DO NOT QUIT

Now to the quote of the day:

 

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will;

When the road you are trudging seems all uphill;

When he funds are low and the debts are high;

And you want to smile but all you have is a sigh;

When care is pressing you down a bit;

Rest if you must but don’t you quit.

The age old quote goes like this: “quitters never win and winners never quit.” Simply put, it won’t be easy but you must continue and at the end all that seemed like suffering then, would be worth it.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
God bless you all and see you next week.

Finally stay away from trouble!!! Say no to terrorism and pray for the chibok girls and Nigeria in general.

CHILDREN’S DAY— Quotes about Children

Yipee its once again children’s day. I wish I could wind the clock back to the carefree days of my childhood but alas time has gone and we look forward to having our own children someday, very soon (LOL). So i decided to commemorate the day with a post filled with twenty different quotes from the Bible and other great people about children.

Also Happy birthday to my friend and one-time roommate Juddy and to my lovely brother from another mother Handy; wishing you both the very best and may God’s blessings rain down tremendously on you both. I love you to pieces. Now to the post:

  • Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don’t, you are helping them destroy themselves.

—Proverbs 19: 18

  • It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.

—-John XXIII

  • We do not ask people how many children they have. It is not done. Children are not goats, sheep or yams to be counted.

—Flora Nwapa

  • He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home and breeds a nest of sorrows.

—-Jenny Taylor

  • The legitimate desire to have a child cannot be interpreted as the right to have a child at any cost.

—John Paul II

  • Let our children grow tall, and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.

—Margaret Thatcher

  • To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

—John Puskin

  • Children are guests in the home, to be loved, and respected not to be possessed since they belong to God.

—J.D. Salinger

  • You can do anything with children when you play with them. Not everything is for children. Not everything is for everyone.

—R. Crumb

  • Children have never been good at listening to their elders but they have never failed to imitate them.

—James Baldwin

  • Problem children tend to grow up into problem adults, problem adults tend to produce more problem children.

—David Farrington

  • Children are treasures of inestimable value and thus should be loved, cherished, guided and protected.

—anon

  • Children are God’s gift to humanity for without them the world would be like a world that lacks lustre, hopeless and dull; a world without colors and fantasies.

—Mike Umoh

  • Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.

—Proverbs 22: 6

  • Children naturally do silly, careless things but a good spanking will teach them how to behave

—Proverbs 22: 15

  • Wise children pay attention when their parents correct them, but arrogant people never admit they are wrong.

—Proverbs 13: 1

  • My child, pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance.

—Proverbs 1: 8-9

  • The Lord corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.

—Proverbs 3: 12

  • Wise children make their fathers proud of them; foolish ones bring their mothers grief.

—Proverbs 10: 1

  • Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing. The sons a man has when he is young are like arrows in a soldier’s hand. Happy is the man who has many such arrows. He will never be defeated when he meets his enemies in the place of judgment.

—Psalms 127: 3-5

 Best wishes to all the children of the world; you won’t have this childhood forever, savor it while it lasts. For all those who ask God each day for their own treasure of inestimable value, God’s word is with you when He said: “There shall be no barren woman in the land.” For the pregnant women, His word is still with you when He said: “You shall deliver like the hebrew women.”

Finally to the Chibok girls and every other child that has been kidnapped, our prayers are with you and God in His infinite mercies would save you all. God bless every child!!! God bless Nigeria!!!  Happy Children’s day!!!

 

MAKE YOUR DAYS COUNT

If there was ever a time to dare;

To make a difference; to embark on something worth doing;

It is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily.

But for something that tugs at your heart;

Something that is worth your aspiration;

Something that is your dream;

You owe it to yourself to make your days count;

Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch far. Dream Big.

 

 And once again, i do not know where this poem originates from but this poem or is it quote says its all. You owe it to yourself, to the world to be all that God has created you to be. Do not settle for less. You can do it through Christ who strengthens you.

THANKS

When you thank someone for what he or she has done, in a way you unlock the door for other good things to happen. Every human person desires to be appreciated for the things they do. A little word of appreciation goes a long way in bringing smiles to someone’s face. The Ibos have a saying that is loosely translated as: ‘If you praise a great one for doing something, he will do more.’ This is true for most human beings, how much our creator who continually showers on both the good and bad alike his blessings.

How many times have we failed to thank Him for the good things He has done for us instead of complaining about the ones He didn’t do. He says I will provide all your needs according to His riches in glory. According to the good news bible, psalm 23 says: “The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need.” At times our wants conflicts with our needs and in economics it is said that man’s wants are insatiable.

