Inspirational || Launch Into The Deep

 

Yes! I know you’ve toiled all night
Yes! I’m aware you’re an expert
But I can see you’ve caught nothing yet

You just obey and launch out

Move past the shore in shallow waters
Go into the deep and let down your nets
Break away from your comfort zone
Step out in faith and ignore your fears

Soon, you will be beckoning to others
Soon, your boat will be sinking

Soon, your net will begin to break

If you will just launch out

In launching out into the deep

In letting down your nets for a draught
In obeying His commandment
Lies your awaited breakthrough

Launch out, launch deep
Launch even deeper
Give no room to doubt
There are treasures in the deep.

Keep Flourishing!


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Faith || Ruth – Her Story and The Lessons

Written By Adeola & Damilola

Scriptures: Ruth 1- 4

The book of Ruth is one of great significance and such a charming tale of emptiness to abundance, of lost, love and redemption that we can learn so many lessons from.

It’s a book that gives us the full picture about the seasons of life and how God can rewrite our stories if we give Him the pieces of our lives and let Him make something beautiful out of it.

The Story

Ruth, a woman who after being widowed remains with her husband’s mother who entreated her to go back to her own people but she refused and followed her back to Bethlehem, the city where her late husband and parents in – law left for Moab because of famine.

These two women arrived just in time for the early spring harvest and Ruth immediately got a job in the fields of a wealthy man to support her and her mother-in-law. While working in the fields, she got noticed by her boss, Boaz, who happened to be a kinsman to the family of her late father-in-law. One thing led to another and Nomi became Boaz’s wife by law. Her name coincidentally means FRIEND in Hebrew.

The Lessons

No Matter Who You Are, God Is interested In You

Ruth was a Moabite (an unbeliever) and not a Jew (a believer) but she believed in the living God because her mother-in-law shone her light for her to see. (Matthew 5:16) We have been called to be beacons of light and hope to others, men should see our good light and come to the knowledge of Christ as a result. And this points to the truth that God is concerned about all people regardless of race, nationality, or status. He is the God of all. Irrespective of who you are, where you’re from or what you’ve done? God is interested in you. He does not discriminate, and He loves all people just the same. Although she was seen as unequal among the Bethlehem women, God saw her as equal with them. God is interested in you no matter how men see you. When people see your past and judge your present, God sees your future and shows interest in you.

You Are Important to God and He Has a Plan for You

Some saw Ruth as an unimportant person because she was from Moab, which was a nation that originated from an abominable encounter between Lot and one of his daughters. There is no such thing as an unimportant or void person in God’s eyes, His plan typically involves using people who are considered to be underdogs or unimportant or unimpressive from man’s perspective (1 Corinthians 1:27) because He wants to prove a point, as God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom. (1Corinthians 1:25) Even though she was from a foreign land, God had a plan for her life, the plan to be a part of the lineage of Jesus (as the grandmother to King David). God has a unique purpose for all His children. (Jeremiah 29:11) Irrespective of where you’re from, Gods plan for your life surpasses your origin.

Every Occurrence in Your Life Is a Tool for God

What an amazing plan God has for a series of “little” things that all added up to important pieces in God’s big plan. He uses “little” things to accomplish great plans. God by Himself arranged and orchestrated the plan He had for this termed ‘foreign’ woman. He intended for Ruth to be a part of the story of the lineage of Jesus. So, He pulled together events such as the famine, Naomi’s relocation to Moab, death of husband, their return to Bethlehem, Boaz’ field, and many other events just to ensure that Ruth could be a part of His plan. And God does that same thing in our lives today! Every occurrence in your life is a tool God is using to take you through where He has prepared for you.

No Matter How Far You’ve Gone, You Can Be Redeemed

She was redeemed by Boaz from shame and reproach, from lack and want, from poverty and loneliness, in the same vein God has a Redeemer in place who can rescue us from the devastation of our own sin and past.
No matter how far you’ve gone, God has a plan for your salvation. He has a Redeemer for your life, too, and His name is Jesus. Boaz was a type (prophetic symbol) of Christ and His redemptive work in our lives today.

