PROVOCATION – YOU NEED TO KNOW

52 ways cover stripYou need to know these things or perish in ignorance. God has even refused to accept ignorance as an excuse or why else would He insist that Jesus would not come back until the gospel has been preached to every tribe and people. Or why else would He bring all these teachings my way. Help me answer these questions.

Without knowing that God expects us to forgive our offenders, how would I have been able to forgive Ayoka the first and the second times? How would I have forgiven myself or Emeka or Kingsley or my parents? Didn’t His word say we should be holy for He is holy?

Would I have been able to control my baser desires with Emeka, or Kingsley or Alhaji, of all people! Would I have been able to accept Freeman or Comfort or Queenie, if not that I knew God expected me to, when He said we should bear one another’s burdens and to do good to all men.

Without His presence, how would I have had peace when everything seemed awry? Or joy even when I was scared to death about Queenie. How would I have been able to please Him, and communicate with Him, feel Him, and trust Him? How would I have been able to learn to appreciate Him, and be grateful to Him and others, to be able to worship Him?

Without knowledge, I couldn’t have seen through my own thick headedness to Ngozi’s humility or learnt a lesson of reconciliation through Etteyen’s life. I couldn’t have learnt to be more truthful or to be submissive. Or to pursue peace through Angela’s life, with the kind of attitude that should be avoided, like that of Becky’s.

If I hadn’t learnt and know that I should pray without ceasing, how could I have positioned myself to receive the confessions that changed my destiny? How could I really accept my new life, I, once a single mother, looked down on and unaccepted, becoming a celebrity, a married woman, an expatriate’s wife. One able to affect other people’s lives. Learning and teaching and then learning from those who’d been taught.

Was it not my joy to see Etteyen marry my adopted sister, Comfort? To have Queenie visit me in Texas. To hear her chattering with her friend, Adaora.

What a life?

A life of fulfillment, filled with wisdom and understanding, living honestly with my integrity. Pursuing peace with all men, in all fairness and humility. Submitting to all authority and ordinance in the fear of God, doing good to all as the opportunity presents. Admitting my faults and placing myself in the position to give and receive forgiveness.

I am an overcomer.

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Without knowledge, I never might have been able to tell. If I knew nothing, then I’d tell nothing. If I had nothing, then I’ll give nothing.

Hence, if I were to choose, I’d choose instruction instead of silver…

…And knowledge instead of gold.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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PROVOCATION – WORSHIP WORKS WONDERS

52 ways cover stripI woke up late at about 8am and groggily went on my knees. After taking a few worship songs, I felt so light, I decided to continue. I felt a sure presence of God in the house and before I could control it, I was down on my face in worship. I thanked God for His mercies over my life. I thanked Him for his ever sufficient grace.

I thanked him for the little gifts we all often overlooked – for sweet sleep, for waking up, for breathing, for good appetite. I thanked Him for being able to talk, to smell, to taste, to feel, to hear. I thanked him for my salvation, for the father-daughter relationship I had with him. I thanked him for my family, for Emeka, Adaora, Etteyen, and all my siblings. I thanked him for me.

I thanked him for my new sister, Comfort for after giving me so many, He deemed me fit to add one more. I thanked him for my parents, for their good health even at such old age. I thanked him for Queenie, who had already travelled two days earlier. I thanked God for their journey and the opportunity for the medical care. I thanked God for Emeka’s company, for allowing God to use them to bless Queenie, and then us.

I thanked God for his prosperity and for deeming Emeka fit to get a short-term assignment abroad from his company. I thanked God for Emeka’s office in Texas, for preparing him and them for a fruitful work experience. I thanked God for our journey, for all preparations, the favour we will receive at all embassies we would pass through, for our transit visas and travel visas, that Emeka was due back with the following day.

I thanked God for our tickets, for the flight, the attendants and pilots. I thanked God for the weather, a favourable one when we travel. I thanked God for the house we will live in Texas, for our neighbours, church that we will attend and new friends we would meet.

