Conversations with God—Oluchi

We are excited to start this new 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 first letter is from an amazing lady and friend, while it is not as long as our usual articles, the sincerity of the thanks is one that tugs at our hearts and we pray that God sees this too. We know He does, now dig in.

Dear God,
I am grateful for all You have done for me so far, for life, family, friends and foes. I am grateful for your faithfulness despite my unfaithfulness, amd I am sorry for the many times I have doubted your love, for the times I have disappointed and moved away from you from through my numerous sins. I have come to say thank you.
Its my birthday in 3 days dear Lord, all I ask is that your will upon my life be done, that you direct my every footstep from today henceforth above all help not to miss heaven which is the greatest treasure of all times.
I hope and pray my request will be given a great consideration. Thank you lord.
Yours faithfully,
Your daughter, Oluchi

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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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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA

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My dearest friend, the sweetest friend money can’t buy.My dearest friend, the sweetest friend money can’t buy. You are the best among the best. I can’t tell you how happy I am that God brought you my way in 2008. You are part of a circle of friends that make my life a whole lot better. I am sure your parents would agree that they are blessed to have a beautiful daughter like you, a bundle so precious beyond words. I know I am blessed to know you.

If I am annoying then ‘my Ella’ is twice annoying but I love her all the same. She is my sister from another mother bringing the total number of sisters I have to four- Chisom, Chinemelum, Amaka and Ella (won’t divulge her native name because she will have my head for that.) you bring me joy beyond words can describe. I think of you and smiles come to my face and I continually thank God for your life.

Even though we don’t see eye-to-eye on issues, you are the best friend of all time. My Ella as I love to call her is a talented person but often doesn’t know it. At times, she acts so insecure that I wish I could just shake her and tell her that she is stronger than she believes. My Ella who was there for me every time I was down; I remember a letter she gave me in 2009, she said I was a star. (I am sure she doesn’t know that I still have the letter but its one of my treasured possessions.)

You will always have a place in my heart and life. I will always have your back, that’s one thing you can be sure of. Our friendship will grow sweeter and better with time. My Ella you are stronger than you believe. You are God’s image and likeness, so everything that you need to succeed is in there. I believe in you and the power of God that is active inside of you.

Since I commend all my friends into the hands of God, you will not be an exception dearest friend.

I ask God to bless you so much that you wonder what you have done to deserve such blessings.

I ask Him to lavish His love on you so that all you can do is to praise His name.

I ask Him to give you grace so that you make the right decisions and never stray from Him.

Because I know you want to marry and I want to marry too, I ask God to give us both good husbands, the ones He has kept for us from the beginning of time and children both male and female to surround our tables. This prayer extends to all my sisters and all those looking for life-partners.

I ask Him to make his word the cornerstone in your life.

I ask Him to make you strong in Him that you may always walk in his paths.

I ask Him to favor you and give you all your good heart desires.

I ask Him to give you understanding, wisdom, joy, and peace that surpass all understanding.

I ask Him finally to be your shield and protector.

Happy birthday my dearest friend and sister.

Hope we can get together and have a blast, if not keep my own cake for me. So now close your eyes, blow out the candles and make a wish.

May you soar far above the eagles’ heights. May you dream dreams, achieve all you set out to achieve, leave footprints in the sands of time, write your name in the hallmark of fame, be a source of blessing to your family and generation, and be all that God has made you to be. You deserve the very best dear and because I know God’s plans for you are for good, you will get the very best.

Happy birthday once again.

LLNP.

I love you plenty. Plenty hugs and kisses from me to you.

May God bless you abundantly.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GODSLOVE

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I have three brothers, two adopted ones and a blood brother {do not let my parents hear that I adopted two brothers who happen to be from the same town abi village as I am and since we cannot marry I am right in adopting them.} I have written about two of my brothers already- Handy and Emmanuel. This post is dedicated to my one and only big brother of my life {Handy is also a big brother but since I am more like a mother to him abi big sister, I don’t count him as a big brother and I am sure he understands perfectly well.} I have digressed enough.

Hmmmmm!

