The Power In “By God’s Grace” and “God willing”

Two days ago, I concluded with my younger brother to pay them a visit with my family the next day (yesterday). I did not really pray about it. All I kept saying anytime the issue came up was “by the grace of God.” And then came yesterday. We started preparation. As soon as we were ready to leave, belief or not, a thick cloud gathered. While I was still surprised at the suddeness, a terrible sand storm followed. And then the rain came pouring. I called my brother to tell him of the development. He said there were no such things over there. The down pour continued for about four hours. Around 2pm when it certain that we would not be able to make the journey, …. guess what? The rain stopped !!! Unbeliefable !!!

As someone who ALWAYS prefers God to have His way in all I do; and because of my short prayers, I simply said: “God understands…may His wiil be done.”

Consider this : a man leaves for work in the morning and greets his family “bye bye. See you in the evening.” Unknown to him, he just said his last “bye bye” to his family. He hits the road and later died in an auto accident.

Consider this too: a woman admires her adorable son and says “my son, soon you will be in high school. Woww! How time flies.” The son later falls ill and…dies !

I do not want to bore you with the countless pronouncements that we make on a daily basis. Most of it are usually made without due consideration for this popular saying : man proposes and God disposes. Most of them are made with subtle arrogance. Consider this : “by this time next year I will be a millionaire.” Someone might call it self confidence or positive thinking. Tell me : what can self confidence and positive thinking bring if God says “NO !!!”

Over the years, two short prayers have become a way of life for me : “by God’s grace” and “God willing.” Consider this : “by the grace of God, by this time next year, I will be a millionaire.” Though simply said, you have done two things – you have simply told God that you are counting on Him for the millions and you have indirectly begged God to spare your life till that time.”

Consider this too : “Bye my love. God willing, I will take you out when I come back from work.” Here, you are not only counting on God to grant you journey mercies, but to also watch over you and and your loved ones till you return.” All centered on two words – God willing !!!

If you are not bored, consider this : “God willing, I will get that job at the bank.” Here, you have simply asked God our all-knowing God to decide if the job is good for you and to help you get the job. As simple as the prayer sounds, it is far-reaching.

So my friend, join me in always saying “God willing” and “by God’s grace” – they are two of the most powerful short prayers that I can recommend to anyone.

See what God’s Book says about this : “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.” (James 4:13-17) 

Also reflect on these:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psa 37:5)

“Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” (1 Sam 2:3)

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov 14:12)

GOD IS GOOD !!!

Thanks for your time.

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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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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

“Interesting Blog Award” For Me?…Woww !!!

Interesting blog awardBlogging, and hard work generally, takes a lot from us – energy, time, money and other resources. One thing that really soothes one’s nerves and keeps one going when all these sacrifice are being “invested” is the beautiful and encouraging comments and prayers that greets one’s work.

I felt much more when I got THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. Big thanks to Tazein for the nomination.  However, when I got nominated for the INTERESTING BLOG AWARD by my friend @ terkinn.wordpress.com, I was tempted to believe that blogging was part of my divine calling 🙂

To my friend who nominated me, I say thanks a lot and God bless you much more and thumbs  up for your campaign against bullying. Big thanks to all the wonderful friends of my blog – those who liked my posts, those who followed my blog, those who linked my posts to theirs, those who commented, those who just read and those who reblogged my posts. Thanks a lot for the roles you played. God bless you all.

As part of the rules for acceptance, I have to list five random facts about myself :
1. I am a Nigerian
2. I am an Educationist with Business management as my specialty
3. God is responsible for all I am and all I have today
4. I am married with two beautiful angels
5. I love I.C.T to a fault

Also, I have to nominate five other blogs for this award. This is quite tough considering the wonderful blogs I have related with. But, after a serious mind-game, my nominees are:

1. http://spiritministries.wordpress.com
2. http://everydaypowerblog.com
3. http://highheelgourmet.com
4. http://lifeoutofthebox.com
5. http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com

Congratulations to you all. For those great blogs I did not nominate, please look out for my future nominations.

