Ways To Share The Love This Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re single or attached Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity for all to share the love with those special people who make life shine.

While February 14th is traditionally associated with lovers, it is also a time to show affection and appreciation for family, friends and even pets.

It might be your boyfriend, wife, grandmother, best friend, sister or cat who want to remember on February 14 – or all five.

And you don’t need to spend a fortune on gifts of red roses, expensive perfume and luscious chocolate when a simple card will do.

Is there someone out there who has won your heart, but you are too shy to tell? Here is the perfect chance to let them know how special they are. You never know what the giving of a simple card could lead to…

Know someone who needs a hug? Let them know you are thinking about them on this special day.

Send your grandad love and cuddles through these cute and cuddly bears. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. Everyone needs a reminder of how special they are from time to time. There range includes a similar one for Grandma too.

Celebrate and share love today!

Happy Valentine’s day to you my wonderful readers and community.

We Have Not Truly Lived, Until Our Lives Have Become The Stars and Sunshine Of Someone Else

This was the circulated photo of a vulture waiting for a starving Sudanese girl to die so it can feast on her. It was taken by Kevin Carter, a prolific photojournalist, during the famine of 1993 in Sudan. This photo later won Kevin the Pulitzer prize for an ‘exceptional’ caption.


However, Kevin later got depressed and took his own life four months after his worldwide celebration as a skillful photographer. He fell to depression. His depression began when during an interview (a phone-in programme), someone asked him what happened to the child. “I did not wait to see what happened after this shot as I had a flight to catch…. “. And the person replied, “I put it to you that there were two vultures that day; one had a camera”. This statement sank Kevin and as he constantly thought of the statement, he got depressed and ended his own life.

In whatever we do, let’s consider humanity first before what we can gain. Kevin Carter may still have been alive today had it been he helped that little child. I don’t know why he didn’t but in all we should always be compassionate.

We have not truly lived, until our lives have become the stars and sunshine of someone else.

Search within you and if there is that one person you feel you can help start now tomorrow might be too late.

Share with a friend.

Be Kind To Others Even If It Hurts You

After reading this, you will be so amazed how the little boy reacted to the waitress.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’

’500 Naira,’ replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of notes in it.

‘How much is a dish of plain ice cream?’ he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.

’300 naira,’ she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the notes. ‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 150 naira – her tip.”

Lesson:

Whatever situation you are in life, be kind. Try to be patient, try to be a servant in whatever environment you find yourself. Your reward might not be from human but God.

Good To Be Back After a Long Break

Good day,

It is good to be back after 3 months of not posting as always. I was privileged to be the handler of one of the housemates in the just concluded Big Brother Naija 2019. This was a great experience for me to be able to learn more about Public relations, and also how to manage my temper and character towards people. In the space of 3 months, I lost my job, but never will i fret knowing God has opened a better door for me again.

Also, the Lord blessed my home with an handsome baby boy, who looks so much like his dad😁 Am delighted to share this with you fam, because I know your prayers will go a long way for me and my family.

Jesse Cardozo Johnson

Am happy to be back, to do what I do best by inspiring and motivating people around. I really miss you guys!

I hope have not gotten rusty though 😄😂

Have a wonderful, fulfilled day guys.

The Truth: Hurts But Heals

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen” (Romans 1:25).

There is definitely some truth in the old saying, “The truth hurts.” We can all empathize with those moments when a truth becomes so obvious that it makes our stomach drop as if we were plummeting down a hill on a roller coaster. There are those moments when someone points out a character flaw that you were blind to, or those times when it becomes glaringly obvious that you made a mistake and you owe someone an apology. Personally, my least favorite “truth moments” are those times when I have been holding firmly to an argument only to realize that I was completely wrong.

Yes the truth hurts, but, more importantly, the truth heals. In all of the situations I just mentioned above, is the truth not the ideal answer? Even though it means that someone might be wrong or someone needs to apologize, isn’t it better than the alternative of living out the pain and destruction of a lie? I for one do not always react favorably when someone points out a truth in my life, but I always end up being grateful for it. The permanent pain of living a lie is far worse than the temporary pain of facing a truth. The truth heals, and pain almost always accompanies healing.

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My dad is one of the most loved and respected people I ever know, but he is not shy about pointing out the truth. I would often go to him for advice when I have a problem about life or understanding some events in the bible. Every time I speak to my dad I will be hoping he tells me how right I am even when am wrong. I have no recall one time where he did that. In fact, it will be the opposite. He will often provide no response to my attempts to vilify the other person, and he will spend most of his time trying to open my eyes to where I have been wrong.

