Don’t Give Up Just Yet…….Be Comforted

Story Story...Once Upon a time

Hi beautiful people, how was your day and how are preparations going towards the valentine’s day celebration. If you didn’t see my last post, just scroll down to read that one before you read this one, Either ways, do enjoy your self, while reading, because by now you’re already used to me writing plenty. Thank you for the comments and likes, don’t for get to leave your comments below, those of you who keep reading and not commenting (yes I’ve caught you today, lol). I just got back from class now and even though I’m hungry I decided to do this post. Enjoy your read.

 So today something happened to me and I realized that someone might be in this position that I found myself.

I went for a class and the teacher decided that today, we the students would do a competition in order to be scored for the topic of the day. We all didn’t prepare so well, because some of us had to rehearse for our upcoming faculty day, while others were really busy with something else, so most of us were just wondering what she meant by that.

I personally didn’t prepare so my thoughts were for me to tell her to let me rework the class. That would involve paying for the class again. It’s not so expensive but the time involved was expensive, especially in this winter season.

Now here’s what happened, she said she was going to cal our names randomly from the register and we are 15 in class, so it could get to any of us in no time. The question was to name something individually that had to do with a specific organ in the body (trying not to go into detail). There were not too many that were stated in the textbooks, but as a student its part of your responsibility to go all out in our research as regards any topic and so, she expected us to have an answer immediately she asked.

The “competition” as she called it started and by the time it got to my turn, we all had exhausted all the answers we could pick from our notes. We were not allowed to repeat anything that someone had already mention, nothing related to it at all.

Now at this point, I already had something in mind but I wasn’t sure she would accept it, mind you I was answering to an experienced medical doctor, so she knew exactly what she wanted to hear. As she asked me, I didn’t hesitate at all, I just voiced out my thoughts and then, she confirmed my suspicion by saying she didn’t think that was absolutely correct.

I just sat there in thoughts for like one minute, thinking about what else could not have been mentioned that I could pick. My people, I was there and nothing was coming to my head. I mentioned other things, but again she rejected.

So not to “waste more time”, I said “Ma’am I don’t have any other thing to add, I don’t know the answer to your question”, so she said, “alright” and called out the next name.

By the time she got to the next name, the person too didn’t know what else to add, seeing that the answers in our text books had been exhausted. But here’s what the person said to her. “Madam, I don’t know what to say at the moment, but if you would give me some time, I will try to come up with something good, I’d love to think for some time” and she replied “OK, you take sometime to think, I’ll get back to you”. Then she moved on to the next person, and again the next person had the same situation as the previous person. He decided to think. (Notice the difference between what I said and what they said to the teacher)

Then suddenly, in my thoughts, something came up, I cross checked in my head and decided that this answer should be a good one for her. I raised my hands so she could give me a chance to speak, since it wasn’t my turn and she obliged me. I said my answer and yes, it was very correct, it was a good answer. Here’s where the story changed.

In my mind, I had given her an answer and so there was a point for me, I thought. Then the shocker came. She said, I had given up my chance for a score, by saying that I didn’t know any other thing to say, instead of asking for time to think. I felt bad, and she noticed, but still didn’t change her mind. Suddenly, those who asked for time to think, came up with their answers and lo and behold, they were all correct. Even though I got a good answer and told her,….it was somewhat useless to her because it wasn’t gonna affect my scores. I had already lost the competition in her mind. While the rest got their deserved marks,..I was probably the only one without a score. Then series of things came up in class and she concluded that I wasn’t listening as she asked us to at the beginning of the class, so on and so forth.

It got to a time she even said, “Ohh I don’t want you to think that I’m attacking you, I only didn’t expect you to give up on yourself, it’s disappointing. You should have been insistent on your ability and asked for more time”

Those words struck me, I left the class with it echoing in my head. I was almost in tears. But then, GOD spoke……and you guys know what happens when God speaks.

