HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM

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I never got to do a happy mother’s day post this year, so I am using this opportunity to say happy birthday to my beautiful mother and yea happy mother’s Day to all mothers. Mothers are meant to be celebrated everyday not only on one particular day set aside for such event. If your mother is still alive then you are lucky to still have her with you and if she has gone to the great beyond, then you are still lucky for the period of time she spent with you. Enough said let’s go into the post of the day so I can go and eat my rice and chicken specially prepared by my Iya which translates to mother in English. I will be doing a mixture of English and Nigerian languages in this post and I will try to the best of my ability to translate it. Now to the post:

 

E bami kira fun mama mi. Orisa bi iya o ko si laiye. She is just simply the best. The same way I wonder how God manages with me, is the way I wonder how she deals with me and three other siblings, how she managed to go through the pain of childbirth not once but three times. Ah Iya God will bless you for me. I remember when I was growing up there was song we used to sing in primary school and it goes this way:

“Iya ni wura iye bÍye                  “A mother is like precious gold

Tí a kò le fowórà                             Priceless beyond compare

Ó loyun mi fósùn mésàn       She carried me in her belly for nine months

Ó pon mi fodún metà              And bore me on her back for three years

Iya ni wura iye bÍye                     A mother! Yes she is like precious gold

Tí a kò le fowórà.”                          Truly priceless beyond compare.”

Mothers are really priceless jewels and their worth is really beyond measurement. I copied this acronym from somewhere and it says a lot about mothers.

“M” is for the million things she gave me,

“O” means only that she’s growing old,

“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,

“H” is for her heart of purest gold;

“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,

Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER;”

A word that means the world to me.

I know we often do not see eye to eyes on a couple of issues but still you are the best there ever was and ever will be. Your prayers have been my strength. I remember when I was in school, once it was exams period I would just call my mother to pray for me. I remember also when I was just a fresher in school, I came back home from my school (which happens to be in the east) very late and my mum was up throughout the night crying out her eyes and waiting up for me, it seemed very funny then but looking back now it was just love that propelled her. Iya mi if I have not told you how much I love you, I am saying it now I love you so much. I love you for all you have been to me, for all the sleepless nights spent nursing me to good health (I sure did fall sick a lot of times), for all your prayers and words of advice, for teaching me about God and yes for just being you. Seriously if there was ever another world again, I would still choose you for my mother, that’s how special you are to me.

Today marks another milestone in your life as you add another year to your age, I know you are waiting for your children to get married and give you grand children and very soon God-willing you will get your heart desires. I thank God for your life. I thank God that you are my mother and this is my prayer for you today: “mummy o o o wa pe laye, mummy o o o wa jeun omo”. I just remembered this song in Igbo and it goes this way:

“I ma na onwa ite nani o                “Do you know that it was nine months

Ka nne’m buru’m na afo                 That my mother carried me in her womb

Nne’m tala afufu n’uwa                    My mother suffered a lot in this world

We eburu Ezigbo nne’m                   To be my good mother

Obu gini ka’m ga-eji                             What is it that I will give

We kene nne mulu’m oma?            To thank my good mother?

Obu ego?                                                        Is it money?

Obu akwa?                                                    Is it cloth?

Obu gini nu zuru?                                   What will be enough?

A ga’m ayo nu onye kelu’m o          I will beg the one who created me

Biko gozie nu’m nne’m                        Please bless my mother for me

Chukwu biko gozie, Ochie Dike, mama     God please bless, the strong one, my mum

Nna gozie nne’m                                       Father bless my mother

Ochie Dike nne’m”                                   Strong one, my mother.”

Nnem for all you have done for me may the Lord bless you and take care of you; May the Lord be kind and gracious to you; May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. May He grant you all your heart desires, this special day and always.Iya mi let me recite this poem by Crystal Adams for you, it says what’s in my heart:

The one who brought me down to earth, And held me everyday.

The one who gracefully gave me birth, And said, I love you in every way.

The one who taught me everything, Like how to crawl and walk.

The one who taught me how to sing, After learning how to talk.

The one who told me, stay in school, And always play nice.

The one who told me, keep it cool, And gave me good advice.

The one who taught me how to read, And how to do my math.

The one who taught me how to bead, And told me to take a bath.

The one who lectured, “School before men” And to love one another.

Believe me that this woman, Can be no one but my Mother!

To my mother who raised me and was there when I needed her.

I love you!

Happy birthday sweetest mom. I love you!!!

 

my sweetest mum

my sweetest mum

I will be posting two more poems I got from two wonderful poets during the week to celebrate my mum’s birthday. Yes happy mother’s day to my mum and all other mothers especially intending ones like myself.

