What color are you grateful for? DAY 3.

It’s the DAY 3, of gratitude challenge. Today’s Challenge is about color. I am a lover of all colors sparkling and bright. But one color stands out for me; Purple! 

Yayy! I am so in love with the color purple, because of the royalness that it depicts. propheticpurplepurple-2

 

So what color or colors are you grateful for?

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What Technology Are You Grateful For?

DAY 2:

Well, I failed in posting my Day 2, of my 30 days gratitude challenge, yesterday. So here is my day 2. What Technology Are You Grateful For?

Recently I have been involved in live streaming of my early Monday morning musing ,with a little touch of Worship embedded in the streaming .I am so humbled by the traction accrued to this facebook live ,and the feeling that it gives me when I see the number of people watching and connecting as we love the Lord in worship,and I get to share some insight. That feeling is just way beyond words.

The Idea that people can connect and watch live streaming from anywhere across the globe regardless of their time zone is just so awesome.

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Kindly tell me what technology you are excited about.

 

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30 days of Gratitude November.

Hello Everyone, it great to be back here on WordPress. What a way to get my blogging groove back, sharing my gratitude for each day. I saw something that caught my fancy earlier today on Facebook and decided to use it as my writing inspiration- 30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE.

DAY 1: WHAT SMELL ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

I am grateful for the smell of my children. I am a proud mother of two high-energy boys,who never let an opportunity of play slip by. When they go out to play and come home with sweat flowing off them like it raising to reach the mountain,off course they wipe the sweat with what ? Their clothes.That smell is a sign of their ability to run around,exercise  and a blessing of Motherhood.

They say you can tell much about a person by their smell because there  are many factors that affect how you smell at a given time- The gift of being alive and active on the playground is a great smell that I will forever be grateful for ?

May I ask you this same question , “what smell are you grateful for? I will be delighted to read your thoughts too.

 

 

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The smell of sweat , the sweat of smell.

 

I am grateful for the blessing of smell.

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In Awe of You.

In reverent awe

I humbly bow

Before the architect of the Universe

He made me and mold me

Fitting me into this space

Called erernity-Present!

The One who holds all powers

The One who cannot be rivalled

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In reverent awe

Salute the Captain of the Hosts

The Ruler of rulers

The Leader of leader

Death could no hold him captive

Life flows from Him

Covered in his sublime glory

Uncontainable

Undeniably true

Unfathomable

His ways are past finding

Awake cymbals and timbrel

To the sound of music

To the uncreated Creator

To the manager of all humanity

My king ,

My High Priest

My love, my rock

Heaven and Earth adore

Angels bow before you

I am in AWE of YOU, You are BEAUTIFUL BEYOND WORDS

 

 

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Gratitude Thursday on Friday.

The exercise from Revofkindness this week was centred on gratitude . I wrote a  post on it, you can read it Here. I am someone who likes to thank you to almost everybody for almost anything. I got more and more serious with intentional gratitude when I started keeping a gratitude journal.

I learnt how to be grateful  for all situations, especially unpleasant ones,as I took my gratitude exercise further by meditating on the book of Psalms daily- It’s like a daily dose of thankfulness and gratitude .I take 5 doses daily.

Sometimes, last week I got from someone who had seen me performed somewhere many years back,She heard my songs and saw my book and wanted us to hook up, we tried scheduling a meet to no avail until she called again and ask if I was available and I said yes.

We arrange to meet, and I was supposed to go pick her up from her place to go to the Radio station where she co-anchor a program with her friend. I drove to her place one hour earlier than scheduled time. Because I have a mantra for punctuality, especially when I am not familiar with the route for my appointment. In this case, I didn’t know the route to her house and since I was driving myself I left home early.

She was surprise to see me, an hour before, so I explained to her and all that. I also met her friend and we got talking about my music and how long I have been in the game,all this was happening while my host was getting herself ready so we can head down to the radio station.

As we drove down , we got talking the more,and I knew I will be spending some quality time with this lady, because we just flowed seamlessly in conversation,and I could tell we have quite a few things in common. As we got to the radio station I remembered that I have been to that station once several years back .The memories came flashing fresh once again. We got up to the studio and as we were climbing the stairs I here one of my songs coming out from the airwaves- My friend said to me,’OBA, isn’t that one of your songs playing? I said yes!

