Inspiration || Salt and Light

Hi Guys,
So I had a speaking engagement earlier today and I preached from Matthew 5:13-16.

I talked about the symbolism of salt and light and listed some characteristics of each of them and how they relate to us as Christians.

Worthy of note is How To Shine Our Light As Christians:

1. Do Not Hide Your Light
We’ve been called to be light bearers! We cannot shine our light when it is hidden and when our light isn’t shining, men can’t see our good works and when our good works are not seen, our lives can’t bring glory to God. God is light and He is not to be kept a secret!

2. Talk and Share Your Faith
People should know what you carry…LIGHT! When we share our faith, we are simply spreading the light.

3. Light Other People’s Candle
We shine brightest when we are all lit.

4. Live a Life That Glorifies God
Living our lives for God brings Him glory and our light is a reflection of God’s light. So, when we get it right with Him, He shines through us.

The summary:
You are the light of the world
You’ve been anointed to illuminate
You are the salt of the earth
You’ve been assigned to preserve

As a preserver, stand on the watch for the lost
As a flavor, sweeten and add savor
As light, shine and brighten the world
You’ve been made a blessing to the world

You have been saved to shine
You have been transformed to inform
You have been helped to uphold others
You have been restored to strengthen

Hide not but shine your light so brightly
Influence and make an impact on others
Let men see your good works and not words
Let your life bring glory to your heavenly Father.

Keep Flourishing!

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Faith || Go for ‘D E Z Z A’!

I wrote part of this writeup a year ago but I suddenly started having this nudge in my spirit to repost it here, so I decided to add more flesh to it. I’m sure it will bless you and be a timely message for someone, I feel that so strong in my spirit. Keep reading and be blessed…😘

My husband and his siblings usually refer to anything original or good stuff as ‘dezza’ from the word ‘designer’. Lol! I don’t know how that came to be or the story behind it, I’ve not asked anyway, but what I know is that my eldest brother in-l(aw)ove has always been known to love anything ‘dezza‘. Oh yeah!😁

We all know anything from him can’t be short of good quality and value. He is one very fine and stylish pastor who doesn’t in any way go for nothing but the very best. No matter the price, he would rather wait than have anything short of quality.

I shared the above story to say that, God has not in any way called us to settle for less. He’s got the very best in store for us.

Often times, we allow pressure and other people’s opinion blind us from seeing our real worth, forgetting we have been bought with a very huge price which is the blood of Jesus.

You are priceless! Your worth is far above rubies! Don’t allow the devil to tell you otherwise, God’s plans for you aren’t secondhand, His purpose for you isn’t of less importance.

God’s plans and purpose for you are chassis and so does the gifts He has in store for you. They are custom-made for you alone. They are specific to you, they are nothing short of the very best. Do not allow anything to move you away from the essence of what God made you… A king! (See Genesis 1:28 )

When you understand the importance of your uniqueness and the value God has placed on you, you will not in any way settle for less either in marriage, career or whatsoever.

The scripture says “Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect.” {James 1:17a (TPT)}
Every gift God gives is first good and then perfect, no defect! No blemish! Anything perfect can’t be secondhand or used now! Abi?

So why do you want to settle for less in that relationship because you feel your marriage clock is ticking? Why do you want to stay on that job when it’s not adding any value or growth to you in any way? Why do you think you don’t deserve the good, perfect and chassis gift?

Over time, I realized it is a lack of faith in God that makes us settle or want to settle for less in any way and I think it is ungodly and unwise to feel or think God is not capable of taking care of you or you’re not worth receiving the very best gift from God.  If we trust God enough to sort us out in our life’s journey, we will begin to build our faith and patiently wait for Him to bring us the best at every phase.

If God is interested in the grass of the field, the birds of the air, how much more you that He made to be the head of all His creations? He definitely has your best interest at heart.

So, go for ‘D E Z Z A’!
God’s got the best in store for you!
Don’t settle for less!
Only wait on Him!

Keep Flourishing!

PS: I started a 10book (or more) in 30days challenge for this month of June, and I’ve had some friends join me. This is exactly 1 book every 3days and so far, we’ve endeavored to stick with this plan even in our tight or busy schedules. The journey has been very impactful and we are halfway done. Yippee! 💃

Anyway, you can still join us on this challenge if you wish to, your preferred list of books is allowed or see the list of books we are reading here.

We also have an accountability group on WhatsApp, if you wish to join us for review and follow-up, you can do so here.

Let’s smash some reading goals this month together. Yes! 💪

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Inspiration || Mighty Man of Valor

Oh! Mighty man of valor!
You don’t think that’s you?
You feel unworthy and unqualified?
But He says that’s who you are

He sees beyond your present status
He calls you mighty in your weakness
He calls you great even in your smallness
He sees a warrior even in your cowardice

Yes! You mighty man of valor!
The Lord of host is right with you
You shall be greatly helped 
Go in this power of yours

Your skills or ability are not needed
Only your obedience is required
Forget about your doubts and fears
He will surely see you through it all

You’ve been equipped for good works
Great grace has been unleashed
Victories and triumphs are assured
Peace roundabout is guaranteed.


