BIBLICAL INSPIRATION

Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbour for his good for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually]. Rom 15:2 (Amplified Bible)

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Hello Again!


Hi Christoggers!

It has been some time since I last posted but before I go any further, I would like to say “THANK-YOU”! THANK YOU for your support, on the passing away of my dad. THANK YOU for being understanding and giving me the time and space I needed to get sorted. THANK YOU, for keeping me in your prayers! 

What happened? My father became seriously ill in February but I could not share this with you then. It would have been unfair of me to share his illness publicly, without the consent of my siblings. In this regard, I do apologise. A couple of weeks after, I found out that I would have to go through a major operation. As this was not urgent, I postponed it till after my exams because it would have meant aborting my studies! I could not share this with my mother or siblings as my dad’s condition had taken it’s toll on all of us. In the months following, I had to call my mother daily to offer my support; she spent the entire time at my dad’s bedside!

As time passed, I somehow knew he was not going to make it to his 84th birthday in September. This was quite a difficult time for me, as I was already overwhelmed with my studies in new and unchartered waters. My dad passed away at home and with the preparations for the funeral ongoing, I had to ask my siblings not to contact me in the week prior to my exams in June, so I could adequately prepare. Prior to this, I had had no time nor was I in the right frame of mind to write any post or share my songs; my mind was just full and my head was heavy. After my exams, (which were successful!), I had to travel for the funeral, which meant that I had to miss the internship, a compulsory part of my course!

My operation had to now be postponed again until after the funeral; I was blessed to have had it done within two weeks of being back at home. The nature of the op meant that I would have to take it easy for 6-8 weeks! That time is now over and I am in the process of looking for a job.

What’s next? I have and still am seeking the Lord for direction. I will share this post as an update but will take a break from posting for a while. (Feel free to re-read some of the 191 posts on the blog!) The SONG OF THE WEEK will still be shared on Sundays, for the next 15 weeks; 3 weeks will be for the current album and 12 weeks for the latest album. (Copyrighting the songs now takes about 8 months!)

Conclusion: The last few months have proved again how faithful God is. From exam successes to provision to healing! My first child graduates soon with a double-degree, the second starts college, (university status) and the third has two years of preparation before uni – GLORY TO GOD! The Lord has been speaking to me about complete surrender, trust, paying the price of a calling and learning to listen as he speaks and I need to sit at his feet for instructions.

As I wait on the Lord, please pray for me to receive the grace to hear and do his will. I love you all with the love of Christ! Till next time, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

My witness shall not be destroyed

Hi Christoggers!
... of God through you!

Now a great crowd of the Jews heard that He was at Bethany, and they came there, not only because of Jesus but that they also might see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away [were withdrawing from and leaving the Judeans] and believing in and adhering to Jesus. (John 12: 9-11 AMP)

It is surely a great thing to be restored by God but I believe, even greater, to be the channel through which God restores. That was the case in the scripture above. Jesus had raised Lazarus back to life, although he had been dead and buried for four days. Jesus was the channel through which God performed this miracle. The chief priests did not only want to kill Jesus because his fame was paralysing their religious system but they also also wanted Lazarus dead! Why?

Lazarus was proof of how powerful God is. He was a living, walking witness that could simply not be wiped away from memory. Just like in a court of law where evidence is required to support any proposal, Lazarus was doing the same for Jesus; he was the evidence presented to the world. No wonder he was on the death list! This is the same problem the devil has with you and I! After trying so hard to destroy us and failed, he tries to attack our witness! What is it God is doing through you that the devil is trying to stop? Who or what is witnessing to the power of God that is working in and through you, that the devil is trying to kill?

Even when people don’t think much of you, the result of God working through you continues to witness to his power. It is the evidence that is not silent, hence the attack! Pray for your witness: pray for the hand of God to be upon it / them! MY WITNESS SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED! Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi ‘Lahyorz’ Akinmade

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A RE-POST FROM 2013: Dear Father...

Hi Christoggers!
 ...thank you Father!

I went shopping today and because the weather was so nice, my state of mind was different =)). I was calm and cool as I soaked in the atmosphere and felt good about myself. Everything seemed to be much brighter and full of life and it got me thinking:  What is it about God that has made my life better

Sometimes, I am too busy asking, pleading etc., that I forget how far I have come or rather, how far God has brought me. Yes, I do say “Thank-you" but I wondered what it would be like to write God a letter - just as if I were talking with him. So, this week, I would like to share my letter with you:

Dear Father,
             
I just thought it would be nice to write to you, even though I talk to you everyday! I appreciate you for all you are, Father. It has taken me a long time to even begin to understand you, much less than I needed to understand myself! I know you have had to put up with so much and I thank you for not giving up on me.

I have come to realise that the value of life depends on whom one shares the journey with. I am indebted to you for committing yourself to accompany me on my life's journey. I thank you for being the patient listener to all my complaints, the unseen eyes that watch over me, the unheard voice silencing my storms, the peace within that destroys my fears, the impenetrable wall that shields my life, the song of joy always on my lips, the mighty Word building my faith, the Spirit in me directing my paths, the Blood that speaks of unending mercy and the God of love, I can't stop loving.

My heartfelt gratitude, though of little worth, together with my life, are both now yours. Love loving you, Father. Many thanks for being the best!

With much love
XXX
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Why don't you try writing your own letter to your heavenly Father?
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Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi ‘Lahyorz’ Akinmade


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