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Book Excerpts : The Beautiful Branch

You see, no one is left empty. No one has an excuse not to be relevant. We are the servants of the Most High God and He has given each one of us talents to trade with. There is no reason not to be productive because you have been given seeds with which to do whatever you want. It is then your choice whether you would plant the seeds for a greater harvest, or eat the seeds and be left with nothing.

Investing your talents will lead to an exponential increase. Imagine if you were given five seeds of maize. You can decide to pop it and eat (and you can’t even be satisfied) or you can decide to plant the seeds. Imagine the ripple effect that investment will bring about. You will not get the same number of seeds that you planted in the first instance. You will get the seeds back in multiple folds.

It is a foolish person that eats his seeds.

Like it was portrayed in the parable of the talents, I will infer that it is a more foolish person that hides his seed away.

He wouldn’t plant it neither will he eat it. So, of what use exactly is the seed that he is keeping away. Is it supposed to be an ornament for decoration?

There is a great probability that the seeds you hide away for a long time will lose its viability neither would it be good for food because it becomes stale. That way, you will be running at a loss. Maybe it would have been okay that you just ate the seed. Wisdom is profitable to direct. Utilizing the talents that God has given you is wisdom. Hiding the talents God has given you is foolishness.

This is a wake-up call for everyone who has been allowing her talents to lie dormant. Wake up from your slumber. Life is too short to keep procrastinating the use of your talents.

We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. (John 9:4)

Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

It is high time you dug those talents from wherever you have kept them. It is time to get to work. It is time to make profit with the resources you have been given.

Instead of wasting your time coveting the talents given to another, you better begin trading with your own talents.

Instead of complaining, channel your energy into sowing the seeds you have been given. You might have been called to support the number one man or leading lady. You may have been called into an “Aaronic ministry”. Don’t let anyone devalue you because you are not leading the pack. A well-served man or woman is renewed and strengthened by your service. You are as important as the number one fellow. You are important in God’s eyes (and to Him) irrespective of the assignment you are given- leading or following.

Like the master of the servants in the parable of the talents did not inform them about when he would return to take account of what the servants had been given, our Master will appear like a thief in the night. He is coming back very soon.

“Occupy till I come” is the instruction of our Lord to us. He will require you to give account of all He gave you.

How far have you gone?

How much have you gained?

Is your Master going to be proud of you or be disappointed in you when he returns?


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Book Excerpts: Raising Sexually Pure Children

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If we will be true to ourselves we will see how much of a herculean task it is to raise sexually pure children in this time and age.
It is rather sad that so much is happening in our world today which indicates that the environmental conditions are just not too favourable. We hear stories of children being molested virtually every day by people who are meant to take care of them.

This is a call for concern. It is a situation that should make us “be at attention” as parents.
The truth is that things that many people my age did not get to hear/know about when we were in our early teenage years are things that some infants are exposed to today.
The peculiarity of this generation makes things like discussing the topic of this book like I am now, something that we cannot afford to take with levity.

Our children will have to relate with other people at one point or the other in their lives no matter how much we try to shield them from the world. We cannot be with them every second of the day hence the need to equip them adequately because we do not have control over what goes on with those other people that they get to relate with most especially when they are not under our watch. Now, that’s the real deal in this matter.
The truth is that many parents shy away from teaching their children about sex. In this generation however, we need to be wary of making the same mistakes some of our own parents made.
No one is saying you should teach them how to have sex.

Sex education is about equipping your children/teenagers with age appropriate knowledge about sex/sexuality.
It is primarily the duty of parents to equip their children with knowledge pertaining to sex and sexuality. It is not advisable to delegate these teachings to the media or other people generally. If you don’t want them to inculcate wrong ideas from unverified sources, you better do the needful.
They will get to know about these things whether you teach them or not anyway.
It is therefore imperative, following the dynamics of this generation not to be “slow” with passing on required knowledge about sex to your children.

