Have you ever watched the passion of Christ? I have watched it numerous times while growing up, I just watched it recently on the video of ‘it wasn’t easy’ by Cece Winans, and I could not stop the tears. I felt the groans and pains He had to go through for my sake and yours. You know what was going through my mind; not love (He sure did love humankind for Him to agree to be put through such shameful treatment) but how I could continue hurting the one who went through such ignoble and inhumane suffering for my sake. 

How could I continually send Him to Calvary to pay the price for my sins repeatedly? I cannot begin to comprehend the pains He must have gone through or the many times He fell, yet picked Himself up for my sake. How could I be so heartless as to take lightly what was done for my sake? Christ would have gladly given Himself up even if I were the only sinner and yet I tell myself this sin is too hard for me to stop. Sin is an act of disobedience by a creature who rejects, at least implicitly, the very one from whom he came and who sustains him in life. How could I continually reject the One who holds the power of death and life in His hands, the One who gave up His throne and majesty to bear the curse of the tree for my sake?
He took away all my guilt and shame away and tore the veil between Heaven and earth; restored the relationship between father and child. Yet it is still not enough to prompt me to try and change my life (because God sees our efforts and His grace comes in and becomes sufficient for us to resist the devil and his works). How many more times does He have to go to Calvary for your sake and mine before we turn back to him?
Does His passion on the Cross become a waste. Does his blood flow in vain, His pains a sham. To the cross, my sins nailed Him, not the nails. Love compelled Him to suffer, love so pure, love like never seen before. He gave Himself willingly and would do it again if God asked it of Him- that is the extent of His love.
May we never take His passion lightly.

Say no to insurgency and Yes to a peaceful Nigeria. God bless you all.

#sisichels #writer #brandemergence #lent

Dear Child

Dear Child,

I see that you don’t want to be a child any longer. You want to be your own person, make your own decisions and drive your life. And I applaud such lofty thoughts.
I understand for I was once like you, I wanted to conquer the world and have the world at my feet.
But child, adulthood isn’t all rosy. With the ability to make your own decisions comes responsibilities.
I see you walking to school without so much as a care, swinging your hands, talking and laughing and I am envious, envious of the lack of responsibility, of the innocence of your smile and the pure joy in your laughter; an innocence not tainted by the corruptions of this world.
I want so much to capture this moment, this essence of your childhood and press them into a book for you and give you something you could always look back at, smile and appreciate that beautiful phase in your life.
Child, you want to grow up too fast too soon. It feels like your parents have tied you down with invisible shackles, shackles of rules and regulations that must be obeyed but dear they are for your own good and safety.
Remember your parents were once children and yes they might not be the ‘jet age’ but they do know better. I feel the cords that tie me down to my family, cords that I want to break but dearest Family is important and I hope you always understand and appreciate them.
I want to hold you close, safe to my heart, enclose you in my bosom and shield you so that you never have to experience the heartache that life sometimes brings with it.
Yet child, I want you to be strong so that you can face the world courageously without fear and for that you need a strong, stable, solid foundation and that’s what your childhood is meant to give you.
I know you have been influenced by popular ‘pop’ culture but dear life isn’t often what’s portrayed in the movies or the books you might have read.
I know you have dreams and I want you to dream big dreams. I also know you have conflicting desires warring for space; the desire to fit in and belong and the desire to be different.
But child, you are created to stand out, to break from the mould, to be different, to do the impossible, to set new paths, to shatter records. So kill the desire to fit in and belong, because by the miracle of your birth, you already have a place in the world. You already belong.
Savour this moment that you have, make lasting memories, read wide and broad, engage in thoughtful conversations, dream dreams, smile, dance in the rain, cry, laugh, run, walk barefoot, play in the mud and do all the beautiful things that only a child like you can do.
Child, you are beautiful just the way you are, you are created in the image of the perfect God and you can do anything, don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Responsibilities will definitely come but until they do, don’t go chasing them.
Be a child while you still have the chance, make the mistakes while you still can.
Dear child, don’t be in a hurry to grow up.

With love,



Say no to insurgency and Yes to a peaceful Nigeria.


His voice is my soothing balm.

He whispers peace to my soul.

I see him, He is life itself.

I hear him amidst the chaos of life.

He is the smile on my face.

He says to me: ‘I see, I know, I understand. I am faithful.

He is everything.

His love melts my frozen heart.

When He speaks, he drowns out every other voice.

I am totally safe in His arms.

He says to me: “Be still and know that I am God.”

He says: Cut the noise, don’t think. Let your heart be still so that you can hear me.

His words pierce the core of my heart.

My heart is a well traveled path.

He walks through my heart and shows me routes untraveled and teaches me that my heart is a well deep enough to contain His love.

He shows me areas of my heart that I have not yet given to Him.

He demand total submission.

For Him, it is all or nothing.

I desire to please Him.

He is my all.

He is life. He is peace. He is joy.

His glory is the mantle over my life.

He is happiness itself.


Say no to insurgency and Yes to a peaceful Nigeria. God bless you all. #IamBack #brandemergence