Letters to God…Little Girl

Hello Lovely Family, I have never been more excited to post a letter to God as this one. It wins the award for cutest and is the sweetest love letter ever. The entire letter resounds one theme: ‘Nothing ever separates us from the love of God.’ Hope this speaks to your heart as it speaks to mine and draws you into a more fulfilling and richer relationship with a Father who loves you without measure.

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Dear God,

Hi! I hope you didn’t shudder at “hi”?

I know you are universal and cool so you won’t have a fit like my mum would.

Or wait… good morning. I don’t want you to think I’m rude…should I add Sir, or I shouldn’t?

I know I barely call and even when you call I ignore,

The other time I struggled to write, I am not sure you got it….

Last night I called but I could swear the devil picked and was laughing, telling me I’ve lost my father’s love

I saw you called back… I couldn’t pick up, shame won’t let me

Shame…that’s all I seem to feel these days. Shame, fear, anguish.

Its funny right. I, a daughter of a King…the King, allowed myself to live like a refugee in my father’s territory.

I’ve been thinking…maybe you shouldn’t have invested so much in me, maybe you should have diverted the love meant to me to your other kids…those who deserve it, maybe you should just give up on me and let me go, you should have gotten tired of me by now…they know you’re my father. I sometimes try to hide it so I can blend in but they know…sometimes I hear them mock me and how much of a loser I am….

But then I got your letter…the one you asked Brother John to write, a brethren posted it on instagram, I don’t know why I checked it. Lately, I’ve been avoiding anything that pricks my conscience and makes me uncomfortable.…

I saw how you talk about your love for me being eternal, I saw where you wrote about how all I had to do was believe. Then somehow, I stumbled on the letter my big brother David wrote to you…the one he titled it Psalm…the 15th line of the 86th page, about how you are merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

I have been reading the book you left me…the one that has all the letters my older siblings wrote to you…the one you inspired them to write, to guide we the younger ones and I realise how wrong I was to believe I’m too dirty to be loved by you. I realise your love for me is eternal and true.

Finally tell Jesus, that He is the best big brother a girl can ever have. Tell him I love him and I’m grateful He’s always looking out for me, I haven’t been reciprocating but that has never discouraged him.

Father, oh how I’ve missed calling you that!!

Thank you for not giving up on me… I’m done living like a refugee…I want to come HOME.

I’ll call daily now, try not to miss your call and I’ll definitely be writing you again soon.

I love you.

 

Lots of love

Your little girl

 

Have Faith

Hello Lovely Family. Welcome to the start of a new working week. Read on and I hope this speaks to as many people as possible not to lose hope and to continually have faith.

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Trust God. 

 

 

Things won’t always go well, and that’s alright.

Things won’t always work out for the best and that’s alright too.

Some of the people you trust will betray you, life still goes on.

There are days that would feel like you were fighting a losing battle;

Some days when all you want to do is give up.

Situations would arise that would scar you so badly,

Healing might seem so far away.

Your heart would get heartbroken, you will be tossed by the waves of life.

You will give and give until you empty yourself and at times it would feel like it was not enough.

There would be days when you are just plain tired of trying and you can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel that is your life.

There will be days when Faith and hope are just mere words without meaning and doubt and despair grip you.

There will be days when tears will be your food and nightmares the dreams you have.

There will be days when it would feel like you were drowning in the sea of your troubles and there would be no one to help you up.

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God is Just in time. He sees everything and knows all things.

There would be days when life has no taste in your mouth and death would be a welcome relief to all the pains you experience.

Disappointments will come, there will be days filled with feelings of worthlessness, days when you cower in fear and hide your face in shame from the taunts and derision of the crowd.

People who do not understand will mock you, you will question your very existence and wonder if God really existed and if He did, you would think He hated you and if He didn’t, he probably cared less about you. You were just a meaningless speck in the entire cosmic equation.

You will get to the lowest point but trust this, you will rise up again.

From the ashes of your pains, sorrows, discomfort, you will emerge victorious

Things will turn around in a way that causes you to look up and say: ‘ It could only be you God.’

Healing will be your meal and every dry bone will rise again.

It might seem like His plans for you are not coming to fulfillment.

Know this however, you don’t need to know His plans,

They need not make sense, it doesn’t have to align with your will.

You might not understand the waiting period but you can trust this: ‘His plans for you are for good not for evil, to bring you to an expected end.

So don’t lose Faith, trust Him, don’t give up. You have a Father whose love for you surpasses anything you could ever imagine.

His love will sooth every pain, He will carry you every step of the way and His strength will hold you up so that your troubles don’t consume you.

His grace will be sufficient for you.

Again don’t lose hope.

This too will pass away.

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Don’t lose faith.

 

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

 


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AshesandForgiveness

Hello Lovely Family, It’s the season of Lent and what better way than to start it with the Lord. I know it’s Val and Val is about Love. But what greater love that a man has than to lay down his life for his friends. Lent reminds us that God loves us more than we can imagine, He loves us enough to shed his blood. So if you are Catholic like me, endeavor to attend Mass, observe the fast and abstinence.  If you are not, maintain an attitude of gratitude. God loves you just as if you were the only person on earth. If that is not enough to thankful about, then I don’t know what will be. Enough said, dig in. I collaborated on this one with Tolu who still owes me a bag by the way.

