Lessons from Kobe

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Happy new year Fam

Welcome to a brand-new year and our very first post for the year.

We thoroughly missed you and we have had a lot of restructuring going on, but we are back and thankfully better positioned to serve you.

A lot has been happening in the world, the latest the plane crash that took with nine lives, loved ones, husbands, mothers, daughters, wives and sisters. It’s a shocking reminder of our own mortality, of the frailty of our lives and the need to live our best lives every day.

We might not all be basketball enthusiasts, but Kobe was a name that was known by many, he was a father, husband and loved by many. He inspired a lot of people to do their best, to have faith, to never give up, to be determined, to be curious, to seek out things we love and always work hard when we find them. He was an example and a role model in every sense of the word.

As such it is fitting to start the year on this note, to know that our time here is measured and one day we will be called to give account of how well we have spent this time.

Now dig in.

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Did he really die?

I have found myself asking this question several times since I woke up that morning.

How does someone who was so full of life and so present suddenly leave? How does someone who had so many dreams and plan go forever with the plans staying as they were…as plans?

Such death shook the world and the tragedy of it is surreal. It saddened me, I cried for the loss felt by a mother and wife, for that of daughters and child and as more unfolded, for the loss of both parents and big sister.

Then it dawned on me… every second of the day somebody is taking their last breath. The fact that it did not happen around me doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

The fact that disasters aren’t happening around me doesn’t mean they are not happening. The fact that wickedness isn’t being perpetrated to those around me doesn’t mean they are not being carried out. The fact that people are not being diagnosed by terminal illnesses around me doesn’t mean they are not happening.

Whilst we pray for long life with good health, we should also always first remember to pray for those who heads are bowed down, those grieving, those struggling to hope, those crying, those losing faith. Prayers for faith, for hope and for fortitude in the times of storm; prayers for them to pull through without permanent damage.

And as we do this, let us also live day by day with the consciousness that we may be at that moment experiencing our last moment. As Psalms 90:12 puts it: “Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise”

Take a pause; you do not know the hour or time that your life might come to an end, this should be a wake-up call for each one of us.

Would we be proud of what we are doing/ about to do knowing that we may not have time to make amends or ask for forgiveness? Would we still make those choices, hold those grudges, tell those white lies, cheat at those small stuff and live life continuously dancing on the edge? Would we be proud if the chapter we are currently writing of our lives is the closing chapter? Will all those plans procrastinated not seem like wasted opportunities?

Remember, that it is not happening around you doesn’t mean it is not happening.

Today ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I proud of the life I am living now?
  • Am I making good use of all the opportunities I have,
  • Am I living my best life now, will I be proud of the choices and decisions I am currently making now?
  • If God asks for my return right now would I be returning to the Father empty knowing that all He put in me has been used to the fullest?
  • What would be said of me when I leave this world, what legacy am I leaving behind for future generations?

While you read this, don’t forget to pray for all those whose heads are bowed and whose hearts are breaking. May God release fortitude to bear their losses.

We end with these quotes from Kobe

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Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.

I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”

See you all next week, until then remember that God truly loves you much more than you can ever imagine.

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Conversations with God—Dolapo

We are excited to continue this series titled: #ConversationswithGod. It’s for us a chance to have a sincere heartfelt conversation with our Father who is both loving and merciful. For everyone who has asked us what they should write about, we have had one question for them: If you could see God this minute face to face sitting beside you what would you tell him, are there questions you would ask Him or it would just be thanking him for everything. We are not looking for flowery words or an English Thesis. All we want is sincerity in the hope that someone who reads this is inspired to change, to live right. Our prayer is that we come to an enlightenment of all that our Father has in store for us. Our very second letter is from an amazing friend, while it is not as long as our usual articles, the humor is one that leaps at us and we pray that God sees this too. We know He does, now dig in.

Dear God,

It’s me again. Thanks for the other day, if you did not send that Angel, God(You) know I would be doomed. Anyway, I know I don’t need to write to You because You know how I feel but I just need to let it out. I know most times I may come as ungrateful but I really am grateful; I am just a glutton for being better. If I had a penny/new brain cell for everytime You got me out of serious trouble/death, I would be richer/wiser than Solomon. I guess what I am trying to say is I would be nothing without You. I have come so far and the thought of messing up sometimes scares the HELL out of me(pun intended 😁) but the thought of how much You love me calms me down. Thank You for putting me in a position where I can help out when I am needed and also, many thanks for putting me around good people.