Godslove Obianyo Ezeagwuna, my biggest brother of life, remember when we first met in FUTO sometime in 2010. I bless the day I met you. You know when I first heard your name: Godslove I wondered what kind of name that was. I don’t like all these names like Godslove, Godswill, God’s property and the rest; I prefer the native version of the name like Ifeoluwa and that’s what I call my Godslove or for short Ife mi.

Godslove or GL as is called by everyone who knows him is one of the sweetest and caring people I have been opportune to meet second only to … {I will not reveal the name.} Ife mi and I have had our skirmishes in the past but they have only served to make us stronger.

Ifeoluwa is the exact opposite of my other two brothers. As one of my brothers put it: “GL is happy when others are not, gets angry or sad over nothing compared to other people, is very principled…white is white and black is black, no shades of grey in-between, not very emotional but cares a lot and is dogmatic.” I quite agree with the last part because my Ife is not emotional at all. I do not think I have ever seen him get angry at all or if he does get angry he does not express in a way that I would consider normal for most people.

Ife mi is my extra hardworking life hero. I have seen people with ambitions, dreams, and aspirations but GL beats them all hands down. He has a drive like no other. He knows where he wants to be in future and works towards that plan. My Ife hardly loves but when he does he loves with his whole heart {I do not know if that is a good thing or not but when you are the recipient of such love you cannot complain.} Ife mi is also very down-to-earth and practical.

GL is the biggest brother money cannot buy! I would never exchange the three of you for another. You all complete my life. You bring me so much joy that I am certain God must have been watching out for me when He made our paths cross.

Before I forget, GL is a good dancer but not as good as Handy who is in a class all by himself with the likes of P-square. Ife mi is a very serious minded person but he makes me laugh, we have had some very fun times together.

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As you mark your birthday today, silver or gold I have not, all I can do is commend you back into our Father’s hands.

I ask that He may bless you beyond boundaries and make you strong.

I ask that He may make His words a part of your life.

I ask for long life and prosperity for you.

I ask Him for His grace and Spirit so that you may never stray away from Him.

I ask Him to continue to lavish His love and mercy on you.

I ask Him for the best wife for you and for my remaining brothers, you guys deserve the very best.

Finally, I ask Him to give you peace that surpasses all understanding.

May you soar far above the eagles’ heights. May you dream dreams, achieve all you set out to achieve, leave footprints in the sands of time, write your name in the hallmark of fame, be a source of blessing to your family and generation, and be all that God has made you to be.

It will not be easy, there will be tough times ahead, trials and temptations but I am trusting God that He will be with you each step of the way only if you allow Him.

I love you, I love you, and I love you my biggest brother of all time. If they ask all those that have sisters to raise their hands, I am sure you will raise your hands.

Happy birthday dearest brother!

Keep my own cake for me oh.

From your friends and family we wish you the best of today and always.

May God bless you abundantly.

 

Say no to insurgency and YES to a peaceful Nigeria.

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMMA

 

Hmmmmm! Emmanuel Onyebuchi Albert Duru, my one time love (do not let him hear I called him that, but he sures knows he has a special place in my heart). Out of all the friends I have, you are the only one I can remember when and where we first met – 22nd December 2009 at Ivory hostel Owerrri. You came into my life and changed it for the better. Remember those times when we used to hang out together and laugh and all the numerous mid-night calls I put you through (I cannot remember all we must have discussed.) You were the subject of my numerous writings (do not worry you will get to read them some day.)

Just in case you did not know, what attracted me to him made me want to know him better was and is still his craziness (but he is much calmer now). You know that bad boy swag, that confidence that looks so effortless, that look in their eyes that says you are the only one for me,  that smile that melts your heart and the charm that sweeps you off your feet. We good girls {I would surely win the award for miss prim and proper} like the bad guys, the unattainable, they usually add the spice that we lack in our sometimes boring life (not that I live a boring life, I am enjoying my life the way it is but it could do with a burst of energy.)

I look back and think about all the things I would always remember and love about you and the first thing that comes to mind is that I would always remember how you made me laugh and how the mere thought of you was enough to bring smiles to my face. You gave me the first exotic taste of love and I will always remember how glad I am that you are my friend. My Dearie as I always call you, you will always have a special place in my heart. The one person I could always call and talk ‘silly’ with.

