering how to become like Enoch because honestly, not having to go through death but straight into eternal life with Jesus is probably the beyond amazing! To help us all, today, here is another blurb from pastor Adeboye about cultivating an eternal friendship with God. Do you want to be a friend of God? Then it is time to sit up. It is time to get serious with your salvation. You can’t be a friend of God when you are still tolerating some nonsense in your life, because God cannot behold iniquity. After 24 years of lack of seriousness, God warned Abraham to sit up. No more Lot. No more hanging around with Hagar. There is no one who partners with God and remains the same. They become role models. If you desire a meaningful relationship with God, you can no longer be fooling around with that strange woman. You can no longer be courting that wrong relationship. …

The man who did not Die

Hello friends, Have any of you heard about the man Enoch? He is the man who did not die. There are other people in the Bible who did not die such as Elijah (my personal best friend) that was carried to glory in a fiery chariot. Yesterday in my Open Heavens devotional by Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, I read an interesting analogy about Enoch which I think is worth sharing. Again, if you send me your email address, I will pay for you to receive Open Heavens in your inbox daily.  …whenever God visited Enoch and He was about to leave, Enoch will escort God, and when it was time for Enoch to return home, God would do the same. Eventually, one day, after several repetitions of this exercise, Enoch escorted God so close to Heaven that God told him to walk with Him into Heaven. As childish as this may sound, there are lots of lessons and revelations in what this boy said. The desire to maintain intimate friendship …

Speaking Volumes to my Soul

Hello everyone, It’s been a while, sorry. I am that friend who promises to call/ text back and plans to, but just never gets around to it. Sigh. That should really be a Lenten goal at some point. Have you read my February Recap yet? Please do! Today, I want to share two songs that are currently speaking volumes to my soul. They are great for calming the nerves, and for when we need to remind ourselves that Our Father has promised to take care of us. The first song is called Praise You in this Storm. This song is reminiscent of the last days at ALevels when I was awaiting college decisions and life was filled with uncertainty about my future, and the grief of leaving a school I loved so much. But today, I’m more than grateful to God for the opportunity to be in Mount Holyoke College. This leads me to the second song- Already There. It reminds me that no matter what, God knows where He has planned for me to be, …

Guess who turned 17?!

Hello friends, please why is the weather so rude? It’s March for Pete’s sake! Anyway, to the main story for today- my little brother turned 17 last month and this post is for him. Dear Miko, (pronounced my-koh), The next year of your life will be marked by important milestones and transitions. You’re graduating secondary school, which means you are eligible to run for president of Nigeria. And by God’s Grace, you’ll leave home to for the next phase of your educational pursuits. Since I like lists, I humbly compiled this one for you. These are nuggets I have gathered thus far, and I hope you abide by them because I really wish someone shared these things with me as explicitly as I am about to! 1. God is the one and only one constant in life– Amidst all the change and transitions in this coming year, remember that there is one and only one constant in life. God. He will be with you through the thick and thin. If you find your identity in Him, you will never be …