Glory to God for the …. TWO-TIME BEST MOMENT AWARD !

Two-Time-Best-Moment-Award-Winner

Acceptance :

One more time I want to appreciate God almighty for blessing my blog. Apart from the fact that  it has had very wonderful effects upon the lives of so many people across the world, most of which I do not know by person, the AWARDS keep coming. Glory to God and all the wonderful friends of my blog.

I also want to thank my new friend, Michael, from far away the United States of America, for nominating me for the TWO-TIME BEST MOMENT AWARD. Thanks a lot Michael for deeming me fit for this award. GOD bless you real good. For those of you hungry for spiritual growth, one of the places you can pay a visit is his blog @ http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/. You will surely be blessed as you do so.

NOMINATIONS:

My nominees for the Best Moment Award are as follows:

1. http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/

2. http://patinspire.org/

3. http://testimonyandprayer.wordpress.com/

4. http://talkativeangel.wordpress.com/

5. http://terkinn.wordpress.com/

6. http://vineandbranchworldministries.com/

7. http://kerrichronicles.com/

8. http://jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com/

9. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

10. http://audrina1759.wordpress.com/

Congratulations wonderful bloggers. Please visit http://www.momentmatters.com/awards/ for the details of the award, including the appropriate badge.

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“I must be rich, no matter the means !!!”

MoneyIf you have crawled through all the corners of my blog, you are bound to say “here he goes again.” That is because I am about to talk about my wonderful late parents again 🙂

I learnt a lot from my late parents. One of the greatest things they FORCED into our brains was that “peace of mind was a priceless jewel which very many rich people did not have.” So, we must do everything possible to ensure that we (his children) did not allow anything to take it away from us. As good role models, they led by example. My dad once told us that he had opportunities to steal from his employers and become rich, but he chose his peace of mind and fear of God. Luckily for him, my mum was equally on the same page. Perhaps, just perhaps, if she was not, she would have convinced my dad to “hit the fast lane of life” and bring wealth to the family, with total disregard for the consequences.

Today, to many people globally, the short story i just told you would have been likened to one of those gospel videos where you are taught the virtues of patience, hard work, fear of God and imbibing the commandment of God that says “thou shall not covet….” To such people, it’s outright rubbish and foolishness to run away from money, no matter what the circumstance or consequences, which may include, imprisonment, loss of job, public disgrace and even death !!! The trend today is “I must be rich, no matter the means !!!”

With this mentality, globally, there is a complete disregard for proper reasoning. The craze for money is monumental. People are willing and ready to take the risk and do ANYTHING, and I mean anything to get rich, including to KILL !!! Ritual killers are everywhere seeking for who they use for money rituals, robbers are ready to take the life of their victims who are not willing to cooperate or do not have anything to offer. What about cyber-crime ?  The sophistication is increasing every day. A number of people and organisations have lost so much to cyber-criminals. Offices, public institutions and even churches are not spared – all in the name of “I must be rich, no matter the means !!!”

The level of desperation is suffocating. Age or gender is no barrier. The younger ones are even smarter. Conscience, peace of mind and fear of God makes no sense here. What makes sense is to live large even if it means ruining someone’s life time investment; even if it means putting people into sorrow or even if it means sending someone or people to their untimely graves.

Things are really in a bad shape. The spreading slogan seems to be “Get rich or die tryin.” But it can be checked….to some extent.  I am a strong advocate of “a child is a reflection of his/her family and immediate community.” Let’s start from there. It’s a huge task. But I am also a very strong advocate of “keep on trying and keep hope alive.” One individual withdrawn from that “fast lane of life” will go a very long way. Don’t you think so?

There are decent and respectable means of making money these days….I mean good money. It involves having the right kind of friends who will bring productive and society-friendly ideas. It involves searching for information about opportunities. It involves someone showing concern and care for his fellow human beings. It involves someone showing concern for the society and the masses. It involves having the fear of God. It also requires a strong resolve to work hard spiced up with determination and prayers. The government, business organisations and you and I…yes I mean you…..have different roles to play. It is advisory we act now. Why? Because what goes around, comes around.

Food for thought :  “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov 9:17)

Thanks for your time and God bless us all.