I remember often getting frustrated with my dad during these conversations. On the outside, I would respectfully nod my head and try to listen. On the inside, I remember thinking, “How does she not see that I am right and the other party is wrong!?” I would often leave the house disappointed that I did not get what I wanted, but the truth of his words would always sink in eventually. Whether it was an hour or a week after I walked out the door, I would heed his words. I would go apologize to everyone i offended or whatever wronged i did, which often led to reconciliation and a greater peace in my life.

I would call my dad for an affirmation of MY TRUTH, not seeking out THE TRUTH. Luckily for me, my dad will be willing to risk a little pain and discomfort by telling me the truth, because he knows that the truth would heal me. It is so easy to take the same approach with God. We can read the bible and skip over the parts we don’t like, or go to church on Sundays and only receive the words from the preacher that we are comfortable with. We may not say it, but we think things like, “God’s favour and blessings sound great, but that whole thing about picking up my cross to follow Him sounds painful.” We can try to affirm OUR TRUTH rather than seeking out THE TRUTH, and the word says that “THE TRUTH shall set you free” (John 8:32).

Jesus is the way, THE TRUTH, and the life. Only He can convict us of our sin, while at the same time offering us love, forgiveness and grace to cover it. One encounter with Him can bring us to our knees in shame and also leave us completely full of joy. Jesus loved us too much not to convict us our sin, but He also loved us too much to let us suffer in our sin.  What truth are you exchanging for a lie, because the truth seems too painful to face? What is the Holy Spirit convicting you of that you’re pretending not to hear? Be courageous! Step into that truth, and let the healing take place!

Rickety: A Short Film

This is a sponsored post.

Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you…Sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home.

In this love drama, Femi realises the right kind of love he needs; and finds love through Ivy, his love who doesn’t show him love.

STARRING: Femi: Chris Okagbue Ivy: Gbubemi Ejeye Angela: Adefolake Otudeko

CREW: Written by: Oreoluwa Obaba Produced by: Oluchi Nsofor Oraka Nnanyelu Directed by: Oluchi Nsofor Executive Producer: Sulcata Entertainment Production Managers: Hope Nwachukwu Tareila Nabena Costumier: Kachi Onuoha Makeup Artist: Kachi Onuoha Cinematographers: Ezekiah Akande Onuche El’ Mustapha Establishment Shots: Walinteen Pro Sound: Spyritmyx Sam Dominic Adeola Matti Editor: Famous Odion Iraoya Colourist: Famous Odion Iraoya Production Assistants: Ufot Samuel Victor Adesiyan Omoha Joseph

Special Thanks to: Zavandi Jewelry Ibukun Adewunmi Shaibu Husseini Gbenga Babatunde Williams Williams

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Guest post from: Alex Sanfilippo

I have always been a very self motivated person. I always have a lot of goals in life; both short and long term. Having goals is not a bad thing at all. However, my problem used to be that I would set my goals above everything else. The number one priority to me was the things that I wanted. I was willing to push everyone to the side in order to accomplish the plans that I had set for my life.

Years ago, I decided to stop living for myself and start to follow the plans that God has for my life. Since then, I have noticed a change in my wants and desires. Things that I used to want, and have goals set for, no longer seem relevant to me. Isaiah 55:9 says that God’s ways are higher than our ways. Once I really started living for God’s plan instead of my own, I realized the truth in this verse.

I am writing this as someone who was set in their own ways; but is now completely transformed. I had my ways planned, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Once I surrendered to God by letting him guide my steps, those plans changed. Today my life is forever changed; I still have goals that I am motivated to achieve; but now I look at these goals through the filter of God’s word.

The transition to get to this place of transformation was a journey. Changing from living for yourself to following God’s plans isn’t always easy. These are two questions I will find myself asking that have been helpful:
“Is there anything in my life that I am fighting God for control of?”
“Is there something that I am still doing in my own way instead of trusting in Him?”

Today I want to encourage you to start to surrender to God’s plans. His ways are higher than yours, trust the steps that God will lead you to take. The true path to success is achieved by fully surrendering to His ways and dying to your own.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

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Life Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don’t Stop And Look Around Once In A While, You Could Miss It.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”(Matthew 5:16).

As Christians, we often talk about living our lives in such a way that others see God’s light shining through us. It’s the idea that actions speak louder than words. While the bible obviously conveys this principle in verses such as Matthew 5:16, it’s always a blessing to see it in action. We get to see this principle at work when we look at someone and just see life radiating from them. It is not really about what they are doing or saying, but about how they are going about it. It’s always an amazing site when you see life sparked by a revelation of Christ’s love just pouring out of someone. It is impossible to miss.