How many times have we rushed out of our houses in the morning without stopping to say thanks to God for all He has done for us? How many times do we remember God only when we need a favor from Him and when He does answer us, we tend to forget Him? All the hours we spent at His temple pleading, crying, entreating and making promises are all forgotten in the enjoyment of His blessings. When He doesn’t heed to our requests, we question Him. Does He bless us, so that we can forget Him? He doesn’t eat food, or need our wealth; all we have and are comes from Him, who is sufficient for us. All He asks in return for all the good things He has given us and all the blessings He has bestowed upon us is a worthy sacrifice of praise. He wants us to be truly thankful for the little gifts He gives us, to appreciate his mercies upon our lives.

There is something I would like to share with everyone, I read it somewhere and I copied it down, it goes like this: “What if God couldn’t take the time to bless us today because we could not take the time to thank Him yesterday. What if God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn’t follow Him today? What if we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when God sent the rain? What if God didn’t walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as His day? What if God took away the Bible tomorrow; because we wouldn’t read it today? What if God took His message because we failed to listen to His prophets and disciples? What if the door of heaven was closed; because we didn’t open the door of our hearts? What if God would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him yesterday? What if God answered our prayers the way we answered His calls? What if God met our needs the way we gave Him our lives?”

All I want is for us to develop a heart that is full of praise, a mind that is constantly full of thoughts on all God’s blessings and to always remember that even though God says No to our request or prayers, it’s still an answer. He knows best. He is our All in all; He alone is enough. He says: “Be still and know that I am God.” It is time to stop worrying and complaining and start praising and thanking God from the depth of our hearts. It’s time to worship him with songs, hymns and psalms. He who sings well prays twice.

Now I am going to think of three hundred and sixty five reasons to thank God. Am not sure I know them all but I will try and I as keep remembering, I will keep updating and if you have any other reasons apart from the ones I have written, feel free to update them.

  1. The most important of all reasons, Lord I’m thankful for the gift of my life.
  2. I am grateful for the ability to breathe.
  3. I give You thanks for Your wonderful son Jesus who paid the eternal price for my sins.
  4. I praise You for sending me the Holy Spirit as my guide and counselor.
  5. I worship You because You gave my own guardian angel.
  6. I thank You God for giving me Mary to be my mother.
  7. I am thankful for loving and supportive parents.
  8. I bless You Lord for wonderful siblings.
  9. I am grateful for a large and warm extended family.
  10. I am happy that I have a place to rest my head at night.
  11. I am grateful for the rain and the sunshine, the moon, sun and stars and all the other heavenly bodies.
  12. With all my heart, I am grateful that in spite of all my sins, yet You never hesitate to forgive me.
  13. I am thankful for the ability to go to school, read, understand and retain and most especially for loving pupils, classmates and course mates.
  14. I am thankful for good health in spite of the numerous visits to the hospitals.
  15. I am thankful for the gift of wonderful friends and enemies whoever the enemies might be.
  16. I am grateful for all the numerous blessings and also for my disappointments.
  17. I thank You God for all the times I had asked You for certain favors and You said No and I thought You didn’t want to answer. Now I know that a No from You is also an answer.
  18. I am thankful for the way You have created, I might not be supermodel material but I have my body parts complete and functioning and I am beautiful just the way I am.
  19. I am thankful for food to eat and water to drink.
  20. I am thankful for being a Nigerian in spite of all the hardships that we face as a people.
  21. I am grateful for having people who inspired me to start this blog.
  22. I am grateful for the wonderful people who take their time to read the articles and comment.
  23. I am thankful for the best department in Nigeria and for the lovely people I met there; the special Team’13.
  24. I am thankful for all the priests I have met and for the major fact that I am a catholic.
  25. I am thankful for the fact that God has blessed me beyond boundaries and that I can write.

 I Know I said I was going to write  365 reasons to be thankful but i can only think of 25 reasons that encompasses all that i am grateful about. So I am looking at you my wonderful readers to make up the remaining 340 reasons why we should all be grateful and once i have them all, i will make a post.

So Cruel A People!

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Why the chaos and destruction?
Why can’t there be peace everywhere?
Man was created peaceful they say,
But what I see is nowhere near.
I hear religion tames the wildest heart,
But no,
I’ve not seen a justification.
Instead, it’s used as a reason,
To destroy the innocent,
To turn children orphans overnight,
To turn parents childless within a second,
To deprive us our loved ones,
To deny the dead a proper death,
The tall trees so green and pure,
The birds chirping on them so sweet,
The sunset so beautiful,
The cool breeze caressing the face,
The rain drops so soothing and clear,
But no!
Someone somewhere won’t feel it no more…
Oh my God!
Someone somewhere just lost a father,
A mother, a brother, a sister,
I don’t know what to say,
But this is just unfair.
Someone somewhere just lost a child,
A friend, a partner, a…

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BE YOU

 

Everybody knows:

You can’t be all things to all people;

You can’t do all things at once;

You can’t do all things equally well;

You can’t do all things better than everyone else;

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s

Just be yourself.

