God’s Love

Hi hi!!!
Welcome to Jay’s blog, Stars on Earth.
I’m so thankful to God for your life because God has kept you this far and has shown you mercy and grace through every phase in your life and especially through the past months of this year…and oh, last month!
The fact that you’re reading this means that you’re alive and it means a lot to me.
Hi, human☺️

Love.

Love is a very strong chord which binds 2 parties together.

God.

God is love Himself in existence. Love breathed into us and we came alive. Love called us His own. Love came down when we didn’t understand to prove Himself to us and everyday Love still comes after us.


I really don’t know how to talk about this. God’s love is amazing! Too much for words. Always overwhelming…

Personally, I’ve tried to comprehend it, it always ends in tears; I’m always in sweet awe. The best part of it is that when I think I’m shocked about the way He expressed His love at one point, He does it again! Again, again and again! Better and better! He never leaves me without a sweet reminder.

Cory Asbury attempted to talk about it in his song “Reckless Love” when he said;
“Oh, it chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the 99”.

“I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still you give yourself away”

“There’s no shadow You won’t light up, mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down, lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me”

This song hits me so differently every time – different shades and dimensions of God’s love!

This experience might be strange to some persons because like I said earlier, love is a chord binding 2 parties. It’s like a seesaw; no matter how much love is given by one party, the other party doesn’t really benefit from it until he looks up and gravitates forward to receive it.

Love is so vast and beautiful and indeed conquers all things, but love cannot be fully expressed or enjoyed until it is recognised and accepted.

Most times we find it difficult to accept God’s love because it looks impossible, it sounds so surreal, we feel like it can’t be; like we’re unworthy and just too far away, but that is exactly what love is! We will never truly be worthy to receive true love because it is unconditional. The least we can do is accept it. In accepting it comes the grace to live up to it.


God’s love for me, the way I’ve felt it, is really big. I know it because no matter how deep in the ditch I get, no matter how dark I become, no matter how tiny my broken pieces may be, when I look up to Him, everything starts coming back together, suddenly there is this light that makes it all seem possible.
Also, the way He gently leads me to doing the right thing, without breaking my back or throwing my trash in my face, always melts my knees to surrender.

It’s like magic to me, and it is the greatest benefit I have; that I know that no matter what happens, I will always, always have a safe place and there will always be a way out. Little wonder Solomon in all his greatness concluded;

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and they are safe.” (Prov. 18:10)
The righteous here are those who have accepted God’s love as a result taken on Christ’s righteousness as theirs.


My lover’s love for me can’t be summarized, so as time goes on, I’d share bits and bits of it in form of various experiences I have, here on my blog.

Let me share the audio of the song “Reckless love” with you. You can download it directly HERE!😊

For now, I really want to know; when you think of God’s love, what do you remember?
What does God’s love mean to you?
Please leave a response in the comments.

Listen to the most recent of my podcast, Salt and Light where a few persons share what God’s love means/has meant to them at different points. CLICK HERE to listen to the 2 episodes on God’s Love😊

See you around❤

In the little things

Hello, welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by!😊

Something struck me last sunday and some thoughts crossed my mind that I just felt to share.
Listen quickly on my podcast by clicking here.

I realised as I sat down that day in church that God made us to be able to enjoy the simplest things of life, from when He made Adam and Eve – enjoying the cool of the garden while tending it, relating with themselves and having fellowship with Him…that’s what God intends for us too!

God wants us to be able to enjoy these little things like being able to freely communicate in love with people around us, make beautiful memories, interact with nature; appreciate the beauty of creation and all that good stuff even as we go about our ‘work’


We worry most about the big things we want to achieve; the world is filled with too many people trying hard to be ‘extraordinary’ by every possible means, sometimes at the expense of their peace and stability and even that of others.

Human nature has a way of turning ‘wonderful’ into ‘ordinary’ over time, just by getting used to the environment, and we start to stop noticing the things that we used to be in awe about…and somehow the beautiful becomes the boring.

