3 reasons God wants His Children to work

God created humans to work

God set an example of diligence and work in the act of creation, Genesis 2:1-3. The text says “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done.” In creating the world He mad humans to work.

Genesis 2:5 notes that there was no man to work the ground. In verse 15, man was created and given work in the Garden of Eden. When the first couple sinned and were sent out of the Garden they still had to work.

The Sabbath

Under the Old Law, the Jewish nation was commanded to observe the seventh, or sabbath day. The sabbath was a reward for work and a time to honor God, Exodus 20:8-11. Exodus 23:12-13 describes it as a time of refreshing. After the release from Egyptian bondage, it was to be a time of rest and remembrance of their freedom from slavery. God did not intend for us to work all of the time, but to take rest as well.

Purpose of work

Provide for our needs

  • Proverbs 12:11 and 14: Work of a man benefits him
  • Proverbs 16:26 – Our hunger is motivation
  • Proverbs 28:19 – “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.”

The worthy woman highly praised in Proverbs 31 is a diligent hard worker:

  • V.13 – works with wool and flax
  • V. 14-15 – works to find and prepare food for her family
  • V. 16 – invests in a field to make a vineyard
  • V. 18 – works late and has pride in her work
  • V. 19 – making garments for her family and to sell (v. 24)
  • V. 27 – she does not eat the bread of idleness
  • She is praised by her husband, children, the Lord, and those who see her for her faith and works

Be generous to others

Part of the reasons we work is to have something to give to those in need. The worthy woman just discussed was so generous to the needy, Proverbs 31:20. In the Old Testament, farmers were commanded to leave the edges and anything that was dropped for the poor to come gather (the gleanings).

In the New Testament, our work is tied to generosity. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:28 – not to steal, but work to give others in need. Notice, he commanded them not to take anything from anyone, but to work to provide for one’s needs, and to have something to share with the needy. He also commanded the materially rich to be rich in good works and generous – 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

We see examples of the early church in sharing what they had to help their needy brethren in Acts 4:32-37. During the Judean famine, Paul observed that even those in poverty gave generously to help their Judean brethren, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 11-15. They let their abundance supply what their brethren lacked.

To honor God with our possessions

There was an important principle in the Old Law: The firstfruits and tithes – Deuteronomy 26:1-19. The law commanded that the first and the best was to be offered to God. This was a great act of faith, for it is trust that God would continue to bless their harvest and herds.

The gift was to provide for those who are in need, or who are dedicated in service to the Lord’s temple. The giving action was to be done with the complete heart, and soul recognizing God as the giver of all things.

Proverbs 3:9-10: “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

Under the New Testament, we are not commanded to tithe (however, the principle of tithing still works for those who tithe today), but are to bring freewill offerings and to be generous with what we have been given. Previously, we noted how God wants us to be generous with what He has given us. As the offerings paid the expenses for the upkeep of the tabernacle and temple, and met the physical needs of the priests dedicated to its service, so our offerings today help us to maintain a place of worship, provide financial support for those dedicated to preaching the gospel, purchasing materials for our Bible classes, and helping our brethren in times of need.

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Shackles of Fear (Poem)

Shackles of Fear
The unfolding realities of Pain,
The Sting of Death,
Knocking at my door,
Filled with hopelessness,
My heart beats

Shackles of fear
Poet: Kene Angel (Uganda) 🇺🇬
Nugget: Christ Reigns in us

Suppressed in Addiction, Compromised in Confusion,
Torn with Guilt, unworthy, undeserving, cause there is nothing more to say,

Shuttered to limitations,
but adopted beyond Justice,
Unsubscribing to sin,
I dive into His Grace,

The Anchor of Strength,

The River of Life,
You wrap me with your undeniable Love;
This is YHWH.

In labour,
You give me Favour,
Above Measure

Beauty For Ashes….