YOU were not created to be someone else. You were created to be YOU; unique and special. You cannot please everyone so do not bother trying. Do the best you can and that’s  enough

LEAD ME BY THE HANDS

This is a sequel to ‘Journey with love’, so if you have not done that you should endeavour to do so. And i am sorry i didnt post a quote yesterday, I really had a lot on my plate.

Now to the post which is quite lengthy, but i guess you will forgive me for that when you are done reading. please do not forget to draw your comments and creative criticisms too. God bless you all and have a wonderful week ahead.

The world as I see it is not an easy one; the journey a tedious exercise; the roads filled with pits and falls; the way full of trials and obstacles and in spite of all these, the race must begin this very minute. I don’t know where to start from and there is no going back because when I turn back all I see is darkness and this threatens to eat me up. I have to take courage and start the race and here my story begins:

A voice said: ‘move to the starting point’. I looked around and saw a place where a mark had been made to indicate the starting point and I moved to take my position and I heard the same voice saying again: ‘now it’s time to run but remember slow and steady wins the race.’ I started running and I kept running but there was no end in sight. I got to the point where all my strength was gone and despair and doubt had begun to set in; a lot of questions crossed my mind like wasn’t I foolish to have embarked on this journey but still I could not turn back. A voice came again telling me that time wasted could not be regained and that the journey was over.

I didn’t want to waste any more time but alas the worst was yet to come. I continued running and it got to a point where I fell and didn’t have the strength to pick up myself and continue. I looked at my body and I saw wounds, cuts and bruises of varying magnitude and I asked myself if the prize was really worth the pain I was experiencing and a voice said from within: ‘no pain, no gain; no cross, no crown.’. I remembered what love told me on our last journey together that she would always be there for me only if I believed and in my pain and anguish I cried out: ‘Love, where are you; I need you now more than ever.’ Love spoke to me: “Have you forgotten all I taught you, that I am right inside your heart.” It was at that moment that all that love had thought me made meaning and I remembered that Love was in my heart and things would be alright only if I could tap into her and I said: “Love take me under your wings and lead me for I cannot go on any longer.” Love replied: “I wish I could help you but I can’t…” She still had more to say but I was in pain, anguish and torment and here she was telling me she could not help me after all her promises of being there when I needed her. I shouted at her: ‘I thought you said you would be there for me when I needed you, why do you now want to turn your back on me.’ Love answered me: “I could never leave you, am with you always but I alone cannot take you on this journey; you need someone who will lead you by the hands.”

I asked Love to show me that person so that I may ask Him to lead me by the hands. She answered me: “there is only one person who can lead you by the hands but you have to surrender totally to Him; you have to believe in HIM and have faith that HE is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you can ever imagine.” I said: “Love, am in pain, who is that one person that can lead me, tell me His name that I might believe in Him.” She said: “His name is Jesus Christ; the sinless lamb, the beloved son of God, HE alone will lead you by the hands, just surrender your will to Him. Let Him use you as He desires and have absolute trust in Him that His plans for you are for good and to bring you to an expected end.” This was a very hard decision to make because whatever I decide to would have a great impact on my life and I didn’t think I was ready to surrender my will to anyone but Love spoke from within: “You cannot continue without Him.” I decided to believe in Him and I said: “Jesus, take me if you will have me; I surrender myself to You, take me under Your care. I surrender my will to You, do with me as You desire and please lead me by the hands; I cannot go on any longer.”

Then I felt a peace like never before, calm was restored and then I heard Jesus saying to me: “I can’t help you if you won’t help yourself; if you want me to lead you by the hands you will have to stand up and move towards me.” I took a bold step of faith and looked around for JESUS but I could not find Him and love said to me: “if you believe, you will always find a way.” I shouted: “Lord Jesus, I believe in You.” He spoke to me: “move forward, turn to your right I am there waiting for you.” I did as He directed and HE held me by the hands and told me that He would lead me by the hands but that I would have to completely trust and obey Him. He held my hands and led me on and we started the race again; the journey was a smooth one and I ran with Jesus and we got to the finish line together. Then he said to me: “I have to go now; there are others like you that need me.” I told Jesus not to leave me now that I had found so much joy in Him.

He said to me: “I could never leave you; you are my child. I love you with my whole heart; I have known your name ever since you were in your mother’s womb. You are the reason I came to the world, the one for whom I died on the cross; I ransomed you with my precious blood and as a mother can never forget her child so I can never forget one o my own; an IMAGO DEI. I have written my word in your hearts and I am with you even to the ends of the earth, just believe in Me and whenever you need me just talk to me as a child to her father and be rest assured that I listen and know that which you ask even before you ask and I will grant all your needs according to My riches in glory in My own time and according to the will of My Father. I, the Lord am all you need.”

Right before my eyes he disappeared and a crown was placed on my head, a prize was handed to me and a burden was lifted off my shoulders because He was where I needed him to be, right inside me.