Exerpt from devotion ‘Worship Changes Everything’ by Darlene Zscheche

When the lecturer is teaching and you’re trying to follow but you’re slowing fading out😆

While it’s necessary that we go after the big things, the problem is that in pursuit of our ambitions, we often neglect the simple, most important essence of life in itself, deviating from the original pattern God had intended us to live.
The world is chasing more vain things than it is truly seeking to live; to love and be happy.

My hope is that as you read this, you begin to identify the simple blessings and priviledges you might have neglected, and the ordinary things you might have ignored; remember that long lost friend you should call, say ‘hello’ with a smile to that wretched looking stranger you’ll pass by on the road, be more kind to your family members and those around you, focus more on the good in others, let go of faults, love yourself in every way you can and spread that love to everyone around.

“Be gentle with one another, sensitive”

Eph. 4.32a (MSG)

“Nothing is more appealing than speaking beautiful, life-giving words. For they release sweetness to our souls and inner healing to our spirits”.

Prov. 16:24 (TPT)

The world will be a much better place if we all can be ‘ordinary’ people trying to love and treat each other in extraordinary ways because while so many things seem to matter now, in the end only a few things will.

“Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another”.

Romans 12:10b (TPT)

We might not always be able to do big things, but we can always do litttle things with big hearts.

And soon we’d realize that those little things are the big things afterall.

– Jay


End of year picnic 2019 @missions department, CMDA UPTH. Spot me😉

Here’s the refrain part of the lyrics to the song I mentioned in my podcast; Ordinary People by 𝙲𝚘𝚋𝚑𝚊𝚖𝚜 𝙰𝚜𝚞𝚚𝚞𝚘. I love every bit of it.

“Let us have a world of ordinary people
Living life the way God wants us to
And if we have a world of ordinary people
Extraordinary things
Will happen through me and you
Me and you”

In another part he sang “…every tall tree grew up from some mustard seed”.

You can look at the rest of the lyrics here😇, You can also download the song by clicking here.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse”.

Phil. 4.8 (MSG)

I hope you take that action, lets do this!

Love,
Jay.

Do leave a comment and let me know what you think😊

Ps. I’ve written about the essence of truly living and not just existing in my blogpost, ‘2018’. You can read that up here.

Dead Or Alive

We talked for a long time under a big tree. The branches of the tree were so wide it could provide just enough shade.
I sat on one of the big rocks that had become fixed to the ground close to the root of the tree, while he sat on one of the tree stems, close to me, looking me straight in the eyes like someone in desperate search for something so important.

He asked me so many personal questions about my life which I kept answering in a manner like I wanted to prove a point, hoping that each question would be last. I wondered why I even felt the need to respond to his interrogations or prove any point to him when I didn’t even know a single thing about who he was or why he was even asking me those questions in the first place. Obviously, he was much older and seemed to very wise. He was all dressed in white and had a peaceful demeanor. He looked incapable of causing any harm. There was something about him, something about him that made me so relaxed. Even though I felt under so much pressure because of his terrifying unending questions of “why” and “what” and “how”, I was surprisingly still and calm. I was hoping he would at some point let me know the essence of the whole talk, but I was wrong. He just ended by telling me to go to Revelations 3 verse 1. And that was it.

Immediately, I woke up from my sleep. It was a very long dream, and it was so real! I wanted to go back, I wanted to know what it all meant. It was becoming an interesting discussion and I wanted to ask a lot of questions, but I woke up. Did I say woke up?. No. I jumped out from the bed, sweating, scared, and with all sorts of wonder. I immediately remembered there was a bible passage from the dream and then I went to get my bible and opened Rev. 3 : 1, hoping that I’d have some sort of clue. It read:

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead”.

My heart skipped. I was suddenly breathing so fast, sweating more and the confusion had just heightened. I woke up at about 5.00AM and couldn’t even lie down back again.