Poet: Kene Angel

Who is JESUS? ♥

Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God in Proverbs, the word of God (in John); He’s the Lord, and God! (Luke 4:8)

@OlisehMusic 🇳🇬

Generally speaking, a lord is someone with authority, control, or power over others; to say that someone is “lord” is to consider that person a master or ruler of some kind. In Jesus’ day the word lord was often used as a title of respect toward earthly authorities; when the leper called Jesus “Lord” in Matthew 8:2, he was showing Jesus respect as a healer and teacher (see also Matthew 8:25 and 15:25).

However, after the resurrection, the title “Lord,” as applied to Jesus, became much more than a title of honor or respect. Saying, “Jesus is Lord,” became a way of declaring Jesus’ deity. It began with Thomas’ exclamation when Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection: “Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” (John 20:28). From then on, the apostles’ message was that Jesus is Lord, meaning “Jesus is God.”

Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost contained that theme: “Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36). Later, in Cornelius’s house, Peter declared that Jesus is “Lord of all” (Acts 10:36). Note how in Romans 10:9 Jesus’ lordship is linked to His resurrection: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

The statement “Jesus is Lord” means that Jesus is God. Jesus has “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). He is Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5). He is “our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 1:4). He is, in fact, the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14).

Jesus referred to Himself as “Lord” many times (Luke 19:31; John 13:13, to mention a few). And when we compare the Old Testament with the New, we find several times when the “LORD” (Yahweh) of the Hebrew Bible is equated with the “Lord Jesus” by the apostles. For example, Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good,” and that passage is alluded to in 1 Peter 2:3, except there Jesus is the “Lord” who is good. Isaiah 8:13 says that “the LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy”; in 1 Peter 3:15 we are commanded, “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy” (ESV).

Amazingly, the Lord Jesus left His exalted position in heaven and came to earth to save us. In His Incarnation, He showed us what true meekness looks like (see Matthew 11:29). Just before His arrest, Jesus used His power and authority to teach us humility: “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). The last will be first, according to our Lord (Matthew 19:30).

Jesus is the son of GOD (John 3:16, 17:3, Matt 27:54, Mark 1:1, 5:7), He is God – one with GOD! (John 10:30), He is God and also Man; just as we are gods and men (John 10:34).

Satan knows that Jesus is His Lord (in Luke 4), yet try to tempt him because he was now in the form of a man (with hope that the son of man – Jesus will fall for his deceits and temptations, but Jesus reminded him of the scripture never to tempt his Lord, his God) – Luke 4:8. This is another proof that Jesus is God; He said it again for emphasis in Luke 4:12 (if it wasn’t true, the accuser of brethren, Satan, will not obey, and wouldn’t flee).

So, in the form of man, Jesus is the son of God (John 3:16) – His mission on earth: to save men from the captivity of the devil, and to reconnect men back to God.

Jesus is Lord (meaning Jesus is God) In Heaven, and here on earth where men and the devil dwells (Matt 4:7,10), the devil knows this!

Practically, He was sent to save man (the sinners) on earth; while on earth, he prayed to God the father, and steadily interceding on behalf of man at the right hand of the father, after his death and resurrection on earth.

God is Trinity: God the father, God the son (Jesus), and God the Holy spirit. The 3 are the same, well represented in the beginning of creation, and now!

God (Jesus and the Holy spirit) practically was in control in the days of old (God led the Israelites, before choosing Moses and others to be the physical leaders, prophets, priests and kings). Jesus also was in action in the old testament as revealed in the book of Daniel (when the 3 Hebrews boys were thrown in the furnace of fire – they became 4, Jesus was the fourth, physically revealing himself to the king in the old testament). Likewise in the old testament, The spirit of God (the Holy spirit was upon David when he was anointed as King). One way or the other, the Trinity was revealed in both the old testament and new.

The surname our father bear, as sons we bear also. Jesus is GOD and Lord over all; He’s given all powers; that at the mention of His name, every knee must bow, and every tongues confess…

Oliseh – @OlisehMusic

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#Trending: Christian Dentist who declined BBnaija partnership deal with his dental clinic couple of years ago, speaks of his humble beginnings in dental practice.

