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GOD’S GIFT – 3

THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP 

…all my days are gifts from you, i pray I’ld use them as you want me to, use them for you…”

“Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there”, goes a wise saying. A good friend reveals God’s presence and makes his word came alive (I will never leave thee nor forsake thee). Most of us have that one special person we strike a cord with. The one who is willing to take the rough road with us, to laugh at our dry jokes, to confront us with the truth and is ready to take the bullet for us.

That one special person who is your biggest fan even when you are failing until you actually win describes a friend.Friendship is something everyone has a unique definition of, however not everyone is blessed with one. The gift of a genuine friend does not come in a day. It takes time, commitment, love, trust, patience and a lot to build. It takes failing and raising together.

How to use this gift as He (God) would wants me to:  Like with every gift, I  first of all know that it is out of God’s mercy that I have a good genuine friend. God found us worthy to entrust us with each other. I must therefor dedicate time to daily build it, nurture it with trust and faith knowing that in all I am doing it unto God for it pleases Him when brothers/sisters dwell together in harmony and fellowship.

Lord I thank you for the gift of great friends. Today I renew my commitment to be a friend not for a reason, nor in season, but to be a friend for a life time for by so doing, I will be using the gift of friendship as God would want me to. May you also be reminded that your friends are a special gift and you must also treat them as such.

 


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GOD’S GIFT – 2

THE GIFT OF A FATHER

…all my days are gifts from you, i pray I’ld use them as you want me to, use them for you…”

I recall  today, just like yesterday the discussions around my parents choice of a secondary school for me. It was not only centred around one of the best girls’ boarding schools, but around distance and cultural diversity. ” I want her to learn about other cultures, and mostly to learn how to speak Hausa when she’s on holiday because its good to learn languages” said my Dad. And yes he followed up by engaging me in Hausa and French once I was home from  my one year at FGGC Jalingo. My point is this, parents make lots of sacrifices to open doors for their children that they never had the privilege of seeing. I am sure you have your own cherished memories around this.

As I identify the gift of a father today,  I am reminded of God’s instruction to them; “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord Eph 6:4. In love my parents brought five of us up taking a leap (I may say) from this scripture. Dad never spared the rod. At 8 he gave me 10 lashes on my buttocks for punching my elder brother in the stomach, but it was done in love, to correct, and I learnt respect and order. A father represents the number one provider. Selfless, loving and so much more. Until you grow, begin to work and earn, you will never know that the best mathematicians are parents. How they are able to manage resources to cover every little need is better imagined.

How to use this gift as He (God) would wants me to:  I am commanded to honour our father and mother. The first command tied to a  blessing. I must see discipline as corrections meant to mould us into perfect shape. I must never stop loving and when I love, I must give no matter how little. God loves parental giving. Above all, I must know that it is a privilege to have a father/father figure and not a right. Finally I must wake everyday thanking God for this precious gift and cherish every moment of using this gift to Gods glory as He would want me to.

May God bless all fathers (biological and nonbiological) today and always.

 

 

 


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GOD’S GIFTS TO ME- 1

cropped-dsc_10691.jpgFew months ago, while enjoying hot water run down my body, caressing off goose bumps from the -2 degree Bradford temperature, I hummed to several tunes repeatedly until my consciouness was drawn to the Hillsong lines I couldn’t go past; “…all my days are gifts from you I pray I’ld use them as you want me to, use them for you..”. I repeatedly sang these lines from the album You are my world  until I began to view life from it.

The weight of these words brought me to tears, I was reminded of my emptiness, of how much i am nothing without God, my creator and father. It made me realise how much I owe it all to Him for the many gifts I have in the past taken for granted.

God found me worthy to enjoy salvation through the gift of His son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). This is my first and greatest gifts of all. Was I to go by the sung writer’s lyrics, all my days are gifts from you…, I would never allow the sun rise and fall without giving thanks to my source of being. A day is simply not enough for me to count my blessings. God’s gifts to me are numerous. However, it is my duty to identify these gifts one by one in appreciation and total surrender.

If I pray I’ld use them as He (you) would want me to, then I must be conscious to take care of these gifts, treat them with love and respect as He would want. Not as unto man, or out of compulsion but as unto God with love.

From that day, I began identifying God’s gifts to me and how to use them as He would want me to. The practice has been very uplifting such that I can no longer keep to self.

Consequently, I hope to share daily one gift God has given me, and how I am using it as He would want me to.

THE GIFT OF A MOTHER

Today, 25th February, 2016 being my mother’s birthday explains why I will start with this gift. I’m not better than many that grew up without the warmth and love of a mother, but God choose me to be brought forth and loved by a very special woman,  Mrs. Esther Kamimi Kpurkpur. She sacrificed (and still does) her comfort, self and benefits, physically and spiritually for the five that ceased her flow. I have watched her support my Dad in love and affection to the admiration of many. She has been my tutor, mentor, inspiration, source of encouragement and a friend to lean on. She is that wife of noble character in Proverbs 31:10-30. She is worth far more than rubies. She is an amazing gift.

How to use this gift as God wants me to:  I will continually love and respect my mother. I will arise and call her blessed Prov. 30:28. I will honour her, Exodus 20:12. I will obey her, for it is right Eph.6:1. I may be grown, I may have gained some level of independence but my mother remains God’s precious gift to me, to be loved and cherished. I will always respect and never disobey her. When I have a contrary opinion, I will share it in love and respect. This is what God would have me do and He will be glorified. If i fail to use this gift to His glory, I will have God to answer to. I pray NEVER to fail.

Happy Birthday Sweet Mother. I love you.