He said, “You where created unto good works, you can only succeed and be excellent. Don’t be discouraged,Cheer Up. All I want you to know is that I’m training you in righteousness, it’s a lesson that you have just learnt again through your teacher. Never give up, just like she stated, I believe in you and you will succeed. It doesn’t matter what comes your way, CHEER UP”

This words comforted me and I came out victorious, you know why? Because what the enemy planned for evil, the lord turned it around for my good. I have learnt again that, I’m able to do all things through Christ who energizes me, if only I don’t give up, I don’t get tired so quickly. I believe they would comfort you as well.faith

This also reflects to every area of our lives. The miracle that you require is so close, don’t give up, stay on the word, keep your focus on God’s word and what God has said about that situation. It can only get better for you. Just like me in class today, if I had waited just a bit longer, the answer would have sprung forth and would have been accepted. Just keep that faith burning for a little more time. That testimony is on the way. Be encouraged and comforted as God has comforted me today. It doesn’t matter if you even made the mistake just like I did today by giving up on myself, it will work out for your good. God is faithful to us his kids. Some of us could be going through this in our Jobs, homes, marriages, education, career, relationships e.t.c…where we have made mistakes, we are being discouraged because of one thing or another, no, you have not failed, it’s not over until you win. That’s what God has said about you. God is taking you somewhere so don’t be discouraged by the level you are in, just keep your focus on God’s words concerning you and you’ll surely arrive there, in time.

I know our future is bright, it is secure and God’s manifested presence will be evident in it in Jesus Name, Amen. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God”.

comfortBe comforted and be quick to pick out lessons that God opens your eyes to see in every situation or circumstance that you find yourself. Don’t be quick to crucify yourself or feel discouraged. God doesn’t see you or that situation that way. He believes in you to steer that ship to its destination, despite the storms that may be experienced. Against all odds you will triumph.

Let me end with this few words:

There’s no TESTIMONY without a TEST,testimony

There’s no TRIUMPH without TRIAL,

There’s no GLORY without STORY.

See you at the top my dear friends. I love you all and I’m glad I could share this with you guys. You all are wonderful.

Keep Illuminating.

 

Hey Guys…….guess what? ….yea yea you guessed right,…I’M BACK. How have y’all been? I know I know (face down) Some of you are angry at me…please forgive me. If you want me to explain I can actually mail you my explanation ooh. All the same, PLEASE FORGIVE ME……It was after I got series of messages both personal and public that I checked my blog calendar and realized that I hadn’t posted anything since one month plus…..I know right (now even some of you that didn’t notice are like haaaaa!!! Tenderoni, how could you and you say you love us, hmmmm) Please, don’t crucify me. I promise not to stay away for this long.

However,…I had a lot of entertainment and insight from most of my blogger friends…you guys are amazing, shout out to Dr N, Frances, Lizzie, Glowing Scene,…ahhh Femmetotale, Ujesta, Dare and yes, Crazy Nigerian, Livelytwist (the writer herself)…ooh how can I forget my mummy, Naija mum…una too much. Y’all kept my busy days very relaxing. Thank you so much, your gift is indeed evident and I’m blessed by you.   muah

Also, thank you to those of you who kept visiting to see if I have posted on the blog yet. You made me smile and cry at the same time(as I wasn’t able to satisfy your thirst). I love you guys.

Now today is a beautiful day and I have so much to say to you but considering how tired I am,…I will tell you a story.story

Story Story,….Story……….Once Upon a time,…..time…time.

Emily is the name of my new friend. She’s beautiful, the kind that you don’t need to sound modest about when you see. I had just met her a few months ago and so we decided to spend some time together since we both live in different cities. The holidays came close, so It was only normal and about time we met. It was whole week break, both our universities happened to have our holiday on the same days, so we planned her trip. My city had more to offer in terms of fun places and since I live alone, she had to come over…..Thank God she didn’t live too far, she got here on time and I was so excited to see her.

The first day we had a beautiful night, you know how we ladies can be,..gist upon gist,. girl talk, everything gistable was on the table of our gist plate. We had fun, got to know each other better and we literally slept off with our mouth open as we had talked and talked till our mouths got tired.

Before you start to imagine tins, I and Emily really gelled, and every day went beautiful as we visited different fun places. It was such a breath of fresh air to have her around, especially as she shared my passions.

Here’s where things got funny (now don’t think we fought ooh, all you people expecting the story not to end well, your plan will not work….lol)

I noticed that Emily had this very arguable low self-esteem, it wasn’t the kind that you would notice easily, you might not even call it low self-esteem, maybe I should say the wrong kind of humility.

Let me give you an example of how some of my conversations with her went.