Dr. Olukayode Joshua S. Adeyanju is a dentist, MD of Divine Dental Home, and senior pastor of Grace Assembly Christian Church (GACC). Photo credit: 14:02 Media

Dr Olukayode Segun Adeyanju could have stayed back in the United States to practice after spending two years in Houston, Texas, when he went there to improve his expertise and be exposed to technology and surgical techniques in the field of dentistry, which he studied at the Obafemi Awolowo University and graduated in 1990. Dr. Adeyanju is a born-again Christian and evangelist with a passion for teaching people why it is important to maintain good oral care.

Watch Dr Adeyanju on Arise TV via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRIy81DvP5E (📸 14:02 media)

In an interview, he goes down memory lane, to recall how his dental practice, which is marking its 20th anniversary, survived turbulence in its early years, to get to the point where it has clinics in Victoria-Island, Ikorodu, Isolo and an exclusive clinic (DDH Deluxe) for upper class patients, all in Lagos-Nigeria.

I studied dentistry at the Obafemi Awolowo University and graduated in 1990. Then I spent one year at General Hospital, Lagos, for the housemanship. I stayed back for the national youth service. After the service ended, I was offered appointment to join the team which was supposed to establish a clinic in Epe area of Lagos. We were supposed to go there about two or three times a week. I did not go, because what I experienced during the housemanship and the service year at General Hospital left me disillusioned. So I turned down the offer. I simply did not like the setting.

What was wrong with the setting?

For a young man who graduated, burning with passion and had strong expectations in a profession that you are trying to explore, there were too many odds that didn’t make working at the hospital a promising situation. At that time, four dentists were sharing one dental chair; it was like having four drives to a car. The ideal thing for anyone who has passion for dentistry is to have a dental chair to render service to patients in need. For me, sharing one dental chair with three other colleagues was in itself demoralising. From my personal paradigm or world view, I strive for excellence. So I knew that I would not achieve excellence in service in that setting. Such things as drugs and consumables required to render dental care services were out of stock. Often hearing that we could not work because the generator was not working was simply frustrating – several dental care tools require electricity, because it is a surgical process.

So, I quit and practiced under late Dr. Frances Kuboye (Fela’s niece), whose husband owned the popular Jazz 38 night club. I worked with her briefly, and then went over to Ikoyi Dental Clinic. I also worked briefly for myself. Then I travelled to the United States after winning US Green Card Lottery in 1997.

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Before I left for the U.S, I had a strong leading of the Holy Spirit (I am a born again Christian) not to relocate out of Nigeria. So I took my trip to the US as a case of going for postgraduate studies. So I did a combination of formal and informal studies. Having a green card allowed me to work. I wrote to organisations, that I had worked in Nigeria as a dentist and came to America to broaden and deepen my knowledge and expertise in the profession, and that opened doors for me. I got work in some places where I had opportunity to learn new techniques and get exposed to current technology as well as benefit from the transfer of knowledge. They paid me little money, which was just enough to cover my meagre needs, and I also diligently saved. In addition, I registered for short term courses at the University of Houston, Texas and attended several scientific conferences in the field. I spent two years and returned to Nigeria.

When did you set up the practice after your return?

I registered Divine Dental Home (DDH) in 2001. It was a herculean task setting up a private practice, in terms of finance. The cost of renting space for the clinic was quite high. Again, getting the required equipment was a huge problem. But I was lucky to some extent because I brought equipment from when I was returning from USA. Really it was difficult getting other equipments in Nigeria, and creating the right ambience in the clinic. Moreover, various problems in the polity were also affecting the process in a way.

How were you able to cope given that most Nigerians do not readily seek dental care?

I would say that I had enjoyed a lot of grace in the United States. I had management training on how to run a dental practice. I was told, ‘You are to be a businessman practicing dentistry. You are not a dentist trying to be a businessman.’ So, I studied marketing, human resources management, accounting and finance, budgeting and public relations. The knowledge and experience I gained in America really helped me a lot. So, I am not a typical dentist, I had a lot of American flavour in my mix when I started, which gave me an edge. Whoever came across me, I would make you so comfortable that you’d want to come back to my clinic, and also stay with me.

