Saturday, 6 January 2018
Friday, 10 November 2017
I came to show you
You already are
Your heart is hid in me
I will always show off my treasures
For the whole world to see
That I am the one
Who has held you close forever
Who has never left you
Who shows you love unending
Did I not set the stars in the sky
And the ocean waves to roar
Did I not craft each heart
As delicate as a dew drop
But yet unbreakably strong
It is I who has never left you
Whispering my love
This is just the beginning
Of new times of joy unimaginable
Of a wiping away of tears
Of unfolding of eternity's space
05 Nov 2017
Thursday, 2 November 2017
Okay, I will include just one here.
In this photo I am so excited to show off one of my scarf designs 'The Iya Onigele'. The company Noji Art was born out of the joy I received from painting on canvas again, and then started putting my drawings on scarfs. It has been a deeply theraputic engagement, and centre stage in the healing process.
photographed by @anny_robert
Make up @makupbykofo,
I really enjoyed the styling, the make up and photographing process, and I am so honoured to be able to share my story in support of breast cancer awareness. Please check your boobies ladies, regularly and often, and see a doctor if you notice anything untoward. I count myself extremely lucky to have survived, as my fear kept me from doing anything for five long years. This was because I had just recovered from the disability and near death experiences from the previously undiagnosed auto immune condition called Myasthenia Gravis. Thus, I count myself a double survivor, praise be to Jesus.
Finally, my immense and unmeasurable gratitude goes to God for choosing me to showcase His awesome power and for giving me this beautiful life to live. I cannot but also give unending thanks to my husband , my children, in fact all my family and friends who stood by me in wonderful ways.
Any survivors out there? I am sending you my heartfelt love and well wishes.
Please click on the link below for the full article, so well written by Moyosola Jolaolu at Flourish Africa.
Sunday, 27 August 2017
Coming in to land in Tuscany
Sunday, 6 August 2017
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
I yelled at him and asked him to step back and wait his turn. The person behind him echoed this too and I felt justified in my outburst until the Holy Spirit showed up and convicted me. As I was paying for my items I heard so clearly that I must not leave the supermarket with this issue open ended. I must apologize .
So I swallowed humble pie . Then I turned to the man and said something like ' I am sorry for shouting at you just now, I just wanted you to know that you were standing too close, and just for you to know that some people don't like this' The man looked at me with such calm and understanding and said ' I appreciate what you have told me'
I walked away profoundly affected because I am not in the habit of snapping like that and yelling at people. But the 'Lord of my heart' became my vision and sent the Holy Spirit to prompt me to apologize. This seems like a small thing but I came away smiling because the Holy Spirit visited the supermarket and thus we know that God is interested in the minute details of our lives.
That we may stumble but He will send the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
'Be thou my vision o Lord of my heart' are words from one of my favorite hymns. It stirs me deeply because it is a heart felt prayer. It is an answer to what I have been thinking about over the last few days. These words tell me that my heart must be submitted to the Lordship of Jesus and thereby given 'vision' that is Godly because, aligning with God's vision makes me align with 'growth producing ways'
When I looked up this hymn, I discovered it is an 8th century Irish hymn which was first translated into English in 1912 by Eleanor Hull and published in 1919, after which it was set to the tune called 'Slane'
The words convey eternal truths that were true in the 8th century and these words are as true today, in resonance with this our God: the same yesterday, today and forever.
May the Lord be the ruler of our hearts and thus direct us to see ourselves first as he sees us, so that we will be clear in our purpose and walk in it.
Friday, 30 June 2017
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Be still and know that I am God
Being still is something I find difficult sometimes. My mind wanders all over the place. I think that the same impetus that gives me great insights in life on the one hand and inspiration for my artwork on the other, makes me vulnerable to not being still. But yet this is a crucial requirement in hearing from God.
I learnt many things in the season of my life when life threatening sickness and disability was my experience.
One of the most important things I learnt which I must add that I see now only in retrospect, is to be still.
Even doing 'good things' like being constantly occupied with kingdom work may also be detrimental to the important discipline of 'being still'
Being still means being quiet on the inside, consciously, and intentionally shutting out all else to create an environment for 'listening' . Listen I must, if I am to be truly led along the right path of purpose and service. Busyness is detrimental to being still, and yet there is so much to do in God's vineyard, there seems to be a shortage of time and people to accomplish it.
