Interview, Published Articles

5 Minutes with Arit Abolade, Executive Director, S.T.A.R Foundation

Arit Aduke Abolade is the founder and executive director of Stella Teaching and Relief Foundation (STAR Foundation), a nonprofit organization that operates out of Abeokuta, Ogun State. A graduate of Microbiology, she holds a diploma in Missions from Christian Missionary Foundation and currently works full-time as a Christian missionary with vulnerable children in rural areas. She talked to me about working with children, and the free children’s prayer book she has written. Read it HERE.

Published Articles, Spirituality

Is Morning Devotion Still a Thing?

As young believers, one of the first disciplines we learnt was that of starting the day with God. Many of us were introduced to this in the form of family devotions, which often proved to be a major thorn in the flesh because most times we still wanted to sleep, and sometimes we couldn’t really relate to what was going on.

Now that we are adults, some of us have continued with morning devotions — believe it or not! I’m one of the others who fell by the way side, praying whenever I liked instead of first thing every morning.

When I rediscovered the beauty of feeding my spirit and communing with God first thing in the morning, it was heaven to me. The biggest factor that made a difference between present devotions and past ones is this…

Family Life, Personal Leadership, Spirituality

Proverbs 31 Babe: The Virtue of Waking Up Early

“She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work…” Proverbs 31:15

I’m an owl. Naturally I do my best work when I’m at my desk late into the night, and in the mornings I prefer to sleep in. There is nothing wrong with this, per se; after all we can’t all be larks. Unfortunately, time is a precious commodity, and the world starts counting time in the morning. Accordingly, wise people wake up with the world- early birds who are rewarded with the proverbial worm.

A few years ago I paid attention for the first time to the fact that the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31 was also an early bird, and I thought, “If her results are anything to go by, joining this tribe is a move definitely worth considering.”

Now, I’m a self-made Morning Person, and I’ll share with you why and how.

entrepreneurship, Food, Health, Published Articles

Meet the Boss: Ezinne Chisomaga Reginald-Okonkwo, Somre Foods

Ezinne Reginald-Okonkwo studied law at Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State and now runs Somre Foods, a healthy food and drink business. She talks to me about becoming an entrepreneur, doing business in Nigeria, and the power of faith in this interview.

Family Life, Published Articles, Relationships, Spirituality

Should You Compare Your Marriage?

If there’s anything I know to be true, it’s this: comparing your marriage to someone else’s is foolish.

I remember one day 10 years when I saw a couple I knew looking and acting sweet as usual, in their matching t-shirts and sneakers, and whispered a prayer to God about wanting my future marriage to be like theirs. A prayer that God, in His infinite mercy and wisdom, did not answer. I was shocked to realise later just how much pain and suffering lay underneath the façade, and even as I prayed for their healing and restoration, I retracted my previous prayer. Never again!

Today, after being married for a few years and having been thrust into “married circles” almost from day one, I know for a fact that no matter how close you think you are to a couple, it’s never a good idea compare your marriage to theirs; not just because of the dangers of comparison, but also because you simply do not know what their marriage is actually like.

From where you stand their marriage may appear sexier, more interesting, more modern, even more spirituality intimate than your own. Continue reading…

Spirituality

24 Tiny Tips to Boost Your Prayer Life This Year

Last year, 221 followers of Christ voted in a poll I tweeted: “Where do you need to improve the most in 2017 by God’s grace?” Of that number, 39% voted prayer, 38% Bible reading/study, 15% life application, and 8% service/ministry.

I can certainly relate with the desire to pray more and pray better. Prayer is our lifeline to God, and all through Jesus’ life on earth, we see Him model the praying life.

Here are two dozen little tips that can make a big difference in your prayer life this year.

Relationships, Spirituality

7 Questions to Prayerfully Ask Yourself When You’re Feeling Burnt Out

In today’s world, every other Christian woman you meet is almost always in survival mode. She is trying to effectively hold it all together and still be the ultimate “It Girl”- looking, smelling and feeling good. The demands of a job or business, being a wife, raising children, being a daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, and friend, can take their toll. Add ministry commitments to these and she’s just about ready to collapse. Read more…

Published Articles, Spirituality

Do You Listen To God’s Voice?

Prayer is not a monologue; it’s a dialogue. You speak to God, and He speaks back to you. When last did you listen? What’s your attitude to what He says?

When Mary the mother of our Lord received God’s message from the angel, what was her response? It was one of faith, obedience and submission.

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

Continue reading…

Published Articles, Spirituality

What Can We Learn From The Way Paul Prayed?

The prayers of Paul the apostle who was chosen by the Lord Jesus to teach and preach His gospel to Jews and non-Jews in the early days of Christianity hold great insight for us.

Paul wrote 13 books of the New Testament, handing down to us the things which Christ charged him to pass on. He was able to say at the end of his life that he had finished his assignment and successfully run the course Jesus marked out for him.

What can we learn from the way Paul prayed? Read more…