Safe!!! NOT FOUND!!!

A thought came to mind this morning,
I love costumes by the way… And they’re great pieces I have always admired.. Not particularly for a desire to wear them or own them, but the intricacy with which several stones are embellished. Diverse colours carefully but firmly riveted onto a metal framework ensuring they never fall out… Perhaps some powerful adhesives are used to hold the beautiful stones down.
Oh and the array of them, there must be a principle informing the sequence of colours in the outlay… For under light, it gives off an overwhelming spectrum… Bold but lighted up reflections.. Sometimes I wonder if the stones are luminous or have light trapped within them that answers to external light and shows off its hidden light…as a peacock strutting across the fields with its feathers stretched out..
I’d love to meet a jeweller someday… I can already see how interesting and intriguing our conversation would be.
He or she would have a lot of explaining to do.
It’s my admiration for costume pieces that makes
me completely understand why they are deposit worthy… I read of them being hidden in safes, banks restricted areas …. First as stones and afterwards as jewelry… In the hands of the seller even the owners.
A friend once made a joke to me about having a relative whose jewelry got delivered minutes before her departure for an occasion. And yes it would often be escorted by a throng of security officers and so would she once adorned with the piece.
The job scope of the security personnel- guide the lady and the piece!
Hold that thought!
Now that’s exactly who we are in Christ Jesus! God’s priced costume! In fact, the holy Spirit just like the security personnel is constantly in us and with us. It’s a security concept from heaven where the security mechanism is entrenched…embedded… Present but not seen by physical eyes.
Science and technology are beginning to get the idea planting chips internally for surveillance and monitoring. They cannot catch up though.
So friends, you see. We have a security system that cannot be breached!
No, not by sicknesses, not by robbers, not by death, not by loss, not by barrenness, not by shame… It’s a one fits all kinda thing! Point is it’s not about us…its natural to our divine nature.
I agree with you, it defies the natural fallen order of things around earth… So yeah, you’d have pockets of resistance showing up to say the contrary.
For some its a type of sickness saying…. I have a part in your body, for some a difficulty in business saying you’re not getting past me, for others it’s challenges saying I have a right in your marriage, or fear saying I have space in your mind….fill in your blanks.
That’s where our faith responds… It speaks to these things… Saying oh no! You didn’t get the memo? I don’t live according to the law of life and death anymore…the natural order has been suspended on my account. I now live by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus!
I’ve found they’re hard of hearing….so lots of times, I have had to speak to them again and again and again and again… Highlighting scriptures – they’re the amendments, acts, articles and schedules in our constitution as believers – u gotta know them, lest your rights get trampled upon.

Some days, I wake up and find they’d packed up and gone… And I’m like… Whoa! Finally… So I take the hearing aid from that situation and put it in the ears of the next situation and I am back to speaking to it… No shifting grounds… I keep at it, till I’m heard!
There’s no way I’m getting short changed of anything – and I mean anything that Christ died, was buried and resurrected for!
Concerning the ills of life, its a futile hide and seek game for all believers who declare the word and stand in faith – they’ll always turn up as NOT FOUND.
For who can find what God has hidden in his Son?

….Didi

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3 (NKJV)

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I believe!

When your ray of hope goes out…
There are seasons in waiting when the glimmer you were holding to appears to be snuffed out. The flicker you’ve been praying will blossom seems to die out.. .and there is no trace whatsoever that what you’re believing for can happen.
Call this madness, but it’s my resolve… I choose to believe….in utter darkness, I believe… Without a trace…I believe…. Regardless of how I feel..   I have chosen to believe.
For all things are possible to she who believes!
I have chosen to take God’s word to the bank. My shopping list is on my mind. There’s no iota of doubt …his word gets the job done!
His word will pay my bills…  His word will heal my body… His word will bring my miracle…his word is everything… I have his word, I have everything!

Song of the day…. Good good Father by Chris Tomlin!

Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Oh, and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Cause you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think

As you call me deeper still
Into love, love, love

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

You’re a Good, Good Father
(You are perfect in all of your ways)
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
(You are perfect in all of your ways)
It’s who I am, it’s who I am it’s who I am

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23(KJV)

….didi

Holy Destruction

Stay fully kitted in the armour…. For holy destruction

Diary of A BlueBlood

strongInTheLord11-466x350Kill

  1. Cause the death of (a person, animal, or other living thing)
  2. Get rid of or destroy completely, especially in large numbers
  3. Put an end to or cause the failure or defeat of something
  4. Neutralize or subdue (an effect or quality)
  5. Overwhelm (someone) with an emotion
  6. Pass (time, or a specified amount of it), typically while waiting for a particular event

Synonyms: eliminate, wipe out, destroy, extinguish, put an end to, defeat, overrule, throw out, disallow, stifle, reduce, diminish, suppress, decrease, silence, overwhelm, amaze, astonish, pass, spend, use up, occupy

Deuteronomy 20:16-18The Message (MSG)

16-18 But with the towns of the people that God, your God, is giving you as an inheritance, it’s different: don’t leave anyone alive. Consign them to holy destruction: the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, obeying the command of God, your God. This is so there won’t be any of them left to teach…

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Wait!…

I was hurrying from the hub to catch the 3:50PM bus at Cannon Park back to base yesterday. I did, actually, I was four minutes early. There were two young men and a lady and a lady already waiting. As time passed it became a long queue of the young, old, distracted, tensed, cheerful…a rich mixture I would call it. That was when the cheery old man came along and said, “Five or ten more minutes wait”. He perceived our confusion from the doubtful and amused gaze. So, with a wide smile he added “my wife is on that bus you see”. Like a conducted orchestra we nodded unanimously, his contagious smile now played out on our lips. I made a mental note to look out for the wife when the bus arrived. Only then did I notice the feet drumming incessantly beside me, it brought memories of course work deadlines and how my body reacted to them. I got the message, he had no plans to bore a hole at the bus stop, he was getting tired of waiting. Inquisitive, I searched the other faces for mutual expressions…some wore a frown but stood quietly in their own corner, a few looked far ahead in the expected arrival route as though that would bring the bus in sooner, some chatted cheerfully with friends not seeming to mind if the bus arrived the next minute or hour, across the road stood an old lady, leaning on a post, she swung her leg back and forth with so much glee obviously in a world of her own, I thought the arrival of the bus would be an intrusion.
Then the bus turned the corner and we all rushed to board, nearly everyone wearing a frown. Oh you should have seen him, the cheery old man welcomes his wife, she had begun to bend forward from aging already. He could hardly spend a minute away to grab her luggage and hurriedly headed back to walk her to their old beaten-up truck. 
So questions sprung up in my mind…why do people get tired of waiting? why do we frown when we have to wait? is waiting in itself a broken expectation? is it an indication delay or of failure to arrive when expected? would waiting be less stressful if we focused on the great worth of what we are waiting for? was waiting easier for the cheery old man than for me waiting to head back for a meeting? would waiting have less tension if i was busy with something interesting while waiting?
30 minutes away from my destination, having napped and mused a bit. it occurred to me that the old bent woman in the bus was waiting to meet her husband as well, the driver was waiting to arrive Birmingham to get some rest. Every one was waiting albeit for different things. While you are waiting for that dream job, that admission, that scholarship, that miracle, that healing, that spouse, that provision, that child, that promotion, that car, that business, the fulfillment of that idea, that house, that….fill in your blank space.
whether you have been waiting for 5 minutes or a month? a year or a decade? A lifetime. Every one is waiting too!!!Maybe for something you already have!!! Know today that how you wait is as important as if you wait. Why do you want to get high blood pressure and shorten your life span and the time you will get to live in that dream house of yours? Have you become addicted to something that will earn you a heart failure and deny you the opportunity to play with the kids you have waited for? Oh and it wouldn’t help to wait that long if you would have done your rounds with the long awaited spouse’s family and friends already. Or how about some shopping or food stuffing, after all it takes attention off the joblessness or failed business…. ehmm, you just succeeded in reducing your first year savings or profit by 50%.
Wait!!! Wait cheerfully!! wait patiently!!! wait joyfully!!! and while you are at it bear in mind that every one else is waiting for something too!!! Waiting has a reward!!!! 
Look how long Jesus has been waiting for you to give your heart to him? Look how long the Father has been waiting to give his orders for the trumpet to be sounded? Your soul is important to Him. Accept him today and be saved. Receive God’s salvation through Christ, Turn away from sin and live as Christ admonishes.