Now here’s both of us dressing up for service and we get talking:

Me: Wow, gurl I love this your dress ooh,…it fits so perfectly on you. I would love mine in the color orange. I really love the way it looks on you. (mind you, I wasn’t flattering, I meant it)

Emily: Ohl really, I don’t see what you’re seeing ooh,..the gown is just there,…I even got it in one cheap shop like that. I’m surprised you like it on me ooh, you know you are the one with the sexy body now, abeggiii stop flattering me ooh.

Me: I’m serious dear, I love the way it looks on you and thanks for your compliment, I love your body shape as well, you’re beautiful and you know it…..go girl

Emily: Wow, sweetie, this your dress is awesome, I love it,..you’re so pretty. You’ll take me to where you shop ooh. This dress is lovely.

Me: Awwww thank you love,..I actually got this at a second-hand shop too, but it hadn’t been worn before. I know right, the dress fits me as I like it, that’s because I had to take it to the seamstress to do some fittings on it. Thanks.

Emily: Wow, that’s nice…..You really have beautiful things ooh…..I love them and your body just fits in them perfectly. Maybe you should take me to where you shop for real, at least let me get a few things before I head back.

So we go out to shop one day, and to cut the story short, Emily comes back empty-handed, no, not because she didn’t have the money to pay. Because, she didn’t find anything that fits her or that appeals to her. Are you shocked, no don’t be. We went through several shops, several pieces and she kept giving an excuse why that beautiful dress wouldn’t look beautiful on her. One of her many reasons was that it was gonna expose her ugly legs (Yes, she said “my Ugly legs”). But surprisingly, when it got to my turn to try on clothes, she advised me to pick them, saying they looked perfect on me. If I didn’t know better, I would have said she wanted me to spend money while she watched but I know better. She was so insecure about herself that everyone else apart from her was perfect. So much so, that she almost didn’t see anything good about herself physically. She complained about almost everything. Her weight, her skin, her buttocks,etc                                      .awe

So, there was this day when she offered me a compliment and here was my response.

Me: Emily, you offer me this beautiful compliments each time and I always love them, they make me smile. However, I don’t think that you mean them. Sometimes I wonder if it’s the same eyes with which you see others that you use in seeing yourself.

Emily: How do you mean dear?..she quietly asked me

Me: Have you ever wondered how come you seem to see everything beautiful about people, but each time others compliment you, you seem to always have something negative to counter it with? I don’t think that my things as you say are as beautiful as you say they are, because if you can’t see by yourself how beautiful you and your own things are, how can you see for someone else? Those are my concerns.

Emily: Ooh dear,…..they truly are beautiful as I have said, it’s just that I don’t always feel  as beautiful as the way people say I am. I know it’s a problem and I’ll definitely try to change. I’ve been trying to but I just don’t know how.

Me: I’m glad you now see it in this light. We’ll talk about how you can overcome this low self-esteem tonight, there are some practical steps that must be taken my dear, don’t worry we’ll do this together, ok. I love you dear, *hugs*

Emily: Thank you dear, thank you for letting me know this. I love you too sweetie *hugs*

So that’s in summary how my conversation with Emily ended on that day.

Some of you might be asking, why this story…..who cares to know what happened between you and your new friend Emily?…blah blah blah,..lol

Well, this story just reminds me about how so many people go through this on a daily basis. We can be so careful about acknowledging several beautiful things about us, things that God has graced us with, not just physically. Some of us do it because of low self-esteem while some others do it in the name of being Humble. However, it’s not like we plan to be this way. We just find ourselves in that position where we don’t want to sound like we are proud or like we have it all.

My Brother, My Sister,…please cheer up, loosen up, you too deserve to be praised, you too can be proud of your God-given gifts and talents. Is there something you’ve accomplished and you are being praised for it, don’t just act as though it’s a sin to think highly of yourself. You deserve to be celebrated and loved, so let out those smiles, say the “thank you’s” it’s that simple, do not complicate things by trying to explain how “it’s not all that” as we see it.