The answer to the questions I am asked are as follows:
1. To me, bullying is the oppressive use of power by someone, with obvious intention to create pain to, or fear in another person.
2. I think the Bible is both a book of love and a book of judgment because it preaches love and the consequences of man’s actions.
3.I do not agree with marriage equality because it can erode the leadership role of the man in the house with the tendency to create a two-master situation in the house.
4. Bullying legislation is needed everywhere, including where I live, to check the activities of bullies.
5. Bullying should never ever be justified because it will give more power to mean and heartless individuals.

As part of the condition for acceptance of this award, my nominee must answer the following questions:
1. Do you support nudity in ladies? Why?
2. Do you support sagging among young men? Why?
3. Do you smoke? Why?
4. Do you belief in prayers?
5. What is your blog focused on?

Rules for the acceptance of this award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. List five random facts about you
3. Nominate a minimum of five blogs for the award
4. Answer the five questions and ask nominees 5 questions of your choice
5. Let them know you have nominated them

Once more, big thanks to T.K and all the friends of my blog.

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Train Up A Child In The Way That He should Go…

Growing up for me was pretty tough. I (with my siblings) was brought up by parents who believed so much in the fact that “he that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him…”(Prov 13:24)

After working with children for more than 14 years, I have come to realise that indeed, as a parent, true love to a child was not all about giving a child the best material things in life, but actually giving a child the best home training, which is actually an “insurance policy” against headaches and heart aches for both the child and the parents in future. Good home training have also been discovered, without a doubt, to be much more durable than material things.

Two weeks ago, I was opportune to be part of an interview panel that interviewed a number of boys and girls who were seeking admission into a secondary school. One of the kids who came before me was an adorable ten year old boy who displayed the same traits like his siblings who were already in that school, namely, humility, respect, very good line of thought and reasoning and above all, his knowledge of God. I know a child who is acting up when I see one. This boy, like his siblings, was simply who he was portraying – a very good boy from a very good home where proper home training seemed to be a top priority.

On the flip side, it is very interesting to hear of mothers who do not allow their daughters to enter the kitchen – all in the name of being rich enough  to afford the services of house helps. What about some parents who encourage their kids to disrespect everybody. They have so deeply sown the seed of pride in their kids that they see everybody else as people that should not be treated with respect. Some years ago, a twelve year old girl( or there about), told me how she used to curse and kick their house help, who was even older than her mother – all to the knowledge of her parents !!!

Interestingly, some children who are engaged in indecent dressing do so on the full approval of the parents. Without a doubt, some of these clothes are bought for them by their parents !!! For boys who sag, I refuse to believe that most of the parents whose kids sag, are not aware of it. Not only this, with the parents “consent,” children freely use foul language, disregard hard work, keep bad peer groups … and completely relegate God to insignificance.

The word of God further says : “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov 22:6). Experience has proved, beyond all reasonable doubt, that the relegation of this beautiful Bible verse to insignificance, is a major factor behind most of the problems we have today in families, schools, society and globally.

So, while it is still possible, let u’s train up our children in the way that they should go…

Thanks for your time.

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Your Career And Your Family … Which One Comes First ?

Image courtesy Sura Nualpradid/FreeDigitalPhotos.net/

Image courtesy Sura Nualpradid/FreeDigitalPhotos.net/

He’s fifteen. At that tender age, he has already assumed the huge responsibility of being a mother and a father to three kids. He bathes, feeds, takes care of them and takes them to school. He also teaches them “what he knows.”