In fact, I started my practice when the Sun Newspaper had just been birthed. I was privileged to be connected with Mr. Femi Adesina, who gave me opportunity to write a column in the news paper, to educate Nigerians about oral care. I was one of the pioneer columnists. The column became hugely successful. I used to get calls all over Nigeria from readers who needed advice on dental problems. The column helped to create awareness about the need for oral care.

Did the column really make impact?

Of course it did! A great deal! You see, at that time people had a fear of seeking dental care. The tone of the column and the easy-to-digest way information was given out made people begin to take greater interest in oral care beyond just brushing their teeth. For me, writing that column was a way of making positive impact on the health-seeking community in Nigeria. I remember that I got patients who had special dental problems, coming all the way to Lagos from Abuja, Kano, and Calabar. When they came, they did not mind that my clinic was small at the time. They were more interested in my expertise, warm disposition and ability to solve their problems. That is why I feel that having spent 20 years in practice in Nigeria and built a pedigree, I believe that I should revive the column and start talking again to Nigerians.

How were you able to weather the storms of running a dental practice in Nigeria?

It is said that if any venture will survive, it is in the first five years. At the beginning 20 years ago, the rent for our small clinic in Victoria Island was N250,000 per annum. The landlord increased the rent every year, and now it runs into millions. After the first year, we couldn’t sustain the rent. I pleaded for a little time to pay and met a brick wall. Eventually, I went to a finance house, which was a subsidiary of Wema Bank, I took a loan of N1 million. I didn’t know anybody there; I had grace and just walked into the place and introduced myself and discussed my problem. I used my father’s house as a collateral for the loan. I was supposed to pay in 18 months. When the 18 months passed, I could not fully pay back the loan. The bank threatened to sell the house. Miraculously, I got help from the managing director of mortgage bank who was my patient. He bought over the loan because we had a collateral. That gave us two to three years of struggle to find our feet. Essentially, we operated on deficit for five to six years.

In the heat of that, the landlord slammed another huge increase in our rent. Each time I thought I had survived, the rent would go up again. (Chuckling) This happened every year for the first five years. By the sixth year, I was like a car with five flat tyres (including the spare tyre) and very little fuel in the tank.

Were you able to sleep during those years?

(Laughs for long) That time was very turbulent and quite challenging. It was just the grace of God that sustained us. It got to a point where we almost close to deciding to relocate to the mainland, like Surulere or other place. That was also when we had divine intervention. Somebody just took interest in the clinic and decided to invest some money into the practice. He said that he had observed that I was striving to exhibit excellence in my practice. He said he wanted to support the clinic so that we could have peace of mind to serve the public with some ease. That investment was a very soft loan from an angel. People in the equity finance business refer to that kind of person as an “angel investor.” That investment enabled us to expand from one room to three rooms in the same complex where we have been for 20 years. About that time too, God opened a door for me at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Healthcare. The company was trying to re-launch Macleans toothpaste, which had been off the shelf. They were looking for a dentist with reputation, name recognition and expertise. God just fitted me into the profile they needed. They approached me to anchor a public awareness programme on Radio Nigeria FM. The money they paid me greatly helped to stabilise the clinic. Today, we have clinics in Ikorodu and Isolo. And to mark our 20th anniversary, we have just set up an exclusive clinic for our upper class patients who need a bit of privacy, to access dental services and oral care. The exclusive clinic is located in the same complex where we have been for the past 20 years.

I remain committed to educating the public on the benefits of accessing regular oral care. A lot of systemic problems that could prove fatal can be prevented early through proper oral care. That is we keep advising that Nigerians should see a dentist regularly. Don’t wait till you have pain in your mouth or teeth. Visit dentist regularly, don’t go to quacks.

Credit: Sun News Online 📰

• Inspiring – Engr Paul Udogwu, Lagos 🇳🇬
• Very inspiring article – Precious Kingsley, Delta 🇳🇬
• Chaiii!!!! Very inspiring. Anything wey good go first pass through fire oooo. I can only imagine what he went through Running a business on deficit for 5 to 6years – Anthony Udogwu, Lagos 🇳🇬

The Fish Gate

The word Fish Gate was mentioned in Nehemiah, and few other verses in the Bible.