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It was around around September/October 2015. I had just finished secondary school in August and was at home. I had given my life to Christ in JSS 2 and I knew I loved the Lord. I was Chapel prefect in Secondary school from SSS 2 till I graduated and I often led devotions, Bible reading sessions, chapel activities, etc. In fact, to say I loved doing them looks like an understatement. I loved how much wisdom and light came from the bible and had begun to enjoy studying the bible so much and praying during these times as chapel prefect, and I tried to talk to some other of my classmates too about the Lord.

Towards the end of SSS 3, I started wanting to be like everyone else, just a little freer, a bit of this and that. Of course, I was still that person who did all the chapel activities like her life depended on it, but I wanted to have fun, just a bit. Its not like it was a decision, it was subtly creeping in at that time; ending secondary school, feeling like someone who has achieved a lot, just wanting to chill with life a little bit, subconsciously.

I started having discussions I normally wouldn’t have, being in locations I normally wouldn’t be found, doing nothing wrong in particular, but not doing right either, not wanting to be seen as the odd one and still wanting to be me…

Gradually, I started having wrong thoughts and wanting to act on them. I was still reading my bible, praying and carrying out all the other activities, but inside of me, I knew something was gradually fading away. Slowly, but surely.

This was me, at home after secondary school, neither here nor there, but having sufficient portions of both side. Getting a phone for the first time after secondary school, I was free to chat and talk to anyone and at any length I wanted and oh, the internet…

I kept wrong communications, while sincerely still wanting to be right.

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I was puzzled, confused, wondering how the passage in the dream concerned me or my life. I was terribly worried, and so much for a mere dream!, I didn’t know why. I became quiet throughout that day and it kept ringing in my mind “…I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead”.

Why this bothered me so much, I didn’t understand. It kept making my heart skip till evening, until I decided I needed to have my peace. I wanted to know why that passage was written in the first place, why it even concerned me. So, that night, I sat down, picked up my bible and started pondering over it. I read from revelations chapter 1 up to chapter 3, and I was stunned. I kept wondering what it meant to be ‘dead‘, and then Chapter 3 verse 15 and 16 read further; I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth“.

I thought about my life’s journey so deeply and I became very sober, I was moved to tears and to my knees. I started to ask the Lord to renew my life. I prayed and cried so much and then I made up my mind: This is who I am, this is who I’d be; a child of God, living and not dead or lukewarm. I decided I didn’t just want to have a form of righteousness but the whole of it. I knew I had to take a stand, and that it required me to totally give up some things, some persons and even some of me. I decided to stand with the Lord.

I’ve had to keep deciding to stand through this journey. It’s always the best decision of my life and it only gets better.

Ps.: This is a true life story. Fine details about the dream had been forgotten as its been 5 years from now.

Food for Thought:
~ In life, we have to keep asking ourselves where we truly belong, and stand firm.
There’s no such position as “neither here nor there”...
“…Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind” James 1:6
We can’t be on both sides of the road.

And God sees our hearts, He knows when we sincerely want to do the right thing and He knows how to get us back if we would submit
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise”. Psalm 51 : 17

~ God’s love is overwhelming. He picks us up from our deepest darkness and shines His light on us.
He gives beauty for ashes😊

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us ALIVE with Christ even when we were DEAD in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved”.
Eph. 2 : 5

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God Bless You!❤

A Father’s Love

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Her sharp screams echoed through the whole auditorium catching everyone’s attention as I carried her, placing her head on my chest and pacing around one corner. Eva was a sweet little girl, her chubby round face and tiny pink lips made her look so adorable. She took just after her father, Mr. Philips.

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Mr and Mrs Philips had just arrived the love feast which was organised by the Association. It was an annual event which took place in December. Eva had kept crying uncontrollably while in her dad’s arms as they found their way to the empty tables in front to get seated. She should’ve been about 6-8 months old. It looked like she had been disturbing for a while and Mrs. Philps had finally given in to the fact that her husband could handle Eva better, as she didn’t bother trying even once to take Eva from him. Maybe Eva was just a daddy’s girl and daddy just wouldn’t let go, seeing the way he held her tightly to his body with both arms. He was a tall, tan-skinned and handsome young guy with a very calm disposition.

