Personal WORD (SS3)

Recommended read-listening: No Longer Slaves

A few months ago I listened to one of the pastors of Bethel Church, Seth Dahl and he shared how he discovered he had a need to be or feel significant, of significance (I’m probably not quoting him verbatim, excuse me biko). What he said was like a seed planted in my heart. A few weeks after listening to him, it was also confirmed to me that I had a need for recognition. Although I am quite introvert-ish and tend to keep to myself, taking a while to let people into my life, I like to be spotlight-ed. #trueconfession

In and of itself, wanting to be recognised is not an issue unless I now start pursuing it so much so that I strive to get it from all the wrong sources. One of the things Seth spoke about was making sure his significance wasn’t from the number of likes or comments or re-tweets or re-shares or reposts of his online content – he LOVES social media, he says. Continue reading

Haggai Body

A couple of weeks ago, at the start of the Christmas break, I was reading the book of Haggai for my quiet time (devotional) that morning. At the time also, it had been on my mind to resume my daily exercises that I had stopped since last summer. Even though my BMI index is alright, I couldn’t say I was fit as my only exercise was climbing up and down the stairs at work and walking about while teaching and going to and from the toilet and my car! I think my body was now accustomed to these, it did nothing for my strength nor energy levels by the end of the day.

So while reading the chapters of that book, I read them through the lens of exercising – one of the ways we can take care of our bodies, the temples of GOD (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). And shared next are the things I ‘saw’ through those lens and almost verbatim what I wrote down in my journal. Continue reading

Hidden women of the Bible

Imagine a Bible quiz where you’re being asked to reel off the names of popular women in the Bible, either mentioned directly – like Sarah, Mary and Deborah, or indirectly – like Lot’s wife, the Shunamite woman and the woman with the issue of blood. With some years in church under your belt and some thinking, I’m sure you can come up with a much longer list under either sub-heading.

As I go through my One Year Bible reading plan, I have since come across women that were in a sense hidden because their accomplishments or stories do not get much air time in today’s church world. I’m sure there are many more whose stories are popular for only a season of their lives and not other seasons. An example is Bathsheba, also known as Uriah the Hittite’s wife, who committed adultery with King David but was also very instrumental in making sure Solomon became king in David’s stead before Dave passed on. Continue reading

Change of Season

“No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.” – Joshua 5:12

This was part of a text I read some in April this year. And it stood out to me to signify a Change of Season. Then I looked up the middle-column reference scriptures and these came up:

“So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.” – Exodus 16:35 Continue reading

Do me I do you

Today’s post is going to be a short one which in my opinion is rather surprising, given that I’m on a summer break now and should be writing more. But there are other things happening in my life in these weeks and although I have a few topics to write on, I’m busy working on those other things in my life. Anyway, to today’s post . . .

As part of growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, one of the lines I must have said so many times is “do me, I do you, God no go vex” In UK English: “I’ll repay what you’ve done to me without annoying GOD.” Thinking of it now, that’s just a wacky mis-read and misinterpretation of Continue reading

Two Strikes

Lol . . . even that title had me thinking: “I’m funny!”. . . lol. I almost literally just name the post from the first few thoughts that come to my head! I hardly ever change it to something else after the post has been drafted and edited. Anyway, back to the post for today.

I’m a logical person and most times in my walk with GOD, I’ve had this tendency to Continue reading

Identity Cries

I was tempted to title this post ‘Identity Crisis’ but that would have just covered a part of what I intended to talk about with this post. As you may have seen from my previous posts, I talk about some of my experiences as a teacher in a school on the mend, on the bend?! I’m not an English teacher, thank GOD!! I also talk about what speaks to me as I go through the my Bible in the Year reading plan via the YouVersion® Bible app. And other topics in between.

Both these main sections came together this evening* to inform this post. In 1st Kings 1, Continue reading