Before you begin to wonder if he is an hermaphrodite, let me quickly tell you that this little father-mother is just a house help !!!
This is a real life story and not fiction. Similar stories are found everywhere, except in my home 🙂 There is one bad thing about making money – it makes you forget that there are some things it cannot buy. A child from a very wealthy home once said to me out of frustration, “I have everything, except parental love.” Her parents are never around. They leave very early for work and come back very late at night. Even when they are around, it’s still work-work-work !!! For her, everything she knows comes from outsiders. Mummy or daddy have no time to teach her anything. Fun? That it is a different issue entirely – no outings as a family, no sitting down and watching TV together, no parent-child playing together and no sign of having parents !
Between couples, the inability of  a man or woman to maintain a good balance between work and the family has led to strained relationships/marriages and divorce in extreme cases. Some cases of staying out late into the nights, eating out  and adultery are also traceable to the inability to strike a balance between giving your career the best attention it deserves and at the same time, not making one’s family to be deprived of care, love, and attention. Hey! Where ever we go, we still need to go back home. So, it is compulsory that  in all that we do, the home front has to be given a well-deserved attention.
A man’s regular presence in the house cannot be over emphasised. His presence provides a psychological security for his family, plays a major role in discipline, reduces or eliminates the tendency towards adultery, reduces the tendency for the children to “learn” from outside the family and keeps the family bond strong. It also teaches the male children how to be a good family man in future. This, I learnt from my late dad 🙂 For me, the best thing about closing time at work is that not too long I would be with my family. It is the best place to unwind after a hard day’s work 🙂 Even when I have to go and unwind after work, I go with my lovely family, who would not even spare my phone lines as soon as it is time for me to be at home, and I am not there.
My late mum’s friend’s marriage almost hit the rocks when the lady resigned from the public service for a very lucrative bank job. The huge salary she got replaced the happy family she once had. Having a good time with her family stopped. Cooking for the family stopped. Playing with the children stopped. Having time for her husband stopped. In fact, the female house help “took over” the house. She was lucky the maid did not take over her husband too 🙂 When she noticed that her marriage and family were heading towards a collapse, she had to make a quick and hard decision – her career or her family? She chose her family !!!
Which one would you have chosen? 🙂
Thanks for you time

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Girls…Zip Up !!!

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Image source : mediflip.com

In my last post on teenage pregnancy, I wrote about a teenager who was “reaping” the consequences of teenage pregnancy. I did promise to look at the topic again as I strongly felt that there were still other issues to be looked into on the topic.

I was not really prepared to write, as I needed a strong inspiration to do so. This eventually came a few days ago.

I felt really sad when I over heard a guy telling his friends how he slept with a “cheap girl” several times and the girl still wanted more. Apparently, there was no prior relationship between the two. He simply met her somewhere and convinced her to follow him home, As he narrated his “use and dump” story, his friends had a good laugh. Like a sheep destined to be “slaughtered” the “victim” came around again while I was still close by. The guy’s body language clearly showed that it was the same girl that came around. Unknown to her, she was just another victim of “use, dump, re-use and dump…!!!”

This sad story accounts for majority of the teenage pregnancies that we have today. A situation where it takes very little effort to convince a girl to “open her legs,” apart from being very appalling, makes the large number of cases of teen pregnancies, inevitable.

I may not be a saint, but I think that one of the most degrading characters a teenage girl (other ages are not exempted) can have is the tendency to turn herself into a “public convenience” where every guy is invited. It’s really a pathetic sight to watch guys share their sexual experience with a particular girl. Some girls find it so hard to say “no.” Often times, financial inducement is not necessary. In some cases, a guy’s smile is enough, to put a girl on bed. Such girls can sleep with every guy that is willing. How pathetic ! How shameless !!!

The common and inevitable aftermath of all these is unwanted pregnancies, denied pregnancies, abortions, damaged wombs, complete collapse of self control, getting and “distribution” of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV/AIDS and sometimes death !!!

Food for thought : What kind of wives would such girls later become. I feel really sorry for good guys who would eventually marry such loose and unprincipled girls, who would definately do everything possible to cover up their strong penchant for promiscuity. But can a woman hide childlessness? It is a settled fact that some cases of childlessness in marriages are traceable to abortion, sexually transmitted diseases and some “prevention” drugs – all of which characterised the pre-marriage days of the affected women !!!

So, girls…Zip up !!!

A word is enough for the wise.

Thanks for your time.

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