 

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Ashes a sign of the cross

Wow! I can’t believe we’ve come this far into the year already,

Am I the only one who feels far from perfect and so insecure about my faith?

They keep telling me it isn’t about being swift but steady

But every single thing seems very obscure.

Are you not tired of confessing the same sins, feeling guilt and shame and then returning back to your vomit?

I’ve lost count of how many times I have been repentant;

Only to find myself still caught up in the nasty flame

I’m beginning to feel extremely redundant

But I know this is a distraction from the devil

The thought of God for us are of good not of evil,

First we must be willing to cling to the Old cross;

To acknowledge our imperfections and the need for genuine repentance

To take it one day at a time, one step at a time

For perfection is a journey, not a destination.

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Drop all your burden at the foot of the cross. Give Him your heart for all time. This is lent to me.

A journey birth from Ash and forgiveness.

Ashes placed on my forehead today.

You are dust and unto dust you shall return.

These words reminds me of my humanity.

It tells a tale of how fragile life is.

Life, this life as I know it will come to an end.

One day, some day, a day I know not.

Stop! Think!

Where will yonder future find me at the end of my days?

This Ash on my forehead are a symbol of repentance,

A sign of coming home.

I am like the prodigal son.

I come with a broken spirit.

I know you will not reject me.

My offering to you is my heart.

Tears alone my Lord will not suffice.

I come seeking forgiveness.

Forgive me Lord. Have mercy on me Lord.

Do not stay angry forever.

Take me back!

Let me worship in your presence again.

I am yours. Use me as you will.

I come with Ashes seeking your forgiveness.

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Forgiveness is a manifestation of Love. Everyone has a need to be forgiven.

 

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

ALL I NEED—GRACE

Hello Lovely Family, I am super excited. Like I am literally on a high when it comes to writing. This year is about living out a #purposefulife and #impact. This week we would be serving three posts, so stay tuned and don’t forget to share and subscribe and drop a comment. Dig into this lovely letter to an equally superb Father. This was sent in by #yarinyamaikyau. I am blessed to know such wonderful humans. See you all on Wednesday.

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Dear Father,

 

Very suddenly!

Could be a cold wet morning

Or a sunny dry day

A warm night

Or a bitter cold night

Gasping for air

Wondering if this would be the last

Hoping and praying it wouldn’t be.

 

Pains in my chest,

Walls of my lungs closing in,

Wheezing breaths heard.

I ask… Why me?

Of all the people in the world – Why me?

Of all the people in my family – Why me?

Of all my siblings – Why me?

 

There are no answers to be gotten.

The walls of my life are closing in,

And they are telling me to breath;

Trust me – I would if I could.

I want to live.

I can feel life ebbing out of me slowly.

I feel like I am drowning and there is no one to save me.

I am desperate to rise up but the darkness swallows me.

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At the foot of the Cross, we find Grace so bountiful.

 

In the midst of the chaos

I remember what you said to the apostle Paul

‘My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness’

Another version says

‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes in its own in your weaknesses’

Wow… What a succor!!

 

Surely enough the walls stop closing in.

Air comes in as it should.

I don’t feel or wonder if this is the last

I am more thankful to be alive

I am more grateful to be counted among the living

I have a whole new appreciation for life.

 

Your grace is all I need.

Your grace is more than sufficient for me.

In my sickness, in my inadequacy, in our deficiencies.

In our imperfections, in our weaknesses.

Even in our strength, your Grace carries us through.

 

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See yourself as the Father sees you.

Oh Father,

This is not me giving up on healing

Or underrating your ability to cure me.

This is me been thankful for the life I have been blest with!!

 

Your Daughter,

Patt.

BE GRATEFUL

This is going to be a long read. Oh we wish we could break this into parts but the beauty is reading the entire post as one. Grab a glass of Hollandia Yogurt (Strawberry flavored) or any of your favorite drink. This is a collaboration between three sisters. We are living out our purpose and answering the call to touch lives one at a time. Enough said, get settled in and read.

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I am alive.

I walk the surface of the earth.

I breathe in the clean moist air.

I have no need for an aid.

Many times I have heard the phrase, “Be thankful, and “Be grateful”

Grateful for what? I often wonder. Too many things on my mind, lots of things I would like to change,

For starters, I would love to have more – more money, more happiness, more fulfilment,

I’m not asking for too much, just to be taller with straighter legs,

I want long neat nails, not these short embarrassing ones,

Oh! I’d also love a little flesh here and there, and a body void of all these scars, I think…no, I know I will look prettier with longer; fuller hair.

More, More and More.

Me, Me and Me.

I, I and I.

Give me, I have to have this and Give me some more.

While we are looking at things I want to change on my body, let’s get rid of the glasses that obstruct my makeup and slaying moment, I want to see clearly without them.