I thanked God for Adaora’s school, for the quick and easy way she would adapt, and for the new friends she would have. I thanked God for favour she would have before her new teachers and the school authorities. I thanked God for the quick way she would pick up academically. I thanked God for the spirit of boldness for all of us as we step into living, working and studying in a new environment.

I thanked God for open doors, favour, peace, wisdom, progress, prosperity in a new country. I thanked God for the people we are leaving behind; Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Cousins, Uncles, Aunties, Friends, Brethren. I thanked God for the grace and strength to push on for them and us, without each other, I thanked God for journey mercies for Emeka’s return from Lagos.

I thanked God for our traditional marriage and marriage blessing which would be conducted together because of lack of time.

I was on my face, thanking God, worshipping and praising Him. I had rolled on the floor in adoration, wept in thanksgiving and worship and was sweating profusely when I heard a soft tap on the door. I didn’t feel like bringing my worship to an end despite the fact that I know I must have been at it for hours.

But I couldn’t continue at the intrusion.

I sniffed and pulled myself up on one elbow. Emeka and Adaora were sitting at the edge of the bed close to me, smiling softly. I cleared my throat and smiled a little.

“You’re back,” I croaked.

“Been back since two hours ago,” Emeka said “Your visas have been issued!” he laughed. I jumped up, all the weakness leaving my body.

“What happened? I thought you were supposed to go today!”

“Favour. I got there yesterday just to confirm the appointment and there was a lot of questioning. They asked why you didn’t come. The woman in charge was so difficult and then she started asking to see you and Adaora …”

“I told you I should go …”

“Wait. I thought I would call and ask you to come but the woman was already pissed off. She asked me to come back today because she needed to do more investigations. Anyway, I was the first to get there this morning. At 10.00a.m, instead of the follow-up queries, I was handed back your passports without even seeing the woman or anyone. I was so sure it had been denied. Lo and behold, when I finally summoned up the courage to check, your visas were intact! I rushed to our office, and gave them your passports and was still able to catch 1’oclock flight.”

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“What time is it?” I gasped. My stomach suddenly rumbled conspiratorially.

“It’s 4.30pm. Why?” Emeka asked.

“Daddy, I told you she’d been here all day.” Adaora chipped in.

 

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TUESDAY ROSE BUSHES – NEW YEAR GIFT 2

 

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Thank you for your responses. I am having fun. Are you?

My New Year gift is all about you my dear readers and followers. So it goes like this: I will give you links to follow and use to answer the questions.

Question 2:

Testing this new discovery of mine, follow the link: http://ikasuwa.com/pepper

Have you read the book you see in the link?

Your answer will not be counted against you…and it will help me determine what gift is best for you.

Send your answer as a message on https://www.facebook.com/sinmisolaog/

Have fun and thank you.

A winner will be chosen through random selection by me. And there will be several winners. These fun quizzes will continue every week on Saturdays and Tuesdays all December through to the end of January in the new year on my Facebook page and shared on Twitter as well.

The New Year gift will be given in January, before my birthday on the 28th. Watch out for your copy!

MONDAY CHOCOLATE MELTDOWN – DEAD ALIVE

chocy croppedNever take a man serious. Never die because of a man. Live life, enjoy. If it’s not working, shove it. Eunice remembered all the words her friends spoke to her during the trying years with Rufus.

He was just a struggling graduate at the time.

She got pregnant for him, and friends rang the clarion bell in her ears. Oh, will you use your hard-earned money to feed the baby? When last did Rufus do anything for you? Remove the baby before you mess up your life. YOLO! You only live once, enjoy it. God has blessed you with a good job, don’t let a useless man ruin it.

And despite, Rufus’ pleas to keep the pregnancy, she terminated it.

Now she couldn’t get pregnant for the rich man she married who’s gotten a son from his mistress and abandoned her.

She’s in between the deep ocean and a burning forest.

All her gracious advisers are married with children. Not all are rich, but all have deserted her lonely life.

Where can she begin to live and enjoy life with Rufus resident along the same street with his wife and two kids?