Translations

“E bami kira fun mama mi. Orisa bi iya o ko si laiye “

“Help me hail my mother, there is no goddess like my mum on earth.”

 

“mummy o o o wa pe laye, mummy o o o wa jeun omo”

“Mummy you will live long, you will reap the fruits of your labor.

FRIENDS

The lettters to God is still on, but i decided to post the article on friends. I love friends ohhh but I know that at times I have not been a good friend.

We came, we saw, we conquered; that’s our motto!!!

Hand in hand we walk and move; that’s our anthem!!!

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow; don’t walk behind me, I may not lead, just walk beside me and be my friend; that’s our vision!!!

Thee lift me up and I will lift thee and we will both ascend together, that’s our mission

What are friends for if not for inconveniences; that’s our slogan!!!

No sooner met, but we looked

No sooner looked, but we loved

No sooner loved, but we sighed

No sooner sighed, but we asked one another the reason

No sooner knew the reason but we sought the remedy

And on these degrees, have we made a pair of stairs to friendship

You my friend may not be the centre of my life but share my problems in a way that is different from the way my family would share them. Friendship is that satisfaction derived from knowing that your secrets are safe in the hands of that person who brings smiles to your face, whose hands warm your heart, whose pains tear through your heart and whose thoughts infiltrate your innermost feelings. Without you my friend, life would be a dull moment and a place without luster; one that lacks color. I am at your side where I always wanted to be:

To listen to your problems and help you solve them;

To make you laugh from every single tear that fell from your eyes;

To hold your hands when you needed someone to hold them;

To calm your fears when you were afraid;

To be your strength when you were weak;

To be your shoulders when you needed to cry;

To bear your burdens when they were too heavy for you;

To be by your side when the whole world deserted you;

To hold you dear and constant to my heart and

To be the best friend I could ever be and you could ever have.

Thanks to all the friends that have stood by me all through the times when I know I must have been annoying or hard to bear with.  Special thanks to the students of Federal University of Technology Owerri, for being the best friends I could ask for. If I start mentioning the names of all the friends I have, then this post won’t finish but God knows you all and He will bless you all abundantly. Also if I don’t ask for your forgiveness, this post won’t be complete. So if I haven’t been much of a good friend or have offended you in any way, do forgive me.

I am still waiitng for your letters to God, you can send to my email @ helenchels@yahoo.com. God bless everyone and may He bring our girls safely, its been 73days since their abduction.

 

Touch

We are all looking for God to touch us. This makes for an interesting and meditative read.

DAMIWRITES

For Damilare Babalola…

I woke up empty today. Engulfed by my desires and seemingly insurmountable needs I have somehow lost sight of what it means to be alive. My struggle is endless. Each day drags me relentlessly to the house of my tormentor. With his steely gaze on my back he begins to flog me without flinching or remorse. But there is hope… Soon I will leave this job. Soon I will build my house. Soon I will become a source of joy and no longer the harbinger of sadness. Soon … because this morning I will touch the hem of His robe. I will place my withering fingers on the fringes of his shawl and I know I will be made whole.

“And his disciples said unto him (brusquely, almost with sarcasm), thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?” – Mark 5:31

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LETTERS TO GOD—I RETURN

I decided to post this one this morning because it’s the desperate cry of every one of us seeking for God’s forgiveness and also reassurance that He still loves us in spite of all the errors of our ways. I too return to the father and ask Him like the prodigal son to give me one more chance. It’s in a poem format too but it’s till a letter to God. Here comes the poem or is it letter.

 

Dear Father, I need to talk with you,
It’s been long since I said hello,
I feel so all alone now,
I want you to listen to my heart not just my words.

You see, yesterday I soiled my hands again,
I know it’s bad; no one needs to tell me that,
You see, I heard your voice actually, but I kind of went my way,
I thought myself a big boy, but am still not grown up.

Now I am scared. I am scared of the dark,
I forgot who I was; I am nothing on my own,
You see, whenever this fear comes, I just think of you,
But now I can’t, coz I know you are mad. All I see is dark.

I found my bible when I woke up and read it by 3am,
‘He that covers sins desires love, but he that repeats a matter severs friendship’
I played the unfaithful bride. I hurt you again and again,
Every time a wound healed, I go back to rip it off again.

But Jesus in the middle of all this, you know my heart,
You know I belong to only you though my actions portray total debacle,
I listen to myself now and I know how I sound: the delusive babblings of an unfaithful lover.
Maybe, that’s what it is.