The event had been on for about an hour already and the couples’ games was going on, yet Eva kept distracting everyone around with her cries. Seeing how uncomfortable it made Mr. Philips as he was trying to follow through with the games, I thought I could help, so I hurried to where the Philips’ sat and extended my arms with a smile, suggesting that I wanted to carry Eva. Mr. Philips was a bit reluctant, as neither he nor his wife had met me before. He looked at me for a few seconds, with his left eye brow raised as if to say he was unsure, and then he handed Eva to me. I guess he had no choice if he really wanted to stay at the love feast and have a good time without distracting others😊.

Eva had gradually calmed down and was giggling as I played with her fingers while dancing around and making funny sounds that made her laugh. I was at a corner towards the extreme, so I was not bothered about her noise. The Philips’ sat a bit far from where I stood, but I could see them, clearly. I turned towards their direction and realised that Mr. Philips had been staring. His gaze had not left the direction I was for God-knows-how-long! It looked like even though Eva was disturbing, he still wanted to hold her or at least be around her to know every bit of her reactions. At every point I turned, he was staring. He would remove his face for a bit, try to focus on the games, but he didn’t take his eyes off her. I was stunned! I mean, I was right there, I wasn’t going anywhere, obviously, Eva was fine, why wouldn’t he just do his thing?! It made me a bit scared and uncomfortable, I was being extra careful about my every move with her, how I held her hands, how I touched her cheek, her hair, I just knew it had to be a serious matter. I maintained my cool with Eva, letting her play with the coral designed silver brooch on my plain black gown as she kept calm the remaining time.

The love feast was about rounding up, as I walked towards The Philips’ and handed their little princess to her dad, seeing how he couldn’t wait to have her back in his arms. Mrs. Philips thanked me with a very warm smile, while Mr. Philips focused on carrying his baby and getting her balanced on his thighs. I was really glad I was able to help and it was a pleasure to hold and behold such a beauty😊. Seeing how Mr. Philips kept looking after her even from afar made my heart tingle, oh how lovely!. It left me with such a strong inpression. I’d seen another expression of an extravagant overwhelming love, just like the one Abba has for me. It made me realise how special I am to Him, the apple of his eyes😌 and how He constantly watches over me, His beloved☺️.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness”

“I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!”

(Jeremiah 31:3 – NIV, MSB)

Its indeed wonderful to know that we have such a father, and eveen much more!. We should always remember that no matter how far we go, His gaze is always upon us and the closer we come, the gladder He is, the safer we are.

Ps. This is a true life life narration from December 2018, somewhere in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The original names of the Characters have been changed.

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Thanks for reading😌

Bask in His Love🔥💜

My 2019

Happy New Year!😇

2019 is one year I’m most grateful to God for. It was terrific!.
I’d be sharing my diary of 31st December 2019 with you😊.

Ps. I’m not hoping that you understand all of it, because a thousand pages wouldn’t be enough to pour out in fine details. Only this heart would fully understand😊.
I just hope (and it’s my desire and prayer) that it encourages you in some way.

God will break you to position you, break you to promote you and break you to put you in your right place.
But when He breaks you He doesn’t hurt you, He doesn’t.
When He breaks you He doesn’t destroy you, He does it with grace.
– Tasha Cobbs’ Gracefully broken

A relationship with Jesus is not something to trade for anything else. It’ll be a most worthy investment this year.

This is your story, your life, everyone must not understand your walk or the decisions you make, but you should. The opinions of men vary and change, but God will always be true to you.

I’d urge you if you haven’t already, to make a sincere prayer to the Lord, tell Him how you want your life to be this year. Just talk to Him from your heart, stick to Him and watch Him do His thing. He makes the most beautiful stories😊.

For me, the cycle continues; the make, break and make cycle😇, “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ“.