Another very important thing is for parents to truly love and care for their children.
I remember how back in the day, my mother would buy assorted stuff out of her meagre salary any time she could and share amongst my siblings and I. She would tell us things like, “You can’t say that you don’t know what corned beef or cheese, etc tastes like…” She would say to us that she didn’t want us to get out of the home and start feeling like anything was a big deal. She would take us to parks for picnics and those memories are stuck in my mental faculty. It was as though she had planned to do something different for us once she got her salary every month.
I tell you, this act moulded my mentality. Yes, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth but nothing ever felt like a big deal to me.

So even when I got into the university and eateries were getting common (with which a number of girls were enticed), it was still no big deal for me even though I had not been in one at that time.
I will like to add at this point that you should not forget to teach your children about contentment too.
This is very important because if they refuse to learn how to be contented with whatever they have, they stand at a risk of being enticed with gifts from potential predators no matter what you provide for them.
Love your children in words and actions. Be sure to tell your children that you love them. Embrace them lovingly. Fill their love-tanks with loving words and actions constantly. This will boost their self-esteem and in turn help them not to go on with their lives being needy for affection.

When they are convinced of the fact that you love them, no one will be able to deceive them with some fake love somewhere.

You really need to be your child’s best friend. Your child should be able to trust you and feel free to talk to you about anything and everything. They should be able to discuss with you as friend with friend. It is therefore imperative that you develop a good rapport with your children.

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The Way Of Worship

Do you know just how important it is to make a lifestyle of worshipping God?

Irrespective of the situation you find yourself in, let it be known to you that that should not determine whether you worship God or not.

God is unchangeable. Situations of not change Him from who He is. He is God all by Himself.

Do you now see why worship should be a norm with you?

Come as you are… Enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart and His courts with praise!

It’s high time you condition your heart to learn to praise God for who He is and not just what He has done for you.

You can join me right now to lift up worship to the Lord as I lead this session of worship in this video :

YOU’VE GOT YOUR SPACE

I remember a discussion I once had with someone after I had ended a chat with someone else. This person cautioned me about giving out valuable information like I had just done to the other person. She said I had to be careful about how I just pour out all of me without holding anything back into others. This person told me how I had to be wary of competition or betrayal.

I gladly told her that I would not be fulfilling my purpose if I decided to hide what people needed to become their best and was in my custody; because I have been fashioned to be a helper. Besides, I am ME and no one else can be ME no matter what.

My idea of life is that whatever you have been given must be regarded as a privileged treasure. Why then hoard it when it could have been the other person that could have been in the privileged position anyway?

We are comforted so that we can comfort others.

What gifts have you been given by your Maker? What treasures lie within you?

They are there for a reason… To impact people around you so that they too can become “Treasure – Carriers”.

There is no need to be scared of competition because you are unique still.

… And you have your own space.

The Yoruba adage, “the skies are wide enough for all birds to fly come to mind at this point.

Yes, there is a place for you and every other person on this planet.

Help them fly!

… It won’t stop you from flying too.




You can actually put the information the people who need what you have inside you in written form. Writing is an excellent way to preserve information.

I will be pouring out myself as a writer/author participants of the INSPIRE MY WORLD WRITING COURSE /BOOT CAMP.

You should take this course if you have ever thought about writing a book, love to write and be writing but you are stuck; you are held down by fear, procrastination or lack of inspiration; you desire to become an author and get your book published soon enough.

It’s a special course / incubation centre for everyone who knows he or she has a message for his/her world and would like to pass it across through writing.

Because of my passion for seeing people live to their full potential and not being held down by any limitation, I have decided to lend a hand to help everyone who desires to inspire their world through writing by sharing what’s worked for me on this path of being an author.

I have therefore put together an online course to walk you through the process and make sure your book is out in the shortest possible time from now. You will also be immediately admitted into a Boot camp where you can be monitored to put to use all you learn during the course and get you book out soon.

It’s an online course so your location should not be a barrier.

To register for the writing course, please click HERE.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

MAXIMISING TIME

Two men I met during my late teenage years left an indelible mark on my life. Both men were Pastors in the Nigerian Baptist Convention ( Revd Tayo Orodiji and Revd Goke Adeleke). These two men were sold out to God. They were really passionate about ministering to youths and they were all over the place recovering souls to the Kingdom of God.

