Remembering 9/11…

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15 Years On… 

We mourn their loss this day this year
Those now with God, no danger near

So many loved ones left do stand
Confronting loss throughout our land

My heart goes out to those who do
No one can fathom what they view

I firmly pray for peace of mind
Dear God please help each one to find

And to our soldiers now at war
God guide above, at sea, on shore

They are the best, I have no doubt
Our country’s pride, complete, devout

The finest force you’ll ever see
All freedom grown through liberty

One final thought comes clear to me
For what must live in infamy

Absolutely – We’ll Remember
The Eleventh – Of September

by Roger J. Robicheau

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Forgiveness…

Being strong is, to radiate happiness when we are unhappy, to forgive someone who does not deserve forgiveness, to stay calm in moments of despair, to show joy when we don’t feel it, to smile when you want to cry, to make someone happy when our own heart is broken, to be silent when we feel like screaming our anguish, to comfort when we need to be comforted.

When you lose someone, someone you love, when they break your heart, it’s the hardest thing you could ever go through, and no matter how much time has passed, it never really goes away. You may think you’re getting better, but then you get a flashback, or hear a song that reminds you of a memory, and it hits you all over again, all at once, like a stab in the chest. It upsets you that you might be moving on, because you promised you never would. Despite the fact that they broke all of their promises, you want to keep yours.

…You’re going to get over them eventually! Don’t doubt that, you will, I assure you. It doesn’t matter if it takes days, or weeks, or months or longer. But this is where forgiveness comes into play. You have to forgive their wrong deeds… every single one of them! And one day you’ll look up and the stars will shine brighter than they did a night before and something will have set inside of you. That thing, is hope. Hope that one day, that broken heart of yours will be fixed, put back together by no-one but yourself.!

Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behaviour, forgiveness prevents their behaviour from destroying your heart…

A note from a broken heart but a renewed spirit…

“…I’m not doing this because of you, I’m doing this because of ME. If I remain angry with you, I’d be hurting myself. But I love myself way too much to be harbouring hatred for another human being.

You might have succeeded in shattering me on the outside, but believe me; my insides, remain intact. I’ll always feel sorry for you but one day I pray you’re able to forgive… Not me but yourself!

It takes the courage of a lion to forgive those that have hurt you.  Forgiving you definitely does NOT exonerate you but it’s the only way I am able to set myself free. Free from all the pain and anguish you have inflicted on my soul, free from the walls that blocked my part way to growth, I have shed many tears before now but today? I STAND EMPOWERED!

They say a tragedy is a source of strength, but my strength comes from forgiving you and that to me, is the greatest lesson I have learnt…”

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Lost

Kofoworola Toriola

The child in me reaches out to the child in you
Come out and play, the sand misses you

Where is she?
Whose smile conceals tears
And laughter priceless

Where is she?
Whose heart isn’t brick
A piece of candy does the trick

Where is she?
Time files
Then I realise
She has become a woman even before she became a child

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I Wish

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I don’t know who I am
But I know who I should be
All my life I have tried… I’ve really tried
Thought I could do this on my own
I didn’t know that my Identity is in Jesus
And He alone can Tell me who I am
If only I had listened to the still strong voice
I would have had everything and more…
I wish…..

-JayMikee

So many times in life we due to our foolhardiness, we stumble and fall. Like a little child whose mother told not to go near the fire but went due to its attractive glare…and got burnt.

So many times in my life I have relied on my wisdom, thus building my house on a foundation of sand like the foolish builder in Jesus’s Parable.

26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a…

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Gratitude!

Another year, Another breakthrough embedded with Unmerited Favour! LORD.I.AM.GRATEFUL 

Thank you God, for making me see another year; grateful for the gift of life; Thank you for all the blessings that you have given me, and for the challenges I faced but you helped me overcome and in turn made me stronger and most of all for your love which is supported with your guidance and protection.

Years spent so far in this world have been so amazing. I’ve smiled, I’ve laughed, I’ve screamed, I’ve cried, I’ve been down, I’ve been up and above, I’ve made mistakes, taken good decisions, I’ve made good, bad and terrible friends, even ones that were at the verge of taking my life but you saw me through it ALL…

Thank You for the families you surrounded me with. I thank You God for giving me good Health and the abundant blessings you continually to shower upon me. Thank you for all the experience of this past year; for times of success which will always be happy memories, for times of failure which reminded me of my own weakness and of the need to stay connected to you (The throne of Grace). Without you Lord, I am NOTHING!

Thank You Lord, for your great patience in preserving me despite my sins, for your protection in the past and for the opportunity to serve and honour you in the future. Help me in the days ahead to make this year and years to come, the best years of my life and through it, to bring happiness and joy to my loved ones.

To my friends; those that always had my back, those who understand me and remain with me despite my stubbornness and how strong-willed I am, I say thank you! Thanks to those who turned their back against, for you helped in moulding me to be the strong and independent lady that I am today, and gave way for new and exceptionally good friends to come into my life.