Jesus Loves You; so passionately, so dearly💝

Reality Deal

I recall growing up with such a mindset that all “grown-ups” had it all together and knew what to do at all times.
I remember assuming that I’d just grow up as I increase in age, have everything I saw “grown-ups” have, a “perfect life” kinda imagination.

I guess now its different, with the reality that anything that has to become existent has to be by conscious desire and effort, that no one ever just jumps into becoming great or successful at anything. We’ve seen “grown-ups” with little or nothing to offer and we’ve come to know that we owe ourselves a lot of work.

We still have our dreams and aspirations, the things we so desire to become.
We still admire a lot of people who have gotten to our desired “Canaan” and of course we hope someday, maybe, just maybe we’d get there, or perhaps somewhere close.
We might have just left most of these desires in the “dreamland” while just hoping that somehow they find their way out to reality.

Here’s a quick reminder that those dreams are valid, that you were made for a purpose, that you can be the person you so desire, yes you!, that person in your “wish” is possible.
You deserve to stand out, you deserve to be fulfilled, the world deserves a taste of your awesomeness. 😊
God wants the very best for you, so don’t limit yourself. No matter how much you have attained now, there is more you can be.

We’d need to be determined to take intentional steps to seek to equip ourselves with the relevant knowledge to get those dreams started – through reading, interacting with the right media, asking questions, seeking and accepting help from the Holy Spirit (He knows all things) to be the kind of woman, man, student, parent, etc that you desire to be and that you can be proud of, not just settling with the ‘normal’.

What is that great thing you so desire to do? No matter how little or big..
Today is always perfect to take the first bold step (or to try again).
Today is always the right time to make that change.
Though we might not seem to be getting it right at once, bit by bit, as we take forward steps, we’d get there.

May we grow into people that our world within and out will be proud of and will celebrate.

See ya at the peak!💛

♦♣ Live ♣♦

Is suicide really an escape from the troubles, the expectations, the struggles, the pain, the sadness, the bitterness, the complains? Hmm.. Is it?
(Those who know this answer will never be there to prove this point anyway).

What happened to the dreams from childhood?
What happened to the goals you wrote down?

Did you come this far to only come this far?
What happened to the person you always imagined to be in the future?
Where is the “self-love” you spoke about?

(There are a lot of questions I really want to ask you, Pretty Sniper-killer girl, a whole lot!😤😢💔)

Just like cheating in exams and bypassing the queue in the bank, you want to take a short cut on life, a seemingly easy way out.
Really?!

Suicide is the highest ever attained degree of cowardice!
You’re the one who has pulled through before, you’re not a coward!
Let me remind you that its an offense to take what does not belong to you – you’re also not a thief!

Life is a gift, a gift of hope.
When you’re tired of the expectations, tired of being in the fore front, tired of the pressures and you’re giving up on you, on him, on her, on hope, on everything, the least you can do is let your heart beat.

Amidst the broken pieces, just live.

The potter wants to put you back together again.

Forever you are l💜ved!

Beauty In Disguise

As Christians, especially, we must believe, beyond to console ourselves, that He is the one in control (as in He’s got the wheels fully) and every hard time He’s letting us go through is a pruning to bring out the very best in us and for a more glorious future.
Every situation is for our utmost advantage.

When we call him father and when we say He’s Lord, we mean that we are sure of His sovereignty and we totally trust His rule.

Less impatience.
Less grumbling.
Less complaining.

Stay in the Process.
Learn in the process.
Grow in the process.

You’d know why, maybe not immediately, but soon😉.

“He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good”.

Romans 8: 27-28, The Message(MSG)

You are loved, dearly!💖

Essence

What do you Live for?

What can you die for?

For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.

(Ref. Phil. 1:21 – Apostle Paul)

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Hope found, in the midst of pain
Though this world is surely fading
My God You will remain
My greatest joy, my soul’s refrain
For me to live is Christ, and to die is only gain
For me to live is Christ, and to die is only gain!

– Verse 2 of Laura Story’s song ‘He came running’

You are ever loved💚

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