Commitment precedes resources.

Do you find the Old Testament books hard to read sometimes? I do! My favourites books in the Old testaments are the Psalms, Proverbs and those other ones that are poetic in nature. I tend to read some of those a lot.

As a practice, I have a daily habit of reading 5 chapters of Psalms every day for the whole month and I repeat it month after month, I got this from Christian Artist  John Chisum who came to facilitate a seminar here in Lagos about 3 years ago. 5 psalms a day and in 30 days you would have finished the book of Psalms, and you can repeat the same pattern all year round. I THINK YOU SHOULD TRY IT.

So I am shiting gear to study the person of Ruth, the book of Ruth is quite short and the story is quite intriguing. I know that my posts in the coming week will have a bit of the “Ruth influence” in it.

I know you are familiar with the story of Ruth and Naomi, so I won’t really bore you with the long story, but there are divine principles that lurked with the chapters and verses of the phenomenal book, that can not be overlooked, these principles can be applied to our day to day living.

CHAPTER ONE IN A NUTSHELL. Ruth 1:1-22

Ms.Naomi and her husband and their two sons, went to a foreign land for greener pastures, while in the land of sojourn, the inevitable happened, The husband dies, the sons died, now Ms.Naomi is left with two women, who are now widows like her.

Well there is nothing to look forward to in this foreign land she might have thought to herself, so she decided to head back to her home country since the young women were daughters of the foreign land, it would be better they stay back and start life all over again, after all they are still young and beautiful, they can still remarry! As for mama Naomi,”aint nobody got time for that”.

The other lady, after much persuasion, decided to stay back in her home country, but Ms Ruth declined, she won’t stay back, she is going wherever mama Naomi wants to go!

She had lost her husband too, there was no reason for her to hang on to the family name again, especially when it is the mother in law suggesting that she finds her way to a much better life. She made a firm resolute to go where her mother in law goes, and whatever her mother in law does she was ready to do.

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Little did she know that her commitment to stay will lead to all kinds of open doors not just for her, her mother in law and even many generations to come- The result of her commitment made her be in the lineage of the Messiah, who would have thought that a Moabitess, a complete stranger would end up being a great-grandmother to the saviour of mankind.

Commitment is one of the strongest keys to achieving any form of success, in life, in marriage, business, friendship, and all other feats in life. Without commitment, nothing worthwhile and tangible can be achieved, when there is no commitment, there will be hesitations, uncertainty and doubts, but once you resolve to commit to a mission or task, things begin to fall in place.

I started writing a new book last year, but somewhere along the line I lost the book about halfway into finishing the first draft, it was as if I wanted my whole world collapsed. where would I start from? I wanted to give up on it, but the passion burning my heart wouldn’t let me. so I made a commitment to start all over again, As soon as I resolved that, doors started opening, I enrolled in writing classes, got a mentor to help me with accountability and now, the writing is even much better than what I had lost initially, I also learned how to keep my writings against any kind of loss.

The key is to commit –Commitment- the moment you commit, God moves on your behalf and a whole streams of events begin to flow to your advantage, Just like it happened for Ruth.

All manner of unforeseen events, incidents, meetings, people and material assistance that you never thought could happen -begin to occur, when you commit yourself totally and unreservedly.

 

(c.OBA2018@Thekingsoracle.

Random Musings #71.

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Change is an Unchangeable law of Progress.

The person who never changes his opinion never corrects his mistakes.

When you change your picture, you automatically change your performance.

 

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The lad spoke #SoCS.

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I am here laying on the bed it 12 midnight, the lad just finished been breastfed and back to sleep. what a life?

He doesn’t have to worry about anything at all. All he is concerned about at the stage of life is eat, sleep, giggle, cry for attention and that’s all. How I wish life is actually that easy.

As I fed him, I actually felt he spoke back to me saying,” mama, life is all that you make of it”.

 

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Help !! What’s in a name?

Hello people, trust your week has been going on very well? Mine has been great. I have been trying to take my blogging to a new level since I resumed after the long break last year.  And part of my effort to do that has been to upgrade my WordPress site. Which I just did.

Now I am in a little dilemma and I need your help. I have been told not to be afraid to ask for help when I need to ask. So here is yours truly asking you guys to help me in making some profound changes to my blog site?

I have been nursing a new name for over a year.Now I feel it’s time to change the name of my site, from kingsoracle.wordpress.com to A Thousand shades of Awesomeness and more.

I came about that name about two years ago when I was interviewed for my music, and In describing me, the interviewer summed up all my attributes and temperament in these words, ” a thousand shades of awesomeness and more. I believe this also sums up my writing life-as I  write about my life, music, health, poetry and many more.