The ZEAL of these men was contagious. They lived their lives like their time was almost up… As if they knew they didn’t have much time on their hands. Hmmmm

Both men died on the same day in a ghastly motor accident over twelve years ago.

Revd Orodiji in particular wrote several books that are still very relevant in the youth ministry today; permit me to say even more relevant now than then. He wrote a lot about relationships and issues pertaining to sexual purity.

Their works live on long after they have gone away from here.

I have been challenged too much in life to live my life without caution. This is one major reason I just keep doing things that I am called to do with all zeal. Yes, I keep dishing them out as they come because I know time COULD be short after all and I am not ready to take chances.

I made a resolution a long time ago, that keeps me pursuing purpose with every sense of determination… I must die empty.

Are you still nonchalant about your life and the fulfilment of your purpose?

Has God inspired you to do something and you have been procrastinating?

I am calling out to you today.

If you miss out on the opportunity to live life to the fullest today, you will never get another ‘today’ when you decide to wake up from your slumber (and that’s if it’s not too late by then).

This is not to scare you with the issue of death… Not at all.

This is simply a reminder that you do not know if you will be here on this side of eternity ‘tomorrow’.

Today is the surest opportunity you can lay claim of.

Maximise TODAY …

Take action towards fulfillment of purpose.

… So that you can hear your Creator say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into your Master’s rest”


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It’s a special course / incubation centre for everyone who knows he or she has a message for his/her world and would like to pass it across through writing. You really should not miss this opportunity.

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Please, How Do You Do It?

There is something I need your help explaining to me… This is an issue that I have always wondered about. I have had several reasons to wonder how two things that seem to be incompatible can be exhibited in the very same space.

A Nollywood movie I watched a few days ago actually brought this issue back to mind and I knew it was time I spoke about my worries thus the conception of this post.

In that movie, there was this guy who deprived his wife of sex for about 3 months or more after the wedding. I mean from day one… No honeymoon things.

His commonest excuse was that they needed to pray. It was either that he just had a nightmare when the wife makes advances at him or that he was observing lent in August. Even on their wedding night, it was prayer that they prayed till they both slept off and I was like, “Are you kidding me?”

The wife kept suffering in silence. She was deeply frustrated.

To cut the long story short, he kept using the issue of prayer to camouflage his obvious purpose of punishing his wife.

Now, this was the real issue which he refused to reveal until after the lady attempted suicide:

The wife had stolen money from the husband’s late brother (whom she worked with as a secretary) which she gave this same man to travel out of the country with. It was during the period when they were out of the country that the elder brother died from a stroke linked to the money which was stolen from him; when he couldn’t resuscitate his business or make ends meet.

He had later sponsored the lady to join him overseas and returned to the country together for their wedding. Upon their return, the man took his fiancee to meet his sister-in-law and that was when he got to know about what had transpired between his wife-to-be and elder brother.

So, instead of confronting the lady or calling off the wedding he went ahead to marry her with the intention of punishing her.

Did I mention that while the wife from suffering from deprivation, this man had a side-chic that was performing his wife’s conjugal duties?

What am I driving at with my narration?

I have seen people who profess to be believers and sometimes can pray like fire would descend right there in their prayer rooms act terribly towards people around them.

I have seen pastors who are skilled in dividing the Word of truth beat their wives blue-black upon every slight provocation.

I have seen tongue-talking, fire spitting believers rob their bosses or involved in fraudulent activities at their places of work.

And all I can ask within myself is, “How do they do it?”

How do you harbour sin yet are able to pray?

How do you keep malice and are still able to raise ‘holy hands’ to the Lord?

How are you able to steal money and yet bring the tithe to church?

How do you abuse your spouse physically or emotionally and still be able to stand before the congregation of the righteous with your hypocritical smiles?

How do you call yourself a child of God and still act like that of the devil?

How can light and darkness live in the same vessel at the same time?

…Because the Holy Spirit I know will always call you out when you are out of line.