The truth is, we are all desolate as a result of our sinful natures. We are empty, just as Naomi was empty and devastated after she had lost everything and returned to Judah. Our sin has rendered us empty and desolate spiritually. But Jesus, our Savior has redeemed us from the law of sin. We’ve been set free even before we recognized it. But our acceptance is key. You don’t accept what you do not know until you accept and confess and believe Jesus as your Lord and savior, your redemption from the snare of sin is not certain. (Romans 10:10)

God is calling you to beautify your life, to give you a fresh start and bring to past His eternal plan and purpose for your life as He did with Ruth.

Wouldn’t you rather accept His invite?


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Inspiration || S T A N D! – Word for The Month of May

Happy New Month Beloved!

We bless God for the grace to witness another new month, it’s the fifth month of the year and I just want to encourage some of us that feel the year is quite running ahead of us and it looks like we’ve not even started the year yet, nothing seems to be working yet even when we’ve done all we know how to do.

The Bible encourages us in the book of 1Corinthinas 15:58 to be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. A steadfast person knows what he believes and cannot be swayed by life’s pressure or even yield to it.

But sometimes in life when you have done all you know how to and all you can, then the only thing you still have to do is STAND! Just Stand! Be immovable! Be steadfast! Stand!

Look, it’s ok if you haven’t reached your goal yet, don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed with how far you still have to go and how the year is fast moving. Enjoy the race instead of thinking about the finish line, don’t just seek the end, live out the process to the end and with every step you are surely getting closer.

Keep your focus on one step at a time. Be thankful for how far you have come, though your beginning may be small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly (Job 8:7) and remember that, better is the end of a thing than its beginning. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)

However, this is not also the time to relent or give up, there are still more lands to conquer and your tenacity, persistence, and endurance are major factors needed, don’t let down your guards yet. Keep at it! Keep going and you will get there!

Have a Marvellous May
Keep Flourishing!

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”. 🤗

I have no doubt, you were blessed and I encourage you to send us your testimony (info@dajwrites.com) because I believe you have one. 😘

If you haven’t read the book, please get it for FREE here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓


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Faith || The Beauty of Easter

My favourite part of the story of Easter is the part of the hope that Jesus brought us, which I believe is the ultimate part.

You know, when the first man fell, all hope was lost, that man couldn’t anymore enjoy that cordial relationship and intimacy he once shared with God at the cool of the day.
I can imagine how bad God must have felt, I said so because I believe one of the reasons God created man is for fellowship and the fellowship was cut short due to man’s ignorance.

You see, God is such an amazing God! He wanted, by all means, to redeem man back to the position the devil took from him.
As a loving father who knew how much man has messed up and how by ignorance man sold his position to the devil, He, in His loving kindness made an alternative for man to be redeemed back into his lost place by sending His ONLY begotten son to die for mankind.


But the gory part of the story is that someone bled for the sin He never committed, an innocent person was crucified and sentenced to death on what He never did but He did it for love, He did it just for you and me. (Romans 5:8) He went through all that humiliation, agony and pain so we can regain our access to the Father, to give us dominion over the devil who cheated us in the beginning, to give us a good life, life beyond here, life everlasting.

He willingly went to the cross to pay the ultimate price and then to the grave, to finish the battle, He took the keys of death from the devil and won victoriously! In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. (Colossians 2:15) Death is now swallowed up in victory! Glory to God!

Heheheheheheh! O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55, 57)

Our Saviour couldn’t be held by death! He conquered and gave us full access at last. We can now boldly enter into the fullness of who we were made to be from the beginning of time.

The beauty of Easter is the victory that Jesus, the son of God brought us. It is the resurrection power that symbolizes the eternal life granted to everyone who believes.

What a great joy! What a beautiful story!
Christ is risen and so are we!
Risen to new life!
Risen to receive Power and Wealth and Wisdom and Strength and Honor and Glory and Praise! Hallelujah!

It’s worth celebrating!
Happy Easter Celebration!
Keep Flourishing!


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Faith || Why It Is Good Friday

Crucified for our glorification
Forsaken for our redemption
Atoned for our justification
Propitiated for our reconciliation
Became our sanctification

His life for our eternity
His blood for our errors
His flesh for our freedom
His stripes for our healing
His death defines love

He exchanged our inability for power
Our poverty for riches
Our ignorance for wisdom
Our weakness for strength
Our humiliation for honor
Our shame for glory and curse for blessing

It’s Good Friday because one man did all of this for us, He made it good! That man is JESUS!
He did it just for you and me!
What an amazing Grace! What an undeserving love! No greater love than this! (John 15:13)
Thank you Jesus for the cross!
Your blood made the difference!