PROVOCATION – LESSONS ON APPRECIATION

52 ways cover stripI was trying to clear out my wardrobe and Adaora’s when Comfort came in. I had sent a message to her about my good news but she hadn’t come. I had been so busy packing things and so on.

Once I travelled, I would not be back to Calabar to take anything. So I had been so busy. Church friends and family, office colleagues and neighbours had all come. So many things were happening together.

Our traditional marriage was in three days’ time. I had only resigned from work the day before, cleared my desk and now I hoped to clear my things from the house. Etteyen and I had gone to see the landlord and handed the tenancy to Etteyen. Emeka was scheduled back from Lagos but there seemed to be a little hitch and he hadn’t even called.

We were due to travel in a week’s time and he was expected to resume work in ten days’ time. It was all so tight and things were just moving so fast.

Comfort walked right into the room and I jumped. I didn’t know I had left the front door open.

“Hey Commie! How are you?” I exclaimed.

“I don’t know,” her voice vacillated slightly.

I stopped what I was doing and looked at her. “Are you alright?”

“How can I be?” She burst into tears.

I was scared. I moved quickly to her and held her in my arms. When her sobs subsided, I looked into her eyes and said, “Tell me all about it.”

“You’re going away. That’s all about it,” she said, sniffing. I was puzzled.

“Aren’t you happy for me?”

“I am.” She sighed, and after trying and failing at a smile, looked away. “It’s just that you’re the closest to family I have.”

“I don’t understand. I thought you had an aunty in town!”

“The aunty is a woman I worked with as a house help. We are not blood relations and she isn’t half as kind as you.”

My mouth drooped!

“I shouldn’t be saying this to you. It’s so unfair. You’ve been such a good friend and sister and I really am so happy for you.”

“I am not offended by that. In  fact, what I’m offended about is that you didn’t tell me this before. Now you have to. I want to hear it all.” I pushed some clothes off my side and sat more comfortably.

“You don’t have time for this…”

“I do. I want to hear it all.”

“I came to Calabar as a child, from the village. My mother was dead; my father had deserted us earlier on before my mother died. My grandmother saw our burden, six of us, too much and started sending us out one by one. I was the last child and the last to leave.

“Since then, I have worked from one house to another. You always thought I had a proper education, I didn’t. I taught myself with some of the books of my aunties’ children. About ten years ago, my grandmother died. No one sent for me. When I went to the village for Christmas, the neighbours told me she died over four months earlier and the community had buried her.

“No one knew the people my siblings were with. I didn’t know either. I hoped at least one would come home for the festivities but none came. The house was empty & very dirty. I cleaned it out and washed all my grandmother’s clothes. On market day, I went to the market and sold what I could. I brought the proceeds back to Calabar, told my aunty I wanted to learn a trade. And that’s how I learnt the hairdressing I’m doing. Now I have my own salon. But not a family in the world. When we became close, you were like a lost sister. Now you’re leaving…” She heaved a heavy sigh.

“I am only traveling. Now that I know, Comfort, be rest assured I am your sister…”

“I’ve never heard from my mother’s children. I have no cousins, or uncles….they must be somewhere.” She heaved again.

“I will always be your sister. I will never allow distance to come between us.”

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We hugged tight and wept together. After she left, I sat there dumb. Imagine the things one could take for granted. I had a house full of sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunties, and even grannies and here was someone who would appreciate only one!

 

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SATURDAY ROSE THORNS – NEW YEAR GIFT 1

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My New Year gift is all about you my dear readers and followers. So it goes like this: I will give you links to follow and use to answer the questions.

Question 1:

Follow the link: http://www.okadabooks.com/search?term=sinmisola+ogunyinka

How many of my books on the link have you read?

Your answer will not be counted against you…and it will help me determine what gift is best for you.

Send your answer as a message on https://www.facebook.com/sinmisolaog/

Have fun and thank you.

A winner will be chosen through random selection by me. And there will be several winners. These fun quizzes will continue every week on Saturdays and Tuesdays all December through to the end of January in the new year on my Facebook page and shared on Twitter as well.

The New Year gift will be given in January, before my birthday on the 28th. Watch out for your copy!