Then she asked again,’how do you feel when you hear your songs been played on air? and I said I am always gratefl!

We got into the studio,and she introduced me to the anchor of the program, who was already position behind the machines. Guess what the program is called? Gratitude Thursday with Funmi& Didi.  I mean like seriously! Gratitude again!!

It’s a phone -in program where people call in, to talk about what they are grateful for,and make request or talk to guests on the show. For the next hour, It was really a fabulous time as people called in, to share their gratitude stories. One of the stories got my attention, One young lady called to say that she was grateful for the rain that fell, because she had tried all morning to buy water to fill the tank at home,but somehow the person that sells wasn’t around, and they did have water at home.

The rain fell heavily yesterday and because of that she was able to fill the tank and other buckets,she was excited about it, because that rain was an answer to the water problem she had at home.God works wonders even when it looked mundane or insignificant! some might think what’s the big deal with the rain, but to that lady that called in, it was help at the nick of time. Something to be grateful for.

Other people called in, to express gratitude for families, loved ones, for life and also commented on my music -I am for ever grateful that my skill and talent is making a huge impact and touching lives out there!

I am grateful that I made new friends yesterday,and made the whole crew of TopRadio90.9FM laugh themselves out with the comic side of me, we are laughed and laughed it was such a wonderful time. Because I was reminded again and again, I have every reason to be grateful.

I am grateful that I met amazing ladies touching lives and making impact within their sphere of influence- Yetunde Durand and Funmi Longe the hosts of ‘GratitudeThursday’.

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Yetunde and I .

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Sweethearts!

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A selfie and 3 pout 😀

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Making a divine statement with an African signature.

 

 

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@The studio TopRadio 90.9

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I speak becaause I believe..

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The Duo- Funmi& Didi on Gratitude Thursday. So you think you can hide Didi?

 

 

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With Funmi after the program

 

 

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Passionately speaking.

 

 

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That’s how I roll with my  new buddies.  #Gracias

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We make others smile.. so we got the smiles too ;D

 

I am grateful for the new possibilities, as each day unfolds

I am grateful for Life,Love,and so much more.

I am grateful for my amazing audience here 😀 😀

 

Shalom

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Grateful for kindness.

I am particularly grateful  for how this week began on Sunday I was at a friend’s birthday party. My team and I were on ground to spice up the event on request and we did have a blast. Because  at the end of the day, the celebrant was overwhelmed by the show of love and appreciation from friends and family.

I was one of the 50-60 of her friends who participated in her “I’m possible” documentary, it was such a great feeling watching and reading the possibilities of these wonderful women.

Last week, One of my life coaches/mentors called me, prior to that phone call she had sent me a text to express her gratitude,for  something I did, that I should have billed her for :D. which I didn’t . So when she called , she just started praying for me over the phone(She is a woman with great depth of spiritual insight and passion for God). She was praying and speaking over my life for over 30mins on the phone. At the end of that session on the phone I was perplexed,and I began to ponder. … all these outpourings for just doing my thing.

My heart was filled  with gratitude to God,for helping to do the task that prompted all the outpouring from this amazing coach, I tell you money cannot buy all that she came out from her while she was praying for me.  It was just my little show of kindness, and to think that I almost missed that opportunity to do my own part.

Yesterday, I went for a women’s conference-It was a business/prayer conference for Entrepreneurs and start-ups . I have been hearing about the Women’s ministry for a while and all through last week ,I was just seeing the advert all in my face. So I took the bold step and drove myself to the venue of the business summit. It was the first time I would drive all by myself  to attend a conference , I  always been  chauffeured  at other times. Though I missed my way, it was another opportunity to know another side of Lagos on my own- I am grateful for that yet again.

The experience from the entrance to the hall of the event and the warm reception by the organisers was a blissful one. I was grateful that I went for the programme. As I  was driving back home, I just had to show my gratitude to my husband, so I packed just a few blocks away from the house and sent him a beautiful text.

What prompted the text? I wouldn’t have been able to drive if he had not thought it to himself to get me a car, to move me around and do some of my stuff without having to wait for him to drive to places,which most of the time he can’t because of his schedules.

