5 Days With Poju Oyemade 

A very warm welcome to you as we launch a new series on the blog.

Recently I’ve been reading some good books and articles that have shaped my thinking. These authors reach deep and put forth grey words of encouragement. This week I will be sharing some words of one of such authors who’s a preacher too, his name being Pst. Poju Oyemade. He’s the senior pastor of Covenant Christian Centre and a Role Model. With WAFBEC 2017 only days away, it’s with great joy I bring this.

Day 1

Those reaching out for the new

Nothing wrong with a new generation of ministers wanting to take the Church in a new direction. The Church in Nigeria is ripe for a new wave of the Spirit. However it won’t be realized by attacking the old but by defining and substantiating the new with prophetic scriptures.
You will fail if your voice is divisive. It must be substantiated with scriptures from a heart void of offense. Once you start with a voice of attack and not words of knowledge, not with speech seasoned with salt ministering grace but with bitterness defiling, you lose 95% of the people you want to reach.

Understand this also, ministries are not born on the pages of social media but in the place of travailing prayer. If your soul hasn’t labored in prayer over the sound of the abundance of rain you have heard in your spirit, you will only have a “near birth” experience i.e clouds without water.
For those who have received in their heart a new direction, don’t make the mistake Moses made. He tried to effect it with his hand and committed murder pushing back on the timing of the fulfillment of prophecy. Murder in spiritual sense is slanderous speech, stop it.
Whatever has entered your heart, sheath your sword, and enter into the groanings of the Spirit.”
Here, Pst. Poju talks about not totally condemning the old because the new is here. After all the old made way for the New, it was through the old that the New emerged and that new you think is so great someone is out there trying to create another new to overcome that one.

Attacking the old won’t create a platform for your “new” to have a voice. Instead, seek God’s wisdom on how to go about the new thing He has laid in your heart. There’s always this urge, desire when something new is about to explode. Beware not to tarnish people’s image! Take caution not to rush into things.

Cheers

@amarachukukere 😀

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Lost Value? 

February 15, 2017 | A Devotion. 

“Afraid that no one really loves Me”

How many movies have been made about lonely people looking for love? How many songs have been written about lonely people looking for love? There is an ache inside each of us for love, in some ways a bottomless pit. We are hungry for acceptance. We are dying to be felt valuable by someone else. We all need to matter to somebody.
We need a safe place where we can lick our wounds and be liked anyway. We need a safe place where we can let our guard down and not be taken advantage of. We need to know that there is somebody who will always have our back. We need encouragement when we’re down. 

Has a cry like this ever arisen from your heart? “You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none” (Psalm 69:19,20).

In love God allows us to be hurt like that. One of his reasons is to help us build our emotional self-confidence first on him and not on ourselves or anybody else.

We depend so much on others for happiness that we get broken when we don’t get it. Fix your love on God and learn to draw strength, He’s always available…. 

Cheers

@amarachukukere 

Hair Transition 

February 12, 2017 | Healthy Hair. 

This is really awkward and strange. I’m a fan of long silky hair so being in this realm is totally weird, trust me.

This challenge is something I never saw coming! My hair goal for 2017 is to reduce the amount of times I relax my hair from three times to two, but then I don’t know what came over me with the idea of transitioning. Maybe it’s the love for a longer length….

Well I’ve been doing so much research, a lot, like right now everything feels like it revolves round my hair! And guess what I’m going to do it! Hopefully, even though my hair is as stubborn as me, I’d give it a shot….. And yes, I’d be sharing my journey.

During my research I realized that there are ways of drying out water from your hair instead of using hot air procedures (like using a T-shirt or allowing it to dry out itself) when transitioning. I also learnt from naturalgirlonabudget blog how to do a quick wash and conditioning when “the needed isn’t available” especially in preparation for a protective hairstyle. I tried it out this weekend and it came out great. Honestly, I was amazed because the requirements used (A black herbal soap, Honey, Coconut Oil, Wide tooth comb and Plastic cap) are products one can get on the go (remember the goal is to get a good result on a good budget 😉).

Low budget products

According to her, she couldn’t get her hands on oil at that moment, but I can so I spiced up mine with coconut oil. Believe me, it was good! This is how it went.

Step 1

Get your warm water ready and begin the wash. Wash thoroughly with the black soap especially if you’re a lover of leave-in-conditioner. Wash till clean.

Step 2

Rinse your hair thoroughly. You’d feel this clean touch after the rinse. Pat medium dry with a cotton cloth. Well, I didn’t dry the water totally out, left it a bit damp in order to allow the conditioning products sink in.

Step 3

Mix your honey with coconut oil and apply on your hair. Massage very well, concentrate on the edges and tips.

Step 4

Once you’re done, cover with a plastic bag and towel and leave for some minutes. I used two cloths to fasten the hold of the plastic bag on my head and left it for 45mins for a good deep conditioning. Trust me, I was expecting my hair to speak to me, like, Hey Miss, thanks for this! Well, it did in step 5

Step 5

After the required satisfied time, rinse properly and pat well till the water is gone and the hair is moist. Apply leave-in-conditioner and oils(coconut oil, Shea butter). You can blow dry if you wish, but I decided not to. Instead after applying the conditioner and oils, I opened it to dry on its own.

……tada! After the wash.

The feel and smell the next day was great! Even the hairstylist confirmed it. I decided to wear a protective hairstyle as a way of growing out more natural hair strands…..
If you’re looking for a way to care for your hair, this is surely one way to adopt. You can try this out and share your experience.
Cheers

@amarachukukere