Saturday, December 31, 2011

Why You Must Tell Your Story [A Year End Post]

[Image via Shiri Heyman from Pinterest]

It's the end of the year and so many things have happened during the course of this year. So many things just like the many different people who are reading this right now. You're reading this right now and really I can't just categorise what has happened in your life this year. Because, a variety of the good and bad (in different proportion) has happened in each of our lives if we really want to be honest during this year. And really no matter what might have happened, I bet you if you are reading this, God has done something this year in your life that if you tell us the story about it would make our ears stand on end.
Let me tell you a bit of mine

My Story
For me, this year started really good, I mean great. I finished my service year, got a job almost immediately, got a place of my own, the ministry I was a part of in my local church was thriving, I got to volunteer at a youth camp, where i had the chance to pour into the lives of others and where i myself was totally refreshed. I mean I was living a part of my dream. Then like the unimaginable happened, to cut the long story short, sometime in August I like lost three quarters of everything I ever owned to a flood and that just totally rocked my world. I fell into a state of depression that wasn't my own and I knew it cause I'm like this very upbeat kind of person. But it was season of reassurance, it was a season God showed himself strong that he was for me and not against me. Seriously I felt God closer in those moments it seemed I lost everything. It was like He came and said to me : Ayo I am your everything, you didn't lose me. And gradually there was a restoration. Gradually, there was a restoration not just of things lost in the flood but of things lost in the unseen flood of the soul.

Fast forward
Towards the end of this year, I was already packing my bags on leaving the year. Closing the door on all things good to happen, maybe cause I thought it was already the later part of December. But God suprised me. He sent answers to prayers I already gave up on my way. He sent answers to plans I was in fact considering for the year ahead. Like I was totally surprised with joy and favour. You would surely hear more about this next year though pardon me some might be a bit too personal to share.

But why am I saying this? Why am going through the details of sharing my own personal story. It's not to show what I have accomplished cause seriously the things that happened as the year was running to an end, I didn't have a single thing to contribute to their happenings. God totally surprised me. Like i was shocked by these miracles. But why I'm saying these is to encourage you. To remind you that only if you too could look carefully at this year, you would find a story God must be telling through your life that someone would find encouraging. And not to sound absurd, we might all not be at the same points in our personal stories. There might be tragedy ( I'm not necessarily saying that's God's doing cause there's an enemy) but it's just a part of the narrative. Wherever you might be right now as this year runs to an end, and you are a Christian, one thing I want you know is that no matter what happened, God is writing a good, great and superb story with your life. And it's time we started telling our stories. Somehow when we tell our stories, we see the beautiful and bright endings God has for us from the dark middle we might be. And that brings faith to our spirit, hope to our souls and love to the world around us.

My Life Now
6 days back I wrote a note about how it's so possible that God can accomplish the greatest things ever this year for us even in the remaining 6 days. May I let you know that I have suffered like the biggest heart break this year since then (oh what an irony. lOl) and also it would interest you too that in these 6 days I have seen like my greatest surprises that left my mouth opened and amazed with joy even this year. Okay God can do and if I didn't learn anything this year, I sure learnt that in our moments of greatest heartache and deepest gloom, if we just hold on to the promise God's given us, we would see the beautiful dawn and I tell you it would leave our mouths wide open.

For You
You might have packed your bags and discarded this year and the stories that came with it but may I suggest to you, they might be the very springboard the miracle of the year to come might bounce from. I beseech you, TELL YOUR STORY! It is your miracle in words, it is your beautiful future in conversation form and no one can tell it better than you. It's God's story graced towards you. I'd say you start right now before you leave this year behind.
What was your story like this year, I would love to hear from you. :)

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Boost! [6 Days]

 [Image via Flickr]

Do you believe that God in his loving mercies and unfathomable kindness wants to do some 'super' cool and great stuff in your life before this year ends?

Point of Correction : It's not the end of the year. The year is running to an end.
We've got 6 days left before this year ends.

Point to Remember : It took God just 6 days to make this whole wide world we live in and can't fathom it depths yet after uncountable years of exploration and research.

Point to Ponder : Do you think 5 days is too small for your situation and life?
I think it's in fact too much.

Expect the impossible

Don't try to calculate it

Believe God

Just trust God for whatever it might be you want to see in your life before this year runs out no matter how big, God is bigger.

Be sincere, God can handle your honesty.