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Yet another award….Super Sweet Blogging Award !

super-sweet-blogging-award21w6451Firstly, if not for GOD, I would have been like a beautiful flower in a garden that was never noticed. So, glory to GOD for making my blog a multiple award winner. To my new friend, Audrina, I want to say God bless you real good for this honour. I really appreciate it 🙂

As part of the rules of acceptance, I am expected to answer five questions, thus :

(Please all nominees answer the same questions)

  1. Cookies or Cake? – I prefer cookies
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? – Vanilla for me please 🙂
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? – Amstel Malta for me (i know it doesnt count as sweet,but thats what i like)
  4. When do you crave sweet things most? – Appropriate moments.
  5. Sweet Nickname – MM, Amazing Grace (my daughter’s)

My nominations :

1. http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/

2. http://thenomadicsoliloquist.wordpress.com/

3. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

4. http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/

5. http://thesilentfingers.wordpress.com/

6. http://sassyishellonheels.wordpress.com

7. http://thebottomofabottle.wordpress.com/

8. http://barbarastanley.net/

9. http://cruisingthroughmylife.wordpress.com

10. http://realityswipe.wordpress.com/

Congratulations my friends. Looking forward to more sweet posts on your blog.

RULES

Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.

Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.

Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post.

Nominate your nominees on their blog.

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Shine On Michael With The….SHINE ON AWARD !!!

shine on awardOne more time, another award adorns my blog !!!

I want to say thanks a lot one more time to Tazein for nominating me for the SHINE ON AWARD. This award makes blogging to be more challenging for me, as I have to do everything to shine on 🙂 But, with God by my side, I will surpass the benchmarks. Also, big thanks to all the friends of my blog for your interests and contributions to the blog.

THE RULES:

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.

3. Link person who nominated you for the award.

4.  State seven things about me.

SEVEN THINGS ABOUT ME

1. I am a product of the amazing grace of God

2. I love creative writing

3. I love the power of the internet with a passion

4. I love ICT gadgets

5. I listen to every good music, but My favourite artiste is, and may forever be Michael Jackson

6. I love thinking and acting out of the box

7. With God by my side, it is well with my me in all respects.

MY SEVEN NOMINATIONS

1. http://audrina1759.wordpress.com

2. http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/

3. http://testimonyandprayer.wordpress.com/

4. http://terkinn.wordpress.com/

5. http://faith1stministries.com/

6. http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/

7. http://honeydidyouseethat.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to you all and keep up the good work 🙂

 

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Open Letter To The Children Of The World

Happy Children's Day To You All

Happy Children’s Day To You All

Hello dear children,

Warm greetings to you all.

From the depth of my heart, I want to rejoice with you for seeing yet another Children’s Day. You will appreciate the fact that not all the children who celebrated the last one are alive to celebrate this one. You are just privileged beneficiaries of the amazing grace of God. If you have not thanked God today, please stop reading this post, and quickly thank God for His mercies over you.

For those lovely babies who are celebrating their first Children’s Day, I say congratulations to you too, and may the mercies of God give you more Children’s Day.

As you eat, drink and have fun today, please ponder over these ten thoughts of mine….

1. Put God first in all that you do. He will always direct you and bless your undertakings.

2. Discover your talents and pursue it prayerfully.

3. A good talent and a good education will make you stand out.

4. Listen to and live by the words of wisdom of your parents.

5. Beware of friends or peer groups that are likely to bring you regrets or destroy your life.

6. If you are a girl, live a life of dignity and carry yourself in a respectable manner. Command respect from the boys.

7. Be trendy, fashionable and modern, but be decent in your dressing. You will be addressed the way you dress.

8. Imbibe good traits like humilty, hardwork, integrity, truthfullness, honesty, respect for people, sincerity, and fear of God.

9. Follow the developments in today’s technology with wisdom and caution.

10. Visit my site my regularly. You will never regret you did 🙂

I wish you the very best in life and God’s love. I look forward to celebrating with you again next year, by the grace of God.

Happy Children’s Day.

Your friend from afar,
Michael

Investing In God’s Business

Image courtesy:Ambro/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy:Ambro/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do you know that giving to God is a very profitable, safe and guaranteed investment?

Recently, I got really upset by a colleague who paid back my favour with “evil.” It was really painful and least expected. Infact, I made up my mind to put on hold or even stop all forms of generousity that I was known for. To me, if good could be paid with evil, then it is better I kept my “good heart” to myself.

However, there was this emptiness that I felt. There was this unusual feeling that enveloped me. It was very hard to say “no” to those that needed my help. I was simply not used to it. In some way, I felt like I was losing something. This wasn’t me. How was God now seeing me. I had a strong feeling of guilt, cos He said to me “freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matt 10:8).