Something must definitely be wrong somewhere then, I conclude…

Either you are not born again in the first instance or you have decided to continually ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit to you.

This is a call to you reading this to examine your ways.

Check where you have fallen from and make amends. Allow yourself to be thoroughly broken down, have a circumcised heart which is sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and decide to begin to obey Him always.

May your eyes be opened to those areas of your life that are not conforming to the standards of the Word of God.

And may grace be multiplied unto you as you decide to repent of your ungodly ways!

©OMOSEBI Mary Omolola

 

BE FULLY PREPARED FOR SUCCESS

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail”.

Do you know that statement? In case you didn’t know, it is true. Yeah, that statement right up there is very true.

When people look into their future, they have one of two reactions. The first reaction you can have about your future is that of fear. The other is optimism.

However, I make bold to say that just being optimistic cannot guarantee you of that beautiful future that you so much long for. You just have to do something to ensure that you have that beautiful future. You have to put in some work. It is not enough to wish for a successful future; you’ve got to WORK for it.

Even the Bible tells us that faith without works is dead.

On the other hand, being fear will cripple you and debar you from taking any steps towards a successful future. Worse still, it makes you loose interest in the future after all.

The idea of preparing for a glorious future is relevant in EVERY aspect of life. This is so because the first step in the process of preparation is your decision to have a glorious future in that particular endeavour… It all begins in your mind.

This is why it is imperative to feed your mind with stuff that will help you succeed.

To help you prepare for married life, I have provided a 3-part video resource for you and I strongly believe that you should watch all.

My aim is to inspire you to plan for a successful marriage. . .

In video 1, you will find out why it is important to be sure you really should get married. It will even help you reevaluate your reasons for wanting to get married.

In video 2, I highlight in clear terms what you should do while getting ready for marriage. You will learn about stuff you should talk about during courtship.

In video 3, you will learn about what to expect in the early years of marriage…

To access these videos, please click HERE

P. S. Feel free to share with all the singles on your list or among your friends… Encourage them to prepare.

Be blessed!

Teaching Your Child About Wins and Losses

 

 

Some weeks ago, one of the mummies I met on Facebook who is a proprietress contacted me to ask for permission to publish one of my articles in the school’s magazine (You can read the article HERE)

Coincidentally, just a few weeks after that I was in a secondary school to fellowship with the students on a Sunday morning. One of the girls that asked to speak with me after the ministration told me how sad she was. She said she had low self-esteem (her words). She told me that her classmates make fun of her because she was poor with spellings. Amazingly, this same girl was the class monitor for her class. And I sure know they don’t make dullards class monitors. She was good with other things in school but a singular weakness was greatly capitalized on.

I did all I could to encourage her to believe in herself and never to think of herself as a failure. I told her to focus on her strengths too. I made her realize that even if she came last in class, it still didn’t make her a failure. It just tells her that she needs to put in more effort.

Gladly, she left feeling relieved.

You see, parents have a lot to do with instilling the right attitude in their children.

Parents need to show their children the right lens through which they should view life. We need to make them realise that they are wonderfully and fearfully made by God and that they are not less human because they are not performing as well as their counterparts.

In the same vein, they need to learn never to look down on anyone because they seem to be doing better than they are.

Teach them what success really means. Real success is not earned by comparing your achievements with others. It is all about fulfilling God’s purpose for you. You’re a success when you live up to God’s expectations of you; not man’s.

They should strive for excellence in being the best version of themselves and not wanting to be someone else. They can learn excellent virtues from others. And there is nothing bad in them allowing themselves to be motivated by the successes of others.

However, they must be trained never to lose their identity while in the pursuance of excellence. They need to embrace and appreciate their uniqueness.

When they ‘win’, they must thank God for the grace to win.

And when they ‘lose’, let them embrace their loss with dignity as they believe that it can only get better with the help of God and due diligence.

May God bless our children!

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Long Lasting Fragrance

As a Nigerian girl living in a country with serious power supply problems, I had practically no choice than to get myself a stove iron. I couldn’t afford to plug in the electric iron on the supply from the generator.