Even in this season of Love, we should learn to accept appreciation with humility as well as give out appreciation to the people around us. Lets learn to celebrate our selves and pat ourselves at the back for even those seemingly little accomplishments or endeavors that we succeed at. You can take an example from the Lizard, like the story we heard as kids, he nods his head after a successful fall from the tree, since no one will applaud him,…lol

Even God expects us to acknowledge every good work that’s in us, He says, that way the communication of our faith will be effectual (Philemon 1:6)

Also God is OK that we can think highly of ourselves, just not too highly of ourselves (Romans 12:3)

awesomeSo take advantage of the love that you receive and celebrate others as you celebrate yourself. You are very valuable and you should be treated as such. Jesus paid for you with his blood, so square your shoulders, stand tall, walk straight, talk bold, for you are AWESOME.

If you’re an Emily out there, look out for my upcoming post on how to improve self esteem…..it’ll surely bless you.its ok

I love you guys and I missed y’all so much.

Have a beautiful day.

Kip Illuminating

Story Story...Once Upon a time

Have you discovered the Treasure?

Christian Growth

Before my admission was accepted in the School I’m presently studying at, just like it’s common for most Nigerian undergraduates, I had to go through several Institutions. Now, I finally am in school and getting closer to completing my medical program (Thank God). However, there have been quite some hitches I’ve experienced in this Journey. Suffice it to say, I’ve not had such a smooth ride in the area of friendship, communication and self expression. It had felt like I was literally in total Isolation in my world.

Several times, I would call Home (Nigeria) and lodge a complaint. Sometimes it was about the people, other times the school, then I would grumble and protest about how I no longer wanted to study medicine if it would make me this solitary.

My Father would say to me in His Nigerian and tribal Articulation,

It is your Life, if you can’t endure the pain for the time being, you can come home and learn a trade, It would save me a lot of time and money“.

I had felt no one understood “what I was going through”, that I could not take it anymore. I even went as far as searching for other areas of information that I could go back home to gratify in.

I would say to you that, In my years of being born again, I had never felt exasperated or disappointed. Life had always had that stench of Hope hovering around me. So this made me fragile. I didn’t think I could attain to anything as regards my education. This new mindset had influenced my grades, my outlook to going the extra mile in my studies, to say the least, I wasn’t even reading anymore. I just kept trying to get someone who would understand me and explain to my parents why I needed to leave my school.

Thank God for the Word of God, thank God for my Pastor, thank God for ministry materials and tapes. Today, I can tell you that, even though the circumstances didn’t change, my attitude and mindset did change and they have helped me get to this stage that I am in my education. Glory to God.

This personal story reminds me of where some of us are in our lives. Even though it’s the first week of the Month of this new year 2014, it doesn’t mean that we have new jobs, homes, relationships, marriages. it doesn’t mean that as we entered the year, we were given the promotion that we needed, the raise in salary that we need or deserve. Even the appreciation or commendation from our wives, employers, students, bosses, leaders, children or even our parents, have not come forth. As a matter of fact, it’s still the same as it was right before we got out for the holidays.

This brings me to the message I have for you in today’s post. I want to believe I am talking to you, the Christian, the one who knows who he is in Christ and just in case that’s not you, I’m talking to you who wants a better life, a life that brings you into the realizations of all the goals, dreams, visions and aspirations you’ve set and want to achieve in this year. Trust me, you wanna record such outstanding and supernatural achievements in this year.treasure

Did you know that in that situation you are in, there’s something God wants you to SEE? Can you stop the complaining and let the strategist in you show forth? Can you discover the treasure?

Sometimes, all we see are Challenges, “Oh what I’m going through”. I want you to realize that wherever you are in life, it maybe that company, that family, that office, that relationship, that City, that school, that marriage, you are there because God wants you to see something. There is a treasure there that God wants you to discover.

You have a voice that must be heard. You see, a soul winner is an extraordinary strategist. Stop complaining about where you work, the position you hold. Have you discovered those of them there who do not know Jesus, who haven’t received Jesus? God has given all of us an opportunity. Before you start looking at the condition, look for those who are not saved around you. That’s what I mean by discovering the treasure. God wants you to discover a treasure there and the Holy spirit will help you see (Acts 1:8).

Are you a witness for Jesus? When I ask this I’m not asking you how many posts you’ve blogged on Righteousness, Salvation or Repentance. This is not about, how many good characters you exhibit at home, your work place or school that show you are a Christian. I mean, are you proud of Him at your work place, school, city, bold enough to preach this message to those who have not heard it. Or you are the type that would say “Isn’t that for the evangelism unit in church?”

