Dear Papa

Who missed us? Awwww we missed ourselves. We have been busy but trust that not for once have we forgotten you all and the importance of the blog. But we are back and better, yipee

Today’s post is titled: ‘Dear Papa’ and it’s one that resonates deeply with us because it’s the heart of a child laid bare to the father. We don’t know who exactly these words are written for but our earnest hope and prayer today is that you accept the Father’s love which he freely bestows on you.

Dear Papa,

I am amazed that you love me, I am humbled that you care about me. I who am the least deserving of your love, I who has done nothing to earn this love; this child of yours who has wounded your heart numerous times by her actions, yet you love her. I am still the apple of your eyes, you still call me yours, you call me the beloved of the Father’s. You love me just as if I were the only one in the world, you sent your son to pay the eternal price for my sins.


I ask myself what I have done to be this loved by you Papa and as always, the answer is nothing. All that you have asked of me in return is that I love you as you have loved and continue to love me.

Yet, my life is a mess, my soul is riddled with guilt and the stain of sin, this robe you have placed on me has become dirtied by the lust of the world, they have swayed me and I have fallen prey to them, this fast-beating drum they have beaten for me and I have willingly danced to their tunes, thinking that time waits for me, hoping that time and again you would rescue me, telling myself that it is just one small mistake and getting lost in the throes of ephemeral happiness, this transient bliss that fades away like morning dew.

You have called me home countless times saying: “Child come home, are you not weary of the world?”, like the lost sheep you have left the 99 searching for me and pleading that I return back to you. Though the stains that my sins cause be as scarlet you promise that they would be whiter than snow. You offer me forgiveness, love, acceptance, hope, redemption and peace on a platter of gold and all I need do is receive it.

Papa, I am scared that may be one day it would be too late, that I would have run so far that I wouldn’t be found, that I would have wandered away with no hope but these words from Psalms 139 reminds me that there is no where I would go that your hands wouldn’t reach me.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

Death scares me father and a lot of people have died lately and all I can think about is that it could have been me and where would yonder future find me. What would become of me when one day I close my eyes never to open them again. Would it be heaven with you rejoicing with the angels or would I regret that I had not made use of the opportunities you have given me.

Hold me close Papa, let me feel loved and cherished by you, open my eyes to see the futility of my ways and the frailty of my life, teach me to number my days that I may given wisdom of heart, don’t let me be deceived by the world and its trappings, show me the path to follow and hold me lest I fall and when I fall pick me up, dust me clean and give me the grace to trudge on. The road would not be easy, but I can trust that with you everything will be fine.

Dear Papa, I know that I do not love you as I ought to but thanks for loving me. This child of yours is truly grateful and promises to do better.

Your Child.

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Until next time, don’t forget that God loves you much more than you can ever imagine.

Conversations with God—Sylva

We are super 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. This letter is from Sylva and it whispers the Father’s reassurance to my soul. It is a balm for the soul and will inspire you to be thankful. Now dig in

Late night talk with God

When I was much younger, all I wanted was the life I am living now. Perhaps, it’s a sign that I am on the right path. The evening is cold and the rain pitter-pattering against my window is getting louder. Still in the thunderstorm, I hear that voice whispering into my ears like he had in the past. He tells me to “… be still and know that I am God…” and then as those words match down my auricle to my spine, you reassure me with confirmatory words, “… for I know the thoughts I have for you, thoughts of good and not of evil to bring you an expected end…”. Those words echo through my being reminding me of who I am and whose I am, burying the boisterous thunderstorms to void. When I was much younger, I prayed to continue the communion I have with you. Perhaps, it’s a sign I am on the right path.

Let’s talk about the blessings you sent to me, shall we?
First my parents. How much I love them and as the days turned to weeks, a subtle reminder I will be a parent someday. Please bless them for me and keep them healthy. They shouldn’t come this far and not reap. Whisper to their ears how much I love them. I wish I could tell them myself, but I don’t know how to. I am not used to it, so please for me, tell them.