Nehemiah 3:3 says:
And the Fish Gate the sons of Hassenaah built; they laid its beams and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars.

Historically, the Fish Gate was a place of trades for the fishermen of Galilee; they often gathered there. They bring their fishes through the gate, to be sold.

Literally, the Fish Gate is a platform, an entry, or an access used to reach out to many.

Simply put, the Fish Gate is a gate of the fishes (the fishes scripturally means the lost souls, the unsaved, the gentiles). Remember the word of Jesus, “Come unto me, and I will make you fishers of men”. A fisher literally catches fishes, and here is Jesus saying he will make you fishers of men (fishes).

Furthermore, The Fish Gate represent the importance of reaching in evangelism. It represent our witness, the church reaching out to the world.

Thanks for reading!


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Yesterday’s FIRE is not enough to produce today’s ASHES (Testimony)

Leviticus 6:13:
The FIRE shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

If you stop adding WOODS (the Word of God) and fanning it with PRAYERS, it’ll soon go off!

Leviticus 6:12:
“…priest shall burn WOOD on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it…”

One thing Youths lack in their Prayer life is “CONSISTENCY”. They get very Hot today, and become cold tomorrow.

I want to ask: “if a fire is not maintaining it’s degree of hotness, can it cook anything?”

There’s power in consistency. Please fight any trace of Coldness, with a Fast or a personal RETREAT.

Noting should quench your FIRE, not even the ASHES (testimonies).

Leviticus 6:10:
“…take up the ASHES which the FIRE hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and put them beside the altar. (12) And the FIRE upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out…”

Every cold altar, I command your FIRE to be restored In Jesus Name! 

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Tottenham hope on Harry Kane’s fitness for Cup final ⚽

Tottenham face an anxious wait to discover whether Harry Kane will be fit for the Carabao Cup final after the striker limped out of the 2-2 draw at Everton with a foot injury.

Kane scored his 20th and 21st goals of the Premier League season at Goodison Park, where Gylfi Sigurdsson also struck twice for the hosts, but was forced off in stoppage time after Richarlison landed on his foot at a corner. The Spurs striker will be assessed on Saturday, with José Mourinho desperate for positive news before next Sunday’s Wembley final against Manchester City.

“For him to leave the pitch with a few minutes to go is obviously because he felt something,” the Spurs manager said. “It is too early to say something. I don’t want to feed any speculation or be stupidly optimistic and say that he will play in the next game [against Southampton in midweek] or the final. I don’t know. He doesn’t know. Tomorrow we will see how it reacts and take a look in more detail.”

Kane capitalised on two dreadful defensive mistakes by Everton to put Spurs ahead and then equalise in the second half. “It was great finishing,” said Mourinho. “It’s the kind of player that when you see the first touch and the control, we are used to seeing it in training and we know it is fantastic finishing. Two beautiful goals but not a surprise for the ones who see him do it every day in training.”

The Spurs manager, however, was unhappy with Michael Oliver’s decision to award Everton a first-half penalty when James Rodríguez went down under minimal contact from Sergio Reguilón. “The penalty was not a penalty,” he insisted. “I think the players should be praised [for not haranguing Oliver over the decision] but we all have the feeling that it is very difficult for VAR to go against a referee’s decision. They don’t like to expose each other.

“The maximum they like to tell the referee is: ‘Come on, have a look,’ but when Mr Oliver is in such high speed to the penalty spot I don’t think there is any point complaining.”

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CommentaryLiving FaithRacial Justice



I had breakfast with my daddy recently. We talked about all that had happened in the past year, how things were going at Walmart, how hard it was for him to work long hours, and how crazy it has been doing all of this in a pandemic. I was glad to be able to sit down with him. We didn’t really do that too much when I was younger, but the older I have gotten, the closer I’ve wanted to become.

“Hey daddy,” I asked, “what got you into politics?” He paused. He bent his head over a bit. He shook it side to side. “Those white boys back then tried to lynch my brother,” he said. “That did it.”