But forgive again. Forgive me Jesus,
I was born in sin and shaped in iniquity, but I return,
Like the prodigal son seeking the Father’s hug,
I return.

Your son,

Sylva.

LETTERS TO GOD—GOZIEM

Today is officially the start of a brand new week and so in that same spirit, its Happy Sunday to you all and have a blessed week. i got this letter from a friend and I have decided to share with you all. I am still waiting for your own letters.  Enough said, lets dive into the letter.

Abba Father,

Hallowed be your name. Daily and continually, I witness your mercies. All that I have needed, your great hands have provided. Even when I tend to be in want, you subtly administer peace to my despairing mind. Father, I would eternally remain grateful to you

I am glad Father to communicate you directly through this letter. For at times, in having to come through your son Jesus, I try too hard to pray appropriately and perhaps have failed to exploit the full measure of your graciousness and love; thus, the reason for certain limitations that accost the whole humankind and me daily. It’s in the face of all these limitations that the Question “WHY” resonates continually in my mind. “Why this, why that”, unendingly.

Father, I feel it is wise for me to relay these “WHYs” to you as they have taken the form of burdens. Remember, you directed us to cast our burdens upon you.

So father, “Why do complex challenges and alluring temptations come my way, Why me?”

“Why do we find it hard to love you & fellow-men even the way you first loved us?”

“Why has my health deteriorated even when you promised us good health?”

“Why does evil seem to prevail over good?”

“Why have tender and innocent children continued to starve to death in Sudan and the Central African Republic while corrupt politicians in Nigeria have continued to grow belly fat?

I could go on and on but these events are not privy to you and you know even more. I believe you have answers to all our whys and whens and perhaps you intend to make all things beautiful in your time. Father, may that time come soon. May you kingdom come so that your will, will be done earth as it is in heaven.

Nevertheless, father, if that would mean the end, may the coming tarry for a while for we, even I, are not set for your coming. Rather, I ask that you give us the grace to live right and to bear our many troubles in this tempestuous world.

Still, may your kingdom come, for I long to sing your praises eternally Oh Lord!

Your son,

Chiagoziem.

Feel free to drop your comments or any topic you want me to write on and I will try my best to do justice to the topic. God bless you all.

HAPPY MARRIED LIFE LUCY AND EHIOSUN

 

 

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The ring says it all, the two become one and that is what you two are now, no longer two distinct persons but one flesh sharing everything in common. I will start off with a poem I copied down a long time ago and it goes this way:

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other;

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other;

Now there is no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other;

You are two persons, but now there is but one life between you.

May your days be good and long upon this earth!!!

May God reward you with every good heart desire!!!

Do I need to explain any further, you Lucy and Ehiosun from this moment onward are called to be everything to each other. A new life has begun for you both; right beside each other is where you both belong. Since you have decided to answer the call to be each other’s answered prayers from heaven; you have been called to love each other from this day till the end of your earthly existence.

I will be adding different quotes from the bible and other sources and will end with my own wishes for you both on this joyous occasion. Let’s start from the bible.

And God blessed them, and God said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.’         —Genesis 1:28

Then the Lord God said, “it is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him”         —Genesis 2:18

And that was why he created woman as it says in Genesis 2:23 to be man’s flesh of flesh, bone of bone, his equal, his nearest in all things and finally helpmate. Lucy that is what you are called to be, a helpmate or as some people will say help-meet, you help Ehiosun meet his needs and be all God has called him to be.

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one.         —Genesis 2:24

So they are no longer two, but one. No human being must separate, then, what God has joined together   —Matthew 19:6

Women of Zion come and see King Solomon. He is wearing the crown that his mother placed on his head on his wedding day, on the day of his gladness and joy.       —Song of Songs 3:11

My love, you are as beautiful as Jerusalem, as lovely as the city of Tirzah, as breathtaking as these great cities

  —Song of Songs 6:4

The whole book of Song of Songs is probably the most romantic of all books in the bible, so Lucy and Ehiosun I indulge you to always say the words of that book to each other.

Be always humble, gentle and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. Do your best to preserve the unity which the spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together.

—Ephesians 4:2-3

In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they love their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.     —Ephesians 5:28

Ehiosun you have been called to love Lucy as you love yourself. Love is the innate vocation of every human being.

Two are better than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other one can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad. If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself? Two people can resist an attack that would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break.

—Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Clothe yourselves, then as is fitting for God’s chosen people, holy and beloved of him. Put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience to bear with one another and forgive whenever there is any occasion to do so. As the Lord has forgiven you, forgive one another. Above all, clothe ourselves with love which binds everything together in perfect harmony.               —Colossians 3:12-14

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.       — John 15:12

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.                                           – 1 John 4:18

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.   — Galatians 5:14

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home, and your children will be like young olive trees around your table.                                                                                         —Psalms 128:3                    

This one is my special prayer for you Ehiosun.

He that loves not, knows not God; for God is love.”         — 1 John 4:8

My little children let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.   — 1 John 3:18

Now to other sources:

 

Human love is a mystery that touches the mystery of God himself. God wishes to be united with humanity as a husband to his wife: he has already done so in the person of Christ.   —Anon.

 

God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts into one.

—-William Shakespeare

Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.

 —-Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                                                                                      

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.
— Pope John Paul II

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise.   —Raquel Welch

God has set the type of marriage everywhere throughout the creation. Every creature seeks its perfection in another. The very heavens and earth picture it to us.   —Martin Luther King Junior

 

There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.   —- Martin Luther King Junior

I will just drop these words with you both: “life or as in your case marriage will never be perfect, no matter how hard you try. Even if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will never have that perfection you seek. There will always be broken hearts; there will be days where nothing goes right. But the most imperfect things will always be made better with love, laughter, joy and forgiveness.

Finally I will end with my best and heartfelt wishes for the couple:

“Coming together in hope, joined by a promise and united in love. Congratulations on your wedding!!! May all your days be filled with light and joy. Today I wish for you both all the happiness your heart could ever dream of, all the joy you could ever wish for, a good marriage and children to surround your table. A new and sweet chapter of your life has started today, may you two always remain together in love.

To all those looking forward to their own day of joy and fulfillment, including me, may God grant you that special person He has already prepared for each and every one of us. To those who are already in that sacred covenant, may your union be fruitful and long lasting. Finally to Lucy and Ehiosun, HAPPY MARRIED LIFE!!! You both deserve it.

 Now to the picture gallery:

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I am sure you will agree with me that they are such a lovely couple and the bride is such a beautiful bride.  I am happy for you two.IMG-20140621-WA0007 IMG-20140621-WA0008Happy married life once more.

 

LETTERS TO GOD—MAX

Here is another letter from a friend maxwell. I am still waiting for your letter which you can send to my email at helenchels@yahoo.com. I enjoyed reading his letter and if i were God my reply would have been: “Fear not my son, I am always with you even to the end of time” but I am not God and I would not want to take His place. But really God is with us even when we feel like He isnt there. His grace is more than enough.

Enough said, lets dive into the letter:

 

Dear GOD,

It’s me your unfaithful and unworthy son, Maxwell. How art thou and the heavenly citizens? I know that every moment with You over there (heaven) is joy, peace, happiness and love beyond imagination and I long to be there with You as soon as I am done with your will and purpose for me on earth. And how are You coping with keeping the earth and other galaxies in check? I know it isn’t a big deal for You…after all, You created the world and all that’s in it.

I write to tell You how grateful I am for everything You’ve done for me. For life, good health, family, loving friends, good food, air I breathe, guidance, protection, sustenance, favors and your unending love for me. I thank You for your faithfulness, goodness, your help in overcoming trials, challenges and tribulations, and especially for the forgiveness of my DEADLY sins. I really don’t deserve all these blessings. You’ve bestowed upon me, but since it has pleased You to shower them on me, I willingly accept all of it with a cheerful and grateful heart lest I become a GREAT FOOL.

Father, I would be incomplete and nothing without You in my life. And so, I invite you to walk with me always, speak to me every day everyway and anywhere, show me the right path to follow and help me make the right choices in life. Give me thy grace to follow You, do your will, listen to Your voice whenever You speak to me, use me as an instrument of love, peace and conversion of lost souls back to You. Let my life be a source of inspiration to my fellow men and in doing this HOLY FATHER, GLORIFY ME and grant me ETERNAL LIFE with You.

Finally, extend my humble greetings to Mary, Mother of my savior and brother, Jesus Christ and of all creation, says to her: I LOVE HER. To JESUS CHRIST my Brother: thank you for saving me through your death on the cross. To the HOLY SPIRIT; continue to be my helper. And to all the angels and saints in heaven: INTERCEDE FOR ME; I will be with them at the appointed moment (GOD’s time).

Your Son,

Maxwell

 

 

 Please I am still waiting for your letter. You cannot tell me that there is nothing you would like to say to God. Please do not forget to drop your comments and constructive criticisms, it helps me grow better as a writer. God bless you all and before I forget its Thank God its Friday. Have a lovely weekend ahead.