For Jenny, Kahlan, Kiki, David and Joe. My heart and love. What is my life without them. You sent the best siblings to me. I am even more glad that as they get older, they tend to fight less which is a good thing. But, I love them and all the uniqueness they bring. Bless them for me. Keep them and guide them to your light. Whisper my love to them.

For Helen and Victor. I can’t think of anyone that I love so much right now. Okay, am sure there are others, but these two stick. I don’t remember asking for buddies this close, but you sent them to me to hold and motivate me. I’ve drawn strength from the conversations I’ve had with them. Please bless them for me. Enlarge their coast and whisper my love and gratitude to them.

For my colleagues, Femi, Victor (lol, the other one). You know I have a truckload full of them. They are all wonderful people. Bless them too and may your blessings shower on their loving souls.

For my job and career. It gave me a purpose and a path. I pray for strength to keep up and maximize all the awesome potentials in my industry.

Let’s talk of my worries, shall we?
So of recent, I have had this unending lethargy towards a lot of things. I am not sure of the root cause, but in moments like these I just want to calm myself with those words that matched into my soul, “… for I know the thoughts that I have for you…” Crest these words on the table of my heart to keep me from falling or forgetting. I also know fear and pain is real, but so is your love and grace. Keep me through my trying times, both self-inflicted and external-caused. Teach me once again to trust in you like I should, for I no strength of my own.

Thank you for listening as always. Bless this night for me and thanks for sending the rain. Now I need to find my duvet.

Your Son,

Sylva

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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Conversations with God—Tee

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. This letter is from Tee. The style is unusual, however there are lessons to be learnt. Now dig in.

Dear God! You scared me!

Oh I just realized how that sounds… calling on you cause you startled me

I wasn’t just expecting you.

I know we talk from time to time… I just never thought I’d see you till I die

Wait, am not dead. Am i?

Oh how excited I am to see you!

I’m currently on my period so I’m kinda cranky… I have a few messages for Eve but let me pend that for our next discussion

I’d like to make the best use of this opportunity.

I’m sorry I haven’t been in church for a while… you know this job has taken my weekends

I can’t say I am happy at the job, but I am grateful

I remember the years I stayed at home: depressed and sorrowful,

I prayed for this job, any job. Just to leave home and come back

Now I have one, a good one. Thank you

You know we talked about using this job to feed my dreams right

I have been putting efforts lately, you see them?

I am sometimes discouraged about the results

Sometimes I want to quit

After all, I have a job

Dreams can wait….or die

But no! I cant

Not after all I have put in,

Not after the future you showed me

I must keep pushing mustn’t i?

I do hope I’m making you proud…though I wish you can speed up the process

Speaking of speed.. I wouldn’t mind… I mean I would love if you can tell me when I’ll be getting married

Cause it doesn’t seem like we’re on the same page of the calendar

I know I said I wanted to stand on my feet before marriage

But I feel like my legs are aching from standing for long without support

Lol

I know, I know you know best

But It wouldn’t hurt for you to let me in on some of these plans

Yes?

Okay, I will keep waiting and trusting

Now that you’re here God I’ll like to ask a couple of things

Oh wait! I have gotten ahead of myself again

If you came down, there must be a reason you wanted to see me

But I have again made it all about me

sigh I am sorry

Dear Father, what brought you here

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.

Please don’t forget to drop a comment and also tell a friend to tell a friend to read. Do follow us on all social media handle @Godlywomenarising

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.

Please don’t forget to drop a comment and also tell a friend to tell a friend to read. Do follow us on all social media handle @Godlywomenarising

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.

