Shinning Lights + More…

 I don’t really know where to start from; I’ve got so much to say before the main stuff…

Well, I do hope you had an amazing day? I know weekends are like gold and mine was worth more than gold.

I was all dressed and tushed up today for Dabira conference at Eko hotels and the conference is part of my being all chirpy and excited but I am more excited about the fact that tushed up or not, God has got all of me and if it takes my rolling on the ground, prostrating and kneeling before Him to worship Him in the midst of gorgeously dressed ladies who looked like they don’t poo, then I will… There’s no shame in this life with my God, the clothes and all I have on me are all Him. I will appear foolish all over again in public while worshipping Him if I have to and that’s what I did today… Worshipping God with our hearts is awesome I tell you…

Btw, you know how you can tell who a worship minister is? He is one who when he stands on the stage to worship, you no longer see him but see the God he worships…  Then you know he is the real deal and that’s what I felt when Pita led worship at the conference today. I’ve felt that way twice now, when he came to my church-RCCG The Oasis and today at the conference. Ah, he is amazing worship minister I tell you, we need more of his type…

 

And onto what my post is really about…

I was in an all-girls round table talk yesterday, and I did learn a lot. I have massive respect for the lady who brought us all together, I applaud her efforts and I see her going places for God…

But I picked on something there… (Dearie, if you are reading this, I mean no harm to you, I just really feel that I should share this and spread the word. Thanks sweetie…)

Ok, like I was saying, she organised this awesome all girls talk and she said she didn’t want any “religion” to be brought into it, like, “share what you want but don’t refer to your faith.” I understood her basis for that, she wanted the atmosphere to be free and all and I am not writing this just because of her but because I have heard such words from others too and I feel Christians miss it sometimes(including me).

At Dabira conference I attended today, you could tell that it was a Christian lady in charge of it all as we had the worship session and the speakers were core women of God who didn’t speak without referring to our awesome God. The founder Mrs Lara Odebiyi made it clear that it was a free for all conference, muslims and other religion were included and free to attend BUT there was never any doubt that the lady was a Christian woman for Christ and her intention was to change women’s life for Christ. And that takes me back to wanting no “religion” in things we do.

What is the essence of God giving you a vision and purpose in life if it’s not to bring glory to His name?

What is the essence of God placing a light in us if it won’t lead right back to Him? If we cannot talk about our Father in that place where we function then why are we there?

I tweeted a while back that some or most Christians feel somehow when talking about their faith. But do we actually realise that we are talking about a glorious God? The only true God? The God who holds the winds in His hands? Who sees the end from the beginning? Who moves the clouds whichever way He pleases?

When Jesus was on earth, everything He did led people to His Father in heaven. He referred to the Bible, He preached the word even when talking to unbelievers, and He never left His faith out of anything He did whether who He was dealing with believed in God or not.

I imagine that that’s what God wants us to do too. He doesn’t want us to tone Him down-that’s insulting to say the least.

Do we tone down your boyfriend/girlfriend when talking to our friends?

I think God is looking for people who will stand up for Him. People who will let everyone know that everything and anything they do come from the Christ in them. People who in whatever meetings , conferences, businesses, anything at all they get involved in, speak about Christ and yes, even speak to an unbeliever about Christ with no shame. Who knows? We might win a soul in so doing. Respect other people’s opinion, love them but don’t hide the Christ in you.

let your light

To me, the Bible is my constitution and I won’t apologize for referring to it. The entirety of who I am comes from God. You take Him away from Him and I’m nothing, I am no one, I would have nothing tangible to contribute in a conversation.

I have resolved that I won’t apologise for my faith, I won’t apologise for referring to the Bible when I speak to people.

I won’t ever say I am sorry when I have to talk about my heavenly father in a conversation.

No, I won’t and we all should not. Christ’s light won’t be dimmed in us, and even in fulfilling God’s purpose in our life, we will speak of Him and let everyone know that the light they see in us comes from God.

God has placed us as lights for Him in the world, and in ALL we do, let our lights lead others to Him.

So help us God.

#my own two cents.

I would have loved to share the pictures I took today with you all because I looked HAWT (hehe) but I snapped them with a borrowed tab since I’m using “palasa” right now and the owner of the tab isn’t back yet and I had to publish this post today so it doesn’t disappear somewhere since I have got a long day ahead tomorrow..(phew, long story) Just manage this picture I took during the week, whet your appetite small. lol. Camera 360Camera 360

Have an awesome time with what’s left of the weekend dearies, and don’t forget to worship God like no man’s business in church tomorrow. Yes, prostrate with your lovely clothes if you have to and feel like it. He gave you the ability to get them so worry not about it getting dirty.(kukuma wash am when you reach house). Just remember, God inhabits the praises of His people.