God was surely watching out for your family and us your friends some twenty-something years ago (don’t worry I won’t reveal your age) when He sent a precious bundle into our lives. I bless the day God sent you into my life and I wonder how you managed to put up with me considering the fact that I was pretty annoying and stubborn. (You know I am a nice, warm, caring person underneath the whole wahala I like giving but life would be dull if I do not disturb and act all annoying, you get my drift abi.)

My Dearie is one ambitious and hard working fellow that I know and I know you will go places. My Dearie likes to play the ‘macho’ man act but under that whole gruff exterior is a vulnerable side that hardly surfaces but suffices to say, he is an emotional one. I am eternally grateful that you came into my life when you did. Our friendship has survived a lot of ups and downs, we have come out stronger, and I believe our friendship will always last forever and like fine wine, it only gets better with time. The one whom I never get tired of talking to, the one who does not allow me get away with everything.

Therefore, as you add one more year to your age, may you age gracefully. I cannot think of anything better than to commend you into our father’s hands.

I ask Him to bless you beyond measure and boundaries.

I ask Him to make His word the stronghold of your life.

I ask Him to give you grace to excel beyond your contemporaries.

I ask Him to favor you and give you His Spirit that you may never stray away from Him.

I ask Him to lavish His love on you and draw you closer to himself.

I ask Him for the best wife for you and children to surround your table.

I ask Him to give you joy and peace beyond all understanding.

May you have all you have ever desired, may God’s plans for you come to pass. May He change your sadness into a joyful dance, take away sorrow from you, and surround you with joy. May you soar far above the eagles’ height, touch lives in your generation, write your name in the hallmark of fame, and be all that God has destined you to be.

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Happy birthday my Dearie. Bigger you I pray.

May this new age be the start of something new and better in your life.

Heartfelt wishes from your friends and family.

I love you my Dearie. Plenty hugs and kisses from me to you.

Now close your eyes, blow out the candles, and make a wish. You deserve the very best. Keep my own cake for me oh.

Happy birthday dearest one.

LLNP.

May God bless you Abundantly.

 

Say no to insurgency and YES to a peaceful Nigeria.

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYLVA

This is the first part of your birthday gift my dearest friend of life. We have been friends for 7 years and I bless God for sending you into my life.
Sylva Elendu, the one person who spoilt me with chocolates and books; the guy who gifted me with my first Chimamanda Adichie’s book ‘Americanah’ and by the way I have all her books and I have read them; she is one talented writer that I look up to. You are one person that knows how to give the best gifts that I can look at in years and always remember with a smile on my pretty face. Therefore, just in case you are wondering, books are the way to my heart and the best investment you can make.
At times, I wondered during our school years if He used to get angry because I know that I can be very annoying but believe me when I say I am a sweet mummy’s girl but he was very patient with me. You were and are always there for me; there to hold my hands when I was sick, listen when I wanted to rant; someone to encourage me when I needed it the most, someone to run my ideas past and who believed in me all the time even when I scarcely believed in myself. You gave me the courage to move ahead in life. Thanks for believing in me.
I cannot thank God enough for bringing you into my life. You have showered me with love and care beyond description and I know that you will always have my back and you know that I got your back every single time.
You are my ‘always and forever’ because ours is a friendship that will always last forever. Our friendship is like chocolate, I could not do without it (sorry for the analogy but you understand I love chocolate so much.) At times I wonder what I would have done without you in school and life generally {probably found someone else to take your place, just kidding.} You were the calm and I was the fire. You were always the voice of reason and you always knew how to get me to calm down.
I know you are one strong person and I know that you have been through a whole lot that I cannot even begin to wrap my head around but I know that the journey ahead would be tougher but I know that you are stronger than most (even though you do not look it) and you will survive and come out a victor.
My ‘always and forever’ has the voice of an angel. Most times, I just call so I can have a taste of what heaven must be like. He also writes so you can see why he is my dearest friend of life. You are one principled person I know but at times, I wish you can be assertive and not let me get away with a lot of things. Lest I forget my sweetheart is a bible scholar; he is the one person I always run to whenever I need to remember a verse in the bible.
In you, I have my sparring partner. I love sparring with you because it is not every time you get to meet someone who is on the same level as you are. My ‘always and forever’ is one of the simplest persons I know and he has a lot of dreams and aspirations and I pray that you achieve every one of them. If I loved reading before, you made develop a deeper love for reading. One of the most treasured gift anyone has given me was given by my dearest friend of life.