You see, this is your reasonable service. It’s the proof of your Love for Jesus. Are you in a place and say you have the Holy Spirit and there’s no conviction of sin for the unbeliever? Then I dare say, that your Holy Spirit is being held down, discouraged and inactive. The Holy Spirit didn’t just come to be YOUR helper. He is A helper. He needs you to express Himself, to cause these changes, to draw these souls out of darkness into Light.

Are you apologetic about your Life, being a Christian? Maybe when its lunch time at work and your colleagues are discussing about a matter and your obvious contribution should have been from the mindset of a Christian, but you choose to keep quiet, so you are not called “Holy Holy”. You’re not free to sing praises to Him because you’re afraid you might not be able to fit in, maybe in class or at work. No wonder, He called us His ambassadors, His representatives.

Do you not know what the Holy Spirit in you is called? A helper! He makes you Influential. Are you somewhere you work and you are still asking “well nobody likes me, my boss is never satisfied”? There’s no more self pity when it comes to you. That’s what I realized as I studied God’s word. You are a Helper of People, that’s a ministry you have by the Holy Spirit. That means that if someone is falling, I should pick the person up. If someone is sad or anxious, I should put a smile on that person’s face.

We have become the expression of God. Make up your mind to be that way in this year 2014. Reach out to people by preaching the Gospel to them, transforming lives, giving their life a meaning. It will surprise you how many people around you, in your sphere of contact haven’t received Jesus, how many people need some encouragement today. If you Know God, you’ll know His number one business is SOUL WINNING. Make it your  number one goal this year, to see that the lost around you receive DIRECTION and SALVATION by telling them about Jesus. It’s not your JOB to save them, but God needs you to reach out to them first and the Holy Spirit will take over (Romans 10:14). Don’t say, “well no one has come to me that I have not strengthened” or “I do give them devotionals to read ooh”. Get Up and GO TO THEM.

The reason why I decided to blog on this today is because I know most of us are busy setting goals and making efforts to be the best of us in 2014. It begins with your commitment to God’s own business. Let’s not be carried away by the accomplishments of this world. Do you preach because you want to satisfy your own ambition or because you want people to say “wow, this brother or sister is such a committed Christian”? The very popular John 3:16, exposes us to the extent of God’s Love for Men and you are like your father, remember. Let us take up this ministry because we want the Glory of God to be established.

So take advantage of the place you are today. It’s an opportunity to Lighten up that place and trust me, your life can only get better because you’ve taken God’s business as your number one business. No wonder Mathew 6: 33 tells us about how we can have all things come to us without struggle. It’s already a Law that God has commanded to happen. You must understand your purpose as a Light. You were made to bring direction, just like Jesus. The apostles of old have handed us the baton, it’s now in our hands. Come to think of it, they lived glorious lives, they were bundles of testimonies.

Today, I’ve discovered the treasure in my city, my school and my career. I now live in abundant Joy every day, because I realized that, I was the Light that God had sent to give direction to the men here. Though the experience keeps teaching and strengthening me, I promise you my life here has been filled with testimonies of favour, love, grace and God’s abundance upon me. Because I chose to discover the treasure.

I urge you today, not to complain, nor be discouraged. I want you to open your eyes and SEE what God wants you to see. It is only to your advantage. In no time, you’ll be placed in that better place of opportunity by God himself and He will Magnify i.e. make you Great in the sight of others. It’s God’s choice to make you great this year.

Ensure to walk in the Light of this information you’ve just received. Don’t just read it and say “thank you Jesus”. Get up now, square your shoulders, be bold, confident and take advantage of the indwelling presence of the helper and extraordinary strategist inside of you. Your success is guaranteed, be confident about it.

I on this side am cheering for you as you make evident the excellencies of God upon your life this year. Seize the Moment. Discover the treasure. I did it, I’m still doing it with full force this year and so will you.

I’d love to hear your progress concerning this, your questions or direct messages can be sent to me @ missproductivehannah@yahoo.com

I know for sure that this year will surpass our expectations. Let’s all be a testimony as regards this matter. God bless you and empower you for the work ahead.

I have no apologies for this post being this long, it was necessary. Thank you, lol or don’t you agree with me?

If you do, don’t forget to post your comments and add to what I’ve said on the comment section below.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and have a Great Year my people.

I love you.