I couldn’t say anything. I was stunned. I had known my daddy to be reserved, quiet. He stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall and has a slight limp from spinal surgery. His beard is grey and black, wrapping around his face like the mask he was wearing. And he felt every bit of the words that were coming out of his mouth. His body, which had been relaxed, tensed up. I knew the memory had come back in terrible ways.

“Daddy, as a pastor,” he continued, “really didn’t get involved in politics.” His daddy, who I barely remember, pastored a small Black rural church in Dillon, S.C. “But for us,” he said, recounting his life in the ’60s and ’70s, “for us, we went from colored to Black.”

I knew what he meant. My daddy and so many Black folks like him had gotten tired of a world that saw them as problems and not people. He had gotten so tired of Black lives being terrorized. He had to find a way through the brutality of this country. And he knew that this was the story that I needed to hear.

“Daddy,” I said. “I’m glad you told me that.”

“That’s the only way we have made it,” he told me. Telling stories is the only way.

Read more: https://sojo.net/articles/witnesses-miracle-blackness

All the Christian single ladies

For years my parents’ church supported a missionary in Nepal who, by all accounts of her ministry, was the definition of badass. But — and I’m not sure where or how I learned to think this way — even as a young girl, I distinctly remember praying that I would never end up like her.

Why? Not because she was a spiritual powerhouse who was doing amazing work among the young girls of a developing country. Because she was single.

Flash forward a couple of decades to the present day. I was babysitting a family of outrageously adorable children and as we walked to the park, one of the girls asked me if I had a little girl of my own. I said I didn’t. The other sister asked if I was married and I admitted I wasn’t. The first girl stopped dead in the middle of the sidewalk and exclaimed, “You mean you don’t have a man?” It took everything in me not to burst out laughing — largely because, as most of us realize when we get older, having a partner often complicates, rather than simplifies your life.

I am a Christian woman in my mid-30s, and I am single. And though I enjoy a life that I would consider abundant — full of friends and family, great professional opportunities, a decent level of financial freedom, and above all else, an extremely deep spiritual relationship with the Creator of the Universe — I recognize that to many younger women, I’m a cautionary tale. Because I am single.

Some of these thoughts came to mind as I read the New York Magazine excerpt of Rebecca Traister’s book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. According to the piece, we are living in a new era in our country in which there are more single women (defined as never-married, widowed, divorced, or separated) than married women.

Traister writes,

“Perhaps even more strikingly, the number of adults younger than 34 who had never married was up to 46 percent, rising 12 percentage points in less than a decade. For women under 30, the likelihood of being married has become astonishingly small: Today, only around 20 percent of Americans ages 18–29 are wed, compared to nearly 60 percent in 1960.”

Curious about the percentage of single women in churches, I decided to look into the numbers myself. According to the Pew Research Religious Landscape Study conducted in 2014, the percentage of unmarried women (including never married, widowed and divorced/separated) amongst evangelical Protestants was 42 percent. Those numbers were similar to that of women in the Catholic Church (40 percent) and among mainline Protestants (45 percent). Those numbers increased in Historically Black Protestant churches to 59 percent.

If I had more time and access to some stats software, I would crosstab these percentages with age in order to get a more complete picture. But as a professional church lady, I’ve also seen these demographics to be empirically true. And any church leader worth his or her salt (pun absolutely intended) knows that communities of faith reap tremendous benefit from having single women — and men — in their congregations.


Single women tend to serve more in churches than their married counterparts. The apostle Paul’s argument for singleness — that it allows men and women to be more available for God and the church — is borne out time and again when church ladies like me put together service schedules. Church would not happen were it not for the dedication of single people (and to be fair, married couples without children).

And though there tends to be a suspicion of unmarried women and men — at least in the evangelical church (I can’t speak for other branches) — and a stigma that somehow we are less spiritually mature, this has not always been the case. For centuries, the church has seen single men and women join monastic orders or convents and devote themselves to God and to service.

I recently discussed this with an Episcopal priest who spent years in a monastic community. He pointed out that the reason for celibacy in these communities is largely to make oneself more open to divine intimacy with Christ. Certainly this bears out in his life.

I’d never heard a pastor speak more tenderly and passionately about knowing Jesus until I heard this man.