The seemingly little things are in reality difficult for some to do.

The little things I so often take for granted matter a lot to others.

I could have everything and still it won’t be enough.

I would still want more.

That insatiable desire to acquire all I can.

 

Now that that’s out of the way, I would also want a car and driver at my beck and call….I just hate the stress of walking!

I wish my friends and family were more understanding… I don’t have time for relationships, my job is too demanding!

Speaking of jobs, I would like a less-demanding, more-rewarding job

And as we get this job of my dream, I wouldn’t mind waking up in a king-sized bed, being waited upon daily and a glass of wine and chocolates while I relax in my Jacuzzi,

Don’t roll your eyes! I’m allowed to want aren’t i?

Oh and I’ve always dreamt of being on TV, be to seen; admired and loved… to be like Oprah,

A line of one of my favorite songs when I was younger pops in “the world better prepare for when I’m a billionaire…”

And while I’m rich and famous, it’s only natural that I tour the world, fill my closet with clothes, shoes and perfumes.

Be Ambitious right.

Where is the line between Ambitions and greed?

When do I find time to stop and say Thanks for all I have been given.

 

I should have been born in a more civilized country, I would have had a better chance at life……………………………………………………………………………………….but I feel a tug…how selfish can I be? I have successfully listed all I want, but in all my wants are reasons I should feel otherwise….

More money? There are millions of people, many of whom I see in Lagos traffic…chasing just so they get by,

…to be taller, with straighter legs when all several wish for is just the ability to walk,

Long nails? Oh how vain…how could I forget the little boy on Instagram, who lost his arms and legs to sepsis at barely one.

A little flesh and no scars, easy to forget I lost lots of flesh and gained the scars on the theater table, easy to forget the night I cried after wetting myself cause the nurse couldn’t get to me on time, easy to forget how I couldn’t eat or drink for days and simple tasks like standing, sitting and even laughing came with great pain.

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I am not mine but yours alone,

This was what we would recite every night after devotion at home.

Mama said being grateful was a lifestyle,

She would say be grateful in all things.

When your life is in a mess and it seems like no cares, be grateful.

When you have worked and nothing shows, be grateful.

When you pray and your prayers remain unanswered, be grateful.

When your will has been wrecked and it seems you have no will at all, be grateful.

When you are clueless of where you are headed to and the road leads to an unknown destination, be grateful.

Sigh! I am here clamoring for longer hair when a woman somewhere is losing hers battling cancer

I still wouldn’t mind being rid of my glasses but I remember the beautiful blind lady on Ketu Bridge with her sonorous voice singing worship to her God, I remember my cripple friend on that same bridge who is always sweeping the bridge and cheering passersby’s

When I look in the mirror

And I don’t like what I see.

I am thankful for the fact that you love me the way I am.

Oh Yes, You love imperfect ME.

I am grateful you don’t let go.

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Oh the lessons I can learn on that bridge! Beggars and their children, sharing the little they have with all around them; laughing, singing and playing.

How quick I forget how I prayed hard for this job…for the tug I felt at the brilliant; well-articulated young keke driver on CMD road, who drove his keke like he was driving a lexus!

Oh and there are millions, who have never slept in a bed, who have never seen a running tap, who the only clothes they have is the one on their back and the only scent they wear is of blood and sweat!

Several for whom electricity is a luxury they can’t afford, those who owning a TV is an enormous dream! Those who are of the same age as me, who the only life they’ve known is that of coldblooded war.

Being grateful,

This is a lifestyle I know nothing of,

I have had to go through trials and sufferings,

I have wept and been wept for.

I have been hurt several times that I lost count,

I have been treated unfairly so have I been judged by man,

I have had to struggle many times,

Yet mama said to be grateful.

There are several things I want!

Things that have clouded my eyes to all that I have… I want more!!

What exactly am I being grateful for?

She said,

Those things that you are privileged to have,

Those things that you never asked for yet you have,

Things that some people hope and wish for,

Things that many at times you take for granted,

Things that you think are your right,

Those my dear are the things you should be grateful for.

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For His love is deep, deeper than my fears.

It’s His love that chases all my doubts

That gives me worth.

It is higher than my hopes.

It’s stronger than my pasts and pains.

Its all I would ever need.

 

In his love I have everything.

His love draws me in and holds me secure.

He is my life giving source

The well I can draw the waters of salvation from.

 

He is my all.

The very essence of my being

I am grateful for where I am.

At this moment that is where I should be.

I am thankful for how far he has brought me.

I am thankful for all the mistakes, errors of the past, everything that has shaped me to be this image of God.

 

I know not what the future holds.

I know not how tomorrow will turn out to be.

I have desires, wants and needs.

But for now I have everything I need.

My Lord, My Love, My Life.

Because I have Him and He is enough for me.

I am truly grateful.

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Even the wealthiest man wants more!

But if we have life, health, family, air, food and water…

Even if we don’t have all of these, in the little we have,

We owe it to ourselves and our creator to BE GRATEFUL

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Say No to Insurgency and Yes to a peaceful Nigeria. God bless you all immensely.