Kip Illuminating!

What does Christmas mean to you ?

Christmas Musings

I know we are in that special spirit of Christmas all around the world no matter what time it is in the world right now. With most dining tables, big or small filled with Chicken, beef, rice, pasta and all sorts of delicacies there is in the world. I myself will likely make some pounded yam and egusi soup for my enjoyment today, all my fellow Africans know what I mean now, hopefully I’m really inspired.

While I lay awake this early morning of Christmas, 3:00am to be precise, I start to ponder on what Christmas means to me and this was what I came up with remembering the Christmas message I was opportune to have listened to recently by my Man of God, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome. I write:

Christmas to me means Christ in me; Christ in me means Christ is Light for me.

Christ in me means that Christ has become my light and there are three basic things that Light connotes to me. They are:

 Direction

 Since Christ is in me, I now have a purpose. My life now has a meaning. I no longer run this race of life with uncertainty (1Corinthians 9:26). Unlike many, everyday there is a purpose for my existence. Halleluiah!!

 Revelation

I now have knowledge. Christ has been made unto me wisdom. I can never be confused in life because knowledge is now inside of me. Even when nobody knows it, I do because Christ, knowledge is in me. In any situation or circumstance I find myself, all I need to do is to tap into the wisdom inside of me. Thank you Jesus.

Development

Whenever Light comes, there is development. I just keep getting better, always. The glory is an ever increasing glory in my life. Every time our spirits get engaged in contemplating the Glory of God, we become that Glory that we see, as we study God’s word. That’s why I tell myself “Hannah, it CANNOT get worse for you, it can only get better, you are born again and Christ (the anointing) now lives in you”.

Christmas to me means Christ in me; Christ in me also means Christ is Life to me.

Christ being my Life means to me that, He is my…..

Source

Christ is my source, my unending source. I’ll never run dry in life. In everything I just know that I’ve got a source and a very reliable one at that in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord. I now live in abundance in all things that pertain to life and Godliness. With this consciousness, I know I can never be poor, I cannot fail in life. This is not because of how much I’ve got in my bank account. I choose not to see my wealth through the eyes of the world, but by the Word. I’m always prospering, Glory to God!!

Sustenance

Not only does He supply me or brings to me, he makes sure I have in abundance, I never run dry. I’m always glorious in health, relationship and all that concerns me. This is how Life is for me now that I have Christ.

Success

I give life to everything I touch. Whatever I get involved in, turns out a success. I’m definitely a winner. Christ has now become my Life. Halleluiah

There must be something you get in your spirit as you celebrate this season. The song is not enough, the carols and jingle bells is not enough, neither is the plenty food and drinks enough. You must become LIGHT AND LIFE conscious. This is what He came to make me and you, and do through you and I to our world.

I am THE BLESSING that Christ has given to this world. This is my consciousness as I go about my life. I know that when I come, the blessing has come. So, even today and throughout this season, even in the coming year, square up your shoulders, be bold as you visit and celebrate with your family and your world, because when you arrive in their midst, the blessing has arrived.

Remember ” You are born again, born into His presence where there is fullness of Joy and at His right hand where there are pleasures evermore” 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are not born again, then your life is yet to begin. Please get in contact with someone you know who is and let the person lead you to Christ. Life begins in Christ and His arms are wide open to receive you today.

Or you can say these words with me and as you say them, mean them from your heart:

“Dear Jesus, I believe that you died for me, I believe that you are risen from the dead and today I take you as my Lord and personal saviour. I choose to follow you and live the life you’ve called me to live. Thank you for accepting me as your child. I’m born again” Halleluiah!

So now that you are born again, you will have to Identify  yourself with the body of Christ, get yourself to a bible based teaching ministry and get committed. This will help to groom you and help take you to the next level in your fellowship with the Master. I love you and welcome to the family of God, of Lights.

So rounding up, Christmas means:  I am in Christ Now, He lives in me Now and He lives through me Now.

If you haven’t believed this then you don’t know what Christmas means. I trust we believe this and more.

Have a beautiful day, remember we are still celebrating our risen king and our lives all together (the body of Christ)

I love you all soo much, plenty “Huggs and kisses” from me.

Kip Illuminating!! Merry Christmas Family

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My Letter to our Lord Jesus

Christmas Musings

ImageDear Lord Jesus,

I write this letter in tears, not tears of sadness or mourning, no not that kind of tears lord.

