You Gave Me More

I asked for wings
To fly away
Far away from all my troubles
Taking refuge in the clouds
I asked for wings
But you gave me peace

You gave me peace
Surrounded by many troubles
Your peace was a shield
A refuge in the storm

I asked for wealth
To buy silver and gold
Luxury and comfort
Not a single need would I have
I asked for wealth
Instead you gave me health

You gave me health
Good health to keep me whole
More than silver and gold
For all my treasures gave me no hope

I asked for power
To subdue and to rule
Then I would be proud of my feat
And sit among kings and nobles
I asked for power
But you gave me life

You gave me life
Every breath I take tells me
The value of all you’ve given
Much more than all I ever asked

Your Presence

A startling vision
A resounding voice
Let me feel your presence
Let the dead rise
And manna fall
Then I’ll know you’re at work

Days roll by like a stream
Still I cannot feel your presence
Do I need to cry louder?
Or bow lower?
I’m ready to fast longer
Just to feel your presence

Awaken my heart
Rouse up my spirit
May flying birds and flowing streams
Blue skies and green fields
Be more than enough
To make me feel your presence

Sometimes, we look for God in spectacular events while ignoring the ordinary ones. Every single day, every moment, God speaks to us; even in the ordinary things of life. Listen more closely and you’ll hear Him.

Sometimes too, we stubbornly hold unto our plans and do not give God the chance to have His way. Let go of what you think is the best and let Him do things His way in your life. (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Happy New Year Friends!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰โคโค

I Know It’s Christmas

The skies are bluer
The leaves are greener
My heart is lighter
Oh yes it’s Christmas!

The aroma of festivity
The sound of laughter
I see the fireworks
I know it’s Christmas!

Come closer and hear
The beat of the drums
The tune of the flutes
Can you feel it’s Christmas?

The skies are bluer
The leaves are greener
My heart is lighter
All because it’s Christmas!

Merry Christmas Friends!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

The Blogger Recognition Award

I’m very excited to be nominated for this award๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰. I’m so grateful to Debbie for the nomination. You should definitely visit her blog. It’s very amazing. Through fun and uplifting articles, she inspires readers. Check it out: https://jouyoz.wordpress.com/

How my blog started

For sometime, I had some pieces written down in my journal. Later on, I thought “why write all these and keep it to myself? Why don’t I get a platform where I could share them with others?” So I created this blog. I was a bit worried then because I thought it’ll be really difficult creating a new blog without any assistance or blogging advice but by God’s grace, I’ve come this far.

Advice for new bloggers

1. Remember that “petit ร  petit, l’oiseaux fait son nid”( let’s do a little bit of French ๐Ÿ˜‰)- little by little, the bird makes its nest. Don’t be afraid to be a beginner.

2. Connect with other bloggers by reading, liking and commenting on their posts and following their blogs. They’ll definitely return the gesture.

My nominations

Congratulations to the following bloggers ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ and keep up the good work

https://www.readerstellnotales.com/

https://erobernsmusings.wordpress.com/

https://casadesproti.car.blog/

https://prakashinspiration.wordpress.com/

https://truselph.wordpress.com/

https://thelighteningbug.wordpress.com/

https://totheafterthought.wordpress.com/

https://thebloggingmind.com/

https://therealityoflife140189985.wordpress.com/

https://itsinnerpeace.home.blog/

https://bryonypost.wordpress.com/

https://quietmomentswithgodblog.wordpress.com/

https://vyasnavnidhi.wordpress.com/

https://infirmierishimwe.com/

https://becomingandbeholding.com/

The rules

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site.
2. Do a post to show your award.
3. Give a summary of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers.
5. Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Let each nominee know you have nominated them and give a link to your post.

Dear Past

Dear Past,
Thanks for all the experiences you gave me; good and bad. The lessons learnt are very helpful to me and I know Future will appreciate them too.


However, there is one problem I have with you: Your sudden attacks with unpleasant memories. Man, you need to stop! They drive me crazy. Sometimes, I wish I could open up my brain and carefully uproot all those unpleasant memories, then throw them into the sea.


No matter how hard I try to run away from those memories, they suddenly appear from nowhere and give me that Oh-here-is-our-captive smirk(how it annoys me). As much as I know I can’t change nor undo anything about you, I.Am.Not.Your.Captive. No more guilt-tripping; no more self-deprecating thoughts; and no more accusatory whisperings. Do well to take note of these.
Future sends his regards.

Yours no more,

Present

P.S. Future says I can’t run away from you but in order to deal with you, to face you. So then get ready for my confrontation.