Recently, I made a new friend that has really challenged me in this regard. He has challenged me in a very beneficial, life giving way and doesn’t even know it. At first, this guy sort of took me by surprise. I almost missed it. I mistook his energy and enthusiasm as an attempt to gain attention and notoriety from others. Quite frankly, that pushed me away at first. However, when I really took the time to observe, and watch his interaction with others, I realized that he was truly just radiating with the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely contageous when someone is going through life that way. This is especially noticable in people who have just given their life to Christ. You can just look in their eyes and see that there is something different, something supernatural going on. It attracts people like a magnet.

Now here is the challenging part. In the above paragraph I said, “I almost missed it.” That is a pretty scary statement. The transformational, revitalizing love of God was pouring out of someone right next to me and I almost didn’t recognize it. Why is that? It’s because the things of God were becoming common place and habitual in my life, and God used this man to fan the flame inside of me. God used this man to remind me that walking with Him is not about religious practice or doctrine, or even about filling up our schedule with minstry related activities. Walking with God is about the life changing power of love that pours out of us and onto others when we are walking closely with Him.

Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to this as human beings. We are creatures of habit. We can get so comfortable and set in our ways, and this includes our walk with God, that we resist anything that might disrupt the comfortable, familiar world we have created. This is exactly why the Pharisees and Saducees, who claimed to understand God better than anyone else in their day, didn’t even recognize the Son of God walking right in front of their faces. They were clinging too tightly to the familiarity of the traditions they had created.

The infamous Ferris Bueller said it very well, although he said it for very different reasons. In this excellent 1986 film, the main character sums of the movie with the line, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” True life only comes from the giver of life, and He is constantly beckoning us to embrace it. If we don’t stop and allow Him to interupt our habitual routines, we could miss His voice speaking life directly into our ears. Stop and look around today. Allow yourself to be motivated by His love.

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. – John 6:63

Celebrating Mothers In The World

Mothers are incomparable figures. Without the immense sacrifices of our mothers, we would not even be in this beautiful world today. Apart from bringing us here to see the light of this world, our mothers also have raised us with pure love, affection and care. We might not often have the time to express our emotions for them, but on a mother’s day, we can cast away all the shyness and take some time from our busy lives to say thank you to our mothers. So, we should all have some time to show her how thankful we are for her sacrifices for us

On this very special day, I want to let you all know that you are the best Mother’s in this world and I’m proud that I’m a son!

You taught me everything I needed to be a good human being. You are not only my mothers but also a teacher!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Unconventional Follower of Jesus Christ

I think you can follow Jesus and still be a unique, complicated individual. I think that’s the only way to authentically live. To be yourself. Lately, I’ve run into situations where I feel the need to be someone I’m naturally not, just for the sake of appearing to be a Christ follower to the world.

Here is the truth. I don’t always make it to church on weekday services. My favorite music most times are fast rap, rap and alternative rock, also am a deep fan of worship, a far cry from original hymns and choir songs. I like to spend time with all kinds of people, most of which do not share my beliefs. I make inappropriate jokes a lot of times and often don’t even come close to living the way I should according to what Jesus wants for me.

But doesn’t He already know this? If I lived in the time when He was ministering to people on earth, He would have probably had to call me out of a tree too. The issues I struggle with are the same as everyone else regardless if they admit that or not.

Here is the thing. Jesus loves us all. Regardless of where we are at. He wants your heart to be pure and your intentions to be genuine, above all else He wants you to love. To love Him with everything you have and then love other people with the same sincerity. No matter who they are, what they believe, or how they act. Just love them.

This is not easy and it never will be. You will grow and change and become wiser with time, but you will still struggle with this forever because it’s in our very nature to do the complete opposite.

This is why we need a God that is real and true and is the epitome of love. We are not able to love perfectly on our own. Someone must pick up the slack. The more we try to model a life-like Jesus, one that loves others and encourages them, I think we will find a better balance between radical Christianity and “watered down” versions.

Love God and love others. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you must be a mindless drone with no personal sense of self. It is the complete opposite, in fact. You don’t have to abandon your beliefs to reach unbelievers. Never be so narrow in your faith that you won’t even entertain the idea of associating with people who differ from you. Never be so radical that you deter people from even considering exploring your faith. Speak the truth and never falter from it, but do so with love and kindness. The greatest act you can do is walk among those who are still sleeping and, by your light, guide them to something greater than themselves. This doesn’t always happen, but when it does it is magical.

Don’t ever let someone make you feel “uncool” for being a Christian, and don’t ever convince yourself you are somehow above a non-believer for being a Christian. Just try to be more like Jesus every day.