So as you mark your birthday today, I commend you into God’s hands.
Some trust in their war chariots and others in their horses but we trust in the power of the Lord our God. Such people will stumble and fall, but we will rise and stand firm.
Psalms 20: 7-8
Your work will provide for your needs, you will be happy and prosperous.
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Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.
Psalms 40:11
Then we will shout for joy over your Victory and celebrate your triumph by praising our God. May the Lord answer all your requests.
Psalms 20:5
As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is his love for those who honor him.
Psalms 103:11

May the blessings of Psalms 20, 91, 121, and 128 be yours forever. You are a blessing to your generation never forget that. May you soar far above the eagles’ height and be all that God has destined you to be. You have everything that you need to succeed. God’s spirit is active inside you and you are a mobile carrier of God’s power.
Happy birthday dearest friend of life.
I love you but as we, all know God loves you the most.
We will have a party when we see.
God bless you abundantly.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAREST BROTHER

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Hmmmmm! Where do I start?
God surely was watching for our parents when He sent a precious bundle into their lives many years ago. We your sisters are blessed to have you as a brother, our parents are proud to have you, as their son and you are a source of joy to everyone you meet.
Obinna Emmanuel Mario, the sweetest brother of all time, the definition of faith itself. This year the devil wrestled and wrestled against your life but in vain did he wrestle because God had you under His shadow and snatched you from the jaws of death. I cried many tears during those tension-filled moments but today I lift up my eyes with tears of joy and a heart filled with gratitude to our creator and the mighty Healer that surpasses all doctors for healing you and for granting you life to witness another birthday.

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I bless the day God created and molded you in our mother’s womb. You bring me joy beyond description; the best brother money cannot buy. Ahn ahn, I would not exchange you for another. My one and only brother in the whole wide world, even though we do not often see eye-to-eye on some issues, you are still the best among the best.
I am twice blessed to have you as a source of inspiration and encouragement. The one person who never forgets my birthday, the one who knows the exact words to use in any situation, the one who comforts with words, the one person who shows an indescribable belief in God, Jesus Christ and his Blessed Mother.
I love you beyond measure and as you add another year to your age what better gift can I offer than to commend you into the very Hands of the One who gave you to us.
I ask Him to bless you beyond boundaries.
I ask that He may give you grace to excel above your contemporaries.
I ask that He fill you with His Spirit that you may always walk in His path.
I ask Him to make His words the stronghold of your life.
I ask for His favor, wisdom, understanding, and direction upon your life.
I ask Him to continue to lavish His love on you.
I ask Him to enlarge your coast and ward every attack of the devil.
I ask Him for a good wife for you (the very best; the one specially made for you. You are my only brother, you deserve the very best, and I pray for children who will follow God’s ways.)
Finally, I ask Him to give you peace beyond understanding.
May you soar far above the eagles’ heights. May your dream dreams, see visions, achieve all you ever want to achieve, leave legacies behind, write your name in the hallmark of fame, and above all be everything God has made you to be.
Bigger you I pray!
Happy Birthday to the sweetest brother of life.
I love you, I love you, and I love you.
Plenty hugs and kisses from your big sister.
I wish I could be there to spend the day with you but NYSC would not allow me but I am sure you are going to have a blast. Keep my own cake for me oh.
From all of us who are your friends and family, we wish you Happy Birthday dearest one.
Hip! Hip! Hip! Hurray!
LONG LIFE AND PROSPERITY!
May God bless you abundantly.

I am also wishing a happy birthday to Obinna Nnadi, Victor and Chidinma and Happy married life to my dearest friend Cynthia, waiting for the white wedding oh.

See my sweet Cynthia.

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Say no to insurgency and yes to a peaceful Nigeria.