With much sincerity and happiness I would like to thank everyone for the Birthday Wishes and Blessings, from Friends and Family; Far and Near. Thank You so much for making my Birthday even more Special with all Your Wonderful Wishes. It is very overwhelming and touching to know people remembered and took even a little time and effort to wish me well. Thank You for making me feel absolutely loved and important!

And Thanks to those who have motivated me and pushed me to Greater Heights. I am Honoured and I Pray that God in His Infinite Mercies will grant us all Our Heart Desires, Crown All Our Efforts with Success… Im grateful to have you all in my life.

Thank you and God Bless You!

Happy Birthday To ME!!!

 

JULY…

July

Welcome to the month of July

And… Just like that, we’ve crossed over to the second half of the year 2016. Thanking God for his grace and mercies…

July… Birth Stone – RUBY.

Rubies, are considered the king of gems and represent love, health and wisdom. It was believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. A Ruby is a rare and the most valuable gemstone.

JULY BABIES ARE RARE GEMS – Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover. – According to Google!

Now I understand why  I always go by these quotes. “I have no patience for useless things” “Forgive your enemies but remember their names” “Somebody messes with me. I’m going to mess with them” #Julybaby

Looks like this month’s posts are just going to be about me… if you haven’t already guessed, yes I was born in the month of July! And I’m super excited about what this month has in store for me. 

So… look out for my posts, and have a fabulous month!

God Bless.

Father’s Love.

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Fathers are magnificent people, but not many understand this, for this reason we do not sing their praises as often as we should. Fathers seem to be the one who pays the bills, While Mothers bind up little hurts and nurses all our illnesses.

A lot of Fathers struggle daily to live up to “their image” as a protector and a provider. Perhaps this is the reason why we ever so often get the notion, that Fathers are not subject to the thing we call emotion, but if you look inside Dad’s heart, where no-one else can see you’ll find he’s emotional and as “soft” as each and every one of us.

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. – Billy Graham

My father is loving and the most gracious person I know. He is an extremely loving father. I remember countless times I had fallen sick during my childhood, my father was always there with me, moving from one hospital to another just so I can be well again and not once did he complain about it. Even when we had nothing, having my father around was more than enough because with him around we knew everything was going to be just fine.

My Dad is my hero. He does his best to keep our family happy. He has always taught me good values and did not spoil me by buying me all the things I want but at the same time provdes every of my need.

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Despite how stubborn and rebellious I was, he was just one phone call away every time I got into trouble and needed someone to help me out.

He is smart, funny, patient, cool, kind, adventurous, understanding, disciplined and a generous being.

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. – Clarence Kelland

He virtually taught me everything I know. He has taught me what life is all about. He has shown me the way to achieve success in all my endeavours. He also showed me the opportunities that exists right in front of me and at the same time, left me to decide whichever career path I want to follow.

He’s very confident that all his efforts to make us his kids, excellent beings will never be in vein. Seeing his confidence in me some days give me the drive to do better, so as to make him proud. I thank God every day for giving me such an amazing father.

For your wisdom, kindness, your laughter, love, strength, and comfort; I say thank you and my prayers for you is that God keeps you in good health with abundant blessings for the rest of your life.

Great Fathers are just too wonderful, and their only desire is to make their family proud of them and to bring them happiness. Like Our Heavenly Father, they are guardians and a guide, fathers are individuals we can count on to always be on our sides in our time of need.

And to those that their fathers aren’t with us anymore, May Their Souls Rest in Peace.

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I Promise…

Every time you take someone for granted, you’re teaching them to live without you.

I remember how you loved me. I remember how I was the centre of your universe. I remember how you drew me closer to my creator. I remember how you guided me to be the best I could be in all I did. All these made me fall in love with you over and over again. When nobody saw the good in me, you saw best in me. When life got so tough and I virtually had no one else to turn to… you were right there with me.

But I pushed you away. Just because I got used to you being around that I totally forgot that you have your own life to live. And the moment you take some time out to focus on building yourself up, it felt so strange; and rather than try to understand, I literally became a nag… totally forgetting about the fact that you had always been right there when I needed you. I somehow became an ingrate. For these; I AM SORRY!

I never meant for these to happen, I never wanted to push you away. I loved every little piece of you, and I probably always will. But I misused the love you gave me. I fed my ego with it. I selfishly filled every void within me with your love, and it was never enough. I was needy and I kept asking for more, until I sucked you dry. Until your heart turned cold. Until you became a cruel person, someone incapable of giving.

I walked away, not because you didn’t give your best, but because I felt your best wasn’t enough. Now I feel so empty. I am empty! Because to me, you weren’t just you, you were every person who had ever left or betrayed me. You were every void and every piece of me. You were everything and everyone. But it was too late when I finally realised what I was doing to US.

I was selfish and I ignored your feelings. I’d give anything to take that back.