Oh thank You for keeping my loved ones safe too. Wow! I feel better. Good talk Boss, we should do this more often. I tried calling You a while back but You weren’t picking; Adekunle said the same thing but thank You for acknowledging the missed call though. I will talk to You later.

Regards.

Oh P.S , about my better half yeah, I know You are on it and it’s not like I am rushing You but remember what we discussed? Exactly! Please take Your time because it’s the best.

Cheers.

See you all next week as we continue this exciting journey. Stay tuned, God bless you all and do not forget that God loves you more than you can ever imagine. Also, we will continue our new series titled: #ConversationswithGod This is us simply writing a letter to God, no flowery words, just a sincere heart talking to the father. You can send us a mail at godlywomenarising@gmail.com. This can be done anonymously or you can drop your name. We hope to hear from you.

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Happily Incompatible

Yipee, we are so excited. It is International Women’s day. It is a day set apart to celebrate all women of all color, race and ideologies. The theme is #balanceforbetter which focuses on equality, innovation and the likes. We are more than glad to be women no matter how underappreciated and unrecognized we are, it is a great honor to be a woman, a share in God’s work of creation. It is important to state that no one chooses their gender however women have been termed the fairer sex and marginalized for a long time and it’s time for us to take our position as partners in God’s world. We have different responsibilities and roles but foremost God created us equally.

In other news we have our first relationship post for the year, which would be on the Fridays when we can manage until we are able to come up with a standard schedule, we will be back on Monday God-willing to continue with #AQueenlikenoOther, I know we have delayed but you know you have enjoyed all the posts we have shared with you and we are bringing you #HappilyIncompatible from the relationship guru herself. This is a different way at looking at the differences in each of us and celebrating our uniqueness. Now dig in

Surprised ? Yes, so was I the first time I heard this phrase being used in a book . I thought about how contrasting the phrase was and wondered if truly a couple can be happy and incompatible at the same time.


Alot of people are of the school of thought that only people with like minds, similar interests and desires can have a successful relationship. But then taking a minute to reflect on this has helped to realize that although this is the norm, things can workout differently. You and your partner don’t need to love the same sport, you don’t need to love the same meals, you don’t need to enjoy the same kind of music. You don’t need to have the same character or attitude to be happy together.


The most important thing in a relationship after God is the goals that you have set. Is your goal to have kids ? Is it to be a mother ? a father? Or is it to have a happy union? These goals matter and determines the path a relationship will follow. Contrary to the opinion of many, your similarities in a relationship does not determine whether or not the relationship is happy! You might both like the same thing and still not know how to make each other happy.


Although I don’t like football but my partner does, the joy in the love that I share with him should stir in me a desire to be a part of that smile when he’s watching a match. It should make me want to sit right next to him and understand the reason for him screaming at the top of his voice.


Don’t be the individual that sits in the shadows or is missing at the front row when his partner is doing the most important performance of his/her life.
Don’t be the partner who doesn’t care to ask for updates about your partner’s project because it is not a project of interest to you.
Don’t be the partner that would wave your partner’s fear off just because you think they are anxious over a mere 3- man meeting.


We aren’t always going to be the same, not always going to agree on a lot of things, we might not even have passion for the same things.
Want to know what’s beautiful? Being able to complete the puzzle just the way you are. Being able to love your partner so much that you love what they love. Allowing them being who they are when you are together.


Tips on how to be happily incompatible:

  • Have same relationship goals – having a successful and happy union.
  • open yourselves up to your various differences.
  • Be ready to learn new things and be willing to teach your partner what you love doing
    *Communicate- this cannot be overemphasized enough.
  • Don’t try to change your partner.

We are Women

Yipee. It’s the International Women’s day and Godly Women Arising is bringing you this amazing post to remind you on the uniqueness of women and the role that we play . Read on.