For years I can’t trace backwards, I have always  operated on : help someone today, for I could need help from that same person some day. More importantly, I have always seen helping people as “giving to God” – more like investing in God’s business. This has always encouraged me to help and reach out a favour even when it was not convenient for me. Guess what? In so many ways and so many times, God has shown me that indeed, He meant it, when His words said: “Let brotherly love  continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Heb 13:1-2).

I was also privileged to know long time ago that the good things that we did (and indeed the bad things) to our fellow human beings were actually done to God as well. Read this: “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matt 25: 35-40).

For me, helping people gives me this internal joy and peace. It really feels good seeing that someone is in a better state through my tiny act of benevolence. This is usually the instant first “reward” I get. One fact is however indisputable – giving to God cannot go without rewards from Him. It would not be wrong to say therefore that giving to God is a very profitable, safe and guaranteed investment. The returns are not like that from man – it is always a special gift from the C.E.O of CEOs 🙂 “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it” (Prov 10:22). This, to me, is special. Sometimes, the returns might not be something physical. It could be keeping you and your family in perfect health, favour from many quarters and a general aura that makes you special and outstanding every you go, and in everything you do.

So, I am not going to allow anyone to keep me away from this kind of investment and returns. Would you? I refuse to be foolish !!! The “returns” have been good for me, and I know it’s going to get even better in Jesus name, amen. How am I so sure? It is written: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men…” (Gal 6:9 – KJV). And you know what?  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num 23:19-KJV)

So, give, help and do good to people, ignore ingrates and watch your “investments” and “returns” rise and rise and rise….for “he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” (Prov 11:25)

Thanks for your time 🙂

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Fame And Fortune Without Wisdom….

MJ, famous and still makes money, even in death

MJ, famous and still makes money, even in death

How long does Fame and fortune last ? Is it possible to tell in each individual’s case?

How would it be if a very rich guy or lady later becomes someone who is looked upon with pity, simply because he/she now finds it so hard to eat a good meal at home or in a choice restaurant, cannot give the family a good life any more, goes around town in cabs, wears poor quality clothes and generally lives a kind of live that is not known with those with fame and fortune? I guess for such people, it is better imagined than excperienced. But sadly, that is the story of so many of our one-time celebrities all over the world.

One thing I noticed about fame and fortune, and unarguably too, is that it is impossible for anyone to accurately predict how long they will keep the lucky guy/lady “company.”

I know many celebs today who are now part of history – fortune gone, fame gone. One bad thing about fame is that it usually sings “I belief I can fly” as soon as the fortune is gone. Such celebs are now simply like any other guy/lady in the society – unnoticed, no autographs, no attention, no special treatment and what have you.

Let’s take a peep at how the likely good old days were spent by such celebs – fleet of very expensive cars, partying, clubbing, squandering and wasteful spending, drugs, womanising and such other unproductive “investments.” They carried themselves like small gods and never honoured God for all His blessings. They refused to help anyone to grow and would rather spend unlimited amounts of cash for their friends at clubs. Giving to the society that gave them so much fame and fortune was not a priority on their list. Some never had such things on their list. Having productive investments to secure their future did not occur to them. To them, life must be enjoyed today and tomorrow will take care of itself. Does that make sense? Sadly, today, many are singing one of my favourites by R.Kelly : “if I can turn back the hands of time.” Sadly again, it is not possible !!!

They miss the glamour, attention, expensive life style, power and everything that goes with having too much money and being famous. It’s most likely that someone told them in the past to be wise, but they shunned the advice….

So, while it is still possible, let fame and fortune be handled with wisdom, because no one knows (I stand to be corrected) how soon or how long both will go with the sands of time…..just like countless others that you and I know about.

A word is enough for the wise !!!

Thanks for your time.

Best Moment Award !!!

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MY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

First, it was the Versatile Blogger Award. Then came the Interesting Blog Award.  And now, it’s the Best Moment Award

I want to express my deepest appreciation to my friend, Tazein for nominating me for this award. I must say that this award, and others, are really sources of inspiration to me and a reminder of the fact that blogging should go far beyond money-making to include touching lives positively, mending troubled relationships, creating happiness, creating tears of joy, putting smiles on people’s faces, educating people, giving hope to the hopeless, teaching facts of life, cautioning people, and above all, drawing people closer to God almighty. From feedbacks, it feels really good to know that my blog/posts has done all of these.

