FREE…

I wrote this back at a time when I was going through a rough and trying period in my life, dealing with the effects of my choices. I decided to post it today being ash Wednesday to remind us that God does love us and its not too late to turn back. So it’s time to take a look at your life and see areas where there is a need for change and make that change. Behold now is the acceptable time; behold now is the time for salvation. So grab a seat and read and I hope your life changes for the better.

O God, I am too ashamed to raise my head in your presence. My sins pile up higher; they reach as high as the heavens. From the days of old until now, I, your child have sinned greatly.

Because of my sins, I have totally been disgraced as I am still today. Now for a short time, O Lord my God, you have been gracious to me and have let me escape from the slavery of sin.
Now, O God, what can I say after all that has happened? I have again disobeyed your commands that you gave through your son Jesus Christ.
You told me that the world was an impure one and I was in the world but not of the world. You told me not to join the world in her behaviors if I wanted to prosper.
Even after everything that has happened to me in punishment for my sins and wrongs, I know that you, my God has punished me less than I deserve and has allowed me to survive.
Then how can I ignore your commandments again and continue with the filthy actions of the world for if I continue, you will be so angry that you will destroy me.
Lord God, you are just, but you have let me survive. I confess my guilt to you; I have no right to come into your presence, to call you God and father, to answer daughter and child.
But here am I Lord in tears and supplication kneeling before your throne asking you for pardon. Look at your child broken, used, tossed by life’s waves and have mercy.
Do not take your spirit away from me; teach me the right way to go, hold me firm that I may follow your path; break the stronghold that sin has over me, loosen me from the shackles of the devil.
Bring me back to you that I may be free again; free to sing to you again, free to hear from you, free to worship you, free to come into your presence and free to dance as David of old did. For when I am with You, I am truly FREE!
Restore peace and serenity. Let me find you again and in finding you may my soul truly be at rest.

It’s ash Wednesday; Man remember that thou are dust and to dust you shall return. #soberreflection.

 

Say no to insurgency and YES to a peaceful Nigeria. 

MY BICYCLE EXPERIENCE

I got this from a friend of a friend and her name is Joy. Hope you would enjoy this as much as I did. We must learn that in this journey of life, falling is sure but it’s important to stand up too. I have not been constant with the blogging but there are a couple of works going on which I will explain in my next post. So grab a glass of wine and join me for an enlightening read.

Few days back, just after work in the community, some friends and I were taking a stroll home and then, we saw one of our friends in the community who was having fun with his bicycle so we asked him to let us ride a bit. My friends had a good time riding to and fro and they even added a little bit of stunts. I felt so jealous and wanted to attempt a ride. I must tell you a secret at this point; I have never ridden a bicycle! It is funny right. Please keep it a secret (smiles).

And here I was in my naïve and already grown stature trying to get on a bike, it was a funny sight. My friends practically begged me to let go of my adventure, and a friend said, “Joy, just when you were trying to get on the bike, I could see you falling off it.” In addition, they shared experiences of how they fell several times when trying to ride bikes as kids. This nice and interesting discussion continued. Now, here is my thought; many a time we see some successful people either in ministry, business, politics, education and whatever sphere sparkling in their success season and we want to be like them instantly without wanting to go through the training they went through, without wanting to pay the sacrifices they paid, or still, without wanting to be as diligent, determined, consistent, committed as they were.

This is similar to wanting to be a successful business tycoon without wanting to get deep into understanding  business secrets, or dreaming to be a bestselling author without wanting to spend late nights studying, or hoping to be a widely acclaimed public speaker without wanting to be knowledgeable. The list is endless. Dear, for any level of success you may aspire to attain, there is a price tag. The scripture says; “who would want to build a house without first counting the cost?” Counting the cost entails a whole lot of diligence, and with diligence comes success. The Scripture also says a whole lot on diligence; “…the hand of the diligent makes rich,” “…the soul of the diligent shall be made fat,” “see a man diligent in his business, he shall stand before kings not mere men.” The bible also talks about being knowledgeable in whatever field; “study to show thyself approved”.

Moreover, every point of success and prosperity in the scripture lays emphasis on consistency and diligence. Dear friend, you can be anything you want to be; nothing is impossible. Simply put your heart to it, and putting your heart to it entails commitment, determination, sacrifice, being informed, knowing what it takes, and acting on it. There is no “short route” to good success.
That is why I have decided to learn to ride a bike not minding the number of times I would eventually fall…(Laughing).
See you at the top!!! JOY NOBILITY AMANABO

Say no to insurgency and YES to a peaceful Nigeria. God Bless you all.