I just thought that I would have missed the new opportunities and possibilities that the conference presented to me by just going yesterday and driving down all by myself. BTW, it was the second car he bought for me in less than eight months, I couldn’t maximise the first one because it was a manual drive, I had issues with my legs and changing gears etc.

Showing gratitude and expressing gratitude is part of my daily routine, but sometimes I tend to forget,I make a conscious effort to always say it and show it somehow.

I came up with my own kindness mantra here:

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In response to Niki’s Revofkindness challenge.

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Kindness breeds Gratitude ;Kindness Challenge #3

Kindness Energy is the act and art of showing empathy,generosity to oneself, and others around. Showing love and receiving it at the same time. I think ever since the kindness challenge it is helping me to be much more conscious of the Kind Energy around and within.

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About three weeks ago my Mother-in -law had surgery  and as a result of that she has had to be recuperated in my house, despite the fact my husband is not her first child,He is no3 in the siblings line up, but the responsibility of nursing his Mum back to full health has been thrust to us. You can read about it here.Kindness Challenge 1- Self-kindness.

Been conscious of the virtue of kindness, This week my Neighbours came to say thank you for a kind gesture towards their daughter a few weeks back. We had to declutter the house and get rid of a few things that were no longer needed, as a result of that I had to dispose of all my sewing machines and other sewing accessories because I had not used them in about 3 years , it was taking up so much space.

I had this young girl of about 16years of age who wasn’t doing too well academically, and I decided to mentor her, and when her parents said she wanted to learn the art of tailoring/fashion designing, I was able to give her a headstart. She enrolled somewhere around the neighbourhood and was already doing fine.

In the process of decluttering, I called her to give some machines worth thousands of naira, she was not the only one, two other women got one sewing machine each and some fashion catalogues and sewing accessories.

Fast forward to this week, the girls parent visited my house for the first time and just to show their appreciations,they started praying for me , and my children , my entire family.It felt good to hear their heartfelt prayers, which reminded me of the passage in the book of Job 29:11-17.

I see kindness Energy exudes all around me over and over again, learning to be appreciative of little things, and also going the extra mile to just put a smile on somebody else,is such a beautiful feeling.

I draw a great lesson on kindness and kind energy from Heb 6:10

God is not unjust;he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to them.

 

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Getting Rid Of That Ugly Feeling.

Once in a while, I wake up feeling grumpy and ugly ,all I want to do is just lay back in bed and let the day go by. That does not happen.How do you just lay there when you know there are bills to pay,commitment to keep and so much more?

I know sometimes you find yourself in this kind of scenario,so how do you get over the grumpy feeling, to move ahead in your day to day activities?

 

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grumpy Allie 😦

 

Here are some helpful tips that I have found handy.

Once you find yourself in that state of mind, playing an uplifting cd that you know will bounce back your spirit.

Music will help you dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, In time of care and sorrow,it will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.-Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

I have been able to come out of such rut just playing great music, some of them kind of them sometimes, bring tears to my eyes because of the beautiful emotion they stir after much listening.

Also,I found it difficult to utter. any word of prayer in that moment of  grumpiness ,being thankful for little things ,actually catapult you out, as you express your thankfulness.  The fact that you are alive to be grumpy is worthy of gratitude! Those who are 6ft underground cannot fill any grumpiness or experience mood swings.

When you realise you have an advantage in certain areas of life, gives you new perspectives on things generally.

How about treating yourself  to a manicure or pedicure, You’ll definitely be loving yourself afterwards, I don’t do manicure / pedicure all the time. But the once in a while experience just gives me this warm feeling of “feeling cool with me”. Go shopping buy yourself something  you’ve always wanted without thinking about the cost.  Just pamper yourself!

Celebrate yourself, because you are wonderfully and fearfully made. No matter how grumpy you may feel, God is always there for you.

Finally spend time with loved ones,at the end of the day family is everything!

 

Have a beautiful weekend ahead!

 

OBA2016@Thekingsoracle.

Dear God! What do you want from me?

More often than not, men have spoken about divine expectation from the angle of man’s perspectives, that it usually rare and scarce to hear people discuss this same “Divine expectations” from God’s perspectives.

Sometimes we make it seem as if God does not have expectations, or that he doesn’t need anything from us. Especially in this age of the Church when the focus is always on ‘gimme this, gimme that’.  we tend to forget that God also has needs!