Chances are you might not get to read this, but I know for a fact that I am not brave enough to pour my heart out to you like this in person, but know this; I have realised my mistakes.

I’m sorry for putting you second when you should’ve been first. I’m sorry that I never trusted you enough, but I’ve been through so much and I’ve seen too much that my walls couldn’t just fully come down. I’m sorry I lash out at you at the slightest opportunity.

I’m sorry I pushed you away, because now I’d give anything just to have you right back. I’m sorry I made you jump through hoops just to please me. I’m sorry for not appreciating all that you’ve done. I’m sorry I could not tame my hot temper thought I know you hated me for it.

If things could change; I promise never to take you for granted I promise to try and always be more understanding I promise to love you unconditionally, I promise to never let you go.

If only you could give US another chance… Though I might make mistakes, I might say stupid things, I might make some bad decisions, I might get mad, I might also get on your nerves sometimes and probably won’t always look my best. BUT if you could love me through it all just like you did previously, I PROMISE to make it worth your while.

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Letter To My Younger Self

Letter to self.pngDear Me,

I believe you should still remember this face. Still very young and much more attractive too. Hasn’t been too long since I saw you, I miss those good old days but I guess that’s life, it moves on… Between then and now, I have learnt so much life lessons; from the good, the bad, right down to the ugly. So I have one or two advises for you.

Childhood… Enjoy this phase. Once it’s gone, it can never be regained. I remember you were too eager to grow up, it’s not a bad thing, but it’s better to take each stage as it comes. There’s plenty time to grow up. So enjoy your childhood!

School… most importantly, high school. Try your possible best not to be swayed by what other people think or say about you. Stay true to yourself and don’t get influenced by peer groups.  Embrace your uniqueness, it would eventually be the ticket to your success.

Bullying/Bullies; this is the hardest battle you will have to fight in high school. There’s no manual on how to handle this situation but always report it to a member of staff. I really would not advice fighting back; but if it comes to it, do what you have to do. What you don’t realize is how unkind their lives are. Their spirits are broken and much to their tiny understanding, preying on vulnerable people like you, seems to be the best way to protect themselves.

Forgiveness… you struggle with this part. But know this, forgiveness WILL set you free; so let go of every anger, bitterness and hatred because holding on to them will only hurt you more than you already are. Also learn to forget. I know this seems to be the hardest part considering the fact that you have a very good memory but try your very best because it will aid the speed of healing.

When you are unforgiving and carry animosity, you feed the very soul of conflict that keeps your pain alive. If you suffocate your heart with anger, all your dreams will die. The only way to allow your soul to freely breathe, is to forgive. – Bryant McGill

I noticed you waste so much time in front of the mirror. The society we live in, has painted a distorted image of beauty, DO NOT let it define you. Stop starving yourself because believe me, you are beautiful just the way you are. Even if you add a few more pounds, you still remain BEAUTIFUL… Those that made you feel small and stupid, are wrong. I know how much it hurts; but you’re yet realise that inner beauty outlives that of the physical every single time. Don’t get me wrong, the mirror isn’t your enemy; see yourself through your eyes and know that you are loved and well appreciated just the way you are.

I understand you hate living under a microscope and it always feels as though mum and dad keeps watching and judging your every move… Strict curfews, being grounded from social activities e.t.c… all these may seem unreasonable but mum and dad really do have your best interests at heart. If they didn’t love you, they wouldn’t care what you did. Boundaries and rules are a sign of good parenting and tough love. With time, you will get to understand/reason with them. But trust me, they don’t hate you.

You’re going to fall in love several times while you’re young, but my best advice to you is, ignore ALL attractions. Wait until you are fully ready. Believe me, there’s plenty of time for all that. Men will come and go but stay true to yourself. Be the best you can be in all you do and build yourself up to the standard that no man can mess you about. Your happiness shouldn’t depend on them. And If you decide to flow with the attractions; one will break your heart and in the process break his own, others will come and go but each one will teach you a valuable lesson in love that will prepare you for the man you’re going to marry. Stay away from the sly ones at the bar who asks you to dance. Nothing good will come from them. You’ll meet a few from the church too. But know this, the devil can also be found in the church…  His lies will hurt you more than his fists. He’ll tear you down to keep you from standing back up, but you will, eventually! YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!

Life is full of twists and turns; don’t be afraid to stray from the well-worn path that everyone else is walking. Embrace the challenges you’ll face and don’t let the fear of failure box you into years of regrets. How do you hope to learn anything if you never make any mistakes? Trust your instincts, listen to your heart and fight so hard for what you believe in. Stop wasting precious time running down echoing streets in pursuit of happiness. You’ll find it’s been inside you all along.

Like I said earlier, don’t be in so much hurry to grow up. Slow down and enjoy the ride. Even though you are struggling with some tough, emotional issues, each experience is a small piece of the puzzle, a composition of the beautiful person you’ll become. Live life to the MAX, because you only have the opportunity to live once!

Love,

Your much older self.

 

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