But wait a minute! Wouldn’t it be better to live for Him? He first lived for you anyway!
I mean, doesn’t it make sense to fall in love with someone who gave us His life?
I think the best decision will be to come to Him now if you haven’t given your life to Him. He died for you and He’s been waiting to embrace you.
Come to Him now, He’s waiting! Talk to Him now, He’s listening.

Keep Flourishing! 💋

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”. 🤗

I have no doubt, you were blessed and I encourage you to send us your testimony (info@dajwrites.com) because I believe you have one. 😘

If you haven’t read the book, please get it here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓


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Inspiration || Distractions – The Small Things That Hinder The Big Things

Distraction is one major enemy of progress because it takes your attention away from what you’re supposed to be doing, and doing what you’re not supposed to be doing, hinders progress.

The Oxford English dictionary defines the word “DISTRACTION” as a thing that prevents someone from concentrating on something else.

Distraction can be in any form, it can be as mundane as watching TV, talking about TV, will I shock you if I say I’ve not watched TV in months? Yes! I haven’t and I can’t really explain why and how I’ve done that but I know I just simply learnt how to say no to some unproductive habits. I am yet to win the war over some but I celebrate the little wins. Lol!

It might be some other things for you but the consequence is the same…No result is achieved!

Walking the path God has chosen for each of us requires that we keep our eyes on the goal by staying focused on our journey and be intentional about it. We were not created to live a distracted life.

One of the things I said to myself at the beginning of this year was to be intentional about how I live my life this year, making every minute and moment count. I choose not to waste my time on anything (including people) that wouldn’t add any value to me and I’ve been making a conscious effort toward this.

That brings me to the summary of the solutions to distraction…Be intentional!

Being intentional is living your everyday life in an extraordinary way, living as you mean it. Owning each day! Making each day count!
Being intentional about your goals, being intentional about living a purposeful life, not just letting life happen to you. Taking charge of your life as you follow the leading of the Shepherd. Redeeming the time! Making each day worth living for yourself.

I like to say this a lot, when I see people that are paying attention to less important things, ” Stop being Martha, be Mary!” From Jesus’ encounter with the two sisters, Martha and Mary, where Martha was being distracted with many tasks and asked that Mary give her a hand (in her distractions oh! Imagine!) But the Lord told Martha one thing is needful. (See Luke 10:38-42)

On your journey in life, one of the needful things is FOCUS. Even Paul said “I PRESS toward the goal… (Philippians 3:14). There was a goal he was intentional about and he made the decision to simply stay focused on His goals by pressing, pursuing, running, reaching for, chasing…

Our ability to stay focused is more than just a worthwhile thing to pursue, it’s a major factor that determines our success or failure. Getting things done is imperative, and focus is one critical key to getting things done.

As someone once said, “You can’t do big things if you’re distracted by small things.” Your goals are the big things, distractions are the small things. So, as you walk your path, purpose in your heart not to allow the small things hinder you from doing the big things, be intentional about keeping your eyes on the goal. Neglect the distractions ( naysaying, habits, people, etc) because there will be but you have the choice to either entertain them or ignore them, I choose the latter!

Finally, I will leave you with this scripture: Proverbs 4:25 (TPT) “Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions.”

Keep Flourishing!

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”.

I have no doubt, you were blessed and I encourage you to send us your testimony (info@dajwrites.com) because I believe you have one. 😘

If you haven’t read the book, please get it here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓


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Faith || The God of the Master and the Slave

How many times have we allowed other people’s dictation to define our lives?
How many time have we simply written ourselves off due to our background?
How many times have we felt we are not worthy of God’s attention?
How many times have we run away from the same thing that’s meant to make us better?

This was the case with Hagar, Sarah’s slave who became Abraham’s concubine in the 16th chapter of Genesis.

Sarah was the one who ran ahead of God and the poor Hagar became the helpless victim of Sarah’s scheming!