Until You’re In My Shoes…

Next time you feel like judging someone, pause and ask yourself whether you know what they’re going through or whether you’ve been in the shoes they’re in. Instead of judging them, why not try better solutions: pray for them, give them a listening ear, encourage them? God never sent anyone to judge or hate others on his behalf. Instead, he calls us to love, love, and love all without reservation.

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They fought again. But this time more intensely than the other times. She told him he was unreasonable, arrogant and ungrateful for thinking there was no God. How could he be blind to the manifestations of God that were so clear? Out of anger, she asked him to leave her house and that she never wanted to set her eyes on him again. She never understood his stubbornness to believe until one fateful nightโ€ฆ


She was returning home from work when she received the news that her mama was involved in a fatal accident and was rushed to the hospital. Her heart began to thump audibly. Confusion set in, then fear and panic.
When she managed to get to the hospital and was finally allowed to see her mama, she couldn’t believe that the person she spoke to that morning before leaving for work was the same person who was lying almost lifeless, with bandages all over her body and barely surviving on drips.
She spent her days fasting and praying, asking God to save her mama. She found hope in the fact that her mama was a kind woman who went out of her way to help others, loved and served God wholeheartedly. Knowing all these, she convinced herself that God will not allow someone so virtuous to die this way.
After days of unceasing prayers, her mama’s condition didn’t get any better, rather worse. The doctors had done all they could to save her but she wasn’t responding to treatment.

She was told her mama was a terminal patient at this point. Her faith began to sink. “Show me that you truly exist and save mama,” she prayed. She couldn’t lose her mama, no. She was all she had. No papa, no siblings, no other relative who cared about her, not even friends she could call “friends” except the one she ditched few days ago.
Talking of him, she wondered if it was a tragedy like this that caused his strong disbelief in the existence of God. He may be right after all. She herself was beginning to doubt. What happened to all the miracles Jesus performed? Why couldn’t he save her mama? Or maybe God didn’t love her? She sobbed till her eyes got swollen and painful. But even more painful was the pain due to the fact that she hated her unbelieving friend on behalf of God. Now that she herself was experiencing this tragedy, she knew better than to judge someone for not accepting to believe in Godโ€ฆ

Friends, you know what? There is a happy ending to this story:
As soon as she made the resolve to not judge anyone again, be it based on faith, morals or attitude, there was a slight but visible movement in her mama’s lower limb. This tragedy was obviously an experience to teach her a lesson: You will never know till it happens to you.

Friends

Somewhere last week, we celebrated Friendship Day. I’m late with this post๐Ÿ˜‘ but better late than never. Do enjoy this piece on Friendship and pay heed to the lesson as well.

Their lives intertwined Like two inseparable cords
Sharing joys
And sorrows alike
Moments lived
And memories shared
Living life
Like they have no cares

Sitting by the rocky shore
Laughing hard
At the jokes they crack
The sun gazes down
With admiration
The trees sway
With satisfaction
Even the birds sing
Cheering on

There’ve been times
They quarrelled
Misunderstandings and all
They’ve gone days Without talking
Fuming and resenting
But this friendship
Is more powerful
Than periodic arguments

Keep this bond
Ever alive
Kindle it
With the flame of love
For as hard as it is
To find a precious pearl
So it is
To find a loyal friend

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious

St. Thomas Aquinas

As Long As You’re Here

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com

Based on Matt. 8:23-27

In the journey of life, you will encounter difficulties. You cannot avoid the storm. However, one thing is certain: When you have Jesus journeying with you, you will survive every storm.

The sun was returning home

The weather was calm and cold

We went into the boat

His eyes smiled

My heart thrilled

At the thought of going home

Just the next moment

The winds began to whoosh and whirl

While the waves tossed the boat

A violent storm was on

I turned to see his reaction

And there he was

Fast asleep!

“Wake up! Wake up!”

I shook him

“Our lives are in danger”

Hands stretched, with few words

My companion spoke to the storm!

Instantly, submissively

It quickly obeyed

Eyes widened, jaw dropped

Knees weakened, I fell flat

“I need not fear the storm nor the darkness

No, not anymore

As long as you’re here “

Welcome buddy!

Odyssey Buddy is launched! Hurrahhh!!!

This blog could be likened to a journal that contains inputs of my reflections, my observations and the lessons learnt in life, mainly in the form of poems, articles and stories which I intend to share with you(my cherished readers). I hope all that I share will shed some light on your paths, offer some warmth in the cold and give you reasons to move on in this journey of life.

Through this blog, I’ll be your loyal buddy, reminding you that you’re not alone, we’re all in this together.

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Together is better and more fun. Don’t journey alone.

Get your boots on buddy!โคโค

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