All posts tagged: Bible

Life: Overwhelmed by 2016

“Day three of the New Year and I am incredibly overwhelmed” ~ this is how I started my prayer to God. I was overwhelmed by the hype of entering into a new year and the pressure of making moves in 2016. Seeing everyone’s life goals, mood board, planners and hearing people shout “This is my Year of [insert goal here]”*, pretty much put my mind in overdrive and I began to panic and concluded that I hadn’t achieved much in my 20+ years of living unlike my social media** peers. I was overwhelmed and anxious because I had not 100% trusted God with my life. I knew I had to pray – both my heart and mind were racing and formulating thoughts at speeds I could not keep up with – so I headed to the shopping centre where I went to grab the coffee I was craving for, buy some socks I desperately needed, window shop like a baller and most importantly pray because it was necessary. After leaving the shopping centre I felt reassured. …

Faith: SpurGenious

Thought I’d share this because this blessed me. Words about tearful prayers by Charles Spurgeon aka SpurGenious – how he could take three words from one verse and write a speech is most definitely inspired by God. Signed, @OlayideM “Behold, he prayeth.” Acts 9:11 Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. The moment Saul began to pray the Lord heard him. Here is comfort for the distressed but praying soul. Oftentimes a poor broken-hearted one bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears; yet that groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music; that tear has been caught by God and treasured in the lachrymatory of heaven. Thou puttest my tears into thy bottle, implies that they are caught as they flow. The suppliant, whose fears prevent his words, will be well understood by the Most High. He may only look up with misty eye; but prayer is the falling of a tear. Tears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music …

Small Chops: The Text Message

Small Chops: A Nigerian term for Canapés, Hors d’oeuvres and the like. Small Chops: Quick thoughts of mine. A few weeks ago…that time I sent a text message about marriage… Just had a thought – marriage is more God’s doing and planning than it is ours. God has total control of our lives and we live to please him, our lives at the end of the day fulfil his promises, plans and purposes (that’s if we make him no. 1). How much more marriage? I think we forget that even the relationships we have (on all levels) are supposed to reflect Christ, and when we get caught up in the marriage hype, our prayers and desires for marriage become misaligned. In other words, why do we desire it? Our first answer should be “to demonstrate and minister the love of Christ to others and to each other (oko t’iyawo).” I read this commentary this morning: “As you go about your daily tasks, God is working in your life in ways you may not even notice. …

Small Chops: Author

Small Chops: A Nigerian term for Canapés, Hors d’oeuvres and the like. Small Chops: Quick thoughts of mine. Four weeks ago I made a note of the following… Based on a recent event experienced and shared by my dad, and having read 8 novels in the past 3 weeks (by the time I post this it may increase to 9 or 10)*, I am understanding what is meant by “God is the author and finisher of our faith”. My understanding is this, [human] authors are always intentional with the details they include in their novels. Not one piece of information is listed “by accident”, every detail is purposeful in telling and completing the books they write. Details that keep us on edge, smiling, crying, aww-ing, screwing our faces at and more. How much more God, who is the author of our lives. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING can happen to any of us without His permission, without His knowing. As a conductor is familiar with every instrument and every note and is capable of leading …

Events: The Seed Film Premier | This Bank Holiday Monday

So as the bank holiday approaches (I have a 4-day weekend *grins*) I’ll be heading to see “The Seed” on Monday 4th May! I saw the trailer a while back and I was amazed to see familiar faces and the fact that the film was written, produced, directed and filmed by ‘young people’ was truly impressive. I’m looking forward to seeing this on Monday and I hope you’ll be able to come out and support the efforts of some amazingly brave and talented young people! Signed @OlayideM About the film: The Seed is a film inspired by the story of the parable of the Sower. The Seed focuses on the lifestyle of four characters, each experiencing life issues. The Seed illustrates to us the key to overcoming challenges in the journey of life. The will to survive is in every human – we all have ‘divine capacity’ to overcome challenges and obstacles in life. When you want to triumph, all the tools you need are within You! Directed by: Debbie ‘Olamide’ Shobo, Samuel Noah, Tolu …

Life: Don’t Pity Me Because I’m Single

I’ve been meaning to write something on this topic for a very long time, but every time I started to write this post it never seemed authentic. Writing about it felt forced but then this happened… Half-term at my house and some how my relationship status was the topic for discussion… and my 12 year old cousin procedes to ask “Sister Layide*, do you have a secret boyfriend?” With a half-perplexed-half-annoyed look on my face, and with my eyes darting at her through my lenses, I shot back and said: “NO! Why would I have a secret boyfriend? If he was a secret I wouldn’t tell you and if I was with someone I wouldn’t keep it to myself! I would tell you! I would tell everyone!” I thought my answer would suffice and encourage her to ponder no more about my lack of a secret boyfriend, well it did, not before she used her right index finger to tap her watchless left wrist to indicate to me that my time was running out. SHE IS 12! (I …