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We are the nurturers,
The one who will birth and nurse every other.
We are the models,
Even when we carry the entire universe on our shoulders we dont show it.
We are the multi-taskers,
The ones who are pro in skills we were never trained to do.
We are the intellectuals,
The ones who would read emotions merely from facial expressions.
We are the teachers,
The ones who never applied for a place in the teachers training institute.
We are the thinkers and solvers,
The ones who are expected to solve any issue life presents us.
We are service-oriented,
We offer our services both home and away.
We are the prayer champions,
The ones with bent knees and tongues of fire.
We are the selfless ones.
The ones who do it all for everyone except ourselves.
We are black, white, mixed and diverse.
We are the world’s super heroes-
We are women!!

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It’s a beautiful gift to be a woman.

#GWA

#IWD

 

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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.

This is Christmas to Me

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Once upon a time God lived among men. The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. He came to us in the form of a child. Our King is born today.

 
The season of Christmas is a four-fold manifestation.

 
Christmas is a journey of HOPE. A son from your own body will be king and his dynasty will be established forever. Hope never fails. It is a fulfillment of all God’s promises. In His time he makes all things perfect.

 
This is a time to LOVE. Christ is love Himself. Love in its purest form was made manifest at Christmas. The ancient divide was closed. A bridge was built between heaven and earth.

 
Christmas brings JOY. Joy to the world for the saviour is born. Satan’s rule to an end has come. Shout, rejoice and be glad for our redeemer is here. He gives joy that surpasses all earthly joy.

 
His reign is one of PEACE. Hail the prince of peace. Hail the herald of good tidings. He gives us peace beyond all understanding. He comes to cast our fears away.

 
The message of Christmas is that of obedience to the will of God. It is answering: ‘Here am I Lord, send me.’ Christ invites us to be co-participants in bringing hope, love, joy and peace to all men.

 
What gift have we given the king of all. Jesus was born in a cave in Bethlehem. There was no shelter. Jesus is still looking for shelter in your heart, in my heart. Let our gift be that of our hearts, to turn from old to new, to be lights in a dark and dreary world.

 
He wants us to be his hands and legs.
To do the works he couldn’t complete while on earth, to go where he could not go.

 
Christ is the sign of God’s love for all his people. Christ has never been more closer than he is today. If we remove Christ, what remains of Christmas? An empty feast. It is the Christ in Christmas that makes the entire difference.

 
Let this Christmas be different from every other celebration. Let’s learn to bring the joy of Christmas to everyone every day. Let’s allow Christ be continually born among his people every day. Let everyday be a celebration of Christmas.

 
Take time to reflect on Christ who is the reason for the season and what his birth holds for us. Those who have rejoiced at his birth will soon gather again to chant: “crucify him, crucify him.”

 

In Christ we have a new Adam coming to save us from the sting of death.
In Mary, we have a new Eve crushing the serpent’s head.

 
Christmas invites us to embrace a life of humility, of total acceptance to God’s plans and will, of saying Yes to God’s call.

 
Like Mary we say: ‘ I am the handmaid of the Lord, let to be done to me according to your words.’

 

This is Christmas to me.
Merry Christmas everyone.
May Christ the giver of all good gifts be born in our hearts.

 

Say no to insurgency and Yes to a peaceful Nigeria.

TWO YEARS OF BLOGGING

Yipee, it’s two years since I started blogging. How time flies! its been Two crazy but wonderful years, years filled with inconsistencies and for that I am absolutely sorry. I am not going to be dishing out excuses as to why I have not been on the blogging scene but I am promising to be much more consistent but I am certain you must have heard that promise before but please give me one more chance. My friend says i have been asleep all these while and now am awake, the spirit has been renewed.Thanks to my wonderful readers and subscribers who continually make the effort to read and a special thanks to those who make the effort to drop a comment. You all are dear to my heart. It’s been wonderful dishing out timely pieces and I can only pray that the source of inspiration never runs dry. Writing has been for me the most sane part of me. I am not one given to too many words but when I write I can go on and on and for that gift to be able to mould words to make meaning, I say thank you Lord. It’s been You all the way. Here is to many more wonderful years ahead.

In the same vein, happy birthday to Fisayo, Bede and Nebraska, wishing you the very best of today and always. Hmmmm, Black its been 19months since you left us, Rest in peace.

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