Expect the impossible

Believe the one who makes impossible stories possible
Amazing things happen in 6 days
Remember it took him just 6 to set the world in motion
Point of Duty: You just believe (John14:1)

P.S. - Merry Christmas friends and a Happy coming new year. Lots of  'super' great things are still going to happen in your life before the end of the year. I hope you are expecting them. Less I forget, yes I wrote a special post for Christmas titled 'Tinsel' but couldn't post it up yesterday (lots of celebration on this end). Wanted to post it up next year Christmas but that's a long time. So I'm giving my readers the opportunity to decide if it should still come up this year or not. I would love to hear from you. 'Post' or 'not to post' 'Tinsel'. Leave a comment :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Your Mind Would Change

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We are reminded as Christians in 1 Corinthians 2:16 that we have the mind of Jesus Christ. True and amazing thought but it doesn't always feel that way. Sometimes the thoughts that emanate from our minds might just discourage us from believing this truth. But the truth doesn't change, God's word says you've got Christ mind. People could be skeptical and say to you with their words and attitude, 'stop fooling you, where is the mind of Christ you claim to have?'. God didn't leave us helpless in these things, he has given us a way to prove this to the world.

"And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed By the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" - Romans 12:2

'That good and acceptable and perfect will' is that the glory of God is displayed through you and that's why you have been empowered with the mind of Christ. The way to prove this to the world is by renewing our minds - doing away with the old way of thinking and having a new way of thinking in Christ, doing away with our old ideas about life and ourselves and getting in God's truths about life and ourselves. God's word is filled with God's truth, what better way to renew our minds than by reading it and letting the truth sink in deep.

Keep at it, keep reading it, keep studying. Be diligent about it. It might just take time but hold on, your mind would change.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

10 Free Songs For Your Christmas Playlist!

Good Morning Friends,

Today again I came across some very cool free Christmas music. Okay please forgive me for crowding your playlist but I just love my readers and I can't stop sharing with you the cool stuff I get to find. So I have selected a couple of artists you might not be so familiar with but trust me they are good.

Note: To get this songs, right click on the link, and click 'Save target as'.

For 'Angels We Have Heard On High' by Six Pence None The Richer, Click here

For 'This is Christmas' by Cortni, Click here

For 'Winter Wonderland' by FFH, Click here

For 'Hallelujah, The Lord Has Come' by Jadon Lavik, Click here

For 'The Heart of Christmas' by Josh Caterer, Click here

For 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' by David Ian, Click here

For 'Toy Packaging' by Sara Groves, Click here

For 'O Come O Come Emmanuel' by Dana Jorgensen, Click here

For 'O Holy Night' by The Great Transpareny, Click here

For 'Snow Globe' by Matt Wertz, Click here

And a Bonus Song Which has got nothing to do with Christmas, a free song off Playdough's new album (Hotdoggin'). Click here to download the song 'My Cadillac'

So that's it! 10 Christmas songs for your playlist and a bonus. I've got a 'spiritual diet' post coming up later this week, it's titled 'Your Mind Would Change', you don't want to miss it. Do enjoy the songs, I would like to know which was your favourite. So listen and comeback and leave a comment.

"You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself." - Seth Godin (From The Book 'Tribes')

For More Free Christmas Songs, Check Out This Great Posts

- Free Christmas Download From Elevation Worship
- Free Christmas Download From Plumb iRecommend Special: Where And How To Get Lots of Music For Free [Legally]

*All Songs provided courtesy

Monday, December 19, 2011

Free Christmas Download From Elevation Worship

Hello Friends,
Merry christmas once again to you, I guess I can't say it enough, it's the season.I woke this morn to the news that the Elevation Worship team (which you would be familiar with if you read this blog) is giving away a free batch of christmas songs. So excited about it and want to share it with you. And here is the download link.

Till next time

P.S. - For more free chrismas songs check out this amazing posts

- Free Christmas Download From Plumb
iRecommend Special: Where And How To Get Lots of Music For Free [Legally]

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Gym House of God

It's funny how we all admire the abs but no one really admires the dumbbells. It's funny how we admire the new born and the thought of going 9 months with another inner life is dreadful (or at least something to be handled with courage) for most women, or the sweet fruits off a tree and no one really likes the long wait of it being produced. To cut it short, no one really admires processes

And the funny thing is that processes are when things are actually made. The wait, the time it seems nothing is happening on the outside, thats the time when the real progress is going on on the inside. Just like a person working out at a gym, it doesn't just happen all in a day, the big muscles and the sexy abs, no not in a day.

The bible tells us in the book of Galatians that we reap what we sow. Great thought. Plant good seeds get good results but what we often forget is that things that are sown need time to grow before they can be ripe.