Wait! What was Sarah even thinking or expecting? That Hagar’s child will automatically become hers? Is it that easy for a mother to give away her son? Or was she expecting loyalty from a slave who had shared her matrimonial bed with her husband? #Weird!

But the all-seeing God saw all of it and decided to come through for Hagar who had been unjustly dealt with by her mistress. I’m sure Hagar wasn’t expecting God to visit her, besides she was an Egyptian who never thought God would be interested in her case.

And one would’ve thought God had prepared a better place for Hagar to escape from her mistress’ maltreatment but God said, the way out is to go through the pain.

I have often said that you are where you are for a purpose and until the purpose is achieved, you must remain where you are. Nothing good comes easy! So, go through your pain, it’s moulding something great in you. The process is preparing you for the palace.

We saw that Sarah’s folly had its root in unbelief and her lack of faith in God’s potency to fulfill His promises brought about a mess that turned a friend of God into an adulterer, a godly woman into a wicked mistress and a poor girl into a pregnant fugitive.

You see, the consequence of our hasty actions in times of trials or the decisions we make out of impatience sometimes affect others.

But the good news is, irrespective of who you are or what you have done, God has a divine purpose for you and He is interested in EVERYBODY, both the Jew and the Greek, the high class and the low class, the rich and poor, there’s no favouritism with God. Romans 2:11

He is the God of the master and the slave.

Keep Flourishing!

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”.

I have no doubt, you were blessed. If you haven’t, please get it here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓


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Faith || Open Doors – Word for The Month of April

“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut… Revelation 3:8 (The Message)

Door symbolizes access, passage, the transition from one place to another.

This month, may the Lord open doors before you
May no gates be shut against you
Like Peter, may gate of the city begin to fling open unto you on its own accord
May you experience open doors
May you recognize an open door
May you walk right into your open door
May no adversary stand against your opened great and effectual door

I decree every closed door against you to be opened in the name of Jesus. Amen.

You need to know that Jesus is the door, the ONLY access you need to your next level, He has the key to every door. When He opens no man can shut; and when He shuts no man can open. (Revelation 3:7)

As you make Him the centre of your life this month and always, watch Him beautify your life with every good thing of life and see amazing doors in high places open for you.

In Him was life and that life was the light of men. (John 1:4)

Jesus is the life! He brings and gives life, life in abundance, life everlasting, life to the fullest, bubbling life. 💃

As you acknowledge Him and surrender to His bidding in all your ways this month, may He perform unimaginable wonders in your life. Amen!

Welcome to April!
Your month of OPEN DOORS.
Keep Flourishing!


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10 Amazing Books on Godly Parenting

Hello Moms,

I’ve got great news for you all. Yippee!

So I made a list of 10 amazing books I think you should read on your parenting journey.

I have seen how some mothers take motherhood with levity and this grieves my heart.

That bundle of joy in your hand is a whole destiny which God has given you the opportunity to be the nurturer and co-builder, it’s a very serious responsibility. Motherhood is not just a job, it’s a calling, a high one at that, please don’t take it lightly.

I often say that raising children goes beyond the basic needs of life: food, shelter and clothing or sending them to the best school, your impact on your child can never be compared to that of any teacher in any school.

You are the sole determining factor of how your child turns out and this requires you making a conscious effort and being intentional about raising your child in a godly way. But you cannot impart what you do not possess. We were told from the scripture to teach and talk to our children about the commandments of the Lord.  (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

There will be a time you will have no opportunity to tell them what to do anymore because that season would’ve passed but this season you can do much more by taking your place as a co-builder with God.

So, here is some list of books on godly parenting I think will help you on this great adventure of raising generals for the Lord:


1. The Mission of Motherhood – Sally Clarkson

No calling is greater, nobler, or more fulfilling than that motherhood. Every day, as we nurture our children, mothers influence eternal destiny as no one else can. Tragically, today’s culture minimizes the vital importance of a mother’s role.

In The Mission of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson helps you rediscover the joy and fulfillment to be found in the strategic role to which God in all his wisdom has called you, for a purpose far greater than you can ever imagine.


2. The Ministry of Motherhood – Sally Clarkson

A mother’s day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child’ s physical, emotional, and social needs, vital opportunities for spiritual nurture and training can be overlooked.