I have written about the 'God DNA' deposited in us in earlier blogs. It is vital that we realize that being still is key to connecting with ourselves, the part of ourselves which is God himself deposited in us. This needs careful nurturing and an enabling environment to grow. This is because it is the part of us that connects us to eternity and values that will never perish. The most important part of us which requires our stillness is 'the image of God in which we were created' It is when we connect with this part of ourselves that we have the experience of looking in the mirror of our spirit man and seeing the true reflection of who we are in Christ Jesus. Here we have confidence, we have true identity and in the stillness of these moments we see and hear God. So today I thought I should take a look at detrimental actions to being still.
They include the following:
1. Being on my phone far too much
2. I am sometimes like Martha preparing and organizing the home
3. My thought life
4. My attitudes and motives
5. Entertaining my fears and anxieties
7. Many activities (even church ones)
So, what is the way forward?
How can I be still as described in Psalm 46:10 ?
.... "Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalms 46:10 | NIV
1. It takes PRACTICE
2. It requires being INTENTIONAL
3. It requires being SENSITIVE in the spirit
4. It requires practical things like REARRANGING our schedules
5. It requires RECOGNITION as to when to shut down
6. It requires DISCERNMENT as to what is detrimental
7. It ultimately requires ROMANS 12:2
In short, in order for me to Psalm 46:10, I must first Romans 12:2 my life so that 'we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.'
2 Corinthians 3:18 | NIV
So help me God.
Thursday, 8 June 2017
I just read Genesis 22:1-12.
I am trying to imagine what I would be thinking had I been a fly on the wall when Abraham heard he was to sacrifice his son . This is his only son, the one born to him and his sweetheart after many years of waiting, even beyond the fertile years of Sarah. A miracle baby, a precious baby, one that defied science when there was no IVF.
And then there was the matter of the promise that Abraham would be a Father of many nations.
This story appears to raise more questions than answers. How was Abraham going to be the father of many nations after he kills his only son and heir?
If it were in this present day, I wager his family would call on the psychiatric community to have Abraham sectioned and we in the body of Christ would all be binding and casting and denouncing every plan of the enemy. The social media waves would be bursting with compelling messages, calling for all of us to pray 'against the plan of the evil one' . The message would go something like this.
Dear Christian brothers and sisters, please read this message to the end, it is vital and important that we take action and pray in one accord. You all remember Elder Abraham and his wife Mummy Sarah, and how they shared their testimony about the fruit of the womb after waiting over 30 years?
Sources close to the family ( this was leaked by their house help ) reliably informs us that Elder Abraham is about to kill that baby who is now in his teens. He said he heard from God that he should sacrifice Isaac aka Oluwa pamil'erin .
Everyone should say this prayer and pass on urgently to all your chat groups and networks, to forestal the machinations of wickedness in high places
Dear Heavenly Father , we come before you on behalf of Daddy Abraham and Mummy Sarah's family. We bind every plan of the enemy to destroy your precious fruit of the womb Oluwa pamil'erin ( God has made me laugh)
We say that all the evil forces surrounding them should die by fire!
Protect the life of Oluwa pamil'erin , send your waring Angels to protect him and fight for him. Restore Elder Abraham to his right mind in Jesus name. We declare that no weapon fashioned against this family shall prosper..............etc etc etc
Thankfully, we learn from Abraham's actions that obedience is more important than anything else , that God's sovereign will triumphs over all. That God will make a way where there seems to be no way.
That God is a miracle working God indeed.
That trusting God will never take us to a place outside His will.
That our perspectives on life may be at total loggerheads with God's plan and His plan may appear to go against all logic.
I am not sure that I would have obeyed in this manner, I am sure I would be rebuking the enemy and would not have recognized this instruction from God. Abraham did, what about you and me?
What is God asking us to sacrifice, something so precious that he has gifted us with after a long, long wait?
Are we tempted to try and align sovereign will with our own logic spurred on by what we want?
These questions are scary to think of, but it is clear from this scripture that I must, so help me God
Other things I have learnt:
- There is no limit to the extents to which God will call you and He dictates the 'how'
- God is the giver of our lives and He alone has the power to direct its path.