I’m crying out in awe of you. Just here in my room trying to fathom how awesome someone can be to love this much, just to thinking of how you would be submissive not just to life but to death, to the cross, u know,..I stand amazed.

Since I was born, I heard stories of you and what you did for the world, of how you subjected to the will of the Father to bring salvation and eternal life (ZOE) to all men even when it meant that you would be crucified on the cross. I mean these are people who you never knew of before or had any prior relationships with.  I was told of how you lived your life, the extent of sacrifice you made, the vices and temptations of life that you overcame, just so you could fulfill your mission which was to save my life, Oh dear Lord I stand amazed.

In 2001, I decided to identify myself with you by accepting you for what you did for me and every man who lived and who will ever live in this world. I accepted you as my Lord and personal Saviour and received your Holy Spirit who now lives in me to be with me since you no longer live on earth physically. You see, being born again exposed me to the depth of your love for me. It brought me to that place where I realized that even if I was the only human who was created, you still would have come and died for me, I still stand amazed.

To be honest, I wondered how I could live this life you wanted for me, a life pleasing to the father, because, you see, I saw you as my WAY, my TRUTH and my LIFE *oh rakabasojote* (speaking in tongues), You are to me my Icon. Then I realized that you didn’t just stop at laying down your life for me to give me eternal life, (as if that wasn’t enough) you continued by leaving with me the gift of the Holy Spirit to live in me, meaning that you didn’t leave me alone to go through this life, you had in me a helper, a standby, a comforter, a strengthener, a guide, an advocate, the anointing and boyyy have I been soo privileged and blessed to have you live inside of me, it has made my  life easier and worth living.

This realization and consciousness has made me a champion in life. By the epignosis (revelation knowledge)of your word, I’ve been able to ginosko (know) you and understand what this package of salvation you gave me is all about. The eyes of my understanding has been flooded with light and indeed it has been a sweet experience, as you’ve steered me in the right path not leaving me helpless. It has been Upward and Forward since I met you.

Our relationship not only saved my life, but with all that you’ve invested in me, I’ve been able to save others and bring solution to other lives (you see, you not only gave me the fish, you taught me how to be a fisherman ). It has made me a saviour, because of you my life has now become the good news.  Little wonder, we say we are the reason for the season. Oh, how you love me,  and what a testimony you have made me because you are more than a testimony.

You are the best friend any one could ever have, and you’ve taught me what friendship is all about. You keep being a true definition of Love to me. Oh how I love you! Though sometimes I have made mistakes and gone against your plan and will for me, you never pushed me away, instead, the warmth of your embrace gave me peace, you never shut me out. I still stand amazed.

Oh, Jesus, you are my shepherd, You are my guide. You are the Lord of my Life, You are my King.

You are my Increase, You are my song. You’ve been the potter as I’ve been your clay

You are the strength of my Life, You are my peace. You are my helper, You are my God

Oh, Jesus you are more than enough for me.

So today marking your birthday, I celebrate you and not only your death, but your resurrection from the dead (yaaaaaayyyyy you’re not some dead God, you are alive and alive in me for that matter). I wanna say thank you for being such a wonderful friend indeed. I worship you today, with the fruit of my lips, from the depth of my heart, with the lifting up of my hands, I say you are Great and Greatly to be praised.

Precious Jesus, I thank you for your blood, I thank you for your body that was broken for me and I remember all you’ve done for me, no I don’t forget. Thank you for the perfect sacrifice that you wrought in victory, all for my sake.

Thank you soo much dear friend, Lord and Saviour.

I love you.

Yours truly,

Hannah

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I know all my readers have this same testimony as I have about our mutual friend and saviour. So as you are reading this right now, I want you to live this Christmas season with the consciousness that “YOU ARE THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”. Thank you for being the Jesus that the world now sees.

I love you all and have your self a very merry Christmas filled with plenty of joy to share around to your world.

Stay Illuminating, muah.

Five Ways to Thank God this season

We are Grateful

Some of you might be asking, “why is this wonderful blogger sharing this post, isn’t it obvious How to Thank God, I mean we all know God and we can just say God I thank you, its that simple and the world knows this”.