Using biblical wisdom and practical teachings, Sally Clarkson shows how you can make a lasting difference in your child’s life by following the pattern Christ set with his own disciples–a model that will inspire and equip you to intentionally embrace the rewarding, desperately needed, and immeasurably valuable Ministry of Motherhood.


3. The 5 Love Languages of Children – Gary Chapman & Rose Campbell

In this book, Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:

  • Discover your child’s love language
  • Assist your child in successful learning
  • Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively
  • Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language. Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child.


4. Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord – Dave Stone

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord is the first of three books in the Faithful Families series where Pastor Dave Stone applies a practical, conversational, and humorous approach to the challenge of building a strong spiritual foundation for the family. 

Topics include: Authenticity, Discipline, Modeling Godly Principles, Sharing the Load, and more. 


5. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full – Gloria Furman

Motherhood is tough, and it often feels like the to-do list just gets longer and longer every day―making it hard to experience true joy in God, our children, and the gospel.

In this encouraging book for frazzled moms, Gloria Furman helps us reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches.

Showing how to pursue a vibrant relationship with God―even when discouragement sets in and the laundry still needs to be washed―this book will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are.


6. Parenting – Paul Tripp

In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents.

Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques.

Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God―grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.


7. The Lifegiving Parent – Clay & Sally Clarkson

In The Lifegiving Parent, respected authors and parents Clay and Sally Clarkson explore eight key principles―heartbeats of lifegiving parenting―to shed light on what it means to create a home where your children will experience the living God in your family.

This book will equip you with the tools and wisdom you need to give your children much more than just a good Christian life. You’ll give them the life of Christ.


8. Raising Champion Children for God – Pst. Billy Joe Daugherty

In this book, parents will realize that there is no higher calling than raising godly children, how to frame their children with God s Word, the importance of their words and actions matching up, restructuring their priorities to spend quality time and have fun with their kids, and more.

Parents will discover keys to developing lifelong relationships with their children and grounding them in God s Word, providing their kids a foundation to build their life on.

Billy Joe inspires parents that it may not always be easy to be proactive in raising godly children, but the rewards are immense and the Holy Spirit is always there to help.


9. Bible Match Flash Cards – Kemi Oyedepo

This is an amazing material by one of my mentors, Mrs Kemi Oyedepo and I am sure it will bless you and more importantly help your children learn the scriptures (the word of God) with ease.

Every parent who desires to raise champions with the word of God dwelling in them needs this!


10. The Power of a Praying Parent- Stormie Omartian

In this life changing book, Stormie shares how you can pray through each stage of your child’s life, from early childhood to adulthood. Learn how to put your child’s life in God’s loving hands in such areas as his or her

Safety walk with God , Success in school,, Friends, family relationships, Gifts and Talents

It’s never too late to discover the joy that comes from being a part of God’s work in your child’s life. You don’t have to be a perfect parent. But you do need to be a praying parent. And you can do that.


Raising giants and champions for God requires that you are equipped to do so.
You will not fail God. Amen.

I am sure these books will bless you and you will learn a lot. So, hope I made a good choice of picking out these books? What book have you read or currently reading as a mom? Please comment below, let’s learn from one another. Thank you.

Keep Flourishing!


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Faith || When Life Seems Overwhelming

Psalm 46:1 says:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (NKJV)

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble — more than enough and always available whenever I need you. (TPT)

From the above scripture, we understand that God is a helper who can always be found in our times of trouble. He is always available, no network failure with Him. 😁

This implies that no mater what may be happening around us, even in the face of life’s troubles and challenges, we can take refuge and derive strength from God.

No doubt, there will be difficult times and we can either go to God who has been proven and promises to be our refuge or find an alternative but I think the former will be the best option. 😉

For with God, we can experience peace even in the midst of chaos and only those who take refuge in God are safe and strengthened to go through the difficult issues of life. 💪

God is always our ever present help, always ready to help us, He is ever near, ever faithful, ever potent Father, before we call He will answer ( Isaiah 65:24), that’s what he promised and God keeps His words. 🙌

There’s no safest place to hide than in God, there’s no better person to go to when life seems overwhelming than God. 👍
Therefore, take refuge and rest in Him.

Keep Flourishing! 💋


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