….didi

Psalm 37 vs 7: Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalm 40 vs 1: I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalm 27 vs 14: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Isaiah 40 vs 31: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Habakkuk 2 vs 3: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Muffled…. Untold Stories 1

Mma ekomdo! Faithi ame yong, my mom’s toothless smile had a knack for twirling my heart and setting the butterflies free in my tummy. I hurried to give her a big hug and rushed off to sit by my dad’s bed. He was already sat up on his side of the bed and patted his side. His sense of perception was like none other I had ever seen, not that I had seen any other blind men in Awa Village. One could bet my dad did hear my footsteps the moment I turned from the tarred road unto the winding sandy street that tapered at our house.

I recounted the day’s events to my daddy, my favorite man in the universe and my best friend. As i relieved the elation as my name rang through the principal’s lips as the first in the entire SS2 class, he squeezed my hands in commendation and pride. He couldn’t see the big grin on my face whenever he did that. I would kill an elephant for that squeeze. When I told him how the principal had challenged every student to emulate my consistent excellence … another grin was inevitable as he nodded vehemently affirming, Akpaniko yin mmi! I was determined to do my family proud by continuing as the best until graduation into the wider world.

It was time for me to nap, so i could be up later in the evening to go collect the physics textbook a classmate had offered to share. I needed more ninety-somethings in the forthcoming MOCK exams to boost my average. Uche! Uche! I called out at the uncompleted building on the street preceding Uche’s family house. His dad was an engineer who had come to our community during the big oil company project. They were very rich and in their house was another world amidst our poverty stricken community. Having called out for well over 5 minutes I turned to return to the house when Ibok, Uche’s best friend called out saying they were trying a couple of practice questions on the inside since it was really quiet and far from the distraction of people returning from the farms in the evening.

Unsuspecting I offered to help out before heading home with Uche’s P.N. Okeke. It was the biggest mistake I have ever made in life. In my head I have walked home and told Ibok I will collect the book in school during break time, but it hasn’t changed anything. It all happened so fast! I had barely stretched to get across the high rising of the buildings floors, when they all came at me. I screamed and screamed but I didn’t hear any sounds as large hands bound my mouth muffling my voice up. One after the other, all four of them had their share. My innocence was taken. I could hear Uche’s loud laughter as he snorted at me the daughter of a nobody who dared humiliate them by performing better than the entire school academically.

The sun was already snuggling its pillow by the time i tried to stand on my legs spent from weeping. I couldn’t bear the pain that would wreck the body of my poor blind father and my mother on hearing this. Maybe, I would just not tell them but what would i say had happened, i was bleeding and could not put my legs side by side, O Abasi mmi mbok.

…. didi

From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].

Psalm 61:2Amplified Bible (AMP)

Surrender – fully persuaded

I made God a promise. ..following my trust in him for an intervention in an area of my life. Couple of Months later, I’m on the verge of another decision and it appears this decision will affect the convenient fulfilment of my promise. The situation has God’s prints on it already, I know in little or no time, I’ll be overtaken by my testimony.
Now, the question is circling my mind….hovering and looming…can I keep my promise? Am I capable of the discipline and self denial necessary to keep my promise? How do I learn not to hold tenaciously the very thing I’ve been praying for and expecting for so long.
Sure, you’ve been where I am now at some point in life… Up and about your daily chores and tasks but with an unrelated tab open….running a background process in your mind… Nap time comes and it appears the tab has closed but on waking, you realize the background process never really shut down… The tab is still open!
Usually something triggers this realization…maybe you stumble on something that connects with the open tab…. That’s what just happened to me in 1 Samuel 2:1 – 11.
Hannah has been taunted, humiliated and suffering personal pain over her lack of a child. She’s resigned to a place where she has accepted that the only way she can have a child is by God’s help…all else have fallen through and failed life’s tests.
She’s so consumed with trusting, the prophets insinuation of drunkenness is incapable of getting her upset.. Her heart is fixed!
And just like me…and most persons she has come to that place of full persuasion and certainty that God will do what he has promised…and so in reaction to this and in thanksgiving ahead of time we make a promise.
Most times, its a huge commitment but on a different stream from the subject of belief… Not hannah. Hannah promises the Lord, the very thing she’s trusting him for!
I’ve wondered to myself if she was sorely pressed to prove her capability for pregnancy and child birth much more than the bond and fulfilment of nurturing and raising a child…I can’t say I have a full hang of it just yet.
I’m watching Hannah through the scriptures… I’m looking for her to come back for renegotiation…  Something Like Lord….. You know what… I haven’t been pregnant before, I didn’t get how tasking this would be to let go of my baby…. Can I clean the temple instead?  Not Hannah… She ain’t a deal breaker.
Her words are these…