Which brings up an interesting conundrum. I can say from my experience as a single woman in church (again, mostly evangelical branches) that there is much stigma around singleness. Despite the fact that Jesus himself was single and childless, that Paul was single and childless, and that women (many of whom were unmarried) were active in the early church,

marriage still seems to be a preferred status. Read more: https://sojo.net/articles/all-christian-single-ladies

Writer: Juliet Vedral

My Daughter is lying to me about School

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Dear Readers,

I’m writing about my daughter, a seventh grader whom I’ll call Z. Her school has been fully remote since last spring. Z used to love school, but after a year of remote classes, she is totally unmotivated.

I’m terrified that, with high school approaching, she is falling behind. She used to be at the top of her class, but everything has changed in the past year. To make matters worse, sometimes when I ask if her work is done, she lies to me, as I later hear from the teacher that the work didn’t get done. I can’t stand that she’s lying to me.

But as much as I nag or beg or scold or offer raises in allowance if she does better, nothing seems to make a difference.

What should I do?

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Singles and Married 👥

What Age is perfect for marriage?

This is a good question for both singles and married to answer. Naturally, some will say 18years is the perfect timing for the ladies, and financial stability should determine the guys perfect time for marriage; while others will say 25 is okay for the ladies, and anytime for the guy, so long the money keeps coming.

Which school of thought do you belong: A, B, or C, your own? Let’s learn from you.

Stay Organized

Who me? Organized? My people might tell you otherwise, but I do find it hard to keep track of weekly schedule. You know: food stuffs checking, grocery shopping, clothing tidying, and so on. Fortunately, in the house we all pitch in. No one person does everything. But we do have a little secret that helps our day run more smoothly. Hey! I’m organised to an extent, keeping principles, paid job activities, volunteering, house chores: dish washing, cleaning up, mopping, cooking only favourite meals, and so on. So, I’m organised 🤓

Yeah, I remember… Fiancée notifying me how she finds it hard tidying, bed spreading and co; it’s all good, as meek as Moses I’ll tolerate her wonderful style, but we’ll both scatter the house together, for the angels to arrange! However, it’s good to be organised, I am! 😅 How about you; How lazy are you? Do you work alone at home, or you are being supported by supportive siblings, spouse, or family?

Vacations & Travel Tips

There are millions of tips out there on how to fly out of this country; Oops! I mean your country 😂 Things to put in mind are: what to bring on camping vacations, which suitcase to buy, where to go, and what to see in just about every corner on Earth. What I want to share today is something a little different – You can leave your country for Vacations, at least to see beautiful things beyond what you’ve been seeing.

Vacations are good for you to learn, see things, and know more. Make plans today for your next summer, winter, autumn, or spring 😎 pick a pen and choose the cheapest country or city to visit, find out more about the place: their tourist attractions, hotels, transportation system, currency value, language, and more.

Of course, everyone love enjoyments; no one want to remain in one place, but “Money” makes the world go round! How do I mean? When you have money, you can easily achieve all this Trip plannings. You can have the best vacations ever! You can start little savings, and make proper enquiries on flight tickets, and international passport, if you don’t have one, except you plan going for a vacation within your city or country.

A South Africa-based Zimbabwean friend of mine, Sindisiwe, had a brief chat with me one morning. She chatted me of her plans, on how she’s currently saving for a flying trip to Johannesburg, and probably Lagos-Nigeria (my based) from South Africa, just to have a feel of this beautiful and popular cities in Africa. Cindy Kat (nickname) showed me the ticket prices, the trip durations, and other necessary info. I love what I saw! So beautiful you may say; but it all balls down to patient savings, and good plannings. Hey! A vacation in London from Nigeria is possible if you plan well; a summer camp in Dubai is possible and even common this days 🤓 It may take you a lifetime savings, but it’s achievable. Yay! I’m planning too, will share my experiences, till then! Hope you enjoy this? I’m glad you did. I wish you the best as you make plans to visit your dream Country. You can share your past vacation experiences, and tell us your dream country. I remain your boy and favourite writer, Oliseh.