If you are a believer, a child of God, Jesus is working in you and he is also calling you to work out your salvation, like the determined man at the gym determined to burn off those fats and tone his muscles keep working it out. Don't get tired. Keep at it. Keep sowing seeds of the word of God which is the truth into your life. It's might take a while but if you don't give up, a tree is coming, a strong oak of righteousness. It's might take a while but if you don't give up, those strong muscles are going to begin to show, a mighty man of valor. Keep at it. Remember without process no progress. Go through the hard process. Work your faith out, your muscle would tear but they would rebuild to get stronger. Go through the process, you are making progress.

Welcome to the Gym House of God, the place where dreams are made.

Ponder.- I found the picture above via google. It really struck me as kind of funny and I laughed alot at it but it also tells a story too. Sometimes we are alike the child in the picture, we want to do BIG things for our God (which is alright) but we don't want to grow. We want to carry big weights as babies. Kind of sounds impossible to me. I'm in a place in my life right now where I believe God is calling me to leave some trivias and go deeper in him. It's not as easy as it sounds. I have cried many things for having to play the dum one in situations in which I'm right. I'm learning to let go of my 'good' rights for greater ones. Seriously, it's hard but I'm wearing my long term lens. I hope this encourages you wherever you might be in your walk with God. What things are you forfeiting right now for the greater in the long term? How would be reading your comments :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Free Christmas Download From Plumb

Merry Christmas to y'all. And today I'm glad to annouce to you that the amazing and unique artist Plumb is giving away free brand new tracks this christmas. She's also giving away a Kindle fire and lots of other free goodies. I just got my free tracks and I'm seriously loving them.
And getting to the personals, I watched 'The Tourist' again for the thrid time last night. There's just something about that movie and I finally got to see 'In The Blink of An Eye' over the weekend. Cool movie, I should do a review pretty soon. And I also have been reading John C. Maxwell 'Everyone Comminucates, Few Connects' and yes it's been awesome all the way. I would end this post with a quote from it.
So what movies did you see over the weekend, what book are you currently reading and what's been on your playlist lately? And don't forget to get Plumb's free christmas dowloads. Below is the link.

"To add value to others, one must first value others" - John C. Maxwell

Thursday, December 8, 2011

iRecommend: Free Music Download [For The Honour] By Elevation Worship

If You Like : Hillsong, ColdPlay, Vicky Beeching, Jimmy Eat World, Hillsong United, Desperation Band, and Hoobstank

I'm so excited to present to you Elevation Worship. It's the band in charge of worship at the Elevation Church (Pastor Steven Furtick) North Carolina, US. You would find it hard to believe that this amazing band with a fresh and amazing sound actually is a church's worship band.

They just released a brand new album titled 'For The Honor' but I have been stuck on a song from their formal album (Kingdom Come) titled 'Awaken', awesome tune and lyrics! It gets me jumping, seriously as in literally.

I have been looking forward to getting "For The Honor" (which has been released), so when I heard that Elevation Worship was giving away the title track, I was excited!. So here is it friends, download and do share it with friends. It's free and you can get it here.

What cool stuff (Book, App, Music, Gadgets, Place e.t.c.) have you been looking at? Leave a recommendation below, would love to hear from you. :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What Faith Really Means [Sweet Pancakes From The Devil]

[Image by Katie Quinn]

Some want the gifts but do not believe in the existence of the Giver
How do you receive gifts from a hand you are not seeing?
Maybe they are handed sweet pancakes from the Devil
We humans have a heart condition too shallow to know differences
Between sweet and sour
Between bitter and better
We often mistaken shiny for good most times
To know good we must collaborate with the Giver
We must know with certitude the hand handing down our gifts
Cause real faith is believing that God the giver is 
And all that He has given, is giving, and would be giving is REAL

Ponder : In a (church) culture that magnifies the faith of receiving things instead of receiving God, have you ever wondered how dangerous the outcome of this could be? Consider the term 'sweet pancakes from the devil', God is the giver of all good things but we forget all that glitters isn't of necessity gold. What is the harm in letting the gifts pave the way for us as Christians? Would love to hear your thoughts

Wonder : Hebrews 11:6 (The Holy Bible)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Grammy 2012 [My Predictions]

I woke up this morn to the news (Thanks to the amazing Yada site) that the Grammy nominations are out. So excited about that and below are my predictions.

Category 1 - Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. . . .

Read the rest here

What are your own predictions? Who do you think is likely to get an award? I would like to hear your point of view, drop a comment :)


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