Every relationship is two-way or better put, To every covenant relationships, there are rights and responsibilities. 

Instead of always going to ask Him to do this, or do that for us, can we just take a moment and switch gears, and just imagine that the Almighty God is now in your place. What do you think God will be asking from you?

These are my thought line, as I tried to switch gear and view divine expectations… from God’s viewpoint;

Dear God, what do you want from me?

*Intimacy with God- God desires to have intimacy with us. He wants to be more intimate with each and every one of his children because that’s one of the primary purposes of creation-Intimacy. we saw that played out in Genesis as the scripture recalls that God will go and meet Adam and Eve in the cool of the day to fellowship with them. Another example is Abraham- who was regarded as the friend of God.  Can you imagine God trying to execute a plan, and he couldn’t carry it, not until He and Abraham had discussed it. Amos 3:7 states it like this,

Surely the Sovereign does nothing without revealing his plan to his servant.

That the Kind of intimacy, I long for with God. Wouldn’t it be awesome having that kind of intimacy and friendship with the Lord where he tells you deep things and simple things, where you both rub minds together of matters!  God desires that from you and I as well.

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The Brick Walls Are There For A Reason.

For a number of times in my life I have clawed and scratched at quite a lot of things  every step of the way as many of us do. Through all the obstacles and challenges I have faced and still do face, I realize that there is no such thing as an ‘overnight success’.

While in search of answers here and there, looking for the right tools to live that successful life, I discovered that invariably there are different definitions to the word  ‘success’.

The one definition I  have chosen to stick with is this;

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.

When you have a cause, a dream or a passion that’s worth every ounce of your blood and sweat, because that’s what you’ve decided to do….deliberately, then you are a success.

The pursuit of that worthy cause or dream however,does not come over night, it takes time and it involves process,which is a series of steps taken in order  to achieve a particular end. In taking steps to achieve these end, you come face to face with distractions, setbacks , brick-walls, to knock you off the course and discourage you.

I have been facing such brick walls since I started work on my new album project,and believe you me, I’m like Lord, what’s with all this challenges, it’s one thing or another. As you try to sort out one, another raises its ugly head!

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These brick walls have the potentials of turning your pursuit of success into a nightmare, but you just have to develop a thick skin and have a strong resolute, that no matter what may come your way, you will see yourself breasting the tape at the finish line.

Again this brick walls come in different variant, different shapes and sizes. One of such is when someone is trying to hold you to’ ransom’ and they believe that they are doing you a favor, without them you can’t go further. I was confronted with that challenge recently.

As I ponder on, the circumstances surrounding the event, at first there was  an outburst in anger,stating clearly that I was not going to allow anybody hold me to ransom again, I am taking charge of my life,and I will dictate the pace with which I will go with all my enterprise,especially when you have been paid to do your job,and you are slacking in it. I will not hesitate to bid you farewell.

It is not always easy to let go,when you have built relationships with people over a period of time, at the same time you will be doing them a disservice if you fail to let them know that you can’t condone their behavioral pattern any longer. ‘Behavioral pattern’ -The person is always doing same thing over and over again. We like to play it safe but in the end we may never be able to break through those walls.

Safety is good -until it holds us back in our pursuit of life goals, worthy cause et all. This energetic blockage is a bit tricky when it involves people relationship. It hard to separate out what is a true sense of work ethics and friendship, you find yourself in that space of playing it ‘safe’ because you don’t want to be perceived as someone who is hard, but when it interferes with your life’s call- You had better get out of the ‘safe mode’ and be labeled whatever it is.

To move past this ‘safe mode’ I found that the fear of losing out crept in at first, but gradually as I became more thankful about the situation, I realize that If I don’t stand on my decision to relieve the person involve of his/her ‘position’ and find another alternative,I am not helping the relationship, and the person may think that the whole world revolves around them. More so, it affords me the opportunity to stand up for the things I believe, not allowing someone else to make my decisions for me.

There will always be brick walls in the journey of life and the road to success, its either you break through it, go over the wall to the others side, take the sides, or go underneath to the other side. Whichever way you choose- ‘SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE’ because the brick walls are there for a reason- To make you stronger,tougher as you hone your success story.

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I am grateful for every brick wall I have had to face,and the ones still facing me.

This post is also in response to Colline’s gratitude challenge

 

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