Please don’t forget to drop a comment and also tell a friend to tell a friend to read. Do follow us on all social media handle @Godlywomenarising


God’s Masterpiece

Hello Lovely Family, this word Masterpiece has been ringing in our heads and we decided to put pen to paper. We have talked about how broken vessels can be used, we have shown how much God loves us and how that is all the assurance we need. Today on #MondayswithGWA we are solidifying this with #God’smasterpiece, we want this to sink in, it is important to understand your place in this world and to take what is yours by right. It is our earnest prayers that God stirs in our hearts-yours and ours the desire to know him and serve him better. Now dig in.

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I remember singing this song when I was growing up. It goes thus:

  “I am wonderfully made, I am fearfully made, I belong to God, I resemble Him; that is why the devil trembles whenever he hears me singing, I am God’s own, the apple of His eyes.”

Wonderfully made, fearfully made, crafted delicately by the creator of the world, formed by no human hands, blood, water, cells knitted together to create a never-before, never-to-exist-again human being, special, unique, one of a kind.

Most times we do not appreciate our own selves, we do not understand this uniqueness that makes us who we are. Isaiah 64:8 states it this way: “But you are our father, Lord. We are like clay and you are like the potter. You created us.” And some versions of the bible would end with “…we are all the work of your hand.” You are created by Him who made Heaven, earth and all that is in it, he created everything that ever existed and He created you too, fashioned from his own being, made in his own image and likeness, a Masterpiece. You are the greatest work of God, made with the highest possible standards, his crowning achievement, the one person he looks at and says this is my child, mine, and formed from myself.

You know how parents take delight in their children that is how your creator takes delight in you. Psalm 139 vs 13 -16 says: “You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful. I know it with all my heart…” God makes no mistake, he does not create junk, you are not a product of happenstance, planned or not, he has a plan for your life right from the moment when he knit you in your mother’s womb.

You are a constant work-in-progress, not perfect. This is a process that will take all of your life time on earth to accomplish. Many a time you look at your life and all you can see is chaos, the flaws, the imperfections, the things not working out, the lines not falling into places, the things that need to be changed, the lack of what the world terms beautiful, the scars that often define how we look, all the little things that make us the unique person we are, but oh if you can see yourself the way God sees you, oh if you can look at yourself through the eyes of the father and see yourself as God’s work of art, His Masterpiece. God sees all us as we really are warts, weaknesses, failures, flaws and all, he is not blind to your flaws instead he loves you as you are. He looks at you and says you are beautiful, treasured, cherished, loved and I have called you by name; you are mine.

Do you hear the possessiveness in these words: ‘You are Mine!’ You need to look at yourself each day and see yourself as God sees you and when you are able to do that you will see that you do not need validation from anyone. I understand that there is the pressure to fit in, to belong, to conform. There are challenges everywhere, there are situations we find ourselves and we wonder how do we survive but know this, Your self-worth isn’t tied to how others see you, it does not matter if you do not fit the world’s ideal of beauty, by the miracle of your birth you already belong, you already earned a space in your own corner of the world, you matter, so walk tall, head held high, with a spring in your step because you are Royalty. You were not created to fit in, so stand out, break out of the mould, break down barriers, set new milestones, leave behind a legacy that will endure, do you know whose child you are. Let me reiterate it: ‘You are Royalty.’

So here is a self-affirmation we put down a while ago.

 “My life has meaning, I was born for a reason. There is a purpose to my existence. My father doesn’t make junk ever. My job is to discover and fulfil that purpose. I am more precious than the finest gold. I am more desirable than the rarest diamond. I am worth more than all the precious stone put together. I am Royalty, the child of THE KING. I am beautiful both inside and outside. The perfect peace of God radiates through me. For me the word impossible is not a place to stop but a starting point to overcome. When God was talking about a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, He definitely was referring to me. I am chosen, royal, holy and peculiar and I am out to sing forth the praises of my Father and King. All that God has blessed me are enough for me to succeed.”