Much Love,

I gotta crash.

*Kiss kiss*

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28 comments on “Shinning Lights + More…

  1. Babe, there’s something about the way you write that brings me back to this blog. You write from the heart not just the head and that’s really commendable.

    But really, why should I apologise just because we are having a conversation and I say something like, bible even says….?’

    Okay, someone might say (like you mentioned above), we shouldn’t be so religious when talking with people so they can be free/real around us. I say If I’m indeed a Christian and choose to be silent about it, how real am I? You want people to be free around you? try being your real self, let’s know what you stand for. Stand for something or fall for anythg!

    You go girl! And I agree with what you said about a true worship leader, it is soo fresh!

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    • I so love your comment Buqie…
      there was a time, even till this moment, when I talk to anyone they say “oya, we dey expect the bible verse, quote am ” and I used to fell “somehow” about it but then I thought, that’s what am known for, for my Father’s words in me, I better stand up for that than to fall for anything like you wrote..i rather be known for that, I cant separate myself from the God in me, I am me because of Him.
      And as for people being free around us? am as real as they come and I f people are repelled from us cuz of the Christ we proclaim, then do we really need them?
      we shouldn’t see anyone that isn’t a Christian as below us but a the same time, we will let our light shine as we should.
      I truly appreciate your stopping by dear. sleep tight

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  2. Hey Frances, this really ministered to me this night… You know, I have an issue trying to blog about my faith since this year but some how I am still praying for the grace to flow like you guys…
    Your words are a blessing today.

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    • I am really glad God spoke to you through this Charles, we are not perfect, i used to struggle and still do sometimes..but the truth is we need to be bolder with Jesus, God actually wants us to do that, to speak of God, to spread His word, not to deny Him even if its unintentional but to stand for God anywhere..His grace is sufficient, always..

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  3. Babe!! Gba owo….You have spoken well.

    I think as we mature in Christ, we begin to see that there’s no way our conversation is not loaded with him or have traces of him present. Why? Because we have grown to see that Christ is Life. I came that I might give you life and life abundantly.

    I remember also talking to someone in the past about an issue and then she said remove God out of it and I was like….?
    Recently, I’ve now begun to see that it’s not possible. In areas where I am concerned, I am the light of the world, the salt of the earth. It is not possible to be light and hide under the bed or as salt be tasteless. Even Jesus talked against being lukewarm and spewing such out of his mouth.

    Because the time will come when the sons of God and the sons of the devil will be made manifest. Where will you cling to then?..

    I remember there was a time I used to feel somehow too talking about God or christ because I felt won’t people say “My own is too much” or “She has come again.”

    But when God made me see WHO He Is, I AM THAT I AM, THE Beginning and the End, The one who is timeless, neither sleeps nor slumbers…, ahh, I adjust chair and appreciated that I was carrying something so huge in me and allowed the world dictate what they want?

    It was later I began to understand that God is the center of it all. No God, no nothing, no life, no trees, no birds, just void and emptiness.

    Because God is life.

    I listened to Joyce Meyer yesterday and one sentence she made struck a chord.

    “My worst days with God are better than my days without him” And all I could do was smile, laugh and nod my head not wanting to cry.

    Because It’s sooo true. God just makes everything makes sense and sometimes I want to yell at people that CANt you see?! Are you blind! God sent his son to give you life. Now I understand the annoyance of Jesus when he kept talking and people had hardened their hearts.

    I will not force my religion on you. No way. I don’t do religion anyway, I do CHRIST and I will allow HIS spirit lead me if he wants me to minister to you. If he doesn’t, then I will keep quiet and wait for his leading. But if you want me to apologize for mentioning Christ while we discuss, then I’m sorry. I can’t.

    Jesus said, “whosoever is not ashamed of me before men, him also I will not be ashamed of before my Father and the angels in Heaven. #Period.

    Because at the end of it all, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

    He says, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.

    That’s enough reason to cling to Jesus till I die, for His grace is sufficient for me and His strength is made perfect in my weakness.

    Okay…., This is another post abi…lool, I just couldn’t hold it in. Your post brought it all out. 🙂

    Have fun tomorrow at work

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    • and Itunu, your comment its another post I love..
      I get the “keep God out of it” comment all the time, even before they speak to me about what they want to say..i just laugh in my mind, they don’t know, its “no God, no me, no Christ and I am as lifeless as they come”. I cant leave Him out of it, its “impossicant”
      its as Joyce Meyer said, my worst days with God are better than no days with Him, that’s just it and I cant leave Him out of anything, not that I can even, even if I try to, i cant leave God out of convos,its just not possible.

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  4. @glowingscenes Gbasibe! Iagree with your comment xoxo.