Kingsoracle came about as a result of my music name, and the mission of my life when I am on stage, but it just defines an aspect of me, not everything else.

I will be changing the face of the site in the days ahead, would you help me by giving me feedback on what you think? I  appreciate your comments, feedback, suggestion, and critics.

Thank you.

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Waiting In The Dark . #writephoto

waiting SUE VINCENT

A long dark doorway 

leading all the way  down

with just trickles and splashes of light

 fear gripped me

Like a man grip on a child

I felt the chills of darkness

After the dark comes the light

but it seems like an endless journey 

through the dark alley

I want to run to safety

But my feet are stubborn

to go the extra miles

With you, I am waiting

In this dark alley

when I wait for you

I am full of darkness.

 

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Prayer Is

Lately, I have recognised that there is a void!

I have found out that when I go off, for long, encumbered with the cares of life, without really touching base with God in real communion, I get to a point where everything begins to choke out the life of me. You see it is very easy to get clustered up in activities going through the motion day in, day out without realising that nurturing your one-on-one union with the Father – is the real essence of life.

I have also discovered a pattern, it is the fact that when I fall sick, and I seldom do, it is an indication that something is amiss,  which is my fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit.I am not trying to be seen as “spiritual” or “holier than thou”, it’s just that I am gradually becoming comfortable letting the ink bleed on paper concerning the different aspect of my life, so by writing about me, the good, the bad, the in-between I am coming to terms with me and my fears, doubts,beliefs and by that I can mirror same for someone out there who is reading this.

The desire to spend quality time in prayer has given way to worry and despondency, and it seems the weight of the whole is on my shoulder. In the last few days that I have had to shut out myself to rest awhile, In resting and struggling to study the scriptures, I have found solace in just whispering my heartsong to God to get back in sync with my communications with him.

Early yesterday morning as I was getting the baby ready for the day, I started a conversation with God, it wasn’t the usual “Christianese conversation where we quote all the bible verses. as if God does not know His word. I was just pouring my heart out to the lover of my soul, the One who loves me regardless. I saw the look on my 7month old baby, as he watched my gesticulations, I think he sensed what was going on at that point in time. after a few moments of up-close-and-personal, no- holds- barred conversation I felt this peace and satisfaction.

It was as if I heard Him say, “this is the kind of conversation I want to have with you girl, where you are just you, with no cloak on, no pretence. No wish list, do this, do that, I want this, I want that. Then I realised yet again,

Prayer Is

An act of letting go, not a wish list, because God already knows what your needs are. He knows your name, He sees your fears, He knows that which keeps you up late at night, and what startles you early in the morning.

It is an outpouring, an outflow of the innate desire to be close to God. Like the Bethel Music song, which goes like this- Just to close to you, just to walk next to you, this is my one thing, Lord you are my one thing.

It takes the burden of life off our tiny shoulders and put it on His much bigger shoulders- Remember the songwriter say, if He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders, I know my brother/sister that He will carry you.

Everyone Prays, I know that! And I’m not here to debate about religion either. My point of view is that Prayer is not and should not be because of religion which is the opium of men to an “unknown god”

But a lifestyle born out of a relationship with the Father of Life through His Son Jesus, a lifestyle that is empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Do you know the Father? Do you have a relationship with Him through His Only-begotten, Son Jesus Christ?

MOTION

 

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A man like mine.

A man like mine

fine like fresh wine

from the vine

Le boo

in suit

decked up to toe

he’s just a bloke

I can call my own.

A man after God

Ordained and called

To bless his world

to which I belong

My crowning glory

a part of my story

doing together better

fifteen years after

through the thick and thin

the good, the bad and in between.

blessed with valiant men

A man like mine

fine like wine

from the vine.

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It’s not his birthday, I’m just loving my le boo, poetically today!

 

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For your own peace, stop the following!

It’s a beautiful Thursday morning, the boys are back to school, so there’s this unusual quiet around the house, except for the little prince, it just the two of us playing house as the husband is out doing what he enjoys doing -Work.

It took a while to get out of bed, as the young lad is still on breastmilk, eating round the clock especially at night till the early morn, often leaves me flat out hungry and tired.  As I tried to get myself out of bed,  I had to get started on the check my phone for messages, emails and all kinds of stuff, I am really trying to stop checking my phone first thing in the morning.

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One of the things that get me aggravated is some of these WhatsApp groups. Some of them can be a pain in the neck.I have tried to get myself out of some, I  succeeded in some, others I am still working on, nevertheless, most of them have truly been beneficial.