In case you are an assorted fella and know nothing about the stove iron, it is simply an iron that you can place directly on the burning stove and then use to iron your clothes. You can actually convert an electric iron which is no longer functioning to a stove iron. All you need do is cut off the power cord an voila, you are good to go!

Whenever you need to iron your clothes and the power has been seized, stove iron to the rescue!

One thing though, you have to be careful with the temperature you allow the iron attain before placing it on your precious dresses. You know this type of iron has no control so, first swipe the surface through a piece of cloth you can afford to do away with. With time, you will get used to

You can thank me later for the tip 😁

To my main gist. . .

I turned a bottle which formerly contained air freshener into a spray bottle for my ironing works. I would therefore constantly put clean water into the bottle and spray on the clothes I was ironing at that time. Ain’t I genius?

Amazingly, after several months of using that particular bottle; putting fresh supply of water at intervals the bottle still had the fragrance from the air freshener. It was such that whenever I sprayed water from the bottle I could perceive the fragrance from the former contents.

I mean, I still saw that bottle today and it still smells really nice.

As I placed the bottle back down, I heard in my spirit “LONG LASTING FRAGRANCE”

Do you know that God made you for impact?

When He allows you live in a community, share a room with someone or work in a particular office you are planted there to make impact.

Sadly, many of us pass through places without leaving any mark behind.

You need to know that God is always intentional about His actions and if He places you somewhere it must be for a reason.

If you take a look at your life you might be able to point out one or more persons that have left an indelible mark on your life by their good deeds. And you still remember them long after possible separation.

Can you do a check on how you have lived your life up until now and ask yourself if you had maximised every opportunity for impact that God had given you in the past?

Not to worry, today and tomorrow are brand new opportunities you have for impact.

When you leave where you are today, will you even be missed?

And what will you be missed for?

Good or bad deeds?

Is your life giving off sweet smelling fragrance or irritating odour?

This is a call to invest in the lives of people around you. It is the greatest form of investment you could make; I can assure you.

Care for people. Love them. Seek their good. Show concern for their conditions. Bless them. Pray for them. Be an encourager. Don’t shut your eyes on their needs.

Be good.

Leave a mark.

Live purposefully!

© OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD

Cultivate Your Garden

The newest addition to my library

About 20years ago, our youth fellowship president who doubled as my school father asked me a question which was brought to my remembrance recently. He asked me who my role model was in ministry and without thinking twice on that particular day I said, “JOYCE MEYER”.

I love Joyce Meyer. She is an awesome woman. A teacher and she also serves in the help ministry. She has a message for women. Same with T.D. Jakes. These are the major areas I see God nudging me towards so I concentrate my efforts on being equipped to take it on.

I don’t live where they live so I do something to get impacted by them.

…. I stock my library with their books.

I read them.

I pay to gain knowledge from them.

I would rather buy books than fill my closet with clothes and shoes.

One thing that endears me to my mentees who are closest to me is that they love books. That attitude is a magnet between me and them.

You see, purposeful people never stop tilling their ground and tending their garden. They identify what’s important and focus on that. They water the ground and fertilize it with resources that will enrich it and in turn lead to a bumper harvest.

God has placed you in a garden like He did Adam so that you can till it. That garden is your place of purpose.

The law of sowing and reaping is so real. If you invest in your calling, you are bound to excel therein according to your Maker’s standards and if otherwise the obvious.

I keep going on and on about being intentional because it’s the path I have chosen for myself and I desire above many things that you will take this route too. (I did a video on the subject matter and you can watch it HERE

Life is too short to go about it unintentionally.

Take charge of your life.

Invest in things that matter.

Feed your passion.

I can tell you firsthand that only when you live your life purposefully can you have a sense of fulfillment deep within.

“Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.” (Isaiah 55:2)

Purpose is calling on you to give it attention instead of things that will not satisfy you which you are busy investing in.

… Felt strongly to charge you thus today.

I hope you get the message and take action in the right direction from today henceforth . . .

Be blessed!

©OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD

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