To this end, I really want to thank all the friends of my blog for their varied contributions. In the coming days,  I hope to see, hear and read more reactions from my posts/blog, which would bring more happiness to my heart. The greatest appreciation goes to God almighty for the inspiration and direction.

MY NOMINATIONS:

I have a number of bloggers/blogs on my mind, but I just have to mention a few. However, you are all champions. My nominations are :

1.  http://valeriudgbarbu.wordpress.com/

2. http://barbarastanley.net/

3. http://meganhasocd.com/

4. http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/

5. http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/

6. http://laverndewildeblog.wordpress.com/

7. http://wanderlustryramblings.wordpress.com/

8. http://terkinn.wordpress.com/

9. http://hollyherick.com/

10. http://walterbright.org/

11. http://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/

12. http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

13. http://lisettedefoe.wordpress.com/

14. http://syannecenteno.wordpress.com/

15. http://nightshade130.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to you all.  I look forward to having more rewarding moments from your blogs/posts 🙂

The rules:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech.That could be written down, or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re- post should include a NEW list of people, blogs worthy of  the award, and winners notify them the great news.

The source:

What makes a good acceptance speech?

-Gratitude-Thank the people who helped you along the way.

-Humor-Keep us entertained and smiling.ng

Inspiration – Make your story touch our lives.

Get an idea from the great acceptance speech, compiled in MomentMatters.com/speech.

Display the award’s logo on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award.

Thanks for being a part of this moment.

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Equiping Ourselves For A “Case” Against God !

Bible-4.jpgAs a Business and Accounting student, my best course (subject) was law (different branches). I loved the way the legal profession worked – all I needed to do was to convince my lecturers that my answer was right (even when it was not). To do this, I needed to quote statutory provisions and cite decided cases, among others, to prove that my answer was right. Most of the answers I got wrong were those I could not “convince” or put my lecturers in remembrance.

Over time, in my quest for spiritual growth, I found out that my relationship with God, especially as it relates to my prayer life, was actually similar to the one I had with my law lecturers. I discovered that, God too, needed me to engage Him in an argument. See what I found : “Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right) Isaiah 43:26 (AMP).

To convince my lecturer, I had to fill my head with facts from law text books and materials. Similarly, to put God in remembrance and engage Him in an argument, I needed to fill my head with His words. The best place to get these was unarguably, the BIBLE !!!

What this meant was that I had to read my Bible much more than before in order to have enough facts to “win my case against God” 🙂 It also meant that I had to go to church and attend places of worship regularly to grow my “data base” of God’s amazing words.

This discovery affected, and still affects my prayer life till date. The words: “you said in your words (The Bible)” has become a permanent feature in my prayers. However, can God act like man by denying His own words? Can He go against His own words? Can He thwart justice by not declaring us the “winner” of “cases” we won?

It is really reassuring to read that “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Num 23:19-KJV). His words further adds : “Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” (Jere 1:12-KJV)

So, start reading your Bible often … everyday. If you have the opportunity, get the word of God from your church and other gatherings. Don’t just read the Bible, follow it diligently.

Then when you pray, “put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right) Isaiah 43:26 (AMP)….says the Lord.

What follows is testimonies. Wishing you and I loads of it.

God bless us all, amen

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Mothers’ Day Reflections…

IMG00690-20130407-1007.jpgIt was yet another Mothers’ Day on Sunday, 12th May, 2013. To this end, I salute every mother of the world. However, constraints made it impossible for me to contribute to the global discuss that usually comes with this ever-important day. The good news is that my contribution is better late than never.

I have written quite a few posts in the past related to these wonderful creations of God. To celebrate our awesome mothers, I share with you once again, some of these popular posts, which I implore mothers to reflect upon…..

Women are next to God…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/380/

Shut your door behind outsiders…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/handling-outsider-involvement-in-marriages/

My advice to mothers…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/that-comforter-of-yours-could-just-be-a-home-breaker/

Give your kids a good up-bringing…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/train-up-a-child-in-the-way-that-he-should-go/

Be a good role model for your kids…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/what-are-we-teaching-our-children/

Teach your kids about sex and dating…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/lets-talk-about-sex/

Out of 5, rate your relationship with your children…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/building-a-strong-relationship-with-your-child/

God bless the mothers of the world….

HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY !!!