    And yes, it is another post. The writer in you will sha not let you be abi? ehehehehehe

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  5. You’re so right, when I started reading the post and you mentioned that the event was molding women in Christ – without the mention of Christ, I was a bit unsettled as it doesn’t quite correlate.. So when you gave your point of view, it was very refreshing to read.. You can’t pass a message without THE message involved – Then, you might as well just have a meeting and not bother making it based on foundation of Christianity. Christ doesn’t call us to let our lights show a little, He says let it SHINE!!
    I understand where the organisers are coming from beacause everyone irrespective of religion needs to improve themselves .. but then I dare say that the only way I know how is through Jesus.. Except one is saying that there are other ways around it, not necessarily through Jesus..
    (ok, I may have rambled a bit but you get the point lol)
    You look lovely by the way! xx

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    • I do get the point wella Ayo.lol
      The first event (the one where the organiser wanted us not to bring faith into it)wasn’t really about molding women in Christ, it was an all girls table talk, talk about purpose, being different and set apart for something great in the world…
      but still, like you said, the only way I know I can improve any aspect of my life at all is through Christ, no way around it…my light cant be dimmed in me, when I talk, the God light in me must shine through, and its not my fault, I cant fit hold something so awesome in, it must burst forth..that’s just the way it is…

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  6. Without Christ, I am nothing. Ask Daniel what he did when d edict about being fed to lions was passed? We never reach there sef! Anyone muffling my faith, wants to make me powerless. Mba nu

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    • big mba nu Dr N,..i am no one, nothing without God and we cant even risk leaving Him out of anything..
      and Daniel is one of my fave men in the Bible..i prayand am striving to grow to the point where I can say like him and his friends “my God can save me, but even if He doesn’t, I wont bow to you”..even in the face of hot fire, I strive to grow to that point cuz indeed, our God awesome reach to go all out for Him like Daniel did.

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    • Big mbanu Dr N. we are absolutely nothing without Christ and we just cant let Him go, that’s just the truth.
      and Daniel is one of my fave guys in the Bible.i pray and strive to be at that point by God’s grace where even in the face of fire, I can say “my God will save me but even if He doesn’t, I wont bow to you”.. that place where I cant shut my mouth from speaking about Christ even in face of threats, that place where i know there’s no use going on without God even in the face of trials and all, I just know I cant let Christ go cuz its just not possible..

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  7. Chei! See babe oo! *drools at your picture*Lol

    You’ve touched on a very sensitive issue with delicate hands. Or should I say words? Christ has to be the center of our being in all we do because we can’t take Him out of anything.

    I couldn’t help saying “Preach it, girl” when you were describing the worship minister and the worship experience. Lol 😀

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    • ah Maggielola, the worship experience was awesome, it always is sef.tres awesome..
      Christ indeed has to be the centre of our being in All we do..we’ll keep on keeping on to make him the centre indeed by God’s grace..
      ps: tried and tried to comment on your “writer and blogger” post to drop the link I wanted to comment with a nd for some reason I couldn’t..

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  8. Frances honey, you always have a way of boosting my faith or leaving something in me whenever I read your aticles. God bless you for the bold heart you have, for using your gift to bles him and not burying it.
    I sent the link to a friend and we had a long discussion about it. We both found it hard for a while expressing our faith so publicly and still struggle with it atimes. But, your words f encouragement sweetie. God bless you as you have blessed me and inspired a new blog post. Due to the conversation I had with my friend regarding faith and your post, I will be writing an article and posting it. You can check it out on sunday @ http://mateyscott.blogspot.co.uk
    God bless you for being a shining light for him and letting others find their light through your words.

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    • Mayowa, I was short of words as I read your comment AGAIN..
      and one prayer kept ringing in my heart..”Lord, I feel somehow when I look at my stats sometimes, but truly Lord, if its just one person like Mayowa, you turn around to be bolder or change something in their lives because of your words inme, then I am grateful”..
      Pls keep speaking up for Christ, let His light shine through you to all around you wherever you are. God is too awesome to be hidden anyway, very soon it will become 2nd nature to you, you cant help but speak of him in virtually all your conversations..
      will be waiting for the post.*hugs*

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      • Darling, everything you do matter. Your writing and this blog matter. Forget about stats because someone out there is being blessed. I am definitely being blessed. Thank you so much and God bless your heart. *bigger hug and an unexplainable smile*

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  9. This Is such a reminder…how do we live our lives and fulfil our purposes without bringing God into it? Then what’s life worth…then who are we talking about….I mean what track are we even following…so many questions…this is one deep post!

    Ujesta.blogspot.com

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  10. Sometimes u jx find urselves in some delicate places and d best u can do is to sound moral and not religious…prolly cos u dont want to upset others in d same place…..very awkward

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