1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
1 Samuel 2:1-2 (KJV)

In keeping her promise, Hannah acknowledges that she doesn’t treasure the gift more than the giver.. Her eyes are on the giver, her praise and adoration, her focus and trust are solely on the giver… Not the gift!
Perhaps you’re at the place where you are thinking through the promise you’ve made to the Lord…. And it just may be appearing somewhat weightier than it did before.
I hope you learn from Hannah as I have done… I hope you gain encouragement not to renege… For an unwillingness to let go of the gift may indicate a lack of focus on the giver….

And yes, Hannah had more after she gave Samuel.

….didi

27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

28 Therefore also I have lent him to the lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

1 Samuel 1:27-28 (KJV)

Faith Swing..

So, I have been trusting God for about three months on an issue…it is really one of those situations that u get to think…is it possible? Can God do this?and then u think matt 19:26 and you dare to believe God for that mammothly impossible thing.
Couple of days ago, Out of the blues, there’s a ray of hope….and I can’t stop praising God…cos I know light is breaking through.. It may seem to be but a ray at the time, but I’m sure that soon enough I’ll be basking in the full beam. There’s clearly a spring to my step from getting out of bed to getting on with the days job and heading home…. I can’t say at what point it drifted… I wasn’t attentive enough to notice the moment of switch. I’m lying in bed, reluctant to get up and shower…my thoughts are wandering… Will God really do it? Can he really do it? What if that’s all it will ever be – just a ray of hope? I bully myself into the shower and that’s when I remember a past phase of emotional instability…excused with a tag ‘mood swings’- I’d like to meet the person who coined it.
And it dawned on me, believers have faith swings too….moments when you suddenly go from rock solid faith to border line faith with a tinge of worry…
What’s to be done in this situation?
I have recently learned or re-learned that I am responsible for how I feel! I choose how I feel! I choose how I feel! And what I feel per time isn’t always true!
God’s word is! And guess what God’s word and promise is true even when I don’t feel like it is.
So I got in my nightie and chose to praise the Lord! I saw him turn the ray to a full beam in my mind and I exalted his majesty, the awesomeness of his power and the limitless capacity he was displaying just to put a smile on my face! I read my bible and went on to remind myself of what his word said…reading outloud to myself… And my faith was stirred up again!

Having a faith swing? Hit the floor in Thanksgiving… Break out in a dance…some swaying…some shuffling of the feet… Scream if you want to…behold in your mind what the Lord is doing behind the scenes…. He is unraveling your miracle! Speak to yourself!
Don’t beat yourself up… Right after Elijah destroyed the prophets of Baal in 1kings 18…guess what? He ran off at the threat of Jezebel in 1 kings 19.
The excited and trusting Peter who sought invitation to join the stroll on water in Matthew 14:28 is already quaking at the sight of the wind two verses after in Matthew 14:30.

Let us take a cue from David – a man who was given to much self admonishing. (1 Samuel 30:6, Psalm 42:6-8, Psalm 43:5, Psalm 103)
No matter how seemingly overwhelming that situation is… I guarantee, God is more than able to fix things..

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’
Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)

27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too difficult for Me?”  Jeremiah 32:27 (AMP)

Didi