Keep Flourishing!

PS: I started a 10book (or more) in 30days challenge for this month of June, and I’ve had some friends join me. This is exactly 1 book every 3days and so far, we’ve endeavored to stick with this plan even in our tight or busy schedules. The journey has been very impactful and we are almost done with book 3. Yippee! 💃

Anyway, you can still join us on this challenge if you wish to, your preferred list of books is allowed or see the list of books we are reading here

We also have an accountability group on WhatsApp, if you wish to join us for review and follow-up, you can do so here.

Let’s smash some reading goals this month together. Yes! 💪

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Faith || Double for Your Trouble – Word for The Month of June

As I was praying for the word for the month of June, I heard in my spirit Double for Your Trouble. I decided to read it up in different versions as my custom is for better understanding and I settled with the NLT version…

Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. Isaiah 61:7

I’ve not stopped praying with this word ever since I heard it in my spirit but I guess God wanted to start the manifestation of this particular promise with me…

The month of May was a very tough month for me, I experienced a major disappointment that I felt all hopes have been lost but you know what? At the very nick of time (the last day of May), God came through so big! He gave me more than double for my trouble. He did the above and beyond and made things even way better than I expected before.

I believe God is sending this word to encourage you and give you hope for the month, and you know what? God is ever faithful to His Word! I have witnessed it! I have experienced it…The goodness and faithfulness of God!

So, whatever difficulties you’re going through at the moment, or however, it looks like the year isn’t getting any better, let this word bring you encouragement and hope, for there will be a fulfillment of that which has been spoken by the Lord.

And for everything that has caused you to cry, be sorrowful, be sad, be ashamed, may you experience double honor instead, for every disappointment and set back, may the Lord render to you double for your trouble. Amen!

Welcome to June!
Your Month of Double and More!

Keep Flourishing!

PS: I am starting a 10book (or more) in 30days challenge for this month of June. This is exactly 1 book every 3days and I will endeavor to stick with this plan no matter how tight or busy my schedule is. Wish me well. Lol!

Anyway, if you wish to join me on this challenge, you can either do your preferred list of books or see the list of books I will be reading here

I’ve also created an accountability group on WhatsApp, if you wish to join, you can do so here

Let’s smash some reading goals this month together. Yes!

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Marriage || Life Lessons I Learnt from My Husband – Part 1

I know you’ve been told how important it is to marry a man/woman who really truly fears the Lord (Can’t be overemphasized)

It is also very important to marry a man/woman whom you’re attracted to (I mean, this is a serious business but story for another day)

But brethren, if you’ve never been told, hear it from me now, it’s ‘IMPORTANTER’ to marry a man/woman who is CONTENT (In all things). 

Grateful I married one! 🙌

The scripture says “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1Timothy 6:6) that means they can be godly and not be content even with their God-given purpose, read my post on Understanding Contentment In Your Calling.

Apostle Paul said, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11)

This is a question of character, it takes effort to really learn something. So, they might be tongue blasting brothers/sisters without character. It’s beyond just being godly and purposeful. #MyPoint

So, to the full post…

One of the major lessons I have learned from my husband is how to be truly content. I am not saying I am not a content person but I have learned to be better even in the mundane things.

My husband isn’t one who is easily pressurized, he does things at his pace without any comparison or trying to impress anybody. I learned practically from my husband that the only antidote to comparison is contentment.

Contentment is a peace you feel in your spirit, a peace that makes you know what you have no matter how much or little is enough.

I have only been married to this amazing man for just one year, 4months and 8days (he’s been my best friend of almost eleven years though 😉) and I have watched how he has led our home. No money pressure, whatsoever we don’t have now, we don’t need it.

He is so content! We don’t have it all but the rule is to be happy wherever we are, life is in phases and this young man isn’t in a hurry to move ahead of himself or God. This doesn’t mean, he doesn’t have goals for the future or plans for a better life, but he’s just so content at this level that you can’t help admiring him.

How many time have we allowed what we don’t have at the moment steal the joy of the moment from us?

Me, especially, I used to be a very worrisome person until I met my husband. I worry about everything and anything, I have quoted Philippians 4:6 severally but I just didn’t seem to be doing what it says. And as someone said, comparison brings discontent and discontent, in turn, brings anxiety.

But you know how God can teach us a lesson from the lives of those around us and you kept wondering how can this person be so peaceful, happy and joyful even when they don’t have it altogether?

That was my case with my husband. He seems to have everything under control all the time because he is always in a state of joy and satisfaction and has never allowed any pressure get to him, but I can say I am a better person now.

My message to you is simple, be genuinely happy with what you have and where you are, don’t allow the pressure of the world and that of social media, especially, take away your joy.
Majority of them are not true. It’s not usually the real story! It’s vague! The show outside doesn’t usually match the truth on the inside!

Comparison will make you chase someone else’s life instead of enjoying yours.

Be determined to enjoy your life and be happy with whatever you have and wherever you are at presently.

Don’t live your life just so you could impress people, don’t allow societal pressure to determine your values. Be truly grateful for where you are.

Keep Flourishing!

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Inspiration || 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 ( 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 ( 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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