The answer to that is, it might shock you what over familiarity does to people, I mean this is a God that we’ve known and heard of all our lives, for some of us who just got born again, a couple of years or so. But, thanking God is not a mere doing, what i mean by that is, we actually cannot thank God ordinarily, but by Faith. This is a God we cannot see, but for the Holy Spirit who the bible describes as the “Angel of God’s Presence”, who relates God’s presence to us who have received him. So, if not by Faith, we cannot thank God.

So, not that these are the only ways we can thank God but, these five ways will go a long way in saying Lord I’m truly Grateful.

Hear this, the number one way we thank God is by our fellowship with God through Prayer. Here, we praise the lord, with words that say how great He is, how awesome he is and how wonderful He is. Just like our earthly fathers, when we are given a gift from them, we burst into Joy and start to praise them, some of us jumping and screaming say,” daddy you are the best”, how much more the creator of the universe, the first and the last, the everlasting God. God deserves our Praise and thanks as well and even more. Even as I type this post, i just wanna praise Him. Also, the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must not forget to Thank Him, he has been our Comforter, Standby, our ever present help in times of need.

The Second way we express our thanks to God is by financial and material seeds. These are things that most of us Christians take lightly and because of that have missed out on the blessings of God in our life. Giving from your substance of which the lord blessed you with is an act of faith and worship to God, Note here that i’m not referring to our Tithes, First fruits or Offerings, this is our Thanksgiving Offering, that says to God “Lord you are my source and i thank you for your supply and your provision”.  Remember the Word of God says, A Grateful heart is a garden, this means that you will always blossom and thrive and grow so beautifully that the world will notice. Practically, I’ll urge you to take, no matter how little (putting in mind that God deserves your best), from what God has blessed you with, especially money, put this in an envelope and send it to church. I’m sure your churches have already announced the days of thanksgiving. We are doers of God’s word and not just hearers, so we will hear to do.

Moving on, the third way to Give thanks to God is through our actions, our good deeds of love in the church and outside the church, with the brethren and our families. As we all know, Christmas is near and the new year is also close by, we can say thank you to God by finding out around us those that do not have enough to celebrate and put a smile on their faces, by giving them gifts, rice, chicken, meat and even clothes for the children. Right now in my Ministry, Believers Loveworld Nation, there is a send portions campaign for children by the Inner City Missions Partnership arm, you can join them in sending portions of food to the less privileged ones and put a smile in the face of at least one child (I’ll include links on how we can participate). God is indeed happy when we do this. Also, even with our words, the way we talk to people, tell some how beautiful they are, help someone in need, and literally just smile to put a smile in someones face this season. http://theinnercitymission.org/v3/

Now, this particular one i’m about to share is very important, the fourth way is  simply to share the Good news  about our Lord Jesus to someone, yes I said simply, lol. This has been quite a challenge for some of us but i’m here to say its really not a challenge. Just simply asking someone if they are born again is the first step, if you are a student you can do this during your free period or even on your way home from school, if you work, even much more easy, you have colleagues and other staff in your company or department, telling someone about what the Lord did for you is a way of thanksgiving, it says a lot that you are not selfish about the salvation that you already have, you wanna share it with your world. More so, apart from doing that, you can invite the person to church with you for thanksgiving and your church will do the rest,..this one is for the shy ones, hahaha, but its a good thing as well. 

Now the fifth way is, by our appreciation to everyone that has been in our lives, throughout this year we’ve had people who through it all stood by us, even when we faced situations, they still stood strong for us. These are people who God sent and used to be our Comfort and help throughout the year. We have them in our Pastors, Cell Leaders, Coordinators in church, parents, siblings, extended relations, our friends, teachers, bosses, leaders and many others. A simple thank you call or text or messages through cards, even gifts will definitely be great coming from you. Do you know why you will do this, because you are like your heavenly father, you are different from the rest of the world, the bible calls us, peculiar people. So, even in this season of thanks giving, you will stand out from the rest and thank God like you have never done before.

All these five ways are a great expression of your thanks toward God. I’ll be glad to receive feed backs and comments from you. Keep Illuminating, Its still our season of THANKSGIVING

…and my sincere apologies for this post being too long ahhh my fingers ooh, anyway i thought it was important to share this one as it is. I’m sure we can handle that,..lol…I trust una,lol.

kip Illuminating.