Some of these groups or the people who added you, into the group most times expect so much from you, I remember one of them that I exited not too long after I exited from the group the lady that added gave me a call and was asking so many questions that I wasn’t even in the best frame of mind to answer.  You see the biggest source of emotional suffering comes from expecting too much from others.

Most times the fault lies with us, expecting too much from friends and family is only asking for trouble, we make unrealistic demands, and when such demands are not met we get angry and that often times severe the ties that bind us together.  That’s one of the loopholes I have discovered in some of this groups, in a bid to have common ties, they sometimes become a nuisance. So how can you manage such relationships and space?

#1. STOP EXPECTING PEOPLE TO ALWAYS DO RIGHT.

Everyone is different and each of us, have our own social and moral and cultural beliefs. Don’t expect people to do the things you consider to be the right thing to do, even if they do it doesn’t mean they agree with you. Remember you are raised differently what seems to be the “right” with you, might not beseeming right with others. Focus on your beliefs and morals, don’t force yours on others.

#2. STOP EXPECTING EVERYONE TO AGREE WITH YOU.

You will agree with me that there is a certain feeling of validation you get when people seem to agree with you, you become comfortable, but when the reverse is the case, you get anxious and uptight. It is pointless and really harmful to entertain such negative energy when people don’t angry with you on some grounds.

#3.DONT EXPECT ANYONE TO BE PERFECT.

Afterall you are not perfect either, I think it is safe to always expect that the best of men are men at their best, that way when they fall short of our expectations of them, because they will, just like you and I, We are not too disappointed. Try to be satisfied with the best you can get from others because we all have our limits.

#4. STOP EXPECTING THEM TO ALWAYS UNDERSTAND YOU.

Don’t waste time explaining yourself to others, I used to do that, what matters is you do understand yourself. if they don’t understand you, it doesn’t make you less a person that you are. Quit explaining yourself to others.

 

Branches.

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I am like the branches growing from the boughs of the tree

The huge trunk filling the earth space

extending its root to the deep waters

firmly rooted in the earth

as the dew of heaven falls freely

here I am waiting for the rain

to caress my skin

ebony brown

I am an offshoot of the root of Jesse

The morning star

shining brightly upon mother earth

The tree of life

whose branch I am

amongst my brethren

the other branches

a sheltering umbrella against the tides.

The “I AM” the vine

The branches we are.

 

(c.OBA2018@Thekingsoracle.

in response to Waiting on words 17.

 

Random Musing #71. Value -added Living.

As one continues to age like fine wine, it becomes important to know the things that are important and valuable to the journey as age sets in, you get to the point where you are no longer interested in certain things that used to tickle your fancy way back when…

Recently, le boo and I were at a friend’s 50th birthday dinner, it was a first time experience for both of us to attend a function with such royalty. It was an exquisite experience in plain sight.

The ambience of the venue was serene and spectacular at the same time, with so much colour and vibrancy, it was a black-tie event, Everybody looked regale, there was so much candour in the room, it was almost impossible to breathe.  At some point in the program of the evening the toastmaster had several people talked about the celebrant, a number of people spoke, even those who were in the diaspora also chipped in their thoughts of the celebrant.

At the end of the event, as hubby and I were driving back home we had a few things that we had learnt from the gathering to share with one another. We both came to the conclusion that life’s blessing is not just a function of the material possessions that you can acquire, but it is in the lives of people that you are able to impact as a result of your existence.

It is about living the value added life, finding yourself and living true to you.

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How do you make yourself more valuable?

As people commented and made remarks about the celebrant one thing that was glaring to all was her heart for learning. They talked about how she had learned to ride the bikes with her siblings at an early age, and how recently she went circling from Nigeria all the way to Ghana. Learning new things, things that are of interest to you. I have always been fascinated by Photography

That’s one thing I also want to learn, to put myself out there out of my comfort zone and become a student once again, by the way, life is a continuous lesson.

Do things that are important to you. What are those things that are important to you, that you value more than anything else in the world?  create time for such and make the best use of them. 

So that you are not regretting many years down the line when you longer have the capacity to do those things.

Do the things that bring out the best in you. If it is writing, do it.  If it home keeping, travelling, singing, helping other people, Whatever brings out the best You. Go for it.

Spend time in silence and solitude.

Get comfortable with being alone with yourself, it is empowering, rest in quietness. The ability to shut out the noise and bickerings of your immediate environment in order to be in touch with you and with God.

Face your fear, and find refuge in prayer. The Bible says fear brings torment, and that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of love, power and sound mind.

When you invest time wisely in these way, you will a better version of you for you and for others around you. Life becomes more meaningful and worth living too.

 

(c. OBA2018@Thekingsoracle.

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