You are Royalty, so carry yourself with Dignity for power resides in you. Close your eyes and imagine how it would feel if you were the child of a king, an earthly one; you would walk, talk and act in a different way, you would exude confidence because your father has power. Now breathe, open your eyes. Now close your eyes and imagine what it is to be the child of the all-powerful, the all-knowing King. You are royalty, as Donald Lawrence says in his song: “There is a king in you”, which you ought to listen to, you come from royalty, an aristocratic dynasty, the King in me speaks to the King in you, you were to born to rule, there is power in the words you speak so be mindful of the words you release”. I need that to sink in, you possess power, and the King lives in you.

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Masterpiece—You are perfect

You are made in the image and likeness of God, IMAGO DEI. This means that you carry within you the power of Him who has called you forth. Now act, walk and talk like Prince or Princess that you are; exude confidence, it is not pride. It’s knowing your place and taking it. You are smart, powerful, unique, special, one of a kind, equipped for greatness. Do not ever take that for granted. You can do everything through Christ who strengthens you. You can do anything you put your mind to, so do not let anyone tell you any different. Don’t let anyone bring you down with their words. Don’t believe them when they say you can’t. You can do anything. Remember whose child you are.

You were bought with the price of something expensive, the precious blood of the sinless lamb. You are that precious in the eyes of the Father. Don’t you dare forget that.

God has made you perfect, don’t ever settle for less, you are a perfect work of art- God’s Masterpiece.

See you all next week as we continue this exciting journey and our prayers is that the many lessons God has in store are learnt. Stay tuned, God bless you all and do not forget that God loves you more than you can ever imagine. Please don’t forget to drop a comment and also tell a friend to tell a friend to read. Do follow us on all social media handle @Godlywomenarising

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Broken??? Fix you!

Yipee it’s another #RelationshipfridaywithGWA and our inhouse relationship guru is at it again, this time with #broken-fix you. We often look towards other people for fixing, seeking validation from people, thinking if I did this or did that, may be she or he would love me more, or act differently towards me. Enough said, let’s not let the cat out of the bag, relax it’s Friday so settle in, a chilled glass of your favorite wine (non-alcoholic of course), snuggle in on the couch and now dig in

Can I get an AMEN!

“AND WE AS INDIVIDUALS SHALL LOVE OURSELVES ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT WE ARE GOOD ENOUGH JUST AS WE ARE”

It is no longer news that a lot of people (actually a lot of women) seek for validation in their relationships .

Women look up to their men to make them feel good enough, to validate them. They don’t believe that they are beautiful except they are told so by their partners. They don’t think they deserve to be celebrated except their partners celebrate them.

Dear Concerned!,
Please STOP!!
Stop waiting for validation from your partners !!!
Stop entering into that relationship hoping that your partner will complete you and make you feel whole.

Yes, I Agree that love is like a large incomplete puzzle waiting for the right person to complete it but you must also realize that a CRACKED or DAMAGED or BROKEN piece of puzzle can never add up to complete a puzzle ( did I succeed in confusing You? )


My point exactly is, “ A broken person ( I don’t mean someone who is heart broken ) has no business getting into a relationship. When a broken individual gets into a relationship they want their partners to make them feel good about themselves. They want to do things so their partners can be impressed not because they really want to do those things. When their partner has not called them beautiful then they don’t feel beautiful.
The moment that partner fails at filling this void then problems begin and this may eventually lead to depression.

When is an individual broken?

When he/she has a low self esteem
You don’t believe in yourself
You don’t ever feel deserving
You don’t appreciate yourself
You seek validation from others


It is important to have a partner that makes you feel good and beautiful and all what isn’t at all OK is not being that person for yourself.
You should be your biggest fan, celebrate your small wins and big ones too. Know that you are awesome, beautiful and perfect just the way you are. You owe yourself this much.

See you on Monday God-willing as we continue this exciting journey and our prayers is that the many lessons God has in store are learnt. Stay tuned, God bless you all and do not forget that God loves you more than you can ever imagine. Please don’t forget to drop a comment and also tell a friend to tell a friend to read. Do follow us on all social media handle @Godlywomenarising