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The Key To Good Leadership Is?

Ever wonder how to be a good leader? Do you look at people in your life and think that they are good leaders and you would follow them wherever they go?

When sharing with friends and family about my job and the people I work for I have worked beneath a great leader for the majority of the time I have been in my job. His performance in his job is obvious, but the reason I would follow him and continue to trust where he is leading me is one simple reason…Love. The man loves his employees and truly cares for them. But what I have seen and respect more than anything else is that he loves his family more than anything else in the world. THAT is someone I can get behind.

LOVE is the driving factor behind leadership, and one of the greatest leaders in the bible knew this well…Paul. Look how he asked Philemon to do something in his letter to him.

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.” Philemon 1:8-9

Paul knew that he was well respected and was an elder in the eyes of Philemon. He knew that realistically he could have told Philemon what to do (as an order) and Philemon would have more than likely done it out of respect.

But Paul didn’t order him to do it, he simply asked out of love. True leadership comes from love, not orders.

Just a couple of verses earlier, Paul compliments Philemon on the love he has shown to others.

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” Philemon 1:7

If you have such love for others that you are refreshing the hearts of others, then you will undoubtedly have people wanting to follow you. This is not easy to do. I’m guessing that you can think of a handful of people right now that you don’t exactly feel like loving at the moment. But that’s the challenge and encouragement to you today. A song by TobyMac says “I was made to love, and be loved by You” and that’s exactly right.

We were created in His image and built to love God as well as everyone we come in contact with on this earth.

GO BE A LEADER…LOVE SOMEBODY…LOVE EVERYBODY.

Pain Fades, Love Remains, Joy Returns

Pain is a part of this life. Brokenness is all around us. Parents split. Families’ abuse. The cancer wins. Children die. The only thing I know to be true is this: God is faithful. He is a deliverer. A healer. A savior. A protector. A warrior. A lover. A completer.

I’ve seen some pretty dark stuff in my days in this world. Perhaps the darkest was when I was still in the world, doing stuffs that had no meaning but hurting people around me. Also too many of my friends died. There was no escape from the pain. It was crushing. I never considered killing myself, but I can now see how some people could do it. The pain is simply too much to bear. It was the worst time of my life.

But God moved with a Mighty Hand. He heard me crying out and “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” – Psalm – 40:2 God brought to me a community of faith that changed my life and surrounded me with an amazing family in Christ. I walked in to new life.

He restored my heart and healed me of the wounds. I saw how good and mighty He really is. I worship Him for His faithfulness to bind up a broken heart. It didn’t happen overnight, though. Even as mighty as He moved, healing is a process. It seemed as though the pain would always be with me but again His promises are true: Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

The night may last longer than you wish, but when The Lord is your God, the morning always comes.

This year will be the second since I lost some very good friends. Am sure they are in peace and with Jesus. Not only did God help me walk into new life, but He saw fit to completely heal me. I am free. Looking back, I realized that even though He had been healing me, I was still walking with a limp through life. While I was not under the weight of tragedy any longer, joy had not returned to my heart.

There was a weekend outing with some church friends, we challenged ourselves to some games filled with lots of laughs and fun. I cannot remember ever laughing so much. It was the best time I have had in years.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:3

I would never wish such tragedy on my worst enemy but by clinging to Jesus during the night, He has restored my soul.

I know some of you have experienced terrible things, I know that. Just remember, no matter how long the night, the morning always comes. After that season, the Lord left me with a simple message I would share with you. The pain fades. Love remains. Joy returns.

What Are You Grateful For This Year

This year is such a blessing for me. God truly answers prayers, He never fails.

Am grateful to God for the gift of life and saving me from death traps during my traveling.

Am thankful and grateful to God for my family and friends that stood by me this year.

Am grateful to God for Good Health and sound mind.

Am grateful to God this year, allowing me to marry my best friend and Queen this year.

Am grateful to God for providing for my needs.

Am thankful and grateful to all of you reading my blog, and my community members. You guys are my professional colleagues. Thank you for everything have learnt from you guys this year.

Am grateful for the word of God. A-side the persecutitof Christians around the world, the gospel is still spreading very fast.

Am grateful for my country Nigeria. With the difficulties and economic downfall. God still kept us moving and alive.

Am grateful for my place of work and the favour and protection God gave to me.

We all have something to be grateful for this year. If you don’t have anything, just look at the way you breathing and alive. If you feel you asked God for something and you didn’t get it. Don’t fret and be dissapointed, God will surprise you in 2019 in Jesus name.

I love you guys, see you in 2019

Happy New Year in advance…